Author Interview with Mackenzie Knight


Mackenzie Knight is a published Author. Her new eBook, Cypress Hill, A Ghostly- Vampire Tale, is now available. She is Paranormal Researcher, and Investigator . Radio Personality. She has her own Celebrity Paranormal Radio Show, Unearthly Encounters Live! On Blog Talk Radio. Mackenzie grew up in a Haunted House, she believes the Ghosts were attachments from Haunted Antiques, throughout the home.

Visit her at: AmazonBarnes and Noble, Cypress Hill Website

Hello! What’s your name?

Mackenzie Knight

What do you write and why?

Fiction Paranormal-Horror Thrillers, for Adults and Young Adults. Non fiction Paranormal.

Do you read the same genre that you write? Why or why not?

I like to read Stephen King ,Dean Koontz, J.D. Robb, who is Nora Roberts. PC Cast. Mostly I enjoy reading Paranormal non-fiction. Such as books like Aliens Above, Ghost Below by Barry E. Taff, or The Ghost Detectives Guide To Haunted San Francisco by Loyd Auerbach and Annette Martin. I also enjoy the Weiser Field Guide Books, such as the Guide to the Paranormal, by Judith Joyce. I like the Encyclopedia to the Unseen World by Constance Victoria Briggs.  Books by Judika Illes, such as the book The Encyclopedia of  Saints and Sages, The Book of 5000 spells.I enjoy A wide variety  of Books. I own many, many different kinds of Books.  I read these so I can learn further about these subjects from people who are experts in these fields. I also like to read because it takes you to an imaginary world. At least for awhile.

What is the title you are promoting right now?

I am promoting My eBook right now called Cypress Hill.

What is it about?

A twist of fate. Eternal evil. A woman caught between life, heaven, and hell. A love that breaks the boundaries beyond the veil. By all medical standards, Mary Reilly is dead. Lifeless, her body lies on a cold steel gurney in the mortuary. Her ‘inner eyes’ open, discovering her body. Immobile, Mary needs answers and help. Who will believe? With less than 24 hours before oblivion she embarks on a desperate fight for her life – and Jack Traynor must learn more than the ropes at Olympus Lawn Cemetery: He must master the art of survival in confronting an unstoppable terror obsessed with Mary. His destiny is to save Mary from a fate waiting for her in a plot on Cypress Hill. Or is it?

Here is a little more-

Cypress Hill is a fast paced Horror Novella. Mary Rielly went in for a routine tonsillectomy, not knowing that her surgeon was not who he appeared to be. He injects Mary with a serum. In the meantime Jack starts his new job at Olympus Lawn Cemetery. He is told by Old Mac his new boss the horrors on Cypress Hill, a burial mound there. Mary lies in the Mortuary, her inner eyes open, but she cannot move or speak. She begins to remember what happened to her and that strange Surgeon. She is told by a spirit  that a Man in the Cemetery will help her, but she must leave her body. Mary thinks he can not see, or hear me how can he help me, she knows she is a ghosts of sorts. Jack does help Mary once she leaves her body. Mary and Jack go on a quest to stop a Vampire who caused her plight. The only problem is Mary is without a body. They have less than 24 hours to stop the unstoppable, and get Mary back in her body before the serum wears off.Many obstacles stand in their way. They go on a desperate journey. Well you have to read it to find out what happens but its a lot of fun excitement in one very unique tale.

What makes this book different from others in your genre?

It is very unique, My Vampire for instance is a surgeon, he doesn’t like to feed off people.  Mary my main character is very much like an everyday person who was thrown in extra-ordinary circumstances by something not of this world. She must find a way to stop him, and get back to her body in less than 24 hours, or she will die or even worse. Jack Traynor is the very nice gentle, handsome hero, yet vulnerable at the same time. He is an average guy that does extraordinary things trying to save Mary who he falls in love with during the coarse of this fast paced quest. It has Ghosts, Angels, A Vampire, the Undead ( not zombies), it is just not like your average Vampire book. I tried to write it without obscenities and bloody gore so young people could enjoy it too. I do not think all that is necessary in getting the story across.

What’s the story behind the story?

At one point in My life I lived in a small town called Holiday, there was a beautiful yet eerie park like Cemetery there. It intrigued me. A friend asked me why don’t you write your book about this Cemetery and I did. I used some landmarks in the town and changed the names.

What is your goal as an author?

To write that one story that will captivate everyone’s attention.

Are you working on anything new? Give us a preview of what’s to come!

I now would like to finish part 2 to Cypress Hill, in the works. I also want to write a book about My haunted life, I’ve had many experiences since I was a little girl.

Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book?

My favorite Author of all has to be Stephen King, The Stand- just an amazing work.

Where can readers find you and your work?

At Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Cypress Hill Website – hit the pic take you to my amazon page.

What’s your view on the self-publishing/traditional publishing thing? Ideally, which one would you prefer and why?

I have already self published. I would really like to go with the tradition this time around. It has great advantages.

Do you have a favorite quote?

Because I believe in love-
“There are some things though, I know for certain. Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck and fall in love-whenever you can.”

What is the most important advice you have for aspiring authors?

Don’t ever give up. Just take those rejection letters toss em, and keep striving toward your goal, someone will love your work. Believe in yourself, and your dreams will come true. Write everyday even a page, even by hand. Something you write that day no matter how trivial it might seem, may be a big part of something one day.

Is there anything else you’d like to say before we finish up?

Writing can be very frustrating sometimes, but if you work hard and finish a book, its your creation. It is a beautiful thing. When mine was done and I saw it, the tears formed. It is something you brought into the world to share and that is an extraordinary thing.

Awesome, thanks for allowing me to interview you!

Thank you so much for talking with me.

Don’t forget to pay Mackenzie a visit at the links below!

Amazon
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Cypress Hill Website

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Author Interview with Christine Nolfi


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? The future. I adopted my children from the Philippines and am sweetly aware of how one good choice can alter lives. Besides, who wouldn’t want to glimpse their great- or great-great grandchildren?

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose? Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Oprah and Bill Gates. Bill probably wouldn’t attend unless Melinda was invited.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you? The complete works of Shakespeare, the Bible and enough protein drinks to last until a passing ship spotted a marooned writer.

What is one book everyone should read? The Bible for all the obvious reasons, if you’re so inclined. But also for an understanding of how theology—like mythology—influences literature.

If you were a superhero what would your name be? Honor. Feel free to draw your own conclusion.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? The ability to raise human consciousness above the level of ignorance, avarice and hate.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Häagen-Dazs Rum Raisin. I hide it in the back of the freezer because I don’t like to share.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? It would be a joy to meet Gandhi. But I’d take care not to tell him that relations between India and Pakistan are still troubling.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal topped with fresh fruit. Pass the strawberries, please.

Night owl, or early bird? Early bird. On a perfect day, I begin writing by 5 A.M. and head to the gym by noon.

One food you would never eat? Only one? I’ll never eat snake or octopus. Add either to my sushi and I’m leaving the party.

Pet Peeves? People who rattle off problems but never suggest a solution. People who are rude to waiters or salespeople but have never hauled a platter of dishes or stood on a marble floor in heels while working the jewelry department. I’m a white gloves and party manners girl. I still try to reply to every reader kind enough to look me up on Twitter.

Skittles or M&Ms? M&Ms with peanuts.

What has most surprised you since beginning your publishing career? USA Today selected Treasure Me as one of the best of the Indies. I wouldn’t have known if a blogger hadn’t kindly sent mail. I was also pleasantly surprised when the book became a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. Because you like books that make you laugh one moment and dab at your eyes the next.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?  Second Chance Grill, the next book in the Liberty series after Treasure Me, will be released in late October. I’m also midway through revisions of my fourth release, due out in early 2013.

What inspired you to become a writer? Honestly, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. My late mother swore I began reading at age two. Having met toddlers, I find this hard to believe.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. Reading reviews by readers who’ve stumbled across my books. If that sort of validation doesn’t send you back to the computer to begin work on the next novel, nothing will.

If you could jump into a book, and live in that world … which world would it be?Harry Potter, first year at Hogwarts. I’m not sure I could stomach life at Hogwarts in later years when he-who-is-not-named began stirring the soup.

What is your dream cast for your book? Funny you should ask. Lately I’ve been deliciously tempted to send Treasure Me to Whoopi Goldberg and beg her to play Theodora in the movie. Not that I’ve sold the film rights, but still.

What was your favorite book when you were a child or teen? Peter Pan. I was utterly convinced I could fly. It’s a miracle I didn’t fall out of Bobby Cooper’s treehouse while trying to demonstrate my gifts to the neighbor kids. Interestingly, Bobby and I both reached adulthood soaring above the clouds—he flies F16s and I’m still floating through the imaginary world of stories.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? Don’t damage your health by pulling all-nighters pounding out fiction while gorging on carbs. This isn’t a college exam. Producing your best work comes with time, reading often and well, and having the courage to put emotion on paper.

List five suggestions or writing tips for aspiring authors.

1) Read often, and across genres.

2) Polish each draft relentlessly.

3) Join a critique group.

4) Read books on craft, and strive to improve.

5) Make time for your art every day, if only for twenty minutes.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live. Why? The Universe puts us exactly where we choose to ensure the greatest soul development. So I’d stay in the present.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why? Zeus, of course. If you get the chance to be a god, why not go for broke and run the show?

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Thanks—already done. Last year I moved to Charleston, South Carolina. The Postells in Treasure Me are actually my French ancestors who settled here in 1681. Maybe I’ve come home.

What is your favorite Quote? My late father had a saying: Do you want to be a follower or a leader? As he lay dying, I grabbed his hand and shouted the only words that came to mind. “Dad, don’t go! Do you want to be a follower or a leader?” Despite the pain he was enduring, he smiled at me and said, “Always a leader.” I try to live by the last words to leave his lips.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? I’ve always known I’d write. During childhood I’d drift through libraries running my fingers across the spines of books in a dreamy sort of rapture. As my fingers glided across the covers, I felt like I was touching other souls. I wanted to be a part of that.

What led to your decision to self-publish? I worked with two agents, each for about eighteen months. Random House was interested in Second Chance Grill. A division of Penguin considered releasing Treasure Me and the other Liberty books in hardcover. Then Wall Street melted down. The interest fizzled, and my critique partners convinced me to self-publish. By then I’d read enough success stories to realize London and New York no longer held a monopoly on the publishing industry.

Who are your favorite authors of all time? It’s impossible to choose a favorite. Sue Monk Kidd, Nora Roberts, Ann Patchett, J.K. Rowling, Toni Morrison, Sarah Gruen—the list of remarkable talent is varied and virtually endless. I’m not a genre reader. If a novel is good, it’s on my TBR list.

Where do you get ideas for your stories and characters? Usually I get the kernel of an idea, a conflict. The characters most apt to struggle with that particular issue begin to appear in bits and pieces. It’s rather like molding a sculpture from clay, with the final result hidden for many months.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Theodora is my inspiration of the best way to age—with fire and sass. Birdie? One morning she simply arose from my subconscious, dangling from a window ledge. Hugh’s hard edge came from years in public relations when there was always another deadline to meet. Ditzy Ethel Lynn and the skillet-wielding Finney … they’re probably the bits and pieces of women I’ve known and loved. Landon and his all-consuming depression came from my experiences helping friends struggling with mental health issues. And Meade reminds me of any woman who has experienced great loss but deftly hides her pain behind elegant gestures and immaculate clothes.

What character in literature do you consider the most memorable? The abuse suffered by Celie, the poor, uneducated black narrator of The Color Purple, will always haunt me. Three pages into Alice Walker’s masterpiece, and I was in tears. Later in the novel Celie’s triumph over hardship becomes one of the most moving passages in literature. A truly stellar work.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? It hasn’t occurred yet. I’ll keep you posted.

Hidden talent? I can make anything grow and can cook like nobody’s business. My house is a jungle of plants and my family hates when I’m deep in a novel and they have to fend for themselves.

Favorite Food? Lobster with drawn butter. Beluga caviar. Sushi. A steak seared to perfection, my homemade meatballs, a salad of baby greens with goat cheese sprinkled on top … I’m half Italian. This means I have a love affair with food and you shouldn’t make me choose.

Favorite Candy? Those chocolate covered macadamia nuts they sell at Costco. My husband and I will battle to the death for the last chocolate in the container.

How do you relax when you have free time? I was a single mother for many years. Even now, “free time” comes at a premium. I’ve learned to exercise daily and reserve time for my family. I love to cook, garden, visit museums, dance … and, of course, read. Everything from The Economist and Scientific American to the latest novel to catch my eye.

Nickname? During childhood my parents called me Chrissy-bird because I had a pet parakeet. I also believed I could fly, like Peter Pan.

How do you react to a bad review? I don’t. By definition art is interpretive. One man’s gold is another’s pile of manure. Of course, if I released a novel that didn’t garner predominately 4- and 5-star reviews, I’d pull the work from circulation for reassessment. I owned a public relations firm for many years and learned to emotionally detach from whatever I write.

In your opinion, what are the qualities of a good book? Depth of characterization. Flawless execution of plot. Succinct, creative prose and a relentless pursuit of editorial perfection. Great books are also character-driven.

What is your writing process? Describe your typical day. Creating a compelling novel requires mind-body balance. I start writing early in the morning then knock off around lunchtime to head to the gym. After I work out for an hour, I return home to edit the morning’s pages. And I eat well—lots of fruits and veggies. You can’t fully honor your creativity unless you honor yourself as well.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started writing? I wish I’d known it’s possible to thrive as an independently published novelist. My books don’t easily fit a particular genre—they’re part mystery, part romance, with both poignant and comedic elements. New York editors enjoyed several of my books, but never knew where to place the works on the shelves. With the advent of electronic publishing, I can build a readership without worry about where my books should sit in a physical bookstore.

What is the biggest obstacle you have to overcome when you want to write? This may sound strange, but my biggest obstacle involves knowing when to stop and rest. I get utterly caught up in my character’s lives. During the first 100 pages I’m able to conduct a normal routine. By page 250, all bets are off. I wake in the middle of the night with half of a scene spilling from my subconscious and hurry to the computer. Midway through dinner I leap up to scramble for pen and paper because I’ve suddenly solved a story problem. It becomes rather silly, but my young adult children and husband are very understanding.

You have won one million dollars. What is the first thing that you would buy? I’d pay off my children’s college loans. I have three kids in college presently, and the baby is a high school senior. Ouch.

What do you do in your free time? My husband and I are still discovering so much in our new home of Charleston, South Carolina. We live ten minutes from the beach, and we love to walk the dog there. Recently we toured a mansion downtown that miraculously survived The Civil War. By the way, genteel Charlestonians call the war “The Great Unpleasantness.”

What was life like before writing? My twenties and thirties were a blur—working in public relations, living from deadline to deadline. Then my now ex-husband and I adopted a sibling group of four children from the Philippines. Moving from career woman to fulltime mother was a shock. It took many years of doctor visits to The Cleveland Clinic to heal my kids. Today they’re all healthy, happy adults.

What is one thing your readers would be surprised to know about you? The age thing is usually a surprise. I’m fifty-three years old. People usually think I’m much younger. And the composition of my family always surprises. It’s not every day you see a white woman with four Asian kids. I affectionately refer to my children as ‘The Asian Invasion.’ We stand out in any crowd.

When is your next book coming out? Can you tell us about it? Second Chance Grill will appear on Amazon in late October. A prequel of sorts to Treasure Me, the book depicts the story of Dr. Mary Chance, who’s just inherited The Second Chance Grill, and Anthony Perini, a single dad with a precocious daughter. Of course the feisty women of Liberty will be featured. You’ll learn more about the “bad blood” between Theodora and Ethel Lynn. Their battle was “fur and feathers” in Treasure Me. In Second Chance Grill, they’re even wilder.

Do you have any writing rituals? Working for many years in public relations gave a love of constancy. No writer can create compelling fiction, book after book, without committing to a serious work schedule. Most days I’m at my computer early. By noon I need a break and head to the gym. Then I spend the afternoon editing the morning’s pages. That’s the first edit, mind you. I’ve never written anything that wasn’t submitted to an endless series of revisions.

Your character’s names—Birdie, Blossom, Wish—seem to hint at a bit of whimsy. How do you choose your character’s names, or do they choose their names?There’s no set pattern for naming characters. Some, like Birdie, arrive fully formed. Others start with an archetype employed to aid in fleshing out the character’s traits. In Blossom’s case, I wanted a name that conveyed “life” despite the struggle she faces. Wish is another play on opposites. I think of her as a nefarious criminal who destroys the wishes held dear by others, a sort of death wish in human form.

What is your favorite part of the writing process? Nothing beats the experience of reaching the middle of a work-in-progress and becoming utterly immersed in the characters. They’re real by that point, flesh-and-blood people one might meet on the street. Yet I’m privy to their darkest fears and brightest hopes. It’s an exhilarating feeling.

What is your guilty pleasure? Taking a long, leisurely bath with lots of bubbles. Or scheduling a 90-minute massage. Give me both in the same day and I’m in heaven.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?Wall Street Journal. Every morning except Sunday. Does this make me dull?

What are some of the challenges you’ve experienced in the self-publishing market? The biggest challenge is the allocation of time. Those long, leisurely mornings of writing are now encroached upon by marketing demands, creating a buzz, talking to readers—without the help of a New York editor or a publishing house’s marketing department, I must wear many hats. On the up side I can directly connect with readers, which is marvelous.

Favorite places to travel? I’m hoping to earn enough from my books to travel to Istanbul next year. I’ve written about fifty pages of a literary novel set in the city. I’d sorely love a first-hand experience to deepen the work.

What’s your cure for writer’s block? I think writer’s block is a misnomer. Writers are often overworked—if the pages don’t arrive on schedule, perhaps you need a night out with friends. A walk in the park to reconnect with nature. Or more exercise, and a bit more sleep at night. Here’s some motherly advice: Eat more fresh fruits and veggies. Oftentimes the well-balanced life produces the finest art. If you feel blocked, asked yourself, “What should I do to bring myself back into balance?”

If you could choose to be something other than a writer, what would it be? Already chosen! Sixteen years ago I boarded a plane, traveled to an orphanage in the Philippines, and adopted my kids. Becoming their mother was—and still is—an absolute joy. Today I view parenting as a privilege, the finest blessing in my life.

Any advice for aspiring artists? If you burn with the need to paint, sculpt, write—whatever your passion—find time to cultivate your gifts. Ignore the parent who questions why you’re wasting that expensive education on frivolous pursuits. Explain to your significant other that your inner muse requires some of the precious hours of your life. The world is made all the more beautiful by a ballad of human experience sung in a chorus of voices.

About the Author

Some writers are gifted with an unusual life and I’m certainly one of those. I’ve lived in Ohio, Virginia, California, Utah and now South Carolina. In college I was featured on the front page of the Houston Post for a lark that erased all my debt. I met my four adopted children for the first time in the sweltering heat of the tropics. I helped build several companies and was lucky enough to earn a living doing what I love best—writing—in a PR firm I owned.

In 2004, I made the wisest and most irrational decision of my life—I began writing fiction full-time. All those years of hard work pay off daily in sweet notes and comments from readers. Please continue the mail and the tweets. I cherish your support and love chatting with readers.

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Genre – Contemporary Fiction

Rating – PG13

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Guy Magar – Red Socks & Dustin Hoffman


Written by Guy Magar – From his memoir KISS ME QUICK BEFORE I SHOOT: A Filmmaker’s Journey into the Lights of Hollywood and True Love

One morning, during Jacqui’s chemo treatment for aml-leukemia, she had been taken for X-rays early before I arrived for my 10-hour daily visit. When I got to her room, the nurse told me to wait and they would bring her back within an hour. An hour? I asked where the imaging department was and she told me it was complicated to go there as it was in another building down the street. Jacqui had been taken through a connecting underground tunnel, not accessible to the public. She advised, “Please be practical, wait here. She’ll be back shortly.”

I lasted three minutes. I’m not an alarmist or a worrywart. I just found it unnecessary for Jacqui to be alone at imaging and silly for me to just wait in her room like a putz. What followed reminded me of a scene from The Graduate where Dustin Hoffman is running like a maniac to find the girl (Katherine Ross) before it’s too late and she marries someone else. I started running down hallways on different floors till I reached reception. I was told Cedars-Sinai imaging was indeed across the street. I ran outside, crossed the street, almost got run over, and ran down a block into a medical building that had a crowded lobby. It was well guarded, with security guys by every door. I knew they would never let me inside and I didn’t bother asking or pleading with the front desk. I was so committed that when opportunity soon struck and a guard got distracted long enough for me to slip by, I James Bonded through the double doors that read NO ENTRY.

I started opening doors, peeking into rooms like a mad person. I reached doors with signs that read WARNING – RADIATION, and I was now terrified of opening a door at just the wrong moment when some giant X-ray beam would zap me and my testicles would fall off. But I was a man on a mission and could not be stopped as I moved from hallway to hallway. I was sure I was seconds away from being stopped by a security guard who would find me through the surveillance cameras, which were everywhere. He’d run in and just shoot me—shoot the crazy intruder!

Finally, kismet struck. I opened a door and saw rows of gurneys in a waiting room, but all I could see were their bottom halves because curtains separated each patient, leaving just the sight of a series of bare feet sticking out of robes. And then I saw them, like beacons flashing: one pair of feet wearing bright red socks, the same socks I had washed at home the previous day and had brought back to Jacqui. And sure enough, just like in the movies, I raced in and followed the red socks, and found my baby. I had found the needle in a radiated haystack! Her face lit up and she gave me her million-dollar smile. She told me she was done with her X-ray, but they were backed up with patients waiting to be returned to their rooms. She whispered, “Get me out of here!”

I raced to find the orderly and begged him to move her. I haltingly told him I almost got my balls zapped off looking for her in this Frankensteinish radiation building. He laughed, grabbed her chart, pulled her gurney out of a waiting line (sorry, folks), and we headed back to her room.

I had found the red socks. I was Dustin Hoffman. I got my girl back!

 

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Genre – Celebrity / Memoir / Romance

Rating – PG

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Author Angela MacDonald Shares Her World!


The world of Auhsa rotates around the core of the galaxy once approximately every 92 thousand years.  With each Turn a new Age is created.  The long-lived Purtans, who seem to be ever ageless, as well as the Elven race, which debates who came first to the world, keep history alive with the ancient truths of the past of the world and of the ages before whispering through their lore and religions.

Each Age is met with great turmoil, massive efforts of all races and realms to shift energy and survive as heavens and hells compete for dominance in the next Age. Powerful sages, High Priests and Angels watch as the next Fifth Age begins to turn over and all attention becomes focused on one man: Tyredelle Tyrone Von Armond. 

Born the second son of the Emperor of Purt, Tyredelle rapidly reveals himself to be a champion for racial equality between Purtans and Humans in the empire.  His skill as a gifted healer earns him fame even before he reaches his teenage years.  He is allowed his own pursuits until his older brother unexpectedly dies from a fall.

Devastated, the Emperor Tyrell becomes hard-handed and harsh with Tyredelle.  So hard is the emperor on his son that at the age of sixteen, Tyredelle enters the monastery to hide from his father’s stern command.  He excels and becomes a teacher of Philosophy, Ethics and Healing.  On his full ordination, he is bonded through the magic of the Church of Angels to a young fellow-priest, a human named Gerome Forester.  At age twenty-one, Tyredelle’s grandfather dies and the throne of Norwood is passed to him through his mother’s line as she is empress and honor bound to not accept the throne.  Tyredelle goes against his father’s wishes, places a regent in command of Norwood and becomes a Hunter for the Church, seeking out the dark and warped creatures of the world and is eventually promoted to Cleric with his partner, Gerome.

In his 45th year he marries the Princess of Krent again against his father’s wishes.  They have their first son within the year, TyvalenKale TyRen Von Armond.  At his wife’s wishes, they have more children, breaking the tradition of having no more than one child a decade at most.  In the 12 years to follow, they have 9 children.

With politics becoming hasher and the relationship with his father in shambles, Tyredelle appeals for a vacation from the duties of the Church to go home to Norwood and spend a few years fulfilling his duty as King of Norwood, and to be father to his children.  It is three days into this retreat that he is said to have gone mad.

Stories spin and conflict with each other as to the events that unfold that day in the palace called Rasha.  What is known is that Tyredelle vanishes, his children and wife are found so brutally murdered that it is only with the work of healers that the bodies are able to be identified.  The following day, the emperor, who had rushed from his palace in Ulam Bac with his army, headed to Norwood, vanishes –  army and all –  with no record of what happened.  That same day, the pontiff, Holy Father of the Church, is found murdered on the floor of the Cathedral of the Angels.  Gerome takes both thrones, that of the church and of the empire. Rasha is forever haunted, a place of damnation and nightmare, and the palace is later burned in an effort to purify the site.

 What objections rise up are rapidly silenced and the Purtans, who are slow to adapt, find themselves increasingly discriminated against.  Many retreat to estates as they hide behind illusion and turn from the world.  Unchallenged, Gerome moves to enforce his rule over the world, one nation, one kingdom, one religion at a time.

One thousand years into Gerome’s rule, Norwood, the former kingdom of Tyredelle, sends desperate word for aid, but before Gerome can learn what has happened or send aid, he discovers that the northern lands of Norwood are sealed by a shield that prevents anyone from entering.  Slowly that shield creeps south, reclaiming the southern end of the kingdom of the lost Prince of Purt.

It is decades before Gerome comes to believe the truth.  The Kingdom of Norwood has been reclaimed by Tyredelle, now called Shan han non, Deepest Grief, by the ancient language roots shared by both Purtans and Elves.  In time, he is called Shannon, the Shadow King.

Shannon is known to never leave the safety of his shielded-off kingdom except to visit the ship of a pirate called Elliott Sailor, son of Vennik StormMaker, creator of the Green Tide Pirates.

Along the border of Norwood, which runs coast to coast along the north of the Empire of Purt, rumors by the people say that the Shadow King hunts the wild things and protects children from dark men and dark magic.  One such child who is whispered about by the staff and local villagers is a boy, Oirion Hennen, grandson of the man who would have been King of Valreen but for his father’s objections to Gerome’s rule.

More than once, they say, as a child this boy was brought back from darkness and returned to his family.  An unhappy and troubled child, Oirion escapes his home for the church and joins the order of warrior priests, known as the 6th Kingdom, which was founded on the philosophies of Tyredelle.  He and his partner James become celebrities in time as they hunt vampires, wargs and other creatures of dark and ancient places along the border between Purt and Norwood.

When these two, Shannon and Oirion, meet as adults, little do they understand what is about to result from their relationship.

NOVELS OF SHANNON
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In a world where religion and politics, history and magic are woven into a vivid tapestry, the King of Norwood, whose very name means grief, finds himself risking everything to aid members of a group that seemingly is a misfit company of runaways and stubborn fools. In this action-packed series, you meet fascinating characters who must claw their way through their own fears, pasts, and religious beliefs to survive in a warped land. Slowly they reveal their inner powers, strengths, and bravery to unknowingly change the course of history.

 

 

ANGELA MACDONALD
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Angela grew up in Montana in a large family. Her father was a storyteller and reading Lord of the Rings and other great novels as bedtime stories instilling a love of all things magic and mystical. She and her siblings would play in the woods along the river creating games as grand as the stories their father told. She began writing as a teenager and never stopped. Boxes of notebooks, maps and art have stacked up until, now, the process of transforming them from battered old notebooks to something that can be read has begun.

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Author Interview with D.A. Roberts


I was born in rural Missouri to a working class family. My early life centered around family, the farm and school. Early on, my mother instilled in me a deep love of reading, which continues to this day. My mother always encouraged my writing, even as a child…when it was really bad. Hopefully, it’s gotten better.

Throughout a diverse career, I’ve been a soldier, a factory worker, a security officer, a bouncer, a lab technician, and most recently… a Corrections Officer. I love being a C.O. almost as much as I love writing. Ragnarok Rising gave me an outlet for both.

I’ve been married to my wife, Annette, for nineteen years. We have three great sons, Nathan, Nicholas and Noah. We also have an English Mastiff named Xander. He thinks he’s one of the boys, too.

When not playing C.O. or writing, I enjoy geo-caching, role-playing games, reading, riding my mountain bike, cooking, camping and most of all…spending time with my family.

Visit D.A. at: His Website,  Facebook,  Twitter,  Amazon,  B&N,  Smashwords

Hello! What’s your name?

My name is D.A. Roberts

What do you write and why?

I wrote the zombie novel, Ragnarok Rising: The Awakening. I write primarily horror genre.

Do you read the same genre that you write? Why or why not?

I love to read horror and zombies, in particular. Partly because it’s research to see how others write in my genre, but mainly just because I love it.

What is the title you are promoting right now?

My debut novel is called Ragnarok Rising: The Awakening

What is it about?

Ragnarok Rising: The Awakening is a zombie novel set in the Midwest City of Springfield, Missouri. It centers on a group of officers from the local sheriff’s department and other survivors as they try to survive and rescue others in the opening days of the zombie apocalypse. It shows first responders trying to cope with a world their training never prepared them for. It’s a very human story about friendship, love and duty.

What makes this book different from others in your genre?

I believe what sets RRTA apart from other books in the genre is its believability. They use tactics, plans and react like you would expect people to react. The action is intense but not unlikely. No one is a “super soldier” with amazing abilities or skills. These are everyday people fighting for their lives and the lives of the people they care about.

What’s the story behind the story?

I’m a corrections officer. One night, a few of us officers were having coffee and talking about movies. The subject turned to horror and specifically zombie movies. One of us asked “How would we react if it happened here?” It went from there. I couldn’t look at my hometown in the same way, again. Ragnarok Rising was born out of that conversation.

What is your goal as an author?

The goal of every author is to entertain their readers so that they enjoy your work. When your readers are happy, you’ve done your job.

Are you working on anything new? Give us a preview of what’s to come!

I’m currently working on the sequel to RRTA, it’s called Ragnarok Rising: The Reckoning. It picks up right where RRTA leaves off. I’m hoping to have it finished and at the publisher later this year.

Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book?

That’s hard to say. I love so many writers and novels. I’m a fan of books. I read so many different genres and styles that it’s hard to say what my favorite is. I have many. I love the Tolkien novels. Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, Jack Higgins, Stephen King, Robert Heinlein, HP Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, HG Wells, Michael Crichton….there’s many more, I’m sure.

Where can readers find you and your work?

If I’m not in uniform, I’m probably with my family or behind a keyboard. Look for me on FacebookTwitter, and on my website.

What’s your view on the self-publishing/traditional publishing thing? Ideally, which one would you prefer and why?

I prefer traditional publishing, but there’s nothing wrong with self-publishing. Both get your work out there. I just prefer to have a publisher to handle all of the legal details and help you protect your copyright.

Do you have a favorite quote?

I love quotes. I put them at the beginning of every chapter in my books. Quotes motivate and inspire. I think my favorite would have to be

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
– George Orwell

What is the most important advice you have for aspiring authors?

Do your research. Make sure you know what you’re writing about. Your readers will see right through you if you try to wing it. Doing your research allows you to bring realism to the story. Without it, people lose interest quickly and don’t want to read your work again.

Is there anything else you’d like to say before we finish up?

Thanks for featuring me. I really appreciate it. I hope that the fans out there enjoy the interview and tell their friends. Thank you to everyone out there who has read or helped out with RRTA. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to entertain you with my work. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to leave me comments or questions on my websites. I love to hear from you.

Awesome, thanks for allowing me to interview you!

Don’t forget to visit D.A. at the sites below!

His Website
Facebook
Twitter
Amazon
B&N
Smashwords

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Book Feature and Giveaway – “The Way of Nacor” by Jeff W. Horton


For the chance to win a free e-copy of The Way of Nacor by Jeff W. Horton, please leave a comment on this post with your email addres included in the body of the comment. This giveaway will end at 3 PM (EST) on October 24th.

The Way of Nacor by Jeff W. Horton

How can four stranded children survive and get back home after finding themselves transported to an alien planet in a distant part of the galaxy?

Following a family tragedy, the Seekers children find themselves transported to a strange, alien world named Zantura, where a powerful, evil being named Sarin has either murdered or enslaved nearly everyone. The siblings must face and survive a series of seven deadly trials on the journey to find a long-lost ancient relic, which has the power to save Zantura from Sarin, and to send the children home.

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What People Are Saying:

“…Read The Way to Nacor and take the journey along with Rachel, Michael,
Jessie and Eli as these four amazing kids learn many important lessons in
life that will definitely make them stronger, braver and just maybe wiser.
This is a great book for children of all ages and I think teens too.
Adults you just might learn some important lessons in what is really
important in life. What is next in store for them only the author Jeff
Horton has the answer to that question?” – MICHIGAN AVENUE MEDIA BOOK REVIEWS

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Excerpt:

Her husband looked up just as the roof lifted up and flew off the house. Above them swirled an enormous cloud of dirt and debris, which stretched up into the sky as far as he could see. Christian looked back into the closet at the frightened faces on his children, then back at his wife. They both knew there was not enough room in the closet, and there was no time to take the mattress out; nor was there time for goodbyes. Looking into his wife’s eyes, he managed a brief warm smile, conveying with a simple look, in a brief speck of time, the thoughts and feelings that take a lifetime to form and to share. He then slammed the door of the closet shut, just as the house imploded.

None of them moved an inch as the creature approached. Each of them stood motionless, paralyzed with fear, with nowhere to run. Now that the creature was no more than ten yards away, Rachel was able to get a better look at it. The alien indeed stood at least seven feet tall, and judging by its broad shoulders and musculature, it must have weighed in at 400 to 500 pounds. Fur covered the creature from head to toe; it had a dark bluish hue by the looks of it, though in the muted light Rachel could not be certain.”

The strange and hauntingly familiar voice came from behind him, causing Michael to grab the spear and whirl around to face the intruder, who stood no more than five or ten feet away. In contrast to the gruesome beast he had battled moments earlier, the new visitor glowed with a brilliance rivaling that of a star, making it difficult to discern its features or  its color. It appeared to be silver all over, though it was difficult to tell for certain. It stood in front of Michael, but he could see that the visitor sported two large, white wings, reminiscent of those of a great eagle.

Hello, my name is Rubicon. I have come to bring you both admonishment and praise, Michael Seekers.”

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Learn more or purchase your copy at:

Amazon
Goodreads
Jeff’s Blog
Facebook

 

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Are You a Paranormal Writer in Need of Science to Make Your World AWESOME?


Well guess what…I know where you can get it.

My sister and I, (my background is in physics, hers in chemistry) have recently started a paranormal investigation team, called Scientific Testing, Analysis, and Research (STAR) of the Paranormal.  Here’s our logo.

Sweet, huh? We started our group for a number of reasons:

1) We’ve both had experiences before that we can’t explain, and it really aggravates us when we can’t explain something.
2) of all the people who have experienced things they can’t explain, there have to be some that aren’t lying.
3) In my time studying physics (and hers studying chemistry), we discovered that scientists are sometimes just as biased and prejudiced for or against certain ideas as anyone else.  Every generation of scientist believes that they have now discovered all there is to discover, and all that remains is to explain it. If scientists can’t re-create it in a lab, it’s not real. If it doesn’t make sense to scientists, then it’s not real. And time and time again, scientists are proven wrong by the NEXT generation of scientists who then believe THEY know everything. I mean honestly.  It is a given scientific fact that every person is surrounded by an electromagnetic field. It is a given scientific fact that everyone’s DNA is totally unique, and controls every physical aspect of them. It is a widely studied idea in psychology that facial features, and other DNA-controlled things about your body, can be used to deduce one’s personality.

So why is it so outrageously ridiculous, that humans have an aura that may show, if we could see it, details about their personality? If every human has an electromagnetic field which emanates from their body (so is probably controlled by dna), and other things controlled by dna can hint at personality…I’m not saying it’s true, or not true. But why do people say it’s insane, or ridiculous, or stupid? Seems pretty reasonable to me.

ANYWAY, rambling aside, why would I talk about my paranormal investigation team on my writing blog?

WELL, because lots of you write paranormal fiction, and my sister and I have also started a blog, where much of the content is about how science relates to the paranormal. To me, as a writer, the best paranormal worlds are the ones that you can actually explain how they work…even if it wouldn’t really work in real life. It’s nice to have some science that you can fudge a little to back up happenings in your own worlds you create.

We try to post at our blog regularly about different ideas we’ve had about HOW TO EXPLAIN the paranormal, as well as posts that caution people not to jump to conclusions about certain aspects of the paranormal. So far we’ve got a post about the rods and cones in your eye and how they might affect how you perceive the “paranormal.” We’ve got an apparatus you could set up to attempt the popular flashlight experiment (where a spirit turns the flashlight on and off), only with this you would have the flashlight’s circuitry exposed so it can’t be tampered with.  A post on HOW spirits might exist, using E&M theory, and a post on how to tell the difference between what’s paranormal and what isn’t in photos. And we’ll be coming out with lots lots more! (Dimensions, parallel worlds, string theory, quantum mechanics, molecular vibrations…it’s going to be awesome)

So check out our blog! And feel free to use any ideas or anything you find on the blog in your books, blogs, or anywhere else. Our goal is to start intelligent conversation on topics that are currently taboo in intelligent circles…so spread it around!

 

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