Interview with L.M. Justus

authorphotoTell us about your publishing journey…

I wrote my first book (The Mastery of Mind over Matter) as part of NaNoWriMo, a challenge to write a short novel in one month. I self-published it because I wanted a copy of my book that looked and felt like a real book, but I never promoted it because frankly, no one can write a goodbook in one month. My next book was something I put together for my kids and again, I never meant for it to appeal to the masses. The first book of the Darkness Trilogy, Welcome to the Darkness, is something I spent a lot of time on, and I had it reviewed by my critique group and beta readers. I did hope to appeal to the masses with this one, and so far I’m very pleased with its success, as well as the second book in the series, Darkness Reigns. 

What do you love about being an author?

I love getting all these stories out of my head! Once I get them written down, they stop whirling around in my brain stuck on repeat. Hearing praise from fans is the best thing ever and makes the whole journey worthwhile. 

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

I’m going to have to go with Lestat from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. He seems like someone who wouldn’t mind talking about themselves…a lot. I’m not particularly chatty (unless I’ve consumed some form of alcohol) so it would have to be with someone talkative. I’d probably order a steak, medium rare, and of course some red wine. Hopefully Lestat would have something (or someone!) to eat besides me, ha.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?17833943

That’s a tough one because two of the three main characters are fairly young and I’m not too familiar with actors in that age range. As for the third main character, can I make Ian Somerhalder play Nathaniel? I might have a thing for him. Maybe. ;)

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Um, do they have to be one or the other? Yep, sexy, blood hungry monsters – that’s exactly how I like them, ha ha! 

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

I’d way rather go forward in time than back, but I guess if I had to go back I’d revisit the 80s. Awesome music and fun fashion – good times. 

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Don’t feel like you have to maintain toxic relationships. Also, don’t wait to let the people you DO care about know how much you value their relationship.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

I suppose a vampire seems like the obvious choice for me, but I think I’d rather be a Kryptonian like Superman. Now there’s someone with kick-ass powers! 

Where do you write best? 

I do all my writing on my laptop in bed. I really need zero distractions or the writing doesn’t happen.

20426233What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

Hmm, well the last book I was reading I DNF’d, but the one before that was Frozen by Erin Bowman, and the one before that was The Young World by Chris Weitz. I read 2 or 3 books a week, and that was a good week because I really enjoyed both of those. Loving the dystopian stuff lately.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

If I weren’t writing fantasy, I’d do sci-fi. Those are the only two genres I’m interested in, I’m not sure why. I just find other genres boring.

Where can fans find you online?

My author website: http://www.lmjustus.com, on Twitter: @lmjustus, on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LMJustusAuthor, on Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7058443.L_M_Justus

On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/L.-M.-Justus/e/B00EA9UJXA/

Book Spotlight: Dead Reaper Walking (Liberty, Oakwood series, #2) by Mina Carter

MinaCarter_Dead-Reaper-Walking_SMALLcoverSynopsis:

Underage witches, a breakout from demon prison and a new hellgate… What could go wrong?

Reaper extraordinaire, Laney Larson, is stuck in Liberty, Oakwood of all places, for two reasons. One, there’s way more paranormal activity going on than normal for a little town like Liberty. And two, a sexy as hell cop called Troy.

So when the proverbial hits the fan and they get wind of a demon break-out from the third hell, a prison even the demon king himself won’t set foot in, what’s a reaper to do but strap on her blades and help track the escapee down? But then the creature takes her man, and all bets are off.

A reaper, a demon and a cop…will Death claim them all, or just one?

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The Reaper and the Cop – Synopsis:

Liberty, Oakwood series, #1

The latest in a long line of Reapers, Laney hits Liberty, Oakwood expecting the usual ‘reap and run’ type of job. However the small town holds far more secrets than she expects, including a sexy cop who blind-sides her reaper instincts big-time.

Liberty. It used to be a nice town until the things that go bump in the night moved in.

Detective Troy Regan moved to Liberty to claw back a little of his soul after working homicide in the big city. But the sleepy little down has problems of the paranormal kind and it’s police department have gone from calls about lost cats to Boggarts in the basement. Then the seriously nasty stuff moved in.

Sparks fly when a sexy Reaper meets a hot as hell Cop… MinaCarter_ReaperandtheCop_SMALLcover

Troy’s not sure exactly what flavor of paranormal Laney is, but he doesn’t care. She’s tiny, delicate and gorgeous. When he finds a Lycan looming over her in an alley, all his protective instincts flare up. He needs to get her home, keep her safe…in his bed.

But is she the answer he’s been looking for to fill the empty spot in his heart, or the most dangerous creature he’s ever met?
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About the Author:

Mina Carter is a bestselling, multi-genre author. She lives in the UK with her husband, daughter and a bossy cat.

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Interview with Sherilee Gray

7762587Tell us about your publishing journey…

It all started with my sister getting me hooked on romance novels after the birth of my first child. My first writing attempts were not great, and after entering a writing competition with my not so shiny new novel, I discovered I had a lot to learn about the craft of writing. Also, I’d always struggled at school. I’m a hands-on kind of girl. I learn from doing, and I need a lot of examples before something sinks in. So first I had to go back to basics, and I mean basics. It’s been a long road, from that first ms to getting Lone Wolf’s Captive accepted was close to five years. But in all that time I never gave up, I never stopped working towards my goal. When I received an email from Kate Cuthbert at Escape Publishing to say she wanted my story, I burst into tears. Nothing will ever beat that feeling.

What do you love about being an author?

That I can work from home doing what I love. I also love that I’m home for my kids. Writing is hard, the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it still doesn’t feel like a real job. I mean, my job is to let my crazy imagination run wild. How cool is that?

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat? 

Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. I looove him! He doesn’t really like to eat, but maybe I could get him drunk on Sprite and see if he’d shrink me (like he did his wife Tory) and take me on a tour of a miniaturized replica of Atlantis!

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

If I could combine Aiden Turner from the BBC version of Being Human and Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones, weird combo I know. I think you’d have my big, tortured alpha wolf, Fletcher Stone.

For Delaney? That’s a little harder. Maybe Zoe Deschanel, but with dark eyes!

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Sexy leads every time.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

As long as I could come back and forth, yanno, for dental care and chocolate. I like the idea of medieval Scotland. Who wouldn’t want a massive, claymore wielding, Scottish warrior to carry you off to his castle?

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Ignore the negative Nancy’s and naysayers. I’m sure I was given this advice as a kid, but it takes age and wisdom before you realize that what other people think of you isn’t your problem. They’re gonna think what they want regardless. Spend your time and energy on those people that love and support you!

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

Today? I’d have to say a shifter! They live longer, they’re stronger than humans, and they can change forms…oh! And they’re all hot! In my mind they are anyway!

Where do you write best?

At the desk in the corner of my bedroom, or on the couch in the living room.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it? download

Reapers Property by Joanna Wylde. I love an emotional ride, and I love me an alpha male. This series is chock full of them. These guys are alpha to the extreme. I know not everyone likes that, but books like this are my current drug of choice.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

Contemporary. I have a few ideas and a few half-finished stories that I will get back to one day. There’s a lot to love about the genre, and it’s what I mainly read when I’m not reading Paranormal.

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Book Review: The Dark Souls Series by Anne Hope‏

SoulBound300Synopsis: Soul Bound

The one man she wants is the one man destined to destroy her.

Sooner or later we all end up dead. Jace Cutler doesn’t have the luxury of staying that way. After receiving a fatal stab wound, he awakens in a hospital room in Portland, Oregon, with no memory and a big hole where his soul used to be. Worst of all is the glow. Everyone is surrounded by a strange white aura he hungers to possess, none more compelling than the one enveloping Dr. Lia Benson.

Lia has always been ruled by reason, refusing to put stock in such nebulous things as destiny. Until Jace dies in her arms, then miraculously comes back to life.  Whenever he’s near, her soul responds and her body burns. And she’s consumed by odd dreams she’s convinced are Jace’s lost memories.When Lia is kidnapped, Jace tracks her and discovers a shocking explanation for  who—and what—he is. Something no longer human, a dark legacy that until now has lain dormant within him. Something that could destroy the one woman he’d sacrifice everything to protect.

Warning: Contains bone-melting sexual tension, scary battle scenes, heartrending emotion guaranteed to keep you turning the pages well into the night, and a positively divine hero who may just steal your soul.

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Save her life…or save mankind. His choice could cost him his soul.

For nearly two centuries, Marcus has been the Watchers’ most faithful soldier.

Sworn to protect humanity, driven by an unrelenting compulsion to atone for past sins, he has rarely found a compelling reason to question his mission, let alone defy his leader. His partner, Regan, is his exact opposite, an enigma he longs to solve. A free spirit and reckless to a fault, Regan acts first and thinks later. Her smart mouth and tender heart have fascinated Marcus for decades, but the Watchers’ strict vow of celibacy has forced him to ignore the sizzling attraction between them. Until now. When Regan goes rogue to protect a very special little boy, Marcus is forced to make an impossible choice—commit an act of treason or watch the woman he secretly loves die.

Hunted by enemies and allies alike, Regan and Marcus run for their lives, fighting to thwart an age-old prophecy and guard a boy whose destiny may very well be to destroy the world…or save it.

SoulThief300Synopsis: Soul Thief

Born to hunt and destroy…until the light of one soul reawakens his own.

Adrian knows he once possessed a soul, but it abandoned him the day he was murdered. The day he was reborn as a Rogue, shunned by humans and hunted by his own kind. By night he feeds the darkness inside him by finding and snuffing out corrupt souls, perfectly content to live as an outcast—until a random act of violence unites him with a woman who makes him feel.

Angelica Paxton believes everyone deserves a second chance. Even her rescuer, a mysterious stranger with hypnotic powers, an unsettling ability to invade her dreams, and a shocking secret. Much as her body wants to succumb to Adrian’s seductive charms, she can’t. Not without breaking his newly awakened heart. Adrian swears to protect Angie from his kind, even if staying by her side means volunteering at the center where she works to reform the very souls he has vowed to crush. Even if it means abandoning the shadows for the light. Even if that light exposes the darkest threat he’s ever faced. One from which he is powerless to save her…

Synopsis: Soul ChaseSoulChase300

A man she’d die for, a world she was born to defend… Only one can survive.

For twenty-five years, Adrian has mourned the loss of his soul mate, Angie. He’s content to live as an outcast…until a series of abductions forces him out of seclusion and into the arms of the very woman he loved and lost. Angie’s reincarnation, Emma.

Emma is on the run, hunted by soulless creatures whose one goal is to possess her soul. They have taken everything: her home, her identity, her mother. Left with no other choice, she must trust her fate to Adrian, the enigmatic stranger who comes to her rescue. An immortal being whose illicit touch makes her blood burn and awakens an inexplicable desire in her heart.

Emma follows Adrian to his isolated community in Arizona, where she is assailed by visions of a past life. As passion ignites and her enemies close in, Emma is drawn into a world where nothing is what it seems and where love could prove the greatest weakness of all.

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About the Author: 

6fdee03ae7a045d1e2703210.L._V192253973_SX200_Anne Hope is the author of emotionally intense romances with a twist—a twist of humor, a twist of suspense, a twist of magic. All her stories, however, have a common thread. Whether they make you laugh or cry or push you to the edge of your seat, they all feature the redeeming power of love and the heart’s incredible ability to heal.

Anne’s passion for writing began at the age of eight. After penning countless stories about enchanted houses, alien girls with supernatural powers, and children constantly getting lost in the woods, she decided to try her hand at romance.

She lives in Montreal, Canada, with her husband, her two inexhaustible kids, a lazy cat and a rambunctious Australian Kelpie.

My Review:

So, you’d think reading 4 books for a review would be a mammoth task…it really wasn’t. The Soul Series was so enjoyable, I was actually looking for the next one before I knew what I was doing! Paranormal romance as a genre is saturated with authors and series, and its such a pleasure to find a great one amongst the crowd.

The characters were all so real-feeling, which is a great hook for anything with supernatural elements. There was also definitive themes running through the series too – which to me, sets a book apart from the rest of the dross that can litter this genre.

From a writer’s perspective, I felt that the pace and plots were both smooth and fast and that the author didn’t shy away from any hard-hitting story lines or try to sugar coat anything.  All too often books can patronize the reader by skipping over the deeper material – Anne Hope doesn’t do this at all, and it’s one of the many attributes of a talented author.

The front covers don’t give a lot away about the books themselves, and perhaps could lead them to be overlooked by readers when there are such colourful and exciting covers out there – this would be a massive shame, but people do judge books by their covers.

Overall I’d give the series a big 5 out of 5 stars – it’s so great to find a captivating series, just make sure you have enough free time on your hands!

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Interview with Jonathan D Allen

Jonathan-D-Allen-300x250Tell us about your publishing journey…

I’ve written fiction for more than 25 years but didn’t feel my skills had reached a point worth pursuing publication until 2011. Once I did decide to get serious I found myself writing a series that crossed genre boundaries, posing a difficult sell. I had to write the novel, though, so I finished it, polished it, and submitted it to an open call for submissions with Angry Robot books. I got to the second round, which involved sending my whole novel. While the publisher ultimately passed, it gave me the courage to submit with agents in New York. Most liked it, but it didn’t work for their vision or they didn’t know how to market it.

One agent, though, took the time to explain why he passed, saying he had trouble connecting with the main character. After a day of moping I grabbed that advice and began a total rewrite of the novel. The rewrite took six months, and during that time I read more about self-publishing and the shifting publication market. It seemed a no-brainer to go indie once I had the final version of the novel in hand, figuring the whole thing a little too niche to catch on with a publisher. I’ve self-published two more books since then and intended to stay indie, but my muse delivered the ideas for a series of literary novels last year and I’m going to give traditional publishing one more shot. At least the Among the Dead series will remain indie. Past that, I can’t say.

What do you love about being an author?

The characters! I’m all about characters. Don’t get me wrong, situations can be interesting, and I enjoy scenarios that are like puzzles, difficult to solve but rewarding in the end. Still, I keep coming back to those crazy, weird characters. There’s nothing like connecting with a good character and telling his or her unique story. They are the reason I keep on writing.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Dean Moriarty from On the Road (who just so happens to be based on real-life Neal Cassady). I would love to pick the guy’s brain about his exploits and better understand his philosophy – or lack thereof. I’m guessing we would stop at a neighbourhood pizza joint for some beer.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?Pathways-Of-The-Dead-Cover-200x300

Noomi Rapace is the only choice to play Matty, as Matty’s look is based on her portrayal of Salander from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. For Kristy, I wish I could go back in time and get a younger Kristen Bell, you know, from when Veronica Mars began? Tommy is tough, since he looks like a kid, but Fabrizio Guido looks the part. Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi would play Omarosa, sort of a Middle Eastern Ellen Ripley. Grabbe could only be portrayed by Jason Alexander – the guy is a clone. Jazshael would be the most difficult, as he’s very unique, with white skin, white hair, and a crazed demeanor. I wish I could get Heath Ledger.

It’s Valentines Day – Lovely excuse to show someone you care, or commercial nonsense designed to suck money from your pockets?

Oh, both. No doubt companies created the holiday, but you can still use it as an excuse to show love to your significant other. I find any excuse works, but Valentine’s Day provides a pretext to get more dramatic. I am, however, a romantic at heart.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

Waaaay back, about 10,000 BC. I’m an ancient history buff and wonder if any major cultures/civilizations predate the Fertile Crescent. Highly unlikely, but I do wonder if shifting plate tectonics or some major upheaval has hidden a revelation from us. Like Fox Mulder, I want to believe.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Sometimes love isn’t enough. I never would have listened, but I could have avoided a great deal of heartache and wasted time. Of course, it provides good story fodder, so silver lining and all.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

Paper Towns by John Green. I’m not really a YA reader, but this one intrigued me and read more like adult literary fiction than your standard vampire/fantasy/dystopian YA tale. For those who haven’t read it, the book is about a boy who is taken on a whirlwind trip of revenge for one night with his neighbor, a girl who he’s loved from afar for ages. She disappears afterwards and the remainder of the book is about the protagonist trying to find her, discovering that she was not what she appeared – nor is he what he thought. I’d have loved it when I was 17 or 18 and heartily recommend it even as a crusty fogey.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I’m a big fan of literary fiction and, in fact, my next work is a literary novel about a small-town dentist who happens to be a sex addict. The story runs in two time periods, modern day and ten years ago, and shows us his early recovery and courtship with his wife and his deterioration after she dies in a tragic car accident. I love literary fiction because it attempts to stare at the world and document it as it is, capturing all our human frailties and strengths.

Where can fans find you online?

I have my own site, http://jonathandallen.com, and am also on Twitter and Facebook. I update Twitter and Facebook regularly, but am currently on a mission to update the blog on my site at least once a week with updates on what’s going on in my life as well as my fiction.

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Interview with Jennifer Harlow

Werewolf 1Tell us about your publishing journey.

Feels like a million, billion years when I started this journey. I started my first book at nineteen, finished by twenty-one and that’s when I began looking for agents. I didn’t get one until age twenty-six, got a publishing deal at twenty-seven, and the book didn’t come out until twenty-eight. Almost ten years. Ten years of rejection, and going to conferences to pitch agents, and query letters. Natural stubbornness and tenacity spurned me along. It is not for the faint of heart.

What part of being a writer do you love most?

The commute. Three steps to my desk, and I can work in my pajamas. I also love getting to play God. It’s a great job for a control freak like me. This character’s pissing me off? Uh oh, eaten by werewolves. *Evil Laugh*

Which part do you hate most?

I don’t know if I hate it or I’m just crap at it, but the marketing stuff. I’m a private person by nature, so talking about myself, especially having to draw attention to myself, and selling my product just do not come easily to me. I’m proud of my work, I’m told it’s quite good, but I’d rather be alone with my imaginary friends than tooting my own horn.

If you could be a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?MindOverMonsters

A time and space traveler. Basically Doctor Who but not an alien. Sick of our modern world? Travel to Regency England and stalk Jane Austen. Need some cash? Go nick a Picasso painting and bring it back to make millions. Just have to make sure I don’t step on any butterflies or Benedict Cumberbatch might never be born and that would be a massive crime against nature.

Vampires – scary monsters or romantic leads? Which do you prefer and why?

I’m a fighter, not a lover so I love scary more than romantic anything. With my vampires I try to have them walk that fine edge. They can be scary, they are killers after all, but they can fight against that if they so choose. I wouldn’t shag one though. I just couldn’t get past the no pulse thing. Ick.

If you had a time machine, what era would you like to visit and why?
I’d go meet Charlotte Bronte. I’ve been obsessed with her for years and read every biography I could find. I’d just want to meet her. See what her life was really like. So if I had a time machine, I’d get my stalker on.

What life advice have you been given, that you wished someone had given you sooner?

“Fuck them.” Don’t let anyone ever tell you who you should be or what your life path should be. Just because everyone else does it, doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Like what you like, love who you love, and as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else, do what you want. Once you stop caring what people think about you, life becomes a trillion times better.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Sherlock Holmes because of…reasons. And I’d feed him cake because who doesn’t love cake?

Whats A Witch To DoWho are your favourite authors and why?

Without question Janet Evanovitch, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Jennifer Crusie. From Evanovitch I learned how to incorporate humor, mystery, and sexual tension while keeping a quick pace in the story. Hamilton showed the perfect was to combine two genres effectively, thriller and paranormal, and that a heroine doesn’t have to always be a sweet, perfect woman. She can have a hard edge and still be likable. From Jennifer Crusie, I learned the art of a romance novel without a clear formula. Her characters aren’t perfect, they meet in strange ways, and struggle with real compatibility issues. I just hope I did my heroes justice.

What are you working on at the moment?

Werewolf Sings the Blues, the second in the Midnight Magic Mystery Series just came out so I’m doing the promotion for that. Next year the third in the series, Witch Upon a Star, comes out in 2015 so I’m doing the edits for that. I’m also fixing up my first in another new series, a steampunk romance entitled Verity Hart Vs. The Vampyres, which should be out sometime this year. Also sometime this year will be the fourth in my F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad series, High Moon, and I pray that by the end of the year the final in my superhero trilogy The Galilee Falls series, Fall of Heroes will also be out. Damn, I better get back to work, huh?

Where can fans find you online?

http://www.jenniferharlowbooks.com

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