Only You by Vivian Ward & Derek Masters

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Title: Only You

Author: Vivian Ward & Derek Masters

Cover Designer: Cover Me Darling LLC

Release Date: 10/31/17

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Blurb

 

We have a pact, we share everything, and now she’s about to tear it all apart.

 

Lucas and I are best friends. Some best friends share things, but we share everything–including women. It’s worked for so long that it’s completely normal for us, until we meet Penny. Her perfect body, her soft, supple curves and pouty lips are all I think about; all we think about.

Everything has always gone according to plan, but when she confesses her feelings for me, it completely changes everything that I thought was normal. I thought I could push it under the rug and pretend that she never said those things to me, but the more I see her with Lucas, the more jealous I become.

I don’t want what we have to end, but I can’t keep living a lie. Now I’m forced to choose between the pact that I made with my best friend or forget the woman who means everything to me. I can’t lose either one of them, but we all have to make choices.

This a complete, standalone dark romance novel that guarantees a happily ever after.

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Author Bio – Vivian Ward

Vivian Ward was born in Brooklyn, New York but now lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Growing up the daughter of a single mother, her life was a struggle from day to day. When things got hard, she retreated to her room where she would write about fantasy worlds that would take her away from her reality. Even as an adult, her passion for writing never went away and now she hopes to share it with the world.

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Author Bio – Derek Masters

Derek Masters grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and now lives in the immediate Kansas City, Missouri area.

When he’s not writing, you can typically find him working out in the gym, watching the game at one of his favorite sports bars, or hanging out at the park with his dog, Bully.

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Seraphina’s Awakening by Sheena Hutchinson

This book came to me at the perfect time. I’ve gotten wrapped up in a big bundle of love stories between plain ordinary humans and I desperately needed some supernatural beings. I started reading this book in the afternoon and had it finished before lunch the next day. The writing style of this author is a little different than what most readers will be used to. She writes in present tense. For example, “Sera finds herself-” as opposed to “Sera found herself-.” For some that will make it jarring to read. However, I liked it and I felt the author did a bang-up job making it work. The story developed slowly, but for me, it was a nice change from stories that spill the beans in the first half of the book and should just end there. There is a lot of suspense in this as I thought I knew what was happening but there was a little doubt. Probably the best thing I liked about this book is the main character. She challenged and doubted her transformation every step of the way. She didn’t just blindly accept her fate. That happens WAY TOO MUCH in these types of books. Without giving away any spoilers, there was one part of the epilog that confused me, but I think I may get my answer in the next book. Which brings me to another point, the author created an ending that made me want to get the next book as soon as possible.

 

For as long as she can remember, Seraphina Cross has experienced these visions that made her feel like there was more to life. It wasn’t until one moment, one accident that her life changed forever.
She awakens the next day a new person in more ways than one. With no recollection of past night’s events, she’s forced to adapt to certain sensations she is experiencing all while trying to piece together what exactly happened to her that fateful night. Her strange, hectic life doesn’t seem to make sense until she meets a handsome stranger. Only then does the puzzle finally piece itself together.
What she doesn’t expect is the new powers she has developed attracting all kinds of unwanted attention. Thrown into a world she never truly believed existed she is forced to come to grips with who she is becoming while staying out of trouble long enough to figure out what needs to be done to fulfill her destiny.

 

Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, who followed her happily ever after to a much more rural town in Maine. When she’s not driving an hour to find a Starbucks or running from bugs that are way to big for her taste, she’s focusing on writing stories that empower and inspire.

Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after.
For more on Sheena and her books visit her website: www.SheenaHutchinson.com.

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Boho Book Club Week Four- Resist the Machine by C.D. Verhoff

Like all Avants, Clara Spinner’s genetic code, future occupation, and date of death have been predetermined by the government. So when her innermost desires conflict with her rigidly planned life, she must hide them or risk losing everything.

Fresh out of the academy, she loathes her new assignment as a medical technician, but those who complain tend to disappear, so what can she do? Deciding to make the best of it, she works hard to become one of the top techs at the hospital, specializing in the use of memory retrieval equipment. As her skills gain recognition, she begins to make peace with the system until the day a loved one vanishes without a trace.

Seeking answers, Clara’s retrieves a memory nobody was supposed to see. Suspense with a touch of romance—Avant Nation will take you on a thought-provoking ride into the near future.

 

About the Author:

C.D. Verhoff spent her childhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She’s the fourth of five sisters. No brothers. Her background includes medical lab processor, elementary school teacher, and registered representative in insurance and finance.

Back up a few years (okay, a lot of years), to her senior year of high school. She was working part-time in a legal office. On a slow week when the boss was on vacation, she started her first fantasy novel. The book was terrible, but an aspiring novelist was born. Unfortunately, getting published didn’t seem like a realistic goal, so she filed away the dream and worked toward degrees in business and education. Later, when she left the workforce to become a stay-at-home mom, the writing bug resurfaced. She recently returned to full-time employment as a preschool teacher, but the novels keep coming.

Her interests include weird trivia, quotable quotes, education, Saint John Paul II, dogs, dragons, history, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Walking Dead, Person of Interest, The Middle, Mr. Robot, coffee and chocolate. She is currently working on book three of the Avant Nation series, Fear the Machine, and hopes to publish it before the Spring of 2018.

 

Boho Book Club October Giveaway

This month, I’m participating in the online book club organized by The Bohemian Housewife. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a book club. I mean, since PK (pre-kids) time. I’ve gotten to know Alisha and some of the other bloggers a little ao I wanted to be a part of this month’s. And I can say if all the books are as good as this one, I will be in every month. So far, this book is good. It has all the things I like, a rebellious female lead, lots of great dialog, and a fast-moving plot. For this first week, we only needed to read the first seven chapters, but I have a feeling I will finish this by the end of the week.

Each week, there will be a different question(s) for us to answer and then we have a chance to comment and discuss with each other, but also each of our blog readers. I will try hard not to give away any spoilers, but if I do, I will make sure to announce it first.

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I liked this book a lot. Clara was presented with contradictory facts time and again but still maintains the ability to question. The author seems to have created her as the perfect bridge between the two worlds. She deals with everything she is exposed to with an almost childlike curiosity, even though a lot of her thinking is clouded by her breading as an Avant. I don’t want to say any more about this in particular because I don’t want any spoilers in this post. I will say that I think in the next book, we are going to see her having to make some very difficult decisions and not all of them will have pleasant outcomes. If she is going to change the truth will probably hit her very hard.

If you like dystopian novels with a slight twist on the typical hunger games trope, you will like this book. I found myself unable to figure out the ending like I can in most books I read. So that pushed me to hurry and read this because I had to know what happened. The characters are very well-developed and I think the world building is flawless.

Time and Blood by Sherry Rentschler

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!

 

I have been waiting for over a year for this book to come out for real. It was truly worth the wait. Sherry has created a world that feels so real, sometimes I forget I’m reading fiction and I can’t just walk out my front do and see these characters. Her three-dimensional characters are so solid I half expect to get Christmas cards from them. I love them. Her women are strong and if you’ve read many of my posts, you know that means a lot to me. She blends folklore and mythology with her own diabolical twists and kept me turning the pages to hurry towards the end because I HAD to know what happened next. The dialog is spot on and serves to not only drive the plot forward but also helps “show” the reader instead of “telling” the reader. My only complaint with this book is due to the high level of detail she includes I know it will be awhile before I get to see this group of paranormal beings again.

 

 

 

Sherry Rentschler is a multi-award-winning, multi-genre author, writing coach and speaker.A retired US Air Force non-combat veteran, Sherry Rentschler completed her bachelor and graduate degrees while serving her country. Her background includes bylines in newspapers and online journals, plus previous work as an assistant poetry editor for an online poetry journal, a freelance columnist, and a photojournalist. In addition to her authorship, Rentschler is a writing coach and freelance editor.

Rentschler was a featured author in Southern Writers’ Magazine and in Focus on Women Magazine, as well as a featured guest speaker on numerous radio shows (The Ron Shaw Show, La Femme de Prose, Off the Chain, and Hanging with the Web).

Her causes include the National Network to End Domestic Violence well as programs to end bullying like StopBullying.gov. Also, Rentschler is a strong advocate of SmileTrain (seeing children get corrective surgery for cleft lips and palates), and Stand Up 2 Cancer programs.

On the horizon, Rentschler plans a three book workbook series for folks who want to learn the habit of writing every day. Also, she plans on a middle grade fairy series alsong with some ebook vingettes showcasing her characters from her vampire series.

Sherry’s guilty pleasures include indulging in fine wine, dark chocolates, and old b&w movies. A recognized vampire scholar and dragon collector, she and her husband live in North Carolina.

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Books may be ordered from sherry’s website: www.sherryrentschler.com

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Memberships/Organizations:

National Novel Writing Month (NC Regional Municipal Liaison 2013-2016)

The Independent Author Network

 

BOOKS:

I WISH YOU JOY (Blurb Books, 2008)

PAPER BONES (AuthorHouse, 2013)

BY LIGHT BETRAYED, Poetry of the Vampires (Bookstand Publishing, 2014)

MIDNIGHT ASSASSIN: A Tale of Lust and Revenge (CreateSpace, 2015)

THE BOOK OF NOW (CreateSpace, 2016)

BREAKING THE GLASS SLIPPER  (CreateSpace, 2016)

THE GYPSY THORN  (CreateSpace, 2017)

Awards:

Breaking The Glass Slipper

  • 2017 Metamorph Publishing 2017 Summer Indie Book Award Winner (Biography)
  • 2017 Kindle Ebook Awards Semi-Finalist
  • 2017 Global Ebook Awards Honorable Mention (Autobiography/Memoir)
  • 2017 Readers Favorite International Book Awards 5 Star Review

The Book of Now

  • 2017 Global Ebook Awards Silver Medal (Poetry)
  • 2017 eLit Book Awards Silver Medal (Poetry)
  • 2017 International Press Award (IPA) Distinguished Favorite (Best Non-Fiction Cover)
  • 2017 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist (Poetry, and Best Interior, Nonfiction)
  • 2017 Readers Favorite International Book Awards 5 Star Review
  • 2016 Metamorph Publishing Summer Indie Book Awards Nominee (poetry)

Midnight Assassin – A Tale of Lust and Revenge (as of April 2016)

  • 2016 Global Ebook Awards Bronze Medal (Fiction-Paranormal)
  • 2016 Global Ebook Awards Honorable Mention (Best Overall Ebook Cover)
  • 2016 Readers Favorite International Book Awards 5 Star Review

By Light Betrayed: Poetry of the Vampires

  • 2016 Metamorph Publishing Summer Indie Book Awards Nominee (poetry)
  • 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist (Poetry)
  • 2015 Global Ebook Awards Gold Medal (Best Overall Ebook Cover)
  • 2015 Global Ebook Awards Silver Medal (Best Ebook Photography – no gold given)
  • 2015 Global Ebook Awards Silver Medal (Poetry – no gold given)
  • 2015 Readers Favorite International Book Awards 5 Star Review

Paper Bones

  • 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist (Poetry)
  • 2014 Global Ebook Awards Gold Medalist (Poetry)
  • 2014 Readers Favorite International Book Awards Honorable Mention
  • 2014 Readers Favorite International Book Awards 5 Star Review
  • 2013 AuthordB Cover Contest Gold Medal

 

Whiskey Witches by S.M. Blooding

Author: S.M. Blooding

Narrator: Kalinda Little

Length: 12 hours and 15 minutes

Publisher: Whistling Book Press⎮2017

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Series: Whiskey Witches, Book 1

Release date: March 4, 2017

Synopsis: Detective Paige Whiskey comes from a long line of witches. They may not all be the most powerful, but they are outspoken and supportive of their community. She alone has no gifts. She can’t summon fire, can’t read minds. She knows the arcane. She’s studied it. That, along with her connection to the Whiskey Witches, lands her some pretty strange cases.
Like the sacrificial murders of St. Francisville, Louisiana. There’s a killer on the loose, choosing people in a vain attempt to raise a demon. Not just any demon, though. A man born long ago, made a demon in order to protect the Gate to Hell.
Together with demon hunter, Dexx Colt, her kitchen-witch grandmother, and her paranormal investigator brother-in-law, they unravel a conspiracy far bigger than a few simple murders, and re-discover Paige’s gift.
She’s a demon summoner and she’s key to the killer’s plan.

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About the Author: S.M. Blooding

Frankie lives in beautiful Montana with her Darling Dork, his two part-time girls, and their cat, Tesla. She enjoys creating with her wonderful husband, doing everything from crochet, to sewing, to art, and, of course, writing. She’s lived a pretty colorful life, giving breath to her stories.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers, U.S. Government assassins, and slingshot terrorist. No. She is not kidding.

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About the Narrator: Kalinda Little

Kalinda Little is a 28-year-old web developer who started playing around with audio and never stopped. Currently based out of Portland Oregon, she has spent time all up and down the West Coast, including several years is Ashland where she worked backstage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is a chapter leader for the Nine Bridges Writers, a nonprofit that aims to assist and support writers in all genres, by providing resources and critique.

While she only started recording professionally in April of 2016, she had over two hundred hours of amateur recording and editing available before that point. To date, she has narrated 27 books, with another 3 set to come out before the end of 2017.

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REVIEW

This book was one of those get-in-buckle-up-and-hold-on kind of books. It starts fast and stays fast. I loved it. There were no boring scenes and now wasted dialog. Yet, the author did a great job of creating a complete world that was totally believable. I liked Paige. She was a messed up soul who wanted nothing more than to just get her life together and do the right thing. I can so relate to that. All the other characters felt real and served a unique purpose to pushing the plot. I completely enjoyed the role reversal for the angels. (Not too much of a spoiler, but…) The angels in this story are not the gooddy ethereal beings that seem common. The author did a great job incorporating the setting as an important detail in this story. Many authors disregard the setting as not being important. I felt the heat of the bayou while listening to this story.

That narrator did a great job making each character (and there were a lot) an individual. She did a fantastic job with both the female and male characters. I was also impressed with the different accents the characters had. She brought this story alive and made it easy to “see” it in my head. I am such a visual person so this is utmost to me with audiobooks.

A funny side note- When Paige met her first demon, my phone shut itself down. I have no idea why it did that because it has never done that before or since. I guess it’s just things that make you go hhmmm 🙂

GUEST POST FROM THE AUTHOR

An Author’s Superpower

Authors have a superpower that oftentimes gets overlooked. They write stories that touch the hearts and minds of people. They have the ability to shift a reader’s perception, a way of thinking, or the way they feel about a topic.

That might seem common-sense, and it is, but when you talk to authors about their stories, it’s amazing to see how many don’t realize the power they hold in their hands.

I was helping a fellow author edit her book the other day, and she was discussing a topic that was very important, but she feared it was controversial. So, instead of dealing with it, she pushed it under the rug and felt as though the character handled it poorly. It felt really immature to me.

So, I mentioned that to her, and she told me why she handled it this way. She didn’t want to upset people.

Okay. Great. Understood.

However, here’s the thing. As a reader, you’ve invited me into your mind, your heart, and your soul–if my writing is good enough to penetrate all those layers. I show you, through my characters, how you could handle a situation. I allow you, the reader, to experience things you’ve never lived through. I allow you, the reader, to take charge of your life, to say what you always wanted to, but felt powerless to do utter out loud. I allow you to fight back, to stand up, to take charge. I allow you to dole out the hard love.

And then, if I’m good enough, I empower you, the reader, to do that.

That’s a pretty incredible super power, if you ask me.

The big crisis in Whiskey Witches is something that we all see happening, but no one really talks about, and that’s custody battles. The “losing parent” is always seen as a bad guy, and if the mother loses her kid, she…did something unspeakably horrible.

But what isn’t talked about is all the horrible, emotional, brutally horrific things that happen outside the courtroom. The winner isn’t always the “good guy.” Sometimes–a lot of times–they’re just the bigger bully. And the loser is shamed into silence. When we don’t talk about an issue, we empower the other side.

Now, some parents lose their kids for very valid reasons. They do. They are the reason there are custody battles in the Courts of Law in the first place. But…not all do deserve that, and none of them talk about it, and it hurts like hell. These parents often lose visitation rights–though they could push it through the courts, it harder on the kids and then the kids don’t want to see the other parent, so it’s a lose-lose situation. They lose phone call privileges, hugs, kisses, I love yous, calls on your birthday, the ability to talk to them on their birthday. They lose holidays–or are bullied into “having the holiday that’s easier to deal with” because that’s always a great idea.

We authors have the superpower to discuss hard-line topics like this in a safe place. Fiction. The setting is fake. The characters are fake.

But the lessons are real. There’s real power in a book. Even a fiction one.

Forged Alliances by Katherine McIntyre

Here’s the best way to summarize my review for this book:

HALLELUJAH FOR ALPHA FEMALES WHO ARE TRULY ALPHA FEMALES!

I could end my review there and be happy but that wouldn’t make for much of a blog post. I have read so many books where women leads must face horrible demons from hell sent to our universe to destroy everything but the second a man comes into the room they go weak in the knees and can’t make a decision about anything. This book was not like that at all and I read it with gusto.

I remember years ago, sitting in a college literature class, discussing Grendel’s mother. The professor told us that female characters in all of literature were either mother, lover, damsel, or bitch. This author did a fantastic job of creating a female character who was a leader without being a bitch. She stayed true to the alpha shifter trope but still managed to be a partner and love interest.

I also liked the authentic dialog. The men sounded like men and the women sounded like women. She also did a good job of using harsher language in a way that enhanced the story instead of just throwing it in to sensationalize the plot. Her adult scenes were well-written not just plain gross. The fight scenes were easy to follow and visualize. The plot was fast-paced and energy filled. It was truly one of those books where I wanted to skip to the last page and then go back and read the book.

 

Sierra Kanoska fought hard for her position as wolf alpha of the Red Rock pack, and intruders in her territory receive the full brunt of what her claws, fangs, and smarts can accomplish. So when Dax Williams, de facto alpha of the Silver Springs pack, pays an unwelcome visit, Sierra’s ready to toss him out. However, the man’s in a tough spot. The pack elders sabotaged his fight for alpha against his brother, driving him from his lands. Sierra hates underhanded moves like that, so she agrees on an alliance.

As they work together, she witnesses an alpha who wants to do right by his pack, not just the cocky wiseass she first met. Their growing attraction blazes hot, but the moment she and Dax lock lips, a mating bond emerges. Sierra sure as hell isn’t ready to share that intimate connection with a stranger, and the thought of forever sends Dax running.

Before they can talk, the Tribe commanding the East Coast shifters arrives to settle the dispute. Dax and his brother’s punishment for their pack’s civil war is a free-for-all on their lands. Not only does he have to defeat his brother, but any challenger in the region. Despite Dax and Sierra’s initial resistance, his wily charm relaxes her control-freak tendencies while her steadfast support bolsters his strength. Yet every new opponent places their newfound relationship under siege–one misstep, one wrong blow in the ring, and Dax could leave in a bodybag.

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Strong women. Strong words.

Katherine McIntyre is a feisty Irish chick with a big attitude despite her short stature. She writes stories featuring snarky women, ragtag crews, and men with bad attitudes—high chance for a passionate speech thrown into the mix. As an eternal geek and tomboy who’s always stepped to her own beat, she’s made it her mission to write stories that represent the broad spectrum of people out there, from different cultures and races to all varieties of men and women. Easily distracted by cats and sugar.

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Love N. Vegas October 27-29, 2017

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas October 27-29, 2017

 

Who needs an excuse to go to Vegas?!!!!!!!! That’s actually one of the reasons I miss living in Southern California. I spent plenty of weekends in Vegas and to be able to go, enjoy Vegas AND books. I’d be in heaven!

If you do get a chance to go to this book conference, here are a couple of things that will make it much more enjoyable.

  1. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes-  I am one of those people who will buy a pair of shoes more so because they are cute not because they fit well or even feel good. DON’T BE LIKE TERRI. There is a lot of walking at conferences. If you are comfortable it will keep you in a much better frame of mind.
  2. Set a budget and stick to it- This is important. You never want your love of books to supersede your love of food and rent. I know I’m preaching to the choir, but I’ve been there and done that. Authors know you cannot buy something from every single one of them. I’ve talked to several authors who told me they actually don’t have a ton of sales at the conference but realize a bump in sales after the conference. So don’t feel guilty and/or avoid authors (I did this at my first conference) because you aren’t buying one of their books. And of course, traveling in itself can get expensive, so check out travel deals, like these to Vegas , to save your money for books!
  3. Stop and talk to authors- Pick up author swag. This is the best way to remember who you met and which books you want to read later. If the author has time, ask them to sign the bookmarker swag. It makes for a, even more, special memento.
  4. Bring a case with wheels. Books get heavy after awhile. Make it easy on yourself.
  5. Talk, Talk, Talk- Enjoy yourself and meet new people. Don’t be afraid to talk to authors or other attendees. All of you already have one thing in common, so if you’re shy just start talking about books. Participate in the activities outside of the actual signing time. It’s an even better way to meet people and have fun. Trust me, it is very energizing to be around “your people”.

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C.A. Caskabel Stops By terriluvsbooks

Months ago, I reviewed a book I found from NetGalley. If you haven’t read the book, let me tell you it’s one of those books that I still kinda think about once in awhile. I have the rest of the series in my queue and it’s one I will be reading once I catch up a little.

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The first question I have to ask you is who designed that book cover and where did the concept come from (it gives me the willies while drawing me in at the same time.) 

The cover was designed by Chris Koutroulos, a professional graphics designer. I already had an idea of what I wanted, but I got something better than what I expected. The concept comes from the book and the story of the Ouna-Mas, the priestesses of the Tribe. The picture makes the reader think “fantasy, ” but this is an almost realistic picture.

Everybody keeps telling me that this looks that woman from Star Trek or the other from Guardians of the Galaxy etc. Yet, the inspiration comes directly from history. There were many priestesses or women of status from Ancient Egypt to Hunnish tribes, European tribes, etc. with long heads. Their heads were wrapped with cloth from when they were babies and took on that shape. One can find many pictures and skulls (in museums). Just google “skull elongation” for more willies.

On your site, you mention that you started writing Drakon in 2013 and it was 400,000 words. When you started, did you plan on it being that many words or did it just grow organically? Did you always plan on breaking it into four parts? More importantly, where did you get the idea for this story?

All four books are one story, one novel, but as a debut author, I could not make a 400k debut. I preferred to release it in four parts and keep the price as close to zero for the first part. It makes it easier for the reader to try an unknown author. I never planned on four books or 400K words. This is what the story demanded as it developed. As for the size, the book kept increasing with every iteration of editing. I reread it many times, and I discovered that the story needed to be bigger.

About the idea for this story: I worked backward from a dream I had a long time ago. It was quite a powerful dream (very late dinner I guess), and it stayed with me. Then I found the motivation of the story. What would you do if you are born on the wrong side of the battle? If you are raised simply to join an army of fanatics? What does it take to overcome all the brainwashing, what is the price to pay for doing the “right” thing? There are many YA novels where a 16-year-old rebels and knows all the right things to do immediately. This book is more complicated and I would never call it YA.  It follows a man through a twenty-year period. Good and evil fight within the man on every page.

You call yourself a “technology entrepreneur.” What do you mean by that and what areas of tech have you worked? How did the lessons you learn from these entrepreneurial experiences help you with the business side of writing?

I have worked in software development, technology platforms for advertising and marketing, and more recently fintech and clean energy. I was always closer to the marketing, presentation side of the business so I was in charge of crafting the story. The challenge was similar, but the mechanics of a business presentation vs. a fantasy novel are completely different.

In a post on your site dated May 3, 2017, you mention you used a lot of history books to help you develop this story, and most of it was Middle Eastern and Eastern. Which books helped you the most? Tell us a little about the research process you went through for this story. 

Drakon is a story about a young man (Da-Ren) growing up in a society which comes as close as possible to purely evil. A society where most women, and men, are used by one charismatic madman; a regime driven by prejudice, religious fanaticism and hatred. I could find regimes even from the twentieth century that fit the bill yet I wanted to place it as far away as possible from common historical events. So I chose the period of the dark ages of the Eastern Roman Empire around 4th and 5th century AD and found a lot of motivation by reading about the Hunnish tribes and other barbaric tribes that invaded Europe at that time. And then I wrote the story from the side of the barbarians rather than the “good guys.” This is still fantasy though, in the sense that the tribe I describe is made up through a collage of fact and fiction. They are the Huns, they are much more fun.

In the same post, you mention your manufacturing engineering background and the Japanese school of thought (Kaizen, right? My husband works in the same field so I have listened to many hours on this topic). This is the first time I’ve seen anyone relate this to a writing career. What does this look like and what is your process?

I am referring to a continuous improvement process when one is never satisfied with the quality of the end result and keeps tweaking it to reach the best possible quality. The truth is that writing even an ok novel is an amazing accomplishment that takes a lot of time. If you want to do something better than average, you have to have the courage to edit and edit and read and edit. Not three times, closer to thirty.

What plans do you have for future books?

I am completing the Drakon series with Book IV that will be released sometime before end of 2017.  I have a very good idea of the next two series I am planning to write and I will start right away in 2018.

I”ll buy lunch for you and any author or character from a book. Who’s coming with us?

Neil Gaiman is a favorite not only as an author but also as somebody that has such an amazing breadth of stories and things to discuss. And he doesn’t seem to eat much so it works budget wise.

What are you reading right now or what was the last book you read?

Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney. Amazing, poetic prose. Highly recommended (and I don’t know the author).

(This is just a fun crazy question). If you could wear any kind of costume for Halloween, what would it be and why?

I am not a lot into costumes so I bought a plain black Game of Thrones t-shirt with the quote “A man has no costume” paraphrasing the Faceless Man (“a man has no name”)

You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they?

Dune (and Dune 2), because it is the first fantasy/scifi/yet so real that I fell in love with.

The Iliad (I am Greek after all, despite my pen name, and there are many interesting characters in there.)

Love in the Time of Cholera (because every book I want to write is a love story in one way or another)

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins (so much fun)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (because I am predicting she is going to win the Nobel Prize tomorrow)

 

C.A. Caskabel started writing Drakon in 2013 and completed the 400,000-word epic fantasy novel in 2016. He split Drakon into four books which he will release within 2017, he promises. After all, he is eager to start working on the next novel. C.A. is also the founder of an indie publisher of picture books and fantasy fiction.
Before 2013, C.A. was a serial technology entrepreneur. He studied at Boston and Brown University. He calls Boston, New York, Providence, San Francisco, London, and Athens (and in general Planet Earth) home.

Boho Book Club Week Three- Resist the Machine by C.D. Verhoff

Like all Avants, Clara Spinner’s genetic code, future occupation, and date of death have been predetermined by the government. So when her innermost desires conflict with her rigidly planned life, she must hide them or risk losing everything.

Fresh out of the academy, she loathes her new assignment as a medical technician, but those who complain tend to disappear, so what can she do? Deciding to make the best of it, she works hard to become one of the top techs at the hospital, specializing in the use of memory retrieval equipment. As her skills gain recognition, she begins to make peace with the system until the day a loved one vanishes without a trace.

Seeking answers, Clara’s retrieves a memory nobody was supposed to see. Suspense with a touch of romance—Avant Nation will take you on a thought-provoking ride into the near future.

 

About the Author:

C.D. Verhoff spent her childhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She’s the fourth of five sisters. No brothers. Her background includes medical lab processor, elementary school teacher, and registered representative in insurance and finance.

Back up a few years (okay, a lot of years), to her senior year of high school. She was working part-time in a legal office. On a slow week when the boss was on vacation, she started her first fantasy novel. The book was terrible, but an aspiring novelist was born. Unfortunately, getting published didn’t seem like a realistic goal, so she filed away the dream and worked toward degrees in business and education. Later, when she left the workforce to become a stay-at-home mom, the writing bug resurfaced. She recently returned to full-time employment as a preschool teacher, but the novels keep coming.

Her interests include weird trivia, quotable quotes, education, Saint John Paul II, dogs, dragons, history, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Walking Dead, Person of Interest, The Middle, Mr. Robot, coffee and chocolate. She is currently working on book three of the Avant Nation series, Fear the Machine, and hopes to publish it before the Spring of 2018.

Boho Book Club October Giveaway

This month, I’m participating in the online book club organized by The Bohemian Housewife. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a book club. I mean, since PK (pre-kids) time. I’ve gotten to know Alisha and some of the other bloggers a little ao I wanted to be a part of this month’s. And I can say if all the books are as good as this one, I will be in every month. So far, this book is good. It has all the things I like, a rebellious female lead, lots of great dialog, and a fast-moving plot. For this first week, we only needed to read the first seven chapters, but I have a feeling I will finish this by the end of the week.

Each week, there will be a different question(s) for us to answer and then we have a chance to comment and discuss with each other, but also each of our blog readers. I will try hard not to give away any spoilers, but if I do, I will make sure to announce it first.

 

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I really enjoyed the interaction between the two groups. The wedding scene was kinda funny. I can only imagine how this whole thing would have played out in real life. The interaction with the biker gang was great juxtaposition. Even though these two groups seems in complete contrast, they both have the same goal. Stick together and take care of each other. They just had very different ways of doing it. I think they could have completed the mission without a cover, but the cover allowed them to see the other world for what it was, both the good and the bad. It challenges their preconceived ideas of “the enemy”.

 

 

Taming Karla by Robbie Cox

Robbie is one of my one-click authors. I am on his street team and I review a lot of his books. He sends me a lot of his books to review, but I also buy a lot of them because I want to make sure my review on Amazon counts. They are also that good. So I guess you could say that I am biased. But there is a reason for that and trust me, read his stuff and you will understand why.

Every book I read from Robbie has a different feel and a different voice. To me, that is very impressive. None of his series, read the same. I’m drawn to his books because of his characters.  The main character was so well written, she became more like a real person and not just a flat character from a book. That means a lot to me as a reader. I get tired of reading stories with non-developed stories. It gets boring. In the beginning, I didn’t like Karla. I really wanted to either smack her or shake some sense into her. It’s not because of her lifestyle choice it’s because she was too hung-up in the past. This was a simple story with a strong underlying life message. Yet, at no time did I feel like the author “preached” his beliefs. All of these characters were just regular people trying to figure out what the believe and where they fit in this world. I need to add that this is book two of this series.

I forgot it was a sequel and I did not read book one. I really do not feel like I missed anything by not reading book one first.

 

Karla Harper is a wild card, believing romance only serves one purpose, to get her ahead in life. She’s not all caught up in flowers and pretty language. She wants to get in, have her fun, and get out.

Mitch Greenway loves to be in control and wants to set Karla free by giving her the safety net she doesn’t know she needs, as well as the relationship she swears she doesn’t desire. He craves the wildness she possesses, wanting to share in it and explore it together without judgment.

She refuses to be tamed, while he’s determined to do just that. Could there be two people whose tastes in adventure blends so perfectly that they complement each other, but even more so, takes it to the hottest level? Mitch is determined to find out. That is, if he can get Karla to sit still long enough.

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Robbie started writing as a way to escape – escape his teachers, escape his fears, even to escape his insecurities and doubts. However, his stories of seduction and adventure, not only allowed him to hide in the lives of his characters but also captivated those who wanted to escape with him. Now, he enjoys a full-time career as a storyteller and novelist and invites readers to run away with him- to escape, getting lost in the seduction of adventure.

When he is not writing, Robbie can be found on his back porch enjoying a cigar, a scotch, and a good story. He derives pleasure from his large family and his crazy group of friends who provide the inspiration for his blog The Mess that Is Me.

He is the author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Warrior of the Way, along with the paranormal series, The Witches of Savannah. His Contemporary Romance series includes The Rutherford Series, The Harper Twins, and the Fangirls series.

You can learn more about Robbie at his website – http://www.robbiecox.net
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