Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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Book Blast & Giveaway: At Star’s End by @AnnaHackett





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Published by: Carina Press

March 31, 2014

Dr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime dedicated to her mother’s dream of finding the long lost Mona Lisa. When Eos uncovers tantalizing evidence of Star’s End—the last known location of the masterpiece—she’s shocked when her employer, the Galactic Institute of Historic Preservation, turn its back on her. Left with no choice, Eos must trust the most notorious treasure hunter in the galaxy; a man she finds infuriating, annoying and far too tempting.

Dathan Phoenix can sniff out relics at a stellar mile. With his brothers by his side, he takes the adventures that suit him and refuses to become a lazy, bitter failure like his father. When the gorgeous Eos Rai comes looking to hire him, he knows she’s trouble, but he’s lured into a hunt that turns into a wild and dangerous adventure. As Eos and Dathan are pushed to their limits, they discover treasure isn’t the only thing they’re drawn to…but how will their desire survive when Dathan demands the Mona Lisa as his payment?







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I’m Anna Hackett and I write action romance stories to thrill you, excite you and leave you inspired. I write about people overcoming unbeatable odds and achieving seemingly impossible goals to inspire you with the truth that the possibility exists for all of us to do the same. I love car chases, explosions and spaceships…and of course when the boy wins the girl. Oh, and I’m a sucker for that moment when the team is walking in slow motion, shoulder-to-shoulder heading off into battle. After reading or writing an awesome action romance story, I’m left energized and feeling like anything is possible. I aim to give the same to my readers.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: Light's Bane by Lucy Varna


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Daughter of the People Book#2

Daniella Nehring is a fierce warrior with a turbulent past. Born in the earliest days of World War II to unknown parents, she was raised by Rebecca Upton, one of the People’s most notable leaders. Dani has always had questions about her parents’ identities, information Rebecca refuses to reveal, leaving a gaping hole in Dani's own identity. Dani travels to New York on Rebecca's orders to search for the mysterious woman who stole a copy of the Prophecy of Light from the People. There, she teams up with Dave Winstead, an FBI agent working undercover with the People's most ancient and deadly enemy. Dave has a soft spot for the young warrior that divides his loyalties between her and the job he took in order to fulfill a promise he made a decade and a half before, a promise he's determined to keep, no matter what the cost. As Dani and Dave are drawn deeper into the hunt for the missing artifact, Dani's immortality is jeopardized, and with it, her ability to reclaim the Prophecy. When she learns the truth about her heritage, Dani is forced to choose between her heart and her duty, and must confront her past in a struggle that will change her life forever.

Genre Paranormal Romance

Expected Publication Date June 13th 2014


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Lucy Varna lives in Georgia, surrounded by her large, extended family. Lucy has been a reader for as long as she can remember. After devouring every suitable book in her house, she moved on to newspapers, encyclopedias, and telephone directories. In desperation for new reading material, she began crafting her own stories, and thus was a writer born. In addition to reading, writing, and studying dead people, Lucy enjoys knitting, music, and long drives through the countryside during autumn. Most of all, she likes to spend time with her family, particularly her teen-aged son, who is nearly as odd as she is. As the old family saying goes, "The nut don't fall too far from the tree." Poor kid.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Blast & Guest Post: HE: A Sexual Odyssey by Stephan Morsk

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clip_image002HE: A Sexual Odyssey

Stephan Morsk


ISBN: 0-7414-8224-X

Genre: erotica

Book Description:

In HE the unnamed protagonist, a law student, is involved with a series of women who either loathe him, try to poison him, save his life or exploit him sexually. The first is the nanny of his ex boss’ kid. She sends him a hateful letter, enclosing a pubic hair and rubbed with pheromones. After observing a woman in a coffee shop whose breasts are ‘freaks of nature’ she leaves a briefcase and departs. He’s unsuccessful in returning it to her, but this karmic event exposes him to a bevy of dangerous and seductive paramours.

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Book Trailer:





Dear #######'

DO NOT BE ALARMED. I would never give away your cloying secrets. But don't kid yourself; I know who you are.

You see, I've seen you staring at me in the foyer when I come to take charge of Sisco on Saturday mornings. Your hazel eyeballs have given you away. Don't think I don't get IT. I've noticed how your eyes hover over me, darting around my body like a laser. Picked up on your malingering stare. (I caught you eyeing my butt one day when I left the bathroom door open to tease my hair. Mirrors do reflect in case you didn't know.) When you do acknowledge me (if you do at all), your retinas hover around my chest instead of making eye contact. OMG! Do you think I'm that much of a dumb blonde? Really...

So in deference to the fact that you will never, ever have me, I am sending you these tokens of esteemlessness. (1) Since you would no doubt like to run your gruff fingers through my saintly pubic hairs (not to mention your liar's tongue), I have sent you one (enclosed). And (2) since you'd love to use your sizable nose to sniff me in luscious places I have rubbed certain of my pheromones on special spots (UR, LL) so that you may inhale (which is as much as you can ever hope for) (just the thought of you turns my tummy icky) the essence of my sensuality. Enjoy...

Yours truly,

Misha T, the babe

P.S. I'm even hotter than your pathetic, perverted little mind could ever imagine.

Trust me.

Turning the envelope upside down, something fell out. Hesitant to exhale, lest it vanish, he pulled a small magnifying glass from his desk drawer and examined the specimen. There it was, a curly fury of blackness culled from the mine of her smoky mound.



Thank you so much to Total Eclipse Reviews for allowing me to introduce you to myself and my work. My name is Stephan Morsk and I’ve been writing for about fifteen years daily. I’ve won a 7th and an 8th place in a Writer’s Digest Contest out of a field of 19,000, earned honorable mentions in other years, published short stories, etc. My novella, “HE: A Sexual Odyssey” is one worthy of attention, I believe; literate, sexy and fun. My favorite author is Norman Mailer.

A couple of themes stand out in my work. (“HE” already has three sequels written: “Trashy Novel: A Love Story”, “She” and “I”. I guess I’m hung up on pronouns.) My protagonists, always unnamed, are seeking salvation in the form of Ms. Right. Another theme is the power women have over men, sexually and emotionally. A third is the absurdity of irrational, gonzo karma. My protagonists often find themselves in hideous situations through no fault of their own.

Take the protagonist in “HE”, a thirty-ish law student living in Manhattan. He’s entranced by the nanny of his ex-boss’ kid. She’s named Misha and is scorchingly hot, aloof, years younger and, in his mind, untouchable. Sitting in the foyer of the ex-boss’, ex-wife’s apartment where he crosses paths with her, he notices she’s left her shirt on the seat next to him.

There it sat, steeped in her sweat, suffused in her perfumes, laden with the scruffy cells of her desquamated dermis, only inches away. Looking around to make sure the coast was clear, he picked it up, that neon schmatte, aphorizing his lust. It had the frilly quality of women’s wear, sleekly light, taffeta smooth. Staring at it a moment, uncertain how to ravage it, he put the armpit of her sleeve against his nose and inhaled the spare essence of her sweat mixed with deodorant. Then he moved his nostrils to the other side in his prehensile grip, as if it might range any different. Closing his eyes he inhaled deeply...

His reverie was broken when the cloth was snapped from his fingers. There, standing above him, was the albescent Misha, a tart smirk gracing her lips, which were yanked to one side of her face in denunciation. “You’re pathetic,” she said, a sly smile orchestrating her mouth. p. 10.

Ultimately he enters into a sado-masochistic tarantella with her. She texts him the times she’ll be in a restaurant with her boyfriend. He goes there and hooks up with her in the women’s room, unbeknownst to the boyfriend of course. There he performs all kinds of humiliating acts at her command.

At the women’s room door, she put her finger to her lips and looked in. Apparently empty, she nodded for him to follow. Like an absurd marionette, he did so. She quickly opened a stall door and sat on the toilet seat. Following her in, she graced him with that sylvan smirk, which ignited her crime passionnel. Locking the stall door, he stood staring at her. “You’re being such a good boy. As a reward, I’ll let you kiss my feet.” Slipping off one of her sandals, she held her foot toward him. It was a young, dusky, filthy foot, salacious in and of itself with a slight odor of summer heat. While an ocean of conflict raced through his head, there must, he presumed, be some payoff for all of his obedience. Sinking to his knees on the hard tiled floor, he watched that arrant smirk unfold. She’d won, again, and would utilize him as her puppy. Holding her heal in his hand, he sniffed her toes, imbibing the uncouth scent, then, slowly, purposefully, he began sucking on each one, lusting after their obverse peculiarity in a manner of libidinization. p.14.

These encounters multiply. In the meantime he sees a woman in a coffee shop whose breasts are ‘freaks of nature’. When she departs, leaving her briefcase under the table he sees it as an opportunity to meet her. He runs after her but when she boards a bus he has no change and is unable to follow her. However, he finds a cell phone in the briefcase along with several cut up pictures of body parts, some of them presumably hers. They connect by phone and arrange a meeting. This one woman, who calls herself Eve, may just be the redemptive soul he’s been searching for. Terminally cute, sexy and fearless, she’s succeeded in casting her obverse spell on our hero. Out of nowhere, one day, she shows up at his door.

“I’ll be staying a while,” she said. He nodded excitedly at the news. Not that he had invited her. She’d brought her bosoms, and that was enough to engage his endorsement. “I’m in a bit of a mess,” she said, cutely as ever. She kept tossing off phrases, warnings really, puntos de informacion by way of explication. “I’m not who you think I am,” she said. Then finally, “I carry a gun.”

Ignoring all this data momentarily, he said, “Can I get you anything?” p. 37.

He’s perfectly capable of disavowing all contradictory input in light of the mere possibility of feminine salvation. She comes in and lies on his sofa, prostrate. It doesn’t last long, however, as she passes out and has to be carted away in an ambulance. Another dose of ignominious fate. Another woman, identifying herself only as Tinkerbell, intrigues him. She turns out to be part of a ruthless gang of international thieves. Just his luck.

...noticing a woman ambling about- one of the most extraordinary women he’d ever seen. Tall, almost six feet, young, dressed casually in jeans and T-shirt. She was thin, not an extra ounce of adipose tissue, yet not anorexic or even skinny... just gawkily streamlined with large nerdy glasses. Her body thrilled him nonchalantly. She was not exactly overdressed. She was just there, doing her thing, in that spiffy hotel lobby, no doubt some pecuniary dad’s spoiled daughter. But her physical being thrilled him. She wasn’t overly endowed in the frontal nether world, but what there was assumed an ovoid fullness. Likewise her derriere was just plump enough to enjoin approbation.

...He stared into her wide glasses. She wore her hair up in a dithery bun. She looked again at him a little self-consciously. By his estimation she couldn’t have been more than... twenty-three?

“You’re him then?” she asked.

“What?” he asked in surprise that she’d even spoken in his direction.

“The man with the rod.”

He nodded. “You’re not what I expected.” p. 56.

Tinkerbell turns out to be an ex-Russian whore, lesbian, who agrees to have sex with him in exchange for a mysterious metal rod left in his possession by the ethereal Eve. However, Tink turns out to be more than a little viperous. He ends up in need of hospitalization.

Collapsing more than sitting onto the back seat, he said, “Mount...”

“What?” the man asked. “Can’t hear ya’, brother.”

“Mount,” he said again, the words sticking on his lips. He was getting daffier by the moment.

“Mount... what?” the cabby said.

“Cy... an... ide...”

“Mount cyanide?”

Shaking his head no, he said, “Sigh... nigh...”

“Oh, Mount Sinai hospital?” the guy asked. He nodded. “You all right, brother?” He shook his head no.

“Mer... gen... see...”

“You ain’t gonna die on me in my cab are you?” He shook his head no. “Okay, then I’m movin’. Otherwise I call you a ambulance man. Got no dyin’ in my cab, brother. Uh, uh.” p.65.

The protagonist’s adoration of women persists despite sexual humiliations, outright exploitation, and some near death experiences.

Well, I hope I’ve intrigued you enough to take a look at “HE: A Sexual Odyssey”. It’s available at Amazon in paperback, and in e formats on Kindle and Nook. I manage my own website which offers a new short story monthly. I’m on Twitter at @SMorsk. Also on Facebook.

Thanks again.

Stephan Morsk








Stephan Morsk is a mental health professional who writes daily. He won a 7th and an 8th place in the Writer’s Digest competition 2001 out of a field of 19,000 writers. He has published a short story and won honorable mentions in other years. His web site offers a new short story each month. He is interested in novellas and recently submitted “Parrot Moon” to the Paris Literary Prize. He’s finished several other short books, part of a four part series including “HE”, “Trashy Novel-A Love Story”, “She” and “I”. He lives in rural Minnesota with his family. Favorite novelist, Normal Mailer. He enjoys exercise and is a reasonable amateur magician.

Cover Reveal: Crane, Legends Saga Book 1 by @Rourkewrites


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Title: Crane
Series: Legends Saga Book 1
Author: Stacey Rourke
Genre: NA paranormal 
Audience: Older teens and up 
Formats: eBook and print 
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing 
Cover By: Najla Qamber Designs 
Editor: There for You Editing 
Expected Date of Publishing: May 26, 2014



The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.
Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.
What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?
Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.
But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?



authorgifThe Gryphon Series is written by Stacey Rourke. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this series as well as other literary projects. The Gryphon Series is available wherever fine books are sold.


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Sunday, April 27, 2014

New Release!! Orenda by Ruth Silver




ORENDA by Ruth Silver

a Young Adult Fantasy Adventure series

published by Patchwork Press

Orenda Join forces with a parallel universe. Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can't exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her younger sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for. A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.

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  Excerpt: Lil stood firm, sword-in-hand, staring at the beast as it flew directly at her. “How do I kill it?” She raised the sword above her head with two hands. Hudson glanced at her. “With what we taught you. The dragon is no different than a man.” “It has wings and is flying at me. I’d say it’s different!”   Ruth Silver author photo About the Author: Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing, in 2013. Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required, because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. Upcoming works include Royal Reaper, a young adult series about grim reapers, due for release June 3rd, 2014. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads


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New Release!! Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver


a Young Adult Paranormal Adventure

published by Patchwork Press

Dead Girl Walking

Forget everything you know about grim reapers.
Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.
Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.
“Forget everything you know about grim reapers, Ophelia. Humans have it wrong. It’s easier to believe in angels and demons, than to see what’s right in front of you. Who wants to believe the undead walk among us with beating hearts? It would frighten humans. It would probably send many to their graves faster,” Edon said.
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About the Author: Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing. Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy young adult stories. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

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Book Blast: Perfect Stranger by @morgankwyatt



christmas airline boarding pass ticket in pocketTitle: Perfect Stranger

Author: Morgan K Wyatt

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Audience: Adult

Date Published: November 27, 2013


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Cinda isn’t ready to become a glorious butterfly. She’s still in the caterpillar stage with her generous curves. All she really wants is for a man to appreciate who she is. The way Jack did when they met at the airport. They shared a romantic day as they both waited for their flights. He kissed her goodbye and tucked his card in her suit pocket with instructions to call. It figures she’d lose his card. Luck never dealt her a romantic winning hand, but it’s time to reshuffle the cards.

Six months fantasizing about Jack was enough. Raven determines not only to help her friend to become the butterfly she is, but also to give her friend a gift she’ll never forget. Cinda voices her doubts about attending the masquerade ball. Raven reveals that Santa left her special gift at the ball. Her job is to retrieve it.




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Morgan K Wyatt, raised on a steady diet of superheroes, believed she could fly at a very young age. After using trees, barn lofts, sliding boards, and even a second story window as launch pads, she found her flying skills were limited to fast and downward. By the age of nine, her dreams to be a superhero needed some modifications, which caused her to turn to writing and horseback riding as alternatives to flying.

At the age of twenty, she had another chance at superhero greatness as being one of the few female soldiers trained for combat. The fact that women will be able to serve in combat soon indicates that all the witnesses to the grenade incident have retired. The grenade incident didn’t prevent her two sons or daughter-in-law from enlisting in the service. Having different last names probably helped.

Morgan recently retired from teaching special needs students to write fulltime, instead of in the wee hours of the night. With the help of her helpful husband and loyal hound, she creates characters who often grab plot lines and run with them. As for flying, she prefers the airlines now.










Friday, April 25, 2014

Author Interview with Matthew Tallman, author of The Shade

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Today on the blog author Matthew Tallman joins us for an interview. Matthew is the author of today’s book blast The Shade. We would like to thank Matthew for stopping by and sharing with us.


clip_image002About Matthew:

I am currently a part time writer and full time government employee. Reading and writing books is one of my favorite hobbies as I enjoy every part of the story telling process. I have been working on three full-length novels for the last three years. I grew up all around the world because my father was in the United States Air Force, the past ten years I have lived just outside of Dayton, Ohio, which is where I now reside with my wife and stepson.






Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

Being truthful I'd have to say no, I've always been an artist and writing was an expansion on that. When I was really young I wanted to go into paleontology, but what I went to school for was history—because i wanted to teach.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

After publishing my book, seeing it for the first time and handing it off to someone else. It's very fulfilling when you can show people what you've done and say you wrote something, after my book was published, that's when I first considered myself a writer.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

Because I self-published, it took as long as I dragged it out for. I looked for more 'traditional publishing' early on with my book and nothing ever stuck, but the one thing I didn't do was let it discourage me. After not getting picked up by a literary agent I made it my goal to get the book published on my own, it took a bit longer, but in the end it made me proud to know I'd accomplished what I'd set out to do.

Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

I do have another job outside of writing. Currently I work for the United States Air Force as a Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employee. I work on Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio doing security work at one of the facilities there.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

The name of my latest book is The Shade, to summarize in 20 words will be a challenge but I'll give it a try: James Langley is trapped in The Shade, a world between life and death survival is not guaranteed.

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

As I stated above I tried traditional publishing, but ended up self-publishing.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?

The first book took me almost three years; this was because of the time I could commit to it. After the first book, I wrote the two sequels that go along with it, and while those are not one hundred percent complete, it only took about three months to get them to where they are now.

What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

Like I said in the question above I've written two other books to continue The Shade series. The two books are still being edited and currently do not have titles. They will be the same genre as The Shade, paranormal/urban fantasy. After finishing those books, I'd like to move on to mystery or detective type genre. I've always been fascinated with human nature and those types of books give me a lot of freedom to explore that.

What genre would you place your books into?

The Shade is a paranormal/urban fantasy book with some mystery.

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

I've always liked paranormal things, most of the books I read are science fiction and at a young age I acquired an unhealthy obsession with zombies. Most of my favorite movies are supernatural in nature (Shaun of the dead, Underworld, Resident Evil) I've always liked the genre, mainly for the same reasons writers like Sci-fi, you can invent something entirely new.

Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?

I really enjoy writing many of the characters from my book; each one is sort of an extension of me so I like them all. If I had to pick a favorite however, I would go with Virgil. The first book began as ode to Dante Alighieri's The Inferno because I've always liked the idea presented in that book. Virgil was meant to be a guide for James but he is one of the most dynamic characters in the story. I don't want to give away anything but he is beyond important to the story as James grows throughout the three books.

How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?

I've been writing for about four or five years now. Nothing ever inspired me to write, but rather, I had a story that I wanted to share and the book took shape after that.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

I do, most of the time when I write I'm in my living room. I can't write without listening to music, it lets me focus on what I'm doing and acts as a white noise for me.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

I went through about four titles before settling on The Shade. I wrote the first and then as time wore on it was clear I needed a title for it. It went through a lot of different stages but I'm happy with the one I chose.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

It's sort of an odd thing, by that I mean, to manifest names out of thin air. I'm not exactly sure how I came up with James Langley and the other characters in my book, Virgil however, I had his name from the start. Virgil is Dante's guide through hell in The Inferno, I wanted to parallel that in the book so the name was fitting. The book is set in Eugene, Oregon. While I've never been to Eugene I've done extensive research on the city and what the climate, size, and layout are like.

Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?

The names are chosen before; it helps me to visualize the person better if I can put a name to a face. As far as places, Eugene is a real city; I also live close to a city around the same size. While not all cities are identical, it helped to use characteristics of one city to help visualize the other.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?

Those things are decided before; mostly I give character traits to help tell the story. Most of the time the characters will have traits to propel the story along. That being said, each one of my characters has morphed form the first manuscript I wrote, adding and subtracting different things to balance the characters within the story.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")

There are messages in my book, I don't want to beat the read over the head with them, as in, there's no agenda to this book other than to make you think. The message also aren't hidden, the story is about redemption, and the overarching theme of the trilogy is redemption. We've all done things that we regret and sometimes it takes outsiders to help us quell or fix those things we've done.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

I can't get away from a good old fashion paperback.

What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?

My favorite book, that's a tough question. I'd say it's a tie if graphic novels count, I've always liked Orson Scoot Cards Enders Game, The exploration of human nature and the sci-fi elements makes me come back to it from time to time. The other is the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, the stories in that series resonate with my life and things I've done so from time to time I will reread the series.

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?

Yes and no. Can it be done, yes. Has it been done, partially. The best movie adaptation of a book has to be form the graphic novel Watchmen. The movie is three and a half hours long and nails everything in the book. The writers for the movie used the comic as a storyboard and used all of the same dialogue. The problem with movies becoming books is that no one is going to sit in a theater for six hours to watch a movie. That and the fact that movie producers will want to change things because they believe they need to be original to keep people who have read the books interested, which sometimes is not the case.

Your favorite food is?

Pizza, I can't go wrong with a pizza while I'm writing.

Your favorite singer/group is?

I really enjoy the music of Thrice, but I also like, the silversun pickups and a perfect circle.

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Your favorite Author is?

I'd say Orson Scott Card, despite his reputation/beliefs, I believe he is a fantastic author.

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