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The Moreva of Astoreth bannerRoxanne BlandRoxanne Bland grew up in Washington, D.C., where she discovered strange and wonderful new worlds through her local public library and bookstores. These and other life experiences have convinced her that reality is highly overrated. Ms. Bland lives in Rosedale, Maryland with her Great Dane, Daisy Mae.

Her latest book is the science fiction novel, The Moreva of Astoreth.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

Yes…yes, I would. I think I’ve always wanted to be a writer, though it took me decades to realize it. I mean, I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember. The only difference now is that I’m writing them down, instead of keeping them in my head.

What was your inspiration for The Moreva of Astoreth?

The real impetus for this story dates from my college years. Just for fun, a friend and I collaborated on writing a tale. The Moreva of AstorethThe details are long forgotten, but the story’s basic outline remained with me. Then, years later, I read Zecharia Sitchin’s series, The Earth Chronicles. More years went by, and one day, I was thinking about my college friend and the story we’d written, and then I started thinking about Sitchin’s work. Out of that came the idea to apply Sitchin’s theories to the story my friend and I had written. And so I got to work.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

Right now I’m exploring bigotry. I think that sometimes, people we hate is a reflection of what we hate in ourselves. The problem is that our self-hate can destroy us. Once we identify what that is, we can work to change it by practicing self-love. If we can do that, the bigotry fades away, replaced by love.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

Eighteen months, if you include the hiatus due to writer’s block. I went through a period where it seemed everything I wrote was garbage, or I couldn’t think of how to continue. It seems I just shut down. A two-month brain fart. Perhaps I needed the break, because when I started writing again, the words just seemed to flow.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

Before I retired, I’d get up extra early to write, then when it was time, it was off to work. After the day was over, I’d decompress for a while, and then go back to writing until it was time for bed. Now that I’m retired, I’m finding that discipline lacking. I’d envisioned that I could just sit in front of my computer and write to my heart’s content. But even in retirement, I have places to go and people to see. I still get up early and write, but I’m finding on the whole, I don’t write as much as I did before. I suppose you might say I’m still trying to find my groove.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Really, except for that two-month period, The Moreva of Astoreth wasn’t hard to write at all. I guess what hung me up the most was time. Peris, the planet where the story takes place, has a twenty-eight hour day. It was hard not to think in periods of twenty-four hours. I had to draw a clock to help keep me straight.

What do you love most about being an author?

The creative process. I’m a pantser—I write by the seat of my pants rather than plotting—and there’s little more enjoyable than watching a story unfold as a write it. Sitting back and dreaming, watching the movie in my head, and writing down what I see.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

With my first book, I tried going the traditional route. Of course, I was rejected time after time, not that I didn’t expect it. Then, in the middle of writing my umpteenth query letter, something my father had said came back to me—I ought to go indie, or independent. In other words, self-publish. I started my own publishing house, and all my books are published through it. I’m happy with my decision. In fact, I have plans to expand my enterprise to include other speculative fiction authors.

Where can we find you on the web?

On my blog, Of Werewolves and Other Strangers, http://roxannebland.com

My Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Roxanne-Bland-Author-289392377750996/

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Title: Slim Pickins’ in Fat Chance, Texas

Author: Celia Bonaduce

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Womens Fiction

Format: Ebook

“A fresh, heartwarming voice.” —Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author

It’s been a year since an eccentric billionaire summoned seven strangers to the dilapidated, postage stamp-sized town of Fat Chance, Texas. To win a cash bequest, each was required to spend six months in the ghost town to see if they could transform it—and themselves—into something extraordinary. But by the time pastry chef Fernando Cruz arrives, several members of the original gang have already skedaddled…

Fernando’s hopes of starting a new life in Fat Chance are dashed when the town’s handful of ragtag residents—and a mysterious low-flying plane—show him just how weird the place actually is. His hopes of making over the town’s sole café into a BBQ restaurant for nearby ranchers threaten to turn to dust as a string of bizarre secrets are revealed. But just when the pickins’ couldn’t get any slimmer, the citizens of Fat Chance realize they might be able to build exactly the kind of hometown they all need—but never knew they wanted…

Praise for Celia Bonaduce and her novels

“A bingeworthy triology about smart, quirky women who feel like friends. In Much Ado About Mother she shows us just how strong (and funny) the mother-daughter bond can be. Loved it!” –Clare O’Donahue, author of The Kate Conway Mysteries

“Celia Bonaduce writes well rounded, real life characters straight from the heart. I loved this book!” —Phyliss Miranda, New York Times bestselling author on A Comedy of Erinn

“The Merchant of Venice Beach has a fresh, heartwarming voice that will keep readers smiling as they dance through this charming story by Celia Bonaduce.” —Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author

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Currently a Field Producer on HGTV’s House Hunters, Celia Bonaduce’s TV credits cover a lot of ground – everything from field-producing ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to writing for many of Nickelodeon’s animated series, including Hey, Arnold and Chalkzone.

An avid reader, entering the world of books has always been a lifelong ambition. The Merchant of Venice Beach, A Venice Beach Romance, was published August 1st, 2013 by eKensington. The dream continues with a brand new series called Fat Chance, Texas, which will be available May 2015.

 

Title: Linny’s Sweet Dream List

Author: Susan Schild

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Womens Fiction

Format: Ebook

Set in the off-beat Southern town of Willow Hill, North Carolina, Susan Schild’s moving and witty novel tells of one woman who loses everything—and finds more than she ever expected.

At thirty-eight, Linny Taylor is suddenly living a life she thought only happened to other, more careless people. Widowed for the second time, and broke, thanks to her cheating late husband, Linny has no house, no job, and no options except to go back home. There, in a trailer as run down as her self-esteem, Linny makes a list of things that might bring happiness. A porch swing. A job that nourishes her heart as well as her bank balance. Maybe even a date or two.

At first, every goal seems beyond reach. But it’s hard for Linny to stay in the doldrums when a stray puppy is coercing her out of her shell—right into the path of the town’s kind, compassionate vet. The quirky town is filled with friends and family, including Linny’s mother, Dottie, who knows more about heartache than her daughters ever guessed. And as Linny contemplates each item on her list, she begins to realize that the dreams most worth holding on to can only be measured in the sweetness of a life lived to the fullest…

“Charming, funny, feisty. I totally loved this novel.” –Cathy Lamb, author of My Very Best Friend

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Susan has an undergraduate degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree (MSW) from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has used her professional background as a psychotherapist and corporate trainer to add authenticity to her characters. Susan
Susan is a wife, a stepmother, and a dog lover. She and her family live near Raleigh, North Carolina where she is busy finishing up the third novel in the Willow Hill Series.

 

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Title: Emerald Fire
Author: Monica McCabe
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ecopy

Chloe Larson is a historian obsessed with clearing the name of her grandfather, eight generations back. After his heroic exploits during the Prussian Wars his life slid sadly into oblivion and madness, taking with him the location of a queen’s priceless emerald jewels. But the discovery of a cryptic two-hundred year old journal written by a man history declared insane might offer a clue.

Finnegan Kane is a top-notch marine bounty hunter on the hunt for the Emerald Fire, a 120-foot Sunseeker yacht stolen by ruthless Caribbean pirates. It’s the kind of dirty work that keeps his antique ship restoration business afloat, but that doesn’t mean he has to put up with the fiery demands of an admittedly gorgeous historian. But when Chloe offers the one thing that practically guarantees success—the GPS coordinates of the Fire’s location—he has no choice but to forge into uncharted waters.

With danger at every turn, Chloe and Finnegan must battle against the odds to decipher a historical legacy and settle a score against a family gone mad.

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Monica McCabe

Do you like stories set in unusual or exotic locations? How about unique or interesting occupations? Combine both, wrap them around romance and adventure, and that’s the kind of reading that takes you places!

It’s also a style of writing for Monica McCabe. Always a bit of an adventuress, she’s lived in and explored places like Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Florida, Mexico, California, Maine, Washington, Canada, and yes, even Las Vegas. At every location she seized the opportunity to explore, hike, camp, raft, canoe, fly, ski, scuba-dive, or zip-line. She’s climbed glaciers and ancient Mayan pyramids, dived shipwrecks and reef caves, camped in sasquatch country, drove across the USA three times, and is now working on gathering as many official stamps in her National Park passport as she can. So far, nineteen and counting.

Also an avid reader, the writing bug bit her hard somewhere between Alaska and Montana. Slowing down enough to actually put words on paper took a while longer. She scribbled notes, played at writing a historical romance (her favorite reading), but it wasn’t until she landed in Tennessee that writing became a passion.

Now that she’s sprouted roots alongside her husband of seventeen years, tossed in two lazy cats and two happy dogs, she’s finally turned that wanderlust into crafting stories of adventure and romance. And all that travel and exploration lends realistic detail to her writing. Plus she’s been known to sneak in a bit of her own experience, and a pet or two, because they like the fame.

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Late in the 21st century, the United Continental States of America (or UCSA), comprising the former USA, Canada and Mexico, is running smoothly: unemployment has been all but eradicated, terrorism is quashed in the country, and internal dissent diminishes by the day. Most people thank President Meyers for this. Many can no longer remember when there was last an election, but as long as he keeps the country safe from the terrorist group Hariq Jihad (‘Fire War’), this seems a small price to pay.

Gunnery Sergeant Anthony Jackson is the model Marine: highly trained, absolutely efficient, and unquestioningly dedicated to his country. The only thing he can conceive of putting before his nation is his family, his wife Courtney and two daughters Maya and MacKenzie. Conscripted into the personal security detail of President Meyers, he begins to get glimpses that not everyone is as content with the current situation as he is, but attributes this to terrorist agitation and fringe lunacy. When his older daughter Maya begins to question the creeping erosion of personal liberties and the revoking of democratic rights, however, he begins to fear for her safety, as well as his own and that of his family. In a climate in which entire families disappear due to minor offenses, one can’t be too careful.

The tensions between liberty and safety, between family and country, will force Jackson to rethink all his beliefs, and lead to a collision with the system he has dedicated his life to serving.

Fire War is a suspenseful, gripping and unnerving examination of the paradoxes of power, the price of liberty, and the dictates of conscience. The world you live in will never look the same again.


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THE PAST
July 14th, 2051. 15.15 hours 
Wrigley Field, Chicago, USA

The sun burnt down on the bleachers and Tom wriggled uncomfortably on his metal seat. He was hot, sweat trickling down the back of his neck, but he didn’t want to ruin this – his first real baseball game. He didn’t want to disappoint his father who hadn’t wanted to take him until his mother insisted. He was worried that complaining would spoil the mood and end the afternoon although it was sticky, loud, and sweaty. Seven, he thought to himself, was certainly old enough to be sitting up here watching one of the biggest games of the season – the Cubs versus the Giants. Both are big names though the Cubs were going to whoop some Giant ass today; he just knew it. He glanced over at the scoreboard, smiling to himself as he read the glowing numbers. A fanfare blared so loud that he felt the music vibrate inside his chest.

“Okay, Tommy boy?” asked his father, looking down briefly and grinning at the serious look on the boy’s face. Maybe he’d been wrong and Kim was right; the kid was old enough for this. The boy was doing well. He’d try to remember to pick up some flowers on the way home to make up for the yelling this morning. It could be he’d even be able to sneak in a couple of beers with the guys before they had to get back, since Tom was behaving himself so well.

“All good,” Tom said, trying to ignore the prickly feeling of drying sweat in the small of his back and a mild, but increasingly growing, urge to pee. “All good,” he repeated, as much to reassure himself as anyone else.

Up and down the aisles, vendors hawked peanuts, beer, and hot dogs, and people milled around, getting back to their seats for the beginning of the fourth inning. Tom’s hand itched inside the big foam hand his father had bought him, emblazoned with the Cub’s logo. He was more than sure that his beloved Cubs were going to win. A small breeze buzzed across the field, faintly carrying the scent of cut grass over the sweat and alcohol. Life was good.

The breeze tickled the hair on the back of his neck and Tommy sighed. It felt nice after the heat. Suddenly, it got stronger, and a rumbling, roaring sound replaced the metallic jollity of the baseball field jingles. Unconsciously, Tom slid closer to his father, who looked down, annoyed that the boy was asking for affection now, in the middle of a manly day. Kim spoiled the kid, and he reconsidered his idea of buying her flowers.

Tom felt his father stiffen so he pulled away, not wanting to be yelled at. However, the noises grew louder, and people stirred. Almost as one, they turned their heads to the sky. The sun seemed to have gone behind a cloud. Tommy wanted to look up, too, but he was afraid.

“Man up,” he told himself. “Man up.” It was what his father always told him, and there was nothing more that he wanted than to be a man. So he took a deep breath, filling his nose with the scents of baseball and looked up to the sky, squinting a little.

It was a plane, not far from the blimp he noticed earlier; that was all. Nothing to be afraid of. A tiny sigh of relief escaped his lips as he saw the familiar shape outlined over his head, wings spread out against the sky.

It was the last thing he saw before the explosion ripped his small body apart with the force of a hundred suns. The quiet of thousands of lives extinguished in the blink of a second took over, disturbed only by falling rubble. The sun beat down again, hot and sticky, on what remained of Tom, his father, and all the others who had been unfortunate enough to be at Wrigley Field for the biggest game of the season.

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Title: Dark and Stormy Knight

Author: Nina Mason

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Romance

Format: Ebook

She’ll risk everything for their love—even her life.

Aspiring screenwriter Gwyn Morland is ready for her big break. That means securing the film rights to elusive author Lady Ruthven’s acclaimed novel—which means traveling to Scotland. It’s a trip timid Gwyn isn’t prepared for, and her fears seem justified when her tour bus careens over a cliff outside of Castle Glenarvon. But the plot thickens when Gwyn is rescued from the brink of death by a handsome and mysterious stranger…

Leith MacQuill is not only the writer behind Lady Ruthven’s novel, but a shape-shifting faery knight bearing a tragic curse: the woman he gives his heart to will die. Saving Gwyn proves to be a dangerous choice when he finds himself falling for her the longer she stays in the castle. Not even his usual BDSM role-playing games are enough to thwart the intense desire they feel for each other. But to stay together, Gwyn and Leith must embark on a dangerous mission into Avalon, the realm of the faeries. Will their love be strong enough to conquer the curse? Or will Gwyn’s new life be stolen from her before it’s even begun?

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Nina Mason is a hopeful romantic with strong affinities for history, mythology, and the metaphysical. She strives to write the same kind of books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, educate, and enlighten. When not writing, Nina works as a communications consultant, doll maker, and home stager. Born and raised in Southern California, she now lives in Woodstock, Georgia, with her husband, teenage daughter, two rescue cats, and a Westie named Robert.

 

 

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Title: Opposites Distract
Author: Judi Lynn
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ecopy

In small-town Mill Pond, Indiana, living the good life means kicking back country-style, opening your home to friends—and opening your heart to sweet surprises…

Harmony Meyer arrives in Mill Pond focused on one thing—finishing her novel in peace and quiet while her apartment building undergoes renovations. A month at her friend Tessa McGregor’s rural resort is exactly what she needs—until she discovers that Tessa’s brother-in-law, Brody McGregor, is another guest. Tall, dark, and handsome is a distraction she can’t afford. Especially when it’s clear from the start they have nothing in common…

Brody’s a rugged yet polished and punctual businessman. Harmony’s a sassy, down-to-earth artist who makes her own hours. He likes kids, she doesn’t even want a pet. Still, when circumstances conspire to throw them together in Tessa’s warm kitchen every evening, the heat between them begins to simmer. Is there a future for two such opposites? Harmony’s not sure, but the more time she spends with Brody, the easier it is to cast him in the role of her romantic hero—and to wonder if love might be the perfect exception to every one of her rules…

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All of my works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, smashwords, Scrib’d, Kobo, and more.

I’m a member of Goodreads and my author page can be found at:

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I’m lucky enough to be represented by Lauren Abramo at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

I’ve been a member of Summit City Scribes for more years than I care to remember, and they’ve made me a better writer.  Thanks, guys!

 

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Mary LawlorMary Lawlor grew up in an Army family during the Cold War.  Her father was a decorated fighter pilot who fought in the Pacific during World War II, flew missions in Korea, and did two combat tours in Vietnam. His family followed him from base to base and country to country during his years of service. Every two or three years, Mary, her three sisters, and her mother packed up their household and moved. By the time she graduated from high school, she had attended fourteen different schools. These displacements, plus her father?s frequent absences and brief, dramatic returns, were part of the fabric of her childhood, as were the rituals of base life and the adventures of life abroad.

As Mary came of age, tensions between the patriotic, Catholic culture of her upbringing and the values of the sixties counterculture set family life on fire.  While attending the American College in Paris, she became involved in the famous student uprisings of May 1968.  Facing her father, then posted in Vietnam, across a deep political divide, she fought as he had taught her to for a way of life completely different from his and her mother’s.

Years of turbulence followed.  After working in Germany, Spain and Japan, Mary went on to graduate school at NYU, earned a Ph.D. and became a professor of literature and American Studies at Muhlenberg College.  She has published three books, Recalling the Wild (Rutgers UP, 2000), Public Native America (Rutgers UP, 2006), and most recently Fighter Pilot’s Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War (Rowman and Littlefield, September 2013).

She and her husband spend part of each year on a small farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Her latest book is the memoir, Fighter Pilot’s Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War.

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Title: Fighter Pilot’s Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War
Author: Mary Lawlor
Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield
Pages: 336
Genre: Memoir
Format: Hardcover/Kindle

FIGHTER PILOT’S DAUGHTER: GROWING UP IN THE SIXTIES AND THE COLD WAR tells the story of the author as a young woman coming of age in an Irish Catholic, military family during the Cold War.  Her father, an aviator in the Marines and later the Army, was transferred more than a dozen times to posts from Miami to California and Germany as the government’s Cold War policies demanded.  For the pilot’s wife and daughters, each move meant a complete upheaval of ordinary life.  The car was sold, bank accounts closed, and of course one school after another was left behind.  Friends and later boyfriends lined up in memory as a series of temporary attachments.  The book describes the dramas of this traveling household during the middle years of the Cold War.  In the process, FIGHTER PILOT’S DAUGHTER shows how the larger turmoil of American foreign policy and the effects of Cold War politics permeated the domestic universe. The climactic moment of the story takes place in the spring of 1968, when the author’s father was stationed in Vietnam and she was attending college in Paris.  Having left the family’s quarters in Heidelberg, Germany the previous fall, she was still an ingénue; but her strict upbringing had not gone deep enough to keep her anchored to her parents’ world.  When the May riots broke out in the Latin quarter, she attached myself to the student leftists and American draft resisters who were throwing cobblestones at the French police. Getting word of her activities via a Red Cross telegram delivered on the airfield in Da Nang, Vietnam, her father came to Paris to find her. The book narrates their dramatically contentious meeting and return to the American military community of Heidelberg.  The book concludes many years later, as the Cold War came to a close.  After decades of tension that made communication all but impossible, the author and her father reunited.  As the chill subsided in the world at large, so it did in the relationship between the pilot and his daughter. When he died a few years later, the hard edge between them, like the Cold War stand-off, had become a distant memory.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

I was fascinated with language since I was very young—probably since first grade. I remember being amazed at the idea that a young Vietnamese girl in my class spoke a different language. I spent a lot of time with her, asking her what the words for things like doll, lipstick, shoes, etc. were in Vietnamese. I was completely enchanted with the words she gave me, though I don’t remember them now. These exchanges made me think a lot—even then, as a kid—about what words sounded like and their rhythms, how they could mean things, and how entirely different words were used to mean the same thing.

I’ve been a big day dreamer all my life, and many of these dreams have taken the shape of stories. Sometimes now, as in the past, I have to shake myself from these stories to bring myself back to the people I’m with, what they’re doing and talking about. I didn’t start writing things down until later grade school years, and didn’t publish anything until I was in graduate school; but I’ve always been making stories in my head.

What was your inspiration for FIGHTER PILOT’S DAUGHTER?

The inspiration for Fighter Pilot’s Daughter came from my experiences of growing up in a military family. We moved on average every two years. By the time I graduated from high school, I’d been to fourteen different schools. It was exciting, but it was also a difficult way to grow up. In writing Fighter Pilot’s Daughter, I wanted to map all this moving and make sense of what it meant in ways I couldn’t when I was growing up.

The book grew from a desire to explore as far as I could what it meant to not have a sense of place and how this effected who I became later, who I am now. I still move a lot, back and forth between Spain and Pennsylvania every three months. But now at least I have steady homes in both places and friends with whom I’m very close. These were things I didn’t have as a kid. The sharp sense of not belonging anywhere stayed with me even after I managed to establish my two homes. So the inspiration for the book was very much in the psychological effects of having been a military child and growing up in a gypsy family.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I like to explore themes having to do with the experience of being a stranger or a foreigner. In Fighter Pilot’s Daughter the central idea is that I never belonged anywhere while I was growing up. I use myself as a representative figure for what most military children go through in this sense—how it affects your sense of yourself, your relationship to place, to time, and to the future.

In the fiction I’ve written over the past couple of years, the experience of being a foreigner is a central theme—what it’s like to try to make a life in a small town or village in a country other than your own. This is similar to what I went through during the years described in Fighter Pilot’s Daughter. Everywhere we lived in the United States, I felt like a foreigner and an outsider. The fiction, like the memoir, tries to resolve the problems that come with the lack of a sense of place and the difficulties of finding a place to call your own even when you finally have the means to do so.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

It took me about five years to write the memoir.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I’m pretty disciplined, although I let other needs bump the writing schedule out of order more often than I’d like. A typical writing day starts at about 9 in the morning, when I have a pot of tea made. I take it up to the room where I write and position myself on a stationary bicycle. This bike is my desk. It has a ledge that my husband rigged up for me where I place my laptop. I peddle slowly and drink tea while writing. Usually the peddling is so slow that I don’t get much exercise from it, but I like this better than sitting at a conventional desk. Something about the turning of the wheels and the moving of the metabolism keeps my brain moving. I usually keep writing for about 3 hours, take a break and then if I’m lucky come back again in the afternoon or evening for more.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

I worried about finding documents to back up my memories and got to be rather obsessive about hunting down records. Finally I convinced myself the memories were important in themselves—as part as well as source of the story. Once I realized this, the challenges of research lessened and I started trusting myself more as a narrator of my own life.

What do you love most about being an author?

I like the independence of it, the fact that you don’t have to show up in a classroom or an office and that you don’t have to answer to any particular boss apart from yourself, your agent, publisher and audience!

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I went with a traditional publisher, Rowman & Littlefield. It was a good experience, and I’d be happy to publish with them again.

Where can we find you on the web?

I’m at www.marylawlor.net. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, Instragram and the other social media sites—my pages are all linked to my website.

 

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Title: Her Australian Hero
Author: Margaret Way
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ecopy
“If you’ve never read Margaret Way before, you’re in for a treat.” —New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer
An epic tale of modern day Australia, where greed, desire, tragedy, and ambition collide . . .
Alexandra Ross has always known Lavender Hill will be hers one day. The grand old house, with its waving jacaranda fronds circling around it like a canopy against the white-hot Australian sun. The acres of orchards, trees heavy with sweet-smelling mangoes and prickly pink lychee. The rushing emerald creek that claimed her brother’s life; the genteel boudoir where her mother died of grief, gin, and stroke. Even the quad bike her bullheaded father uses to tear around the plantation like a teenager, as his covetous young wife plays tea party with Alex’s mother’s favorite china.
Someday Alex will undo her father’s blunders and be the good neighbor her childhood friend Rafe Rutherford deserves. The yearning she feels for Rafe can never overcome the heartbreak they’ve lived through together, but at least she will have his companionship.
Until her father is killed and the plantation is divided. If she wants to keep the land she loves Alex must break free of guilt and hesitation. And once she begins to fight for what her heart desires, there’s no telling where she’ll stop . . .
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Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Margaret Way has written more than 130 books, many of them International Bestsellers. She has been published in 114 countries and 34 languages. Her novels are set in her beloved Australia, where she was born and lives to this day. Her stories always contain the beauty and rugged nature of the rural and Outback Australia, as well as the rainforests and coral reefs of Northern Queensland.

 

  

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Shadow Touched

Title: Shadow Touched

Author: Erin Kellison

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: Ebook

*Shadow Touched is Ellie and Cam’s complete story, previously released as Shadow Touch, Shadow Play and Shadow Hunt, ending in the thrilling conclusion, the previously unreleased Shadow Burn.

A darkness looms over humankind, lurks in mirrors, blurs boundaries—a twilight world ruled by powerful mage Houses…

It is bleeding into our world, bringing with it banshees, wraiths, fae from the twisting forests of Twilight. But Eleanor Russo’s problem is a very different kind of phenomenon. Her dark mirror image is a wild thing, willfully seducing the very man Ellie hoped could help her.

Dr. Cam Kalamos has devoted his career to exploring the boundaries between this world and Twilight. But nothing could prepare him for the mischief and mayhem of a soul split in two.

As Ellie and Cam explore their deepest desires and barely escape with their lives, there is only one certainty: Trusting in shadows is a dangerous game.

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Erin Kellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Reveler serial, where dreaming turns dangerous. She also writes the dark fantasy romance Shadow series and Shadow Kissed series. RT calls Soul Kissed, “a dark fairy tale with a twist, perfect for readers who love passion with their fantasy.” And this year she expands her science fiction romance Sol series

 

 

 

Grave AttractionTitle: Grave Attraction

Author: Lori Sjoberg

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: Ebook

He’s a reaper who works by the book. But a sexy shifter will have him changing the course of fate just to be with her—if a killer doesn’t get to her first…

After four years as a reaper, helping souls cross into the afterlife is a job Adam Javorski has finally gotten used to. But when he arrives at the site of a serial killer’s latest victim, finding a living—not to mention gorgeous—hostage is the last thing he expects. The young woman captivates him in a way no one ever has—so much so, he breaks rule number one by helping her escape…

Marlena Walther doesn’t remember the man who rescued her. But when she sees Adam again, she recognizes him instantly as her soul mate. While the two work together to track down a killer determined to finish what he started, their undeniable attraction draws them even closer. Now Adam is the only one who can protect Marlena from a vengeful murderer—if he’s willing to sacrifice everything for her.

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Lori was a born a coal miner’s daughter. No wait, that’s not right. Actually, she was born a carpenter’s daughter. Her mother was a housewife/homemaker/stay-at-home mom – whatever the politically correct term is these days. Basically, she made sure Lori didn’t get into too much trouble, a task easier said than done.

Growing up the youngest of three girls, Lori never had control of the remote. (Not that she’s bitter about that. Really. Okay, maybe a little, but it’s not like she’s scarred for life or anything.) That meant a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy. Star Trek, Star Wars, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits – you name it, she watched it. It fed her imagination, and that came in handy when the hormones kicked in and she needed a creative excuse for being out past curfew.

After completing her first manuscript, she joined the Romance Writers of America and Central Florida Romance Writers. Now she exercises the analytical half of her brain at work, and the creative half writing paranormal romance. When she’s not doing either one of those, she’s usually spending time with her husband and children of the four-legged variety.

 

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A Belgian and U.S. national, Georges Ugeux is the Chairman and CEO of Galileo Global Advisors LLC, an investment banking advisory boutique.  Ugeux joined the New York Stock Exchange in 1996, as Group Executive Vice President, International. An adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, Ugeux is the author of a numerous nonfiction books about finance.  The Flying Dragon is his first work of fiction

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Q: Congratulations on the release of your first mystery novel, The Flying Dragon. To begin with, can you give us a brief summary of what the story is about and what compelled you to write it?

A: I spent my entire life in international finance and was deeply shocked by the financial crisis. I wrote several “serious” non-fiction books on finance. Now is the time to expose the dark side of finance in a crime case. The novel was another way for me to express my feelings about the dark side of finance and I chose a young, Chinese woman as the leading detective (Instead of the men that usually dominate the world of finance).

Q: What do you think makes a good mystery novel? Could you narrow it down to the three most important elements? Is it even possible to narrow it down?

A: The plot, the characters and the setting. The plot of my novel is unusual and takes the reader to the Chinese world and exposes corruption. The characters are real – I feel them. I feel their anger, emotion and pleasure. The setting is Hong Kong, a huge financial center with global ramifications and huge human challenges!

Q: How did you go about plotting your story? Or did you discover it as you worked on the book?

A: I followed the characters and the story as if I were a reader. At the end, I was so nervous. I had to decide who was guilty, the motives and how to trap the culprit!

Q: Tell us something interesting about your protagonist and how you developed him or her. Did you do any character interviews or sketches prior to the actual writing?

A: I did not need to do character interviews or sketches to approach the development of the protagonist.  I am active in the Chinese world and worked closely with young Chinese women for decades. I believe I understand the elements that make them both strong and vulnerable at the same time. It was wonderful to use this knowledge and understanding to create a “new” person: Victoria Leung.

Q: In the same light, how did you create your antagonist or villain? What steps did you take to make him or her realistic?

A: I had several “villains” in mind as the story developed, but I was not prepared to decide who would be “THE ONE” until the very end. I followed the lies, turpitudes, fraud and aggressions..eventually they emerged as credible in their own motives.

Q: How did you keep your narrative exciting throughout the novel? Could you offer some practical, specific tips?

A: By keeping chapters short, and switching character perspectives, I presented something similar to a series of short stories. For a while, I was the only one who knew how they were connected and why they were there. It was a nice game of cat and mouse.

9781480818569_COVER.inddQ: Setting is also quite important and in many cases it becomes like a character itself. What tools of the trade did you use in your writing to bring the setting to life?

A: I have been fortunate to travel to many parts of the world. While this first novel takes place in Victoria Leung’s home, she will eventually travel around the world as well, solving darker mysteries. The settings will always be places I have spent significant time. However, as I did with Hong Kong, I will always reach out to local connections/people I know to be sure my descriptions of the specific locations are accurate.

Q: Did you know the theme(s) of your novel from the start or is this something you discovered after completing the first draft? Is this theme(s) recurrent in your other work?

A: I knew it would be about the trading room environment, what happens in this world, and would involve fraud. Victoria, a former auditor and fraud department cop, had the expertise to decipher these mysteries. This is a theme that I developed in my original non-fiction book (the Betrayal of Finance) and used as the source of a culture that has turned its back on its vocation in favor of individual greed.

Q: Where does craft end and art begin? Do you think editing can destroy the initial creative thrust of an author?

A: I hope that readers will love the story and Victoria Leung as much as I enjoyed creating them. The creativity is in me. Editing was and has been hugely helpful in ensuring the story was consistent and succinct. I never felt that my creative wings were “clipped” in any fashion.

Q: What three things, in your opinion, make a successful novelist?

  • A: Story telling is number one. A novelist who gets lost and cannot keep the story line under control will soon lose the reader.
  • Mixing real experiences with fiction as the circumstances of the mystery develop, without identifying the fact from fiction for the reader – it encourages curiosity keeps readers interested.
  • Whether I love or hate the characters, I am not indifferent to their fate and my emotions, as the author transpire in the book. The reader should be able to connect with the characters.

Q: A famous writer once wrote that being an author is like having to do homework for the rest of your life. What do you think about that?

A: Writing a novel, for me, is the reverse of homework. Homework is boring and tedious. I enjoyed every minute of this creative work. It is so different from the non-fiction world, in which tediousness can be essential. I truly enjoyed this journey.

Q: Are there any resources, books, workshops or sites about craft that you’ve found helpful during your writing career?

A: My inspiration is diverse and plentiful. My main inspirations are Georges Simenon and Agatha Christie. I read all of their books. I find mystery movies (like the new Sherlock Holmes BBC series) riveting. Also, my professional life has taught me not to trust everything as it appears – it is often necessary to investigate.

Q:  Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers about the craft of writing?

A: Imagination is critical: have pictures and movies in your mind. Speak and review what you write. Then, follow your instincts.

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