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Jo’s Journey: Lords of Kassis Book 3 Trailer

Jo’s Journey: Lords of Kassis Book 3 Trailer

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Interview with Autumn Dawn

Author Spotlight – Autumn Dawn

Autumn Dawn

I have been a long time Autumn Dawn fan (okay, major fan-girl moment) so I am thrilled that Autumn said yes to being in my newsletter. Thank you so much, Autumn!

Autumn Dawn writes futuristic,. With over twenty books and six series, she continues to thrill fans with her werewolves, dragons, elementals, gargoyles and trolls with a thing for Poe.

She spent most of her life in Alaska, including several winters in a cabin in the woods, where she became intimately acquainted with outhouses, generators and woodstoves. Her years of snow machines, boating and mosquitos convinced her to move her family to Washington, where she basks in the “tropical” winters.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been writing? What genre do you write?I’ve been making up stories since I was a kid. My first novel was written on lined notepaper when I was a teen. I got pubbed with a small press at 27, was picked up by Dorchester in NY in my thirties and now I self-pub. I’m happy to say that I make a living at it, but that’s not common.
  2. What inspired you to write your first book?5th grade creative writing class; I was a natural. I love books, enjoy writing, and I have all these stories in my head. I love sharing my stories, letting readers peek into amazing worlds.
  3. Where do you get your inspiration from?A better question is, how do I turn it off? It’s hardwired. The only time the stories stop is when I’m extremely sick or stressed. Otherwise, driving is a hazard, because I have to concentrate to see the road. Stories are playing before my eyes, distracting me.
  4. Where/When do you do the most of your writing?At home, at my desk. Plotting happens anywhere, but often during my midday nap or as I’m falling asleep. It gives my busy brain something to do before my body shuts down for the day.
  5. What do you think has been your biggest accomplishment?Honesty, being a wife and mother. I have the best kids, and that’s thanks to hard work (diligent parenting) and my awesome husband. Whatever I achieve in the book business is merely business, even if I win the highest accolades and loudest applause. A family legacy is forever, and I’ll see it in my kids and grandkids.My eldest son is 18 and high functioning autistic. There were times he shut down in school and I had to home school. It cost me money and momentum in my career, but I don’t regret it. Now my daughter, 17, is home schooled b/c public school finally overwhelmed her (super ADHD). She’d getting great grades and loving WA’s online school.I have a younger son, 15. He’s very smart and VERY strong willed and wants nothing to do with home school (thank you, Jesus!), but if he needed it, I’d make it happen. He just bought and fixed up his first car with his dad and is excited to get a job. That’s what he needed.
  6. What series/book did you write that has the biggest following.The Dark Lands. Ugh! I still get lots of requests for more in that series, but I’m a strict 3-4 books in a series and move on kind of girl. I love that people love it, but I can’t tie myself to doing the same thing all the time. There are so many books, so many worlds. If I wrote for the rest of my life, I’d never get them all down.That said, Bramble Burn is getting a lot of attention. I’m working on book 2, Breaker’s Ruin, right now.Bramble Burn
  7. Who has influenced your writing the most?I read a lot. I think it would be easier to say the romance genre, followed by fantasy and sci-fi. I enjoy a good urban fantasy with humour when I can find one.Example of things I might read in a day include Fox news, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, cookbooks (read them like novels), random science articles, the Bible, romance novels, some graphic novels, books on herbal medicine or health (fascinated by the human biome), computer how-to, how to books in general, gardening, political stuff, art and the rare biography.I’m not a fan of horror (too vivid of an imagination/soft hearted), tear jerkers or books were everybody dies. I won’t watch the Titanic ever again, and I don’t like dramas (too sad). Although I’ve read many of the classics, high school reading lists suck the joy out of life. I did enjoy Mark Twain, however. At least he had a sense of humour.
  8. Do you have a favourite author?It’s like Doritos; no one can have just one. A few favs include Illona Andrews, Christopher Paolini, Stephanie Meyer, Larry Correia (Monster Hunters International), Pat Briggs, Iron Druid…
  9. Is there anything that you find particularly challenging in your writing?Interruptions. Getting sick, having teens or husbands randomly walk into the room and ask me questions, long visits from loving relatives… Formatting a cookbook sucked. Amazing what a time sink technical stuff can be.
  10. Are the experiences of your characters based on any of your own or people that you know?While there are elements of personal experiences, I don’t know anyone who has encountered a shapeshifting troll or tree mage lately. The glory of writing is that I can take someone to a completely alien world to take their mind off their sick dog, broken leg, visiting in-laws, etc.It helps that I can take my frustrations out by killing a few Jabberwockies while I’m at it. Fictional violence is completely legal and very refreshing.
  11. Do you have any advice for other authors?Nobody says, “I’m going to put my pants on and walk to the mailbox today.” They just get up and do it. Don’t say you’re going to write a book someday. Just do it!
  12. Is there a particular niche or direction you would like to expand your writing portfolio into?Nope. I’m where I want to be.
  13. Describe your latest WIPIt had been thirty years since the Convergence, when the dimensions aligned and combined Earth and the world of Gwyllon, known in human mythology as “Underhill”. Elven castles and ancient ruins sprouted in vacant lots, on major highways, sometimes merging with existing buildings, twisting into completely new structures. Roads and rail systems reformed, and after the rioting, starvation and death, agriculture finally sorted itself and food began to flow. A new government formed of elves and men had arisen, a society of human tech and elven magic. Cell phones and frost giants, race cars and elven steeds, dungeons and dragons…And everywhere, monsters.Dixie Jones has monster mojo. For three days, monsters love her and then they try to kill her. Dragon shifter Shozan won’t leave Dixie alone, but is it love at first sight, or is he the monster that will finally be her doom?

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Jo’s Journey: Lords of Kassis Out In Audiobook

Jo's Journey

Jo’s Journey, Lords of Kassis Book 3

 

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Jo Strauss was committed to two things in her life – her family and her life as an acrobat/high-wire performer. She takes both very serious. Her life was orderly, in control, and she was finally settling down in one place so she could spend more time with her parents instead of moving all over the world every few weeks. To celebrate her and younger sister, Star’s, one year anniversary away from the circus they had grown up with, she and Star were meeting River Knight, their childhood friend and sister of the heart, for a vacation in the mountains in North Carolina.

Everything goes as planned until she and her sisters are kidnapped. Now, she finds herself transported to another world. Aliens, warships, battles, and a certain male were not in the carefully detailed plans she had mapped out for her life.

Manota Ja Kel Coradon is the second son of the ruling House of Kassis. He is known as the dark brother, a reputation that he lives up to. He has fought hard to protect his family and the people of Kassis, sometimes sacrificing parts of his soul to do so. His knowledge, skills, and development of weaponry are legendary. His skill as a warrior bring shivers of fear to his opponents who know he never gives mercy to any who stand in his way.

Manota is in total control of his world until one slender, feisty alien female crashes through the shields he has placed around his heart. She is fearless, determined and stubborn. She absolutely refuses to cower before him, no matter how much he growls! He is determined to protect her and claim her as his own but there is one little problem – she will not agree to accept his claim unless he returns for her parents.

Now, he has even bigger problems – that come in all different shapes, sizes, and species! The return trip is fraught with enough dangers but Jo and Star’s parents aren’t the only ones coming back to Kassis – so is the circus family who had gathered to help look for their missing family members.

Traitors, pirates, and Mimes are just the tip of the iceberg of trouble gliding through warp speed to his home world. Manota is about to learn that the prophesy that was foretold centuries before is true. His mate is just as much of a warrior as he is and she comes with backup when an old enemy attacks!

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Command Decision Project Gliese 581g Book 1

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Interview with Cynthia Lucas

Author Spotlight – Cynthia Lucas

Cynthia Lucas

First off I’d like to give a huge thank you to S.E. Smith for having me….I feel so honored and blessed to have to have her friendship and inspiration. S.E., you are phenomenal, and you have my love and congratulations on reaching the NY Times and USA Today’s Best Sellers lists (again) and for winning Best Sci Fi Book 2014 in the Kindle Hub Awards. Here’s to the many great things to come!

Now on to me….
I released my first book in 2010 and it’s been quite the ride ever since. I write fantasy/paranormal and time travel romance, and very recently tried my hand at my first sci-fi romance, with my newest release HUNTER. My ‘other job’ is being lead singer and keyboardist (and songwriter) for the musical act NORTH 2 SOUTH and when I’m not writing books you’ll find me entertaining on stages large and small in and around the Tampa Bay area close to home.

I love writing fantasy and ‘fairy tale’ types of stories with an interesting twist that takes the reader completely away into another world….and I love my stories to include themes of spiritual and personal growth for my characters because of the relationships and the love they experience. Oh, yeah…and there’s always plenty of sizzle to steam up the windows a little. LOL! 😉

Blood From a Stone

In 2013 my book BLOOD FROM A STONE (a story of an ancient curse that turned a man into a gargoyle and his quest to recapture his humanity through love) was a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and it was nominated for a RONE Award and was a finalist for Best Paranormal. Last year was also a really busy and fun year with the release of SMOKE & MIRRORZ which is a fairy tale romance about a Jinn (a genie) working as a carny here in the human world who saves a woman from a brutal abuser. I brought absolutely gorgeous model Grigoris Drakakis over from Greece to shoot the cover (you may recognize him from Best Selling Author Katie McAllister’s Much Ado About Vampires) and we also made a cinematic trailer for it. And in a bold move at age 50, I appeared with him on both the cover and in the trailer. Watch it:

Um…well, I guess that sort of makes me the world’s oldest romance cover model. LOL! But I figured perhaps it would help empower other women to realize that you too can have courage to believe in yourself and be whatever you’d like to be…no matter what your age…and MOST OF ALL: that you are ALL beautiful no matter your age, size, shape or ethnicity.

Anyway, thank you all so much for taking the time to get to know me a little and I hope to get to know some of you on my sites!! I LOVE interacting with new readers and making new friends….and I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful community of readers to share stories and fun with. I hope some of you will visit me, check out my books….and if you’ve read them, PLEASE leave reviews on my Amazon pages, as this is the greatest gift to us authors…it not only helps us know what stories you like the most, but also helps other readers find us. Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed year…and S.E., again, I thank you SO much. You are truly an inspiration.

Visit me at: www.cynthialucasromance.com
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