Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Chatting with Robert Gainey author of Dragon(e) Baby Gone

I'm excited to welcome Robert Gainey, a fellow Wild Rose Press author, to my blog. With dragons and a strong female protagonist, Dragon(e) Baby Gone sounds like an intriguing read! Without further ado...

Hi Robert. Can you tell us about your main character?

Diane Morris is a woman looking for a less exciting life. As Senior Field Agent with the Department of Intangible Assets, Southeast Division, she has certain responsibilities to the safety and wellbeing of the public, but that comes with a cavalcade of dangerous assignments. Well-versed with the anomalous, the paranormal, the monstrous, Diane calls upon every ounce of her experience and determination to make it out alive while keeping the true nature of her work a secret from the world at large. Naturally, she’s a little sarcastic and high strung, not to mention her temper, but hey, what underpaid, underappreciated government employee isn’t?

Tell us about a book that stayed with you long after you finished reading it.

Neville Shute’s On The Beach haunts me. I picked it up last year as a recommended book on many people’s lists with no idea what I was in for. It held onto me the whole time I was reading, slowly wringing out every last drop of emotion I had left. As an adult, I’ve never had the same visceral reaction to a book and I’m still thinking about its poignant, beautiful, horrifying message.

What makes you laugh out loud?

I’m a huge fan of physical humor, word play, and puns. The more absurd something is, the more likely it is to get a laugh. Something that made me laugh until I couldn’t breathe was the first time I watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the killer rabbit scene. Something ineffable about that scene just hit me the right way. I’m also a huge fan of Brooklyn 99, Community and other slick, well-written comedies. It’s good to laugh, so I make it easy on myself and like all sorts of things.

Dragon(e) Baby Gone
Author: Robert Gainey
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Detective

About the book

“Dragon is hard to overcome, yet one shall try.”

– Nowe Ateny, Polish Encyclopedia, 1745

Diane Morris is part of the thin line separating a happy, mundane world from all of the horrors of the anomalous. Her federal agency is underfunded, understaffed, and misunderstood, and she’d rather transfer to the boring safety of Logistics than remain a field agent. When a troupe of international thieves make off with a pair of dragon eggs, Diane has no choice but to ally with a demon against the forces looking to leave her city a smoldering crater. Facing down rogue wizards, fiery elementals, and crazed gunmen, it’s a race against time to get the precious cargo back before the dragon wakes up and unleashes hell.

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     Modern times gave way to a general idea that reason and logic were enough to stop something from dragging you into the sewers and wearing your skin to protect itself from daylight. It’s easy to see why: it doesn’t happen to a lot of people, therefore it must not happen. I see it all the time, people who say things like “I’ve never seen a ghost, so they must not exist.”

     Oh yeah? Because if spirits did exist, they’d all be tripping over themselves to haunt you? Do you understand the preternatural forces that conspire, the circumstances that line up, to create any kind of ghost? Let alone one that shows up in your room at night and moans about revenge or betrayal or rattles some chains and teaches you a valuable lesson about being selfish?

     “Well, there’s no such thing as Bigfoot. All those pictures are super blurry and grainy,” they say, their voices nasally and snobby, like all the knowledge of the world is pumped directly into their tiny brains through their tiny phones. Go stand out in a remote Colorado forest one night. Turn off your phone, open your eyes and ears, and wait. When you feel those eyes watching, and when you know, deep in that primitive monkey brain, way, way down inside, that there’s more than just the animals you have names for sharing that clearing with you, then you can call me to tell me that there’s no such thing as Bigfoot.

     That is, if you live to turn your phone back on again.

About the author
: Robert Gainey is a born and raised Floridian, despite his best efforts. While enrolled at Florida State University and studying English (a language spoken on a small island near Europe), Robert began volunteering for the campus medical response team, opening up a great new passion in his life. Following graduation, he pursued further training through paramedic and firefighting programs, going on to become a full time professional firefighter in the State of Florida. He currently lives and works in Northeast Florida with his wife and dogs, who make sure he gets walked regularly. Robert writes near-fetched fantasy novels inspired by the madness and courage found in everyday events.

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Chatting with Jeny Heckman, author of Dee's Cornucopia

Hi, everyone!

With me today is Jeny Heckman, sharing a little about herself and her new book Dee's Cornucopia. Plus, she shared an expert. Let's jump in with the interview.

What inspired you to write this book?

I wrote this book because fans requested to learn more about Dee Taylor, a secondary character of my Heaven & Earth series. She is a beloved grandmother of one of the main characters from the Sea Archer, book one of my series. She is full of spark and she’s not afraid to kick you in the ass. She’s also the one who started the Quest of my Heaven & Earth series. So, my fans wanted to know more about her life and who she is.

What are you working on now?

I am working on my next book of my fantasy paranormal series Heaven & Earth. This book continues the quest with two new Gods and their descendants. It will be a little different the rest of the other books from my series, but it will have many characters from my previous book popping in.

How did you come up with the concept and/or characters for the book?

Reading Ancient Greek Mythology in my childhood developed a deep interest in reading which prompted me to read many other books over the years. I love the ancient soap opera-like cast of Greek gods and goddesses. I was fascinated by tales of gods and goddesses, especially heart-breaking tragedies. Books on Greek mythology or containing an element of Greek mythology are one of my favorite reads. They inspired me to create my own stories about Greek gods and goddesses.

Tell us about your main character.

I already mentioned she is a fan favorite. I have not met a one person who does not love Dee yet! She’s spunky, she’s direct. She’s a no-nonsense spark plug. Dee keeps everyone around her hopping. She full of a bright explosion of color in a monochromatic world. She isn't what you might imagine, as Dee's life doesn't exactly turn out like she thinks it will. But she has a couple of gifts. Dee creates abundance! Dee is a breeder! She can grow anything!

Tell us about the research you did before writing this book.

I went on many vacations in Hawaii and the islands are an important presence in my series. I spoke to many of the people who worked at the places I mention in my books. I learned about what they do and how they help others. I used what I learned in real life to create a modern world where the descendants of the Greek Gods live.

Now for the speed round...

Good guys or bad guys? Bad guys doing good
Good girls or bad girls? Bad girls
Morning or night? Night
Favorite food? Icecream
Favorite beverage? Wine
Coffee or tea? Coffee
eBook, paperback, or audiobook? Audiobook
Plotter or Pantster? Both
Favorite season? Summer
Dogs or cats? Dogs
Favorite holiday? Christmas
Favorite series? Outlander 
Ironman or Superman? Ironman
Wonder Woman of Top Model? Wonderwoman
Night on the town or cozy evening in? Both
Black or white? Black
Stilettos or flipflops or sneakers? flipflops
Chicken or steak? Steak
Cake, cookies, or pie? Keylime pie
Favorite junk food? Burger
Favorite thing to do to relax? Go boating
Paranormal or Historical:? Paranormal
Favorite TV show? Outlander
Hot or cold? Both
Favorite vacation? Greece
Beach or mountains? Beach

Dee’s Cornucopia
Author: Jeny Heckman
Genre: Fairy Tale/Myths/Fantasy/Paranormal


Dee Walker can kick your ass. At least she thinks so and isn't afraid to say it.

A no-nonsense spark plug, Dee keeps everyone around her hopping. When she meets fellow field hand, Arthur Taylor, her colorful world becomes even brighter when she makes him an offer he can't turn down.

However, this story of a bright explosion of color in a monochromatic world isn't what you might imagine, as Dee's life doesn't exactly turn out like she thinks it will.

This novella is the life story of Dee Taylor, the feisty and eccentric grandmother of Finn in the Heaven & Earth series. Her bright colorful muumuus and big floppy hat are her trademarks, and this story will tell you how it all began. She also has this little ability to see future developments. Oh, and commune with the greatest Greek family in history, but she just doesn't know it... yet.

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Character interview


“My God, it’s hotter than a billy goat’s ass in a pepper patch out there,” Dee announced as she entered the office furnished with the rich fragrance of leather, old wood, coffee, and tobacco smoke.

Her boss, Bert Norton, sat hunched at his desk, puffing on his ancient pipe. His gaze snapped to hers, and he gave the merest hint of a smile before frowning at her crass expression. The two fellows, also occupying the room, stood a little straighter at her appearance, but gave each other surreptitious glares. They wore identical uniforms of scarred leather boots, dusty work trousers and damp cotton shirts, right down to the sweat-stained field-hand hats squeezed together in their enormous fists.

“Ah, sorry?” Dee phrased it almost like a question and raised her eyebrows at all the testosterone in the small space.

“Deidre, please, take a seat.” Bert gestured to one of the broad wing-back chairs occupying the area in front of his desk.

The two imposing men shifted their weight from foot to foot in apparent agitation. If I sit in that chair, I’ll look weak. Possessing a vagina created enough of a disadvantage chasm already.

“Thanks, Mr. Norton, I’ll stand. No sense in giving anyone the upper hand, right?” she quipped and slapped her hands on her hips, shifting her own weight from side to side. The corner of her boss’s lips twitched, but he sighed, and they both looked over at the two workers.

About the author

Jeny Heckman is an award- winning fantasy paranormal romance author best known for her Heaven & Earth series, an award- winning fantasy- paranormal series. Her debut novel, The Sea Archer, published in October 2018, won "Best in Category," at the Chanticleer International Book Awards. Her second book of the Heaven &Earth Series, The Warrior's Progeny won First Place Best in Category at the 2020 OZMA Book Award and is a finalist in the 2021 RONE Awards Paranormal Long Category.

The Warrior’s Progeny also won “Best in Category” from the Chanticleer International Book Awards for the Fantasy Romance genre, as well as earned the Crown Heart of Excellence from InD’Tale Magazine.

Her standalone Women’s Fiction novel, entitled Releasing the Catch, was a finalist in the Feathered Quill awards, likewise received in 2020.

Jeny loves working with her charities, which include Hospice of the Northwest, the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, the Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the American Cancer Society. Jeny lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over twenty- eight years.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Chatting with Marilyn Barr, author of Smoother Than Spumoni

I'm happy to welcome Marilyn Barr, a fellow Rose, to my blog. Let's first get to know her a little better, and then learn more about her new book, Smoother Than Spumoni a One Scoop Or Two and Strawberry Shifters Crossover novel.

Speed round:

Good guys or bad guys? Bad Guys

Good girls or bad girls? Good Girls

Morning or night? Morning

Favorite food? Fettucine Alfredo

Favorite beverage? Green Tea Latte

Coffee or tea? 1 cup Coffee then Herbal Tea all day

eBook, paperback, or audiobook? Paperback

Plotter or Pantster? Planster – I love to ignore a good outline.

Favorite season? Winter

Dogs or cats? Cats

Favorite holiday? Halloween

Favorite movie? Princess Bride

Favorite book? Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Last book read? Dragon Runner Series by M.L. Nystrom. All 5 books in 5 days because it is that good.

Black or white? Black
Stilettos or flipflops or sneakers? Stilettos

Favorite song? Material Girl by Madonna

Chicken or steak? Vegetarian

Favorite junk food? Nachos

Favorite thing to do to relax? Scalding hot herbal bath

Paranormal or Historical:? Paranormal

Favorite TV show? Curse of Oak Island on History Channel

Favorite vacation? Turks & Caicos

Smoother Than Spumoni
Author: Marilyn Barr
Genre: Paranormal Romance (New Adult Level)
Heat level: Sweet, 1-flame
Series: One Scoop Or Two and Strawberry Shifters Crossover
Release date on 8/23/2021

She lured him into the ocean unaware of the dangers lurking beneath the waves…


Susie Larkin is a dolphin shifter and heir to the humble Larkin’s Dairy Dip on Seagrass Island, FL. Pedaling ice cream from bicycle carts on the beach is just a stepping-stone for this future CEO of a frozen confection empire—or so she hopes.

Frank Paulino Jr. receives his first taste of freedom from Strawberry, KY in a summer internship at Bart’s Oyster bar. His pasta creations save the restaurant when red tide poisons the fresh fish of the bay, making him the most popular werewolf on Seagrass island.

Frank and Susie uncover a conspiracy that threatens not only the wildlife of the area but also their lives. Can these two shifters put their ambitions aside long enough to give their relationship a chance, or will Frank pay the ultimate price to protect Susie and the island she loves?

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They move quickly, efficiently, and silently, only stopping to check over their shoulders every few minutes. When the exchange is complete, the truck starts again. Even though it is dark, without headlights they navigate unerringly through the native swamp.

“That was weird. You thought it was weird right?”

“Yeah, I want to know what is in those barrels.”

“Let’s leave it alone. We have been gone for months and have no idea how this area has changed. Let’s go home and ask our parents or Wilson.”

“Why? When one look at the label will answer all our questions? Besides, the truck has already left.”

“They could return.”

“As shady as they were acting, they aren’t coming back. Come on—”

“No way, Susie Q. We are going home.” Her voice shakes as she lays down her ultimatum. She can’t abandon me here in case I succumb to Red Tide on the swim home. However, tears have already started rolling down her cheeks. My bestie is terrified.

“You are right. Let’s go ask,” I say calmly. Why upset her more when I can bring a braver companion tomorrow? Surely a demon-slaying werewolf won’t be scared of a few barrels?

About the author
Marilyn Barr currently resides in the wilds of Kentucky with her husband, son, and rescue cats. She has a diverse background containing experiences as a child prodigy turned medical school reject, published microbiologist, special education/inclusion science teacher, homeschool mother of a savant, certified spiritual/energy healer, and advocate for the autistic community. This puts her in the position to bring tales containing heroes who are regular people with different ability levels and body types, in a light where they are powerful, lovable, and appreciated.

When engaging with the real world, she is collecting characters, empty coffee cups, and unused homeschool curricula. She is a sucker (haha) for cheesy horror movies, Italian food, punk music, black cats, bad puns, and all things witchy.

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

It's here! Friends to the End Cover Reveal

I'm thrilled to share with you the cover of my debut middle-grade novel, FRIENDS TO THE END. Diana Carlile, the cover artist, did an amazing job. A huge thanks goes out to her and to The Wild Rose Press, as well as to Expresso Tours for organizing the cover reveal and to all the bloggers who are participating in the event!

Friends to the End

C.L. Colyer
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: September 27th 2021
Genres: Action, Adventure, Middle-Grade, Supernatural

Zach doesn’t believe in ghosts…but he should.

Twelve-year-old Zach is convinced he’ll never be happy without his best friend Jeremy by his side. But both of their lives changed with a bang five months ago, and as far as Zach’s concerned, it’s his fault Jeremy will never see his twelfth birthday.

When Zach moves with his family to a Chicago suburb, he quickly becomes friends with a group of thrill-seeking kids trying to find a disappearing haunted house. But Zach’s not worried. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, so he follows them into a wild, dangerous encounter that becomes a battle to decide what’s real and what’s not.

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Author Bio:

Professional network technician by day, novelist by night, Cherie lives a quiet life in the Chicago suburbs with her charming husband. She has four amazing sons who she loves dearly. Cherie magically weaves together stories with a paranormal twist. She’s the author of the Embrace series (Embrace, Hold Tight, and Entwined), Challenging Destiny, Damned When I Didn’t, and Friends to the End. She waltzes into the adult novel world with this enchanting holiday romance, Merry Little Wishing Spritz.

She happily visits schools, libraries, and book clubs, and is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators).

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Chatting with Sonja Glad, author of WooHoo for Sensitive Somjay

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing fellow Illinois author Sonja Glad author of the fun and educational picture book WooHoo for Sensitive Somjay 

Please help me welcome Sonja!

What inspired you to write this book?
Several years ago, I decided to complete a doctorate degree in PsychoSpiritual Studies. While wondering what my focus should be, someone recommended that I “do what you know”, and what I know is that I am a wonderful and wounded sensitive person and I have always been this way. I decided to study sensitivity in adults and children. During this process, the idea of writing a children’s book for sensitive children was born. Four years later, I have completed my degree and have my book to share with you.

What are you reading? 
I am currently reading The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz for pleasure and What Happened to You? by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and Oprah Winfrey for intellectual stimulation.

Favorite genre and why? 
For pleasure, I love reading mysteries, some heavier and some light and fluffy. I don’t try to guess “who done it”. I enjoy seeing the characters develop relationships and especially love long series by the same author

Describe yourself in 5 words or less. 
Compassionate and creative adventurer. Tell us something unique/quirky about yourself.

Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (ages 0-4). I grew up in Zurich, Switzerland (ages 4-10); Akron, Ohio (ages 10-14); San Jose, Costa Rica (our family lived there for 8 years); and Ashville, North Carolina (Junior and half of Senior year of HS ).

Who is your hero and why? 
Oprah, because she faced and overcame her childhood challenges to become a powerful woman who uses her resources to help others.

What are you passionate about? Equality. We all bleed red.

Tell us two truths and a lie and lets see if my followers will guess which is the lie...
  1. Hiked the Wild Coast of South Africa.
  2. Hiked the Pacific Rim from the Mexican border to the Canadian border.
  3. Hiked the Way of St. Francis from Florence to Assisi, Italy.

Speed questions:

Good guys or bad guys? good guys

Good girls or bad girls? bad girls

Favorite beverage? Sparkling water

Coffee or tea? tea

eBook, paperback, or audiobook? paperback

Dogs or cats? both, have 3 dogs and 2 cats

Favorite holiday? Christmas

Favorite movie? Avitar

Wonder Woman of Top Model? Wonder Woman

Night on the town or cozy evening in? night out

Stilettos, flip-flop or sneakers? sneakers

Chicken or steak? steak

Cake, cookies, or pie? Chocolate!

Favorite junk food? Doritos

Favorite thing to do to relax? being creative

Paranormal or Historical:? paranormal

Hot or cold? hot

Favorite vacation? anywhere outdoors and active

Beach or mountains? both

Favorite comfort food? mac and cheese

WooHoo For Sensitive Somjay 
Written by Sonja Glad LCPC 
Illustrated by Rachel Cooper and Sonja Glad
Genre: Picture book

Somjay is a wonderfully senistive chimpanzee who sometimes struggles with being so sensitive. One night Somjay meets an owl that teaches Somjay a breathing technique to help when feelings start getting too big. By using this technique, Somjay learns to self-calm.

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Suddenly I remembered my sensitive ears so I listened and listened, then did I hear a soft, gentle voice whispering quite near, “I’m a friend, little chimpy, you have nothing to fear.” With my keen eyes, before me I saw, a majestic Barred owl. It filled me with awe.

She told me she’d come here to give me a gift. The gift was a reminder to always use my breath.

About the author
Sonja Glad lived in Europe and South, Central and North America when she was growing up. Due to some vision issues and a learning disability, she didn’t learn to read until she was about 9 years old. Once she started though, she couldn’t be stopped! 18 years ago she left her salaried position working as an in-home family therapist to join a mental health private practice, thinking that now she would have time to write children’s books. 17 years later WooHoo for Sensitive Somjay was published!

Sonja currently lives in Central Illinois, out amongst the corn and soybean fields. She loves animals, hiking, biking, kayaking, traveling, reading, writing, painting and getting to work with her wonderful clients.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Chatting with Dan Rice, author of Dragons Walk Among Us

I'm excited to have Dan Rice with us today. His novel, Dragons Walk Among Us is an imaginative fantasy with likable characters that you can't help but root for. You can read my review here. But don't take my word for it, get to know Dan, learn about the book, enjoy the excerpt, and then grab your copy.

Please help me welcome Dan.

What inspired you to write this book?

My first inspiration for writing any book came from reading Frank Herbert's Dune. I must've been 11 or 12 when I first read that novel. After devouring that swashbuckling sci-fi, I knew I wanted to try out writing my own.

As far as what inspired Dragons Walk Among Us, I've been considering the story’s many fantasy elements for years. I tried in one way or another to include these elements in earlier works, but nothing ever panned out.

The initial inspiration specifically for Dragons Walk Among Us came from an unfortunate incident in my life. My son was bullied over his biracial appearance while at summer camp. My offspring quickly moved on from the incident as the young often do. For me, it served as the germ of an idea that eventually became the story of Allison Lee, an introverted high school student who suffers abuse from the popular girl.

Who is your favorite author(s)?

I'm definitely a favorite authors type of person. If I had to choose an all-time number one, it'd be George R.R. Martin––I absolutely love his series A Song of Ice and Fire. My favorite book is Dune, so I have to put Frank Herbert next to Mr. Martin.

More recently, I have to include Rachel Hartman and Fonda Lee on the list of favorites. Their works deal with similar coming-of-age themes as Dragons Walk Among Us. Reading their books helped me discover how I could tell Allison Lee's story in a unique and compelling way.

What do you do when you're not writing?

I'm a big believer in the advice to write what you know. Like Allison Lee, I'm an avid photographer. While not writing, I'm often photographing in the wilderness or from the sidelines of my son's innumerable soccer games.

Dragons Walk Among Us
by Dan Rice
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Shutterbug Allison Lee is trying to survive high school while suffering the popular girl's abuse. Her life is often abysmal, but at least her green hair is savage. Her talent for photography is recognized by the school paper and the judges of a photo contest.

While visiting her friend Joe, a homeless vet, Allison's life irrevocably changes after an attack leaves her blind. All her dreams as a photojournalist are dashed as she realizes she'll never see again. Despair sets in until she is offered an experimental procedure to restore her vision. But there are side effects, or are they hallucinations? She now sees dragons accompanying some of the people she meets. Can she trust her eyes, or has the procedure affected her more than she can see?

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“Can you see anything?” Dr. Woolworth asks.

“No.” Goose bumps cover my arms, and I shiver. “Should I be able to see?”

“No worries. I’ll connect my tablet to the prosthetic.” Under her breath, Dr. Woolworth adds, “Great.”

“Is something wrong?” I ask, my voice rising an octave with every word.

“I just need to try something,” Dr. Woolworth says.

“I hear you’re a Sounders fan,” James says. “Did you hear about their win over the Portland Timbers?”

“My dad and I listened on the radio.”

“My son and I are huge Sounders fanboys. He wants to play for them. He’s only six. Oh, Dr. Woolworth is ready.”

“Sorry about that,” Dr. Woolworth says. “The prosthetic’s wireless is finicky. I sent the command for the prosthetic to run a diagnostic. It will only take a minute. Could be something got jostled in transport or installation.”

“So if I jump up and down, my eyes will stop working?”

“No, no. If you get hit in the head with a soccer ball or...” Dr. Woolworth says and sighs.

I bite down on my lower lip until I wince.
“Are you okay? Are you having pain?” Dr.

Woolworth asks. “All good,” I lie.

“James, hold my tablet. I’m going to try a hard reset,” Dr. Woolworth says. “Allison, I need you to stay still. You’ll feel pressure against the prosthetic.”

“Hard reset?” My throat is constricting. A hard reset? That’s like something you do to a phone when it’s totally screwed up, and you’re one step away from sending it in for repair.

“The prosthetic isn’t detecting a connection to the neural filament,” Dr. Woolworth says. “I know the filament is functioning. I tested it before installation. A hard reset should resolve the issue.”

My dreams flicker and fade like lights during a brownout. If I can’t see, I can’t pursue photography, my first and greatest love. I’ll always be the blind girl, the disabled girl, the girl who was assaulted. I’ll need to learn to read braille.

I feel pressure against my eye socket.

“Okay,” Dr. Woolworth says. “It will take five minutes for the prosthetic to reset.”

About the author:

Dan has wanted to write novels since first reading Frank Herbert’s Dune at the age of eleven. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he often goes hiking with his family through mist-shrouded forests and along alpine trails with expansive views.

Dragons Walk Among Us is his debut novel. He plans to keep writing fantasy and science-fiction for many years. You can explore his blog at https://www.danscifi.com.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Book Tour & Giveaway: The Lost Princess of Story

The Lost Princess of Story
The Chronicles of Story Book 1
by Suzanne de Planque
Genre: Middle-Grade, YA Fantasy
"The magical land of Story meets Brooklyn in this unconventional fairytale reminiscent of Narnia...a masterpiece..." San Francisco Book Review
"...an epic, imaginative portal fantasy touched with welcoming whimsy..." 
Publisher's Weekly BookLife Reviews
Prince Charming grew up, became King, and married and murdered his way through six of the most famous fairytale princesses. Now the World of Story is torn by civil war, the Wall has been built, and the Doors closed.
Knights and princesses, heroes and magical creatures are refugees in Brooklyn, the place in this world most hospitable to magic. They thought they would be home soon.
Fifteen years later, Brooklyn girl Lilla is chafing at her guardian Gus's strict rules. Why home school? Why can't she walk two blocks without a chaperone? And why won't Gus answer questions about her parents?
Lilla escapes the rules in her beloved books. She is convinced she can find a way to the worlds between the pages.
She is right. Everyone around her has kept one giant secret. Magic is real. On both sides of the Wall, in Story and in Brooklyn.
Can Lilla find the Door that will take her to Story, the World that knows her wildest wishes and her deepest hidden damage, where reward is limitless and danger is beyond all she can dream?
The Lost Princess of story is YA crossover. All ages book of multigenerational urban fantasy/portal fiction/ retold fairy tale with a Tudor twist. LGBT+ characters.
Recommended for readers of Seanan McGuire's Wandering Children series, Lev Grossman's The Magicians series,  Melissa Albert's The Hazel Wood, Hafsah Faizal's We Hunt the Flame, and books by Gregory Maguire and Terry Pratchett.
"The magical land of Story meets Brooklyn in this unconventional fairy tale reminiscent of Narnia. Exciting action, fun (and sometimes messy) adventures, and of course, wondrous magic awaits readers as the fine line between fantasy and reality is explored.  An homage to refugees who find themselves in a world harsher than what they have left behind, The Lost Princess of Story is a masterpiece that is representative of the real-world issues we face today." 
-San Francisco Book Review
"The sweeping first volume of de Planque's Chronicles of Story, created as a 'valentine to children's literature and fantasy', invites readers to sink into an epic, imaginative portal fantasy touched with welcoming whimsy...There's amusing banter, an adorable and hungry teacup-sized dragon, and an enthusiastic narrator given to wordplay and allegory... Lovers of fairytales and epic adventures will enjoy this dangerous quest filled with loveable heroes and magical creatures." grade. 
-Publisher's Weekly BookLife Reviews
"Author Suzanne de Planque weaves a marvelous new world for fairy tale and high-fantasy lovers alike.  This endlessly creative novel is an immersive new chapter to the fairy tales we've known for generations. The narrative voice is charming, and there are continuously smart turns of phrase and plays on words. A tremendous creative achievement, The Lost Princess of Story will thrill anyone who has ever fallen in love with a story." ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
-Self Publishing Review
"... a great read, with subtle nods to fairy tales and more current fantasy fiction... carefully skewers and pays tribute to how fantasy tales work... Recommended for readers who prefer works by Gregory Maguire, Terry Pratchett, and works such as Ella Enchanted."⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Suzanne de Planque is a writer, actor, and a stay-at-home mom.
Theatrical credits include off-Broadway and other New York, regional, and tours; everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim. A few highlights from her years in the theatre include enacting what must be
every Grimm's fairytale in her years as the self-proclaimed Queen of Children's Theater, playing cut-rate Disney princesses at birthday parties, inspiring a generation of high school students as the DON'T examples in a series of job-seeking educational videos, and breaking her neck falling out of a giant teapot dressed as the Dormouse.
The latter resulted in a career change to playwriting, and a healthy respect for teacups. Her plays have been commissioned and performed in New York and regionally. This is her first novel.
She lives in a little white house in Brooklyn with her husband and son, an impressive array of costumes, swords, and Original Broadway Cast albums, and a world-class collection of children's books. She is an avid collector of antique and vintage children's literature and a fan of literary
tourism in person and on Pinterest. She has never passed a wardrobe without checking, just in case.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Chatting with Ana Diamond, author of Body Conscious

Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming Ana Diamond author of Body Conscious to my blog. Her cozy mystery looks like it has the perfect amount of intrigue and romance, but before we learn more about her book, let's learn a little about Ana.

Speed round:

Good guys or bad guys? Good guys

Good girls or bad girls? Bad girls

Morning or night? Morning

Favorite food? Salad or Mexican food

Favorite beverage? Martini

Coffee or tea? Coffee

eBook, paperback, or audiobook? paperback

Plotter or Pantster? Panster

Favorite season? Fall

Dogs or cats? Cats

Favorite holiday? Halloween

Favorite movie? Pirates of the Caribbean

Ironman or Superman? Superman

Wonder Woman of Top Model? Wonder Woman

Night on the town or cozy evening in? Both at different times.

Favorite book? Night Prince by Jeaniene Frost

Favorite fictional world? Not sure I have a favorite fictional world.

Last book read? Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Black or white? Black

Stilettos or flipflops or sneakers? Stilettos

Favorite song? I don’t have just one favorite.

Chicken or steak? Chicken

Cake, cookies, or pie? cookies

Favorite junk food? Dark chocolate

Favorite thing to do to relax? Shop online

Paranormal or Historical:? Paranormal

Favorite TV show? The Vikings

Hot or cold? Hot

Favorite vacation? Disneyworld

Beach or mountains? Beach

Body Conscious
by Ana Diamond
Genre: Cozy Mystery


Mortician, Lily Reynolds is used to seeing bodies, but not the type murdered in her own funeral home. As Detective James Rivers zeroes in on her as the town’s number one suspect she must rise above the accusations and rumors to solve the case herself while keeping her attraction to the troubled detective at bay.

James has a past. The last time he let someone into his life she wound up dead. Vowing never to let that happen again he has sworn off dating for good. Until he meets Lily. In his gut he knows she’s not the murderer but pressure to solve the case puts him on the wrong trail while he struggles to keep Lily off the case.

Can she solve the case on her own or will their scandalous romance get in the way of proving her innocence?

Peek between the pages

“That’s Detective James Rivers,” Abrams said. “He came all the way up from New York City to our little town in the scenic Hudson Valley. He’ll be the lead investigator on this case since I know you ladies will be frequent callers.”

“Let’s be clear, I’ve never called you,” Lily said. “It’s always been Shanna.”

Abrams gave her a coy smile. He seemed flattered by the idea.

“Nice to meet you, Detective Rivers,” Lily said, finally turning toward the man who approached them.

Her breath caught in her throat. She didn’t know what she had been expecting, but not this—the angelic face with large sky-blue eyes, pronounced cheekbones and silken black hair. The only part of him that matched her ideas of what detectives looked like were his tattooed arms. She should know; her dad had been a cop.

May he rest in peace.

But James’s tattoos weren’t subtle. Snakes slid up his arms, past his rolled-up shirtsleeves, coiling around his thick forearms and biceps. One corner of his mouth lifted as he caught her staring.

About the author:

When Ana Diamond isn't writing about tough gals finding love in unexpected places, she’s at work by day in the medical field. She writes romantic cozy mystery novels with feisty strong women and alluring men who can’t resist them. Her books are fast paced, entertaining and heartfelt all at once.

Ana is a 2020 Tara Contest Finalist for Body Conscious and 2015 Melody of Love contest finalist. She lives in New York with her husband, two children and two needy but wildly entertaining kitty cats.

Find Ana
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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Guest Post: Jean M. Grant, author of The Hundred Trilogy

I'm thrilled to have Jean M. Grant on my blog today. Her trilogy, The Hundred Trilogy, is now available for only $5.99. This includes A Hundred Breaths, A Hundred Kisses, and A Hundred Lies. 

The Hundred Trilogy
by Jean M. Grant
Genre: medieval historical romance

Bonded by their mystical abilities, can the MacCoinneach family find true love...and at what cost?


Scotland, 1263 – 1322

The MacCoinneach family is gifted but afflicted. Deeply rooted powers of healing, feeling, and prophecy run in their bloodline. Descended from the Norse and mystical Ancients of the Isles, they must each face the curses associated with their ability…they must each find the path to love. Norse invasions, Scottish fights for independence, and the plights of the mystical isles’ people come together in The Hundred Trilogy.

A Thread of Elements

Water, fire, air, and earth…these elements have symbolic roots and importance in many cultures and communities from the ancient Greeks to current-day scientists. According to the Ancients in my trilogy, these elements are the essence of life. Each of my main characters in the trilogy has a supernatural ability linked to an element:

        Water and healing.
        Fire and feeling.
        Air and seeing.

All are grounded in earth and woven together. In the words of one character, “Wind feeds fire. Water douses fire. Water nourishes earth. Wind churns water. Fire scorches earth. All are connected.”

Water symbolizes healing, purity, life, strength, and unconditional love, and is associated with autumn. Fire symbolizes vibrance, passion, and energy, and is associated with summertime. Air symbolizes perception, knowledge, and travel and is associated with spring. Earth ties them all together with the symbolism of order, security, nourishment, and grounding and is associated with winter. I admittedly, loved how the creative muse guided me in this thread throughout the “hundred” trilogy.

My Ancients are a mythical culture born of the western isles of Scotland, and they utilize the mysterious standing stones as part of their traditions. They pass on their history through written books and spoken word. But as their population diminishes because of wars and exploitation, will their stories and powers die with them? (You’ll need to read to find out). The origin of the Ancients is unknown…where did these people come from? At one point, they became mingled with the Norse people and their gods because of Viking expansion. They are a spiritual, mystical people open to the unknown…and I had such fun writing their journeys in the trilogy.

Because it would be no fun for readers if each gift resulted in an easy ride in life, each gift comes with a burden: to lose life with each healing, to feel too deeply that it debilitates you, or to see dark, bloody visions every time you touch a person. Not only does this trilogy explore the mystical realm, but it also highlights the deep-rooted beliefs of Christian/Norse/Ancient, the superstitions of the middle ages, the hunger to control and conquer, and the wars of independence from 1263-1322 A.D. Nothing like stirring a pot of history with mystic, aye? Oh yeah, each book has love and happy ever afters.

Bonus material

With the encouragement of a few readers, I added supplemental material on my website to those interested: a genealogy/lineage chart of the family over three books, a glossary of people, places, and things, and medieval Scotland map. Check it out: https://www.jeanmgrant.com/extras


About the author:

Jean’s background is in science and she draws from her interests in history, nature, and her family for inspiration. She writes historical and contemporary romances and women's fiction. She also writes articles for family-oriented travel magazines. When she's not writing or chasing after children, she enjoys tending to her flower gardens, hiking, and doing just about anything in the outdoors.

Keep in touch with Jean

Website   Twitter   Facebook  Goodreads  Bookbub  Instagram  Amazon Author Page   

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Get lost in a World of Make Believe!

Are you a fan of free books? If so, I have a few for you. Well, me and more than twenty-five paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy-loving authors who teamed up to bring you great otherworldly reads. Grab one or scoop them all up, so they're ready and waiting for you on your eReader, whenever you are.

Enjoy the stories!