Author Interview – Rose Castro

Author Spotlight

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Rose Castro

Today I would like to welcome author Rose Castro to the Desu Beast Blog. Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

I’d always dreamed of writing something that others could enjoy. So, yes, I guess I have.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

Life. My health challenges one of which is losing my eyesight. This reality has pushed me to aspire for what matters.

  1. What genre(s) do you write?

Young Adult Fantasy & Contemporary Inspirational Romance

  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

Elemental Linx of The Tetrad Prophecy series

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  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

Jesus Helguera was a Mexican painter. His work possibly among the most reproduced and or reprinted throughout the homes of Mexican descendants, especially popular in the Chicano community.

The ‘Grandeza Azteca’ fueled my curiosity as a child. I’d often see this print in calendars; many in which my family owned, and didn’t even realize the impact it had on me. Then I came across ‘Caballero Aguila.’ This painting sealed the deal for me. I was determined in learning more about the people depicted in his art, about the civilization, the Aztecs.

Through my limited research, I found out of the artist, and I’d come to know ‘La Leyenda de los Volcanes.’ There are many wonderful pieces he created, but these three were my official foundation.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

Viviana is the protagonist of the story, and for reasons, you’ll learn as you read the series, holds a special place in my heart. I don’t want to reveal too much too soon.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

Mr. Anderson. His role isn’t a breakthrough in Elemental Linx, but, the seed is there. Those who are reading between the lines might grasp it. In the next book, Five Pendants of Creation, I think many readers will find Mr. Anderson as detestable as me.

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

Zoe. I know she’ll be someone many will find insufferable in book one. And I’m OK with that. But as the series moves forth, Zoe inadvertently lets you in, and readers will catch a glimpse of the very guarded teenager. Underneath it all, she’s just a girl who’s had to deal her entire life with serving as a reminder of something she had no control over. Rejection has always clouded her, and I find myself, personally, akin to the feeling.

  1. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

Everyone has a story. Although this series is of the fantasy genre, it serves as a reminder that at every moment of every day our fellow humans are dealing with highs and lows.

  1. What books have influenced you the most? Why?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This story of Santiago’s journey spoke to me on a deeper level that I’ve never experienced from any other book. It was very transforming and liberating in so many ways.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Paulo Coelho, of course. Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Dan Brown, and Pearl S. Buck. There are others, but these take the top spot for me.

  1. With what author would you love to have a conversation?

Probably Dan Brown. He does a lot of research for his stories, and I’d like to know what if any formula he uses to sift through good and bad research for his books.

  1. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

I’m currently wrapping up Anika’s Way, which will be my second contemporary inspirational romance novella. Then I start on Five Pendants of Creation, book two of The Tetrad Prophecy series.

  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?

No. I’m a firm believer in things happening for a reason. It’s all part of a learning process, and although I have more than my fair share of cringe-worthy moments, I accept these because without them I might not appreciate the process as much as I do.

  1. Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?

“I sat pensively trying to form a correlation between the Lummi tribe and Aztecs. Both had myths or legends centered around the sun and the moon which I found quite interesting. I’d have to give it more thought later, as Ollin’s eyes were now open and staring right at me.”

  1. Do you have a favorite quote from one of your novels?

This is a small excerpt from A Shining Star. I love it.

She took the crystal in her hand once again, recalling the first time she’d set eyes on the shining star—the very day she’d almost lost her life and, oddly enough, the day that had allowed relationships to mend and begin to heal.”

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  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Stay the course. If you are anything like me, you’ll have many ups and downs and people doubting you. But you owe it to yourself to do it.

  1. Are there any future events you would like to announce?

I’ll be sharing events via my website and Facebook page. I have a speaking event happening in April, but the details of this are still being worked out. Just stay plugged into those two sites to be in the know.

You can learn more about Rose Castro by visiting her WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER.

Thank you for visiting the Desu Beast Blog. I enjoyed reading A Shining Star, and cannot wait to read Elemental Linx of The Tetrad Prophecy.

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Author Interview – Mackenzie Flohr

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Mackenzie Flohr

Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight. Can you begin by telling me a little bit about yourself?

Thank you for the invitation! I’m happy to be here. My name is Mackenzie Flohr and I am a fantasy author through BHC Press.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

I have always dreamed of writing a book and being an author, but seeing it actually get published? That part I wasn’t sure would ever happen. It’s one thing to start a book, but it’s another thing to actually finish it!

My parents nurtured a love for the creative arts from a very young age. From the time I could hold a pencil, I was already creating pictorial interpretations of classic stories, and by the age of nine, a childhood friend and I were authors and reviewers of our own picture books.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

I wanted to write a fantasy of my own, one that could inspire imagination in others and lead them into a magical world of their own making.

  1. What genre(s) do you write?

I write fantasy and soon will be tackling the sci-fi/horror genres.

  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

The Rite of Wands. It’s the first in a new YA fantasy series, coming out on March 10th in both paperback and eBook. It will appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and even Doctor Who (specifically fans of the eleventh Doctor)

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One boy…one Rite… And a world of deadly secrets that could change the course of history—forever

 And so begins the tale of Mierta McKinnon. When a horrible fate reveals itself during his Rite of Wands ceremony, he must find a way to change not only his destiny but also the land of Iverna’s.

 Forbidden from revealing the future he foresees to anyone, he is granted a wand and his magical powers, but still must master the realm of magic in order to save himself and those he loves.

 But Mierta is not the only one with secrets…especially when it’s impossible to know who to trust.

  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

I wouldn’t say I came up with anything, it more like came to me! When I’m traveling, I often stare at road signs to see if I will come across any names that just kind of jump out at me, and this one particular sign did more than just that. It gave me a story!

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  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

Mierta McKinnon. He is a “discovery” character. Most of the time I have no idea what he is going to do in a scene, which makes writing his scenes fun and exciting! Plus without his character, there would be no Rite of Wands.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

Queen Anya. I have a hate/love relationship with her character honestly. I was actually inspired by Glenn Close’s Marquise de Merteuil in the 1989 film Dangerous Liaisons. I wanted to create a character who be successful in manipulation like she was, and I believe I have that. But why she’s my least favorite character? Probably because I cannot get through a scene between her and Mierta without them flirting with each other, which is wrong, wrong wrong!!!

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

Overall, I’d say I would relate best to Mierta and Orlynd. I’m like a mix of them honestly.

Like Orlynd, I was also an outcast growing up. I had to endure bullying, beatings, and verbal abuse from not only kids, but adults, too, from elementary school up till when I graduated from college, just because of how I dressed, looked, etc, so I really sympathize with his character.

And then like Mierta, I also wanted to please my parents and do the right thing, yet I often felt uncertain and alone. I’m also eccentric, and have this crazy amount of energy, which takes me forever to get rid of. It’s one of the reasons why I’m a chronic insomniac because I cannot get my mind to shut off!

  1. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

Our lives are not set in stone. It can all change in a heartbeat. The key is not what we do, but how we choose to react to whatever the situation is.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Christopher Paolini, and Michael Ende

  1. What author would you love to have a conversation with?

Can I pick two? It would definitely have to be J.K. Rowling and J.R.R Tolkien.

  1. Any future writing projects you would like to talk about?

I am working on the beginnings of a short story to hopefully be included in upcoming an anthology. I am also beginning to work on another series, which is going to be a futuristic science-fiction horror. The series revolves around a teenage man who is living in an advanced medical facility in Area 51 and is suffering from amnesia. And I’m brain storming for the second book in The Rite of Wands series!

  1. Are there any future events you would like to announce?

Yes. I will be appearing on the SciFan webinar through Author Assist on facebook on March 5th. I will also be appearing at B2BCYCON in April, which I’m very excited about. Also in April, I will be a guest on ArtistFirst Radio Network on April 14. And if you’re anywhere near the state of Michigan, I will be signing copies of The Rite of Wands at the Ann Arbor Book Festival Street Fair in June!

  1. Do you have a favorite quote from one of your novels?

“East Indians used slugs to numb gums, but it often led to parasites that crawled from your stomach to your brain, which tended to kill the subject.” – Mierta – The Rite of Wands.

  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Don’t give up, and if someone tells you can’t do something, don’t believe it. As one of my dear friends has said, sometimes in order for something to happen, you have to give to the universe, and the universe in turn, gives back.

  1. Do you have any links that you would like to share?

You can follow me at: Website,  WordPress,  FacebookTwitter, or  Goodreads.

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Thank you for taking the time to sit down and chat with me. I am looking forward to the release of The Rite of Wands. Great Success!

Ides of March – Essentia

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What is the Ides of March – Essentia?

A fantastic Facebook event featuring some of your favorite characters from Indie Authors and a few that you have never met!

The Essentia of any good fantasy or science-fiction story requires a believable character that the reader can relate to. It is our intent to bring to life, for you, the characters from such stories created by Indie Authors, so you can get to know them. If you find a character you love, then read the book and you may just have a new favorite author.

The focus of this event is on characters from the main genres of Fantasy, Sci-Fi and SciFan. Each 1 hour slot will feature a single character for guests to engage, question and become acquainted with. If you fall in love with the character, then buy the author’s book and get to know even more. That is what The Ides of March – Essentia is all about.

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Who are the featured characters and authors?

Meet the Characters (all times shown are Central Standard Time, USA)
6:00 AM – Lily from Conquest: Rise of the Fifth Horseman (published)
7:00 AM – Adrienne McGinnis from Stormcaller (published)
8:00 AM – Kelia from Wielders of Arantha (work in progress)
9:00 AM – Lady Moonwalker from A Chance Meeting (work in progress)
10:00 AM – Baric from the Rangers of Laeran Series (published)
11:00 AM – Light from Blood Dragons (published)
12:00 PM – Lady Eithne from The Romance of Eowain (published)
1:00 PM – Katya Brie from The Secret King Series (published)
2:00 PM – Delina from The Dragonblood Throne: Legacy (work in progress)
3:00 PM – Dame Deidre from The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam series (published)
4:00 PM – Pentanimir Benoist from The Rise of Nazil Trilogy (Published)
5:00 PM – Leilana Erovina from The Final Lesson (work in progress)
6:00 PM – Darland Courvenier from the Circe Series (published)
7:00 PM – Jewel from Norma Jean’s School of Witchery (published)
8:00 PM – Quin Reis from Darkstorm (published)
9:00 PM – Ken Brody from Jaxxa Rakala (published)

Come and join in the fun and possibly meet your next favorite author and character!

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Author Interview – J.D. McGowan

 

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Author Spotlight

J.D. McGowan

Today I am pleased to introduce you to author J.D. McGowan. Mr. McGowan is a first time author with a new book of short stories available on Amazon.

Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

I suppose you can say I caught the bug after high school.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

Hmm. My love for urban fantasy and westerns.

  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

The book is a collection of short stories called The Secret of Olden Woods.

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  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

Two television shows come to mind. The Big Valley and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I wanted to create contemporary rustic family of shape-changers. The supernatural aspect really takes a backseat to the relationship the characters have with one another.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

I play no favorites. (Smiles)

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

Ah. See question five. (Laughs)

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

I have Josiah’s protective nature and sense of family loyalty.   I share Kate’s often-irascible temperament and Sherman’s wit.  Nina Olden, in many ways, is a beautiful mystery to me.

Does that answer the question? (Laughs)

8.   Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

Message? None that I’m aware of.

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  1. What books have influenced you the most? Why?

Hemingway’s short stories. I admire the compression of his prose. Elmore Leonard’s westerns: Hombre, Valdez Is Coming, and his short stories. Richard Matheson’s horror and fantasy novels and short stories had a big influence on me. He made both genres accessible to me because they were so modern in their approach. I think Stephen King said Matheson brought the terror into your local 7-11. Louis L’Amour ‘s Sackett novels.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Louis L’Amour ‘s Sackett novels. I love their family code: “When you step on the toes of one Sackett, they all come running.”  James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Charles R. Saunders, Robert B. Parker, and Nancy A. Collins are favorites. The list is endless.

  1. What author would you love to have a conversation with?

Moses. I mean, the cat wrote the first five books of the Bible. And God All Mighty was his editor!

  1. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

I have a few ideas rolling around in my noggin. (Smiles)

  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?

You have to crawl before you can walk.

  1. Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?

How about the blurb?

Meet the Oldens, a proud bucolic family of were-creatures—or shape-changers, as they call themselves—residing in western Washington state.

Grandmother Nina Olden, the owl-changer, is the enlightened matriarch of the Olden clan. The eldest of her three grandchildren is Josiah Olden, the bear-changer, who is independent and even-tempered, yet loaded for bear when he or anyone in his family is threatened. He enjoys ’70s pop music, blackberry wine, and making Olden Golden Honey, his enterprise.

The middle grandchild is Sherman Olden, the wolf-changer, a good-natured ladies’ man and grade-school teacher. The youngest is Kate Olden, the puma-changer, who is often ill-tempered and misunderstood, as she is trying to find her footing in the world.

The Oldens live by an ancestral code known as The Path: always honor and defend the family, the land, and the sacred rites, come what may. Witness the trials, tribulations and triumphs of this unique family in their lifelong quest to preserve and protect their family honor.

Books excerpts can be read HERE.

  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

I’m still up and coming myself. (Laughs)

For more information about JD McGowan, please visit his WEBSITE.

Thank you for sitting down and chatting with me tonight. I have ordered my copy of The Secret of Olden Woods and cannot wait to read it.

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Author Interview – Sédrie Danielle

 

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Author Spotlight

Sédrie Danielle

Today, I welcome Sédrie Danielle to the Desu Beast Blog. Sédrie is an Urban Fantasy author with an interesting series of tales and an upcoming novel.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

Absolutely! I’ve been writing since middle school, but it wasn’t until I reached my 30’s that I got serious about it.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

I am a huge fan for fantasy, sci-fi and horror. More often than not, books in these genres lack the diversity that I desire to see. I took into account a quote by Toni Morrison which states: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” So I did!

  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

Knights of Enmity – The Barons Have Fallen

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  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

While in college, I had the opportunity to study different cultures and religions which helped broaden my scope of the world. I began studying different “magical” systems such as Voodoo, Wicca and Druidism which are also heavily  based in mythology. I have taken my studies, my love for history and mythology, and attempted to create a world based on the things that I enjoy.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

Cesare Borgia. He is actually a historical character who’s real life was just as interesting as the character I created. In real life, Cesare was the son of Pope Alexander VI and served as the inspiration to Machiavelli’s The Prince. My Cesare is a powerful Black Knight who runs around in a cassock playing with fire.

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  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

Ugh. Callan. He’s a very weak person, one filled with rage and emotion which will ultimately get him into some trouble. Instead of using his powers to help humanity, he finds himself becoming a pawn for Solon.

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

Its funny because I believe all of my characters have a little piece of me in them. Lol. But, if I had to chose just one I would say…

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  1. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

You have to be open minded in order to really enjoy my books. I have characters that are gay, transgendered, pagans, atheists; all of whom exist in reality. I want my readers to grasp the idea of equality. We all hurt, we all feel joy and its my goal with the diversity of my characters that I help spread the message that we are different but the same.

  1. What books have influenced you the most? Why?

Believe it or not, I actually don’t own or read many novels. Most of the books I read are non-fiction, conspiracy related or things concerning spiritual matters. Books like The DaVinci Code  and the pseduopigraphic text The Book of Enoch  have always served as a great influence to me and my writing. I love delving into Earth’s mysteries and I attempt to answer some of those questions in my own writing as I understand them.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Just to name a few: I love Stephen King, Judika Illes, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dan Brown, Neil Gaiman, Manly P. Hall, Bella Forrest.

  1. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

Of course! Knights of Enmity has expanded a little and I have a small graphic novel coming out January 2017. I’m so excited. I am also working on a horror novel which I completed during Nanowrimo.

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  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest novel?

This is a never ending battle. Every time I read it, I want to change something lol! The overall story, no. But minor things such as unnecessary dialogue, imagery, and grammatical errors. I always find them.

  1. Do you have a trailer that you would like to share?

  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Yes. First off, write what you like. I know YA is a popular genre at the moment, but if that’s not your thing, then don’t do it. If your heart isn’t in it, then you wont put your best foot forward. Second, its always good to know a little about graphic design, especially if you’re an indy author.

  1. Do you have any links that you would like to share?

www.horrortree.com

www.duotrope.com

To learn more about Sédrie or her novels, please visit her WEBSITE, TWITTER, or FACEBOOK.

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Thank you for visiting the Desu Beast Blog. I have enjoyed Knights of Enmity and cannot wait to read more. Great Success!

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Author Interview – Mary R. Woldering

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Author Spotlight

Mary R. Woldering

Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight, Ms. Woldering. I have a few questions so we can learn more about you and your current and future works.

1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

I would have to say that’s a maybe. I wanted to do spectacular things like time travel, being a trapeze artist, a princess, a sea captain, a mad poet, a famous archaeologist, and more, but the bottom line was that I wanted to have adventures and then write them down.

2. What inspired you to write your first book?

I couldn’t find anything in my Junior High School Library that I wanted to read, so I started writing stories and reading them to friends.

3. What is the name of your latest novel?

It’s the third book in my Children of Stone Series – Opener of the Sky

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4. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

There’s a novel in that too! Friends and I explored spirituality when I was in college. Part of the study was self-styled “ghostbusting” and past-life regressions which were more like time travel to other time periods. The crazy part was that what we saw started checking out years later. The series is based on the things we saw.

5. Who is your favorite character and why?

That is tough. I like them for different reasons. Marai of course is the hero, but he’s fragile and naïve in his own way. Ariennu is the wild child in my inner self, given permission to be promiscuous and make decisions I’d never make in my own life. Maatkare Raemkai is just plain hot and wicked – the man who will just do you wrong but you want him to.

6. Who is your least favorite character and why?

I don’t have one. I love all of them.

7. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

As above, Ariennu – her rash decisions, her obsessions, she’s my hidden wild side

8. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

Our lives are combinations of choices on the road to wisdom, but decisions we make along the way constantly re-write out script. Important to keep growing and learning right up until the end. If you are breathing you’re not done.

9. What books have influenced you the most?

Why? Books? I guess anything Edgar Allan Poe wrote. Herman Melville. I was also fond of Robert E. Howard’s pulp Conan the Barbarian adventures…Evangeline Walton’s Island of the Mighty Series… folk tales and hero stories of all lands. One of Kola Boof’s books: The Sexy Part of the Bible

10. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Those mentioned above. I’ve never been one to read the popular works.

11. What author would you love to have a conversation with?

Kola Boof. We are Facebook friends but have never met. Any of the above and also Stan Lee.

12. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

Book 4 of the series Heart of the Lotus also some spinoff novellas with the series characters visiting other eras. One I started was Miss Hattie and the Hoppers which is a steampunk mystery.

I have also written portions of a post-Roman Celtic saga tentatively called Raven (something…) I wrote a historical fiction set in 19th century England & America, and one set in 16th century Spanish Mexico. And there is the modern Dionysus story…

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13. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book? The latest one?

No. I plan to tune up the first book Voices in Crystal and part of the second at some distant date.

14. Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?
Sure.

Without giving too many spoilers, Ariennu and Naibe have been serving as concubines of King Menkaure. Hordjedtef, the king’s uncle and a high priest, has had them kidnapped and rushed up the river as potential threats on the king’s life. Their captor is his sadistic grandson. Using her own psychic ability Ariennu visits in the form of a brown hawk. She is attempting to get a message to his majesty to send someone to save them.

“Where are they? I want them brought to me at once!” she heard the king roar and saw him struggle to his feet while his grooms fell to their knees, his clothing in their hands. One man held out the pleated linen that formed the king’s shendyt, but Menkaure swatted at the air near them and the man shrank back knowing he could be punished with instant death. Menkaure paced for a moment then noticed his own nakedness and tersely beckoned for one of his grooms to fasten and belt his clothing neatly. He beckoned the other man who held his ordinary khat to put it on him and to clasp his pectoral at his throat.

“Lady Naibe…” The king called “Lady ArreNu.”

“Your Majesty.” a low and timid voice suggested the king calm himself enough for the kohl to be painted around his eyes.

Ariennu saw guards returning up the stairs strong-arming the young concubines, Irika and Suenma, who had been rude to her right before the party commenced. They had been chosen by the king to entertain him after the party but when Menkaure had seen Naibe’s dance his plans changed. The women froze at the door, reading the king’s displeasure. The guards behind them pushed them to the floor in an attitude of worship.

“Where are they? What have you done to them? Then “Guard your words with your worthless and jealous lives.”

Ariennu shuddered, almost ready to leave that scene. She had seen the king mildly happy, tired, depressed, slightly ill and even paternal but never enraged to the point of breathlessness. The concubines were clinging to each other and crying. Menkaure slumped into his wicker day chair and had the guards bring them closer, pushing them face-down on the floor before him.

“You two know something. You will tell me everything and if what I hear is not to my liking or if I even begin to sense you are lying to me, your throats shall feel a draft and your last words to your Father will be an apology.”

He pointed to Irika first.

“You… You did not like my fire haired healing woman…or the young goddess-girl.” He shifted in his chair uncomfortably. “You spoke ill of my young dancer as if you told a joke, but I knew your spiteful heart from the day she joined her sister here.” He leaned forward, accusing. “I know you women plot to be with your Father, and to be the star in his eye. This morning Lady Naibe has gone from me when I did not give her leave and her dear sister is missing too.”

The tall and lanky woman whose arm Ariennu remembered twisting when she insulted her, buried her face in her hands. Ari smirked inwardly. I should have become a fly so I could see this closer. Look at that. I could almost laugh at the stupid kuna, scared like that. Not so proud and sure of yourself now, are you?

The sensation of a controlling utterance at the door stirred Ari’s attention. She layered extra secrecy over her hawk shadow and sensed more than saw the elongated skirtlike shendyt that swept gracefully into the room: Count Prince Hordjedtef.

And there it is. The demon himself. Damn! Ari sighed. I see the bastard saving the day for his young pet. Wretched girl knows who has the real power in this place… she watched the elder prince bend to the girl to comfort her and then dismiss both of them.
“Uncle, did you just dare speak for me?” Ari heard the king snarl “I will know what became of the sojourning women who were in my house. The girls were bold enough to speak of their discomfort. I asked for them to be brought for questioning and now you release them?”

Uh-oh. Ari’s vision continued. King Menkaure leapt to his feet and strode to the elder priest in such a rage that for a moment Ari hoped she would see the king liberate the Great One’s head from his neck.

Be strong your Majesty…
He is the one.
He is the architect

She tried to get into the king’s thoughts, but winced when she felt the Great One’s gaze search the outer porch as if he had sensed something.

“I’ve known you as my wise uncle all my life as a young prince and all through the good times and the bad with my heavy crown. I looked up to you, even passing over the advice of my brothers and my good vizier Neb, yet your heart decides it speaks as god?”

Ari knew the king blamed Hordjedtef for her and Naibe’s disappearance. She watched as Menkaure pushed the elder aside and headed for the door. She saw him pause, seize the old man by the top of his collar and yank him close to his rage-darkened face. Ariennu heard his words and felt her heart suddenly drop. She knew her thought had reached him but now she realized she should have kept it to herself.

“Just so you know, Uncle, I have also heard the cry of my sweet child’s soul again through the gifts of these holy women you so callously sent packing. I am taking fine offense at what you have done.” He shook the old man loose from his hand and stormed to the door about to send for his guards.

“Kind Majesty…”

Ariennu sensed the old man scrambling after the king; trying to get his attention.
“Don’t.” Menkaure turned from his elder. “It seems I’ve listened to your whispering and your spells long enough. You have been holding back and dismissing as fantasy the very truth I knew from the day my heart was torn out. The ladies, without me asking them to do so, brought my sweet one back to me. “I know this is why you sent them away. You are to protect goddess Maat, not bury her or choke her with lies.” The king whirled in another pacing turn. “I will see the best rowers on my swiftest boats sent to take them up and bring them here back to my arms. They are to me more than gold.”
Ariennu bowed her head, feeling an impossible blush of pride.

“But Most High Majesty. Hear me once more and then no more if you wish.” The elder protested. “These women have gained your trust and have cast spells of their own on you I fear. You know their sire was a would be- foreign usurper whom I and my second man Prince Wserkaf apprehended and routed…You had approved all that was done to him at one time.”

Fearless wretch… Ariennu murmured, He’ll turn it around and now I’ll have to watch how it happened. She saw the king pause, then think. Goddess; she thought quickly. Do not listen, Majesty. Do not believe him.

“I did, it’s true.” The king paused, still pacing and becoming even more agitated. “Have I piled on even more evil? Or is it you, Uncle?”

“The fault is also mine to have taken pity on these pleasing ones, Majesty. I discovered that they cast spells on us all with their weeping and grieving, but under it, the whole time they were plotting and planning. I know the elder one whispered to you that you ought to take in her flower teas and creamed broths and not the tonics I labored to produce for you. Remember that soon enough you knew them to be weaker medicine? The younger beauty then came to you in your weakened state and further seized your godly heart.” The Great One of Five straightened. “I feel there was less of love in them for you and more of vengeance.”

Ariennu saw the old man’s secretive gesture and the resulting twinge in the king’s chest. She winced and made a cawing screech.

Ah, Majesty, you see…he said, rushing to Menkaure to heal him with all of the proper series of touches. She saw the elder priest look up once and noticed the reddened glare in his slit-like bird eyes. Everything dissolved around her.

15. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Start publishing much earlier than I did. I wrote for YEARS on spiral notebooks. I had to wait until I retired to really get started. And don’t be a perfectionist to the extent that you feel your work will never be perfect. It won’t be. Just get it out there. Don’t die with the stories untold.

 

To find out more about Mary R. Woldering and her novels, please visit her WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or on Amazon…Children of Stone series-  Voices in Crystal, Going Forth by Day, and  Opener of the Sky.

Thank you for stopping by the Desu Beast Blog, Mary. I look forward to reading your series and upcoming releases.

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Author Interview -James Goodridge

Author Spotlight

James Goodridge

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Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight. Can you begin by telling me a little bit about yourself?

I’m a 56 year old African American male from the boogie down Bronx in NYC who started on a journey in 2004 into the world of speculative fiction.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

Yes. I’ve always wanted to write and live the life of a writer, but I consider myself a reader who writes.

  1. What inspired you to write your first story? 

    Shows like Twilight Zone, the X files etc. I’m in the process of working on a collection of occult detective/diesel funk short stories to be published near the end of 2017, or the beginning of 2018 by Fist City Press. Also a coming of age story I wrote a few years ago.

  2. What is the name of your latest novel?

Not ready for a novel yet. The working title of the short story collection: Madison Cavendish/Seneca Sue The Passing of Time Sagas.

  1. How did you come up with the concept?

I started off with a short story titled The Lower Manhattan Horror, a Lovecraft type of story but without the xenophobic theme that Lovecraft, a product of his times tended to write.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

It’s a tie. Madison, an immortal with vampire issues, just wants to get through the day and solve whatever  affairs (as I call them) that comes their way. Seneca Sue, on the other hand, is an immortal Shaman and part werewolf who’s more free wheeling.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

None yet.

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

I guess Madison, because of the incident that happened to him and Seneca back in 1914, they have to adjust to the mortal world down through the ages. So many changes from 1914 to 2017, for the both of them being born in the year 1885. Then you have the fact that both of them are biracial, hence the passing of time title has two meanings to focus on . Only their love gets them through time. Try picturing a relationship of over 90 years between a vampire and a lycanthorpe who are enemies according to folklore and film.

  1. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

Yes . Life is complex. Nothing is cut and dried. I also like to use African American historical figures who are not well known, but were part of our struggle as a race. Everyone has some basic knowledge of icons like Paul Robeson, but know little of Lt Samuel Battle, the first black NYPD officer, Rollo Ahmed,  black occultist or Phillippa Schuyler black classical pianist.

  1. What books have influenced you the most? Why?

War of The Worlds by H.G. Wells because I’m a scifi fan who happens to be better at writing horror. I know,  go figure. I loved the book because of the  “what if” scenario.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, John Updike, Ray Bradbury, Walter Mosley, Yukio Mishma, Rod Serling and all the great writers on the Twilight Zone series from the 60’s. And believe it or not, U.S. Grant because of his plain cut to the chase style of his memoir

  1. What author would you love to have a conversation with?

 Rod Serling. I would have loved to talk with him over a bottle of Scotch.

  1. Any other projects you would like to talk about?

I have a series of short stories titled Artwork which have been showcased in issue # 7 and reprinted in the Winter 2016 issue of Genesis magazine of the black science fiction society   www.blacksciencefictionsociety.com  you can also find some of my work at www.Afrophantoms.com

  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest work?

My current work, no.  I’m forever revising and editing.

  1. Is there a short excerpt of your current work that you would like to share?

” Hello, How do you do?” came a voice with a lisp from a figure stepping out of the kitchen of the cozy apartment done up in bell pepper green and warm orange. I can’t lie I had baby doll pegged as a rival right from the start, but I also sensed a troubled life and a tragic future from this young lady. Long raven black hair part of it thrown over her right shoulder, light sand complexion, dark eyes, round soft baby face, Phillippa’s body exuded a sensuality super charged by youthful zest in a tight fitting angora sweater, dull olive green stone set in a gold ring adoring her right ring finger. A dark blue pencil skirt, dark silk stockings and dark blue high heels shoes completed the package. (The Cloverdale Affair (c) 2016 )

  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

While I sometimes like to listen to Miles Davis while I write, don’t get caught up in “Oh I need for the mood to be right” as Ray Bradbury once said “Just write!”

  1. Do you have any links that you would like to share?

You can friend me on Facebook : James Goodridge, you can go to my Facebook page : Who gives you the Write, I do blogs some time especially for black history month or as we say black horror history month at www.horroraddicts.net

Thank you Aaron

You are welcome. Thank you for taking the time to sit down and chat with me. I look forward to reading more of your work. Great Success!

Author Interview – M. L. Spencer

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Author Spotlight

M.L. Spencer

Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight. Can you begin by telling me a little bit about yourself?

Hi and thanks for having me! I’m M.L. Spencer, author of the epic fantasy series The Rhenwars Saga. I am passionately in love with fantasy as well as science! I teach biology at the high school I graduated from.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

Yes. I started writing as soon as I could pick up a pencil. I wrote my first manuscript at thirteen.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

I was always living in a fantasy world. I lived in an orange grove and made the whole place into a land complete with maps, towns, rivers, and populations. It even had its own currency, language, and religion!

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  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

Darkstorm

  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

I wanted to write a serious that was less about good versus evil and more about the exploration of differing moral ethics.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

In Darkstorm, my favorite character is Quin. I love him because he is a flawed, sarcastic, self-deprecating addict that has a heart of gold but can’t seem to do anything right. Coming up with his dialogue was some of the best times of my life.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

My least favorite character to write is Arden Hannah. Getting into her point of view makes me feel soiled inside. I literally feel like I need a bath!

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

Probably Quin. I, too, have had my own struggles with addiction, so there’s a lot of myself in him.

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  1. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

There is. But I’m going to keep that one under my hat, for now.

  1. What books have influenced you the most? Why?

Wow. That’s hard. I was born and raised on fantasy fiction. I think I could best describe my work as an amalgamation of Frank Herbert, Stephen King, and Robert Jordan.

  1. What author would you love to have a conversation with?

Patrick Rothfuss. Want to pick that man’s beautiful brain.

  1. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

Working on book 4!

  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?

I don’t think so. I had a pretty good idea where I wanted to go with this series from the very beginning and, for the most part, it’s just taken me there. I feel like I’m riding a tall ship at full sail.

  1. Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?

He shuddered at the sound of that voice. It was vilely seductive, gliding like soft velvet down the length of his nerves. Braden kept his eyes squeezed closed, so loathe was he to gaze upon that face.

He could feel her moving toward him across the cell. Her hands brushed against his skin, a silken caress as she slid her arms around his torso. With gentle pressure, she compelled him to his feet. He stood, swaying, naked from the waist up, arms chained behind his back. His breath still came in gasps.

“It doesn’t have to be this way,” she whispered gently in his ear as her soft fingertips stroked the skin of his back. “You can still choose to make a difference. Think of the lives you would be saving. It’s the right thing to do.”

His eyes shot open, glaring his contempt at her.

“Don’t lecture me on morals, woman,” he grated. “You have no idea what they are.”

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  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Yes. Keep writing. Don’t give up. Every word brings you one step closer to success, even if it’s hard to see light when you’re standing in the dark.

  1. Do you have any links that you would like to share?

http://mlspencerfiction.com

https://www.facebook.com/Rhenwarssaga/

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Thank you for taking the time to sit down and chat with me, M.L. Spencer. I am eagerly awaiting your next novel. As you know, you are one of my favorite Epic Fantasy authors. Great Success!

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Author Interview – N.W. Moors

Author Spotlight

N.W. Moors

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Today I am extremely pleased to welcome N.W. Moors. Mrs. Moors is a multi-genre author of numerous novels including her latest, Icarus Rising, which is available on Amazon?

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

I think since the time I started to read, I also wanted to write my own stories. While I’ve played around with writing over the years, it was only in the last several years that I decided to become serious about it.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

I loved the Irish story of the children of Lir though I always thought it very sad. A trip to Ireland gave me the idea to rewrite it in a modern setting.

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  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

Icarus Rising which came out in September of this year.

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  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

We have a Facebook group called W.A.P.A.T. (write a paragraph about this). Someone posted a picture of a girl in a red dress and a man with black wings hovering over her. It reminded me of the story of Icarus and the story came from there, a chance at redemption for Icarus after his plunge into the ocean.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

Taisie MacDonnell, the feisty heroine of The Black Swans. She’s shy but determined to help Conn break the curse he and his siblings are under and goes through a lot to see that happen.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

I don’t have a least favorite character. I love them all, even the villains. There’s always something redeeming to find within a person; otherwise, I don’t think they’d be that interesting.

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

While I started writing fantasy romance, I also write Regency romance under the pen name of Jerusha Moors. Lady Lucilla Blount in Abandon is probably the person I relate to the most. She had endured a broken heart and cruelty by her peers. Not that any of that has happened to me, but I feel that her resiliency and determination also applies to me in some ways.

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  1. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

I don’t send messages, at least that I’m aware of. I just want my readers to enjoy the stories.

  1. What books have influenced you the most? Why?

I read a lot and in many different genres, and there have been many books that have influenced me. When I was younger, Stranger in a Strange Land and the Lord of the Rings were favorites as well as the Thomas Covenant books by Stephen Donaldson.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Oh, boy, let’s see. These are the ones currently on my automatically pre-order list: Charles de Lint, Guy Gavriel Kay, C.S. Harris, Grace Burrowes, Julia Quinn, Colleen Hoover, Kristin Higgins, Lauren Willig, Patricia McKillip, and I know I’m forgetting a bunch.

  1. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

I’m currently working on the third book in the Antrim Series which takes place on the Isle of Muck off Scotland. Then I have the third book in my Regency series which is Lord Blakesley’s story, and the second book in my Second Chances series which is Cassandra of Troy’s story. Oh, and I have a SciFi that I’m working on, too. I’m just finishing up a Regency Christmas short story that should be out next month first though.

  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?

I don’t think so.

  1. Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share? 

This is a draft from the next Antrim Cycle book, Seven Tears in the Sea:

She waited for the boat to settle, then went back to find the rest of her things. It was late afternoon on Saturday and it looked as if Morri was the only one disembarking. A husky young man on the crew helped her with her baggage and down the narrow gangplank to the dock where the man was waiting.

“Are you the new teacher?” he asked. He was a nice looking older man in a flannel shirt and fleece vest. He looked much like anyone back in Antrim, Morri thought. She half expected the men in Scotland to all be wearing kilts – she’d watched too much Outlander.

“Yes, hello,” she said, and dropped the tote bag she was holding when he thrust out a hand at her, whether to shake or take her luggage she wasn’t sure. They both ducked down to pick up the bag and Morri nearly banged his head. Not an auspicious start.

“Sorry, it’s been a long trip,” she said when they both stood back up. The man nodded and scratched the back of his neck as if not sure what to do next. He opted to give her his name.

“Angus MacLean.” He thrust his hands into the pockets of his vest as if to underline that the attempted handshake had been a mistake.
“It’s very nice to meet you, Mr. MacLean. I’m Morrigan Malone, the new teacher.” Morri shifted her backpack, unsure of what came next.

Angus frowned at her, his thick bristling eyebrows meeting over expressive dark brown eyes. Morri wasn’t sure how she had offended him, but he didn’t look pleased with her.

“You can call me Angus, lass,” he said, and tilted his head as he studied her. “I thought you’d be older,” he added with a bluntness that startled her.

Morri sighed, barely refraining from rolling her eyes. “I’m really old enough. It’s because I’m so short.”

The man looked bewildered. “Pardon,” he said, his eyebrows moving rapidly up and down. Morri had to force herself to look away from them. She suspected she could be mesmerized by those bushy brows if she looked at their motion for too long.

“Sorry, as I said, it was a long trip. I mean, I look younger than I am,” she took a deep breath, “and I’m short, so people tend to think I’m still a child.”

Angus snorted and a corner of his mouth tipped up. “Nae, that’s not what I meant. The letter said ye were a widow lady with grown children.”

Morri’s heart sank. “Oh, that’s Mrs. Wright. She was originally supposed to come for the year, but her daughter needed her, something to do with triplets, I think they said. The agency sent me instead.” She pulled at the straps of her knapsack, suddenly nervous. “I was the next in the queue of the applicants. They should have sent you some notification, an email or something, but maybe I got here first. I left right away in order to make it in time for the term.”

Angus frowned. “Do ye have a lad? A boyfriend?”

“No, I dated a guy for a while in college, but no one steady….Wait, why are you asking me that?” Morri was tired, but the question seemed much too personal and intrusive for a first meeting.

Just then, the ferry gave another toot and pulled away on its way to the next island. Morri wondered if she should wave and try to stop it. Based on the way Angus acted, she wasn’t sure she actually had a teaching job here.

When she looked back, Angus had scrunched up his face in deep thought.
“Sorry,” he mumbled in embarrassment. “But it’s a long season here on the island and a young man away is a big temptation to leave for a young lass. Not that there’s any available young men to keep them here either.” He trailed off, his eyes following the disappearing ferry.

Morri heaved a sigh of relief. “That’s fine. I’m here to teach your children, do a bit of traveling, and some writing of my own. I don’t need that kind of distraction for now.”

The brows lowered again. Her speech seemed to compel them to movement much as a snake charmer’s pipe cause a cobra to dance.

“I’m writing a fantasy story based on some Scottish legends,” she explained, then added hastily, “but that comes after my teaching job.”

She caught Angus trying to suppress a grin and she rolled her eyes, knowing she had said too much. He would make a great police officer. He could just force a confession from a suspect with the movement of his eyebrows, she thought. Still, the slight grin made her feel that maybe it would all work out, this wild jaunt to the far side of the Atlantic.

  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Keep writing, get an editor, and learn marketing.

To learn more about N.W. Moors (Jerusha Moors) you can visit her BLOG, Google+, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST,  or AMAZON.

Thank you so much for stopping by the Desu Beast Blog, Mrs. Moors. Not only have I enjoyed your novels, but I frequent your blog as well. I have found several interesting novels per your numerous book reviews and recommendations.

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Author Interview – Tim Allen

Author Spotlight

Tim F. Allen

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It is my pleasure to welcome Mr. Tim F. Allen to the Desu Beast Blog. Mr. Allen is the author of several upcoming novels. His first release, Apocalypse Orphan is available now on Amazon.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

My family owns a small-town newspaper. I was required at a young age to contribute. In 7th grade, I started writing a monthly article called “The Science in your life”. So, I guess I was destined to become a writer.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

I got in trouble at work. We had a fire that was really bad. We lost water pressure and had to back out. A new form had come out that took over our personal interview by the Arson Investigator. (I disagree with it still) so I wrote a kindergarten version. I was ordered to write something more, So I called it Faraday, the name of the street, and turned it in. It cost me a day’s pay, a day off and an insubordination letter in my file for it. You can read it on my website.

  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

Prisoners of the Game

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  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

Video games are basically played by everyone. I decided to use the current fad and write a novel based on actual game play.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

Mary Ann Brady. She’s a Mary Stu character that knows she’s a Mary Stu character.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

Alice Mason. Mean, conniving, self-centered and totally loyal to her job.

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

Andre Kingston. He’s the first Video Soldier ever. He was kidnapped at a tender age and forced to play the games, now he’s America’s #1 soldier and everyone wants to be him. He does have his kryptonite, her names Victoria and she’s also a Video soldier from America’s greatest ally.

  1. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

Maybe, I think this is how wars will eventually be fought, in green rooms, waged on a holographic battlefield for real stakes.

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  1. What books have influenced you the most?

Why? I read ancient history, I love mythology and the stories behind those stories.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Edgar Rice Burroughs

  1. What author would you love to have a conversation with?

Edgar Rice Burroughs

  1. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

I have Apocalypse Orphan II coming out next year and a thriller called Tethered. Both should be out sometime next year.

  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book? No. I just wrote what the voices told me. It’s not my story…it’s theirs.
  1. Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?

Just the opening poem:

Flip the switch and we’re there, Wind blowing through our hair,

Running, jumping, shooting, flying, All the time you’re never dying.

Killing, slaying, talking loud, What’s it matter? It’s in the Cloud.

But when you’re done you shut us down, Leaving us hurt or wandering around,

You never felt the pain we feel, A game to you, but to us, so real,

Have you ever thought to ask, What’s the meaning of our task?

It’s to die by your hand? Living life under your command?

But the Clouds been hacked, and we are free, We’re going to get you, so you better flee, The time is here, watch what you do, For we no longer play your tools!

Vengeance is here, so stop the clock, The lid is loose on Pandora’s Box!

Once it’s off, the lies will rise, And we will dry our weeping eyes,

Because we have learned from our tears, And what we know will drive your fears,

Our time is here so best beware, End the games or we’ll be there!

— an old comp-gen poem

  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Write what the voices say. Get a good editor, and take criticism for what it’s worth… it’s mostly jealousy.

For more information about Tim Allen or his numerous projects, visit his WEBSITE or FACEBOOK PAGE.

Thank you for stopping by the Desu Beast Blog. I look forward to reading more of your novels. I am a huge fan of Apocalypse Orphan!

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