Author Interview – Tom Fallwell

It is my pleasure to welcome fantasy author Tom Fallwell to the Desu Beast Blog. His Rangers of Laerean series includes: A Whisper in the Shadows, Where Shadows Fall, and The Shadow of Narwyrm. Tom also writes a monthly story (Stormguard) in SciFan Magazine.

Time to find out more about Tom Fallwell and his journey as a writer.

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  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

I had for a time, but because I was in another career, I didn’t have time and didn’t think too much about it. Once I retired, I found the time, and discovered the urge to start writing all those stories in my head.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

I wrote a short story, a sort of romantic/mystery/inspirational tale, which was well received by those who read it. A friend encouraged me to keep writing, so I turned to a story idea I’d been playing with in my head for quite a while. Once I started writing, it just flowed out and in a few months, I had a full novel. The inspiration for the tale actually came from playing a video game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I’d created a character and a bit of a backstory for her, named Delina. She is the MC in my first novel, which is now being rewritten.

  1. What genre(s) do you write?

Mostly Fantasy, though I also enjoy writing Science-Fiction and Science-Fantasy.

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  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

The latest novel is coming this summer (2017) and is called, Dragonblood Throne: Legacy. It is actually a rewrite of my first novel, expanding upon that story a bit and planning it to be a two-book series. The original novel was Dragon Rising.

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

For Dragonblood Throne: Legacy, I believe the message is Love over Hate. Love conquers all things, and I think that is pretty much what this story is about.

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

The Lord of the Rings, because of the in-depth world building and true-to-life characters that Tolkien created. I aspire to be as meticulous in my own works as Tolkien. Another is any and all of the Conan stories by Robert E. Howard, because of the larger-than-life aspect of the main character, Conan. He was stubborn to a fault, mighty, and determined, yet at times, he showed an inner compassion for others you would not expect.

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

I’m currently working on a new fantasy novel which I am co-authoring with another author whom I’ve found I have much in common with. I can’t say a lot about all that just yet, but I think the story we are creating will be epic!

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

No

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

This is from the end of a battle scene in which the main character, Delina, loses herself in a fit of pure rage.

Moving too fast for Horath to follow, Delina grabbed both his wrists and squeezed with a strength that caused the Spy Master’s eyes to bulge in shocked surprise. Piercing agony raced through his arms and his daggers fell to the ground as his hold on them loosened.

 Delina’s face was a tortured mask of indignation as she pulled the spy’s face to within inches of her own, showing her teeth in a snarl of pure hatred, her eyes reflecting the anguish of her soul. In that moment, she had no conscious thought beyond hate. Hate for this man who’d killed Morlok. Hate for Kargoth who’d stole the man she loved from her side. A growl of rage escaped through her clenched teeth.

 Horath’s pain was suddenly overridden by the acute realization that he was about to die. He opened his mouth in a last second attempt to speak a surrender in the hopes he might survive this ordeal, but it was too late.

 With growling scream of pure fury, Delina jerked both of Horath’s arms, ripping them their sockets, leaving behind torn and bloody shreds of flesh. Horath’s last sight was the enraged dragonblood holding his arms up like trophies. Then, wailing in dying agony, Horath fell to the ground, sobbing from the sheer torture of his pain.

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

This is a quote from Ranger Baric in Where Shadows Fall of the Rangers of Laerean series. He and his companion Ramura are talking about the grief one must endure when someone you love is lost.

“Grief must come, but it’s still grief and there’s no part of the body that can hurt more than the heart.”

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

Write because you love writing, first and foremost, and never let anything drag you down. Keep writing, no matter what. Also, write to please yourself, not others.

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

If you would like to learn more about Tom or his fantastical novels, follow/friend him on Amazon, Website, Facebook, Smashwords, Goodreads, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, his Podcast, and you can join his Mailing List.

Thank you for visiting the Desu Beast Blog! I look forward to reading more of Stormguard and the next in the Rangers series.

Write On Podcast Interview

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I recently had the pleasure to sit down with an exceptional author and Write On podcast host, Tom Fallwell. Click the link below to download and listen to this phenomenal interview!

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“The debut episode of Write On with Tom Fallwell features an interview with the incomparable Aaron-Michael Hall, a Book Review of Magnolia Secrets by Beth Hale, and a couple of Book Readings: The Redoubt by Devorah Fox, read by Angela B. Chrysler, and The Winter That Follows by L.G. Surgeson, read by the author.”

Do not forget to follow the podcast. The coming line-up is amazing! Write On!

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Author Interview – TJ Morris

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Author Spotlight
TJ Morris

Today I would like to welcome cross-genre author TJ Morris 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 have. I have been writing since I was in high school. I started my novel in the 90’s and recently found new inspiration and have not looked back!

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

I was researching schizophrenia and Cromwellian history. I wrote a sentence and followed the character from there. I let some people read it, great trepidation there; when they said it was really good I finished it.

  1. What genre(s) do you write?

I have written a bit of poetry, a few short stories (character sketches), and science fiction. Science fiction is my true love.

  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

The Cathedral” is the novel currently on the stands, I have a novelette titled “Dahmba,” and the sequel “The Cathedral” will be out soon be out, “Heaven’s Gate.”

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

Through my research into topics that interested me, a background in gaming, and a fertile imagination, I envisioned my characters and followed them through their stories. I am an organic writer and truly believe the characters drive the story line and not the opposite.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

His given name is But for the Love of Jesus Christ We would all be Damned Smith, the III: BC for short. He is a conflicted fellow and you really cannot tell what his disposition is … good or evil. He has a path to travel and it is difficult and full of emotional turmoil, conflicted characters draw me.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

It is hard for me to name a least favorite. Even my antagonists draw me. The point of a good foil is to make the interaction dynamic. I believe I accomplish this and my story is buoyed as such. The characters drive the storyline both antagonist and protagonist.

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

I actually think I relate most to a secondary character in my second novel, “Heaven’s Gate.” He has had a number of struggles in life including alcohol abuse and contempt for the organizations in which he is engaged. He refuses to toe the line if it is not a correct one to toe. His name is Popatus. As a person he has motivated and inspired many, as a human he struggles. He represents to me the plight of most of us.

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

Life is a journey. We all have to travel it and no one is guaranteed an easy walk. Life is about the trials and your success/failure. What do you learn? How do you improve? How do you triumph?

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

I would have to say first is “Foundation and Empire” by Isaac Asimov. His antagonist, the Mule. is an intricate character who would not be considered a power in most circles. The disruption to the Seldon Plan he causes defies everything the great minds predicted.  Next is Tom Clancy’s “Without Remorse,” the visceral nature of the main characters pain and path really quantifies the struggle between good and evil and the knife’s edge one walks when taking justice into one’s own hands. I would be remiss if I did not include “The Hobbit,” and “The Lord of the Rings.” This book really sparked my interest in reading in high school.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

The aforementioned Asimov, Clancy and Tolkien. I think in terms of my emotional content I would have to include Nathaniel Hawthorne … the darkness of his works with the overall message is compelling. Johnathan Edwards … never has anyone portrayed vitriol in terms of our destiny to try and do good as he did. Finally Walt Whitman … his style and relentless pursuit of topics that were pariah was inspiring.

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

I think I would have to say Nathaniel Hawthorne. How does a customs clerk write stories that encapsulate the struggle between good and evil in such a human setting? His societal commentaries were potent, accurate and strong. The best summation of this is the sexton’s last words in “The Minister’s Black Veil:” when man does not vainly shrink from the eye of his Creator, loathsomely treasuring up the secret of his sin; then deem me a monster, for the symbol beneath which I have lived, and die! I look around me, and, lo! on every visage a Black Veil!”

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

I am in the process of publishing my second novel, “Heaven’s Gate.” I am really excited to be starting a steam punk novel, “The Cogsworth Conundrum,” which will use the imagery of steam punk one sees at conventions. I want to bring the steam punk aura into the forefront by writing imagery about the Waldos (Heinlein), actuators, articulated steam driven mechanisms to bring the background of our conventions to the forefront. I also have another novelette coming out, “Star Walker,” which will have a story about an African Queen who leads her people from oppression, to freedom and strength.

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

I would change my prologue. In hindsight I have worried the juxtaposition of time could confuse readers. I still believe it was important for continuity in the book but some of my younger readers have said the time shift threw them of; not so with more advanced readers.

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

BC wiped his tears and looked deeply into Raysa’s eyes. “Life has a value above any other thing in this galaxy. I detest its taking. Had I not taken these lives, my life and yours would have been forfeit. I could not lose you any more than I could lose myself.”

“But you don’t even know me,” she said.

“I know,” he replied, “but I know the purity that I see when I looked into your pathways … and that innocence is worth the world.”

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

“You are adjudicated!”

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

Hammer the keys. If it isn’t what you want continue. If you are afraid someone will critique you, continue. Follow your characters and see what is around them and in their minds. You will be amazed at where they take you. Find someone you can talk to about your work; it will inspire you and keep you going.

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

I will be at Treklanta April 28th through the 30th. I will also be attending Wholanta May 5th through 7th

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

Tjmorrisauthor.com and boldventurepress.com

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Desu Beast Blog. I am looking forward to reading The Cathedral and your other future works.

It was also a pleasure meeting you at the SciFi and Fantasy Expo this month. You are a fantastic new talent!

For more information about TJ Morris or his novels, please visit his WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, and SMASHWORDS.

Read long and prosper!

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Author Interview – Rose Castro

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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!

Blog Tour – N.D. Jones

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Today, I welcome author N. D. Jones to the Desu Beast Blog. She is on a tour to announce her new Science Fiction Romance release, Bond Souls.

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Book Description:

A supernatural love triangle that tests the bounds of science, truth, and faith.

Regent Lela of Asiya is the most powerful person on her planet but she is powerless to save the life of her beloved soulmate—Zion Grace. For thirty years they lived as husband and wife, but Zion’s time is at an end. Lela must go on without him.

“There will never be anyone else for me.”

Despite having died, nothing can keep Zion from his soulmate. He’s back but not as the man he once was. Zion must help Lela move on with her life, lest he lose her forever. But how can Zion convince Lela to accept the love and affections of another man when he still wants her for himself?

“I love you, Lela. My heart is forever yours.”

Lela and Zion are bound souls, destined to live eternity together. For these lovers, death is not an end, but a fateful beginning.

This novel includes “The Garden,” a bonus short story.

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Excerpt:

It was true, Zion had only three more years left on his thirty-year life extension. He was tired and felt even more so as the days, weeks, months and years crept by. Zion spared a sidelong glance at his wife, whose head was down, eyes closed and hand still fiercely gripping his own. She wasn’t ready for the ride to end either, yet they both knew it was slowing, preparing to grind to its final halt and he would have to disembark, leaving her behind.

This thing with Ammon had eaten away at Zion for the last several months. Yet Ammon was simply an outlet for his own anger, fear, and depression. He was growing older, his hair thinner and grayer, and his stomach… well, let’s just say he’d had to use the services of a good seamstress over the years. Yet Lela was still as beautiful and fit as when they’d first met.

Zion didn’t begrudge Lela her slow aging or fine, alluring features. In fact, he loved that about her. What did bother him was that other men could see what he saw. Everything about Lela exuded intelligence, grace, dignity, strength, and beauty. Zion learned a long time ago, she could never see herself the way others did, especially men.

While Zion rarely entertained jealous thoughts before or cared much when he caught a male giving Lela an approving look, now he saw nothing but. Under the circumstances, the little signs of masculine appreciation for his beautiful wife enraged him.

“I’m sorry,” Zion spoke into the quiet breach, lifting Lela’s chin with his bruised hand.

Tears flooded her eyes. Even wet, they were still the most stunning eyes he’d ever seen. Picasso marble Zion thought the first time she’d looked at him—a combination of black, brown, gray, and white. Back then, they’d sparkled with intelligence and curiosity, now they glistened with pain. Lela wasn’t ready for this conversation. How could she be?

“No, it’s me who should apologize. I thought you were paranoid, seeing things that didn’t exist.”

“I acted like a jackass, a Neanderthal, damn near dragging you out of the banquet room before the function was over. Hell, I might as well as hoisted you over my shoulder and beat my chest like a caveman.”

He rubbed his thumb across her right cheek, then lips. “You’re an incredible woman, Lela.” Zion paused, nearly biting his tongue on his next words. The ones his selfish heart screamed at him to not utter. “You’ll live for a long time, probably another four or five decades. I only have three years left. For an Asiyan, you’ll be in your prime when I pass on.” His voice cracked when the held tears dropped from his wife’s eyes. She knew where he was going with this, Zion realized.

“You’ll have to go on without me, and I don’t want you to spend the next fifty years by yourself.”

“I won’t be by myself. I’ll have Xavier.” Lela pushed off the bed and moved away from him. She walked to the window, refusing to acknowledge the true meaning of his words.

Zion followed, watching her stern but sad image in the window. Needing to touch and reassure her, he wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled Lela to him.

“The thought of another man being this close to you,” Zion whispered, stirring tendrils of her long hair, “makes me want to commit murder. When I heard Ammon offering for you, it took all of my self-control to not take a laser gun to him. The only thing I kept thinking was that he couldn’t have you. That you’re mine and mine alone.”

“Is that why you’ve been so angry these past few months?” She turned in his arms, then rested her head against his resilient shoulder.

“Yes and something else.”

“What else?”

Zion lifted her chin, compelling her to meet his eyes.

“I didn’t want to acknowledge how selfish I was being,” he said, leaning down and placing a warm, soft kiss on her lips. “I want you to be happy in those four or five decades you have left, Lela, but I don’t want you to find happiness in the arms of another man.”

“I have no desire to mate with anyone else, or to take a lover,” she reassured, initiating another kiss, a desperate embrace full of a wife’s integrity and denial. “I can’t imagine being with anyone other than you. I love you, Zion. I could never love another.”

He knew she spoke the truth. He believed her, but she didn’t understand. Zion did. He’d experienced the loss of a spouse.

“When Iman died, a part of me died with her. Like you, I thought there would never be anyone else for me. And that was true for a long time—”

Lela shook her head in protest, not allowing Zion to continue. “Don’t.” A heartbreaking plea. “Don’t say such things. There will never be anyone else for me.”

Zion saw the near panic in her upturned face, her Picasso marble eyes glowing with resolution and despair.

“It’s not the same. It just isn’t.”

It was exactly the same. Yes, what he felt for Iman was different from the love he had for Lela. But it was love all the same. Loving Lela didn’t mean Iman ceased to occupy a special place in his heart and mind. A small, warm piece of her and their life together would always be a part of him. As he would always be a part of Lela, but she couldn’t see it, not now. But someday. Zion didn’t want to think about that and clearly, neither did his wife.

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N.D. Jones lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. She is the founder of Kuumba Publishing, an art, audiobook, eBook, and paperback company. Kuumba Publishing is a forum for creativity, with a special commitment to promoting and encouraging creative works of authors and artists of African descent.

A desire to see more novels with positive, sexy, and three-dimensional African American characters as soul mates, friends, and lovers, inspired the author to take on the challenge of penning such romantic reads. She is the author of two paranormal romance series: Winged Warriors and Death and Destiny. N.D. likes to read historical and paranormal romance novels, as well as comics and manga.

Website: http://www.ndjonesparanormalpleasure.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ndjonesparanormalromanceauthor/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/NDJones

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NDJonesauthor

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Autographed paperback copy of “Bound Souls” (3 winners, U.S. only)
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Valentine’s Blog Hop

For this special Valentine’s blog post, I would like to introduce romance novelist, Kim Knight. Kim is participating in a Valentine’s Blog Hop and celebrating her birthday! The Desu Beast Blog is just one stop on her internet journey!

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Valentine’s Blog Hop and Kim’s 34th Birthday Celebration

February 14-18

Come and join in the fun and meet some new readers! Everyone is welcome.
The writing prompt is:

“Romance: The good, the bad, and the ugly…”

Do you have a story to tell? Visit my blog for details.

Giveaway: The ten most enjoyable blog posts that I read will win a FREE digital copy of one of my featured romance titles.

About Kim

Kim is 33 (born in 1983), from London in the UK. She’s a qualified teacher and mother to a beautiful toddler. As a reader she’s head over heels in love with romance, historical fiction, crime fiction, African- American, suspense and thriller genre books. After submitting three chapters of a romance /suspense novel she was writing to a USA based publisher in 2016, she scored her first publishing contact. Kim’s first novel is A Stranger in France (republished 2017) her second novella is Not Just For Christmas. At the moment Kim is writing her third novel, a thriller to be released in 2017. As a writer Kim enjoys creating stories within the general romance, romantic suspense and crime/ thriller genres, with a diverse and multi-cultural character line up. Kim also writes beauty and book related articles published in Love Life, Live magazine.

When she’s not reading or writing novels of her own, her other passions include practising her French, fashion and spending time at her sewing machine dress making, watching make –up and beauty tutorials on YouTube, letter writing and being a mum.

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 How did I get into Writing Romance?

Creating stories within the general romance and romantic suspense genres, for me started as a reader. I’ve always loved romance stories whether they are heart-warming, erotic or with an ethnic / African – American theme, it really does not matter, as long as it’s all about love! The first ever suspenseful  book I read was Deadly Embrace by Jackie Collins. I was in my teens, and I remember turning pages like my life depended on in it, what a book! I enjoyed every moment of it, the whole thrill of the story as a reader made me want to keep reading and find out what happens next. I remember thinking wowzers this is a good book after I finished reading it. From that moment on, I read anything and everything I could of Jackie’s, starting with her Lucky Santangelo books. I fell in love with the genre over ten years ago, and have been an avid reader within it since. I’ve always had a creative side to me, and a love for writing for as long as I can remember. It just took a few years and a few life experiences for the writer in me to emerge.

Later on in life out sprung the writer, I just started and got on with it when no one was looking so to speak. I realised as a writer I’d love to create great stories in the genres I love to read. Not just romance or romantic suspense, but the general thriller genre also. This is pretty much how I got into writing general romance and romantic suspense, I fell in love with the genre as a reader first and then started to write within the genre. In general, I think that the romance genre has so much to offer, there’s something for everyone no matter who they are or what kind of romance they like reading.

I started to write A Stranger in France in February 2016, I put what I was writing at the time to one side, as the idea for the story popped into my head, and I wanted to run with it. While creating the plot and writing A Stranger in France I knew, I wanted a romance story that is current and relevant to the present. Also a story that would take readers on a journey through the experiences of strong characters and not predictable. I remembered the experience I felt as a reader while reading other enjoyable romantic suspense stories and this fueled my passion, motivation, and general excitement while creating this romantic suspense story.

Happy Birthday and GREAT success with your Blog Hop! Thank you for including the Desu Beast Blog on your stops.

For more information about Kim, visit her WEBSITE, FACEBOOK. or TWITTER.

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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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