Review and Release of Kurintor Nyusi

Finally, after several months of editing and perfecting the manuscript to be exactly how I want it, my new diverse fantasy Kurintor Nyusi is ready for release!

Kurintor Nyusi is a diverse fantasy without my usual grimdark edge. My son has been asking for years to read one of my novels. With that in mind, I wanted to craft a tale that would possess the same depth, multi-layered plot, creative world-building, and exceptional characterization as my previous works, without the more…well…graphic elements that could scar a child for life. He’s only eleven, after all. Kurintor Nyusi delivers that and more!

The official launch date is March 14, 2018. Why? Well, for two outstanding reasons: #1 it’s Albert Einstein’s birthday (my son’s favorite). #2 it’s pie day. PERFECT! No Ides of March for me.

I’ll have links to this fantastic new fantasy soon! You can read an early review from D. Donovan, senior reviewer of Midwest Book Reviews.

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Midwest Book Review

“Many epic fantasy reads hold the same familiar trappings: destiny redirects a young life, heritage dictates its obstacles, the protagonist either rebels against or struggles to achieve his birthright, and new abilities come into play to change everything.

Kurintor Nyusi takes a different approach, adopting a focus on protagonist choices in the face of changing circumstances and emphasizing these changing options at different points during the tale.

The battles aren’t just physical confrontations, and they don’t always take place in the arena of a physical world, either. That’s just one powerful piece in a story that winds through threats and arrogance, strong female characters who wield swords and defy death, and one savvy girl’s devotion to her Da and her self.

One strength to note in the course of these events is the language Aaron-Michael Hall employs to describe scenes and characters: “Druehox was a smug churl who wouldn’t have given her the time of day had she wanted his attention. Since the opposite was true, his advances bordered on stalking. Every night, he appeared to have a different woman’s company. They doted and sniffed behind him as if he was the ruler of the twelve kingdoms.” An attention to atmosphere and psychological insights is just one of the strengths that lend a touch of the fantastic to even ordinary scenes and descriptions.

Another strength lies in the story line’s emphasis on developing mental as well as physical prowess. The descriptions of training and battles are well done, as are the explorations of how such training occurs on different levels. These insights influence into other kinds of preparations for survival against all odds: “You have to be aware of your battlefield, Damali,” he lectured, using his cover to mask his position. “There’s more to combat than speed and brute force. Use your mind and harness your true abilities.”

 From the loss of parents and the desire to carry on their teachings to unexpected new beginnings “Once the gate closed, Alyelu grinned. “I’ve shattered the mirror, Father, and buried the past. With your death, I’ll truly begin to live.”
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is replete with subplots that cover various forms of choice and transformation.

Wind these elements into an epic fantasy filled with satisfying battles, confrontations with self and others, and changing ties between present, past, and future for a powerful saga especially recommended for epic fantasy fans who like their action-packed stories seasoned with examinations of personal power and how that is cultivated.”

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Author Interview: Delizhia Jenkins

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Author Spotlight
Delizhia Jenkins

Today, I’m pleased to welcome Delizhia Jenkins to the Desu Beast Blog. Delizhia is a multi-genre author who loves vampires and urban fantasy. Let’s meet this talented author and learn more about her numerous novels and projects.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

I knew I always wanted to write. In fact, I developed a love for writing when I was in the third grade and have been writing ever since. I wrote sorts of short stories, poems….I even dabbled in writing song lyrics in my teens thinking that would be my career move as an adult.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

Xena the Warrior Princess. Six years ago, I was in a moment in my life where I was ready to begin writing again after a long hiatus. Storylines and characters were dancing around in my head, and I had just begun to jot them down on paper. Then one afternoon, I was watching Xena the Warrior Princess when it hit me: a storyline about a god slayer. And from there, Nubia Rising: The Awakening was born.

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  1. What genre(s) do you write?

Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy for adults and young adults is my thing.

  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

The Vampire Hunters Academy The Shadows

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

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge fan of the late L.A. Banks. In fact, she is really the reason why I fell in love with the SciFi genres. Moreover, I wanted to write something that I thought would carry on her legacy, because let me be honest her Vampire Huntress Legends series is the best in fiction. So, I knew with Slayer novels, I wanted to do something different. I am a fan of Buffy too but I wanted my story to be MINE. I thought about where I could go with a huntress story and with this particular story my main character will have a spin off series as an adult. So, I decided to start her off at a school that trains specially gifted students to fight vampires and all entities of darkness because let’s face it: a kid with a talent for clairvoyance will not be accepted nor will they fit in in a regular school. My Slayer, or “Chosen One” is a single female born every few thousand years to tip the scales in the favor of the Light. She is the hope of the world but before I set her off into her destiny, I wanted to give readers a chance to grow up with her. Thus, The Vampire Hunters Academy was created.

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  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

My favorite character from all of my books written would be Damien from Blind Salvation.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

In The Vampire Hunters Academy, the Slayer’s best friend is annoying as hell but fun to write. In my other books, the character I dislike the most would be Queen Natalia (Into the Shadows).

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

I am going to share a secret with you: Every main character written with the exception of one, is a different version of myself. Sanaya, Kitara, Sin, Kennedy, Mary, Danielle, Dawn…they are all me.

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

Yes there is. I want my readers to find me in my books. If you really want to know me, read my work. I also place “gems” for my readers to think about with the goal of encouraging them to do the research.

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

L.A. Banks’ Vampire Huntress Legends series, J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander and Fever series, those books have had a heavy influence on me. L.A. Banks’ novels taught me the importance of creating relatable characters. J.R.Ward made me think outside of the box, and forced me to really think about my characters as individuals. Karen Marie Moning is brilliant when it comes to descriptive imagery and setting the scenes. I learned a lot from these women without ever having to meet them.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

L.A. Banks, J.R. Ward, Christine Feehan, Kresley Cole and Karen Marie Moning.

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

L.A. Banks

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

I am working on another god-slayer book called Celeste, which will definitely be interesting because it involves Voodoo. Also, I will be re-releasing my Shadows book which is a series (paranormal romance to be exact) and I will be releasing its sequel around the same time this year.

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

No. There are moments when I think, “Dang I should have done this or that,” but when I sit down and work on its sequels, I am happy with the direction the story is going.

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

Here is an excerpt from book 3 of The Vampire Hunters Academy, The Reckoning (Available October 30, 2017):

The attack was swift, and Sanaya barely had enough time to use her own blade to block the entity’s strike. Steel met steel as the two danced, recognition flooded Sanaya’s memory instantly. This was one of the Seven! Which had to mean that Cain was closer than what she initially thought. She swung, catching the vampire with her fist and then following through with a swift kick to her chest. But the vampire was too fast and stronger than anything Sanaya had fought up until this point.

 “Sanaya!” She heard Archer calling out to her but she did not have time to think let alone respond. She barely missed another hard strike. And another. And then the vampire disappeared into mist. The tension in the air thickened. Nothing but the sound of her own beating heart pounding against her breast bone filled her ears. Her Guardians were silent.

 And then the entity reappeared behind her, snatching her by the back of her neck and slamming her into the concrete. Gun shots rang out. Sanaya’s body hit the concrete with so much force that it split. Pain shot through her, blinding her. However, adrenaline kept her in the fight. Flipping back on her feet he went for the entity again, with the sweet chime! Of the Millennium Blade slice through the air connecting with the entity’s own blade.

 More gun shots followed by the foolish bravery of King and Trent heading straight for vampire.

 “No!” Sanaya shouted at them but it was too late.

 The vampire smiled and spun around quickly, using the same telekinetic force used on Tatsu, she flung both Guardian potentials into the cast iron fence. The two young men ricochet from the fence onto the wet grass and from what Sanaya could tell they were bruised but nonetheless ok. Refocusing her energies on the fight at hand, the entity took advantage of the split-second distraction and in a movement to fast for the eyes to follow she hit Sanaya with several hard punches knocking her to the ground and The Millennium Blade flying in the opposite direction.

 Badly beaten but not ready to give up, Sanaya pushed herself up. Maya’s chants could be heard off in the distance, while Danny did his best to distract the entity with the fireballs he launched at her from the palms of his hands. A dense darker energy awakened once again in Sanaya’s psyche, just as it did with Cain. Her cracked ribs were already beginning to knit themselves together, but not quickly enough for Sanaya to escape being snatched from where she stood and into the powerful grip of the fallen huntress.

 A beam of light flashed across the sky and from it appeared Aklia, Natasha and Raya who hit the ground running to Sanaya’s aid.

 “Annalia,” Aklia commanded. “Let her go.”

Annalia’s laughter filled the dense night air as the Slayers faced off with their former protégé.

 “You bitches were too stupid to realize that I am the Slayer the prophecy spoke of and not this little tramp!”

 “You are no longer a huntress Annalia,” Aklia said calmly. “Now let her go.”

 “Well neither is she!”

 No words would ever be effective enough to describe the pain of Annalia sinking her dagger like fangs into Sanaya’s throat. She felt the terror sink in to her Guardian team and the Council Members. Maya’s chanting grew louder as the ground began to tremble. Aklia was pure motion. In a sweeping move, she struck Annalia with multiple energy blasts from her palms, forcing the vampire to release Sanaya’s limp body.

 Sanaya collapsed on the pavement, gasping for air and gripping her mangled throat. With each struggle for breath, the vampire toxin filtered in through her veins, liquifying her from the inside out. Thrashing about on the pavement from the pain, she could barely see the fight between The Slayers and the vampire huntress. Her Guardians went nuts, and she could hear the parade of more feet hitting the pavement in a full run. King was the first to reach her.

 “Baby!” He croaked as he gently tried to raise her up.

 “Don’t move her!” Archer commanded. “Don’t move her.”

 Demon entities surround them. Their disembodied spirits awaiting Maya’s command. Steel met steel off in the distance. Guardians were cursing, emptying shells, and the emergency alarms went off, warning students and staff that the school was once again on lock down.

 King’s warm hands covered her own. “I’m right here…”

 “Don’t…don’t leave me,” she managed to say just before the pain took over and stripped her of her consciousness.

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

Sadly I do not. My characters say all types of things at any given moment, so right now, no.

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

Do your research and be ready to do the work. The work begins AFTER you write the book.

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

No. I am just focused on completing my projects and taking it from there.

Thank you for stopping by the Desu Beast Blog, Delizhia. Great success on your published and upcoming novels. I’m looking forward to reading In the Light of Darkness.

For more information about Delizhia Jenkins, please check out her AMAZON and FACEBOOK pages.

 

New Release!

After much deliberation and planning, the graphic companion to The Rise of Nazil series is available on Amazon!

The Guardians' Rise Front Cover-SMThe Guardians’ Rise is an introduction to the fantastical land of Faélondul. It is a companion graphic with a prelude to The Rise of Nazil, containing over thirty custom illustrations commissioned for The Rise of Nazil Epic Fantasy Series. Meet many of the intriguing characters, species, and creatures found within the pages of The Rise of Nazil, Seed of Scorn, Piercing the Darkness, and Blood of Oisin. There are a few bonus images from the Science Fantasy novels Rites of Heirdron and Orbs of Trenihgea!

This collection of illustrations and bonus content is not available anywhere else. If you are in the Atlanta area, stop by OutLantaCon this weekend for a personalized, discounted copy!

Love classic Epic Fantasy with a modern EDGE? Faélondul Awaits!

The Rise of Nazil – .99 Book Promotion

In celebration of the Brain to Books Cyber Convention, I have discounted my award-winning Epic Fantasy novel The Rise of Nazil to only 0.99 for a limited time!

coverImmerse yourself in the fantastical land of Faélondul and allow the multilayered characters, dense and intriguing plot, Faélondulian terminology, scenery, and wonderment transport you from the everyday to an Epic world that you will never desire to leave!

The Rise of Nazil is “the BEST read of 2015.” It is…

“Crafted like a mound of gems picked from the best in genre, The Rise of Nazil makes for a scintillating read. Boding well for future releases from Aaron-Michael Hall, it is recommended without reservation.”

“This is a complex plot at its best. The character development is perfect.”
-Rabia Tanveer, Readers’ Favorite

The Rise of Nazil is an epic fantasy that should be shelved next to the works of R.A. Salvatore and J. R. R. Tolkien. Aaron-Michael Hall is a creative world builder with breath-taking deities and a most unique mythos. With sweeping love stories, intense battles, theological struggles, and modern sociological themes, this book was the best read of 2015.”

“Faélondul is a world imbued with good and evil, that permeates through a richly layered social strata, but few facets of human nature have changed, and he captures them all. Desire, ambition, greed, each masterfully manifested in a host of vividly rendered characters that make for a riveting read whilst neatly sidestepping the pitfalls of predictability.”

The Rise of the Nazil is a complex work, combining the cadence and richness of “old school” fantasy with the violence, intricate treacheries and modern sensibilities of The Game of Thrones. If Michael Moorcock were writing for today’s audience, he might well have written this kind of work.”

Pure escapism is the order of play here and it’s a strong debut which begins at a blistering pace and continues throughout as Aaron-Michael Hall builds a convincing and beguiling world which is both evocative and easy to imagine. Breathing originality into the genre this has to be one of my favourite Fantasy reads in a long while.”

“Author Aaron-Michael Hall is the master of the slow burn—he does not dazzle you with quick resolutions or flashy scenes. Instead, he deftly builds up the plot and the sense of suspense one page at a time. And this is one intricate, richly detailed plot: the multitude of characters unleash upon your senses some sort of a powerful eureka once you reach that point in the book where the story climbs its inevitable climax, and you’re left sitting there with your mouth hanging open, unable to look away.”

“It’s getting harder and harder to separate the wheat from the chaff in this genre, but thankfully The Rise Of Nazil stands head and shoulders above much of the competition. From plot to characters it is a vibrant fantasy that really captures the imagination from start to end.”

Dozens of Amazon reviewers cannot be wrong! However, you can decide for yourself and at a significant discount! What are you waiting for? Faélondul Awaits!

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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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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 – 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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Rites of Heirdron

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Rites of Heirdron

I am dedicating this post to an upcoming release. The Science Fantasy Romance novel Rites of Heirdron is a love of mine that was almost derailed. This duology was inspired by another novella series that I was co-authoring. It was not the content or development of that series that I was assisting to create; it was the lack of that development. It was frustrating.

I took that spark of inspiration and created an entire universe and a unique cast of characters that I immediately fell in love with. In the beginning, it was a story just for me. I enjoyed the subtle nuances and breathing life into my character creations. However, the more I shared with others, the more I was prompted to publish. It was not unlike my first novel, The Rise of Nazil.

Just as with all of my writing, I have characters illustrated or purchase stock photos that resemble how I imagine them. It was the same with Rites. My great friend, Julie Nicholls convinced me to move beyond just that image and create something more. As I designed the poster (or told her my thoughts and left the designing to her expertise), the characters came more alive. Once she asked to feature her illustration of my poster in her fantasy magazine, the surreal was no longer that. That is when Rites of Heirdron truly existed as more than just a story for me; I desired to share it with everyone.

Although there have been many obstacles and unforeseen complications, Rites of Heirdron will release in 2017. That is an exciting proclamation for me, and even more so with the completion of Rites of Heirdron II (which I will be placing in the hands of my editor, Morgan Smith, soon). The duology will be available in 2017, and I could not be happier.

Please enjoy a sneak peek of Rites of Heirdron. The Prelude and first two chapters are posted HERE for your reading pleasure.

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 – Adryanna Serrano

 Author Spotlight

Adryanna Serrano

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Today, I am pleased to welcome fantasy author, Adryanna Serrano. I have had the pleasure of reading several of her books and have enjoyed them immensely.

 Welcome to the Desu Beast Blog, Adryanna. Tell us a bit about yourself.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

    Yes, although I did try to avoid it for a while. I wrote my first story in 3rd grade and actually remember someone (I can’t remember who now) laughing when they read it. Because of that, even when I wrote I didn’t let anyone read it. It wasn’t until high school that I allowed two friends to read some of my stories.

  2. What genre are your books?

    Fantasy

  3. What draws you to this genre?

    Freedom! I used to write slice-of-life stories. In junior high/high school I wrote two series with 9 books in total. By my sophomore year I was ready to break out of that. It was like…I live life already why do I need to write about it? I wanted to write something fantastic—to recreate the things I could only do in my dreams. So I started.

  4. What inspired you to write your first book?

    Honestly, I just wanted to write a fantasy novel about a boy named River. His name came to me first; the story came later. Like I mentioned, this wasn’t my first book but my first full fantasy.

  1. Tell me about your main projects.

    Currently, I’ve written 3 novels: River of Mecarn, Son of Orōk, and Spirit of Transgression. They’re still in the revision process.

All of my stories take place on Eszailha, my earth-like world. I decided not to work with a magic system but with spirit-given abilities. The spirits of the world, the Eszeha, grant the inhabitants special abilities, but they’re completely natural. I wanted to avoid rules of magic so I went this direction instead. In the first book you meet River, a boy with no ability, and the adventure takes off from there. I promise it’s fun. And heartbreaking. But fun!

  1. Have you written anything else?

    Whyyy, yes! Grad school has forced me to write some short stories, which are NOT my comfort zone. Alas, I now have three, only one of which was not written for an assignment. Blood of the Moon and Desecrate can be found on my blog and Song of the Nava should be up soon. Each of these stories is set on Eszailha as well!

  1. What project are you working on at the moment?

    The next novel I’ll be working on is tentatively titled Eye of Eternity. Other than that it’s grad school and revisions for me!

  2. Who is your favorite character and why?

    Darthan is my favorite character. He’s one of my MCs and I think he goes through the most drastic change. He does some horrible things and he’s a real brat, but I can’t help but love him. Maybe because he’s so unapologetic. He does what he wants and deals with the consequences but doesn’t regret his decisions.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

    Hmmm. Ugh that’s tough. While I do have characters I kind of dislike, they’re all my babies. If I had to pick someone though, it would probably be…Oh my goodness, what is this?! I can’t decide. Give me a minute. Okay, okay, okay. I think I most dislike Arrow because he’s hard for me to figure out. He’s a brainwashed character and I struggle with that. It’s hard to write him when I can’t understand his mindset.

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

    I think it’s a close tie between River and Lhii. River I relate with because of his struggle to find himself and Lhii because of her struggle to handle her emotions and her sense of responsibility. If I absolutely had to pick one, I would say Lhii. She’s a “strong” character, but in reality she’s quite vulnerable. She suppresses her emotions to the point that she can’t handle them and has this idea that she has to take care of everyone when she should really be taking care of herself. I feel you, girl. Sorry I passed that down to you!

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

    I’m not sure if this counts as a message, but I aim for a theme of gray areas. I want my readers to decide for themselves what’s wrong and right in my stories instead of laying it out for them. I create my characters with the thought that everyone is predisposed to both good and evil. So sometimes, the bad guy wins—but that depends on who you think the bad guy is.

  1. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

    Writing! In all honesty, writing is the hardest part of writing for me. I’m very visual. Before I write, I have a little movie in my head of how things will turn out. In certain scenes, I can very clearly imagine a character’s actions, reactions, facial expressions, etc., but I often find it difficult to put those images into written word. More often than not I’m left unsatisfied. It’s a hard thing to overcome but I can’t really draw or do animation so I work with what I’ve got—words.

  2. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

    Up until last year I just wrote, but after taking a class on planning I learned how beneficial an outline is. I don’t make extensive outlines, though, I just write down bullet points of what should happen in a chapter as a guideline. I struggle a lot with beginnings and middles (I almost always start a book with an ending) so without a simple outline I find myself floundering and not writing. Skeleton outlining keeps me on track but leaves plenty of room to move things around as new ideas pop up.

  3. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

    I don’t think I really have favorites. I’ve enjoyed reading Ted Dekker, Patricia Briggs, Cassandra Clare, Christopher Paolini, and David Clement-Davies. But let’s be honest, I read more manga than anything nowadays. I won’t list all the mangaka I love though. Might need a few days for that.

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

    Do I get a list to choose from? I’m kidding! That’s a good question, though. I don’t read as much as I should or want to anymore—well, no. I read plenty of required reading for my classes but I rarely enjoy that. All of that to say I have no idea which author I would speak with. Not a clue. I’m bad at decisions, just ask my husband.

  1. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

    I can be reached through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WordPress (where my short stories can be read).

A teaser

The moon fell once.

The sun and the moon fought.

Day and night they warred with each other until the sun dealt its final blow.

If you find someone who survived that day, they will tell you a tale.

They will tell you of the day the blood of the moon stained the ground red.

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A bad omen.

Veheneroth stood outside his tent, staring at the sky. The moon had finally risen to its highest point, but something wasn’t right. Red had begun to seep in around the edges of the cold star.

His wife exited the tent behind him and touched his arm. “What is happening?”

He placed his hand over hers and squeezed gently. “The moon is bleeding. Something bad will happen tonight.”

As he spoke, the sky lit up. Flashes of light streaked through the darkness, bright as the morning sun. A deafening roar shook the ground. Veheneroth grabbed his wife as they fell. His lips moved as he asked her if she was okay, but he couldn’t hear his own voice. Warm liquid dripped down the side of his face.

He got to his knees. The ground continued to shake under him, the tremors intensifying with each passing second. He looked up.

It all happened in a moment.

The moon, dark red and menacing, was falling. He held up his hand to shield his eyes as the cold star grew closer. It’s haunting beauty mesmerized him and his vision was filled with red. He marveled at how close it had gotten. He even thought that if he reached out, he would be able to touch it. The moon seemed to hang for a moment, suspended over the earth. Then it shattered.

Continue reading Blood of the Moon.

Thank you for visiting the Desu Beast Blog, Adryanna. Please keep us updated on the release of your novels. Great Success!