Spring Events and New Releases

Exciting things are coming with spring!

First – The updated version of my debut novel The Rise of Nazil is complete and available on Amazon! If you haven’t journeyed to the fantastical lands of Faélondul, now is the time. The Rise of Nazil earned a Readers’ Favorite award in 2017 and numerous reader awards. Complex characters, epic battles, fierce Desu Beasts, divine Guardians, and a conflict that reaches beyond the physical that will determine the fate of humans and Nazilian alike. Faélondul Awaits!

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Second – My new novel Kurintor Nyusi just released! Like my Nazil series, Kurintor Nyusi has the same multi-layered plot style, diverse & relatable characters, both mental and physical battles, and plot twists you won’t see coming. Add an exceptional female protagonist, flawed gods, a tormented priest, new & old magic, and so much more, that encompasses the fantastical Fifth Kingdom. What’s not included that my Nazil series has? That grimdark edge. If you love epic reads to titillate your every receptor, discover the Fifth Kingdom.

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Third – I’ve mentioned some upcoming events this year. Below are just the first few that I’ll be attending. However, if you have the time and are in the area, I recommend coming to JordanCon in April. Even if you don’t want to drop by my booth (but why wouldn’t you want to visit me?), JordanCon is a family friendly event and my favorite of the year. Great People…Great Con.

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Urban Nerd Con

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Hope to see you there!

Book Tour: MIDLIGHT by Autumn Grace

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MIDLIGHT

YA Science Fiction

If the daylight doesn’t kill you, the diurnal ones will. But when death is the one requirement to be transitioned into a mechanized Hybrid, why spend another night lost in the dark?

 Deadly radiation has forced the population to become nocturnal in an effort to avoid the mutilating effects of daylight. While this helped for a time, rogue groups began neglecting these practices, increasing the death rate and the need to finalize a procedure to bring the dead back to life. This controversial advancement became means for prosperity to President Umber as he took over the growing city of Umber Heights.

 Five years ago, Bain woke up on the side of the road with no prior memories. After three years of serving as a brutal Corsair for Ailand’s ruthless leader, Beckett, Bain cuts ties with his current life. He must revisit his estranged friend in his safe coastal town with the proposal to join him in Umber Heights, the only place Beckett and Umber’s feud prohibits Beckett from entering. Bain and Argon struggle to get their relationship back, cautiously diving deeper into their romantic feelings while trying to balance conflicting personalities and Bain’s lack of readiness to open up.

 Now in Heights seemingly for good, Bain must determine if the lines of right and wrong really do gray when it comes to protecting human life over man-made creation. 

Author Bio

Autumn Grace grew up in New England with her mom, older brother, younger sister, and her identical twin. Her aim is to bring diverse characters outside of genres they have identified with to promote equality and acceptance. She’s drawn to retro-futuristic concepts and is obsessed with robots and aliens.

Purchase MIDLIGHT HERE

Author Spotlight: Dr. Wesley Britton

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Dr. Wesley Britton

Besides his 33 years in the classroom, Dr. Wesley Britton considers his Beta-Earth Chronicles the most important work he’s ever done. “I suppose an author profile is intended to be a good little biography,” Britton says, “but the best way to know who I am is to read my novels.”

Still, a few things you might like to know about Wes include the fact he’s the author of four non-fiction books on espionage in the media, most notably The Encyclopedia of TV Spies (2009). Beginning in 1983, he was a widely published poet, article writer for a number of encyclopedias, and was a noted scholar of American literature. Since those days, for sites like BlogCritics.org and BookPleasures.com, Britton wrote over 500 music, book, and movie reviews. For seven years, he was co-host of online radio’s Dave White Presents for which he contributed celebrity interviews with musicians, authors, actors, and entertainment insiders.

Starting in fall 2015, his science fiction series, The Beta-Earth Chronicles, debuted with The Blind Alien. Throughout 2016, four sequels followed including The Blood of Balnakin, When War Returns, A Throne for an Alien, and The Third Earth. Return to Alpha will be the sixth volume of this multi-planetary epic.

Britton earned his doctorate in American Literature at the University of North Texas in 1990. He taught English at Harrisburg Area Community College until his retirement in 2016. He serves on the Board of Directors for Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania. He lives with his one and only wife, Betty, in Harrisburg, PA.

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The Blind Alien is a story with a highly original concept, fascinating characters, and not-too-subtle but truthful allegories.  Don’t let the sci-fi label or alternate Earth setting fool you–this is a compelling and contemporarily relevant story about race, sex, and social classes.”

–Raymond Benson, Former James Bond novelist and author of the Black Stiletto books

Book One, The Blind Alien, came out in Sept 2015 – Book Six is due for release before Christmas 2017.

Wes-1The epic opens when Malcolm Renbourn, a young history teacher, walks into an ordinary bank on an ordinary day. Suddenly, he feels excruciating pain. Unexpectedly, he loses his sight and discovers he has been drawn against his will across the multi-verse to a slave-holding country on a parallel earth. He doesn’t understand a single word he hears, but he soon comprehends that he is the focal point in the quest to end a plague that kills three out of four male babies their first year on Beta-Earth.

Branded state property, he must escape, but where can a blind man in a strange world dominated by desperate scientists run? And on a world where polygamy is the norm, how can Malcolm Renbourn adapt into becoming the husband of five independent wives who never expected to be the mothers of a generation a planet hopes will carry the genes that will change everything. And that’s just part of the story.

Much of Malcolm’s background was drawn from my own life, especially his blindness and the treatment he endures because of it. Some of his more bizarre encounters actually happened to me, many of them quite comical. People have asked Malcolm and me all sorts of strange questions over the years—Do blind people sleep with their eyes open or closed? How does a blind man aim properly in toilets? Did I know I had a beard?

Of course, most of the book is pure imagination, as in the ghastly plague that kills three out of four male babies their first year, resulting in Beta-Earth’s culture of polygamy. Hence, Malcolm’s growing tribe of wives and children.

Here are a couple more reviews for Blind Alien which is available for only $0.99 for a limited time.

 “An excellent work of new SF that hearkens back to the classics of Asimov and Heinlein. Told from the viewpoint of the different characters, it is a tale of a man from our earth (Alpha) being unwittingly transferred to a parallel earth (Beta) where he must learn to adapt to new cultures, attitudes, languages at the same time as coming to grips with the loss of his sight. Each of the characters are fully developed and well defined and being able to hear their thoughts about each encounter brings a richness to the narratives. Politics, religion, social mores and relationships are all examined from both without and within.”—Dave Massengale, Amazon review

“Spymaster and imaginative author, Dr. Wesley Britton has another big hit! His book takes the reader on a compelling journey of an Alpha earthling who has been spirited to planet Beta. Science-fiction, yes, but much more. The book explores science, medicine, commerce, education, spiritual life, family life and sex on an alternative planet which at times is insightful and hilarious in its comparison to our own Earth. In an ingenious way, Dr. Britton has created a new grammar and vocabulary to continually intrigue the reader. A true winner!” –Bobbi Chertok, Amazon Reviewer

Explore Beta-Earth with Tribe Renbourn as the “Alpha Man” and his wives face irresistible prophecies, island tyrants, the curse of the “Plague-With-No-Name,” and a horrifying death-trade.

Just when Tribe Renbourn is certain they’ve found sanctuary in the country of Alma, they must battle a mutant girl from the aristocracy, a lecherous prince, a theocratic church, and take sides in a world-shaking civil war.

After leading a fleet of exiles from the Alman civil war, Tribe Renbourn becomes embroiled with a duplicitous island royal family, the fight to end the “Plague-With-No-Name,” the invasion of a deadly foe, and the demanding will of the harsh goddess of Beta, Olos.

Forced to leave Beta-Earth behind, six members of Tribe Renbourn are forever transformed when they travel across the multi-verse to be captives of a very different kind of humanity of pairs and must lead the rebellion of the single-bodied “nams.”

Forty years after Malcolm Renbourn was drug across the multi-verse, two of his children from Beta-Earth, and two from Cerapin-Earth travel to our planet where they encounter a world suffering from biological war, climate change, religious zealotry, and fear of what these aliens might bring to a suffering humanity.

For more information regarding Dr. Wesley Britton or The Beta Earth Chronicles, please visit his WEBSITE, BLOG, or FACEBOOK.

 

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Author Interview: Bill McCormick

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Bill McCormick

Today, I’m pleased to welcome author Bill McCormick to the Desu Beast Blog. Bill is definitely one of my most colorful guests with an outré sense of humor. Yes, he makes me giggle (and sometimes blush).

Can you begin by telling me a little bit about yourself?

I’m slightly stunned by the fact I’m alive, as is anyone who’s known me for a while. I’m 56 years old, started selling fiction when I was 49, and keep checking every day to see if this is all some cruel joke. I spent decades in the music industry, starting as a musician and working my way into management, eventually running an indy label that was distributed by Warner Brothers. One amazing lawsuit later, it involved the use of our copyrights and not anything we did wrong, I found myself out of work and getting divorced. So, I figured I had nothing to lose. I started taking the voices in my head and sharing them with people. So far, it’s working out pretty well.

That’s amazing. After sharing an author panel with you, I know how personable and humorous you are. So, music to novels. Let’s find out more about that.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

No. When I was a little kid, I wanted to be a circus ringmaster. I just thought it was cool there was a job where you got a uniform, got to be in parades, and did no discernible work.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

Drugs. Lots and lots of drugs. Also boredom. I’d been writing nonfiction about the music industry and pop radio for a while: mostly because I toured with bands and did a specialty show on ABC-FM here in Chicago from 1986 to 1991. Those are not unrelated. Touring and talking to yourself is a great gateway to getting stoned as hell.

  1. What genre(s) do you write?

Humorous dystopian sci-fi. I’m not sure it’s a real genre, but it’s what I write.

  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

The Brittle Riders.

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

Well, as I mentioned above, I spent all of the 80’s, and the early part of the 90’s, stoned off my ass. When I was touring I would get bored and watch the landscape pass by. Since the majority of America is farmland, I’d look at lots of cows and horses and stuff. I started wondering what would happen if they gained sentience. One thing led to another and I had the plot for The Brittle Riders.

  1. Once you had the plot was it easy to write the book?

Oh, hell yeah! This was the early 90’s. I took all my notes, cobbled an outline, and crafted a 1,400 page magnum opus to fantasy. It had a Sword of Truth … you know what, let’s not talk about that. God gifted me with a paper shredder and I was able to save humanity goo-gobs of literary agony. Quite honestly it was so bad that, had it gotten released, I may never have gotten laid again.

Years later, drug free and reasonably sane, I had started getting my short stories published. I ran across my notes on The Brittle Riders and saw some stuff that was worth saving. I kept the titular characters, one villain instead of a dozen or so, and came up with a single story arc. After that I let the characters guide me. I was hoping to get a novella out of it and ended up with a trilogy. Hopefully, in this case at least, bigger is better.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

That would be Sland. He’s rude, violent, insecure, and capable of more than he’s comfortable admitting.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

I really don’t have one. My girlfriend hates Xhaknar because he’s so violent and self serving. But I can’t hate something that fell out of my brain. Tumors and all he’s a part of me.

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

Oolnok. His whole life is spent watching the events of the novel happen around him. He’s not a warrior, not a leader, he’s nobody and everybody all in one. That’s a lot like any of us. We’re not ruling the world, or saving it, we’re just doing what we can to keep a roof over our heads, not piss off whoever’s in charge this week, and make sure our families are protected and safe. He, literally, has nothing to do with the story and yet people seem to like him as much as I do.

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

In the Bible we’re promised a world without end. There’s nothing in there that says humans are guaranteed any part of that.

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

Oooh, toughy. Walter Miller Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz for its glorious look at how religions develop, Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy on how we perceive authority and reality, Octavia Butler’s Patternmaster for its ability to use poetry as prose (a staple of hers), and others. I would also toss in Harlan Ellison’s Repent Harlequin Said the Tick Tock Man, even though it’s a short, for its passage about using jellybeans to overthrow a government.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

The ones I just named, obviously. I’d add Arthur C. Clarke, David Brin, Anne McCaffrey, Lara Elena Donnelly who recently caught my attention, and there are many more.

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

Is this one of those living or dead questions? I usually prefer the living since the dead don’t talk much. I guess I would pick Vandana Singh. I’d like to know how a native Indian came to encompass Whitman’s bromide, “I am large, I contain multitudes.” Also I want to pick her mind about several of her shorts.

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

A few. I just licensed my IP for Legends Parallel, Pestilent, and Bob: Sins of the Son, all graphic novels and comic books, to Nerdanatix for development into video games, animated series and, some day hopefully, live action films or television shows. They will also be developing spin off properties for younger audiences since all my stuff is rated “M” for Mature. That’s not as crazy as it sounds. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was flat out murder porn when it came out. A tweak here and a tweak there and you know what happened after that. And it’s far from the only title to successfully make this transition. Legends Parallel already has two issues out and the other two titles are slated for release in 2018. I did the deal based on the scripts and the quality of the work of the artists involved. I also have the prequel/sequel to The Brittle Riders coming out next year. It’s called Goptri of the Mists and it’s even more twisted that TBR. And, as usual, I can also be found in numerous anthologies.

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

I get asked this a lot and can’t really think of anything. I know nothing’s perfect, but I was allowed to do with this trilogy many things other authors might not be offered. I was even allowed to change the structure of the prose from book to book, starting with Present Perfect and then devolving to a traditional past tense narrative as the story develops. That was purposeful. In the first book the titular characters ignore their pasts, which suck, and don’t believe they have a future since everyone they love is either dead or in exile. As they develop so does the surrounding prose.

 

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

Sure. Because I’m an asshole, and have played one on TV, I’ll share a scene from Book III.

Worlds can change on the tiniest thing. History, written by the winners, tends to edit out the minutiae and record the broader stories. One item that historians would edit out happened now. Which is a shame, because without this event the rest would never have happened.

Nature called and it was Sland’s turn to answer. It was almost even-fall and they could hear the survivors setting up camp on the shore. They’d decided to wait until breaklight to see who was alive and in charge and then figure out their next move.

Sland cared about none of this, although he was aware of it all. He just wanted to find a quiet tree and loose his bowels. He walked a considerable distance from their camp, found a suitable tree, and was just finishing with the last wiping leaf when he heard a harrumphing sound behind him. He slowly rose while pulling his pants up and turned. He was faced with a nice array of weapons, any one of which could kill him instantly. He finished buttoning up and realized that this might be his last moment on Arreti. If so he wanted to go out with a laugh. He stood as tall as he could, expanded his chest and bellowed.

“I am Sland, prince of the Temple of Azarep, blooded warrior of the Brittle Riders. I have come to Kalindor to meet Quelnerom in ritual battle for the throne.”

Yep, that should be good for a laugh. He smiled as he gently stepped away from the steaming pile and waited to be executed. Instead some of the weapons waggled for him to move forward and others waggled for him to put his hands above his head. He complied with both wagglings.

They did not remove his weapons. His gun was still holstered on his thigh and his sword was still sheathed on his back. His many knives were still hidden all over his body. Not that he saw any way of using them without being killed instantly but he noted it since it was odd that he still had them.

They led him to the shore and into the middle of their makeshift camp. He could see they were all wet and tired. They didn’t look good at all. Of course, being blown out of a perfectly good ship and then swimming a kay or so to shore will do that to a brand.

He assumed the reptiloid wearing more feathers and glitter than the rest was Quelnerom. He was dry and reasonably unruffled so Sland figured he must have ridden in one of the boats he saw dragged up on shore. He’d only heard him described but this brand seemed to fit the description. One of his captors reeled off his bona fides as he’d given them and then they all stepped back a respectful distance.

Sland chuckled to himself. He sincerely doubted that Quelnerom would follow through with anything other than having him killed where he stood. Well, it was fun while it lasted. Quelnerom stood and stared at him.

“You carry a sword. Is it for decoration or can you use it?”

Sland was astounded. Geldish was going to kill him if he survived this.

“The sword has been blooded.”

Quelnerom nodded appreciatively. “Remove all your other weapons.”

Sland did as he was told and that took a bit. When he was done his gun, holster, and eight knives lay in a neat array to the side. The reptiloids looked as though it were a small’s illusion show as each knife appeared from a different place. He stepped back to the center of the group and looked at Quelnerom.

Quelnerom was handed a sword and he aimed it forward in the ritual salute. Sland, seeing no option, unsheathed his sword and crossed his with Quelnerom’s.

Quelnerom nodded and lunged.

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

Apocalypses are funny that way. The second I wrote it I knew I had a tagline for the series.

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

Vodka makes the world better. If you’re single groupies, preferably rich ones, are a good call too. I would also suggest they write everything. Speeches, ad copy, out of genre stories, anything and everything. Even if they never come back to those methods again they’ll be better writers knowing them.

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

Yessiree Bob. Or, Yessiree Aaron-Michael, as the case may be.  I’ll be appearing at the Motor City Black Age of Comics convention on November 18th at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan.

Thank you for visiting the Desu Beast Blog. I have my copies of The Brittle Riders and can’t wait to get started! I’ll be stopping by your booth during the Virtual FantasyCon. Great Success!

For more information about Bill McCormick, please visit his WEBSITE.  You can see him in person at the Motor City Black Age of Comics, and virtually at the current FantasyCon event on FACEBOOK.

You can enjoy a recent panel discussion on What Makes an Epic Saga featuring Bill McCormick.

Author Interview – William Hayashi

Today, I am pleased to sit down with an extremely talented Speculative Fiction author and radio host. William Hayashi has three highly acclaimed novels: Discovery, Conception, and Confrontation, comprising the Darkside Trilogy. Welcome, Mr. Hayashi, and thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me.

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  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

No, I came to writing fairly recently, beginning my first novel in 2001 and my first screenplay in 2009.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

The realization that no matter how many great stories I could come up with, none of them were real until they were written down and vetted by the reading public. The first thing I thought of was a great, ironic ending, knowing that readers and moviegoers remember the endings most, and most often judge the quality of the work by how the writer concludes the story. Therefore, I sat down, and being an IT nerd since 1970, I started up my technical drawing software and created a flowchart of what I thought a fun, interesting plot would be.

Also something Isaac Asimov said effected be greatly, and I quote, “Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today – but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.”

  1. What genre(s) do you write?

Speculative fiction, either science fiction or drama. I like playing with “what ifs” surrounding themes that no one else has written about. The premise in my first literary trilogy was something nobody had ever addressed.

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  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

It’s Quarantine, the first installment of the second trilogy in the Darkside Universe which should be out by the holidays. The entire series will be seven books, two trilogies and a final volume that concludes the saga. In between writing those Darkside installments I have a handful of short stories published and a book or two outside of Darkside. I’ve also guest written in other authors’ universes, most recently Milton Davis’ Dark Universe and H Wolfgang Porter’s The Dark God’s Gift series.

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

I thought about all the reading I’ve done since my preteen days and came up with a plot that no one else had done, then applied myself to produce a story in the same vein as The Golden Age of Science Fiction authors. At first, it was going to be a single novel, but when I approached the middle of writing Discovery, I realized that more had to be told to complete the story.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

Actually I have several, for different reasons. And if what conventional wisdom says about every character in an author’s story is really the author in some way, shape or form, then modesty prohibits me really choosing just one!

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

There are different characters I could name, but most of the people in my stories who fit that description are those who maintain a status quo existence that perpetuates the perspective or cultural antagonist within the story. For example, the Darkside Trilogy tells the story of what happens in the United States when it is discovered that African Americans are discovered having lived in secret on the backside of the moon long before Neil Armstrong set foot there. In Darkside, my least favorite characters are those who perpetuate America’s racist status quo and force others into situations that are patently unnecessary.

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

I think Christopher Wright or Lucius Walker for various complicated reasons.

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

That not everyone in this country has the same experience in life as everyone else and that those differences are not necessarily benign. One of the best examples of this is in a one star review someone posted on Amazon.com about Discovery. The review was from a white man who simply couldn’t understand why anyone Black would prefer to live on the moon with just other Blacks instead of remaining in the United States if given the choice. At first, I was angry about the review because the reader said that Discovery was like a Saturday Night Live skit because it wasn’t believable to him, but a few hours later I realized his response was perfect in illustrating why I wrote Darkside in the first place.

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

In terms of the genre, again it’s the “what ifs” that intrigue me. I’m working on a short story that is based on an idea I discussed with a few writers I do a weekly Google Hangout with, often for six or more hours in the evening. Those stories are influenced by the thousands of books written by science fiction authors from the Golden Age I mentioned before. I have my favorites, but they really are too numerous to begin listing I also like writing stories with a social justice theme, and two of the books that greatly influenced me were Sam Greenlee’s The Spook Who Sat By The Door and Edwin Corley’s Siege, both of which I read quite a while back.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Many of the Golden Age authors are among my favorites; Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Robert Heinlein, Piers Anthony. I tend to like those who create interesting characters and then write multiple stories about their journeys through life.

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

I have questions that I would love to ask Octavia Butler about being a Black woman writing speculative fiction in her day. She flourished in a time when self publishing was largely unheard of.

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

I have two feature movies I would like to get made. Both scripts are much more mainstream than my writing. I have been exceptionally fortunate in that my first four scripts were actually filmed. They’re shorts that are on my YouTube channel. There’s also a 3D animated movie in production at BlackScienceFictionSociety.com I wrote the script for entitled Earth Squadron.

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

I don’t think so. Since it’s in a series that I thought out fairly well, it strikes a good balance between science fiction adventure and the needs of the few outweighing the needs of the many—diametrically opposing the underlying theme of the Star Trek universe.

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

Not as of yet. When it appears on Amazon there will be an excerpt anyone can read. For a deeper look at the first trilogy, the first four chapters of all three of the Darkside Trilogy volumes are available in the Darkside Group at blacksciencefictionsociety.com.

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

This is a great question for which I have no answer. I guess if pushed I would say, “There goes the neighborhood,” in Conception. When you read the book, you’ll get the joke.

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

Like anything, one learns, and you do have to do a good deal of research and study to become a good author, be sure to learn the fundamentals first before you decide to branch out into your own personal style. Also, decouple your self worth from your work. Criticism of your work is NOT a repudiation of you as a person. If you stick with it you will become better and better. I honestly admit that each of my books is better than the last.

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

Not at this time.

If you would like to learn more about Mr. Hayashi or his speculative fiction series, you can find more information on his Website, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Page, YouTube, TalkCast, and the Earth Squadron website.

Thank you for sitting down with me tonight, Mr. Hayashi. I thoroughly enjoyed Discovery and look forward to reading Conception.

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TrekLanta 2017

I had a fantastic time at TrekLanta’s annual Star Trek Convention. I not only met some amazing new readers, Trek fans, and cosplayers, I also battled Klingons, attended a Klingon wedding, and met one of my favorites of all time – J. G. Hertzler – Martok of DS9 and many others!

What an epic weekend! Thank you for coming out to meet me and a HUGE thank you to J.G. for being such a sweetheart and chatting it up with me all weekend. He is a remarkable person.

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Just a few highlights from the weekend!

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I met the BEST Scotty cosplayer that I have ever seen. I admit: my mouth gaped when he walked over to me.

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Defending my vendor booth with John Caballero!

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J.G. as Martok. LOVE!

 

 

 

 

Where will I be next?

If you are in the GA area and would like to come out and have a fantastic time, meet me at JordanCon!

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What is JordanCon?

JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan. JordanCon features eight tracks of simultaneous programming, a Dealers’ Hall, gaming, an Art Show featuring original art by a variety of artists, and charity events benefiting the Mayo Clinic and other charities.

So, come on out to the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center April 21st weekend to meet me and other creatives at JordanCon. My vendor table will be stocked and I would LOVE to meet you.

Reminder:

The Rise of Nazil (Book 1) is still only .99! After this weekend, the sale will be over, so grab your copy today!

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Faélondul Awaits!

Author Interview – TJ Morris

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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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Atlanta SciFi and Fantasy Expo

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If you are in the area, come out and join me at the Atlanta SciFi and Fantasy expo tomorrow! I would love to meet and chat it up with you.

What is this event?

A gathering of geeky gurus and geniuses sharing their genuine love for science fiction and fantasy art, entertainment, and media. Connect with industry professionals, collaborate with local artisans, and discuss interests with friends old and new during this 2 day celebration of fandom. The best part is that knowledge and exploration are FREE during the Expo!

Where will we be?

North DeKalb Mall
2042 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur, Georgia 30033

For more information, please visit their WEBSITE.

I cannot wait to meet you!

Faélondul Awaits!

Ides of March – Essentia

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What is the Ides of March – Essentia?

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

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

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

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Who are the featured characters and authors?

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

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

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