FORBIDDEN: THE BRETHREN OF EREBUS

I am excited! Forbidden: The Brethren of Erebus is now in book form on Amazon!

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Synopsis:

The European vampire brood is in decline. The Vampiric Council’s rule is iron clad amid rumors of an uprising. How does one stop that? It came in the form of an Oracle verse, and a name …

“Julianna”.
As a warrior of the Brethren of Erebus, Moros must obey the commands of the Heir Elder, who is convinced this young woman is his only hope of saving the vampire Brood. Sent to America, a forbidden land by decree of the European rulers, he arrives to learn he has been exiled and his family honor, in ruins.

Angered by this betrayal, Moros continues the search for Julianna. However, the more he learns, the less Moros believed the mission he was on will clear his name. Entangled in a web of lies, rivalry, deception, the threat of war, and the wrath of a Pan Celtic God, he does not know what, or who, to believe.

But in the mist of all that, he does find one thing unexpected … love.

RISE OF THE DRAGONS: (THE SEELIE PRINCESS TRILOGY, BOOK TWO) BY AUTHOR JILL TURNER

Rise of the Dragons

Clary Ferrie has escaped the clutches of the terrifying Unseelie and fled to the safety of the Seelie Empire.

The merciless Unseelie, enraged by her flight to freedom, go after her best friend, Sam, in a bid to lure her back to Earth.

Meanwhile, on Earth, all Sam wants is to find out if his best friend is alive. With the help of a couple of most unlikely allies, he has come up with a plan to enable him to both find Clary and keep out of the way of the evil ones.

Will the strange rock he picks up in their old teacher’s house be able to help him? Or will it unleash a force that could cause the deaths of thousands?

In Unseelie, only one person knows the truth: the dragons are not extinct…

About The Author:

Jill Turner

Jill Turner currently lives with her youngest child and a slightly scatty cat in the north of wet and windy Essex in the UK. She started to read at an early age and never stopped! She loves the escape from reality that she finds in between the pages. She’s been creating stories in her head for more years than she cares to think about so she decided that it would be a good idea to write some of them down. Jill made a start with the first book in the series, The Seelie Princess, and it grew into a trilogy. To her utter amazement it reached bestseller status on Amazon, Kindle Free Fairy Tales and this fact was all the encouragement she needed to continue. She hopes all children (and their parents) enjoy the stories.

Jill studied for a B.Ed and was once a paralegal. She has worked in Early Years education for many years and currently delivers NVQ’s for those who want to do the same.

She would have loved to meet Sir Terry Pratchett during his lifetime to thank him for giving the world his Discworld series of books – if she believed she had one ounce of his talent, she would be a very happy lady!

Additional Books by Jill Turner:

The Seelie Princess: (The Seelie Princess Trilogy, Book One)

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Dragons-Seelie-Princess-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B016DXVWZY/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rise-Dragons-2-Seelie-Princess/dp/1517523044/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

SPOTLIGHT: RETRIBUTION (THE DAGGER OF AITA, BOOK 1) BY S.J. WOLFF

Retribution

Throughout history we have been here. We were born of the union between the Watchers and the Daughters of Men. Our human hearts pump the blood of Angels through our veins yet, we are neither human nor angel. We are the Alimentatori, descendants of the divine, and this is just the beginning…

In my two-hundred and sixty three years I have witnessed much, yet nothing could have prepared me for the devastating murder of my brother, Julian. While he lies in stasis awaiting The Release, his killer roams the Lazio region of Italy free to seek other victims. But, all is not right behind the veil of this ancient landscape. Its beauty hides a world of ancient secrets, hidden agendas, and political intrigues. In order to extract my vengeance, I must first play a dangerous game according to another’s rules. Playing by the rules has never been my forte; toppling a game-board or two would suit me just fine! Regardless of the dangers that lie ahead, Retribution will be mine.

My name is Jacen Trudeau of the House of Samsaveel and I’m about to open Pandora’s Box.

About the Author:

A lover of superheroes and all things fantasy it was only natural to find a home within the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre. Growing up, the major influences in S.J.’s life were Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, the quintessential Star Wars, Robert Aspirin (his Mything series), Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), and of course J.R.R. Tolkien.

As a wife, mother of three, and US Navy Veteran. I have spent a great deal of my life in service to others. In late 2008 I realized that the one thing in my life that had not been given its due, was the love of my youth – writing. With the kids grown and my military service in the past, I made a pact with my Muse. I would put writing at the forefront and he would guide me to my ultimate goal, publication.

For the first two years I tried. I dabbled in historical romance. I got a third of the way through a novel before it lost its luster. The struggle frustrated me. I stepped away from the desk and glared at the screen as if it were the problem and not me. And then I met a young woman who wrote in a genre I’d never considered. I picked up one of her Urban Fantasies and within a few pages knew it was something I would like to try my hand at. I immediately sat down and wrote a scene – for the first time ever – in first person. What was created had a life I’d never seen in my writing before. After a lifetime of practicing my art, I’d found a new way to move forward.

Unfortunately, the right angle at fantasy and a good story alluded me. Then one day, while sitting in a workshop where the speaker was talking about her vampire series, my mind wandered. Through a crack, somewhere in the creative, a scene unfolded. Two characters came to life and played out a scene on a rooftop. I wrote the first couple of lines on the napkin next to me. When I got home, I wrote the scene. To my amazement, it was pretty good. I loved the characters. I loved the banter. I loved how writing it made me feel. Finally after so much struggle, my Muse had done it. He’d finally broken down the barrier that had kept the ideas at bay and given me a story which needed to be told. I’d found my niche in a genre known as Dark Contemporary Fantasy and the rest is, as they say, literary history.

Links:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/retribution-s-j-wolff/1116306101?ean=9780615840420

http://www.amazon.com/Retribution-Dagger-Aita-S-Wolff/dp/0615840426/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431979550&sr=8-1&keywords=S.J.+Wolff

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dae61yRvNhQ&feature=youtu.be

SPOTLIGHT: THE BAZAAR BY AUTHOR JEN PONCE

The Bazaar

Devany Miller’s job as a victim’s advocate roots her in reality as firmly as a person can be, which makes the offer of ‘magic sugar’ from a gorgeous salesman at a psychic fair all the more fantastic. The sugar, he tells her, will allow her to visit the exclusive vendors tucked away in the shadows beyond his tent. Indulging in fancy, she takes a taste and ventures into what she figures is a tourist trap. Then the screams begin and Devany is yanked violently into a world of butchered humans, of witches who make foolish deals with demons, and of spiders that use human skins as camouflage for their assassinations.

Devany’s normal life begins to crumble into madness as she struggles to stay alive. Her marriage falls apart. And of course, there is the little matter of the demon who has laid claim to her, and the powerful creature that wants to take her apart piece by piece to taste her soul. Despite her fear, Devany has children to protect, and she can’t sit idly by while monsters in the guise of people drag innocents to their deaths.

About the Author:

Ponce

Jen Ponce is an urban fantasy author who published her first book THE BAZAAR January 21, 2014. She’s been reading since she can remember and thanks her mom for showing her how amazing books can be. She went to school in Chadron, Lincoln, and Omaha, Nebraska. She’s been writing since junior high and thinks the itch to write is akin to an obsession. Besides reading and writing, she crochets when the mood hits her, creates fun pictures on GIMP, and drinks Diet Coke. Jen, her three boys, three cats, and goldfish live in Western Nebraska despite her yearnings to live somewhere warmer. (Jen would also like to point out that the cats aren’t hers, they are her boys’ cats. She loves them but she is not a crazy cat lady—just crazy.)

Links:
http://www.amazon.com/THE-BAZAAR-Devany-Miller-Series-ebook/
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jenniferponce.com%2F&h=xAQGmVhcG

Web Page: http://jenniferponce.com/

SPOTLIGHT: RISING BY AUTHOR HOLLY KELLY

Merman Holly Kelly

In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea — humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou— the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean — is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there is one small thing he needs to do … kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.

Killing her does not start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once she is a criminal. And her crime? Being born. She is a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she were not so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet …

Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.

Additional Books In The Series:

Descending (The Rising Series, Book 2)

Avenging (The Rising Series, Book 3)

About The Author:

Holly Kelly

Holly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation — she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but lived in Kansas until she was 13, in Texas until she was 18, and attended college in Hawaii — studying marine biology. She is now back in Utah — “happy valley”. She is married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising six rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (of course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.

Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Rising-Book-1-Holly-Kelly-ebook/

SPOTLIGHT: ASHES AND SPIRITS DRAGON’S CALL (DRAGON’S CALL SERIES BOOK 3) BY A.D. TROSPER

Troesper Ashes

“The incomplete weave breeds the darkness…”

Presented with impossible odds, the Guardians struggle to hold against the Shadow Riders. While enemies from within are discovered and allegiances are formed, the losses mount.

As the war escalates, one Guardian may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save all.

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A.D. Trosper is the author of the bestselling, award winning Dragon’s Call series. The first and second books are already out under the titles Embers at Galdrilene (Dragon’s Call Series Book 1) and Tears of War (Dragon’s Call Series Book 2). She also has a YA paranormal romance out under the title Bound by Time and has several more books in the works. A.D. enjoys writing in a variety of genres including epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance.

An avid lover of animals, she has rescued and rehabbed horses, goats, dogs and cats. When not writing, she spends time with her family and pets. She is convinced chocolate is a necessary food group and magic is real (not always the way we think it is, but real nonetheless).

You can find out more about A.D. Trosper and her books at: http://www.adtrosper.com

Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Spirits-Dragons-Call-Book-ebook/

SPOTLIGHT: THE GLASS APPLE SERIES BY ROBERT J. FRANKS

Robert J. Franks

For orphans Jason, Kylie and Anna, magic was not a word that featured largely in their lives. At least, not until their American grandfather took them in. A comical old man with a name to match. Ethelbert Gobswistle. A magical campervan called Edsel transports them up to Yorkshire, where, in a bungalow called Cookiecrumb, they meet Gobswistle’s friend, a black plastic Christmas Fairy called Etain. Rambunctious, authoritative, and opinionated, she brooks no nonsense from either the children or the old man. And gradually, the small group becomes a family. But an ancient mythical witch, The Medb, pursues the old man and his family. She seeks his source of magic, the Anguinum, a powerful crystal carved to resemble a green glass apple shaped bowl. As they flee from her wrath, they seek the help of the Gwyllion, ancient fairies, who tell them they need three magical books in order to stop the ancient witch. But the books are hidden in the past. . .

About The Author:

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Robert Franks was born in Norfolk, England. His father was a dairy farmer, his mother a nurse and his sister a frequent sparring partner. Brought up in the middle of the Norfolk countryside, he grew up with JRR Tolkein, Anne Macaffrey and Alan Dean foster for company. Oh, and 12 dachshunds, a welsh collie, two Pekinese, a great Dane, two Bassett hounds, innumerable farm cats, a rabbit hutch of both rabbits and guinea pigs, a golden pheasant, some chickens and a rather cantankerous old goose.
He wrote from an early age, completing his first full length novel at the age of 15. It was never published, but certain characters never went away, and have resurfaced in his most recent books, The Glass Apple Series.
He worked as a shop manager for many years, and his writing was put, for the main part, to one side.
The first three chapters of The Glass Apple were finished way back in 1997, but again work took priority. In the winter of 2009, he was made redundant when his shop was closed. Since then he has returned to his first love, writing.
The first three books of the Glass Apple series (The Glass Apple; Spider’s Web; Song of the Shaman) are all already available in both paperback (via Amazon) and kindle form.

Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Glass-Apple-Robert-Franks-ebook

SPOTLIGHT: HUNTERS BY AOIFE MARIE SHERIDAN

Hunters

Hunter

The Demon Series #1

By Aoife Marie Sheridan

Abigail is nineteen. Her job, she hunts demons.

Her life so far has been tough. Having witnessed her family’s death and her mother’s suicide, she’s been taken in by a priest, who believes her when she says that she sees ghosts. Father Peter trains her as a demon hunter with three other members, one being Daniel, who isn’t what he seems.

But when a possession goes wrong, and ghosts start to attack Abigail, the tight rope she has on her emotions soon starts to loosen. Abigail draws the unwanted attention of the Reote, and she finds out a lot more than she is willing to learn.

Knowledge is power, but for Abigail, it’s her undoing, and the only thing keeping her together is Daniel.

All Amazon Purchase Links: http://authl.it/22e

About the Author:

Aoifre

Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon’s books, given to her by her grandmother, her love for romances grew, and by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.

Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at a young age of just nineteen. Realizing she needed to get a real job (What writing isn’t} she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V. Snyder. Poison study one of her favorite books has been read and re-read countless times.

Aoife’s first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book For the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.

Author Contacts:

Email address: aoifesheridan101@gmail.com

Website: www.aoifemariesheridan.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Aoifemariesheri

Blog: aoifesheri.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6551996.AoifeMarieSheridan

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aoifesheri

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+AoifeMarieSheridan

Linked in: https://ie.linkedin.com/pub/aoife-marie-sheridan/66/760/942

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/aoifesheri/

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INTERVIEW WITH TAMI EGONU, AUTHOR OF A RHAPSODY OF DREAMS

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Hello, L.M. David doing an interview of Tami Egonu, author of A Rhapsody of Dreams. Again, this was done last year and dropped down the black abyss when I fell off the grid. Hopefully Tami’s can forgive me, as I hope the others were able to. I am almost caught up.

So, let’s get into the interview. Welcome Tami.

Q. Tell me about yourself.

A. I was born in the old Charing Cross Hospital in London, which might be the reason why I adore the city centre so much, especially along the Thames. I was very much a daydreamer as a child. I think my Primary School reports stated this often. I wrote silly little stories that entertained me, but mainly all of my stories were stored inside my head. It was a happy refuge from boredom or unhappiness. I remember friends at the time, maybe when I was five, who had make believe friends, and I did not have one so I created one. It’s amazing how vivid the imagination can be. I can’t remember his name, but he seemed very real until adults and other children told me he did not exist.

I grew up in Camden Town a short walk away from the world famous Camden Market. This might be where I gained my first inspiration for travel, being immersed in crowds of people from all over the world. I have a passion for travel that never falters. I would even say it’s equal to my passion for writing.

Q. A Rhapsody of Dreams is your first eBook. Can you give a little insight into it?

A. A Rhapsody of Dreams is a tale of the extraordinary happening to ordinary people. It’s a magical contemporary story about Tyler, Molly and Evelyn, who are all very different from one another. Tyler believes in miracles, Molly is a skeptic and Evelyn has been waiting to die for over sixty years, although what they have in common is hope in a fractured twenty-first century when it seems hope is in short supply.

Tyler abandons a conventional life, much to the chagrin of his family and tandoori tanned girlfriend, to embark on a spiritual quest that begins in Middlesbrough of all place, whilst unbeknownst to Molly (an independent single parent who has given up on romantic love) fate and the wind have led her into an encounter that will change her life forever. She comes to experience vivid dreams, ghosts, a tree with photographs of a great love, and a field of sunflowers that not everyone can see, amongst other oddities.

However, Tyler’s past must catch up to Molly’s present. Keeping them all company along the way is Bagel the dog and Rosie the cat.

Firstly, what inspired me to write this tale were real life stories of regrets and heartaches, told in passing and in depth, of pain impossible to cure even decades after the death of a loved one. The regrets were many. Living a wasted life spent with someone who they did not love intrigued and saddened me.

Secondly, I was (still am) so fed up with all the depressing news in the media that I wanted to write an uplifting story. There are many contemporary themes woven in, of everyday realities that people will recognize, however I wanted to tap into the possibility of the extraordinary occurring to people who have lived pretty ordinary lives, and who find they are not ordinary at all. It’s also about taking that leap of faith into the unknown. As a child I was curious to know what existed beyond our perception of reality. This novel doesn’t claim to answer that, but I had a lot of fun imagining.

Q. Tyler seems like a man lost within himself. Tell me about his character.

A. Tyler is very restless because for too long he has been living a safe kind of life. He is hungry for answers to questions from boyhood curiosities about the bigger plot. He is scared of sleepwalking through life and senses a veil has been cloaked over him, which he seeks to shred. His side-kick and counter balance for a little of his journey is his cousin, Mark, a property developer ensconced in logic. Refusing to be derailed on his quest, Tyler’s spirit grows despite disappointments and disillusionment, although inevitably his leap takes him on an inspiring journey that he always sensed existed beyond the veil.

Equally, Molly and Evelyn are filled with loneliness and regrets, and their stories slowly unfold in-between Tyler’s. The two women also embark on a journey together, albeit one that is set at Evelyn’s home, of self-discovery that produces surreal and magical results.

Q. A Rhapsody of Dreams has magic and takes Tyler on a spiritual quest. Why did he decide to do this?

A. Tyler has lived life pretty much by the book. He is in a job that he hates (opening chapter) and for years he has daydreamed about quitting and doing something else. Finally, after a lucid daydream in which he holds onto a giant balloon that carries him far above London, he can take it no longer. There are burning questions that can’t be repressed. Tyler knows there is more to life and his safe nine to five existence is killing his spirit. So he takes that leap into the unknown. We meet him first as a thirty-one year old who gathers the courage (even when others call him a nut) to follow his own path.

At a beach, Tyler has an amazing sighting of a flying steam ship that is collecting souls, which only he and his cousin’s dog, Bagel, can see. However, the more he searches for miracles the more elusive they become.

Q. What is your favorite part in A Rhapsody of Dreams?

A. Blimey, my favorite part. Now this is hard because I enjoyed writing every part of A Rhapsody of Dreams, so I would have to say it’s the gradual movement of the past catching up with the present.

Q. What about the character Tyler frustrated you when writing A Rhapsody of Dreams?

A. Tyler is quite an easy going character, as is Molly, although Molly frustrated me in parts because of her reluctance to be as open to life and the unknown as Tyler. That’s fine though, because she slowly comes to realize her gift of seeing what others cannot, and it was therefore satisfying to see her grow and accept magic into her life.

Q. Do you believe in the spirit world?

A. I believe I’m a balanced enough person, so on one side of the scale is logic that causes me to be skeptical of things that I can’t see, however I have seen things that I can’t put a logical answer to. So, yes, I believe in the spirit world. That rests on the other side of the scales. There, I bet you’re curious now. Ha!

Q. What about A Rhapsody of Dreams will appeal to readers?

A. A Rhapsody of Dreams will appeal to anyone who wants to take an ultimately uplifting journey. It will transport them above rooftops, drop them from a plane into a steam ship that travels through time, and they will be invited to a field of sunflowers where anything is possible. So if you want to get to know Tyler, Molly and Evelyn on their quests to find love, self and magic, then the voyage starts here.

Q. Do you have a current work in progress and can you tell me about it?

A. Yes, I am currently editing an historical fiction (possibly YA as the main protagonist, Emily, is between 17 to 18 years old for the most part) entitled ‘Bird’ (book one of two) that I will be publishing as en eBook in June. It is a story set in Victorian England, when inter-racial relationships were taboo and the consequences fatal. There are many other elements to it, although the majority of the book is Emily’s story about her coming of age, and discovering the world and her family are alien to her. There are elements of the supernatural that will be more evident in the sequel, which I am also in the process of completing. Although my eyeballs and finger tips may have dropped out/off by then.

Q. You are a self-published author. Why did you choose it over traditional publishing?

A. I thought of self-publishing years ago and never took it further until recently. I had travelled the old traditional route of attempting to get an agent. I found one years ago, but alas she turned out not to be trustworthy. Never ever give money to an agent for reading your manuscript. I bailed out when this update appeared. Anyhow, after countless rejections from agents (apparently Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, struck gold after 60 rejections) I finally took my fate in my own hands at last, and am so glad I have. I could be sixty before I get a traditional publishing deal (if ever), and my sole purpose is to write and have my books read. That is what is happening and it feels very satisfying. A Rhapsody of Dreams has already been downloaded a few hundred times since March. These were all on the free days that are a part of Amazon KDP select book promotion. It could be that readers store the book for weeks or months down the line to read, but regardless it’s in their virtual shelf ready and waiting. I have physical books on my actual shelf that have been there waiting their turn patiently for me to read them. Not enough hours to do it all, but I’m giving it a good go.

Q. What advice would you give other writers just starting out?

A. It’s easy to find distractions. If you can, set aside a routine, even if it’s every other day, but at least get a good amount of time writing every week. I know, even a passion can sometimes be hard to muster depending on what kind of day or night job you have, but you somehow make the time because writing is in your blood and soul.

Don’t ever give up. If you don’t get any encouragement from those around you, believe in yourself. You have the talent. And if you do have encouragement, then blinkin’ marvelous. Inevitably, it’s just you and your keypad, so utilize everything around you, and remember to look up a lot and keep your eyes and ears open. Keep a note pad and pen handy so you can write down those brilliant ideas, or observations, whenever they strike. People can be fascinating. Quirks and sayings and all kinds of everyday stuff are vital to a writer. I am always over hearing bits of conversations, by total strangers usually, and like a magpie take them back home with me to store. It helps to bring characters to life. Talking of life, it can indeed be a lot stranger than fiction, although catching even the simplest details are important. It all balances. Jot it all down before another thought takes over.

Times have changed. We can all self-publish and that is beyond wonderful. If you want to go the traditional route, then buy the Writers & Artists year book, or subscribe online. Check they are right for your book genre and then blitz them with your brilliance, making sure your letter is top notch. Be prepared for rejection. Actually, it always stings a little, though the skin gets a tad tougher but no matter what – PERSERVERE!! And stay away from sham agents who want money upfront. Lots of luck.

Author’s Personal Bio:

I was born in London, England, which is such a great inspirational city, especially as I grew up only minutes away from the world famous Camden Market.

I believe in writing outside of the box, in love deep and rare, in great authors, in making dreams real, and I am grateful to be born after the invention of air travel.

I have met so many interesting people, or overheard bits of conversations on buses, tubes etc., that coil their way into my writing. It’s the world around us that influences me, seeing it with different eyes and conveying that to characters.

I now live in the North East of England and am equally enthralled with the surrounding countryside, cities, villages and coast, which all offer different kinds of stimulation. It still hasn’t sunk in that it takes as long for me to get to Durham or York as it does to get from one part of London to another. Ha!

A Rhapsody of Dreams is my first self-published eBook, and is itself a dream come true.

L.M. David: And that concludes this interview.

Author links:

Website: http://tamiegonu.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7016057.Tami_Egonu
Amazon.co.uk:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Rhapsody-of-Dreams-ebook/dp/B00BOWUEFE/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1368603543&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=tami+egonu
Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/A-Rhapsody-of-Dreams-ebook/dp/B00BOWUEFE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368603491&sr=8-1&keywords=tami+egonu

Book Blurb:

‘Can you see the field of sunflowers and the memory tree? Good, then you have an eye for magic.’

A Rhapsody of Dreams is a literary contemporary fantasy dusted with lost loves, ghosts and the hunt for magic.

Tired of the monotony of life, Tyler hangs onto a magnificent balloon that takes him far above his London office. Seeing countless other daydreamers, Tyler is snapped back to reality and immediately abandons his stale life to begin a spiritual quest. However, his travels around a world void of magic makes it hard for him to keep believing miracles exist.

Meanwhile, at a Georgian house in Yorkshire, Tyler’s long lost first love, Molly, encounters a heartbroken and bitter poet. But nothing is as it first appears in this story of a powerful enchantment, a field of magical sunflowers, a memory tree, and the search for love … even beyond death.

INTREVIEW WITH GARRY ROGERS, AUTHOR OF CORR SYL THE WARRIOR

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Hello, L.M. David interviewing Garry Rogers author of Corr Syl The Warrior. This interview is part of a Blog Tour conducted by Saskia Book Services. Because this is part of a tour, the usual blurb will not be added.

Welcome Garry. Let’s begin with a little background information.

Q. Tell me a bit about yourself.
A. I like exploring and planning. Once I learned about science and marketing, I decided I wanted to be a scientist or a business entrepreneur. I earned a PhD and studied plant interactions for several years before founding and becoming CEO of a successful computer business. I enjoy planning anything from meetings to research projects to marketing campaigns. Not much of a conversationalist, my favorite activities are camping, boxing, dancing, and drinking.

Q. Briefly describe what your book, Corr Syl The Warrior is about.
A. The book is about a young warrior whose community calls on him to investigate and devise a response to aggression by a neighboring community.

Q. What is the character Corr Syl like?
A. Corr Syl is not very complicated. He has a few secrets and ambitions, but none so powerful to interfere with his friendliness and generosity. Apart from becoming a warrior, Corr has always wanted to be an effective comedian (many Tsaeb do). His jokes usually fail, but he never gives up trying. When Corr’s local district council calls on him become its agent, Corr wants to refuse, but as the danger becomes apparent, he moves ahead with no reservations.

Q. Corr Syl is a Tsaeb warrior. Describe what being within the Tsaeb is like.
A. Tsaeb is a name for an ancient multi-species civilization. Immediacy, the philosophy of consequences, governs the Tsaeb. The Tsaeb have moved past mere sentience to sapience. They have evolved an instinctive sense of responsibility. Thus, the Tsaeb civilization has almost no rules for individual behavior. Among the Tsaeb, all are equal, and all are free to do as they please.

Before Immediacy, the cardinal emotions fear and desire, and their many derivatives, ruled the actions of the Earth’s intelligent species. As natural selection enhanced intelligence, Earth’s creatures built machines of conquest and defense that eventually threatened the existence of the planet. The warrior guild formed as Earth teetered on the brink of annihilation. The warriors provided the moderating force and the Immediacy ideal that saved the Earth and let sapience flourish.

Warriors include those Tsaeb that choose to undergo the years of intense training required to master combat and war. During the long reign of the peaceful Tsaeb civilization, the need for warriors has declined and few are left. Corr Syl is one of only 21 warriors in a district of half a million intelligent beings. Occasional dangerous individuals and species appear, and then the Warriors become essential.

Q. Describe the Wycliff District. (See map below)
A. Wycliff District is one of 2,100 Tsaeb districts that form a continuous mosaic covering half the Earth’s lands and all its oceans. Wycliff occupies a high desert valley about 30 miles wide and 60 miles long. The few services needed by the District’s half million residents are found at the District Center. The Center occupies a large hollowed out mass of emergent granite bedrock on the banks of the valley’s principal stream, White River.

Q. What genre is Corr Syl The Warrior? And is it a favorite genre of yours?
A. The book fits best into the #EcoSciFi subcategory of Science Fiction. All its premises, events, and characters are possible within the limits of our current understanding of psychology, society, philosophy, and the natural world.

Q. Who was the easiest character to create and why?
A. Ralph MacKinnon resembles a best friend who died young. My friend was a champion boxer, a natural comedian, and an idealist.

Q. What was the hardest part to write in Corr Syl The Warrior?
A. My chief challenges are finding new expressions for old situations, and providing the hidden motivations and traits needed to turn characters into real people.

Q. Will there be a sequel to Corr Syl? And if so, what is the working title and will there be returning characters?
A. The sequel is in progress. I will probably title it “Corr Syl the Terrible.” Some of the principal characters remain, but there are new secondary characters.

Q. What inspired you to write Corr Syl?
A. The union of my concern for nature and a strange image I saw once as I came out of corpse pose.

Q. You are a self-published author. Why choose this over traditional publishing?
A. A traditional publisher handled my first two books. They sold more copies, but there weren’t any other benefits. I like setting my own standards and schedule.

Q. What advice do you have for other writers wanting to get published?
A. For nonfiction, my advice is to strive for accuracy and significance. For fiction, I am not qualified to offer advice. Corr Syl is my first fiction novel. Perhaps after the sequel I will have something to offer.

L.M. David: This concludes the interview with Garry Rogers. I wish him the best of luck with Corr Syl The Warrior and his current work in progress.

Author Bio:

Garry Rogers has a PhD in Physical Geography. He taught at Columbia University and UCLA, and currently serves as President of the Agua Fria Open Space Alliance, Inc. He has published three nonfiction books, and hundreds articles in peer-reviewed science journals and conference proceedings. He is currently working on a sequel to his debut novel Corr Syl the Warrior, and a second volume on Arizona wildlife.

Book Blurb:

When an armed patrol crosses the border into Wycliff District, the Wycliff Council sends Corr Syl to investigate and recommend a response. Corr soon learns that spies have infiltrated his district, and already many lives are at risk. He catches a glimpse of something truly evil, and with no time to spare, must choose between a safe response that might fail, and a sure response that might start a global war

Corr Syl The Warrior is available in paperback and eBook through Amazon.com. It is also available through Createspace.

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