Author Spotlight 10th December 2013

Author Spotlight: Elle Jacklee, writer of Children’s & Young Adult Fantasy

The Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Writers and Reviewers Group Featured Author 10th December 2013

About the author
Elle Jacklee 1
My mantra is “Life is short.” I believe in making every moment count. Purple is my favorite color. I think black cats are good luck. My professional titles have included software programmer, inside sales rep, and bilingual customer service rep. But my favorite titles are mother, wife, and author.

I’m the author of the Tree of Mindala, a middle grade fantasy. It’s the first in my Wunderwood series.
My love of reading began with classics such as L. Frank Baum’s Oz books and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. The endless hours of enjoyment that they, and countless others, gave me sparked my passion for writing. I hope that my stories will help instill in children a lifelong love of reading as well as the knowledge that imagination has no limits.

I am currently working on the second installment of the Wunderwood series. I live in Wisconsin with my husband and two young sons, none of whom are in a hurry to grow up. And that’s just fine with me!

Where to find Elle:
Goodreads
Facebook
Twitter

The Book
The Tree of Mindala; Wunderwood Book One
Elle Jacklee, The Tree of MindalaMiranda Moon’s vivid imagination has gotten her into trouble more times than she can count. This time, she’s been suspended from school. So her straight-laced younger brother, Marcus, blames her when they’re relegated to their late grandparents’ old cabin over Halloween weekend. But when Miranda finds a curious trinket, they’re mysteriously whisked away to Wunderwood, where magic flows through the trees and everyone already knows their family name. A place even Miranda never imagined.

Just as they arrive, a sinister warlock, Thornton Crow, is freed from a long banishment. He resumes his deadly agenda to find The Tree of Mindala, the source of all the realm’s magic. As Miranda and Marcus discover branches of their own family tree that they hadn’t even known existed, they learn that Thornton has a score to settle with anyone in their bloodline. Especially them… Though justice has always had a way of being naturally restored in Wunderwood, Thornton’s latest evil deed just may be the tipping point.

When Miranda discovers her own role in Thornton’s release, she knows it’s up to her to stop him from stealing not just magic, but also hope. With travel companions that could as easily be foes as friends, and only the cryptic words of a prophecy to guide her, Miranda must decide if she can carry out the task that will either save Wunderwood… or doom it forever.

Where to Buy:
eBook
Amazon UK

Amazon US

Paperback
Amazon UK
Amazon US

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Author Spotlight 10th December 2013

Author Spotlight: Elle Jacklee, writer of Children’s & Young Adult Fantasy

The Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Writers and Reviewers Group Featured Author 10th December 2013

About the author
Elle Jacklee 1
My mantra is “Life is short.” I believe in making every moment count. Purple is my favorite color. I think black cats are good luck. My professional titles have included software programmer, inside sales rep, and bilingual customer service rep. But my favorite titles are mother, wife, and author.

I’m the author of the Tree of Mindala, a middle grade fantasy. It’s the first in my Wunderwood series.
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Saskia Book Tour: Garry Rogers – Corr Syl The Warrior

Introducing Garry Rogers, author of “Corr Syl The Warrior“.

Garry Rogers - Corr Syl The Warrior Tour 1

The Book: Corr Syl The WarriorGarry Rogers - Corr Syl The Warrior 1
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.

 

 

 

Wycliff Map
Garry Rogers - Wycliff Map 1

Where you can purchase this book?
eBook
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Paperback
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Createspace

About the Author
Garry Rogers Garry Rogers 1has 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.

Where to Find Garry
Goodreads

Facebook
Google +

Twitter
Blog

Interview

Question: What have you published recently?
Fiction:  “Corr Syl the Warrior” (ISBN:  978-1484989890)
Nonfiction:  “Arizona Wildlife Notebook” (ISBN:  978-1480096509)
I also contribute articles on wildlife conservation for my website, local news media, government agencies, and others.  For instance, I just wrote a walking tour of a local stream habitat for schoolchildren.

Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?
My middle and high school teachers encouraged me to write.  After high school, my education and subsequent careers in science and business required a great deal of writing.  I published several nonfiction science books and hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed science journals and scientific conference proceedings.  Learning to write fiction has been a stimulating challenge.

Question:  Why switch to fiction?
Much of my work in science focuses on desert vegetation.  Houses and roads are steadily obliterating the sites I study.  As the vegetation habitat is lost, the wildlife declines.  In my state, public agencies report that over half of native wildlife species are tending toward extinction.  Land use planners could avoid many of the human impacts on vegetation.  With a novel, I can reach a wider audience than the scientists who read my technical work.

Question: Where can we find your published writing?
Amazon now, and other bookstores in a few weeks.  Google Scholar has a more complete list of my published work, and my website “About” page has an exhausting list.

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?
Feed the cats, make coffee, write, exercise, feed birds and ducks, do a little landscape maintenance, write some more, read.

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created?  Tell us about them.
Corr Syl is a talented young warrior in a society dominated by much older individuals.  Wanting to avoid responsibility, but always willing to help, Corr agrees to investigate a murder and a minor invasion by a dangerous species.  Corr’s preference would be to go on a long trip with another warrior named Rhya Bright.  Instead, he becomes a key figure in a conflict and must see it through.  Corr likes to have fun with friends, likes to tell stories, and wants to be a comedian.  He has trouble with timing, however, and his jokes tend to elicit groans instead of laughs.

Rhya Bright, a warrior in training, and even younger than Corr Syl, is attracted to Corr.  She hides her interest because of pride and determination to form intimate relationships only with equals, not superiors.  Among her martial skills, Rhya excels in archery and battle strategy.  Rhya has a hidden compulsion to protect weaker individuals.  She becomes involved in the same conflict as Corr, and the two become very close as they work to solve a great problem.  Rhya is a good dancer and a great conversationalist.  I would be delighted to spend all my time within range of her cheery disposition.

I like several of the other characters.  I modeled Ralph Mäkinen after a close friend who had a good heart, a great sense of humor, and who was the All City Amateur Golden Gloves boxing champion.  Allysen Olykden is the older but beautiful, wise, and sympathetic friend we would all like to have.  I also like Aaron Li for beneath a dark calculating exterior, Li is a dedicated humanitarian.  And I could go on.

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them?  Does doing this help you or bother you?
I am interested in the methods used by other writers.  I am often impressed with the new ideas and techniques they use to compose scenes and handle interactions.  For me, looking behind the writing curtain adds an extra dimension that usually enriches the story.

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?
I like many types of music, but I prefer silence when I write.

Question: What do you eat while writing?
I sip coffee, but take a break when I eat.

Five for Fun:
What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?
Water.  Someone said that drinking lots of water would help me keep my weight down.  Seems to work.

What is your favourite cartoon character?
Judge Doom the antagonist in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”  Doom is motivated and witty.  But, what does he do for fun.  Perhaps he golfs, bowls, or reads?

What is your favourite movie of all time?
I liked the Blues Brothers, but have to pick “The Long Kiss Goodnight.”  After both lead characters are tortured, beaten and wounded in various ways, Gina Davis, staggering, dripping blood, eyes black, crawls into a car shakily steered by Samuel Jackson who is just as messed up.  As Jackson weaves away, he asks Davis if she is all right, and she manages, “Are you stupid?”  My kind of humour.

What do you like to do for fun or just to relax?
I like to chase animals around with my camera, but I also like to go dancing, drinking, and camping. I have read thousands of books.  I like movies and plays, and I am a fan of Red Dwarf, West Wing, and Dexter.

Question: Where can we find you on the web?
My Website
Amazon Author Page
Facebook Page
Google+ Page

Google+Community
Google Scholar
Goodreads

LibraryThing
LinkedIn
Pinterest
StumbleUpon
Twitter

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Saskia Book Tour: Garry Rogers – Corr Syl The Warrior

Introducing Garry Rogers, author of “Corr Syl The Warrior“.

Garry Rogers - Corr Syl The Warrior Tour 1

The Book: Corr Syl The WarriorGarry Rogers - Corr Syl The Warrior 1
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.

Wycliff Map
Garry Rogers - Wycliff Map 1

Where you can purchase this book?
eBook
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Paperback
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Createspace

About the Author
Garry Rogers Garry Rogers 1has 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.

Where to Find Garry
Goodreads
Facebook
Google +

Twitter
Blog

Interview

Question: What have you published recently?
Fiction:  “Corr Syl the Warrior” (ISBN:  978-1484989890)
Nonfiction:  “Arizona Wildlife Notebook” (ISBN:  978-1480096509)
I also contribute articles on wildlife conservation for my website, local news media, government agencies, and others.  For instance, I just wrote a walking tour of a local stream habitat for schoolchildren.

Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?
My middle and high school teachers encouraged me to write.  After high school, my education and subsequent careers in science and business required a great deal of writing.  I published several nonfiction science books and hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed science journals and scientific conference proceedings.  Learning to write fiction has been a stimulating challenge.

Question:  Why switch to fiction?
Much of my work in science focuses on desert vegetation.  Houses and roads are steadily obliterating the sites I study.  As the vegetation habitat is lost, the wildlife declines.  In my state, public agencies report that over half of native wildlife species are tending toward extinction.  Land use planners could avoid many of the human impacts on vegetation.  With a novel, I can reach a wider audience than the scientists who read my technical work.

Question: Where can we find your published writing?
Amazon now, and other bookstores in a few weeks.  Google Scholar has a more complete list of my published work, and my website “About” page has an exhausting list.

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?
Feed the cats, make coffee, write, exercise, feed birds and ducks, do a little landscape maintenance, write some more, read.

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created?  Tell us about them.
Corr Syl is a talented young warrior in a society dominated by much older individuals.  Wanting to avoid responsibility, but always willing to help, Corr agrees to investigate a murder and a minor invasion by a dangerous species.  Corr’s preference would be to go on a long trip with another warrior named Rhya Bright.  Instead, he becomes a key figure in a conflict and must see it through.  Corr likes to have fun with friends, likes to tell stories, and wants to be a comedian.  He has trouble with timing, however, and his jokes tend to elicit groans instead of laughs.

Rhya Bright, a warrior in training, and even younger than Corr Syl, is attracted to Corr.  She hides her interest because of pride and determination to form intimate relationships only with equals, not superiors.  Among her martial skills, Rhya excels in archery and battle strategy.  Rhya has a hidden compulsion to protect weaker individuals.  She becomes involved in the same conflict as Corr, and the two become very close as they work to solve a great problem.  Rhya is a good dancer and a great conversationalist.  I would be delighted to spend all my time within range of her cheery disposition.

I like several of the other characters.  I modeled Ralph Mäkinen after a close friend who had a good heart, a great sense of humor, and who was the All City Amateur Golden Gloves boxing champion.  Allysen Olykden is the older but beautiful, wise, and sympathetic friend we would all like to have.  I also like Aaron Li for beneath a dark calculating exterior, Li is a dedicated humanitarian.  And I could go on.

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them?  Does doing this help you or bother you?
I am interested in the methods used by other writers.  I am often impressed with the new ideas and techniques they use to compose scenes and handle interactions.  For me, looking behind the writing curtain adds an extra dimension that usually enriches the story.

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?
I like many types of music, but I prefer silence when I write.

Question: What do you eat while writing?
I sip coffee, but take a break when I eat.

Five for Fun:
What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?
Water.  Someone said that drinking lots of water would help me keep my weight down.  Seems to work.

What is your favourite cartoon character?
Judge Doom the antagonist in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”  Doom is motivated and witty.  But, what does he do for fun.  Perhaps he golfs, bowls, or reads?

What is your favourite movie of all time?
I liked the Blues Brothers, but have to pick “The Long Kiss Goodnight.”  After both lead characters are tortured, beaten and wounded in various ways, Gina Davis, staggering, dripping blood, eyes black, crawls into a car shakily steered by Samuel Jackson who is just as messed up.  As Jackson weaves away, he asks Davis if she is all right, and she manages, “Are you stupid?”  My kind of humour.

What do you like to do for fun or just to relax?
I like to chase animals around with my camera, but I also like to go dancing, drinking, and camping. I have read thousands of books.  I like movies and plays, and I am a fan of Red Dwarf, West Wing, and Dexter.

Question: Where can we find you on the web?
My Website
Amazon Author Page
Facebook Page
Google+ Page

Google+Community
Google Scholar
Goodreads

LibraryThing
LinkedIn
Pinterest
StumbleUpon
Twitter

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Featured Author of the Week 18th June

Author Spotlight: Roxanna Rose
The Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Writers and Reviewers Group Featured Author of the week


About the Author
Roxanna RoseRoxanna Rose is a California native with a deep connection to her Ulster Heritage. Fascinated by Myths and Legends from cultures around the world, she enjoys creating YA & Fantasy novels steeped in their mysteries. “Desires: A Legacy Novel” is the first in a series based on Celtic Myth & Legend. “Malevolence: A Legacy Novel” will be released later this year along with “She Who Watches,” an Urban Fantasy novel based on the Native American legend. Roxanna divides most of her time between her writing and her career as a Veterinary Technician and Wildlife Rehabilitator.

Where to Find Roxanna
Goodreads
Website
Twitter
Facebook
UltimateFantasyBooks
Pinterest

 

Books
Roxanna Rose - Desires (A Legacy Novel #1)Desires (A Legacy Novel)

What if your entire race were created by the ancient Celtic God, Dagda to please his beloved daughter, Brighid, who gifted your maternal bloodline with a spark of her soul? Now you’re given the task of living in the mortal realm to bring the gift of the Arts to the mortals she loves; while being relentlessly hunted by the Goddess of the Killing Rage to satisfy a deadly desire for Otherworldly vengeance.
Just before Eléan’s seventeenth birthday, the Goddess of Lust & Rage, along with the Immortal she created, destroyed her sheltered life. Now, an object of possession by mortals and immortals alike; Eléan must learn to control her legacy and, with the two warriors that love her, save the Goddess Brighid by protecting the small flame of Immortal soul that lives within her.

Liam and James have been friends…brothers…since they were children. Now the Otherworld has been released into the Mortal Realm leaving a bloody path of terror in its desire for vengeance. It’s coming for Eléan, a woman they both love and would die to protect. Will the Otherworld destroy their bond…or will their love for Eléan give them the strength to fight what’s coming?

Forced into the service of the Goddess Morrigan and made immortal, Greagoir must be the vessel for the Goddess’ uncontrollable lust and killing rage. Eléan is the key. After all these centuries, all that stands in his way are two mortal warriors gifted by a goddess and a young woman’s desire to survive.

Where to Buy
Abbott Press
Barnes and Noble
Powell’s Books
AmazonUS
AmazonUK

AmazonCA

Malevolence (A Legacy Novel, #2)
This book scheduled for release in the latter half of 2013

Saskia Book Tour: Donna Hawk – Where Darkness Walks

Introducing Donna Hawk, author of “Where Darkness Walks (Mortgatha Trilogy Book 1)”:

Where Darkness Walks (Mortgatha Trilogy Book 1) by Donna HawkClarie’s world is about to change for the darker. Rand broke up with her at the prom, she uncovers a secret in the hidden back of an armoire, and she meets Patrick, who is determined to help her forget her broken heart.

As Clarie evades classmate Bulldog’s stalking, she and Patrick explore the dark halls of an abandoned cement plant. After following Clarie and Patrick deep inside the cement plant, Bulldog confronts Clarie as he fights with Patrick. When she is accidentally pushed against a set of dark doors into the shadow realm of Mortgatha, everything she fears is set into motion to keep her away from her beloved Earth world.

Even with Patrick’s help, the doorway home moves randomly, evil characters beset them at every turn, and the way home seems farther away than ever. Continue reading

Book of the Month May 2013

The Fantasy and Horror Writers of Goodreads Group Book of the Month:
Tethers (The Tethers Trilogy Book 1) by Jack Croxall.

Blurb
In the wake of a cold Victorian wTethers (The Tethers Trilogy Book 1) by Jack Croxallinter, Karl Scheffer and Esther Emerson discover an anonymous journal filled with strange passages and bizarre scribblings.

The journal soon draws them into a covert and sinister conspiracy, a conspiracy centred around an otherworldly artefact with the power to change everything … Continue reading