Twisted Destiny – cover reveal – Rachel Walter 

SURPRISE!!!!It might not be the news you all want, but it’s the best Rachel gavd at the moment.

No release date set yet, but this knowledge will be ready soon.

Happy Friday everyone! 
   
 
Here is where I squeal with how pretty it is!! While you wait, start with Book 1 – True Connection – it’s 99 pennies!! 

http://www.amazon.com/True-Connection-Soul-Mate-Series-ebook/dp/B00DX5TA6Y?ie=UTF8&keywords=True%20connection%20Rachel%20Walter&qid=1458928056&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1
Cover Design: Regina Wamba Mae I Design And Photography

Book Blurb: 

Twisted Destiny (The Soul Mate Series) book three
“I’ve never been free.”


Being the new girl is a common occurrence for Aisling Hawley. As an Amaranthine, moving was normal. People would notice when she didn’t age, so her mother kept a job that required traveling.


Aisling thought she was just starting over, but being new in Lupiterra is a whole different world to her. Finding her soul mate and then forced into a role as savior of a demon race was never part of her plan. All she wanted to do was watch horror flicks, avoid making friends, and do her own thing like any normal Amaranthine teenager.


Aisling must rely on her own instincts to save herself and her soul mate. Can she escape the dangers of her own mind before evil consumes her?




*** This is book number 3 in this series. Please note that it is suggested to read the series in sequential order. ***
This novel is intended for mature YA readers 15 +

Meet Author Olivia Kelly

The awesome Olivia Kelly agreed to do an interview with me. Sit back and catch up with her.  I am currently reading one of her books called The Lady and the Duke. 🙂

 

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Bio:
Olivia Kelly writes all sorts of things, in between chasing her children around their small section of North Carolina and drinking copious amounts of Coke Zero. The stories run the gamut from historical fiction to urban fantasy, but they always include kissing.

My website: http://oliviakellyauthor.weebly.com/

You can find me on

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/olivia.kelly.10

Twitter: OliviaKelly_

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/oliviakelly1800/

C- What’s your current project? Tell us a little about it.

O. – I have several current projects, because I am a maniac.
My Regency romance novella, Look to the Stars, is coming out in May (Dismissing the Duke ~When the Duke Comes to Town) in a historical romance anthology. Miriam Rosenbaum is a Jewish American heiress who would much rather study the stars than get married. Leopold Blakeley will someday be an earl, though he’d much rather… not. His great-uncle, the Duke of Danby, has come to Town for the season and is making his life difficult, sneakily marrying off all of Leo’s cousins. He’s afraid he’ll be next, and with good reason. To forestall the duke’s efforts, Leo chooses to give the appearance of courting his mother’s old friend’s daughter. He knows he’s in no danger of her WANTING to marry him, after all, so it’s a brilliant plan. If only she would cooperate!

I’m writing several comic scripts, a few of which are on submission right now. I think I still have two poems out on sub as well.

C- What has been your favorite scene to write so far?

O. – In Look To The Stars, it’s the scene where Leo is attempting to subtly maneuver Mimi into accompanying him to Hyde Park, where rumor can convey the news of his courtship to the duke. Unfortunately for him, she’s much more interested in finding a way to visit the Royal Observatory, and confer with the scientists working there. After intense negotiations, they agree to do both, but of course it doesn’t work out the way either had hoped.

C- Who or what has inspired your writing?

O. There are so many authors I love that, when I read their books, it makes me excited to write. And my head is constantly filled with “What If” questions, especially when music is on. I get a lot of inspiration from songs, even ones that are radically different from the genre/media I’m writing at the time.

C- What is your biggest goal with your writing?

O. To tell my stories. Sure, money is nice and I’m kind of need it to survive, but I’d just like to get my stories out where they can be read. I have no desire or plan to top lists, to be honest.

C- Do you have any pre-writing rituals?

O. – Not really. I do listen to a LOT of music, and I like to set up a playlist for every WIP. But I listen to music constantly anyway!

C – What is the weirdest location you’ve ever written at?

O. – In the bath, using my kid’s travel lap tray to hold up my notebook! I’ve also written in many a doctor’s waiting room.

C – How do you handle writer’s block?

O. – I’ve learned to differentiate between writer’s block and depression. That was key for me. I don’t necessarily get writer’s block, as most know it. But I am manic depressive, so I have symptoms that mimic it at times. Learning to not be angry and frustrated at myself for not being able to write is my biggest struggle. I’m still working on that! But I’ve found if I push myself too hard when I’m suffering a low, it only makes it worse. I’ve had to learn to be very honest with myself, for self-care. Am I’m depressed? Or am I being lazy because it’s Sunday morning and I don’t waaaaaanna write?

C- How much research was involved in your latest piece and how did you tackle it?

O. – Some research is always required when you write historical fiction, if you’re not making the world up wholesale. Thankfully, this is a time period and a world (The Duke of Danby) I’ve written in before. So… not much! I do a lot of research on small things, I find. Something like that turns out to be only one line could take me an hour of reading science websites, for instance. But even in writing fiction, it’s important to get your facts straight!

C- Are you a panser or a plotter?

O. – A bit of both? I generally plot an outline and I always do a character bible. I’ll write up a summary as well. That can change though, as I write the story, so it’s usually adjusted later. With Look To The Stars, it was harder because we have preorder buttons. So I actually have to STICK to my outline this time! Horrors!

C –  What has been your biggest learning experience so far in your career?

O. – Even when Indie pubbing, if you’re working with others, use a contract. Always get a contract when it involves money and a creative endeavor. Even if you’re working with friends. ESPECIALLY if you’re working with friends.

C –  Is there anything you wish you were told prior to writing or publishing?

O. – I’m lucky, in that, as a baby writer I fell in with a group of very successful authors. They really showed me how the industry works, both in Indie and traditional publishing. I felt like I had a good handle on what might happen, before I published my first story.

C-  What’s next for you?

O. – Possibly more historical romance, but after Look To The Stars, I’ll be concentrating on my comic scripts. I have one that I’m polishing now that I’m probably going to be putting together a creative team for pitching, to Indie pub. And always more submissions! Keep moving forward.

C-  What do you like best about writing romance, fantasy ?

O. – There’s romance in everything I write. Everything. The overall genre might be coded something else, like urban fantasy, but it’s always there. I think I just love the idea of Love. That one big one, the one that knocks you down, then lifts you up. And all the messy, angsty, complicated fun that leads up to Love.

C-  Is there another genre you have tried writing?

O. – I think the only genre I HAVEN’T written in is Mystery/Thriller. My brain just doesn’t think like that!

C – Have you taken any writing classes? If so, share those experiences.

O. – Other than in school, no. As anyone who has ever edited me would be quick to tell you.

C- Is there any talent or skill you wish you were better at within the writing/publishing process?

O. – EVERYTHING. I like Indie pubbing for the independence, but I HATE the Indie pubbing process. I’m terrible at it. I can’t seem to get the hang of converting files and uploading and yada yada, no matter how many times I do it. It’s always a struggle. As far as writing, I’m never satisfied. It’s a blessing, because I’m always pushing myself to do better this time. But it’s also a curse, because I’m never 100% happy with what I produce. I think many people feel like way, though, no matter what career they chose!

C – Have your parents read your work?

O. – YES. My mom isn’t a fan of my stories usually, not because she thinks I suck (um, I hope), because she only reads Mystery. Which, you know, is the only genre I DON’T WRITE. But my dad, who reads everything, always reads my work. He’s a pretty decent copy edits beta, lol!

C – What made you decide to self-publish or traditionally publish?

O. – When I wrote my first (and only) full length novel, I decided to send in the first chapter to a Romance Writers of America chapter contest. Much to my shock, I won in Historical Romance. I half-heartedly sent it to a few agents, got a few requests, got some rejections. I even sent it in to a publisher and got a nice detailed rejection explaining that they had just acquired a manuscript like mine, so sorry, best of luck. After some inner debate on sending it out more, or revising the hell out of it, I decided to shelve that project. I felt like I’d put so much time into that novel, every time I went back to work on it, I was only making it more of a mess.
Then came the offer to self-pub a novella in an anthology, with many of the authors I’m working with in THIS upcoming anthology. I decided to try it, and it worked out well. We topped some Amazon lists, which was fun, and it still provides me income about four or five years later. That was the experience that showed me, hey, I might be able to actually do this as an Indie author. I liked the idea of not being beholden to anyone other than myself. If I Indie pub, ultimately I rise or fall on my own.

I have sold a short story to Fireside Fiction (who are awesome), and that was also a good experience. So, I’m not opposed to a more traditional publishing route, I’m just very cautious about giving up any part of my independence and creative freedom.

C- What scares you the most?

O. – Failing myself, failing to meet my own standards. Trust me, they are higher than anyone else’s expectations of me ever could be. I just want to make art I can be proud of, really.

C- When did you start to feel like an author?

O. – I’ll let you know when that hits. Lol… No, but I truly still don’t feel like an author. A writer, yes, that’s a title I’ll own gladly. Maybe I’m reluctant to use author to describe myself because I’ve only published short stories and novellas so far? Which is silly, because I consider others who make a career out of writing the same to be authors. This is the downside to being friends with so many novel writers! You have weird self-expectations.

C – Have you ever acted out a scene to see if it worked? Share a funny or embarrassing story about acting it out.

O. – I haven’t! But I do read it out loud at times, ONLY in the safety of my home office.

C- Which poets or authors have influenced you in your own writing?

O. – Oh, Lord. Too many!
If we’re talking historical romance, I’d say Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, Sarah Maclean, and Courtney Milan are my biggest influences. If I could write half as well as those ladies, I would be satisfied.They write lush, gorgeous novels and novellas.
In comics? Nearly everything I read. The ones I’ve learned the most from, however, are The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Hellboy, Ed Brubaker’s run of The Winter Soldier, Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye, Bombshells, and Loki: Agent of Asgard.Just this weekend I picked up both Faith and Mockingbird, and LOVED them. Those are two comics I can’t wait to read more of.

If you’d like to pre-order go here!

Here is the preorder page for Dismissing the Duke (When the Duke Comes to Town): http://www.amazon.com/Dismissing-Duke-When-Comes-Town-ebook/dp/B01CW8BRQS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

This was a great interview! Thank you so much Olivia!

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J.B. Rockwell – Author interview

I just finished J.B. Rockwell’s Serengeti, and a day later I am still in awe and blown away.  We planned an interview and this is the time to do it! You’ll learn a little about Serengeti and then learn more about her as an author.  Sit back and enjoy and DEFINITELY go BUY Serengeti!

 

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Links:
Website: http://www.jenniferbrockwell.com
Twitter: @Rockwell_JB
Facebook: Www.facebook.com/RockwellJB
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/JBRockwell

Let’s start with a bit about Serengeti 

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C. What was your inspiration for Serengeti?

J.B. – Ha! I got asked this in my recent Author Spotlight on Reddit Books (/r/books: https://www.reddit.com/r/books/comments/4835b6/hi_everyone_im_jb_rockwell_author_of_serengeti_a/) Serengeti started from a single line: “She dreamed of dying–of dying, but never of death.” That line came to me one day but I didn’t know what to do with it, so I tucked it away for a while until this idea of a dying spaceship came to me. SERENGETI was just a short story called INFINITY then–one I got published in the INFINITE SCIENCE FICTION ONE anthology–but a few people mentioned they want more so…voila! The short story became a book!

C.  I loved every part but had a particular liking for a few cute robots, who or what Inspired their characters?

J.B. – WALL-E (obviously) and the tank robots from Ghost in the Shell, a little bit of R2D2. The rest is a hodge-podge of robots from anime and books and movies, and dreams of snarky but cute AIs.

C- I know you’ve said you didn’t mean to make somd readers cry, but what is your reaction to that? I mean I cried!!

J.B. – I’m proud on the one hand–shows I struck a chord and invested the story with a lot of emotion–and apologetic on the other. I wanted the story to be impactful and for the reader to feel Serengeti’s struggle but I honestly didn’t mean to make you guys cry.

C- What do you want your readers to know about this book?

J.B. – I wasn’t sure hard core sci-fi fans would take to it. An AI warship as the main character was a gamble. A female AI warship as the main character was a gamble. And then there’s the fact that it starts out all pew-pew-pew space battles and then changes and becomes very close and personal. I worried people would like the first part and ditch the book when they hit the second. From the reviews, they got it though, and love Serengeti every bit as much as I do.

C –  I hear Serengeti is coming to audio, can you tell us about that process? Voice actors and such?

J.B. – Yes! Tantor Audio just bought the rights. They have a hundred or do voice narrators in their catalogue and sent me samples of a few they selected for SERENGETI. Elizabeth Wiley was my favorite and first choice. Luckily I got her and the audio book is scheduled to be out on April 26, 2016.

Go get Serengeti today!  

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BG8OHXU?keywords=serengeti%20jb%20rockwell&qid=1458000789&ref_=sr_1_1&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

Now more interview!! 🙂 WOOHOO!!

C – What’s your current project? Tell us a little about it.

J.B. – A sequel to SERENGETI! I’m still finalizing the name so we’ll just call it SERENGETI II for now. I don’t want to give too much away, but it picks up where SERENGETI left off and answers some of the unanswered questions readers have been asking about

C – What has been your favorite scene to write so far?

J.B. – The TWO flashback scenes with Serengeti and Henricksen. I loved showing the two of them together, just talking one on one, being very open and honest with each other when the crew aren’t around. I wrote them both in one sitting, didn’t even need to edit them.

C –  Who or what has inspired your writing?

J.B. – So many writers–far too many to count. Pretty much every book I’ve read has influenced my writing, even the bad ones. But I’d say the works of C.J. Cherryh and Neal Asher influenced my own style and content the most. And my Dad. He introduced me to sci-fi and fantasy, and the first books I read were from his personal collection.

C- What is your biggest goal with your writing?

J.B. – To keep improving and coming up with fresh ideas. I’d love to land a big 6 publishing contract someday, quit the day job and write for a living but that’s a long shot. Right now I’m just happy promoting SERENGETI. I’d also like to qualify for the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). That would make me feel all writerly and official.

C- Do you have any pre-writing rituals?

J.B. – Nah. I’m not really into the whole ritual thing. I usually only have time to write on the weekends so I run, eat, grab myself a hot drink and settle down to pound away at the keys.

C –  What is the weirdest location you’ve ever written at?

J.B. – A bike race. My husband races as a Cat 1 cyclist and I print off my work sometimes and edit it while waiting in the feed zone (usually a thin strip of grass on the side of some road) for him to come by for a drink.

C-  How do you handle writer’s block?

J.B. – I go for a walk or a run–anything that involves getting outside and away from a computer. Nine times out of ten that helps me shake things loose and figure out where to go. And if it doesn’t, I got outside and got some fresh air. Win-win!

C – How much research was involved in your latest piece and how did you tackle it?

J.B. – Not much. That’s what I like about speculative fiction: it’s all about imagination, picking and choosing from things you know and have been exposed to and bringing them all together. Most of my research was for the science details (distances in space, how close you’d need to be to a star to get much energy out of it, that kind of thing) and even then I had back-up in the form of kickass beta reader and fellow author Mike Kalar who helped clean up my science fails.

C- Are you a panser or a plotter?

J.B. – I’m a total pantser (which autocorrect always tries to change to ‘panther’). I have huge respect for people who outline everything up front but that just doesn’t work for me. I figure out the major plot points, how it begins and how it ends, and then I just crack my knuckles and start typing, figure it all out as I go along.

C-  What has been your biggest learning experience so far in your career?

J.B. – I published a couple of books with another small publisher and the experience was…disappointing. I learned a ton about what not to do from that publisher and also leveled up my editing powers because they really didn’t provide much of anything. Ultimately that entire experience really helped me. Now I’m trying to use what I learned to help others.

C- Is there anything you wish you were told prior to writing or publishing?

J.B. – Yes! Many things, starting with Just how many authors are out there trying to get published and how long everything takes in publishing. I was so naive when I started out and thought it would all be so easy. I could have saved my self a lot of frustration if I knew more before I started. On the other hand, if I had known, I might never have started writing…

C-  What’s next for you?

J.B. – Finish SERENGETI II! I’m also writing a few short stories and trying to get those published. Short stories are fun and a great break from novel writing. They also help expand your fan base and reach new readers.

C- What do you like best about writing scifi?

J.B. – The creativity of it. Technology is advancing so rapidly that literally anything is possible. Sci-fi lets you see new worlds and new peoples, imagine fantastical spaceships and super-powered beings. Whatever future you want or fear can be yours in just a few pages. Plus spaceships and pew-pew-pew!

C-  Is there another genre you have tried writing?

J.B. I’ve written fantasy, light horror and steampunk. All are fun and creative but I think my sci-fi work is my best, and the stories I mist enjoy.

C – Have you taken any writing classes? If so, share those experiences

J.B. – No. Not one. I’d like to someday so I don’t feel like I’m always faking it but right now my writing is all trial and error and learned from practicing and observing.

C- Is there any talent or skill you wish you were better at within the writing/publishing process?

J.B. – I REALLY wish I could draw so I could do concept art and such to go with my books. I have zero artistic skill, but luckily I have a couple of graphic artist friends I can call on for designs. Check out the Crowhammer tab on my website for instance (http://www.jenniferbrockwell.com/crowhammer-chronicles.html). My friend Jenny Haines drew that beautiful otter pic based on a character I developed for a series of short stories.

C- Have your parents read your work?

J.B. – My mom isn’t into speculative fiction, so no. My Dad read my first ever book (part of the fantasy trilogy I mentioned) but sadly he passed away a year and a day before SERENGETI was published so he never got to read it. I think he would have liked it, though, and SERENGETI will always remind me of him.

C-  What made you decide to traditional publish?

J.B – I’m lazy 🙂 Self-publishing is a TON of work between editing and cover design, marketing, etc. and I just didn’t think I could do it all on my own. Traditional publishing takes care of a lot of that or at least helps out and I really like having that support and distribution structure backing me. I know writers who have been VERY successful self-publishing, though, so that’s not a route to rule out.

C- What scares you the most?

J.B. – Running out of ideas. A typical adult spec fic book is 90,000 to 100,000 and that’s a lot of plot to work out and make interesting. Each time I finish a book I wonder if I’ll ever have another good idea again.

C-  Have you ever acted out a scene to see if it worked? Share a funny or embarrassing story about acting it out.

J.B. – ALL THE TIME. My husband makes fun of me because I’ll be typing along and then stop dead and start waving my hands and making funny faces as I try to act out what’s going on in the scene. Luckily I’ve never done this in public but my cats do look annoyed and disgusted at times…

C – Which poets or authors have influenced you in your own writing?

J.B. – C.J. Cherryh and Neal Asher without a doubt. Also Elizabeth Bear and Ursula Le Guin. Plus my Inkbot buddies in my writing group all of whom are awesome in their own way. We swap beat reads, share successes and frustrations and make each other better writers just by interacting. INKBOTS FOR LIFE!

What a great interview!! 🙂  Thank you!

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