Sunday, April 20, 2014

Juli D. Revezzo Interview


Juli, tell us a little bit about you! Hi, Gary, thanks for having me. Well, let’s see what can I tell you? I’m a Florida girl with a love of Arthurian legends and good stories. I have a degree in art history and English Lit. I also love movies and music. I also dabble in photography and gardening.



Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books? The Antique Magic series is dark fantasy or sometimes called supernatural or paranormal fantasy. The series, beginning with The Artist’s Inheritance and continuing through Drawing Down the Shades, is about a couple living in Gulf Breeze Florida–Caitlin and her husband Trevor—who owe a debt to the Welsh Gods. They also run an antique store and deal with various ghosts that come to them for help from time to time. Sometimes they accidentally get too wrapped up in the ghosts’ troubles and it’s up to Caitlin and her coven to get them out. ;) When and how, well, you’ll have to read the series to find out! If you’d like to, my books are available on AmazonBarnes and NobleSmashwords, and Createspace.

When did you start writing? I’ve been making up stories practically my whole life. I didn’t get serious about writing until I was in high school, though.

Why do you write? Why do I write? I’ve always made stories up; writing them down makes them permanent.

What would be your choice for a superpower?Foreknowledge. I think it would be useful to know some thing’s ahead of time, so one can avoid stupid mistakes. ;) Also, Teleportation: I like traveling, but wouldn’t it be great to be able to teleport places?



Who is your favorite author? Fantasy author Michael Moorcock, up and coming historical romance and Fantasy author S.G. Rogers is a favorite. Urban Fantasy author Kim Harrison, paranormal cozy author Juliet Blackwell, too, and classic British author Virginia Woolf. I’d love to write like her, but …no way could anyone get away with that style now.

What are you reading now?I’m doing research for a book idea I’m kicking around so lots of historical tomes. I’m currently reading Seeking Pleasure in the Old West by David Dary and a few others. As to fiction, I’m enjoying Heritage Avenged by indie fantasy author Marsha A. Moore and Dark Oracle by Alayna Williams.

Who is your favorite character to write? It’s a toss-up between my main character Caitlin and her friend, the witch Beryl. Beryl’s a lot of fun to write. Knows all kinds of things about magic and the gods that Caitlin hasn’t learned yet, and she’s got a heck of a sense of humor.

Do you have a writing process? Depending on the story, I’ll start by writing as much of the idea down as I can, sometimes that’s a paragraph, sometimes, it’s a whole chapter. Then, if necessary, I’ll do some research, enough to get me started. I’ll probably bounce the idea off my writing pals, and just pick at it until it grows. 

What advice would you give to an aspiring author? Don’t waffle around. If you want to be a writer, stick your butt in the chair now, and start writing.



What inspired you to pursue writing?I’ve been telling stories since I was a kid, that just turned into writing them down and crafting them into books.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing?Right now I’m addicted to the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time. My favorite movies are …many—maybe too many to list them all! But if you twisted my arm I’d say Excalibur, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Fiddler on the Roof, I Am Legend, Star Trek: Wrath of Khan, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, and so many more. J

What are your current projects?I’m working several things: I’m about to release a paranormal romance called Changeling’s Crown sometime this summer, I hope. I’m also working on the next instalment(s) in the Antique Magic series. I also have a paranormal romance series I’m working on with a small publisher (Harshad Wars). I’m revising the second volume in that series right now and I have a historical romance I’m kicking around. So, my stove has lots of stuff on its burners. :)

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?I hope they enjoy my books, and if they do, please review them. If they’d like to know more about my work they can find snippets and tidbits on my site: http://julidrevezzo.com


Quick Fire:Cats or dogs? I don’t have either right now, but between them, I’d have to say I’ve owned more dogs.
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Favorite food? : Italian food
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Vanilla
What are 3 things you never leave home without? A pen, something to write on, and my keys.
Laptop or desktop? Both. It helps the carpal tunnel to switch around.
Who are 3 famous people you would to hang out with? Ann and Nancy Wilson, and either Samuel Taylor Coleridge or Virginia Woolf.
TV or Movies? Movies. Though it’s nice to see more paranormal and fantasy based shows on television these days, I prefer movies. as I guess you can tell from my list above.

Thanks again for having me.
:)






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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beginnings Omnibus Price Redux


Hello all! In appreciation of readers, I have recently reduced the price of the Beginnings Ominubus for a limited time! Through the rest of April only, the Beginnings Omnibus will be available on Amazon for $5.99! And if you don't have a kindle, you can easily download the kindle app right here!

It contains Wothlondia Rising (Which is currently FREE in Ca, US and UK on Amazon), Covenant of the Faceless Knights, Secrets of the Ebonite Mines AND The Legend of Ashenclaw novella, the book that started it all! All four books are contained within this massive tome of over 800 pages!




I have enrolled the book in the KDP Select program and it is available to borrow for FREE if you are an Amazon Prime member! Enjoy!

Also, don't forget to sign up for the Goodreads giveaway of my zombie apocalyptic new novel, Wake The Dead! I am giving away 2 signed copies on June 8, 2014 for anyone in the US and Canada! See the giveaway to the right of this post. Have a great week, everyone! 








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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cris Pasqueralle Interview


First off, tell us a little bit about you
I am a retired NYC police officer and I live on Long Island with my wife and two daughters. I'm Long Island born and bred, though at this stage the winters are getting to be a little much. I work part time and write wherever and whenever I can.

Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books?
My book, Destiny Revealed, is the first in a trilogy. It is a YA fantasy adventure novel that tells the story of 13 year old twins Jack and Maddie Austin, who find out they are wizards from the magical realm of existence. When their parents are kidnapped by the evil wizards Tardon, they are lead back to that realm by Uncle Benny, to rescue their parents and have their destiny revealed.

When did you start writing?
 I've been writing since grammar school, and I tried several years ago to go the traditional route, but it didn't work out. After I left the police department, my oldest daughter, Toniann, encouraged me to get back to writing.

Why do you write? 
There are several reasins I write. First, I think I have a story to tell. secondly, it's something I was born with, I don't think I could stop, and third, its fun.

What would be your choice for a superpower?
If I could have a superpower I think it would be flight. I'd love to just be able to soar to the skies whenever I wanted.

Who is your favorite author? 
J.K. Rowling , no doubt. The way she paced the Harry Potter books and had her writing grow with the audience is brilliant.

What are you reading now?
 Re-reading The Hobbit. With the movies I felt it was time to reconnect with the written story.

Who is your favorite character to write?
 Jack, my lead male. He's a lot like me at 13 and I love his strong nature and even the angry edge he carries.

Do you have a writing process? 
I still like putting pen to paper. the first draft has to be in a notebook, usually at night, with a little TV noise in the background.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
 My advice to any aspiring author would be to read anything and everything, not just in the genre you write in. And don't get discouraged. It takes courage to write something from your head and then put it out there for the world to criticize, most people don't have that kind of strength.

What inspired you to pursue writing?
Reading inspired me because I would read something and always feel like I could do that. The Destiny trilogy was inspired by children and their love for fantasy fiction.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing?
Currently, my favorite TV show is Vikings on the history channel. I love how they tell a historical story as a show and not a documentary.

What are your current projects?
Currently, I am working on books two and three in the destiny trilogy, but I have an idea for another series with a teenage psychic in the lead.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?
I'd like to say thank you to all those who have read my book, and to those who haven't please give it a try.


Quick fire: 1. Dogs, 2. Coffee, 3. Any Italian food 4. Chocolate ice cream, 5. Cell, a pen, and a notebook, 6. Desktop, 7. three famous people to hang out with, Billy Joel, J.K. Rowling, and Al Pachino, 8. TV






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Monday, March 31, 2014

Marshall Best Interview


First off, tell us a little bit about you

My wife, Tracey, and I have six great children ages 5-17. I live in Fishers, Indiana. I have learned to play piano, marimba and bagpipes, love airplanes, target shoot, fish and write. Mostly writing.
I am the grandson of the founder of Best Lock Corporation and served there as VP of Manufacturing. The Best family is no longer involved and I now own my own business, Marshall Best Security Corporation, which competes against the old company. I have a great Best Lock memorabilia collection and occasionally speak at lock collectors meetings. It is a great heritage. If you cut me, I bleed locks.
I love history. My usual fare is autobiographies of WW I and WW II pilots, snipers, tankers. I also like all the Tom Clancy type novels.

I have read a boatload of ancient writers such as Diodorus Siculus, Pliny the Younger, and the Geography of Strabo from the Loeb Classical Library. As I read those, I made a note whenever something interesting was brought up, and I’ve made great use of these notes in writing this series.

Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books? The Guiamo Chronicles are a blend of Historical Fiction and Fantasy. Beginning in 60 B.C. Gaul, they follow young Guiamo from his abandonment on a dirt road at the age of ten to his days of glory battling men, gods and creatures in ancient England and Ireland.
The story line brings such wonderful legends into a historic setting. It gives people a chance to see how the legends we know today might have sprung up from actual ancient events. Legends often come from real life that is distorted in the telling over long periods of time.
I don’t always follow exactly the original stories, they are too convoluted, but I do try to portray key aspects of the mythical accounts in a way that it makes sense that what survives to us today could have been derived from what I describe.

When did you start writing? 

 Six years ago.

Why do you write and what inspired you to pursue writing? Like many other authors, I began writing fiction stories to entertain my children. My first stories were The Princess Meredith Bedtime Tales written for my then six year old daughter. They are available as an e-book collection. I then began a story for my son William. I think the question and answer from a previous interview explain it best.

If you could have any 1 person read your work who would it be and why? That would have to be my son William. He is the model for Guiamo, and if only he ever read the stories, I would be content because I wrote them simply to please him.

What would be your choice for a superpower?I’d be Tax Reduction Man flying through the stratosphere spreading prosperity across America.


Who is your favorite author? That’s a tough one. Tolkien has to be at the top, though I do like Bernard Cornwell very much. He speaks to the barbarian in me. I also enjoy the Frank Herbert Dune series.
The depth of Tolkien’s Middle Earth is astounding. He was a borrower of real and obscure history to flesh out details of his stories. For instance, I read somewhere that the dwarves Durin and Dwalin came from actual people named Durin and Dvalin. In like fashion, I found the names of two brothers, Fili and Kili , in an old leather-bound set of history books I own entitled “History of the Anglo-Saxons” by Sharon Turner (24 September 1768 – 13 February 1847), so I imagine Tolkien surely had a copy of this on his own shelf.

What are you reading now? Massacre at Tobruk, the British assault on Rommel, 1942 by Peter C Smith.


Who is your favorite character to write? Guiamo himself, of course. He’s not perfect, but he does his best to do right, he’s generous by nature, he hates to see wrong win out in the end and he’s not afraid to confront it boldly.

Do you have a writing process? Sit down to lunch, begin writing, eat, continue writing. Repeat at all social events, all available time.
On a more serious note, Guiamo began as “go with the flow”, but as the books developed, it has become more structured, though not to the point of formal outlines. I do know there will be nine books. I’m now in book 5 and I have pages and pages of notes of points to cover, genealogies, calendars to lay out key events and the like. What drives me nuts is that I can’t keep everything in my head, but what author can? When I write something that reflects on previous text, I have to go back and research the details. Oh bother. However, I know where I need to go in the plots of the remaining books.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author? Write a story that interests you and you can be passionate about. As it’s been said, if you’re not excited about your story, no one else will be either.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing? Sci-fi, action/adventure. I saw Star Wars 21 times when it first came out - it showed for 56 weeks in Indianapolis.

What are your current projects? I’m half way through book five in The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo. My oldest son says it’s the best of them all, and he loves them intensely. It’s possible I may write a few short stories in the near future for my two youngest. They would be Prince Cedric and Princess Emiline Tales.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?Rush right out in a buying frenzy.

Quick Fire:Cats or dogs? Hamsters
Coffee or tea? Hot chocolate
Favorite food? Ribeye Steak medium rare
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Chocolate
What are 3 things you never leave home without?
My keys (I’m a lock guy), My Guiamo notebook, kisses from my family
Laptop or desktop? Desktop
Who are 3 famous people you would to hang out with?
George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee
TV or Movies? Movies





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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Louisa Oakley Green Interview



First off, tell us a little bit about you, Louisa...
I've been a professional writer for more than 40 years, in a range of positions including newspaper reporter, magazine editor, public relations manager, creative director and science writer. Before meeting my husband more than 20 years ago, I was a strong skeptic about anything psychic. It just struck me as medieval superstition. Then, as fate would have it, I met, fell in love with and married a man who is a gifted psychic. In addition, many of his family are psychics as well, so I found myself surrounded. (None of them work as professional psychics; they hold regular jobs.) Over the years, I reluctantly began to realize that there might actually be something to psychic phenomena. I have no psychic ability, myself, so I refer to myself as a “psychic bystander.”

Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books?

My book, Loitering at the Gate to Eternity: Memoirs of a Psychic Bystander is a collection of more than 100 true paranormal stories from everyday people. I approached the subject matter as a professional journalist. I don’t try to tell readers what to believe. I just faithfully retell the stories of others. The book is also filled with information about different types of paranormal phenomena, how they have been viewed through history and studies that have been done in paranormal research.

When did you start writing? 

I had my first written piece published when I was 14, in a poetry anthology. My first paid professional job was at the age of 17, when I wrote a humor column for a local newspaper. But even as a grade school child, I was always writing stories for classmates, so I guess I have had a passion for writing as long as I can remember.

Why do you write? 

I write because I enjoy the process of writing. Most of my writing these days is in the scientific arena, but I also interview people for articles on everything from what it’s like to work in a rock band to the views of a professional college student who’s in her 90s. It’s fun posing questions you could never politely ask otherwise, and I have found that by listening to the experiences of others, you can learn a great deal about life.

What would be your choice for a superpower?
I would like to have the power to heal the sick, both physically and mentally—to relieve suffering in the world.

Who is your favorite author? 

Most of what I read is biographies and histories, so I am not sure I have a favorite author in those genres. However, in fiction, I suppose J.K. Rowling has my admiration for solid writing skills. For gritty realism and characterization in a fantasy, I admire George R.R. Martin. Among the older authors, I always liked the gentle humor of Roger Zelazny, and Kate Wilhelm is quite skilled in conveying a great deal in remarkably concise writing.

What are you reading now? 

I’m on the fourth book in The Game of Thrones series. Actually, I am waiting for my daughter to lend me the fourth volume. In the meantime, I’m reading a vintage Star Trek book titled Spock Messiah.

Who is your favorite character to write? 

I write nonfiction, so I don’t create characters, but I enjoy engaging in conversation with people I interview and listening to their personal stories.

Do you have a writing process? 

I just sit down and start writing. It’s a discipline and after all these decades it comes as naturally as breathing in and out.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author? 

Pursue your passion.

What inspired you to pursue writing?

My mother was a writer and she encouraged me to have fun with it.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing?

I don’t watch a great deal of current television. I watch old series on DVDs. My husband and I are now in the process of watching the entire run of FarScape. Before that, we watched the entire run of the original Star Trek and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

What are your current projects?

I am planning to begin work on my second book sometime this spring. In the meantime, I have book signings and lectures for my current book.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers? 

Be open-minded about life and about the books you read. I remember when I was in college that I was an ardent pacifist, so I took a History of Warfare class along with the ROTC candidates because I wanted to understand a different viewpoint. I learned not to be a fanatic. Few things in life are clear cut. No viewpoint works all the time. In the case of psychic phenomena, I definitely didn’t believe in them, but over the years, after many inexplicable experiences, my viewpoint has softened. Anything is possible and books offer the opportunity to broaden your experience through the eyes of others and deepen your understanding of the world around you.

Quick Fire:Cats or dogs? Cats
Coffee or tea? Tea
Favorite food? Duck
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Chocolate
What are 3 things you never leave home without? Cell phone, purse, car keys
Laptop or desktop? Laptop
Who are 3 famous people you would to hang out with? George Carlin, Tycho Brahe, Boadicea
TV or Movies? TV







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Friday, March 21, 2014

Wake The Dead Free This Saturday!


Wake the Dead is live on AMAZON and exclusively available through the KDP Select program. It will be going FREE this Saturday, 3/22/14 all day! I hope you enjoy it and if you happen to download a free copy, PLEASE try to leave a review!

(Again, this book is intended only for mature audiences)


When Alex's idyllic life becomes hell on earth in the face of a zombie apocalypse, his survival skills keep him one step ahead of danger. With the companionship of a lone wolf, Alex begins to accept this cruel existence, struggling at times to keep a moral compass, and setting out on a new quest of hope where he not only wants to survive, but also seeks to thrive in a world besieged by the living dead.







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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Zombies are coming...


I finally have a release date planned for Wake The Dead and will let everyone know that it will coincide with a FREE KDP select day! That's right, you can grab a copy of Wake The Dead for FREE on March 21, 2014 when it launches live on Amazon!

In celebration of the release, Chapter 2 is live on WattPad right now! Check it out! 



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Thursday, February 27, 2014

WAKE THE DEAD COVER REVEAL


Well, I have recently received the cover art from Carlos Cara, and am impressed. You should be, too. In all seriousness, it's pretty nice. 

And if you want to read the current Prologue and Chapter 1, have at it on WattPad! And do please sign up, follow me and vote for any of my works -- (if you would be so kind) -- and Wothlondia Rising is FREE there, too. 



Meet Alex and Shadow (the wolf) & a butt-load of zombies!





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Sunday, February 23, 2014

WAKE THE DEAD Chapter 1


Hello everyone! I am hoping that all of you have seen that Wothlondia Rising is Free on Amazon.com and many other places, and that I am doing a contest for a $25.00 Amazon gift card, of which three readers have already partaken. I would like to see everyone get involved, simply follow the details laid out for you here, and get reading! You have until April 1st.

Also, if you haven't heard yet, I have a new stand-alone novel coming out very soon, entitled Wake the Dead! It is a hardcore zombie apocalypse, which I am very excited to show you all, and well, I'll let you be the judge. 

So, with that last thought in mind, I have released another teaser on WattPad for Wake the Dead. 
Cover art Thumbnail for Wake the Dead by Carlos Cara


Chapter 1 as it stands now, is up on WattPad for the viewing. 

Please sign up for WattPad if you already have not (shameless plug: follow me & vote on my writings!) as it has oodles of amazing stories from thousands of authors for FREE! If you like to read, you should check it out.

And, as always, I hope to see you in Wothlondia in the near future! 





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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Win an Amazon Gift Card!


In an effort to get some reviews for my FREE book on Amazon.com, I am doing a contest that will go off on April 1st for a $25.00 Amazon gift card!


All you have to do is download the FREE book on amazon.com, WOTHLONDIA RISING, leave a review by the deadline of April 1, come back here and comment that you have left a review, along with the link for it. If the link is good and the review is legitimate, you are in! The wonderful news is that there have already been a great deal of downloads since the book went free in late January, so some of you may have already read it.

I will be using randomizing software from http://www.random.org/integers/ to generate the winner and pasting the screenshot on my blog along with the person's name. Anyone that has an AMAZON.COM account is eligible.

I would also like the reviews posted to Goodreads and Smashwords, too, which requires a cut and paste, though this is not required for the contest.

It's that simple, folks! All it requires is the time to read and review the book within the next month or so. And remember to come back and post a comment along with the link to the review on Amazon.com to get your name entered in the contest.

Comment #1 will be #1 with regards to the contest winner. Oh, and as a side note, if you decide to review more of my work within the time frame, post that too and double your chances of winning.

Good luck all and happy reading!

See you in Wothlondia...







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