Saturday, July 1, 2017

Books: Interview with Historian and Byzantinologist Konstantinos Karatolios



We had the pleasure of interviewing a Greek historian and expert in Byzantine history, who is also a writer, Konstantinos Karatolios. Read more to find out about the fascinating history that he brings to live in his book.

Living in Greece, you’re breathing history. Did your surroundings make you passionate about history?


You can say that. People in Greece love history. It is a topic to be discussed not only by experts but almost by everyone. 


Yes, your country is a live museum, so rich with culture and history. When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?


I’ve always wanted to write. Writing is about expressing yourself. Whether it is history, literature or just a letter to your beloved one, it can be creative and fun. Of course writing about science has its own rules, but I still enjoy it as much.


I agree. Writing is a wonderful form of expression. What is your favorite quote, and who wrote it?


Τον άρχοντα τριών δει μέμνησθαι: Πρώτον ότι ανθρώπων άρχει. Δεύτερον ότι κατά νόμους άρχει. Τρίτον ότι ουκ αεί άρχει. Αγάθων (Agathon), 450-400 b.c.. It means that those who rule must remember three things. That they rule over people, that they rule according to the law and that they will not rule for ever. I think that if all rulers followed his advice, our world would be a much better place to live in. 




That's for sure. A very interesting quote indeed. Who is your favorite historical figure? Why? 


If I had to choose one I would pick Constantine the Great. He was the founder of Constantinople and one can argue that with him starts Byzantine History as well. So in a way, we can say that he can be used as a symbol for this great civilization. 


That shows that you're totally into Byzantine history. What inspired you to write your book on Greek Fire? How did you research the topic? What is your target audience for the book?

The mystery surrounding this secret weapon and the fame it had gained through history was enough to intrigue me. I love researching Byzantine History, but this was a real challenge. I like working with the sources. I believe that it is the closer we can get to how the Byzantines actually thought. Of course you can’t just ignore what other researchers have wrote on the subject and I certainly didn’t. Although it is a scientific book, it is also written in a way that a wider audience that doesn’t know much about the era can read it too without difficulty.


It's a great book, and well researched. Readers who are familiar with "Game of Thrones" might also take an interesting in finding out more about this interesting topic. Why do you think it’s important to learn history? How do you think history impacts our lives and the world around us?


Everything around us is a product of a historical process. To understand our world is to understand how it has come to be this way. I think that History is a real brain opener.




There's so much we can learn from history. It's always been one of my favorite subjects. If you could choose a historical period to visit as a time traveler, where would you go and why?


I think that you already know the answer. Byzantium would be my target. It would be a chance to know if what we say is true, and I would be able to learn so much more. For now, the only time travel machine we have is called books though.


I'd have guessed this answer. With your extensive knowledge of historical periods and the Byzantine world, do you have plans to write fiction or historical fiction?


That would be nice. Time is always an issue, though. We don’t live long enough to do everything we like.


You could certainly write a very accurate time period fiction book! What are you working on currently and what are your writing plans for the future?


I’m working on a PhD regarding the education of the byzantine princes in the Middle Byzantine period. If we know what and how they learned it we might be able to know more about these future emperors.




It sounds like a fascinating topic. Is there anything else you'd like to share with the readers?


My book on Greek Fire is available in English and in Greek. It will also be available in Spanish and Portuguese soon. I hope it becomes an introduction for more people to get to know Byzantium. 

Congratulations! We wish you sucess with your PhD research and hope you write more books that tell the fascinating history of the Byzantine period.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Blog Tour: Medical Thrillers New Release! First Time Together In One Set! Available Today for #99cents! RT @JudithLucci #ASMSG #RPBP

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A multi-dimensional medical thriller series featuring Virginia-born nurse/attorney Alexandra Lee Destephano, Commander Jack Francoise of the New Orleans Police Department, and Dr. Robert Bonnet, Alex’s former husband and a prominent New Orleans surgeon. These thrilling books center on the characters as they encounter murder, malpractice, the supernatural and a serial killer in The Big Easy’s most famous hospital. Crescent City Chronicles, Alex Destephano Medical Thriller series, blends hospital drama, murder, romance, political intrigue, terrorism, and the grisly work of a serial killer.


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Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center (Book 1)
It's Mardi Gras in post-Katrina New Orleans. Thousands of tourists have flocked the city, paralyzed traffic and jammed the French Quarter with drunken crowds and garbage. City officials expect record crowds and the biggest boost to the Crescent City economy since the big storm. Alexandra Lee Destephano, legal counsel for Crescent City Medical Center, anticipates her third Mardi Gras Ball with her date, dashing art historian Mitch Landry. Things change quickly. Alex is stat-paged to the hospital and learns the wife of the Governor of Louisiana has been found unconscious and covered in blood in her hospital room. By the end of the day, murder and mayhem are the only things on Alex’s mind. 

The Imposter (Book 2)
It’s hotter than hell in New Orleans and Police Commander Jack Francoise is battling horrific crime in the Vieux Carre. At the Psychiatric Pavilion, nurses are doling out Thorazine Slurpees to the criminally insane and viciously psychotic patients in the South. Alexandra Destephano, legal counsel for the hospital, is troubled by safety issues and is working hard to protect patients and staff. The violence escalates and brutal beatings and murder become the order of the day as life in the Big Easy becomes uneasy.

Viral Intent: Terror in New Orleans (Book 3)
With POTUS and members of Congress in the Big Easy for a political convention, an unidentified killer virus in the Crescent City emergency room has physicians baffled, hospital staff frightened, and the CDC on their way to assist. When the first death from the virus is a Secret Service agent guarding the President, a terrorist attack is feared. Matters get worse with the murder of a prominent politician in the French Quarter. Alex and Jack join the CDC, FBI, and Secret Service to save the streets of New Orleans from disaster. 

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Music: Interview with Rock Star Ed Richwood

I often say that one of the coolest things about this blog is having the opportunity to meet and interview so many talented artists, and I'm really excited to introduce you to Ed Richwood, a rockstar whose voice reminds me of Chris Cornell's. Read on to find out more about him and listen to his music!

Please tell us a little about your background and where you are from.
I was born and grown up in Spain. And I basically spent most of my life surviving as a musician. A few years ago I moved to Berlin, here the art scene is really interesting.

That's cool! When did you realize you had a calling for music?

I was 9, it was a Saturday morning. I was listening to the radio laying on my bed, and then I heard a guitar riff (from The Cult). That sound just made me jump out of the bed with excitement, I was sucked into a vortex of excitement. Since then, I'm still hypnotized and high on that thrilling emotion of rock music. 

Wow, that's amazing. Since you mentioned The Cult, who was your greatest influence to follow in the music career? Why?
That's a really tough question. Honestly I don't know. When you love music you feel attracted and continually fascinated about many music. Still, it would be fair to say that I'm strongly influenced by Seattle's grunge (Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana...).



And your voice reminds me of Chris Cornell's... as I mentioned before. Do you also write the lyrics and compose the songs?
Yes. I just have fun doing it. I improvise the music most of the time and the lyrics are just words that feet the sounds. I don't have any ambition of writing great songs or lyrics, it's just a game. 

You're very skilled; improvising music is not that easy! When was the first time you performed live and how did you feel?
I was probably 13, and it was a really small town with my first band, which was actually pretty bad. But we had fun. Still, it made me realize that this thing of becoming a musician was harder than I thought. So it felt pretty sad. But I never could actually stop trying. We thrive in challenges.

I'm glad you feel this way. Don't give up, you're very talented. Is there a specific performance you feel was your best so far? If so, where and why?
Well, at the time with my project "Ed Richwood" I'm not performing. It is a studio project although I'll be starting touring at some point soon. 
But I really enjoyed playing with bands when I was 18-20, in small clubs. The music was terrible, but we just played each gig as if it the last one. I have some amazing memories out of that crazy nights. 

I bet you had a lot of fun doing that. What do you enjoy the most between your interaction with the fans?
Well, having someone listening carefully to my music is always an honor. So when I see that someone has been listening and saved my music on Spotify/iTunes/youtube...that feels real. It makes me very happy to see that I may be inspiring another's day. 
In the other hand, I have people who just cheer me up every time I post or share, with heartfelt comments. That's priceless!

Yes, it's priceless indeed, when you're recognized for your talent! How do you draw inspiration to write your music? 
I just surrender. The songs are there somewhere. So to me it feels a lot like fishing. I just sit there, with patience, and sooner or later the beauty appears. Instead of being an activity, it's more like being open an receptive. I don't try to write songs, it just happens. So, I actually don't write any song in some way. I wouldn't describe me as a creative person. I don't even understand what people really mean by that, because when music happens there is no personal intention of playing.

What are you working on now and what are your plans for the future? Where can we find and buy your music?
Well, I'm recording song #11 of my 7th album that will be released on July this year. Actually you can find my music on Spotify, I-tunes, Apple Music, Google Play, and Amazon.  I try to share the process with my friends on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram.



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Besides that, if anyone wants to support my music, rather than buying it, I would prefer people to tip me when I finish a song. https://www.patreon.com/edrichwood.

Thanks for sharing your music! Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Well, first to thank you for this opportunity. I believe that people like you change the paradigm, so I wish you the best with this blog! =D

Thank you for your time; we wish you much success with your music and next projects! Keep singing because you have an amazing voice!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Books: Interview with best-selling author Joshua Dowidat



We had the pleasure to interview Joshua Dowidat, a talented writer, and Amazon best-seller author. Read on to find out more about his life, writing, and books!

Hi, Joshua, where are you from and what's your background?

I live outside the town of Vail, Arizona, just southeast of Tucson. I grew up in the hills of the desert country and have been there most of my life.

I started my career in construction but since then went back and finished my Bachelor’s Degree and I am currently pursuing a career in Green Energy and Renewables or Sustainability.

That’s interesting, so when did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing if your career is not related to writing?

I always liked writing, actually I liked story telling. When someone asks me if I am a writer I tell them I am in a way. I am the author of a book and soon to be more but I may be more of a storyteller. The writing comes at ease but the editing is very helpful. I would have a bit of a struggle if it wasn’t for my editors.

As far as when I knew I wanted to pursue writing, well it’s a funny story. I never really did know.

I had some random writings sitting on my computer one day that I was compiling into a story to pass the time that I don’t sleep at night. My younger brother read it one day that I had accidentally left it on the computer. I wasn’t really ready to show anyone. He thought it was good and asked about it. I told him about it and he suggested I take it to someone. I did some research over the next few months and decided that it was time to take it to a publisher. Now I hope I can eventually pursue this as a second or primary career as I enjoy it.

Awesome choice. What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

My target audience is yet to be determined. However, the first book is 12 and older. I like this age
group because the child imagination is still present enough but you can also turn up the eeriness of the story without concern of frightening a kid too much. I plan on writing some that are more adult-oriented as well to expand my style and to see what genre and age group I tell the best stories in.

I prefer an eerie genre as my style of writing. That area right between horror and fantasy that still is enough to send shivers down your spine but with leaving enough up to the reader’s imagination.

Sounds exciting.  How many books have you published so far? Have you been published in any other publications or journals?

So far I have only published the first book. Although I say “only” I do not mean that it is a minor accomplishment. It was such an exciting moment and learning experience publishing my first book. The second is in the making.

I have not been published in any journals or other publications yet except for some minor mentions and the like on social media. I look forward to the day that someone asks me. Fingers crossed.

By no means, it’ not a minor accomplishment at all! And you’ll soon be publishing the second!  What is your favorite quote and who wrote it?

My favorite quote is not a quote per say, but more of a few lines from a book. The book is Forever Odd, by Dean Koontz.

“When we hope, we usually hope for the wrong thing.
We yearn for tomorrow and the progress that it represents. But
Yesterday was once tomorrow, and where was the progress in it?
Or we yearn for yesterday, for what was or what might have
Been. But as we are yearning, the present is becoming the past, so
The past is nothing but our yearning for second chances.”
     
These lines remind me that we need to focus on the future but remember the past and not dwell on it.

Excellent quote, and very appropriate.  Do you have a favorite author? Who? Has this author or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

I would have to say that my favorite author at this time is Dean Koontz. I randomly picked up his book Forever Odd one day and read it. I was in a “down” mood and this was a book I read for no other reason but to read a book. From then on I kept reading and buying his books. I then got back into some authors that I read at one time in my life, whether it was for school or another reason. I have since followed many authors and expand my readings as the time goes by. One thing is certain is that I do judge books by their covers. I never heard of Dean Koontz before that book and if the cover didn’t appeal to me, I would have never picked it up that day.

Since you picked a quote from him, I’d be guessing you’d choose him as your favorite author. And if you could be a character from any book, who would you like to be and why?

Such a hard question because you have to wonder if the character will define the story that the character is bound to. So imagining that this is how the question works I would have to choose Sherlock Holmes.

I would choose Holmes because he is educated, lives a good life as a respectable detective but has an adventurous lifestyle. He can be down and dirty and blend with the most prestige of the social classes. He gets to travel but still works for his living. He has a brotherly companion that would follow him to the end of the world and a heart that still searches for true love but also fears it. He is thoughtful yet a stubborn mule at times and has a knack to be eccentric above most.

I like your choice! What are you working on now?

I currently am working on a second book that I cannot fully reveal yet because it might be a spoiler for some. I did have to put it on hold for some time while I finished marketing the first and worked with a production company on a Treatment for my first book.

I have however just finished the second proofreading on it and it is ready to go to the editors as soon as I get a little more free time. It’s been a busy year so far.

Congratulations!  Where can we find out more about you and your writing?

For more information, you can check out my web page at www.joshuadowidat.com. My book is for sale on several websites in paperback and several eBook formats. I also have an author page on Amazon and can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/joshuadowidat and on twitter @joshuadowidat. Another good place to find me as well as many other authors is on GoodReads.

Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
    
Yes. I think that everyone should try things and take a risk at some point in their lives. I never would
have thought I would be doing what I am doing right now with the book and the other areas it has taken me. My goal was to get a book published when it was brought to my attention. The rest is all extra now. I pursue it with a free spirit but with a realistic approach. I understand what could possibly happen but understand that nothing might. Still, I push forward seeing how far it will take me, I constantly learn and develop new skills. Skills I have been able to apply elsewhere in life.

So, plain and simple. You never know what will happen if you don’t take a chance. Life is full of regrets but try to live without ever regretting taking a chance that might broaden your horizon.

Thank you so much for your time sharing a little bit of your life and work with our readers. We wish you success with your upcoming release and in your writing career!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Blog Tour: Get Your Scare On for 99cents! Mister Jones Mystery Series by @macmillanjones #ASMSG #BookBoost #RPBP

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The Showing

His visit to the house has awoken that which was sleeping: how many must be taken before IT can be laid to rest?’

For Sale again is Mister Jones’ family home: a house he had known and feared since his childhood. On a nostalgic whim he decides to visit the house, with disasterous results. The house reacts to his appearance and the estate agent who is showing him around vanishes. Shortly afterwards the next agent appointed to handle the sale of the property also disappears.

Mister Jones wants nothing to do with the property. His visit has awoken old memories for him, and the memories are not pleasant. But it is clear that something else has also been awoken by his visit, and when he is begged to help find the young agent who has vanished, he can no longer avoid the responsibility of facing his legacy of evil, and dealing with the curse laid upon the house.

But what will happen when he faces IT, and who will emerge alive?

If you knew just how much of this story is true, how well would you sleep tonight?

Portrait Of A Girl

Does lightning ever strike twice? It would seem so for the unfortunate Mister Jones. After a harrowing encounter with the paranormal in The Showing, once again he again finds himself in mortal danger on the borders of that shadowed world.

An antique painting holds a strange fascination for him - and others. What does the girl in the portrait want from Mister Jones and from the others who become entranced by her beauty? And can she be stopped before she unleashes her ancient evil into our modern world in a lake of blood?

‘This is a great read. I literally devoured it in less than 24 hours. If you liked The Showing... it's better. Spooky. It reads a bit like Sheridan LeFanu or Guy de Maupassant. Awesome. Classic horror short story, except this isn't short. It's a full novel. Just wanted to clarify, it READS like a classic horror short story. Tight, spare and invoking tons of imagination.’

The House Next Door

Mister Jones thought that he was finished with the world of the paranormal: but the paranormal world hadn’t finished with him… His next door neighbour is attracted to a statuette and takes it home. Shortly afterwards, her mother is brutally murdered, - and that isn’t the only death. As the casualties mount and the dead roam free, can Mister Jones stop the tide of evil?

When Sheila Balsam finds herself compelled to buy a genuine antique in a strange little shop, she didn’t bargain for what came with the statuette - and Mister Jones finds himself once again drawn into the dangerous world of the paranormal : this time via the house next door.

An ancient evil has found a way to break from his enchanted prison and the only one who is going to stand in his way is the unfortunate Mister Jones, who seems destined to live in interesting times.

The Curse Of Clyffe House

It was supposed to be a holiday, time away whilst his friend and neighbour wrote a book about their last adventure. But as soon as Mister Jones arrives at the holiday cottage things start to go wrong, and waking up to find a skeleton in his bed is only the start. Terror stalks this cottage and before long Mister Jones discovers an ancient Evil is plotting to wreak devastation across the land; and it plans to start with his death.

Poison, fear, and a horrific Shadow from long ago stand between their survival: can Mister Jones and his friend defeat the Curse of Clyffe House and live?


Coming In The Summer Of 2017
Demon's Reach

Mister Jones discovers more about his family in this fifth novel about his adventures. A relative he had never known appoints him both executor of his estate, and the beneficiary should the main beneficiaries have died before him. Surprised and curious to learn more about his family and their past, Mister Jones journeys to the mist haunted eastern coast of England, and the village of Hawkstowe.

There he finds that his family have an unsavoury reputation locally for their dealings in black magic, and that his arrival is viewed with fear and horror. So scared are the locals that Mister Jones might herald a return to the dreadful times they experienced many years ago that they decide to burn down the house in which he is staying.

Mister Jones must confront demons, monsters, and members of his family both living and dead to escape with his life and his sanity intact.
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Meet The Author ​Will Macmillan Jones


Will Macmillan Jones lives in Wales, a lovely green, verdant land with a rich cultural heritage. He does his best to support this heritage by drinking the local beer and shouting loud encouragement whenever International Rugby is on the TV. A just sixty lover of blues, rock and jazz he has just fulfilled a lifetime ambition by filling an entire wall of his home office with (full) bookcases. When not writing, he is usually lost with the help of a satnav on top of a large hill in the middle of nowhere.
He writes Dark Fantasy, fantasy he fantasises is funny, and books for children. Some of his pieces have won awards but he doesn’t like to talk about that as it draws attention to the fact that other pieces haven’t.
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Twitter: @macmillanjones

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Books: Interview with talented fantasy author Alysia Seymour



I'm so thrilled to introduce to you this amazing fantasy writer. Get to know the talented Alysia Seymour by reading her interview below. 

Where are you from and what's your background?

I was born in San Diego, California and here I’ve stayed. I love San Diego, and all my family and friends are here, so I never had enough incentive to relocate. I graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and because I couldn’t find work in that field or get into graduate school, I fell into a banking job to pay the bills. It was during this time that I started writing to escape from the mundane -- and quite miserable -- life at my day job. But I’m thankful for this time because it was through that experience that I wrote my first novel, The Raven Dreams.

Everything always happens for a reason, right? When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?

For me, the realization hit me when I was reading my first run-thru of The Hunger Games. I realized how much I loved stories that really pulled me in, and that were written in a way that I became very attached to the characters and their journeys. It was in this moment that I first thought about writing something myself. I was about 25 years old when I first starting writing stories and my first attempt at a novel. Since that time (I’m now 33) I haven’t stopped writing. 


Writing can be quite addictive! What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

I love to write fantasy novels. I’ve always been a huge fantasy nerd myself so I naturally went in that direction with my own writing. The Raven Dreams is highly fantasy and it’s geared for young adults and adults alike. With that novel, my target audience is fantasy lovers looking for an escape into another world altogether. I’m currently working on my second novel, completely separate from The Raven Dreams, which I wrote over 5 years ago when I was at a very different place in my life.
Needless to say, my writing has changed a lot as I’ve grown. My second novel, which will be titled The Wonder Soul, is magical realism, also geared toward young adults and adults who enjoy a little bit of fantasy and magic in their stories.


Sounds exciting! How many books have you published so far?


I have one self-published book, The Raven Dreams, on Amazon. I also have a short story that I offer for free when people join my newsletter. It’s called The Quirky Old Couple. 

What is your favorite quote and who wrote it?

“A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.” – Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Perfect quote for writers as well. Do you have a favorite author? Who? Has this author or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

My answer may be cliché but my favorite author is J.K. Rowling. The reason I choose her over all the great authors out there is because her books, the Harry Potter series, are what got me hooked on books. Harry Potter led me to some amazing friends and fun experiences too. J.K. Rowling has greatly influenced my own writing because she showed everyone that magic mixed in with powerful characters and well-written story can be so powerful. I’ve always loved fantasy – my entire childhood I loved it. But J.K. Rowling took it to an entirely new place for me I had not considered before and wrote a story that I will never grow out of.

She's indeed an amazing writer. If you could be a character from any book, who would you like to be and why?

I would have to choose Celia Bowen from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern because I think it would be fantastic to be able to physically manipulate people and things without having to lift a finger.

Great choice! What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on my second novel, The Wonder Soul. It’s a magical realism novel that follows Zoe Bennett, a 20-year-old girl struggling through life who reaches a breaking point when her boyfriend admits he cheated on her and calls off their relationship. From there, Zoe starts experiencing strange things that terrify her because she can’t explain them, and they only get worse. She leaves her hometown at travels first to San Francisco to visit her sister, then to Ireland where she meets an unlikely family who takes her in after a traumatizing event. Zoe is forced to grow even when she isn’t ready to and to be someone she never thought possible, all while facing shadows and creatures she can’t control. The Wonder Soul is scheduled for release Fall 2017.

Wow, that sounds intriguing! Where can we find out more about you and your writing?

You can find everything at my website at www.alysiaseymour.com. My blog and podcast are there, my social media contacts, and sign up for my newsletter to get my short story.

Fantastic. Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

I’d love to be part of your world and community. I’m always looking to make connections with like-minded people. Feel free to contact me contact@alysiaseymour.com so we can get in touch. If you’re a fantasy and magic lover, like me, or you just enjoy weekly inspiration I also created the Wonder Scribes and I release a weekly podcast as well as blog posts simply to build inspiration and to help each other dream greatly. You can find out more on my website, and I look forward to chatting!

Thank you so much for your time, Alysia, and wishing you success with your next release!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Books: Interview with Fantasy Writer Mackenzie Flohr



Today we welcome to the blog writer Mackenzie Flohr, and we're delighted to find out more about this talented writer.

Please tell us where are you from and what's your background?

I grew up in Strongsville, Ohio chasing leprechauns and rainbows and dreaming of angels. My parents nurtured a love of fantasy and make-believe by introducing me at a very young age to the artistic and cultural opportunities that the city of Cleveland had to offer. I studied theater at the Beck Center for the Cultural Arts in Lakewood, where a world of wonder was only a script and a performance away. I received my Bachelor of Arts from Ashland University in Ashland, OH, and my associates in Computer Animation from Baker College of Flint. Besides being an author, I'm a full-time inbound phone bank representative.

Sounds like a very creative upbringing that would eventually lead you to the arts, right? So when did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?

I have always dreamed of writing a book and being an author, but seeing it actually get published? That part I wasn’t sure would ever happen. It’s one thing to start a book, but it’s another thing to actually finish it!

My parents nurtured a love for the creative arts from a very young age. From the time I could hold a pencil, I was already creating pictorial interpretations of classic stories, and by the age of nine, a childhood friend and I were authors and reviewers of our own picture books.

After I finished college, I decided I wanted to write a fantasy of my own, one that could inspire imagination in others and lead them into a magical world of their own making.

Isn't it great to go after your dream? What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

I write fantasy, which can be read from teens to adults. My novel will appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and even Doctor Who (specifically fans of the Eleventh Doctor).

Everyone loves a good fantasy. How many books have you published? Do you have a favorite?



This is actually my first novel, so I do not think I can answer the question without it sounding biased, however, this novel is very special to me in many ways. I can say though that there will be other books to this series so maybe ask me this question again a bit further down the road ;-)

Glad to hear it's a series! And I love the cover. What is your favorite quote, and who wrote it?

"If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything!" - from Back To The Future movie trilogy.

True quote, isn't it? Do you have a favorite author? Who? What's your favorite book? Has this author or book influenced your writing in any way?

This is a tough question. My favorite author would have to be J.R.R. Tolkien, however, my favorite book is by Michael Ende. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling have both influenced my writing through my world-building and magical spell building.

Excellent influence from these superb writers. If you could be a character from any book, who would you like to be and why?

I would be myself in The Neverending Story. I love the world of Fantastica. When I was a child, my Mom gave me a necklace that belonged to her Mom, and I used to wear it and pretend I had Auryn. Only problem is, if I was myself in The Neverending Story, that would mean I would have Auryn and I’m not confident I would be as lucky as Bastian was to return to earth. (Those who have read the book will understand why)!

I'd have to read it again to remember, it's a fantastic story. What are you working on now?

I am working on the beginnings of a short story to hopefully be included in upcoming an anthology. I am also beginning to work on another series, which is going to be a futuristic science-fiction horror. The series revolves around a teenage man who is living in an advanced medical facility in Area 51 and is suffering from amnesia. And I’m brain storming for the second book in The Rite of Wands series!

Where can we find out more about you and your work?

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Book Release: new romance: Timing is Everything by Sybil Shae

A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words....
Could it be worth a thousand life times?
Introducing a new Spicy Romance novella, 
Timing Is Everything: Origin Of The Journal 
by Sybil Shae!
Available right now for 99 cents worldwide!
Here's just a few things the Beta Readers had to say!
“OMG, I loved this book! As soon as I finished it I started reading it again. I even dreamt about it!”

“Loved it! Such a clever story. Can’t wait to read the next book in this new series!”

“Well written! Impressed with the way the story explores time travel and relationships”

“Sybil Shae is a genius! This story is well thought out and loaded. BRAVO!”

A young woman is given a gift from her grandmother that turns out to be much more than what it appears to be.

Is your past, really your past at all?

Fall in love all over again with "Timing Is Everything-Origin Of The Journal"
Chapter One
     A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words; except, of course when it isn’t. Tom Collins, the top photographer for National Geographic last year made better than a million dollars. That averages out to about two thousand dollars per usable picture he took. Pierre Marcoullier over at Vogue brought in something comparable. These guys are artists and adventurers at the top of their field, but they’d be the first to tell you that the value in a picture has to do with a lot more than lighting and shadow and perspective. A photo of your dead grandfather at his eightieth birthday might not even make the local newspaper, but if it’s one of only a few photos that exist of the man because he was shy, then for your family it’s literally priceless. Likewise, some of the classic photos that we have of historical figures or events are of really poor quality, but because they record something that’s part of our collective history, Lincoln at Gettysburg, say, or the “Tank Man” at Tiananmen Square, they’re worth more than money can buy. Most photos, though, literally 99.9% of those ever taken are not worth anything on their own, either based on artistic merit or historical significance. But in the hands of the right marketer and designer, they’re solid gold.

That’s what I do—I deploy photographs for advertising purposes at a major Manhattan marketing firm. Most of the photos I wind up using are not taken by professionals, or at least no one more professional than might have taken your senior picture; they’re uploaded to PBase or Flickr or any of a couple hundred other image databases, and if they’re copyrighted then we pay twenty-five or fifty or a hundred bucks a pic. But then, with a little careful editing and some clever design work, that picture helps to make my clients millions. Of course, we do use some professional photographers, and if I can’t find just the right image after hours of looking I might commission a shoot or take a few shots myself, but most of what I do is look at what other people have done and imagine how it can be used for some purpose they could never have dreamed of when they did it.

That is, I suppose, why at Christmastime last year my grandma gave me the scrapbook. Now I know what you’re thinking and I was too, I’m about as far away from a scrapbooking grandmother as they come, but Grandma had something of the artist’s eye and the marketer’s spirit in her too—she’d designed the endcaps and window displays at Gimbel’s for years—and she understood, at least in principle, what it was I was trying to do. So, after the regular family gift exchange, and the obligatory large meal, while most everyone else was catching an afternoon nap, she called me into her bedroom.

“Kelly,” she said, patting the bed beside her and speaking in a conspiratorial whisper. “I’ve got something else for you, but I didn’t want to do it in front of the rest of the family.”

I nodded my head and closed the door, then darted over to the bed with perhaps just a little too much glee.

“What is it, Gran?” She’d done things like this before, but it was mostly concerning my quirky sense of fashion or what my painfully conventional mother had always called an “artistic temperament”.

She held out a bundle wrapped in old butcher paper and tied up with twine. I looked at her skittishly and rolled my eyes but she just smirked and waved for me to open it up. Inside was, as I said, a scrapbook; well, I suppose it was something like a pre-scrapbook. It was a simple leather-bound journal, obviously with some age on it, and I could see from the way the pages bulged that there were photos pasted or clipped or taped inside. I looked at her again asking a question with my eyes, and she answered in kind, indicating I should open it up.

Inside the front page sat a single photo, centered more or less perfectly, and clearly pasted to the paper. It showed a simple little cottage which had clearly been built in two sections; the roof over one side appeared to be thatch, the other was corrugated iron. Standing out front were three young women: the eldest appeared to be about sixteen, while the others were probably fourteen and twelve. The younger girls were in plain dresses, probably homemade; one had a kerchief on her head, and the other had taken it off and tied it around her neck. Between the two, her arms around their shoulders was the eldest girl, looking very mature in a skirt-suit and hat, her hair stylishly done beneath and a prim little purse in one hand hanging off of the younger girl’s shoulder. Beneath was a caption which in neat, handwritten cursive simply read, “Leaving Home, 1945” and beneath it, “Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland”.

“That was the day I left home,” she said. “I actually added that one later, after your Aunt Mickaela sent the photo by post. International mail used to take ages back in those days.”

I nodded my head absently as I turned the page. Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw.

There’s a famous picture of a sailor kissing a nurse out in front of Radio City Music Hall on V-J Day. It’s iconic and is shown in most World War II documentaries and such. Like a lot of the photos I mentioned before, it’s artistic value is questionable: the couple are slightly off-center, his hand is obscuring almost all of her face, it’s not clear if she’s really into it (she wasn’t as it turned out, but his enthusiasm was probably understandable); but it captured a moment in history unlike any other, and the enthusiasm on the sailor’s face is attractive to us still today, so it seems to work.

Sitting there, on the second page of my grandma’s old scrapbook was the Irish version of that same image. They were out in front of a Dunne’s Department Store, I thought I might’ve even recognized it from my trips back home with Gran. The man was wearing a British military uniform, but that wasn’t unusual given Irish neutrality during the war. The woman was not wearing a nurse’s uniform, but in fact the same skirt-suit as in the previous picture. And the most startling thing of all was not that she was kissing a man just back from the war, nor even that the man wasn’t may grandad (he had fought but was already living over here), but that she was doing the kissing.

“Gran!” I cried out in a stage whisper. “Who is this?”

She giggled to herself. “I haven’t the foggiest idea! I didn’t at the time either. But when I arrived at the port at Cobh to take my passage to America, there was a ship arriving with soldiers left to help clean up in France after the war. Most had been gone for three or four years; many had families waiting for them, everyone was kissing, and I saw this poor fella all by his lonesome, and I figured he deserved at least as warm a homecoming as the rest.” She flushed slightly.

I looked back and forth between her and the picture. “But where did you get this one from? Surely your sisters didn’t send this too”

“Ah, Gawd no!” She laughed to herself. “No, I went off to Cobh by myself; mother said it would be easier that way. No, I found this in a back copy of the Irish Times they were using to wrap fish and chips at the AOH Hall where I met your Granddad.”

I laughed, beginning to flip through the book more generally. “Hang on here, Gran,” I said. “The captions stop.”

Now the real grin came out. I knew when she got that twinkle in her eye that she was up to something, and she could barely suppress her delight.

“That’s the whole point. At first I was going to try and document my journey to America, how I made my life here, and how I built my family. But then, after I saw that picture in the old newspaper, I saw how my life could have been different. So I started collecting pictures that didn’t fit; any shot that showed a turning point or time where life went one way but could have gone another. And when your Granddad or the kids would drive me too nuts, or the work at Gimbel’s would just seem too much, I’d pull this out and indulge in a little fantasizing.”

“And what did Grandpa think of all this?”

She chuckled to herself. “He never knew.”

I raised an eyebrow. “Seriously?”

She bobbed her head like a doll on a dashboard. “Absolutely. I kept no other secrets from your grandad. I was faithful to him for more than sixty years. But to keep the peace in our relationship I kept this scrapbook and every couple of months I’d pull this out and spend an afternoon just…imagining.”

I was moved, not only by the gift but by her trust in me. Impulsively I leaned forward and hugged her tight. She grunted slightly.

“Thank you, Gran.” I let her go and sat back. I looked down at the book. “What do you want me to do with it? Add my own pictures?”

Gran shook her head. “Of course not. Do what you do?”

“What I do?”

“What is it you call it?” She gave me that smirk again. “Deploy the pictures?”

“You want me to use them in ads?”

“If you can make any money off of them, then they’ll have done us both some good. If not, at least use them as I did, to imagine…other things.” Her voice lilted at the end and we laughed over it together.

I reached forward and hugged her again. This time, as we released, she leaned forward and gave me a kiss on the forehead.

“I love you, Dearie.”

“I love you too, Gran.”

And that was the last time we ever spoke. She was dead by the New Year.
The Author
Sitting in a chair, at a desk with headphones on, typing away...
That’s where you’ll find Sybil Shae most days. She loses track of time and reality as she dives into her romance world, becoming one with her characters and growing with them as they appear through words on the tablet screen in concert with the imagery of a fool’s paradise we all visit in our dreams. 
Sybil Shae writes romance, both spicy romance reads and clean reads. She feels it, breathes it, and has built her world around it. Love is at the center of all things. 
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Hellish ~ Dragon Series by Tina Glasneck
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Kali by Tracy Ellen
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