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#RiteToReign #iBooks Bundle

Hey readers, I wanted to share a new bundle of amazing stories from fellow authors I’ve known for a while. Read on for more info…


Something wicked this way comes…

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More than 20 award-winning and bestselling authors have come together to curate this bewitching boxed set collection of the best PARANORMAL ROMANCE and URBAN FANTASY books in the genre, each brimming with stories of royal magic.

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Call for Submissions: SciFi Anthology

Hey readers and fellow authors, some talented author friends of mine are creating a new anthology that I wanted to share. The title of the project is not yet finalized, however they are taking submissions from now through November. If you’re interested, check out the details below.


Call for Submissions for an anthology highlighting the capabilities and contributions of disabled people in science fiction. This will be a charity anthology with the proceeds and any royalties donated to the Special Olympics. We welcome involvement from disabled authors or those that would be interested in beta reading the final anthology.

PlanetsGenre: is geared toward science fiction, however, science fantasy, urban fantasy, space opera, other types of fantasy and speculative fiction are also acceptable as long as we’re focused on now or the future instead of ancient history. Other planets and non-human characters are acceptable. Dark fantasy/SF and horror are also acceptable as long as disabled heroes are not turned into victims.

Theme: The main characters must be disabled and succeed through their own efforts and without normalizing (i.e. undoing their disabilities with technology). This book is about celebrating the people who exist today and making them represented in the future.

Age level: should be no racier than PG 13 and YA is not precluded but we will not be targeting a YA or underage audience.

Length: 1500-7500 words

Deadline: All submissions should be received no later than November 30th, 2018 with expectation of a February 2019 publication date.

Send submissions to stephanieebarr@Dragonfaeriecreative.org with the subject “Disabled Heroes.”

Format: Word .doc/.docx file, 1″ margins, 12-14pt Times (or other serif font), double-spaced, contact info and word count on first page, running header w/name, title, page #, etc. The usual stuff. And please include your name and the story title in the filename. I will accept reprints if you (a) have the rights and (b) it fits our criteria.

Please edit your story carefully. We’re all busy indie authors and will not take the time to help you rewrite your work into something that works for us. Please make an effort to send something in finished form that meets the criteria we’ve set.

Title and cover are not yet finalized.

You can find out more on facebook by joining: https://www.facebook.com/groups/disabledheroes/

Jason’s Authors You Should Know – Eric Asher

Eric_R_Asher_ProfileToday’s author you should know is Eric Asher.

So…Eric Asher. The dude is amazing! His writing is so engaging and entertaining. If you don’t know him, he writes urban fantasy and steampunk (among other genres) and he writes it well! Eric hails from St. Louis but you’ll most often find him out in the wild at some type of reader/author convention around the US.

I first met Eric at a small con called ConTamination in St. Louis back in 2016. He had this massive display that made my one little book look terrible. It wasn’t the best con but I made tons of connections there, Eric one of them. We then both attended PennedCon last Steambornyear in St. Louis where he introduced me to a way to create audiobooks (which is why I know have my ya scifi series on audio. Thanks Eric!) Whenever I’ve asked him about the business side of things or writing in general, he’s been so accommodating and helpful.

Eric is super-talented and easily approachable. He’s a prolific writer and takes his craft seriously, often giving back to the writing community through panels and advice. If you’ve not tried his steampunk series Steamborn or his urban fantasy Vesik series, you need to give them a shot.

From his Amazon page:

Eric is a former bookseller, cellist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.

To find out more about Eric, check out his website or his Amazon page.


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Jason’s Authors You Should Know – Mirren Hogan

mirren-hogan-logo-e1502158817934Today’s author you should know is Mirren Hogan. Mirren lives in Australia with her family and writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and science fiction. She’s a talented writer with grand visions for the direction of her writing career.

I think I first met Mirren maybe about a year ago through a Science Fiction writers Facebook group. Soon after, we both found ourselves as part of the On the Horizon boxed set of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels (which is still available as of this blog post). She’s also the creative mind behind an upcoming shared world fantasy project which I was invited to participate in. She’s an amazing author with close to ten novels and several anthology collections to her credit.

One of her latest series of books is her Reasoner Trilogy books, starting with book 1: DragonhazeDragonhaze. I know she likes to include as many dragons as possible in her work (the shared world project I mentioned earlier is centered around them!) so if those flying beasts of legend are your thing, go check out her work.

To find out more about Mirren and her books, check out her website or visit her Amazon page to read more about her novels and anthologies.


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Excerpt: Master Fantastic by JS Frankel

JS Frankel is an amazing writer who writes primarily young adult scifi and fantasy. He’s been gracious enough to share an excerpt from his book Master Fantastic. Read on and please check out the book and his other books as well.


Synopsis:
High school student Paul Coleman’s life is an ordinary one. His existence takes a turn for the extraordinary when he and his best friend, Rory, are attacked by a winged demon one day. The demon, which calls itself Hekla, possesses the power of sound, and kills Rory with its scream. Paul survives, but the force from the blast has left him mainly deaf.

A year later, Paul is out of school, working part-time, and is fearful of going deaf forever. Although he has learned sign language well, he wonders where his life will go. All that changes when Montague (Monty) Trillian, also known as Master Fantastic, enters his life and requests his services as a sign language teacher for his daughter, Myrna.

Paul accepts, and soon finds out that Trillian is not just any magician, but an Elementalist, one capable of wielding the four elements of Earth with ease. He can also open portals to other worlds, and often does so, visiting those of earth, water, and fire.

Many adventures follow, and Paul and Myrna grow close, but Hekla returns and demands Myrna be given to her. It seems that Myrna is the product of a union between Monty and Hekla, and like all mothers, she desires to protect her own.

Now, Paul must do everything he can to save Myrna from being used for a fate far worse than death, and only the abilities of Master Fantastic can save them all—or can they?


Excerpt from Master Fantastic

Trillian excused himself to make a brief call. He walked out of the room, and I engaged in navel-gazing, but did take a quick peek to see whether his daughter had moved from her position. She hadn’t. My employer then came back wearing an expression of satisfaction. “It’s all taken care of,” he said with a satisfied air. He’d already sold the house?

“I have,” he informed me. “My real-estate agent, Larry Bloom, will go over to your house tomorrow morning, appraise it, and then come here at three-thirty to go over the details with you.” He then cocked his head to one side. “So, are you ready to go?”

“Go where, sir, er, Mr. Trillian?” “We’re going to see what’s behind door number one.”

Come again? His face had a mysterious smile on it. He walked over to Myrna, waved his hand in front of her face to get her attention, and then signed we should go back to the basement. She nodded, put down her book, and dutifully followed.

MASTERFANTASTIC final cover!Downstairs, Trillian ducked behind a partition and changed into his tux. I stared into the mirror he had down there and saw my face. Can you say confused? I didn’t know what to think. Was this some kind of kinky joke? After coming out to face us, he gave me a reassuring smile. “Paul, I know this will come as a shock to you, but since you’re going to be part of this family from now on, it’s only right you should know everything.”

Know what? What was this part of the family stuff he’d started feeding me? I knew it. I’d just signed on to a white slavery ring, and images of being someone’s plaything did a tap dance in my head. “What do you mean, sir?”

Trillian didn’t answer, merely turned and muttered something under his breath, cast his arms out and… holy… oh you gotta be kidding me! A door, bluish-green and pulsating, opened in the air. Around five feet in diameter, it was a door to… where? I cast a quick glance at Myrna’s face, and it looked calm enough as if she’d been expecting it to happen. Me, I was about to drop a load right then and there. “What… what’s going on?”

This couldn’t be real, could it? Trillian turned to us, his smile still in place, something that offered the promise of adventure. “Paul, I’m a performer. If my talents are appreciated here, they can also be appreciated elsewhere.”

Uh, yeah, but this is… weird. “Sir, what is that thing? I mean, you’re not tossing an illusion at me… are you?” Right now, this whole experience gave me an out-of-my body feeling. I was seeing this, but not really believing it. My hand came up to touch my ear, as if to make sure I was hearing the entire truth. He gestured to the portal. It remained open, inviting us in.

“Oh, you mean that? You’d call it a gateway or a door, or maybe even an entry point. It doesn’t matter what you call it. For me, it’s a chance to explore other worlds and show the people there what I can do. I don’t do it for the money. It’s the adventurist in me, yes? Besides, if anyone finds out what I can really do, then I’d never have any privacy. Shall we go?”

Myrna signed to me, It will be fun and then rolled her eyes. What are you waiting for, a bloody invitation?

Holy crap, she’d been playing me the whole time!

 


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Book Blitz: Rattle the Bones

I met Eric Asher at Con-Tamination last June. He’s a great guy and an excellent writer. He’s got a new book out and I hope you check it out. Thanks!


 



Rattle the Bones
Eric Asher
Publication date: January 31st 2017
Genres: Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy

Much has been lost in the conflict with the Fae king and his allies, a conflict we hadn’t known we were in until one of our own fell at his hand. And while a great Seal between realms may have been rebuilt, dark things slipped through in the chaos, creatures who would overrun this world. Our allies are many. Our enemies are terrible. And someone ate my last chimichanga despite the fact I had marked it with a note that clearly said it was mine.

 

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EXCERPT:

“These are the best effects I’ve ever seen,” an older girl said, maybe a teenager or just out of those awful years. “It feels like stone.”

“Momma says all the people in that shop love Satan,” a little boy said.

“I have lived enough millennia to know evil,” Aeros said. “Despite any transgression those people may have committed, they are benevolent.”

A woman on a bench nearby started fidgeting. She either didn’t realize Aeros was with us, or she thought this was all for fun.

“You have him talking to people?” Edgar said. “They think it’s a show?”

“Some of them,” Zola said as she turned and lowered her voice.

“And not an advertising gimmick?” I asked. I raised my voice. “Maybe we should hang a sign around his neck, could get some extra business.”

The Old God turned to look at me. I was fairly certain he had a few choice words for me, but he kept them to himself. There were kids present after all.

 

Author Bio:

Eric is a former bookseller, cellist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.

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Author Interview: Alvin Atwater

Hello! Today I’m pleased to present an author interview with Alvin Atwater. He’s written a couple novels released The Destined on July 12th. He was kind enough to subject himself to a few questions to get you the reader acquainted with him. Please show him some love and read on and look for The Destined out now!


Tell us a little about yourself: I’m Alvin Atwater, 25 years old, Florida-born, Florida-reared, serviceman (Navy). And well, I hope to become your name-brand author, especially for urban fantasies. (Typically those with male protagonists.)

Tell us your latest news: I’ll be returning from deployment soon! Can’t wait. And my book, The Destined is going to be released nationwide on July 12th 2016. I was supposed to have a signing, but I’d have to push that back until deployment ends.

That makes sense. Hopefully you’ll be back sooner rather than later! So when and why did you begin writing? I’ve been writing since I was a child BUT began seriously writing back when I was in the eleventh grade. The signs were all there: my work was always read before the class, my English teacher asked me to rewrite the play, I scored both a 6 and a 5.5 on the Florida writing test (6 is the highest) and generally had an infinite imagination. Not going to lie, I felt it to be weird at first but often enough, it turned boring real life into fodder. Fodder to be able to create stories out of nothing, no inspiration, just to cure boredom. Suddenly living in the country with no internet didn’t seem so bad.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? I kind of accidentally answered that in the last question, funny, but the eleventh grade when I began to take it seriously.

What inspired you to write your first book? Honestly, the very first one was simply brain storming a world, ideas, powers, and a bond between a couple, brought together and shaped into a story.

Do you have a specific writing style? First person POV is my all-time favorite style but sometimes, I’d take a tiny stroll into the 3rd person limited side. It’s similar to first person in its own way.

How do you come up with the title of your books? With Fragment I came up with this title right in the middle of the book during a special moment when the character names the blade. It was during a heated time, where death was imminent.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? For Fragment, it’s the super-underdog can stand just as tall as the others.

How much of the book is realistic? Fragment is fantasy but the world is real. Pretty much a view into the Greek era.

What books have influenced your life most? Hmmm, Well, I’m currently reading up the Demon Accord series by John Conroe. The main character, Chris has motivated me to have a need to go to the gym. I listen to my audiobooks while I work out.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Kevin Hearne all the way.

What book are you reading now? Executable from the Demon Accord series.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? I’m still journeying through the list of authors, sticking mainly to just Urban Fantasy.

What are your current projects? Demi (working title), Fragment Book 2, The Destined Book 2, Kill the Hero, possibly Mind Control (episodes 8-16), and many more.

Wow, that’s a lot on your plate! Looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of your work in the future.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. God, without a doubt.

Do you see writing as a career? Yes, though it’s challenging.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Yes, I would form it from what I learn reading and listening to my favorite authors.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? To be honest, I don’t. It may have come from watching TV, reading, imagination and then finally deciding to place my own ideas.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Here is an exert from Demi:

“Don’t act like you’re too drunk to recognize me, Epex,” she said, walking toward me, a supermodel-like prep in her step.

I gazed at her for real this time, barely snapping out of my sloppiness, realizing whom I spoke with. If she found me already then that meant my location was discovered, so soon. But how? Maybe the ascending left an obvious mark of power use, as it faded? How could I be so careless? “Eight years and you can’t even explain to yourself to your fiancée.” I burped in response, the nice and long beer belch. “Ew. Let me fix this.” She snapped her fingers causing heavenly light to briefly surround me. All of my drunkenness faded, leaving me fully aware, alert, and oh shit this is bad. Amelia, my pre-determined “love” of destiny had come for me.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Motivation. I’ve actually gotten into a war with Writer’s Block for Demi. The core idea is there but I sort of lost direction to where I want to go with the story. I’d love to locate some beta readers willing to give their opinion.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Kevin Hearne. In Iron Druid Chronicles, he is funny, epic, realistic and impressive. The Iron Druid series is my favorite of all time.

Who designed the covers? Fragment’s cover was made by Yvonne Nikolova. The Destined’s covers were made by Tate Publishing staff.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? For Demi, it was a breeze until I hit the writer’s block. I’m torn between giving it: the urban fantasy coat but slipping too close to Dresden Files or keeping what I had going on for the first 15 or so chapters but somehow make events happen without appearing to be out of nowhere.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I typically learn from reading. However, I learned to ramp up my sense of humor (or narrators).

Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes: never give up. But you’ve heard that one before. And…it would be nice to have more Urban Fantasies with male protagonists. We don’t have enough. Wink Wink.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? There are hidden jokes in everything I write. I will never tell; they are there to guess. I want to extend the humorous first person narrative to you. Even if fantasy isn’t your cup of tea. I’d like to thank those that keep the belief of reading as a golden value.

Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it? atwaterwriting.com

Thank you so much for the interview. I hope the launch of your new book goes well and we hope to hear from you again. Keep us posted on how things go!