Tuesday, November 24, 2020

2HVØRHVNØT: To Have or Have Not by Jared K. Chapman Genre: Dystopian Superhero Fantasy, Horror


  • What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book? 

I guess it really depends on the topic. For 2HVØRHVNØT, I didn’t really do much research on anything beforehand. But I did do plenty of research as I was writing. I’d come up with some outlandish idea and have to research to figure out how exactly it should be presented. I don’t want to say much more than that as to not spoil any of the book. 

  • Do you see writing as a career? 

Yes. I’ve decided that this is the career I’ve always wanted to do and now I must make it happen. I’ve waited too long and have so many stories to tell. But the only way to make it a career is to have readers who want to read what I write. I hope that will be the case because I absolutely love to build worlds and create stories within those worlds. 

  • Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre? 

I read a lot. Unfortunately, it’s not always for fun. I read a lot of research articles as I work on my dissertation. When I read fiction though, I really want to escape. I tend to gravitate toward science fiction, science fantasy books. But I’ll read practically any genre if the story is good. 

  • Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why? 

I cannot work in silence, but I find an even harder time when there’s a lot of noise. My happy medium is listening to the Vitamin String Quartet while I write. The music is familiar, but there aren’t any lyrics to distract me from writing. Worst case scenario, I just run fans for white noise. I really can’t work in silence… my mind just goes all over. No focus at all. 

  • Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

I’m usually reading a few books on my kindle, a paperback, and something else on audiobook. 

  • Pen or typewriter or computer?

Primarily, I work on my computer. But sometimes I scribble things on paper. 

  • The advice they would give new authors? 

I waited too long to publish because I didn't have confidence in my work. Don't do that. You are the only person who can tell your story the way you want it to be told. So, write it and don't be afraid to show it to people. Also, don't have a big head about it. Be open to others' critiques, challenges, and changes they may introduce. Those ideas may help you more than you know. It's never too late to start. I'm 43 and this is my debut novel. I wish I had begun 20 years ago, but here I am now, and wishing only gets you so far. If you need help, there are people and companies out there who can help. I needed my confidence boosted and help on how to get published, so I found a program. Message me if you want to know about it. Otherwise, keep writing. Write every day. Only stop to send pages to the editor. Publish! 

  • Describe your writing style. 

Varied. Sometimes I outline. Sometimes I fly by the seat of my pants. Sometimes it’s a little of both. Sometimes I write in first person and other times in third. Sometimes I write in the present tense and other times in past tense. Whatever I do, however, I try to be as consistent as possible. But it all depends on the story I’m trying to tell. 

  • What makes a good story? 

For me, I want something familiar and relatable but different enough. I like it when ordinary people are thrust into extraordinary situations. I want to be engaged and feel like the author is speaking directly to me. Sometimes I want to be challenged, and other times I want to be handheld through the story. Most importantly, I want to be told something that I already knew but in a completely different way. If led there by surprise, even better. 

  • What are they currently reading? 

H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon because I really got into Lovecraft Country on HBO. Kurt Vonnegut’s 2BR02B just because. We are Legion (We are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor, which was recommended to me by my older brother. 

  • What is your writing Kryptonite? 

My wife and kids. I love them, but they can stop the flow of my writing with just a whimper. 

  • Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? 

I’m not really sure what readers want. I know what I want to read, so I try to write that. I hope what I like others will like. I think originality is important, but something doesn’t have to be 100% original to be good. It’s okay to build off the backs of others and present something familiar in an original way. That’s what I like to see and what I try to do.


2HVØRHVNØT: To Have or Have Not
by Jared K. Chapman
Genre: Dystopian Superhero Fantasy, Horror

Welcome to Fellowship City, where the Haves are super-powered, and the Have-Nots are just like you.

The Mighty have all the wealth, fame, power, and superpowers, but even they are subject to the monastery’s control. To maintain peace, telepathic monks see into the past, present, and future to police the other Mighty and the minority of powerless Citizens, who have nothing but their identity tags tattooed on their wrists.

Twenty-year-old Mario lives with his kid sister in one of the many camphouses on the island south of the city. Unlike the other citizens he stands in line with every morning waiting to be bussed to work, he actually likes his downtown job and the Mighty restaurateur who employs him. 

At least, he did.

This morning, the grisly, undetected murder of his boss changes everything. In a flash, Mario becomes the primary suspect and must race against time to prove his innocence in a world that oppresses the powerless.

Part READY PLAYER ONE. Part DIVERGENT. Part MINORITY REPORT. Totally Superpowered! 2HVØRHVNØT has fast-paced action, suspense, horror, and mature themes that are sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Jared K. Chapman is an author, filmmaker, and educator. He is a native Californian who spent his formative years at school in frigid Alberta, Canada with his father and summer vacation in arid central California with his mother. He holds degrees in psychology & religious studies and is currently a doctoral candidate studying the social psychology of extreme groups. He lives in a little oasis just east of Los Angeles with his wife and three sons. 2HVØRHVNØT is his debut novel.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

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Welsh Witch A King's Obsession: The Final Hour of Anne Boleyn by Kat Marlowe Genre: Paranormal Romance


King Henry VIII's astrologer, a young Welsh witch finds the ultimate decision lies in her hands as one Queen falls and another rises as the history of England is forever changed.

A young Anne Boleyn captures the heart of the king. What begins as his distraction becomes his obsession and leads to her destruction. Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny's stage.

Love, hate, loyalty and betrayal come together in a single dramatic moment...the execution of a queen.

Kat Marlowe is free spirit and a lover of all things magic. She is a Scorpio, Leo moon with Aquarius rising and is mesmerized by the mystery of Anne Boleyn and Tudor England. She lives with her partner in a small cottage in the woods where she dreams and conjures things, and she currently has no social media. Although her future work remains a secret, her life is an open book. 
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The Two Fathers Sam Dyke Investigations Book 11 by Keith Dixon Genre: Mystery


5 Things About Me – and My Writing

 1.     I was born in Yorkshire in the north of England and brought up in Coventry, in the Midlands. However, I don’t have the same sense of displacement that my character Sam Dyke has. I was three months old when my family moved south, while Sam was in his twenties when he moved across the Pennines to the North West. He has a firmer sense of his Yorkshireness because he was already fully-developed as a person when he moved. I was just a baby!

2.     Writers often talk about whether they’re ‘pantsers’ or ‘plotters’. The first is someone who writes ‘by the seat of their pants,’ having no real direction but maybe having a character or a situation they want to start with. Stephen King is a good example of this. Plotters, as the name suggests, work on a very full outline before they start – often it’s not just the storyline and the characters, but the action in each chapter that is described in full. The first few books I wrote, in my twenties, I used the first method. It took me ages! I was constantly re-writing and changing the story. My first two Sam Dyke books were written like this, and took 7 and 4 years respectively to finish. Then I realised that especially in crime novels, structure is important. In order to shock the reader by not giving them what they expect – or just adding in a surprise – I find I have to plan that in advance, so I plot the books very carefully. Which isn’t to say that I can’t change it – I often do, when a better or more appropriate idea comes to mind. But at least I’m never confronted with a blank piece of paper and no idea what I’m going to write!

    3.     From a very early age I had an affinity for American culture. I suppose it began with my           parents, who would watch any Hollywood film or listen to any music from the Big Band era of       the 30s and 40s. Now I watch practically nothing but American TV shows, read American crime     novels, or re-visit my favourite ‘serious’ novels – The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath,             Slaughterhouse 5 and so on. All this love, yet I’ve never been to America …

 4.     I learned a lot about writing and developing characters from two American crime writers: Elmore Leonard and James Lee Burke. Leonard’s dialogue is famous for its speed and its ability to characterise someone just in the choice of words. Burke taught me the power of conflict between characters—they don’t have to be physically fighting or even shouting at each other: they just need to embody different ideas in any given scene.

 5.     I used to teach Drama and American literature at college for a few years, and I started reading crime novels seriously when my department head used to come back from his annual visits to the US with a suitcase full of paperbacks unavailable in the UK. Borrowing his books, I quickly discovered many writers I’d never heard of who were writing intelligent and compelling crime novels, and when I started taking my writing seriously again, I knew this was the genre I wanted to inhabit.


The Two Fathers
Sam Dyke Investigations Book 11
by Keith Dixon
Genre: Mystery

Why does Jessica Hastings come home late several times a week?

Her husband asks Private Investigator Sam Dyke this simple question. Dyke doesn't want the case: he doesn't do divorce work ... but Brian Hastings doesn't want a divorce, he wants an explanation.
When Sam finds out what Jessica is doing, it opens up more questions. And when Brian Hastings goes missing, they're questions he feels compelled to answer.
At the centre of the mystery is a man who most people in Manchester don't know--Larry Stone. But those who do know him, know that far from being the simple florist he seems to be, he's actually the biggest crook in town. He's powerful, he's dangerous, and he's currently working a deal with a Dutchman who's even worse.
And Sam is now caught in Stone's sights as he works to find Brian Hastings, to solve a couple of murders, and to prevent Stone corrupting even more members of his own family than he already has.

Before the biggest deal of Stone's crooked career goes down.

Keith Dixon was born in Yorkshire and grew up in the Midlands. He's been writing since he was thirteen years old in a number of different genres: thriller, espionage, science fiction, literary. Two-time winner of the Chanticleer Reviews CLUE First in Category award for Private Eye/Noir novel, he's the author of eleven full-length books and one short story in the Sam Dyke Investigations series and two other non-crime works, as well as two collections of blog posts on the craft of writing.

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M.C.V. Egan
Oct 24, 2020rated it FIVE STARS LOVED THIS BOOK

I received an e-copy as an exchange for an honest review. The book is a culinary and cultural experience in one.
I have never visited Romania, but this book takes the reader through Romania, through its food, folklore, history, and geography. It feels like an escape to another place and sometimes another time.
Filled with over 80 recipes, well presented with lovely images and illustrations. Varied ingredients, uses many fresh ones that merit visits to greengrocer markets.
It promises Romanian plates loaded to the brim with vegetables and lean proteins, never lacking in flavor. A fabulous gift for people who collect cookbooks. It made me want to visit Romania. I love the title! So clever from Dill to Dracula

Romania—a hidden gem of Eastern Europe—is better known for its brush with communism than its cuisine. But, just because it’s hidden, doesn’t mean it’s forgotten. Filled with lush ingredients, many picked fresh from the field, you’ll find a traditional Romanian plate loaded to the brim with vegetables and lean proteins, never lacking in flavor.
And nestled in those hidden hills and winding landscapes lies a culture as rich and decadent as their meals. Journey through the countryside with over 80 recipes as unique as the people who have been perfecting them for centuries, all the while learning about the folklore and traditions that have steeped Romania in mystical mystery for so long.

Ash (who writes as “A.M.”) wears many hats, though she favors the dark gray cable knit beanie from Amazon, most. A descendant of Romanian immigrants, she grew up in a family that fostered all forms of creation, the guiding force which led her towards her careers as an author and much more.

bloggerbook designer + graphic artist, and certified nutrition + lifestyle coach.

She lives in Beer + Cheese Land, Wisconsin with her real-life superhero husband, loud-mouth + drool-bucket coonhound, and I’m-allergic-to-myself cat, but frequently spends a fortnight (or two) in the fictional world of Skyrim (add her on the PlayStation Network: supersmaaashley).
She considers herself a designer by nature, a writer at heart, and always wanted to make video game walk-throughs as a child. (Hint: she still does.) Her favorite color is chartreuse, and she has an undeniable attraction to moss (not of the Kate variety).

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Dream Reaper by Alistair Cross Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Thriller, Romance


Dream Reaper
by Alistair Cross
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Thriller, Romance

Angel or Demon?
Naive and heart-stoppingly handsome, he calls himself Alejandro, and Madison O’Riley has no clue what to do with him. As they set out to recover his lost identity, Madison realizes the mysterious man who saved her life harbors deep, otherworldly secrets that will put her in grave danger.

The Devil is in the Details
Gremory Jones has something for everyone, and for a price, he’s willing to make a deal. Walking the streets in top hat and trench coat, he tempts the citizens with mysterious wares from his shiny black briefcase. But buyer beware: All sales are final - and fatal.

A Scorching New Terror Has Come to Town
The townspeople are changing in appalling ways and it's up to Madison - with the help of a psychic, a local priest, and the new chief of police - to help Alejandro unlock his forgotten powers before an unspeakable evil tears apart the fabric of existence ... and costs them their very souls …
From bestselling author Alistair Cross comes a forbidden tale of love and redemption, of good and evil, and those who dare to stand up to Hell itself.

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series will be out later this year. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com

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