Friday, July 31, 2020
Thursday, July 30, 2020
The Princes of Stone and Steel Roshambo Rising Book 1 by Sarah Zolton Arthur Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
I’m your guest author Sarah Zolton Arthur. Thank you for stopping by to learn
about The Princes of Stone and Steel. I’m really excited for you to read it.
For those of you who don’t know my name, I’m generally known as a cross-genre
romance author. My most notable works are my Brimstone Lords MC series. But
that’s not what we’re here to talk about.
I’ve been writing my entire life. I wanted to be a writer when I was growing up
but my parents told me ‘writing is something you do for fun’ and I,
unfortunately, believed them. Cut to the chase, life happened and I ended up
shelving that part of me for years. It wasn’t until I found myself a single mom
after my husband suddenly passed that I had to reconfigure my life. My oldest
son has special needs which made a 9-5 job outside the home pretty much
day I woke up to this book Twilight being the biggest phenomenon in the world.
I’m one of those people who discovered them backward. That’s to say I saw Robert
Pattinson starring in a movie about vegetarian vampires and had to go see.
Going to see it once ended up meaning 20 times. It was at the cheap show by
then. I loved the movie so much that I bought the books.
how this rollercoaster of a career started. I read Twilight and it sparked
something inside me, that love of writing that I’d shelved years ago got dusted
off. I sat down and wrote my very first novel which has never seen the light of
day because it’s totally the first pancake.
then indie publishing became a thing, but YA PNR or fantasy wasn’t what was
selling and that’s how I got into the genres I started writing in. So I’m here
to tell you, don’t always listen to
lived all over the country but the majority have been spent in Michigan and
Kentucky, so you’ll notice that all my books, including The Princes of Stone
and Steel, take place in Michigan or Kentucky because I like to write about
places I know well.
Sarah Zolton Arthur is a USA TODAY Bestselling author of Adult Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Rom-Com, LBGTQ+, and PNR author who recently decided to dip her toes in the world of YA Fantasy. She spends her days embracing the weirdly wonderful parts of life with her two kooky sons while pretending to be a responsible adult. And there is plenty of the weird and wonderful to go around with her older son being autistic and the younger being a plain ol' wisecracker.
She resides in Michigan, where the winters bring cold, and the summers bring construction. The roads might have potholes, but the beaches are amazing.
Above all else, she lives by these rules. Call them Sarah's life edicts: In Sarah's world all books have kissing and end in some form of HEA. Because really, what more do you need in life?
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Jordan by Victoria Landis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I bought a paperback copy of JORDAN at MURDER ON THE BEACH MYSTERY BOOKSTORE in Delray Beach Florida. I enjoyed the read for many reasons. It is a fast-paced read with unique characters. Set in Boca Raton Florida. The clever mix of real and fictional settings was part of what made the book intriguing. Petra and Jordan the two main characters are accessible, they feel real and complex.
It is an entertaining what if. What if the gift of healing others brought out the worst in many? As sad as that sounds the book presents the possibility in a believable way.
I highly recommend this book, WARNING! You will crave CHOCOLATE! And might even feel like making fudge! Five stars read for sure!!!!
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KB once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Mike Grist is the British/American author of the Christopher Wren thriller series. For 11 years Mike lived in Tokyo, Japan, exploring and photographing the dark side of the city and the country: gangs, cults and abandoned places. Now he writes from London, UK, about rogue DELTA operator Christopher Wren - an anti-hero vigilante who brings brutal payback for dark crimes.
Discover Mike's other books and his stunning ruins photography at his website
Sunday, July 26, 2020
- Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
I'm not sure how to convince anyone to read my books, but as for Slumberland...well, we all have weird dreams, so if you're interested in reading about someone else's twisted dreams and nightmares then Slumberland definitely is a read to check out.
- If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
It would definitely be a spiced candle, scents of cinnamon..nutmeg..ginger and clove. Calming with a bite.
- What did you edit out of this book?
A few nightmares that just stressed me out when trying to write them. I figured it was just a sign to leave them out, I wasn't ready to unleash them.
- Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Stephen King...He's a legendary storyteller and one person who I'm sure has some wise inspirations to share.
- Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?'-type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing process of the book.
The writing process consists of a fully charged laptop...a piping hot or icy cold caramel macchiato...full charged wireless headphones...a fully stocked playlist and glasses to see what the heck I'm typing.
- What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
Gosh...well I'm a fan of Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Harper Lee, Gillian Flynn, Caleb Carr, Jomny Sun, C. S. Lewis, JoJo Moyers, John Green...just to name a few.
- What book do you think everyone should read?
I feel like this question has an attached answer to it as most will say that The Alchemist is a life changing book and it is. I am a fan of that book all the way and it definitely changes your mindset on certain aspects of life. However, as a music lover, Gray by Pete Wentz is a jaw dropping, pull at the heart strings Behind the Scenes book about what life on the road for a band is really like. It is his On the Road memoir and I have read it a few times. This book will leave any fan with a whole new appreciation for bands and the art they create.
- How long have you been writing?
I actually began writing in Jr. High as a outlet from being teased and bullied in school. However, when I lost my vision in High School, frustration consumed me and I ended up throwing away all of my notebooks one day. I stopped writing for a few years, but after finding a surgeon who knew of an experimental procedure that could restore my eye sight, I felt as though I was seeing the world in a whole new spectrum. I started writing again when I was 22 and have never looked back.
- What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Living life with a rare disorder turns one into a medical junkie in a way. From shows to documentaries to reading all kinds of articles. I also researched dreams, nightmares and the workings of the sub-conscious mind. Between research from books and the internet mixed with my own personal experiences...I like to have as much knowledge as possible when I start writing any new manuscript.
- What do you think about the current publishing market?
I believe that Indie bookshops are becoming a thing of the past, which is very sad. While online shopping and downloading a book to your Kindle is great and convenient, you definitely lose a different experience of being able to walk into a bookstore. Perusing the aisles, finding new authors and genres, the smell of the books...I know that major book stores are still around, like Barnes and Nobles which I love. As for the flow of writers attempting to dip their toe into the book world, I think that it is becoming harder and harder to make yourself stand out as an author. The writing industry is definitely overflowing, but as long as there are books to read then keep 'em coming.
- Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I love reading, bookworm to the end, lol. While my favorite genre is suspense/ thriller/ psycho-thriller, I will read any genre because I love finding a new book or author. It's all about variety.