Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Virtual Cafe Book Tours presents DOMINANT SPECIES VOLUME ONE ~ NATURAL SELECTION by David Coy

Dominant Species Volume One – Natural Selection

by David Coy

About The Author:

I’ve had a lifetime love of science fiction and horror. I suspect it started in puberty since most obsessions do. My passion for it was so strong as a penniless youth, I resorted to boosting copies of my favorite authors’ works off the shelves of the book section of the local Federal’s department store. My friends and I soon had a collection of great sci-fi at discounted prices to read and read again. But I’m not wholly without conscience about those shifty activities as a scrawny youth. I’ll shake my head from side to side and mumble “Crap, that was stupid” once ever decade or so. But that’s about it.
I consider myself a sci-fi film Nazi. I’m sure I’ve seen every sci-fi movie ever made – certainly the vast majority of them. I can’t pass up even the worst of it. All those god-awful, black and white B flicks of the 40’s onward, with their outrageous and ham-handed themes of science vs. ignorance and good vs. evil, wrapped in whatever pseudo-scientific covering was popular that year, transfixed me, entertained me, and like the works pinched then stashed in my friend’s basement, made me think. When pivotal films like “Alien” and John Carpenter’s “The Thing” elevated sci-fi film up out of the gutter with all those glorious and expensive production values, I was im himmel.
I attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Like so many of my peers at the time, I left Wayne State with an utterly useless BA with a major in psychology. I’ve cleaned tractor cranes for money and worked as a steel mill laborer when the last one of those plants in Michigan still existed. I’ve worked as a night janitor. I moved to southern California when I was 30 years old and sold cars for a while. Shortly thereafter I worked for what used to be called the Hughes Aircraft Company as an in-house photographer. For the last 10 years of my work-a-day life I worked as a senior project manager for Computer Sciences Corporation. I now live in Oregon where I started and recently sold a fitness gym. I relate this choppy history to drive home my favorite maxim relating to life and the living of it: you never know where in the fuck you’ll end up. You’ll find my books laced through with that persistent theme. I hope you find the journey of reading them, should you attempt it, if not straight and linear, at least interesting.

Book Genre
Science Fiction / Sci-Fi Horror
David Coy
Publication Date
Digital editions – June 2012

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Book Description:
Imagine an alien science where tissue, bone, nerves, and muscle are used like we use iron, wood, rubber and wire. Now imagine yourself held captive with hundreds of others by beings who wield this grisly technology as easily as we do hammer and saw; beings whose lineage can be traced through the morally hollow, parasitic branches of nature's evolutionary tree. What would you do to survive? Would you re-draw the boundaries of your own morality to stay alive? What would you compromise? How might you escape? This is the context of NaturalSelection, the first of three volumes of the Dominant Species series of books. What distinguishes Dominant Species from other stories in its genre is its visceral imagery and more importantly, its rich subtext. The story can appeal to those fascinated and drawn to horror and strong drama, and at the same time will fascinate those who can tune into its broader message about our relationship to the natural world. Taken as a whole, the series is a puzzle linked together with genetic threads that unravel like a double helix. Viewers intrigued by mystery and dramatic puzzles will find a fascinating playground for guesswork, thought and discussion.

The first volume sets the stage for the ongoing conflict between Homo sapiens and a visiting alien race. Like all successful serial drama, the story poses many questions to be answered, each one carefully laced into a central theme about human survival, the action driven by antagonists both alien and human.
The story is character driven, each character fully developed and rich, providing the colorful characterization required by serial drama. Central to the first volume is teacher Phil Lynch.

The story starts as a peaceful visit to his weekend getaway in the Sierra foothills. Hours later he finds himself living an unthinkable nightmare. Paralyzed and taken prisoner, his body is used as an unwilling host in a bizarre and grisly series of parasitic infections. On board the alien vessel within which he is imprisoned are more than a hundred other humans – and like Phil – just as confused and terrified – their bodies subject to unfathomable violence for a dark and malevolent purpose. As the terrible truth about the alien visitation unfolds, a small group of captives must first understand – and then fight for escape from the terror that holds them captive. That struggle will stretch razor-thin the limits of the human will to survive.

There is strong language in the story because humans under stress often use such language. There are no puppy love or adolescent motifs of intimacy in the story. Instead there are very many mature, psychosexual themes that run through all three books. Some are represented symbolically, others described explicitly. There is violence. The story is not PG-13.

The story is a human drama that will be appreciated by most adult demographics. It is strong, unflinching theater played through characters who repulse us, fascinate us, and often, appeal to our better natures; ones who continually remind us of our human strengths—and weaknesses.


Mary listened to the droning sound that came to her through the wet air and thought of her mother’s soft humming. She wanted her mother to be there now, to hold her and hum softly to her, to soothe her. She drifted toward her mother’s round arms and warm smile on the ghostly crest of that ugly sound.
Then the dread came. It crashed over her like a cold, brown wave and the memories of her mother’s soft touch were washed away. She was in the big chamber. The big chamber was where the droning sound was. The droning was the collective sound from others just like her, others not asleep yet not awake; others unable to move their limbs.
She could turn and lift her head and see and hear and smell. She could not talk, but she could make a deep sound, a groan, if she tried. When the pain came, the groan would be its outlet. The groan would be the dull steam her violated body would vent in its outrage.
She prayed for a miracle. She prayed that when she opened her eyes she would see big, blue sky and bright light. She pressed her eyes closed and prayed hard but when she looked, only the chamber’s ceiling filled her vision. Its black, bubbly surface gave substance to the dread and when the cutting began, the ceiling’s gloom would stamp its dark print on her soul once more.
Mary turned her head slowly and saw the naked body of a young woman. Then she breathed the warm scent of perfume. The woman was new and a splash of luscious scent had been captured with her. The woman looked at Mary, her face slack with paralysis. Mary could not speak, but if she could have spo#ken the result would have been the same. There was nothing to say to this newcomer, no consolation to be offered. There was no comfort where none could exist.
Then her surgeon witch was there, its long head hovering, twisting and looking. Its thin, quick hands moved like rats over her body, feeling here and there with spiderlike squeezes. For the moment, her body was numb to the creature’s touch and she was thankful for it.
There was a motion under her skin, in her neck, deep in the muscles. It was a roiling little pressure she’d grown to know quite well. A grub was moving, and from the feel of it she thought it was moving upwards. As the larvae fed on her tissues, it caused a single sharp note of pain that grew in volume second by unmerciful second. She heard the high-pitched hiss of the witch’s cutter and was relieved that the cutting was starting.
Mary began her retreat from the sound and the growing bite of the cutter and of the pain of the worm and joined her voice with the others.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Haunting Season Tour

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Be careful what you let in…
Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead. 

The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all.

JULY 2013
1st - Fae Books
2nd - Black Words-White Pages
2nd - Stop #2 - Buried Under Books
3rd - Cu's Ebook Giveaways
4th - Marcy Rachel Designs http://www.m
5th - Wicca Witch 4 Book Blog
6th - Indy Book Fairy
7th - Reader's Candy
8th -
Love, Literature, Art, and Reason
9th - From the Writer's Nest
10th - Gliterary Girl
11th - Drunken Space Penguin
12th - Little Read Riding Hood
13th - Jodie Pierce's Ink Slingers Blog

13th - Into the Land of Books
14th - A_TiffyFit's Reading Corner
15th - Liz Long, Indie Author
16th - Tanya's Book Book
17th - Authors to Watch
18th -
19th - Fundinmental
20th - Inside the Pages of a Book
21st - Cyrstals Many Reviews
22nd - Ravenz Reviews
23rd - Jein's Journey
24th - The Bearded Scribe
25th - Stanbrookshire
26th - Cover Bound
27th - Chaotic Reader
28th - We All Make Mistakes In Books
29th - Room With Books
30th - 4covert2overt A Day in the Spotlight
30th - Stop #2 - The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something...
31st - Bianca2b

Sunday, July 28, 2013

De Ann Townes Jr. “Native American Girl” as she is known in the world of Poetry

De Ann 's  Poetry has been widely anthologized by The League of American Poets, 2005 Expressions II red book edition. Lavender Aurora, Poetry Editor of the 2006 Great Poets of the Western World and Excellence in Poetry Series.

Writer Block Periodical for the Urban Literary, Prophasee Publishing honored De Ann in their Volume 1 serial #11, September 2003 edition. She was also named Famous Poet for 2005, chosen for the Poet of the year Medallion and the Shakespeare Trophy of Excellence by The Famous Poets Society, Lavender Aurora. She is also included in “Author Niamh Clune’s” anthology “Every Child is Entitled to Innocence” her poem “Haunted Dreams and Midnight Screams”, where the proceeds go for the cause against “Child Abuse” 2012 as well as three other “Plum Tree Books” Anthology’s “Butterfly Effect” and “Song Of Sahel S.O.S.” 2012 and “All The Lonely People: Poems From Around The World”.
Her first Touchingly Amazing Book “Peer Inside My Soul and See Me” is a Multi 5 Star Collection of poetry that flows in the form of a story which includes her Artwork, and is well known around the world. Her latest Children’s Book “A King Among Prince” has sold multiple copies internationally and is also a Multi 5 Star Read. De Ann/Native is currently working on her second book of poetry, her second children’s book.
My 1rst Solo Book: “Peer Inside My Soul and See Me"
My 1rst Children’s Book: “A King Among Prince”
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Saturday, July 27, 2013


At fourteen, Bryze Brooks has no idea about her extraordinary ancestors. After her father’s death, she had grown up far away from the family manor on Ratclif Circle and the secrets it held within its walls. But everything changes when a surprise phone call leads Bryze back to the house where she comes face to face with her astonishing past. Once there, she begins to discover that all is not what it seems. Fantastic tales begin to intertwine with her reality when a magic arbor leads her into a world she never even dreamed existed. From bewitching visits at enchanted Oak Cottage, to terrifying encounters with villainous beasts of the dark, Bryze finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime as she begins to understand her royal responsibilities and what it means to be among the final descendants.

Coming July 29th, 2013

Find this and other works by Karina Gioertz on Amazon.

Meet The Author

Although Karina Gioertz has been writing for most of her life, it never quite registered with her as something out of the ordinary or worth pursuing, because it was so closely connected to who she was. It wasn't until she became a stay at home mom and finally took the time to write an entire book from beginning to end, that she understood what all of those ideas she had been jotting down all those years were really for. Since then, she has written several books, including Country Girls, Lucky In Love and Blood Bound.
While writing and motherhood have become her main focus over the years, she also enjoys many other creative activities such as painting and photography. Most sunny days she can be found in her courtyard working feverishly at painting and refurbishing old furniture…that is, of course, only if it wasn't a suitable day to spend at the beach 
Karina resides in sunny Florida with her family and two dogs and can be contacted via Facebook or Twitter.
To learn more about her work and upcoming projects visit her blog and website.

Friday, July 26, 2013


Please enjoy this interview with David Litwack, author of the gripping contemporary novel, Along the Watchtower, and the deep, dark dystopia, There Comes a Prophet. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including a Kindle Fire, $650 in Amazon gift cards, and 5 autographed copies of each book.

1.  Along the Watchtower is a powerful blend of contemporary fiction and fantasy that demands the reader’s attention from start to finish. What was your inspiration for writing this work, and for combining World of Warcraft with a casualty of war and a dream world?
I’ve always been fascinated by how we perceive reality. Think of the film Rashomon, the classic exploration of multiple realities, where several witnesses to a crime describe events completely differently, each bringing their own life experience and biases into play. But it’s when we’re ripped from our normal life and placed in extreme circumstances that our reality becomes totally fragmented. Such is the case with hospitals and war.
At the same time, I’d become engrossed in playing the online fantasy game, World of Warcraft, with my son, an avid player. With me on the east coast and him on the west, he suggested we meet weekly in the fantasy world of Azeroth—an invitation I could hardly resist. For several months, we had a Wednesday evening appointment, where our avatars would meet in this virtual world and go on quests together. I was struck by how totally immersed I could get in the game, how quickly time passed, and the surreal mood of wandering around in castles and crypts, solving riddles and following quests.
The fantasy gaming experience has a dream-like quality to it. And I began to wonder:  how would this experience affect the dreams of someone whose reality has been fragmented by war, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury.
These concepts—war, hospitals, and the fantasy world of online gaming—came together in Along the Watchtower.
2. Without giving away too much, can you introduce us to the main character Lieutenant Freddie, and tell us how he’s similar and different in both worlds he inhabits?
When Freddie comes out of his medically-induced coma in the VA hospital, he’s nearly given up hope. Everything he had to live for was gone, and he was racked with bad memories and guilt, in addition to his physical injuries.
Prince Frederick doesn’t have the luxury of giving up. If he yields to despair, the kingdom that depends on him will fall into darkness. Because of this, he’s more willing to struggle through his trials. It’s through the prince in the fantasy world that Freddie is finally able to confront and overcome his personal demons in the real world.
3. Your first novel, There Comes a Prophet, explores the roots of the dystopian fiction category while also reinventing it for a younger generation of readers. This genre boasts many great classics including Slaughterhouse V, 1984, and Brave New World to name a few. What are your favorite classic books?
Dystopia literally means dysfunctional utopia, not necessarily an evil, power-hungry regime oppressing its people, but a well-intentioned system that has lost its way, resulting in a world gone awry. My favorite such dystopian is Arthur C. Clarke’s The City and the Stars. In this near perfect world, there’s no disease, hunger or poverty, and people are effectively immortal. But all are afraid to venture outside the walls of their city or even look beyond them. The thought of the open expanse of stars in the night sky terrifies them. All of this had been put in place to protect them from some past too horrible to mention. Yet the unfulfilled aspirations of a single individual drive him to discover the lost truth and let humanity move forward again.
Lois Lowry’s The Giver is another great example. In a simple but beautiful writing style, she tells the story of a seemingly perfect world where bad memories have been abolished, except for one person, the keeper of memories. But the people are left unable to feel anything much—good or bad.
4. People read books for many different reasons. Of all the different reasons you’ve seen in reviews, can you relate one story that really stood out for you about a reader’s experience?
One reviewer read Along the Watchtower and it brought back memories of being a young college student, witnessing the twin towers fall on 9/11. The book touched him deeply, because it reminded him that, as a result of that tragic event, we’ve been at war his entire adult life. The shock he felt on 9/11 all came back to him in reading the struggles of the recovering Lt. Freddie Williams.
Interestingly enough, that same reviewer had a powerful reaction to the dystopian world of There Comes a Prophet. In that book, a ruling power limits learning and growth. This reviewer associated my story with the courageous young Malala Yousafzai, the Pakastani girl who the Taliban tried to kill for advocating education for women.
5. Along the Watchtower features a veteran’s healing process on the physical, emotional, and intellectual levels. What role do you think fantasy role-playing games and dreaming can play in a healing process?
When we’re confronted with trauma too terrible to comprehend, our mind sometimes shuts the experience out to let us heal. But the memory still lingers in our subconscious. Sometimes it’s easier to confront those feelings through fantasy, like dreams or video games, rather than facing them head on in the cruel light of reality. Then once confronted, we’re better able to move on.
6. Symbolism and description play a huge role in the opening chapters of Along the Watchtower. As the lines between reality and fantasy become more and more blurry, did you find it difficult to remember which ‘character’ you were talking as?
Freddie and Prince Frederick were undergoing the same trials at an emotional level, even though their circumstances differed. The hardest part in writing the two was to maintain a distinct voice for each—for Freddie the gritty language of the VA hospital and for Prince Frederick, more of a high fantasy tone. This difference was important to make each world believable. But since the book was written in a first person point of view, it was also critical to quickly alert the reader whenever there was a switch in worlds.
7. Ocean imagery features prominently in your book Along the Watchtower. What’s your favorite place to visit, and what scenery do you find most inspiring as an author?
I almost hate to mention this because it’s such a well-kept secret. But my favorite spot is a place called The Knob in my home town of Falmouth. It’s a raised spit of land rising up dramatically into the harbor onto a domed rock, reachable only after a half-mile walk through the woods. I’ve actually used it as a setting in my upcoming novel, The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.
8. You run a very active blog and website, though the demands of marketing yourself can be overwhelming for many authors. How do you find balance in your life, and time to enjoy your surroundings in a highly technical world? Coming from a software background, I’m sure you might have unique insights on balancing the ‘real’ world with the technical one.
I’ve spent most of my adult life in front of a computer, first as a software engineer and now as an author. The key is to take advantage of non-computer time to get out and enjoy yourself. But all writers want to be read, so you have to spend time reaching out to readers. The software equivalent was that I used to enjoy taking a break from developing software to visit customers and see how they were using what I’d developed.
9. You’ve published two books, Along the Watchtower and There Comes a Prophet. Is there anything you’d like to share with readers and your future writing plans?
I’m in late stage edits with an alternate world story called The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky. It’s about a world divided between the Blessed Lands, a place of the spirit, and the Republic, whose people worship at the altar of reason. A mysterious nine-year-old girl from the Blessed Lands sails into the lives of a troubled couple in the Republic and seems to heal everyone she meets. She reveals nothing about herself, other than to say she’s the daughter of the sea and the sky. But she harbors a secret wound she herself cannot heal.
I’m also currently planning what will be a sequel to There Comes a Prophet. I’ve always wondered what happened to Orah and Nathaniel after their world changing heroics and what became of the contemporaries of the keepmasters who had crossed the ocean. Stay tuned.
10. What do you like to do to unwind? You know, in those rare moments when you’re not writing!
Since writing and social networking are indoor activities, I try to get outside as often as possible. I go for long walks on the seashore, play some golf, bicycle, and generally try to stay active. I’m fortunate to be able to split my time between Cape Cod and Florida, both beautiful places in their respective nice seasons.

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Along the Watchtower tells of a tragic warrior lost in two worlds; a woman who may be his only way back from Hell. Get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes.
There Comes a Prophet A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a time of violence and social collapse. Nathaniel has grown up in their world of limits, longing for something more. For what are we without dreams? Get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes.
David Litwack, the once and future writer, explores the blurry line between reality and the Visit David on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Marion’s Journey

I am a writer and a healer. Join me on a journey that will change your life forever!
I love helping others to become the person they really are, to find yourself and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. This philosophy is the same for adults and children. This is how my books’ evolved.
Books and Oracle Cards authored by Marion

Facing Demons is an autobiography of my life from childhood to now.

The children’s books are beautifully illustrated story books and designed for different age groups – the ‘Star’ series is for young children of 1 to 5 years. The ‘Finding Spirit’ series is for older children of 6 years up.
Being an adventurous, spiritual lady who has been gifted with the ability write and heal I wanted to put it to good use. The result is Facing Demons – a book that shows, rather than tells, my life story from the depths of despair and near suicide to spiritual enlightenment. I learnt to self-heal and remove the demons that were hidden in the depths of my body. remove the demons that were hidden in the depths of my body.

Facing Demons full front cover copyFrom these experiences I gained strength and realized I had another gift – that of being able to heal others. Facing Demons is the story of that journey.
“This is a very honest, open and brave account of a truly remarkable woman’s experiences both in this physical realm, and in the spiritual plane.  In sharing her knowledge and discoveries with us, we can feel empowered to look at our world differently and more clearly.  Thank you for revealing your innermost thoughts with such pure altruistic intentions in order that we can help and empower ourselves.”
Take care and thank you
Rita S.H. Vinten, M.D., C.C.F.P., F.R.A.C.G.P.
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The I AM Source Guidance cards are designed to help you to receive messages and guidance from your Spirit Guides. They can guide you with messages related to any challenges you may encounter, your present life and your future. These simple cards contain beautifully crafted messages that can be life-changing. The guidebook gives expanded explanations on each card’s meaning and allows for accurate readings for yourself and others. 

I AM oracle cards is a 50 card deck with guidance for yourself or your clients. They can be used on a daily basis or if you have any questions to ask. Enjoy the cards and be confident that their messages will always be for your highest good. Cards are available for purchase.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

COLOR YOUR LIFE WITH CRYSTALS and more with Margaret Ann Lembo

Margaret Ann Lembo is the owner of
The Crystal Garden
Boynton Beach, Florida 33435

Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones (Llewellyn Worldwide) and the Angel Gemstone Oracle Cards and Color Your Life with Crystals: Your First Guide to Crystals, Color and Chakras (Earth Dancer - an imprint of Findhorn Press. 2013.) For more than twenty years, she has led workshops and classes around the country and Canada.
Margaret Ann is a spiritual entrepreneur and practitioner, aromatherapist, spoken audio recording artist and the owner of The Crystal Garden, a book store, gift store and spiritual center in Boynton Beach, FL. The Wholesale Division includes private label therapeutic quality medical grade essential oils and energetic aromatic mists created by Margaret Ann. Her audio CDs (guided meditations and more) are distributed nationally. She is dedicated to supporting successful business in the visionary industry. Visit her online at

  ~ Author page ~/Margaret Ann Lembo


Margaret Ann Lembo
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The Crystal Garden, Inc.
author of Chakra Awakening &
The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones (Llewellyn Worldwide)
Color Your Life with Crystals! (Findhorn Press)Angel Gemstone Oracle Deck
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

We are all inexorably drawn towards enlightenment. Our collective choice is how long it will take… SIMON BOYLAN

Joshua Black is a man in crisis. Having lived for a decade numb by material distractions and fleeting pleasures, he is suddenly ripped violently from his comfortable slumber. Reminded of his lost love and his former quest for meaning, he is compelled to travel the world in search of answers. Encountering philosophers and scientists, doctors and sages, he finds answers to questions he never thought to ask and meaning that he never thought possible. Made aware of the unlimited possibilities that surround us, Josh is constantly reminded that our lives are all reflections of the choices we make. His journey leads him to make critical decisions that will change his life forever...

Image of Simon BoylanSimon Boylan (born 16th March 1976) is an author, filmmaker and personal development specialist. He completed his honors degree in Philosophy at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and has gone on to study Chinese Medicine and various Eastern healing modalities. Simon has practiced Qigong for over a decade and is well versed in Asian meditative and spiritual traditions. He is the author of the novel 'Spirits at the Dawn of Day' and focuses on creative projects that help promote individual and collective spiritual evolution.

Sunday, July 21, 2013



What is your book about?

Secrets Revealed is a suspenseful-romance novel about Melanie O’Shaugnessy, a Broadway actress, and her husband, Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Carlisle.  After a year of living on opposite ends of the country for work, the newlyweds take a break from the spotlight and spend time with family.  During their hiatus, a secret from Melanie’s past comes to light.  At first the couple fears the secret will tarnish Melanie’s reputation.  They soon learn that the secret may end one of their lives.  

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

I have tried several different techniques. 

The free-style technique causes me to write a sweet novel without including a plot.  (Readers snore)

Plotting every move stifles my characters and their story. (I snore) 

My writing style falls somewhere in the middle.  I jot down ideas so I know the path my characters should take.  Before I write a scene, I allow the plot to play out in my head.  This tactic allows me to imagine character reactions and movements.  It helps the characters evolve from one-dimensional stick figures into two-dimensional characters.

Who gets to read your drafts before they're published?

My mother and sister read the entire novel several times. They are involved in every step of the writing process. Once it is polished, I share portions of the story with my writing groups and some friends and family members.

Do you need visual media to describe people or places? (Some authors use pics. out of magazines)

Absolutely.  This is one of my favorite parts of creating the story.  I flip through magazines looking for pictures similar to the characters that are living in my head.  I also search magazines for clothing that I imagine my characters would wear.  Finally, I search the internet for pictures of houses or apartments.  Everything is glued on a huge sheet of paper that hangs on the wall by my computer.


Favorite snack when writing.

I bring a bowl of sliced apples to my office every day, feed it to my dog and eat candy hidden in my desk drawer.


Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you for taking the time to read about me.  I am excited for the release of Secrets Revealed and hope you enjoy it.  I welcome you to stop by my Facebook page or website to share your thoughts and play some games. 


Where can readers find you and your book(s) online?

Katie Mcknight - Author PageOn August 1, 2013, digital copies of my book can be purchased at  On August 5, 2013, paperback and digital copies can be purchased on Amazon, ITunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. 

I can be found on the following sites: