Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Interview: Ashlee McNicol

This isn’t a game anymore.
The fall of the Safe Havens is close. A series of keys have been lost throughout the Four Worlds, causing our wildest dreams to come to life. As deceptions fuse with the truth, one girl is chosen to follow her people’s legacy and unlock the secrets that keep the worlds bound. These secrets are just the beginning, for she unravels a puzzle that she never could have imagined.
Led by a mysterious entity and a series of magical objects, she journeys to the unknown to meet the ones who started it all. However, defying magic comes with some consequences, as she risks exposing her secret. On this quest, failure is not an option, for once she starts, she can’t go back. There is nowhere to go. They are coming for her.
Interview with Ashlee McNicol
Gladden: What inspired you to begin writing?
McNicol: I started writing when I was second grade by a mere glance at a window suggesting that I should “write a book.” The thought was delightful to me, and I have been writing ever since. My fantasy worlds have only just began.

Gladden: Would you classify your writing more as plot driven or character driven?

McNicol: I would have to say more character driven because the characters lead my stories. Half of the time, they don’t listen to me anyway! I have to force them to stick with the same plot. Yet, when I do that, the story deteriorates. I just have to let them be and let them do what they were made to do. 

Gladden: Can you tell us a little about your main character?

 McNicol: The main character in the Secrets of Ghastillanda Series is an eighteen-year-old girl named Mrsorri Hall. She is a resilient girl of many shades. She is often referred to as a survivor and as the homage goes, she will do anything to survive.

Gladden: Without giving away too much, tell us a little about the main conflict in this book.

McNicol: The Four Worlds are breaking apart, and only one person can bring them together. Yet, she can’t do it without the help of some very strange pieces in the game of Ghastillanda.

Gladden: What do you hope readers take away from your book?

McNicol: I want to inspire young kids to dig into imagination. From the book in specific, I want them to learn more about the societies present between the Four Worlds. I hope to get them to think critically and investigate how these worlds were created. I want them to envision things with their mind and picture the fantasy setting.

Gladden: Now for a few fun questions! What song best describes your writing style?

 McNicol: I am going to have to say Sail by Awolnation. It gets me pumped and exerts action into the pages. The same themes are present in my book.

Gladden: Night Owl or Early Bird?

McNicol: I love sleep, but I know I am much more inclined to stay up into the wee hours of the night versus waking up at ungodly hours during the weekend. I vote Night Owl! Good question.

Gladden: Skittle or M&Ms?

McNicol: Peanut M&Ms! Love chocolate and peanut butter together. YUM.

Gladden: Who are your favorite authors?

McNicol: I am most influenced by young adult fantasy writers because I feel they really help kids expand their imaginations and live in different worlds. My particular favorites include Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, and J.K. Rowling, of course. I love their writing, and am constantly inspired by the voices they use when portraying characters. Their premises are unique. That intrigues me, and makes me want to keep reading more. 

Gladden: Can you tell us about your future projects?

McNicol: I have several in the works at the moment, but the series itself is expecting some giant twists and turns in the next couple of books. The main character, Mrsorri, will be unlocking a series of secrets as the books go along, and you will slowly figure out where she came from and why she has her secret in the first place.  

About the Author
Ashlee spent her childhood bringing imagination to life by writing short stories that she converted to books with the help of some glue, paper, and staples. By the time she was nine, she completed hundreds of short stories that soon lined the shelves in the local Washington state elementary library.
Those short stories shaped her writing career, which has now launched to include over fifty full-length young adult novels, waiting to be read. Ashlee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Eastern New Mexico University and serves as her own publicist. Currently, she is crafting the Secrets of Ghastillanda Series and hopes to have all five books released by the end of 2015. You can expect this to happen because if you know her personally, you know she never backs down from a challenge.

For Eternity Release Day!

After what seems like forever, the final installment in
the FOR ALWAYS series is finally here!

In a world of Darkness, one must hold fast to the Light...

When Malyn Reed, seer of ghosts, fell in love with one, she knew it wouldn't end well, but when love pleaded with her heart, she was unable to deny it. Falling hard for the sexy, southern gentleman, Beau Brogan, who died in 1910, her already strange life quickly turned into a life she'd never imagined, filled with love and heartache that would change her... for always

When Beau Brogan died, left to haunt his homestead for over a century, he thought it was his hell on earth, until Malyn Reed moved in. Stealing the heart that hadn't beat in over one-hundred years, she gave him a new life that he'd never known, even while he was alive. But like his life, their time together came to an untimely end and they were forced to say goodbye... for now.

In this third and final installment of the For Always series, love will be tested in ways that Beau and Malyn aren't prepared for. During the battle of good and evil—Darkness and Light—choices will have to be made and sides taken. Unbeknownst to Beau, one final decision will change everything... for eternity

Their love survived beyond Beau's death, 
but can it survive beyond his absence 
and the Darkness that threatens them all?


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To help me celebrate,
several other Limitless Publishing authors
are joining me for a fun-filled day of
take-overs, giveaways, and more! 

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Participating authors include:
Jonathan Yanez
The Beast Within | The Trials | The Judge |  Zero |  Alan Price and the Colossus of Rhodes
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Wizards Rule by Kasi Blake

WIZARDS RULE: Pre-Order Your Copy Today

After three years, the fourth book in the Rule Series is finally available for pre-order at Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, and the iBook store.

If you haven’t read Vampires Rule yet, it is free at the above mentioned places.  What is it about?

Unhappy as a vampire, Jack returns to his childhood home every year for a nostalgic tour, but this time is different.  A freak incident restores his mortality and takes away his fangs.  A second chance to be human.  All Jack wants is to have a normal life, but what’s normal about a werewolf English teacher, a girlfriend who happens to be THE werewolf hunter, and a brother who can’t decide if he wants to welcome home his brother or stake him through the heart to be on the safe side.

Being human isn’t as easy as Jack remembers.  Although he hates to admit it, he misses his powers.  Then his new girlfriend lets him in on a little secret.  She has a journal written by a faerie thousands of years ago, and that fairy had seen the future.  Jack is destined to battle the head werewolf and save the world from an army of hairy beasts.  How is he going to do it as a mortal?  The faerie handed down a magic rock along with the journal.  It can only be used once.  Problem is Jack doesn’t want to use it against the head werewolf, a man who never did anything to him, especially not when he has another target in mind.  The werewolf that murdered his parents is still on the loose. 

Jack has a choice to make.  Will he kill a werewolf who might build an army, or will he seek his revenge against the one that took his family away?

WIZARDS RULE continues on two years after the third book ended.  Join Jack and Silver as they reunite to fight a new enemy.

The reviews for Vampires Rule are awesome.  Get your free digital copy today and find out why so many are talking about it.

Get your copy early and save! Wizard's Rule is only $2.99 before it's release on November 10th!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Interview: Judith Starkston

Today I'm pleased to Welcome Judith Starkston to the blog to talk about her new book, "Hand of Fire." 

But first, a little about "Hand of Fire." 

The Trojan War threatens Troy’s allies and the Greek supply raids spread. A young healing priestess, designated as future queen, must defend her city against both divine anger and invading Greeks. She finds strength in visions of a handsome warrior god; will that be enough when the half-immortal Achilles attacks? Hand of Fire, a tale of resilience and hope, blends history and legend in the untold story of Achilles’s famous captive, Briseis. 

In the Iliad, Homer gives only a few lines to Briseis, the captive woman who sparked the bitter conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon. Hand of Fire brings Briseis to life against this mythic backdrop. Thrust into leadership as a young woman, she must protect her family and city. Sickness and war threaten. She gains much-needed strength from visions of a handsome warrior god, but will that be enough when the mighty, half-immortal Achilles attacks? 

  1. What inspired you to write this book?
It may sound strange, but I began to write in order to answer a question that had bothered me for a long time. For years I’d taught the Iliad, Homer’s epic poem of the Trojan War, and kept wondering with my students how Briseis, the captive woman who sparked the bitter conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon, could possibly have loved Achilles.

The Greek had killed her husband and brothers, destroyed her city and turned her from princess to slave—hardly a heartwarming courtship. She is central to the plot and yet she gets only a handful of lines. In those few words, the one clear notion expressed is her sorrow when she is forced to leave Achilles.

I should say I always liked Achilles, the existential hero who calls the whole war into question—which shows he’s no brainwasher—so the answer wasn’t some ancient version of Stockholm Syndrome.

  1. Would you classify your writing more as plot driven or character driven?

Hand of Fire is very much character driven. I wanted to figure out who Briseis could have been—after a while she became very real to me and when I found myself struggling with a scene it usually meant I was trying to make Briseis do something that simply wasn’t in her nature.

Achilles stumped me for the longest time. He’s larger than life, half-immortal and deeply conflicted. In an early version I had him as one of the point-of-view characters, but it didn’t work. I couldn’t hear his voice. I finally wrote his part of the story as epic poetry in iambic pentameter, which is the closest I could get in English to the hexameter verse of Homer. Once I used a medium that was mythological and writ large, he gradually revealed himself. Later I used that understanding to remove the poetry and slide in his character in the more standard format of scenes.

The manuscript I’m working on now is a mystery and for that I find I had to develop a plot outline early on, but even so the characters keep shifting that plot around to suit themselves. Characters are a very bossy lot once you let them get into your imagination.

  1. Can you tell us a little about your main character?
Briseis is essential to the plot of the Iliad, and yet we only know that she was a princess captured by Achilles. To develop who she was I needed both an understanding of what she could plausibly have done in the course her life and her inner psychology.

Intriguingly, the world Briseis lived in—the details of its everyday life, religious beliefs, language, etc. have only come to light recently—dug from the earth by contemporary archaeologists. The cuneiform libraries of ancient Anatolia (modern Turkey) and the Hittite Empire, where Troy and Briseis’s city of Lyrnessos were situated, have begun to be translated and provided the material I needed. I discovered in the evidence a powerful role for Briseis, that of a healing priestess, called in Hittite a hasawa.

That role made perfect sense for a woman who fell in love with Achilles, the warrior who is also a healer and a bard. The stories—one taken from clay-recorded history and one from mythology—meshed and a strong-willed redhead began to form in my imagination.

Briseis is a smart young woman in an ancient culture that, counter to our modern stereotypes of the past, expects her to be powerful, literate and a leader. Briseis succeeds in rising to those expectations despite the circumstances arrayed against her—and she’s strong enough to take on the mightiest of the Greek heroes.

  1. Without giving away too much, tell us a little about the main conflict in this book.
There’s conflict on two levels, as is often the case. A Greek army attacks and destroys most of what Briseis holds dear—battles, raids and rape make for vivid external conflict, but there’s the inner side of that violence also. I was very interested in how some people, women especially, can survive great tragedy and violence against them, even managing to take delight in what life still has to offer. Part of that inner survival for Briseis involves coming to terms with Achilles—the man who slaughtered her loved ones and yet offers her love. Can she return that feeling without destroying herself?

  1. What do you hope readers take away from your book?
Despite being a book about war with a lot of death and violence, the fundamental theme of Hand of Fire is one of hope. I think people will come away with a renewed sense of the resiliency of humanity and of women in particular.

Also, my aim was to build the Bronze Age world of these Greeks and Trojans vividly enough that readers feel like they’ve lived there. For most people, that’s a new and exotic world and yet it will feel surprisingly familiar in some ways. I guess you could call Hand of Fire historical escapism with a positive message.

  1. Now for a few fun questions! What song best describes your writing style?
Instead of a particular song, I guess I’ll go with a jazz improvisation. You hear familiar tunes from other times and places—I use mythology and history throughout—and as far as how I compose, I meander all over and then find my rhythm eventually.

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  1. Night Owl or Early Bird?
Definitely an early bird. By evening I’m brain dead. It takes some serious caffeine to fire my mental and physical engines in the morning, and walking my golden retriever helps jiggle me awake, but I get my best work done first thing in the morning.

  1. Skittles or M&M’s?
I would be thrown out of my family if I ever sided with anything other than chocolate.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?
I dread this question because it’s like choosing among your children. The truth is frequently that my favorite author is whomever I’m reading at the moment.

Major influences include Victorian writers like George Eliot, Wilkie Collins and Charlotte Bronte, and in Greek lit, the Iliad, obviously, and there I’d recommend the Lombardo translation to anyone giving Homer a try.

Among contemporary writers here’s a somewhat random list of authors I’ve really loved that also reveals my various reading personalities: P.D. James, Priscilla Royal, Ellen Feldman, Rhys Bowen, Kelli Stanley, Rebecca Cantrell, Nancy Bilyeau, Elizabeth Speller, Geraldine Brooks, Jacqueline Winspear, Alice McDermott and Isabel Allende.

  1. Can you tell us about your future projects?
I’m in the middle of a historical mystery featuring the Hittite Queen Puduhepa as “sleuth.” She would be as famous as Cleopatra if she hadn’t been buried by the sands of time. Her seal is on the first extant peace treaty in history next to her foe, Pharaoh Ramses II. Now that she’s been dug out, I’ve taken her remarkable personality, which seems perfectly suited for solving mysteries, and I am writing a series. She ruled from her teens until she was at least eighty, so I think this series may outlast me.

Hand of Fire will be followed by at least one sequel and possibly a prequel of sorts focusing on Iphigenia and Achilles. This spring I made a research trip to Cyprus because the sequel to Hand of Fire will end up there—but it’d be a spoiler if I revealed how or why. (Also I’d have to know the answer to both of those and I’m not entirely sure yet…) Suffice to say Cyprus is a beautiful and dramatic island with a density of Bronze Age archaeological sites that is almost alarming. My husband and I had a delightful trip and maybe that’s reason enough.

Meet the Author

Judith Starkston writes historical fiction and mysteries set in Troy and the Hittite Empire. Her novel, Hand of Fire (Fireship Press September 2014), tells Briseis’s story, the captive woman who sparked the bitter conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon in the Iliad. Starkston is a classicist (B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, M.A. Cornell University) who taught high school English, Latin and humanities. She and her husband have two grown children and live in Arizona with their golden retriever Socrates.

An excerpt from Hand of Fire, book reviews, ancient recipes, historical tidbits as well as on-going information about the historical fiction community can be found on Starkston’s website www.judithstarkston.com. You can also connect with Judith Starkston on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/judy.starkston) or on Twitter (https://twitter.com/JudithStarkston).

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Praise for Hand of Fire

Advance Praise:

But what is the difference between a good historical novel and a brilliant one?
I suggest you read Judith Starkston’s Hand of Fire and you’ll discover the answer." Helen Hollick, 
Historical Novels Review Editor and author of Forever Queen

"In Hand of Fire, Starkston's careful research brings ancient Greece and Troy to life with passion and grace. This haunting and insightful novel makes you ache for a mortal woman, Briseis, in love with a half-god, Achilles, as she fights to make her own destiny in a world of capricious gods and warriors. I devoured this page-turning escape from the modern world!" -- Rebecca Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of The World Beneath

“In her portrayal of Briseis, Judith Starkston has cast a bright light on one of the Iliad's most intriguing sub-plots. With her fast-paced story, three-dimensional characters, and fascinating cultural details, Starkston has given historical fiction fans a tale to remember.” –Priscilla Royal, author of Covenant with Hell

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Release: Shark Out Of Water by DelSheree Gladden

Celebrating the Release of
Shark Out of Water
Date Shark Series (Book 2)
by DelSheree Gladden

Guy Saint Laurent is too busy cursing his sister for roping him into taking over Eli's Date Shark business to prepare himself for the slew of bizarre women he's about to get involved with. This is the last venture he intended to take on, but somehow he's just become Chicago's newest, most reluctant Date Shark. 

On top of dealing with bug-toting, mothering, obsessive women, Guy faces personal tragedy that changes his outlook on life, whether he wants it to or not. He's not sure what it is about Charlotte Brooks that draws him in, but getting her off his mind after a brief encounter proves impossible. 

As Charlotte tries to help Guy deal with his loss, he begins to get the impression she's hiding something from him. He knows he could simply walk away, continue as he always has, but he suspects whatever she's hiding, she won't be able to face it alone. 

Charlotte is the one woman who can capture his attention, but she may also be the one woman capable of breaking him.

Charlotte was breathless when he pulled back, and the plaintive expression on her face killed him, but he had accomplished his goal. He gestured to the IV hooked to her arm and Charlotte stared at it in surprise. “I didn’t even feel it!”
“I told you I could distract you.”
“Damn near distracted me, too,” the nurse muttered. 


Vance was smart enough to see signs that Guy was now on the defensive. He redirected, asking, “Tell me about Charlotte. Why are you having deep conversations with her instead of flirting and seducing her back to your flat?”
Sulking like a child, Guy muttered, “Je ne sais pas.”
“You don’t know?” That seemed to truly surprise Vance. “Well, I suggest you find out.”
“What?” Guy snapped. “That is your advice to me? Find out?”
Vance nodded. “Oui, mon ami. Find out why Charlotte has done what it has taken me years and years to do. Why let down your barrier between public and private for someone you barely know when I had to practically force you to do the same thing today.”
“Why?” Vance repeated. “Because you need to know. You won’t stop obsessing about her until you do.”
Obsédé? Who says I am obsessing over her?”
Vance folded his arms across his chest. “She is in your thoughts so much that you mentioned her name when you clearly had no intention of revealing her to me.” Leaning forward, he looked at his friend seriously. “Guy, I have known you for a long time. You have surprised me today, but I know how you can be like a dog with a bone. You’ll drive yourself crazy wondering what it is about Charlotte that got past your defenses until it either drives you crazy or you figure it out. Given the line of work we’re in, I’d suggest figuring it out.”
“I thought I was here to talk about Patricia,” Guy grumbled.
Leaning back with a smirk, Vance said, “We are. Just had to find something you wanted to talk about even less to spur you on, apparently.” He shook his head when Guy rolled his eyes. “Something else is bothering you when it comes to Patricia. The funeral is tomorrow. You’re avoiding talking about it. Why?”
Guy did not respond right away. His breathing escalated to the point that Vance reached forward and put a hand on his shoulder. “Her parents… they came to see me at the hospital.”
“How did they react?”
Shaking his head, he still struggled to understand their reaction. Instead of answering Vance’s new question, he answered the original one. “They requested I stand as a pallbearer.” His head fell into his hands. “I don’t know if I can. It is too difficult.”
“It will undoubtedly be difficult,” Vance said with compassion, “but it is difficult for Patricia’s parents as well. They see you as the one person who truly tried to help her. I think it comforts them to think of you being there to help her on this one last transition.”
“I don’t know if I can do this for them.”
Vance squeezed Guy’s shoulder. “You don’t have to if it is too much.”
“Not doing it feels like a betrayal of Patricia.”
“Guy, don’t make this about Patricia or her parents. What do you feel comfortable with and how do you want to say goodbye to Patricia?”
That was not an easy question. Guy sank back into the chair. Vance waited with the patience of a saint as Guy forced himself to confront the answers. He had been through so much with Patricia, watched her move forward only to fall so far again and again. She never stopped trying, and he never stopped trying to help her. “I want to help her this one last time,” Guy said finally.
“Then call Patricia’s parents when you get home and tell them you’ll be there.”
Feeling more at peace, Guy nodded.
“Stephanie and I will be there as well.” Vance held his friend’s gaze for a moment longer, making sure he knew he did not have to face the funeral alone. When Guy’s shoulders relaxed, Vance sat back. “Now why don’t you tell me about the day you met Patricia?”
As Guy began recounting the first time Patricia came into the crisis center wanting to talk about everything from the side effects of the medications she was taking to how her puppy would not stop peeing on her kitchen floor, his thoughts returned to Vance’s earlier challenge. Patricia had struck a chord with him, and so had Charlotte, in surprisingly similar ways. He understood why he has connected with Patricia, a struggling and confused young woman, but Charlotte was more of a mystery. What would it take to find out why Charlotte had affected him so much? 

Date Shark (Book 1)


DelSheree Gladden
DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist.

Interview: Tekla Dennison Miller

Today I'm pleased to welcome Tekla Miller to the blog!

1. What inspired you to begin writing?

Authors are always asked when they knew that they wanted to be a writer. It never occurred to me that I would one-day be a published author. When I retired early my friends urged me to write about my twenty-year career with the Michigan Department of Corrections including as a warden of a men’s maximum security prison. But I brushed them off. After all the most exciting material I had written all those years were my monthly reports and annual budgets. Trust me, these don’t make best-seller material.

The transition from a challenging work world to retirement might have been easier if I had mapped out my future. The only plan I had made, however, was when I could access my retirement money. Yet all that agonizing about what I would do with the rest of my life didn’t foretell the direction my future would take. That revelation came to me after one specific event. Tired of staring at the walls in my home, I determined to do what so many of my predecessors had done–I became a consultant. Within a month of that decision I got my first job. I was hired to be a keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association conference on the female offender. I was flown to Boston, put up in a nice hotel, chauffeured around and paid $500 for a thirty-minute speech. I was delighted and knew I had made the correct choice. I couldn’t make that much money for a half hour of writing, especially when I didn’t have the skills.

When I got home I promptly deposited my $500 check and made plans on how to spend it. Shortly after, the bank notified me that the check bounced. “How can this be?” I asked the teller. “It’s written on the Sheriffs’ Association’s account?”

Little did I know that by the time I had contacted the association, the executive director was under investigation for mismanagement of funds. When I discovered this, I told myself, “Perhaps consulting isn’t meant for me. I should try writing. What did I have to lose? I couldn’t have a worse experience.” But first, I bought a computer, learned how to type and took creative writing classes.

Now at seventy-one I have published three memoirs: The Warden Wore Pink, A Bowl of Cherries, and Mother Rabbit and several non-fiction articles, essays and stories, and 2 novels in the Chad Wilbanks series, Life Sentences, and Inevitable Sentences,

2. Would you classify your writing more as plot driven or character driven?

Most of my writing is about women’s struggles and their courage to overcome obstacles. So I believe my plots are character driven.

3. Can you tell us a little about your main character?

Mother Rabbit is the true story of Alyce Bonura, the Bunny Mother for Chicago's famous Playboy Club in the tumultuous 1960s ...this could be the dream job of a lifetime or the toughest challenge.

Alyce is a single mother who takes a position as the Bunny Mother of the Chicago Playboy Club to not only flee from a negative relationship but to pursue a career that guarantees financial freedom and upward mobility. Unfortunately, all is not what is assured or expected.

4. Without giving away too much, tell us a little about the main conflict in this book.

Mother Rabbit is the story about a woman like so many in the 1960’s, caught between living according to traditional social mores and pursuing the promises of the feminist movement. Alyce’s stint as the Bunny Mother is set during a particularly turbulent era when such a secluded environment as the Playboy Club is affected by the Viet Nam War, the Apollo 1 tragedy and back alley abortions. Alyce’s story pays tribute to the women who had the courage to break free from the oppressive standards of the day while also dealing with the universal dilemmas of single mothers including abuse, financial crises, the special difficulties of parenthood and the quest for self-fulfillment.

5. What do you hope readers take away from your book?

There are several reasons Alyce’s story is important. Foremost is for all women, especially the younger generations to recognize the struggles women had to survive and the battles they had to fight so they could have the “equality” with men they have today. The second reason is to inspire women to be confident, accept oneself, to be resilient and not to give up on their dreams regardless of the constraints and limits society still tries to place on us as women. The third reason is tied somewhat to the second. We need to be aware that what women have achieved since the 1960’s can easily be eroded if we are negligent in our resolve to maintain our position. Each day we are confronted with attempts to wear away what has been hard fought for and achieved. If we let this happen we not only won’t continue to move forward, we will regress.

6. Night Owl or Early Bird?

Early Bird. I am up at 5:30 am every day and walking my dogs by 6am.

7. Skittle or M&Ms?

M &M’s—or anything chocolate.

8. Who are your favorite authors?

I love Donna Leone and her Brunetti mysteries set in Venice. Other favorites are: Anne Lamott, Anne Tyler, Maya Angelou, Louise Erdrich, David Gutherson, and Ernest J Gaines. And my favorite memoir is Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner

9. Can you tell us about your future projects?

I have completed another work of fiction titled Ten Hours in July that still needs some tweaking. It is a suspense inspired by my experiences during a twenty-year career with the Michigan Department of Corrections. It is a weave of fiction with the true crime. The antagonist, Lily Hood has manipulated her four sons as her accomplices during a lifetime of spectacular scams. Now, having bankrupted her family and run out of suckers to con, she resorts to a violent, murderous payback. This time the victims are the police. But the African-American Police Chief Jefferson Quarles and the Lebanese-American hostage negotiator Nadia Barakat are determined that for once, Lily Hood won’t be calling all the shots.

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The Warden Wore Pink

A Bowl of Cherries

Life Sentences

Inevitable Sentences

Monday, October 20, 2014

Interview: Nicky Peacock @NickyP_author

Today I'm pleased to welcome author, Nicky Peacock, to the blog to talk about her new book, "Bad Blood."

What inspired you to begin writing?

I've always wanted to be a writer, so I have been chasing that dream all my life. I have quite a dark and twisted imagination, so find that writing really helps to purge it.

Would you classify your writing more as plot driven or character driven?

I'd like to think a bit of both. I like action in my books and hate to read stories that make the promise of nail-biting hard hitting action, but don't deliver it, or do then spend the next 100 pages talking about what just happened. I do find though, that when I write, characters almost develop themselves. They organically grow out from a good plot - more often than not, I end up with a character that I didn't start with!

Can you tell us a little about your main character?

Britannia is really fun to write. She has a very dry sense of humor and an interesting outlook on life in general. Being a vampire, she's been around for a while and although lives in the world, feels very much apart from it. She's very protective (which is a good trait for the story) but has a stubborn streak a mile wide. Oddly I can find myself in a battle of wills with her to make her do something I need to happen in the book to move the story forward, even worse, sometimes I lose that battle.

Without giving away too much, tell us a little about the main conflict in this book.

The vampires in the book are enemies, but are forced to work together so the initial physical conflict starts there. But through the book things start to change and the main character, Brit realises that a lot of what she thought happened in the past, didn't really happen - which then spirals her into more of an emotional conflict. There's also her personality in general. She's used to be alone, but now has to work as part of a team. She's also never thought much about the humans around her, and now that she's interacting with them more, she starts to find herself as part of a 'family' which is something she's wanted, but thought she couldn't have.

What do you hope readers take away from your book?

I hope they finish the book wanting to read the next one. That they like Brit and can identify with her as a leading character. I've tried to make it so that the reader has more of an insight to what is going on, than the characters themselves. I enjoy writing action scenes and firmly believe that they shouldn't just be the crescendo at the end of a book, but should be throughout. To be honest, I just hope that readers enjoy it, because without readers who want to read your work - a writer has no one to actually write for.

Now for a few fun questions! What song best describes your writing style?

I think the song changes depending on what I'm writing. For Bad Blood, it would have to be Linkin Parks' 'A Light That Never Comes' as I listened to this a lot when writing it, and for me is Britannia's theme song.

Night Owl or Early Bird?

I'm an odd hybrid of both.

Skittle or M&Ms?

I can't have both? I guess if I was made to choose I'd go M&Ms (especially if they are the coconut or crispy ones)

Who are your favorite authors?

I have soooo many. Here's a just a few: Charlaine Harris, Laurell K Hamilton, Laura Whitcomb, Poppy Z Brite, Cherie Priest, Jenn Bennett, Kelley Armstrong, Charlie Higson and Roald Dahl.

Can you tell us about your future projects?

They are all top secret. I'll never tell... okay you twisted my arm! I've just finished a horror novella and am beavering away on the second book to Bad Blood, Bad Timing and also an adult urban fantasy re-telling of a Hans Christian Anderson fairy story.

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