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The Ghost in Exile Book Tour and Giveaway


 
Genre: 
Fantasy
Publisher: Bewitching Fables Press
Date of Release: November 2016
Pages: 243 pages
Links: Good ReadsAmazon

The Ghost is going to hell. Not even the goddess can forgive his sins: assassin, oath-breaker, traitor (an affair with the queen earned him that title). No one can ever learn the princess is his daughter. To keep this secret, he flees to the land that turned him from a simple stable groom into an infamous killer.

His mission now? To find evildoers and take them to hell with him. But when an impulsive act of heroism saddles him with a damsel who refuses to be distressed, her resilience forces him to questions why he really ran from his daughter.

*While The Ghost in Exile is related to the Kronicles of Korthlundia, it is not part of the series and can be read as a standalone!

Five years had dulled The Ghost’s memory of the horrors of the Saloynan capital. Beggars were everywhere—young children and old men and women, emaciated and covered in running sores. In the poorer sections of the city, sewage ran down the middle of the streets. Whores, far younger than his daughter, plied their trade, and a few bodies of those who’d frozen in the night hadn’t yet been gathered up. The capital of Korthlundia was not without problems, but poverty was nowhere near this widespread or abject. In Saloyna, King Salome, like his father before him, cared nothing about his people. They starved while he lived in luxury that would empty the Korthlundian treasury.

The Ghost was relieved to reach the temple complex, which was kept clean and free of beggars. In sharp contrast to Ares’s temple, Aphrodite’s shone a brilliant white with carvings of lovers frolicking in every imaginable position. While The Ghost had seen Aphrodite’s temple every time he visited Ares’s, he had never been inside. The only thing a woman’s love had ever done for him was ruin his life and send him into exile when he had been only eighteen years old.

When he entered the temple, he was greeted by soft music and delicate perfume. Young women and men—acolytes of Aphrodite—in sheer robes that concealed nothing, danced in celebration of the goddess. Worshipers watched the dance until they found an acolyte to their liking. They gave the priestess the proper donation and disappeared with the acolyte into one of the private rooms that lined one wall of the temple, where they worshiped the goddess in a more intimate manner. Some of the acolytes danced near him. He examined their necks until he saw the one wearing a vulture pendant. He took the young woman’s arm and led her to the priestess. “I’ll take this one,” he told her.
The priestess looked him over and nodded. “Chrysante, make sure this gentleman receives our special treatment.”

Chrysante led him toward the rear of the temple. She opened a door, and they entered a room with nothing other than an altar. Climbing onto the altar, Chrysante purred, “Would you like to take your pleasure on Aphrodite’s altar before meeting your guests? Ares’s high priest said you might, and it will bring you luck with the young woman who accompanies him.” Chrysante arched her back, making her breasts stand out beneath the sheer fabric.
Embarrassed, The Ghost felt himself harden. “I would not,” he snapped.


From early childhood, Jamie has been immersed in books. Her mother, an avid reader, read to her, and her older sister filled her head with fairy tales. Taking into consideration her love for literature and the challenges of supporting herself as a writer, she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. But in doing so, she put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. Then one day, in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized that what she wanted to be doing was writing fantasy novels. Her muse thus revived, she began the book that was to become The Goddess’s Choice. The second volume in the series, The Soul Stone, will be released on June 25, 2015.

She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband, son, and four cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. Her short fiction has been published on Short-Story.Me, and my story was chosen for inclusion in their annual anthology. It has also appeared in the anthologies—Urban Fantasy (KY Story, 2013) and Of Dragon and Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds (Witty Bard Publishing, 2014)—The World of Myth, A Writer’s Haven, and Bards & Sages.

Other Books:

Goddess Choice | Soul Stone

Links:

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eBooks of all three novels in the series: The Goddess’s Choice, The Soul Stone, and The Ghost in Exile; an autographed print copy of The Ghost in Exile (U.S. only), and a $25 Amazon gift card.

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Crown of Stones Trilogy Book Tour & Giveaway

Book One: Magic Price

 
Genre: 
Epic Fantasy
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Release: December 9, 2013
Pages: 502 pages
Links: Good ReadsAmazon

Ian Troy is one of the Shinree, a fallen people with an inherent addiction to magic. Scorned and reviled for the deadly side of their spells, the Shinree are bred as slaves. Their magic is suppressed by drugs and used only as it serves the purposes of the other races.

Descended from a long line of soldiers, Ian is conscripted into the Rellan army and made to fight in their longstanding conflict against the ruthless Langorian invaders. The downfall of Rella imminent, Ian goes against orders and turns to the Crown of Stones, an ancient Shinree relic of untold power. Ignorant of its true purpose, Ian uses the crown to end the war, and pays a terrible price.

A decade later, still tortured by the aftermath of that day, Ian lives as a bounty hunter in self-imposed exile. Having renounced his magical heritage, he curbs his obsession with a steady stream of wine and regret. He struggles to put it all behind him, until a fateful encounter with a pretty assassin brings Ian’s past crashing into the present.

Targeted by a rogue Shinree, and a ruthless old enemy, Ian is forced to use magic again. His deadly addiction is rekindled and his life of isolation is brought to a swift end. With the land he gave up everything to protect once more in jeopardy, and his people’s future at stake, Ian becomes embroiled in a violent race for control of the Crown of Stones. To save the realms and those he cares for, Ian must embrace the thing he fears most: his own power.

Her hand, that only a moment ago had caressed me, struck my face. “My husband forced your service in this army upon us both. And from day one, when you stood in my tent, a young man, eager to please, drooling with the urge to cast, I made it plain that this conflict would not be solved with magic. It’s dishonorable. I don’t trust it. I forbid it. You are my best soldier, Troy. I have given you free reign in my bed, but not out here. Not in battle. Ever. Is that clear?”Staring at her, my heart went cold. “I don’t think I can do this anymore. Fighting as half a man. Ashamed of what I am because you don’t approve. I’m not just a soldier.” I held up the sword in my hand. I called to the stones embedded in the leather-wrapped handle and they began to glow. Their vibrations pressed in through my skin, down into my veins, and the uncertainty washed away. “I’m a Shinree soldier.”
“Put that magic away,” she scolded. “Do you want to kill us all?”
“I can control it.”
“Can you?” Her eyes were harsh. “Can you promise that when your spell steals the strength it needs to be born, that it won’t steal from my men? That it won’t steal from me? Your magic is a disease, Ian. Your need for it, your addiction, clouds your judgment. It threatens us all and undermines my orders.”
“Your orders contradict my duty to keep Rella safe. I’ve tried to pretend they didn’t. I’ve tried to be what you wanted. But I can’t. I’m Shinree, Ayla. I am magic. And if you don’t untie my hands, we will all die here today.”

Book Two: Magic Scars


Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Release: December 29, 2014
Pages: 486 pages
Links: Good ReadsAmazon

Magic doesn’t wound the same as a sword.

The story of Ian Troy continues in Magic-Scars, the second installment in C. L. Schneider’s riveting epic fantasy trilogy, The Crown of Stones.

Captured by his old enemy, King Draken of Langor, Shinree magic user Ian Troy was sentenced to prison. Tortured and drugged, robbed of his will, his memories, and his magic, Ian was made to do unspeakable things. Rescued, as his body slowly rids itself of the drug, Ian realizes he has returned to an unfamiliar world gripped with fear. In the wake of his fall, those he cared for were left to their own grim fates. Draken has seized control of the realms and named himself High King. His brutal rein has sparked a desperate rebellion that Ian now finds himself a part of. His one task: recover and repair the Crown of Stones, in hopes it will tip the balance in the revolution that is brewing. In pursuit of the reason behind the artifact’s strange loss of magic, Ian is driven to release an explosion of retribution and power that leaves him irrevocably scarred.

Struggling to reconcile the man he has become with the man he once was, Ian strives to understand the growing number of magic-scars adorning his body. He searches for the truth behind his link to the Crown of Stones and uncovers shocking secrets buried for generations beneath the sand. To become the weapon the resistance needs, he must assume responsibility for his magical inheritance. But can he curb the destructive appetite that comes with it?

The price of Ian’s magic and his addiction have never been higher.

With fierce determination, I directed my magic-price at the soldier, and cast.
At the last second, the crown stirred. I couldn’t stop. The spell was already taking its due. The man was jerking and shuddering. A massive gust of wind was building inside me. It fled my hand, traveled down the length of my sword, and burst blue from the tip of the blade. My conjured wind crackled and surged across the camp; smacking into the flames and suffocating them with a whoosh so loud and strong it nearly knocked me over as it rushed past.

Blanched, drained, and desiccated, the soldier fell dead at my feet. The sight of him wasn’t even close to dousing the pleasure. The weakness that followed was far less enjoyable. Even less; the stinging pain on the top of my left hand as a new design formed. Black, curving streaks swept up my wrist beneath the brace to bleed into the scars on my arm.

Book Three: Magic-Borne

 
Genre: 
Epic Fantasy
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Release: February 17, 2016
Pages: 500 pages
Links: Good ReadsAmazon

No other Shinree has borne as much of magic’s weight, its pleasure, or its guilt.

The fate of Ian Troy is revealed in the final installment of C. L. Schneider’s epic fantasy trilogy, The Crown of Stones.

In one fell swoop, the resistance was shattered. Lives were taken. Hope was lost. Peace slipped like grains of sand through his fingers. So did the Crown of Stones. Now, forced into hiding, Ian Troy grapples for a way to save the realm—and free its people—from the sadistic clutches of Jem Reth; Mirra’kelan’s new self-appointed emperor. Plagued with the knowledge of a tragic future, he strives to influence events and save those he cares for. But his magic has betrayed him, and Fate has other plans.

Marked by the crown, hindered by the transformation spell contained within, each cast brings Ian one step closer to becoming more beast than man. Each move brings the death and destruction foretold in his vision inexplicably nearer. With Langor on the brink of war, and King Malaq’s plan for peace hanging in the balance, Ian returns to the ancient past; seeking an end to the eldring spell and a means to thwart Jem’s growing domination. What he finds there sets off a chain of revelations that leads Ian places he never thought to go.

Entrusted with the future of his race, Ian becomes the linchpin for lasting change. But how much weight can one man carry? And how much is he willing to sacrifice in the name of peace?


C.L. Schneider
Born in a small Kansas town on the Missouri river,I grew up in a house of avid readers and overflowing bookshelves. My first full-length novel took shape while I was still in high school, on a typewriter in my parent’s living room. My main focus is adult epic and urban fantasy, but I also dabble in the occasional science fiction or post-apocalyptic story.

Though I have been writing all my life, The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price was my first published novel. Completing the trilogy has been an amazing experience. While I am sad to see Ian and his friends go, I’m also looking forward to breaking new ground.

You can learn more about me and my work at clschneiderauthor.com where you can read reviews, excerpts, sneak peeks and teasers, subscribe to my newsletter, and follow my journey as an indie author on my blog, “Heading Down The Yellow Brick Road”. I love to chat with fellow authors and readers, so please connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Google+, where I spend most of my time talking about books, zombies, coffee, and the wonderful roller coaster of a writer’s life.

Links:

Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Amazon Author Page | Good Reads

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Rebirth of the Gangster by CJ Standal and Juan Romera (Issue 4)

Short and Sweet

 
Genre: 
Crime, Comic
Publisher: CJ Standal Productions
Date of Release: November 8, 2016
Pages: 23 pages
Format: PDF
Links: WebsiteFacebookTwitterBlog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Rating:
4.50 Stars

4 Stars

About the Book:

“This issue kicks off with a bang as Andrea, Marcus’s mom, commits a horrible crime and tries to hide it, possibly even from her husband Curtis.

Meanwhile, Detective Lorena Sanchez interrogates Hunter after last issue’s revelations.

And Marcus goes gun shopping…”

I received this comic from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Issue 4 brings Andrea, Marcus’s mother, to the forefront and introduces us to her. Shockingly, she commits a crime that she is clearly trying to hide.

Meanwhile Marcus is clearly spooked enough to buy a gun. Unlike his own mother, heh.

Hunter is confronted by Detective Lorena Sanchez because she recognized his signature tag from their childhood.
Plus a small dip into Hunter’s parent’s past with a young woman who looks a lot like a young Andrea. Hmm.

So many questions unanswered. I look forward to issue 5!

Where to Buy:

Amazon CAN | Amazon US
Issue 1-3: Amazon

About the Author:

I love writing in all sorts of playgrounds: Rebirth of the Gangsters  is my first comic book, and I’ve been published by Slant magazine: https://www.slantnews.com/user/cj.standal

You can also find me on Philip Smith’s site promoting indie authors:
http://www.philipsmith.eu/kindle-ebook/rebirth-gangster-meet-family-marcus

I’m also a high school English teacher: next year I’ll be teaching a graphic novel course; in the past I’ve taught a hip hop course; and I educate the youth about other valuable things, like Shakespeare.

Thanks,
CJ.

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DarkChylde: The Ariel Chylde Saga by R. Queen

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Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Horror
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: October 31, 2016
Pages: 236 pages
Format: ePub
Links: Dark ChyldeGood ReadsInstagramTumblr

My Rating:
4.85 Stars
4 Stars

About the Book:

“Ariel Chylde is haunted by horrible dreams, and on her eighteenth birthday sheds her skin as the nightmares emerge to act out her deepest, darkest impulses.

But before Ariel can save her small town from the terror of her dreams,
she must first save herself from the sinister secret of her subconscious.

A secret guarded by unspeakable evil.”

I received this eBook from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Well damn, I am glad I placate my inner child with chocolate, video games, and art therapy involving markers, pencil crayons and colouring books. I am also glad that my nightmares don’t come to life. Or that I don’t become a manifestation of my nightmares.

This played heavily into the inner psyche and the inner child. For some reason, Ariel Chylde is plagued with darkness.

“It’s not weakness to admit sadness- it takes strength to drag pain kicking and screaming into the light.”

This reminded me a lot of Silent Hill in the sense of the nightmares and the bringing it out into the world somewhat. But the psychological side reminded me more of The Cell.
(I know, Silent Hill movies did not do the games justice!)
The fact that Ariel could manifest her dreams, or nightmare if you will; and reach her inner child, Miss Happy, and still be sane is amazing. Penance was terrifying. The Crimson Devils, no thanks. I choose life!

Despite suffering the loss of her mother, horrific nightmares and being tormented by her classmates, Ariel is a great main character and heroine. Just when she is at her lowest, along comes Perry or “CuteFace”, wanting to be her friend.
Ariel’s inner child, Miss Happy. My goodness, what spunk she has! She survived Ariel’s nightmare landscape. She was chilling in her poetry. But she was such a comedic relief, it was worth it.

“She points at the webbed neckline of my dress, switching gears from sad to ominous as she makes circles in the air over my heart. ‘Let this warning be upon you then, what breathed before will breathe again, they’ll borrow your bones, they’ll borrow your skin, you’ll bridge these worlds, indeed they’ll mesh, you’ll host them with your very flesh.’ Great, now I’m even more spooked.”

Those nightmare monsters were incredibly intense. I do not want to tangle with Penance at all. It was amazing Miss Happy survived without being horribly damaged.

This wasn’t just a fantastic read, it was also a tough, dark and gritty story. It hits you right in the feels.
I would totally love to see this in a video game and I would completely play the crap out of it!

Highly recommended even if you are unfamiliar with the comics, as I was. I may have to search out these comics now!

Where to Buy:

Amazon CAN | Amazon US | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

About the Author:


R.Queen is an accomplished comic book creator, poet, fine artist, and writer.

In this, his first novel, Queen brings a visual power and a lyrical sensibility to one girl’s struggle with loss, identity, and nightmares beyond imagination. Shining a light into the darkest depths of the heart to illuminate the courage of the human spirit. A courage found only by facing the fears which dwell hungry and ancient within us all.

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Rock Stars Aren’t for Country Girls by Kelly D. Smith (Excerpt)


Anna Helbern, a country girl through and through, never expects to find anything in common with a rock star—boy is she wrong.

Adam Cooper doesn’t get what it is about this girl, maybe it’s her passion for music, or maybe it’s that damn tattoo she has. Whatever it is, when he asks her to do a country album with him (something no one would expect from the world’s most popular rock band) she agrees, and they head to LA—together.

Anna won’t give up her dream, and if a rock star is what’s going to make it happen, she’ll take the chance. But when she gets to LA, she can’t believe the ride she’s on, and soon it becomes clear that she doesn’t want to get off any time soon.

 
 

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“I wondered if you’d be here.”

His voice sounded like silk, but it made her heart skip a beat. She spun to face him, her mouth hanging open.

“I—what are you doing here?”

“I came to see you, obviously.”

She raised an eyebrow, trying to keep cool.

“I figured it would be a safe bet to check the same bar again. I mean, you are on the event card, aren’t you?”

Her eyes widened. Of course flyers were all over the place promoting their show tonight, but she hadn’t expected him to actually notice that. She took a deep breath and smirked.

“Funny, I thought you were on an event card tonight, too.”

He laughed. “I am. I just told my friends I might be a little late. Of course, I’ll still get there before I have to be on stage. I wouldn’t make my fans wait.”

“That’s kind of you.” Anna looked him over for a fraction of a second, then held her hand out to him. “Anna.”

“Adam.”

They shook hands as his eyes roamed over her body.

“I guess you knew that though, didn’t you?”

“Nope. I had no clue what your name was.” And she hadn’t. She wasn’t a fan of the kind of music he played, at least she was guessing she wasn’t considering she’d never heard one of his songs before. As far as you know, she thought.

Adam’s smile widened. “You didn’t?”

“Nope. I saw a poster for you yesterday, that’s the only reason I recognized you.”

He let out a soft laugh. “Well, I’ll be damned.” His smile widened as James brought Anna’s drink over.

“Thanks.” She gave him a quick smile.

“Bell.” Despite the fact he used his nickname for her, Jesse didn’t sound happy. Anna’s body tensed as she turned to him. “I’ve got some bad news.”

Her eyes widened as she saw the look on his face. “What is it?”

“Mike won’t be able to make it.”

“What?” Anna snapped.

“He’s sick. He’s been puking all day. We didn’t want to say anything until we were sure he wouldn’t be able to make it, but he just went and doped himself up on cold medication.”

Anna groaned. What were they going to do? “Great,” she muttered. They’d have to cancel it. There was no other option for them. Anna ran her fingers through her hair. I’ve got to find someone who can replace him. Maybe someone I know…. No, she’d know if there was someone. Anyways, they’d have to learn all the songs for the set list.

It just wouldn’t work.

Anna blew out a deep breath. She could feel the stress inching to every part of her body, her muscles tensing.

“Who’s Mike?”

She’d totally forgotten that Adam was there. She took a deep breath, trying not to sound too disappointed. “He’s our bassist. And if he’s sick then there is no way we can play tonight.”

“You know…” Adam grinned widely. “I do happen to play bass.”

Jesse stared at him with wide eyes. “You do? Well, could you—”

“No,” Anna cut him off. “He can’t. He’s playing with his own band tonight. Hooch in Hades, was it?”

“Oh, I’ve heard of them.” Jesse mulled it over. “Donna’s kid is a big fan of them.”

“What time are you playing?”

“Nine,” Jesse answered before Anna could.

Adam bit his lip, a movement that sent a shiver down Anna’s spine.

“And you’re on for an hour?”

“Yes.”

“I’d need a ride right to the venue, but I could probably do it.”

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Yeah, Shut Up. by Gene Kendall

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Hi readers! I’ve another fantastic interview for you today with Gene Kendall about his novel yeah, shut up. Enjoy!

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background? 

Anything overly interesting about my background probably isn’t something I’m going to reveal to the world, but…I’ve been writing online for almost ten years now.  Last year, I finished my first novel.  I’ve always had my face in a book, and the idea of perhaps one day writing a novel was something I toyed with, just like most dedicated readers likely do.

I have stereotypical “fanboy” tendencies, and have developed obsessive interests in things that most people would only view as passive entertainment.  Which is probably a healthier attitude to have towards such things.  I also try, especially as an adult, to keep these things in perspective.

What inspired you to write?

Probably a simple arrogance that I could at least do it as well as others.  That doesn’t mean that I actually can, of course, but I think that’s the starting point of most people who try to do anything.  Also, I honestly did feel as if I had a story to tell, and that there might be some form of audience for it.

What inspired your novel?

There was a very basic inspiration early on — a conversation with someone around my age about the sea of bands plucked from obscurity and given an opportunity to possibly, maybe, but probably not, become the next Nirvana.  And how those bands have virtually disappeared from memory; some of these bands, we couldn’t remember their name, but we remembered the hooks from their singles.  Often the only singles the bands seemed to have.

I started to think about these bands, what it would be like to be 22 or something and you’re offered a record deal, rushed into a studio, shoved in front of the camera for a video, and then sent off on a bus for six months to see if you sell 100,000 copies or not.  And if not, you’re toast.

This, coupled with some ideas I had about family and friendship and the bonds formed early in life, provided the basis for the novel.

What is the genre?

I tried to do research and still don’t see the proper term.  It’s technically “commercial fiction” I believe, although I don’t know how “commercial” it is, as it focuses on the failure of a struggling band to obtain commercial success.  It’s also contemporary fiction, in a sense, even though most of the novel is set twenty years ago.  Not very contemporary.

What draws you to this genre?

I wanted to tell a story grounded in reality, that focuses on character over plot.  It’s not a thriller or a mystery, nor does it exist in a fantasy realm.  It’s set in boring everyday reality, starring characters trying to escape boring everyday reality.

How did you develop your plot and your characters?

I didn’t want the setting to exist simply as nostalgia.  I wanted the common themes of the music (and overall media narratives) of this era to be reflected in the plot, and for the actual events surrounding the music industry to impact the characters in some way.  We were told in the 1990s that latchkey kid had now grown up, creating a generation of disaffected youth with poor relationships with their parents and cynical views toward authority.  I took that as a starting place to develop one of the lead characters.  If you really were the kid in songs like “Say It Ain’t So” and “Father of Mine”, then how would you enter adulthood?  What would drive you?  After having a pretty good idea of who this person would be, I then tried to conceive of characters who would bounce off of him in interesting ways.  That’s the starting place of the characters, but ideally, I wanted to craft legitimate personalities so that they didn’t exist as obvious “point-counterpoint” figures.

While working out the plot, I thought it might be fun to have the status of this band reflect the overall status of the music industry, which unbeknownst to everyone, was on the verge of collapsing at the time.  There’s some dramatic significance to the creation of Napster in 1999…as the century was drawing to a close, the seeds of the destruction of the music business had already been planted. Also, if you were born in the late ’70s or early ’80s, that means that your childhood was dying just as the millennium was coming to an end.  I wanted to use the death of the previous century, the death of “old media” and analog  communications, as a backdrop for the death of childhood dreams and adolescent fantasies.

What inspired your protagonist?

I wanted the two leads to have personalities that stood in clear contrast, but I also wanted their friendship to remain believable.  Meeting those needs helped to define the characters.  As I mentioned, the common themes of the music of this era inspired the basic idea behind the character of David, and after establishing his personality, I had a decent idea of how the other characters around him should be played.

What inspired your antagonist?

I didn’t like the strict idea of an antagonist as a villain, conspiring against the heroes of the story.  I tend to view one of the characters as his own worst enemy, so that creates more than enough conflict.  Also, I think time itself is an antagonist.  The fervor to sign these bands only lasted a few years, and after being signed, they only had a handful of months to prove themselves.  The burdens of adulthood, clashing against your youthful passions, is another form of antagonism.

What was the hardest part to write in the book?

Simply knowing “when to say when” was difficult at times.  I didn’t want to oversell certain ideas, but wasn’t sure if I was being too subtle.  There are also some lengthy dialogue exchanges in the book, and I questioned when I should or shouldn’t be adding bits of prose to the conversations.

What was your favourite part of your book to write?

My favorite part was simply finishing it.  (And then came the proofreading, which was more of a burden than I initially thought…)

Are you a full time or a part time writer? If part time, what do you do besides write?

I work a rather non-exciting office job.  I enjoy writing, but the idea of pursuing it full-time as a career doesn’t seem to fit my sensibilities.  I enjoy having health insurance, for instance.

What are you currently reading?

I just finished reading “The Coming of the Fairies” by Arthur Conan Doyle.  It’s Doyle attempting to rationalize his belief that two girls have honestly discovered fairies.  The idea that Sherlock Holmes’ creator fell for this is just one of my favorite quirky historical facts from that era.  More on the case can be found here.

A more contemporary novel I read and enjoyed recently is St. John Karp’s Radium Baby.

Who would you say are your favourite authors?

I grew up reading Mark Twain and Jack London.  As a teenager, I was heavily into Kurt Vonnegut.  Today, I download pretty much anything that’s easily available.  I usually read Edgar Rice Burroughs, H G Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and G. K. Chesterton.

In terms of contemporary fiction, I enjoy Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter novels.  Some more than others.

How about your favourite books? What would be your top 5?

In no real order: Slaughterhouse Five, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Great Expectations, To Kill a Mockingbird, and I would have to throw in Robert Graysmith’s Zodiac novel. After I bought it, I read it twice in the course of five months or so; Graysmith’s dedication to that case and the way he presents the facts is utterly fascinating.  Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm also need to be in there somewhere, but that’s over five.

What are your future projects, if any?

I’m working on my second novel.  I think I’m probably around eighty percent finished, but who knows.

I ‘m also contributing to the Comics Should be Good! blog at comicbookresources.com.  My two current projects are Adventures(s) Time here and The Guide to the Guide to Comics here.  Adventures(s) Time examines the animated DC Universe created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm (and many other talented creators), while The Guide to the Guide to Comics is an exploration into the most successful, and controversial, comics fanzine of all time.  I’m also examining the work of television writer David Milch at the Gentlemen of Leisure site.

What is your preferred method for readers to get in touch with you and your books?

I can be reached at Twitter through @nbx_tweets, or through the contact page at my blog, Not Blog X.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Regarding my personal experience with Kindle Unlimited, I compiled my advice here.

As for promoting a novel as an independent writer, I’ll admit I’m pretty clueless there.  Seems as if you have to send 100,000 emails in the hopes that someone will review your book.

For specific writing advice, there’s no shortage of information online.  My personal preference leans towards Kurt Vonnegut’s.  A year or so ago, I read this quote: “Daydreaming is the enemy of creativity” — meaning that daydreaming but not sitting down and doing the work actually undermines creativity. True creativity requires making a goal to accomplish something and putting in the hours necessary to create the work.  The old advice about writing a page a day is solid, and even if you can’t do a full page, at least make a commitment to accomplish something each day.  If you’re committed to daily work, within a few weeks you’ll honestly be able to see your story shaping into something, which is a nice inspiration to keep going.

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Amazon CAN | Amazon US | Noise Trade

Thank you to Gene Kendall for allowing me the chance to interview him. If you’re looking for something more reality based to read, be sure to check his book out!