Author Interview

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My friend and thriller writer extraordinaire Eric Gates has tagged me in a little game called

Meet My Main Character
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The Rules are simple…
…the taggee must write a post answering the same seven questions about their Main Character… then the taggee becomes the tagger and chooses five other authors… sort of like a chain letter with all the potential to become a global virus.

1. Tell us a bit about your main character? Is he fictional or a historic person?
Events in my book revolve around the fictional main character called Peter Bentwhistle. In part, his personality and many of his traits are based on me, and although he spends a fair amount of his time posing as a human, he is in fact a dragon, something, I can assure you, I’m not. (Although at times, I deeply wish I was.)
The name Bentwhistle comes from the fact that when in his dragon form, he has the markings of a ‘bent whistle’ splashed across his scales. He cares deeply for his friends and always tries to do the right thing in any circumstance but often fails because he’s afraid to stand up for himself. He is more than a little naive, maybe because of his dragon nature and the fact that only a few years have passed since he completed his education in the nursery ring, (fifty years in a dragon school) and was then, like most dragons, thrust out into the human world above ground to help guide the course of humanity.
His gentle nature and love for his friends are traits that I find endearing in him, but which have a tendency to endanger those around him. Recently introduced to the team sport of hockey (field hockey), by one of his best friends, he’s fascinated to the point of addiction by the intricacies of the game, the feeling of being part of a team, and the love, freedom and excitement that flow through him when he plays, provoking feelings similar to that of flying and using mantras when in his dragon form. The typical reluctant hero, with a heart of gold, willing to die for his friends, seemingly enjoying the human world more than the dragon one (something that would be more than frowned upon by the dragon hierarchy), with a love of hockey, who would like nothing better than an easy life. Unfortunately for him…….NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

2. When and where are the stories set?
They are set in the present, where dragons and humans live smack bang alongside one another, without of course the human population knowing. The dragons are committed to fulfilling an ancient prophecy from ages past which sees them protecting, nurturing and guiding the human race because the futures of both races are so inextricably intertwined. The first book introduces the secretive underground dragon domain, visiting the stunning Purbeck Peninsula enclave, situated directly below a beautiful part of southern England. Dragon London features, deep beneath the real thing, as well as the intricate and slightly outdated enclave of Salisbridge. Above ground, Salisbridge once again features, the beautiful seaside town of Swanage, as well as a brief visit to a very chilly, and very deadly Antarctica.
The second book covers much more of the world, both above and below ground. Opening in Egypt, the focus once again remains on events in Salisbridge, but with action covering as far and wide as Antarctica, Perth, Australia, London, New York, Montreal, Chicago and New Zealand, and many other places in between.
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3. What should we know about him?
A dragon in a human shaped body, Peter works at Cropptech’s head office in the fictional city of Salisbridge. Peter’s introduction sees him as part of the security team, but at different points in the story, he ends up as head of security, as well at some point, as losing his job entirely. The importance of him working at Cropptech is that they extract and procure rare minerals, in particular a rare metal the dragon community below ground value because of its unusual properties (something the humans aren’t aware of) ….laminium. His position there is more for the good of the dragon community, than that of the humans, but ultimately combines both roles to good effect.
Peter and I share a love of team sports, in particular hockey, appreciating its ability to help people bond with others, the sheer thrill of helping and/or being helped by a team mate and the fast paced action that you find yourself caught up in. When the moment catches up with Peter, he certainly has the potential to step up and be the dragon other dragons are. But with a lack of self confidence, and an all encompassing fear……….can he?

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?
Suspicious changes above his position at Cropptech start to make his life, and the lives of those around him, intolerable. This leads to a deadly chase for the truth, with the valuable laminium at stake. A mysterious stranger, that only he can see as something other than he appears, cause rifts between friends, and set off a catastrophic chain of events that could not only affect him, but in fact the entire planet. As he struggles to put the pieces of the puzzle together, with and without his friends, he finds new allies in the strangest of places. A master mantra maker long forgotten, and more eccentric than the maddest of professors, provides invaluable help along the way, and more than a few laughs, along with an unknown dragon **SPOILERS** if I tell you anymore about him. From a desperate race to save the laminium in the first book, to a growing global threat from something long in the past, in the second.
Blackmail, intrigue, forbidden love interests, a near fatal mantra gone wrong, a highly charged rugby match in which Tank (one of Peter’s best friends) takes a beating, combined with enough laminium ball action to please dragons the world over, stretch the bonds of the dragons’ friendship like never before. New friends and ancient enemies clash as the planet braces itself for one of the most outrageous attacks it has ever seen. Lost secrets and untold lore come to light, while sinister forces attempt to steal much coveted magic.
Explosive exploits, interspersed with a chilly backdrop and unexpected danger at every turn, make for an action-packed, electrifying adventure.

5. What is his personal goal?
Peter’s personal goals are about being happy, fitting in, doing his job to the best of his abilities, and really just having an easy life. His recent introduction to hockey (field hockey) is almost an addiction to him…..that’s how happy it makes him to play and stand alongside his teammates and fight as one, not just on the pitch, but off it as well. From a social point of view the hockey has been a revelation to him, particularly given that both his best friends play different sports (lacrosse and rugby) at the same sports club, enabling him to hook up with them more often, and learn more about their sports and the effect it has on them, as well as making new human friends within the hockey team.
He’s known Richie, (one of his best friends, the other being Tank) ever since his first year in the nursery ring (dragon school) and deep down has harboured strong feelings for her ever since. But Richie’s wild, never one to play by the rules, and has had many dalliances with humans (something strictly forbidden) and something Peter just can’t understand her obsession with. Will he get together with her? Does she even want to? What about dragon and human relationships? Everything changes as the story progresses, with the three friends almost becoming addicted to everything it means to be human, despite their dragon DNA.

6. What are the titles of your novels, and can we read more about them?
Currently ‘Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat From The Past’ can be found at Smashwords, in all formats, or can be purchased in either paperback or kindle version from Amazon.
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The second book in the series can also be found on Smashwords or on Amazon.
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My books can be found at Barnes and Noble here
The Goodreads page for my books can be found here
My facebook page can be found here
I can be found on Google+ here
I can be found on Pinterest here
I can be found on twitter @paul_cude

I have my own website to support the book www.bentwhistlethedragon.co.uk as wells as this blog www.thesoberhockeyplayer.co.uk that provides an insight into me and also offers author the chance to be interviewed.

7. When can we expect the next book to be published?
Hopefully ‘Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Twisted Prophecy’ will be available early next year.

And now, for the next victims…

1.Independent writer, and one of the hardest working people on the planet I know:
Christoph Fischer http://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/

2.Talented Young Adult and New Adult writer:
Amalie Jahn http://www.theclaylion.com/

3. Award winning:
Dianne Harman http://www.dianneharman.com/

4. Blogger and awesome author:
Ian Hutson http://runningduck.com/

5. Vampire and horror expert and author:
Shane KP O’Neill http://www.draculachronicles.co.uk/category/blog/

…….and thanks to chief ‘stitcher upper’….OOPs! I mean all round wonderful human being and author Eric Gates for getting me on board with all of this. Check out his wonderful blog http://my-thrillers.blogspot.co.uk/

Tales of Finndragon Countdown Tour

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The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is an original and unique fantasy adventure, which will appeal primarily to older children and teens, but also adult readers who like a bit of escapism. It is the story of three ordinary children, Emma, Megan, Scott and their pet dog Bones in their quest to find their father, who has been missing for nearly a year.
The story is based on an ancient Welsh legend which has been kept alive by bedtime stories for countless generations. The two sisters and their brother unravel the riddle of an ancient scroll. This helps them find the gateway that leads to a 6th century Welsh kingdom in search of their dad. The scroll states that anyone who stays in the kingdom for more than a year can never leave. The journey through the gateway is a mini-adventure in itself; involving finding their way through a maze of caves, and ends with them entering the magnificent medieval Castell y Mynydd.

In this extract, Emma, Megan and Scott witness an attack on the castle.

Emma, Megan and Scott looked out, trembling with fear; compelled to watch, even though they really didn’t want to. They wondered why the defending army had been deployed in this way. They didn’t have to wait long to get an answer to that question. The soldiers started tipping hot, steaming black liquid from numerous pots over the sides of the walls and instantly they heard the most unearthly, terrifying screams. Moment’s later, swarms of small, monkey like creatures started pouring over the top of the back wall; and within seconds, over the right and left walls too. They carried no weapons and moved with amazing agility, leaping upon anyone in their paths.
The creatures were no more than three feet tall and although they resembled monkeys in shape and size, that was where the similarities ended. They were completely jet black in colour, with four long, razor-like claws on their hands and feet and equally long and sharp canine teeth, which they used to rip apart their victims. There was one similarity with the flying demons; evil green eyes glared out from sunken eye sockets. These new demons slashed at faces and necks, inflicting hideous wounds on their prey. For the second time in the few short hours they’d been here, the three siblings were witnessing another horrific massacre.
A loud klaxon blew three times, and suddenly the soldiers retreated quickly down the steps and at the same time, the archers on the front wall aimed their arrows at the invading demons. This seemed to repel them long enough for the soldiers to reach the ground level, pick up huge shields and gather in a circular formation. The skilful archers were sending volleys of arrows across the castle every seven to eight seconds.
Emma saw Owain running along the ramparts in the direction of the tower, his basket empty. As he approached she could see the terror in his eyes. Evan was nowhere to be seen. Owain was no more than ten paces from the tower, when a demon leapt on his back and dragged his claws along Owain’s throat. Emma turned her head and screamed his name, “Owain!” She looked away, unable to watch, sinking to her knees.
“What’s happening?” Megan asked apprehensively from her window across the room.
“It’s Owain. The demons have got him. I think he’s dead!”
Megan and Scott ran to Emma’s window and could see Owain bleeding on the floor, with no sign of any demons.
Before anyone could stop him, Scott pulled open the heavy door and ran the few paces to where Owain lay. He somehow found the strength to drag the much heavier boy to the safety of the tower, into the centre of the room. Before he was able to close the door behind him, the crazed demon bounced in, with Owain’s blood still dripping from his murderous claws.
Scott was kneeling over Owain, checking for any sign of life as the ferocious creature leapt toward his back, claws primed for the kill. Megan snatched an arrow from the nearest container and jumped into the path of the beast, which crashed into her and they both fell to the floor; the demon landed on top of her and pinned her down. Megan was almost overcome with nausea, as she felt the demon’s stinking breath on her face and she stared closely into his vacant green eyes. She tried to drive him off, but could only manage to push him a few inches away from her.
Megan knew she was sure to die, as she saw the beast raise his clawed hand and aim a blow at her. A feeling of sickening dread gripped her already queasy stomach, as she agonisingly awaited the killer strike. Powerless to save herself, she turned her head away, unable to look. She saw Bones haring towards them, trying to save her. For a moment her heart almost leapt out of her chest, she was going to be saved, but she realised, with an unemotional resignation, that he was too far away to stop the beast from completing his task.
But Scott left Owain and he was able to grab the beast from behind. He was surprised at how easily he was able to pull it away from his heroic sister, as the demon’s claw swung towards her, missing her throat by inches, but cutting deep into her shoulder. Megan didn’t let out a scream; she’d already accepted her fate and now only felt an icy chill running down her spine.
Scott used all his might to throw the beast into the hard wall and there was a sickening thud as demonic bone hit solid stone. The demon stood motionless for a moment, its back to the wall, and only now could they see the arrow shaft protruding from its chest. The evil beast stared at them for a few seconds, before sliding down the wall, a malevolent smirk spreading slowly across its face. A single, unintelligible sigh emanated from the creatures lips as it searched for a last breath that it couldn’t find.
Emma, Megan and Scott watched as the creature slowly died, the life draining from its evil eyes. Then, before their very eyes, it miraculously vanished. There was a clatter, as the arrow which had pierced its chest, fell freely to the stone floor, still covered in fresh green blood, and that was the only trace left behind.

Richie Earl is the writer of fantastical fantasy adventures. Earl’s first series, Tales of Finndragon, is a two part adventure which started life as a bedtime story for his three children, who nagged him so much that he finally agreed to write a book. Only one book was intended, but Earl came to realise that a second was required.
Earl was offered a publishing contract from a small Welsh press, but after much deliberation and discussion with the publisher, decided not to accept the offer. This proved to be a shrewd move, as he later discovered the press was struggling to meet the costs of publishing and have since moved its business solely into the field of printing.
Earl is currently working on two projects, a young adult paranormal mystery and another fantasy adventure, which may turn into a trilogy.

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Synopsis
Tales of Finndragon revolves around two sisters and a brother, Emma, Megan and Scott Davies, (based upon Earl’s own children) whose father has mysteriously disappeared. They live in a Welsh valley town called Crafanc y Ddraig.

For centuries, the inhabitants of Crafanc y Ddraig have been brought up on a local legend involving a wizard called Finndragon and his master, Dafydd the Defiant, who once ruled the Kingdom of Morgannwg. Dafydd had built a magnificent castle on Finndragon’s advice.

The castle withstood all enemy attack, and Dafydd’s reign as king of Morgannwg was a prosperous one – until he fell out with Finndragon. Dafydd banished Finndragon from his kingdom, and the wizard in turn took revenge on his master by making his kingdom and all its inhabitants disappear into the bowels of the earth. It is believed locally that Dafydd’s kingdom still exists intact in the belly of the earth, where Dafydd is eternally plagued by Finndragon’s demons.

Emma, Megan and Scott one day find an ancient scroll, and soon realise that it is a map to the lost kingdom. They also realise that their father has ventured off in pursuit of the lost Kingdom of Morgannwg, and as they gradually unravel the secrets of the ancient scroll, they follow in their father’s footsteps, until they eventually find their way to the lost Kingdom. And now, their true adventures are about to begin.

The Blurb
Three children racing against time, desperately searching for their missing father.
A medieval kingdom cursed by an evil wizard.
An ancient legend beneath our very feet.
The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is the first book in a unique, two book fantasy adventure series and is a fast paced, engaging and thrilling page turner. The story races along with plenty of twists and turns as it heads for the prophesized confrontation between the children and the evil Finndragon himself.
Combining wizardry and magic with modern technology and containing magical animals and terrible demons, The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is a rollercoaster of emotions that will make you laugh out loud and then fight to hold back the tears, as the children race against time to rescue their father. In doing so they have to kill Finndragon and put an end to the dreadful curse.
A young adult adventure that is sure to be enjoyed by all ages.

One Thousand Worlds in One Thousand Words
In September 2013, Earl launched a blog featuring fantasy and science fiction authors. One Thousand Worlds in One Thousand Worlds spotlights and promotes Indie authors, and aims to connect readers and writers.

Links
One Thousand Worlds in One Thousand Words blog: http://onethousandworlds.blogspot.co.uk/

Tales of Finndragon Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/finndragonscurse

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6523833.Richie_Earl

Twitter (@finndragons): https://twitter.com/finndragons

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Author Interview……..L. R. W. Lee

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From an early age I knew I wanted to write a children’s book. My imagination for such a book was cultivated as my family didn’t have a lot of money and my older brother and I were encouraged to use our imaginations to entertain ourselves. And use them we did – climbing trees and tree forts, using a quilt for a matchbox car city, making puppets and putting on shows, and much more and my creativity and imagination grew.

I went to college and got a degree in Accounting. However, most folks frown on “creative accounting”, so I continued to put my imagination/writing on hold.  My business and creative interests eventually led me to found and grow a successful company which, with my partner, I sold in January 2012, leaving me time to imagine and write for the first time.

I live in scenic Austin, TX with my husband, my daughter who is a Longhorn at UT Austin and my son who is in high school.

A Little About Your Writing……….

In Book two of the Andy Smithson series, Venom of the Serpent’s Cunning, eleven-year-old Andy Smithson returns to Oomaldee to retrieve the second ingredient needed to break a 500-year-old curse enacted to punish the current ruler for murdering his older sister when she was 15. Not one to forgive easily, Imogenia’s spirit is bent on thwarting Andy to preserve the curse and she naively aligns herself with the evil, scheming Abbadon. Things go from bad to worse when a creature Abaddon conjures from the darkest magic steals the Stone of Athanasia, the source of the ruler’s immortality, causing the king and his wizard Mermin to fall gravely ill. Andy is forced to choose between retrieving the stone or obediently going after the second ingredient. What will he chose? Will he be able to save the King and Mermin?

What Genre Would You Say Your Writing Is?

My writing is allegorical, middle grade, coming-of-age, fantasy, adventure

What Inspired You To Start Writing?

As early as 8 years old, after reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis, I wanted to write a children’s book. And whatever children’s book I wrote, I wanted to not only entertain, but also share something of substance that might help make my reader’s life better.

After selling a multi-million dollar business that I founded and grew over 12 years with a partner/mentor in January 2012, I had the opportunity to write. My mentor not only schooled me in business but also shared his personal philosophies which I found made my life more peaceful and meaningful. It is these philosophies that I have embodied that I incorporate into my story-telling in the hopes that those who spend a few hours with me will live more satisfying lives.

How Has Writing Changed Your Life?

Writing gives me an outlet to my creativity while also allowing me a vehicle to work my business skills, for being an author is a small business and carries with it all the challenges I faced in business, just on a much smaller scale. I am passionate about sharing uncommon life principles through this outlet and that adds meaning to all that I do.
VoSC_Cover400x600If You Were Going To Read, Which Format Would You Choose: Book/Tablet/PC/Phone And Why?

I usually read on my iPad. I love the speed and convenience of downloading books as well as not having to deal with physical storage of a book once I’m done reading it. The other thing I love about my iPad is that I can read in bed at night even after the lights are out and my husband is sleeping… try that with a physical book J

What Is Your Favourite Book, Ever?

This is not an easy question!
I’d have to say my top 3 series are:
The Chronicles of Narnia series by CS Lewis
The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Narrowing it down to 3 is the best I can do…

What Are You Reading At The Moment?

I’m reading Rick Riordan’s Son of Neptune

What Is The Best Piece Of Writing Advice You Could Give, And Why?

Believe in what you’re doing and stick to it. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. And, if there is a reason you are passionate about writing, only you can hold that narrative and see it through.

If You Were A Dragon, What Kind Of Dragon Would You Be?

I’d be a red dragon. Red dragons are revered and they have an awesome reputation! As well, in my first book, it is the scale of a red dragon that will help break a 500-year-old curse. So it’s all good J

Final Words:

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Author Interview……..Jane Hunt

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How did you become a writer?

At 19 writing was my chosen career but marriage at 21 whilst I was still at University meant I needed to find a job as soon as I graduated. A supervisory position in a local hospital led me to a career in health service management instead.

The opportunity to pursue a writing career arose when my children were small I put my career on hold to look after them at home and started writing again. I wrote two novels but without published success.

My career in health service improvement ended abruptly due to illness I saw it as an opportunity rather than a disaster and decided to write full time and ‘The Dragon Legacy’ is the result.

What inspired you to write The Dragon Legacy?

 My interest in the paranormal and my love of Dragons who always seem to be the villain of most stories; I wanted to create a dragon hero. The idea of creating a story about a secret world within the human one was another motivating force and finally my love of the English Lake District. I enjoyed remembering places I’d been as I wrote the story.

Where do you create your wonderful characters and stories?

On a white painted French style desk adorned with my favourite ornaments which include a dragon of course.

What is your favourite time of day to write?

I’m a morning person so I try to write then sometimes as early as 4am if I can’t sleep.

Tell us a little about ‘ The Dragon Legacy’.

The Dragon Legacy is a sensual paranormal romance with elements of fantasy. A quest for a dragon egg leads to an apocalyptic battle taking place alongside a murder mystery event in the English Lake District.

As a new author have you any tips for other new writers?

Learning to write for me is a steep but enjoyable learning curve. Every day I learn something new. I write because I love it and everyone else should do the same.

Are you writing another book?

I’m writing two at the moment a romantic suspense called The Dangerous Gift and a Historical Gothic called Past Shadows. I’ve also begun writing the second book in The Dragon Legacy Jasmine and Zane’s story which should be finished early 2014.

Thanks for having me on your blog today Paul.

Your welcome here’s more about The Dragon Legacy:

‘When emotionally fragile Fleur Curwen decides she wants excitement in
her boring life she signs up for a Murder Mystery Weekend in the wilds
of the English Lake District. She enters a paranormal world where
danger and death are common occurrences.

Demon slayer Lukas Draco is a loner. He lives by two simple rules: No
emotional entanglements and duty must remain his first priority. His
beliefs are challenged when he’s inexplicably drawn to Fleur, a human
woman with an unusual psychic aura. Sparks of sexual attraction ignite
threatening both his search for the dragon’s egg he buried a thousand
years ago and Fleur’s life. Under the cover of a murder mystery weekend
an apocalyptic hunt begins’

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Author Interview……..C.A. Gray

A little about you:

I’m a naturopathic doctor.  (That’s primary care but with an emphasis on lifestyle and natural remedies before drugs.) I also teach chemistry – I guess because I get bored quickly so I like to do a lot of different things in a day.  And I’m a strong Christian.

A little about your writing:

I write YA fantasy fiction because that’s what I like to read!  _MG_7959-Edit-4I like YA because it’s clean (usually), and I like fantasy (with a bit of a sci fi tendency) because I spend enough time in the real world – if I’m going to imagine something I want it to be fantastic!

What genre would I say your writing is?

Oops, just answered that.  YA fantasy.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school… although back then all my main characters were cats.  (Go figure.)  3I’ve got about 12 shelves’ worth of journals throughout my life, and have always felt that words are incredibly powerful. I minored in Creative Writing in college.  I guess I always knew I’d end up writing eventually.

How has writing changed your life?

It kept me sane in med school!  I got the idea during my first year I think, and I wrote most of the first two books prior to graduation.  I needed a right-brained escape!

If you were going to read, which format would you choose: book/tablet/PC/phone and why?

Paper all the way!  If it’s non-fiction, I’m a highlighter, so I have to have paper.  If it’s fiction… I don’t know.  I’m old fashioned, I guess.  If it’s on my iPad I tend to forget it’s even there… unless it’s REALLY good.

What is your favorite book ever?

I can’t pick just one.  I love the “Anne of Green Gables” series, and (of course) the “Harry Potter” series.  I also loved “The Fountainhead,” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

What are you reading at the moment?

Cassandra Clare’s “City of Bones”… and multiple non-fiction books, some medical, some counseling, some Christian.  I usually read 4-8 books at a time.

What is the best piece of writing advice you could give and why?

Make a writing schedule and STICK TO IT.  I don’t care if you don’t feel like writing; I don’t care if you have writer’s block – put something on the page anyway. You can always edit it later if it stinks!

If you were a dragon, what kind of a dragon would you be?

A Norwegian Ridgeback. 😉

C.A. Gray

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More From Author Christoph Fischer

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Early feedback to my third book in the Three Nations Trilogy stated that it would probably be of most interest for people with a German heritage. As author I had to ask myself: could this novel bear relevance and interest for other people and non-German readers?  The answer is yes.

I was born 25 years after the end of the war. Our history lessons at school ended with the year 1945. One of the most urgent and important questions remained unanswered for me: How did a country with so much shame and horror in its past recover and move forward? How could it? I don’t think anything can ever make up for what has happened and nobody can forgive or atone for the collective guilt. But can the new generation ever deservedly rid itself of the stigma the previous generation has brought to the country?

Apart from the actual family story in my book I hope a great point of interest will be the way different characters carry on with their life and develop their philosophies, outlooks and politics. De-nazification, restructuring of a political landscape and implementation of new state leaders are issues the book touches upon. Only ten years after the end of the war a wave of Italian and Turkish Immigrants filled the hole in the German employment market, but how did the Nation respond to those foreigners (named Gastarbeiter)? Ten years after that a new right wing party formed and threatened to tip the political balance and bring new shame to the nation.

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The Sixties brought the Bader Meinhoff Complex, student revolts and many family conflicts instigated by the generation born after WWII. Many of those were disillusioned with politics and turned violent. It took a new generation of politicians to instigate a modernisation of German society.

The year of my birth Chancellor Willy Brand famously fell on his knees in Warsaw, humbly honouring a monument for the victims Warsaw Uprising. An important symbolic gesture after previous governments tried too hastily to move on from the dark past.  My book covers a lot of ground about post war Germany and should be interesting for those whose knowledge of Germany also ends with 1945. We know about the Nuremberg Trials and the Nazi’s on the run in South America, but what about the little man, guilty or not? What does he do with this broken country?

What is your personal experience with the issues in the book?

I grew up with the first generation of children of mixed marriages and Gastarbeiter families and I experienced them being treated badly by some but also very welcoming by others. I grew up in times of a United Europe, exchange students and pop music from Italy, France, Britain and America. For me other nations and cultures were never anything but an exciting cultural enrichment and I adored the people in my generation who had a similar vision and worked hard to make such a mentality part of a modern Germany.

Of the three books THE BLACK EAGLE INN is the one that is closest to my own life experience although I was born around the time the story ends. While all three books deal with family sagas vaguely similar to some of my ancestors, this story takes place in an environment and times that I know almost first hand. Yet, there were an awful lot of facts that I only learnt about while researching the foundations for the book. I hope it helps to understand more about the path of the German people from its past to the current state.

 

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A New Germany?

Can a leopard ever change its spots and can a Nation ever change? Is Germany trying to take over the European Union in militant fashion as some people claim? Are Germans always rigid, organised and pushy? Did Mussolini’s fascism stem from a reminiscent ‘Roman’ megalomania? Is there something inherently unchangeable in the makeup of a Nation?

Confronted with often harsh stereotypes of Nazi-esque Germans in film, television and conversations abroad it seems that a certain image sticks to us Germans in the view of other Nations. I left the country 20 years ago and often see the Germans from the outside perspective with similar eyes and cringe at some innocent remarks by my compatriots and their sometimes only misunderstood behaviours. Yet some of these stereotypes can reinforce undifferentiated ideas about German mentality and politics.

My book is by no means a glorification of the German nation. As much as I love my place of origin I am happy where I live now. By having written a somewhat political book about post-war Germany I hope to paint a more balanced and more complex picture about its past and its people. Like every country in the world Germany should remain a work in progress of continuous development and improvement.

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Religion in THE BLACK EAGLE INN

Most of my characters in this book are Catholics and some of them are not portrayed favourably even though other Catholics are written with more differentiation. I would like to point out however in any case that by no means do I intend to condemn religion or Catholicism as a whole.

Implied criticism of those devout Catholic characters is directed at the dogmatism of some, which also shows in their political and other beliefs and behaviours. Certain outdated beliefs and practices are part of the historically accurate portrayal of the times and places. Misuse of religion and Bible quotes for personal gain or political goals are as old as religion itself and are not limited to Catholicism.

I would like you to know that I have the most profound respect for any responsible religious person who uses their respective belief system to become a better person and to better the world with love and tolerance of others.

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Politics in THE BLACK EAGLE INN

To write about any Nation and its generational renewal party politics are difficult to avoid, even more so in the case of Germany where for 12 years one party dictated world history. In one plotline of the book I have gone deep into the rivalry between the two main parties in post-war Germany, which exists to this day.

I must apologise for any perceived bias and any offensive remarks against either of the parties portrayed. Party politics at the time were more differentiated than I could afford to showcase them in this book. The fictional party affiliation of some of my characters in the book was determined by certain ideas they stand for and which of the actual parties at the time would have fitted their profile the most.

In my view politicians of every party can be corrupt as they can be idealists. By no means would I like to imply that I favour the politicians of one party of another. My book is not a manifesto for political ideas per se but for humanitarian ideas that should be the foundation for any type of politics.

Politics can also be a frustrating and hard business and I applaud all of the idealists who go into politics and struggle hard for their visions and beliefs. I do not have the endurance for it myself and would like to thank those who have done so and who selflessly help to form and shape Germany into a modern state that has learnt from its past.

 

The Luck of the Weissensteiners (Three Nations Trilogy Book 1)

In the sleepy town of Bratislava in 1933 a romantic girl falls for a bookseller from Berlin. Greta Weissensteiner, daughter of a Jewish weaver, slowly settles in with the Winkelmeier clan just as the developments in Germany start to make waves in Europe and re-draws the visible and invisible borders. The political climate in the multifaceted cultural jigsaw puzzle of disintegrating Czechoslovakia becomes more complex and affects relations between the couple and the families. The story follows them through the war with its predictable and also its unexpected turns and events and the equally hard times after.
But this is no ordinary romance; in fact it is not a romance at all, but a powerful, often sad, Holocaust story. What makes The Luck of the Weissensteiners so extraordinary is the chance to consider the many different people who were never in concentration camps, never in the military, yet who nonetheless had their own indelible Holocaust experiences. This is a wide-ranging, historically accurate exploration of the connections between social location, personal integrity and, as the title says, luck.

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Sebastian (Three Nations Trilogy Book 2)

Sebastian is the story of a young man who has his leg amputated before World War I. When his father is drafted to the war it falls on to him to run the family grocery store in Vienna, to grow into his responsibilities, bear loss and uncertainty and hopefully find love.
Sebastian Schreiber, his extended family, their friends and the store employees experience the ‘golden days’ of pre-war Vienna and the timed of the war and the end of the Monarchy while trying to make a living and to preserve what they hold dear.
Fischer convincingly describes life in Vienna during the war, how it affected the people in an otherwise safe and prosperous location, the beginning of the end for the Monarchy, the arrival of modern thoughts and trends, the Viennese class system and the end of an era.
As in the first part of the trilogy, “The Luck of The Weissensteiners” we are confronted again with themes of identity, Nationality and borders. The step back in time made from Book 1 and the change of location from Slovakia to Austria enables the reader to see the parallels and the differences deliberately out of the sequential order. This helps to see one not as the consequence of the other, but to experience them as the momentary reality as it must have felt for the people at the time.

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The Black Eagle Inn (Three Nations Trilogy Book 3)

The Black Eagle Inn is an old established Restaurant and Farm business in the sleepy Bavarian countryside outside of Heimkirchen.  Childless Anna Hinterberger has fought hard to make it her own and keep it running through WWII. Religion and rivalry divide her family as one of her nephews, Markus has got her heart and another nephew, Lukas got her ear. Her husband Herbert is still missing and for the wider family life in post-war Germany also has some unexpected challenges in store.

Once again Fischer tells a family saga with war in the far background and weaves the political and religious into the personal. Being the third in the Three Nations Trilogy this book offers another perspective on war, its impact on people and the themes of nations and identity.

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Short Biography:

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. 1388120_10151600741477132_1191515252_nNot a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he is still resident today. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013.He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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Author Interview……..Theresa Snyder

A little about you…

I am an Oregonian. Not born here, just adopted. I have lived here the longest of any place in my life and that is saying a lot. I have moved 34 times and lived in every state this side of the Mississippi. I come from a huge family, two natural born brothers and 23 foster and adopted bothers. There were never less than 10 of us in the house at one time. I love life and all it brings my way.

A little about your writing…

I have been writing since I was a child. I had 35 pen pals back in the days of snail mail. Mom said she spent more on stamps than anything else for me when I was growing up. My mom was a journaler and encouraged me to be one too. I wrote my first novel with a girlfriend in middle school on the bleachers during recess. Finished my first real novel in 1990 and published it in May of this year. I have written twelve books since then. Writing is like breathing to me, I wouldn’t think of not doing it.

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What genre would you say your writing is?

I have a series of fantasy books called The Farloft Chronicles. They were written with middle-schoolers in mind, but I have discovered adults find Farloft, my dragon, irrespirable. I have a science fiction series as well, The Star Travelers, which I suppose you would term ‘space opera.’ It is very character driven with little, if any, techno babble.

What inspired you to start writing?

Okay, secrets revealed…I used to lie in bed and tell myself stories when I was a kid. They usually had the same set of characters, just different plots. In 1990 I broke my foot. The doctor said there was a direct connection to the time it would take to heal vs. the time I kept off of it. I decided to take the lemons and make lemonade. I bought myself a word processor and started my first science fiction now posted on Amazon as ‘The Helavite War.’

How has writing changed your life?

It hasn’t really changed my life because it has always been a part of my life. Writing is my exhaust valve. When I am excited, stressed, unhappy, elated…whatever, it is the way I express myself and bring everything back into focus. I would say more precisely that being published has changed my life. I spend a lot more time on social media being my own publicist

If you were going to read, which format would you choose: Book/Tablet/PC/Phone and Why?

Recently I have been doing a lot, and I do mean a lot, of reading on my iPad and smart phone. I do have a good sized collection of hard cover and paperback books. I have even on occasion read on my PC. I just love to read and do it however and whenever I can – no preferences. (I will even read the back of the cereal box during breakfast.)

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What is your favorite book, ever?

Now, that is a dozy of a question. How can you take a lifetime of reading and say this book or that book is the best I ever read? I’ll tell you the two that I have worn out because I loan them out so often to friends saying, “This is a great book, read it.” The first is ‘West with the Night’ by Beryl Markham. Some of the best writing I have ever read. It screams to be read out loud by a fireplace to friends over a cup of tea. And, “All Things Great and Small” by James Herriot is the second one. This book makes me laugh so hard I cry and cry so hard I have to put it down because I can’t see for my tears. Both books are true stories and well worth the time to sit and savor.

What are you reading at the moment?

I just finished a beta read for a friend that is going to be spectacular when it hits Amazon. Follow me on twitter, cause when it comes out I will be talking dragons for days. One I just finished is ‘Firehurler’ by J.S. Morin. One of the best fantasies I have ever read. There is a most unusual dragon in that one.

What is the best piece of writing advice you could give, and why?

Read! Reading is a major component in a writer’s toolbox. You glean information from the media that might develop into a book like Michael Crichton thinking of Jurassic Park because he heard about scientist that found a mosquito in amber. You learn style, spelling, and punctuation. Reading is where writing starts and ends.

If you were a dragon, what kind of dragon would you be?

I would be, and am a part of, Farloft, my dragon. He is old and wise. He loves his family and friends with a passion. He’s huge and green, and no one would think to mess with him. But he’s gentle and hums to himself as he doodles.

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Author Interview……..Kevin McLeod

A little about you

Born and raised in Scotland where I live in a town called Hamilton with my wife, two daughters and two dogs. Any free time I have which is not filled with writing or promoting is spent with my family either walking the dogs or playing board games or the Wii. Also my wife and I love a good box set. We just finished House of Cards and are almost finished Heroes.

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A little about your writing

I began writing when I was in my early teens and have always written short stories for enjoyment rather than trying to get anything published. The Viking’s Apprentice (released March 2013) was my first novel and I have just released the second book in the series, The Master’s Revenge.

What genre would you say your writing is?

My books fit the genre of children’s adventures for 8+ although they can be enjoyed by anyone from 8 – 80.

What inspired you to start writing?

Stephen King wrote a book for his children called The Eyes of the Dragon. This was my favourite book growing up. It narrowly pipped The Hobbit as my favourite. When I had my own children I wanted to write something for them. So those two factors, the genius of The Eyes of the Dragon and my own desire to write for my children were my inspiration.

How has writing changed your life?

It’s strange going from someone who does a 9-5 job to someone who has done something that is classed as ‘out of the ordinary’.  Having to promote myself is something I’m still getting used to, but I am beginning to enjoy book festivals and book signings. Having my books in schools here in Scotland is another amazing step on this journey which took some getting used to. I love doing talks in schools and radio interviews. To be getting paid to do something I love is brilliant. It goes to show that even indie authors can succeed, maybe now more than ever. It’s such a different life from 6 months ago, but I love it and will never look back.

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If you were going to read which format would you choose?

I was always a ‘real book’ advocate. I love the smell of a new book, and I love browsing in book stores, although they are few and far between now. My wife bought me a kindle a couple of years ago and I didn’t know what to make of it. How dare she bring this thing into my life, this reading machine is not required!! Fast forward to 2 months later and I loved my kindle. So now I am a kindle supporter and although I still love a real book I love the convenience and capabilities of my kindle. So kindle wins for me!

What is your favourite book, ever?

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, simply the greatest story ever told in my opinion. I love it.

What are you reading at the moment?

See the answer to the previous question. I am currently re-reading A Christmas Carol. It never ceases to amaze me.

What is the best piece of writing advice you could give and why?

No matter how good you think your manuscript is, and no matter how good a writer you are, always use a proof reader and an editor. You become so close to your own work that you begin to read it as it was intended not always as it actually is. Get a proof reader and an editor and I guarantee they will save you a lot of headaches later on.

If you were a dragon, what kind of dragon would you be?

I’d be an ice dragon (see Master’s Revenge). Being a dragon is pretty cool, but being a dragon with a twist is even cooler.

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Author Interview……..Justine Edward

A Little About You

My name is Justine Edward and I live in the beautiful land of Oz (Australia). I have three terrific children and a husband who I adore. When I am not writing I read, bake and work as a teacher in a local primary school.

A Little About Your Writing

I believe that words are powerful and that books have the ability to shape people. Page4_ShineI write from the heart with the hope that my work will inspire and encourage people to be their best. Children’s books have always appealed to me because they can be so simple yet incredibly meaningful.

What Genre Would You Say Your Writing Is?

Children’s Picture Books

What Inspired You To Start Writing?

Karl, my illustrator. Karl is a close friend of the family and I have known him his entire life. He is seven years old and about four years ago he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is such an amazing child, full of wonder and love. And there is an incredible light that radiates from him (see his photo). Karl Gabriel_Shine Illustrator

He has faced so many challenges in his short life. Yet he and his family approach every hurdle with a determination and strength that is incredibly inspiring.

I wrote Shine because I wanted Karl to see himself as I saw him. I also wanted to encourage others to focus on his beauty and his strengths rather than focusing on his challenges. I also wanted to encourage and inspire every reader to believe in themselves and to reach for their dreams.

How Has Writing Changed Your Life?

I didn’t know what a tweet was two months ago. Now I have connected with over 350 people! It is awesome. Every time I send someone a copy of the book or I read a review or I interact with someone, I feel like I have been given the best gift. To know that Shine has touched someone’s life and heart, that is honestly more important and rewarding to me than any sale will ever be.

If You Were Going To Read, Which Format Would You Choose: Book/Tablet/PC/Phone And Why?

Book, book and book. Because I am old school and I love to feel the book in my hands and turn the actual pages. Having said that, I have recently read several books on my ipad and I enjoyed the experience more than I thought I would.

What Is Your Favourite Book, Ever?

Dr Seuss, ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’ – simple yet profound. I also LOVE Roald Dahl.

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What Are You Reading At The Moment?

I am reading a book I downloaded from story cartel called “Broken Identity” by Sarah Jae Foster. And I am loving it!

What Is The Best Piece Of Writing Advice You Could Give, And Why?

Writing is only one part of the equation. The other crucial part is building your platform. Most writers are not marketers so this can be difficult and overwhelming. I felt completely lost when I started. But the trick is to start, and keep going. Being afraid to try means you will never succeed. Only by trying do you have any chance of success.

I also think it is really important to make sure you keep a positive attitude. For me marketing my book is not about making sales. I know that sounds strange. But my goal is to spread the message of my book. So my desire is to connect with people and to inspire and encourage them. I do believe whole heartedly in my book so I know that if people read it, many of them will want to go out and buy it.

If You Were A Dragon, What Kind Of Dragon Would You Be?

The kind of dragon that gets a kick out of helping others.

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A Little About You……….

I’m a thirty-two year old kid who watches anime and cartoons right alongside my Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom (HBO series fan, can you tell?). cekilgore-Profile-picI’ve always been a fan of science fiction and fantasy, growing up with Star Trek on my T.V. and a permanent D&D table set up in my room. I started writing in high school when a teacher encouraged me. He told me I should go into it professionally, but I didn’t listen. Instead, I went on to study cultural anthropology and history in university, receiving separate degrees in both. I think it was a good sidetrack, though. When the writing bug bit me again one year ago, my studies in anthropology and history were a major influence in creating the universe for my stories. Aside from writing, I also enjoy gardening and dabbling in web development.

 

A Little About Your Writing……….

I like to push boundaries and buttons. I don’t make excuses for my style, the language I use and the stories I want to tell. I try to insert comedy right alongside metaphysical and existential questions. I include intimate moments because I feel they are essential to character development, and I include violence because that nature is part of us all. I try to write something beautiful, but I’m not afraid of the ugly, either. My style is still developing, and I hope it never stops evolving.

 

What Genre Would You Say Your Writing Is?

Space Opera, or as I like to call it – Space Opera Romantica ™ (not really, but the TM looks good, doesn’t it?). I add romantica to the end because I focus on character and relationship development. I don’t like to call it romance, per say, because there are often tropes and expectations that come to mind as soon as you attach the word ‘romance’ to anything. I am a rule bender and trope breaker (at least, I like to think I am.). I shy away from tropes, sappiness, and I don’t believe that a happily ever after is a sure thing or should always be the result of a romantic story.

 

What Inspired You To Start Writing?

A high school English teacher who taught style instead of grammar. I had him for 3 of the 4 years I took English. I owe my love of literature and writing to him. It showed me that writing was more than periods and syntax. It was about context, flow, telling a story and doing it beautifully. Years later, after university, I was reading a book and kept thinking that, although the story was good, there was just something missing. Then a friend said ‘why not write your own.’ So, I did.

 

How Has Writing Changed Your Life?

Well, I used to have this thing called Free Time… and I also used to be a bit of a recluse. I still don’t go out much, but I have a larger connection online. I’m now part of many writer communities, I’ve made many wonderful friends and being able to connect with readers has been a great experience.

 

If You Were Going To Read, Which Format Would You Choose: Book/Tablet/PC/Phone And Why?

I am an eReader addict. I haven’t purchased a physical book in almost four years. I like the convince of digital books, and my Kindle Paperwhite is pretty awesome. The light makes it easy for me to read in bed.

 

What Is Your Favourite Book, Ever?

A Brave New World. image003 (2)This was the first book that English teacher I keep gushing about had us read. It was controversial, at the time, to read this type of book in school, but with so many things – he tossed the rules out the window. More than that, we actually read the book. He helped us to immerse ourselves in every page, look at what Huxley was saying beyond the words and find context for reflection on our own lives and society. For a freshman in high school, this was life altering. It put me on the track that I am now walking with my own writing, and I don’t think I will ever be able to thank Mr. Garrett and Mr. Huxley enough.

 

What Are You Reading At The Moment?

So. Many. Things. I tend to be reading more than one thing at a time because I help promote other authors, do book reviews and participate in a couple literary judging contests. I will say this – whatever I’m reading, chances are high that it’s indi / self-published. Check out my GoodReads shelves to see what I’m up to and some of my indi recommendations.

 

What Is The Best Piece Of Writing Advice You Could Give, And Why?

Stay true to your story. Don’t try to bend or fit your story into some conventional idea about what a genre is supposed to be. Don’t write to please other people. Don’t force it and just let it come. I say this because I ran into these questions when finishing book 1 and starting book 2. Book 1 was a risk because it doesn’t meet the “happily ever after” requirement for general romance. It has more of a Greek tragedy flavor, but the story is not over – the story I create in book 1 flows through the rest of the series as a connecting thread that binds all the Agent stories together. Book 2 was a risk because it includes a male/male relationship. I believe that love, in all its forms, is something beautiful and without boundaries. I hadn’t intended to go in that direction with Book 2, but the story and the characters have a life of their own in my stories, and that is the direction they wanted to go. I chose to stay true to my story in both instances, and while I have had a couple nay-sayers, I have had an abundance of support and positive feedback. Looking back, I know I wouldn’t change anything in my story if I had to do it all over again.

 

If You Were A Dragon, What Kind Of Dragon Would You Be?

A rock dragon. image005 (2)An artist friend of mine in high school gave me a rock painted like a dragon for my birthday once. An plain, ordinary grey stone turned into something remarkable and beautiful. I still have that dragon and it means a great deal to me.

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Author Bio:

C.E. Kilgore (1981 – ) has always had a love of romantic stories and science fiction. Although active in the writing community during her undergraduate studies, she chose to focus on her love of history and culture. Graduating with an HBA in History and a BA in Cultural Anthropology, she puts a deep emphasis on creating characters and environments within her writing that are full of both culture and history. The relationship development between characters and the worlds they live in is also an important aspect of her stories. Sarcasm, comedy, hidden “modern” references and subtle hints at underlined universal meanings are common within her writing style, but there is always plenty of action and a darker side lurking just around the corner.

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Book 1: Ghost In The Machine – FREE full length novel

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Book Synopsis: “Love is like a wormhole. You stumble on to it blindly, it sucks you in and takes you somewhere completely unexpected. You can’t fight it, because that would tear your ship apart. You can’t control it, either. All you can do is set your thrusters on glide and let it take you where it’s going to take you.” Going against the rules of her Vesparian Sisterhood, which seeks to keep its entire existence a secret, Orynn is thrown into the open by a request for help that she could not refuse. Seeking to reconcile past mistakes and gain a forgiveness she feels she does not deserve, the control over her empathic abilities is put to the test when the darkness that lives within her spirit threatens to once again destroy any piece of happiness that she allows herself to find.  As a Mechatronic Automaton, Ethan defines his world through a set of logically defined values and understandings. Encountering Orynn throws his system out of balance as he tries to decide if he should trust the feelings he is developing, or if he should follow the logic telling him that she is trying to control him for some unknown purpose. Should he keep her at a distance despite his want to bring her near, or should he follow the heart he swears he does not have? As his understanding of her develops, he begins to question all of his preconceived notions about both himself and the universe around him. In his attempts to capture the Vesparian prey he has been hunting after for two decades, the First Commander of the Xen’dari fleet will stop at nothing and track Orynn to the ends of the universe. On a path of vengeance for a past he can’t let go of, he will do everything in his power to burn her world down around her feet until nothing is left but ash and the bitter taste of regret.  Ghosts of the past clash with hopes for the future in this first book of the series, set in a universe where nothing is as it seems at first glance and trust is a highly priced commodity.

 

Book 2: Whispers From Exile $3.99 from all major online book retailers

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The Ruisks were once a fierce and proud race with courageous spirits, but after over a century of being held captive under the oppressive leash of the Xen’dari Empire, they have become defeated, hollow shells that bow their heads in submission. Can Larx help his people find their courage again to stand against the oppression, and can he find his own courage to be true to his nature and the callings of his heart? Torque has been a Central Agent for over one hundred and thirty years. Each day is defined by the protocols embedded into the subroutines of his Mechatronic mind. Orders are followed without question and his personal life is never put before the directives of the agency. That is the way of his universe, until one startling discovery about a friend he thought he knew redefines which protocols he gives importance to. Can he overcome himself as he fights to hold on to Larx and a bond that threatens to change his directive-driven world forever?  In Book 2, the rippling effects caused by Orynn’s existence continue to move through the universe in unforeseen and unpredictable ways. Whispers of her aura linger, and the lives she touched continue to move the story of the universe forward. Follow the stories of the Central Agents as they continue to search for the truths about their universe and about themselves.

 

 Book 3: Tracing The Stars $3.99 from all major online book retailers (As of Oct1st, 2013)

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Hankarron Eros has loved Tara since she had pigtails, but his fear of losing the strength and support that their friendship provides leads him to keep his heart’s desires locked away. When the truth about his family is exposed and leaves him grasping to hold onto his ship, his crew and his sanity, words are spoken that can’t be taken back and the presence he had grown so used to having at a convenient reach is gone. Tara Flint has never denied her heart’s attraction to the floppy-haired, brown-eyed Hankarron, even if he can be a stupid limik sometimes. Her strong will falters as she is forced to decide between a promise she made to her father, a boy she has loved since she had pigtails and the possibility of finding out what her life might be like without the presence of Hankarron always by her side. When you get knocked down, you get back up and hit the other guy harder. Trip ‘Wild Fists’ Weston is a Runata’ji combat fighter at the top of his career with a fame and fortune he doesn’t want and a Lucky Clover tattooed across his heart to remind him of the girl who is always just out of reach. When Tara’s luck lands her in his lap without Hankarron on her heels, Trip wonders if this is his chance to capture his Clover, or if Tara’s luck has other ideas in mind. Fate doesn’t always give you want you want, but it will always give you what you need. Jennadri Szina doesn’t have time for matters of the heart or trying to get two wayward agents back on track. She’s got a mission to run, a Director who is dying and a mother who isn’t easy to impress. When Jehdra sends her to save Hank and Tara, Jen takes her mother’s mission on at full speed, but she isn’t prepared to manage ‘Wild Fists’ Weston and his damn dimple. They say that the stories of our time will one day be traced into the stars to help guide others home. Fate strings intertwine with skipping stones across the stars of the universe, pulling it forward and writing new lines in the night sky as the Corwint Central Agent saga continues to lead Ethan, Orynn and Jarren towards a collision that holds the power to change everything.
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