Disney’s “Pets” Coming in 2016

Who all has seen the commercials for Disney’s movie “Pets” coming in 2016? I have to say that it looks really cute! It’s about what pets do when their ‘parents’ leave them home alone. While it’s a really cute idea, I honestly don’t see how they’re going to drag it out for an hour and a half movie. There’s only so much pets can do while imprisoned in their home while their owner is at work. Sure, there’s plenty of mischievous things they can do but it’s what you would normally expect – torn pillow cases, human food eaten, etc. I’m curious to see what they’re going to do with it. Here’s a link to the video for those who haven’t seen it yet!

“Curse of the Heroines” Published

The anthology for our Fantasy Writers group on Facebook has been published after a year of hard work!

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Copyright © J.E. Feldman

Congratulations to the writers who have just become authors because of this book and way to go to our seasoned authors for another book under their belt! The book is available in paperback and on Kindle as e-book.

Here is the summary: Heroines. Good and bad, fighting for their cause. Will they succeed in their task? Will their worlds be bettered or worsened by their success? Read “Curse of the Heroines” to find out. Stories by: Angel Blackwood, Chadden Basnik, Gina A. Watson, Joann Shevock, John Ryers, Jordanne Fuller, Kyle Della-Rocco, Maeve La Fey, and Tom Atwood.

Amazon Buy Link – http://www.tinyurl.com/JEFeldmanHeroines

Realmwalker Publishing Group

Copyright 2014 © J.E. Feldman and Shardel.
Copyright 2014 © J.E. Feldman and Shardel.

A long while ago, my friend Rita popped up out of the blue and suggested that I submit a book to the Realmwalker Publishing Group because they were currently looking for dragon-themed books. With the attitude that it couldn’t hurt to try, I submitted “The Dragonscale” to them. Just like normal, it took a long time to get a response back, but it looks extremely promising! I can’t describe how excited I am at the prospect that they’ll accept the trilogy. It means that I’ll be able to do the book signing at BAM with no more issues of “oh, but you’re self-published.” If they choose to not accept the trilogy, that’s ok too because it was an opportunity that abruptly appeared and I decided to try it. It would be amazing if they accepted it! I can hardly contain my excitement!

My Local Books-A-Million

As stated last week, I tried setting up a book signing at my local Books-A-Million but it turns out that they don’t allow self-published authors to do book signings. I’ve known self-published authors who have done signings with BAM before so this came as a surprise to me. It turns out that not every location accommodates the self-published. Some stores actually charge a small fortune for a book signing to take place. Believing that self-published authors don’t have this small fortune, they don’t allow them to partake. So I’ve had no luck getting anything set up at my local BAM store, but hopefully the next closest one will allow it.

My First Author Signing – Part Two

What an amazing event! I was extremely nervous for the two days prior to the event but once it actually started happening, it was a ton of fun! Lots of people came over to talk to me, some wanted pictures done with me, several bought my books. There were a lot of familiar faces from my day job at the post office and I specifically thank all of them for coming out to see me. I’ve contacted Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble to set up book signings with them as well. This is just the beginning! Here are some of the pictures from the book signing!

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My First Author Signing – Part One

My very first author signing is tomorrow! For those that don’t know, I signed up to do one a year ago when “The Dragonscale” was first published but there was a year waiting list. Now it’s finally arrived and I’m so nervous! I know it’s going to go well and that everything will be fine, it’s just the nerves that are getting to me. I’m not the most social butterfly around and even in school, I would work behind stage rather than on stage in the theater. I prefer making something work and having people wonder how it was done than to be put in the spotlight. But here’s my spotlight and it’s ready to swallow me whole! Most of my family will be there so I’m grateful for that. They’ll get to see the inner workings of what being an author means and it proves that this really is a well-paying job. It’s may be childish of me to throw that fact in their faces but I have to do it. Especially since a lot of people give up writing because of the peer pressure from their own families. I plowed right on through it.

I know a bit of what is to be expected tomorrow and I can’t wait to share my book to the local community! I have a feeling that I’ll be meeting some other fellow authors while I’m there and maybe even come across a writing club. I miss the Wandering Writing Workshop I was part of two years ago that fell apart and I’d love to belong to another group. Here is the Facebook event and I hope to see my local friends there! In my next blog post (Part Two), I’ll let you know how the event was.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1606443142904219/

Interview with Author Debbie Anderson

  • What genre are your books?
  • I primarily write Medieval Fantasy set in an original world with touches of heavily inspired by Norse and Celtic cultures.
  • What draws you to this genre?
  • I have always enjoyed speculative fiction, be it horror, sci-fi or fantasy, but I am mostly drawn to medieval fantasy because of my love of Arthurian legend and western European folklore.
  • What project are you working on at the moment?
  • I am currently writing my first novel series (working title) Tree of Nine Worlds along with other side projects.
  • What’s it about?
  • Tree of Nine Worlds is about a group composed of a curious farmboy, a clansman trying to reclaim his family’s nobility, a wizard’s granddaughter, a young king and his sister a rebellious princess who discover a plot to unthrone the island’s monarch’s and raise the dark one from his slumber.
  • Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?
  • Well, my novel is multiperspective, so all five are main characters.
  • Have you written anything else?
  • I’ve written plenty, but I have few publications. Not counting the writing on my website, I have one short story published under Dragon Knight Chronicles in their 2015 anthology Dragon Tempest.
  • What are your ambitions for your writing career?
  • I hope to break into a traditional publisher and be read internationally.
  • Which writers inspire you?
  • I think some of my earlier inspirations would be R.L Stien, J.K Rowling, Stephen King and Sharon Mackay, after that I would say that almost every book I read has the power to inspire me to tell my own story.
  • When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?
  • I have always enjoyed telling and consuming stories…in any media, and once I had  learned to read I took an interest in writing.
  • Do you have a special time or place to write?
  • I tend to write at home with music playing, but my favourite place to write, like so many of us out there, is a cozy little cafe with a hot cup of coffee and a fresh idea.
  • Where do you get your inspiration?
  • Anyway and everywhere! I get most of my ideas while walking out among the hiking trails or in the shower, but I can get ideas from posters, paintings and peices of jewelry. It can be as simple as a common phrase making the gears turn!
  • Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?
  • I do a bit of both. I like to have a very vague outline that tends to be subject to change and see where the preplanned points take me.
  • Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?
  • Oh, yes! I often get writers block, despite my previous comment, and it is worse when a deadline is looming.  To get over it I listen to narrative music, revisit  my favourite legends and myths and look at Waterhouse Paintings.
  • What is the hardest thing for you about writing?
  • Finishing what I started. I can have once had three novels on the go and over twelve short stories started with them.
  • How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?
  • How much research do you do?
  • I try to research as much relevant information as possible before finishing. I do a lot of preliminary research and while a project is in progress I will also stop to research as needed.
  • Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
  • I typically type my stories on computer, but I carry a note book around in my purse to write long hand in case I’m struck by an idea.
  • What are some of your favorite books/authors?
  • Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law Trilogy and Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters Trilogy are still among my all time favourites and Iam a big fan of the Belgariad by David Eddings, I love Stephen King’s several collections of short stories, and of course the Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling and George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series make that list. I am also a sucker for most of Cecilia Ahern’s and Lurlene McDaniel’s novels.
  • Are you currently reading any books?
  • I am currently reading the Wheel of Time series and am currently one the second novel the Great Hunt by Robert Jordan, A Place Called Here by Cecilia Ahern and  Name of the Wind by. Patrick Rothfuss
  • How can readers discover more about you and your work?
  • Website: https://talesfromthemists.wordpress.com/
  • Blog:http://lilymaevelafey.livejournal.com/
  • Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/lilymaevelafey
  • Twitter: https:https://twitter.com/MaeveLaFey
  • Linkedin:https://ca.linkedin.com/pub/maeve-la-fey/8a/70/376
  • Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/maevelafay/
  • Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/36027976-lily-maeve-lafey/

Interview with Author Gina A. Watson

  1. What genre are your books? Fantasy and Paranormal
  2. What draws you to this genre? I love being able to create my own world where I decide everything that can and can’t happen.
  3. What project are you working on at the moment? I am working on a dark fantasy series.

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    Copyright © Gina A. Watson
  4. What’s it about? It is about a Society of Sorcerers and something bad happens. Sorry I can’t say much more.
  5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special? My main character is called Reya, and she is able to control shadows.
  6. Have you written anything else? I have a fair few short stories published in anthologies and i have a few more projects that I am working on.
  7. What are your ambitions for your writing career? I’d love to be able to work or own my own publishing company in the future.
  8. Which writers inspire you? Music and Pictures
  9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write? I decided to become a writer in 2012 after taking time off of studying. I love to write because it takes me away to another world.
  10. Do you have a special time or place to write? I write whenever I get the chance, but I mainly write at night.
  11. Where do you get your inspiration? Inspiration hits me at horrible times, when I’m in the shower or even driving.
  12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you? Outline. I always outline!
  13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it? I try to create posters that may help my inspiration or motivation come back or even look at pictures that can trigger a scene or a conversation within my work.
  14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing? Fight scenes
  15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route? I promote in lots of facebook groups and on Instagram. I find that it reaches a lot of people that way.
  16. How much research do you do? For my fantasy novels, I research weapons and things that can help in my created world. For my paranormal, I try to find out everything I can about the creatures I write about.
  17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? Computer, but i use note pads to help me plan everything.
  18. What are some of your favorite books/authors? Sarah J Maas, Colleen Houck, Richelle Mead, there are a lot more but too many to list.
  19. Are you currently reading any books? I’m reading Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
  20. How can readers discover more about you and your work? They can follow my author page on Facebook, I try to update it as much as possible.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BookInProgressByGinaWatson

https://www.facebook.com/JordanneFullerAndGinaAWatson

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Gina-A.-Watson/e/B00X6WZ3QU/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_7

Book Links: http://smarturl.it/MysticalBites http://smarturl.it/LoveSucks http://smarturl.it/LurkingintheDeep http://hyperurl.co/TwistedTales

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13845428.Gina_A_Watson

Interview with Author Jordanne Fuller

Here is author Jordanne Fuller!

  1. What genre are your books?

I write everything from paranormal, to fantasy, to science fiction, to abuse. I like writing whatever flows through me at the time.

Copyright © Jordanne Fuller
Copyright © Jordanne Fuller
  1. What draws you to this genre?

My inspiration is what draws me. I take inspiration from everything around me and so I find that it randomizes my work.

  1. What project are you working on at the moment?

I have many sequels on my mind for the various shorts I’ve already published. I also have a few projects that I am working on with my good friend Gina A. Watson. One of which will be in the same universe as Trapped, my story featured within Curse of the Heroines. My main project will hopefully be my novel series: Night. I want to get that baby out into the world, especially since I recently had a short prequel released in the Mystical Bites Anthology.

  1. What’s it about?

In Night, humans are forced to become nocturnal creatures just to survive a world teeming with zombies and vampires alike. The swift decline in population has forced technology back to the Victorian era, causing most things to run on steam and oil. Oil being difficult to obtain, steam replaces even that in most cases. You follow a rather large group of characters based on people in real life, through their fight against the monsters to find an easier, and better tomorrow, or in most cases just survive until the next day.

  1. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

The female protagonist in Night is named Lilith. She is a very talented fighter, using two katanas, which is difficult for even experienced wielders. She is a young mother, trying to raise a son in a broken world full of dangers we could only dream of today. She is a very strong woman, yet does not hesitate to lean on those around her when need be. She still has many downfalls, her self worth being an example. When not fighting the undead or taking care of her son, Lilith uses her seamstress skills to

  1. Have you written anything else?

Oh yes, I have three short stories published in anthologies, three of which I am working on sequels to. I have three or more projects in the works with Gina A. Watson, and I’m on the team to bring in a short for the upcoming anthology in the Sha’Daa shared universe series, produced by Michael H. Hanson. My stories are as follows: Troy, in the Love Sucks Anthology; The Flight of Phoenix, in the Twisted Tales Anthology; and Dusk, in the Mythical Bites Anthology.

Night, the first novel in the Night series, is finished and only needs to finish going through the editing processes.

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Become a billionaire. No, I’m totally kidding, although it would be nice. I would like to have my works all out there for people to read. Making a career out of it would be nice as well, but it’s not particularly an ambition. I really just want to leave a part of myself on this Earth long after I’m gone.

  1. Which writers inspire you?

Almost any do, just the fact that people write and are known for their work inspires me. To be specific, however, Richelle Mead’s work inspires me to write because the way she words her thoughts makes writing seem so easy. It isn’t, for the record. I’m inspired by how hard J.K. Rowling pushed and how far it got her. I’m inspired by the worlds of Orson Scott Card, Ian Irvine (and inspired by his great educational material he posted on his website that simplifies writing, editing, and publishing ), and many others. I am inspired by the depth and literary complexities within classics such as Dorian Gray, Othello, Fahrenheit 451, and again many others.

  1. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I have always had a penchant for writing. I remember co-writing my first play when I was very young, using a blue pencil crayon and a pad of lined paper my mom had given my brother, my friend and I. I’m not entirely sure how old I was, but I am certain I had not yet reached double digits. I had since thought getting published was a pipe dream.  Last year however, I decided to take life by the horns and submit my first work to a publishing company. Dusk was the first piece to get accepted by a publishing company. I have not looked back since.

I write to escape and give others the same escape into a world that had only been within my mind until then.

  1. Do you have a special time or place to write?

Not particularly. My mobility is often impaired, so going elsewhere to write is difficult. I love editing at the park while my son runs around when I’m feeling well enough to do so. I write when I’m inspired or when I have a looming deadline.

  1. Where do you get your inspiration?

I quite literally get my inspiration from everything. Things I see on the internet, pictures, things in nature, something one of my family members or cats does… A story told to my by a friend, other stories and novels. Everything.

  1. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I start writing where the idea takes me and when I get stuck, I start drafting out an outline. I then write freely again, having a glance at the outline when I start to become stuck.

  1. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

I will generally do one of two things with writer’s block. I will either push myself through it and have word wars or put my headphones in and ignore the world until the words bleed out. The other option, get heavy into another craft until I start to crave writing again.

  1. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Stopping the ideas is difficult. I generally struggle to keep focused on one thing at a time and I will often jot some things down before getting back to what I have a deadline for.

  1. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

I am published through CHBB for the most part. I market through Facebook mostly and am a very excited person most of the time so I find it easy to get people excited about my work.

  1. How much research do you do?

It really depends on the story. Some things I am making up entirely so research is completely unimportant. Other stories have at least a little grounding in reality. I have researched everything from various weaponry and how to use it (including using YouTube to watch people using said weapons) to different kinds of leaves that can be used for teas in North American climate. You never know what small detail can be looked up, so I find it better to try to make as little as possible available for people to disprove. In Trapped, for example, I researched chemical compositions even though it was to be laced with magic anyway.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I use a computer. I was born with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, which makes writing longhand a bit of a nightmare now.

  1. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

I have so many that I couldn’t even hope to list them all. Most of them are mentioned in the question about which authors inspire me.

  1. Are you currently reading any books?

In fact I am. I’m currently reading Don’t Drink the Nine, by PM Briede. It’s excellent, and the sequel to Death of a Chorus Girl. Because of deadlines I haven’t gotten to read it as fast as I would like.  But I will leave a review. I always do ^-^

  1. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorjordannefuller

Amazon Author Page: Fuller/e/B00ZEABPHI/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_10

Book Links:

Love Sucks

http://smarturl.it/LoveSucks (Love Sucks Anthology e-book)

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Sucks-Mariana-Thorn/dp/1514365081/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1434727970&sr=8-2&keywords=Love+Sucks+Anthology&pebp=1434727975525&perid=110TR0CB6NPB9N2C06MX (Love Sucks Anthology paperback)

 

Twisted Tales

http://hyperurl.co/TwistedTales (E-book)

http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Tales-Paranormal-Phoenix-Johnson/dp/1514359677/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1435340486&sr=8-1&keywords=Twisted+Tales%3A+A+Paranormal+Anthology (Paperback)

 

Mystical Bites

http://smarturl.it/MysticalBites (E-book)

http://www.amazon.com/Mystical-Bites-Anthology-Lexi-Ostrow/dp/1516896459/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1439581202&sr=1-2&keywords=mystical+bites&tag=smarturl-20 (Paperback)

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14008244.Jordanne_Fuller