Cover Reveal Party The Trials of Caste and Into the Heart of Evil

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Today is the cover reveal party for fantasy novels “The Trials of Caste” and “Into the Heart of Evil”, the first two books in the Paladin of a Hidden God series by author Joel D. Babbitt.

Book 1 Final Cover for Kindle

Title: The Trials of Caste

Author: Joel D. Babbitt

Genre: Fantasy

A Game of Destiny, a Throne, a Paladin, a Prophecy… and Kobolds

In this explosive first novel in the Paladin of a Hidden God Series, the ancient game of destiny known as the Trials of Caste shows the Will of the Gods and reveals the Hand of the Fates.

A fresh voice in the Fantasy genre, Joel Babbitt’s story of Durik the kobold and his companions is genuine, triumphant, and absorbing. In two days and two square miles of caverns, Joel takes the reader deep into the heart of a tribe in turmoil. Looming insurrection, insurgent pacts, ancient powers, noble designs, and young aspirations combine to make the unforgettable coming-of-age tale of Durik the kobold and his companions.

With their year of training now past, Durik and six other young warriors are about to undergo the Trials of Caste where all of them will strive for the coveted position of elite warrior and the prestige and power that comes with it, though only one will win. Simultaneously, a deadly conspiracy threatens to destroy their tribal leaders and seize the throne for its own evil purposes. Durik and his six companions must each chose sides as the actions of an insurgent pact bring a day of decision for all the children of Kale. Yet through it all, as if from beyond where the ancestors go, an ancient power calls to Durik, strengthening him as he and his closest companions risk everything to fight against this encroaching evil.

Book 2 Final Cover for Kindle

 

Title: Into the Heart of Evil

Author: Joel D. Babbitt

Genre: Fantasy

In this second novel of the Paladin of a Hidden God series Joel masterfully weaves an explosive tale that puts Durik and his companions in a desperate fight for their lives, one they will only survive if they are true to themselves and to each other.

 It was supposed to be an easy journey… a simple first step for a band of new warriors. But evil has an agenda of its own, and relentless conquest strikes when it chooses. And what can so few do against so many? Yet evil is not the only power that stirs in the southern valley; from deep in their prophetic past an ancient power also has returned, nurturing, watching, and helping its paladin. On the anvils of danger and sacrifice Durik and his small group of companions will be forged by the hammer of their mutual hardships into an able band of heroes, but only if they can survive the journey into the heart of evil…

Author Bio

authorJoel Babbitt is an officer in the U.S. Army and a bishop in his church. He has spent his entire adult life living and teaching principles of leadership and team building in a warrior environment. Joel and his family live in Maryland, USA.

(picture shows Joel and his interior illustrator Anna Cate in 2006)

Follow the author at:

www.authorjoel.com

www.facebook.com/authorjoel

@AuthorJoel on Twitter

Buy your copy of The Trials of Caste on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Trials-Caste-Paladin-Hidden-God-ebook/dp/B00H2ZRLDA/

 

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Book Review Catcher’s Keeper

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Author: Johannah Davies Spero

Genre: Commercial Fiction / Alternate History Fiction

What if Holden Caulfield was around when John Lennon was shot?

In 1980 John Lennon was killed by Mark David Chapman, who believed he was Holden Caulfield, narrator of the classic The Catcher in the Rye. After the shooting, Chapman remained on the scene calmly reading the book, which he later offered to police as “his statement.” Catcher’s Keeper asks the question, “What if Holden had met Chapman, learned of his plan, and tried to prevent the assassination?”

 When I started reading, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book. The premise seemed intriguing, but the first chapter didn’t convince me. However, I kept on reading, and I found myself enjoying the book more and more as I got to know the characters, especially main character, Alden.

It’s no surprise that this book ended up being one of the finalists in a competition – the writing is solid, the characters are rounded, three-dimensional, flawed, intriguing, and the plot puts an original spin on a familiar story. Combining a real-life event and a fictional story ended up offering a unique perspective, and worked really well.

Get the book on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Catchers-Keeper-JD-Spero-ebook/dp/B00IKTU4H2/

 

Giveaway

US/CA only giveaway for a signed copy of the book.

Go here for the giveaway.

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Book Excerpt from The Taming

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I’m hosting a snippet today from a middle grade book that sounds like a blast, “The Taming”.

Book Excerpt

Plumpkin froze as he struggled for breath. Unable to take his eyes off the scene before him, he watched as the snake struck again and again, making mincemeat out of the bulky animal. It was a scene that would surely haunt him for the rest of his life. Slitherers just don’t attack raccoons without reason. Something wasn’t right. This was no ordinary attack—more so, this was no ordinary slitherer!

The Taming

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Author: Atticus Krum

Genre: Middle Grade

A forbidden journey. A secret agenda. A mysterious object.

When Thutter McClutter, a young Glade-dwelling shrew, willingly decides to break the ancient Code and cross into the shadowy darkness of the great Woode, he is certain that seeing the mysterious Solkreat is the goal. But as he and his friends near the curious Creature, an altogether different agenda is exposed. One of his fellow adventurers wants the magic hogseye. However, the powerful and wicked Beastmonger also covets the enchanted object, and he will stop at nothing to get it—not even murder.

A story of true friendship, lasting faith, and willing sacrifice, The Taming is the first installment of the Refuge Chronicles—an adventurous trilogy about a young shrew, his newly-discovered purpose, and the ancient conflict between Light and Darkness.

Author Bio

Krum2Atticus  never intended on becoming a writer; however, he eventually would come to realize that Magic’s stories were meant to be shared. He now spends most of his time putting pen to paper readying the tales he’s collected for publishing. Mr. Krum resides on a small farm in the Midwest with Albi, his albino ferret. He travels only when absolutely necessary. He does not care to be photographed and almost never smiles. What’s more, he dresses almost exclusively in black. He says that the latter is for simplicity sake, but those who know him are certain that he is just color blind. To learn more about Atticus, please visit his website: www.atticuskrum.com.

Links

Publisher:   www.huntlyhouse.com

Author Website:   www.atticuskrum.com

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgqmQ1PIrXdgNMyYSWGq6FQ

Buy the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Taming-Atticus-Krum/dp/0988534916

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Author Interview with Anna Carolyn McCormally

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I’m interviewing Anna Carolyn McCormally, author of YA fantasy “The Six Days”. Welcome to my blog, Anna, and thanks for answering my questions.

1) Please tell us about yourself.

23 years old. Gemini. I live in Washington, D.C.., I manage a tiny used bookstore. Next year I’m starting a master’s program in creative writing that I am just so excited about! I love to ride my bike, go for runs in Rock Creek Park, and cook for big groups of people. I always have a to-read list that is just a little longer than I can handle.

2) Tell us about your book.

At its heart, The Six Days is about a boy named Jamie and his best friend, Nia. When Jamie’s little brother is kidnapped, he and Nia are sucked into the complicated political intrigue of Emanu–a magical world they never knew existed where the Council of Witches is at odds with the human Queen and a rebellion stirring on the borders threatens both. Jamie is given six days to deliver the ransom for his brother’s life, and the book is a race against time as Jamie and Nia have to learn as much as they can as fast as they can about an entire new universe

3) What inspired you to write The Six Days?

That’s a hard questions! Honestly I give a lot of credit to the books I read when I was a kid: Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, and others. All those fantasy worlds were bouncing around in my brain…and came out again as something else!

4) How many hours do you write per week?

It really varies. I try to sit down and do a 90 minute writing session at least 3 times a week, but I also take breaks in the middle of the day to write in ten minute chunks, so it’s hard to say. I’d estimate 6 or 8.

5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?

J.K. Rowling! I know if I met her I would probably just start crying with happiness and wouldn’t be able to talk and it would be embarrassing…but I don’t care! It would be worth it!

Same with Margaret Atwood—she tweeted at me last summer and it was one of the best days of my life because The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake are two of my favorite books—they changed the way I think about both real life and fiction.

And while it’s not quite the same, I think Russell T. Davies, who wrote quite a bit for Doctor Who the past few years, has an incredible way with stories. I would love to sit down with him and pick his brain…

6) What are you working on at the moment?

Since finishing The Six Days, I’ve been writing mostly short fiction. But there’s also a sequel to The Six Days in the works, which starts 5 years after the events of the first book. I hope to have a draft of that by the end of the summer!

The Six Days

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Author: Anna McCormally

Genre: YA Fantasy

Fifteen years ago, in the middle of the night, Jamie Carpenter’s mother went up to the dark lighthouse on the cliffs. She never came back.

Yesterday, Jamie had a nightmare: his little brother disappearing like their mother did, through the door of the lighthouse, a door that has never opened.

Today, the nightmare came true. Jamie’s brother is missing. And not just missing–he’s been abducted, taken through the lighthouse door into the world of magic that lays beyond.

With his best friend Nia at his side, Jamie crosses into a world he never knew existed–but Emanu is not the fairytale world of childrens stories. Desperate to understand who took Danny and why, struggling to survive in a world of shadowy magic, Jamie and Nia seek the help of the Council of Witches. As they uncover more and more of Jamie’s family secrets and unknown powers, it becomes clear that Nia herself may be something more than human–and that it’s her the Council views as their biggest threat…

Swept up in a dark political game they don’t understand, burdened by magic they don’t know how to use, Jamie and Nia are going to have to learn fast if they’re going to survive Emanu and rescue Danny Carpenter. There are only six days until the gate between worlds closes again.

For good.

Author Bio

McCormally_photoAnna Carolyn McCormally currently manages a small used bookstore in Washington, D.C.. She has a tattoo of the Deathly Hallows and blogs about YA fiction at http://www.giantsquidbooks.com.. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in pacificREVIEW, Quantum Fairy Tales and 3 am magazine. Follow her on Twitter @mccormallie.

Links

http://giantsquidbooks.com/books/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20560327-the-six-days

twitter.com/mccormallie

twitter.com/giantsquidbooks

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Author Interview with Dirk Strasser

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I’m interviewing Dirk Strasser, author of fantasy series “The Books of Ascension”, on my blog. Thanks for answering my questions.

1)         Please tell us about yourself

Although I was born in Offenbach, Germany, I’ve lived most of my life in Melbourne, Australia.  I’ve been a High School teacher of Mathematics and German, a private tutor, a creative writing teacher, a textbook writer, a freelance journalist, an editor and publisher of Small Press Publications, and a Senior Publisher and Publishing Manager at multi-national companies.  Almost everything I’ve done has to do with writing or education or both.  I co-publish and co-edit the magazine Aurealis – Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction and founded the Aurealis Awards.  Nearly all my fiction is either fantasy, science fiction or horror.  I’m not a big fan of semi-dried tomatoes, caraway seeds or capers, but will eat pretty much anything else.

2)         Tell us about your books.

The Books of Ascension have had a long and complex history.  Books 1 and 2 in the series, Zenith and Equinox, were first published in Australia and New Zealand by Pan Macmillan when the company started publishing a line of SF books in the 1990s.  However, after a new Fiction Publisher was appointed, the decision was made to axe the SF line (it’s called “changing the strategic direction of the company” in the corporate world), which meant that I was left with a two-book trilogy.  No-one was going to publish the third book of a trilogy when Pan Macmillan had the rights to the first two books.  Luckily, I had a European agent at the time who sold the German Rights to all three books to Heyne Verlag.  So, for a long time the only way you could read Eclipse, the final book, was if you could read German.  Eclipse, which is ironically about the search for a lost book, was itself a lost book for many years.  Last year, Macmillan’s new eBook-first Momentum imprint decided to publish the trilogy in full, and not only is Eclipse finally available in English, the whole series is now available outside Australia and New Zealand for the first time.

The Books of Ascension are set in a giant world-Mountain where three races – Maelir, Faemir and Nazir – are battling for ascendancy and where the Mountain itself is a living entity that reflects the damage done by the conflict.   The Maelir control the world through the power of Zenith, the phenomenon of the sun reaching the highest point of the Mountain for nine days each mid-summer.  This control is maintained by the ritual of twins being given a Talisman by the Holy Orders and undertaking an Ascent to the Summit each year.  Atreu and Teyth begin their Ascent from the Base at a time when the Faemir have become a major threat under a new leader, Valkyra, and when the Mountain is at its most unstable, with massive pillars erupting from the surface and giant chasms forming spontaneously, allowing fearsome dusk creatures to emerge.  Atreu enables Verlinden, Valkyra’s twin, to be the first female to undergo the Zenith ritual, and the two manage to unite Maelir and Faemir against the threat of the Nazir.  Finally the sun itself is affected by the conflict and the days grow ever shorter, allowing the Nazir’s dusk-spawn to gain control of the slopes.  The only hope of salvation lies in Atreu’s Talisman, a book whose enigmatic powers enable Atreu to learn the truth about the Mountain; and as the mystery of Zenith is revealed to him, he uncovers the secrets of his own story.

3)         What inspired you to write The Books of Ascension?

I think most novels start with a single image or idea.  I can still remember the thought process behind the trilogy.  I’ve always liked epics – tales told on a large canvas – and I was very ambitious in terms of the scale of The Books of Ascension.  I wanted the basis of the world I was creating to be something on a grand scale.  I ‘d been reading Dune and the Riverworld series, and I was thinking in terms of enormously large desert, enormously large river, enormously large… er… mountain.  That was my starting image.  And once a mountain is your world, your characters have no choice but to climb it.  I then did some research on myths where giant mountains were featured, and I came across the legendary Mount Kailās which is sacred to a number of religions including Buddhists, Hindus and Jains, and which has been the destination of pilgrimages for thousands of years.  This was how the whole Eastern mysticism feel entered the trilogy.

4)         How many hours per week do you spend writing?

I would like to be able to give a straight-forward answer to this question.  Unfortunately, the amount of time I spend writing each day varies enormously for all sorts of real-life reasons.  During the first draft stage of a novel, I would aim for a word count per day (1500), not a time limit, with the aim being to finish a chapter (4,000-6,000 words) in a week (usually 5 working days).  More often than not I’d be on a roll when I reach my daily word target and would keep going, and if I finished the chapter before the end of the week, I’d keep going to get a head-start on the following week’s chapter.  In practice, this means that when writing a first draft I would write 3-4 hours a day for 5 days a week.  When redrafting and editing, it could be anything from no time one day to 3 hours, depending on how much time I can find.

5)         If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

J R R Tolkien – I’d play my Lord of the Rings DVDs and ask him, “What do you reckon?”

Stephen King – I’d ask him why he keeps persisting with his Dark Tower series (which I think doesn’t work) when his other novels are so good.

China Miéville – I’d try to find out how he came to the ideas of the slake-moths in Perdido Street Station and the mosquito women in The Scar.

6)         What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a screenplay based on one of my fantasy short stories.  My original intention was to expand the story into a novel (and I’ll still be writing the novel as well), but I’ve always wanted to try my hand at a full movie script, and the idea behind the story seemed to be crying out to be a movie.  The writing process for the screen is totally different to the novel writing process, so it’s proving to be a challenge.   A movie is primarily a visual medium, and you can’t go into a person’s head and give their thoughts and feelings like you can with narrative fiction.  Your plot and character development really has nowhere to hide in a screenplay.

About the Books

Zenith – The First Book of Ascension

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Imagine

A mountain so great it takes a year to travel from base to summit

A sun so powerful it drives you into madness if you look at it

An ascent so vital it determines the fate of the world

A summit so precious it holds the key to the divine

The world of the great Mountain is unstable. Giant pillars erupt from the surface and yawning chasms form unpredictably underfoot. Since the Maelir first stood on its slopes in the distant past, they have sought to still its anger and control its power. Each year, twin brothers are chosen to make a perilous journey to the summit. If they survive they will be witness to Zenith, and the secrets will be revealed to them.

When Atreu and Teyth embark on their Ascent, their Talismans lead them onto conflicting paths that will ultimately set brother against brother. And this time the Ascent itself is in peril as unknown forces that have long craved the power of Zenith will stop at nothing to make it their own even if it means destroying the very thing that sustains all life the Mountain itself.

Equinox – The Second Book of Ascension

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The Keep

The most beautiful city on the great Mountain

The pinnacle of Maelir culture

The home of the Inner Sanctum

The place where secrets hide

 

The fate of the Mountain hangs in balance at the time of Equinox, and even the Keep can no longer remain untouched. The Maelir are desperate to defend it, the Faemir to demolish it, the windriders to claim it. But unknown to them all, a dark force has already emerged from the chaos to seize power.

As Atreu and Verlinden strive to decipher the power of the Talisman that has defined Atreu’s Ascent, Teyth and Valkyra are locked in a desperate battle that neither of them can win. At a time when darkness and light are in perfect equilibrium, when Maelir and Faemir must find a way to break the deadlock and avoid annihilation, the world’s fate lies in the Book of Ascension.

Eclipse – The Lost Book of Ascension

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What happens if after the winter solstice, the days keep getting shorter?

And shorter?

Until there is an eternal night?

What happens as the darkness grows?

And the creatures of dusk take control of the Mountain?

And the quest for the third Book is the only hope?

The Mountain is in its death throes as the Nazir send their wraiths to finish what the dusk-rats and grale had begun. Soon there will be no daylight to protect the Maelir and Faemir, and with each twilight there are fewer places to hide. Will the Mountain finally collapse under its own instability or will Atreu and Verlinden’s descent find the words of salvation in the Lost Book of Ascension?

Author Bio

Dirk Strasser has written over 30 books and has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards and a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement. His short story, “The Doppelgänger Effect”, appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under. His fiction has been translated into a number of languages. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published and co-edited Aurealis magazine for over 20 years.

Links

The Books of Ascension trailer

World of Ascension

www.dirkstrasser.com

Twitter: @DirkStrasser

Dirk’s Blog

Dirk’s Facebook Page

Buy the books!

Buy Zenith: http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/zenith-the-first-book-of-ascension/

Buy Equinox: http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/equinox-the-second-book-of-ascension/

Buy Eclipse: http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/eclipse-the-lost-book-of-ascension/

 

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Book Excerpt from Edge of Civilization

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Today I’m hosting something completely different – literary fiction. “Edge of Civilization” is a literary fiction novel by author Jennifer Ott. The book sounds great, and to celebrate the book tour, there’s a giveaway for a $25 amazon gift card. Scroll to the bottom of the post for more info about the giveaway.

Book Excerpt

The busyness of the people intensified as the train pulled into Nanning, and through the hysteria of the passengers, Earl searched for the train south to Guangzhou. No one spoke a word of English; everyone regarded him as a crazy, misplaced person. He circled around, calling out his destination, hoping someone would come to his aid. “Guangzhou! Guangzhou!”

            Fingers pointed in the direction of the train platform to Guangzhou. Finally, a stern teen in a military uniform approached Earl. Earl cringed. This is it. They got me. They really got me. I’ll spend my entire existence in a Chinese prison.

            The teen approached Earl. “Ticket and identification,” he said in Chinese. When Earl demonstrated his ticket, he looked over Earl. “Identification.”

            Earl shook his head no.

            “What’s in the suitcase,” he asked, pointing at Earl’s trunk.

Earl made a mental inventory of the trunk—US pilot coveralls, food, compass, shark repellent… machete. He could have a human body hidden in the trunk, and it would not be any worse. “Books,” he said in French.

            The teen stared at Earl and laughed. “French? I thought the French were better dressers,” he said in Chinese.

            Earl picked up the teen’s humor and laughed.

            The teen directed him toward a train platform. “Guangzhou,” he said and bowed before Earl.

            On reflex, Earl returned the bow. “Thank you. Thank you.”

            While walking toward the train to Guangzhou, Earl neared a group of people. From a distance, they looked alien, not in the foreign sense, but in the not-of-this-world sense. The woman’s face was much larger than normal and her hands deformed into the shape of claws. The men with her were missing arms and legs. As the people neared, it dawned on Earl. These were not aliens; they were lepers and they were coming straight toward him with their mutilated and crusty hands extended.

            Surrounded by the gang of lepers, Earl backed away and into a store where the shopkeepers—grandmother, mother and daughter gossiped, not noticing Earl. The store was crammed with too much product, but Earl was able to find a few things—a large tunic, drawstring pants, sandals, scarf, gloves, straw hat and a cane.

            He found a quiet corner concealed from shopkeepers and other patrons. He changed from his ill-fitting clothes into the new attire. Looking around to see if anyone saw him, Earl opened his trunk to get his pocket knife. He cut two slits in the scarf for eyes, and raised the scarf to his face, feeling his nose and mouth. He cut slices in the fabric, finishing the mask.

            Wrapping the scarf around his face, Earl slid into the sandals. His crusty, jungle-rot toes were perfect for his disguise. He donned the gloves to cover his hands and straw hat over his head. With the help of the cane, he limped out of the store past the unsuspecting shopkeepers and confused lepers.

            As he hobbled toward the train platform to Guangzhou, the other passengers in Nanning avoided Earl as if plagued. Behind his scarf mask, Earl grinned. The perfect disguiseno one in China will approach someone they expect to have leprosy. He only wished he had some spare change to give to the leper beggars. They were, of course, his inspiration and most likely his saving grace to make it out of China alive. How odd diseased people who appear alien of this world would give inspiration to a man alien to this land. So sad, they will never know what they have done. It made Earl realize no person, no matter how small, as Fu-Han or outcast as the beggars, could play such a huge part in someone’s journey.

            Earl was smiling under his scarf when he handed the train conductor his ticket to Guangzhou. The conductor paused, stared at Earl and down at blacked, scaly toes. With hesitance, the conductor took Earl’s ticket from his gloved hand and punched the ticket.

Edge of Civilization

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Author: Jennifer Ott

Genre: Literary Fiction

Earl Hollsopple lived on the edge of civilization in a deserted shack for nearly forty years. His life was one beautiful night of stargazing after another, until a helicopter flies overhead, and exposed his meager world. It is a sign; it is time for him to return to civilization.

Unknowingly, Earl’s journey parallels another he had deeply repressed, and that is his return from the Vietnam War. The lone survivor of a plane crash, Earl waits for rescue that never comes. He is left to find his way home alone.

On his quests, old Earl and young Earl learn lessons of survival, overcoming isolation and handling conflicts; his travels teach him not just about himself, but humankind. Reaching pivotal points in both journeys, Earl meets fateful loves, leading to destinies that are ultimately intertwined.

Everything in life circles until we are able to answer the riddles that plaque man and humanity. Only until we take the journey, solve the problems of our own existence, do we find our way home.

 

Author Bio

Bio PicsmInspiration comes from watching way too much Monty Python. The abstract and the absurd way of looking at normal life, not only offers humor, but questions many problems in society in a light-hearted manner. If we can laugh at ourselves, if we can laugh at life, problems do not seem quite so difficult to tackle.  In fact, problems are not as complicated as they seem; everything is very simple. If you can laugh at it, write about it and read about it, most likely one would think about it.

Author Jennifer Ott has written several satire fiction, Wild Horses, The Tourist and two non-fiction books Love and Handicapping and Ooh Baby Compound Me! She recently published, Serenidipidus and Edge of Civilization. She also is the host of the SuperJenius Internet Radio show on Artist First radio Network.

Jennifer Ott lives in Long Beach, California, enjoys the sun, the sand, the surf and lots of Mexican food.

Links

http://www.amazon.com/Edge-Civilization-Jennifer-Ott-ebook/dp/B00IHNY3FK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392689603&sr=8-1&keywords=edge+of+Civilization+Jennifer+Ott

https://twitter.com/JenniferLOtt

https://www.facebook.com/SuperjeniusPublications

http://www.superjeniuspublications.com/jennifer_ott/edge_of_civilization

http://www.pinterest.com/superjenius24/edge-of-civilization/

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnUgEHa35aDHey0ub75mn2w

http://www.artistfirst.com/jenniferott.htm

Giveaway

Win a $25 amazon gift card during the tour for “Edge of Civilization”.

Follow the link to participate.

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Author Interview with Cara Addison

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I’m interviewing Cara Addison, author of erotic contemporary romance “Passion, Power and Privilege”. Thanks for answering my questions.

1)         Please tell us about yourself.

Professionally, I’m not only an author, but I’m also balancing a full time corporate career.  I’ve worked for most my career as a problem-solver for corporations and government.  As I write this, I’m simultaneously preparing for a press conference.  In many ways, I consider myself to be an ‘accidental author’, having started writing fiction just eight months ago.  I started writing as a personal challenge and a therapeutic exercise.  I think it’s safe to say, that I’m hooked.

Personally, I live in Canada and I’m the mother of two beautiful children.  Between school projects, sports, piano lessons, and play dates, they keep me very busy.  But honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I have a fantastic group of friends who love and encourage me in everything that I do and I can honestly say that without their support, this novel would never have been completed, let alone published.

I dedicated Passion, Power, and Privilege to my incredible friends who inspired this, the greatest chapter of my life.

2)         Tell us about your book.

Passion, Power, and Privilege is the story of Kate Callahan.  In spite of an empty marriage, Kate still manages to be an exciting, ambition, driven, and clever woman who in spite of her wealth and privilege, decides to put her influence and ideas to work and pursues the job as Mayor of the City of Lowden.

When Kate finds herself suddenly single again, she continues to focus on the political arena until she meets Bradley Taylor.  Brad is handsome, successful, intelligent, and he enthusiastically supports Kate in her political campaign.  Brad is everything that Kate wants and needs in a partner.  Together, they discover that in spite of past hurts and betrayal, they find a love and an intense passion that they had forgotten existed.

3)         What inspired you to write Passion, Power and Privilege?

Kate and Brad didn’t have names in my mind, but long before I began to write, their characters were rambling around in my imagination.  As a busy mother, I’ve had little time to read or watch television.  Honestly, I haven’t seen a movie in almost nine years.  Most of my reading was dedicated to work related topics.  As a result, I found that I was creating fictional characters in my mind to amuse myself during the brief and occasional moments of peace.  Over time, a variety of scenes came together.

One day last summer, I was flipping through a popular romantic novel at the public library and as I scanned the pages, it occurred to me that the stories in my head were just as clever, intriguing, and erotic.  I took it as a personal challenge to sit down and write out a few paragraphs.  By the end of the afternoon, I had more than 3,500 words and I was hooked.  The rest of the story unravelled each and every day until a month later, I had a manuscript.

4)         How much time per week do you spend writing / editing your work?

At present, I’m incredibly business with my corporate career and personal projects and only have five or six hours a week to dedicate to my writing.  When work isn’t as busy and I’m in full writing mode, I prefer to dedicate five to six hours a day to pouring out new material onto paper.

5)         If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?

It’s an eclectic group, but I’d choose John Grisham, the late Tom Clancy, and the late William Shakespeare.

6)         What are you working on at the moment? 

Since ‘Passion, Power, and Privilege’ was published, I’ve had another novel released.  ‘Going the Distance’ was released in March 2014 and I’ve been working to promote both novels.

 

About The Book

ca-passionpowerandprivilege-fullTitle: Passion, Power and Privilege

Author: Cara Addison

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

When her tumultuous marriage ends suddenly, Katharine “Kate” Callahan is forced to decide if she should return to her job as a corporate lawyer, or proceed with the campaign to become the Mayor of the City of Lowden.

Difficult decisions become a lot easier when Kate meets Brad Taylor, a handsome and successful business owner. Brad’s attraction to Kate is instant, and life finally starts falling into place as Kate realizes that the right man can bring out a passion that she had forgotten existed.

Can Kate and Brad overcome their stormy and complicated pasts to find each other, love each other, and use their power and privilege to change the city they call home?

Author Bio

I consider myself to be an accidental author. That’s right, becoming a published author happened, by chance.

For years, I’ve worked in the corporate world. Essentially, I’m a problem solver for corporations and government. So, you can imagine how much of a shift it was for me to sit down and write.

During the summer of 2013, I put pen to paper. I let my sexy imagination loose and before I knew it I’d filled a more than a few pages. The characters came to life and the story began to take shape.

I’m blessed with incredible friends who were willing to read as I wrote. They offered insight and suggestions, but most importantly they offered unconditional support and encouragement to keep writing.

And so began, the greatest chapter of my life.

My first manuscript took just over a month to write. With just over 64,000 words, I’d taken the main characters, Kate Callahan and Bradley Taylor on a journey. I had my friends read Passion, Power, and Privilege and then made several edits in response to their suggestions. In October of 2013, I sent my little baby off to a select group of publishers. And waited.

I was hooked. While I waited, I started writing another novel. An entirely new set of characters, a new setting, and a new plot began to take shape. By the end of October, I’d put the finishing touches on Going the Distance, the story of Austin Campbell and Brett Tanner.

Writing has been cathartic. Becoming published has been exhilarating.

This journey isn’t over. I continue to write, as time permits. A third manuscript is in the works.

Visit my website at: www.caraaddison.com

Links

http://caraaddison.com/

http://bookstrand.com/cara-adison/

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