Steady is the Fall by Emily Ruth Verona — author interview

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General Fiction / Literary
Date Published: October 29, 2015
 
 

Holly Dorren can’t breathe. Think. Feel. Her cousin is dead. Nothing will bring him back. And nothing will ever make her whole again.

In the days following Larry’s funeral, Holly begins to reflect on the childhood they shared. She looks for answers in both the past and the present, convinced that understanding his fascination with death might somehow allow her to cope with his absence. She doesn’t want to disappear, but already she’s fading away from the life she’s led.

Holly knew her cousin better than anyone, she was his best friend, and yet there is still a great deal she cannot accept in their relationship. In him. In herself. She doesn’t know how to move on without him, but refusing to accept his death carries it’s own devastating price.

Tell us about this story.

 

STEADY IS THE FALL is a story about family relationships. It takes two cousins, Holly and Larry, who started out as friends together and over the course of time because very different people. Holly is trying desperately to make sense of Larry’s fascination with death. She thinks understanding will save her from the pain she is in after Larry’s suicide.

 

What living person do you admire most?

 

This is a really difficult question. I think I have about six for every category (books, movies, and whatnot) . I think in life though it would be my mom. She is strong and silly and the one person I trust beyond all else. I love her dearly. She will likely cry when she reads this, but it’s true.

 

What is your most prized possession?

 

A stuffed animal (dog) I’ve had since I was five and the necklace I wear with the French word for “write” engraved inside.

 

What talent would you most like to have?

 

I have always wanted to be able to draw. Sadly, I am a stick figure person. Being able to draw would be amazing though. I’ve also always wanted to be double jointed. It just looks really awesome.

 

Who is your favorite fictional character of all time?

 

There are many, but I would have to go with Pippin from Lord of the Rings. My favorite characters always die and Pippin was the first one who ever lived. He is innocent and good and means well but is also rather funny. I adore him.

 

Who’s the favorite character that you created?

 

All of them. Seriously. At this moment I am particularly fond of a character in the novel I’m currently writing, but I can’t really talk about that. The most fascinating character I’ve ever written was the bellhop in a short story I wrote called Care. In this novel, my favorite is probably Larry.

 

What’s your idea of perfect happiness?

 

Writing in Jane Austen’s English countryside. That is an ideal though. In reality, it would be writing fiction full time in a small house in the forest by a lake. My dog would have to be there too. Her name is Phoebe and she is small and adorable and very fond of cheese.

 

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

 

My nose. I’ve never liked the shape of it. I would also like to remove my anxiety. I get terribly anxious over little things, or even nothing. It is really frustrating and I would like to not worry so much.

 

 

 

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Contact Links

Website: www.emilyruverona.com

Twitter: @emilyrverona

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25740990-steady-is-the-fall

 

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Publisher:  http://www.blackrosewriting.com/literary/steady-is-the-fall

steady veronaEmily Ruth Verona is the author of the novel Steady Is The Fall. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Cinema Studies from the State University of New York at Purchase. She is the recipient of the 2014 Pinch Literary Award in Fiction and a 2014 Jane Austen Short Story Award. Previous publication credits include work featured in Read. Learn. Write., The Lost Country, The Toast, and Popmatters. She lives in New Jersey with a very small dog.

 

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One More Sunset by Jolyse Barnett — author interview

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Romantic Suspense
Date Published: September 21, 2015
 
 

Some people run for exercise while others run for fun. Abby Stone spends most days running for her life.

After Abby Stone’s ex-boyfriend shows up at her new hideout and she uses a bottle of wine as an impromptu weapon, calling the police is out of the question. His family has a knack for erasing charges and pesky restraining orders. Desperate, she prays for help. A magical suitcase appears and she’s compelled to play an unsettling game involving a sexy, kind stranger while staying one breath ahead of her stalker.

Dylan Reece has overcome tragedy and enjoys life as a single Key West handyman and fisherman. Yet Abby’s sad, wary eyes hold secrets and a chance for his redemption, if not more…

Will the magic of their love be enough to save them?

Tell us about this story.

One More Sunset is about a desperate young woman yearning to escape her past—quite literally in the form of a stalking ex. With a nudge from two powerful ancients and obtuse clues from a magical suitcase, she’s on an adventure from New York City to Key West, where she falls for a kind, sexy stranger whose demons match her own. Will the magic of their love be enough to save them?

What living person do you most admire?

I most admire my sixteen-year-old son. He has autism which often makes navigating our everyday world frustrating, overwhelming, and difficult for him. But still he pushes through, lighting and inspiring my world with his infectious energy and laugh, his focus on family and friends, and his effort to be his best self.

What is your most prized possession?

My imagination.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’d love to be able to play the piano. After learning to read music and playing alto sax throughout high school, I begged my parents to buy me a piano. They did and I took weekly lessons for about a year before giving up the dream. I’ve always wondered if I’d quit too soon.

Who is your favorite fictional character of all time?

My favorite fictional female characters are Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, whose stories I read again and again as a teenager. As Jane overcame adversity and Elizabeth overcame an impulsiveness which caused her to make more than her share of poor decisions, so could I. These literary figures also gave me hope that I could have a lasting emotional connection with a man who would love me as I am.

Who’s the favorite character that you created?

That’s a tough question. I’ll beg off that one since I don’t want any of my characters to stop talking to me out of jealousy. Never know when I’ll need their input for a future storyline.

What’s your idea of perfect happiness?

Other than being at home with my family, teaching an eager group of children, or getting lost in a great story, my idea of perfect happiness is enjoying a romantic sunset sail on Key West waters with my honey.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d learn how to cook (I burn toast!), although my honey reassures me one chef in the family is enough. He’s sweet like that.

Author Jolyse Barnett writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. As a little girl growing up in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain, she enjoyed chasing fireflies, riding her ten-speed bike JO_HeadShotsunset-1on winding country roads, and playing horseshoes at family picnics through endless summers. Winter was another kind of adventure for an active kid, with skiing in the Adirondack Mountains, trips to the local public library to feed a voracious reading habit, and ice skating with her siblings on a frozen pond near her childhood home. Much to the confusion of her peers, she discovered the thrill of storytelling at a young age, often forgetting to differentiate between fact and fantasy. Thankfully her fifth grade teacher encouraged her to memorize poems and create her own—unleashing her inner writer. After graduating from high school, she developed a more practical side. She earned a degree in Writing, fell in love with her best friend, and now lives her happily-ever-after in Long Island suburbia. Who knew the dream home would include a leaky kitchen faucet, piles of laundry, and a too-hairy cat? But with love, it’s all good. She enjoys a fulfilling day job where she shares her love of language and explores the world one vacation at a time with her two children and real-life hero. Jolyse loves to connect with her readers. You can find her social media links and book news at http://jolysebarnett.com

 

Contact Information

Website: http://jolysebarnett.com

Blog: http://jolysebarnett.com/blog

 

Purchase Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/One-More-Sunset-Mystic-Escapes/dp/1513701738/ref=sr_1_1

 

 

DeViant Storm by LM Preston — author interview

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YA Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:
The battle is on. Peter Saints thought he’d killed It. But bad people never stay down. Now the jail of his enemy is weakening. Luck is running out for Peter and the girl he saved by wagering the Earth. Only now, with each second and secret revealed, his enemy gains the answers to destroy Peter and devour the world.

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Tell us about this story. 

Deviant Storm is the second book in a triology about Peter Saints and his unwanted war with an sinister organization that wants to uncover secrets he has unknowingly hidden all of his life. His girlfriend Angel and best friend Kyle are on the run and at war, trying to fight off one of the most evil men of their time.

What living person do you most admire? 

I’d say my mother. She came from humble and challenging beginnings but had a desire to survive and give me a platform to reach for the stars.

What is your most prized possession? 

My photo album of my family. They are the wind beneath my wings.

Which talent would you most like to have? 

To hypnotize people. I always thought that would be a fun skill.

Who is your favorite fictional character of all time? 

Peter Pan.

Who’s the favorite character that you created? 

Peter Saints. It seems the more stories I create, my characters get more complex.

What’s your idea of perfect happiness? 

The type of happiness I decide to capture, no matter what my circumstances are.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d be taller and could see without glasses.

LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X – Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

Contact Information

LM Preston,YA SciFi Author

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016NU9CWC?keywords=deviant%20storm&qid=1445392004&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/585219

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deviant-storm-lm-preston/1122801859?ean=2940152411683

 

Timesurfers by Rhonda Sermon — Book Promo

 

Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Date Published: 9/28/2015


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“It’s not a choice. It’s a destiny.”
Fifteen-year-old Cate takes weird, unusual and plain terrifying in her stride. Five years in witness protection will do that. It didn’t however prepare her for when everything and everyone surrounding her suddenly froze at the bus stop. All still like statues. Only she sees the teens appear out of thin air. One boy hoists the bus she’s waiting to board over his head, while the others disarm a bomb placed underneath it. When she confronts them the teens vanish. Literally vanish.
Intrigued why Cate wasn’t frozen at the bus stop, the teens pursue her relentlessly. They arrive at Socrates Private School and all the teachers and the other students act like they’ve known them all forever– like they’ve always attended the school. Cate sees something different. She is adamant they are totally new to Socrates and have never set foot in the school before today. What’s with that?
When Cate accidentally brings a dead cheerleader back to life, her connection to the secretive teens is revealed. They are Timesurfers who travel through time and battle the powerful dark forces intent on manipulating history. A reluctant Cate is forced into their brutal world. She must discover her magical powers, choose a side, and end an ancient war. That’s if, and it’s a pretty big if, she can survive the initiation trials. No pressure though.
EXCERPT
“If you’re rifling through my brain with your little Time-Jedi tricks, stop it.” At this rate she wouldn’t have a brain to rifle through, it was taking such a beating.
“I can’t read your mind, happy?”
She was light years away from happy. “How do you travel through time like that?”
“It’s a combination of magic and science. Your body dematerialises–”
“No! You look like you’ve stepped from one room to another.” She smoothed her hair and removed a few stands of grass. “I look like I’ve be pulled through a tornado.”
He chuckled as he plucked random plant matter from her hair. His broad shoulders blocked the sun, which outlined him with its silver glow. As his hand ran over her hair, tingles shimmered over her scalp.
She swatted his hand away. “I can do it.”
“I’ve been surfing for longer than you’ve been alive.” He dropped his hand. “It takes practice.”
“What, so now you’re a century old, immortal, magical time traveller who’s frozen forever at sixteen?”
“Whoa! Big leap there. I’m nineteen, but I’ve been Timesurfing since before I could walk. My mum, who is an immortal, hid out in a different time each week until I was five. She had a relationship that went bad.”
“Your mother’s an immortal?”
“Keep up. I’m off. Eve’s headed this way from cheer practice. ETA, two minutes.”
“But we’ve been gone for ages.”
“Perks of time travel. Spend as long as you want in my present—only lose a few minutes in your present. That’s my past.”
“Yeah, yeah, I got that. When you were talking to Naitanui before, who did you think I was?”
“The magic won’t let me say.” Austin’s impish grin frustrated her. He pushed all her buttons so effortlessly with his infectious boyish charm and the promise of an uncomplicated good time.
“You know I’m going to tell Eve everything?”
Austin shrugged. “It’s you risking the frontal lobotomy. Naitanui!” He flickered and disappeared.
About the Author

Rhonda lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband and two children. Her two ragdoll cats can often be found helpfully walking over her keyboard, chasing her mouse or generally complaining loudly about the lack of priority their needs are being given. On the good days, she adores writing, on the challenging days, it’s still awesome. Her debut novel Timesurfers was a finalist in the Young Adult category and overall runner up in The Strongest Start 2012 Contest hosted by TheNextBigWriter.com
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