Melange Book Releases || April 10, 2014 + Giveaway

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Loves, Myths and Monsters

by JoAnne Myers

Welcome To Anna
Little does 17 year old Zoe, realize, but the Chupracabra followed her to Ohio from South America. What happens next is a series of chilling mysteries, and unsuspecting friendships and love.

The Hunter’s Bride
When all game warden Daren Abram, had to worry about was which lucky lady to woo, he comes to the realization that his town is being stalked by the reincarnation of the town’s legend.

Moon People
For teenage mermaid Constance, coming to the quaint seaside town of Willowick, is heavenly, until she falls for mortal boy Drake. For the town to survive, Constance is forced to choose between her kind and the boy and town she loves.

The Pack
When young Lycan Sonny Red Blanket, a Shawnee Indian falls for mortal girl Drenda Way, he must save her from his fellow Lycan’s and stop a werewolf uprising.

The Bidding
Apiologist 34-year-old Duncan McPherson goes to Circleville, Ohio, to investigate a series of mysterious bee attacks. What is uncovered proves to be more dark and sinister then anyone imaged.

The Agreement
Incarcerated in the abandoned Roseville jail, is the last thing rich college student and speeder Brice Conrad, needs. With an “agreement” between the town and a permanent demonic “guest”, only the unfortunate ones know the truth, but do not live to tell.

For The Love Of Ginnie
Handsome bachelor and Scientist Alex Anderson from the thirtieth century, returns to the Civil War with time serum to save his beloved Ginnie Wade from a snipers bullet, while finding a roller coaster ride of joy and perils.

Is It Only A Myth?
When 32-year-old Vinton County Sheriff, James “Jim” Connors, discovers he has a Mothman hunting in his county, he stops at nothing to save his citizens.

The Proposition
The rough and ready cowboy John Queenie gets the shock of his life, when the ad to break a “wild filly” turns out to be a fiery Quaker girl named Tess. This is a story proving love conquers all.

The House On Shady Lane
A seemingly loving family turns out to be serial killers in 1873.

Love’s Curse
When an Egypt love curse scroll is stolen from a Dean’s office, persons begin dying in bizarre and grisly ways, with the college’s mascot a Viking King statue jokingly blamed for it.

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A Burning Hope

by Mathias G. B. Colwell

Grim and isolated, The Fortress sits upon its island. It is not nearly as impenetrable as the Ruling Council would like. With its walls of wood and stone, and its high watchtowers scanning the dismal swamp, it is the last line of defense for the humans against a dark and dangerous world. The only other protection for mankind are the Slayers, a magic-infused fighting force sent into the murky waters outside the city to hunt the denizens of the swamp.

However, there is a sinister element to the magic used to compel the Slayers into their combat partnerships. The dirty underbelly of society, the poor, the destitute, and most of all the criminals are forced to undergo the Binding and daily face death. They are an army of slaves.

A Burning Hope is the tale of one man defying his own desperate circumstances, as for the first time in his life he dares to hope and dream. It is the story of a Slayer named Maeze and his fight to regain control of his destiny and live the life of freedom he desires.

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Silk Slippers and Tutus

A Matt Murphy Mystery – Book Three

by H. Paul Doucette

Being a Private Detective in Greenwich Village has its ups and downs. Sometimes a case comes through the door that sends you into the world behind the facade and into the shadows where the darker side of human nature resides, even a world one thinks of as the epitome of beauty.

There are fewer areas of art where such beauty is as wondrously presented than in the world of ballet. Or, at least, one would think so.

New York is famous for many things including for being a center of culture, so when a young dancer from Montreal is given an opportunity to debut in a new ballet choreographed by a brilliant rising star, she happily accepts. However, a shadow follows her from Montreal to the Big Apple.

Murphy is approached by a dance studio owner who has been chosen to open a ballet with this young ballerina as the principal dancer. It seems that her studio has been experiencing a number of ‘odd’ accidents and she is concerned that there may be something a bit more sinister going on.

As Murphy looks into these accidents, he slowly enters into the darker side to this world. A world of egos, jealousies, rivalries, sexual encounters, embittered betrayals and revenge.

To complicate his life even more, his friend Crazy Pete is brutally attacked and he goes after the ones responsible.

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Prince of Dreams

by Megan Hussey

Teacher Juditha Collins finds herself short one prince for a Renaissance fair. While reading a book about that time period, she releases gorgeous Prince Valentin. She has broken the curse that bound him to its pages. He offers his body and all the pleasure he can bring her.

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Wyngate Manor

by June Bradley

Adrienne Wyngate is jilted on her wedding day. She leaves her Island home and returns three years later where she meets Tyler Prescott, a land developer who she believes is more interested in her ancestral home than her. He believes the tragedies she has suffered through the years are not accidents but, murder.

 

 

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Melange Book Release|| March 25, 2014 + Giveaway

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Seasons of Love and War

Book One

by Brenda Ashworth Barry

SEASONS OF LOVE AND WAR is a historical family saga and epic love story. Childhood sweethearts Beth Ann Rose and Kaylob Shawn O’Brien just want to get married and pursue their dream careers, but the Vietnam War changes everything when Kaylob is drafted into the Army and declared dead. Beth Ann has a complete emotional melt down and starts to have visions of him in the jungles of Vietnam. Is he alive or has she completely lost her mind?

 

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Lost Paradise

Promise Me – Book 8

by Tara Fox Hall

While the vampire Devlin rejoices at news of his impending progeny with Sar, werecougar Theo braces for more challenges to his Ranked title, content that after Sarelle has the dhamphir child Devlin will be out of their lives forever. Yet when The Lust reappears, Sar’s world again turns upside down as old hatreds make themselves known, resulting in a steamy affair with the weresnake Lash, a new friendship with the werecoyote Serena, and the severing of Sar from the last remains of her old human life in favor of a new Paradise with Devlin.

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Thunder on the Veldt

by Daphne Olivier

When Melinda Bellingham’s father dies leaving her penniless, she has no option but to say goodbye to Jack Cartwright, the Australian digger she loves, and head for Ladysmith where a relative has offered her a home. With the Boer War imminent, Jack abandons his claim on the Witwatersrand goldfield and joins the Imperial Light Horse regiment.

Jack is posted to Dundee. He survives the battle of Talana but Melinda is devastated to find his name listed among those missing after the battle at Nicholson’s Nek.

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The Blind Vampire Hunter

by Tim Forder

Jack Poisner is legally blind; growing up in a world not yet familiar with the concept of legal blindness, he learns how to fight to survive his peers, the education system and more. Eventually, happily married with a family of his own and living well with his visual disadvantages, life throws him an overripe pumpkin — when he wakes up one morning and discovers, he is suddenly, totally blind!

As he is adjusting to his new life of visual darkness, a new and much greater darkness enters his life; a boarder, a vampire, that only he can “see”, has come to live within the safety of his home, in easy reach of his family and himself.

A vampire hunter is born — The Blind Vampire Hunter.

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Reluctant Heat 

A Shifter Novel #11

by Jaden Sinclair

One kiss changed everything…

Fox Laswell has always thought of Lindsey Kimberlin as a sister, but after he kisses her one night that thought quickly flies right out the door. Now he sees a woman before him—a woman that he wants and needs. He always thought he would mate to another shifter, yet Mother Nature it seems have other plans for him.

Lindsey never thought her life would take the turn it did. With her father gone, someone harassing her, and always short of money, that kiss changed more than just a friendship, it changed her life.

The fairy tale of a shifter was no more. Standing before her is a man she’s known most of her life. Mated and not sure where she stands in this new life, she has more to deal with than just being mated to a friend when her harasser refuses to let her go.

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Bit O’ Irish mini blog hop and Giveaway

Melange is taking part in the Bit O’Irish mini blog hop that author Aubrey Wynne has organized.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day we are giving away a copy of the book “Morna” by Mary Kate Brogan.

In nineteen-fifties Ireland, Morna Reilly wages war between God and the devil for the love of a man determined to become a priest until a fatal accident rocks the foundation of Catholic Glentown and challenges much of what Morna holds sacred.

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Welcome to the Bit O’ Irish mini blog hop.

Rules: bloggers must post something Irish, even if it is vacation pics taken while on the Isle. Participants may join in any day before St. Patrick’s Day. Please make sure to visit fellow hoppers. If you would like to add something to the  main giveaway, please notify me with a comment. All participants are welcome to add their own giveaways on their site. Erin Go Bragh!

 So we all love St. Patrick’s Day and the rolling green hills of Ireland. We love the enduring human spirit that characterizes the Irish people. The holiday should be about this:

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But no matter how you celebrate this Celtic holiday, make sure you have some fun this week. Post a favorite Irish ditty, limerick, symbol, saying, picture or recipe. As with the Irish, anything goes.

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We will be spotlighting Jill Bisker’s inspirational story Within Reach and giving away a variety ebooks and $5 Amazon gift card.

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Within Reach is the story of Emma, a woman coming to terms with her mother’s increasing dementia and the everyday challenges associated with it.  Inexplicably, she finds herself ‘re-living’ specific events from her past.  She soon wonders if her own sanity is slipping, and only her mother can help find the key.

About The Author

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 Jill Bisker lives in Stillwater, MN with her husband and a calico cat named Senora, and a grown son who is in college. She believes in empowering women to be strong enough to protect themselves, while still soft enough to be loving and compassionate. Her work includes paranormal mystery, traditional high fantasy, as well as contemporary and humorous fantasy and an everyday living blog. Once a dedicated stay at home Mom, Jill now writes full-time.

Connect with Jill:

Facebook Page:     https://www.facebook.com/authorjillbisker

Pinterest Page:  http://www.pinterest.com/jillbisker/

Website/Blog: www.jillbisker.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JillBisker

Google +:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/102225571446174386202

Email: jkatbisker@gmail.com

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      Within Reach

      By Jill Bisker

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Merry Christmas, Henry

By Aubrey Wynne

Contemporary Romance

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Craving Vengeance and Covert Exposure

By Valerie Clarizio

Romantic Suspense

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Morna

By Mary Kate Brogan 
(Romance set in 1950′s Ireland)

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Melange Book Release|| March 12, 2014

 

From romance to chic-lit to sci-fi, we’ve got you covered with these three great short stories from Megan Hussey, Joanne Rawson and John Steiner.

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The Sea Prince

by Megan Hussey

Artist Vivian draws endless inspiration from the beaches and waters of her tropical home. When she meets the exotic Haiden, she finds the ultimate muse—the handsome prince of an exotic undersea kingdom where nature always takes its course….

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Learner Mum

 by Joanne Rawson

Polly Wilkins is a successful freelance journalist slash writer. She has been living with her partner Steve in what her parents call sin for the last eight years. But, to her parent’s disappointment, there are no signs of wedding bells or the patter of tiny feet on the horizon. Why? Because Polly, is not in the least bit maternal. Can this all change after Polly and Steve have a torrid weekend looking after her nephew? Or will Polly stick to her guns and loose Steve forever?

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Sol Side Up

FLIPSPACE #3

by John Steiner

On completion of two missions, the crew of the Mockingbird returns to Earth for Grav Leave. Not everyone welcomes them back as intrepid explorers and peacekeepers. Colonel Ramachandra becomes the target of a kidnapping plot, and the abductors’ motives aren’t clear. Major Lamarr Fitch struggles with the responsibilities of filling in. He must organize the ship’s crew to get Colonel Rama back. Captain Malcolm O’Connell confronts his past and the legacy of being a reincarnated Xerces Protocol patient.

An Interview with Joanne Rawson + Giveaway

Upcoming Fire and Ice author Melissa March took the time to interview the “queen of chic-lit” Joanne Rawson about her most recent Melange release, “Always Mr. Wrong.”

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Melissa: Nothing stays cemented in a girls mind like her first real crush. Who was your first serious crush?

Joanne: Oh my, that was a long time ago. In the words of Greta, from Sound of Music, I was sixteen going on seventeen. He was seventeen going on eighteen.

First day back at school in the lower sixth form, he walked into the registration room, and I felt my face blush, my stomach fluttered and if I had been standing, I am sure my knees would have buckled. He was much taller and well built than any of the other guys in my year. He had a cheeky smile, and oozed confidence, so why had I never seen him before? It turned out he was retaking the lower sixth, hence his maturity!

Like having a new car, every car you see is the same as yours, I saw him everywhere, popping up in the most unexpected places. Then the bombshell came, I saw him with a girl from the upper sixth. Like Clare my life was ended, I would never find love again. Weeks later I was trying to forget him, praying for a miracle that he would see me across a crowed room, and knew right then and there he couldn’t live without me. “Yeah, like that is so going to happen.” Said my best friend.

Oh yea of little faith. It was as I was standing in the lunch line, someone muscled in at the back of me. An arm slipped around my waist, and whispered in my ear, “would I like to have lunch with him.”

My crush became my first love, for two years after.

 

Melissa: This story invites us to be a part of how Clare met Guy.  I always love a good how-did-they-meet story. So….how did you meet your husband?

Joanne: Having just got out of a relationship I was so off men. I had gone to my friend Polly’s for the weekend; I sat in a pub having a quite drink, when the proprietor placed a fresh glass on the table. “It’s from John,” pointing to a hunk in tight jeans, denim shirt and a waistcoat. Yummy! Much to Polly’s amazement, I asked him to join us. We talked for a while, had a couple more drinks and then Polly and I left. A couple of hour later the phone rang, it was him, apologising for it being so late, but it had taken him an hour to find Polly’s phone number. Next night he took me out, and since then we have never spent a day apart.

 

Melissa: Clare’s friend Jess doesn’t know that Clare and Guy have history so she plays matchmaker. Have you ever played matchmaker or had someone try to fix you up?

Joanne: When I was a restaurant manager, on Sundays we had anything up to a three-hour waiting list. Every Sunday, I had an elderly man who came in asking for a table of one, which always caused me trouble taking up a table of two for a one. Anyway, one Sunday a lovely elderly lady came in asking for a table for one, not long after my regular guy. Talking it over with my assistant Jason, wondering if I could ask them to share, he thought I was crazy. Even so, I wandered over put my solution over to my regular guy, then took him and introduced him to the lady. I could not believe it they both agreed. For the next six months, I was at that restaurant they came in every Sunday and during the week. Not sure how it all ended.

 

Melissa: Have you ever had a bad Star Wars fantasy episode?

Joanne: Not a bad fantasy as such, but enough to put me off having one.  I was dating this guy, with long unruly hair, a bushy beard, that I found a rather intellectual, cultured and mature, seeing as I was going through my arty, farty, intellectual phase at that time. Then one-night things got a little amours; off came his shirt, and to my horror, the beard continued down his chest, and around his back, yes folks I was dating Chewbacca. Just to say every time now I see Chewbacca I cringe.

 

Melissa: I love English sayings. But I’m not familiar with one in the book. What is silly o’clock?

Joanne: I am not sure if it is an English saying, but it is a saying I use. Instead of saying, “She rang me at three o’clock in the morning.” I would say, “she rang me at silly o’clock this morning.” My friends would know it was an inappropriate time of the morning she called.

 

Melissa: Your character Eleanor was a hoot. Is she based on someone you know?

Joanne: Mainly I make up my characters, but there perhaps is a mix match of people I know, or that I have observed. Some of the tales I tell are real life stories from people I have met over the years.

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About Joanne Rawson

Joanne Rawson was born and brought up in Derbyshire England. After leaving college in 1984, she headed off to be an au pair in the Loire Valley, France for one year.

Returning back, to England, Joanne worked work for Derbyshire Education Authority in special education, and then for Derbyshire Social services working with adults with learning and physical difficulties.

In 2005, Joanne and her husband decided to give up their hectic lifestyle, after ten years of managing branded restaurants around London’s M25, now spending her time in England, Goa, and Malaysia, writing romantic novels and short stories.

Melange: www.melange-books.com/authors/joannerawson/index.html
Blog: http://authorjoannerawson.blogspot.com

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About Melissa March

Melissa March lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and son. Love You To Death is her first published novel.

She gravitates toward YA fiction and is currently working on three other novels, expanding her genre to include an adult mystery.

She spends most of her time writing, trying to figure out how to work her blog site, and chasing after her toddler.

Website: www.melissamarch16.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/melissa.march.963

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Leave a comment below to be entered to win a copy of “Always Mr. Wrong”

A winner will be chosen on March 16, 2014

An Interview with Author Daphne Olivier + Giveaway

For today’s Q & A I’m happy to welcome John Steiner, author of multiple Sci-Fi books including “Fire Alive”, “Squad V”, “Flipspace: Flight of the Mockingbird” and “Flipspace: Branching out.”

John is here today interviewing Daphne Olivier. She is the author of the upcoming “Thunder on the Veldt,” but John will be talking to her today about her 2013 mystery/sci-fi release, “Pegasus Project.”

About “Pegasus Project”:

When Jack Randal lands a job with Bells Biological Research Centre, he sets off for the remote South African farm, unaware of the dangers lurking behind the high, electrified fence. It doesn’t take long for him to uncover a top-secret project. When a fellow scientist dies under mysterious circumstances, Jack zeros in on the Pegasus Project. Tension mounts as he probes the dark secret surrounding the genetically modified bio-fuel, and the time comes when he must decide whether to risk his life in order to prevent a global catastrophe.

John: The subject of Pegasus Project deals with GMOs, but the story hails from a long tradition of noir mysteries. What prompted that aspect of the story?

Daphne: I’ve spent a good deal of my life on a farm so agriculture was a natural choice for a theme. A high-security GMO research farm was the perfect setting. All I needed was a protagonist to step into danger and risk his life to prevent a global catastrophe. Bingo—The Pegasus Project was born!

John: A hero’s foibles and a villain’s virtues can be as compelling in a story as the plot itself. The actor, Stephen Lang, who plays Colonel Quaritch in the movie Avatar, describes the villain he plays as, “Half a step away from being a hero.” Yet the main antagonist’s redeeming attribute in Pegasus Project, that of wanting to address climate change is itself marred by his desire to prove himself to the memory of a father who thought he’d amount to nothing. Tell us more about how you devised this character and why.

Daphne: Most of my characters start off as carbon copies of people I know. But pretty soon a strange thing happens— they take on a life of their own. And when I ‘got into the antagonist’s head’ I discovered that few men set out to do evil. Most times their actions are the result of circumstances combined with a flaw in their character. That’s what I wanted to portray with Brandt.

John: Certain action scenes and the many research projects in the novel strike me as an interesting mix of Dr. Moreau and a scheme that James Bond would be dispatched to stop, all with the background feel of the movie of District 9. What did you base the Pegasus 694 research program on, and the actions taken in the story to maintain its secrecy?

Daphne: Some from my research, some from my imagination and some from talking to a friend who worked on a similar research farm in a remote part of South Africa.

John: You live in South Africa, where the story takes place, so the regulations governing GMOs differ from those of the FDA and EPA. Do you think that program like Pegasus 694 or the other practices portrayed in the novel could happen?

Daphne: I most certainly do—not only in South Africa, but anywhere in the world. In my opinion, the danger of GMO is not the fact that they are genetically modified (most GMOs in use today are beneficial) but the possibility that the research may fall into the wrong hands. If that happens, the result may be worse than the scenario painted in my novel.

John: If given a choice of research projects in any company, what scientific challenge would you tackle?

Daphne: Medicine. I trained as a nurse so my choice would be some aspect of medical research.

John: Your other works include The Way It Was, The Kennaway Woman and Rock-A-bye Baby in the Having My Baby anthology. The first reminds me of a Bruce Hornsby song title about people facing hard times and discrimination in hiring in America. Pegasus Project seems like a sharp break from those genres and closer to science fiction, which I enjoy most. Is this the start of a new tract in your writing?

Daphne: Not at all. I read and write in a wide range of genre. When not working on a novel, I write science fiction. Most of my stories have appeared in sci-fi magazines. Maybe, just maybe, my next novel will be a SF… or a thriller… or historical fiction… There are so many ideas going around in my head, it’s difficult to settle on one.

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About Daphne Olivier

From an early age Daphne Olivier read everything she could lay hands on—biography, fantasy, historical fiction, thriller, mythology, science fiction and the classics. Her novels reflect this wide interest for she has written in several different genre—thriller, science fiction, young adult and historical fiction—all set in South Africa. She lives in a small South African town with her husband and their two dogs.

Blog: www.daphneolivierdotnet.wordpress.com

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About John Steiner

John Steiner earned his Associate of Biology at Salt Lake Community College, where he is currently working as a tutor in math and chemistry. He exercises an avid interest in history, science, philosophy, mythology, martial arts as well as military tactics and technology.

Melange: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/johnsteiner/index.html
Website:
 www.walkingotherworlds.com

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Giveaway

Leave a comment on the blog and enter to win a free ebook copy of “The Pegasus Project.”

Winner will be chosen on March 11, 2014.

An Interview with Author Walt Trizna + Giveaway

Jill Bisker, author of “Within Reach” and the upcoming “Finding the Way Back” stopped by to have a chat with fellow Melange author, Walt Trizna, author of “New Moon Rising” and the new sci-fi novella “Elmo’s Sojourn.”

First, a little about “Elmo’s Sojourn.”

Elmo, a retired scientist, travels through a wormhole to the planet Roth where he helps combat an alien invasion which is menacing the planet.

JILL: Please tell me a little about yourself – Where you come from? What led you to writing?

WALT: I was born and raised in Newark, NJ, but since then lived in the Midwest, LA, Miami and now in Pennsylvania.

I’ve always been an avid reader, feel naked if there is not a book close by.  I began writing poetry in college and pursued that for about thirty years while I pursued a career in science. About 14 years ago I began writing fiction.

 

JILL: What books and authors influenced your career?

WALT: I’ve read a great deal of science fiction by Arthur C. Clark, Asimov, Ray Bradbury among a host of others.

For horror I’ve read H. P. Lovecraft and Stephen King and Algernon Blackwood.

 

JILL: Your story, Elmo’s Sojourn, is a space jumping sci-fi story.  Do you write other genres?

WALT: I also write horror and the occasional poem.

 

JILL: How did you come up with the premise of your story?

WALT: I belong to a writers group, The Wordwrights, and one of the members writes children’s books.  She told us she had to write a story beginning with someone yelling that they have a problem.  Couple that with a Far Side cartoon where a wife is looking from a door down into a cellar.  In the cellar is her husband with the head of a fly.  She’s yelling, “Lunch.  Are you still a fly?”

With that in mind I had intended to write a story, Cellar Science, but enjoyed the story so much that I continued and the result was the novella, Elmo’s Sojourn.

 

JILL: Your time machine seemed very well thought out – is it based on something in theoretical science.

WALT: The time machine is a product of my imagination.

While I was in college, there was a guy in the dorm who built a tesla coil.  You could pull something like a quarter million volts to your finger, but since the amperage was low, you survived.  I had to get that thing into a story.

 

JILL: How do you personally relate to your main character in your story?

WALT: I was a scientist for 34 years, but a biologist not a physicist.  I love science and the opportunity it gives you to discover something new, when all the parts of a puzzle suddenly come together.  I share the wonder Elmo has for science.

 

JILL: How challenging was it to build your alien landscapes and creatures?

WALT: I have a very active imagination so it was really quite easy.  But the creatures changed along the way.  The first creature that comes through Elmo’s machine was going to be the dominant creature on Roth, but of course that changed.  Then Valmid was going to be a sinister being and that changed.  Since I needed some conflict, Gylex came into being and I could just picture what it looked like.

 

JILL: What theme do you want to convey to your readers?

WALT: I think, as with most science fiction, I want to create adventure and the wonder of the unknown.

 

JILL: This would make a great series – have you considered writing the next adventure?

WALT: Glad you asked this one, it’s already written.  Elmo’s Invention is a prequel to Elmo’s Sojourn.  In Elmo’s Invention, Elmo is working at Los Alamos and here sets out to build a time machine using an old iron lung, but things do not go as planned.

This novella is longer than Elmo’s Sojourn and still needs a lot of editing, and then out it goes.  I’m sure there will be other stories fermenting in my brain, but they have yet come to the surface.

 

JILL: What are you working on now?

WALT: Currently, I’m doing a great deal of editing.  I have two novels written but are in need of a rewrite.

The Beast Awaits is the most complete.  It deals with a monster created through stem cell research.  It escapes into the Everglades and its destruction leads to enhanced global warming.  How’s that for ‘hot button’ issues?

Sweet Depression is a novel which is a cross between the work of James Patterson and Robin Cook, a very sinister thriller set in a pharmaceutical company.

 

JILL: In your point of view, what is the most difficult part of the writing life?

WALT: Imagining story ideas I find to be the easiest part.  The writing can be difficult and the editing is, I find, even more difficult.  But the part of writing I find the most difficult is trying to get the work published.  I agonize over writing query letters.

 

JILL: Do you outline your stories before you sit down to write?

WALT: For short stories, I mull over the plot before I put pen to paper.  I write all my first drafts by hand.  So when I begin writing the story, it’s already fully formed in my mind.

For novels I use an outline but keep it fluid.  In a steno pad, for each novel, I form an outline to include scenes and dialog when the characters start talking.

 

JILL: What plans do you have for your writing going into the future?

WALT: If I can publish Sweet Depression I have plans to write at least one sequel.

I’ve also published a short story, Martian Rebirth, which I want to develop into a novel.

And of course, my brain keeps on cranking out short story ideas.

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 About Walt Trizna:

Walt Trizna, a scientist for thirty-four years, is now a full-time writer of horror and science fiction. He has published more than twenty stories, both online and in print. Walt lives in West Chester, PA with his wife, Joni.

Find Walt at Melange: http://melange-books.com/authors/walttrizna/index.html
Blog:
http://www.walttriznastories.wordpress.com

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About Jill Bisker:

Jill Bisker lives in Stillwater, MN with her husband and a calico cat named Senora. She believes in empowering women to be strong enough to protect themselves, while still soft enough to be loving and compassionate. Her work includes paranormal mystery and traditional high fantasy, as well as contemporary and humorous fantasy and an everyday living blog. Her novella Within Reach is her first publication with Melange. Once a dedicated stay at home Mom, Jill now writes full-time.

Website: www.jillbisker.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjillbisker
Blog: http://www.unaccompaniedjaunt.blogspot.com

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GIVEAWAY:

Leave a comment below and enter to win a free ebook copy of “Elmo’s Sojourn.”

Winner will be chosen on March 10, 2014.

An Interview with Author Tara Fox Hall + Giveaway

"Point of No Return" by Tara Fox Hall (Promise Me #7)

“Point of No Return” by Tara Fox Hall (Promise Me #7)

Recently, Nancy Pennick, author of the YA Time-Travel Romance series “Waiting For Dusk” (available from Fire and Ice Young Adult Books) had a chat with author Tara Fox Hall about her latest book, “Point of No Return”, book 7  in her vampire/shifter romance “Promise Me” series.

A word of warning, if you have not read the entire Promise Me series, there may be a few spoilers.

First, a little about her latest release, “Point of No Return”

When Sarelle discovers Theo’s love for Tasha is not all it seems, she breaks the love spell, even as she fears the consequences. Dreaming with Theo again awakens old feelings, even as Devlin’s possessiveness increases when Sar is discovered to be pregnant. Influenced by her blood bond to Devlin and Danial, and her magical bond with Theo, Sar is determined to make the relationship with her lovers work. But can Sar trust her heart fully, much less her own desires?

NANCY: Tell us a little about yourself. Did you always want to be a writer?

TARA: Not really, lol. I got accolades for writing in college, even was encouraged to publish an essay I wrote for my civil war course. I never followed through, preferring to study hard science and math instead. I only came back to writing because of a twist of fate. See question 3!

 

NANCY: Point of No Return takes place in upstate New York. Familiar territory?

TARA: Very familiar. I live in upstate New York, and many of the settings in the Promise Me novels are based on real places I’ve visited or frequented.

 

NANCY: What inspired you to write the series?

TARA: My mom got very sick suddenly, and her doctor misdiagnosed her prescription drug interaction as cancer. This put me into a panic, as I’d always promised to write her a book, and had never found the time for more than one page articles on my various animal rescues. I sat down that same night and began Promise, the novel that would one day be split in half to make Promise Me and Broken Promise.

 

"Her Secret" by Tara Fox Hall (Promise Me #6)

“Her Secret” by Tara Fox Hall (Promise Me #6)

NANCY: How long did it take to write Point of No Return?

TARA: I don’t really remember! It was written as part of the third book, Secret, which was later split into Her Secret and Point of No Return (Promise Me Books # 6 & 7). I believe I wrote Secret in a month or so. But to be fair, I was using any and all available time to work on my writing: evenings, lunch hours, etc. I was never without a piece of paper and a pen, and I read nothing else, barely watched TV or went out, and did nothing on the internet at all, as at that time I didn’t even have my own email address, much less a website or FB.

 

NANCY: Sarelle is juggling four men in her life, if you count Terian. Do you know who she ends up with? Or has that changed as you write the series?

TARA: No, Sarelle’s fate is already written, and it’s not going to change. It did change as I wrote the series, because when I was writing Promise, I always imagined her riding off into the sunset with Theo, because that was how that first book ended. But as soon as I began the sequels, it was obvious that there was going to be a lot more twists and turns to the story, and that Sarelle’s true love might be someone else.

 

NANCY: Tell us about Elle. She makes a statement about Devlin to Sar. “I’m afraid of him sometimes.” She goes on to say, “He doesn’t have any rules…does what he wants.” Foreshadowing?

TARA: My remark was foreshadowing of a sort, in that Devlin is very much a law onto himself. He really has no one he must answer to, which is why he acts as he does, giving little thought to the consequences. He considers himself a free spirit. That is why he’s such a dangerous person: there is little that anyone can threaten him with, especially with Lash at his side. But Devlin is going to find a reason of his own to curb some of his actions, though I’ll add in this spoiler that it’s really not Sar who tames the handsome vampire, it’s another female.

 

NANCY: In the story, Sar has two cats and two dogs. From reading, one can tell you’re an animal lover. Do you have as many pets as Sar?

TARA: I have more! Ghost and Darkness—Sar’s dogs—are based on my own now deceased German Shepherds Strider and Legolas, who looked and acted just as the two fictional dogs in the Promise Me series. One was white and one was black, which is why when I picked the fictional names, I chose Ghost and Darkness (as well as to give a foreshadowing hint of Sar’s affection for lions in general, lol). There is a reference in the second book about Sar’s name choice, referring to her dogs’ namesake being the real life lions that terrorized the African railroad when it was being built (Google Man-eaters of Tsavo for more info).

As for the cats, I did one better. Sar’s three cats Jessica, Cavity, and Asher are based on my 3 cats of the same name, and look just as described. Phantom, Devlin’s cat that we learn about in PONR, is also one of my cats, though his disfigurement is due to a birth defect and not a car accident. Lastly, Moonshadow, my fifth and final real life cat, will make an appearance in the next to last Promise Me Book, when he comes to live at Hayden as part of the family.

 

NANCY: Werecougars, weresnakes, and werebears. Where did you get your ideas?

TARA: I looked around at paranormal books, and didn’t like the preponderance of werewolves all over the United States, especially in larger cities. That always rang false to me—wolves are roaming around hundreds strong, but no one notices or cares or sees any killings? I didn’t want to add to that. But there was room for werecreatures native and alive in the Northeast that COULD blend into a country setting, with a little thought put into the planning of how they remained unnoticed. And a weresnake…it seemed like the scariest wereanimal there could be. I was happy to be the first to bring one to vivid life, with Lash.

 

NANCY: Devlin’s bodyguard is a weresnake named Lash. He’s ranked number one in that system. Is he someone to be feared?

TARA: Yes. He’s the worst of the worst. And like all my “bad boys,” a little feminine affection goes a long way with him, but it won’t tame him. He’s someone to watch for sure.

 

NANCY: Who’s your favorite character in Point of No Return? In the whole series?

TARA: Really, the whole crowd seems to me like old friends now. I’ve been writing the series and putting out the books for the hefty sum of eight years total. I love their interaction as a group, that they can be so well defined as individuals that I can know how they’ll react to a given situation, every strength and weakness. Editing the books is like a visit to home, where everyone knows my name. I’ll miss it very much, when the last book is published and the series ends.

 

NANCY: This is the seventh book of the series. Was that always the plan to keep the story going?

TARA: I planned to write one book, and then kept going, because my mother asked me to, and I’d written the series for her. But there is an ending and it’s already written. The series will not go on forever.

 

NANCY: When do you like to write? Do you have a schedule?

TARA: I don’t have a schedule and I have a full life outside of writing, which leads to a hectic schedule. In the past that lead to some missed deadlines. As much as it pains me, I’m really cutting back on my publishing this year to focus on my two series, Promise Me and Lash: promoting the former and writing the latter. I write whenever I can find extra time, usually. But I do plan to take off most of this summer from promotion to work on writing, yes.

 

NANCY: Romance vs. horror. Which do you like writing for the most?

TARA: Romance is easier. I’m an optimist at heart, and I really want there to be an ending that reaffirms that the struggle or conflict wasn’t for nothing. But I like a lot of action and suspense in the story, too, so horror is a natural genre for me. Hence my brand: tarafoxhall.com, Where Horror and Romance Come Together. And no, the word “come” in the title did not initially have a double meaning, even if I do write erotica, too J

 

NANCY: Devlin and Danial are vampires and brothers. They are both “Oathed” to Sarelle. Tell us about Oathing.

TARA: Oathing is equivalent to marriage for human beings, though instead of a ring on your finger, you wear a choker around your throat. As a vampire would likely go for the throat to bite, it makes sense to have the symbol of commitment there, where he can’t say he didn’t notice it. A standard Oath gives a vampire sexual rights as well as blood rights to the person giving the Oath, which can be a human, a werecreature, a faerie, or even another vampire, and does not have to be a member of the opposite sex (you’ll see all of these combinations at some point in my books). Also, a vampire can have several Oathed Ones, or can share an Oathed One with another vampire (can you tell that Devlin wrote most of these rules himself?)

"Immortal Confessions" by Tara Fox Hall (Promise Me #5)

“Immortal Confessions” by Tara Fox Hall (Promise Me #5)

The wording of the Oath varies depending on what the Oathed One says in their vow, though there is a standard vow which just states the two rights above and leaves everything else up for grabs. The vampire can also give an Oath of his own in response, such as Danial’s vow of monogamy to Sar, or Devlin’s addition of Theo and Danial to the Oath he shared with Sar.

The vampire may dissolve the Oath at any time, if the human breaks their vows, whatever that might be. The same is true in reverse, if the vampire breaks his vows. We see the former case in Promise Me #5 Immortal Confessions, when Anna’s choker unclasps after she breaks her vow to Devlin by having sex with Danial. But there is a long list of rights that Oathing gives to both parties involved that has only been briefly alluded to thus far in the first two books. There will be more elaboration of these “vampire laws” in the coming Promise Me books.

 

NANCY: Give us the inside scoop if the brothers are really okay with the arrangement.

TARA: Are any two men ever okay in sharing one woman? The truth is that both vampires would likely prefer that Sar be theirs exclusively. However, Danial and Devlin share the bond of time that no one else does. As such, they are closer than human brothers, even when they are at odds. When it comes to Sarelle, Danial acts content to share her, as long as it’s only his brother and his best friend Theo. Devlin also seems to feel the same way about Danial, but is far more permissive in who Sar takes as a lover. You might say that right now, both brothers are just glad to have found someone they both love who isn’t going to die in a few decades, just when their ménage-a-trois relationship is getting good. Will that last? You’ll have to read and see.

 

NANCY: There’s a famous quote from an old movie, Dirty Dancing, “No one puts Baby in a corner.” As I read Point of No Return, I felt that Sar was in a corner instead of what that quote implies. She is not in charge of her destiny anymore. Does she feel that way, too? If you agree, please explain. And if not, tell us why. Also, is there a way to get Sarelle out of the corner?

TARA: Yes, Sar feels cornered and trapped. It’s a feeling that begins in PONR, then escalates in Lost Paradise, Promise Me #9. She’s got two vampires to manage, plus her husband Theo. Everyone is jealous, and everyone wants their piece of her. There is only so much Sar to go around. Add into that her two children, her new pregnancy + The Lust, the Vampire Rulers clamoring to have her for a “brood mare,” her financial reliance on her men, and even caring for her pets, and it’s a lot to balance. The final straw for her is her dependence on the vampiric blood to live, though. Once Sar really comes to terms with that that means, she knows that Dev and Danial are going to be in her lives forever…or some other vampire would need to be, to keep her alive. That means she’s never just going to be with Theo. It’s also a kind of dependence that can sour a relationship, to know your life literally depends on your lover, that you can’t exist without them. For a woman who was very independent and enjoyed choosing her own path, this is one of the hardest trials Sarelle has to face in the entire series. She never wanted to need anyone to that extent, and its something this comes back to over and over with increasing frustration.

Sar battles with her feelings for several books, before finally taking decisive actions, hoping that her choices will wrest control back into her hands. Will it? Again, you’ll have to read and see!

GIVEAWAY:

Thank you Nancy and Tara! What a great Q & A.

Tara would also give a lucky reader a “I <3 Dev” bumper sticker as well as a Promise Me pen. Leave a comment below and a winner will be chosen at random via Random.org on March 6, 2014.

"I Love Dev" Sticker

“I Love Dev” Sticker

Author Tara Fox Hall

Author Tara Fox Hall

About Tara Fox Hall:

Tara Fox Hall is an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. Her writing credits include over twenty short stories published in the nature magazines Catnip Blossoms, Meanwhile, and On The River. Her short horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Halloween Alliance, and Ghastly Door. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). She divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals of all species, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

Check out all of Tara Fox Hall’s Melange releases here: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/tarafoxhall/index.html

Other Links for Tara Fox Hall

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/TaraFH
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/tara-fox-hall
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5286654.Tara_Fox_Hall
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Fox-Hall/e/B005YPAA4W/

Website: www.tarafoxhall.com
Email: tarafoxhallATgmail.com

Blog: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5286654.Tara_Fox_Hall/blog

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Fox-Hall/151813374904903
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TerrorFoxHall

Author Nancy Pennick

Author Nancy Pennick

About Nancy Pennick:

After a great career in teaching, Nancy found a second calling as a writer. Her debut novel, Waiting for Dusk, was a surprise to her as much as it was to her family. Watching a PBS series on National Parks, her mind wandered to another place and that is where the characters of Katie and Andrew were born.

Nancy’s called Ohio her home for all her life but loves to travel the U.S. She enjoys reading and writing young adult novels with a good cup of tea nearby.

Nancy Pennick at Fire and Ice Young Adult Books: http://www.fireandiceya.com/authors/nancypennick/index.html

Facebook: facebook.com/nancypennickauthor 
Blog: http://nancypennick.wordpress.com

Melange Book Release|| February 24, 2014

Today I’m happy to announce four new books!

Before we get into that though, for anyone who tried to enter the contest last week for John Steiner’s new Sci-Fi book, FLIPSPACE: Flight of the Mockingbird, I apologize that the comments for the blog were not working and all comments will need to be re-entered in order to be counted. I welcome you to enter again here. We have extended the giveaway through March 4th so hurry over to John’s interview and enter now!

In other news, Fire and Ice, our Young Adult/New Adult book line finally has it’s own blog! We’ve got really great releases this week that I’m so excited to share with you so I beg of you to please visit the new blog and subscribe to get updates! We’ve got mermaids, we’ve got horses, we’ve got time travel and we’ve got a teen girl dealing with bullies! Visit the blog here: www.fireandiceya.com/blog

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"Second Best" by Charmaine Pauls

Second Best by Charmaine Pauls

The first time that Molly sees Malcolm is in Oudtshoorn, South Africa in 1978, when he jumps from the back of an army truck to challenge her through the school yard fence. Little did she know then, when she boldly gave him the middle finger, how their lives would become intertwined.

Surviving the secret horrors of an industrial school, juvenile delinquent Molly van Aswegen grows into a tough and troubled woman who has sworn never to love anyone enough to be vulnerable. When Malcolm McLeod, rebel journalist and soldier, comes home from the Angolan border war to save Molly from her institution, he starts fighting a different war altogether—the battle for both of their souls.

Molly’s fight for survival and Malcolm’s moral struggle will expose them as anti-conformists, at risk of being branded and outcast from society during a politically turbulent time when South Africa is in the midst of a twenty-three year long war.

Second Best is a tender story about the scars of the human soul, and the road that leads to healing.

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FLIPSPACE: Branching Out by John SteinerFLIPSPACE: Branching Out by John Steiner

The ISS Mockingbird is ordered to Kepler 22 to check up on a research outpost set up by the Astraeus. Colonel Ramachandra and her crew discover on the planet, Kepler 22B a form of life that doesn’t need ships to travel through space. Also present is a base established by Remote Space Conglomerated Industries. Their operations put profit before the concerns of the indigenous life. An unauthorized distress call originates from the RSCI base. Colonel Rama must risk breaching their air defenses to comply with international conventions and save lives.

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"Within Reach" by Jill BiskerWithin Reach by Jill Bisker

Within Reach is the contemporary fiction story of Emma, a woman coming to terms with her mother’s increasing dementia and the everyday challenges associated with it. While serving as caregiver for her mother, she inexplicably finds herself ‘re-living’ specific events from her past, including times spent with her parents when she was a child. She soon wonders if her own sanity is slipping as she struggles to understand what is happening to her. If she can unlock the meaning of the visions from her past, she might be able to face the uncertainty of her future. Her mother must have the key—if only she can reach her.

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"Outlaw's Secrets" by Sherry Derr-WilleOutlaw’s Secrets by Sherry Derr-Wille

For Clay Martin his parents’ past is something he knows nothing about. He’s hoping a summer spent with his Uncle Gary in Missouri will shed some light on it. Amy Baines has a secret too, but doesn’t know it until Clay comes to town and helps her delve into her forgotten past. By the time they realize their friendship could lead to more, Clay has gone back to San Francisco and Amy is coming to grips with her St. Louis family. Can they bridge the miles and find love?

An Interview with John Steiner + Giveaway

We’re happy to be introducing a new series of interviews with some of our authors.

We’re kicking things off with author Daphne Olivier (“The Pegasus Project”, “The Way it Was” and “The Kennaway Woman”) interviewing author John Steiner (“Fire Alive!” and The “Squad V” series)

First, a little about “FLIPSPACE: Flight of the Mockingbird”

Training for the ISS Mockingbird, Colonel Sumitra Ramachandra and Major Lamarr Fitch find that they’re being deployed before certification. The ISS Astraeus, an International Space Organization vessel fails to transmit its latest exploration report in the Gliese 667 System twenty-two light-years away. Colonel Ramachandra learns that the Mockingbird she commands was built for more than intra-solar operation. Three people with complicated and enigmatic backgrounds are added to her crew roster just before launch.

Now let’s get things started!

“FLIPSPACE: Flight of the Mockingbird” by John Steiner

Daphne: Hello. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.

John: As a kid I was disappointed by the science fiction I was seeing, and in junior high school I preferred writing a fictional character’s journal rather a journal of myself as assigned by the teacher. Because I’d practically addicted to spaceflight I’ll start daydreaming it if I’m not getting enough in the news or in fiction.
Daphne: Flight of the Mockingbird is science fiction story that takes place in the far-distant future. Do you write in any other genre?

John: Other genres include speculative fiction, fantasy and horror.

 

Daphne: Who is you favourite sci-fi author?

John: It’s probably a tossup between Michael Crichton and Arthur C. Clarke. They both tackled stories with the backing of solid science, and still engrossed us with the depth of their characters and events in the story.

 

Daphne: What is the most memorable sci-fi book you’ve ever read?

John: That would be the Giants of Ganymede series by James P. Hogan. It involves finding a dead human astronaut on the moon who has been there for over 50,000 years. The discoveries and debates between main characters were intense and riveting, and engaged me to also speculate as to the outcome of the novel. This is what’s referred to as Active Reading, as those the audience is a participant in the story.

 

Daphne: What inspired you to write Flight of the Mockingbird?

John: The spaceflight monkey was riding me pretty hard. NASA missions were few, far between and all unmanned. Even shows involving space exploration were a let-down. I was excited for the series, “Star Trek: Enterprise” until a character I call, “Captain Buzzkill from the 26th century” steps in and spills the beans about what the first starship will encounter in the future.

 

Daphne: If Flight of the Mockingbird was made into a film, who would you choose to be the leading character?

John: That’s tough, because I’m not that familiar with Hindi-American or Bollywood actors from India. Most of the actresses from India I’ve seen kept their hair long, whereas Colonel Sumitra Ramachandra has hers very short.

I do picture Chief Carl Anders as being played by Carl Weathers, and wrote Major Lamarr Fitch as if he were Nathan Fillion.

 

Daphne: What are you working on at the moment?

John: The finale for the Astraeus Event series of Flipspace. I have a science fiction novel, “Bridging the Lotus” and a fantasy novel, “Brute” that are both waiting to be finished.

 

Daphne: Do you manage to write every day?

John: Not always. I’ve learned never to force a story if it’s not flowing, because the results always turned out bad.

 

Daphne: How do balance writing with all of life’s responsibilities?

John: To quote Captain Kirk in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, “First order of business, survival.” The day job must be dealt with, because that’s where my steady money is. Sometimes Sniffles, my cat demands attention and may get very insistent.

 

Daphne: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do to overcome it?

John: Originally I wouldn’t take on more than one story at a time, but lately I’ve realized that a mood shift will push me to do a story in another genre, where creativity opens up. Also, I have a few PC games that I imagine my story through as I play, or just to numb the mind.

 

Daphne: Do you plot your stories from beginning to end or do you just get an idea and run with it?

John: I envision key scenes, and gauge how much character growth or plot development is needed to bridge them. Many times the ending isn’t known to me until I get there. Other stories I had plotted out, but the pathway leads itself to an unexpected direction.

Think of Shmendrick the Magician in The Last Unicorn, “Magic, magic, do as you will.”

There are even times when I get the story in whole or in part during the dream. If it’s too vague, sometimes the dream will provide a narrator or subtitles.

 

Daphne: Do you think the Flipspace device you describe in your novel will ever be developed and used to achieve faster than light space travel?

John: The science suggests that tesseracts could exist, but the question is why they don’t occur naturally. Two hurdles exist for interstellar flight. The first is energy, but the second is precision. Vacuum Energy could solve the power problem if we can figure out why observed

Vacuum Energy doesn’t match what established quantum principles suggest should occur. Also, figuring out how to harness it is the other issue. With precision that may prove trickier, because it means calculating trajectories with several magnitudes more accuracy than we’ve ever done before.

Alternative means of FTL travel are serious points of interest for NASA. One of those is the Alcubierre drive. You can find a description on nasa.gov or other the 100 Year Starship Project which is 100yss.org.

 

Daphne: The combat scenes you describe in Flight of the Mockingbird are very realistic. Are they based on real life experience or are they simply drawn from your imagination?

John: My time in the military was only a couple months, and that was back in 1992. However,

I had spoken to veterans of wars from WWII all the way through to the latest Iraq War. I read about military combat experiences, operations and watched documentaries on the subject. I had decided that in adult fiction I wanted no sugar-coating of combat. That combat is a terrifying thing is the point of why we should avoid conflict until left no other choice.

 

Daphne: I was intrigued by the gene importation therapy, cellular cybernetics and genetic hacking you describe. Do you think humans will ever utilise such practices?

John: The 20th century is where we discovered DNA, learned its code for proteins and unravelled the human genome. In the 21st I expect us to understand the epistatic genome which are the genes that don’t code for proteins, but influence those which do. Then Our understanding of gene interaction will be good enough that we’ll tackle major medical problems and work them with the same efficiency as any other machine.

Gene therapy exists now in its infancy, and I think we’ll go further at first to deal with genetic disorders. Following that, we’ll tackle those genes which are normal in the human species, yet lead to series problems, such as joints, blood flow, aging and other ailments that are the result of mutations that all primates inherited or that are common to all mammals.

Then we’ll decided that maybe we should have a double-retina. There is one defective step in the pathway for making vitamin C that all primates have, which we may decide should be fixed. If we learn how to prevent harmful mutations, we’ll then be able to insert the amphibian regeneration gene, whereas the one all mammals, birds and reptiles have contain defects.

In the century to come we’ll learn to write genes that have no natural parallel, but create enzymes that can in turn produce nanotechnology. This would give us thumbs at the molecular level.

 

Daphne: One of your characters is reconstructed and brought back to life 28 years after his death. Present-day doctors are already using stem cells to grow new body parts, but is it theoretically feasible to reconstruct a whole body.? And if so, would the reconstructed man have the memory and personality of the one who died?

 

“Fire Alive!” by John Steiner

John: Captain Malcolm O’Connell is a carry-over character from “Fire Alive!” His reconstitution had to do with the Xerces Protocol, which involved not only preserving neurological stems cells, but a computer backup to the neuro-synaptic pattern that represents his mind at the moment of death. I’m still deciding on what new limits to lifespan might emerge, but in Flipspace there are several legal issues as to what is considered the same person, and whether a patient has a living will for “Do Not Reconstitute.”

 

Daphne: Is your novel part of a series?  Can you tell me a little about the world you’ve created and what makes it so different from today’s world.

John: At present, Flipspace is a twelve part series, which I constructed on the model of television or cable series. The first twelve stories are “The Astraeus Event” which is where the ISS Mockingbird crew are sent on various missions to eventually figure out what happened and how to find the crew of the ISS Astraeus.

The world of Flipspace, which is in 2175, is where I think we’ll end up as a world of nations and alliances based on the social and geo-political trends I see today. While I can’t be sure we’ll have solved the FTL problem, I think the other technologies of Flipspace will arrive by 2175 or sooner. That all depends on what emerges that might stall advancement of civilization or even knocks us back.

 

Daphne: Did you use a critique partner or group to help with revisions and editing?

John: With Flipspace I had a test audience. One of those is a civilian pilot, who is a big fan of WWII aces, and another is a good friend of mine at the college I work for.

 

Daphne: If you had a time machine, what time period would you travel to?

John: Forward… definitely forward. I tell people never wish to live in an era before penicillin. I have a good idea of where humanity will be in the future, but the time to get there is likely longer than I’ll live. Malcolm O’Connell as the “oldest non-consecutively living” human being is born in 2002. Most especially, I would love to be on hand to witness our first encounter with extra-terrestrial life, in particular intelligent life.

 

Daphne: Some of your characters are genetically enhanced. If you had access to such “enhancement” what characteristics would you choose?

John: My wish for enhancements is closer to fantasy, which would be a duel state genome, where traits for human and wolf were present, and I switched between them. Barring that, the claws and sharp teeth just because I feel like I should’ve had them. The fluorocarbon nano-cages that O’Connell and the Ghostwalkers have would be nice. I’d love to sprint for nearly an hour and not be short of breath. Anything that meant joints and nerves never broke down. Having the kind of immune system like a shark, where disease and cancer are never a factor would be great, without having to wait four hundred million years of evolution to get it. Better senses, and greater capacity of the brain. It’d be a long list.

 

Daphne: What hopes and plans do you have for your writing future?

John: I have to wrap up “Brute” and “Bridging the Lotus.” I’m also considering an urban fantasy series in the same writing template as Flipspace. I feel like the “Squad V” series needs one more novel to show where the overall theme is ending at, and maybe a few prequel stories to go with it. Other stories will be brought to me as the universe sees fit.

GIVEAWAY:

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NOTE: Due to an issue with comments not posting, this giveaway has been EXTENDED.

John Steiner

John Steiner

About John Steiner:

John Steiner earned his Associate of Biology at Salt Lake Community College and works as a college tutor at Salt Lake Community College. He exercises an avid interest in history, science, philosophy, mythology, martial arts as well as military tactics and technology.

Contact John:
Melange: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/johnsteiner/index.html
Email:
john@walkingotherworlds.com
Website: www.walkingotherworlds.com

Daphne Olivier

Daphne Olivier

About Daphne Olivier:

Daphne Olivier grew up in the foothills of the Amatolas, where the novel is set, and where many of the locals still speak with pride of their German/Irish heritage. The story of the Kennaway Girls has always fascinated her, and a visit to the museum in East London, which displays a collection of historic memorabilia, inspired her to write a novel based on the life of one of these brave women.

After training as a nurse, Daphne married and for many years lived on a farm. Today she lives in a small South African town together with her husband and their two dogs.

Contact Daphne:
Melange:
http://www.melange-books.com/authors/daphneoliver/index.html
Email: 
dafol@mtnloaded.co.za
Blog: http://dapholivier.wordpress.com