Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thomas Cardin


120 Characters or less (Think Twitter): Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
I create unique fantasy and action stories with deeply dimensional characters that deconstruct the hero myth.
Answer one of the Questions:
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I build and define my characters until they become alive in my mind. I can place them in the midst of tension and drama and record their actions – They always surprise me with their unique solutions to the pitfalls I set before them.
Give an about the Author Blurb,
I started reading fantasy and science fiction with the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs when I was 7. As I grew I added more and more authors to my list, Isaac Asimov, E.E. Doc Smith, Tolkien, Niven, McCaffrey, etc. Every book with a cover by Frank Frazetta was soon in my collection as well. Then I discovered Dungeons & Dragons. My friends and I created worlds. We pondered and questioned the mysteries of magic, dragons, and other planes of existence. The answers to those riddles form the core to my writing.
Provide Links:
               Where can we buy the books?

               How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)

               What is your Twitter Handle?
               Are you on GoodReads?
Your Website Address is:
Something fun is always happening on the old blog: http://thomascardin.blogspot.com/
               Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)

Read my short stories and several works in progress for free on Writeon! https://writeon.amazon.com/profile/amzn1.ignite.profile.2bd789f408d93d00e0530100007f6923?ref_=ign_d_tb_an

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Question of the day:

What qualities do you look for in a good cover?
(As an author and/or as a reader)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Will Greenway


Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?

A non-pretentious writer who writes action fantasy that goes where literary and classic fantasy fear to tread.

I am a card holding, badge wearing, pen wielding officer of the point-of-view police!  When reviewing and critiquing I bug and cajole other writers to make it visual, to make it visceral, and to keep mystery alive by LIMITING that point of view.  Point of view is not really taught, but it is critical to making a story immerse the reader in the world. I am all about making the reader feel like they are a part of the story.  Every point of view switch, every time jump, each head hop is a jolt that risks ruining the writer’s contract with the reader’s suspension of disbelief.  It’s a spell we all strive to cast over our readers so they will enjoy our work… My quirk is that I take the spell seriously.



First published in 1983, Will Greenway started his creative career wanting to draw and script comics. After a number of years, he found writing better suited to his skills. Aside from writing and art, Will is a self-taught programmer, PC technician, and network troubleshooter. He enjoys skiing, racquetball, Frisbee golf, and is steadfast supporter of role-playing games. To date he has completed twenty-two novels more than dozens of short stories, and numerous articles on writing. He resides in the Spring Valley suburb of south San Diego.

Provide Links:

                Where can we buy the books?

BOOK 01 - Shadow of the Avatar               https://amzn.com/B003Z0CUBY

BOOK 02 - Hecate's Bounty                          https://amzn.com/B003Z0D2BG

BOOK 03 - Aesir's Blood                                 - Complete - soon to release -

BOOK 04 - A Knot In Time                             https://amzn.com/B004PYDCUM

BOOK 05 - Anvil of Sorrow                            - Complete - coming soon -

BOOK 06 - Reality's Plaything                      https://amzn.com/B003XRE6DY

BOOK 07 - 'Neath Odin's Eye                       https://amzn.com/B00K79DAFQ

BOOK 08 - Eternal's Agenda                         https://amzn.com/B003Z0D34W

BOOK 09 - Savants Ascendant                    https://amzn.com/B003Z0CVKY

BOOK 10 - Infinity Annihilator                     https://amzn.com/B003ZHVEG4

BOOK 11 - Gaea's Blood                                                - In progress -

BOOK 12 - Who Mourns The Creator                       - In progress -

BOOK 13 - Child of Ascendants                                   https://amzn.com/B0053SGI0K

BOOK 14 - The Karanganoi Gambit                           - In progress -

BOOK 15 - The Chyrith Agenda                                   -TBD-    

BOOK 16 - Gaea's Revenge                                          -TBD-

BOOK 17 - The Infinite Child                                        -TBD-

                How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)



                What is your Twitter Handle?


                Are you on GoodReads?


                Your Website Address is:


                Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)


Provide One image: (Headshot, Book Cover, Favorite photo)


Monday, June 27, 2016

Three lines

Tell a ghost story in no more than three lines: (Must be original)

Her fingers brushed my cheek as I walked away. I looked back at her to say goodbye. She looked so peaceful in her coffin.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Christie M. Stenzel



Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
Award-winning author Christie M. Stenzel's goal is to write books that entertain readers and take them away from the tribulations of life!

Give an about the Author Blurb:  

Writing and reading are my passions!  My dream to be a writer began, when as a five year old child I would ask my mother to write down the stories I would make up about talking dogs.

Since growing up and becoming further educated with a Bachelor's Degree in English (I have an affinity for classic literature), a certificate in Ultrasound, and soon to be, a Master's Degree in Leadership, I have begun to pursue that dream in hopes of one day making it my career.  I have many interests and ideas so my ultimate goal is to release works of fiction in multiple genres.  Fantasy will always be my first love however, as I have always had an intense imagination that threatens to inundate me if not expelled onto paper. 

Aside from writing, I enjoy physical activities like running and yoga.  I am blessed to have an amazing family, close friends and two beloved canine companions.

Where can we buy the books? 

http://getbook.at/theocculibookone

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-grey-eyed-storm-mrs-christie-m-stenzel/1121967336?ean=2940151331128

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-grey-eyed-storm-the-occuli-book-one

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/christiemstenzel

https://www.createspace.com/5476865

 

How can we follow you on Facebook?

https://www.facebook.com/ChristieStenzelAuthor/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

OR

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010439889826

What is your Twitter Handle?  

CStenzelWriter

Are you on GoodReads?  Yes - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14003254.Christie_M_Stenzel

Your Website Address is: 

*Author website: http://info49133.wix.com/christiemstenzel

 **Series website:  http://www.theocculi.com/

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rosalie Redd




A little about your self i.e. your education Family life etc.

 

After finishing a rewarding career in finance and accounting, it was time for Rosalie Redd to put away the spreadsheets and take out the word processor. She writes Paranormal/Fantasy/Science Fiction Romance inspired by classics from the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres layered with a good, hot dose of romance.

 

She lives in Oregon, where rain is just another excuse to keep writing. When not at her computer, you can find her at Jazzercise, waterfall collecting in the Pacific Northwest, or relaxing with her husband and their pesky cat, Snookums.

 

 

 

Question:Tell us your latest news?

I recently released Untamable Lover, the second book in my Worlds of Lemuria: Earth Colony series. This one continues the battle over Earth’s water and the war escalates between the Lemurians and their enemy. The main characters are shape-shifting Panthera warriors who take on a solo mission only to discover love along the way.


Question:When and why did you begin writing?


Question:When did you first consider yourself a writer?


Question:What inspired you to write your first book?

I love the mystery of ancient societies—when civilizations existed before written history. There are ruins all over Earth that have similarities in structure and construction, yet are thousands of miles apart. Who built these structures? How did these people live? What happened to them? I’ve often wondered what life in these ancient civilizations was like. I thought, what if I wrote a love story about a couple that came from one of these ancient societies?

 

With that idea in mind, I decided to do a bit of research. There are many legends about the great civilization of Atlantis and its destruction, but along the way, I heard about an even older civilization called Lemuria. I found a few books on the subject and dived in. The myths and legends surrounding Lemuria indicated a great civilization thrived in the island chains of the Pacific Ocean, disappearing about ten thousand years ago from rising sea levels and a great flood.

 

Fascinated with this ancient society, I wanted to create a story that provided an alternate reality for the Lemurians, showcasing their struggle to survive against an age-old enemy, yet finding love along the way. What if the Lemurians were actually a race of shape-shifters from another planet, here to protect Earth and it’s most precious resource—water? If the Lemurians lived in the Pacific Islands, and were forced to scatter throughout the world due to the destruction of their homeland, maybe they are still hidden among us and continue to battle for Earth? From that, The Worlds of Lemuria: Earth Colony was created with Untouchable Lover the first book in the series.




Question: Do you have a specific writing style?


Question: How did you come up with the title?

 

Question: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The themes in my book tend to be about honor and doing the right thing. Often this involves trust—of others and yourself.


Question: How much of the book is realistic? This is a fantasy involving shape-shifters, magical powers, sentient swords and caves. With that said, the characters experience life just like the rest of us with internal struggles, hopes, and dreams.


Question: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?


Question: What books have most influenced your life most?


Question: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Boy this is a tough question, but I’d have to say J.R. Ward. Her Black Dagger Brotherhood series is one of my favorite and I love her character development.




Question: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Yes, Nadine Mutas writes a fabulous series about hot demons and witches. They are snarky, fun, and hot, hot, hot!



Question: Can you share a little of your current work with us? Sure, here’s a brief snippet from Untouchable Lover, the first in my Worlds of Lemuria: Earth Colony novels.

 

“You escaped. Perhaps I should put you in the dungeon.” Noeh’s voice was low and threatening. The resulting shiver that skated across her arms wasn’t from fear.

She wanted to pound her fists against his body. “I’ll just pick my way out of there, too.”

“Don’t bet on it.”

He stood. Against her will, her body responded to his intense stare. He headed straight for her, a wall of pure, masculine strength.

 She stilled as he approached. Without thought, she squeezed the wet rag in her hand. Water dripped onto the exam table. The stone was slightly concave, and the moisture ran into a small groove down the center.

He placed his palms on the surface of the table and leaned in. Up close and personal, he invaded her space as if he had every right.

“I don’t usually have trouble with disobedience, but you…” His eyes glowed, gold flecks mixing with the blue.

She met his gaze and didn’t flinch. “I think you like the challenge.”

The skin around his eyes creased as a smile broke across his face. “You might be right about that.”


Question: Who designed the covers?

Fiona Jayde creates my covers. She does a fabulous job and is so fun to work with. She understands what I’m looking for and captures the heart of my heros.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Adriaan Brae


Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?


 

If you're looking for well crafted diverse characters, unique ideas, and plots that don't go where you'd expect, I could be your next favourite author.

 

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?


 

I'm never happy with a simple character, a straight-forward conflict, or a classic romance progression. There's always going to be a plot twist or a deeper layer of motivation. I firmly believe in happy endings, but most of the time what we think will make us happy is not actually what we want or need. Part of the character's journey is to figure this out.

 

About me:


 

My urge to see the world took me to Kingston, Ontario for university, then to Berkshire, England for a few years. I studied Engineering at university. While there I was introduced to the new and fascinating idea out of CERN called the ‘World Wide Web’. This led me into computer programming which became a bit of an obsession that luckily people like to pay me for.

 

I remember being told that the made-up worlds I loved were a childish thing that I would need to grow out of if I wanted to succeed in life. The older I get, the more I realize how wrong this is. In just the past few millennia, humans have moved from chipping tools out of stones to space exploration and cloned organs. Every step on that path was driven by someone who dreamed up something impossible.

 

Some of the writers that inspire me today are Lois McMaster Bujold, Sarah Zettel, and Tess Sharpe. These authors take on tough questions about what it means to be moral and the destiny of humanity without flinching. They inspire me to be a better person, as well as a better writer.

 

Links:


 

Where can we buy the books?

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Adriaan-Brae/e/B00J3LDZ1S

List with all retailers: https://www.facebook.com/braevitae/app/356345754480407/

 

How can we follow you on Facebook?

Personal: https://www.facebook.com/adriaan.brae

Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/braevitae/

 

What is your Twitter Handle? @AdriaanBrae

Are you on GoodReads? Yes (as Adriaan Brae)

Your Website: www.braevitae.com

 

Are there any other sites we should know about?

Blog: http://braevitae.com/blog/

Author Bio: http://braevitae.com/p/adriaan/start

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Jenna Whitaker



Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?

Because I strive to write interesting, unique, and well-written novels—like every aspiring author!—and I hope I have succeeded! I like to take an idea and put a strange twist on it, and use the alien worlds in my imagination to flesh out my stories. Most of my story ideas have actually originated from dreams that I write down, and then go from there.

  1. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
    When I’m not writing—which I do every day—I work as an editor for Writer’s Exchange, editing and formatting ebooks and print books. For fun, I do fantasy artwork and love to read! I usually post up 1 finished piece of artwork online every week, and while I do them on the computer right now, I also have (and look forward to in the future again) painted on canvas and sold to the local art galleries! I use this artistic knowledge in making my own covers, which is part of the reason why I self-publish.

 

About The Author Blurb:

My name is Jenna Whittaker and I am an Australian author who has been writing fantasy, science fiction, and horror novels for as long as I can remember! I have self-published 2 novels--1 science fiction and 1 fantasy, have finished the first draft of a 3rd, a dystopian fantasy (to edit and then publish later this year) and finally am currently writing the first draft of a 4th, another fantasy, about half-way done.

 

Links:

Dreamscape: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01APQ34OM

Watership: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AQW1S2U

My author blog/website: http://jennawhittaker-author.weebly.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jen_W_95

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Alvin Atwater









































1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I’ve written ever since childhood but grew serious about it in the eleventh grade (about 8 years ago).


2. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? My sense of humor. Also, hidden sarcasm. Usually people who know me can pick up on it.


3. What do you like to do when you're not writing?  Listen to audiobooks. Those things are addicting.


4. What makes your book stand out from the crowd? Fragment in particular will reveal to you a boy who stands tall among the gods. His evolution from boy to feared is just one thing. But as being a series, you’ll truly get to see his downfall, and second uprising.



5. What do you enjoy most about writing? World building all the way.
Give an about the Author Blurb,

Alvin Atwater is a fantasy enthusiast and master storyteller at heart. He currently serves in the US Navy. He’s stationed in Mississippi but hopes to have his final home in New York City. As a Florida-born voice, he wishes to bring upon his own writing style geared to epic fighting scenes, development in romance, humor, and a reason to grow attached to his characters.


Provide Links:
Where can we buy the books? Fragment’s paperback/kindle amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fragment-Alvin-J-Atwater/dp/1533069441 

Mind Control will be on Amazon soon. The Destined is out July 12th.


How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links) https://www.facebook.com/syr456/
What is your Twitter Handle? https://twitter.com/Alvin_Atwater
Are you on GoodReads?  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5076300.Alvin_Atwater
Your Website Address is: www.atwaterwriting.com
Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links) I use wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/syr456

Saturday, June 11, 2016

What are you doing to help?

How many of you are playing King of the Hill? What are you doing to help out? What are you doing to reciprocate when it's your turn?
For my part: I'm organizing the game
I created a twitter feed and #yournextfavoriteauthor and #YNFA hashtags
I created a blog called Your Next Favorite Author and keeping it active
I am taking the time to answer questions when they come up.
I am working hard to make sure this promotion page is working.
Please do your part:
Buy the King of the Hill books
Review the books
Make sure your reviews are honest. We are not trying to scam any systems. We are trying to help authors.
Commenting on blog posts help your rankings as well. Make sure you are doing everything you can to splash your name across the internet.

Sanna Hines