Marc Johnson – Catalyst: The Passage of Hellsfire

Title: Catalyst: The Passage of Hellsfire

Author: Marc Johnson

Genre: High Fantasy

Price: $4.99

 

Author Bio:

Marc Johnson lives and writes in the Bay Area. He has been reading his entire life and writing for almost as long. Until magazines went away, he used to freelance on the side, covering gaming. However, his first love has always been writing fiction and he loves stories in all its forms—movies, television, video games, comics. He will always write fiction because it’s the only way to get all of the crazy ideas out of his head.

He has recently released his first book Catalyst. It’s the beginning of  his coming of age, romantic, high fantasy series, The Passage of Hellsfire. Marc Johnson plans to release one book a year and finish the six book series before he dies.

 

Tell us about your book:

It’s a coming of age, romantic story set in a fantasy world. I like to think of it as Star Wars meets Lord of the Rings. There’s magic, wizards, and monsters, but it’s all about my main character, Hellsfire, and how he grows up and tries not to screw things up.

 

How long did it take to write the book?

One summer. However, from that very rough draft to the finished version, it took me 16 years with over twice as many drafts.

 

What inspired you to write the book?

I got it in a dream like I do all my stories. This one has just stayed with me the longest. I have other ideas, but until The Passage of Hellsfire is done, I won’t be working on any other fiction.

 

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

My writing routine involves me sitting by my computer and typing every day before I leave and at night when I return. I do it even if it’s only for a few minutes. I write like I play poker—grind it out.

I did do research and searched for books on info in that time period. My best book was The Writer’s Complete Fantasy Reference. It has information on swords, jobs, clothing. I looked in it a lot. I also performed Google searches when I was stuck and needed a particular detail that none of my books had.

 

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

That they enjoyed themselves and had a good time. Maybe even got a little emotional and crave to read the next book in the series.

 

Where can we go to buy your book?

I plan to get my book into more venues, but until then, you can buy it at the following places:

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

SMASHWORDS

They’re DRM-free so you can do whatever you want with it, after you buy it.

 

Any other links or info you’d like to share?
Website: LONGSHOT PUBLISHING

Twitter: @Hellsfire

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marc-Johnson-Author/147258962007724

 

Excerpt from book:

For centuries, the kingdom of Alexandria has protected Northern Shala from the monstrous creatures lurking in the Wastelands. Now, a dark force threatens that fragile peace.

Far from home, Alexandria’s princess is abducted. When a young villager named Hellsfire stumbles upon her and her captors, he rushes in to rescue her, alone and unarmed. His fear and fury unleash an uncontrollable magical force that grants him the power to save the princess—and change the world.

Hellsfire has never craved nor dreamed of power. But such magic as he now possesses has not been seen in Northern Shala for a thousand years, since the devastation of the War of the Wizards and the creation of the Wastelands.

Now Hellsfire must leave all he’s ever known, and make a dangerous journey to learn to master this wild, ferocious power—power he knows he is not ready to wield. More difficult still, he needs to master his emotions. If he can’t, the power will consume him, Alexandria will fall, and darkness will eclipse the land, destroying everyone he loves.

In the dead of cold, the spark shall burn…

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David Reichart – Annalisa’s Highway Blues

Title: Annalisa’s Highway Blues

Author: David Reichart

ISBN: 978-1-4580-6327-4.

Page count: about 50,000 words

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Price: $2.99

 

Author Bio:

(I’ve been a soldier, newspaper reporter, photographer, managing freelance copywriter, insurance agent, auto repair service adviser, truck driver–your basic English major. I’ve been writing some sort or fiction on the side nearly all of my adult life while expending most of my energy on daytime jobs in order to make a living.  I started sending query letters about my novels to agents and publishers, gave up, started writing screenplays, managed to get an agent in Los Angeles and one on New York, (both during writers strikes) but was always low man on the totem pole. I did option one screenplay on my own, though. Eventually, the people in Hollywood pretty much flat out quit responding to query letters.  I didn’t quit writing but gave up on the idea of marketing my material to strangers through the mail from Mobile, Alabama.

Last December (2010), during my annual eye exam, the doctor said, “How’s the book coming?”  I don’t remember what I said, but I remember what he said. He told me that he had bought a Kindle, loved it, as did several of his friends. He told me that ebooks, were exploding across the internet, revolutionizing the publishing industry and that I should look into it. I did, he was right, and now I have my first novel published, with many more to follow. I remember telling my wife I couldn’t decide if I should postition my chapter headings with plenty of spacing before the first paragraph, or have them flush left, just above the first line like some I’d seen. Then I realized something exhilarating. It was up to me. I had control, and nobody was going to “count off” if I didn’t follow particular guidelines. Wow.

 

Tell us about your book:

Annalisa Rochon, a beautiful but inexperienced small-town girl, reluctantly enters the male-dominated world of long-haul trucking where she finds danger, loneliness, hard work and something completely unexpected out on the road–the kind of romance she had always dreamed of.

Ex-Marine Mike Cindik, who has recently been drawn into the high-stakes corporate world by his father, a wealthy industrialist, is absolutely captivated by this exotic, strange-talking, truck driving Louisiana girl, and he pursues her with great difficulty and determination (guilt and fear, too, since he’s engaged to a very influential and manipulative debutante).

Annalisa is pretty but humble, with traditional family values and a naughty streak.  She’s vulnerable, naive, easily frustrated and not very confident, but deep down she has the guts of a warrior.  It’s a story about having the courage to do what you know in your heart needs to be done, no matter how difficult or scary…and trusting the outcome to faith (or fate).

 

How long did it take to write the book?

About six months, plus another three months for revisions.

 

What inspired you to write the book?

One day, when I was an over-the-road truck driver, I was inside a huge warehouse delivering a load of ceiling tile from my flatbed trailer. There was another truck in there, driven by an attractive young women. We were both rolling up our wet tarps on the concrete floor.  I was conflicted, owing to my upbringing and the changing social culture. Should I offer to help, or not. I did, and she politely declined, saying, “That’s okay. It’s my job.”

Truck drivers have a lot of time to think, and as I hauled on down the road that day, I kept thinking about that attractive young lady truck driver. What was her background,  what caused her to take on a job that I knew only too well was a difficult and often dangerous one, and what was her life like now.  Annalisa’s Highway Blues answers those questions (in my mind, anyway).

 

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

This story, as it reveals the world of long-haul truck driving, was painstakingly researched, as I mentioned above. My routine was all over the map–jot down notes, grab time to write when I could. Finally, when I was able to be home every day, I found the time to write the novel. But I was still a truck driver, and I still had to grab an hour here, two hours there.

 

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

I hope they enjoy the story and wear themselves out pulling for Annalisa. It’s a light, straightforward, rather quick read, but one that I think will touch a nerve or two.

 

Where can we go to buy your book?

Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004RZHRRS

Smashwords.com  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/47053

 

Any other links or info you’d like to share?
Vicki Tyley is a fantastic new writer who has been called the Australian P.D. James. She was kind enough to feature Annalisa’s Highway Blues on her blog.  If you like complex, multi-layered, mysteries with riveting psychological drama, you should get to know Vicki Tyley’s work.

 

Excerpt from book:

When she came back in about a half hour later, Mike was lying on the bed, watching television. Annalisa made a point of locking the door behind her.

“How did it go?” Mike asked.

“Back on the road tomorrow,” she said.

“Great.”

“Another hot load. I’d like to get one that was only luke warm, just once.”

“What about the guy?”

“A few cuts, nothing serious.”

“Good.”

“I guess there was quite a bit of blood, so they called an ambulance. But they patched him up on the spot.”

“Well, that’s…a relief.”

“Yeah, but his buddies are still out there looking for you.”

“I know.”

Annalisa sank wearily into a chair at the little table near the window. With SportsCenter over, Mike aimed the remote and began to surf channels. “Thank god we have this place,” he said.

“We?”

He rolled his pillow-propped head toward her and studied her for a moment. “I’ll pay for it, of course.”

“You don’t have to do that, but tell that—person!—at your company that she cost me a hundred and eighty dollars on that load I’m under.”

“I’ll pay for that, too.”

Annalisa offered an “ooh-la-la” gesture which went unnoticed as Mike eagerly flipped channels, finally selecting an old Beevus and Butthead episode. “All right!” he exclaimed, turning to her with a quick smile and then happily scooting to one side of the bed.

Annalisa stared at him in disbelief. “I’m not going to get on the bed with you!” she announced.

Mike laughed a little laugh of superiority. “You really are a Southern girl, aren’t you? Propriety or death.”

“The hell with propriety. I just don’t think it’s a good idea to get on a bed with a strange man.”

“I’m not a strange man,” he smiled. Then he laughed out loud at a Beevus and Butthead scene. Annalisa rolled her eyes. Mike looked up, catching her. Then he turned a way for a few seconds with a more serious, thoughtful expression before fixing her with an eager gaze. “Let me ask you this,” he began. “Could we watch television together in a reclined position–say, out in the parking lot?”

She thought about it for a second. “Sure,” she said. “But you’d get your ass kicked.”

Mike was taken aback and a bit deflated. “You sure talk like a truck driver,” he said.

Annalisa found herself unexpectedly embarrassed. “What do you mean?” she responded. “You can say ‘ass’ in prime time now.”

“True,” Mike said, thoughtfully. “So, how about it? If there was a T.V. in the parking lot, and no truckers, could we watch it together, side by side?”

“Not lying down,” she said.

A knowing smile crept across his face. “You really don’t trust me, do you?”

“I trust you,” she said. “For a typical conceited, know-it-all Yankee, you seem to have acquired a pretty good sense of right and wrong.”

“Oh, okay!” Mike said, eagerly. “You don’t trust yourself!

She gave him a look of mock disgust, stood up from her chair and hopped onto the bed beside him. They turned their heads toward each other, Mike smiling and Annalisa challenging him with her eyes.

“Down in Tetagouche, we’d be engaged now,” she announced.

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Dana Taylor – Devil Moon: A Mystic Romance

Title: Devil Moon: A Mystic Romance

Author: Dana Taylor

ASIN: B003V8BHI2

ISBN-10: 1590803442

Page count: 234

Genre: Romantic comedy

Price: $2.99

 

Author Bio:

Dana Taylor writes stories with a mystical touch.   Her work as an energy healer influences her tales of flawed humans seeking spiritual and emotional healing.  Born and raised in California, she graduated from the University of Redlands. She has been published in various magazines, including the Ladies Home Journal. She hosted the Internet radio program Definitely Dana! at HealthyLife.net.  and won various contests with the Romance Writers of America, including Best First Book from the Desert Quill Awards.  Her published works include AIN’T LOVE GRAND?, SHINY GREEN SHOES, and DEVIL MOON: A MYSTIC ROMANCE.  She is currently working on a non-fiction book entitled EVER-FLOWING STREAMS: CHRIST, REIKI, REINCARNATION & ME. She is a founding member of the on-line community SupernalFriends.com and can be reached at supernalfriends@yahoo.com.

 

Tell us about your book:

“Devil Moon” is a romantic comedy with a touch of whimsy.

Welcome to the mystical town of Beaver Cove, Arkansas where country ghosts offer homey advice and the moon makes lovers of total strangers! Maddie Harris left Boston in humiliation.  She hopes the job as assistant principal in a small Arkansas town will keep her too busy to notice the hole where her heart used to be. Phil Wilcox, divorced former NFL star, returns to his hometown as the new football coach.  He hopes to repair the tattered relationship with his eleven-year-old daughter, despite his thorny ex-wife. Maddie is neat and color coordinated; Phil takes “casual” to its limits. Neither is seeking romance, but a mischievous moon and a friendly spirit have other ideas.

 

How long did it take to write the book?

I think it took about 9 months to gestate—like a baby.

 

What inspired you to write the book?

A dream. As is my habit, I’d just finished one book and vowed never to write another one. Then I had a dream with a huge moon, an Ozark lake and two strangers. Had to write it and write & write.

 

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

When I’m dragged into the underworld of writing a story, I get a lot of new scenes between 4:30 – 6:30 am in a semi-dream state. Then I stumble to the computer at sunrise and pound out the essence before I lose it. Later, after brushing my teeth, eating, dressing and becoming human, I attempt to turn the mind pictures into words.

As far as research goes, yes, I’ve visited libraries, hung around teenagers to hear their lingo, scoured the Internet for facts. My inspirations need a lot of fleshing out.

 

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

As far as “Devil Moon” goes, I hope they have a very good escape from the stresses of their life. I hope they laugh and smile and forgive their lover’s foibles.

 

Where can we go to buy your book?

Amazon

Nook

Smashwords

 

Any other links or info you’d like to share?

SupernalFriends.com

AuthorsDen

 

Excerpt from book:

Devil Moon: A Mystic Romance

By Dana Taylor

The set up: Devil Moon: A Mystic Romance is a comedy set in the Ozarks. Maddie is the uptight high school assistant principal.  Phil is the new high school football coach. This scene is toward the end of the book. Maddie has been warned off Phil by his ex-wife who has threatened to take Phil’s daughter out of his life unless Maddie gives him up. (Maddie occasionally gets advice from her dead Grandmother.)

Setting:  Maddie’s kitchen

 

Maddie sat up straight. She’d been wishing the interminable breakfast would simply end. And now he appeared on the verge of proposing marriage.

She put a hand on his arm. “Don’t say it, Phil.”

“Now you don’t even know what I’m going to say. See, we’re good for each other.” He covered her hand and looked at her with the innocence of a puppy. “I love you. I’ve known it for a good little while. You make me happy and I think we’d make a great team. We need each other. We’re right together. Oh, hell, Maddie, either shoot me and put me out of my misery or marry me.” He released a deep breath. “There, I said it. I think we should get married. What do you say?”

He looked so happy, she wanted to throw up. Her voice came out hoarse. “I can’t marry you, Phil. It just wouldn’t work.”

An expression of shocked pain flashed across his face before it quickly changed to anger. “Oh, I get it. It’s one thing to have a roll in the sheets with the football jock, but you wouldn’t want to marry him.”

“No, no, it’s not like that.”

“Then what is it? Explain it to me.”

Oh God, she wasn’t ready for this. She hadn’t rehearsed a speech. She crossed her legs and tried to assume an elegant air. “Well, you’re from one world and I’m from another and I don’t think we’re compatible. You’re much too messy. I wouldn’t want to be picking up your socks and picking out your clothes.” Oh yes she would, she really would.

Phil stood up. “Okay, sweetheart, you’re too good for me. I get it. An alcoholic, has-been football player isn’t your idea of husband material. Well, let me tell you something, babe. You’re passing up a good deal.”

She knew that. She knew he was the best thing that had ever come along in her whole life. “It wouldn’t be a suitable match, that’s all. I think you have many fine qualities, but you’re just not my type. I hope we can be friends, for the baby’s sake.”

He grabbed her chin and forced her to look in his face. “This is so much baloney. You came onto me the other night like it was for keeps. You didn’t say it, but I could feel it in your body, see it on your face. You love me, goddamn it! You look me straight in the eye and deny it. Say it. Say ‘Phil, I don’t love you.’ I don’t think you can.”

Maddie swallowed and dug deep down to a well of strength she didn’t know she possessed. She had to make the lie seem true. In a calm and measured voice she said, “Phil…I…don’t… love you.”

He released her as if he’d been burned, turned on his heel and rushed for the door. She flinched at the slam and closed her eyes. Taking a breath, she opened them again and surveyed the incredible mess he’d made making one small meal.

Standing before the sink was the see-through figure of Grammy Harris. “Pitiful, simply pitiful. You’ve set the Harris womenfolk back ’bout a hundred years.”

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