Re-Blog This! Indie Author Interview Collection

Today I am rolling out my new series, Re-Blog This! where I will concentrate on re-blogging interviews or promotions in an effort to further promote hard working authors. Today, I am going to concentrate on reblogging some interviews of some very awesome indie authors. I will post the links here, so feel free to read the interviews and get to know some amazing authors!

Lu Whitley

The first interview is with the lovely Lu Whitley who is extremely active in promoting indie authors and has recently become a friend. She has her book BloodMarked out on Amazon right now and it will be on sale for 99 cents August 7th – 11th. Mistral Dawn sat down with her recently.

The book link is

http://www.amazon.com/BloodMarked-Fraktioneers-Book-Lu-Whitley-ebook/dp/B00U5BQA58/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1438356219&sr=1-1&keywords=bloodmarked

Check out the interview at: http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/lu-whitley-interviewed-by-mistral-dawn.html?zx=69a8351935c06718

Lu also did an interview with Scribbling Owlet. Check out what she reads, what she doesn’t, and who her character crush is!

Here is the link to the interview: https://scribblingowlet.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/readers-nook-qa-with-lu-j-whitley/

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Michael Fedison

The next interview is for Michael Fedison, author of the YA Adventure, The Eye-Dancers. Jessica Wren took a few minutes to talk with him about his book.

The book link is http://amazon.com/Eye-Dancers-Michael-S-Fedison-ebook/dp/B00A8TUS8M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1438357687&sr=1-1&keywords=the+eye+dancers

Check out the interview at http://jessicawrenfiction.com/2015/06/22/presenting-a-special-guest-michael-fedison-author-of-the-eye-dancers

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Jennifer Seidler

My next interview spotlight is from Jennifer Seidler. She was recently interviewed by Boy Mom Loves Books. Jennifer has written across many genres, but she considers her new book, Dry Land to be science fiction with a dash of romance. Make sure you grab a copy! It will be free from July 31st through August 2nd.

The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/Dry-Land-Jennifer-Anne-Seidler-ebook/dp/B00RY8YN68/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

You can check out her interview with Boy Mom Loves Books at http://boymomlovesbooks.blogspot.com/2015/07/spotlightjennifer-seidler-giveaway.html

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KM Herkes

Mike Wolff sat down with author KM Herkes to discuss her new book Controlled Descent. 

Her book can be found at http://www.amazon.com/Controlled-Descent-Story-Restoration-Adventures-ebook/dp/B00L8MX7U4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1438359729&sr=1-1&keywords=controlled+descent

You can check out her interview with Mike at https://metallicwolff.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/interview-with-controlled-descent-author-km-herkes/

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Markie Madden

Markie Madden sat down with Mistral to discuss her life and books. Her latest book, Fang and Claw will be available October 4, 2015. So make sure you pick up a copy. You can preorder it here:

http://www.amazon.com/Fang-Claw-Undead-Unit-Book-ebook/dp/B010ZG317C/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1438360574&sr=1-1&keywords=markie+madden

Check out her interview with Mistral at http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2014/12/mistral-dawns-interview-of-markie-madden.html

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Mark Barry

Toinette Thomas interviewed Mark Barry recently on her blog, The ToiBox of Words. She got Mark to talk about his writings, what makes him geek out, and who’s brain he would like to scratch! He writes in several genres, so make sure you visit his author page and find something you like!

Mark’s Amazon author page is at http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Barry/e/B008479RWI/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1438361320&sr=1-2-ent

You can catch his interview with Toinette at http://etoithomas.com/mark-barry-interview-fiction-author/

Mistral Dawn’s Cover Reveal of Intrigue In The Summer Court

Hello, everyone!

I am blogging a cover reveal for the lovely Mistral Dawn. Her book is called Intrigue In The Summer Court. Below is her release, so without further ado, Mistral Dawn!

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Hey, Everyone!!! 🙂

I revealed the title at my Facebook party last Saturday but have you been wondering what the cover of Intrigue In The Summer Court would look like?  Well, here it is!!!! 🙂

Intrigue In The Summer Court Cover

Julie Nichols is the talented artist who created it, and I, for one, think she did a totally awesome job!!!! 🙂  If you’re interested in seeing more of her work, you can find her here:

www.juliemirishkanicholls.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/WallpapersArtworkAndFanArt?ref=bookmarks

Her prices are very reasonable.  For ebook covers that the author provides the stock photos for and just need her to manipulate the photos and paint over small parts, she only charges $20!  To include a wrap-around cover that can be used for a paperback, she charges $30.  And for custom-painted covers (like the one above) she charges $100, and as you can see they are well worth the price!! 🙂

For people just looking for decorations for their home or desk, she is working on a new Amazon store (she says it will be like Etsy) where she will be listing her work for sale soon.  In the meantime, you can find her books here:

http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Nicholls/e/B00Q5JJF10/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Did I mention she’s also an amazing novelist?  A woman of many talents!! 🙂  The easiest way to contact her for custom artwork is through Facebook. 🙂  And besides being wildly talented, she really is a gem! 🙂

So…would you like to see the synopsis for Intrigue In The Summer Court???? 😉  Here it is:

Jillian just knows something bad is going to happen!  She’s been a loyal adviser to the throne and friend of the queen, Briallen, for thousands of years, and now Roni and Uaine’s wedding and coronation are to take place in just a couple days.  The Summer Court will have a new king and queen, who can hopefully repair the damage and heal the schism the late king created.

But Jillian just can’t shake the feeling that trouble is brewing.  Many of the Summer nobles aren’t happy about the changes that are taking place in the Summer Court, and many of the other Fae just aren’t too sure about having a human on the throne…even if she has been blessed by the goddess.  When Angelica, the leader of the Pixies, comes to her with news of a plot to murder the prince and princess, Jillian’s suspicions are confirmed.  Will the two of them be able to unravel this conspiracy in time to save the royal couple?  Or will prejudice prevail, and the hope for peace in Fairie be lost forever?

Huh, sounds pretty dire, what do you think? 😉  Would you like to read some excerpts?  Check these out! 🙂

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/breaking-news.html?spref=tw

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/guess-whos-on-guestlist.html

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/uh-oh-what-trouble-are-these-two-up-to.html

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-sinfulsundays-excerpt.html

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/shortstory-update-excerpt.html

And don’t forget to stay tuned for the release announcement!!!! 🙂  Coming Soon! 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Mistral

And So It Begins… 2015 Brain To Books Blog Tour

Make sure you check it out!

WELCOME TO ARABOTH: There's No Way Out - The Official Website Of Occult & Dark Fantasy Author M. Dylan Blair

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Blog-Tour

With over a hundred different #INDIE authors participating in the 2015 BRAIN TO BOOKS BLOG TOUR, I wanted to take the time to invite each of you guys to take in all of the new #INDIE authors around us. Check out some new works, old ones, take part in special giveaways, contests, and other things, and just get to know some new people.

Authors are everywhere.

I’m going to be taking part in the tour on August 28th, and I hope to see you all there!

In the meantime, visit Angela Chrysler’s Brain To Books Blog or her site, http://www.angelabchrysler.com/blog, to check out all of the great authors featured.

* Suspense * Fantasy * Paranormal * Thriller * Mystery * Romance * Sci-fi * Adventure * & More…

I’m going to be following the listings…

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Book Review of Lavender and Haddock by Mike Williams

Title: Lavender and Haddock

Author: Mike Williams

Series: The Trouble with Wyrms Trilogy, Part 1

Find it at http://www.amazon.com/LAVENDER-HADDOCK-Trouble-Wyrms-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00JX8UQEU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1437695731&sr=1-1&keywords=lavender+and+haddock

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Grubdale

Special Notes: Beginning July 24 and running through July 30, 2015, The Trouble with Wyrms Trilogy will be on sale for 99 cents each on Amazon. You can find all three on his Amazon author page at http://www.amazon.com/Mike-Williams/e/B00JZ60RCQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Review

             I picked up Lavender and Haddock: The Trouble with Wyrms Part 1 just last week, with the promise of a funny read and ended up plowing through the book with ease. Mind you, I didn’t read the synopsis of the book before I got it. Occasionally I walk on the wild side and trust my instincts based on the cover and reviews.  While touted as a funny and hilarious story, it was the cover that had me. It includes a smartly dressed man and woman, one of which is holding a pistol, with a dragon standing behind them holding a sign that says, “Votes for Women.” What more did I need! This cover alone promised more fun and nonsense than a barrel full of ferrets, so I dove right in, and I am very glad that I did.

The story takes place in 1912 England, which is another hook for me given my affinity for British stories. The plot, which I won’t give away any spoilers, is unusual and silly, much to my delight. Imagine a pack of women, all named after fish, trying to accomplish a mission while attempting to integrate with their surroundings and keeping their sensible wardrobes clean. Their antics at times reminded me of the phrase, “herding cats.” These women were as different from one another as they could be, and coordinating them seemed to be as impossible as herding cats. Their mission is to find dragons, specifically the Wyrms of England so that they can defeat Tarantulus Spleen.

Making the plot more amusing was the outrageous characters and the liberal sprinkling of magic. The characters include a pile of sensibly dressed women and one man who and in effect, space traveling witches, a rat man hybrid named Vermyn Stench, and a sorcerer named  Tarantulus Spleen. Add to that a pack of rats that, “could go through your undercarriage like a doctor’s thermometer,” and the zany residents of Sodden-on-the-Bog, and you have a recipe for laugh out loud entertainment.

Lavender and Haddock had the full package for me, having a great story, dynamic characters, amusing dialogue, and the right combination of magic and silliness. I recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a light-hearted, funny read. I will be reading Part 2, Educating Creatures, very soon.

Seven Things My Children Learned From Having Dogs

Back in February, my family acquired two puppies, the first for our family, by pure luck. Previous to this I had mentioned to my husband that a Golden Retriever would be a great first dog for the kids. I also wanted a pit bull at some point. Well, on February 6, 2015, two puppies romped into our back yard while we were outside. They were lucky to find us as we had already gone in for the night but decided to come out and look at some astronomy related phenomenon. It was cold that week, so we took the two puppies in, a golden retriever and a pit bull/retriever mix. No, the coincidence was not lost on me. The pups were young, 13 weeks old to be exact, and the pit bull mix was starved, undoubtedly due to the Golden Retriever’s urge to eat everything. So we temporarily sheltered them and gave them names because “pup” was not very useful or interesting. We called the Golden Karma and the Pit Bull Mix, Julep.

After trying to find the owner to no avail, we started looking for people to take the dogs. No one would take both, and we could tell that the puppies wouldn’t do well being apart. They were most likely litter mates, which I was assured was possible, something about dog genetics and such… I slept during that part of Genetics class. Eventually, we decided to keep both dogs, unsure of exactly what to expect. Perhaps I should clarify that dogs were a new experience our family. My husband and I had plenty of dogs growing up, but never had to pay vet bills or train them, etc. They were just cute playmates. My children, ages 10 and 12, on the other hand, have never had a dog before now. We do have cats, fish, and frogs, so pets are not foreign to them, but dogs, that’s a different story entirely.

After the initial excitement of having dogs, which they still have, although more guarded, the work kicked in and turned my kids’ lives upside down. I started to hear the funniest things come out of their mouths when they had poo patrol or feeding. Needless to say, having a dog has been an eye-opening experience for them. These dogs have taught my kids many things, in particular, seven lessons that I felt compelled to share.

1. Dogs are environmental advocates.

I remember clearly the first time my son came up to me yelling, “Karma just pooped! And ate it!” Yep, that look was priceless. They could not get their heads around the fact that dogs, and in particular puppies, do eat their poo. They immediately wanted to know how dogs could be so nasty, so I told them they were recycling. Upon getting confused looks, I gave them a scientific sounding reason about how dogs in the wild developed this practice. Due to their digestive systems not being extremely efficient, during times of food scarcity, they would eat poo to get more nutrients. Don’t know if it’s true, but it sure sounds plausible. They seemed to buy the explanation, although it didn’t lessen the sting of knowing where that tongue licking you had been. I will say though, in their defense, they get fed home cooked food. Yeah, you heard that right. We make ou dog food, and it looks like stuff you could heat up in a crunch for dinner. So, their poo pretty much still looks like…well dinner.

Dogs apparently love to recycle many things, like dead animals, vomit (probably from eating the dead animal) paper, trash, etc. Probably the worst of all is the dead animals. Dogs must understand that dead animals carry disease, so they help out mankind by eating dead and unidentifiable things found on the street. They see it as a public service. We see it as just plain nasty. Dogs just want to keep the Earth clean. Maybe we could learn a thing or two from them in this regard. Or, maybe not.

2. If a dog barks, something is there…to kill you

Dogs will bark, it’s a given. Ours don’t bark so much as “woo woo,” but occasionally Julep will belt out a bark that will make you mess your pants. Thankfully they aren’t the type of dogs that bark constantly. However, when they do, they do it regardless of the time of day. The barking especially aggravates my kids as they would bark at something unseen and drown out their TV show. They always complain when the dogs bark and they can’t find the reason for the disturbance. But there is always a reason! Didn’t you see the hot male dog walking up the street? What about the resident groundhog out by the hives? Or the guy in his yard two doors down? Or that tree with the shifty eyes? All of them are trying to kill you!

3. Dogs have to go to school too.

Puppy obedience training was an interesting concept for my kids. They had no idea that dogs had to go to school, much less have homework. It never occurred to them that a dog needed to be taught to sit, stay, walk on a leash, etc. I will say that puppy school was the best thing we could have done as first-time puppy owners. We were clueless how to go about training puppies to not be miniature beasts. Previous to puppy classes, we couldn’t take our dogs out for a walk on a leash without them choking to death. They insisted on going super fast everywhere. The walks also resulted in our shoulders nearly being dislocated. Feeding and treat time often left us dirty and scratched up as they jumped incessantly. Thanks to the classes, our shoulders have healed, and we no longer get mauled with happiness whenever we come bearing food.

4. Dogs are not cats.

The funniest things that came out of my daughter’s mouth was when she had to clean up Karma’s poop for the seven-hundredth time (Karma goes a lot). The first was, “Why does she have to poop?” The second, “Why can’t we give them a litter box like the cats?” Um, because she eats and they not cats. Imagine giving a dog a box, fill it with litter and demand that it goes potty in it. Now get them to do it without 1) eating the poo along with the litter, 2) eating the box, or 3) dumping everything out and then eating it. Yep, you see the problem, but they didn’t.

5. Having dogs means exercise and lots of it.

The arch nemesis of a lazy preteen is a dog. Every day, thousands of lazy children must drag their loving four legged friends on “walkies.” My kids learned the hard way about “walkies.” Either the dogs walk, or they get messy (see lesson 6). Exercise is a problem in particular for my dogs as we were not prepared for them when they arrived. Therefore, during the winter, they stayed in our garage and the summer, they spend the day on a covered deck until the fence is complete. Given their relative confinement, they are in need of many “walkies.” Needless to say, the whole family is busy getting the dogs’ their exercise.

6. Dogs are messy, like 5-year-old messy.

My kids learned this lesson very early, as well as my husband and I. Dogs will chew anything in reach, and in some cases not in reach. When the dogs haven’t had their walks, the need to destroy objects becomes more prevalent. Not only did we learn that dogs chew, but they chew EVERYTHING! The following is just a small list of what Karma and Julep have chewed: the deck, the chairs, their beds, 5-gallon buckets, cardboard, and tools. They also tear up everything they are allowed with lightning speed. No bone is a match for these dogs, and soft squeaky toys? Don’t bother because they will disappear in two days, tops. If I have learned anything, it’s that dogs are socially acceptable rodents. Think about it, what self-respecting carnivorous canine would eat a deck? The actual deck!

7. Dogs are expensive! Seriously.

While my kids do not pay the vet bills, I am sure they have heard an explicative drop a time or two when refereeing to Karma and Julep’s health care. Seriously, I don’t remember having to go to the vet every couple of weeks for shots with my kittens. Between the three vet visits for shots, pest control, and spaying for two dogs, we topped out at well over $1000. To top it off, toys, grooming, and puppy classes will make you wish that you just had another child instead.

There is one thing that I will say for dogs though. Despite the many valuable lessons that you learn while losing your mind, the furry bundles of love are well worth it if you can survive the first six months of a puppy’s life. I don’t ever regret keeping Karma and Julep and even though having them as inside dogs is not an option due to allergies; they have become part of the family. If a puppy is in your future, sit back and let your kids take an active role in caring for them if they are old enough. The things they say and do when they learn these lessons will be priceless!

Book Review of Complicated Creatures Part 1 by Alexi Lawless

Title: Complicated Creatures Part 1

Author: Alexi Lawless

Series: Complicated Creatures Series

Find it at: http://www.amazon.com/Complicated-Creatures-Part-One-International-ebook/dp/B00JW98CPA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1436997874&sr=1-1&keywords=complicated+creatures+part+one

Author Website: www.Alexilawless.com

Special Notes: For a limited time, Alexi is giving away a companion novella to Complicated Creatures.

Review

Alexi Lawless created a series that drives its hooks into you and doesn’t let you go when she wrote Complicated Creatures. Everything is perfect in this book – the plot, pace, settings, and characters all aim to please and do not fail. The story chronicles Samantha Wyatt’s life in a male dominated world and her complicated budding relationship with the high life playboy, Jack Roman. The story line is fast paced, which is indicative of Samantha and Jack’s lifestyles. I was constantly engaged with the plot, and the alternating points of view between Jack and Samantha, added to the brisk pace of the story. Sprinkle that with a little high tension field ops and you get the perfect blend of romance and action that will satisfy most anyone.

All of the characters prove their worth time and again, each one uniquely personified in well rounded, complex individuals. You immediately are drawn to both Sam and Jack, rooting for their success, despite the obstacles, both situational and emotional. I was quite impressed with Jack as he didn’t end up following the typical billionaire character. Samantha not only talks the talk, but walks the walk in being a strong, independent woman. The cast of minor characters also adds to the depth of the story as well as Sam and Jack.

I highly recommend this book even for those who don’t think the action genre is for them. I will warn you though, when you buy Complicated Creatures Part 1, which I know you will, you need to get Hell or High Water, Complicated Creatures Part 2 because part 1 ends in a cliffhanger and you won’t be able to wait to find out what happens.

Greetings!

Welcome to the official blog of The Dichotomous Author. Why am I dichotomous, you ask? Well, I have enough nonsense in me to write both children’s fiction and adult horror, as well as a sprinkling of a few other genres! How much more dichotomous can you get? This blog will showcase book reviews, author interviews, promotions (both mine and others), and some random blogs that I see fit to write or reblog. Some of you know me as Regina Partap, others by another name, but whatever you choose to call me, here, I am The Dichotomous Author.