Boundless Buddy: Michelle Garren Flye

Hey, everyone! Michelle Garren Flye‘s new book (with the gorgeous cover), Out of Time,  just released today, and I had a few questions that she was kind enough to answer; take a look!

The Interview

What was the initial inspiration for the book?
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My fascination with time, which began as a child, inspired this book. I like to think about time as a commodity. You spend it, you waste it, you save it. But how do you do that with something that doesn’t actually exist? I wanted to look at that phenomenon and the Synchronicity series, of which Out of Time is the first book, sort of grew from that.

Are there any characters with parallels to reality (based on real people)?

I try to avoid basing characters on real people, at least ones I know. I’m sure they’re all amalgams of people I know, people I’ve read about, actors and actresses I admire…

What was your favorite part about writing your book?

I liked writing the action scenes. I’ve always loved writing action. You can’t put too much in because if you do, you risk overwhelming the plot. I think of action scenes like hot sauce. Use just enough so it doesn’t burn your taste buds off. 

What scared you the most while writing your book?

Well, this is a different genre for me. I haven’t tried writing fantasy since I was about twelve. I’ve never set out to write a full-length fantasy novel. So I guess what scared me most was that I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing!

Why do you think readers will like your book?

I think Out of Time is an escape, first and foremost. Today’s world is very serious, somewhat dangerous and a whole lot aggravating. You read to escape all that, and Out of Time is like a theme park for the brain. It’s meant to be fun. But I think readers will also find the deeper meaning in Out of Time, especially if they continue with the rest of the Synchronicity series: Time is valuable. Don’t waste it.

About the Book

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Title: Out of Time
Author: Michelle Garren Flye
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Format: eBook
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Page Count: 216 pages
Series: Yes, The Synchronicity Series
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Tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina, the people of the strange little

town of Sanctuary have enjoyed their status as a tourist attraction and Renaissance faire destination for decades. But on her twenty‐sixth birthday, Kaelyn Anderson discovers a dark secret about her hometown.

The only reality she’s ever known has proven false. Now, her last hope lies in an unusual alliance with the son of the enemy she didn’t even know she had. Under the protection of Jack, an Elf prince, Kaelyn plunges into Cherokee lore to find the answer that will protect her people from invaders from another world.

Can Kaelyn and Jack form an alliance between three factions to fight their common enemy, or are they out of time?

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About the Author

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Michelle Garren Flye is an award‐winning author of romance and women’s fiction. Reviewers have described her work as: “an engaging novel with charming and likable characters”, a story that “will make you believe in love and second chances”, and a “well‐ written and thought‐provoking novel.”

Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After”. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs, Opium.com, SmokelongQuarterly.com and Flashquake.com. She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls.

Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library

and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets.

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Boundless Buddy: Rosa Temple + Giveaway

Hi, everyone! Today, Rosa Temple is here to offer some insight on her newest novel Natalie’s Getting Married, which follows a career-oriented lady who has never experienced love. That is, until she meets Jackson Humphries at university, an encounter that leaves her helplessly infatuated and leads to a breathtaking resolution. Ms. Temple is here to answer the questions we all want to know. And mind you, she is very tongue-in-cheek about it!
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What was the inspiration for your book?

Natalie’s Getting Married was really the result of me letting my imagination go with the flow after the idea for the character of Natalie came to me one day. I pictured her in my head, what she looked like, who her friends would be and then I placed her in the context of a university with an idea that the reader would grow up with her. Once I put pen to paper, the storyline came. I tend to write like that sometimes – by letting the characters speak to me about who they are and what they want to do and say. The title came much later when I realized that focusing on her wedding, what led up to it and what came after it was the way to go. It was a very liberating way to write this book.
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If any, which characters resemble people you know?

Without being able to stop myself, I do put tiny characteristics of people I actually know into some of my characters. But hand on heart, none of the characters are exactly like anyone I know. If I was pushed, I would say that there is a little of my own mum in Natalie’s mum. It’s probably because my mum is so dramatic, like Natalie’s. But she might not be as prone to fainting episodes like Natalie’s mum.
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What was the scariest part about writing your book?
Well, apart from wondering if I could finish it and be really happy with it, my biggest fear was whether the readers would like it. Once I’d gotten to a draft that was readable, I sent it out to beta readers to get some honest feedback. I was well chuffed when all the reports gave me the thumbs up – they liked Natalie, the other characters, settings, dialogue and more! Who was I to argue? I forged ahead, paid for an editor, proof reader, cover designer. Now I have to wait and see if the beta readers got it right! Scary 🙂
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What advice do you have for authors trying to expand their online presence?
 Be patient. It doesn’t happen overnight. First off, build a website or blog before you write your book and try to engage with people on all the platforms you can comfortably handle. I’m on Twitter and I have a Facebook page and blog. For now, that’s all I need. It’s important to blog often and stay in touch with your readers. Don’t post or blog if you have nothing to say and if all you’re doing is telling people to buy your book. I’m far from having a large fan base because I’m just starting out. But I’ve got faith in my writing and bags and  bags of patience.
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What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

 Be true to your own writing style and develop your voice. Don’t try to copy the famous writers because you will only ever be a copy cat. Developing a confident writing voice is the thing that will make you stand out in an ocean filled with brilliant and popular writers. If
you are just starting out it might be a good idea to join a writing critique group and get
some feedback. Don’t be in a hurry to publish without a good editor and proofreader to
check your work and help you improve. We can’t do it all on our own. Trust me.
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If you could be any author, who would you be?

 I’m a big fan of Terry McMillan who isn’t a Chick-Lit or Romantic comedy writer at all. But what she does do is create convincing characters who come to life with vivid, but not overly done,  description and cracking dialogue.
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What is the biggest lie you’ve told?

 Who me? Tell lies? Never. Although … I lie to myself every time I say Danish pastries
have no calories and that I’ll get back on my spin cycle one of these days!

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Who Is Rosa?

Rosa Temple began writing chick lit and romance novellas out of a love for the old films she watched as a young girl. As a ghost writer, she gained experienced writing romantic novellas both sweet and on the slightly more steamy side. A passion to write self penned novellas in this genre, as opposed to being a ghost writer,  gave rise to the completion of Sleeping With Your Best Friend and the soon-to-be-published novel Natalie’s Getting Married. Rosa Temple is a Londoner and married with two sons. She is a reluctant “keep fit fanatic” and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. Drinking herbal tea and munching biscuits help her create characters and story lines.
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Boundless Buddy: Lisa Beth Darling

Hey, everyone! Today, Lisa Beth Darling is here to talk about her book, “Child of War!” Here she is:

What was the inspiration for your book?

“Child of War-A God is Born” is the second novel in the OF WAR Series of contemporary adult fiction, it picks up shortly after the first novel, “The Heart of War”. The whole series came to me in a flash of inspiration when the Muse posed the question: What would happen if Ares God of War fell in love?

I’ve always adored Greek mythology and thought that was wonderful question as the God of War, according to most legends, never actually married or fell in love even though he had many children and lovers including a torrid affair with Aphrodite.

In this novel, Ares and Alena, our happy but unlikely couple, are settling down on Olympus to await the birth of their first child, Raven. While Ares adores his wife and unborn son, the rest of the Olympians hate her and they have many ways of making life difficult for her the most effective of which is turning Raven against his mother.

What scared you the most about writing “Child of War?”

The scariest part was wondering if the Muse and I were doing the right thing by making this into a series. “The Heart of War” was supposed to be a standalone novel and it is. Anyone of a mind to read it can do just that and come to a satisfying ending without ever having to go further into the series. I didn’t know if anyone would even want to read further but I knew that we’d only scratched the tip of iceberg when we got to The End in “Heart”.

What was your favorite part about writing “Child of War?”

The Olympians are my favorite part of this book, they’re all so catty and each has his or her own agenda. It’s the most delightfully dysfunctional family ever and, as nasty as they can get, they are a lot of fun to work with.

What advice do you have for authors trying to expand their audience?

Grinding the Promo Wheel is hard work and it takes up so much time, time that you could be writing. But it’s a necessary evil. Establish your Web Presence with a good site, FB, Twitter, and whatever other social media you like. Establish a mailing list people can easily sign up for and then use it to let people know whenever you have a new book coming out or when you’re on virtual book tour. Don’t crazy spending money on things. Find all of the free places you can to advertise then start venturing money on book tours and emags. If money’s no object for you then by all means jump right in with some $1,500.00 advertising package but don’t be shocked when your ROI is far less than half that investment. Start slow and steady, this is a marathon not a sprint.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?

I don’t know I’m a pretty good person though I can get cranky sometimes when riled up. I tend not to hold back when my opinion is strong and in today’s atmosphere it’s very easy to offend people. I imagine I’ve a few Hurt Feelings Reports in my wake.

If you were a superhero, what would your name and power be?

Ginger Witch and I’d be able to manipulate people with the power of my mind.

Which authors inspire you?

Being a child of the 70s and 80s I grew up on Stephen King, VC Andrews, Judith Rossner, Jacqueline Susan, and Harold Robins. All of it, save King, was very hot steamy stuff. My writing tends to combine all of those writers best qualities.

Name a book you wish you would’ve written.

“Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King, honestly it’s the best story I ever read, I was a wreck for a week after finishing it. The movie never ever fails to make me bawl my eyes out.

Boundless Buddy: Chantal Gadoury

Hey, blog buddies! Today, I’m here with an interview I did with Chantal Gadoury, the author of Allerleirauh (try to say that five times). She had some intriguing answers to my questions, so, without further adieu, voila!

If you could be any character in a book, who would you be?

This is actually very hard! There are so many characters that I would love to be! Elizabeth Bennett from “Pride and Prejudice,” or Beauty from Robin McKinley’s “Beauty,” to start. “Katniss” from “The Hunger Games” or Rose from Edith Pattou’s “East.” There are so many young adult novels that I wished I could exist in. I’d love to dance with Mr. Darcy, and go on daring ice-adventures with a polar bear (who secretly is a Prince.) I’d love to be as brave as Katniss, or to have such a lovely rose garden as Beauty. There are too many characters to choose from!   

What is one thing none (or very few) of your fans know about you?

Not very many people know that I was actually born in Weisbaden, Germany. My Father had been stationed there (as he became a veteran of the Gulf War) and my Mother was there with him. I grew up almost in this hazy “fairy-tale” world, in which I had been to castles and had grown up with Disney and books. Everything that I am now, and what I believe is all influenced by my parent’s love and the beautiful country of Germany. While I don’t remember very much of that short time I was there in Germany, I do look back and kind of romanticized how it “must have been.” I can name any Disney song after 2 seconds of listening to it, and that I once had a bunny named Lucy after the character in Narnia. 

What is something you wish you did?

I wish I had gone to Disney College Program, or pursued it earlier – and more. It’s honestly always been my dream to work for Disney – whether to write or create, but – it’s where dreams come true! Can you imagine how fulfilling a job like that would be? To know that you’re creating and making dreams come true? I wish I had taken more writing opportunities in college; studied harder and taken it a bit more seriously than I did. (I mean, I worked hard, and I took college as a very serious matter, but I know if I had put myself out there a bit more, things might have played out a bit differently for me).

What was the inspiration for Allerleirauh?

Lots of things, honestly. I took inspiration from the classic story. I took inspiration from music – mostly, I took a manuscript I had been trying to write in college, and thought to tackle it again. I was writing tumblr roleplays with a very close friend (at the time) which truly inspired the characters Aurelia and Prince Klaus. The love there, and the strength of both characters fairly reflect some very personal characters I used to know. I took influences from Disney and other fairy tales I had read in the past, and really used everything I had for Allerleirauh. Allerleirauh almost feels like a puzzle for me – so many things (pieces) made it what it is now. 

Did you ever doubt yourself while writing Allerleirauh?

This is a great question, and I think it’s something that every writer experiences – that self doubt. Am I doing the right thing? Am I writing the right story? Will anyone like this? What if people hate this? Oh this is terrible! Why did I just write that – that sounds so stupid! These are all thoughts that I have thought, had, said and repeated. You betcha-bottom-dollar that I doubted myself. I doubted myself quite a lot. When it came to the difficult scene in which Aurelia visits her Father in his Chambers, and he abuses her – it was hard. I wasn’t sure if I should include it. I wasn’t sure if I could get away with not including it, and still having the strong message I wanted to have for the novel. I wasn’t sure how it would be received. I wasn’t sure if it would be received at all. And when my Dad passed away on August 7th 2015, I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to publish the novel at all. My Dad was and is such a strong part of who I am. I didn’t want to tarnish the image of a Father – let alone mine. I didn’t want anyone to think or wonder “were you abused?” It was a few months after that I knew I just wanted to make him proud – and that was to do what I always told him I would do – publish a book. I told him I’d be an author, and by being that – there are risks that we take. I doubted myself in self-publishing! Was this the right path? Would anyone take me seriously? I kinda realized I had to make sure people did take me seriously – there would be no other option! So yes – From the beginning to .. right now! I doubt myself. I doubt myself and my writing. I expect the worst, and kind of hope for the best. 

What was the scariest part about writing and publishing Allerleirauh?

Being unsure how people would respond to the scene between the King and Aurelia. I’d say that’s the scariest part of writing “Allerleirauh.” Being criticized or looked down upon for including such a difficult theme in the novel (but very much a part of the fairy tale.) The scariest part of publishing has been doing it on my own this route. Self-Publishing is hard when you don’t really have much of a name for yourself, and you’re starting out! It’s been scary to know that some people have this pre-assumption about self-publishing authors, and it’s kind of unfair. I worked really hard on this novel and it’s worth reading! Receiving reviews – getting the novel out to a few people has been a terrifying experience; I have no idea how they’re going to respond. So far, so good! But I know what it’s like to have a review haunt you…it can be the kiss of death for a novel.

How do you build and maintain your online presence? 

I don’t have the answer to this yet. I’m still discovering this. I imagine it’s to put yourself out there, just like I am now. Reaching out to blogs, doing a book tour, interviewing other authors, doing review exchanges, advertising! Blogging! Blogging has become a new hobby for me. I keep trying to pick a topic, or write about something, or at least include something exciting about “Allerleirauh” for readers. I always try to follow back on Twitter – I try to put posts that might be interesting to others. I’ve done a few Facebook Ads, to gain likes and viewers – but it hasn’t seemed to help too much. I’ve joined groups on Goodreads, reached out to other authors – I’ve really tried to just dive right into Writing World.

About Allerleirauh:

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Title: Allerleirauh Author: Chantal Gadoury

Genre: Fantasy Romance / Fairytale Retelling / Young Adult

Once Upon A Time…
A King makes a promise to his dying wife to marry only someone with her golden hair. The King finds his eyes are turned by his maturing daughter. Realizing her Father’s intentions, Princess Aurelia tries to trick her Father by requesting impossible gifts: Dresses created by the Sun, Moon and Stars and a Coat made of a Thousand furs. When she discovers his success, Aurelia decides to sacrifice her privileged life and escapes the Kingdom disguised in the cloak, and under a new name, “Allerleirauh.” Aurelia enters the Kingdom of Saarland der Licht where she is taken under the wing of the handsome Prince Klaus. Aurelia must face herself, her past and her fears in her journey of self discovery. “Allerleirauh” is a Retelling of the Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tale classic.

About Chantal Gadoury

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Chantal Gadoury is a young author who currently lives in Dover, Delaware with her two cats, Theo and Harper and her fiance, Robert. Originally from Muncy, PA, Chantal appreciates the beautiful mountains and enjoys visits back to see her family. She also loves anything Disney and has a reputation of beating anyone at a mean game of Disney trivia. When Chantal is not writing, she enjoys painting, watching British History Documentaries, drinking iced‐coffee and spending time with loved ones. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues on with that love

of writing today. Graduating from Susquehanna University with a Creative Writing BA, writing novels has become a dream come true.

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Boundless Buddy: Camilla Isley

Hey, everyone! Today, Camilla Isley, the author of “A Sudden Crush” is here to answer some of your burning questions!! Voila:

What is the inspiration for “A Sudden Crush?”

Actually, it’s a monkey business. I went to the zoo with my hubby and thought it’d be super cool for one of my heroines to have a pet monkey. The only scenario in which I could see that happening was the stranded­on­a­desert island one… That’s how the whole idea started.

What is your favorite scene in “A Sudden Crush?”

Aw, wow. Mmm, I really love the “spider scene”. It’s the first sparkly moment of the book and I had so much fun writing it. I also love the turnaround point when Jo decides she has to kick life back and be the one who saves herself.

What was the scariest part about writing it?

Ha ha, actually it was taking a plane, still is. I’m worried that by writing about a plane crash I’m sending some bad karma my way. So now when I’m flying, every time there’s a bit of turbulence. I worry the plane is going down and I’ll get what I deserve for writing a comedy about a crash.

What advice do you have for authors on growing an online following?

I think giveaways are the best. Offering free e­copies of books is great because: they don’t cost 
anything, they help new readers discover your work, and you give something back to bloggers who have helped you by driving traffic towards their websites… It’s a win­-win.

What is the biggest lie you’ve told?

Ok, this is it. When I was thirteen, I was the only girl in my class not to have had her period. I was tired of waiting so I told everyone it came. I even made my mom buy me pads for six months without needing them (sorry mom). I never told anyone. To think that I was actually eager to get my period O.o (Shouryaman: LOL)

What is the best thing that has happened to you?

Getting married to the man of my dreams. Cheesy old me 🙂

If you could be any character, who would you be?

Hermione Granger, because she can do anything with a magic wand in her hands!

Boundless Buddy: Erin Lee

Hey, everyone! Today, Erin Lee, author of Nine Lives, is here with answers to a couple of questions I had…here it is:

What was the inspiration for “Nine Lives?”

“Nine Lives” was inspired by my work as a therapist and two sisters who I came across who taught me an eye opening lesson about allegations of sexual abuse. While “Nine Lives” is a fictional story, the idea for the book began with real people. 

What was the scariest part about writing it?

Imagining that this can, and does, happen to families every day. Realizing that the damage that happens from false accusations can sometimes never be repaired. 

Are there any characters that resemble actual people you know?

I tried to change the characters quite a bit so that it wouldn’t be reflective of the real life clients who inspired the story. However, whenever I write, I tend to steal quirks or characteristics of loved ones to bring life and lovability to my characters.

What advice do you have for authors on growing an online following?

For me, one of the most helpful thing has been participating in author take overs and other events. Cover reveals an other online parties are a great way to get to know readers and network with other authors.

What is the biggest lie you’ve told?

I told myself, for years, that my work as a therapist would make a difference. Stories like “Nine Lives” tell me it’s not even close to that easy.

What is the worst thing that has happened to you?

Losing my daughter (Oh, my gosh…my condolences).

Name a book you wish you would’ve written.

I’m trying to write that one now, and struggling. I am writing a book about a child that sexual abuse did happen to and how she went on to recover and heal from it, or not. “When I’m Dead” is a work in progress and difficult to write because I have to put myself into my character to write from their point of view. I often go to bed sad and scared, as the character does.

About “Nine Lives”

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Three teenage sisters didn’t mean to destroy their family…
Sisters Laina, Faith, and Sadie Nelson know they are to blame. There was no way to predict how their lives would shatter with just a few lies—but they did, and now they fear the pieces are too
many to pick up.
Had their parents let them leave, their father wouldn’t be behind bars…
The girls just wanted to escape from their hyper­strict home and start lives of their own. If he’d
just allowed them to spread their wings, their father wouldn’t be serving thirty years for a crime he didn’t commit.
Sometimes you have to be creative to get your way, but creativity’s not always what it’s cracked up to be.
With the lives of nine siblings hanging in the balance, what will it take for the girls to admit their deceit and recant their tales of abuse? And if they do, will there be any room for forgiveness?Family and friends are left to question everything they know about the legal system, social services, marriage, and family.
Can anyone really be trusted?
Can a family heal in the wake of false allegations, broken promises, and betrayal?
Or is it too late…

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Erin Lee is freelance writer and therapist from Southern, NH. Lee’s work has appeared in
journals and magazines since 1995. She’s received numerous awards from the New England Press Association for her work as a journalist. “Wave to Papa” is her second novel. Lee is publishing “Crazy Like Me” with Savant Books and Publications, LLC, to be released in summer 2015. She has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and works with children and families in crisis.

More of her work can be seen at www.authorerinlee.com. Limitless Publishing: http://www.limitlesspublishing.net/authors/erin­lee/
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Boundless Buddy: Dennis Fishel

Hey, blog buddies! I interviewed Dennis Fishel, author of Russell’s Revenge, recently and he had such an intriguing and evocative (life) story to tell…he has suffered great losses and victories in his life, and he wanted to share them with you! Here it is:

What is the inspiration for Russell’s Revenge?

Russell’s Revenge grew from a series of writing assignments in a university-level writing program in which students were allowed to free-form on their own projects. I chose several remembered events from my early teens as a foundation, building on them with an internal admonition to focus on just how chaotic those episodes could have become along with guiding the narrative to a final, and positive, message. So–we Jell-O-headed kids actually did the things depicted; they just weren’t quite as disastrous as my fictional story suggests.

Which authors inspire you?

Of the Big Time authors, John Grisham is my favorite. But I also like Gary Paulsen in Young Adult and Ivan Doig in Literary works.

What advice do you have for authors trying to expand their online presence on social media?

I’m probably not qualified to give advice on social media; more likely it’s the other way around. I will say, however, that it certainly can’t hurt for those with a limited ability–like me–to work at learning how to utilize this medium. It is the future, and it greatly expands our contact with a very large world filled with folks who need to know we writers are here. My efforts to learn still cross my eyes from time to time, but I am making progress–and it doesn’t hurt as much as a poke in the eye with a sharp stick would!

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?

Shoplifting candy bars when I was 12. I got bored with that after a while and started shoplifting them, then sneaking them back in. That led to attempting to shoplift them in front of a store detective, allowing him to chase me around the store for a while, then replacing the item and allowing him to catch me with no evidence on me, forcing him to grudgingly let me go. Lucky me, I decided being a professional idiot wasn’t a pathway to greatness.

What’s the best thing that has happened to you?

The birth of my son easily tops all events in what has been a pretty good life.

What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you?

The death of my wife, Arleen (I’m so sorry for your loss).

What’s your biggest fear?

The expanding ignorance of the youth in the US as to our history and economic structure, and what that ignorance is leading them to believe politically. They are headed for trouble and they aren’t going to like the world they’ve created if this trend isn’t turned around. Sadly, they will aim their blame for this in the wrong direction–again, thanks to their own ignorance.

 

Why did you want to become an author?

I’ve always enjoyed writing. Then a book borrowed from a friend turned out to be a poorly-researched fictional story about my home state–not even close as to climate, how to ski, etc. Basically, it was focused solely on bed-hopping, Peyton Place in an alpine setting. The push to think I could do better than that author happened when they made his story into a motion picture for television. Then I discovered writing was fun. THEN I wrote a short article about bicycling across my state and a magazine actually paid me for it! That was the final hook.

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Title: Russell’s Revenge Author: Dennis Fishel
Genre: YA Humor, Adventure

Fate has been messing up Dennis’s life for as long as he can remember. It was Fate that decided Russell Folmer—the biggest, ugliest, and meanest kid on earth—would live only two houses south of Dennis’s. Fate was also responsible for making Russell the same age and placing him in the same school. So who else but malicious Fate would arrange for Russell to be in the wrong place at exactly the wrong time when the bombs crafted from the only product a dog manufactures fell from Dennis’s experimental kite? Now, with dog dumplings decorating Russell’s extremely large and angry face, it looks as though Dennis’s days of successfully dodging the well‐known bully are over. As the sound of Russell’s pounding feet gets ever closer, two questions flare up in Dennis’s panicked mind like neon in the blackness of a cave: What has he done to make Fate hate him so much, and how is owned and managed by dogs for most of his life, Dennis shares a home on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with his four‐legged boss, Sally. Together they pursue their interests in wooden boats, fly fishing, chasing down obscure historic sites, and hiking to remote places just for the fun of it.

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Owned and managed by dogs for most of his life, Dennis shares a home on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with his four‐legged boss, Sally. Together they pursue their interests in wooden boats, fly fishing, chasing down obscure historic sites, and hiking to remote places just for the fun of it.

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Boundless Buddy: Victoria Kinnaird

Hey, everyone! Today, I’m here to present an interview I did with Victoria Kinnaird, the author of “Fake It.” Here are her responses:

How did you start your writing career?

I started writing when I was 15 and was fairly certain I wanted to be a writer. I was lucky enough to be accepted to a small programme at a local university that specialised in journalism and creative writing. I started writing the book that would go on to become my debut novel in 2008, while I was still studying. When I finished that book in 2013 (life kept getting in the way), I was in conversation with a few different publishers but I felt they weren’t really ready to publish a YA novel with a bisexual lead character and an all male teen love triangle. My friend Adam introduced me to Linna Drehmel who is published by CHBB and she helped me submit to CHBB. Now we’re 3 years in to a wonderful working relationship and I’m about to release my 4th novel!

Tell us about your current release.

“Fake It” is a bit of a departure for me, because I’ve strayed from my paranormal roots into contemporary romance. I’ve always wanted to write a book about musicians, because music has been such a big part of my life for so long. So really, “Fake It” is my love letter to rock and roll. It’s about kids who love music as much as I do and who find themselves through creating and sharing music.

Tell us about your next release.

After “Fake It”, I’m returning to the universe I created for my Red Sun Rises series. My next book will be “Jasper Hart: Shadow Killer”, which is a spin off novel based on one of the characters from the RSR books.

Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?

I’m very lucky to be part of the CHBB family. The owner of the company, Sarah, is one of the most generous, open minded and supportive people of all time. When I was pitching the first Red Sun Rises books to various publishers, there was a lot of interest but some companies were reluctant to take a risk on a YA paranormal romance that was led by a swearing, smoking, bisexual boy. Sarah didn’t bat an eye – or if she did, she hasn’t told me about it! Linna Drehmel was one of the first people to ever read The Red Sun Rises and of course, she pointed me in Sarah’s direction so she’s had a massive impact on me. Then you have Rue Volley, who’s the head of branding and cover design at CHBB. She’s been responsible for all of my book covers and is always pushing me to think bigger and be a better writer. When I told her I want my own Netflix Original series, she didn’t think that was crazy! I owe them all so much.


What is the hardest part of writing your books?

As stupid as it sounds, the hardest part for me is finding the time. I’ve never really struggled with plotting or characterisation, just getting me to sit still long enough to get some words down is the biggest issue!

What are your favorite TV shows?

I have really diverse taste when it comes to music, films and TV. Right now my favourite TV shows are: Daria, Sherlock, Breaking Bad, Mr Robot, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Gossip Girl!

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Series: The Keswick Chronicles Book 1 Author: Victoria Kinnaird
Published: January 23rd, 2016 Publisher: Encompass Ink Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance Content Warning: Minor adult language Recommended Age: 14+

Synopsis: Jack Daveyson grew up with a guitar in his hands and his head full of melodies. Ten years after writing his first riff, he knows exactly what he wants to do with his life – graduate high school, escape Wayville and

hit the road with his band, Forever Fading Echoes.
But it’s a bit hard to launch a band without a singer. Enter JJ Keswick.

JJ is everything Jack isn’t: rich, confident and popular. He also happens to be one of the best singers Jack has ever heard.

Jack reluctantly lets JJ into his band and into his life. The spark between them in the practice studio grows into something neither of them were expecting – a love that threatens to tear their lives apart.

International bestselling author Victoria Kinnaird is proud to introduce you to The Keswick Chronicles, a YA rock’n’roll romance.

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Pack your guitar, pull on your band tee shirt and turn up the volume – it’s time to meet your new favourite band.

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About the Author:

Victoria Kinnaird is 28 years old and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. She graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2009 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Journalism, Creative Writing and English Lit. Victoria has been writing since she was 15 years old. She loves rock music, and 11 of her tattoos are related to bands that she loves!

Victoria’s debut novel “The Red Sun Rises” was released in September 2013 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. The

groundbreaking novel, which was praised for featuring an all male teen love triangle, became an Amazon international bestseller on release day. The couple at the heart of the story, Eren and Corbijn, were nominated for the Young Adult and Teen Reader’s Book Couple of the Year award in 2013 and were the only gay couple to be featured.

“The Red Sun Rises” was the first book in The Red Sun Rises Trilogy. The second book in the series, “The Red Sun Rises: Fire and Ash” was released in March 2014 and went on to win The Kindle Hub’s Best YA LGBT Book award in 2014. “(Birth) Day of the Dead” a standalone novella from The Red Sun Rises universe, was released on November 1st 2014.

The last book in the series, “The Red Sun Rises: Seven Letters” was released by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing in March 2015. The book went on to become an international bestseller, hitting #1 on Amazon UK’s YA LGBT chart on release day.

Victoria’s next release will be “Fake It”, a YA rock and roll romance and the first book in a new series called “The Keswick Chronicles”.

The characters from “Fake It” made their first appearance in “The One and Only”, a short story featured in Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly’s Fractured Fairy Tales Anthology. The anthology was released on December 3rd, 2014. “Fake It” will be released on January 23rd 2016.

 

Giveaway Details:

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

Fake It swag bag including a Forever Fading Echoes tee shirt, character cards and a signed poster.

Giveaway is International.
Ends February 7th at 11:59 PM (ET)

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Boundless Buddy: L.E. Fitzpatrick + Trailer

Hey, blog buddies! My newest “Boundless Buddy” is L.E. Fitzpatrick – the author of The Running Game (its cover is enviable btw). Keep reading to see if she spills the beans!

What was the inspiration for “The Running Game?”
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I’m really interested in the dark side of Russian history and I got thinking about what it would take for that level of paranoia and corruption to hit Britain. Building on that idea I basically worked through the ways in which our society would collapse, pulling in more and more themes and ideas. Terrorism, famine, disease – all very chirpy ideas – above all I just wanted to create a story about people fighting for their own survival whatever the cost and trying to bridge the gap between right and wrong, good and bad. 
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What was your favorite part about writing “The Running Game?”
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My favorite part of The Running Game was undoubtedly the scenes with Roxy. In this book Roxy is a roguish character who upsets the dynamics of the rest of the characters. He’s flirtatious, outrageous and utterly self-absorbed. His interactions with John are great fun to write, but he also amps up the dark humor in the story and offers a little break from some of the bleaker scenes.
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What scared you while writing your book?
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Consistency. I’m a perfectionist and the plot of this story is so intricate it was a constant source of stress and worry from me while writing and editing the novel.
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What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
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Write a story you would love to read, so many authors try to write for an audience or a market and you can feel their passion isn’t behind their work. It doesn’t matter if you love reading something unpopular or obscure, if you love it and have faith in it so will your readers.

What advice do you have for bloggers and authors trying to expand their online presence?

I’m feeling slightly hypocritical (she’s so thoughtful) in answering this question, because I’m by no means a master of social media, but I’ve learned two things that are important. Give advice and take advice wherever you can. The best things that happened to me throughout my writing career have been because I have discussed my work and other writer’s work online, making connections, sharing ideas and even forming groups. You can’t put a price on good connections and there is such a great community out there, if you can find like minded people, keep them close, support them and they will always have your back.
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Which book do you wish you would’ve written?
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If I could have written one book it would Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susana Clarke. In my opinion it is probably one of the most well crafted, well thought out fantasy novels I have ever read.
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What is something none (or very few) of your readers know about you? 
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I also work as an editor with lots of other authors covering a wide range of genres (Multifaceted AND multi-talented…she puts us all to shame).
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What is the biggest lie you’ve told?
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I didn’t kill him officer – only kidding (Lol she’s hilarious). I’m actually a terrible liar when it comes to things I’ve done, normally I cave straight away. 
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What is your favorite TV show?
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Firefly. Bring it back. (Also bring back Deadwood too while you’re at it).
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Which authors have inspired you the most?
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The biggest author I fangirl over is John Connolly. I buy everything I can of his, follow his every word and may or may not have some form of shrine dedicated to him in my cupboard. Seriously though, his Charlie Parker novels are the most intensely scary and disturbing books I have ever read and if I can make one person feel about my work, the way I feel about his, I’ll be very happy.

Watch the Trailer for The Running Game!

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Author: L.E. Fitzpatrick

Genre: Dystopian

Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes. Always be ready to run because they’ll always be coming for you. Whatever happens, they’ll always be coming for you.

On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, trying to stay alive in war-torn London, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher – wanted by the government and by the criminal underworld – for her telekinetic powers.

Charlie and his brother John had a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless ganglord only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher – one of their own kind.

James Roxton, a conman and thief, is searching for the man who tried to kill his mother. Suddenly embroiled into the plan to kidnap Rachel, he decides he can turn things to his own advantage.

Even with the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?

Author Biography

L E Fitzpatrick is a writer of dark adventure stories and thrillers. Under the watchful eye of her beloved rescue Staffordshire Bull Terrier, she leaps from trains and climbs down buildings, all from the front room of a tiny cottage in the middle of the Welsh countryside.

Inspired by cult film and TV, L E Fitzpatrick’s fiction is a collection of twisted worlds and realities, broken characters, and high action. She enjoys pushing the boundaries of her imagination and creating hugely entertaining stories.

The Running Game, her latest book and the first installment of her dystopian Reacher series, is due for re-release in October 2015 under the Booktrope label.

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Boundless Buddy: Skyler Patterson

Hey, everyone! Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Skyler Patterson, the author of The Last Kraken. He’s hilarious (and talkative in a good way lol), so make sure you aren’t eating anything right now or you’ll choke 😛 Anyway, here it is:

Q: What was the inspiration for your The Last Kraken?

A: My inspiration for The Last Kraken happened before I even decided to become a writer. I had watched Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. There was that scene where the Kraken destroyed a ship. I was like WOW! Why doesn’t someone do something with that creature. And then I thought nothing of it again. I wasn’t even thinking about writing, or becoming an author or anything like that at that time.

Q: When did you start writing?

A: I started writing in 2013. I had started to read books. I read George RR Martins Game Of Thrones. When I read them all the clerk in the book store said, “Get ready to wait 6 years for another one!” LIFE IS TOO SHORT! I could not believe that. I was like WHO IS HE? And then I researched who he was. WOW! When I saw that an awesome writer like that could disappear for 6 years that could leave something on the table (crumbs). Something for maybe…ME? It was crazy what I did. I felt that instead of waiting for someone to write a book that I love, I should try writing my own! I am willing to try anything once. So I did decide to become a writer. Then the question What to write? I decided to attempt to write a swords and sorcery epic. The Book Of Swords (Amazon/Draft2Digital ) That proved difficult. I stopped writing it. While I waited for the writer’s block to depart, I remembered that Kraken from that film. I however have had NO training in how to write creatively. NONE! When I told friends and family of my plans THEY ALL LAUGHED! Now, I am from NEW YORK USA. However I love all things that are from England and Europe. I decided to write my tale in a UK England type of style. I decided to place the tale in England in the old days (1800’s) I did some research on whaling. And then In Sept 2013 i began to write this book. When I was a few chapters in I brought the chapter “The Kraken Inn” to my school teacher (English Lit) sister. I sat down and read that chapter. Everyone was laughing beforehand. “WHY TRY THIS? YOU HAVE NO DEGREE? LET’S HAVE A

GOOD LAUGH!” I read that chapter and ALL FOLLY CEASED! “HOW THE HECK?! WOW! TAKE IT TO SMASHWORDS!!” she said. By Thanksgiving the book was done! I still can’t believe that my first book can be what this book is. I have been in health care for years working with mentally disabled individuals. It requires thousands of hours writing documenting. Now I am writing books!

Q: When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

A: When I was writing The Last Kraken I knew that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I love creating stories and characters. I love fantasy fiction!

Q: What scared you the most while writing The Last Kraken?

A: EVERYTHING! I asked myself what if I cannot come up with good ideas to finish this epic story. What if people do not like it? Am I not crazy for attempting this?

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

A: Yes. Do not be afraid to be bold. Always go with your instinct. When I decided to write a love story friends and family said: YOU ARE CRAZY! The kraken book/Book Of Swords are all action. What makes YOU think that YOU can write a romance? I wrote Revenge Of The Wolf /Romance/action/horror and got FOUR STARS REVIEWS/SALES and fans! Never let ANYONE tell you what you cannot do!

Q: What advice do you have for authors looking to expand their online presence?

A: Take full advantage of Facebook, Twitter, Author pages and book blogs. And take advantage of great book tours like ENCHANTED! They will allow you to concentrate on writing books while they promote your work! The web will follow you if you are consistent and putting out good material.

Q: What secret talents do you have?

A: It may not be a secret anymore due to this book. I can write poetry, and I can write decent songs! I have included both in this book!

Q: What is something none (or very few) of your readers know about you?

A: I was in a singing group way back in the 1980s . “Pretty boys “we put out an album and toured Germany not sell well . we broke up! Nobody knows that! But you now!

Q: If you were a superhero what would your name and power be?

A: Wow! Don’t get me started! I love comics and heroes. I would call myself “Shadowbane.” I would have the powers to camouflage myself and possess some levels of telekenisis! Hmmmm… sounds like a book?

Q: Is there one topic that you will not write about?

Q: What topic would you never write about?

A: I would have to say there is no topic that I would not write about. I feel that there could be a story lurking inside of every topic.

Q: What book do you wish you would have written?

A: That is easy – Bram Stokers’ Dracula!

Q:  What is the biggest lie you ever told.

A: Okay once I told this beautiful woman that I was dating that I was a famous recording producer! I told her she should be in a documentary I was making. It was a joke! The poor woman took time off from her job, she purchased a lot of clothes and spent money on an expensive hairdo! When I told her it was a joke she almost broke up with me! Ha! I should not have done that!

There you have it! That story about his girlfriend is PRICELESS! If you want to find out more about The Last Kraken, visit some of these amazing bloggers:

January 15th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 15th: Book Excerpt @ Stormy Night Reviewing

January 16th: Book Excerpt @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

January 17th: Book Review @ Indy Book Fairy

January 21st: Book Excerpt @ Illuminite Caliginosus

January 23rd: Book Excerpt @ Mythical Books

January 25th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Rambling Reviews

January 27th: Book Excerpt and Author Interview @ Literary Musings

January 27th: Book Review @ PRATR

January 28th: Book Review @ Books, Books & More Books

January 29th: Author Interview @ Leigh Anderson Romance

About the Author

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How did I become a writer? My story could be a book of itself. My journey is as daunting as it is impossible. Yet it is all truth! I have been working in health care for many years. It was when i decided to read books on my way to work that i stumbled upon the possibility of writing. How did it happen? I take the train to get to my job in N.Y.. I had become bored with reading the daily newspapers .It was then that i decided to read a book instead. Mind you, I had not read a book in years! I proceeded to read books by J.R. Tolkien, Anne Rice, Bram Stoker, and George R.R. Martin. I found those books sooo cool! I love fantasy fiction. It was when i became addicted to a certain series; that it happened. I read every book from that series and when i asked the book store clerk when there would be more the man gave me terrible news. “Ha, that guy puts out a book every five, six years. “WHAT?! LIFE IS TOO SHORT”! I could not believe that. It was then that i began to wonder what if i (yes me) could write a book myself. This was a joke to me until i came up in minutes with a plot for a fantasy fiction tale. HOW did i do that!? The plot was way TOO COOL to just do nothing with. And i will not lie. I made every type of mistake one could make in learning how to write. I have had no formal training and i successfully dropped out of college, years ago! (Please do not do this! It did not go well!)That first idea became THE BOOK OF SWORDS, a medieval styled swords and sorcery epic. (Draft2Digital) That book gave me many headaches, before i figured out how to write it!(great e book that it is) So i took a break and wrote: THE LAST KRAKEN,(The complete version on Draft2Digital/Smashwords/iTunes,Only) a tale of a giant, leviathan squid running amok, in the 1800’s England. It was when i was writing that book that i began to realize that i had somehow in only a little more than a year (2013)became an author. I finished that first book. I then proceeded to test a chapter of it on my extra –smart‐school teacher sister Carol. My sister invited me over to hear my tale. My sister did not disappoint me. She gave me many words of encouragement: “Let’s all have a good laugh”! were her words! I read her a chapter. After i read that chapter my sister began to stutter and jaws were dropping everywhere! “HOW IN THE HELL”?! were her words! And then i began to write another book called REVENGE OF THE WOLF. When my friends heard i was attempting this task they said: “You are crazy! All of your books (so far) are about action! What do you know about romance books”?! Who would do what i did?! It was crazy! I decided to become a writer not knowing if i could even do it! I who had never wrote any type of romance before did write that book! And what happened?! Four star reviews! And accolades and something i never had before: FANS! AND SALES! (Enchanted helped!)I can still remember when i was writing REVENGE OF THE WOLF (Draft2Digital/Smashwords/ Apple I‐tunes) when i passed my laptop to a girl i was dating and asked her to read an emotional turning point of this Paranormal/romance/action/horror story. As she was reading it; i was in awe as the woman slowly began to cry! I then spent the rest of that year writing many books. And here i am! I am in this for the long haul. I am now an author and somehow a poet/songwriter. I will now do my best to write many stories that all occur in different settings, worlds and time periods. All will contain my signature of fantasy fiction, Epic action and romance! “My impossible journey just goes to show that one can never truly know what they are capable of; until they give it that one good try! Never let ANYONE tell you what you cannot do! I can be found on Goodreads Author page/Smashwords author page/Facebook Author page. I love to hear from my fans! What’s next?! Romance/Action :REVENGE OF THE WOLF2 (New Series) YA:THE WARPATH OF LOVE, THE BOOK OF SWORDS 2,THE BRAVE CRAB, “211” And many more! I can truly say I LOVE WRITING.‐‐‐SKYLER PATTERSON

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