Friday, September 13, 2019

Curse of Crowns: Kings Transcend (War On All Shores Book 1) written by Garris L. R. Coleman

Welcome to my blog. It is filled with author tips and resources as well as authors and their books. Today I want to introduce you to a book, Curse of Crowns: Kings Transcend (War On All Shores Book 1) written by Garris L. R. Coleman. Let me tell you a little about the book.

Synopsis:

In Curse of Crowns, comes an original series from Author Garris L. R. Coleman that is full of mystery, action, romance, and surprises that are sure to excite fantasy fans from all over. In volume one, the epic tale packs a riveting adventure certain to keep readers desiring more.
Before the dawn of existence lies the setting of darkness until the light was born. With it came many worlds filled with life. As some planets live in peace, they are oblivious to the malicious that is brewing and secretly at work to threaten their way of life. While other worlds have opened its doors to deceit, betrayal, and murder, all will find that light is just as evil and ruthless. Life will forever change for those who dwell throughout the lands as old yet hidden and young yet exposed Kings Transcend.







Now, let's get to know the author.

  1. Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
    I grew up in Augusta, Georgia, and spent most summers going to Savannah Georgia. Born in 1978, I grew up creating short stories ever since I could talk. Out of all the writing types, I enjoy writing fantasy fiction mostly. I love all styles of art from music to photography.

    At the age of four, I taught myself how to play drums and at age fourteen the guitar and began writing songs. When I'm not writing or playing music, I enjoy spending time with my family and helping my wife homeschool our sons. My wife and I share our home in Georgia with our three entertaining sons.

  2. What inspired you to author this book?
    Before I started writing this novel series, I originally was working on a video game concept for my friends who are computer programmers. Which in return got my mind into a creative mode and one thing led to another and this story came to me. I wrote everything down and now I have a novel series.


  3. Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
    For a few years, I had a different cover and was only going to write one book. After doing a lot of research about book covers and writing in general, I chose to turn the book into a series. So, the book cover I had became the cover for a later volume. I wanted to keep the same style throughout the series, so for book one, I changed the background to have something that represented light being infected with darkness and darkness being infected with light. The artwork is actually a photograph I took of a tree reflecting in the water at Amicalola Falls, Georgia. I adjusted the color to a purple and got a cool effect and went with it.


  4. Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
    Hands down, Betty Edwards. I read her book titled Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. She has exercises in that book that gets you into your creative side so quickly that if you practice them you will learn to create and not stare at a blank page. The exercises apply too much more than drawing. That book taught me how to see.
  5. What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
    The only part of writing this book I did not have a struggle with was actually the creative concepts. Everything else like making time to write, formatting, having a job, you name it, and it was a struggle.
  6. Tell your readers about your book.
    Curse of Crowns is based on the unfolding of The War On All Shores Series, set in the fictional worlds of Vargha and Argon. In the first volume, dreams are not what they seem. Nobles struggle to control the currency. Behind it all, an ominous evil lurks and a new era of vicious kings and queens is birthed.
    Kings Transcend is the first book in the series and packs an adventure with new worlds, new fantasy creatures, and a twisting plot. Though it ends with a cliff hanger, there is a sneak peek into the second volume titled, Blood You Will Taste.

    In Curse of Crowns, comes an original series from Author Garris L. R. Coleman that is full of mystery, action, romance, and surprises that are sure to excite fantasy fans from all over. In volume one, the epic tale packs a riveting adventure certain to keep readers desiring more.

    Before the dawn of existence lies the setting of darkness until the light was born. With it came many worlds filled with life. As some planets live in peace, they are oblivious to the malicious that is brewing and secretly at work to threaten their way of life. While other worlds have opened its doors to deceit, betrayal, and murder, all will find that light is just as evil and ruthless. Life will forever change for those who dwell throughout the lands as old yet hidden and young yet exposed Kings Transcend.


  7. Who is your target audience, and why?
    Although I hope that anyone who picks up a copy will enjoy it, my target audiences are teens and Young adults. Because of the violence and description of certain characters, some scenes may frighten younger audiences.
  8. What do you consider your greatest success in life?
    Being married to my best friend and having three awesome sons.
  9. What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
    In my novel series Curse of Crowns, I bring a refreshing tale of unique characters, new species that are unheard of with a twisting plot that is woven together and certain to excite fans of the fantasy genre.

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The Cursed Eye by T.L. Brevis


Are you ready to meet a new author and learn about their book? I hope so because today's author is very interesting. Meet T.L. Brevis and the book The Cursed Eye.

  1. Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
    I live in Asia (won't specify where) and am half-Asian. I enjoy reading books and watching films as well as series and always have.
  2. What inspired you to author this book?
    I wanted to tell my own story and see where it took me.

  3. Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
    From various art made for other books/films. Two halves of two character's faces on a cover is quite interesting and it shows you who the main characters are without needless and confusing complexity in the cover design.
  4. ho has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
    No one in particular, pretty much all of the great author's whose stories have changed my life for the better.


  5. What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
    Learning the basics since this was my first novel.
  6. Tell your readers about your book.
    It is a contemporary fantasy based in Japan. Hiroshi Tadao is the main character in this story, and the main mystery in his life for as long as he could remember was how advanced he was, and how learning things and responsibility came so easily to him. He gets his answers when he meets Kaito, an older man who begins to explain how he came to be that way, and after discovering that he possessed a rare ocular mutation known as the "Noromi" he decides that he will use his newfound powers to achieve his various goals.


  7. Who is your target audience, and why?
    Teens and Young Adults. I myself am a teen, so I really don't feel like it is my place to write for adults, and I feel like writing for anyone below the age of thirteen would not be my style as I do like my stories to be somewhat dark and tragic, two things that don't fit well into most children's media.
  8. What do you consider your greatest success in life?
    Nothing in particular, though I hope to become a bestselling author one day, and that I suppose will be my greatest success if I am fortunate enough for that dream to come true.
  9. What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
    Barely, if any romance in my story. I love romance, in fact, my favorite piece of entertainment ever made is a romance, but oftentimes, I see stories similar to mine force romances, and honestly, unless it comes naturally in my stories, I doubt I will ever include romance.



Damned by Love - Author Veronika Vallo


Good afternoon readers. Today I want to introduce you to a book called Damn by Love written Veronika Vallo. Here is what the book is about.


Bliss Hayes wakes up in a fiery environment unaware of how she got there and what her next move is. Dragged through the entrance to Hell, she meets a handsome demon who is responsible for what level of damnation she will face. Deemed a "floating soul", Bliss soon learns that Hell may not be as bad as she originally thought when she discovers just how good the demon can make her feel.







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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

WHAT TO DO WITH THE WHAT IFS IN YOUR LIFE



WHAT TO DO WITH THE WHAT IFS IN YOUR LIFE

Woulda, coulda, shoulda. How many times have you either heard those three words or used them yourself? I know I have. After Monday night's game between the Houston Texans and the New Orleans Saints, I know I did several times during that game. Wow! What a nail biter that was. I was in the dome and everywhere around me, people were yelling out instructions for the players, coaches, and referees. Still, those three words come to haunt us. This brings me to my next author's interview and his book WHAT IFS. I hope you enjoy learning about author Paddy Bostock and his book.

ABOUT WHAT IFS

The chance meeting with Gabi in Queen Mary’s Garden, Regent’s Park, is only the start of a series of unworldly events for aspiring writer James Cockburn, which will involve him first in a murder investigation and treasure hunt in St Ives, Cornwall, and then in the increasingly frenetic machinations of politicians and mobsters in both the human dimension and fairyland.



PADDY BOSTOCK - AUTHOR


What inspired you to start writing and tell us more about your new book release What Ifs?
Initially, it was for a bit of fun after the day job, but later it developed into a vehicle for my interest in the human condition. What Ifs is an example of that. To begin with, it was mainly romance but, of its own accord, it spread into broader concerns. Also, I wanted to push the boundaries of reality and fantasy—hence the title.

How long have you been writing?

Since school, if you count bits of poems and songs, but in the novel, form going on twenty years.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Somewhere in the back of my mind, yes. However, my dad reckoned I’d never make a living at it, and he was dead right. Anyway, what I really wanted was to play soccer for Liverpool or be a Beatle.

What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

Don’t give up the day job. As for the writing, enjoy it, be daring, and avoid the temptation to follow existing genres. The market’s chock full of those.

How do you handle writer’s block?

Mercifully I don’t get it.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

I’m not one for value judgments, so I’m not entirely sure what “good” writing is. If it means what literary critics say it is or what gets taught in universities I’d be suspicious. My most important criterion is whether it works in achieving its goal or not, and the final arbiter here is the writer.  

What comes first, the plot or characters?
I guess the characters and their initial situation. Plots seem to develop from there.





How do you come up with the titles to your books?
Through serendipity

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’m not sure I do even now. If people ask me what I do, I always say “I write things.” If they show any interest, which is rarely, I tell them what I write. But by then they’ve normally changed the subject.

Describe your writing space.

A little room at the top of the house overlooking a canal. On the bed next to me there’s our Italian greyhound, Cindy, who helps me out with spelling.

What time of the day do you usually write?

Evenings between six and eight.

Describe a typical writing day.

Get up late, eat at Starbucks and walk Cindy with my wife Dani, struggle with The Guardian crossword, snack, write.

 What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Judging its credibility. Several times recently I’ve abandoned projects because they were just not doable. Otherwise, it’s thinking of the next book.  I haven’t got one on the go I get twitchy.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I like to do a decent chunk every day, somewhere between five hundred and a thousand words. However, if I come to a point I know will need further thought, often when I’m asleep, I leave it to the next day. No good forcing yourself.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I like to raise a laugh every now and again if possible. Once things get too serious, I get bored.

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

Apart from a couple, never. However, I guess that’s because I don’t do social media. The couple say, “Well done,” which I like.

How do you do research for your books?
Google.

What are the tools of the trade?
A computer.

What does success mean to you? What is the definition of success?

Success means being satisfied in my own head that what I’ve done makes any kind of sense and with luck will get published. It has nothing to do with my being given prizes or interviewed on telly or suchlike.

Is writing your full-time career? Or, would you like it to be?

It’s all I do these days, although I’ve never thought of it as work, let alone a career.

When you’re writing an emotionally draining (or sexy, or sad, etc) scene, how do you get in the mood?

By trying to get myself inside the heads of the characters involved and write through them. I don’t do sex scenes because I loathe the ones I read. They are a notoriously dodgy territory.