Tell Me You Love Me by Kathleen Stone #giveaway

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Kathleen has been a freelance writer since 1999 and now writes full time. Her work has appeared in Doll World Magazine, Apolloslyre.com, The Lake County Journals, Trails.com; USA Today (travel), Livestrong.com (lifestyle), Essortment, eHow, Answerbag, Examiner.com, Suite101 and YahooVoices. She is the author of the award-winning novel Whispers On A String, the Head Case Rock Novel Series (Head Case, Whiplash and Haven) and Tell Me You Love Me. She also has short stories published in the Secrets: Fact or Fiction I & II anthologies.

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Tell Me You Love Me by Kathleen Stone ~ Genre: Contemporary Fiction

What would you sacrifice to protect someone you love?

In 1965 April Toulane’s life is turned upside down on her fifth birthday when her mother marries a man she’s known for only two weeks. The life she’d known is forever changed with the addition of a stepfather and a five-year-old stepbrother who terrorizes her on a daily basis. After a family tragedy the young siblings are thrust into the Hollywood spotlight, surrounded by people whose very foundation is based on secrets and lies. Struggling to grow up and find their way in a world where child stars are forever manipulated and exploited, the siblings form an unbreakable bond vowing to always protect each other when the adults entrusted to take care of them fail at every turn. “Tell Me You Love Me” is the story of April and Auggie Fairbanks, the most sought after faces in show business throughout the sixties and seventies, maneuvering their way through the lies and corruption to learn the truth about their parents and searching for the love and acceptance they so desperately crave.

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Darkness Made by Charlotte E. Pool #giveaway

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Charlotte Pool lives in Virginia with her husband, two daughters, and three pit bulls. She is a Cardiac Surgery ICU nurse and is currently pursuing her graduate degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Despite her impressive education and professional experience, she wants nothing more than to make s*** up for a living. Hopefully this book will be the start of a new adventure.

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Darkness Made (The Marked Trilogy Book 1) by Charlotte E. Pool ~ Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, SciFi

To become what she was made for, she must lose everything

*Urban fantasy meets paranormal romance meets science fiction in this nail-biting, heart-racing story of loss, love, revenge, and the darkness that lives within us all.*

The town of Landow, Virginia, is a tiny, quiet, suburban sort of place where nothing ever happens, and no one ever seems to leave.

Eighteen-year-old Bexley Rose is quietly resigned to her ordinary life in this infuriatingly quaint town. Aside from the car accident thirteen years ago that killed her father, nothing interesting has ever happened to her.

Enter Asher, a curious newcomer who disturbs the daily monotony of Landow, sparking whispers and rumors among the locals. A peculiar magnetism draws them together. As she spends more time with him, the list of unanswered questions about his past grows, and with it, Bexley’s unease.

But when one of Bexley’s classmates is found dead in a hotel, Bexley finally learns what Asher is doing in Landow. He isn’t human, and soon Bexley won’t be either. Asher’s people have lived in secret alongside mankind for millennia, governed by an international organization known as The Council, and now Bexley is part of their underground world. As the body count in Landow grows, Bexley demands answers. And when she gets them, she finds herself at the center of an age-old prophecy and an emerging war between species.

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Meet my manuscript! Ten things to know about this beauty!

by Charlotte E. Pool

1) urban fantasy thriller with elements of paranormal romance and a dash of science fiction.

2) this is a kissing book but it is not primarily a romance.

3) dark themes, blood, gore.

4) it is the first in a trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. It does NOT stand alone. The second book is in the works.

5) it is written from multiple POVs. Think: Dan Brown. It’s meant to keep you guessing and on your toes. And it all comes together in the end.

6) the sci Fi element is reminiscent of the da Vinci code. Heavy and fascinating. Fiction woven into nonfiction. Lots of research went into this book. Lots of true stories/myths/legends based in real history.

7) if you like slow burn romance and banter this may not be for you. If you like sex and suspense and a little bit of fantasy and magical realism…not to mention some truly “love to hate” characters, then this book is what you’re looking for.

8) it is a vampire book, but not one like you’ve read before.

9) there is a LOT of backstory…duh these characters are hundreds of years old…but you’ll have to wait for the second book for most of it…it will get into WWII era Europe and some wicked betrayal.

10) so think…Vampire Diaries meets The Da Vinci Code meets historical fiction meets Ocean’s 11….yeah…kinda like that!

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Laurelle Lewis ~ Author Interview

Today, I would like to welcome Laurelle Lewis, author of The Boy Next Door and Tragic Flower, as my guest.

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COMING SOON

What is your name and do you write under a pen name? My name is Laurelle Lewis and I write several different genres under my own name.

Where do you call home? I live in a small country town in New South Wales, Australia.

Do you have any hobbies, other than writing? What do you enjoy doing? I am currently studying a diploma of screen and media specialist make-up, which appeals to my creative side-as I love to draw and paint and create- something I hope to get better at in the future so I can illustrate my own books. 

What is your greatest dream? To have a happy and meaningful life- and to see that for my children- oh and to be a famous author too.

Who is your role model? I have lots of role models- my mum- she taught to care about others, be a kind person etc, Oprah Winfrey because she is just amazing with what she has achieved in her lifetime and I also really appreciate the wise words of people like Richard Rohr and Echart Tole. 

What is your greatest fear? I hate flying-but I do it when I have too.

Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hard-covers or audio-books? There is nothing like holding a beautifully bound book in your hands, but I do love the convenience of E-books, and I only just got into listening to audio-books last year- I absolutely love them. I enjoy drawing while listening to them- I’m currently listening to The Grapes of Wrath.

What is your favorite book genre at the moment? My favorite genre at the moment is paranormal romance- I think it just gives a little edge to romances.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or fewer words, what would you say? My latest book is called Tragic Flower (it’s a short story) and it’s about breaking free from the past. 

When Fleur meets the strange and exciting Jeffrey-the new kid in town- something tells Fleur she should stay away from him. Before she knows it, she is drawn into his world, but what tragic secret is he hiding?

Did you listen to any particular songs while writing your book(s)? I like listening to metal music for inspiration.

In your latest novel, who is the lead character and can you tell us a little about him/her? The main character is Fleur- a straight A student who meets the mysterious Jeffrey and her life turns upside down in a very short space of time. She is drawn into Jeffrey’s word, but she ultimately learns an important life lesson by the end of the story.

Are you a self-published/Indie author or did you publish through a traditional publishing company? I am self- published. I enjoy the creative control  have over my projects- but I would like to get a traditional publishing contract one day!

If you’re a self-published/Indie author what made you go that route instead of the traditional publishing route? As above-more creative control.

What’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?
Just start! Write everyday if you can and treat it like a job!

COMING SOON: THE BOY NEXT DOOR

THE BOY NEXT DOOR is a short horror story. It’s about a girl named Violet, who lives with her mentally unstable father- he’s never been the same since her mother died in childbirth- and when she who gets a new neighbor and she soon realizes he is hiding something disturbing…and it will turn her whole world upside down. 

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Carlyle Labuschagne ~ Author Interview

Carlyle is a South African USA Today Bestselling, award-winning, and international bestselling author with a flair for mixing genres and adding loads of drama to every story she creates!

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Everything Somewhere by David Kummer #giveaway

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My name is David Kummer. I’m a young writer who leans towards horror, mystery, dystopian, and young adult fiction. I live in Madison, Indiana, a small town on the Ohio River, with lots of history and settings around here that influence my books. You can see tons about my hometown in my novel, EVERYTHING, SOMEWHERE.

I always answer whenever readers email me, so reach out or check out my blog at https://davidkummer.com. I’ve got a handful of books for you to choose from, all of them inexpensive. Reviews and shares are super appreciated.

You may have read some great authors before and some fascinating books, but you’ve never had an experience like this. Try something and let me convince you.

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Q: What book do you think everyone should read?

As I read more and more books, the one I recommend is always changing. I’ll have one for a few months that I love and want everyone to hear about, and then I find a new one that’s just as amazing. For the last few weeks, I’ve been really high on the book “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. It’s constantly on the top charts, so likely some of you have already read it, but for everyone who hasn’t, I highly recommend!

I will admit the book is tough at first. There’s lots of long, beautiful descriptions, and the plot is slow at first, but once you get in deep it grabs you by the throat. Those beautiful descriptions that are laborious at first become key to understanding the book and its plot. Reading it made me feel more connected with nature than I ever had before in my life, even though I’ve never visited the place it occurs. The characters are just as captivating, and you really become invested in Kya (the main character) and how her life turns out. One of the best books I’ve read, so definitely check it out!

Q: If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

For this answer, I could easily have said “Where the Crawdads Sing” again, but instead I’ll go with the book that I became obsessed with two years ago. I’ve written about it extensively on my blog, because I have some really weird/cool stories to go along with the book review, but “The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters is wildly good! It’s the kind of book I wish I could have written.

While the book is a thriller and a mystery, the beautiful writing takes it from being great to legendary. The plot itself is slow-burning and unnerving, one of the most memorable. There are hints of love and of ghosts, the struggle of grief. It’s all put together perfectly and sticks to your skin even after you’re finished. The last page is, I think, the best closing I’ve ever read, as haunting as the whole book that preceded it. There’s even a movie, if you’re into that sort of thing! So, yeah, this was kinda just another book recommendation. You’ll thank me later.

Q: What is your writing Kryptonite?

My greatest difficulty writing is that I get so caught up in my characters’ heads. This is a good thing in one sense, because it allows me to fully realize their motives and actions. However, it makes description tricky because I have to keep in mind the world outside of my characters, how the setting relates and reacts to them. That’s one of the hardest parts about writing, especially for me, and it takes vigilance to keep in mind the world beyond my characters’ view. With each book I write, I do a better job, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a struggle!

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Everything, Somewhere by David Kummer ~ Genre: Contemporary YA Fiction

The power of memories.

Little Rush is a sleepy town on the Ohio River. Bruce Michaels is a renowned Hollywood actor. The two should never cross paths, yet one summer everything changes. The actor, haunted by demons, chasing a ghost. The town, unaware. Until the two collide.

Hudson, Willow, and Mason are high school seniors with very different upbringings, but all on the verge of adulthood. As the sun sets on their final summer, questions abound. Will they ever leave the town? Is there a future here? As their plans waver, time is running out.

The struggle of mental illness.

As he loses his friends and sinks deeper into depression, Hudson forms an unlikely bond with the actor, Bruce Michaels. But the old man is a ticking time bomb. As Hudson relies on him more, the danger to them both grows.

When dark secrets are revealed, Hudson must confront the truth about his idol and himself. Bruce Michaels isn’t who he seems. Hudson is nearly lost. And in the end, they may be more similar than different.

The search for meaning.

Different paths, converging in a web of alcohol, fights, and romance. Worlds collide one summer in Anywhere, USA. The question is who will make it through.

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Melissa K. Magner ~ Author Interview

YA dark fantasy author, Melissa K. Magner, has followed in the footsteps of her late grandmother. Her novels – marked by sinister plotlines, dark magic, and female protagonists – touch upon themes of hope, bravery, and finding love through friends and family.

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Matthew R. Davis ~ Author Interview

Today, I’d like to welcome Matthew R. Davis, author of If Only Tonight We Could Sleep and Midnight In The Chapel Of Love, as my guest.

Let’s start by finding out a little bit about you…

  • What is your name and do you write under a pen name?

I’m Matthew R. Davis, and I use that name for everything. Like, the middle initial gets bandied about everywhere, not just in my writing, because I’ve come to know myself by that handle.

  • Where do you call home?

Adelaide, South Australia. I grew up in a large country town called Port Pirie, also in SA, where the rest of my family still lives.

  • What is your family like?

Lovely. My father, mother, and younger brother work together in an auto parts store where I sometimes do casual shifts, and they’ve also dabbled in the creative arts. My father wrote some songs when he was younger, published cartoons in outlets such as Punch Magazine, and we recently collaborated on a short story that he wrote and I rewrote; my brother has self-released two albums of singer/songwriter pop for which I conceived and assembled the cover art, with images shot by Red Wallflower Photography.

  • Do you have any hobbies, other than writing? What do you enjoy doing?

I love all forms of art and do as much as I can. I play bass, guitar, keyboards, theremin, and anything else I can get my hands on – I’ve been in many bands over the years. I’m the lead singer, bassist, and main songwriter for Blood Red Renaissance, an idiosyncratic heavy rock band on hiatus for years, and also the bassist/backing vocalist for icecocoon, a progressive metal group. I designed all the posters and album art for BRR and I’ve done some visual work for icecocoon as well as editing their live videos and performance clips. A MAPS film school graduate, I’ve worked on short films as composer, director, editor, producer, lighting guy, grip, and actor – recently I’ve shot a few scenes as an extra for Ribspreader, a forthcoming trash horror feature film by local punk icon Dick Dale. I’ve performed spoken word shows with punk poets Paroxysm Press and the SA Writers Centre. I’ve done photo shoots as a camera assistant for Red Wallflower Photography and we like to explore abandoned derelict buildings together. Basically, I’ll do anything creative that takes my fancy!

  • What is your greatest dream?

For me: as much success, happiness, and creative fulfilment as I can earn. For the world: as much peace, compassion, and acceptance as we can attain.

  • What kind of person do you wish you could be? What is stopping you?

Wow, getting deep here! I wish I could be more active, organised, healthy, and happy with myself. Life is a constant struggle against my own laziness, distraction, thoughtlessness, self-indulgence, and low self-opinion. Well, you did ask.

  • Not to pry too much, but do you remember your first love?

Of course I do. You wouldn’t necessarily call it love from an adult perspective, but I fell hard for a girl called Janelle when I was ten. We were sort of an item in that harmless primary school way for about six months, and then, setting in place a pattern that would sometimes recur later in life, I refused to get over her for far too long.

  • What is the most terrible thing that ever happened to you?

I’ve been fairly lucky thus far. I’ve lost very few people close to me and I walked away unscathed from a drunken car crash. In truth, my worst experiences are having my heart broken and living with the knowledge that I’ve hurt others through my own clumsiness, selfishness, and dishonesty. I don’t think that pain will ever entirely go away.

  • What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing fiction since the age of seven. I don’t recall the impetus for that, but I’ve always loved stories. In terms of influences that kept me going after the initial phase of writing that so many kids do, I’d have to tip my hat to Terrance Dicks, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King among a great many others.

  • What was your dream growing up? Did you achieve that dream? If so, in what ways was it not what you expected? If you never achieved the dream, why not?

When I was a kid, my dream was to be a heroic soldier of fortune who would live a life of action, save lots of people, and kill lots of bad guys – thankfully, I grew out of that! Otherwise, I’ve really only ever wanted to be an author and a musician, and I’ve done a lot in those fields… but I’m never satisfied with my achievements, and I’m still reaching for the stars.

  • Who is your role model?

If I had to pick one at all, the Doctor from Doctor Who. Their courage, compassion, intelligence, eccentricity, and broad-minded joy at the universe has inspired me as long as I can remember.

  • What is your greatest fear?

I asked myself this once so I could write a novel manuscript about it. Turns out the answer is mediocrity, failure, regret, and hurting others. Also, sharks.

  • Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks, hardcovers, or audiobooks?

Physical books, hands down. I will read ebooks when the occasion calls for it, but I don’t have much interest in audiobooks.

  • Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so, what was it?

So many times! I’ve reread hundreds of books, though I don’t do that much these days as there are always so many new releases and unread classics to discover.

  • What is your opinion of novellas?

Love them! Sometimes they are the perfect vehicle for a story, especially in horror, and they rarely outstay their welcome. I’ve written a few that have yet to find a home.

  • Have you ever read a book just based on its cover?

Yes, of course! A recent example is Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. The cover art and author blurbs had my interest firmly piqued before I even took the book off the shelf.

  • What books have made it onto your wish list recently? And why?

My wish list is and will always be enormous! We don’t have enough room for me to list off everything I want to get. In terms of upcoming releases, I’m looking forward to the new books by Stephen King (both of them), Ramsey Campbell, Laird Barron, Philip Fracassi, and Tamsyn Muir.

  • What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?

You’ve caught me between books! I grabbed a few things from the library today – as if I didn’t have enough at home to read – and I’ll probably start with The Best Horror of the Year Volume Twelve, edited by Ellen Datlow.

Let’s shift somewhat and talk about your latest story

  • What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or fewer words, what would you say?

Midnight in the Chapel of Love, my first novel. “A rural gothic mystery with underpinnings of cosmic horror, an examination of what makes a man tick – a great read!”

  • How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book(s)?

Don Noble created the cover of my novel, and I’m very happy with it. My first collection had internal images that were thought up by me before passing through the mental and literal lens of Red Wallflower Photography to become something new between what I wanted and what she was seeing; the cover was my idea, she shot it, and I put the layout together.

  • Did you listen to any particular songs while writing your book(s)?

I don’t listen to music when writing or editing, but it nevertheless plays a huge role in my work. I often write about music and musicians and they seep into my process in all sorts of ways. For example, the chapters in MITCOL are titled after songs which create a cool playlist for the book.

  • How did you come up with the title for your book(s)?

My collection went nameless a long time before I found a title that resonated with me; once I lit upon If Only Tonight We Could Sleep – after a song by The Cure which is mentioned in the book – that was the job done! I wanted to call the cave system at the heart of my novel the Cathedral until I learned there was already one by that name, so I changed it to the Chapel; for a while I thought The Chapel of Love would make an interestingly different title for such a dark story, but then I expanded it to Midnight in the Chapel of Love and that clicked neatly into place.

  • In your latest novel, who is the lead character and can you tell us a little about him/her?

The main character in Midnight in the Chapel of Love is Jonathan Trotter, who goes by Jonno when he’s a teenager and Jonny as an adult. He’s become a kitchen manager but he’s one of those people who never really feels at home anywhere – even, perhaps, in his romantic relationships. He’s a well-meaning guy but he’s fraught with confusion and insecurity. He left his country town home under a dark cloud after finishing high school and he’s stayed away for fifteen years, insistent upon leaving that part of him behind in the inscrutable shadows – but now his father has died and he must return to Waterwich, where the mysteries and challenges of his past rear their heads to threaten his future…

  • What are some of his/her favorite foods?

Jonny is, as I said, a kitchen manager, and he’s always been a bit of a whiz with food. He doesn’t have a clear favourite, but the vegetarian burgers he makes at work are mentioned at one point and he’s also a fan of pizza and yiros.

  • Will readers like or dislike this character, and why?

I hope that readers will identify with Jonny to some degree. The book is, in many ways, an examination of the male psyche and its tendencies toward grace, and also toxicity. Aside from Jonny, we meet a few different types of man throughout the story and see both their natural strengths and endemic weaknesses. Jonny is flawed, but he’s smart, funny, and caring. Whether these attributes are ultimately enough to save him is for the reader to discover…

  • What first gave you the idea for your latest book?

The first seeds of MITCOL were planted as I drove from Port Pirie to Adelaide one afternoon, listening to Something for Kate’s “The Fireball at the End of Everything”. The basic idea is fairly plain, all things considered – a standard plot in lit-fic and horror both, really – but I layered more ideas and themes onto it until I felt I had something unique that needed to be written.

Let’s talk now about your writing process

  • What is your writing style like? Are you a pantser or a plotter?

I’m almost exclusively a plotter, though I leave a bit of wiggle room to add or alter things on the fly. I like to know where my tale is going to end up so I can feed in relevant themes, recurring images, foreshadowing, etc.

  • Have you come across any specific challenges in writing or publishing? What would you do differently the next time?

The main challenge in writing is to achieve the level of craft I set for myself, to reach a bar that is forever being lifted higher and higher and yet will never attain the lofty heights where my favourite authors reside. The main challenge in publishing is to crack the bigger markets, receive the critical and financial success reached by my influences, and make a real name for myself – the usual! It’s hard to know what I should or would have done differently – maybe a stronger focus on my goals so that I could have been where I am a lot sooner, but to be fair, my work might not have been ready and I might have come to regret publishing things that would embarrass me.

  • Are you a self-published/Indie author or did you publish through a traditional publishing company?

My first book, If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, came out through Things in the Well, a small Australian indie; my first novel, Midnight in the Chapel of Love, is being released by JournalStone, a well-known and respected American independent press. I came close with a major Australian publisher, but I don’t know if my work will ever quite be what the majors are looking for… even if I believe there’s a lot of crossover potential.

  • What’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?

Simple: read a lot, write a lot, and just keep going.

  • What advice would you give someone who wants to start writing?

See above, plus: be well-read enough that you can see where your own work stands in relation to industry standards, and be objective enough to know when you’re good enough to compete with your idols and influences.

  • Where can your readers follow you? Please list links to any applicable websites and/or social media accounts.

My blog is at matthewrdavisfiction.wordpress.com. You can find me on Facebook, too, at www.facebook.com/MxRxDx.


Grace Rose Thomas ~ Author Interview

Australia based author Grace Rose Thomas is the YA Urban Fantasy author of The A’vean Chronicles. Check out the video to find out how you can win a copy of her first book Awaken.

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Author Interview ~ Adrian Spear

An interview with Adrian Spear, author of The Soul Warrior!

About the Author

When I was younger, in my teens and early twenties, I found it almost impossible not to share my life’s story. There was reason to be proud- I had survived eight years of abuse at the hands of my foster mother and made it out at age sixteen only to be reunited with my biological parents. But what I had not understood until later is that although my past still gripped my consciousness- it did not define me.

My late teens were extremely rough because I was on a quest to find the love and acceptance I had been denied through the most crucial years of my life. Luckily, my biological parents had stepped back into my life like an anchor and enabled me to slowly heal and grow. I experimented with drugs and put myself in dangerous situations but by the time I had turned twenty-one I knew my life’s purpose was one that involved an education. One of my ways of healing was writing- poetry, short stories, and even journaling. I channeled that into a possible degree at a community college where I started out as an English major, but my love of writing would be challenged after facing the realization that I did not know how to write at college level. Then I took a history class that changed my view and future vision of what I aspired to be. The power of history and knowledge captivated me and soon, I was writing some of the best papers in that class. My college journey was longer than most, but I finally graduated in 2019 with a bachelor’s in history with a focus on public history. Now, I work at the amazing living history museum at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.

Was it easy, no. I worked in the grocery business since I was seventeen and only quit when I got a job as a student assistant in a library and history center for Caltrans. Hard work and perseverance have followed me throughout my life, and it did when it came to my book, The Soul Warrior. The concept was started in 2012 and it was only a year later that I developed all my characters, with sketches, and started an actual storyline. I started writing it almost a dozen times and restarted it just as many times. But it wasn’t until early 2020 when COVID-19 shut down the world and forced me to stay at home-and I wrote. The last chapter, the last paragraph, the last sentence was so amazing to write because it had almost taken me a decade to get this book finished! I am truly proud of the story I created but also proud of the characters I was able to develop. My main character reflects me and all the things I have survived in my life. She was created to be strong and a fighter which is one heck of a combination.

About the book/characters

My book was inspired by many things including some well-known books, movies and television shows. I was a huge fan of True Blood when it came out on HBO in 2008. But what I loved even more was the Sookie Stackhouse novels they were based on. It was from this wonderful series that made my love of vampires and vampiric lore come alive. Besides being sexualized creatures, they are also seemingly misunderstood beings because of how intricate and complex an actual vampire would be. Imagine living for centuries and experiencing the highs and lows that come with being a vampire. They love but also can’t bear to love because it’s almost torture, especially to love a human. They also must experience the sadness of immortality with all their memories, regrets, and dreams to boot. It was from this idea, from this train of thought that produced the beginnings of The Soul Warrior. I knew I wanted a vampire love story but what I didn’t know was how my vampire characters would evolve.

Believe it or not, my book was originally going to take place in the 1850’s with Lorrain’s soul traveling to the future from the 1700’s. But that changed when I decided to take a stab at redeveloping my vampire characters, Xavier and Queen Dahlia. At first, Xavier was just a regular vampire from the time period and not Native American. Queen Dahlia was also not Native American, and she was one of four original Kings and Queens that I later decided didn’t fit into my new storyline. It wasn’t until I began rewriting (again!) and decided to make some changes. I thought making Xavier a Native American would provide a means of tension between Lorrain and him. Then the thought of making Xavier Queen Dahlia’s son came to be and the rest is history- and their stories are revealed much more in my book.

Spoilers

The Soul Warrior is book one in a series. I have started book two which takes place in the 1750’s in Williamsburg, Virginia. I have added a handful of new characters- two of which I will share with you as a spoiler. The first character I will reveal is a young woman by the name of Paisley. She is a fairy from the Royal Territories where she and her twin sister work at a family shop- where they sell handmade items. She has a green thumb as well, very good in the garden and has a love for all kinds of plants. She will join Lorrain in her purpose and become a love interest for another character.

The other character I developed out of pure joy and was extremely happy with how he turned out. Dominic will be introduced almost halfway through and he is a young gargoyle. His natural instincts are to protect the good and pure, so he becomes an asset to Lorrain and her friends. But he is not very easy to get along with and although he is highly intelligent, he is still very much a teenage boy.

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Author Interview – Jillian Boehme

An interview with Jillian Boehme, YA Fantasy Author of The Stolen Kingdom!

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What can we expect from you in the future?

More YA fantasy books! And possibly, at some point, some YA SF.

Where did you come up with the names in the story?

I love this question! Names are so important to me. My daughter Maggie, when she was around 10, came up with the name “Maralyth” for one of the main characters in my first novel. (This is one of my favorite things to tell people, because Maggie grew up to be an amazing writer—and that first, horrible novel is what inspired her to write!) “Alac” is just a variant of “Alec”; I like the way it looks with the second “a”. The rest of the names in The Stolen Kingdom are either completely made up or are slight tweaks of names that already exist—“Ellian” is a sort of cross between “Lillian” and “Ellen”; “Nelgareth” is made up, but his first name, Ogden, is real; Zeth is sort of “Seth” with a “Z”, which feels stronger; “Nestar” is a variant of “Nester”; “Doreck” is made up; and “Graylearn” is also my own creation.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Because this book is based on the very first (horrible) novel I ever wrote, I dearly enjoyed delving into the world I’d created so many years ago, giving it more depth and richness—and developing beloved characters into new, stronger versions of themselves.

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If you love a good lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers story, this is for you. Also, if you’re mad about secret magic, spare heirs, and girls who aren’t afraid of trying to steal someone’s throne, you’ll enjoy The Stolen Kingdom!

Have you written any other books that are not published?
Almost a dozen. Writing is not for the faint-hearted!

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?

Sage, which is Maralyth’s favorite herb, mixed with a woodsy scent.

What did you edit out of this book?

Oh, my goodness. I edited out both a son and a daughter of Lord Nelgareth, as neither one ultimately had an important enough role to play in the story. So many deleted words!

Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?’-type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing process of the book.

  • The Stolen Kingdom is based on the first very novel I ever wrote, entitled The Seeds of Perin Faye. It’s a completely different story now!
  • When I was struggling to get the plot right, I pulled out several wooden “Little People” (from my childhood), assigned them each a character name, and moved them around the room, trying to figure out who was supposed to do what.
  • One of my favorite things to do is to have a Barbie and Ken version of my main characters. Maralyth and Alac are currently standing on my desk (you may have seen them on Instagram!).
  • My daughter Maggie is a fabulous writer, and we have the same literary agent! She always reads for me, and her input is invaluable. Sometimes I feel like I can’t write without her!
  • One of the characters in The Seeds of Perin Faye was a tall, Gandalf-y character named Soldan. My husband still does impersonations of Soldan’s ridiculously deep bow. (There is no Soldan in The Stolen Kingdom!)
  • Playlists are extremely important to me. When I first started working on The Stolen Kingdom, I listened to the same music I’d used for The Seeds of Perin Faye. Call me nostalgic! Ultimately, though, it just didn’t work for me. I finally created a new, better playlist that threw me right into the world whenever I sat down to write.
  • Chapter endings take longer than almost any other part of drafting. They have to be JUST RIGHT.

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