Goddess of Limbo by Lea Falls #giveaway

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Goddess of Limbo (The Forgotten Splinters Chronicles Book 1) by Lea Falls

Genre: Dark Epic Fantasy

Free will is a relic of the past. Souls have a prewritten path to heaven. If they miss it, they are doomed to roam the lost realm of limbo as splinters of their former selves or worse—as demons.

Their only hope is the reaper Alames, whose own soul shattered when her celestial lover, Balthos, usurped their creators to make them gods. In her absence, he builds a pantheon of monsters and tricks the mortals, whom he blames for his grief, into worshiping him. But when a new generation defies Balthos’s law, Alames’s splinters appear among them.

Brilliant physicist Ally longs for progress and innovation, but the Council controlling her nation strips the “Mad Princess” of power. Pregnant and uncertain, the unrivaled Captain Se’azana abandons her career for the false promises of love. The starving serf Richard makes a deal with a Fae demon to save his son. And teenage rebel Vana trades her guitar for a blade when faced with ruthless nobility.

When worlds tear and hearts break, will they defy the gods’ narrative to create a brighter future or will they obey the lies preached and doom their soul forever?

For fans of THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE and THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE comes an epic rollercoaster ride of demons, rebellion, and dark magic.

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Lea Falls is a writer, actor, and passionate lover of stories. Equally drawn to page and stage, she’s written plays, screenplays, poetry, short stories, and two novels, and has acted in numerous short films, plays, and improv shows. She earned her BFA in Acting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and attended the Yale Writers Workshop. After a brief call and response with Londontown, she now lives in NYC with her wife, two cats, and a slither of skyline that never fails to inspire her. There, she spends her days murmuring lines over a keyboard or a script.

GODDESS OF LIMBO is her debut novel. Her short story EMILY’S HEIRS will appear in Hansen House’s ELIXIR: STORIES OF HOPE AND HEALING (AN LGBTQ+ SFF ANTHOLOGY), set to release in January 2022.

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The Calling by Destiny Hawkins #giveaway

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The Calling (The Descendants Series Book 2) by Destiny Hawkins

She was given a second chance to prove that she could fall in line, but with her lack of power, that would be impossible. 

Rayah’s entire life, she’d always been different from everyone else, and in Lytonia, being different was treated as a crime, but in her case, she was granted a pass. In only a few months, she had to present her abilities to the council and prove to them that she was worthy of walking the halls of Monroe Academy, but Artemis, her tormentor and superior officer, would stop at nothing to keep her from excelling. Being powerless and not proving herself meant that she would be transitioned into a slave, and Artemis would become her master. What Rayah realized was that she wasn’t as powerless as she thought. For weeks she had been able to do things that only the elite lighters could do, and even though this meant that she was strong, it made her more different than she could have ever imagined. Rayah went from being weak to possibly being as strong as a Gods Daughter, and she couldn’t tell anyone. The standard colors of a Lytonians powers are white, royal blue, and turquoise blue. Hers were black… 

Bestselling author Destiny Hawkins brings you the second installment of a gripping dark fantasy where a powerless girl must survive in a society that doesn’t accept the weak…or the defective.

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Destiny Hawkins is a multi-genre author with a dark imagination and a love for magic.

She enjoys working on her graphic designing business : Vibrant Designs LLC, writing, listening to music, reading, and of course watching some anime! Her favorite genres to read and work in are Fantasy, LGBT, Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian, Sci-fi, and young adult.

Destiny loves creating stories and building worlds that both teach and entertain! When writing she sticks to her slogan: Where beauty can be found in darkness.

Get ready for The Unbroken, Book Three of The Descendants Series!

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The Descendants by Destiny Hawkins #giveaway

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The Descendants (The Descendants Book 1) by Destiny Hawkins

Genre: Dark Dystopian Fantasy

Fail the tests and become a slave. Display defectiveness and be put to death.

Monroe Academy was built to separate the weak from the strong. Pass the biyearly leveling and be released into society upon graduation. Fail to be promoted and be stripped of rank and forced into servitude. That was a rule that applied to all but Rayah Bardeau. A student of Monroe Academy, branded as a Null because of her absence of Lighter energy.

With her mother standing as a slave in her place, Rayah was given until the age of twenty to make level six, but at nineteen-years-old and with only eight months until her twentieth birthday, she was only a mere level one. The same level she’s been since she was ten. With the stress of her upcoming test, the loss of a friend, and the constant wrongdoings towards her, Rayah could only dream of escaping from Lytonia, and escape she did. Only, when she awakened in her dorm, she couldn’t distinguish if she had only dreamt of meeting Soren, a wild and adventurous defect in the Wild Lands, or if she had somehow used her Lighter Form to get there.

But only the elite ― the most powerful of Lighters ― could tap into their Lighter Forms. Right? And what was the dark energy she used when she and Soren were attacked by Depleters? Was Rayah really as powerless as she thought? Was she a defect? And if she used dark energy, could she call herself a Lighter at all?

Bestselling author Destiny Hawkins brings you the first installment of a gripping dark fantasy where a powerless girl must survive in a society that doesn’t accept the weak…or the defective.

Content Advisory: The following book contains vivid depictions of violence and death. Reader discretion is advised.

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Destiny Hawkins is a multi-genre author with a dark imagination and a love for magic.

She enjoys working on her graphic designing business : Vibrant Designs LLC, writing, listening to music, reading, and of course watching some anime! Her favorite genres to read and work in are Fantasy, LGBT, Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian, Sci-fi, and young adult.

Destiny loves creating stories and building worlds that both teach and entertain! When writing she sticks to her slogan: Where beauty can be found in darkness.

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The Librarian’s Treasure by Katherine H. Brown #giveaway

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The Librarian’s Treasure by Katherine H. Brown ~ Genre: Low Fantasy

Libraries, leprechauns, & evil landlords, oh my!

Join Raegan Sheridan as she sets out on a journey with a dashing stranger and an ornery kitten to the home of the mother she never knew, at the behest of her father’s people whom she never met, to save a village she knows nothing about.

The Librarian’s Treasure is a little fantasy, a little mystery, and a lot to love.

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Katherine Brown is a Texas girl with books in her blood. She has been reading as long as she can remember and has been “making books” from the time she was a child. Her first few were of a non-traditional binding – cardboard & wrapping paper stapled with handwritten pages in the middle & a ribbon closure! Her love of books runs deep and she hopes to encourage readers of all ages to explore and use their imagination by helping them fall in love with books just like she did.Katherine is married to a wonderful man, Patrick, and has a spunky, smart, amazing step-daughter Lexi. Lexi is the biggest fan of this author’s first published series, School is Scary, and is constantly asking when the next book will be finished so she can read it too.
When not writing or reading, you can often find Katherine eating chocolate or enjoying time with family.

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Meet Author Katherine H. Brown

Katherine Brown is a Texas girl with books in her blood. She has been reading as long as she can remember and has been “making books” from the time she was a child. Her first few were of a non-traditional binding – cardboard & wrapping paper stapled with handwritten pages in the middle & a ribbon closure! Her love of books runs deep and she hopes to encourage readers of all ages to explore and use their imagination by helping them fall in love with books just like she did.Katherine is married to a wonderful man, Patrick, and has a spunky, smart, amazing step-daughter Lexi. Lexi is the biggest fan of this author’s first published series, School is Scary, and is constantly asking when the next book will be finished so she can read it too.
When not writing or reading, you can often find Katherine eating chocolate or enjoying time with family.

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An Interview With The Author

Do you try to be more original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I saw this question posed and was at odds on how to answer it. The truth is, I feel like my writing is original because it all comes to me little bits at a time during brainstorming, or driving down the road and a random bit of dialogue that goes with no story I’ve written yet pops into my head and so on, thus making it very original to me. I don’t feel like I write cookie-cutter stories. In fact, sometimes I’m afraid I don’t even follow the rules of writing very well.

As a reader myself, I love a good trope. You know, the amateur artist turned sleuth will always get her bad guy; the man and woman on opposite sides of an issue will fight and fight until they realize they actually don’t want to fight but, rather, have fallen in love, the best friend has a secret crush, etc. I never get tired of them. Give me ten Beauty and the Beast retellings and I’ll love at least eight of them. Yet, as a writer, I find it difficult to follow a tried and true trope pattern absolutely and with no alterations. I don’t know if it is because it feels like copying, or if it is the fear that my story won’t live up to those stories, but somehow I always feel like my story is slightly different or unconventional in the way I tell it. In fact, I sometimes chastise myself because when I finish writing, I’m not sure I even know how to pick the correct genre to describe my book because I didn’t hit every single best-selling trope or expectation out there. Is that a good thing? A bad thing? I couldn’t really say. I have readers who leave beautiful reviews on how much they enjoyed the stories and characters especially. I have other reviews huffing that there is far too much fluff taking up the pages.

All readers are different so I think it is fine when stories are something different, as well.

However, I still feel like I try to give readers what they want: characters they can know and be invested in, and a story that draws you into it until the last page. A memorable scene. A funny line. All the feels. You be the judge; I can’t wait to hear readers’ thoughts on The Librarian’s Treasure.

Can you tell us a little about The Librarian’s Treasure?

Of everything that I’ve written, this story has taken the longest. I whipped out a beginning in no time flat, falling in love with the idea of an orphaned librarian getting wrapped up in intrigue and adventure. And then, I stopped. For whatever reason, it just felt like nothing I wrote was good enough.

A year or so later, I picked it up and tried once more. This time, it was Drake who refused to cooperate. Was he a spy? An assassin? A love interest? A messenger? Writing him felt incomplete as I couldn’t decide what his future in the book would be. So, I stopped. Again.

And then, after another almost two years, the story resurfaced in my stack of unfinished projects and I knew I wanted to give it breath and life and wings to fly into the world, your world, readers. I still loved my idea and I was ready to sit down and do the hard work of erasing and starting over fresh. No more picking up in the middle. It was hard. I hate erasing. Or backspacing, as the case may be. But I did it. And oh! I’m so glad that I did. Raegan and Drake and the League are even better than I ever imagined them (with lots of encouragement from my editor to embrace a little more fantasy for the first time). I hope that you enjoy spending time with Raegan and Drake and getting to know them as much as I did. It was so refreshing to finish this story, that I jumped right into writing the prequel; another something I never thought I would do….write books out of order lol, but I didn’t know it needed a prequel until the story ended and Raegan had some unanswered questions.

Thank you again for spending time with me today! Happy reading.

How long have you wanted to become an author / why did you become an author / is being an author your chosen career?

Forever. No, really. I started “making books” from cardboard and paper and ribbon as a little girl. My parents were always happy to read my scribbles. As a pre-teen, I even “self-published” a newsletter from our desktop computer and printer, charging my (married) parents separately to read about school or poems that I’d written and jokes from my little sister. I love words. The possibilities of words. The evasiveness of words. The magic that is making your words say something that brings a picture to life for you or others when those words are read.

Now, don’t get me wrong – some days my words are bogged down and written in a fog of exhaustion and they come out as low-bar as you can imagine. I have so much room for improvement, as do most people in most careers if they are honest, but I thoroughly enjoy writing for the creativity of it. I became an author when I looked up from my day job one day and remembered my dreams; those dreams as a girl and teenager of seeing a book with my name on it, they came rushing back as I sat angrily at my desk annoyed at some coworker or customer for yet another ridiculous request. I knew that I wanted to at least take a shot at doing something that brought me happiness instead of ulcers. Even if it meant that I failed. I haven’t failed yet because I’m still pursuing this passion of weaving words together and seeing them hit the page to create a story that nobody has ever heard before. Now, I’m not a best-seller or financially at peace with my author career at this point, but that is okay because my theory is that you have to start at the bottom of any corporate ladder and work your way up; I’m willing to do the work.

I hope that readers who find my books find friends in the characters, find adventure in the pages, and find something beautiful or unique in the scenes. If they do, I’m a success already.

What does your writing process look like?

I typically can only write when my little girl is at naptime so it is a quick and quiet time of putting as many words together as I can. I have on occasion used a Disney playlist as background music, but honestly, even before my baby girl was born, I have always preferred to write in silence. The tapping of keys on my laptop is all of the noise that I need. It is literally the sound of success, being productive and getting the story out. It encourages me to think and type quickly. In fact, I can’t write nearly as well or fast using dictation. When typing, the words (a lot of the time, yes I get stuck, too) simply flow out of my fingertips.

I do like to have a snack and either water, tea, or lemonade nearby when I’m writing as well. Typically, the snack takes the form of mini M&Ms, dark chocolate chips, or peanut butter protein balls.

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Courage of One by Zola Blue #giveaway

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Courage of One: Conviction to Stand (The Mejuarian Book 3) by Zola Blue

Genre: Fantasy

In ancient times on earth, there lived a race called Dragonors. Following in a tradition to gain status and recognition in the village, those able would compete in rigorous games of cunning and abilities. Tournaments culminated into a weapon battle to the death or submission while riding a dragon; at its end, the winner was given status within the village.

In this event, a blacksmith named Luken intended to win and gain the regard necessary to ask for Talulah’s hand in marriage from her father Ephenio, lord of the village, competed in the challenge. Luken, who had no dragon or experience dragon-riding or battling, had no choice but to win against all the other competitors for his love. The final contest pits him against the worthiest aggressor. He is fortunate to use the more aggressive dragon of his true love, Talulah, that carries the battle and allows him a most unlikely victory.

Over time the happiness of Luken and the Dragonor princess turned to despair as men invade their once pristine swamplands. The earthlings eventually caused the death of Talulah, and the great Lords of the Dragonors decide to leave the earth instead of destroying men.

Dragonors run into unlikely allies in their new lands, the Mejuarian, and the two different groups in all ways and mannerism develop friendships and a familial bond. This closeness compelled the valiant dragon riders to assist the king of the Mejuarian in the recovery of his missing mewlings.

As luck would have it, King Teloby also discovers a new diminutive race interested in a friendly alliance with both the Mejuarian and Dragonors. A meeting with Marina, Queen of the Arvunglies, revealed that she has found one of the three missing nests and treasures it as a colorful bauble. The little queen agreed to return the nest happily. Still, she told them that rescue of the other two could prove a challenge. To retrieve the babies, they had to venture and most likely defeat a rogue dragon that attacked their small village from time to time.

On earth in 1960, Ren discovers two nests while exploring by a lake. His father, a veterinarian, drew an interest in them and took them back to his facility for further investigation. Ren feared they were UFOs with body-snatching capabilities. Ren’s fears soon disappear when his father indirectly hatched the two creatures in his incubator and discovers they are lovely, intelligent creatures that reminded him of some rare species of puppies.

Unaware that the missing nests fell to earth off the airship on their way to the Dragonor land, king Teloby prepared himself. For the next day, the three groups would head out for the dubious task of entering and searching the dragon’s lair for his missing mewling.

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Born in Florida, I am a resident of the US, but now I reside on a lovely island in British Columbia Canada with my mother and two dogs, and one cat. During the early years of my life, I worked in the business industry, thus reaching my goal of obtaining my degree in Business Management. 

I love to read, and over my lifetime, I have probably read hundreds of books. Now that life has given a bit more time to concentrate on my personal life, I am following God and writing fun, fanciful fiction stories, which blend over into the fantasy realm.

 I hope that each time I put words on the paper, it makes you want to read it. I always hope someone has fallen in love with my words and want to continue reading them.

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Shadow Tracker by Jonathan E. Barnett #giveaway

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Shadow Tracker by Jonathan E. Barnett ~ Genre: Fantasy

Alcasia has been a hunter since a very young age. She hunts the most dangerous animal in the Great Forest of Rhent. The huge beasts skin hardens into a substance called brontum which is necessary in this world where iron is very rare. When taxes are raised, she ventures further than any other hunter to try and keep her family secure. This is when she accidently runs across an invading foreign army clad in steel. After escaping from this force she returns home to find these strange invaders have destroyed her village and kidnapped her brother and sister. As the village discusses rebuilding, Alcasia teams up with several friends to attempt a rescue.

Alcasia, Robyr and Trepuk lead a small band of villagers on this long mission to save their loved ones. The villagers head east toward the cities of the Plain. Alcasia will face the bigotry that people have to shadow trackers like herself as well the might of this great army of steel.

Alcasia and her band travel from the village on the edge of civilization and into the midst of a war. Alcasia moves among the armies to try and protect her loved ones. While she is known for hunting monsters, she finds herself facing a far greater monster.

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Jonathan E. Barnett grew up in Stevens Point, WI. After spending a year in a seminary in St. Paul, MN, he transferred to UW-La Crosse. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in History and a minor in Economics. Upon graduating, Jonathan was commissioned as an Officer in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and deployed twice to Southwest Asia. After his second deployment, he graduated from University of Wisconsin Law School. Jonathan is now a practicing attorney and author in Central Wisconsin.

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Meet Author Jonathan Barnett

Jonathan E. Barnett grew up in Stevens Point, WI. After spending a year in a seminary in St. Paul, MN, he transferred to UW-La Crosse. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in History and a minor in Economics. Upon graduating, Jonathan was commissioned as an Officer in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and deployed twice to Southwest Asia. After his second deployment, he graduated from University of Wisconsin Law School. Jonathan is now a practicing attorney and author in Central Wisconsin.

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Shadow Tracker by Jonathan E. Barnett ~ Genre: Fantasy

Alcasia has been a hunter since a very young age. She hunts the most dangerous animal in the Great Forest of Rhent. The huge beasts skin hardens into a substance called brontum which is necessary in this world where iron is very rare. When taxes are raised, she ventures further than any other hunter to try and keep her family secure. This is when she accidently runs across an invading foreign army clad in steel. After escaping from this force she returns home to find these strange invaders have destroyed her village and kidnapped her brother and sister. As the village discusses rebuilding, Alcasia teams up with several friends to attempt a rescue.

Alcasia, Robyr and Trepuk lead a small band of villagers on this long mission to save their loved ones. The villagers head east toward the cities of the Plain. Alcasia will face the bigotry that people have to shadow trackers like herself as well the might of this great army of steel.

Alcasia and her band travel from the village on the edge of civilization and into the midst of a war. Alcasia moves among the armies to try and protect her loved ones. While she is known for hunting monsters, she finds herself facing a far greater monster.


An Interview with Jonathan Barnett, author of Shadow Tracker!

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

I wrote a lot of poetry while I was in high school and undergrad.  I never really thought of myself as an author really.  As a history major, I was most interested in spending time doing some research and writing a history book, probably something centered around American immigration.  I started writing fiction with this book.  I was really trying to encourage my teenage daughter to work on creating a work herself.  She is a very gifted writer and I told her I would write something if she did.  I got hooked once I started.  I would often spend days of my commutes to work just brainstorming ideas for new conflicts for my characters.  I kept getting home and writing because I felt I was leaving my characters stuck where I left them.

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I had the unusual circumstance of having gone from a seminary to the Army in a matter of months.  I was studying in a seminary and I knew it was not right for me.  I joined the Army to pay for school, but it was odd to go from daily morning prayer to bayonet training. 

Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!

Well, most of my very interesting stories are military related, but I do also have the honor of having tried a case that made national news.  It got called the Beer Battered Fish Defense Case.  It was not a big case, but the story was this guy claimed he got drunk eating beer battered fish.  That was a better story than the reality.  He had told the officer that the smell of beer might have been from the fish he ate.  If fact, the story got too famous and the defense attorney and I agreed that neither of us would mention it in the trial.  Headline the next day was “Jury doesn’t buy beer battered fish defense.”  They didn’t, since they never heard that story.

Among my military stories, I was once an officer in a Security Force in Kuwait.  I was required to run drills on my guard force to see how they would react.  We also had to tell the Kuwaiti military when I was going out to do this.  The problem was there were two Kuwaiti Colonels who were in charge of different sections of the Kuwaiti guard force and these two guys hated each other.  I went out one time to take photos of the base (big no no).  I phoned ahead to the Kuwaiti staff officer to warn them.  While out there in my U.S. Army uniform, Kevlar helmet, ballistic vest and carrying a weapon I was approached by a Kuwaiti soldier saying something and pointing his M16 at me.  Just stood there pointing at the rank on my chest knowing it was ridiculous to have this guy approach someone who was clearly an American officer like this.  I showed him I was erasing the photos and later found out that the one part of the Kuwaiti guard force had been prevented from providing the warning to the other half.  Lucky me.

While in the seminary I was once awoken by a drunken student coming back after bar time.  This is not an unusual thing for a freshman year of college, but it was the only time it happened in the seminary.  There had been an ongoing discussion about how too many seminarians were not making it down for Morning Prayer every day.  Two of the seniors on my floor had been drinking and came back yelling “Wake up everyone!  Time for Morning Prayer!”  I looked at the clock on my desk, realized he was wrong and just rolled over to go back to sleep.  The next day the guy who was yelling came around to every single room and apologized to each person on the floor.  It was strange and amazing. 

What are some of your pet peeves?

Most of my pet peeves are grammar and syntax related.  I hate when people say “between” when they mean “among.”  Also, people who say they are “anxious” for something when they mean “eager.”  There are plenty more, but I try to keep that to myself.  I will sometimes have a visible twitch though.

Where were you born/grew up at?

I was actually born in Sheboygan, WI and I lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from about the age of four until eight.  Just before my ninth birthday my family moved to Stevens Point.  I really love Stevens Point.  It was where we really put ourselves down and stayed.  The community was always very welcoming to me.  I left after high school and came back when I finally had the chance.  It is a beautiful small city with a university, fantastic parks and a few great corporate citizens who provide some wonderful attractions.  It is right along the Wisconsin River and there is a 20+ mile bike trail that connects most of the major parks in the city.  It is big enough to have anything you need and small enough that I can be in a kayak and alone in just a few minutes. 

If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

Cliché, I know, but I would want to be with my family.  I have five wonderful children and an amazing wife who keeps me in line.  I would also want to spend the day with my parents, my brothers and my in-laws.  My one brother lives down in Peoria, Illinois now and it is always sad to me that he is so far away.  He is doing well there and happy.  Of course, that makes me happy, but I wish he and his wife were closer because I miss them dearly. 

Who is your hero and why?

Probably Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.  He was a general in the Civil War, but also an academic and scholar.  He taught himself Greek when Bowdoin College needed a Greek professor.  The guy was brilliant and went on to serve his country and his state in many ways.  I admire the drive and the dedication to service that he had.

What kind of world ruler would you be?

Yikes.  Well, I was an Army officer so I have some idea.  I would be a coalition builder.  I like to be surrounded by people who challenge me and force me to have a reason for what I believe and think.  I would likely seek out great minds and try to find better systems.  I like to have solid plans in place and get real leaders into positions where they can do real good for others.  In all honesty, I would hate being a ruler.  I would much rather be an advisor than a ruler.

What are you passionate about these days?

There is always the passion for the Green Bay Packers.  Unlike most fans, the link is very much a family one.  My great-grandfather was a lawyer for the Packers and a member of a group called The Hungry Five that helped keep the team afloat during the Great Depression.  He is rumored to be the man who fired Curly Lambeau.  He is in the Packers Hall of Fame.  I see that team as a legacy and a family emblem.  I love football and I love that team. 

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I play a few video games that I enjoy, but mostly I read or listen to music.  I love to sing and if I have time alone I am definitely blasting the show tunes around the house and belting out the hits. 

How to find time to write as a parent?

I do almost all my writing after I have the kids in bed.  That means I cannot start until after 9:00.  I try to set one night a week where I will stay up a bit later than I should.  Sometimes work can be a bit all consuming and then I try to focus on getting the sleep I need, but I like to take just one night and push the envelope a little.

I have years of military service and it definitely trained me to stay awake and still be effective.  Once I spent three days awake running continuous hauling operations.  My platoon sergeant and I kept telling each other that the other one should sleep.  It took us several days before we both admitted we needed the sleep.  We rigged up a cot in the back of a HUM-V and slept as much as we could.  Having to write at night and then still get up and get the kids where they need to go and get to work is something for which life has prepared me. 

I do like writing while having distraction and noise so sometimes I like to write while enjoying a movie with the family.  I can sit with the laptop and enjoy the time talking with my wife and kids while I write.  

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

Husband, Father, Son, Soldier, Lawyer.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably in high school when I mostly wrote poetry.  I would not have considered myself an author, but I wrote quite a lot. 

Do you have a favorite movie?

I have lots of favorite movies.  It really depends on my mood.  My father is a librarian and he would always bring home movies from the library.  We watched a lot together and still do.  I enjoy movies.  I probably like historical dramas the most but I do like documentaries as well.  A good period piece makes me very happy since I can pick apart the things that are accurate or not.  I like to follow along with the Historians At The Movies (#HATM) group on Twitter as well.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

I only have the one out now, but I am working on book two of the series as well as on an unrelated alternate history work.  I could see either being a movie, but I think the alternate history piece I am working on would likely have the better chance. 

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

I did go to Stratford Upon Avon to visit the grave of William Shakespeare.  That was pretty amazing.  I was on a choir tour and I was one of only two people on the tour who walked directly across town to find the church where he is buried.  Most other people just took the chance to shop. I also had the chance to see the grave of Venerable Bede while in Northern England.  Interesting to see the spot where he lived and worked and then was buried.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

My spirit animal is definitely the Red Tailed Hawk.  They live all over Wisconsin.  I have found that in times of difficulty or times when I have most needed to know the mind of God I have shortly thereafter seen a red tailed hawk fly.  They are powerful hunters and beautiful creatures.  I feel more connection to them than any other animal (besides dogs, of course).

What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?

Dune by Frank Herbert, Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose, To America by Stephen Ambrose, Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Gone For Soldiers by Jeff Shaara, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo, John Adams by David McCullough.

What book do you think everyone should read?

Lies My Teacher Told Me.

How long have you been writing?

Since high school.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

They present themselves as the situations arise for them to be needed.  Couldn’t add some of them from the time where Alcasia is alone on the hunt.  Many had to wait for the main thrust of the storyline to kick off before they came forward. 

Do you see writing as a career?

That would be fantastic.  I love practicing law, so I would not likely give that up.  Still, I would love for my writing to be a way I can provide something more to my family and make it more valuable. 

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?

I love fantasy works, but I still mostly read history books. 

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

I can barely think when it is quiet.  I need some noise going on or my mind just starts to wander. Not sure if it’s an ADD type thing, but if there is only one thing to focus on I start to day dream.  If I have music and writing then I can focus.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

While writing Shadow Tracker I was only working on this book.  I am currently working on two though.  I am focusing on getting the second book of the series out, but I am taking some time away from Rhentsia to work on another project too.

Pen or type writer or computer?

I do outlines with pen, but I write the actual work on a computer.

Advice they would give new authors?

Just start it.  Write something.  You can decide you hate it later or you can add to it.  You can read it after you think you are done and find ten things to add.  Nothing starts until you start putting down words.  Just start writing and then refine as you go.  Also, have patience.  Nothing worth doing is ever easy.

Describe your writing style.

I mostly do my brain storming in the car on my commute to work.  I come home and start editing that in.  I usually edit during the writing.  I actually went through and changed large sections in the story prior to finishing my first draft.  I also keep a running encyclopedia of all the animals I have created and all the people I have named at any point in the story. 

What makes a good story?

Characters who change and grow and villains with an understandable purposes and goals.

What are they currently reading?

The Premonition by Michael Lewis.

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?

I tend to outline first and then start writing.  I know I will tend to rewrite everything once or twice. 

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Writing conversations is probably the hardest part for me.  Writing poetry as a starting point allowed me to work on being descriptive and flow into design.  Writing conversations has to maintain personality traits and I have to bounce between multiple people and their arguments or desires one after another.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

At this point I am trying to be more original.  My first audience is my daughters.  I want them to have a character they can follow and enjoy. 

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Try multiple genres and sample more things earlier.  Write more short stories.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from other genders?

Having characters of other genders and other ethnicities is difficult because as a white man I know I have no idea.  I have to admit that and deal with that.  I cannot avoid it because that would be far more disingenuous.  I need to have those voices in my stories to challenge me.  Thankfully, I have been surrounded by strong women in my life.  My mother, my grandmothers, my wife and my daughters.  In many ways, I write the women in this novel to have many of the same desires as anyone else.  They want to protect their families and have jobs that give them a feeling of joy or accomplishment.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

It took a little over a year to get the first one through the process.  Some of that was bouncing revisions past others to get a sense of how it was going. 

Do you believe in writer’s block?

Oh yes.  Sometimes you have to walk away and maybe write something else for a bit to get in a different state of mind.  I also like to talk through it with someone else or talk out loud to myself in the car to get through it. 


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Dragons Walk Among Us (The Allison Lee Chronicles Book 1) by Dan Rice

Genre: YA Fantasy

At times it’s hard to believe what you see.

Shutterbug Allison Lee is trying to survive high school while suffering the popular girl’s abuse. Her life is often abysmal, but at least her green hair is savage. Her talent for photography is recognized by the school paper and the judges of a photo contest.

While visiting her friend Joe, a homeless vet, Allison’s life irrevocably changes after an attack leaves her blind. All her dreams as a photojournalist are dashed as she realizes she’ll never see again. Despair sets in until she is offered an experimental procedure to restore her vision. But there are side effects, or are they hallucinations? She now sees dragons accompanying some of the people she meets. Can she trust her eyes, or has the procedure affected her more than she can see?

“Debut author Rice offers an allegorical YA fantasy novel about the transformative power of self-love.

Savvy, coffee-loving teenager Allison Lee is strong beyond her years. The biracial girl faces open discrimination and also copes with her apparent abandonment by her mother, who disappeared several years ago. She’s developed a keen sense of social justice along with a skill for photography. When a mysterious stalker hits her over the head, leaving her blind, she turns to an experimental eye-surgery procedure that forever changes her view of the world. Once, Allison saw her camera as her window to the truth; now, with her naked eye, she’s able to see mythological creatures that aren’t visible to other humans and that fight to protect their way of life. Allison’s ability results in her embarking on a dangerous adventure as she discovers her own highly unusual dragon-hunting legacy. She faces mortal peril as she protects humans and other creatures from a violent, otherworldly onslaught. Along the way, she also gets in touch with her own physical and emotional resilience. Although dragons play a central role in Rice’s work, the heart of the narrative is found in simple humanity and in a celebration of differences. Throughout, characters demonstrate emotional growth as they confront their limiting beliefs about others and embrace a sense of family. The story addresses serious, socially relevant subject matter, such as discrimination, poverty, and bullying, but it’s never preachy; indeed, it has a lighthearted tone that will resonate with adolescent readers. It concludes on an affirming, heartfelt note that will leave readers thoroughly satisfied yet also curious about the future of Rice’s magical fictional world.

An inspirational and socially relevant fantasy.”

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Dan has wanted to write novels since first reading Frank Herbert’s Dune at the age of eleven. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he often goes hiking with his family through mist-shrouded forests and along alpine trails with expansive views.
Dragons Walk Among Us is his debut novel. He plans to keep writing fantasy and science-fiction for many years.

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Meet Sci-fi and Fantasy Author Dan Rice…

Dan has wanted to write novels since first reading Frank Herbert’s Dune at the age of eleven. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he often goes hiking with his family through mist-shrouded forests and along alpine trails with expansive views.
Dragons Walk Among Us is his debut novel. He plans to keep writing fantasy and science-fiction for many years.

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How do you find the time to write?

Finding time to write can be challenging, especially when you’re a parent. I have two high-energy schoolboys who participate in all the activities of childhood. How do I find time to write? I follow a set routine and am always flexible.

I’m a big believer in the habit of writing every day. To accomplish this, on weekdays, I’m literally up before the crack of dawn, no later than 4:30 a.m. By five a.m., I’m doing something writing-related, often either pounding out a rough draft or editing a scene. My aim is to have about ninety minutes of uninterrupted writing time before my sons drag themselves out of bed to get ready for school. It also corresponds to when it’s time for me to prepare to hit the day job.

On the weekends, I don’t force myself out of bed at 4:30 in the morning, although sometimes I’m wide awake at that hour. Typically, I’ll still get up early and try to write until eight a.m. Then, after fixing breakfast for the family, I’m back at it until ten or eleven, depending on plans for the day and how restless the boys are. 

I’ve learned flexibility is vital if you want to keep your sanity. In On Writing,Stephen King points out that children and life in general often interrupt writing time. His solution is not to treat writing time as sacrosanct. Instead, work the time you write around everything else in your life. This is really great advice for all of us who have families and dreams of being future bestsellers.

What I do to be productive as a writer while having children might not work for everyone. That’s okay. Everyone’s situation is different. But having a set routine whenever possible and being flexible has served me well. I wrote my YA fantasy debut, Dragons Walk Among Us, by dragging myself up before everyone else in the household and not stressing out when the inevitable interruptions intruded on my writing time.

Do you think Writer’s Block exists?

I suppose it’s a subjective thing. If you think you suffer from it, you probably do. 

My critique group, the Puget Sound Writers’ Guild, had a resident writer, may he rest in peace, who staunchly did not believe in writer’s block. If you can’t come up with ideas and bring them to fruition, then you aren’t creative enough to cut it as a writer. He could be hard, but he was a best-selling author under several pen names, so who were we, his pupils, to contradict him.

Now, I won’t go so far as to say writer’s block simply does not exist. But I do think there are practices a writer can implement to overcome it. Personally, I’ve never suffered from writer’s block. For example, the characters and plot for Dragons Walk Among Us came easily to me. It probably helped that I’ve been thinking about some of the central fantasy elements of the story for years. Here’s my remedy, or put another way, how I avoid writer’s block.

I start small with a one-page concept that lays out the story from start to finish in broad strokes. This isn’t easy; it’s hard. It takes me numerous drafts to get the concept down to one page, but I think it’s worth it. From that, I create a scene-by-scene outline that I ultimately treat as a roadmap. It shows me how to get from the start line to the finish line, but I can always take detours and side trips along the way. I find the rough draft flows quite naturally from this roadmap.

If you suffer from writer’s block, start small. That strategy has always served me well.

Dragons Walk Among US is your debut novel. What can your readers expect to come next?

Dragons Walk Among Us is the first novel in The Allison Lee Chronicles. I can confirm that readers should expect more books featuring Allison Lee and her squad. Right now, I am planning four, maybe five, books to comprise the entire series.

Where do these books stand now? Well, I have the broad strokes outlined for the entire series. I’m currently writing the rough draft for the second installment. I’m about fifty percent through the draft. If everything goes to plan, I’ll have a complete manuscript ready to turn in to my publisher by December this year. The novel deals with similar themes of belonging and angst found in Dragons Walk Among Us, along with a few new topics readers will hopefully find engaging. Without giving too much away, portions of the second novel will take place in Southeast Asia. I’ve traveled the area extensively and hope my experiences will help me capture the essence of the region’s beauty and diverse cultures.

After book two, while I do have an outline, my plan is a bit more nebulous. That’s why I say the series might turn out to be five books as opposed to four. With any luck, these novels will come out steadily over the next several years. After completing The Allison Lee Chronicles, you can expect more action-packed sci-fi and fantasy tales with social commentary woven in that I think young adults will find very appealing.

Tell us about the protagonist in your novel Dragons Walk Among Us!

Allison Lee is the protagonist of my debut YA urban fantasy, Dragons Walk Among Us, and possesses a deep-seated need for belonging. In part, her yearning is no different than anyone else’s. She wants to be part of something greater than herself and be surrounded by people who accept her. These desires burn exceptionally bright in her because she has never known her mother, who she believes abandoned her at birth. Allison’s need for acceptance hits overdrive when she starts seeing or, perhaps, in reality, hallucinating dragons. When her best friends make it clear they believe she is delusional, their bonds of friendship begin to crack.

Allison is a passionate photographer with dreams of becoming a photojournalist. Her pictures of high school sporting events around Seattle are published weekly in her school’s online newspaper. She combines her love of photography with civic-mindedness, often documenting climate marches and social justice issues. When an unprovoked attack leaves her blind, Allison feels like her life has been flushed down the toilet and fears she will never photograph again.

I’m a big believer in the adage to write what you know. It allows me to inject verisimilitude into the story. For example, Allison is an avid photographer, often out and about with her camera in hand. Details on composition and exposure for different situations are sprinkled throughout the narrative. These details are accurate because I’m a shutterbug. I think these details are just enough to characterize Allison Lee, be interesting to readers, and add a sense of realism to a story that is, after all, a fantasy.

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