Monthly Archives: October 2014

PETRA DURST-BENNING: I LIKE TO LAUGH, TO LOVE AND TO LIVE

Petra Durst-Benning’s English language debut is amazing. Her Novel The Glassblower reached Top 3 in Amazon’s best selling ranks just week before it’s official premiere, set for November 1. The readers gave very positive opinions for the book (av. 4.4 stars from 565 reviews). Petra will be our special guest just a day before the official release.

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– Your last book The Glassblower is an English language debut for you. Tell us more about the novel?
– It is a story about three sisters who have to deal with life on their own, after their father’s sudden death. They live in a little German village high up in the mountains, it is calles Lauscha. There people have lived for hundreds of years from the art of blowing glass. They made glasses, glass pearls, glass animals and other things out of glass.
The problem is: Only men are allowed to blow glass. The woman traditionally decorated or painted it. So … after the death of their father my three sisters – Johanna, Marie and Ruth – were practically penniless. In order to survive they had to break the age-old privilege of men …
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MILO JAMES FOWLER: I’M A CHILD OF GOD

I am not sure if Milo James Fowler is the next Jesus, if you are still thinking of the headline of the interview, but he is doing very well as an author of crime noir and sci-fi. Let’s take a look around his works and his person in our next Q&A.

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– What is your last novelette Girl of Great Price about?
– In a city run by a powerful mobster, nobody wants to play the hero. Private investigator Charlie Madison just wants to pay the rent.
When a little girl goes missing and no ransom demand is made, Madison takes the case. Time isn’t on his side. After 48 hours, it’s unlikely an abducted child will be found in one piece. But Madison’s a champion of lost causes, and he’ll be damned before he gives up on her—even if it means putting his own life on the line.
As the mystery unfolds, Madison learns a bizarre secret that seems too impossible to believe. But it could explain why the girl was kidnapped—and why she might still be alive.
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HOLLY ROBINSON: WRITERS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE AS CULTURAL HISTORIANS

Holly Robinson’s last book Beach Plum Island was published in the spring. The novel was well received (av. 4.6 stars from 72 Amazon reviews). Our next feature author says in the very first sentence of her bio that she never meant to be a writer. Well, sometimes the fate has other plans. It’s time for our next portion of Q&A.

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– What is your last book, Beach Plum Island, about?
– The events in BEACH PLUM ISLAND are set in motion when a dying father makes a mysterious request: he wants his daughters to find a brother they never knew they had, and tell their brother “the truth.” The three sisters are stunned by this revelation. What brother? What truth? As they set out on a quest to uncover the answers, they unravel a series of haunting family secrets, and in the process must examine their own lives.
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DUSTIN STEVENS: MOTIVE IS A POLITICAL-MURDER-MYSTERY THRILLER

Dustin Stevens is a very productive writer. His books are perfectly rated by readers in Amazon. His last one Motive was published on October 10 and we’ve got a chance to take a closer look around the novel thanks to the author himself.

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– What is your last book Motive about?
Motive is a combination political/medical thriller/murder-mystery set in Honolulu. The few short paragraphs that summarize it best would be:
Just months before Hawaii’s gubernatorial primary election, a body is found on the floor of the open air capitol, a macabre scene specifically manipulated to draw attention to a sitting governor with waning political support. Frantic, he calls on the Honolulu Chief of Police Walter Tseng, demanding that the perpetrator be brought to justice as swiftly and silently as possible, fearful a scandal might destroy whatever chance he still has at gaining re-election.

Blackmailed into complicity and unable to draw from his active force, Tseng calls in Kalani Lewis, a young detective three months off the job. Still battling her own demons from an investigation that resulted in the death of her partner, Kalani is forced back into action, pulled into a life she isn’t certain she still wants to be a part of, a family friend that was once a military policeman and now a full-time surfer as her only support.

Inch by inch they work their way through the investigation, navigating mounting crime scenes and intense bureaucratic pressures as the election looms ever closer, the killer growing more emboldened by the day…
– How did you decide to write the story?
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AIOFE MARIE SHERIDAN: I WOULD LOVE TO BE A MIND READER

Aoife Marie Sheridan started Saskia Trilogy with the first book Eden Forest. It was her debut novel. She has three other books already published, but let’s turn back the time and hear from the author more about Eden Forest.

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– What is your book Eden Forest about?
– Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty-one year old with family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a parallel world to earth. When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world that she is stepping into- a world where magical abilities are in everyone’s possession. She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief, a guardian who captures her heart; and a darkness that wants to take it. On her journey, Sarajane discovers her magical abilities, and realizes too that they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested as her own loved ones are put at risk- the ultimate question she is forced to ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?
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JC ANDRIJESKI: I EVEN WRITE WHEN I’M ON VACATION FOR THE MOST PART

JC Andrijeski’s stories were part of anthologies, fiction magazines and many others. Her Allie’s War Episodes became a big hit with many positive reviews. JC is writing fantasy, sci-fi and romance. Let’s hear from our next feature author more about her novels.
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– What is your book The Morph: The Gate Shifter Series: Book One about?
THE MORPH features Dakota Reyes, a twenty-something private eye who specializes in “hard-to-prosecute” cases, who finds herself in a dark alley one night, about to end up dead at the hands of a budding serial killer…when a lost, shape-shifting alien named Nihkil rescues her, and inadvertently takes her home with him. The problem is, Nik’s home is in a different dimension, and Dakota has no clue how to get back to Seattle, or Earth, or even her own time period. And it kind of goes from there…
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HAROLD TITUS: CROSSING THE RIVER TOOK ME 17 YEARS

Harold Titus published his book Crossing the River three years ago. The history novel received very positive feedback (av. 4.4 stars from 10 Amazon reviews). We are very happy that the author was kind to tell us something more about his writings.

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– What is your book Crossing the River about?
Crossing the River is about the singular experiences of both famous historical figures and ordinary people engaged April 19, 1775, in frightful combat. It is about why British Commanding General Thomas Gage was compelled to send an army of 700 redcoats out of Boston to Concord to seize and destroy illegally stored gunpowder, cannon, and military supplies and why the colony’s rebellious Provincial Congress wanted to confront him. It is about major and minor mistakes made by both sides, bloodshed at Lexington, courage, stupidity, honor, callousness, fear, rage, empathy, selfishness, and senseless slaughter. It is a portrayal of all aspects of human nature. It is a detailed, accurate depiction of the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the fierce combat that occurred during the British army’s harrowing retreat to Charlestown, told through the viewpoints of its participants. It is a story about crossing the river, about not being able to turn back, about individual beings choosing to risk all to attempt to obtain great reward.
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MAGNUS VON BLACK: I INTEND TO BE A PASSIONATE AUTHOR UNTIL I DO MEET MY ULTIMATE END

The author of The Song and the Pendant Magnus Von Black is tough to be described with few sentences. He says for himself that is a glitter spilling, noisy, well-spoken lunatic who can always be counted upon to be having wild, passionate romances with new ideas and tasteless color schemes. Let’s hear from Magnus about his novel and songs.

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– What is your last book The Song and the Pendant about?
The Song and the Pendant is the typical age-old tale of girl meets boy, boy is gay, space vortex almost kills them, girl goes to opera, boy and girl get sucked into interstellar time war, girl punches dinosaur, boy meets other boy, girl throws piano at super villain, Jesus discusses his favorite band, the creation of the universe is at least partially explained… you know, just your average, run of the mill science fiction romance time travel dragon karate super power nanotechnology love story about a girl who doesn’t get along with her dad.
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ROBERT DUGONI: I HAD NO IDEA MY SISTER’S GRAVE WOULD HIT #1

Robert Dugoni’s next release My Sister’s Grave is staying as Amazon bestselling book #1 for the last few weeks. The official premier of the novel will be on November 1. One of the most popular author on the planet will be our guest for today’s interview. He found time from his busy schedule around the release for a very special Q&A for our blog.

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My Sister’s Grave will be released on November 1. What is so special about your next novel that the readers love it so much and you reach #1 in Amazon (av. 4.5 stars from almost 700 reviews!)?
– They seem to have fallen for my protagonist Tracy Crosswhite and her relationship with her younger sister, Sarah. What I wanted when I wrote the novel was for the reader to feel the haunting sense of loss when a loved one is taken too early in life. In order to do that, I had to establish Tracy and Sarah’s relationship as young sisters and as young women so they could experience the pain Tracy feels when Sarah disappears and understand why Tracy is so determined to find out what actually happened to Sarah.
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CHARLIE WADE: THE PUBLISHERS ARE SETTING THE PRICE TOO HIGH FOR E-BOOKS

Charlie Wade is a specialist in crime fiction. He is working as accounts manager, but finds enough time to publish full novels. Let’s hear from our next feature author something more about his book Seven Daze.

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– Charlie, what is your last book Seven Daze about?
– Seven Days is about a petty criminal called Jim who’s introduced to the world of contract killing. His first hit goes wrong when his intended victim has a heart attack before he can pull the trigger. The gangland Boss who ordered the hit isn’t impressed and demands ten thousand pounds in compensation from Jim and gives him only a week to find the money.
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