Monthly Archives: January 2015

L.A. WILD: CHANCE THE DARKNESS CAME TO ME WHILE DRIVING HOME

L.A. Wild published her debut novel Chance the Darkness in November. The English author is a specialist at urban fantasy genre. She loves to travel, to drink wine with friends and to write. The second part of her The Dark Series will be published in the next months. Let’s welcome our next guest.

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– Lee-Anne, what is debut book Chance the Darkness about?
– My favourite subject! I can drone on for hours about the Dark Series. I love it. I love profiling all the characters; Summer, Black, Dillon, Marinus and many more. I love learning about them, their quirks and behaviours. Even the bad guys are awesome.
The book is urban fantasy with romantic elements. It’s not a standalone book but there are raunchy scenes in places so it’s definitely for the adults.
So, quick summary which in reality I’ve pinched from the synopsis and tweaked, Summer’s twin dies, and her whole life begins to unravel in ways she never could have imagined. A crazy lady ranting in her head, blood-drinking ghouls, a psychotic cult demanding she channels some powerful objects.
Then she meets Black. Tall, handsome, godlike. He harbors sinister secrets and lives by his own set of rules—rules no one can begin to comprehend.
While searching for her sister’s killer in a seedy part of Glasgow, she discovers nothing about her life is what it seems. Family secrets, betrayal. Her emotions run hot, she makes some seriously bad choices. But with the heart of Scotland becoming a paranormal battlefield, Summer has to fight just to stay alive.
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BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION: AMERICAN SNIPER

The name of Chris Kyle is one of the most popular in the USA. Two years ago the legendary sniper was killed in very strange circumstances by his fellow army veteran Eddie Ray Routh.
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The Texas solder was known as The Devil of Ramadi. He participated in Iraqi War and according to the official stats his rifle killed 255 victims.

In 2012, three years after his honorary dismissal from the army, Chris Kyle published an autobiography American Sniper. Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice were the shadow writers of the memoir, which became huge hit.
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EVERETT ROBERT: BEING AN ACTOR HELPS MY COMMAND OF DIALOG

Everett Robert is an award winning author, playwright, actor, and director with over 20 years of experience. His last book Based on The… was published in February 2014. Our next guest is using his theatre education in his writings. Let’s hear from Mr. Robert more about his works.

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– What is your book Based on the… about?
BASED ON THE… is a collection of four (4) short dramatic retellings of famous stories either based on previously published material now available in the public domain. The first play in the collection is called THE REUNION and is based on Thomas Hardy’s classic poem “A Ruined Maid” and tells the story of two old friends running into each other on the street of a major city and they catch up. I put a modern twist on my adaptation, set it in modern times and made it about a Christian woman and her best friend from high school, who came out as a lesbian. Hardy’s poem is about how others view you isn’t always the way you view yourself and that was one of the ideas I was playing with. The second play, THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF LOT 249 is based on one of the first “mummy” horror stories in literature, “Lot No. 249” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is about a police detective interrogating his primary suspect in a recent string of murders. The play BLINK is based on the true story and many of the newspaper accounts of the infamous Newsboys Strike of 1899 in which a group of New York city newsboys, the “extra, extra read all about it” hawkers, went on strike against the two major newspaper publishers at that time and won. Those kids, there were boys and girls, were organized by a young man somewhere around the age of 13-15 nicknamed Kid Blink (because he had one eye). BLINK is a short monodrama style play that tells Blink’s story of leading the strike. The final play, MIRIAM AND ISA, is based on the famous Nativity story from the Bible but looking at it from a more historical context.
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JOHN PRIEST: CHILDREN’S BOOKS NEED A GREAT DEAL OF THOUGHT

John Priest released his last book The Curse of Sea Shell Cave last March. It’s a story about Junior Private Investigators, who had a new mission.
Our next feature guest started with writing in 1985. Some of his works were published in national magazines. John Priest is a specialist in kids’ novels. We had a chance to meet him for a nice chat.

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– John, what is your last book The Curse of Sea Shell Cave about?
The Curse of Sea Shell Cave is the second in my detective series starring the Junior Private Investigators or JPIs. They are on holiday at the seaside when strange and mysterious things start occurring. The four detectives need to solve this mystery urgently because lives are in imminent danger.
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VALERIA WENDEROTH: I FOUND A WALLET AND MY MYSTERY WAS BORN

Valeria Wenderoth published her debut novel Bad by the Numbers on December 15. The crime mystery received stunning quality evaluation – average 4.9 stars from 8 Amazon reviews.
Our next guest is founder of Book Trailer Sync. She will show us how important is for each book to have a video trailer.

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– What is your book Bad by the Numbers about?
– My book takes place in a cold February week in Brighton, Commerce City and Denver, CO, and Paris, France. Brighton Police Lieutenant Sorensen and his team are in charge of a multiple-murder case that seems to be straight forward at first, but then develops into an international scam. Two narratives unfold simultaneously, one in Colorado with Sorensen as the protagonist, and one in Paris with Nick Harris, a high-impact explosive researcher and Selma Lefay, a witty digital technology expert.
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ANGELO MARCOS: MY NEXT NOVEL WILL BE FINISHED AROUND MID-2015

Angelo Marcos’s thriller The Artist was very well received in the UK. The readers gave an average 4.7 stars from 25 Amazon reviews. Our next feature guest is a writer, comedian and actor. He graduated with law and psychology degrees. Sounds respecting! Enjoy our next chat.

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– Angelo, what is your book The Artist about?
– It’s a crime thriller set in London, and is about a serial killer who preys on young actresses – filming the last minutes of their lives and then sending the recordings to the media. It’s a perversion of Andy Warhol’s quote about how in the future everybody will be famous for 15 minutes. The killer gives the actresses this fame, but the trade-off is that it’ll be the last 15 minutes of their lives.
At the same time, we meet a young girl named Kaylin who lives in London with her mum, an out of work actress. Her mum’s relentless pursuit of fame has cost her pretty much everything including her marriage, and it is deeply affecting Kaylin, who just wants to be a normal fourteen year old.
Kaylin then finds out that a murderer is killing actresses in London, and the rest of the story is about the consequences this all has for all of the main characters. With a few twists and turns on the way, of course…!
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AHMAD ARDALAN: SADDAM HUSSEIN LOVED IRAQ IN HIS OWN WAY

Iraqi author Ahmad Ardalan published his last novel The Gardener of Baghdad in the summer. “This story is so sweet”, “The story caught my heart”, “Absolutely beautiful story” are some of the comments by the readers, who gave an average 4.8 rating in Amazon from 12 reviews. In the following interview our guest is speaking not only about his books, but about his country, which is still suffering by the war.
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– Ahmad, what is your book The Gardener of Baghdad about?
– A historical romance set in the golden era of Baghdad. It reflects life in two periods of time, present day Baghdad, and the 40’s and 50’s of this great city. Adnan, a bookshop owner finds a fifty years old memoir, and discovers through the eyes of Ali, The Gardener of Baghdad, that one can restore the belief of hope, and love even in the darkest times.
“Two people, one city, different times; connected by a memoir. Can love exist in a city destined for decades of misery?”
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JACQUES VANDROUX: MY WIFE IS HALF THE HEART OF OUR WRITING ADVENTURE

The French author Jacques Vandroux’s book Heart Collector (Au Coeur de Solstice) is in Amazon’s Top 4 bestselling books for the last two weeks. His novel has better rating (av. 41 stars from 70 reviews) than the other three novels in front of him.
The first two releases of our next guest, Les Pierres Couchées and Multiplication, became bestsellers in France.
It’s a great pleasure to say welcome to Mr. Jacques Vandroux in the following interview. I am sure you will enjoy it and will find a new European style quality wave in the genre crime thriller.

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– What is your book Heart Collector (Au Coeur de Solstice) about?
– First I want to thank you for your invitation and the opportunity you give me to present my book and the way I wrote it. As you know, I am French (and you will have a perfect confirmation of this point when you read my answers). So, please be indulgent with my English. I try to do my best.
Heart Collector is the story of a several characters, trying to stop a guy who has a very bad habit: killing women and extracting their hearts. Nadia, a police officer, is in charge of the case but has no clue. She is supported by surprising people like a young engineer, a professor of history or a priest. The main characters have to face their past to try to save the last kidnapped woman. The novel is actually a manhunt, balancing between events that happened thirty years ago and now.
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R.L. HENRY: I WOKE UP ONE DAY AND SAID “I WANT TO WRITE A BOOK”

R.L. Henry’s debut novel Hybrid was published in November. The reception of the book was great. The readers gave an average of 4,9 amazon stars from 9 reviews so far. It’s time for our next chat with the new talent on SciFi genre’s horizon.

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– What is your book Hybrid about?
Hybrid is a fast action SciFi novel about one man’s journey into Pine Gap. A secret underground government base of unknown origin. There he encounters species X, two alien breads that have been at war for centuries. Agent Van finds himself wrapped up in the war when he falls in love with an alien hybrid, Annika. He must travel into Hollow earth to save the woman he loves, for Annika is the planet’s only hope for survival.
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VINCENT ZANDRI: I TRY TO LIVE A FULL LIFE

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Vincent Zandri’s new novel Everything Burns will be officially released on February 1. The story made huge jump in Amazon rankings and is currently residing on the 3rd place among Kindle most popular books. Our next guest worked for many years as freelance journalist covering events around the world. It’s a great honor to welcome for the following interview Mr. Vincent Zandri.

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– Vincent, what is your next release Everything Burns about?
– It’s about a writer, a novelist, who is also a pyromaniac. He gets back together with his ex-wife whom he never stopped loving. Problem is, his wife’s ex-boyfriend never stopped loving her either, even after she broke up with him. Now the ex-boyfriend is about to seek out a deadly revenge that includes fire.
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