Monthly Archives: January 2016

CRAIG SCHAEFER: I SPENT ABOUT A YEAR DRAFTING HARMONY BLACK SERIES

Craig Schaefer started a new mystery series with his new book Harmony Black. The novel is set for official release on February 1, but already scored very good results. The title averaged 4.7 Amazon stars from 60 plus reviews. “Fun read”, “Tremendously enjoyable”, and “Absolutely fantastic,” are just part of the comments by the readers.

Our next guest is residing in Illinois and already had a nice volume of quality books. Let’s welcome Craig Schaefer at Land of Books.

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– Craig, what is your new book Harmony Black about?
– A veteran FBI agent with a concealed talent for witchcraft is drafted into Vigilant Lock, a black-ops wing of the government dedicated to hunting and eradicating supernatural threats. Her latest mission turns personal when she’s set on the trail of the Bogeyman, the creature who tore her family apart thirty years ago.
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ALAN DEAN FOSTER: I WAS ABLE TO FILL IN SOME CUT SCENES OF STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Alan Dean Foster is an acknowledged master of novelizations. His experience in the tough task is dating back to the first Star Wars and Aliens movies. 69-year old veteran was called on duty once again to make movie to book transformation of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. And he did splendid job!

It’s a great honor to welcome at Land of Books Alan Dean Foster, who shared his experience in the world of Star Wars and many more interesting inside info about his works.

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– Alan, the book adaptation of Stat Wars: The Force Awakens received a lot of praise? The big question is would the fans of the saga get more answers compared to the movie?
– Absolutely. I was able to fill in some scenes that were cut from the final edit. Also I was able to add new dialogue, and get into the thoughts of the characters. That is what a good novelization should do.
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FERNANDO GAMBOA: CAPTAIN RILEY IS AN ADVENTURE WITH CAPITAL A

The Spanish bestselling author Fernando Gamboa is ready to conquer the English language literary market with his book Captain Riley. Our next guest is not a typical writer. He knows how to challenge the fate from the first hand with his wild spirit. Prior to his writing career, Fernando Gamboa worked as a diver, Spanish teacher, entrepreneur, poker player and adventure guide.

Our next guest made his English language debut with Ulysses Vidal series in 2014 and now he continues with another great character – Captain Riley. It’s a great honor to welcome at Land of Books Fernando Gamboa.

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– Fernando, tell us about your new book Captain Riley?

Captain Riley is an Adventure (yes, with a capital A). A book that will make you laugh, thrill you, make you fall in love, or make you feel like you’re standing up on a ship deck facing a storm on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a novel to lose yourself in and let your imagination take you to places you’ve never been before. A great adventure that you won’t want to leave. It was the best selling novel on Amazon Spain in 2015.
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MARK WHEATON: FIELDS OF WRATH STARTED LIFE AS A COMIC BOOK PITCH

Mark Wheaton has big experience in writing. He was freelance reporter and later became screenwriter and producer. Under his belt are projects like Friday the 13th, The Messengers, and the forthcoming Voice from the Stone.

The talent of our next guest showed on the radar of Amazon’s Thomas& Mercer. The house showed support in publishing the first part of Father Luis Chavez’s series Fields of Wrath. The novel is part of Kindle first program and is set for official premiere on February 1. The story already gathered huge interest, received positive feedback and found a place at Kindle Amazon Top 3.

Land of Books got a chance to chat with Mark Wheaton about his books, past and current projects and working in movie industry.

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– Mark, what is your book Fields of Wrath about?
– A number of years ago, I read that in the Los Angeles undocumented immigrant community, a number of people had begun to take their problems to the church rather than the police. Fields of Wrath is about a young priest named Luis Chavez, only six months past ordination, who has a crime involving a missing Oaxacan girl fall into his lap. Deciding that God put it in front of him as a test, he goes about trying to get to solve the case.
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AURÉLIE VALOGNES: I HAVE NEVER IMAGINED THE SUCCESS OF OUT OF SORTS

Out of Sorts by Aurélie Valognes was one of the hottest titles in Amazon during the last month of 2015. The official English language premiere of the novel was set for January 1, but the book was selected to be part of Kindle First program and received huge positive feedback. With 230 plus reviews the fresh and funny story gathered an average evaluation of 4.2 Amazon stars. Out of Sorts finished on the third spot at our Top 10 Amazon bestsellers for December.

Our next guest was born in Paris, but now is living in Milan with her husband and 3-year-old son. Chapeau for her and for the success of her debuting novel. It’s a great pleasure to welcome at Land of Books the French bestselling author Aurélie Valognes.

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Aurélie, what is your book Out of Sorts about?
– First of all, I would like to thank you Ognian for your invitation in your blog! A real honor for me to be one of your guests.
I love to read books which are all about beautiful unexpected encounters, such as we would like to see happen a bit more in our daily life. This is what I tried to convey in Out of sorts, putting lights on a neighborhood (all protagonists live in the same building) in which extraordinary friendships between three ordinary life people would occur. Ferdinand, the protagonist, cantankerous old man, represents the man we could all become, alone and bitter, if we are not making today the needed efforts to demonstrate better our love to the people around us. Beatrice, 93, his door neighbor, is his complete opposite. She enjoys everyday as the last one and can’t help herself from learning new things and meeting new people every day. These two neighbors would never have a chance to talk to each other unless an expected encounter would revolutionize their life. New neighbor, Juliette, 10, fresh, positive and cheeky, literally invites herself at Ferdinand’s and establishes new relationships between the three of them, making the old man to open up not only his door but his heart too. Obviously, this generational shock brings lots of humoristic incongruous situations.
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CHANCE CARTER: WIFE ME BAD BOY IS ABOUT TRUE LOVE, PASSION AND DESTINY

Chance Carter made a quick and glorious entrance into the world of publishing. For less than three months he released two novels. Both books received positive feedback. The latest Wife Me Bad Boy was released just before the coming of the New Year.

Once again we’ve got a chance to speak with Chance. If you missed our first interview – check it out here.

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– Chance, your second book Wife Me Bad Boy made a stunning launch with 300 plus positive reviews with average 4.8 Amazon stars. What the readers will find in the novel?
– True love, passion, destiny and even a bit of steamy sex scenes.
– Is there any connection with your first book Bad Boy Daddy?
– Yes, it follows on from the story with the life of one of the others brothers from the brotherhood.
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AMAZON TOP 10 BESTSELLERS: DECEMBER 2015

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Dear friends, Happy New Year. Land of Books wishes to you and your families all the best during the entire 2016. We will start the New Year with our traditional Amazon monthly rankings.

Once again we have a clear winner of the chart. A Death in Sweden smashed the field with a maximum point score of 80 points. The novel by Kevin Wignall beat the November’s champion A Short Drop. It was a very close battle between many entries to enter into our Top 10. Check out the most wanted books for the last month of 2015.
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