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New Release from Mary Dean

New From Author Mary Dean

Cursed Bloodline

Levana Wright had always wondered about her family and where she came from. Her mother spent years refusing to give her any details, except for the warning to stay away. After her mother’s passing, Levana ignores her mother’s ominous words of caution and takes a job at Rosenwood Academy.

There she is introduced to members of her bloodline and is unable to understand her mother’s reticence in allowing her to meet them. However, the truth never stays hidden for long, and once Levana finds out the truth, it may be too late to save herself.

Trickery and deception can make the blood run cold.

https://books2read.com/b/cursedbloodline

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Claudia Blood

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Claudia Blood

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a wrangler: Pet, kid, and story. I’m nerdy. I love dice and D&D. I love science, patterns, and puns, but love magic and ambiguity.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

Dreams. I get a scene or situation in my head and work to figure out what the heck is going on.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Alan Dean Foster and Anne McCaffrey are two of my favorites. I love how they did their characters in the worlds that they build.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

I love books. I have favorites in many genres. Nor Crystal Tears by Alan Dean Foster and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card are two of my favorite. The first because of how relatable a non-human character was. The second was the first book that tricked me with the ending.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Guy from Fahrenheit 451. Everything he believed is turned on its head. He survived.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Not all feedback is equal because each genre has different expectations. A horror author/feedback is going to be different than what a Romance author/feedback is going to give you,

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

For the Main characters for the Relic Trilogy: Duff – a younger Chris Pine Z – Vin Diesel Ravenne – Helena Bonham Carter Matilda – Elizabeth Olsen That one is harder. I love Disney soundtracks, but that may not be right.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Right now my favorite character is Ravenne from the Relic Trilogy. She was the bad gal. I have a novella coming out that is her story and a series called Renegades Rising that tells the story before the Relic Trilogy. Ravenne is available on amazon on Oct 24th 2022.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

www.claudiablood.com

https://linktr.ee/AuthorClaudiaBlood

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Great Contagion by Jeff Chapman

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Great Contagion by Jeff Chapman

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT.  TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I have degrees in history and computer science and work by day as a software engineer.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

The Great Contagion is a dark fantasy aimed at YA through adult readers. It will also appeal to anyone who likes cats.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

The Merliss Tales were inspired by a cat that my family adopted off the street. Smokey arrived at our house one day begging for food. She was sick and starving. After a trip to the vet, we had a new cat. Smokey possessed several old battle scars. One of her ears was notched and two of her four canines were missing. This gave me the idea for a character based on an old soul in a cat’s body. Merliss was born.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Merliss is no ordinary cat. She’s a young girl’s spirit trapped in a cat’s body. While the magic that banished her has snatched away her human speech, it has given her a life spanning millennia. For centuries she has lived with the cunning folk, assisting their efforts to heal the sick and ward off malevolent creatures. Now a bleeding sickness has thrown the community into chaos. The cunning man and his apprentice are in danger from the disease. The life Merliss has worked so long to build is in jeopardy. Before she entered the cat, she had trained to be a shaman. Do her centuries of experience hold a secret to a cure? But disease isn’t her only nemesis. A pair of malevolent creatures has invaded the area and a mob looking for a scapegoat turns its wrath on Merliss. Forced into a corner, Merliss must use her wits and magic to rescue her friends and herself.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

eBook and Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082F32BHF

AudioBook: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Great-Contagion-Audiobook/B088RL4GM4?

https://books.apple.com/us/audiobook/the-great-contagion-a-merliss-tale-the-merliss-tales/id1514014195?

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Deborah Jarvis

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Deborah Jarvis

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a writer of fantasy – mostly portal/isekai and urban, but my day job is that of an English teacher. I teach both college and high school, and try to inspire kids and adults to write and analyze literature. I am an advocate for greyhound and other sighthound adoption, and am an avid reader of anything not nailed down.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

Dreams, conversations, a lot of what if discussions which get under my skin and make me want to craft them.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Peter S. Beagle, because he is awesome and legendary (and he wrote one of my favorite books – see below!) Jim Butcher because a wizard riding a dinosaur just is epic, Patricia Briggs because she has a were-coyote as her main character and Coyote shows up sometimes too. Walter Wangerin Jr. because an arrogant rooster as a main character can’t be beat, and Roberrt Holdstock because he nailed the feeling of OLD that comes with literature from old England stories.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

The Last Unicorn – it inspired me to write and captures my imagination more than anything else. Ariel, by Stephen R. Boyett, because its edgy and real-feeling and made me want to throw the book across the room when I was done. The Book of the Dun Cow by WWJr. above – it may have a some heavy Christian overtones, but the characters are real and vibrant and stand out in a way that is really hard to describe. There is a sadness to it that underlies the story, but there is also a triumph to it at the end when you realize who the real hero is. Which is also tragic.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Mercedes Thompson from the books by Patricia Briggs. She’s no nonsense, a were-coyote sort of, and is also a mechanic (as was my dad, so I can relate). Nora Kelly from the Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child novels. I love archaeology and the writers use their knowledge to make her such a great character. Harry Dresden – because Harry Dresden!

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Don’t give up! it may take time, but you will get there! It took me decades to bring Keyralithsmus to light, but I never gave up. Then it was the right time, and it worked.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

For the dream cast, I have only really figured out who would play Deirdre, and that would be Claudia Jessie. Peter Gabriel would be the one to create the sound track for The Crystal Pawn and The Ivory Queen. Possibly in conjunction with Hans Zimmer! I mean, if you’re going to dream big…!

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Keep an eye out for Demond!

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

My website is www.deborahjarvis.com

All other links can be found at https://linktr.ee/the_rael_coyote

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My Thoughts on Man In the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

My Thoughts on Man In the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

My love for Classic Literature has never wavered. And while I must admit that “Man In the Iron Mask” was not my favorite book ever, it was also not my least favorite book ever.

My first introduction to the Three Musketeers was the PBS show “Wishbone” about the dog who retold stories from Classic Literature. My second was the 1993 film with Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chriss O’Donnell, and Oliver Platt. I loved them so much I had to read the book, and I loved the book start to finish.

But that was where my adventure with this series ended until recently. I had The Man In the Iron Mask on my read list for several years before it finally floated to top of my audio book collection. I listened to it, I enjoyed some parts, did not really enjoy some others, but loved the story as a whole.

Without giving away any details, what I learned most from this read was the way Dumas concluded the adventures of Porthos, Athos, Aramis, and d’Artagnan the four friends that all began with The Three Musketeers.

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My Thoughts on V For Vendetta by Alan Moore

From V For Vendetta – Alan Moore

My Thoughts on V For Vendetta by Alan Moore

My first introduction to V For Vendetta was the film with Natalie Portman. When the film came out, I was already in love with Natalie from her role as Queen/Senator Amidala from Naboo in the Star Wars Series. But after seeing her play Evie. Well, she became a favorite actress of mine.

I loved the film so much that I immediately checked out the graphic novel. And I loved that as much as I loved film.

So let’s fast forward a few years. I was faced with a challenge. Write a dystopian story. I thought about my favorite dystopian stories. 1984. Hunger Games. That old graphic novel, V for Vandetta. Hey, I loved V. Let’s check it out again. So I jump on my computer and go to my library’s site and low and behold. My eyes widened. My heart beat increased. Alan Moore had written V as a novel, and it was available as an audiobook. Double wow.

The next day I was listening to the audiobook at work, and I forgot where I was, what I as doing. Because I was transported to the world of V For Vendetta, and I fell in love with Evie all over again. This time with the character Evie, not with the actress. Well, I had to not listen to V at work, but I listened to it everywhere else. I have never been so completely engaged with someone else’s story before. The novel was every bit as good as the graphic novel and the film.

What did I learn from it? Dystopian world building. Structural beat for a dystopian story. World-building. Character development. Effective use of backstory. Symbolism.

A current work in progress of mine, Dragon’s Deceit, was strongly influenced by themes, symbolism, and the beat of V for Vendetta.

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My Thoughts on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

My Thoughts on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I have an author friend who is currently writing a Phantom of the Opera retelling in a contemporary, young adult, academy, Christian multi-genre blend style. It is beautifully crafted story, and I can’t wait for her to publish it so I can share it with all my friends.

But in talking with my author friend about what inspired her to focus on a gothic horror story, I got thinking about my favorite gothic horror book. Well, books. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Dracula by Bram Stoker. And I was drawn to the idea of writing my own Frankenstein retelling that focused on the creator’s responsibilities for its creations. That has always been my favorite theme in Frankenstein. When the monster says to Frankenstein that it did not know how to act because he (Dr. Frankenstein) failed to teach him ethics, I am always like *mic drop.

So I took the time to re-read Frankenstein and focus on the themes of the original text, and think about what I would like to include in my own retelling someday.

I love this book. There is so much more to the original story than scary serial killing monster.

Using guilt as a motivating factor. So much of Frankenstein’s life after the monster wakes up is driven by his guilt. When I eventually get around to crafting my own Frankenstein retelling, I need to remember the power of guilt as a motivator.

To be honest, I already can’t wait to read this again and glean from it what I can to help inspire my own writings. That’s the power of favorite books, I think. Every time I read my favorite books, I find a new reason to love them.

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR T. Norman

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR T. Norman

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I live in southeast Wisconsin with my wife, two children, and chocolate lab. I love hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, sailing, and almost anything outdoors.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I started writing to develop a story I had building within me. I’ve had these characters and plot in my mind since I was a child, and I wanted to finally take that from an idea and put it into something real. I am constantly reading, watching tvs or movies, and consuming many forms of media. This helps fill my creative well and inspire me to continue writing and developing new stories.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

I have so many favorite authors, it’s hard to narrow it down. Some of them include Brandon Sanderson, Peter V Brett, Michael Sullivan, Brian Staveley, George R.R. Martin, and J.R.R. Tolkein. I love books with large casts of characters, unique worlds and magic systems, and realistic stakes.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

The Stormlight Archives, Mistborn, Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, Riyria Revelations, and so many more. Similar with my favorite authors, these all have unique and relatable characters, great world-building, and make me feel a connection to the story.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Some individuals I love are Dalinar Kholin from Stormlight Archives, Hadrian Blackwater from Riyria, Vaelin Al Sorna from Raven’s Shadow, and too many more to list. I want a character that has some moral struggles, that toes the line between good and evil, with a rich back story. I don’t need a perfect character who is always good, I want to see the depth and their imperfections.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

No two author journeys are the same. Even if you start at the exact same time as someone else, your writing pace and ideal publishing rate will be different. Don’t try to compete or keep up with other authors, find what works for you and stick with it.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

When I started writing my series, I find it helpful to help cast the characters so I have a better idea of who they are. My main character, Rysh Trell, would be played by Ewan McGregor. His son, Gant, would be played by Tom Holland. Julia Rawson played by Willow Shields. I could keep going, almost every character in my book I have someone designated to play them.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I love writing long and intertwined stories. There are lots of characters, some you will love to hate and some you will hate to love.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

I have a lot of information on my website, jntpress.com On there I have an interactive map of Draxos, the world my book is set in, where you can find out more about each of the cities and towns the characters visit. My books are available on all major retailers.

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My Thoughts on Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray

My Thoughts on Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray

Okay, so maybe split timeline stories are the wave of the new Disney-Approved Canon of Star Wars stories. The Ahsoka book did it, Thrawn Alliances, Dooku Jedi Lost, and now Master & Apprentice. I wonder if the new Queen Amidala stories are split-timeline. I’ll find out when I get to them.

Even though I am interested in reading more split-timeline stories, because I am working on a project that I think will work best as a split-timeline, I did not choose this one because of that. I chose this story because it is about Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn, two of my favorite Jedi. They are the perfect pair. Obi-Wan believes in the rules and traditions of the Jedi, but has a bit of a rebellious streak, and Qui-Gon believes in listening to the living force and doing what the force asks of him as it asks it.

This story had a lot to offer to me. I care a lot more about the force and Jedi religion than the technology and science of the Star Wars-verse. I was enthralled with this tale from start to finish.

Aside from seeing how a new author (well, new to me, I mean) wrote a split-timeline story, I learned a lot about character development, and humanizing your characters. One of the side characters in this story is a friend of Master Jinn’s, and he had a rough backstory. Forgiving oneself for past mistakes is not easy, especially when someone close to you dies or is injured as a result of that mistake. And Gray did a great job of showing that in way that touched my heart.

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My Thoughts on Dooku: Jedi Lost by Cavan Scott

My Thoughts on Dooku: Jedi Lost by Cavan Scott

Yet another Star Wars book that tells two stories, one in the present and one in the past. I am beginning to wonder if this is the new norm for Star Wars.

This was an interesting read, and I enjoyed it a great deal. I loved watching Dooku’s adventures, learning about Dooku’s past, and understanding what turned him from Jedi to Sith Apprentice.

Seeing another split timeline book is probably my biggest takeaway. I learned tons from the author about how to weave two seemingly different stories from two seemingly different timelines into one complete story. I don’t think I am ready to try my hand at it yet, but I am interested in reading a couple more to see if I can glean anything from other authors on the execution.