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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS “Spiraling Fate of A Strazmei” BY James Quinlan Meservy

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “Spiraling Fate of A Strazmei” by James Quinlan Meservy

 

 

 

First, let’s get to know you a bit.  Tell us something unique about yourself:

Something unique? What have I not already shared?  I really don’t remember.  So, how about I say this.  I come from a yours/mine/ours family and have four brothers, and seven sisters.  I have one biological brother, one step-brother, one half-brother, and one adopted brother.  Then I have three biological sisters, and four step-sisters.

 

 

What is the Genre and Audience for this book:

Spiraling Fate of a Strazmei, A Realm of the Light Short Story, is a companion short story to my Realm of the Light Series, and as such it is a YA title.

 

What was the inspired you to write this book:

Zrete-Vi-Addock is who inspired this story.  You first meet Zrete in Denizens Among Us, The Realm of the Light Book 2, as a member of Raz-No-Yedenie, or in other words, The United.  When Zrete becomes a Creature of Rai, she chooses to follow the beliefs of the Serpent Faction (that all Creatures of Rai are equal in the eyes of the Creator), and eventually becomes the head of that faction, the Strazmei.

Now comes the inspiration.  Spiraling Fate of a Strazmei shows the transition in Zrete’s thinking from follower of the Light to follower of the Serpent Faction.

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Tell us about your book:

Spiraling Fate of A Strazmei takes place right after Arctyrus, Amyrith, and Vulktyramous Hunter leave Buz-Perr-Addock for the Rhineland, an event which is chronicled in Denizens Among Us, The Realm of the Light Book 2.

The story is about the rest of Zrete’s life.  I don’t want to drop too many spoilers here, but I will add that Zrete and Wolf do marry, become King and Queen of Myrr, and unite the neighboring kingdoms in peace.  But at what cost?

 

Where can we purchase your book:

 

Spiraling Fate of a Strazmei, A Realm of the Light Short Story is exclusively available in:

Hidden Worlds: The Dwelling (A Scifi & Fantasy Anthology Volume 1)

 

Available on Amazon TODAY:

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B1V4TKQ

 

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Heart of the Phoenix King part of the Glimpses of Time and Magic Anthology by Joanna White

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Heart of the Phoenix King part of the Glimpses of Time and Magic Anthology by Joanna White

 

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

I used to be involved in taekwondo and I loved it! Since then, I’ve gotten a bit lazy, haha.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Fantasy – people in their 20s and 30s who love fantasy books

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I loved the idea of the early colonies and I had already done Jamestown in a previous story. So, Roanoke gave me the chance to play with the fantasy elements of it and still be true to history.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Roanoke and what happened to the early colony is a mystery. No one knows how the colony disappeared. Some people think it was a fight with Native Americans, or disease, but the truth is far, far worse. Every thousand years, a new Phoenix King rises and now, this one has come to Roanoke.

 

 

 

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS “DARCARA” BY K. Michele Moseley

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “DARCARA” by K. Michele Moseley

 

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First, let’s get to know you a bit.  Tell us something unique about yourself:

I like to pick up extra hobbies whenever possible. I’ve been a portrait artist. I’ve done embroidery. I sew my own clothes and costumes. I like to make wood-burned art called pyrography. I taught myself how to Yodel in College. My husband and I restore old furniture. I dabble in type-writer repair. Really anything creative or having to do with restoration or repair. I love conserving old things or recreating them.

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What is the Genre and Audience for this book:

It’s a young-adult fantasy. Mostly, I write books I’d have liked to read as teenager that carry a little bit of the wisdom I wish I had known back then.

What was the inspired you to write this book:

I was in a fictional slump for years between high school and graduating college. I wasn’t sure I’d ever write fiction again. But my husband, one of our friends, and I were all talking about fantasy books and dragon mythologies, and we created a kind of challenge to all come up with a unique dragon myth we’d never read or seen before. I thought of God and the Old-Testament prophets and wondered what would happen if dragons were these spiritual beings of wisdom and power that the people rejected and called monsters. The story—at least the setting, the first couple chapters, and the ending—hit me all at once like a truck.

Tell us about your book:

It centers on Aenya who was raised in a militaristic society and was coached to be the best from a young age. But she is a member of the last bloodline who can communicated with the dragons, so she knows her people aren’t doing things the way they should be, but there’s nothing she thinks she can do about it but get out. Getting out gets harder to do. War is coming.Rebellion is happening. Things are a mess. She’s been groomed to live in fear, so embracing her identity is really tough for her. It’s a bit of a twist on the “chosen one” trope. What if the chosen one was chosen for two conflicting roles? What if the chosen one doesn’t want to be chosen? What if other chosen ones before her said no, and that’s why she’s in the position in the first place?

Where can we purchase your book:

It will be available through Amazon and Barnes and Nobel, as well as the Crossover Alliance Website. I’ll be at the Realm Makers conference in July if you want to come by and get a signed copy.

 

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS “UNLAWFULLY AT LARGE” BY MARK ROMAIN

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “UNLAWFULLY AT LARGE” by MARK ROMAIN

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

When I was much younger I was heavily involved in the martial arts. I studied western boxing, kick boxing, Wing Chun kung fu, and Escrima. I ran a successful club and even wrote a training manual for Escrima, the Filipino art of stick and knife fighting. That was my first foray into publishing!

 

What is the Genre and Audience for this book:

I write gritty London Noir crime thrillers that are perfect for readers who like realistic police procedurals. The books are full of action, drama and (some would say gallows) humour.

What inspired you to write this book:

I’ve always enjoyed murder, mystery and suspense thrillers and I had promised myself from a young age that I would eventually get around to writing one. Besides which, as I was a real-life homicide detective for over ten years, itmade a great deal of sense towrite about a subject that I actually knew about.For me, it was a no-brainer!

Tell us about your book:

Unlawfully At Large is the second book in the DCI Tyler Thriller series. Here’s the back cover blurb to give you an idea of what the story’s all about:

Claude Winston has been on remand for the past two months awaiting trial for the attempted murder of two police officers. The evidence against him is overwhelming and he knows that he’s looking at spending the rest of his life behind bars.

Then the unthinkable happens, and Winston escapes, leaving a trail of death and destruction in his wake.

DCI Jack Tyler is the man who put him away the first time around, and now he’s got to do it all over again, before Winston can be smuggled abroad to begin a new life somewhere without an extradition treaty.

Recapturing Winston won’t be easy. There are no clues to go on, and none of Winston’s criminal associates are willing to talk to the police, either out of loyalty or fear. As the pressure ramps up, Tyler realises that he’s going to have to pull off a minor miracle if he’s going to prevent Winston from slipping through his fingers and evading justice.

Where can we purchase your book:

Both Unlawfully At Large and Jack’s Back are exclusively available on Amazon in either e-book or paperback format. They are both free to read if you are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

You can find out more about all me and my books by visiting my website www.markromain.com. There are links to the book’s individual Amazon book pages, and you can even download a free copy of my DCI Tyler novella, The Hunt For Chen at the click of a button.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Rise of An Empire by Joshua Reid As Part of Glimpses of Time & Magic Anthology

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Rise of An Empire by Joshua Reid As Part of Glimpses of Time & Magic Anthology

 

 

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

Something unique about me is the fact that I enjoy reading stories that have heavier themes to them like The Divided Nation by indie author Angela R. Watts and Every Bright and Broken Thing by Brian McBride.

 

 

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

YA Historical Fantasy. Audience would be more 14-18 yrs old

 

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WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I always held a fascination with ancient history, particularly the history of the Roman Empire and their many attempts to gain entry into the Gaelic regions (Britannia, later Britain) being one of them. For Rise of An Empire, I found a unique way to show my love for the history of Rome and did not disappoint.

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

My story, Rise of An Empire tells the story of two Roman soldiers who find themselves on the run after the city of Rome is attacked by a clan of enemies known as Goths. However, Rise of An Empire also tells the story of how these two Roman legionnaires, along with some allies find themselves pitted against a force that seemed otherworldly. How can they fight against something like this?

 

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WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

 

 

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson

 

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

Though I was born in Scotland, I grew up in the US until the age of 14 before moving back to Edinburgh. I also lived in the south of France for three years.

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WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Epic Fantasy Mystery for adults

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

A combination of three things: I wanted to write a book set in a fantastical version of Edinburgh, I wanted to write about a group of characters that friends and I had roleplayed for a number of years, and I wanted to write a story that served as an allegory for current events and politics.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Aranok is the first magic-using draoidh to be named King’s Envoy. In the aftermath of a brutal war, he leads a group of strangers across the broken country to restore a foreign queen to her throne. But something is rotten in the kingdom of Eidyn, and nothing is as it seems. Can Aranok bring his group together and uncover the conspiracy at the heart of the kingdom before it brings down the entire country?

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS “A Portrait of Death” By Rhen Garland

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS “A Portrait of Death” By Rhen Garland

 

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First, let’s get to know you a bit.  Tell us something unique about yourself:

I am an absolute movie geek…my husband and I have a huge collection of films and I have a worryingly large capacity for remembering movies, actors, and film gossip…no one will play movie quizzes with me any more!

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What is the Genre and Audience for this BOOK?

A Portrait of Death is a paranormal Victorian murder mystery with a bit of humour, and a touch of the macabre.

I think the best audience would be those readers who enjoy a good historic mystery with touches of humour, but who also enjoy creepy tales and the supernatural.

 

What was it that inspired you to write this book:

I have a great love of books and reading, my Mum taught me how to read before I went to school, so I always had my nose in a book; murder, mystery, true crime, fantasy, horror, action, espionage…I would read anything, and I like to think that my novels show that rounded, inclusive reading pattern.

Several years ago, I became pretty much house bound due to ill health, so I started writing to stop my brains from atrophying, I really enjoyed it and A Portrait of Death was the outcome.

 

I love it when a new character arrives and introduces themselves to me…I never know who or what is going to turn up next!

 

 

Tell us about your book:

A Portrait of Death: The Versipellis Mysteries, Book One, is the firstin a series of paranormal Victorian murder mysteries, following the supernatural investigations of Elliott Caine, and his associate Abernathy Thorne.

 

In the quiet English village of Marmis Parva, a weekend house party is organised by a society hostess…but this is no ordinary soiree.

Renowned Contralto Giselle Du’Lac, society nerve specialist Mr Weatherly Draycott, and young socialite Lady Bunny Ellerbeck are amongst the guests whohave been invited to make it the social event of the season, but the weekend ends in horror when two men are savagely murdered during the course of the evening and a young man, presumed dead, returns home after two years’ imprisonment in South Africa, bringing with him proof of treason.

Detective Chief Inspector Elliott Caine’s long-awaited holiday in the Lake District is cancelled as he is brought in to investigate the peculiar nature of the murders. More bodies are discovered and Elliott has to manoeuvre between high society, Government protocols and the sickening nature of the crimes if he and his old friend, Detective Sergeant Abernathy Thorne, are to catch this sadistic killer, and the traitor lurking amongst the honoured guests.

When Caine’s mysterious past comes back to haunt him, will his judgement be too clouded to focus on solving the crime?

Will the Boer spy’s identity be uncovered before they can flee?

How are these murders connected to another in New York?

 

Where can we purchase your book:

My website, where you can find links to both my books on Amazon is;

 

https://rhengarlandkdp.wixsite.com/rhengarland/books

 

“A Portrait of Death” and the second book in the series “Death in the Sound” are available in Paperback, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Leap of Faith by Ariel Paiement

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Leap of Faith by Ariel Paiement

 

 

 

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

Ariel Paiement here, everyone! I’m a Christian speculative fiction writer in the business of crafting engaging, character-driven fantasy and sci-fi with Christian themes and morals. A unique fact about me is that I went to school for accounting, initially, am now working as a credit analyst, and teach English. I’ll be doing my Masters in Composition/English so I can teach college level English, so I’m doing a 180 from what I started out thinking I’d do. But English and writing of all types have and always will be my passion, so I’m happy with where I’m headed at the moment.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

This short story is a YA historical fantasy. Those who love a good romance set in Victorian England will enjoy this story, especially if they like a little bit of power exchange between a couple.

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WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

It was actually a combination of things that inspired this story. First off, I wanted to revisit an idea I’d had in the first series I ever wrote, entitled the Gate Chronicles. I’ve come a long way since those books and those days as a younger writer, but I still really love the base concept of a magical organization that balances the use of magic and the relations between various magical entities on Earth. So I decided I wanted to at some point write a series about how that organization formed, and Bram was the head character for that set of books. When the idea of the anthology being historical fantasy came up, the two ideas clicked together along with a few other threads. Those other threads were my experiences at school with my best friend and the dynamic of that friendship and then my love for Victorian England (and romances). I had my setting at that point as well as the fact that it would be a romance, predominantly, set in a fantasy version of Victorian England. The last thread came from the friendship I mentioned earlier. My best friend and I had a strong give and take of power in our relationship, and for the first time in my life, I figured out that it was not only freeing but also not wrong to want to submit to a man. I wanted to share that experience and the perspective I have of submission and dominance in a format that would send other readers a strong message that there are people who truly do find freedom in a relationship like Alantha and Bram’s. Often, I’ve heard from friends that having submissive tendencies or being a full-blown submissive is the opposite of being a strong independent woman. This has come both from feminist friends who openly look down on a woman who submits herself to a man and from Christian friends who don’t see the need for submission as normal. People have mocked submissive women for being brainwashed or allowing men to abuse them or take advantage of them. And while it’s certainly true that at times, men take advantage of women with that sort of personality or desire, not all do. I wanted to show the journey of self-discovery that a strong, independent woman can take to find strength even as she submits and to find freedom in belonging to a man that way. Beyond that, I wanted to show that tension between when it’s abusive–which is embodied in Alantha’s ex, who was both insane and abusive–and when it’s a beautiful thing between two people, as it is in the case of Alantha and Bram. I understand that this may turn some readers off. But there are more than enough stories telling young girls, boys, and young women and men that wanting to submit or wanting to dominate is a bad thing. There are also more than enough stories that wrongly make those desires into an abusive or entirely sexual thing, which they are not. So I wrote the kind of story I don’t often see. Setting it in Victorian England allowed me to bring the concept to life in a way that might be more palatable to the modern reader since that sort of picture (the submissive woman and dominant man) is one of the things that many people think of, either in a negative or positive light, when they think of Victorian England.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Well, aside from the theme I discussed above when talking about what inspired the story, the short story serves as an introduction into Bram and Alantha’s world. Since they will be the ones to lead, shape, and form the organization that will be the basic focus of the series that I’m going to be developing to go before the Gate Chronicles, it seemed appropriate that this story tell the tale of how they ended up meeting and how their relationship becomes what it is. Without giving away too much, I told this story because I wanted to set up the two characters that will be the backbone of the historical fantasy/fantasy adventure series I’m planning to build. I don’t know when I’ll get around to working on this series since I have several other books/series that I’m working on right now and don’t want to spread myself to thin, but I can say that I wait with anticipation for the moment when I have the chance to tell more of Bram’s and Alantha’s stories. They are some of my favorite characters to date, and I’m excited to further visit the events and adventures they live through.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

 

 

 

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Aggressive Behavior (Freelance Familiars 4) by Daniel Potter

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Aggressive Behavior (Freelance Familiars 4) by Daniel Potter

 

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

I am washed out mad scientist. Sadly I was far too deep in before I realized the funding situation for mutant animals was too dire to build a career. I had to tunnel out of academia with nothing but a bic pen.

 

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WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Urban fantasy with a good splashing of humor.

 

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WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

The Freelance Familiars series as a whole came about as a total lark. I had gotten myself stuck on the rock goddess scifi I had been working on and nanowrimo was coming up. I tell myself lets try something completely self indulgent. We’ll start with the urban fantasy awakening to the magical world trope but everything is awful. We’ll have our hero not get magical powers of his own but instead be a familiar. Didn’t want to go with a standard black cat so I picked my fav larger kitty, the mountain lion. I started writing, had a ton of fun ruining Thomas’s day and won nanowrimo for the first time. Aggressive Behavior was a reintroduction to the series for me. I had spent a few years working on other projects. It was great to find that all these characters are still a ton of fun to write and puzzle out what makes them tick. Its not what inspired me to write the book but how these characters inspire me to explore them and their world further.

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Freelance Familiars follow one Thomas Khatt after he’s been transformed into a mountain lion and awakened to the hidden magical world. Sure if he were bonded to a witch or wizard he’s a powerful weapon but their employment terms are life long and the pay is literally kibble. Instead with a combination of wit, stubborness and the occasional fang, Thomas rips open a place for himself in this crazy world. He’s aided in his quest for independence by Rudy, a pyromanical squirrel and O’Meara, a nuclear powered fire magus. Together they’re facing down an entire magical society, witches, wizards, werewolves and most foul, the talking animal union.

 

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WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Amazon has the books in ebook, print and audio formats. Series page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074C682XX?ref_=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Apples of Idunn by Matt Larkin

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS  The Apples of Idunn by Matt Larkin

 

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FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF: 
My background is in philosophy, so that definitely seeps into my work in varying degrees throughout my career.
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WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:
It’s a grimdark fantasy reimagining of Norse mythology
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK: 
In the Prose Edda, Snorri Sturluson uses a frame around the stories of his ancestors, presupposing that Odin and they others were mortal sorcerers who tricked King Gylfi of Sweden into believing them gods. By claiming this, he manages to not run afoul of the Church in post-Christian Iceland, while never again mentioning it after the prologue. The idea of it, however, connected with me in terms of historic Indo-European migrations and developed into Norse myth set during an ice age.
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Odin is the jarl of a one of several Ás tribes, barbarians living in Scythia, during an age when the world is polluted with the freezing, soul-stealing mists of Niflheim. The immortal Idunn offers him a limited supply of the source of her immortality, golden apples, if he will make an oath to fulfill an almost impossible task for him. When things turn ill for his family and people, he agrees, having no idea what he has gotten himself into.