Thursday, January 17, 2019

Guest blogger: J.D Sanderson

                                           A Footstep Echo by [Sanderson, J. D.]

Please tell us about your latest book.

My current book is called A Footstep Echo. It’s a character-driven sci-fi time travel mystery. One of my early beta readers described it as Doctor Who meets The Bourne Identity, which I think is perfect.

The book features two main characters – Bernard Abbey and The Mystery Girl. Bernard is a bit of an unusual protagonist because he’s in his 70’s and kind of cranky. The Mystery Girl is 28, and unable to speak. It makes for some interesting character development!

So many sci-fi novels revolve around the question of how people deal with adversity. I wanted mine to be about how we deal with progress.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m currently writing a sequel which I’ve titled The Clock’s Knell. It’s a darker story, told over a five act structure. If the first one was Doctor Who meets The Bourne Identity, this one is Doctor Who meets The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

How do we find out about you and your books?
The best thing to do is follow me on Twitter – You can also follow me on Goodreads or on my Amazon Author page -

Why did you decide to write science fiction novels?

I’ve been a fan of science fiction for as long as I can remember. My influences range from Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica to Lost and Doctor Who. I’m also a collector of a number of classic authors.

My most unique influence has to be my collection of vintage 50’s radio plays. That kind of storytelling forces you to use your imagination – something I really wanted to try and do with my writing.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

All of it.

When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?

I first tried to write at the age of 15. Between 15 and 35, I started and abandoned 10 books. Then I watched the Netflix original series The OA. It blew me away. Once I saw that, I realized there was room in the universe for the smaller scale type of sci-fi story I wanted to tell. I started writing and finished the book within a year.

Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?

I write when I have time. I work a full-time job and am busy raising an adorable baby girl, so time is tight. The good news is I can get 3-5K words done at a time.

What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions?

My wife is insanely supportive and doesn’t mind if I take time late at night after our daughter’s gone to sleep. I prefer to write at night, so it works out well. She’s also one hell of an editor!

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?

A good movie or favorite episode of Star Trek never hurts!

Where do your ideas come from?

I don’t plan out my stories or try to emulate what I love. My best ideas come when I’m winging it at the keyboard and thinking to myself “What haven’t I seen before?”

Do you feel humor is important in sci-fi and why?

Humor can have a place in any type of story. For me, I feel that humorous lines are very expensive, and I shouldn’t spend them unless I absolutely need to. I feel that pop culture storytelling is awash in bathos, the anticlimactic effect created when a joke is inserted. Humor is used so heavily in some TV shows and films that it completely undercuts any dramatic weight. It’s something I try like hell to avoid.

What kind of research do you do?

A TON. I’m not operating in the science fantasy realm. My books are character-driven, but they’re hard science fiction. I listened to hours of podcasts and free college lectures. I also read ever old physics or futurism book I had on my shelves to make sure I was keeping things believable.

Please tell us about yourself.

I’m fortunately enough to work in communications, which means I get to write every single day. I’m married to a wonderful woman, and we have a beautiful daughter and spunky mini poodle we love very much. Currently, we live in Central, South Dakota

What are some of your favorite things to do?

I love to walk the dog, write, play music, and go to the movies. A trip to Starbucks never hurts either!

Do you have a favorite author? Favorite book?

My favorite author is sci-fi maverick Charles Sheffield. My favorite book, however, is Watership Down.

Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?

David Weber, Ted Chiang, William H. Keith, Jr, Isaac Asimov, Frederick Pohl, and Robert Heinlein.

What do you think of critique groups in general?

I haven’t used one before. I’ve heard good and bad things. Right now, I prefer to work with a few beta readers of varied tastes and interests.

Where do you see yourself in five years?


How many books have you written, how many have been published?

I’ve written and published one novel, with a sequel hot on its heels. I’ve also submitted two short stories to some great publications, and am waiting to hear back.

After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it?

I had to buy it to get my own copy. I reread it before starting work on the sequel.

Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?

One of the characters in my first book is a young female scientist named Tal. She’s short, kind of mousy, and very shy. She’s the opposite of almost everyone else. Much to my surprise, she became a fan favorite character. I guess she’s become one of mine as well, because she’s taken a leading role in the sequel story.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

You get to create the world as you wish to see it.

If you weren't writing, what would you be doing?

Something creative I’m sure. That bug has bitten me one way or another since I was 5.

What is your greatest desire?

To tell stories, and to be a good husband and dad.

Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?

Be original, and write for you. Try not to worry if someone else likes or approve it. It’s cliché, but what matters the most is whether or not you love it.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Karma Is A Bitch

Karma Is A Bitch by [Stevens, Lizzy, Miller, Steve]

Karmas are immortals that kept the not so good people in line. They lived by the motto “Do bad things bad things will happen.” Tessa Waters was one of the best Karmas of the Karma realm. However, she wasn’t the fastest. She would watch over the realms, Earth, being her main realm. When she saw somebody not behaving she would send down a Karma punishment on that person. They were always funny and made the other Karmas laugh but she wasn’t fast enough. The head Karma thought it would help Tessa if instead of watching from a far she went down to Earth and passed out the punishments up close. Maybe that would make her faster. She could not return until she hit 100 Karmas. Tessa thought that would be no problem. Until the trickster of all tricksters, Loki, got in her way. How was she supposed to pass out Karmas if Loki was right in the way playing pranks on everyone? Now Tessa had to deal with the trouble makers and Loki. How was she supposed to hit her goal of 100 and make it back home? 

Quick Read ~ Short Story

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Why I write short stories

Why I write short stories and quick reads.

There is a place in this world for both large long novels and short ones. Everyone doesn't have the same amount of time. I remember when my boys were in elementary school. For the pick up line you had to get there close to an hour early or you would be wrapped around the building and down the road LOL  So you have close to an hour to just sit and wait. Short stories and even the shorter quick reads are perfect for that. 

You don't have to worry about losing your place or forgetting what you read because you might not get a chance to pick the book back up for a few days. Especially if you started reading it in the drive up line at school on a Friday. It's going to be Monday before you get a chance to read again and by then you have lost your place and need to go back and reread a few pages.

Or people who have to sit in the waiting room at the doctor's office. Sometimes you sit out there for a half hour to an hour to be called. A good little fast read that you can do all in that one sitting is perfect. You were kept from being bored and you finished the story so you don't have to worry about where you left off.

Life can be crazy busy and a fast getaway is perfect.

Don't look down on short story authors. Just because the book isn't 500 pages doesn't mean it isn't just as good as the 500 page book.

There is a place in this world for both.

Thanks to all of my readers who take a chance on my books. I couldn't do this without you!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Guest Blogger: KC Sprayberry

Blaze A Team Omega Thriller is an exciting psychological thriller from best-selling author, K.C. Sprayberry. This particular story has been in my to be completed files for sixteen years. The concept was always a group of Elementals, individuals capable of manipulating earth, wind, water, and air to control wildfires, working together and sometimes against each other. It wasn’t until I noticed a trend of brush fires in California, blazes that seemed almost unnatural, that I came up with the thrilling adventure this tale is now.

Fires ravage California for eight long years.

Into the fray of taming these beasts comes a group of people with the power to control the elements of fire, water, wind, and earth.

Their only duty is to subdue the flames ravaging the state, to assist firefighters, hot shots, and smoke jumpers dedicated to protecting the Golden State.

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One team stands out among the others, a group of four twenty-three year olds. They came into their abilities while these blazes were at their strongest. Dakota Henderson, Cary Toronto, Fante Cyndall, and Luisa Henderson appear to be ordinary people, doing normal jobs. Yet, when the call out comes, they dive into the belly of the beast to protect those threatened with the flames of destruction.

One of them receives the ability to lead all Elementals, the powers to battle against rogues from their organization. Can this individual put a stop to these wildfires and bring peace back to the embattled state?

About K.C. Sprayberry

Born and raised in Southern California, K.C. Sprayberry is living a dream she’s had since she first discovered the magic of books. She traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She’s been married to her soulmate for a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities.

A multi-genre author, K.C. Sprayberry is always on the hunt for new stories. Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.







Tuesday, December 11, 2018

My youngest and his belief in Santa Clause

My youngest is now almost 15 & I still remember the time he asked if Santa was real. My husband and I agreed that we would follow the tradition but we wouldn't lie. If they came right out and asked then we would be honest.

So we did the whole leave the cookies and milk out for Santa year after year. We wrote letters. They got photos taken at the local store.

Then Kindergarten came about LOL and he came in and he said kids were arguing about it at school. Some said he wasn't real some said he was. So what is the answer? Is he real or not.

That's when I told him that Santa wasn't real but not to mess it up for other kids. Now that you know you keep this secret so they can continue to have fun with it.
He nodded his head and says that's what I thought LOL 

And he never told. 

A Surprise For Christmas by [Stevens, Lizzy]

Samantha wasn’t expecting what she got for Christmas this year. Her doorbell rang and there sitting on her porch was a baby in a basket. This changes her life for the good. But then something happens. The baby’s father comes for his child. How can Samantha convince him that she is the best thing for the child?

The Christmas Wish by [Stevens, Lizzy]

Bethany’s life is turned upside down when she lost the love of her life Tyson on Christmas. A year goes by when she is suddenly offered a chance to undo the past by Fate dressed up as Santa. Is this for real? Can she really make a wish on a star and get her beloved back or is somebody playing a mean trick on her?

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Guest Blogger: Nicole C Luttrell

After years of war between Montelair and Septa, the two thrones are united by family. Victor's nephew, Morgan, is sharing the throne with the last heir of the royal line, Jacob. He and Lenore decide to travel to Montelair with their newborn daughters to help broker peace.But peace among their own people is harder to achieve. The city is tormented by a terrorist who calls himself The Tinker. He and his group of anarchists plant bombs through the city and call for the death of the new kings from every street corner.Meanwhile, in Calistar, Sultiana and Devon are marching to war with Kussier. The ancient hatred between the two countries is sprung anew when Sultiana is declared heir to the Calistar throne.Waiting at the border, though, is a much darker enemy. A force from legend threatens to consume both countries, and possibly the world.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Guest Blogger: Anne Joyce

It’s the distant future and the country is overtaken by wealthy moguls who dominate the water supply and sell it back to the public at ridiculous prices. After a drastic crime increase “indigents” who can’t afford water are stripped of their belongings and forced out of town by an army of brutes called Purifiers.

Life becomes harsh and ominous for the bright, ambitious Joshua Wyman and his group until they begin to occasionally receive food and other basic amenities from the Brutes. When a blatant abuse of Purifier power during a routine visit leaves them reeling Joshua and his friends reach their breaking point.

They devise a plan to steal the Purifiers’ vehicle during their next visit and find a place where water is affordable. Their journey across the uncharted wastelands filled with murderers and thieves proves to be far more than this civilized, benevolent crew bargained for. Growing tensions within the nearby towns may cause the two worlds to collide, creating an epic storm.