09 Jan 2014

Terry Reid: “Crashing down to Earth”

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“Crashing Down to Earth (Part One)” by Terry Reid is a hugely entertaining paranormal story about the relationship between Hayley and her Guardian Angel Alex.
Although Alex has a lot of ‘regular’ angel attributes and behaviour he often appears all too human, which makes him a really great and often unpredictable character. He fights demons and protects Hayley but not all of his actions are approved by the ‘Elders’, who summon him for help in a much bigger plot.
Having insight into both Hayley’s and Alex’s perspective through the omniscient point of view enables the reader to understand more clearly where the two of them are coming from and for me this added to the charm of the novel.
The book is written with fresh and realistic dialogue, the plot moves fast and sets us up for the next part in the series. There are plenty of surprises and unexpected events as we follow the many likeable characters through the smaller problems and bigger adventure.
In a market almost saturated with paranormal and supernatural books to me this is a refreshing and welcome addition to the genre

Interview with Terry:

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and a person.

I mainly write fantasy and science fiction novels but I do try to give them a realistic feel as much as possible (as silly as that sounds, I know). As for myself, I live in Dumfries in southern Scotland and have done so for a number of years now. I work full time, so sometimes it’s hard to juggle the job and finding the time to write. I also enjoy painting and running as hobbies.

What made you become a writer? Have you always written?

I have always written, ever since I was a child. Although it has only been this last year that I’ve felt confident enough to release novels. It’s always been my first passion.

Where did you get the inspiration to write about a guardian angel?

It actually came from a dream I had about seven years ago now. Alex was modelled on someone I met in my dream. There’s actually a train scene early on in the prequel to Crashing Down to Earth, Stars and Satellites, which is based on this dream.

Do you see the angel component as religious or simply paranormal?

I see the angel element as simply being paranormal. I’m not a religious person and I only wrote the book for entertainment only. It doesn’t carry any religious messages and it’s not intended to step on anyone’s beliefs. It’s just a bit of fun!

How did the character come to you and why did you decide to write him so human? 7803_161852973986944_1203517126_n

As previously mentioned, Alex was based on a dream. Alex was written the way he is so he can gel easier with the other, human characters. Although there are settings I have thrown in when he will say and do things that will remind the reader that he is not. Also, he needed to be relatable on some level.

Who would play the characters in the movie – if you could chose any actor?

Hayley would ideally need someone who is brunette and a bit feisty – Natalie Portman might be a good choice. As for Alex, Jake Gyllenhaal might fit the bill if he dyed his hair black.

Do you have a favourite genre to read yourself?

Yes, my favourite genre is fantasy. But I do read others.

Tell us a little about the history of “Crashing Down to Earth”. How long did it take you to write and publish?

It took about eight months from concept to the finished product but it was a hard slog. The sequel will likely take longer to finish as it will be a longer book. I started the sequel in June and I’m about two third or the way through.

How do readers respond to the book?

Feedback has generally been positive (thankfully), which is nice after the slamming I’ve received for previous books.

What was the easiest about writing the book and what was the hardest?

The easiest part to write was the characters. The hardest had to be the ending, as it is the first of a two part story. The last chapter in Crashing Down to Earth was originally going to feature at the start of the sequel but I felt it would leave a little too many unanswered questions for readers, so in it went!

What are your next projects?

The next project is Crashing Down to Earth (Part Two), which I am currently writing.

What is your life like? What do you do for pleasure and work when you are not writing?

My life’s quite boring most of the time but it has its moments. I have a large family, which keeps me busy, as I see them a lot. As previously mentioned, I enjoy running long distances. I also paint and I read books. I also play video games, but I’m not sure which next gen console to get just now.

What are your favourite books/ films/ albums?

I really like the Song of Ice and Fire books (Game of Thrones as they’re known to the masses). My favourite films include How to Train Your Dragon, The Shawshank Redemption and a ton of other ones I can’t remember right now.

What are your views on independent publishing? 472044_105804122925163_1814082543_o

Independent publishing gives authors a lot more control over their books but it also means a lot more work. If you’re not sure about marketing (like I was when I first started), it is best to speak to people who have gone down this avenue for advice. It does take a lot of hard work.

Can you recommend any indie books/ authors?

I would recommend Travis Luedke’s Nightlife Series and CJ Sullivan’s Wings of the Divided. They’re some of my favourites.

What would your friends tell us if we asked for your best and your oddest qualities?

They would tell you that I’m odd, full stop. (Lol) What is your favourite animal/ colour? My favourite animals are dogs. I grew up with them and I’ve always had them around. I’m not sure if I have a favourite colour but I do like red and blue.

What would you take to a remote island?

A knife, a box of matches, a fishing rod and a tent. Who would you like to invited for dinner and why? I can’t say it’s something I’ve ever really considered. Sorry! I know that is such a boring answer!

 I sometimes post updates on my author Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTerryReid or on

Twitter @AuthorTerryReid

Amazon: http://bookShow.me/B00EF7XIXK

18 Dec 2013

“PORTALS” by MAER WILSON – Virtual BLOGTOUR

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PORTALS by Maer Wilson is the newest in her  Series .

I have read and loved the first novel, ‘Relics’ and here is my review of RELICS, followed by an interview with Maer, a giveaway and an excerpt.

“Relics” by Maer Wilson is a lovely paranormal story about two mediums or paranormal detectives, if you so will. I read two shorter novels by the author before this, so I knew what to expect but I rally enjoyed to stay with a Thulu story for a little longer. 
The story begins with La Fi / Fiona’s family background and her love for her Nana, setting a warm and loving tone for the paranormal story to come. Wilson has created great characters, likeable and entertaining, just right for younger adults and those who like pleasant characters.
La Fi and her husband Thulu are approached once more by a ghost who wants to find a lost piece of jewellery which a man named Jones has taken after killing the now ghost. But Jones has not only offended this one ghost. Then there is a murderer to be stopped and there are portals that can let supernatural creatures into the world.
This is a fun read, fresh, witty and lively, with great suspense – but just right so to keep us interested but not scared off. I personally love books with mediums and powers of intuition and Wilson has written a particularly good one here.
I hate to use this phrase in reviews but I do look forward to the next book in the series.

Maer Author

 

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and a person.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today. Portals is my second novel and is the sequel to Relics, Book 1 of The Thulukan Chronicles. I’m a relatively new writer – for novels anyway. I wrote a bad play and a better screenplay years ago, but never did anything with them.

I teach Theatre at a local college, play MMOs (online interactive games). Of course, I love to read and watch movies. My two dogs are almost always nearby. I live in the high desert of Southern Nevada.

What was the appeal to write for a younger audience?

I’m smiling because I didn’t write this for a younger audience, since my characters are married adults. I’ve had a lot of people tell me this could be read by mid-teens and up. So it’s easy to see how someone might think that I intended this for Young Adults. However, I had adults in mind when I wrote it. Specifically me. J

How did you come up with the idea? Have you ever been to see a medium?

I haven’t! That’s kind of odd now that I think about it. I wanted my characters to have special abilities and those were the ones that just came to mind.

How did you come up with these great characters? Who or what inspired you?

Thank you, I’m glad you like them. They were inspired by their names and I got those from playing online games. In WoW (World of Warcraft), this couple had similar names and I was going to give them nicknames to make it easier. Just as I was typing the names in chat to tell them, the light bulbs went off and I knew they were characters I had to write about. I erased the message and never sent it. Instead I wrote Relics. 

Tell us a little about the history of the books and your writing. How long did it take you to write and publish?

I wrote Relics in five weeks and then spent a year in revisions. I spent a year shopping it around. Relics was published in May, 2013 by Crescent Moon Press. Portals came in at about 2 months for the first draft and again I spent almost a year in revisions and editing. However, I self-published Portals.

What is the easiest about writing and what is the hardest?

I love every aspect of the creating and revising process. I think editing is fun. Can you tell I’m new? J The publishing and marketing aspects are the most difficult for me. That could be because they are the business aspects and feel more like work.

What are your next projects? Portals cover Sm

I’m currently writing Magics, Book 3 of The Thulukan Chronicles and I’ll have another short story from the series out in spring. I also have a Biography/Memoir I’m working on. There’s a historical fantasy I’ve started that I’d love to finish but I think that will get pushed back to 2015. I have a new sci fi series I plan to start writing in 2014.

What is your life like? What do you do for pleasure and work when you are not writing?

My life is actually very quiet. I do some traveling, but only a few times a year. I teach college part time. My fave pastime is to play MMOs – online games and read. I watch movies, play with the dogs and even get some hiking in now and then.

Can you recommend any indie books/ authors?

There are so many awesome books out by Indies, it would be tough for me to mention just a few. However, if anyone wants an idea of who I’m reading, they can check out my Goodreads shelf. J

What is your favourite book of all times?

I don’t have just one. I love the George R.R. Martin series A Song of Ice and Fire and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

What would your friends tell us if we asked for your best and your oddest qualities?

Best – Dependable, Loyal, Loving

Oddest – Eccentric, Eclectic, Highly Focused

What would you take to a remote island?

Potatoes, tomatoes, steak, flour, sugar, milk, apples, cocoa, eggs and butter.

Who would you like to invited for dinner and why?

William Shakespeare – Then I could find out who he really was.

George R.R. Martin and J.K. Rowling – because I admire their work.

Leonardo da Vinci – I think he’d be fascinating.

Robin Williams – because I think he’d be loads of fun.

Dr. Who – because a Time Lord would be different. J

What are you writing at the moment and where would we find out about your future projects?

I’m currently writing Magics, Book 3 of The Thulukan Chronicles.

What else would you like us to know about you and your books?

I’m enjoying writing them and hope readers will enjoy reading them. I love the idea of magic returning to Earth, but when I started exploring that theme, the books took me places I didn’t expect.

Thanks so very much, Christoph for allowing me to drop by!

 

Portals Cover Blurb

For supernatural detectives Thulu and La Fi, “normal” is a relative term. La Fi is a medium, Thulu is a finder, and their usual clients are already dead.

But when their friend Reo is shot, and a group of stranded angels show up at their house for help to find a missing child, things are striking too close to home.

And now the portals that let the magical races return to Earth have started opening on their own.

With trips off-world, a kidnapped psychic and changes to their own abilities, Thulu and La Fi are hit with a lot more than they usually handle. Of course, their magical friends are there to help, but even they may not be enough to save an increasingly unstable Earth.

Portals is the sequel to Relics and is Book 2 in The Thulukan Chronicles.

Maer’s Bio

After a successful career being other people, and later teaching others the many tricks of that trade, Maer Wilson has decided to be herself for a while. Turns out she’s a writer. She’s always loved stories, especially fantasy, mystery and sci fi. Maer was born in the Year of the Dragon and has a dragon-themed room in her home, but sadly no dragons in the back yard. When she’s not writing, Maer plays online video games, teaches college and reads. She also co-hosts the literary podcast, MythBehaving and writes for two gaming fansites. Maer lives in the high desert of Southern Nevada with her two dogs, a chihuahua and a poodle. Portals is Book 2 in The Thulukan Chronicles. You can find all books and novelettes in The Thulukan Chronicles at Amazon. You can visit Maer’s website at http://maerwilson.com/.

 

You can find out about Maer and her latest news at these links:

Maer’s Website: http://maerwilson.com/

Maer on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Maer-Wilson/e/B00CDX29YW/

Maer on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maer-Wilson-Author/149085628472833

Maer on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MaerWilson

Maer at Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7040319.Maer_Wilson

Maer at Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/maerw/boards/

 

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Maer’s Links

Maer’s Website: http://maerwilson.com/

Maer on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Maer-Wilson/e/B00CDX29YW/

Maer on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maer-Wilson-Author/149085628472833

Maer on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MaerWilson

Maer at Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7040319.Maer_Wilson

Maer at Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/maerw/boards/

Relics at Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17767013-relics

Relics Paperback at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Relics-Maer-Wilson/dp/1939173310/

Relics Kindle at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Relics-ebook/dp/B00CLB6HUI/

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Portals Kindle at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Portals-Book-The-Thulukan-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00H5O9P5A/

“Ghost Memory” (A Thulukan Chronicles Story, #1) – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E5W1W2Y/

“Unwanted Ghost” (A Thulukan Chronicles Story, #2) – http://www.amazon.com/Unwanted-Ghost-Thulukan-Chronicles-Story-ebook/dp/B00FYACAZO/

 

Praise for Portals

“Juggling angels, psychics, and a myriad of other magical folk (and their problems), Thulu and La Fi return in Portals to find a kidnapping victim, and maybe just save the universe as a side job. Maer Wilson does a beautiful job of painting their world, weaving a mystery, and sprinkling on a touch of humor in her sophomore fantasy. Such a fun escape!” —LynDee Walker, bestselling author of the Headlines in High Heels Mysteries.

 

Praise for Relics

“‘Relics‘ is a powerful read which will challenge long-held perceptions of good vs. evil and Light vs. Dark well after the book is finished.” Diane M. Haynes, author of Rift Healer, YA finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.

 

“In Relics, author Maer Wilson takes everything you think you know about the creatures of the fantasy world and twists it around to create a unique and engaging story.”  Constance Philips, author of Resurrecting Harry and Fairyproof.

 

Excerpt from Portals

That night Parker had popped in to wake us at two in the morning to tell us our best friend, Reo, had been shot. The young ghost was distraught and panicked.

“They’re on the back porch! You have to go help.”

“Where is he?” I asked groggily, as I jumped out of bed.

Thulu was instantly awake beside me, although he didn’t seem any more alert than I did.

“Back porch.” Parker enunciated each word in slight exasperation. “Go, please!”

Thulu looked at me, and I told him what Parker had said. Thulu can read lips, but even with a night light the room was too dark.

Thulu threw off the sheet and we both ran from the room. I was briefly glad we’d been wearing PJs.

Heart pounding, I took a few precious seconds to check on our three year old son, Carter. His night light showed him blissfully unaware of anything. Whatever happy dreams he was having made him smile slightly in his sleep. I sighed in relief that he wasn’t having another of his nightmares.

Downstairs, Thulu had turned on the kitchen and porch lights. In spite of the panic moments before, none of the three people on the porch seemed frantic when I joined them.

 Thulu looked relieved, Reo was on the floor, but seemed stoic, and Sloane knelt beside him, brow furrowed only slightly in concentration as he dealt with the wound.

My heart rate slowed down and my own fear started to slowly dissipate. My heart gradually dropped from my throat back to its accustomed place in my chest. Still my hands were shaking, and I felt the slight chill from outside. The porch was screened in, and the late August day had been hot, but the night brought a cool breeze that made its way along my arms.

The scent of flowers from the backyard didn’t quite mask the smell of the blood that pooled on the porch floor around Reo. Sloane, his partner and an elf, had already removed Reo’s jacket and shirt. A bullet lay on the floor, and I could see the shoulder wound was already healing and closing up. In a few moments, only the blood would remain as evidence that he’d been shot.

Reo’s face was white. The strain showed around his brown eyes and his handsome face had the sheen of sweat on it.  His short brown hair that was usually spiked, lay damp and flat against his head, but he gave me a shaky smile.

“Bastard ruined my favorite jacket.”

 

 

10 Aug 2013

Magazine Article and Blog Interview with Writer Christoph Fischer

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LUCKY ME!

I WAS INVITED BY THE

WONDERFUL KATY O’DOWD ON

HER BLOG FOR A QUICK INTERVIEW 

AND AM FEATURED N THE AUGUST EDITION OF

BKKWALKERSCAFE MAGAZINE

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Here is a quick excerpt from the short interview:

 

Who are you?

I am a writer of predominantly historical fiction, dog breeder, book reviewer, lapsed vegan, blogger, German in exile, night time runner and an avid reader.

What are you working on?

I am currently editing the third book in my Three Nations Trilogy, loosely entitled “The Black Eagle Inn”, which is set in post-war Germany and like its predecessors is an epic family saga dealing with the effects of war on the little man.

What’s your favourite thing in the whole entire world?

Cuddling up with the dogs by the fireplace watching a good film or TV series.

And most unfavourite?

Horseradish.

Marmalade or marmite?

Marmalade.

If you could be any person from history, film, literature or music, who would you be and why?

Sigmund Freud. The philosophers and psychologists of that era seemed to have had an exciting and promising career ahead and great personal devotion to their work.

And while we’re on about it, what’s your favourite album/book/movie?

Album: Portishead “Dummy”
Book: Gregory David Roberts: “Shantaram”
Movie: “Casino Royale” (Woody Allen)

What’s the best thing that has ever happened to you?

My dogs and my partner.

And the worst?

Road rage (receiving).

Any words of wisdom to leave us with?

The answer is 42.

 

 

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