Interview Roulette: Jaylee James

Interview Roulette: Soren Summers

This week Soren Summers is playing with us!

  1. Write a story—no more than 100 words–based on this prompt: When the levee failed…. When the levee failed to give Eirich the satisfaction of murdering the Glass Empress, it made the toymaker furious. Nobody told him that the brittle young monarch conducted royal levees from behind the safety of a silver curtain. Spell-spun metal, no doubt. Eirich fingers his contraption carefully, the very reason he was granted the audience: a brass bird that sings, then fires a bullet out of its beak. Certainly not enough to pierce enchanted metal. No, the next time, he will have to be less subtle. The next time, perhaps, a mechanical bear with a cannon up its arse.
  2. If you were magically transported into one of your own books, which one would you choose and why? Smolder, if only because it’s the least dangerous or depressing of them all, which is still saying a lot. The books in my main series feature many more ways to die, whereas the threats in Smolder aren’t quite as in-your-face, eats-your-entrails lethal.
  3. Cats or dogs? Discuss. This is the most difficult question in this interview. They both have compelling qualities. Cats are so low maintenance, and dogs have boundless reserves of unconditional love. Being an incredibly lazy human being I’ll have to say that cats win out by just a hair.
  4. If you could instantly learn another language, which would you choose and why?Mandarin, hands down. Such a fiery language, and so useful for conducting business. If it’s just to show off, though, I’d go with either French or Portuguese. They just sound so fancy and musical.
  5. What is your favorite time of day? The night. Any time after midnight, especially, is so precious to me. The world is asleep and I have all my thoughts to myself, all the space and the silence I need to do what needs to be done: waste time on the internet. Wait, I meant write. Of course I meant write. Haha, ha.
  6. If you were to write fanfic (or maybe you already have!) which fandom(s) would it be?Yes, I’ve totally written fanfic, specifically in the A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones fandom. George R.R. Martin is so notoriously unhappy with the concept of it, too. I have to say that reading and writing fanfic was pretty good practice before wading into M/M romance. As I was discussing with a friend, they share so many tropes and features, too, so moving in either direction – fanfic to M/M or vice versa – can be seamless and extremely enjoyable.
  7. What were your favorite books when you were a teenager? Those choose-your-own-adventure dice-rolling game books from the 80s! My favorite was the Blood Sword series by Dave Morris and Oliver Johnson, which successfully blends various world mythologies with fantasy. Just an incredible setting all around. I also loved Joe Dever and Ian Page’s Grey Star the Wizard series, which shaped my love of throwing cute boys with incredible willpower and/or superpowers into extremely harrowing and depressing situations.

Book blurb:

The sighting of the second flare has kindled new hope in what’s left of humanity. Perhaps there are other survivors outside the Hive. Maybe it’s the military, finally come to save Pleasance from the horrors of Paragon. But neither flares nor optimism can erase the colony’s bleak realities.

Supplies are dwindling. Food is low, medication running out, and the garden won’t ever grow enough to feed the Hive. And there’s the small matter of the water from the river drying up. The Hive needs a miracle, and fast.

With Gabriel Anderson at his side, Jarod Samuels seeks out the source of the flare and an antidote for the Hive’s plight. But some mysteries are best left unsolved, some secrets left undiscovered – especially when the answers hide deep in the heart of the colossus.

 

Book buy link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0725168WV

Author bio:

After 15 years spent working in lifestyle journalism and public relations Soren Summers decided it was time to stop selling other people’s stories and start telling his own. He’s obsessed with writing about ordinary people struggling against overwhelming supernatural odds. Soren is based in Southern California, where he is currently growing both his written body of work and his hair.

Soren loves video games, staying home on the weekends, and geeky guys. He’s great with animals and has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and geeky guys. His favorite edibles are pizza, coffee, and geeky guys. His favorite shows are RuPaul’s Drag Race, Better Off Ted, and anything that has geeky guys in it. His friends say that he has a one-track mind, but they have no idea what they’re talking about.

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Interview Roulette: G.R. Lyons

Today G.R. Lyons joins us!

  1. You get to spend a day with a character from any book—but not one of your own. Who do you choose? Locke Lamora from The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. I apparently have a thing for con artists (no wonder White Collar is my favorite TV show and Ocean’s 11 is one of my favorite films). The depth of talent and intelligence required just astounds me. The quick wit, the ability to transform into anyone at the drop of a hat, seeing all the angles and possible outcomes of particular actions necessary to pull off a job—to witness that up close and in person would be amazing. I’d just want to pick his brain apart because I can’t even fathom the skill (rather, multiple skills) required.
  2. Describe your ideal writing environment. I’d like to say that quiet time at home would be ideal, but there are far too many available distractions…like my ever-present TBR pile. My most productive writing times are spent at my favorite diner over a plate of strawberry-and-cream-cheese French toast (with coffee, of course! Lots and lots of coffee!).
  3. One of your characters has just been arrested and calls you to bail him out. Who is it and what did he get busted for? Not sure if it’s a good or bad thing I have a few from which to pick. Then again, part of my fictional world includes a ‘country’ that has an entirely free market and no government, so arrest and bail aren’t even applicable terms—crime and punishment are dealt with strictly through various forms of contracts and mediation. However, did such a thing as jail exist, the first character who comes to mind is Daivid Thaton, from Broken, and chances are great he’s been arrested for either B&E or theft. Again. Yeah, repeat offender. He’s a handful, that one. Then there’s my sweet Elliden Crawford (from Broken and Second Drafts) who was born with an extreme chemical imbalance which sometimes throws him into violent rages. Poor guy gets himself into more trouble without meaning to.
  4. Are you a nervous cleaner? (And if you are, will you come hang out at my house Nothing makes one clean house quite like the prospect of the parents stopping by! Though that doesn’t happen often. I’m very tidy and organized (some might say OCD), but I have to be in the mood to clean.
  5. What is your worst phobia? Death. It’s been a problem since I was a child. I remember being seven or eight years old when I started having panic attacks because I realized it was all going to end someday. Then again, there were also a few traumatic periods in my life during which I was inclined toward suicide. Let me tell you, being a thanatophobe and suicidal really messes with the head!

Book blurb for Second Chances:

Nineteen-year-old porn star Remy Dawes loves his job at Matchmakers, a gay nightclub, but the fantasy he portrays every night doesn’t leave room for what he really wants: companionship, love, someone to come home to, someone just for him. Who would ever take seriously a kid who practically sells his body for others’ pleasure? Thirty-five-year-old Chance Whitaker has sworn off dating younger men after having been cheated on one too many times, until the owner of Matchmakers convinces him to take a chance on Remy Dawes, a gorgeous kid who surprises Chance at every turn. As things fall apart through meddling, death, and betrayal, will there be a second chance for two people to find love? (Note: This story takes place in a fictional world, the same as the Shifting Isles series. There are multiple gods, different names for the days of the week, etc. A glossary is included with the story for those interested in the little worldbuilding details.)

 

Book buy links:

https://www.amazon.com/Second-Chances-Matchmakers-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01IIXMU4Y

Author bio:

G.R. Lyons lives on California’s beautiful Central Coast, daylighting as an office manager for the family auto repair business. Between repair orders and after hours, Lyons can be found reading all manner of books or working on one of several manuscripts. 

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Interview Roulette: Amy Aislin

Amy Aislin spins the wheel today!

  1. Describe a hobby one of your characters likes to engage in.

Sam, one of the MC’s from my upcoming release, As Big as the Sky (available August 4), gardens as a hobby. It’s something he learned from his father and it’s a way for him to get out of his own head space. However, he only gardens with native plants (plants native to the soil type where he lives), as a way to naturalize his garden and attract pollinators and create a safe haven for insects and birds.

2. What is your spirit animal?

My first thought was a turtle, because I like to take my time with things and don’t like to be rushed. But then I asked my sisters. Sister #1 said a fox “because it’s nice and wants to be left alone.” Sister #2 said a big fuzzy bear because “you’re big and fuzzy when you want to be, but also have a hibernation side.” Anybody seeing a pattern?

Confused, I turned to the internet (because we all know Google is right about everything, don’t we?) and did one of those “What is your spirit animal?” quizzes. The result? A whale. Because of my strong inner voice and ability to follow my gut and what I know is right, and because I’m in touch with reality, am self-aware, and don’t get involved in drama. Also, I have strong bonds with loved ones.

Conclusion? I have no idea what my spirit animal is.

3. Say you met your all-time favorite celebrity, would you play it cool? Or would you utterly humiliate yourself?

Oh man. I would try and act cool, but I’d fail miserably. One time I had to talk to a cop for something and I couldn’t remember my own birthday. I feel like meeting my all-time favourite celebrity (Julie Andrews) would be ten times worse. I wouldn’t remember my name, I’d stutter, I’d forget my words, I’d blush like a tomato. Also, I’d probably cry.

4. If you could instantly learn another language, which would you choose and why?

Greek. My family is Greek on my dad’s side and I’d love to be able to follow along when they speak, and hold a conversation with my grandparents. They’ve been in Canada since the 60s, so they speak English, but it’d be a completely different experience to converse with them in their native tongue.

5. What is your favorite time of day?

Early morning or late at night when everyone else in the house is asleep except me.

6. Which (living) celebrity would you most want to have dinner with?

Julie Andrews. I love her. She seems so wise and all-knowing and she’s so classy and put together. I’d quiz her on what it was like to film The Sound of Music (my favourite movie!). Mostly I’d want to talk with her about…well, nothing and everything. I just want to hear what she has to say about life in general.

7. If you had to live in a movie, TV show, or book, which would you choose and why?

Harry Potter! Because magic. And Hogwarts.

But also maybe the world of Star Trek. No war, people working hard for the sake of being better people. Plus, a chance to see the stars? Yeah, I dig it.

8. Describe your ideal writing environment.

I need internet access so I can research stuff I don’t know. I need my three thesauri/writing books. I don’t need quiet necessarily, but I do need people to leave me alone, which means I can write pretty much anywhere. I’m very good at ignoring what’s happening around me and focusing on what I’m doing. Don’t know if that’s a good thing or not.

9. Who are your favorite visual artists and why?

One of my favourite artists is Edward Spera. He does beautiful wildlife paintings of animals in the wild. They’re so detailed, they could be photographs. I have a couple of his small prints and whenever I go to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, (which isn’t far from where I live) I pop into his gallery.

10. What invention would you love to see created in order to make your life easier?

A teleportation device, like in Star Trek. It would cut my commute to work from an hour and a half to only a few seconds!

Book blurb:

Former best friends turned lovers Christian and Riley haven’t seen or spoken to each other in six years…is there a better time than the holiday season to reconnect with your favorite person? The last person Christian wants to run into on a visit home to spend time with his mom over the holidays is his former best friend-turned-lover-turned-ex. But there Riley is, in all his tall, chiseled, blondness. The same guy who walked out on him six years ago, breaking his heart in the process. Who knew he’s still in love with the jerk? (Oh yeah, he did. What? Who says denial isn’t healthy?) Two years ago, Riley was injured out of the NHL, but he’s got his own bakery now and a quiet life selling quiches and cupcakes to his customers. Then Christian unexpectedly walks back into his life, forcing Riley to question his choices. Especially that one choice he made six years ago that walked him out of Christian’s life. Now if only he had the courage to tell a boy how he really feels about him…

Book buy links:

MLR Press: https://goo.gl/9YvKYu

Amazon US: https://goo.gl/6OyYTp

Kobo: https://goo.gl/TdTZkB

B&N: https://goo.gl/6phQfP

iBooks: https://goo.gl/TChKPr

Smashwords: https://goo.gl/w1m7rP

 

Author bio:

Amy Aislin started writing on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class was forced to stay inside for recess. Tales of adventures with her classmates quickly morphed into tales of adventures with the characters in her head. Based in Oakville, Ontario, she’s a marketer at a large environmental non-profit in Toronto by day, and a writer by night. Book enthusiast, animal lover and (very) amateur photographer, her interests are many and varied, including traveling, astronomy, ecology, and baking.

Visit Amy’s website at www.amyaislin.com or find her on social media.

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Interview Roulette: F.E. Feeley, Jr.

Today’s player is F.E. Feeley, Jr.!

  1. What is your superpower? My superpower is being Don Quixote.
  2. Write a haiku poem about your favorite beverage. Nope. No Haiku. But I will give you a poem I wrote when I was drunk on Johnny Walker:

Memory

chase memory through the wildflowers

down by the stream and across the covered bridge

stand in the in-between place – between sun and the shadow

and remember the dragonflies alight on lily-pads

florescent blue upon emerald green

 

Remember the feel of the worn sun-bleached wood

as you slipped off your sandal to touch barefoot

and how you jerked it back up quickly with a hiss

but not before you felt the smoothness almost softness of the plank

 

Remember the smell of the water all around you

as stream fed the pond fed the lake that surrounds

and the smell of sun dried earth and freshly cut grass, drift

as a john deer moans across the path and down the hill a way

 

it’s a Thursday, and you’re playing hooky and its summertime

and your young but not in love and so your burdens are light

and your skin is so much tighter, and your smile is still quick to wrinkle your nose

and easy as the warm day resting now upon your shoulders

 

Twenty-one, maybe, no more than twenty-three to be sure

open to everything and everyone around you at this tender age

Not knowing that this moment will be recalled days and laugh lines and gray hairs later

as if you were a dusty camera plucked off a shelf in the hands of someone who needs a smile

 

And perhaps you’ll only revisit this memory once

then again perhaps you’ll come back again and again

when the smell of cut grass, or the sound of water rushing

reminds you of that in between place when a moment you so quickly barely witnessed yet can recall so vividly

so much so you can almost feel the burning of your foot

3. What is your worst habit? Your best one? My worst habit is needing to be right around the wrong people. And my best, is being right around the wrong people.

4. Pick a politician and give him or her one piece of really good advice. Dear Donald, Fire your staff. You’re going to go down in the history books as the worst president we ever had. You don’t have to quit. Just get better people around you.

5. Someone is writing your biography. What’s the title? And who plays you in the movie?The Title is : The Greater Fool. Actor: Some Unknown.

6. One of your characters is running for political office. Who is it and what’s the office? Sherriff Hale Davis from The Haunting of Timber Manor. He’s running for Mayor.

7. If you could choose anyone on the planet to narrate an audio version of your latest book, who would it be? Judy Dench.

8. You’ve been invited to a party being held by your boss. Which of your characters will you take with you as your guest? Adam from Still Waters, Christopher from The Haunting of Timber Manor, and the Demon from Objects in the Rearview Mirror. I don’t like my boss.

9. Aside from writing, in what ways are you creative? This is it. I’m a one trick pony.

10. Warm weather or cold? Warm. Cold hurts.

 

Book blurb: Promise, Michigan is very much like every other small town across the state. Built on the edge of a lake, the homes sit in neat little rows in cute little neighborhoods. During the summer Promise bustles with tourists who come to spend their vacation dollars and enjoy the lake’s refreshingly cold water. But Promise holds a terrible secret. In the center of the lake is an abandoned island where a curse is rumored to wait for victims, unabated and deadly. Most think it’s just a story, something used to keep kids out of trouble. Still, everyone gives it a wide berth. Everyone except Bret and Adam. They dare to venture out the night of Bret’s birthday. When they declared their love and promise to get married, they believe no one else heard their whispered words—but they are wrong.  Five years later Adam dies, and Bret returns to his family to heal. But someone is killing the people of Promise in random acts of violence. Bret, with the help of FBI agent Jeff McAllister, must discover the identity of a murderer with death on his mind and revenge in his heart.

 

Book buy links: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/still-waters-by-fe-feeley-jr-by-f-e-feeley-jr-2764-b

https://www.amazon.com/Still-Waters-Memoirs-Human-Wraiths-ebook/product-reviews/B00V5ORJTA/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_show_all_btm?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=avp_only_reviews&sortBy=recent

 

Author bio: First and foremost, I am a husband to my wonderful husband, John. I am a father of our five-year-old German Shephard, Kaiser. I am an avid reader of Mysteries, Horror, and Suspense, and biographies. I am a gamer. My favorite ones are Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Star Trek Online,Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed, Fallout, and Civilization Five. I love to cook and I love trying new recipes (hint hint). I am an avid music junkie from POPular music to Opera, to Showtunes, Gospel, Rock, Rap, and Hip Hop. I am also a Poet – a lot of which is offered on this web page for free. And I do some gay fiction writing from time to time.

I love connecting with people. As an ex- fundi, I grew up in a world where there was this invisible boundary set down between me and the world around me. I felt more like an observer than an actual participant in that world. Since I’ve left fundamentalism – it has been my constant endeavor to be a part of the world. To be a part of humanity. And when I write my poetry or my books, I draw from the experiences of being raised in that environment as well as the experiences of tasting the bouquet of humanity I’d been denied all those years ago.

It’s a way to entertain people, writing is a way to connect to them, as well as a way for me to recover from the world I’d lived in all those years ago. Thank you for coming on my journey with me.

Interview Roulette: J. Scott Coatsworth

Today’s player is J. Scott Coatsworth!

  1. If you could be granted instant virtuosity on a musical instrument you don’t now play, which one would it be, and why?

OK, so I used to play the flute (only because it was the smallest instrument that would get me into band. OK, yeah, I was a total band geek). But for this? What’s that big Australian horn thing that sounds like a foghorn? *runs to Google* Oh yeah, the Didgeridoo! Although I’m not sure it would fit into our current living room. But what a guy magnet. 😛

2. If you were to write fanfic (or maybe you already have!) which fandom(s) would it be?

Hmmm, no, never have. But hey, why not? I think I’d have to write Tick fan fic. There’s so much gay subtext between the Tick and Mothman. And hey, what we could do with those antennae!

Close second… Robotech. I always thought Rick Hunter would be great in the sack, and he’s a pilot! J

3. What is your spirit animal?

That one’s easy. The Mongoose. Me and Mongooses… Mongeese? Have a long history. I grew up on Rikki Tikki Tavi, and when Mark and I moved to Hawaii in 2000, we started our company, Mongoose on the Loose, in part because of a possible mongoose sighting on the Island of Kauai when we visited there in 1998.

More recently, when I joined Mischief Corner Books, they asked me what animal should represent me, and I choose the mongoose. Catherine Dair made me a great logo combining the mongoose and my rainbow tail, which I wear to all the cons.

To me, the mongoose represents strength, sly intelligence and the prankster in all of us.

4. What’s something you—or one of your characters—got in trouble for while in school?

Um, not really? I was such a straight arrow in school. I * did * sneak a sick friend out of high school and took her home, but even then, when I got caught, they said “don’t do it again” and let me go. A good reputation is like armor against consequences.

5. What is the oddest thing on your music playlist?

Hmmm… I have a wide and varied playlist… I like pop, folk music, new country, world music, and many other odds and ends.

Is it weird that I still have Milli Vanilli and Vanilla Ice on there? Ice Ice Baby!!!!

6. Flood waters are coming. You can grab only three things from your home before fleeing—what do you choose?

Damn. Can one of them be a boat? * grin *

Okay, let’s see. My laptop (it has all my photos and work), my teddy bear, and my full series collection of Robotech DVD’s. Oh, and my signed Piers Anthony galley of Tatham Mound. And my plants. And my Buddah Board. And…

7. Describe one of your weird or quirky habits.

OK, so on Thanksgiving, I need three things to make it a REAL turkey day. Turkey, corn and mashed potatoes. I am kinda manic about it. I insist on having all three and will then proceed to mix them together, with plenty of butter and a bit of salt, to make the perfect Thanksgiving meal. My grandma always had those things when we went to her house for the holiday. Oh, and cranberries should come in a can and have a uniform, gel texture.

These things are not negotiable.

8. Cats or dogs? Discuss.

Both. Neither. I grew up with both, and I love them dearly. Dogs are so unapologetically pro YOU, all the time. And cats… well, cats are just an aloof slice of the divine. But…

Mark is allergic to both. And both make messes in the house. So… neither.

But I love playing with other people’s pets.

9. What is your least favorite thing about California?

The high prices. Housing has gotten totally out of control, even out here in the Sacramento valley. It’s a wonderful, progressive place, but I do wonder if we’ll ever be able to afford to buy here again.

10. What is your worst phobia?

Probably black widow spiders. OMG, they creep me out. Strangely, so do daddy longlegs, though they are harmless. It’s the long spindly leg fast running thing that gets me.

I am also a bit phobic bout my own blood, and have been known to almost faint after giving blood, if I watch it being done. One time we left the medical offices, and I had to make Mark pull over so I could go retch on the lawn next to the sidewalk. A group of firemen and paramedics happened to be nearby, and they came over and started asking how I was. One guy wanted to take my blood to see if there was something wrong with me. LOL… then to top it off, one of the guys says “Kim wants to know if you’re okay.” I was like “What???”

Turns out a friend of ours was driving by when her son said “look, there’s Scott and Mark.”

* sigh *

So spiders. And my own blood. And public speaking. And heights. And..

Dwyn is a young man in the small, isolated town of Manicouga, son of the Minstor, who is betrothed to marry Kessa in a few weeks’ time.

Mael is shepherding the remains of his own village from the north, chased out by a terrible storm that destroyed Land’s End.

Both are trying to find their way in a post-apocalyptic world. When the two meet, their love and attraction may change the course of history.

Book buy links:.

Publisher: http://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com/store/p121/The_Great_North.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07172TL6H?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-great-north-j-scott-coatsworth/1126572845?ean=2940157258634

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-great-north

iBooks: https://itun.es/us/ec62jb.l

Inktera: http://www.inktera.com/store/title/45901bd6-c8c0-4bc9-b0c7-3644257137be

Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/348972774/The-Great-North-A-Legendary-Love-1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35182345-the-great-north

 

Author bio:

Scott spends his time between the here and now and the what could be. Enticed into fantasy and sci fi by his mom at the tender age of nine, he devoured her Science Fiction Book Club library. But as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were in the books he was reading.

He decided that it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at his local bookstore. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

His friends say Scott’s mind works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He loves to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.

He runs both Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects their own lives.

 

Author contacts:

Website: https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com

Facebook (personal): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworth

Facebook (author page): https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworthauthor/

Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/jscoatsworth/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8392709.J_Scott_Coatsworth

QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/mbm-book-author/j-scott-coatsworth/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/J.-Scott-Coatsworth/e/B011AFO4OQ

Email: jscottc@me.com

Interview Roulette: Anne Barwell

Please welcome Anne Barwell!

  1. You’re on a ship with Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Catherine the Great, David Bowie, Billie Holiday, and Gengis Khan. But oh no! The ship is sinking and the lifeboat only holds four people. You get to decide—who gets on that lifeboat? You’re starting with the difficult questions. My first thought is that they’re all already dead so I’d save myself, but that doesn’t really answer the question. And, given that parameter, I only need to choose three people. Mark Twain as I’d love to chat to him about writing. David Bowie, and Billie Holiday because of their music.
  2. What is your worst phobia? I hate heights. Like most phobias there’s no reason for it, I just do to the point where if there’s someone else around to change a light bulb I’ll ask them to do it.
  3. If you could be any other living person for a single day, who would you be? I think I’d still be myself. With someone else I don’t know what I’d be getting into for the day. Even people who look as though they have it all often have something else going on that might not be obvious, whether it’s health problems or whatever. And choosing someone who might be able to change the world—a day isn’t much time, and frankly I wouldn’t want to be that person with that responsibility.
  4. What is your least favorite thing about California? I’ve never been to the US, or California but from what I’ve heard of it, I don’t think I’d enjoy the heat. One of the things I love about our climate here in NZ is that it’s mild, and even when hot, it’s still cooler than a lot of other places.
  5. What’s one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring author? Write little and often, and make time to do it. If you wait till you’ve got time, it will never happen. Thinking about finding time to write novel seems daunting, but it’s surprising how even 500 words here and there soon adds up.
  6. What is your most dreaded household chore? Your favorite? Not sure I have a favourite. I do get a sense of achievement seeing washing blowing on the line though. I hate vacuuming. I often get backache doing it, and the cleaner never quite manages to get up all the cat hair. And… after going to the effort of doing it, a few weeks later it looks like it’s never been done.

Book blurb:

Echoes Rising Book 3, sequel to Winter Duet

France, 1944

Sometimes the most desperate struggles take place far from the battlefield, and what happens in secret can change the course of history.

Victory is close at hand, but freedom remains frustratingly just beyond the grasp of German physicist Dr. Kristopher Lehrer, Resistance fighter Michel, and the remaining members of the team sent by the Allies—Captain Matt Bryant, Sergeant Ken Lowe, and Dr. Zhou Liang—as they fight to keep the atomic plans from the Nazis. The team reaches France and connects with members of Michel’s French Resistance cell in Normandy. Allied troops are poised to liberate France, and rescue is supposedly at hand. However, Kristopher is no longer sure the information he carries in his memory is safe with either side.

When Standartenführer Holm and his men finally catch up with their prey, the team is left with few options as they fight to keep atomic plans from the Nazis. With a traitor in their midst, who can they trust? Kristopher realizes he must become something he is not in order to save the man he loves. Death is biding his time, and sacrifices must be made for any of them to have the futures they want.

Book buy links:

DSP Publications:  https://www.dsppublications.com/books/comes-a-horseman-by-anne-barwell-399-b

 

Author bio:

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning. In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts other authors, reviews for the GLBTQ Historical Site “Our Story” and Top2Bottom Reviews, and writes monthly blog posts for Authors Speak and Love Bytes.

Anne’s books have received honorable mentions four times and reached the finals three times in the Rainbow Awards.  She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical.

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Interview Roulette: L.J. LaBarthe

Happy Fourth! Today we’re joined by L.J. LaBarthe.

  1. What is your worst habit? Your best one? Procrastination. I think I’m a master at it. If I can put off something I don’t want to do, I’ll find a reason to make that happen. As for best… hm. I’ve been told I’m too generous sometimes, so maybe that?
  2. What is the strangest food you like to eat? I love snails. My father was a French chef (born and raised in Paris, trained in Bordeaux), so I grew up with a lot of French delicacies served as regular food. His snails with garlic butter were amazing, as were the crumbed frog’s legs he did. I also love artichokes, which he used to steam and then we’d dip the soft parts into a vinaigrette and eat them, working our way into the center of the artichoke. Yum.
  3. What is the dumbest thing one of your characters has ever done? Tried to fight a mutated monster without enough back up. It was a group of them fighting and there were a lot of monsters. I did toy with killing one of the characters in the process but decided maiming them was much more interesting.
  4. Write a story—no more than 100 words–based on this prompt: When the levee failed…. When the levee failed, he ran. He wasn’t sure that he could outrun the water, but he was determined to try. The sound of it following him was a roar—an insidious thing that grew in volume and ferocity, sounding like an eternally hungry beast. He fled as fast as his legs could carry him, his heart pounding in his chest and terror firing through every synapse in his brain. The water would keep coming, he knew; there was no escape, it told him as it followed him. It had destroyed everything in its path and he would be next.
  5. If your home lost electricity for one week, what would you do to survive? Go to a pet-friendly hotel with wi-fi.
  6. If you could be any other living person for a single day, who would you be? I don’t think I’d swap with anyone else, to be honest. I’m pretty okay with who and what I am, obstacles and issues included.
  7. If you had to live in a movie, TV show, or book, which would you choose and why?Twin Peaks” and not just because I’m totally engrossed in the new season, but because I know my fictional life would be, as Agent Cooper said in the first two seasons, “both wondrous and strange.”
  8. If you had to spend a week snowed in at a mountain, which of your characters would send you screaming out into the blizzard before the week was up? Probably one of the Archdemons. They’d get really annoyed very quickly with human frailty and the fact I hate to be cold, I think.

Book blurb:

1131, The Silk Road.

Gallienus of Constantinople, a scarred soldier who used to work the city gates, enters a new phase of his life when he meets and falls in love with Misahuen of Gyeongju. But prejudice of same-sex relationships dominates Byzantine society, and both the Emperor and the Church denounce such love. Should Misahuen and Gallienus be discovered, the punishment is castration or death. Fearing he’ll lose Misahuen, Gallienus decides to go with Misahuen when he leaves the city forever.

A former farmer, Misahuen fled war-torn Korea and journeyed to Constantinople with a merchant caravan. He didn’t expect to take such an interest in a wounded soldier at journey’s end. But he understands the danger, so he and Gallienus join another caravan as guardsmen and begin a two-thousand-mile trip along the Silk Road. Now all they have to do is persevere to their final destination without the truth of their relationship being discovered and being killed because of it… or by the other dangers along the Road.

 

Book buy links:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/city-of-jade-by-lj-labarthe-4350-b

http://a.co/2pc3xwM

https://www.bookdepository.com/City-of-Jade-L-J-Labarthe/9781623808488

 

Author bio:

J. LaBarthe is an Australian, a writer, a reader, a daydreamer, a cat wrangler, a carer, a researcher, a dreamer, a music lover, a film buff and a traveler. Sometimes, all at once! Author of paranormals, historicals and contemporaries. L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She loves music of all kinds and was once a classical pianist; she loves languages and speaks French and English and a teeny-tiny smattering of Mandarin Chinese, which she hopes to relearn properly very soon. She enjoys TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching. L.J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes paranormal, historical, urban fantasy, and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring m/m erotica. She has won a Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention and another award for Best Historical Gay Novel. L.J. lives in the city of Adelaide, and is owned by her cat.

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