Preparing For Summer

READY, SET, JUMP INTO SUMMER: C*U*R*R*E*N*T*L*Y BLOG HOP

Summertime is my most favorite season of the year. To me, it means travel season – warm weather, craft shows, sunscreen, time in the pool, multiple book signing appearances, vacations, etc.

Normally I blog on a regular basis, however, because I have neglected this blog the last couple of months due to multiple writing projects, I wanted to do something different and briefly talk about what I’ve been up to, reading, writing about, listening to and anticipating. Then, visit the #Gr8Blogs at the end of this post for even more inspiration and smiles.

What I’ve Been Up To:

Lots of exciting things have been going on lately. First, I officially handed in my manuscript to my publisher for the next book in The Rite of Wands series. It is titled The Rite of Abnegation. Though there is no official release date yet, I predict it will be released towards Fall of 2020.

And second, earlier this year, I also joined a podcast called The Legend of the Traveling TARDIS Radio Show. Check out & SUBSCRIBE to the newest and the best Doctor WHO radio show. A new episode every Saturday on Krypton Radio and you can listen and download the episodes at:

#iHeartRadio: 
https://www.iheart.com/…/966-the-legend-of-the-travelin-302…

#iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/…/the-legend-of-the-…/id1438318607…

#Spreaker:
https://www.spreaker.com/show/3183127

#Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/show/6ByuHSZ1SUZPnTurMaF3dx

#CBSRadio:
https://www.radio.com/media/podcast/legend-traveling-tardis

Currently Reading:

I had always been under the impression the Star Trek novels were just novelized versions of each of the episodes of the show. Instead, I most recently discovered that while some may, most contain stories that were never seen on television. Seriously, where have I been?

Currently I’m reading The Murdered Sun by Christie Golden as part of the Star Trek Voyager novelizations:

When sensors indicate a possible wormhole nearby, Captain Janeway is eager to investigate, hoping to find a shortcut back to Federation space. Instead, she discovers a star system being systematically pillaged by the warlike Akerians. Janeway has no desire to get caught up in someone else’s war, but in order to the check on the possibilities offered by the wormhole — and to save the innocent people of Veruna Four — VoyagerTM has no choice but to challenge the Akerians.

Currently Writing:

With the 25th anniversary of Star Trek Voyager coming up next year, I’m currently working on a science fiction short story collection, containing stories all written by me, that will be similar to a mesh of Star Trek Voyager and Doctor Who. One of the featured stories, I’m also planning on submitting for possible inclusion in a science fiction/fantasy anthology, that, if accepted, will be released in September 2019.

Currently Listening To:

I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this audiobook, The Lives of Captain Jack: Volume 2, from Big Finish Productions ever since it was first announced. I absolutely HAD to know how our favorite Captain Jack Harkness would end up in the 6th Doctor’s clothing and would become the Doctor in Piece of Mind written by James Goss.

It is a brilliant, clever story, though not 100% without flaws. I’ll discuss more about this in an upcoming podcast episode of The Legend of the Traveling TARDIS Radio Show.

What I’m Thinking About:

This past weekend, I did a book signing at the largest Doctor Who store and museum in the United States called Who North America. It’s located in Camby, Indiana, just south west of Indianapolis.

I had the pleasure of sitting in the designated area for official Doctor Who writers. There, I got to be part of both worlds – getting to meet new readers of The Rite of Wands and talking exclusively about Doctor Who!

The last week of October, they will be having another wonderful Doctor Who event called Doctoberfest! They will have a costume contest, Doctor Who exclusive vendors, pumpkin carving, and much much more!

You name it, this store/museum has it, including an original designed Cyberman! If you’re a fan of Doctor Who, you live in the US, and have never been there before, you have GOT to check it out.

Seeing In My Camera Lens:

If you may love dragons as much as I do, you may be able to see the dragon that I swear formed in this set of clouds when I captured this photograph.

Hey, Bloggers! Join us on our C*U*R*R*E*N*T*L*Y Jumping into Summer Blog Hop. Just add your PG-13 post link below in the comment section. We’ll visit your blog and give you some blog love. And if you use #Gr8Blogs, we’ll support your family-friendly summer-themed post.

Cat Michaels on Cat’s Corner 
KidLit Blog by Rosie
Rebecca Lyndsey 
Julie Gorges on Baby Boomer Bliss
James Milson “Writing & Things”
Sandra Bennett  
Carmela Dutra
Auden Johnson

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Know Flohr Demons with Mackenzie Flohr

Genese Davis and Mackenzie Flohr reveal fantastic options for turning pain into passion and taking your writing or artistic project to the next level to open Season 2 of The Storyteller Chatcast. Grab the attention of readers, watchers and consumers around the world using these women’s insider tips, tricks, expert advice. Instead of dreading unfortunate real-life experiences, learn how to transform them!

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Bullying No More

Yours truly, along with #DoctorWho & #HarryPotter actor #SimonFisherBecker, #DoctorFreedom & other guests tackle that big question on this special episode of The Legend of the Traveling Tardis Radio Show – Is there #bullying in the #DoctorWho fandom? And what can we do about it. Links to listen below!

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/17101233

Guest panelists:
Actor Simon Fisher-Becker 
@diverselygeek
@mackenzieflohr
@doctorfreedom1

A new episode every #Saturday on KryptonRadio.com and

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#iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-legend-of-the-traveling-tardis-with-christian-basel/id1438318607?mt=2

#Spreaker:
https://www.spreaker.com/show/3183127

#Spotify:
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#CBSRadio:
https://www.radio.com/media/podcast/legend-traveling-tardis

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Book Spotlight: Wake The Dead by @Rourkewrites

Wake the Dead
Written by Stacey Rourke
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Release Date: Feb 28, 2019
Preorder Link: https://amzn.to/2svLLrg

Blurb:

With a touch of her hand, Octavia Hollows can restore life. Yet, she couldn’t save the man she loved from the horrific accident that stole him from her. Octavia thought she could outrun the pain, but ghosts from the past refuse to be silenced. Out of options, she chooses to retrace her wayward journey across the country in search of answers. Surrounded by baffling mysteries of the undead, what she learns about herself along the way might become her greatest weapon.

Seattle, Washington: Land of cloudy skies and a great cup of coffee. 
Octavia blew into town in search of information, only to get swirled up in a paranormal predicament even she couldn’t fathom. A neonatal nurse is dead, and her young patient is aging at an alarming rate.

Can Octavia unlock the secrets to this confusing curse before time runs out?

 

Book Spotlight: From Darkness

Imani L. Hawkins is pleased to present the release of her newest book, From Darkness!

Check out the stunning cover and blurb below! Also, get to know the author with Imani’s bio, author interview, and social media links.

And last but not least, enter for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of From Darkness plus a huge gift basket filled to the brim with goodies!

A war between humans and angels is coming, and only one woman can stop it.

Myleah is one of the Fallen, angels shrouded in darkness and cast to earth. When some of her kind, the Council, gain control over the human population of Burnsville, Nevada, Myleah is caught in the middle of spiraling hostility between her former lover, the Fallen, and the original angels of heaven.

Only by embracing the darkness within her can she become strong enough to prevent the impending war and ensure the survival of humans and Fallen alike. But by doing so, she will risk losing the man she loves, and maybe even her very self.

You can get your copy of From Darkness here:

https://getbook.at/fromdarkness


Meet Imani L. Hawkins

Imani L Hawkins is a writer of all things supernatural, paranormal, and urban fantasy. Growing up in New Mexico, the land of enchantment, she’s always surrounded by beautiful scenery that inspires most of her tales.

Caring for her two children with the support of her loving husband, she’s found the courage to write stories filled with intricate plot lines and characters she’s sure anyone would be able to relate to.

A love of all things creative, she spends her free time playing the alto saxophone, making designer soaps, painting, playing around with digital design, and writing stories she hopes will inspire others.

She loves hearing from people who enjoy her stories. So, feel free to follow her on social media, subscribe to her newsletter, or simply send her an email!

Social Media Links:

https://www.facebook.com/imanilhawkins/

https://twitter.com/ImaniLHawkins

https://www.instagram.com/imanilhawkinsauthor/

Newsletter:

https://mailchi.mp/a529df9e929a/imanilhawkins


Author Interview

At what age did you begin writing?

Most people won’t believe me, but I penned my first short story at the age of 6. The librarian at my elementary school still had a copy of it when I returned back to my hometown at the age of 23.

Are there any authors or books that have had a positive influence on your life?

There are a few. The first would be Sid Fleischman. He wrote The Whipping Boy which was the first book I’ve ever read on my own. Being bullied in the first grade was difficult, and I was obsessed with this book and the way it pulled me into another world, allowing me to live through the characters instead of facing my own reality. I thought, if a simple book could provide me with an escape, maybe I could contribute by telling stories of my own.

What do you think is your greatest strength as a writer? What is your greatest weakness?

I think my greatest strength is story-telling. I was always good at weaving intricate tales that made it impossible for people to tell whether I was being truthful or lying. My greatest weakness would be the writing itself. I’ve never been a fan of what’s deemed ‘proper grammar.’

What is your book From Darkness about and what inspired you to write it?

From Darkness is a book centered around a fallen angel named Myleah. The Fallen, ruled by a council, have taken over the city of Burnsville, Nevada, and plan to work their way through all the major cities until they’ve succeeded in taking over North America.

In From Darkness, Myleah is an outcast, tossed from the world of the Fallen when they discover she’d lost her wings. When a fallen angel is killed by another, she is brought back into the fold to uncover the mystery behind the angel’s death. What she uncovers changes everything she’d believed before, and she is forced to embrace her darkness to save the humans and the Fallen from the council.

This story was inspired by my husband. While writing my dream story and looking at my husband, Tyrin was born from a simple thought and an active imagination. The original plan was to write out Tyrin’s story with Myleah’s story written as a follow-up series. Myleah just happened to come alive on the page and demand to be written first.

How long did it take you to write your first novel?

Seventeen years. I’ve spent so much time in front of a computer writing and rewriting that story, never really able to complete it until, finally, I decided to pursue my publishing goals.

Do you have any advice for other authors? For example, things you would recommend or pitfalls to avoid. Did you learn these methods via experience or study?

Simply write. Block out all the negative noise that comes with putting yourself out there and simply write your story. Negative people, self-doubt, and life will always get in the way, and you have to find a way to push through all of it and write YOUR story. Don’t stop and don’t let anyone read it until you are finished.

A common problem most people have is that they allow obstacles to keep them from doing what makes them happy. That is especially true with writing. You may not be the biggest ‘grammar nazi,’ or the best at describing characters or settings, but you will improve the more you write. So keep writing. The reason I say don’t let anyone read it until you are done is simple. From experience, I find that people will instantly critique something without having the entire picture, and, for me, I may change the direction of my story based on that critique. Soon, the story is no longer mine. It is a collection of ideas from people who never got the real story. This is the best advice I can give right now.

Do you have a special time of day or even a special writing space where you feel more inspired to write?

Most would find this odd, but I dwell in chaos! I have a three-year-old and six-year-old who are constantly running around and making noise. That, combined with the constant noise from the television actually provides the best environment for me to write. Without the chaos, I find that my mind wanders too much.

Tell us a funny story about yourself.

I don’t really consider myself a funny person but I will say this. Tyrin, the male counterpart to Myleah in From Darkness, is actually modeled after my husband. Tyrin is also Myleah’s love interest. Writing the two of them together was difficult at times because I found myself getting jealous of Myleah! While building their romance, I found myself shying away from them touching or kissing because, in my head, I am always picturing my husband when I’m writing their scenes. And no one is allowed to touch my husband but me!

What will you be writing next?

Next, I will be writing Fallen: Fallen into Shadows Book Two. Along with that, I am collaborating with good friend of mine on a story involving ancient Egyptian God Set.


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Book Spotlight: Alpha Tales 2014 by @wesley_britton #scifi #newrelease

Alien Vision presents a collection of short stories and sketches from the Beta-Earth Chronicles by Wesley Britton.

Alpha Tales 2044, opens on Beta-Earth when two genetically-enhanced mutants are forced to recover a stolen secret,the cure to the ancient Plague-With-No-Name that defined a planet for millennia.

Then we jump across the multi-verse to our earth, Alpha-Earth, where police Captain Mary Carpenter infiltrates a gang of White Supremacists who want to purify Texas after decades of climate change and weaponized plagues.

Still on Alpha, we leap ahead in time to 40years in the future where Mary Carpenter joins up with four aliens, two from Beta-Earth, two from Sera-pin-Earth. All four share the same father, The Blind Alien from Alpha-Earth. They’ve traveled across the multi-verse to tell us about their worlds.

But Alphans, scarred by the devastation’s to our world, are unhappy about learning about very different cultures from anything we’ve ever known and especially hearing about multiple deities. So the alien band are forced to go on the run and take sanctuary in a First Nation domed city in British Columbia.

But their sanctuary doesn’t last long. Forced to travel further into the Canadian wilderness, the family encounters a pair of Sasquatch who change everything for them. They learn about the many definitions of what it means to be human.

Alpha Tales 2044, is a collection of stories that are part sci-fi, part murder mysteries, part horror, and part social commentary. But completely full of the unexpected, surprises, and tales, unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

EXCERPT: From Last Night Of The Colective

I vividly remember the afternoon when Jrin Rol, the second-in-command of our security unit, and I stepped onto the ground floor of the Hotel Domino in the new city called Monte Carlo. The hotel was an entertainment center named after yet another Alpha game Malcolm Renbourn had brought to our planet. It should have been named Hotel Backgammon for all the pointed spikes of alternating colors on the floors and walls.

 On this day, I was listening to Jrin’s wistful hopes for an extended leave from service so she could deepen her studies in linguistic morphologies, geographic spatial patterns, and other analytical investigative techniques that would make her far more than a skilled expert in stealth and counter-espionage operations. I was becoming more and more impressed with what I heard as we walked into the dining hall.

Then, my blood chilled. In one moment, I felt as if I’d drank a bath shell-sized cocktail of adrenaline and dread. Sitting alone at a table in the corner was First Helprim Kiem Holenris from ital, the supreme head of the Munchen Collective. The last I’d seen of this seeming old crone had been in my offices in Bercumel. On that day, Holendris had let me know my life was on the line if I continued my then-pointless, personal war with my bond-family. For, like her, my genetically-enhanced mutations had come at a cost. The little pills the Collective now provided me slowed the metabolic rushing of time that aged such as us much faster than our years. If I wanted to live a healthy and beautiful life and for a good long time, I needed the pills only the Collective could provide me.

Holendris looked like a woman who’d seen four generations of descendants from her womb. But she was merely the age of my own mother. Like me, her appearance concealed a body of extraordinary gifts. Unlike me, she had started her pill regimen much later in her life than I had, hence her aged face and deceptively marked skin. On this day, while her lips were twisted in an almost skullish smile, her eyes sent a clear message to me across the wide hall of tables and happy noises.

“Child,” they wordlessly told me, “bring your sun-drenched bronze skin and bright,blonde hair over here to me. You must come to me now. A matter of dire importance awaits you. Awaits us.”

I looked to Jrin, who understood my own silent signal. We slowly made our way to the Helprim’s round, polished white table where Kiem studied our movements with practiced eyes. She nodded as we came close and indicated two chairs.

“Sit, little kitty,” she cooed. “Sit, Jrin Rol of the Mask-Painters.”

Wordlessly, we took our places as serving hands quickly brought us trays of beverages. Kiem waited until the hands departed and took a sip of her own red pravine, then said softly, “Thank you for your quick compliance, as what I am here to discuss requires some delicacy.”

Release Date

12/8/18 – price $0.99

Where To Buy

iBook, Nook and Kobo: https://www.draft2digital.com/book/392281

Where to buy Amazon:  http://bit.ly/AT2044

About the Author

Immerse yourself in an extraordinary universe revealed by the most original storytelling you’ll ever experience. “Science fiction yes, but so much more.”

Besides his 33 years in the classroom, Dr. Wesley Britton considers his Beta-Earth Chronicles the most important work he’s ever done. “I suppose an author profile is intended to be a good little biography,” Britton says, “but the best way to know who I am is to read my novels.”

Still, a few things you might like to know about Wes include the fact he’s the author of four non-fiction books on espionage in the media, most notably The Encyclopedia of TV Spies (2009). Beginning in 1983, he was a widely published poet, article writer for a number of encyclopedias, and was a noted scholar of American literature. Since those days, for sites like BlogCritics.org and BookPleasures.com, Britton wrote over 500 music, book, and movie reviews. For seven years, he was co-host of online radio’s Dave White Presents for which he contributed celebrity interviews with musicians, authors, actors, and entertainment insiders.

Starting in fall 2015, his science fiction series, The Beta-Earth Chronicles,debuted with The Blind Alien. Throughout 2016, four sequels followed including The Blood of Balnakin, When War Returns, A Throne for an Alien, and The Third Earth. Return to Alpha was the sixth volume of this multi-planetary epic.

Britton earned his doctorate in American Literature at the University of North Texas in 1990. He taught English at Harrisburg Area Community College until his retirement in 2016. He serves on the Board of Directors for Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania.

Where to find Wesley online

Website: https://drwesleybritton.com/books/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BetaEarthChronicles/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wesley_britton

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wesley-Britton/e/B001HD455U

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/295635.Wesley_Britton

Mailing list sign up: http://eepurl.com/dwvfQr

Calling YA Fantasy Reviewers & Bloggers

IydgluWy_400x400Audiobookworm Promotions is organizing an audiobook blog tour for The Rite of Wands, a Young Adult Fantasy Novel.

The tour will run from Nov. 27th to Dec. 3rd and have a maximum of 11 stops.

The Rite of Wands is narrated by Chris Walker-Thomson and is 6 hours and 57 minutes in length.

Reviewers will receive complementary digital copies of the audiobook via Author’s Direct.

Review copies will be distributed by Oct. 27th. Reviews must be of at least 3.5 stars.

Post options for this tour include: Reviews, Spotlights, Audio Excerpts, Author Interviews, Dream Casts, Music Playlists, Character Interviews, Character Profiles, and a giveaway.

Would you like to partake in the tour?

Join The Rite of Wands Audiobook Blog Tour!

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Signups end on Nov. 21st.