Don’t be scared. All of this is new to you, and new
can be scary. Now we all want answers. Stick with me — you might get some.
– 13th Doctor
I was a young child when my dad first introduced me to the Doctor, back
when Peter Davison was on the air. The show was being broadcast on our local
PBS station at the time, and my parents still owned one of those really old
televisions that had six channels max. Honestly, I can’t remember why I loved
the fifth incarnation of the Doctor as much as I did, but perhaps; it was
simply because he was my first Doctor.
As any long-time fan of the show will tell you, you’ll always remember the actor playing the Doctor that you first met.
When it was announced in 2017 that the next
actor to take the reins of the Doctor’s big blue telephone box – the TARDIS (or
Time and Relative Dimension in Space, for those in
the know) – would be revealed after the Wimbledon Men’s Final, I
couldn’t wait for the tennis match to end. The Sun, a UK newspaper, had
previously reported an alleged leak stating that British actor Kris Marshall
was going to be the new Doctor Who, and that he had already started
filming. Whether or not he was destined to be the 13th incarnation of the
legendary sci-fi character was uncertain, however, lives were about to be
On July 16, 2017, Doctor Who fans around the world were treated to a minute-long reveal trailer. This was something that had never been done before! Normally, a new Doctor would be introduced to the fandom through an interview, or simply a previously recorded hello from the actor. However, this time was special. This time fans got to experience a scene exclusively with the new owner of the TARDIS.
(There are a surprising number of pledge levels for this book. $10 (USD) simply gets you the e-book edition of the book in the format of your choosing. $17 brings you a Trade Paperback edition or $27 for the Hardcover edition. $35 will get you a limited edition signed copy, and $100 will get it signed and an acknowledgment in all three editions of the book.)
To find out more about the book, including how to pledge, click here.
The Innovative Publisher Riverdale Avenue Books Kicks Off New Series with a Doctor Who Themed Book –
New York, NY – October 2nd, 2019 – Riverdale Avenue Books will launch the first book in the new series The Binge Watchers Guide. The new line of books is dedicated to pop culture phenomenon from movies to TV shows. Fans will now be able to keep up with their latest shows and learn about the details behind them.
The first book in the series, The Binge Watcher’s Guide to Doctor Who, Season 11 by Mackenzie Flohr, will take readers on a journey through time and space, showing how Doctor Who became the longest running show on television by weaving through its history, starting with the current incarnation of the Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker. The book will examine the impact of having the first female Doctor in the show’s five decade-long history among fans and critics.
Riverdale Avenue Books will kick off their new line with a Kickstarter campaign that will begin on Wednesday, October 2 and run for 30 days. The levels of support vary from ebooks, trade paperback, signed hardcovers to stretch goals that include a tea party in a Doctor Who restaurant to a Doctor Who Time Travel Cosplay Party in NYC as well as having the author v-logging about meeting various actors from the series.
Publisher Lori Perkins has tapped different authors for each Binge Watcher Guide who are experts in pop culture and chose Mackenzie Flohr for The Doctor Who series.
“Working on this book with Mackenzie Flohr has been amazing. She has an almost comprehensive knowledge of the show, as well as an incredible passion for the world of Doctor Who,” said Publisher Lori Perkins
“2018 was a huge year for Doctor Who and Whovians around the world with the debut of our first female Doctor,” said Author Mackenzie Flohr. “It is an honor to start this nonfiction series on Jodie Whittaker and her 13th Doctor.”
Downloads are available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, and Kobo.
About Riverdale Avenue Books
Riverdale Avenue Books is an award winning, innovative hybrid publisher at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry. We publish e-books and print titles under 13 imprints: Desire, an erotica/erotic romance imprint; Riverdale/Magnus the award-winning imprint of LGBT titles; Pop featuring pop culture titles; Afraid, a horror line; SFF, a science fiction fantasy line; Truth, an erotic memoir line; Dagger, a mystery thriller imprint; Sports and Gaming featuring sports and gaming titles; Verve featuring lifestyle titles; Hera featuring both the true and fictional lives and loves of women aged 35 and up; 120 Days an LGBT pulp fiction line and Circlet, an erotica/erotic romance imprint. Started in 2012 by industry veteran Lori Perkins, Riverdale is a full service publisher, with a subsidiary rights department. Visit us at www.RiverdaleAveBooks.com
About Mackenzie Flohr Mackenzie Flohr is a multi-award-winning novelist and in-demand speaker for conferences and conventions, actively discussing the process of writing and Doctor Who. She is also an active panelist on The Legend of the Traveling Tardis Radio Show and has done book signings previously at Who North America, the largest Doctor Who store, and museum located in the state of Indiana.
Her publishing portfolio includes The Rite of Wands, The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove and Unknown Realms: A Fiction-Atlas Press Anthology. A storyteller at heart, she loves to inspire the imagination.
Mackenzie makes her home in Mount Morris, Michigan, where she is currently penning her next adventure.
As a lover of books, Adam Giordano was accustomed to getting lost in the beauty of the written word. But never quite so literally. Cracking open the pages of one unique hardcover transports him to Colonial America on the verge of war.
There, he meets a wild, Native American beauty by the name of Rose, whose life he fears is directly in the path of the brewing storm of battle. Enraptured by her, he struggles to find a way to save her from a history that may already be written.
Will Adam’s attempt at rescuing her prevent Rose from becoming the historical beacon she was meant to be?
As summer begins to come to a close, I am surprised by how busy I still am. In fact, I’ll admit I feel a bit overwhelmed.
Now, you may be asking, why? The weather is going to get cooler. You won’t be doing outside events. Why would you feel so overwhelmed?
Well, let’s just summarize the past couple of weeks:
I read and reviewed Rachel Caine’s Sword and Pen, the latest book in her The Great Library young adult series for New York Journal of Books.
The Rite of Wands was a Top 10 Finalist in the Author Academy Awards. You can still vote for my book in the Fantasy category up till October 24th. On October 25th, I will be driving down to Columbus, OH to compete for the win and attend the amazing Igniting Souls Conference.
Today, I learned my short story, which is a mesh of #DoctorWho and #StarTrekVoyager, was accepted into the Unknown Realms anthology from Fiction-Atlas Press, coming out on October 28th.
And I’m also involved in a BIG secret project, which is so big, I am not even allowed to talk about it yet publicly. Phew!
Find out what my GR8Blog author friends have in store for this First Friday.
Flohr is up against 9 worldwide authors in the “Fantasy” category of the prestigious Author Academy Awards
FLINT, Mich. – Aug. 26, 2019 — MOUNT MORRIS, MI—The Rite of Wands, written by Mount Morris resident, Mackenzie Flohr, has been nominated for a 2019 Author Academy Award, an honor bestowed for literary merit and publishing excellence in the writing and publishing industry.
Mackenzie’s book is up for an award in the Fantasy category, which tells the tale of Mierta McKinnon, a young wizard.
“Hundreds of books from authors throughout the world are up for an Author Academy Award,” said Kary Oberbrunner, founder of Author Academy Elite and the Author Academy Awards. “Our goal is to help further connect this global community of authors, maintain excellence and integrity of the book publishing industry, and raise awareness that the stories being told and the authors who write them are worth our attention.”
Book two in the series, The Rite of Abnegation, is currently slated for an April 2020 release.
Today I’m fortunate to present Rob Davies, author of The Seventh Life of Aline Lloyd.
Hi Rob, thanks for agreeing to this interview.
Question 1) What part of the world do you come from?
I live in Washington state now, but I was born and raised in a small town called Niles, southwestern lower Michigan
Question 2) What do you think makes a good story?
An argument could be made in lots of areas, but for me the essential element is an engaging and believable character or characters. Storylines will likely follow a more or less predictable path according to genre, but a compelling character the reader connects with (and will invest emotional capital willingly) is often the mechanism that keeps a reader turning the pages.
Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book?
I waited a long time before taking the plunge, but to be honest, it was curiosity. I wanted to find out if I was “publishable” and capable of writing stories anyone would enjoy reading. My mother was a librarian and always encouraged my scribblings in childhood, so credit to her for igniting the fire.
Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
On the fly and rarely according to a comprehensible schedule. I still work a day job, so writing is limited to evenings and weekends. The creative force often runs in peaks and valleys, which limits production as well. I hear others insist that writing even a few lines every day is important. Not to me. I write when I have something worthy of writing. I edit differently than I write, which is much more disciplined in terms of time management. Dreaming up stories is a scattered, ‘ride the wave while you can’ proposition in my experience.
Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I can write with music in the background, but it has to be instrumental or orchestral only – no vocals. I prefer looped music, or extended versions (video game ambient music is great for this purpose). Also, I can’t seem to type “this” on the first try – it always starts out as “shit” and has to be backspaced and typed again. I don’t suffer dyslexia, so no idea where that eye-to-hand problem came from.
Question 6) Give us the title and genre of your latest book.
The Seventh Life of Aline Lloyd (paranormal romance)
Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
How much I thought I knew about history that, as it turned out, I didn’t. Research hours to writing hours is always a disproportionate ratio slanted toward research, and I considered myself quite versed in the historical elements I needed to tell the story. I was wrong, and that was both surprising and humbling.
Question 8) Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?
My new neighbor’s interest was obvious, but not as clear was her goal. Vienne said it was terrible of me to say but I felt uneasy at the prospect of a mental patient lurking on the edges of my property. In simple terms, I wondered what the hell she wanted. “Treat her like any other,” Jeremy had cautioned, but that’s not so easily accomplished if she isn’tlike any other.
It seemed useless to worry about it, and I resumed my slow property walks, establishing from Jeremy’s map the neighboring property line I was determined not to violate. Damon’s investment was a rough, dogleg parcel matching the contours of our road on the western side and those of the hill separating it from Aline Lloyd’s farm to the east. It was getting late in the day, but splendid sunbreaks made for a nice stroll through the trees when I decided to aim downhill toward the southeastern corner and the limits of my modest domain.
The ground levels for a while with space between the groves where sunlight splashed across gathered leaves and twigs. I moved through them, dry and rustling with each plow of my boot, uncaring for the noise that echoed beyond. I remember being charmed at the notion of becoming a gentleman farmer until I saw in tangible terms what the process would demand. Taking out the underbrush alone would consume a summer, I reckoned, and that meant time I didn’t want to spend. It wasn’t long before my fanciful idea died out under the weight of cold reality, and standing on a decent-sized plot of land that was suddenly mine brought a strange calming effect I couldn’t help but notice. I bathed in it for a while until the daydream changed abruptly when I could hear the thump of my own heartbeat.
There was no reason or cause; I was at peace, alone and content in that solitude. I didn’t know why—not back then—but I turned left slowly and looked at a precise spot halfway up the hillside. Of course, she was there, motionless and watching me through the trees. She hadn’t made a sound and my line of sight was focused in the opposite direction, but somehow, I knew just where to look.
There is an interesting effect that happens in the ocean when predators hunt the shallow waters of a reef. Sea animals make noise—clicks and pops, squeaks and gurgles—and it is unexpected if you’ve never heard it. I marveled at a sound, shouting out the power of life, while snorkeling ten feet deep along a cliff of coral in the tidal channels of Takaroa when suddenly the water around me changed and went quiet when a sleek, gray shark moved through, perhaps compelling the subordinate creatures to silence (and survival). In the sunlight that poured on an angle through the trees, I felt like that as I stood perfectly still, looking only at her. Was I predator or prey?
I decided to offer a test, an unexpected action that might provoke an interesting response. Instead of a shout or another idiotic wave, I knelt down in the leaves and leaned over a bit to prop myself up with an outstretched arm as one might in the park on a summer afternoon. Would she return a gesture of her own, I wondered, or move down the hillside at the very least? Instead, she did nothing. A test returned in a silent war of wills? It was childish, but I wanted to see how far she would go. Could she be spooked if I called the bluff?
I looked away, only for a second, and when I turned back, she was gone. But as I grinned with a self-satisfied chuckle, a sudden, sharp noise like rocks being clapped together in a slow, deliberate cadence pulled me to my feet when I realized it came from the direction of my house. Without a thought, I sprinted across even ground and the spaces between trees, dodging them like a football player on a straight line for the opening to my weed-covered backyard. I could hear the clacking sound increase in its frequency, as though reacting to my pounding feet. Suddenly the direction changed, echoing downward from the north through trees to my right. As I drew nearer, and the roof of my house came into view, the air went suddenly and deathly still.
I paused where the ground levels off to catch my breath beside the remains of an old, fallen tree rotting on its side among the ferns. The odd sounds seemed frantic and hurried to draw attention but were now only a slight rustle in the leaves as a soft breeze wandered through. I breathed with relief those strange noises had not been made by uninvited visitors at my house. By habit, or maybe instinct, my eyes wandered from left to right looking for something—anything—to account for the sounds. Only the oaks, still holding their brown leaves tightly, looked back at me. The answer would stay hidden, it would seem, but I decided to move up the hill on my next foray to look around and find the source. A mystery to be solved, I thought to myself, but only for the moment.
As I turned to go, she stood in the open a few yards away, and I felt the hair on my neck standing in the shock and wash of adrenaline sudden surprise always brings. It was impossible she could have closed the distance so silently in a tangle of branches and dead leaves, yet she faced me without the slightest sign of fatigue or breathlessness. For a moment there was only the quiet of an undisturbed forest and an awkward pause until she spoke.
“Hello, Mr. Morgan,” she said.
“Evan,” I replied. “You must be Aline.”
Question 9) What can we expect from you in the future?
My next manuscript (WIP) is the third book in a sci-fi series and follow-on to my first two books, Specimen 959 and Echoes of Esharam. It will release in mid-2020. After an interesting exploration of romance and paranormal, I will return to my traditional sci-fi genre in the foreseeable future with a second Specimen Chronicles trilogy and two other, standalone novels.
Question 10) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
A Pleasure in Words, by Eugene T. Maleska
Question 11) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?