Book Spotlight: The Gatekeeper’s Sons by @evapohler #tuesdaybookblog

bookonenew-1080x1614Book description of The Gatekeeper’s Sons:

Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos (the god of sleep) and Thanatos (the god of death). She thinks she’s manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world.

Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese’s heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her.

The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.

Purchase Link to The Gatekeeper’s Sons

About The Author:

14560138_1189508384443859_5561114875507080440_oEva Pohler recently retired from a twenty-year position teaching writing and literature at a university in San Antonio, where she lives with her husband and three kids. Now a full-time writer, she’s the author of The Mystery Book Collection and three series for young adults: The Gatekeeper’s Saga, The Purgatorium Series, and The Vampires of Athens. Her books have been described as “thrilling” and “addictive.” A Kirkus reviewer said of The Gatekeeper’s Sons that it was “sure to thrill Hunger Games fans.”

A reader herself, Eva writes in multiple genres, but all of her stories blur the line between reality and fantasy, truth and delusion, and draw from Eva’s personal philosophy that a reader must be lured and abducted into complete captivity in order to enjoy the reading experience.

Find more information by checking out Eva’s website or following her on Twitter or Facebook

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Author Interview: D.H. Gibbs

Today I’m fortunate to present D.H. Gibbs author of Nika and upcoming book A Touch of Kindness.

Hi D.H., thanks for agreeing to this interview!

Question 1) What part of the world do you come from?

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I was born and raised on the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. We are the southernmost islands of the Caribbean.

Question 2) What do you think makes a good story?

A good story is built on a solid environment and amazing characters. Once the two are cohesive it sets the foundations for readers to have a wonderful experience.

Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book?

41uTzTQqeGLWriting, in general, came at a time when I wanted a career change. I had to consider what was the one thing I loved above all else. It turns out I loved storytelling and I’ve been doing it off and on for many years. Once I made my decision two stories began stalking me: one Children’s and one Young adult. Since I could not get them out of my head I had to write them. Thus Danny the Firefly and Nika came to fusion.

Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

My work schedule overall is hectic. I’m not a full-time writer yet so I work full time which can average 8 to 12 hour days. Most of the time I write whenever I can squeeze more time out of the day. Which is usually early morning or late nights.

Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Recently, I realized I pace a lot. Lol. Sometimes when I try to work out a detail I get up and walk it out. Then jump back in my seat to write it down.

Question 6) Give us the title and genre of your latest book.

A-Touch-Of-KindnessMy latest book is called A Touch Of Kindness. It’s a sweet romance where the main character saw someone being mugged and helps him out. I won’t say any more because I don’t want to spoil it but there are secrets and drama that everyone will love.

Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

That I can actually create a book. That I can sit and write so many words that people enjoy.  Not to mention have it published.  I didn’t think I could do not at first but now I’m a junkie. I can’t stop.

Question 8) Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?

From A Touch of Kindness:

Turning back she looked up at his six feet tall frame. By the look on his face and the slight flush in the cheeks, his apology was genuine. Releasing her pent up breath, she settled her shoulders and faced him fully. A sucker for a real apology, she gave in and asked, “How’s your face?”

He gingerly touched the discolored circle around his eye. “Much better than it looks.”

“Well, I’m glad you’re OK.”

“Thanks. My Name is Ro… er, Quin.”

Her brows gathered. “Did you get hit in the head and forgot your name?”

Question 9) What can we expect from you in the future?

After my sweet romance, I plan on publishing the second installment in the Seychatka Series, my YA Fantasy. I also have another short story romance in the works, but that one won’t be as sweet.

Question 10) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Scrivener and buffer. They are both useful apps that help me to reduce me long list of things to do.

Question 11) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I can be found at any of the links below

www.facebook.com/dhgibbsauthor

www.dhgibbs.com

tweet to @dhgibbsauthor

www.goodreads.com/author/show/14098357

 

Or

 

www.facebook.com/dhgkids

www.dhgkids.wordpress.com

tweet to @dhgkids

About the Author

Hailing from her native Trinidad and Tobago, Author, Illustrator, and lifelong bibliophile D.H. Gibbs found a way to blend her creative abilities with her love of the written word.

From her early days, she spent many waking moments crafting tales, honing her graphic design skills, or dreaming up elaborate vacation plans to satisfy her love of exploring new locations. Her creative endeavors have afforded her many opportunities and inspired her to take her love of new and different worlds to craft Childrens’ and New Adult books for readers everywhere.

When not writing, she can be found dreaming up new, fantastical stories for her fans or indulging her love of art, reading, or planning her next great adventure.

Author Interview: Sojourner McConnell

Today I’m fortunate to present Sojourner McConnell, author of Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas?

Hi Sojourner, thanks for agreeing to this interview.

Question 1) What part of the world do you come from?

61GRPiWN1bL._UX250_I come from the Southern part of the USA. Alabama to be exact yet, now I live in Kentucky. Not quite south but not exactly like living in the north either.

Question 2) What do you think makes a good story?

Interesting characters and a lot of heart. I love when a book makes me feel strongly about the characters and their journey. If I can connect to a character and want to know more about them and desire to share their story, then I know I am on track.

Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was inspired by a little voice in my head that I now recognize as Melanie. Melanie is the main character and she is quite involved in the story line. Her story was easy in some ways to write but painfully difficult in others. I still believe it was a story that needed telling. 

Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?  

I wake up early before everyone else is up and I begin to write. If I give into temptation and sneak over to Twitter, Facebook or email, I am in trouble. I lose all sense of hard work if I get into a chat with someone.  I tend to chat more than I should. I write all day off and on and then in the evening I play about on the computer. At about ten when the house is again quiet, I add in a little more writing time.

Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I suppose the quirkiest thing I do, is to write several projects at the same time.  Several books, plus blogs and articles. I get restless and let the characters lead me into which project I deal with at a time.

Question 6) Give us the title and genre of your latest book.

My latest book is a children’s chapter book. It is a story that interested a four-year-old and a twelve year old and a few of varying ages in between,

Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

That I had a children’s book inside trying to get out. I thought I would be too constrained with vocabulary, but I found that children love to learn the meanings of words, even brand-new ones.

Question 8) Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?

I would love to share this little bit, thank you!

41hlTLtEPGLDolcey moved from one end of the porch to the other, tail held high, pointed black ears perked forward, and silvery whiskers pointing straight at the front door. Twitching her cat whiskers was always tricky, but Dolcey was getting better and better as she strutted around. Purring and meowing enough to stir some compassion from the parents seems to be the hardest part, thought Dolcey.

“Emily, go get the milk and let’s get this boy somewhere warm.” Emily sped into the kitchen but Dolcey was no longer listening. Her fur was bristling as she glowered at Emily’s dad.

“Obviously, I am a girl,” she meowed with such ferocity that she almost scared herself.

Question 9) What can we expect from you in the future?  

More children’s books. Now that I have written this one, I see more in my future. I will also be writing another YA book to follow The Path of the Child. It was my first book and the characters and readers asked for a revisit.

Question 10) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? 

Paying for my British illustrator, Ellie Barrett. She worked with me and brought the images to life.

Question 11) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I am a bit of a social media hound, so I can be found on the following:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sojourner-McConnell/e/B008IQDX4S

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35086496-who-s-that-in-the-cat-pajamas

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8283786.Sojourner_McConnell

Facebook, I have an author page: https://www.facebook.com/SojournerMcConnell/

Facebook author & reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/288061251632208/

Blog: Https://sojournermcconnell.blogspot.com

Interview with @erincruey #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m fortunate to present Erin Cruey author of The Adventures of Captain Patty Series and The Ripple Affair Series.

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Hi, Erin, thanks for agreeing to this interview.

Thanks for having me!  It’s a pleasure to be here.

Question 1) What part of the world do you come from?

I’m from the Great Lakes region in the U.S.

Question 2) What do you think makes a good story?

I love intriguing characters and unpredictable plot lines.  If a story has characters I can get emotionally attached to, or if a story has a plot that makes me spend the rest of my week in awe, I’d call it good.

Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book?

frontcover-4775273-the-ripple-affair-ccpp-ps2bfin-072514The Ripple Affair initially started out as my own version of an epic fantasy.  I would write for fun during my free time in college and I didn’t have many plans to ever publish.  I just loved stories, and it was a good way to spend my free time.  As the story grew into a series, however, I started wondering if publishing could actually be in my future.

Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Sporadic!  It’s funny how life can get so busy, and when you write, you make time for it when you can.  I typically like to start early so I can get a good start on the day and write when my mind is feeling fresh.  There’ve been plenty of times, however, that I’ve strayed from the schedule and wrote when I was feeling very inspired, like in the middle of the night or while I’m eating dinner at a restaurant.

Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’ve heard many writers like to write to music, but I find myself writing better when it’s completely silent.  If there’s music playing, I’ll concentrate on the beat way more than what I’m actually supposed to be writing, ha!

Question 6) Give us the title and genre of your latest book.

native-cover_5009727_front-coverMy latest release is The Adventures of Captain Patty: Captain Patty and the Boston Buccaneer.  It’s technically marketed towards the middle grade/pirate genre, but I find a lot of adults who are fans of the sea adventures genre have been reading it as well.

Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

Writing is not as easy as I thought it was.  There’s a huge misconception that writing is nothing but a hobby that you just sit down and work on for a little bit and then watch the cash flow in.  It’s certainly not as simple for the majority of us.  There’s hours and hours of not just writing, but editing, formatting, marketing…the list goes on.  When you’re an author, you’re not just an author.  You also become a researcher, a businessperson, a designer, and a marketer as well.

Question 8) Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?

I’m currently working on Book 3 of The Adventures of Captain Patty and I can honestly say I’m excited over this.  It’s a bit different from what I’ve done before in terms of how the story is formatted, but it’s going to provide a lot of clarity and context into many of the questions my readers have been asking after the first two books.  What is Captain Patty’s story and background?  Who is Willy Whalebone?  How are Charles and Patty going to be able to stop a pirate civil war with just one ship?  We’ll also be seeing some old characters (Louis will be returning, as will Jonah’s whale!) while meeting some new ones.

Question 9) What can we expect from you in the future?

More books, ha ha!  I’m currently working on Captain Patty and Veronica’s Vengeance and plan to finish Heir of Vengeance after that.  Both The Ripple Affair Series and The Adventures of Captain Patty Series are nearing their ends, but I have a few new series and standalones in the works, specifically in the action and adventure genres.  I’m also thinking about doing some dabbling in sci-fi, so we’ll see what the future holds. 

Question 10) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? 

Marketing.  I can’t express that enough.  There are so many books out there that it’s difficult to stand out, so developing a good marketing plan and spending money wisely will help in the long run.

Question 11) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Feel free to check out my website at http://erincruey.com and follow my blog there.  All my contact information is on there, plus I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.  My books are available on both Amazon and Kindle.

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