Author Interview: A.D. Trosper #FridayFeature

Today I’m fortunate to present A.D. Trosper, author of both epic fantasy, and fantasy/paranormal romance.

Hi Audra, thanks for agreeing to this interview!

Thank you for having me, it’s a pleasure to hang out with you.

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

Profile picThe western hemisphere. Specifically, the western half of the United States. I’ve lived in Washington state, Oregon, California, Oklahoma, and Kansas. I currently reside in a tiny town, without so much as a stoplight, out where central Kansas starts to bleed into western Kansas.

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

Great characters that you care about. A good setting is wonderful as well, but building a beautiful world is a waste if it’s populated by characters that readers don’t care about.

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

Unveiled Cover Final 8-4-2017My husband. He’s the one who kept encouraging me to write, the one who kept telling me I could do it. Between his cheerleading and my love of dragons, my epic fantasy series was born.

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

I work best in barely controlled chaos, so there is no particular schedule. I may not write anything for a couple of weeks, and then spend the next week after churning out almost ten thousand words a day.

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

I keep most of the story, the various backstories, and the various substories, in my head. I write down notes about characters like name, how they look, and where they are from. The rest of it is all filed away in a very messy records room in my head.

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

Betrayed Cover Final 8-4-2017 smallerMy latest book is Betrayed. It’s a fantasy/paranormal romance and the second in my Raven Daughter series in which a young woman finds out there is more to her than she realized. She was supposed to be a reaper, but her heritage makes her so much more than that and a lot of people aren’t pleased about it. 

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

How to make Napalm B. I had no idea that was even a thing until I accidentally stumbled across a youtube video while researching something else. My curious, writerly mind of course had to watch the video, because as a writer, once you realize there is a new thing you don’t know, you have to learn it or it will drive you crazy. Or at least it would me.

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

Absolutely. This is a scene from Betrayed:

The man stepped from the shadows and walked toward us. Or maybe he glided, it was so graceful. Black hair hung to his waist in a straight, shiny fall. Though Caius had always seemed perfection of the human form to me, this man could almost make Caius seem average. Almost.

His height held my attention when he came to stop a couple of arms lengths away. He had to be head and shoulders taller than Caius, which made me feel absolutely shrimpy. Caius inclined his head slightly. “Hades.”

I nearly choked and my heart rate jumped into a gallop. Hades? As in the Greek god, Hades? I couldn’t help the tremble that started in my knees and worked its way up my body. Sentinels and demons wanting me dead weren’t enough? Now I had a god after me too? If he wanted me dead, I was screwed. Not even Caius could defeat a god. Without realizing it, I had reached out and snagged a handful of the back of Caius’s shirt. I didn’t know why, only that I needed some connection to keep the sudden terror at bay.

In my fear, I had missed part of the conversation.

“…relax, Caius.  I’m not here to kill you.”

“Maybe not, but there are very few I trust these days.” Caius shifted, putting me behind his back a little more.

“Now, Caius, is that any way to behave with an old friend?” Hades said smoothly and moved to where he could see me better. My trembling increased under the weight of his black eyes. “I merely wanted to get a look at the one who has everything in chaos. Shame on you for hiding her heritage.”

I glanced up at Caius’s face. I could only see the side, but if the tension in his jaw was any indication, he wasn’t pleased to see Hades. I couldn’t blame him. I did envy his calm as he faced someone who could obliterate him. Or maybe he wasn’t completely calm, but he seemed more pissed than scared. I would take that too. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any anger in myself to latch on to. Only quivering fear. Then again, I was facing a kind of devil.

Hades expression became one of affront. “I am not a devil.”

I stared at him in shock. Could he read my mind?

“Yes, I can.” He glanced at Caius. “Does she really believe all of that forked tail and pitchfork stuff?”

“She was raised in the mortal world, with all of their stories.” Caius’s voice was still guarded as he moved his arm back to block me a little more. I place my other hand on the rock hard muscle of his forearm.

“Oh yes,” irritation flashed across Hades’s face, “those.”

He took in Caius’s stance and me tucked behind him and raised a perfect eyebrow. “Protective aren’t we?”

“We share a partial bond, what happens to her happens to me.”

“Except death.” Hades held up a finger. “That you would survive.”

A growl rumbled low in Caius’s chest and I could feel the vibration in his arm.

“Just a correction of your statement, nothing more.” Hades smirked and turned his attention back to me. “Such a little thing to cause so much trouble.”

Heat flared on Caius’s skin when Hades walked around him, reached toward me and hooked one of his long, perfectly manicured, nails under my chin, forcing me to look into his black eyes. I fell into them, drowning in their dark depths as they filled the world around me. My hand tightened on Caius’s arm until my nails dug into his skin.

“Enough.” Caius’s command was sharp.

Hades chuckled and suddenly the world was normal again. He gazed down at me with interest. “She’s fantastic. I can’t wait to see her grow into her powers.” He placed his finger against his lips as he regarded me. “I won’t even have to wait that long. Your blood is maturing her faster.”

Okay, terrified I may have been, but the way he continued to talk about me like I was a show dog started to irritate me and I welcomed the spark of anger that welled inside. It helped to balance the fear.

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

I have several books either in the works or planned. I will be writing the third and final book of the Raven Daughter series next. After that I have a 4th book in my epic dragon fantasy to write, one more book and one novella to write for my Bound series, and a couple of stand alone books that are also waiting in the wings to be written.

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

Buying Word 2010, lol. That is my go to for writing. I’ve tried Scrivner and a few others, but Word just works best for me. I think it’s because it isn’t highly organized.

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

You can find out more about my books, read my blog, sign up for my newsletter, and learn more about my books all at my website: www.adtrosper.com .

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Book Review: Twins (The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles) by Kim Iverson Headlee #FridayFeature

510BRseRmbLGenre: Epic Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Pendragon Cove Press
Release Date: July 17, 2017
Pages: 70

My Review:

Twins by Kim Iverson Headless is a stand-alone novella, inspired by her The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles series. It is an exciting new take on the destruction of Camelot like readers have never read before.

The story revolves around Arthur and Gwenevere’s identical twin daughters, Gwenhwyfar and Gwenhwyfac, and their individual journeys after their mother’s sudden passing. One twin is trained in the sword while the other in castle runnings.

When their father, Arthur, High King, announces his first born,  Gwenhwyfar, to be betrothed to Medraut—the man whom Gwenhwyfach secretly loves, the twins plot to switch places. Only things don’t go as planned.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, but found some of the name of characters hard to understand. There is a guide towards the back of the book, which for the ebook, would be more appropriate at the front. By the time I discovered it, I had no interest in looking at any of it. The storyline was intriguing, but I felt it could have been better if it had been expanded into a full fledged novel. I felt some of the characters lacked character development as a result of the book only being 70 pages.

If you like stories about Arthur and the history of Camelot, this is one you will want to check out.


Purchase the Book:

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About the Author:

71BetRLPQVL._SY200_Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the midtwentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet. She has been an award-winning novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight, first edition, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying the Arthurian legends for nigh on half a century.

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Author Interview: Ted Galdi #FridayFeature

Today I’m fortunate to present Ted Galdi, author of An American Cage.

Hi, Ted, thank you for agreeing to this interview. 

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

TG PhotoI live in Los Angeles.

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

There’s obviously no black-and-white answer to this question. I like stories that are entertaining at a gut level, while also speaking to larger themes that are interesting at an intellectual level. This balance, unfortunately, is pretty rare. Many books with a lot of raw entertainment spark tend to have no larger theme or a bland, recycled one we’ve seen a million times, while many books that address intellectually stimulating topics tend to feature zero drama. It’s about the balance.

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

41kq5gQ6k2L._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_I’ve always loved writing. My first book, Elixir, wasn’t inspired by a real-life event. The idea seemed interesting to me during the time of my life I was ready to sit down and actually write a novel, so I played with it in my head until the premise was developed enough to fill out a full story. It’s about Ebola…so I guess it’s best it wasn’t inspired by a personal event.

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

Once I have an idea, I think about it for a while without actually writing. Once it has enough shape to be a premise, I’ll write a brief outline, no more than a couple pages. I’ll let that settle in my head for a while, going back and making changes. Only after a couple months of this will I start on the first chapter. I shoot to write 2,000 words a day.

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

When I’m writing dialogue, sometimes I’ll talk it out loud to myself. I’m horrible at accents, but find myself putting them on if the character is supposed to have one. For instance, in An American Cage, most of the characters have some version of a Texas accent. This would sound ridiculous if someone ever overheard me. Good thing I only write at home, instead of public places like Starbucks. People would think I was nuts and call the cops.

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

AAC CoverAn American Cage, a thriller about three guys who escape from prison and try to cross Texas to freedom in Mexico.

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

Since the book features a prison escape, to prepare, I researched a handful of actual prison escapes. In today’s age of high-end cameras, sensors, etc, it’s surprising how many people are still able to break out of jail using really old-school methods.  

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

Yes. The first chapter is available for free here:

http://www.tedgaldi.com/announcements/teds-new-book-an-american-cage

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

I have a new book in the works. No plan to stop writing them. 

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

It’s not very expensive to be a writer. If someone is spending a lot of money to be a writer, they are probably doing it wrong.

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

You can check out my website at www.tedgaldi.com, for info on my books, author interviews, trailers, etc. I love hearing from readers. Feel free to shoot me an email at ted@tedgaldi.com.

Book Trailer:

http://www.tedgaldi.com/ announcements/book-trailer-an- american-cage

More About The Author:

Ted Galdi is the author of the bestselling novel Elixir, which he published in 2014 at the age of twenty-nine. The book is a winner of a Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award and a Silver Medal in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

Ted is a graduate of Duke University and lives in Los Angeles. He has been featured by ABC and FOX television, iHeartRadio, Examiner, and many other media outlets.

To learn more about him, contact him, and receive updates about releases and special events before anyone else, visit his official website at http://www.tedgaldi.com.

Stoc (A New Druids Novel Vol. 3) by Donald D. Allan #FridayFeature

Donald D. Allan is pleased to announce the release of his latest book, Stoc (A New Druids Novel Vol. 3).

We hope you’ll join us for this epic release event August 31st at 5 p.m. EST until 12 a.m. EST. We’ll start off with Donald D. Allan himself, then we’ll hear from some guest authors in the fantasy genre. This is a great opportunity to discover new authors, play games, and win prizes! Speaking of prizes, don’t forget to enter the STOC Rafflecopter!

 

Stoc (A New Druids Novel Vol. 3)

The Draoi school has formed and Will and Nadine Arbor have begun to expose their powers to the realm of Belkin.

Lord Protector John Healy has made a deal with a foreign force to secure his base of power. Turgany will initiate a civil war that will drive Will to have to decide how his draoi can protect the harmony in the Realm.

Gaea, Erebus and the Church will come together in direct conflict, the result of which will determine the future for all. All life in Belkin teeters in the balance. Only Will and the draoi can hope to save the world.

Return to Turgany County and the realm of Belkin. A quiet land now in open rebellion against a tyrant and powers beyond understanding.

This is a story of how one young man and his students will change the world.

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A $10 Amazon gift card

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The entire New Druids series ebook collection.

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Donald D. Allan is pleased to announce the release of his latest book, Stoc (A New Druids Novel Vol. 3).

We hope you’ll join us for this epic release event August 31st at 5 p.m. EST until 12 a.m. EST.

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We’ll start off with Donald D. Allan himself, then we’ll hear from some guest authors in the fantasy genre. This is a great opportunity to discover new authors, play games, and win prizes!

Speaking of prizes, don’t forget to enter the STOC Rafflecopter!

Stoc (A New Druids Novel Vol. 3)
The Draoi school has formed and Will and Nadine Arbor have begun to expose their powers to the realm of Belkin.
Lord Protector John Healy has made a deal with a foreign force to secure his base of power. Turgany will initiate a civil war that will drive Will to have to decide how his draoi can protect the harmony in the Realm.

Gaea, Erebus and the Church will come together in direct conflict, the result of which will determine the future for all. All life in Belkin teeters in the balance. Only Will and the draoi can hope to save the world.

Return to Turgany County and the realm of Belkin. A quiet land now in open rebellion against a tyrant and powers beyond understanding.

This is a story of how one young man and his students will change the world.

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Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36146676-stoc

Enter the STOC Rafflecopter for your chance to win!

A $10 Amazon gift card
Or
The entire New Druids series ebook collection.

Don’t forget to share! There are several entries that can be performed every day!

Enter here – http://fiction-atlas.com/2017/08/25/stoc-rafflecopter/