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Are you in the mood for romance? An emotional journey?
Our Coffee Chat author this week is romance writer, Claire Gem.
Welcome, Claire! How do you take your coffee?

CLAIRE: 
Black! Until it's 5 o'clock somewhere. Then, it's vodka, baby, all the way.

Ally: Lol. Well, I'm sure it's already five o'clock someplace, but not here. Why don't we start with the coffee and get our eyes open first? While I fill our mugs, please introduce yourself to readers.




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Author Bio:

Claire writes emotional romance. Her heroes are hot, her heroines strong and brave: a combination lighting the spark to fan the flames of your most intense romantic fantasies. Claire's characters are human—they make mistakes, get clumsy sometimes, and they're not too proud to laugh at themselves and each other.

She writes in contemporary and paranormal romance, as well as women’s fiction. Claire's books are like a thrill ride at a theme park. Whether it's spooky-scary, angst-ridden relationships filled with gut-wrenching turmoil, silly chuckle moments, or face-fanning sex, Claire guarantees to take you on an emotionally intense romantic journey.

Something unique/unusual that isn't in your regular bio:  "I married my seventh grade math teacher. No, not at 13, but 7 years later when we were reunited after I'd grown up. And gotten over his giving me a "C" in Algebra. I'm still married to him, 38 years later."

Media Links:

Website
Facebook
Twitter        
Goodreads
Amazon Author Page
Pinterest 



INTERVIEW:

Ally:  Give readers a general idea of the type of books you write.

CLAIRE:  Contemporary romance, women's fiction. My latest release, The Phoenix Syndrome, has a rating of PG17 (is that a rating? It's not R), but my other novels are R rated.

Ally:  As a writer of romance-and probably a reader too, why do you think the genre is so popular? 

CLAIRE:  Because women want to escape from the doldrums of their daily lives with fantasy. The human brain wants to try out situations it is afraid to explore or doesn't have a chance to experience. Romance provides that release, that escape. It's our happy place.

Ally:  What are the hardest and the easiest parts of writing and publishing a book? 

CLAIRE:  Easiest part? There is none. Writing is hard work, even if the story comes to you fully formed and practically types itself onto the page. There's still the organization, the editing, the re-assimilating the events into a logical, practical sequence. Life doesn't present itself that way to us, but as story tellers, we are obliged to make sure the story we put down on the page IS logical, believable.

The hard part? Hitting "Publish." It's like childbirth. Sending our baby out into the world, losing control over what will happen to it. How it will be received. Losing control over something we've created.

Ally:   What traits makes a character that you want to write about?

CLAIRE:  REAL. There's nothing else to it. I want my characters to reflect real people, in real situations. Otherwise, how will the real people reading my books ever relate?

Ally:   What's next on your writing agenda? 

CLAIRE:  I'm presently working on my second ghostly romance, Spirits of the Heart, set on the grounds of a mental asylum in Middletown, NY, where I grew up (no, I didn't grow up in the asylum, in the town!). But I do have some personal ties to this now-defunct facility: my late father, who was an alcoholic, spent a number of stints at the Middletown Psych Center when they still considered alcoholism a mental illness as opposed to a behavioral problem. My childhood memories fueled the writing of this story. It is turning out to be good therapy for me.

Ally:  Are you ready for a few short answer questions?
  • a. What word do you overuse the most in your writing?  That. That. That. That. That!!!!
  • b. Favorite accessories?  Bracelets. Not much of a jewelry freak, but I do love bracelets, especially the kind that cling to your wrist and don't bobble about (not a big bangle fan). Elastic (in bracelets and in skinny jeans) is my friend!
  • c. Do you have any tattoos?  No, but someday, I might.
  • d. Favorite animal:  Horses, and freshwater angelfish. I was a horse enthusiast for most of my life, until I got too old to climb aboard. Now I raise angel babies, and cry when I take them to the aquarium store to be rehomed. Hint: I've never fallen off one of my angelfish. Not once!
  • e. An item on your bucket list:  Return to Belgium, a place I dreamed about since I was a child, visited once about 12 years ago, and want to go back and take my husband there. Soon. I hope. 

Ally: It's been a pleasure getting to know you, Claire. Before you go, please tell us more about The Phoenix Syndrome.



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The Phoenix Syndrome

Turning forty, for research tech Lannie Marvin, is rough. She discovers her husband is leaving her. Then a crazed lab mouse brutally bites her. So Lannie snaps.

She heads out to chase an old dream—a music career—and a new crush: the drummer of a heavy metal band.

Drummer Tristan Allard holds a benefit every year in memory of his late wife. He’s beginning to doubt his ability to write the band’s music without his wife’s inspiration – she was also his muse. Plus, he’s damn lonely. So when Lannie literally plows into him at the backstage reception, Tristan is ready to learn more about her – and her long-buried interest in musical composition.

The two head off for a wild ride of a weekend, but reality catches up. Tristan is headed back to the UK to audition his next album. And Lannie learns that an elevated libido isn’t the only side-effect of that experimental drug.

To her horror, she discovers the treated mice have gone deaf.


Trailer Link: http://bit.ly/2bpRSqG

Buy Link (PG-17):  
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2bIMkHJ

Other Books (Rated R):

A Taming Season: A Love at Lake George Novel
Hearts Unloched (Winner 2016 New York Book Festival)
Phantom Traces

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Spirit Song, The Guardians Book Three:
 
The assassin and the angel. Can her song redeem his soul?

Miranda Devalande had long since given up on her dreams of a happy life. Forced to sing at mob boss Slick Sal's seedy nightclub to cover her brother's rising gambling debts, she survives from day to day as a caged bird. With each new bad bet by her wayward brother, her hope of finding a way free of her "contract" fades. Until a mysterious stranger arrives at the club and turns her whole life upside down...

Danger has always swirled around reluctant Guardian Warrior Sebastian Lambert. Trained as an assassin and recruited out of desperation, he now battles the evils of power-hungry Rogues in Chicago. When his friend and fellow Guardian Viktor Arnhart drags him into a nightclub, he would have never imagined to find an angel at the mic.

Caught between his desire to keep Miranda safe and his drive to hold her close, Bastian must walk the line between the light of a beautiful songstress and the dark of his perilous past even as dangerous forces threaten to destroy them both. Will he open his heart to her in time, or will she fall prey to her soulless fate?

Buy links (18+):

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Song-Guardians-Book-3-ebook/dp/B01LA6P458
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spirit-song-tessa-mcfionn/1124494972
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-spiritsong-2093937-143.html
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/spirit-song 


Excerpt from Spirit Song:

Sloppy snow crunched under Miranda’s boots and the frosty wind off Lake Michigan bit through her threadbare woolen coat, freezing her breath before it even left her lungs. She managed two steps toward the street before a shadow darkened the dingy white at her feet.

“Boss wants to see you now.” The hulking gorilla in the black trench hovered over her, his short phrase laced with an unspoken threat of violent repercussions. Yet tonight she was in no mood to be ordered into obedience like some well-trained dog.

“I’m off the clock. I will talk to him tomorrow.” Her attempt to sidestep the man did not meet with success. He dug his fingers into the meat of her bicep and yanked her to a sudden stop. Her gaze shot up; the muddied brown eyes above her regarded her with open disdain and no room for debate.

“Boss says now.”

Her heart began to pound as she frantically searched for a way out. “I’ve had a long night. I’m tired and I want to go home.”

Salvation came in the form of a deep and growling voice that flowed over her shoulders and a forceful physical presence at her back. “I believe you have your answer, signore.

She struggled to keep her gaze forward, the urge to sneak a peek behind her powerful and compelling. The voice was harsh and gravelly, drawing to mind images of a giant bear rudely awakened and none too pleased about the prospect. His tone was commanding and undeniable.

Her face stared intently at the goon sent to retrieve her, watching as the snarl grew then melted, repugnance replaced by apprehension. The man’s eyes lost focus, a frown pulling his thick brows together in confusion.

Again, that powerful voice rolled over her shoulders. “I think it would be best if you got back into your car and told your boss that you were unable to catch her before she went home for the night.”

She fully expected a brawl to break out around her. However, what she did see was a thousand times more frightening. Sal’s lackey let go of her arm and turned away, heading toward the black Mercedes on the curb. Her jaw hung agape as the man simply drove away. Just like that.

This time, curiosity outweighed her sense of self-preservation. She had to see what kind of man could order around the meatheads that served as muscle for Francciolli. She spun around, eager to get a better look at her timely shadow.

The fierce scowl aimed at the receding lights softened as he shifted his whiskey eyes to meet hers. His face was cut straight from some ancient battlefield. A strong, square jaw dusted with the day’s stubble supported defined cheekbones chiseled out of the most intriguing shade of sun-kissed marble. A faded scar ringing his throat peeked from under the collar of his expensive-looking black sweater, further cementing her opinion of his true nature. Another jagged pale line trailed from the center of his left eyebrow to terminate somewhere in the thick hair.

“Are you all right?” His voice rumbled low, gravelly and intoxicating.

His amber eyes remained passively attentive as her gaze roamed across his face. Her head bobbed slowly as his words wove their way into her ears between the rapid beats of her heart. He was alpha male all the way, a predator who had seen the deadlier side of life and come out on the winning side. She wondered how many bodies he had crawled over to stand so casually before her on this cold night, one hand tucked into the front pocket of his black slacks.

The more she thought about it, the more she realized she didn’t care.


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About the Author:

Tessa McFionn is a very native Californian and has called Southern California home for most of her life, growing up in San Diego and attending college in Northern California and Orange County, only to return to San Diego to work as a teacher. Insatiably curious and imaginative, she loves to learn and discover, making her wicked knowledge of trivial facts an unwelcomed guest at many Trivial Pursuit boards. 

When not writing, she can be found at the movies or at Disneyland with her husband, as well as family, friends or anyone who wants to play at the Happiest Place on Earth. She also finds her artistic soul fed through her passions for theatre, dance and music.

A proud parent of far too many high school seniors and two still living house plants, she also enjoys hockey, reading and playing Words With Friends to keep her vocabulary sharp. She is currently the treasurer of the San Diego chapter of Romance Writers of America and loves spending time working with such amazingly intelligent and creative writers.

Social links:

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00RM4OGQ6
Website: http://www.tessamcfionn.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Tessa-McFionn-703710772990582
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/tessa.mcfionn
Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/859407434188672/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TessaMcFionn
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/tessamcfionn 



 
 
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It's Coffee Chat time!

Get cozy, booklovers, while I chat with a return author, James DiBenedetto. (If you missed his first visit with one of his paranormal books or would like to read it again, click here.)

Welcome, James! Are you still drinking OJ instead of coffee?

JAMES: 
Can’t stand coffee (although I do like coffee ice cream – go figure!).  It’s a big glass of orange juice in the morning, which is enough sugar to get me through to lunch.

Ally: Sigh. You just don't know what you're missing. I love juice too, but never in lieu of coffee! :) One big glass coming right up. While I'm getting that (and my coffee), please introduce yourself.



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Bio:

J.J. DiBenedetto is the author of the Dream Series.  He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his lovely wife and Danny, a white cat who’s trained them both.  He’s originally from Yonkers, New York.  He loves the New York Giants, fondue, photography, travel, the opera and he’s a huge science-fiction and fantasy geek.

Something unusual/unique about you that isn't in your bio: "I was a DJ at my college radio station.  5 to 7 AM, Friday mornings (new people always got the worst time slots).  It was 1990, and I played mostly New Wave, very typical college radio stuff, for the seven or so people who were actually listening at the time.  And I still have my official FCC radio license, which I think is still actually valid."


Author Links

Website – http://www.writingdreams.net
Twitter – https://twitter.com/JJDiBenedetto
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jjdibenedettoauthor

Amazon Author Page – http://viewauthor.at/JJDiBenedetto
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/349874-j-j-dibenedetto
Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/starkllr
Audible - http://www.audible.com/series/ref=a_pd_Romanc_c2__1_sa?asin=B00FL00R70
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/user-680799288



INTERVIEW:

Ally:  What type of book did you bring to share today?

JAMESFinders Keepers is a suspense thriller with a lighter tone.  Think “Romancing the Stone” – that’s what I was shooting for, and I think/hope I pretty much hit that.  It’s definitely a PG book.

Ally:  Who or what inspired you to become a writer? What would have been your next choice?

JAMES:  I’ve been writing since high school, so I’ve pretty much always been a writer.  But what inspired me to actually publish my work was a friend (Jennifer Povey - http://www.jenniferrpovey.com/).  When she sold her first novel, it made me think, why can’t I do it, too?  So I got down to work, and a year later, I had my first book up on Amazon.

I’m not full time, so I guess you could say my next choice is my current day job, which is in marketing for a major national association.

Ally:   If you could have a supernatural power or be a supernatural being what would you choose and why?

JAMES:  Probably teleportation.  No more commutes, no more waiting on line at the airport – think how much time you’d get back every day!

I considered psychic powers, but I’m not sure I’d actually want to know what everyone around me is thinking, and being able to control other people’s minds is a sure path to becoming an inhuman monster.  There’s no way anyone would be able to resist abusing that power, sooner or later.  So I’ll stick with teleportation.

Ally:  Name two places you'd love to visit, one real, one fictional, and explain why you'd want to go there.

JAMES:  Real :  Rome, because it’s where (some of) my family comes from, and I’ve never properly been there.  I spent one night there about 15 years ago, but that doesn’t really count at all.  I want to go and see it thoroughly, for a couple of weeks at least.

Fictional:  Iain Banks’ Culture.  Your every imaginable need or want is met, you can live more or less forever, and there’s no shortage of things to do if you get bored with all that. 

Ally:   What is your next book project?

JAMES:  I’m working on the next Jane Barnaby Adventure (#3 in the series).  It should be out by the end of the year.  The working title is Her Brother’s Keeper, and Jane will be dealing with jewel thieves, a former Russian spy, and her father getting remarried to someone half his age.  So she’ll be pretty busy!

Ally:  Let's finish the interview portion of our chat with a few short answer questions:
  • a. last movie you saw in a theater: The Secret Life of Pets
  • b. your current favorite author: J.K. Rowling (I’m rereading the Harry Potter books right now)
  • c. How many books do you read in a month? 5-10
  • d. Favorite holiday food: My Mom’s chocolate tarts.  Best dessert ever!
  • e. A guilty pleasure (admit it, guys have them too!):  Lush bath bombs.  Nothing beats spending a relaxing hour in the tub!
Ally:  Thanks so much for visiting with us, James. Now it's time to see your book...


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Book blurb:

Finders Keepers (book one of the Jane Barnaby Adventures)

1,400 miles.  3 countries.  2 men she can’t trust.  What could go wrong?

It should have been a simple job.  All archaeology student Jane Barnaby had to do was pick up a box her professor needed and deliver it to him at his dig site, along with his new car.  Yes, his office was in Oxfordshire, and his dig site was in Spain, a trip of 1,400 miles across three countries and two bodies of water.  Still, it should have been simple.

And it was, until Jane discovered she picked up the wrong box by mistake.  Not the one with boring pottery samples, but instead the one with priceless ancient Egyptian artifacts.  The one that a team of international art thieves is after.

Now she’s chasing – and being chased by – the thieves.  And she’s picked up a pair of passengers who claim they can help her outwit them, get her professor’s pottery back and return the artifacts to their rightful owner.  If only she could figure out which one of them is working with the thieves and which one she can trust in this high-stakes game of finders keepers.

Book Links:

http://books2read.com/FindersKeepers - universal link, all retailers
http://viewBook.at/FindersKeepers – Amazon link (works for all individual Amazon country stores)
https://youtu.be/nSETzV0_9LM?list=PLdLeszUG-JujXfj2uPS692TsIm1dfAlWl – Book trailer
https://soundcloud.com/user-680799288/finders-keepers-audiobook-sample - Audiobook sample
http://getBook.at/FindersKeepersAudio - Audiobook



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We've made it to mid-week, Booklovers!

It time to meet another author, drink our favorite beverage, and indulge in a little book talk. This week's guest is urban fantasy author A. R. Miller.

Welcome, Amy! How do you take your coffee?

A.R.: 
I’ll take it any way I can get it, but usually with a touch of milk. Iced when it’s hot, and hot when it’s cold. Alternatives, would include chai—again iced or hot—and Dr. Pepper, always iced.

Ally: I think we'll stick with the real stuff. :) While I pour, please introduce yourself to readers.



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Bio:

A.R. Miller writes urban fantasy for grown-ass women (and men) who are still too young to care.

She lives in Central Iowa with an accommodating husband and their four-footed companions. When not testing the patience of readers with cliffhanger endings, you might find her wielding a makeup brush or curling iron as a freelance stylist.
Something unique that isn't in your bio: "I don’t think there’s anything unique about me, I’m pretty boring and average." (Ally note: Ha. Having met this author, I can assure you that isn't true. Since she writes about supernatural stuff, perhaps there are secrets she can't reveal. :))


Links:

Website: feycreations.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorA.R.Miller/ 
The Meadowlarks reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1673553996227189/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FeyCreations
Amazon page: http://tinyurl.com/glef6hz
Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/z2flfs8
Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/zabykmp
Ibooks: http://tinyurl.com/juj4vco 



INTERVEW:

Ally:  When readers pick up one of your books, what can they expect?

A.R.: I write contemporary, or what others have labeled, urban fantasy. Almost everything I write is for adults. You’ll find references to days gone by, some spicy scenes of a sexual nature, violence, and some pretty adult language. I won’t say it’s mature, but it’s for a mature audience.

Ally:  Describe the creation of your paranormal world. Did you start with a character, setting, or plot?

A.R.:  The Fey Creations series came about when the main character, Keely Fey, flipped the tables on me. Originally, I was all set to write an epic fantasy, but Keely—her original name escapes me—didn’t want to live in a medieval world and she certainly wasn’t a sword toting warrior. She wanted to live in modern day Iowa and her weapon of choice a pair of shears. She wanted to cut hair not flesh.

Age was another issue, but probably more for me than her. Most characters in contemporary or urban fantasy are twenty or thirty-something, kick-butt heroes. As I matured—I say this very tongue in cheek—I began wondering what an average, middle-aged person would do in the same situations. That’s how middle-aged, hairstylist Keely Fey came into being.

Ally:  Are you a plotter or a pantser? Charts, outlines, character sketches? Do you consciously think about story arcs, rising and falling action, the three acts, the six stages...or do you wing it?

A.R.:  I work best when I’m winging it. I’m primarily a pantser, but have had to do a little more plotting—or paying attention—as the series grows. My ‘outline’ consists of various things that need to happen in no particular order, sandwiched between a beginning and ending, all subject to change at a moment’s notice. I also write in scenes, meaning if something comes to me, I get it down and tuck it away. If it doesn’t fit the current project, I save it for a future project.

Ally:  What's the best writing or marketing advice you ever received? The worst?

A.R.:  The best writing advice? Write the story you want to read. If you enjoy what you’re writing, the reader can sense it and it makes their experience better. If it interests you, chances are someone else will be interested.

For someone who relies on word of mouth, the best marketing advice comes from Maya Angelou, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

I can’t think of anything that would be considered the worst advice. There are plenty of things I don’t agree with or haven’t worked for me, but it doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone else.

Ally:  What is your next writing project?

A.R.:  I just finished the fourth book in the FC series, Shadow Play—it will be out at the end of September—and will be starting number five soon. Unfortunately, I don’t have much to tease, not even a working title. But true to form, bad things will happen to Keely.

Ally:  Let's finish with a few quick answer questions.

  • a. the most unusual item in your refrigerator:  Strangest thing in my fridge, unused 35mm film. Yes, I still have a camera that uses film.
  • b. your favorite candle scent:  I haven’t burned candles in years. I abolished them when my birthday cake turned into a flaming torch.
  • c.  a book you'd recommend:  If you like sci-fi, thriller, with a touch of romance, I highly recommend the Traveler Chronicles by Dennis Green.
  • d. a place you'd love to visit:  I’d love to visit Germany, and the Frisian Islands.
  • e. a guilty pleasure:  My biggest guilty pleasure is having a moment to lay around and do nothing. Too bad I don’t have time to indulge.

Ally:  Thanks for visiting the blog, Amy. Before you go, please tell us more about your upcoming release, Shadow Play.


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Shadow Play (Fey Creations Book 4)

Keely Fey’s first assignment, as the Lord’s Shadow, is to spy on Var Royd’s nemesis, Haydn Koehler. She must use her Talents, but with access to Vereinen—the only other schattenkind—denied, and no one with the knowledge to teach her, the mission seems doomed to fail.

A chance meeting with a stranger changes everything. Mr. Mortonson, a student of history and member of the Ahnenerbe Society, claims to be an authority on the schattenkind.

Does Mort have the information needed to complete her assignment and find Vereinen? Or is he another player in the game to control Keely and her Talents?

Available at  Amazon | Kobo | iBooks

Coming to B&N September 30, 2016


Other books by A.R. Miller:

https://www.amazon.com/A.R.-Miller/e/B005KDF5VQ



A.R.:  Thank you, Ally, for inviting me to have coffee with you and your readers!

Ally:  My pleasure!


Have a fantastic week, booklovers, and come back soon!

 
 
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Grab your coffee mug and pull up a chair. It's Coffee Chat time!

This week's guest is Darian Smith and his paranormal romance, Currents of Change (rated PG-13). Welcome, Darian. What can I get you to drink?

DARIAN
I'm actually one of the few people in the world who doesn't like the taste of coffee so I don't generally drink it.  I do, however, drink copious amounts of Coca-cola.  Like enough to hydrate a small country amounts.  That more than satisfies my caffeine requirements.

Ally: No problem. A cold coke is coming right up. While I'm getting that, please introduce yourself to readers.


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BIO:

Darian Smith writes mainly speculative fiction (fantasy) and lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife (who also writes) and their Siamese cat (who doesn't).
He holds two Koru Awards, is the winner of the SpecFicNZ/Steam Press manuscript competition, and has been a finalist for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards several times.
By day, he works with people who have neuromuscular conditions such as muscular dystrophy or charcot marie tooth disease. He is also a qualified counsellor/family therapist and can be seen - by those very swift with the pause button - on television shows such as Legend of the Seeker and Spartacus.

Something unique that isn't in my bio: "
I've been a vegetarian my entire life and never eaten meat so I used to find it fascinating to learn about which animal parts people were cooking.  Unfortunately, I soon learned people don't usually want to think about that when they're about to eat so I've had to curb my curiosity!"

For more information about Darian and his upcoming work, please check out...

his website at www.darian-smith.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarianSmithAuthor
Twitter: @DarianWordSmith



INTERVIEW:

Ally:  Describe your paranormal world and what went into its creation. Did you do maps, history charts of events, or did it just flow?

DARIAN:
Currents of Change is set in a fictional town in rural New Zealand.  I'm a New Zealander myself so much of the world is the beautiful country in which I live.  When it comes to the paranormal aspects of the world, however, I blended Irish and Maori mythology into this tale to show a clash of cultures and the lasting impacts of immigration on current day New Zealand - but with a magical twist.  The story of Sara's ancestors coming to live in New Zealand as early settlers plays a big role in the novel and there are secrets from all those years ago that will shape Sara now so there was some research that went into what things were like in that time and how the immigrants and Maori might have interacted around what was happening.

Ally:   What's the best piece of writing/publishing/marketing advice you've been given?

DARIAN:  The best advice I've been given is probably to just write it because you can fix a page of bad writing but you can't edit a blank page.  Procrastination is the bane of any writer and that advice helps me battle that particular demon.  That said, I've gotten lots of other wonderful advice around planning and structuring stories, and also making sure every scene has a purpose and increases tension in some way, and so much more.  Every piece of advice is valuable, even if it's just to learn how to weigh advice and decide whether to keep or discard it!

Ally:   Where do you hope your writing career will go over the next 5 years?

DARIAN:  My plan is to be doing much more writing over the next 5 years.  I'm currently working on a fantasy mystery series, the first of which will be released soon.  I have many more projects in mind so I don't see myself stopping any time soon.

Ally:  What's next on your immediate horizon?

DARIAN:  My fantasy murder mystery series is next.  My hero has to solve a murder, stop a war, and save the world.  So he has his work cut out for him.

Ally: Let's finish up with a few short answer questions:
  • a. best fantasy book ever written:   Such a hard question! There are so many good ones and I think mostly the ones I really love are from my youth.  I really enjoyed The Dark is Rising series from Susan Cooper.
  • b. favorite summer activity:  Walking down the beach with the waves washing in over my feet.  Warm sun, cool water, and soft sand.
  • c. I'd love to own a __________.   TARDIS.  I could go anywhere and any when and always have plenty of storage space.
  • d. favorite dessert:  Strawberry ice cream banana split
  • e. a favorite comic book hero:  Rogue.  The comic book version, not the movie version (much as I love Anna Paquin).

Ally: It's been a pleasure chatting with you. I hope you'll come back with your fantasy murder mystery. In the meantime, please tell us a little more about Currents of Change.

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Currents of Change by Darian Smith

Haunted house. Haunted heart.

When Sara O'Neill goes on the run, she believes the tiny New Zealand town of Kowhiowhio is just the sanctuary she needs. Her family's old colonial house needs repair, but it's safe from the abusive husband she left behind. However, a hostile local holds a grudge, and a dangerous presence haunting her new home threatens Sara's chance at peace. How can she create a new life while dealing with ghosts from the old?
For local electrician, Nate Adams, parenting his young daughter alone has not been easy - particularly in a town where he is still seen as an outsider. When he meets his new neighbour, he sees a chance at a new start for them both. Even with his help, can the house - or Sara's heart - be repaired?
Someone doesn't want an O'Neill in Kowhiowhio. Sara's return is awakening secrets hidden for generations.
Why has the house never had electricity? What was the fate of Sara's ancestors?
Can she discover the ghost's story before it's too late?
The truth will set...something...free.

Winner of two 2016 Koru Awards.

Buy link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U8Q968I



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                                       ***NEW RELEASE***


Endless as the Rain

By MS Kaye

For Adriane Graham, the real question comes down to this: “Am I Alec Kaden’s guest…Or his prisoner?”

If she’s a guest in the Kaden mansion, then it means Alec has freed himself from his family ties to organized crime. It means he’s telling the truth when he says he’s protecting Adriane from dangerous men and they can shake off the shackles of haunted pasts.

…But…

If Adriane Graham is Alec Kaden’s prisoner, it means his tenderness is simply a ruse to keep her under control; his kindness is just poisoned hypocrisy. It means Alec is a cruel liar, and that somehow, by some desperate way, she’s got to get out of this charming man’s well-guarded house before it’s too late.

Is she Alec’s treasured guest? Or merely a pretty bird, trapped in his gilded cage? The troubling questions pour like fountains…flowing…

Endless as the Rain.

Released by InkSpell Publishing 9/4/16.

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Excerpt:

I looked around to see a black sedan creeping up behind me. I moved to get out of the way, barely on the gravel. I kept walking and vaguely appreciated that the driver didn’t speed by in impatience and kick up dirt and rocks. The car continued at the same careful pace.

Just as the passenger door was at my arm’s length, the car stopped. I guessed the driver must be seeking directions, and waited for a window to roll down. They had to be lost. I’d never seen an unfamiliar car on this road. It was only used or even known about by old residents of the neighborhood.

The back door opened, and a man stepped out.

I caught a glimpse of his tailored suit and overly straight posture as I glanced around, deciding if I should keep walking, walk quickly...or bolt into the trees toward one of the houses.

“It’s getting late,” he said. “Would you care for a ride home before it gets too dark?”

His voice—it sounded vaguely familiar. As I looked at him properly, part of my mind was distracted. His skin was like white marble, sculpting a beautiful face, but hard, unchanging, unyielding. Except his eyes. They were puddles in the stone, the only gentle thing about him.

I stepped back.

He lurched forward and grabbed my arm just above my elbow.



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About the Author:

M.S. Kaye has several awards and published books under her black belt. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, Florida, where she tries not to melt in the sun. Find suspense and the unusual at www.BooksByMSK.com.


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