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The Countenance Angels Trilogy

The Countenance Angels Trilogy

by Addison Moore In the grand scheme of things, you’ll be dead a lot longer than you’ll ever be alive. The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car, then bursting through the windshield. Two months dissolve without her knowledge and she finds herself […]

The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm

The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm

Illustrated Book for Teens, by Sybrina Durant The blue unicorn was born into a tribe of magical metal-horned unicorns. It was prophesied that he would be the savior of the tribe. Just one problem – he did not have a metal horn like all the […]

An Interview with Author J.L. Myers

An Interview with Author J.L. Myers

Welcome to BookDragon! Do you have any writing rituals? Describe your process.

I wouldn’t say that I have any specific writing ritual, however, I do have a writing process that I strictly follow these days. I am an absolute plotter. I must admit, with my first novel I did begin by sitting down with an idea in the back of my mind, which I then just continued to write as ideas came to me. Now I like to know who my characters are, what they want most, and how each story will end. I take time now to create the skeleton of each of my stories, starting with my rough ideas and characters which I then mold into a scene-by-scene setup with a rough layout for who appears in each scene, what actions they will take, and then what the conclusion will be to lead me on to what happens next.

What are you working on right now?

My current project is to expand my Fallen Angel novella into a 5 full-length book series. This short novella that gave an insight into Lucifer and the reason he was cast out of Heaven will now reveal in detail the events that led to his banishment. You will discover all that transpired between Lucifer and the ethereal female archangel, Gabriel, from the start, leading God to forsake his favorite angel. The series will continue on after that with three more books that will delve into Lucifer and Gabriel’s struggles to reclaim the love that was taken from them—without bringing about the destruction of Heaven, Earth, and Hell as we know it.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing, well there are two, but the first would be escaping into worlds I could only dream of and living through words on a page the lives of extraordinary people, creatures, monsters, and everything in-between. Being able to get into the psyche of a character and go through the elevations and downfalls of their amazing existences makes writing for me more an entertaing and fulfilling ride that I never want to get off of.

Tell us a little bit about the last thing you wrote.

The last thing I published was Nerve Damage. Despite my intentions to write a simpler book after my 4-book Blood Bound series, it turned out to be quite complex. It is a psychological thriller that delves into the dark recesses of the mind in that of human action and intention.
Cassidy, the main character from which much of the story is told, is a newly created young adult orphan. After losing her parents in a terrible car wreck, her mind is not her friend. Her memories of the accident paint an entirely different picture of that day, leaving her believing that the ‘accident’ was not quite so accidental. After surviving and with what she thinks she saw, Cassidy isn’t sure what is real or not, but she can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched…and hunted.
The rest of the characters have their own pasts and their own problems, and with the events that have them trapped together, they will soon come to learn that they are somehow connected and that them being brought together is no accident at all.
Throughout the story, you get to meet and get to know another character—the killer. A number of scenes are shown from their perspective, and, fair warning, they are vivid in detail and actions. Plus you will also meet a character from a past, a child that is intricately weaved into this story in ways that will ripple throughout the story from start to end in irrevocable and haunting ways.
If you are into dark and thrilling reads that can chill you to the bone, you’ll want to check this new release out.

Describe your favorite protagonist from one of your stories. Tell us something nobody knows about them, something that’s not in your story.

My favorite protagonist from one of my stories has to be Amelia from the Blood Bound Series. She was my first creation and it was her struggles, her fear, and her tenacity that drove me from a simple idea for a love story into an epic world of danger, forbidden love, betrayal, and much gray area that turned good guys into less than perfect and bad guys into devastatingly human.
Something that nobody knows about Amelia is that her story may have ended…but there is still more to come. Amelia and her friends have unfinished business, and even if you’ve read the full 4-book series, it will not be the last time you hear from her and the rest of your favorites.

What are you working on next?

After the expansion of my Fallen Angel Series, I plan to revisit my favorite Blood Bound characters to bring you the next steps in their paranormal lives. There will be changes, secrets revealed, lives threatened, and even the return of the dead… Each new story will be told from a different character’s perspective, following their trials and triumphs until each ending ripples across the lives of the remaining characters to kick off their own story.

What do you wish your fans knew about you?

I wish my fans knew that I was a bit of a hermit, an introvert, and despite what I portray, I am human and vulnerable. I truly hope that everything I work my butt off to create and put out into the world is enjoyed and even loved. In the end, I write my stories for me, but I publish them for all of you.

Are you on social media? What’s your favorite writer’s forum?

Feel free to talk me at any of my social media links below. I love hearing from new and old fans, and really, anyone who wants to talk about books, writing, plots, characters and anything else book related. My favorite writer’s forum is really more of a group: An Alliance of Young Adult Authors. So many new and expericned authors that are out to help their fellow writers.
https://www.facebook.com/author.jlmyers/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7178370.J_L_Myers
https://twitter.com/BloodBoundJLM
https://www.amazon.com/J.L-Myers/e/B00DK4P0EO/
http://www.jlmyers.com

Autumn’s Daughter

Autumn’s Daughter

by Melissa Walshe Niamh Brennan is magical. Or a superhero. Or maybe an alien changeling. Whatever she is, her impossible abilities are out of control and growing. When her younger sister is kidnapped in her place, Niamh must break down the walls between our world […]

Llewellyn’s 2018 Magical Almanac: Practical Magic for Everyday Living

Llewellyn’s 2018 Magical Almanac: Practical Magic for Everyday Living

Discover unique perspectives on the magic of life’s journey with Llewellyn’s 2018 Magical Almanac. Inspiring all levels of magical practitioners for more than twenty-five years, this almanac features nearly three dozen compelling articles, exploring a variety of topics, such as creating a well-stocked magical cupboard, […]

Claiming the Evil Dead

Claiming the Evil Dead

Soul Catcher Book 1, by Mary Abshire

An evil vampire preying upon children is on the loose in Chicago. Destroying him isn’t enough. Half-demon Jessie Garrett wants to send his soul where it belongs…in Hell.

Jessie lives a normal life—office worker by day and paranormal investigator on the side. She keeps her true nature and unique gift hidden. When a vampire approaches her with knowledge of her ability, her world starts to change. Drake, a member of Vampires for the Ethical Treatment of Other Vampires, propositions her for a job. Although Jessie doesn’t trust him, she can’t turn down the opportunity to serve the ultimate justice to an evil vampire. Trying to capture the devout killer comes with a few complications. But as she partners with Drake she learns not all bloodsuckers are bad and discovers the cold-blooded vamp is a temptation too difficult to resist.

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Author Bio: Mary Abshire lives in Indiana and is a lifetime lover of the paranormal, science fiction, and fantasy. When she’s not working or binge watching television, she enjoys creating fantastical stories with vampires, demons, werewolves, angels, and other supernatural creatures. Dive into her books and find mystery, suspense, and sensual romance.

This Body Won’t Break: Part 1

This Body Won’t Break: Part 1

The O-Negative Series, by Lea McKee The truth doesn’t always set you free. Orphaned as a child, Joanna has lived her entire life in the care of the New Terra Alliance. On the verge of turning eighteen, she eagerly awaits her release into what remains […]

Blood Magic

Blood Magic

Abnormals Underground #1, by Holly Hook Turned into a vampire at the age of two, Alyssa has spent the last 14 years pretending to be human in a society who hates “Abnormals” like her. She’s done just fine gossiping with the other girls, wearing pink, […]

An Interview with Fantasy Author Melissa Walshe

An Interview with Fantasy Author Melissa Walshe

Hi Melissa, welcome to BookDragon Club! Tell us, what are you working on right now?

My most pressing project is finishing the edits for Autumn’s Exile, which is the conclusion to the Sidhe Diaries. I’m looking for beta readers to give me feedback once I finish up the current round of edits. If you like telling authors what’s wrong with their work before it gets published, I’d love to hear from you here: http://melissawalshe.com/books/autumns-exile/

The conclusion of the trilogy will, of course, make the most sense if you’ve read the first two, which are both available on Amazon for readers who prefer both paper and digital.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

First drafts. Writing a first draft is like falling in love. You adore your characters, you think every little nook and cranny of your world is a revelation, and without the distance and perspective you need to see things like plot holes and excessive use of adjectives, all you experience is the dopamine high of feeling like the cleverest person in the world for creating something new from spun imagination. That’s what it’s like for me, anyway…which probably goes a long way towards explaining why I find the editing process to be so viciously grueling.

Tell us a little bit about the last thing you wrote.

The last thing I published with Autumn’s Sister, which is the middle book in my Sidhe Diaries trilogy. It’s the dark horse of the series, which made it tough to let it go out into the world. The series is YA fantasy, but that didn’t seem like any reason to hold back from exploring the darkness in the world I built. The narrator is Birdy, the sister of the narrator from the first book, and it centers around her journey to heal after having been kidnapped in the first book. Her journey includes a romance with a mysterious guy who she knows is awful for her, and the book ends with mounds of unresolved emotional tension. My beta readers were crabby at me for ending the book the way I did, but I think it’s necessary to set the plot up for the resolution in the final book. I’m currently sitting on a lot of anxiety: Autumn’s Exile needs to be flawless to justify the angst I put my readers through with Autumn’s Sister.

Are you on social media? What’s your favorite writer’s forum?

I’m on Twitter, Goodreads, Tumblr, and Facebook…nominally. My day job involves running social media for some big companies, so I get burnt out on all the internet time and tend to be lax with my own social media presence, although I do try to remember to share the more interesting things I come across. I don’t currently participate in any writers’ forums–I have a couple of close writing friends I exchange edits with, and I sometimes teach local writing workshops, which has so far been a pretty good amount of engagement for me. I am working on building a site to support Maine writers, readmaine.com, which I’m hoping will eventually become, among other things, a useful tool for helping Maine authors connect with other authors who are close enough to swap feedback with over coffee.

What do you wish your fans knew about you?

I love picking up new skills and hobbies. It’s the thing that feeds my writing better than anything, except maybe for reading non-fiction. (I mean, I love fiction too, but it’s the non-fiction that really fills my head with usable ideas.) I just picked up playing ukulele this summer, and I’ve got my sights set on learning how to play banjo. Mostly, I want to learn banjo because I think it’s an over-mocked instrument that’s capable of immense beauty, but I also like learning about the history of instruments I learn. I’ve been discovering that the banjo is a weirdly useful lens into the social history of the U.S., which has got me thinking about how to write a story centered around folk music and folk magic. I get asked by a lot of my writing students, “Where do you get your ideas?” What I want my readers to know is that I get my ideas from taking an interest in new things and examining those things under a microscope. If you want ideas to write from, live a curious life.

Describe your favorite protagonist from one of your stories. Tell us something nobody knows about them, something that’s not in your story.

My absolute favorite protagonist to date is only in an unpublished manuscript so far. She’s an expert in xenolinguistics serving on her first mission into space, which is an incredible personal victory for her because she also wrestles with nearly crippling social anxiety. The plot pressure I put her under forces her to deal with a scenario that would have hospitalized her earlier in her life, and which is tough even at the stage of anxiety management she’s achieved. What I love about her is that she’s healing. She’s not strong and plucky from the start–she’s got a carefully cultivated resilience that feels, to her, like it’s made of glass, but I get to use her struggle to prove to her how much stronger she has become.

Do you have any writing rituals? Describe your process.

I don’t really have any rituals, per se. I used to, when I first started out, but I found that putting the need to complete those little rituals on myself was giving me an excuse to not work. “Oh, I don’t have time to make a cup of tea and write for thirty minutes, I guess today’s a bust.” Now I try to just do what I can, when I can, wherever I can. Writing’s not my day job yet, so I have to scratch out the time when it comes. So, no rituals, but I do have some weird habits. Sometimes I’ll leave documents open for days while I work up the oomph to tackle a tough spot again–closing the file makes it so much harder to get my momentum going again. Another thing I do is keep a set of RPG dice near my computer. I have a special set in a little wooden box, and they only get used for my GM rolls…and writing. Sometimes when I get stuck trying to decide between some possible options, I’ll throw a die to force myself to just pick something and move forward.

What are you working on next?

After I get Autumn’s Exile out, I’m going to put some focus on a near-future sci-fi novella called The Body Politic, which is a fast-paced thrilled involving clones, voting security, theft of the computer that’s replaced the POTUS, and star-crossed love. It’s good fun. I just need to work in some edits from my alpha readers and then I’ll start the slow process of getting it out into the world.

To connect more with Melissa, head on over to her fantasy blog!