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~Spotlight: Guardian of the Gauntlet by Lenita Sheridan~

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When sisters, Princesses Camari and Mila, meet Prince Denir, they soon find he has a special gauntlet. This gauntlet only works if one has faith in a higher power. Using this gauntlet, Denir turns Camari invisible. When he is called off to war, Camari is left in the predicament of being invisible. This story takes Camari through her quest to become visible again and to return the gauntlet. Along the way she meets two wicked characters and must contend with them. She also meets Prince Isryk and must travel through the Wetlands of Fremil with him and encounter all sorts of nasty insects and other dangerous creatures.

Review by Red City Review

Opening with a verse from Matthew 25, Lenita Sheridan’s Young Adult fantasy Guardian of the Gauntlet highlights the importance of personal convictions guided by faith.  The characters of Guardian of the Gauntlet are well rounded for the most part, and author Sheridan infuses bits of romantic dialogue with a touch of comedy. It’s a fun read, so much so that one may desire a more complete description of the magical settings themselves. (This is only part of the review. You can read the rest on Red City Review.)

 
Review by Dinorah Blackman for Readers’ Favorite

Guardian of the Gauntlet is a story for readers of all ages. Lenita Sheridan is an outstanding story teller with a vivid imagination. You are drawn right into the middle of the mild rivalry between the sisters and the bitter-sweetness of young love. Lenita Sheridan clearly illustrates the never-ending battle between good and evil and how easy it is to become so caught up in the struggle that one misses the whole point of life. Just like amulets and trinkets, the gauntlet in itself is powerless. But when it’s used by a woman or man who dares to believe, the sky’s the limit. What a perfect illustration of all that can be activated by faith. Guardian of the Gauntlet is an amazing way to open a discussion on the amount of faith that is required in order to experience miracles(This is only part of Dinorah Blackman’s review.  You can read the rest at readersfavorite.com/book-review/24129.)

 

Where you can find Guardian Of The Gauntlet:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Gauntlet-Lenita-Sheridan/dp/1619275333/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1451292512&sr=8-1&keywords=guardian+of+the+gauntlet

Where you can find Lenita: 

www.LenitaSheridan.com

Interview with Lenita:

1. What prompted you to write your book?

I was reading Stephen Donaldson’s The Mirror of Her Dreams. It was in the middle of a snowstorm so school was closed. (I am a substitute teacher.) I slept in and had a dream about a princess being kidnapped. Being a writer already, this prompted me to start my book, Guardian of the Gauntlet.

2. Is the book autobiographical in any way?

The setting in the first book could be considered autobiographical, but nothing else.

3. Do you have any works in progress? What are they?

Yes, I am working on the third book in the Guardian of the Gauntlet trilogy. It is subtitled “The Wedding Feast.”

4. Favorites-food, color, activity, place, book?

My favorite food is homemade macaroni and cheese. My favorite color is teal. My favorite activity is going on Goodreads, and not just to promote my book; lately I’ve been playing “Fortunately, Unfortunately.” My favorite place is Whidbey Island, specifically, the wharf in downtown Coupeville.

5. What inspires you to write?

I am inspired by the places I have lived, Alaska, the British Isles, and the Puget Sound area of Washington state.

6. What would you like your readers to know about you?

I would like them to know I am a Christian, and that my faith has influenced my writing. I would also like them to know that, as a teacher, I have a good idea of what appeals to kids, especially those in the middle grades.

7. If you could give one piece of advice about life, what would it be?

Realize that there is a spiritual side to you and that faith in a higher being is really necessary to get you through life.

~The Attuning by Kristofer M. Hanson~

 

Product Details

Aidan Allanson and his best friend Jona Aulgust have turned sixteen and come of age, headingtheir separate ways as they choose their new paths in life. Aidan, trained by his father in martial  arts, follows in his elder’s footsteps by joining the Royal Guard of Allbron. Jona and his twin sister possess the skill to become Mystics, magic users with the ability to control the elements.  Four years later, all three have completed their schooling and moved on to their professions, distinguishing themselves through valor and talent.

 When Jona’s sister, Jenna, is found to possess the ability to control a new form of Mysticism, she is kidnapped by the land’s most nefarious Mystic.  Aidan and Jona join forces in a rescue attempt which sets them in the middle of a war between their home nation and its greatest rival.  Meanwhile, this war is being watched and manipulated by a force of unimaginable power, a power that will bring the nations of their land to their knees and destroy the entire world as they know it.

Where you can purchase The Attuning:

Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Attuning-Athran-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B012DXFK9C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450859337&sr=8-1&keywords=the+attuning+kristofer+hanson
BarnesandNoble:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-attuning-kristofer-m-hanson/1122385029?ean=2940152286410

 

Where you can find Kristofer:

Twitter: @TheKMHanson

 

Interview with Kristofer:

1. What prompted you to write your book?

I had created the world of Athran in bits and pieces over the last 10-13 years. Problem I ran into was being full time, active duty military (United States Air Force). When I was retired in 2014 as a Wounded Warrior and Disabled Veteran I finally found I had the time to write. I had to do this. I had to get this story out and onto “paper”. Authors like R.A. Salvatore and Robert Jordan were kind enough to share their worlds and characters with me, so I felt obligated to do the same.

Being disabled, I find I had a lot of time on my hands, so I sat down and began piecing together this world I had been creating. Athran began to take shape, with its rich, diverse races and unique form of “magic”. I also love science fiction, so I wanted to find a way to join the two genres. I did not want to gently merge the two; I wanted the two to collide in a destructive battle. While THE ATTUNING focuses more on the fantasy aspect, I think readers will be surprised by what happens and how deep the sci-fi truly is in the world I created. The second book in the trilogy, THE AWAKENING, which I am currently writing, will focus more on the sci-fi side of the genre.

2. Is this your favorite genre to write about?

I was raised on fantasy by immersing myself in the worlds of the Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance. Robert Jordan came along and sucked me into his world as well. Michael Crichton introduced me to science fiction, and I have been glued to his novels and anything Star Trek and Star Wars for a long time now.

3. What inspires you to write?

My greatest inspiration will always be my family. My wife is one of my biggest fans and she has pushed me to do this for so long. She is also one of my harshest critics, so I know if I am doing something right or wrong when she beta reads for me. A lot of what comes out in my writing comes from the bond we have shared for 17 years now.

In terms of genre inspiration, the strongest science fiction inspiration I have is Star Trek with its rich galaxy and lore. With fantasy, Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time has had the most inspiration on me in terms of world, but R.A. Salvatore has inspired me the most with his deep characters.

4. What are your favorites: food, color, place, activity?

My favorite food would be pizza, which I prefer to make myself. I specialize in making BBQ chicken pizzas.

My favorite color is green, as it just relaxes me. When I see the color green you think of Spring and new beginnings.

My favorite place is truly anywhere my family is. After eighteen years in the Air Force I have moved a lot, so I have found too many interesting places. The best one has always been where my family is.

My favorite activity is computer gaming. It is easy to find visual inspiration the world of Dragon Age or Mass Effect.

5. What would you like your readers to remember about you?

While I find writing personally fulfilling, I write because I have a story to tell. Do I write to make money? It would be nice, but that is the wrong reason to get into this business. I want to craft a story so engaging and original that they look forward to the next installment just like I did while waiting for Robert Jordan or Mr. Salvatore to release their next installment. Side Note: Brandon Sanderson did an excellent job of finishing up The Wheel of Time when Mr. Jordan passed on.

6. What are some interesting facts about you as a person?

I served in the United States Air Force for 18 years. I was decorated for my involvement in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. My travels as an Airman took me to Okinawa, Japan, South Korea, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, and coast to coast in the United States. I regret never getting an assignment to Europe, but someday I will get there. The Air Force opened a lot of doors for me, and I am proud of the time I served.

7. If you could give one piece of advice about life, what would it be?

If I learned anything in life, it is to limit regrets and to not dwell on past mistakes.

Mistakes will happen and they will help to mold you as a person, but you should not let them define you as a person. Learn from them and then move on with your life. Even better, learn from the mistakes that others will make as it will save you a lot of heartache. This knowledge ultimately forms the basis of your wisdom, and a wise person is a happy person.

We all have regrets, but like mistakes they help to form our wisdom and guide our life along what we deem to be the proper path. While I have past regrets, I have learned from them and also learned not to let them hold me back. Were it not for those, I never would have written this book. Had I not had the courage to write my book, it would have become a regret I would have had a lot of trouble facing every day.

The Sounds Of Giftmas by Rhonda Parrish

The sounds of Christmas. You know what I’m talking about. Christmas carols, jingling bells, choirs and the ka-ching of cash registers–oh wait let’s not talk about that last one LOL–Christmas has a lot of sounds, of songs associated with it. My family and I celebrate a secular version of Christmas that I like to call Giftmas, and it sounds an awful lot like Christmas!

Every evening between December 1st to the 25th we celebrate advent. For us, advent includes lighting candles, eating chocolates and listening to music. It’s a rather eclectic collection of music, but I like it:

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In case you can’t read the titles they are:
A Sesame Street Christmas
Jingle Cats
The Chieftains — The Bells of Dublin
Amahl and the Night Visitors
Christmas Through the Ages
Medieval Babes
A Medieval Christmas

Now, you’re probably thinking we picked up the Sesame Street CD when my daughter was young, but we didn’t. That one is all about me. In fact, I’m pretty sure I bought it before Danica was even born!  One Christmas song I really adore which I don’t have on a CD is White Wine in the Sun by Tim Minchin.  That one gets me every.single.time.

Now, this isn’t to say I don’t like the traditional songs too. Silent Night, Away in a Manger, White Christmas? Love them. Them and so many others. But right now Tim Minchin and the Sesame Street crew top my list of favourite songs of the season. What’s on the top of your list?

Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for eight years (which is like forever in internet time) and is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Scarecrow and B is for Broken.

In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been in publications such as Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012 & 2015) and Mythic Delirium.

Her website, updated weekly, is at http://www.rhondaparrish.com

The Joy Of Christmas

Resized Happy Holidays from Diamante Lavendar

**Originally posted on Fred Warren’s blog at**

 https://frederation.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/the-joy-of-christmas-by-diamante-lavendar/

Christmas has always been a special time for me. As a kid and as a “grownup”. When I was younger, I would wait for the festivities of Christmas with “baited breath”. I loved the decorations and the tree, the stockings and the carols. But the greatest thing about Christmas to me was the “feeling.”

When I was very young, I would attempt to describe “the Christmas feeling” to my parents. They never really understood just exactly what I meant. They would look at me rather vacantly and say things like, “That’s nice. I’m happy you’re happy.”

But it was always so much more than that…happiness. It was an internal glow, a peace, a feeling of goodwill among men. Of course as a child I was unable to explain these complicated emotions. But I felt them. Fully. And they made me feel more alive than I ever could have explained…until I became a “grownup”.

Christmas is more than a season. Or a holiday. To me, it’s a frame of mind…a way of living. It is truly embodying the concept of, “Peace on earth…goodwill toward men.” It is beautiful. It is invigorating. It is a newness of life and attitude.

Christmas happens any time a random act of kindness occurs. It happens every time someone pays it forward. Christmas, no matter the time of year, comes alive whenever we think of others as much or more than we think of ourselves. It comes when we extend our boundaries to include the happiness of family and strangers. In my life, the most beautiful moments that I remember are moments when I was able to make a difference…to help someone in some way. To me, that is true Christmas.

I hope that by example I am able to extend Christmas every day of the year in some sort of way. I love the notion of “being Christmas” to my family, friends, and even those I don’t know. It is a tall order, but a wonderful goal to reach toward.

Perhaps as you read this, you will find yourself considering the feeling of Christmas…perhaps even living the feeling on a day-to-day basis. I can only imagine the ripple effect of beauty that “living the feeling” could bring to all of us who find ourselves sharing this earth together. What a grand scheme of things that would indeed create!

May you feel the peace, love and joy all year long, not just this holiday season!

~Review Of The Winter Blade by J.D. Begley~

The Winter Blade by J.D. Begley

When an enemy kingdom launches a surprise attack against the Clanlands in the dead of winter, life becomes a race for survival against an overwhelming force. During the attack, an avalanche separates childhood friends Graven and Tevlin of Clan Mal from the rest of their Clan and each other, it begins for them a journey to reunite with their people and help to defend their homeland. Along the way they will be pursued by assassins, make new friends, form alliances, find love, and discover hidden truths about themselves.

My Rating:  4 Stars!

This book is a bit rough around the edges with some minor editing issues, but it was still a delightful story! It told a tale of two men, Graven and Tevlin, as they were stranded from their clan and were forced to travel through many lands and situations to be reunited with their people once again.

The plot was well conceived and the characters were well developed. Though there were some issues as I stated above, this book was a very enjoyable journey into the lives of the main characters of the story. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy! The imagination in the story was intriguing and the plot was fast paced and interesting after the first few chapters laid the groundwork of the things to come.

If you enjoy reading fantasy, magic and epic battle intrigues, this book is for you!

Interview with J.D.:

  1. What prompted you to write your book?

I have been fascinated by fantasy and science fiction for almost as long as I can remember. When I was a young man, I wrote a few collaborative stories on a forum I was involved with. I was told what I wrote was very captivating. Shortly thereafter I swore to myself I would one day write a book. Time passed and living life happened, but the desire to write never left. One day fairly recently, I found myself with more free time than I liked. I decided this was the opportunity to fulfill the promise I made to myself. I sat down and I began writing.

  1. Do you have a work in progress at the moment?  What is it?

At the time I am writing this, I am working on the second book of this trilogy, continuing the story of Graven and his friends. Book three will come after, of course. After that I have an idea for a science fiction story I want to write, as well as other ideas I want to explore.

  1. What inspires you to write?

Many things.  Other authors and their stories.  My lovely wife.  My friends.  My imagination.

  1. Who are your favorite authors and why?

There are so many, it’s hard to pick. I’ll always have a fond spot for Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman with their Dragonlance series. I just loved there style of epic fantasy. I love David Eddings for the way his characters interact and have conversations. Steven King for obvious reasons. More recently Brandon Sanderson with his novel takes on how magic works in his worlds.

  1. More favorites-food, color, place, activity?

I’m sort of an amateur foodie. I love trying new things, but also fall back on favorites, such as chili or lasagna. I love seafood if I can get it fairly fresh (not easy in Indiana).

For colors I tend to favor earth tones and dark colors. When I was young it was all black, all the time. Yes, I was sort of one of those kids. My favorite color now vacillates between green and blue.

  1. What would you like your readers to know about you?

I have what has been described by others as a ‘dry’ sense of humor. This typically comes across as sarcasm. Despite this, I tend to deeply care about the people that are close to me. I’m a little socially awkward by default, but I am great at faking social skills if I want to, so you’ll never know it. I do love hearing from fans, even if currently there are only maybe two of you! So don’t be afraid to say ‘hi’ on Twitter or Facebook!

  1. If you could give one piece of advice about life, what would it be?

If reasonable, pursue at least one of your dreams. It is better to at least have tried, than to regret never trying at all. You cannot succeed at all if you don’t try.

Where you can find The Winter Blade:

http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Blade-Harbinger-Relics-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00ZYYBCP4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450084238&sr=8-1&keywords=the+winter+blade+jd+begley

 Where you can find J.D.:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/authorjdbegley/?fref=nf

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jd_begley

Guest Post by Manda Pepper! A Mishmash of Holiday Traditions!

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A Mishmash of Holiday Traditions
by M Pepper Langlinais

So here’s the thing. I started out Catholic, went to CCD until my mother got “born again” and started taking me to a much louder church. Dad was a holiday Catholic anyway, but Mom was all in on the (as she called it) non-denominational charismatic Christianity, so suddenly Christmas didn’t mean Advent and Midnight Mass. In fact, it ended up meaning a lot more time at church because Mom went Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, and Wednesday nights, and she dragged me with her.

The religious aspect notwithstanding, I grew up with some great traditions. The tree went up the weekend after Thanksgiving. Sometimes we pulled the old plastic tree out, and sometimes we got ambitious and went to get a live one. Having a live tree meant spending a large part of the season trying to keep our pets—we always had at least one dog and cat, often more—from drinking the water and that stuff you put in it to keep the tree from drying out.

Once the tree was standing, we’d put on the Christmas records (Bing Crosby, Andy Williams) and decorate. I’m an only child and very close with my parents, and holiday decorating was always a jolly time. We lived in the American South, so we didn’t have the traditional snow and cold, but Mom had grown up in Alaska and knew how to go all out with lights. Where she was from, winter meant 24 hours of darkness, so the lights were key.

We also had a very special nativity. It was from Italy, and I took great pride in getting to set it out each year. Besides the tree water, another big part of the holiday season was to keep the animals from knocking over the shepherd or chewing baby Jesus. (I’m sad to say one dog did get to the angel and, erm, clipped its wings. Our donkey also lost its ears.)

Having grandparents in Alaska had benefits. My grandfather convinced me he was a friend of Santa’s, that they were drinking buddies. So I always sent my wish list to my grandparents and would receive direct reports on what Santa had to say about it.

My birthday is the week before Christmas, too, which is a mixed blessing. There’s the fact that one can’t celebrate one’s birthday without being surrounded by Christmas carols and holiday decorations. It’s hard to feel special when everyone is celebrating. And there were always those friends who would hand you something and say, “This is for Christmas AND your birthday.” Um, excuse me? I bought you two separate presents, you can do the same, thankyouverymuch. And don’t you dare wrap my birthday present in Christmas paper either.

Also, my birthday fell at finals. And everyone was always traveling, or otherwise busy, so I never had parties.

But the up side is that my birthday does tend to be very festive. Like, there is usually a good mood around that time of year. And things are colorful, cheerful. So while I didn’t have birthday parties (still don’t), there was often a party atmosphere.

Also, my birthday is always around the time the big movies open for the holidays. All those Lord of the RingsI movies, and now the Star Wars ones . . . I can feel pretty special about that.

A few years ago I married a nice Jewish boy and had to learn how to incorporate Hanukkah into my seasonal festivities. We’ve blended things pretty nicely, I think. We decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving, just as when I was a kid. And we put up a tree but also have Hanukkah decorations. Blue and silver have been favorite colors of mine since I was young (were in fact my wedding colors), so I’m delighted to use them in my holiday color scheme. We light the menorah. We debate whether to do one big Hanukkah gift or several small ones, same as we argue whether to open one gift on Christmas Eve or wait until Christmas morning.

We have a tradition of going to Hallmark to each (we have three kids now) pick out an ornament every year. Lots of Disney princesses from our daughter, superheroes and space vehicles from our sons. Makes for a pretty eclectic tree.

No Midnight Mass. No church at all, actually, but I do bake a charm into a cake on Twelfth Night. Would decorate in holly and ivy if I could. As I get older, I lean toward embracing Yule. I’m not sure why; there’s just something about it that speaks more to me than other religious slants to the season. It’s so basic, this acknowledgement of the darkest day and the slow return of light. Something about that simplicity, when the rest of the season is so frilly and hectic, soothes me.

So at the end of the day, we’re celebrating a little bit of everything. Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, and my birthday (my husband’s, too, is December 2nd) all come crashing into December, filling it with light and noise and seemingly ceaseless activity. It’s sort of a beautiful train wreck, if there is such a thing. So that by the time it’s finished and we’re looking New Year’s in the eye, we’re breathless. Ready for it to be over. And for all things new to begin.

About the Author:

Best known for her Sherlock Holmes stories, M Pepper Langlinais is also a produced playwright and screenwriter. She holds a degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, where she interned on film sets and participated in the Shakespeare at Winedale program. She also earned a Master of Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College. M now lives in Livermore, California. Learn more about her and her work at http://pepperwords.com. Find her books at http://www.amazon.com/M-Pepper-Langlinais/e/B008FBOSPE/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1. And join her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mpepperlanglinais.

You can also enter to win a couple of M’s books (among others) below!

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~Spotlight of Into The Light by P. Wish~

Into The Light by P Wish

Into the Light is a versatile collection of nine short stories. The book is divided into three segments: science fiction, human interest and comedy. These enigmatic tales examine the relationship between technology, society and humanity.
From a website that can undo your mistakes to a heartwarming tale of love, this book will take you on a journey unlike any other…

Interview with P. Wish:

1.  Tell us about your book-the inspiration behind the story?
Into the Light is inspired by many things and events in my life. As it is a collection of short stories spanning three genres, the range of inspiration is very wide. I will be a doing a series on my blog titled ‘Story behind the stories’ which will detail my reason for writing each of the nine stories in the collection. As the general theme of the book is humanity and society, these were definitely major themes that inspired me.

2.  Is there anything autobiographical about your book?
Like Oscar Wilde said ‘A woman’s face is her work of fiction.’. I think my experiences invariably make their way into the stories that I write.
That being said, this collection is mostly fictional. A few bits are inspired by my life but most of it is my imagination.

3.  What is your favorite genre to write?  To read?
My favorite genre to write is probably thriller. I love to write anything that has a complex plot. I also enjoy writing chick lit, romance and comedy which is at the opposite end of the spectrum.
My favorite genre to read is definitely historical romance. A few of my favorite writers are Barbra Cartland, Judith McNaught and Lisa Kleypas. I also like contemporary romances. Besides romance, I like mysteries. Think Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen.

4.  Fantasy vacation-where and with whom?
This is a hard question. I love to travel. I would definitely like to visit Shanghai, probably with my friend who is from Shanghai. I need someone who knows Mandarin to survive. She is also great at bargaining, which is always handy. I love big cities. The bigger, the better.

5.  Favorites:  food, color, place, activity?
I like anything spicy so Indian, Chinese (Sichuanese) and Korean are my favorite cuisines. I also love sweets. I like all kinds of desserts.
I don’t have a favorite color but most of my clothes happen to be blue.
My favorite place is Hong Kong (tied with New York).
My favorite activity is reading. I also love to paint, dance and watch movies.

6.  What would you like your readers to know about you?
I am releasing my debut short story collection, Into the Light on 28th October, 2015. If you would like to know more about me, you can watch my videos on my youtube channel. I am also serializing my debut chick lit novel on my blog currently. Check back for a new chapter every Sunday.

7.  If you could give one piece of advice about life, what would it be?
Live.

Where you can find Into The Light:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Into-Light-collection-short-stories-ebook/dp/B015QEPPBS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Where you can find P. Wish:

Blog: https://www.pwish.net

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorpwish

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorpwish

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+PWish

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/PWish?gvnc=1

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13852944.P_Wish

Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/p-wish/105/347/68b

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00YF8RPTM

A New Release! The Shadow Master by H.R. Kasper!

Leigh and company are about to embark on their most treacherous adventure yet. Their mission? Find the mysterious and powerful ShadowMaster and convince him to betray his own nation. If he does, there is still a spark of hope. If he doesn’t…war seems inevitable. Everything Leigh and her friends have ever known hangs in the balance. They are not just fighting for their lives, but for the ground they stand on. If they lose? The universe will be an endless mass of chaos and darkness.

Knights

Heroes are not born, but forged in the fiery furnace of catastrophe.

                                         Guest Post by H.R. Kasper:

I recall talking to a very close friend and fellow author one night, and I expressed my dismay at how his works always had sad, tragic endings. “Why do you do these things to your characters?” I asked. He replied simply, “I don’t do that to them. They do it to themselves.” I remember telling him, “That’s nonsense! You’re the author, you can make anything happen!”

I realize now that isn’t true. When writing The Mirror, an amazing cast of characters introduced themselves to me and guided me through the whole story. The main character, Leigh Kline, elbowed her way into my heart, as did her other friends. I had intended for the story to have three parts, sort of like a mini trilogy. Then I finished the third part and my characters had become so real to me that I felt them throttling me from all sides saying, “This isn’t the end!”

Indeed, it was not. I went on to write The ShadowMaster. During the writing process I became even more aware of my characters, studying their inner workings. It was then that they began to foil my plans. They twisted the plot and laid waste to my romantic pairings. The flimsy outline I had built up in my head lay burnt and broken, but in its place was a magnificent structure, so much more honest and true than the last construction. Looking over it in hindsight, I realize how much of the ‘building’ was almost beyond my control.

When I began The ShadowMaster, I had no idea that new characters would come into the story unannounced and steal my heart away. I could not predict that my mental romantic pairings would crumble into dust in favor of romances which simultaneously shocked me and made more sense. It was then, looking over my completed story, that I now understood the words of my friend. I was certainly the author of The ShadowMaster. Yet, I had very little control over what happened within the vast expanses of the worlds I created. The very characters I breathed into existence had taken control in a much different way than they did in The Mirror. In The Mirror, they took me by the hand through the path that was my plot. In The ShadowMaster, however, they looked at the trail I had made specifically for them and said, “Actually, we’re going this way,” as they pointed a finger at a thicket of thorns—and I found myself tagging along. In retrospect, it was a lot more fun. Even I, the all-powerful author, was surprised by the events taking place in my own story! Now I definitely understand my friend’s words, and I, too can agree with his statement: “I don’t do that to them. They do it to themselves.”

Happy reading (and writing)!

-H.R. Kasper

Where you can find H.R. Kasper:

Where you can find The Shadow Master:

http://www.amazon.com/ShadowMaster-Worlds-Collide-Book-ebook/dp/B018W1WQ32/

 

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Merry Christmas! Enter My Giveaway!

Christmas Giveaway by Diamante

The Christmas season is upon us! To celebrate, I’m giving away a 14 x 14 pillow with my Infinite Beings saying on it! It’s my way of thanking you for being a follower and friend! One lucky person will win as arranged by Rafflecopter!

Christmas is the season for sharing and caring. I hope all of you are enjoying your holiday preparations and are not allowing them to frazzle you! In this busy hustle and bustle world it’s so important to take time to rest and reflect on the reason for the season.

I am grateful for another year and the new friends I’ve made. Thank you to everyone who has become a fan and follower…and a friend. I look forward to the years ahead of corresponding with you and sharing the moments and insights of life!

Even my cats are happy about Christmas! They wait for that tree to go up….so they can climb it and knock everything down! The ornaments become new toys and the lights become a challenge to unravel! Yes, tis definitely the season to be jolly! For all creatures, apparently!

I wish for the holidays to find you happy and healthy, safe and sound. May your travels be delightful and your memories be amazing!

Here’s the Rafflecopter code!  Good luck!

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