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Friday, September 22, 2017

Author Spotlight: Blood Betrayal (Brothers of Fang, Book 2) by Iris Sweetwater | Renee Scattergood

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Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! This week I have Iris Sweetwater with the second book in her Brothers of Fang series, Blood Betrayal. We were also lucky enough to meet with Hyacinthe, one of the characters from the book, who will be sharing a bit about herself later, but first, let’s get to know Iris.
Iris Sweetwater grew up on a steady dose of Poe and Dickinson, first getting published in poetry anthologies at the age of 13. As an adult, she has worn many hats; ghostwriter, marketer, teacher, and mother. After spending six years writing for others, she found her way to self-publishing in 2017 and plans on making this a career. When she is not writing, she loves to dance, sign, and spend time with her husband and spunky daughter.


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Isaiah’s failure as the new alpha has now gone even farther than he imagined as he faces family betrayal he never expected and a slew of hybrid that must decide whether or not to join the pack. Not surprisingly, he again is finding a great ally in the young and powerful Annalise, the witch that is meant to rule the entire Olympia coven. Though, as they get closer, regardless of the chasteness of their relationship, the distance between Isaiah and his mate will grow.
Annalise is coming into her own and discovering her new powers. She thought she was back with the coven for good until the strangest order came to her from Hyacinthe, the interim leader of the coven that thrusts her right back into the middle of the drama of the Young family. As secrets are uncovered and she finds herself getting more involved with the pack, she begins to realize she is not as over everything as she thought.

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Keep reading for an interview with Hyacinthe from Blood Betrayal:

Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?
I grew up in the outskirts of Olympia, Washington, inside the coven’s territory. Most people would believe it to be isolated, but it was a strong and loving community, even after tragedy struck.
Did you have a close relationship with your family?
I was extremely close to my family, especially my brother, Ren.
Who is your enemy?
My enemy is anyone who seeks to cause chaos and death in my coven or the pack. It could have devastating consequences, and I do not plan on losing anyone else, ever again.
Who do you most admire in your world?
I would never admit it to her face, but I most admire my niece, Annalise. She was raised by me out of tragic circumstance. She could have done anything with her amazing powers, but she has chosen to be loving and kind.
Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?
My world is one hidden in plain sight. I know about witches and shifters. In fact, i am a witch a very powerful one. I have been seen as the leader in the coven for many years as i held down the fort until my niece was old enough to take over, and I am often seen as an uncaring, independent, powerful woman.
What was the most embarrassing moment in your life?
The most embarrassing moment in my life was also my most heart wrenching. I have always been a proud and strong woman. In my weakness, I loved someone, only to lead her straight into betrayal. That betrayal led to the death of my brother and his wife.
Have you ever been in love?
I had an epic love once. She was a powerful, ambitious, blond witch who stole my young heart. I thought we had everything, and I ignored it when her ideals were radical and did not match mine. It ended in losing everyone I loved to death, her included.
What kind of clothing do you prefer to wear?
I like black, beautiful, and elegant. I can be found in a lot of dresses and lace, but always tasteful.
Would you ever or have you ever lied?
I have not lied, but I have kept the truth hidden. I think it is often for the best for people to find out things on their own in the right time.
If you had one day left to live, what would you do with your last day?
I would make amends to those I had harmed and make sure my niece had everything she needed to go on without me.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Special Feature: Warrior Mage: Chains of Honor, Book 1 by Lindsay Buroker | Renee Scattergood

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His mother was one of the most powerful wizards in the Nurian Empire until she abandoned her people to become a notorious pirate. That choice doomed the family she left behind to a life of disgrace.
Yanko White Fox doesn’t remember his mother, but as the only gifted child in the family, he is expected to erase the mark she left on them all. With an affinity for earth magic and communicating with animals, he’s not the most natural candidate to become a warrior mage, but it’s the only sure route back into the Great Chief’s good graces. He has resigned himself to training for that destiny, whether it matches his passions or not.
Long before he’s ready for his first battle, insurrection comes to his distant corner of the empire. Rebels take over the salt mine his family manages and slay the only relative who ever supported Yanko. On the heels of the tragedy, a courier brings a message from the Great Chief’s son. Whether he is prepared or not, Yanko must undertake a quest, one that could save millions of lives… or fail utterly, leaving him dead, his family forgotten, and his people the victims of starvation and endless war.

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Blackmark (The Kingsmen Chronicles #1) by Jean Lowe Carlson | Renee's Author Spotlight

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Award-winning author Jean Lowe Carlson writes adventurous epic fantasy fiction with a dark twist. Her raw worlds remind one of Patrick Rothfuss, George RR Martin, Robert Jordan, and Robin Hobb. Jean holds a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND), and has a keen awareness of psychology and human behavior, using it to paint vivid characters set amidst nations in turmoil or societies with riveting secrets. Exciting, challenging, and passionate, her novels take the reader upon dire adventures while exploring deep human truths. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist medal for her dark fantasy "Tears".




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“Blackmark is spellbinding! Strong development of characters, fully integrated storylines with intriguing plot twists, and deep world building. A fantasy novel that takes you on a journey you never want to leave!” – Michelle G., Amazon Review

“Like George RR Martin and Joe Abercrombie, Carlson writes in this genre for grown-ups, with flair and elegance. A complex world with characters that develop well, this story reveals as it builds!” - Daniel F., Amazon Reviewer

A nation's most elite warriors vanished overnight. A throne in jeopardy on the heels of murder. War devouring the survivors, fanned to fury by a shadowy cabal born of ancient magic. And the five friends who can stop it, banished to the corners of the continent as traitors. Welcome to a land where dreams die and men do what they must to survive.

This dark and gritty sword and sorcery series from award winning author, Jean Lowe Carlson, explores a complex world of treachery, passion, sex, and magic. Readers who enjoy Game of Thrones, Outlander, the Kingkiller Chronicles, or the Wheel of Time will love this fantastic adventure.

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Keep reading for an interview with the author:


Why did you decide to be a writer?


It chose me! I had a completely separate career as a primary care doctor, but I've always had epic movie-style dreams. My husband encouraged me to write my dreams down (rather than talking his ear off at the breakfast table for an hour), and I finally started to in 2012. This one dream I just kept adding to, seeing characters develop, scenes, then a plot. I soon had 50 pages, and I thought "Well, maybe I should try writing a book!" And so it began... ;-)

Did you have a hard time sharing your work with the public?


At first, yes. My work was very personal, exploring dark themes that I wrestled with in dream-work, meditation, and in my daily life. It was hard to expose all that to an audience, but once I got up the courage and put my dark fantasy trilogy Three Days of Oblenite out there, I didn't really have any qualms after that.

What genres do you write?


My key genre is dark epic fantasy, but I also write contemporary dark fantasy that sneaks over into alt-reality sci-fi and even a bit of dystopian.

Is there a genre that you've been wanting to experiment with?


Dark romance. I have a TON of drafts going, but I need to start a pen name to get them out there. Many traditional fantasy readers don't enjoy as much sex as I like to throw in my novels, and I need an outlet for all the dark and dangerous naughty bits I like to write!


What inspires you to write?


Dreams, dreams, and more dreams. I have so many ideas from the dreams I've written down that it's ridiculous. When I see themes begin to emerge, and then characters or a plot that I could run with, it gets me so excited to write and follow where it's going!

How long does it take you to write a novel?


I write a lot, almost daily and about 2K-5K words/day, so the writing takes maybe 6 months per epic fantasy novel, and my epic fantasy books average around 200K. But it's the editing and streamlining the story that takes time. I'd say I publish a book about every 9 months.

If you could be one of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?


Olea den'Alrahel. She's a badass warrior Captain of the Roushenn Palace Guard who takes no shit from anyone. But she also has a really big heart and a fantastic, bawdy sense of humor. She's a renegade in a position of responsibility, and she takes that seriously, inspiring others. Plus, she wears a sexy but functional cobalt leather jerkin and a sword and longknives. What's not to love? ;-)

If you could choose an author to be your mentor, who would it be?


Probably Brandon Sanderson. He's so prolific, and his worlds are so detailed and intriguing but not so complicated that they're hard to follow. It's fast and dirty sometimes, crude and dangerous sometimes, and always beautiful. And that really resonates with me. Plus, I want to get tips from someone who writes fast and publishes regularly on the business side of things, and he's great at that.


When did you first consider yourself an author?


Not until I published Blackmark, the first book of my dark epic fantasy series The Kingsmen Chronicles, summer of 2016. Even though I had released books before that, I didn't feel like my writing style really gelled until that novel. And even then, it changed a bit again for Bloodmark (The Kingsmen Chronicles #2) to be faster and grittier, more action-driven. My writing style is still evolving, but it's stabilizing now that I've been at it for about 5 years. And I certainly didn't get the hang of marketing until 2016, so I don't consider myself successful at being an indie author until I began to get that going. Marketing makes or breaks a career. ;-)


What are your goals as an author?


Publish like crazy. Market the hell out of good material. Get paid! ;-) No really, my goals are to release at least 2 novels per year for the next 10 years or more and perfect my launch strategies and write-to-market details until I am making a steady self-supporting income from sales. In five years, I plan to have an epic fantasy line, a dark fantasy line, an alt-reality sci-fi line, and a separate pen name for dark fantasy romance. My current works are really just the tip of the iceberg. I also want to network and co-author with other great authors who inspire me and support their work as they grow. The dog-eat-dog model of traditional publishing is dying. Co-supportive indie models are the new successful model.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hibernian Charm by Dean F. Wilson

A tense urban fantasy mystery with charm!


Melanie Rosen hasn't settled for much, but her travels have brought her to Dublin, Ireland, where she works for the Occult Investigations Unit, exploring the strange and unknown.

Her fiery disposition and tendency to probe where she's not wanted keep her in the office with the paperwork, or chasing cases that don't seem to have an answer.

Then she gets a new case, where a killer slowly paralyses his victims, and leaves a calling card behind: a charm. Her Romani-Irish roots might come in useful, but the more she probes this case, the more she doesn't like the answer. All the clues keep pointing back to her.

This is a standalone tale in the Hibernian Hollows universe.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

#YouTube Tuesday: Writing Mood Music | Renee Scattergood

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I saw some others doing this feature on their blogs, so I decided to give it a go since I’m a bit of a YouTube addict! I love watching everything from music videos to gaming videos, so it’ll be fun to start sharing some of my favorites with you.
For my first video, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite writing mood music. I listen to this and similar music when I’m writing, not only to keep me in the mood, but to inspire me as well. It always seems to match what I’m writing at the time, so it works out great!
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

What the Hell is YouNow? | Joshua Robertson

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artcleThis is a question I have received frequently over the past month when I started using the social platform called YouNow [created in 2011], and trying to find fellow writers/artists/etc. who used the app too. And you know what? I have a really hard time explaining it! 
In the most basic language, YouNow is a real-time livestreaming video app. Users have the ability to broadcast live while other users chat and comment about what is going on. 
Admittedly, I am slowly becoming addicted to using this platform. While some broadcasts are rather slow with few viewers, others tend to be rather eventful with several people chiming in to engage with the YouNower.

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In my short time using YouNow, I have found quite a few positive and negative features of the app. 

POSITIVES

  • YouNow connects directly to YouTube, which offers a great multi-streaming option to hit viewers on both platforms.
  • YouNow also connects with other social media apps (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr) to tell viewers when you go LIVE.
  • YouNow is extremely user-friendly, and you connect with an awesome arrangement of artists, musicians, singers, etc. I likely would have difficulty finding these people on other venues.
  • If you do well enough, YouNow has a Partner option with its own line of cool benefits.
  • You can capture moments in videos and bring friends into a 1:1 chat while others engage through commentary in a sidechat window.

NEGATIVES

  • 70% of the audience (2015 stats) are under the age of 24. With the minimum age of 13, I have found it a bit difficult to find adults and have adult conversations regularly.
  • Trolls / Creeps / Predators – Though I have not dealt with these individuals, I have found them lurking in other rooms. YouNow does ban people who misuse the sight, but you still get some weirdos. [Parents whose kids use the site be forewarned.]
  • As with many social media platforms, it is difficult gaining traction. I am still trying to figure out the audience of YouNow and their perceived interests.

So, why am I using YouNow?

I am hoping to be able to reach more creative types, and bring them to the conversation with a platform to reach a new audience. Whether you are writing a book, creating a game, writing a song, have a Patreon or Kickstarter, etc. I think it would be enjoyable to talk to you Live on YouNow about your work, your journey, and the lessons you have learned along the way.
In summary, I am going to keep using YouNow and hope some you come and join me. I have reached 795 followers, and I am working eagerly for my first 1000. So come by and say hello. I try to go live, at least, a few times a week!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Author Spotlight: Apollo (The Guardian League, Book Three) by TK Lawyer | Renee Scattergood

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Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! Today we have TK Lawyer visiting us with book three in The Guardian League series, Apollo. And stay tuned, because she was kind enough to participate in an interview so we can get to know her better.
Welcome to TK Lawyer’s world-
TK Lawyer has always had an interest in the strange and unusual and she’s a romantic at heart.
She writes passion-filled paranormal romance with Angels and Wolf Shifters- weaving tales of alpha males willing to do anything for the one feisty, curvaceous, strong-willed woman who has won their heart. Her alpha males will go to any length to please their mate, in and out of the bed.
She invites you to enter her world and be entertained. After all, she writes for you.

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Lauren was an assignment. He didn’t expect to fall in love.
From her birth, Apollo watched Lauren mature, witnessing all her milestones with a strong sense of pride. Advising, protecting and whispering loving words to her, Lauren is strong and perfect.
Unfortunately, she doesn’t want to live.
A drastic decision one day sets Lauren face to face with her own Guardian Angel- a being she never knew existed. However, he won’t leave her alone. He is relentless, encouraging her to better her life when he doesn’t understand what it takes to survive on Earth. Despite this “flaw,” she is drawn to him in ways she can’t explain and Apollo soon becomes as necessary as the air she breathes. He asks for only one thing- to be his, forever.
Will she allow Apollo to love and care for her when many have failed?

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Keep reading for an interview with the author:

What genres do you write?
Paranormal and Contemporary Romance with sexy, protective Angels and hot wolf-shifters.
How often do you write?
Whenever I get a chance and am in the mood. I work a day job so it’s very hard to write at night and my weekends are usually pretty full. I try to write when a scene strikes me or I have a bit of time but I also have to be in the mood to do so in order to write at my best.
If you could be one of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?
Tatiana. I think Jasper is amazing and how they met is even more incredibly so. I would love to have an Angel fall in love with me and pursue me like Jasper did Tatiana. Can you imagine how great it would be to have a protective, loving, loyal Angel want you? Wow.
What is the oddest thing you’ve ever researched for one of your books?
How much a lap dance typically costs. I had to do this bit of research for Apollo’s book because Lauren is a dancer at a “Gentleman’s club.” I worried that searching for this information online would cause all kinds of viruses to pop up but, fortunately, that didn’t happen.
When did you first consider yourself an author?
Well…I never thought about writing as a career. I always considered it a hobby. So, when a friend mentioned I should write, I laughed at the idea and blew it off. It’s kind of crazy that I’m actually doing what she thought I should be.
What are your goals as an author?
In five years, I hope to be better known and have a wider reader audience. I absolutely love my fans and this year, I decided to do something different and actually go out to meet my fans at book fairs (I have signed up for 2 this year, so far). As with any author, I want to be a bestselling author but mostly, I want to be a best-loved author. I want my readers to really love my work and the characters that I write about. I’d like them to be immersed in my books to the point they don’t want their stories to end. When a fan picks up my book, again and again, to read, that is the greatest compliment for me.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received as an author?
One of my biggest fans mentioned to me a while back that she never read Paranormal Romance and didn’t know what it was. She happened to pick up my book one day and fell in love with the story. She credits for me liking the genre. She has since read all of my books and is enthusiastic about my future books.
Have you ever had a particularly harsh critique?
Yes. I received a 2-star review and couldn’t believe it. I was very new at the time and I had to step back because I tend to take things personally, especially when it concerns my hard work. For every book I write, the process is a long, emotional endeavor for me. I try to polish each of my books up so they entertain and immerse readers in my created world but this one particular reviewer was pretty harsh when reviewing my book and it was unfair and uncalled for. However, after receiving advice from several authors who underwent similar experiences, I let it go because I have so many more readers who love my work and those are the ones I need to concentrate on.
What do you enjoy doing aside from writing?
I really enjoy spending time with my husband. He is one of my best friends. We could be doing something as simple as watching TV together to running around completing errands. Whatever we do, it doesn’t matter because I enjoy his company. Besides spending time with my hubby, I love spending time with my friends, trying new restaurants, traveling when I can and spending time with my dog.
What made you decide to self-publish?
I am traditionally published; however, one of my books, Angels and Diamonds, is self-published. I found most publishers don’t want to publish a book of short stories, at least not from the same author. I had written the book of seven short stories and I knew it had to get out there. I also wanted the book to be available in Paperback as well as in e-book format so I made the decision to self-publish this one book so it could be available to my readers. It came at a great time as I was in between publishers and my books were delayed as a result of switching publishers. I was able to self-publish Angels and Diamonds in the interim and give my readers another book to entertain them.
Are you a pantser or outliner?
Pantser, always. I could try an outline but, believe me, with my books, it wouldn’t work (wide smile). My characters tend to take on a life of their own and in the middle of a scene, where I have down-pat what I want each character to do, I find the story curves in a different direction than what I intended. It most always happens and it’s hilarious but it actually works out, in the end, to make for a better story.
How do you come up with the titles for your books? Do you find it difficult?
Actually, I’m pretty good at coming up with titles. They just come to me, somehow. My husband finds it amusing how I can come up with creative names for my characters- some of which are books titles. I like to kid with him that these characters are alive and I’m just writing their stories. However, wouldn’t that be great?
Do you write about real life experiences, or does everything come from your imagination?
There’s a little bit of me and my experiences in every one of my books. Even in Angels and Diamonds, I sprinkled some of my experiences into a few of the stories. I think it’s best to write from experiences you’ve had. It makes the stories more vivid and real to the reader.
Have you ever gotten an idea for a story from something really bizarre?
In the story, ‘The Gift,’ from the book Angels and Diamonds, the scene in the beginning where the horses rise from concrete and become alive, was actually from a dream I had a while back. The dream was vivid and exciting and seeing the horses come alive in front of me was scary. When I woke up, I immediately considered creating a story around this scenes and that’s how ‘The Gift’ was born.
What are you working on now?
I am currently writing Orion’s book- the fifth and final Guardian Angel in the Guardian League Series.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

I'd Love to Hear From More of My Readers! | Renee Scattergood

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Earlier this year, I started doing reader interviews. They’ve been a great way for me to get to know some of my readers and what they love and don’t love about my writing. I’ve gotten some awesome feedback, and I’m hungry for more.
When you do the interview, you can elect to have your answers posted here for everyone to see, or to just keep it between us. Your choice!
Also, everyone who participates is entered into a quarterly draw for a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
The only thing I ask is that you’ve read at least one of my books before you do the interview. After all, how can you tell me what you think of my writing if you’ve never read anything I’ve written.
The good news is, you can get my first two books free. Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6) is a free download. You can also get Shadow Stalker Part 2 (Episodes 7 – 12) free by signing up to my newsletter.
If you’ve already read my work, you can participate in the interview here!