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Open Blog for the Holidays (Submissions Welcome)

GiftsThe Holiday season can be a hectic, insane and just down right crazy.  It’s often caused by the hustle and bustle of getting shopping done, food cooked and spending time with family. It’s why there will be a small hiatus over the Thanksgiving period with no reviews coming till we start a new month, December.

I plan to take a break around Christmas and New Years as well.

You may catch that I said, “Plan to”, in that past statement.  The reason is I am willing to do some work during the Holidays if YOU come through on your end.

Here again I am opening my blog for ANYONE to submit a story that fits into the Christmas or New Year’s holiday period. The story can be of any Genre of fiction.  If you have a true story you wish to submit just please be sure to mention that when you submit.

So here are the rules:

  • No more than 5000 words
  • You must be author of the story
  • Submissions due by 12/20/2013
  • Submission should be Title of Email
  • Email Body
    • Title of story, Author name and how you want name shown on the blog.
    • Any links or images you want posted with story.
    • The Story can be attached or below the above in the email.
    • Email to Knightmist72(at)Gmail(dot)com
    • (at) = @ and (Dot) = .

     

So what happens during those two weeks of 12/23/2013 and 12/30/13 is all up to you who submit a story.

 

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Posted by on November 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Ten + 1 Questions with Author Christian A Larsen

ChristianChristian A Larsen is the author of the book Loosing Touch.  When you visit his blog you will find the below image on his about me page. In the details shared there it is found he has been an English Teacher, radio personality, newspaper reporter, and a printer’s devil.  I for one do not know what a printer’s devil is but does have a “wicked” sounding name. 🙂  As one who has radio in  his background I know it’s time to wrap things up and get onto the questions. So after a short commercial here are those questions.

 

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To further connect with the author behind the book Loosing Touch, you can find him on Twitter: @Exlibrislarsen Facebook: www.facebook.com/exlibrislarsen

Now the questions.

 

Question 1: What inspired you to write Losing Touch?

When I was in junior high, my science teacher told us that if we lined up our molecules just right, we could walk through walls. It would be pretty tempting to use that ability to “make things right” in your life if things were wrong, wouldn’t it? But there are always unexpected consequences.

Question 2: Is there any significance to the names of your main characters?

Not really. There are “inside” connections between several of the characters and people in my life, but there’s no poetic meaning.

Question 3: During the writing process did you find yourself thinking about any of your memories?

There’s so much of me in LOSING TOUCH, that’s pretty much all I did. Certainly, many of the things that happen to Morgan didn’t happen to me, but all the window dressing, the periphery–those are things I lived through.

Question 4: What were some of your favorite books growing up?

THE LORD OF THE RINGS (J.R.R. Tolkien), THE STAND (Stephen King), FAHRENHEIT 451 (Ray Bradbury), THE RED PONY (John Steinbeck), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Harper Lee), THE MYSTERY OF CHIMNEY ROCK (Edward Packard)

Question 5: Do you hear from fans of the book, and if you do what do they say?

Mostly positive things, but enough constructive criticism to keep me honest. Nothing is perfect, after all.

Question 6: What was the feeling like when you saw the very first printed version of your book? 

Absolute elation. I wanted to be a writer ever since I finished reading THE HOBBIT when I was 10, so almost 30 years later, to be paid to have my book printed and bound–well, let’s just say it was a helluva day when the box arrived at my doorstep.

Question 7: Do you continue to write?

You bet. Not enough, but yes I do.

Question 8: What is the message you want people to take away from the book?

I mostly just want them to enjoy it. Messages, like beauty, are in the eye of the beholder.

Question 9: If you could envision a future for your main character, what would it be?

You’ll have to find out if he even survives the end of the book.

 Question 10: Who are those in the dedication of the book, and their importance to you?

I dedicated the book to my wife, Maureen, who has been super supportive. She let me quit my job to devote myself to writing, and that’s the biggest vote of confidence anyone can ever get.

The + 1 Question:  If you had any one place in the world you could travel to for a book tour, where would that place be, and why?

I dunno. Where the readers are.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2013 in Interview

 

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Losing Touch by Christian A Larsen

LosingYou can have a life you want for you and your family and in one day that can all change. Your job is gone after a company closes, your wife has to quit her job and you have children.  What are you to do? You borrow from family, maybe friends, and even max out credit cards.  What else is there for you to do?

In the book Losing Touch, by author Christian A Larsen, you will find out about the challenges that face Morgan and his family. He’s a Chicago Bears fan, loves his wife, and kids but has had no luck in finding a job.

As things get worse for his family I’m sure the man wants to find a way to make his problems disappear. The problem that face Morgan is that it’s not his problems that disappear it’s his sanity and his corporeal form that begins to disappear.

You begin to wonder as you read the book did Morgan find the answer to his problems and find he has a super power? 

In truth what begins happening to Morgan will lead to greater problems. His marriage, his family and his sanity all begun to crumble as he finds he’s able to walk through walls. The problem at the beginning of the book is he cannot control what is happening to him and this leads to some “odd” events.

Author Christian A Larsen takes the reader into a greater reality of what can happen when one finds they have a hidden “talent”.  This isn’t a story that has a man suddenly jumping through buildings in a single stop, but one who has food falling out of his stomach.  It’s so bad that he ends up having to wear adult diapers as he never knows when a drink, or meal, is suddenly not going to digest and come out of his body.  You can see why the need for a diaper as that would be hard to explain. When already broke can you afford to buy new clothes?

There are of course other concerns such as what happens during love making? What happens if he begins to lose his body as his making love to his wife? The book will go as far as explaining that sticky situation when it eventually happens.

There are some upsides to this newly found ability and the main one is he begins losing weight and getting into great shape. He even finds that any wounds well heal fast and almost disappear. There are many other possible perks of the ability and one maybe an easy way to get money for his family. Of course a search for easy money is going to be met with trouble. As most of us know, nothing comes easy.

Losing Touch is a well thought out book that takes the reader into a more real scenario when you find out you have a “super power”.  The book is summed up in a beautiful way with a forward but author Piers Anthony. 

Below are just a few things that Anthony wrote about the book that echo my thoughts on the book. As I think Anthony wrote them so eloquently I wanted to quote from his forward.

“Well, all this is the case in this novel. Morgan, the protagonist, has no idea what is coming over him, especially when he’s on the toilet. “I hope everything comes out all right” is no longer a joke. This is,  necessarily, an earthy, often crude story as he struggles through the dirty details before finally finding a feasible answer.” Piers Anthony, Forward to Losing Touch, December 19, 2012. 

All I can really add is that if you can get a forward from Piers Anthony for a book you have something very unique, a unique story telling style, or both.  In the case of Losing Touch the story is told through the eyes of Morgan and his family. 

The adventure he faces as he deals with a lack of income, generic soda (pop), and his corporeal issues would cause anyone to go a bit insane. So, as you read this well written book be prepared for some odd humor, questionable actions, and the man’s willingness to do all he can for his family.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2013 in Reviews

 

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Ten +1 Questions with Author Kaitlin Bevis

KaitlinKaitlin Bevis is the author behind the book Persephone (Daughters of Zeus). She has written a few books and a short story which fans can find referenced on her website.  Kaitlin has a blog and those who look at her About Me section will find she writes for other blogs as well.  So without further comment I hope you enjoy her answers to those questions.

 

Question 1: What inspired you to write Persephone?

Actually, it was watching the Clash of the Titans trailer. Something about the music, and yelling, and the damn the gods quote just got me thinking about the gods, and who was more damned than Persephone? Then I wondered if there was more to that story, and one thought led to another.

I’m very interested in where everything comes from. We tell the same stories over and over again. Persephone, phantom of the opera, beauty and the beast. There’s something about the Greek myths, Persephone’s in particular, that pull at us, inspire us to rewrite it. Maybe because it feels incomplete. Everyone wants to finish it. To put their own spin on it. I caught the bug and it still hasn’t let go of me.

Question 2: Is there any significance to the name/names of your main characters? 

All of them. Every single character, except Jessica, Ashley, Rachel, and Gloria, were pulled straight from mythology. Even Melissa is a title given to priestesses of Demeter. As far as the whole Kora/Persephone thing, in the myth, Persephone wasn’t known as Persephone until her time in the Underworld. Before that the myth referred to her as Kora, literally maiden or girl in Greek.

Question 3: During the writing process did you find yourself thinking about any of your own memories? 

Somewhat. They say write what you know, and there are aspects of Persephone’s character that come from my life and my experience, but gradually, through rewrites, the part of her that’s me fades away to become her.

Question 4: What were some of your favorite books growing up? 

Anything by L.J Smith, in all seriousness, I was obsessed with her. Other than that, I read a lot of fantasy, but nothing really sticks out in memory like L.J Smith’s Nightworld

 

Question 5: Do you hear from fans of the book, and if you do what do they say?

Mostly they talk about how much they love Hades. I apparently did something right there.

 

Question 6: What was the feeling like when you saw the very first printed version of your book?  

Hasn’t happened yet. Persephone is only available as an ebook. But I’m really looking forward to it.

 

Question 7: Do you continue to write? 

Of course. I love writing. There should be more news about my fourth book anytime now.

Question 8: What is the message you want people to take away from the book? 

I just hope that people enjoy reading it. I don’t have an agenda and I’m not trying to pass on any pearls of wisdom, I just like good stories. I did a ton of research so if you’re familiar with the myths there’s all kinds of fun references in there, but I’m not trying to teach anyone anything. I just want people to have fun reading my book.

 

Question 9: If you could envision a future for your main character, what would it be?

Ah,my series is ongoing, so I’ll pass on that question in the name of spoilers.
Question 10: Who are those in the dedication of the book, and their importance to you?   

My mom, my daughter, my husband, and my writer’s group. Their importance to me is far to vast to adequately answer, even if I wrote an entire book about it. I can never thank those people enough for what they’ve brought to my life.

The + 1 Question:

If you had any one place in the world you could travel to for a book tour, where would that place be, and why? 

New Zealand. Because it looks amazing and I *really* want to go there, any reason will do. 🙂 Being on a book tour would only make it better.

 

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2013 in Interview

 

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Persephone (Daughters of Zeus) by Kaitlin Bevis

PersephoneGreek mythology is full of characters that dominated their period of worship in the world. The tales encompass many things from the heroic to the sad.  One such tale is that of the Goddess Persephone who would become the Queen of the Underworld.  She had the power to cause vegetation to grow during the spring months.  Her story can be said to be a bit tragic as she was abducted by Hades to the underworld, but she would try and help those souls that came before her in judgment.

This story is one that those who have studied Greek mythology would know. The book, Persephone (Daughters of Zeus), readers will find a more modern retelling of the story. The story takes Persephone from being taken by Hades to a much more compelling story, and that of a heroin.

Author Kaitlin Bevis tells the reader Persephone’s story through the eyes of a somewhat typical teenager. She is attending school, can drive, and has a really close friend named Melissa. Her mother, Demeter, understands a teenager’s life and even gets her tickets to see her favorite performer, Orpheus.

It’s prior to that concert and toward the end of yet another school day that Persephone’s life begins to get weird.  She has been hearing voices for some time and recently has noticed bits of frost appearing around her.  Some of her best friends have begun to gossip about her and all of this cannot be easy on a teenage girl.  So as she and Melissa drive to the concert image the tale they’ll be able to share about their near death on a suddenly ice covered road in Atlanta.

You would think that would have been an event that may have shaken her nerves but the two got over it and enjoyed a great concert. It wasn’t until a day or two later that her world gets turned really around. It happens when a customer enters their family flower shop.  His name was Pirithous and he tries to abduct her from the store calling her, “A daughter of Zeus”. It is only after she uses her quick thinking to stab the man in the arm and her mom’s intervention did the man leave.

It is not long after this event that Persephone learns something her mom had been hiding from her for years. She is in truth a Goddess, and a daughter of Zeus.

As a normal teenager would react she bolts from her mother’s house as she feels as she’s been betrayed all these years. She only has this betrayal turn worse when she discovers her best friend, Melissa, knew all this time but was kept from telling her.  So what would a normal teen do in this situation?

Well they may go to a hiding spot to stop and think, but not get nearly trapped.

It is here in the book that Persephone’s life changes and Hades comes into her life. It is also where Bevis takes the reader into a journey to find out who is after Persephone. A journey that will allow her to find out more about who she is, and the potential impact she will have on the underworld.

Kaitlin Bevis takes the reader into a great retelling of the Persephone lore.  It’s a book written within our contemporary world and fits perfectly into that old Greek Myth.  The way Persephone will do all she can to protect herself, and her friends can be seen as a great heroin. At the same time she makes the mistakes that any young teen would make as she stumbles to find out who she is.

Bevis captures the heart of the story in, Persephone (Daughter or Zeus), in away many readers will enjoy the book. It may be set for a young adult age but I found it to be just as appealing. In truth the enjoyment of finding out which of the ancient Greek Gods/Goddesses would be mentioned in the book was key.  The fact that there is a connection to other stories of that time added to the books tale. It is something many readers will enjoy as they flip through the pages.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2013 in Reviews

 

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Ten + 1 Questions with Author Michael David Matula

Michael David Matula is the mind behind the book Try Not to Burn.  Those who click on his image will be taken to his blog site where people will find out he is from Chicago.  I state this as me being from Wisconsin there was a possible conflict when it came to our NFL Football teams. Although he is in the land of the Bears and me in the land of the Packers we worked things out and I got to read a great book.  So with that bit of foolishness put a side please enjoy his responses to the questions.

 

Michael David Matula

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What inspired you to write Try Not to Burn?

I was working through some issues at the time.  Matters of faith, death, and what my purpose was—what anyone’s purpose was, really.  It all ended up whirling up into a single idea.

Question 2:

Is there any significance to the name names of your main characters?

The name Brand (short for Brandon Morales), does definitely fit the theme of the book. I still can’t remember if that was intentional or not.  I think I might have just thought “Brand” sounded cool.

And the mystery man who acts as the group’s guardian angel is called “Clarence,” after the character in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but that’s not his real name. It’s just what Sam and Jane start to call him, and the name ends up sticking.

There is significance to a couple of other characters, as well, but that’s it for the main ones.

Question 3:

During the writing process did you find yourself thinking about any of your memories?

I did. The book is heavily fictionalized, but I drew on quite a few moments from my past to form the characters’ experiences.  I won’t say exactly what parts I used, as I like to keep some things a mystery, but this is a pretty personal book for me.

Question 4:

What were some of your favorite books growing up?

The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander is the first book that always comes to mind.  It was the first book I remember my mother reading to me as a child.  As a teenager, Nancy A. Collins’ Sunglasses After Dark was a revelation, and it helped steer me towards horror.  I also loved Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, the Narnia books, and read every Michael Crichton book I could get my hands on.

Michael Reading

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Do you hear from fans of the book, and if you do what do they say?

I love to hear what people think of my writing, even if it’s not always complimentary.  Whenever someone takes the time to message or tweet at me about what they thought of the book, or review something of mine, it’s incredibly encouraging and it helps to motivate me.  It lets me know that I’m not just pouring my soul out into a black hole, and that other people out there have read it.

One of the things I hear the most is that people can’t wait for the sequel.  Another thing I hear quite often is how much people have come to care for the characters.  It could be just because I torment the characters so much in these books, but readers really seem to root for them.  They’re not alone, either.  These characters are all very close to my heart, even though it may not seem like it when you read the book, considering all the things I put them through.

Question 6:

What was the feeling like when you saw the very first printed version of your book?

Relief.  I’m a bit of a cynic at times, and I kept expecting to get an email from the publisher saying “Sorry, dude, but we’ve changed  our minds.  Not gonna publish this one, after all.  Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”  Or I worried that they’d go belly up before the book saw the light of day.  Thankfully, though, Post Mortem Press is still going strong, and has been getting more successful year over year.

Question 7:

Do you continue to write?

Definitely.  I’ve recently finished writing the sequel to Try Not to Burn.  I also write short stories when I can find the time, and one of them appeared in “Wrapped in Red,” a vampire anthology from Sekhmet Press, which was released on October 29.  I have a number of other projects in various stages of completion, including a spooky Middle Grade book that I’m almost finished with.

Question 8:

What is the message you are want people to take away from the book?

Everywhere–even in the darkest depths of Hell–there is hope, and there are people worth fighting for.  And no matter how bleak your situation seems, no matter how hard the floor is when you hit rock bottom, all that matters is the climb back up.

Question 9:

If you could envision a future for your main character, what would it be?

That’s a tough question to answer.  There’s a sequel coming, and the fates of the characters are yet to be revealed.  I really, really wish I could say more, but I don’t want to spoil it. I like to keep readers on their toes, and the story takes some turns that people might not be expecting.

Question 10:

Who are those in the dedication of the book, and their importance to you?

There’s just one person in the dedication, and that’s my mother.  I never could have gotten that book published without her support.  I would’ve given up and gone onto something else long before.  But she believed in me, even when I’d stopped believing in myself.

The + 1 Question:

If you had any one place in the world you could travel to for a book tour, where would that place be, and why?

There are so many places.  England and Australia are two countries I’d particularly love to visit on a book tour, though I’m not a big fan of air travel.  For this book, though, I’d have to say San Francisco.  It’s where Brandon Morales is from, and even though the city itself doesn’t feature too heavily in the book, I still feel very attached to the place, having been in Brand’s headspace for a couple of years.  It might also help that my dad grew up there.

Additional ways to connect with Michael

Goodreads Author Profile

Michael on Twitter

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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Interview

 

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Try Not to Burn by Michael David Matula

BurnDeath comes calling for us at any place, time or date. Often you do not suspect that moment as death has a way to “sneak” up on you when you least expect it. Those in hazardous jobs like fireman, policeman and mine workers live with death as part of that job. They know any moment a fire, a criminal or mine shaft collapse could end their life.

This is something that officer Brandon Morales would discover when he sadly has a traffic stop go horribly wrong.  To think all he was going to do was warn the driver about a taillight being out, but instead the driver pulls a gun and shoots him point blank. What makes the sudden death even worse is he has just unwittingly become the thirty-fifth victim of a notorious serial killer.

One would think that a police officer would have lived a clean life, and would be greeted at the pearly gates by his loved ones. The problem facing Brandon, is that he is human and his life was not as pure as one would think for someone who wore the shield.  Brandon will wake in a place he had never heard of and embark on a challenge to stay alive in what he finds is called, Hell City.

This is how the book Try Not to Burn by Michael David Matula opens. A book that will take the reader into a city that is already well established and challenges all those who find themselves walking it’s streets. It’s were Brandon will awaken to find himself face to face with some of its inhabitants as he awakens.

He will meet a young teenage looking girl that has a book back still named Jane, A street wise woman who just happens to have much the same clothing on as the younger girl. The main difference is this one, Sam, has a massive gun the women call a Graller.  It is in those opening moments of clarity that Brandon gets a brief introduction to the city, and will learn just what he can expect to find.  A city full of the dead forced to survive to stay a live unless death reaches them a second time and their souls will burn.

Matula does a great job in creating the setting of Hell City. As you read the book you will find out that not only is the setting unique but so are the rules that the residents must live by.  There is that threat of kill or be killed, but there are more rules that Matula shares with the readers. Rules such as every night a warning bell will sound and all the residents have a few moments to stop what they are doing before the second bell. The second bell bringing on a forced sleep only broken when the following morning a bell awakes the residents.

There are some other great laws of this city that the reader will uncover as they flip the pages as they read. The main thing people will find in this book is not a cut and dry world as you may think as you first start reading. As the city “evolves” around Brandon, and his group, it will show itself to the reader. The voyage of discovery they embark on to stay alive is equally matched by that for the reader.

Matula does a great job in telling a story that is well developed and written. Try Not to Burn is story that will embrace the reader and have you pulling for Brandon, even after you find out what sent him to Hell City in the first place. The reader will also find out how both Sam and Jane arrived at the city and how actions in life could change your afterlife.  The book is engaging and hard to put down and this is always something authors love to hear as they know they are reaching their audience. This is something that author Michael David Matula accomplished within this book.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2013 in Reviews

 

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