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Red Desert – Point of No Return by Author Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli

RedHumanity has been looking at the stars in the skies for the longest period of time. Cave drawings, pictographs and so much more has been used to write down the speculations of what is out in the vacuum of space. Drones have been sent to other planets, and satellites have encircled the world, yet we still look out into space. Currently there are those who want to land on the big red dot out in space, the planet called Mars.

Italian independent author Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli dives into speculation on what could be on Mars in the novella, “Red Desert – Point of No Return”.  The novella will take the reader into the mindset of the crew of the Isis mission to Mars.

Isis is not the first attempt of humanity to colonize the planet, but the hope is they will have better results.  There was the Hera mission that had gone before, but those people died mysteriously. After so much time the Isis mission was sent and their arrival on the Red planet will also come with challenges.

The novella will take the reader into the mindset of Anna Persson, who has left the station and begun walking out into the vastness of the planet. She will tell the reader what has been happening on the planet since their arrival.

The first of four parts, Point of No Return, will live up to its name. Why? It’s simple Anna’s “stroll” out onto the planet is one way. She is burning up her oxygen supply as she continues her walk. The events on how she got to this point in life will be remembered. The eventual acts that pushed her out of the station and onto the red planet will also become very clear.

Author Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli does a great job in setting a story for the follow up novellas in the series. American readers may get a bit thrown off by some of her word choices, or spellings, but this is due to the book being written using British English. This fact will not take anything away from the book, and neither will the fact English is not her first language. The facts portrayed and story development show work was done to get the proper feeling for this novella. It is something that many will put down asking where’s the second part.  We may have to wait, but after this first entry into the series, it should be well worth the wait.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Reviews

 

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Ten Plus One Questions with Author Angie Gallow

TheCovenAuthor Angie Gallow is the author of The Coven and her book is brought to the world by her pubisher Siren’s Call Publications.  What exactly am I talking about? Well here’s her Biography from her Facebook Page: 

Biography

The author known as Angie Gallow enjoys all things weird and creepy. A great lover of books and words, words, words as Hamlet would so eloquently put it. Even though this is the first novel published, the author has been writing for years, honing her craft through the fine professors at Columbia College in Chicago.

 

 

Question 1: What inspired you to write The Coven?

Inspiration for The Coven came from the old vampire lore, when people were superstitious of people rising from the dead. It came from superstitious stories of clergyman and hunters tracking down the undead and roaming through cemeteries, looking for just-risen vampires. I wanted to infuse that back into the vampire’s world, to make them deal with it again, and make them battle with the notion that their own kind can be the cause of their downfall.

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

I just wanted the characters to be memorable. Otherwise, there is no huge meaning or significance to their names at all.

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

No. This story is completely fabricated of my own imagination with the help of myths and lore. My memories aren’t involved 🙂

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

I grew up reading a lot of Roald Dahl. I remember The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett being my favorite book growing up. I read a lot of dark stories; I was a horror lover from an early age.

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

I haven’t from them yet but I hope they don’t stay quiet for long.

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

Like a dream was coming true. After sending so much time writing and rewriting a novel that you, at one point, don’t believe will ever get read, it’s amazing. I was quite proud of myself.

Question 7: Do you continue to write?

All the time. It’s in my blood and I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing.

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

I guess the overall message is, ‘just because you don’t like it, don’t ruin it for everyone else’. We see that in the juxtaposition of the characters Sebastien and Harold. Sebastien, at one point, draws the connection between werewolves and vampires, saying that werewolves can start over and rebuild their clans but vampires can’t. Sebastien just wants to live out his existence peacefully, whereas Harold hates himself, claiming that no one should be allowed to live on forever. He hates being a vampire so much that he will aid the enemy to rid the world on his own kind.

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

I’ve played with that in my head for a while now. I originally had it where the Diocese Club regroups and finds out that it was Sebastien who foiled their plans and comes after him. I thought about having his human companion grow up a bit and get pulled into the fray; maybe have Sebastien find love… but it’s only play in my mind right now.

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

I haven’t made any dedications in the book but if I had to I would have dedicated it to my parents. They’re the reason I’m here and if anyone deserves to share the spotlight, they do.

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?

France. Vampires seem to just gravitate to France because the romantic aspect that France carries; vampires just seem to fit in France, for some reason, even though that’s not where they’re stories originated from. We always see vampires in France.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Interview

 

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The Coven by Author Angie Gallow

TheCovenWhen first one sees, or hears, the word coven they jump to the thought that witches are going to be the topic of discussion. There will some point be talk about spells, cauldrons, black cats, and ugly old women. It’s the danger when a word gets tied to specific thing and people do not realize its true definition. A coven is simply a collection of people and thus can be things from a stamp collectors meeting to a group of Sailor Moon fans.

The Coven by author Angie Gallow is just such a book that will show you that we are not always dealing with witches. In the case of the book, we have Vampires who are hiding from society in 1910 London. Their home is under the stewardship of Maurice Sorel and son Alaric. They run the coven and although the reader won’t find out till late in the book how ruthless they can be they seem to be good characters. They even tried helping more of their kind come to London under the leadership of Sebastien who was summoned from Normandy to help the traveling group.

As the book opens the reader is informed of what happened on that trip to London. How Sebastien and the traveling group where set upon by other vampires, and many killed. The attackers being other vampires would infuriate anyone as they are killing their own kind. Thus, there can be only one group behind this attack. A group from the church who tortures vampires and turns them against their own kind named the Diocese Club.

The club has a post in London and unfortunately for the vampire coven, they are in the Whitechapel area just as the coven. They may almost be neighbors and the Diocese Club is not the only danger that is out there for Maurice and Alaric.

The Diocese Club’s presence in Whitechapel is led by a very dark and ruthless Harold Strahan. A man, or vampire, that will stop at nothing to find vampires and kill them. This will include torturing the members of his team to finish a job, or to find and kill vampires.

What author Angie Gallow does within the pages of The Coven is introduce the reader to two groups of vampires. One seems to get along, has friends and just tries to survive in the world. This group is the one Sebastien finds himself living in. A group that even has a small human boy as a servant within their ranks. A boy they took in after his family was killed.

The other group on the other hand is pure and simple zealots. They were tortured by members of the church and given the assignment of killing others of their kind. The church is using them as pawns or face severe torture or their own death. This group is the one that holds Harold and his group of killers.

As you read you find that at some point the two groups are bound to find each other. Maurice wants a war just as much as Harold. The question is will cooler heads prevail; will there be bloodshed or a minimal loss of life? This is what is found within the pages of the book. You will find a chess game between groups on who will make the first move. There will be pawns and at some point each team will have members taken that others will do all they can to retrieve alive.

The characters are developed well from the little boy to the different vampires brought out in the book. There is tension built from all sides and this helps add to the story. Vampire fans will really enjoy the book as it shows them in a light not often seen. They are not there to look gorgeous, to rip man apart, but to survive within a world of man without being noticed. The Coven is one of those reads you hold onto till the last page, and the interesting twist within the final pages just makes the book so much better.

 

 

The below information is courtesy of Siren’s Call Publications the publisher of the book.

 

 

The Coven

Angie Gallow

After a gruesome betrayal, vampire Sebastien Vilmont is flung into a whirlwind cat and mouse game when his traveling party is ambushed by an opposing group of bloodthirsty vampires. Maurice, the leader of Sebastien’s coven, makes the decision to not only wage war against the opposing vampire clan, but a clerical organization known as The Diocese Club who wishes to exterminate all vampire-kind.

Trying desperately to protect the secrecy of their coven’s location below the streets of Whitechapel, London, Sebastien finds himself at odds with Maurice in his desire to not engage in all-out war with the renegade Catholic faction. At the same time, he must also battle the other vampire coven to guard their anonymity from humans. In doing so, Sebastien is forced into choices and alliances he might not otherwise have made.

Set in the tone of Victorian England, The Coven is a thrilling and horrific journey through the seedier workings of the vampire underworld, and pious ideology of The Diocese Club.

 

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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Reviews

 

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Audio Interview with Author Monica Enderle Pierce

Monica Enderle PierceAudio is an author who has self published two books. I had the pleasure of speaking with Monica and capturing the below talk with her. I’m sharing it with you so you can find out more about Monica, her writing, and her books.

 

 

 

 

Part 1

A strange opening as we take a bit to get going as an author doesn’t always have the fastest computer. So listen as we get things started and we talk about:

Monica, tweeting, vampires, Twilight and the four horsemen.

 

Part 2

About Famine and where the character came from. An author lets you in behind the vale and someone has quite a laugh. Learn more about writing, sexual innuendos, and a refrigerator.

 

Part 3

Monica’s website, her first book, Girl Under Glass . A twisting of genres, semi-finalist and self publishing.

 

Part 4

Living in Seattle and did the famous underground get used in a book, and how about that bucket list question. Oh someone cheated but what a great answer.

 

For the complete unedited interview you can find it here on BlogTalk Radio

Talk with author Monica Pierce of Famine

 

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Interview

 

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Audio Interview with Author VR McCoy

AudioIn this audio interview with Author VR McCoy of Shaman The Awakening you will get a bit more background on the man. Each section covers a good topic and if you want to hear the Interview as a whole a link to the Blog Talk Radio site is also included. So here we go.  We can thank his publisher, Miika Hannila and the good folks at Creativia (http://www.creativia.org) for publishing Shaman and it’s following books.

His other book,  “Those Without Sin” is a political thriller being released later this year and is published by Catt Dahman and the good folks at J.Ellington Ashton Press (http://www.jellingtonashton.com)

 

Part One:  Find out what got VR McCoy interested in writing Shaman. All I’ll say is it involves some history.

 

 

Part Two: Living in Washington D.C. and security work for the State Department? Oh did we mention his other book, and the TV shows Burn Notice and Cagney and Lacey?

 

 

Part Three:  What is VR’s favorite aspect of writing and where does he get his resource? Libraries, laptops and cell phones anyone?

 

 

Part for Four:  What’s next for Shaman, you as a writer and what about that bucket list, and did he already know the question?

 

 

Blog Talk Radio

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/knightmist/2014/06/12/talk-with-author-vr-mccoy-of-shaman-the-awakening

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Interview

 

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Ten Plus One Questions with Author Monica Pierce

Monica PierceMonica Pierce is the author behind the book Famine Book one of The Apocalytics. She is a self published author who calls the eclectic city of Seatle, Washington, her home. Her personal web page will tell you a bit about her including things like how she has two rock ’em” sockem cat bots. Those are her words, not mine. It just shows the woman has some humor, showed through in Famine.  Her personal website even has some nice photos that reprsent the characters of the book which you can check out here. So, without more fan fare and blabber, text from me, here are her answers to the Ten Plus One Questions.

Question 1:

What inspired you to write Famine?

Ha! That’s a long story, so I’ll give you the Cliff Notes version. I wanted to create something that was paranormal, but didn’t include the usual suspects (ie. vampires, werewolves, angels/demons, etc.). Famine grew out of a much earlier concept that was vampire-based, but I couldn’t make the story work; it just wasn’t unique enough for me. So after a little research and “what if-ing” I hit upon the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and everything just clicked into place.

Question 2:

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

Besides finding a name that “fit” my main character (I knew it when I heard it), I needed one that could span a 1,500-year period. He is addressed as either Bartholomew or Bartholomeus, and having the Latin version allows me to quickly indicate the kind of relationship he has with various characters.

Question 3:

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

Specific memories, no, but the relationship between Bartholomew and Matilde as she grows up was influenced by the relationship I had with my own father. He wasn’t always easy on me, but he was always fair and honest. He wanted me to be strong and independent, and I’m grateful that he didn’t let me slide.

Question 4:

What were some of your favorite books growing up?

As a teen: Watership Down (I still have my tattered original copy), Jane Eyre, the Dragonriders of Pern series (my brothers and I traded these); pre-teen: Judy Blume’s books, the Ramona books, fairytales (my mother a beautifully illustrated book of Grimm’s Fairytales)

Question 5:

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

I’m so gratified by the generous feedback I’ve been getting! Readers love Bartholomew, though he’s a true anti-hero. They appreciate that his decisions are based upon his love for the people around him and his determination to stop the Four Horsemen. Readers also admire Matilde’s strength (and the fact that she’s not whiny or spoiled. LOL!), they’ve been talking about the richness of my world-building, and they appreciate the relationships between all of the characters. The slow unfolding of Bartholomew’s history and the growth of his relationship with Matilde as he raises her from child- to adulthood. Really, I’ve had such wonderful responses. 😀

Question 6:

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

Delight and satisfaction in a design well-executed. I’m self-published, so I worked with a photographer, models, and a cover designer, and I did the inside layout myself. Seeing the design all come together to create a visual experience for readers is always incredibly satisfying.


Question 7:

Do you continue to write?

Absolutely and every day. I’m working on a sequel to Girl Under Glass (my first novel), as well as plotting Death, the second book in the Apocalyptics series.

Question 8:

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

To never give up and to love yourself. Those themes come up a lot in my work.

Question 9:

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

I’d let Bartholomew retire to a nice little house on a large piece of property outside of Seattle. He’d have a view of Puget Sound and the mountains, horses to ride, and a large garden to tend. And he’d be happiest when Matilde came to visit.

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

The book is dedicated to my father, whose huge heart is buried beneath a gruff exterior. I put a great deal of my dad into Bartholomew, and this book is about tough fathers and their strong daughters.

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?

With unlimited funds, I’m assuming. I’d find a big old castle on the Rhine and fly in all my readers to talk and laugh, take long walks and eat too many pastries.

Find more about Monica, and her books through the below links.

Monica Enderle Pierce, author
Famine is now available for KindleNookKobo, and in print
Girl Under Glass is now available for Kindle and Nook
Visit my website: monicaenderlepierce.com
Follow me on FacebookTwitterGoodreads, and Pinterest
 
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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Interview

 

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Famine: Book one of The Apocalyptics by Monica Enderle Pierce

Apocalyptics_Famine_600x800Famine is a word that most of us think of when we hear of a massive draught and crops dying. It’s a lack of food production that leads to the death of hundreds, if not thousands of people. It’s a word that often is used when talking about South Africa, although some history buffs will remember the 19th century potato famine in Ireland.  This historic famine caused many to leave their homeland, or die.

There is another version of Famine that many may not immediately think of when they hear the word. It is fortunate than that there are authors like, Monica Enderle Pierce, out there. She will introduce us all to the black rider, the bringer of death and destruction, the rumored third member of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse.

Monica Enderle Pierce is the author of the book, Famine: Book one of The Apocalyptics. The book will introduce us to a myriad number of characters of which the key is not the ex-soldier Bartholomew, but a young girl named Matilde. The story will bring the reader into a turn of the century, the 20th century, struggle to stop the immortal Famine.  An era that saw the birth of the automobile and overland travel done by train, or horse.  A period where gaslight was used over the modern conveniences we know today.

The book will first introduce the reader to Bartholomew who for some reasons is besieged by crows.  It is during these first opening passages that we find out how old the man really is. I won’t spoil his age as it is best left to the reader to find out.  He despised the black winged creatures but knew they were the eyes of “The Catcher”. They wanted him to see something, or someone, and he knew he must follow to see what they wanted of him.  What he sees does not leave him much hope but leaves enough curiosity that he will remember what he sees.

It is just a bit later that the reader is introduced to the main antagonist of the book, and the one whose name graces the books title. The character is the black rider, the creature that consumes death and despair where it travels. The last thing to note, there is no reason for this character to be a hideous creature, but instead it’s a lovely woman. A woman that has Bartholomew in her control and will make him do things he does not wish to do.

Famine is an imposing character no matter you may sense from the character as you first are introduce. As the reader learns more about her and her cadaver army of followers, yes I wrote cadavers her nature will come out even more.

The book takes time to introduce each character including Bartholomew’s butler and maid (Mr. Vernon & Mrs. Henderson) you will get to care for these characters.  This is how Pierce writes most, if not all, of her characters within the book. They are well developed and as you learn more about each one it’s like pealing back a layer of coating to get to the original item below.  This is really evident as we become to know Matilde, who will become Bartholomew’s ward.

The story of Bartholomew’s past and how he becomes involved with Famine, and the Catcher, will show what formed this man. He is torn between two voices who wish nothing more than to control him. One wishes to stop Famine, while the other is the creature herself. She wants Bartholomew to bring the Catcher to her to ensure she can raise the other horseman.

The book will follow Bartholomew, Mr. Vernon, Mrs. Henderson and Matilde as they try and escape Famine. They will go to the ends of the country to escape her and as time passes the fear of Famine will not be far away. There are many aspects of this book that make it a great read. There is the suspense that is built as word of Famine will continue to find the group. There is the stress of keeping what Matilde’s fate holds for her secret as she is trained to be ready. There are also some moments of levity that help keep the reader grounded and being pulled too far into the darkness. There could be a reason for just such writing as you will find out what could lay in the darkness as you read.

Author Monica Enderle Pierce sets up a great story that will leave you wanting more in the pages of Famine: Book one of The Apocalyptics. The character development and settings created are done masterfully. You will be able to visualize some of the homes, business, streets, and people as you read. The book does have some violence and sexual overtones so just a warning to those with younger eyes. Overall though this is a great read and great start to the series.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2014 in Reviews

 

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