Thursday, March 16, 2017

Interview With Historical Fiction and Fantasy Author Amalia Carosella

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Daughter of a Thousand Years by Amalia Carosella

Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Lake Union Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 442 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Medieval Romance
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Greenland, AD 1000 More than her fiery hair marks Freydís as the daughter of Erik the Red; her hot temper and fierce pride are as formidable as her Viking father’s. And so, too, is her devotion to the great god Thor, which puts her at odds with those in power—including her own brother, the zealous Leif Eriksson. Determined to forge her own path, she defies her family’s fury and clings to her dream of sailing away to live on her own terms, with or without the support of her husband. New Hampshire, 2016 Like her Icelandic ancestors, history professor Emma Moretti is a passionate defender of Norse mythology. But in a small town steeped in traditional values, her cultural beliefs could jeopardize both her academic career and her congressman father’s reelection. Torn between public expectation and personal identity, family and faith, she must choose which to honor and which to abandon. In a dramatic, sweeping dual narrative that spans a millennium, two women struggle against communities determined to silence them, but neither Freydís nor Emma intends to give up without a fight.

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Hi Amalia, thank you for taking the time to give our readers an interview.

1.    Tell us a bit about your new book, Daughter of a Thousand Years.

Daughter of a Thousand Years is about the timeless struggle for freedom to exist as we are, to worship as we please, and build a place for ourselves within the greater community of the world – this is something that Freydis struggles with in Viking Age Greenland, and something that Emma’s still struggling to work out in today’s world.  That fight is what connects their stories across time.

2.    What did you love writing about it? What was hard to write?

This was the hardest book I’ve ever written. It terrified me and it put a hard deadline on a lot of personal things I had kind of been putting off addressing. I mean, I’ve written books that dealt with issues I was coping with on a subconscious level before – but this was the first time I was writing a book that dealt with things I knew I wasn’t ready to face for myself. So that added a whole extra layer of emotional turmoil to the process! But ultimately, I love that this book exists. I love that it offers people a different perspective. I love that it has the potential to reach people who need to read it. That it might just change someone’s life, because they’ll know they aren’t alone. All the tears and stress and heartbreak is worth it for that chance. To give someone that gift when they need it most.

3.    What is your favorite period to write about and why?

I love Bronze Age Greece. I think I will always love Bronze Age Greece the most. Because there is so much room to explore, and we only have these tantalizing glimpses to fire our imagination – that’s pretty much my ideal for writing. But...  I won’t say I’m not interested in potentially revisiting the Viking Age someday, either. :)

4.    What is the favorite place in the world you traveled to? Where do you want to go next?

I am, sadly, poorly traveled right now. The majority of my adventures have been domestic, with just a few jaunts across the border North to Canada when I was younger. But my parents gave me and my siblings an amazing gift when we were young (I was only 3 but I still remember parts of it!) and took us all around the continental United States by car, camping out along the way, and I wish I’d been a little older to remember it better, but it’s definitely something that stuck with me!

There are a million places I’d love to go, though. First up is Iceland – that’s my number one travel priority – and then definitely I’d love to go to Greece and see the Bronze Age ruins everywhere there. Then Rome. Britain! All of Scandinavia. There is so much history to see!

5.    What is your advice for aspiring authors?

Develop a habit. Build in yourself the habit of sitting down in front of your word document and putting words on the page. Once you have that, and your creative muscles have been trained to work with just that small level of discipline, you can play around with how you approach your goals and projects to find the most productive methods and fine tune, but ultimately, I think it all starts with that habit of writing. I know it changed my writing life.

On the other side of that coin, be kind to yourself. Be mindful of where you’re at and don’t drive yourself into burn out. Find the joy and the love and the passion for writing and keep that foremost. If that fire starts to flicker out or dim, give yourself permission to take the time you need to refill the tanks and rekindle that joy.

6.    Why the love for goats? :)

Ha! Well, there’s the obvious association with Thor. Goats are his companion animals. He has a pair, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr, that pull his chariot and he can also kill them and eat them while he’s adventuring, and as long as he leaves the bones whole and unbroken, he can resurrect them again to continue on the next day. I love this element of Thor’s mythology so much because it makes it really clear that he’s in tune with the average farmer – he’s not fancy, and he doesn’t need fancy livestock like an eight-legged horse or golden boars. He’s practical and grounded. He’s the god of the common people, not kings and nobles.

But also I just think they’re kind of fun, and I have a REALLY BIG YARD that is kind of a pain to keep up, so I feel like goats would be a good life choice from a more practical perspective!

Quick questions round:

1.    Coffee or Tea
Herbal Tea – and mostly only when I’m sick.

2.    Ideal vacation
The kind where you kind of take a really extended stay and completely immerse yourself in the people and the culture and the area, without having to go crazy trying to jam everything you ever wanted to see into five days. I’d really love to have a month or three or six to just explore at my own pace and LIVE in a different place.

3.    Writing at home, in a café or in a park

At home. A park wouldn’t be terrible, but I think I’d get pretty distracted and not get a lot done. Being at home (most of the time) allows me to focus and not worry about whether my battery is going to make it, or what the people on the other side of the room are whispering about, or what time the place closes, etc. When I want to write, I just want to write, with as little disruption as possible!


Thank you Amalia, this was fun!



About the Author

03_amalia-carosella-authorAmalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse, too). For more information, visit her blog at www.amaliacarosella.com. She also writes myth-steeped fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Amalia Dillin. Learn more about her other works at www.amaliadillin.com. You can connect with Amalia Carosella on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Google+. Sign up for her newsletter, The Amaliad, for news and updates.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

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Monday, December 12, 2016

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Soul Keeper Series Book Blitz


Soul Keeper Series Box Set
L.A. Starkey
Publication date: March 10th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Amazon readers had a hard time putting this series down… you will to. Now you don’t have to wait – the full story is yours for a discounted price.
This boxed set includes all three full-length novels from Starkey’s beloved Soul Keeper Series. That’s over 800 pages of intense twists and emotional turns, heart-breaking romance and soul-shattering deception – all in one series.
In a battle of wills,
of the gods of old.
For each his revenge,
will he forfeit his soul.

On the chessboard of blood,
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Aged, innocent lives,
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Out of hate will come love,
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For immortal and man,
have entwined their damned fate.
The battle between the Titans and the gods of old did not end with them. The demand for revenge has dripped down into the next generation.
Twins, Marcus and Nicolas, heirs to the throne of the gods and sons of the last remaining Titan, learn that the purpose of their existence is to fulfill a prophecy born of hate and despair. They must battle for Pandora’s daughter’s heart, a girl lost to the human world and unaware of her hidden heritage. For four hundred years Marcus and Nicolas have only been allowed to touch the edge of their soul mate’s dreams, but the time of the prophecy has come.
For Samantha, life has been nothing more than a series of misfortunes and heartbreaks. For years, she has kept her heart locked away, but change is rolling in like a tidal wave. She is now forced to discern the thin line between love and lie, myth and reality, and it would seem that time is running out …
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There was no moving in this moment. Her body afforded her no such luxury, as swirling white mist covered the soft green grass, giving the world an ethereal appearance. Crimson danced against the golden sky as the evening moved in quickly, hoping to make way for its dark lover.
Sam gazed around her, trying to make sense of the familiarity she felt with her setting, but she failed to hold onto the fleeting memory. The soft crunch of grass moving changed everything as realization dawned—she was no longer alone.
Her dark sapphire eyes narrowed, brow creasing as a figure cut through the dense, chalky air. He towered over her by a head or two, and judging by the large expanse of his shoulders, he often left the gym stained in his scent. As his shape continued to gain clarity, from color and size to the defined lines of a life well lived, the swell of anticipation grew within her at the story his facial features might tell.
As he drew close enough for focus, her jaw slackened and her eyes widened with wonder. He was for all intents and purposes a teenager, and yet by his exotic appearance, she guessed him to be a foreigner. Wherever he was from, he was simply beautiful.
He stopped just before her, his gaze locked on hers, and try though she may words escaped her cry for assistance. His piercing jade eyes bore into her, dark orange rays stretching lazily from the iris, his skin seeming to glitter as if kissed by the sun.
“I’ve been waiting for you.”
“For me?” Sam blinked in surprise, taking a hesitant step back.
“Ah, Samantha,” he breathed out, his brow creasing ever so slightly. “Same questions every time, my love. Shall I give you the same answers?”
“W-what a-answers?” She shook her head, attempting to draw in a breath that wasn’t filled with the smell of pure male.
There would be no relaxing in front of him for something was so very familiar and yet alarming to all of her protective senses. Brick by brick, her heart constructed a thick wall that would promise protection. He took a step forward and reached for her hand, but was a bit too late to infiltrate her senses as the wall was up and impenetrable.
She exhaled softly as their skin connected and instinctively let her fingers wrap around his as a sign of friendship. The warmth of his touch sent tingles racing along the corridors of her body and yet still the cold loneliness remained because she demanded it so. No one would ever penetrate her defenses again. Self-preservation had become her lifelong companion simply because life required such company.


Author Bio:
L.A. Starkey is the author of the Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series.
She is a fulltime writer, and loves spending time with her family and reading a good book. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn't seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.
She writes under the following pen name:
Kate Thomas - NA/Adult Paranormal (http://amzn.to/1SKV9ey)



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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cover Reveal - Raphael's Fling by Alix Nichols



Raphael’s Fling
Alix Nichols
Publication date: November 17th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
My name is Mia Stoll and I dream about publishing a monograph on medieval Paris. Problem is, I’m better qualified for writing a handbook on how to go from a budding scholar to a pregnant runaway in three easy steps.
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My sister Eva carries a torch for the wrong man. Here’s the gist of my sermons to her: “Drooling over your hunky astronaut boss is a loser’s trek to Calamity with three stops along the way: Heartbreak, Job Loss, and Spinsterhood.”

The thing is, I’m in a terrible—you could even say impossible—position to lecture Eva.
I’m attracted to my own boss.
Raphael d’Arcy is funny, smart, and uber-rich. He’s also smoking hot. That alone should have scared me away, were I not such a dolt, my academic achievements notwithstanding.
But there’s more.
Raphael is France’s most notorious playboy who doesn’t do relationships. He does one-night stands. If sufficiently intrigued, he might do a fling. Which is the most I could ever hope to have with him—a short-lived fling.
So what, right? It’s not the end of the world.
But consider this: Getting my heart broken by Raphael d’Arcy is the least of my worries. Some very serious merde has been piling up in my life lately.
And it’s about to hit the fan.
Raphael’s Fling is a standalone sexy romance in the Darcy Brothers series. No cliffhangers. Guaranteed: a swoony bad-boy hero, laugh-out-loud moments and a happily-ever-after



Author Bio:
Alix Nichols is a caffeine addict and a longtime fan of Mr. Darcy, especially in his Colin Firth incarnation. She is a bestselling author of romantic comedies set in Paris.

At the age of six, she released her first rom com. It featured highly creative spelling on a dozen pages stitched together and bound in velvet paper.
Decades later, she still loves the romance genre. Her spelling has improved (somewhat), and her books have made Amazon Top 100 lists, climbing as high as #1. She lives in France with her family and their almost-human dog.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Happy Book Birthday to Shattered by Sharon M. Johnston!

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SHATTERED: An Open Heart Novel Book 2  
Healing a battered heart will risk her last link to humanity

Mishca needs to save her sisters, but only Ryder can save her. The truth about Mishca’s past shattered her heart. She deals with the pain by focusing on a new mission: saving her newfound family from their creator. With her sisters scheduled for termination, Mishca and her friends set out on a journey up the North Queensland Coast to save them before someone else dies. Ryder understands the need driving Mischa. It’s in her DNA. But he’s not giving up on the chance they can still be together. She’s the only one to have seen him levitate. The only one to watch the sparks dance across his skin. The only one he trusts enough to know what is in his heart. And now, he might be the only one who can stop Mishca from losing her humanity. Driven apart by secrets, will they come together in time? 

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About the author:
 YA & NA author, Sharon M. Johnston, hails from sunny Queensland, Australia. When she's not writing, Sharon works in PR, spends time with her family, and plays far too much Pokemon Go. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and on her website.
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