Monday, November 27, 2017

Annie Douglass Lima Interview about her #newrelease

Today, I have a treat for you, we welcome back our friend, Fantasy author Annie Lima Douglass, who has a new release in her YA fantasy series Krillonian Chronicles.


Hi, Annie. Thanks for joining us today. For readers who've never met you can you tell us a little about yourself, so my readers can get to know you?


Annie Douglass Lima
Annie: I was born in Southern California but raised mostly in Kenya.  After college (in Southern California), I spent a year teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Indonesia, which was an incredible experience.  Shortly after returning to the States, I married my husband Floyd, and the two of us lived in California for several years.  Eventually all the pieces fell into place for us to move overseas together, and now we’re serving at Morrison Academy, an international school in Taiwan.  I’ve been teaching fifth grade here for over ten years now, and I love it! 


Wow. So you are a world traveling-writer! Cool! I've always wanted to do that.  And I suppose this undoubtedly had an influence on your writing. When did you get started?


Annie: I’ve been writing for as long as I can recall.  When I was seven years old, I had a sudden inspiration for what I thought was an amazing story and decided then and there that I was going to write a book and be the world's youngest published author.  I ran to my room in great excitement, found an old notebook and a pencil, and started in.  Well, that first novel was never actually finished, let alone published, but it got me started.  After that, I can't remember a time that I wasn't working on at least one book.  Prince of Alasia, which I began in college, was the first one I finished that I thought was worth trying to get published.


My first serious attempt came in college too. Where'd you go then?



Annie:  I looked into traditional publishing and spent a long time trying to get an agent, but to no avail.  Finally I learned about Kindle Direct Publishing and did it myself the indie way, eleven years after I first started writing the book.  A few months later I added the paperback edition.  It was quite a thrill for me to finally fulfill my childhood dream! Now I’ve published a total of fourteen books (three YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, a coloring/activity book, and five anthologies of my students’ poetry).


Nothing beats the feeling of adding to the oeuvre. I love holding a new book in my hands. :) Speaking of new books, care to tell us a little about your novel The Student and the Slave?


Annie: Warning : spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t read the first two books!


The Krillonian Chronicles are not technically paranormal suspense. They’re set in a world almost exactly like our own, except for a couple key differences, such as the popular martial art known as cavvara shil.  The main difference, however, is that slavery is legal there. 

The Krillonian Empire rules much of the world.  An emperor governs from the capital city, Krillonia, on the continent known as Imperia.  Eight separate provinces (independent nations before they were conquered) can be found on nearby continents.  Each province, plus Imperia, is allowed to elect its own legislature and decide on many of its own laws, though the emperor reserves the right to veto any of them and make changes as he sees fit. 

In recent months, the province of Tarnestra became the first to outlaw slavery. As you can imagine, this history-making event sparked hope in the hearts of slaves throughout the empire, and for many, dreams of escape suddenly became a real possibility. As a result, in addition to freeing all its local slaves, Tarnestra has recently seen an influx of escaped slaves from Imperia and other provinces. 

These changes have had unfortunate effects on the economy, since many businesses cannot afford to hire as many employees and have had to shut down or cut way back. (The accepted salary for enslaved workers – paid to their owners, of course – is two-thirds what free workers earn.) Tarnestra is now dealing with huge numbers of unemployed and homeless people.

In the midst of all this, former enslaved gladiator Bensin arrives with his little sister Ellie and a couple of friends, after a harrowing escape at the end of book 2. Steene, the coach and father figure who rescued him, sacrificed himself for the rest of them and has been sentenced to a life of enslavement as the penalty for his crime. Now, Steene must adjust to living as a slave under the bratty young boy who is his new owner while trying to find a way to escape and join his loved ones in Tarnestra. This task grows more complicated when he starts to grow attached to said bratty owner. Meanwhile, Bensin searches desperately for some way to arrange (and pay for) Steene’s freedom remotely while he tries to find a job in a province where there simply aren’t any available. Though he’s looking for safe, legal, and ethical options, he discovers that the local street gangs are willing to pay top dollar for combat training from a former gladiator.

And so Steene and Bensin both find themselves facing some difficult choices.


I would say so. What inspired the story of The Student and the Slave?


Annie: Well, it’s book 3 in a trilogy, so my direct inspiration was the ending of book 2. I had left the characters in a tough situation and needed to get them out.


I hope they do! It sounds intriguing. Is there anything you haven’t yet achieved in your career—or any specific thing you haven’t written about yet—that you dream of doing some day?



Annie: It would be great to be able to make a living from my writing. But I wouldn’t quit my day job anyway (I’m a fifth grade teacher, which I love), so for now I’m content with just bringing in a little extra on the side.


(We hope it's more than a little. :)) What's on tap next for you? Any new manuscripts in the works, currently?


Annie: I’m working on a final book in my Annals of Alasia fantasy series, called King of Malorn, which should be ready to publish in the next few months. And I’m in the editing stage of Heartsong, a stand-alone young adult science fiction novel.


Ah, cool. I know fans will looking forward to that. :) Folks, if you'd like to know more about The Student and the Slave, here's the synopsis:


Is this what freedom is supposed to be like? Desperate to provide for himself and his sister Ellie, Bensin searches fruitlessly for work like all the other former slaves in Tarnestra. He needs the money for an even more important purpose, though: to rescue Coach Steene, who sacrificed himself for Bensin’s freedom. When members of two rival street gangs express interest in Bensin’s martial arts skills, he realizes he may have a chance to save his father figure after all … at a cost.


Meanwhile, Steene struggles with his new life of slavery in far-away Neliria. Raymond, his young owner, seizes any opportunity to make his life miserable. But while Steene longs to escape and rejoin Bensin and Ellie, he starts to realize that Raymond needs him too. His choices will affect not only his own future, but that of everyone he cares about. Can he make the right ones … and live with the consequences?




Excerpt 23
In this excerpt, Raymond prepares to compete in the final round of a tournament that Steene’s freedom is riding on.
When the emcee announced that the final rounds were about to begin, Steene went over to remind Raymond to warm up and stretch once more. 
Raymond peered across the ring to where they could see Gus doing the same thing. “I can’t believe they’ve put me against that slave again.”
“They didn’t put you against him. He earned his way to the finals, just like you did. But you’re a better fighter now than when you faced him last, so don’t get discouraged before you start.”
“I’m not discouraged. I’m mad. I mean, slaves have no right to even be involved in cavvara shil.”
“Oh, really? So you’ll be setting me free, then, will you?”
Raymond shot him an irritated glance. “You know what I mean.”
Yes, I do. You’re jealous of Gus’s skill and afraid it’s better than yours. But this wasn’t the time for a lecture.
“Everything depends on this match.” Raymond reached for the jump rope, glaring in Gus’s direction, as the whistle blew and the girls’ final match began. “If I don’t win the tournament, my dad will never let me compete in Jarreon.”
And I may never get free. “Like I said earlier, you can’t dwell on that right now,” Steene told him. “Just focus on fighting the way I’ve taught you.”


Will Raymond win? You'll have to read to find out. And folks, if you'd like to check out more of The Student and the Slave, you can find it at the following Amazon locations:


Amazon (US) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076ZN944F/

Amazon (Canada) https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B076ZN944F

Amazon (UK) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B076ZN944F

Amazon (India) https://www.amazon.in/dp/B076ZN944F

Amazon (Japan) https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B076ZN944F

Amazon (Mexico) https://www.amazon.com.mx/dp/B076ZN944F

Amazon (Australia) https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B076ZN944F

And if you'd like to put it on your Good Reads To Be Read shelves, you can do that here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36368413-the-student-and-the-slave


Readers are welcome to connect with me:

Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnieDouglassLimaAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads
Google+: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGooglePlus
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon
LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnLinkedIn




Enjoy, and Annie, thank you again for being with us today. And good luck with The Student and the Slave.


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

For this Thanksgiving. I'm #ThankfulFor



...you...my readers and friends! Wishing you all...



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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, "No Such Thing as Dasher" (Christmas Paranormal romance)  among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

New release and podcast news


How have y'all been doing this week? I'm okay. Writing, like usual. I'm not as far through my Nanowrimo piece as I'd hoped to be (only 15,569ish words--I say "ish" because there's some I haven't typed up yet). And of course, making all the plans for Thanksgiving is cutting into the usual time, today. Which leaves me looking at this blinking blogger cursor thinking, "Blogging? Who has time?"

So before I get off on a tangent let me get to the subject... You may see it there in my sidebar. :) Yes, the release of a new novella! :). The thing is, it's not quite up properly everywhere it should be yet, so I don't have complete links for you. However, if you'd like to check it out, it's titled No Such Thing As Dasher.

No Such Thing As Dasher, Juli D. Revezzo, paranormal romance, Christmas Romance, free read, free ebook, holiday ebook deals

Synopsis:

For Avery, her holiday duties as a forest ranger oftentimes involve tracking revelers who have lost their way in her wilderness domain. After a camper clashes with a reindeer, however, Avery is shocked to discover the creature is defended not by Santa, but by the formidable, yet gentle, shapeshifting Lord of the Forest. 

Can the magic of the forest bring together a ranger and a supernatural being, or is Avery destined to celebrate yet another Christmas alone? 

An enchanting fairy tale to celebrate the magic of the season!

It's available FREE at Amazon (US, Canadian storesAustralian stores only, so far. (ooh! It's free in Italy, France, and  in Brazil this evening! ;)) Hopefully the price change will trickle into the other worldwide AZ venues soon). Also, it's free at Kobo.

Which some of you may recognize the title from something around here about roughly 2014, but this is a greatly expanded version from the title you may or may not recognize. I think you'll like it.

Note: Itunes, as usual, is still lagging about getting it up--as is Barnes and Noble. It'll be in both stores soon-like, I hope! (We wonder if they shut down for the weekend or at least start drinking heavily or what? *lol*) For those of you who use Itunes and Barnes and Noble, I can only apologize for their slow-pokeyness. Hopefully the novella will show up free everywhere by Monday. :p As soon as I have links for both places, I will update this post, and my book pages everywhere. *taps nails impatiently*

Itunes and Nook users,  you can (finally) find your links here. I hope you enjoy it! And yes, as ever, reviews are welcome!

Next, if you're around tonight about ... I'm going to be guesting on the Pagan Musings Podcast again. You can find the show here at 8PM EST (7pm Central).


And finally, a sale!




Fantasy author Alesha Escobar is holding a holiday ebook fest. Several fine books are involved in the sale (including my Celtic fantasy romance novel Passion's Sacred Dance as well as titles by Emma AlisynAngelique Armae, and more.) find all the great deals here! (Or you can click the banner.)

Also, there's a giveaway involved. So you'll want to scroll to the bottom of her page to find it.
Holiday Ebook Deals

And my husband is, er, inquiring about something regarding the short Thanksgiving week, so I must skeedaddle, again. Have a good day, and hopefully, we'll talk tonight on the Pagan Musings Podcast! :) Enjoy!

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sunday news update for the first week of November

Hi, everyone. I hope you had a good week. I was looking over my blog posts this week and I can't believe it...wow. I put up 3 in one week! Will wonders never cease?   I hope you liked the Reign of Tarot story. The stories never stop, do they? :)

I've been working on something new over the last week, sortakinda for Nanowrimo, sortakinda not. The weekend and something I wanted to update threw a wrench into it and then, I had to stop my writing program to open up a photo editing program. You'll see why later on. ;)

But, I don't really have a goal for Nanowrimo this year beyond the usual: just to have a semblance of something workable by November 30th. I'm goal-ed out, right now. (10 months straight of editing seems to do that to me). Yes, I say that now, we'll see what becomes of the rest of the month!

Also, I got a fine new review for Druid Warrior Prince. If you've read the novel and enjoyed it, please post a review at Amazon (and good reads, but Amazon is most important).

Let's see....as to reading I finished the audio version of Jessamyn's Folly by Suzanne G. Rogers. Enjoyed it (and Stevie Zimmerman's narration very much. :)) I've been reading ...mainly non-fiction this week as I picked up something for research from the store last weekend. How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman. This one, I got in paperback. Just because, well, if Kindle ever goes to pot, I want to be able to reach for my research. (That and, it was on the physical store shelves and I had a card, so why not?)

I also got Marked by Fate: A Young Adult Science Fiction Collection
The MacLomain Series Boxed Set  by Sky Purington
Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grim) by Juliet Marillier (which seems to still be on sale)
and Hearts Across Time (The Knights of Berwyck: A Quest Through Time Novel ~ Books 1 & 2) by Sherry Ewing
and lately, Evangeline and the Alchemist: A Novella: Mystery and Mayhem in steampunk Melbourne (The Antics of Evangeline Book 1)

Blogger tip 
I don't usually add this kind of thing into my posts, but I thought it might be helpful to share. You see, I made a gaff in one of my posts this week, but you know what? I learned something. Those of you on blogger, did you know if you unpublish a post, fix a mistake in the title, then republish it, it fixes it in the resulting url too? I did not, and found out that exact thing this week! That was a neat find. I know some of us can occasionally misspell a *cough* guest name *cough* so this means no, we don't have to go completely remake those posts. Woohoo! (Well, it was something I didn't remember about Blogger, anyway)

Did you catch my last few posts? I hope you enjoyed them. If you missed them, here you go:

Barrie Hill Reunion by Lisette Brodey
Thrifty Shopping ideas for Samhain
Would you rather be transported 500 years in the past, or 500 years into the future? #authorblog
What lurks on that horizon?--Druid Warrior Prince snippet #2---Weekend Writing Warriors

Aside from all that, I've been trying to write something so, not had a whole lot of time to read--beyond research reading. So, yea? :) For someone like me who loves writing, it's a yea.

Anyway, that's me. I hope you all had a good week too!

Sunday Post was conceived by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Barrie Hill Reunion by Lisette Brodey #newrelease #literaryfiction @LisetteBrodey


Hi folks! Well, for my new followers, (or those have only started following me in the last year) I have a little treat for you. A fellow author and friend has a new book coming out and so I offered to let her stop by to tell us a little about it. Please give a warm welcome to author Lisette Brodey.



Hi, Juli:

Thank you for inviting me to your blog to talk about my seventh novel, Barrie Hill Reunion. I am a multi-genre author with books in women’s fiction, chick lit, coming-of-age, YA paranormal, and literary fiction. Barrie Hill Reunion is in the literary fiction genre. It’s an emotional drama, rife with tension, anger, confusion, angst, love, and secrets.

I’ll let the synopsis below tell you more.


Eight people. One weekend. Eight lives forever changed.

In the mid-1960s, at an elite college in the quaint town of Barrie Hill, Connecticut, a group of literary-minded students met regularly off-campus at the Vanessa Grand Hotel. Often late into the night, they would discuss the day’s news, analyze literature, philosophize, trade barbs, and socialize.

Twenty years after graduation, in 1986, the group’s founder, Clare Dreyser, organizes a weekend reunion. Seven former Barrie Hillers and one guest get together, eager to re-create an extraordinary time in their lives and reunite with old friends.

From the outset, and baffling the group, Leah Brent displays a brash, condescending attitude for nearly everyone and everything. To the chagrin of actor Bart Younger, Leah immediately lays out the unwelcome mat for his wife, Aimee. No one, not even Leah’s husband, Colin, is immune to her wrath, but Leah is relentless in her bizarre and cruel quest to bring down her primary target: Clare.

As the reunion progresses, the Barrie Hillers strive to enjoy their time together as they become enmeshed in personal dramas, struggle with matters of ethics, and weather escalating uncertainties that threaten to destroy their lives. By Saturday night, the second day of the reunion, karma makes a surprising and shocking visit. As the Barrie Hillers’ time together draws to an end, each is changed forever.


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To give readers more of an idea about my motivation for this novel, I have written a blog, Barrie Hill Reunion: The Very Long Birth of a Novel, which tells the story of how I was inspired to write this book after a visit to the Algonquin Hotel in New York City many years ago. Upon learning about the Algonquin Round Table who met there from 1909 - 1919, inspiration took hold of me. But decades would pass before a novel came to be. This post on my blog  tells a very short version of a very long story.

Barrie Hill Reunion is available in both Kindle and paperback editions, and is free to read for those in the Kindle Unlimited program.

 Folks, if you'd like to learn more about Lisette Brodey, check out her sites below:

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:








AUTHOR BIO:
Lisette was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles for four years where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA. 

Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area.

She’s the author of seven novels: CrookedMoon (General/Literary Fiction); Squalor,New Mexico (Coming-of-Age/Literary Fiction); Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! (Women's Fiction/Chick-lit), The Desert Series: Mystical High; Desert Star; and Drawn Apart (YA paranormal), and Barrie Hill Reunion (Literary Fiction).

In addition to her seven novels, two of Lisette’s short stories are published in an anthology: Triptychs (Book 3, The Mind’s Eye Series.)

In January 2013, Lisette edited and published a book of her mother's poetry (written 50 years earlier): My Way To Anywhere by Jean Lisette Brodey.

Her eighth book, due in 2018, will be a collection of short stories in the literary fiction genre.

In addition to her writing, Lisette also works as a SAG background actor in Los Angeles.

 This sounds intriguing, doesn't it folks? Thanks so much for stopping by, Lisette, and good luck with Barrie Hill Reunion, and all you do!
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

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Victorian romance, historical romance, Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, read free with Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited
The Artist's Inheritance, Antique Magic book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fiction Caitlin's Book of Shadows, Antique Magic book 2, by Juli D. Revezzo, short fiction, free ebook, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fiction
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Drawing Down the Shades, Antique Magic book 3, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fiction
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Sing a Mournful Melody by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, Vampire fiction, short storyChangeling's Crown by Juli D. Revezzo, New Adult, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance
Murder Upon a Midnight Clear by Juli D. Revezzo, paranormal mystery, Christmas romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedWatchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, read free with Kindle Unlimited

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