Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Welcome H. L. Le Roy

H. L. Le Roy is author of the Fountain of the Earth and the award wining mystery anthology, Street Crimes (2012).  He is a wonderful author and I am so excited that he agreed to an interview.   Hope you all enjoy this short interview and his books!

Terra Vonn is fighting to survive in a destroyed
world,surrounded by unspeakable horror . . .
and things are about to get much worse.


The first in a planned series, The Fountain of the Earth is set on the West Coast following a catastrophic solar flare that has destroyed civilization, leaving only a few people struggling to survive. After witnessing the vicious murder of her mother, Terra Vonn (15) has a singular focus—exacting revenge on the killers. But before she can complete her plans, savagery intervenes and she is cast alone into a brutal post-apocalyptic world. As she trails the men south through a land filled with cannibalistic criminals, slave traders, and lunatics, the hunter becomes the hunted. Terra quickly learns that she is neither as tough nor as brave as she thinks she is. Worse, she may be the only one who stands between what little remains of civilization and destruction.
 Genre: Young Adult - Dystopian – Ages 12+

The Interview

  Beth:Tell us about the goals you had initially planned for Fountain of the Earth?  Did you reach them or did they change? 
H. L. Le Roy:  First, I wanted more than anything to portray a kickass heroine who didn't need to rely on a man to save her. Nor did I want my main character spending half the book tearfully trying to decide which boy she should choose. Two clich├ęs I’ll never write about.

Beth:  Tell us a little about your writing process. Do you have a writing ritual (music, wine, coffee)? 

H. L. Le Roy: My only ritual is to sit down and grind it out. Without fail, at 20,000 words I question what I’m doing and if it’s worth a damn. Invariably it takes me a week or two to sort out where I’m going. During the summer, I write under a canopy on the deck where deer and turkeys come by, and I feed them with a little corn.

Beth:   Can you tell us about some of the plans you have for this series and especially for Terra.  (She’s been through so much I hope she gets a small vacation or at least a piece of chocolate ;) 

H. L. Le Roy: Sorry to say, no vacation or any treat whatsoever. As much as I love Terra, things get considerably worse for her and some are not going to survive.

Beth:Who are your Influences? And why?

H. L. Le Roy: I read so much, it’s hard to say. When I was younger, I devoured Edgar Rice Burroughs, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the horror writing of August Derleth and H. P. Lovecraft. Later, Hemingway, and the other classics.

Beth: Are most of your stories dystopian in nature? Or do you write in other genres. And why?

H. L. Le Roy: Only the Fountain of the Earth stories are dystopian. I also write mysteries and thrillers. Why? As far as the dystopian stories go, I think they reflect the fear I have that we’re not preparing for what could happen. I've tried to make sure everything in The Fountain of the Earth is plausible.

Beth: What are your top five books.

H. L. Le Roy: Not in any particular order, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, Music for Torching by A.M. Homes, Hunger Games, The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton, Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn. That’s six. I’m a writer, not a mathematician, Captain.

Beth: What projects are you currently working on?

H. L. Le Roy: Book two and three of The Fountain of the   Earth, and a Fountain of the Earth prequel describing the end of civilization.

    Beth: I have one silly question that I like to asks my guest it's is purely a daydream experiment If you could handpick the perfect day by taking from your favorite books what would it be(i.e. setting,character,activity…).
     H. L. Le Roy: William Manchester’s biography of Winston Churchill, The Young Lion.I’d love to be a fly on the wall during the allies meeting at Yalta.

     Beth: Haha love that you took the non-fiction route with that question, that's a first!Thank you Holly for the interview and I look forward to finding out what else is in store for Terra when Book two comes out!

Readers can find H.L Le Roy here:
Blog: hlleroy.blogspot.com
Facebook page/s: https://www.facebook.com/holly.leroy.3
Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18744271-the-fountain-of-the-earth?from_search=true
Twitter: @hlleroy
Google + https://plus.google.com/113637969483382960119/posts

Author of: Street Crimes (2012), featuring the first appearance of Jillian Varela, a tough, no nonsense, female private investigator. http://tinyurl.com/7qybgja

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Release by Michael Panush

Fellow writer Michael Panush has a new book, Hellfire!
I can't wait to read it ;) 

Hellfire, Texas is a strange town that needs a strange sheriff. Standing in the shadow of Silver Mesa, an otherworldly chunk of gleaming rock with strange properties, Hellfire is a magnet for trouble and danger.

Clayton Cane–a patchwork man assembled from the bodies of dead soldiers and brought to life with dark magic–may be the perfect gunslinger to wear the town sheriff's badge. After years of working as the violent bounty hunter known as El Mosaico, Cane would like nothing more than to settle down and begin a new life as Hellfire’s stalwart peacekeeper.

But, as Cane soon discovers, being a sheriff has its own challenges. He’s got to deal with caterwauling temperance marchers, an inquisitive newspaperman and Nelly Needles, his fiery, sharp-tongued new deputy. And something worse is coming to Hellfire–a foe more terrible than any outlaw or monster that Cane has battled in the past: industry, commerce and modernization.

Powerful business tycoon Gaspar Noble wants Silver Mesa–and the town of Hellfire–for himself. Cane decides to stand against him, in a battle that may be more than Hellfire–and Clayton Cane–can possibly bear.

If you scroll down you'll find a past interview with Michael as well information about other books he has available. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cover Reveal!

Sharon Bayliss new book Destruction  (Book One of The December People Seriesis set to release on 4/14/14.  I enjoyed reading The Charge and am looking forward to getting my hands on her new novel.  But today I am pleased to be participating in the cover reveal. Great cover Sharon!


Message from Sharon Bayliss:

 "The butterfly will show up on the cover of all four books in the series, as a symbol of redemption, hope, and re-birth. Despite the dark themes in the series, I believe that the most important themes of the series are hopeful ones, such as love, family, and triumph against adversity, which is why the butterfly is in the center.

The broken glass surrounding the butterfly rather obviously symbolizes the concept of destruction, which is also a central theme. The title Destruction refers to the fact that dark magic is inherently destructive, but also refers to how a person can be destroyed, in body or soul.

One thing I was sure of, I wanted the word, Destruction, to be in "pretty" letters. I loved the contrast of having a dark and violent word look beautiful. This also fits the theme, as I wish to show the beauty in darkness and destruction, and the good in people who are supposed to be evil."

Here is the blurb for Destruction, coming out on 4/14/14:

David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn't a choice.

Eleven years ago, David's secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without. 

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David's wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children. 

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.


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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hot Rod Racing Zombies!

Michael Panush has a new book, Dead Man's Drive!  He has stopped to talk with me about this new series.
Beth: Hi Michael ,please tell us about Dead Man's Drive.

Michael: Dead Man's Drive, the first book in the Rot Rods series, is a 1950s Urban Fantasy set in sunny Southern California. It's about Roscoe, a hot rod-riding zombie who works with a bunch of supernaturally adept drivers out of a garage called Donovan Motors and keeps the town of La Cruz safe from occult threats. This story is about a ruthless businessman, Reed Strickland, wishing to move his company in La Cruz and bring the drivers down. Strickland's got hidden motives for the expansion, and Roscoe has his own mysterious past, which will all be revealed as the battle for La Cruz begins. Dead Man's Drive has got fast cars, B-movie monsters, and a lot of action – hopefully it's got some heart too, even if Roscoe's heart isn't beating.   

Beth: That sounds like fun! I love B-movie monsters -especially the Creature From the Black Lagoon maybe he'll make an appearance :)  It seems like all three - the 1950’s, hot rods, and zombies -- go hand in hand. What made you want to write a book set in that time-period?

Michael: I love using the 1950s as a setting. We have an image of the 50s as some kind of peaceful, American Golden Age – with white picket fences, happy families, and teenage romance around jukeboxes. The reality is more complex, with this dark undercurrent running under the era. That undercurrent appears in two bits of popular culture, Horror and Noir. For Horror, you had EC Comics and Cold War paranoia fueling B-movies and for Noir, you had writers like Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson showing the darkness inherent in the American Dream. Combining 1950s Horror and 1950s Noir seemed like a natural fit. There's lots of subcultures in the 50s as well – gearhead greasers, beatniks, minority cultures like the Mexican zoot suitors – and they also didn't fit in with 1950s Suburbia. Showing that was very important in Dead man's Drive, which is ultimately a story about conformity and those who resist it.
There's something special about Post-War Southern California as well. It's a great confluence of all these crazy elements – gangsters like Jack Dragna and Mickey Cohen, Golden Age Hollywood, the LAPD, the Black Dalhia Murders, the Zoot Suit Riots, Japanese Internment, the Okie Migration from the Great Depression  -- that it seems like a kind of ultimate setting. I'm a big James Ellroy fan as well, so I'm sure that's part of it too. 

Beth: That's awesome.  It's great that you write what you love.  How many books have you written?

Michael: Counting Dead Man's Drive, I've written eight books. Three of them form the Stein and Candle Detective Agency series, which also mixes up Horror and Noir, two are the Jurassic Club series, which is about an island full of dinosaurs in the Twenties and Thirties, and two are the El Mosaico series, about a Frankenstein's Monster-like bounty hunter in the Old West.

Beth: Who inspired/helped you the most?

Michael: Definitely my parents. I've been writing since Freshman Year in high school and my parents have always been supportive. They've worked as editors, critics, publicists, advisers, and done tons of other things for me. Without their help, I probably wouldn't be writing.
Beth: What are your five favorite books and why?

Michael: Ah, jeez, that's a tough one. I'd say that my top five (in no particular order) are the following: LA Confidential by James Ellroy for completely sucking me into a crazy mystery and capturing the nastiness of Post-War LA, Perdido Street Station by China Mieville for showing that you can write a great, imaginative fantasy story and still be socially conscious, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco for showing me how much you can play with history, When the Women Come Out to Dance by Elmore Leonard (a short story collection, actually) for having some amazing crime stories that also reveal some deeper, darker truths about America, and Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett for letting me see the true corruption of the past.

Beth: What a list!  What are you working on right now?

Michael: I'm getting ready for the fourth book in the Rot Rods series (books two and three are already done), and I'm working on a new series about robots, while also writing some prequels to the El Mosaico series, which are about Vikings and pirates. I'm a pretty busy writer and like bouncing between several different projects.

Beth: What were some of the obstacles you encountered while writing your book and how did you overcome them?

Michael:  Just finding time to write is a big one! Thankfully, I'm disciplined enough that I can always find time. Still, there's been a lot of times when I get home and I'm tired, and I don't want to sit down and finish a story or a summary – but I make schedules for myself and I keep my deadlines.
Beth:  I hear ya! Finding time is a big obstacle for me too. Last question if you had to give a one-hour lecture to a hundred 13 year-olds….what would be the topic of your lecture? Why?

Michael: Look, you're speaking to a guy who worked as a teacher's aide in a middle school and was in charge of creating lessons for the Creative Writing class. I can handle thirteen-year-olds. A hundred of them is a little tough, though. Would I have help? Anyway, making a bunch of kids sit around for an hour while you give some speech is a recipe for failure. Keep your lessons short is my motto – like fifteen minutes at most. I'd probably have a variation of the most successful activity I did last year. The students worked in teams to create fictional characters for a fighting tournament. After they created their characters, they engaged in debates in front of the class, with everyone voting to decide the winner. Eventually, we had a champion. Thirteen-year-olds like working with their friends and they like competition, so this was great at having them think creatively, and use debate skills. I'd probably do something like that.

Interesting answer. I ask that question to everyone I interview because I like to see what words of wisdom authors and artist want to share with the impressionable. I pick thirteen because I believe that is the no-bullshit age! Thanks for stopping by Michael it was a pleasure meeting you and I look forward to reading Dead Man's Drive!

Dead Man's Drive Blurb:
La Cruz looks like an average Southern California small town in the 1950s Post-War Boom, but it has some dark secrets - and its guardians. They are the supernaturally adept drivers of Donovan Motors, including former Okie bank robber Wooster Stokes, Zoot Suiter and part time shaman Angel Rey, college girl and burgeoning sorceress Betty Bright and --their latest member -- an amnesiac zombie known only as Roscoe. The drivers stand between La Cruz and chaos with only their wits and some fast hot rods to help them hold back the darkness. But an onslaught of demonic attacks heralds a new danger. Reed Strickland, a ruthless tycoon with unholy assistance, seems intent on making La Cruz his. Only Roscoe and the drivers can stop him. But Strickland's allies stir painful memories in Roscoe and even an undead gearhead is no match for his own past. Roscoe will need to overcome his memories, stand with his friends and keep his motor as the battle for La Cruz begins in a tale of white hot vehicular action, arcane Noir and Hollywood horror that reveals the rotten heart of California's Golden Age.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sharing Goodness!

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared books. For the last four months or so I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to read granola books.  What are granola books?  They are the books that leaving you feeling like a better human.  

In no particular order  (although it were in order East of Eden would be at the top--just saying:)

Flannery O’Connor's complete works      

The Essential Rumi (note I didn’t finish this book—this book is meant to be read over a lifetime)

Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

And East of Eden by John Steinbeck
I also read:

 The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forest. This is not necessary a Granola book but it’s definitely an apple book –naturally sweet!

Gonzo:The Life of Hunter S. Thompson -is a Double Martini book! :)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Round Two and Something New

Round two and something new - Welcome Back Margo Bond Collins!

Margo Bond Collins author of Waking up Dead has released a new book, Fairy, Texas, and I could be happier that she has arranged for Roger Bartlef (the primary antagonist of Fairy, Texas) to share with us his thoughts on Fairy, Texas and his role in that town.



Why do you think Margo Bond Collins chose  you to represent her?

Margo was driving across Texas and saw the cut-off sign for Fairy, Texas—it made her wonder why anyone would name a place “Fairy.”  And then she got the idea for an evil fairy—a cadaverous old man with mostly invisible bat-wings.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a high school counselor at Fairy High School. There are rumors around school that I practice black magic. The students avoid me when they can—but often, they simply can’t. I like it that way. I’m doing what’s best for Fairy.

How old are you?

Not as old as the children think I am, but older than most of my colleagues assume.

Where do you live?

Fairy, Texas. Protecting this town and my people is all that matters to me.

What’s your favorite music?

Opera. I am particularly fond of Puccini.

What’s your biggest turn on?

Making sure that I am in charge of my people so that they are well cared for.

What your favorite ice cream flavor, chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?

Darkest chocolate.

Do you feel the cover accurately represents you?

It accurately reflects Fairy, and some of my people—the younger set, in particular.


Fairy, Texas Blurb:

Fairy, Texas. A small town like any other.

Laney Harris didn't want to live there. When her mother remarried and moved them to a town where a date meant hanging out at the Sonic, Laney figured that "boring" would have a whole new meaning. A new stepsister who despised her and a high school where she was the only topic of gossip were bad enough. But when she met the school counselor (and his terminal bad breath), she grew suspicious. Especially since he had wings that only she could see. And then there were Josh and Mason, two gorgeous glimmering-eyed classmates whose interest in her might not be for the reasons she hoped. Not to mention that dead guy she nearly tripped over in gym class.

She was right. Boring took on an entirely new dimension in Fairy, Texas.


Buy Fairy, Texas
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Texas-Margo-Bond-Collins-ebook/dp/B00I7BTMJ4/
About the Author

Margo Bond Collins lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters. Fairy, Texas is her second novel. Her first novel, Waking Up Dead, came out with Solstice Shadows Publishing in October 2013. Her third novel, Legally Undead, is an urban fantasy forthcoming in 2014 from World Weaver Press.

Connect with Margo
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/margobondcollins
Email: MargoBondCollins@gmail.com
Website: http://www.MargoBondCollins.com
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Beth Winokur: The Willing Stone

Beth Winokur: The Willing Stone: Hello Fellow Adventure's, Today I am happy to share with the whole wide world my new series!  The Willing Stone , is the first book in The ...