Interview with Crissi Langwell, Author of Numbered

What can you tell us about your new release, Numbered?

Numbered is a dystopian romance that takes place in the year 2050. Technology has advanced so much that people now know the date and cause of their natural death. As you can imagine, knowing exactly how long you have to live will affect the way you live. But the biggest change is that in the last 100 days of life, people give up their jobs, their homes, and everything in their life, say goodbye to their families, and then enter a spa-like facility where everything is taken care of for them, spending the last three months of their life in complete comfort with no worries at all.

Noelle and Ryder move into one of these facilities on the same day. Because of their shortened lifespan, both have spent a lifetime avoiding relationships and connections. With only three months left to live, they don’t have time to fall in love, but they can’t deny the magnetic pull they feel toward each other.

And then they uncover a secret about the numbers. Everything safe becomes lethal, and the only people they can trust is each other. Noelle and Ryder find themselves in a fight for their lives, as well as a fight to save the rest of the world.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve been a writer as long as I’ve known how. But before writing, I was a reader. I think what inspired me to want to write stories were the stories I was reading. I’ve always had my nose in a book, so storytelling became a natural passion. I started out making up bedtime stories for my sisters. Then I started writing stories as gifts for my family. I dreamed of writing a book one day, believing it to be a huge, hard to accomplish feat. When I finally did, it was awful, but it also showed me that I could write a book. That terrible book (that I never published) paved the way for future books that weren’t terrible, and led to becoming a published author.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Only 5??? This list changes all the time because I have so many favorites, but at this moment, I’d consider these my favorites:

Jacob Have I Loved, by Katherine Paterson

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

The Overstory, by Richard Powers

Mud Vein, by Tarryn Fisher

The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I would really love to talk with Katherine Paterson. Her books (She’s probably most known for Bridge to Terabithia) are full of well-rounded characters with real world problems. I feel like she gives a voice to grief or hardship, and then shows a way to keep living, even with this really hard thing the character is going through. Like in Jacob Have I Loved, she illustrates exactly what it feels like for someone to grow up feeling on the outside of everything, especially in one’s own family, and how it feels to live in the shadows of a sibling everyone loves. I resonated so much with this that I’ve cried buckets reading this book. So if I had her on my literary talk show, I’d ask about how she develops her characters, if they’re based on real people, and what kind of prewriting she does about her characters before she starts writing the story (or even while she’s writing it).

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love how I can lose myself in the story. While writing, that’s my reality. Even when I’m not writing, the characters stay with me. I could be driving down the road, and I’ll feel their presence, think about their circumstance, and so on. It’s kind of relieving to immerse myself in the story because sometimes the world doesn’t feel very fun.

What is a typical day like for you?

Well, I have a day job, so that takes up most of my Monday – Friday. But I wake up extra early so that I have time to journal and read before work. I will often work on my manuscript during my lunch hour, sitting in a nearby park if the weather is nice. After work I’ll go to the gym, then eat dinner. Then I’ll spend another hour or so on my writing, if I have the energy. It’s hard to have a lot of time to write during the week, so weekends are when I get the most writing in. On those days, my favorite thing to do is grab my laptop and hole up in a coffeeshop for a few hours, sucking down caffeine while working on my novel.

What scene in Numbered was your favorite to write?

I loved writing the scenes where Noelle is a pretty awesome badass. Her father was a Navy Seal and trained Noelle and her brother throughout their childhood. So when society implodes and Noelle and Ryder become part of a rebel team, Noelle steps up to the plate with her training. It was really fun to write the fight scenes and show her fighting skills.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Everyone has their own story. I think this is something we all need to remember, especially in this divisive time. It doesn’t mean we have to agree with people who have differing points of views, but we would all do better as a society if we could aim to understand the reasons someone has for believing or acting a certain way. If more people approached others with curiosity instead of condemnation, I think this world could be a better place. Not a perfect place, but it’s a start.

Crissi Langwell is the author of the new book Numbered.

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Interview with Doreen Owens Malek, Author of The Seduction of Tallchief

What can you tell us about your new release, The Seduction of Tallchief?

“The Seduction of Tallchief” is a combination of romance and suspense which goes into more detail about the process of the story and the development of the main relationship than is usually possible in a shorter romance. I really enjoyed portraying the main male character because he’s an anti-hero and his attitude toward life is changed by his interaction with the main female character. It has aspects of the narrative which go beyond the usual limits of this type of story and that provided a challenge for me as a writer.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My father, who was a local Superintendent of Schools, was a big reader and had many books around the house. As a kid I would read them and gradually came to the conclusion that I would like to produce them myself. I always felt an affinity for language and was able to use it to my advantage eventually in my career.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

“Ordinary People” by Judith Guest
Anything by Evelyn Anthony, especially “The Persian Price”
“Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King
“The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty
“Dancer from the Dance” by Andrew Holleran

This is just a sample, there are many more. These are all popular fiction, and lately I’ve reading non-fiction. Some favorites are:
“Leadership in Troubled Times” by Doris Kearns Goodwin; all of her books are wonderful
John Meacham’s biography of Thomas Jefferson
“Leonardo da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Shakespeare would be my first guest and I would ask him how he developed his extraordinary talent growing up as the child of a small businessman in Stratford, England.

What is a typical day like for you?

I don’t have a system or pattern that I follow. I might work like a demon through the night for several days running and then just decompress for a day or two. I’ve tried to be more organized about my writing but that just doesn’t work for me. When I’m in the groove, the story I’m thinking about is like a movie running in head and I have to get it down as it comes to me.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is when people read what you have written they know what you think.

What scene in The Seduction of Tallchief was your favorite to write?

My favorite was the reunion scene at the end of the book when the two people in love have been torn apart by dire circumstances. It’s highly emotional and demonstrates the attachment that will keep them together after their difficult separation.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Doreen Owens Malek is the author of the new book The Seduction of Tallchief.

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Interview with Olivia Hardy Ray, Author of Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau

What can you tell us about your new release, Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau?

The character of the Black Witch just came to me. I’m not sure where I found her in my mind, but I ended Book One with a message from the Black Witch to Annabel that she had Michele in her cage. She obviously wanted to lure Annabel to her, and it works, of course. The personality of The Black Witch is haughty and strong, but I think she’s appealing. She’s not all on one level. I think readers will find the book amusing and adventurous.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was inspired by the books I read when I was younger, books like the Bronte’s wrote, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Cheri and The Last of Cheri, etc.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, The Invention of Wings, Idaho, All He Ever Wanted and The Gold Coast.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

William, did you really write all those wonderful plays? How ‘bout the sonnets?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Letting my imagination wander and creating characters.

What is a typical day like for you?

My days are spent at home where I work a day job and write my novels on holidays and Sundays. It’s cool.

What scene in Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau was your favorite to write?

I loved writing the opening because it establishes who Geneviève is.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Try and be kind, open and committed every day of your life.


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Interview with Gena Webb, Author of The Write Stuff

What can you tell us about your new release, The Write Stuff?

It’s the sequel to Finding Miss Write, the 1st novel in The Misadventures of Miss Write series. Most of it takes place in a courtroom, because the heroine, author Carla Williams, has been selected for jury duty. She initially was thrilled, thinking it would be a good research opportunity, but things quickly took an ugly turn. I had someone describe it as a roller coaster of emotions. I think that pretty much sums it up.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Good question. I started reading at a very early age, and my summer vacations from elementary school found me either climbing a tree or reading a book. Occasionally, reading a book in a tree. Books take you to other worlds, normally much more glamorous than the one you live in. That’s where my love of words started, and eventually I switched from reading to writing. I’ve been writing most of my life and was always satisfied being a writer and not a published author, but always wanted to see my name on the front cover of a novel. And so, I started that journey.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. (How can any little girl not want to be Scarlett and loved by Rhett?)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach. (Not sure why, but I love that book!)
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam. (I won a copy of this from my H. S. English teacher for memorizing more Shakespeare than anyone in the class.)
A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. (“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” One of the greatest opening lines I’ve ever read.)
The Holy Bible. (All the action, suspense, romance, life lessons you could ever want, all in one book. Preferably in the King James Version, because it has beautiful, poetic wording.)

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest?

Well, since it can’t be Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King, my two personal heroes, I’d have to say Jane Friedman. Her advice is always spot-on. And my first question would be: How does a 1st time author find a publisher willing to take a chance? That’s the hardest part of writing and the question every new author wants an answer to. My publisher, Journey Fiction, was an answer to a prayer. (Or several prayers.)

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Getting an e-mail from someone asking when the next novel will be available because they’ve run out of anything to read. In other words, knowing that someone can lose themselves in a world you created.

What is a typical day like for you?

Sleep, eat, write. Sometimes eat and write at the same time. And occasionally, just occasionally, falling asleep in front of the laptop with one hand on the keyboard and a half-eaten cookie in the other. I’m a night owl, so I write all night (literally) while the hubby sleeps. Then I sleep while he reads my draft from the previous night and does whatever it is he does during the day. I find it so much easier to be creative when it’s just me pounding a keyboard while listening to a cat purring on the back of the recliner.

What scene in The Write Stuff was your favorite to write?

There’s one scene describing a railroad trestle. I love that one, because it’s taken from real life. Like most authors, something in my life becomes the inspiration for a novel. The Write Decision took form when I sat on a jury many years ago. I made notes about my experience there, but never wrote the novel until years later. Because I think that particular railroad trestle is as spooky as described in the novel, it became a setting where the action took place. If there were awards for inanimate objects, the trestle would win. Hands down!

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Let go and let God. God’s in control, He has a plan, and that plan includes only what is best for me. A hard lesson to learn when you’ve lost one spouse to cancer, but when you finally realize how true it is, life becomes so much easier. It’s more satisfying to live a life on autopilot, knowing someone else has the wheel.

Gena Webb is the author of the new book The Write Stuff.

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REAPER (Demonica #20) by LARISSA IONE

‘The world was going to burn, and he was holding the match.’

Larissa Ione has been one of my favourite paranormal authors since I first picked up one of her books back in 2009. It seems only fitting that ten years later I’m finishing with Reaper. Whilst it’s been a long time since my last Demonica read, I didn’t find that it hampered my enjoyment, rather I felt like I was coming home to a world that is forever embedded in my heart and soul.

I could not put this book down for love nor money as it was fast-paced and ridiculously scrumptious in everything otherworldly. If you’ve not read Azagoth’s novella first I’d suggest you do, in order to get the full picture of the delicious and hot Grim Reaper and his beautiful angel, Lilliana. The storyline was intense and dramatic; the characters familiar as well as new. The fact that we had quite a bit of Dr Demon McHottie; Eidolon was just the cherry on the cake as it was where this journey began for me a decade ago. Now I’m in the mood for a re-read from the very beginning. Whilst this book can absolutely stand alone in many respects, every book loving paranormal romance reader should have this entire series on their book shelf of love to enjoy from the very beginning.

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REAPER (Demonica #20) by LARISSA IONE

New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | October 15

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Gena Webb, John Grisham, Stuart Woods, John Connolly, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Romance Books to Read | October 15

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Doreen Owens Malek, Monica Murphy, Jean Jacobsen, Kirsten Fullmer, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | October 15

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Hannah Beckerman, Deborah Levy Edna O’Brien, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | October 15

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors Crissi Langwell, ND ROberts, Michael Anderle, Derek Kunsken, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Andrea Pearson, Olvia Hardy Ray, Samara Stone, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


Fantasy


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New Young Adult Books to Read | October 15

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Rosaria Munda, Nic Stone, Rosiee Thor, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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