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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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!


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Interview with Andrea Pearson, Author of Shadow Prophet

What can you tell us about your new release, Shadow Prophet?

It’s about a man who is being blackmailed into murdering the woman he loves, and it’s seriously the hardest book I’ve ever written, due to the theme. Stakes are high in this one, and there isn’t time to breathe or relax. Shadow Prophet is perfect for readers who need a break from every-day life and who like fast-moving paranormal stories.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My grandpa! He was an author too – had more than 50 of his own published books under his belt, he ghost wrote countless others, and he had thousands of essays in circulation. He wrote mostly nonfiction, but I still got that writing bug from him. 🙂

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

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, The Client by John Grisham, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, and This Darkness Light by Michaelbrent Collings. All fantastic works! I read Jurassic Park when I was 11, then plowed through the rest of Michael Crichton’s books, followed by John Grisham’s. (My grandpa owned them all and let me borrow them, so it’s technically his fault.) They shaped my teenage years!

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

Michael Crichton. And I’d ask him this: WHY THE HECK DIDN’T YOU WRITE JURASSIC PARK INTO A SERIES SO WE COULD HAVE BETTER MOVIES??!?!? 😉 🙂 The first movie was fantastic… but movies two and three were so disappointing. I really enjoyed Jurassic World and mostly enjoyed Fallen Kingdom, but they weren’t on the same level as Jurassic Park. I know he hated writing sequels, but for crying out loud. Lost World just didn’t have heart in it like Jurassic Park.

In all seriousness, I’d love to pick his brain on writing thrillers with a science fiction/medical slant. My books all have a thriller edge to them (something about the stories I consumed growing up), and he was, in my mind, a master.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

All of it! For a while. And then it gets tedious. Until the next stage starts, and then all of it! 🙂

What is a typical day like for you?

It starts off with me desperately try to catch a little more shut eye while the baby chatters in his crib and my two older kids climb on me, asking for breakfast. Then I make breakfast while listening to podcasts (including my own – because you need to study yourself to know how to improve, right? I tell myself that so I don’t feel like a narcissist :-)), and then we do homeschool until the baby goes down for his first nap. Then I usually get caught up on business stuff for an hour or so while walking on my treadmill desk. And then more homeschool and more feeding of the kids, and more business, etc. My day cycles like that until my husband gets home from work, whereupon I immediately sob tears of joy at having another adult in the home. 🙂

What scene in Shadow Prophet was your favorite to write?

There are three that were the hardest and the most rewarding. The opening scene, which starts just after Abel, the main character, has murdered an innocent person, then the scene where he sees the woman he’s in love with for the first time after getting “hired” to assassinate her too, and last, the scene where he goes to see the Shadow Prophet to ask for an extension to his contract. They were all incredibly difficult to write, but also cathartic and rewarding.

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

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” I work hard – very hard. And important things slip through the cracks if I’m not careful. I always put my husband first, along with my kids and their education, but business is a close second, and I’m very dedicated to my books and my readers.

Andrea Pearson is the author of the new book Shadow Prophet.

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Interview with DM Robbins, Author of Narican

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

When the story came to me, a proper British male voice began speaking about this planet and the Sun Clan. Science Fiction was not a genre I typically wrote in, but as I drilled deeper, I wanted to learn more about it.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’m not sure any one author inspired me to write. In fact, when younger, I was not a great reader. But ideas always captivated me, who we are, ideals to aspire to. I think growing up in the woods near my home inspired me to become a writer, as expression can be found in the simple. Out in the woods ideas can form and worlds built around them.

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

That’s always a slippery slope for me. I usually forget who or what I’ve read soon after. Townie by Andre Dubus was powerful and stunning and raw. Henry Miller’s The Tropic of Cancer held such power and directness that it became my writing bible. Recently I read John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, and I’m not sure a better book has ever been written.

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

Hemingway, he’s the father of modern literature of style and prose. I was hooked on him for a very long time as many writers are. I would ask, what inspired him to turn centuries of flowery prose into muscular poignant sentences.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The space that it creates around me and within, like an access to something sacred. Life holds meaning in that space. Exploring and discovering, not just about characters, but myself.

What is a typical day like for you?

Get up early, a few cups of coffee, write, work, get outside, read.

What scene in Narican was your favorite to write?

I’d rather not say, but it was a challenging one near the end. My editor pointed out that it needed more attention. So I sat with it a few days and let it grow in the darkness of my subconscious. When it was ready the scene became that much more alive.

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

I wish I was that profound. Expanding, unfolding, being aligned with who I am and grabbing pieces lost along the way.

DM Robbins is the author of the new book Narican.

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Interview with Michael Okon, Author of Witches Protection Program

What can you tell us about your new release, Witches Protection Program?

Witches Protection Program is 5 years in the making. What started out as an idea from a misread caption is now a published book being circulated in Hollywood as a possible movie/tv show. Broomsticks crossed!

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I love movies and the only way I was able to express myself and my ideas was to write them down. I used to write screenplays in college, and since they went nowhere, I decided to turn them into novels.

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

The Shining, Jurassic Park, Shogun, The Science of Getting Rich, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind.

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

I’m actually the cohost of my show Okon Bros podcast. Without question, if I could interview anyone it would be Stephen King.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

That I don’t think about anything but the story. I don’t think about the issue at the office today, or any of the other things that bother me. I just think about my story. It’s like meditation for me.

What is a typical day like for you?

Up at 530am. Workout, then shower. At my office by 630am. Research and develop my characters/stories all day. Go home, have dinner with family. Tuck in kids, then wife, then put on Golf Channel on mute and write until my eyes go.

What scene in Witches Protection Program was your favorite to write?

The George Washington bridge scene. I don’t want to get into too many details, but it was the most vivid my imagination has gotten.

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

“Write what you love, not what you think will sell.” Brian Koppelman said that I think.

Michael Okon is the author of the new book Witches Protection Program.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | October 8

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 DM Robbins, Anastasia Slabucho, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Michael Okon, Jennifer Estep, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | October 8

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Must Read Fantasy and Science Fiction Books | October 2019

Must Read Fantasy and Science Fiction Books | October 2019

Have you been searching for the latest must read books in fantasy and science fiction? You won’t want to miss these exciting new releases from bestselling authors D.M. Robbins, Anastasia Slabucho, Robinson Castillo, Michael Okon, Brit Lunden, and Hugh Howey. Prepare for some thrilling new adventures thanks to these latest fantasy and science fiction books!


Narican: The Cloaked Deception

by DM Robbins

Release Date: September 15, 2019

Reuben Mitchell is the last of the Sun Clan, the defenders of the soul’s highest order. After the toxic attack of Narican, he was born to unknowing surrogates on Earth. Reuben is ignorant of his true nature except for brief glimmers in dreams. Now that he is eighteen, the Toxic Whisperers are coming for him.

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Waterdown

by Anastasia Slabucho

Release Date: September 22, 2019

Few human wants, wishes or memories remained by 2135. This year was also when Geo Spears longevity treatment failed. Cast out by the Fusion, she only has weeks to live and is faced with mortality for the first time. Her betrayal of family in her past has now become entangled with the present.

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The Irispire Portal

by Robinson Castillo

Release Date: September 18, 2019

The first book in The Bearer futuristic urban fantasy series by Robinson Castillo… Earth 2502 AD. Nyyx Mara is the 523-year-old defender of the human race. He has seen it all so he isn’t surprised when he sees three bomb toting ogres flying around in a delivery truck. Disposing of them was easy, but little did he know that he just pulled on a thread that could unravel the universal fabric.

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Witches Protection Program

by Michael Okon

Release Date: September 30, 2019

Wes Rockville is a disgraced law-enforcement agent but has one last chance to save his career when he is reassigned to a 232-year-old secret government organization, The Witches Protection Program. Wes must believe in witches… and himself if he is going to survive his first assignment.

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The Devil and Dayna Dalton

by Brit Lunden

Release Date: September 27, 2019

As the daughter of wild child Becky Dalton, reporter Dayna Dalton’s reputation has been ruined since birth. She was always expected to follow in her mother’s footsteps and was never given a chance to prove she is different. Dayna has been in love with Sheriff Clay Finnes since she was a teenager. But he’s off-limits. Instead, she finds herself in a revolving door of bad relationships.

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Half Way Home

by Hugh Howey

Release Date: October 1, 2019

The new novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author of Wool and the Molly Fyde saga… 500 colonists have been sent to settle on a far away alien planet. They were grown in a vat in a dream-like state and are educated by artificial intelligence through simulations. They should awaken at the age of 30 and be fully trained for their new world.

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Interview with Robinson Castillo, Author of The Irispire Portal

What can you tell us about your new release, The Irispire Portal?

Well, this is my first foray into genre fiction, and it was a fun book for me to write. I have always been a fan of action/adventure and mixing that with urban fantasy, science fiction, and epic fantasy elements was both creatively stimulating and enjoyable for me. It’s a fast-paced book with heroic characters, reminiscent of pulp magazine adventures. If I were to equate it with traditional publishing houses, it would most resemble books from Baen Books, whose editorial vision is fun, fast-paced speculative fiction.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always been inspired by adventure movies like Indiana Jones. The Chronicles Trilogy by Margarer Weis and Tracy Hickman. And also F. Scott Fitzgerald and Robertson Davies.

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

The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

What’s Bred in The Bone – Robertson Davies

Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins

Storm Front – Jim Butcher

Persuaded – Lee Child

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

My first guest would be Scott Fitzgerald, and no question. I would just ask him to please write and finish Love of The Last Tycoon, because it was shaping up to be his best novel yet.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love it, because it’s like playing pretend for adults. Those were always the best times I had as a kid, and writing gives me that well into adulthood. I can’t get enough of it.

What is a typical day like for you?

Well having two kids is definitely tough. But while I was writing this book. I would get up at 6am take care of the kids while my wife is at work during the day. During the kids nap times I would try to squeeze a twenty minute writing sprint (can usually get 500+ words in), then spend time with wife and kids after my wife gets home from work. We have about an hour together before I have to go to work from 3:30pm to 11:30pm. Rinse and repeat.

What scene in The Irispire Portal was your favorite to write?

I would have to say the midpoint reveal/action sequence at Club Rapture.

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

Not the artist alone, but every creative individual whatsoever owes all that is greatest in his life to fantasy. ~Carl Jung

Experience is wine, and art is the brandy we distil from it – Robertson Davies

Robinson Castillo is the author of the new book The Irispire Portal.

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Interview with Brit Lunden, Author of The Devil and Dayna Dalton

What can you tell us about your new release, The Devil and Dayna Dalton?

The Devils and Dayna Dalton is a part of the Bulwark Anthology. Reporter Dayna Dalton may have gotten a bad rap in the first book of the series. She is seen as a homewrecker, a desperate woman trying to entice the sheriff into a relationship. I felt bad for her and wrote her a backstory that explains Dayna’s actions. Because it happens in Bulwark, I was able to add a paranormal element that will keep the reader glued to the plot.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have always wanted to be an author, but my sons both inspired and encouraged me to write. My husband supported the whole endeavor and made it possible to turn it into a second career.

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

Sho Gun, The Girl With the Pearl Earring, Gone with the Wind, The Source, Behold the Dreamers.

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

Jane Austin. How much of your books were based on the reality of yoru life? Did you ever expect them to be as venerated as they are today?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love reading the reviews- knowing that the books entertained and reached a person I never met.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake early and then go straight to work. I work in a family business and eat breakfast with my brother and sons. There are meetings. My assistant is there by 8 and we start the day by working on the 100 books I manage for my son and myself. I split my time doing things I have to do for the business and the other half is devoted to marketing and publicizing the books.

What scene in The Devil and Dayna Dalton was your favorite to write?

The very last one. It’s tender and special to me.

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

To thy own self be true. It’ the one thing I drilled into my kid’s heads. Don’t lie to yourself.

Brit Lunden is the author of the new book The Devil and Dayna Dalton.

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