Interview with Brittni Chenelle, One of the Authors of Eternal Bite

What can you tell us about your new release, Eternal Bite?

The Eternal Bite set is a sizzling 9 book, never-before-seen set of steamy vampire novels. We have a reverse harem Academy book, a mystery, we have vampire lovers, foes, royals, we have werewolves and shifters, and fae. It’s a treasure trove of vampire stories that are told from a variety of authors and points of view. I’m contributing a novel called Chaste Blood, which is a Dark PNR multicultural romance, that deals with immortal royalty.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I struggled to learn to read or write when I was young and I had some really amazing teachers who praised my storytelling ability and overlooked the skills I was lacking. Eventually, I caught up but my love of storytelling was encouraged by their positivity and allowed me to dive into the addicting world of publishing.

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

You might laugh because many of these are technically middle grade, but these books captivated me like nothing else can.
The School For Good and Evil: 1, 2, and 3 by Soman Chainani
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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

I’d probably want to interview Tomi Adeyemi. I would ask her why she feels multicultural representation is important and essential in literature as it’s a cause I very deeply care about.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite part of writing is solving puzzles. Each book comes with certain logistical puzzles you have to solve to make a story work. You discover characters and worlds and then influence them, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. It’s as close to magic as you can get in real life because readers can experience anything you create.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m not sure there’s such thing as a typical day, but usually, I can’t wait to run and check on all of my projects first thing in the morning. I always have something going on besides the main book that I’m writing. Right now I’m making a USA Today run, I’m also working with a literary agent to become a hybrid author, and I’m pitching books to Netflix as well.

What scene from Eternal Bite was your favorite to write?

In my book Chaste Blood, I have a very shocking twist right at the end. There are plenty of clues woven into the story but when the ending lands and it all comes together, I always get the reaction I want from readers. It’s very exciting to watch the lightbulbs go on and the subsequent reactions.

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

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. – Neil Gaiman

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | October 20

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 Jared Chapman, Craig Martelle, Cixin Liu, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Brittni Chenelle, Terry Brooks, Neil Gaiman, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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Interview with Pernell Plath Meier, Author of In Our Bones

What can you tell us about your new release, In Our Bones?

I’ve been a lifelong news and politics junkie, but when President Trump came into prominence, I became somewhat obsessed. I felt as if I was seeing the rise of a fascist demagogue and worried about my children’s future. At the same time, I was also learning more about the strength of armed white power militias and how emboldened they were by the President. To make matters worse, I kept hearing about the potential devastation of climate chaos. The combination of all these terrifying concerns began to eat away at me. I was so concerned that my children would have no chance at life that interacting with them became difficult without grief overwhelming me. The scenario that haunted me was this – if the President stays in power (fueled by white nationalist aggression), will there be any time to address the climate catastrophe that’s already overtaking us? Particularly considering that the President is a climate denier and rolling back progress. Furthermore, what human rights atrocities will be committed under his watch? Already so many have been occurring. I took to bed for a time, not able to face it all. Then, I realized that I was not being as effective of a mom as I wanted to be for my kids right now, whatever the future might hold. I resolved to do something to change my own emotional trajectory, if nothing more. But I still had no idea what I wanted to do.

In the answer to the next question below I’ll discuss more about why I settled on a novel as my contribution to addressing these problems, but first I’ll discuss some more about the book itself. I wanted to weave together these disparate concerns that were floating around in my mind to create a narrative with an authoritarian executive branch propped up by white resentment, violent extremists, religious zealots. I hoped to demonstrate the rapid decline that can happen in a society when actual governing slides and lying, cheating and stealing become the norm.

It was important to me to point to ways in which ordinary people’s lives could change, rather than focusing on those in power. I’ve always said the reason I cared about politics was because how it makes a difference for good or bad in regular people’s lives. The picture I wanted to create was how much it mattered whether those at the top are compassionate and competent or cruel or indifferent to the job they’re supposed to do. I also wanted to highlight the various groups that are vulnerable due to increased race, ethnic and gender-based hate. Finally, bringing in the day-to-day realities of living on a hot planet with more dangerous storms and other weather events was essential to helping people grasp the dangers.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’d never considered myself a writer until a few years ago. In some ways, I still don’t entirely feel comfortable with the label. If I’ll allow it for the moment, though, I would say that I became a writer in 2018. My ex and I adopted and fostered quite a few children over the years and several had severe mental illness. I started a blog to work through everything; I was the stay-home mom and took the brunt of it.

Up until In Our Bones, I hadn’t written fiction at all. My blogs were on gardening and adoption/kid stuff. I’d only ever written a few short stories in high school, though writing about my family built the foundation for the storytelling that I needed to learn for the novel. When I found myself so depressed about the world and struggling to get out of bed, I fairly quickly settled on writing as my contribution to addressing the problems I was seeing, however at first I presumed it would be nonfiction.

Yet, I understood the power of fiction to draw together disparate threads and paint a picture more fully than dry facts. One evening in July of 2019 I was having a few beers, thinking about random stuff and listening to music. Like a bolt from the blue, the basic outlines of what became my novel came into my mind. I’m not a particularly spiritual person, but the experience of conceiving of this story was as close to divine inspiration as anything I’ve felt. I just knew that night that this was what I was called to do, so I began fleshing out the details and learning to write fiction.

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

The Grapes of Wrath
Roots
Pride and Prejudice
Animal Farm
On the Beach

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

Can I go back in time? If so, I’m going to have Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. And I would want to ask her about what it was like to be an intellectual and accomplished woman at a time when to be so was almost unheard of.

If I need to stick with contemporary authors, I would talk with Stephen King and ask him how or if he’s able to leave behind the darkness he writes about when he’s finished with a story.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My absolute favorite thing is feeling a sense of pride and accomplishment when it’s finished! Aside from that, I’m a solitary person by nature and writing suits my spirit well. I like the challenge of organizing my thoughts and making them accessible to others – like piecing together a puzzle.

What is a typical day like for you?

I start my day listening to Up First on NPR while I wake up and start moving around. I drink coffee while spending an hour or so reading news and catching up with trends on Twitter. I dip into personal social media a little, then start on the day’s to-do list. Usually it’s a combination of stuff for kids, writing or other things related to the novel, and taking care of the puppy. In the last year I was divorced, so my kids are only with me half time now. When they’re here, I’m doing all the usual mom stuff and trying to keep up with their education during COVID. I read to the younger two and sing songs when I tuck them in. When kids aren’t with me my schedule is a little more loose. Most days I sneak in some cleaning to keep the chaos at bay. I like to cook and hope to do so again, but right now I mostly subsist on ice cream, smoothies, and coffee. Thankfully, I feed my children better. I’m a night owl and stay up until all hours. I usually get my best work done after nine p.m. I find I don’t need much sleep anymore (or maybe that’s why I drink so much coffee?! 🙂

What scene from In Our Bones was your favorite to write?

That’s a hard question to answer because my novel is so dark. If I think carefully about it, my favorite was probably the epilogue. Even though in many respects it’s very sad, I also find it hopeful to imagine life flourishing again after devastation. I also like the idea of people being more humble and respecting that they’re part of the natural world.

Another scene I enjoyed writing was when Lauren and her mother are up on the hill behind the farmhouse picking flowers. I like this one because it’s a happy moment amidst a lot of sad stuff in the novel and a strained relationship between mother and daughter. I also found this scene fun to write because I got to talk about solutions to help us address climate change, and not just the frightening effects of it. Plus any time I can write about flowers, I’m feeling good!

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

People need loving the most when they deserve it the least.

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Interview with Susan Faw, Author of Heart of the Citadel Box Set

What can you tell us about your new release, Heart of the Citadel Box Set?

When I began to plan out this series, a funny thought struck me. What if a fantasy world was taken over by aliens? Seeing as I wasn’t writing sci-fi or urban fantasy, I thought that the aliens would probably take the form of another fantastical creature and I hit on the concept of a portal fantasy where the alien creatures are djinn and live on the other side of a time barrier. The only creatures capable of crossing this time barrier are the great dragons, who become a key and integral component in the battle for control of both worlds. Through the discovery of the ability to combine the minds of a witch/wizard with a dragon and a djinn, this ‘triad merger’ allows for the breech of the portal keeping the worlds apart. The first three books are included in this initial omnibus. A dozen books are planned to complete the series.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

JK Rowling. She is also the #1 person on my bucket list of people to have tea with before I die. Despite the current controversy surrounding her views, she has in a lot of ways shown paved the way for authors to be seen as more than word factories. I mean, who doesn’t want a theme park built after their books?

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

My favorite all time series is The Wheel Of Time by Robert Jordan. For me, the world building is unreal. As a fantasy author, I strive to bring as much realism to my books because for me half the fun of reading fantasy is feeling that if you were able to step through into the scene of a book, you would recognize it immediately, by the sheer power of the descriptions provided. This isn’t about detail as much as it is the ‘feel’ of a scene. Of course, Robert Jordan’s books covers all 5, but if you want another four, it would be Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind, an old children’s favourite “Moonfleet” by James Faulkner Meade (he turned me, as a 10-year-old child, into an avid reader), Harry Potter, of course, and VE Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows. In the indie world, I love Michelle Bryan’s Bixby dystopian series.

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

I would probably want to sit down with JK Rowling and ask her what her inspiration was behind the Harry Potter character. I know that she went to university for literature and that she studied the classics. There are a lot of classical themes that present within the series. I’d like to know which books inspired her choices and why.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Discovering new worlds even I didn’t know existed. I discover these fascinating new worlds only a little ahead of my readers.

What is a typical day like for you?

On a typical day I am up at 5:30am, do some marketing/author business related housekeeping, and then write. 8:30 am I start my day job work and take small breaks to work on my writing, then sign off at 4:30pm, walk the dog and sit down to write some more. My family is grown so I can organize it any way I like.

What scene from Heart of the Citadel Box Set was your favorite to write?

I especially like the climactic ending to the third book ‘Heart of Shadra’. Shikoba faces her arch enemy in her quest to drop the magical barrier. But the price is a heavy one, involving the spirits of her ancestors. It was inspired by the beliefs of First Nations, with a total fantasy twist. It was fun to write and I think gripping to read – of course this is not the whole of it, just a taste.

A surge of warmth tingled her toes. The sensation spread along the soles of her feet and then climbed her legs. She was enveloped in a tingling soft touch, as ethereal as the light of fireflies.

The warmth reached her heart and her pain, her anger and her fear sloughed away. Calm spread to tips of her hair. Light speared from her irises, shining in her face like beacons of firelight.

The glow was other worldly.

Shikoba no longer saw the emperor.

She saw only the love of her ancestors. Her feet moved of their own accord, gliding from rune to rune in the ritual dance, guided by the spirits who had joined her at last.

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

‘Do right by others and they will do right by you’…closely followed by ‘fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.’ The third that is all my own is “You don’t have to pull others down to get ahead. You just have to get out of the way when they fall.”

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | October 13

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 Kagan Turner, Cory Doctorow, Andy Peloquin, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Susan Faw, Pernell Plath Meier, M.L. Bullock, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books For Your Fall Reading List | 2020

New Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books For Your Fall Reading List | 2020

Have you been searching everywhere for some exciting new fantasy and sci-fi books? You won’t want to miss our latest recommendations for your fall reading list from bestselling authors Armond Boudreaux, Susan Faw, Kagan Tumer, K.A. Riley, Pernell Plath Meier, and N.L. Estrada. Happy reading!


The Way Out

by Armond Boudreaux

Release Date: September 29, 2020

“Sure to thrill fans of politically focused science fiction.” -Publishers Weekly… The world is changing thanks to a medical miracle. The artificial womb ensures the perfect health and flawless development of every unborn child. Natural pregnancy quickly becomes criminalized as a danger to both mother and fetus. Jessica Brantley is a reporter and makes new enemies every day covering both sides of the controversial new law. Her search for the truth soon leads to an unimaginable discovery.

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Heart of the Citadel Box Set

by Susan Faw

Release Date: September 23, 2020

“My favorite series by an exceptional author. The characters are well developed and one can empathize with them. She is an award winner for a reason.” The Heart of the Citadel Box Set is the new fantasy collection from bestselling author Susan Few. The set includes the first three books in the series: Heart of Destiny, Heart of Tyr, and Heart of Shadra.

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Purged Souls

by Kagan Tumer

Release Date: June 19, 2020

“A rich science fiction story set in a brutal post-apocalyptic America—a tense and thrilling debut.” The world has been devastated by a virus, violence, and dropping birthrates. Lori wants to restore order but the rage that fueled her rise from hungry teenager to Special Forces colonel has left her with few allies. When a wounded soldier goes missing from the hospital amid a cover-up, Lori reaches beyond official channels to her only friend, Mika.

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Seeker’s World Boxed Set

by K. A. Riley

Release Date: October 5, 2020

You told me you care about me. I need you to know that I care about you, too. So much that it hurts… The Seeker’s World Boxed Set includes the first three books in the popular series from bestselling author K.A. Riley. Ths new collection includes: Seeker’s World, Seeker’s Quest, and Seeker’s Fate.

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In Our Bones

by Pernell Plath Meier

Release Date: October 6, 2020

In Our Bones is a powerful and unapologetic exploration of one woman’s journey as democracy falls and authoritarianism takes hold… Lauren had a happy childhood on a farm in Minnesota. But this gets shattered after an assault during her teen years, causing her to retreat into her own world as America falls apart. Lauren gets swept up in the madness when she falls for the wrong man. She needs love and safety, but Bryan becomes distant and abusive as he obsesses over White Sharia.

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Maiden Hills

by N. L. Estrada

Release Date: August 2, 2020

Maiden Hills was once a thriving land but it now lays desolate after a deadly massacre twenty-two years ago that destroyed the village. Most of the inhabitants were killed for the unlawful practice of magic. Queen Juliana learns things are not as they seem. Her perfect world is shattered when she finds herself at the center of a battle against her own kingdom to save her people.

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Interview with K.A. Riley, Author of Seeker’s World Boxed Set

What can you tell us about your new release, Seeker’s World Boxed Set?

It’s the compilation of the first three books in Seeker’s World, which is a Fantasy series about a seventeen-year-old girl who’s living a pretty typical teenager’s life when strange, inexplicable things begin to happen to her. She meets a mysterious, extremely handsome boy, finds herself able to move between our world and one that’s far more magical, and in the process discovers that she’s gifted with powers she never knew she had.

As a reader, I love boxed sets, because they offer you the chance to sink your teeth into a massive number of pages and just escape…and I think we could all use a little escape these days, so I’m really excited to make this one available.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was a massive reader as a kid. I used to read long after my parents thought I was asleep, using the crack of light coming through my door to see the pages. I loved C. S. Lewis, Susan Cooper, Tolkien, and as I grew up, I discovered Philip Pullman, whose imagination is just staggering. When I read, I want to be transported, and as a result of that, I began to conjure stories in my mind at quite a young age. I wrote them down then, but didn’t become serious about writing until much later. Now, I can’t seem to stop.

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

This one is so tricky! There are so many great books out there. I’ll say: Life of Pi, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fall on Your Knees, the Lord of the Rings trilogy (I know, I know, it’s 3 books), and Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass.

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

Jane Austen would be my first guest, assuming I could invite deceased authors. I’d love to ask her how difficult it was to be a female author in a time when it was such a massive uphill climb, and if she thinks society’s norms have shifted much since her lifetime.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I think my favourite thing is the fact that my characters surprise me constantly. I’ll be writing a scene, convinced that I know where it’s going, and then one of them will throw me a curveball and do something completely unexpected. I love the adventure of writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

I get up, make coffee, take the dog for a hike in the woods while my brain wakes up, then come back and work for a few hours. I have a focus app to remind me not to look at social media for long stretches, as I can be a news junkie. I’m usually done working by 5 p.m., when my brain shuts itself down and goes into relaxation mode.

What scene from Seeker’s World Boxed Set was your favorite to write?

I don’t want to give anything away, but probably the scene where Vega first discovers the Otherwhere. When I was younger, I always loved the idea of being transported to a magical world. Narnia, Middle-Earth, etc. So that moment of bliss when a character first realizes a secret place is something I really enjoy.

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

“Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

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Interview with Armond Boudreaux, Author of The Way Out

What can you tell us about your new release, The Way Out?

How much time do you have? I suppose the first thing I’d tell anybody about the book is that it is the result of me thinking for a long time about trends I see in the world. A tendency toward totalitarianism on multiple fronts. The way in which technology helps us but also introduces new problems and new dangers. The tension between liberty and responsibility, between individual conscience and the collective will. The imminent threat of a surveillance state. The way in which social media divides us into tribes and factions and pits us against one another. The way in which the modern world makes it harder and harder to know the truth about anything. And probably most of all, when is it time for the individual to stand up to her society and say “no”? That’s the question I’m trying to answer with Val and Jessica.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I don’t think I could identify one single inspiration. My Dad read to me when I was child. I grew up surrounded by books and a love of learning. I’ve loved stories and wanted to tell stories for as long as I can remember.

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

I’m so, so bad at favorites and “top X” lists. As soon as I come up with five, I’ll think of thirty more that should be on that top five list. The first books that come to my mind right this minute are J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Homer’s The Odyssey, William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. But I could go on to talk about a lot of other books, too.

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

When I think of writers I would like to speak to, the first ones who come to mind are all dead. I’d love to talk to Tolkien, and I’d probably ask him questions about language, which is an interest of mine.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I honestly don’t know. Writing is hard—at least if you’re going to do it well. For me it feels like work. And I’ve done some hard jobs in my life, so it isn’t that I don’t know what “real work” is like. Writing is definitely real work. Sometimes it’s downright unpleasant. Sometimes it feels like I’m bleeding all over my keyboard. So it’s hard to say what my favorite part of it is. I just know that I have to do it.

What is a typical day like for you?

I get up early (at 4:45), write for about an hour, and then I get ready for work. Then it’s off to the races. I’m a college professor who teaches a 5/5 load, and sometimes I teach more than that (I’m currently teaching seven classes). And I have five kids who keep me and my amazing wife very busy. So my days are usually full—but I count that a full life.

What scene from The Way Out was your favorite to write?

I’ve already said that I’m bad at favorites, but the first scene that comes to mind is the very last scene in the book. Just a couple of pages with two characters. I won’t say what it is because it’s a spoiler. It’s a quiet reconciliation scene, not a big, action set-piece. But it means a lot to me.

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

Not just a single one, no. My approach to life is informed by a lot of things: my faith, my interest in philosophy, my love of stories and myth. I believe in the things that I think all decent people believe in. Treating others with dignity and respect, even if we disagree with one another. Thinking of other people as ends in themselves and not as means to an end.

Armond Boudreaux is the author of the new book The Way Out.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | October 6

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 Armond Boudreaux, Kim Stanley Robinson, Sayaka Murata, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from , and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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