JUST LIKE THE MOVIES by NATASHA PRESTON

‘I would love nothing more than to be with him again. To be his officially. I want him so badly but there is no way to have him and not have everything that comes with dating a movie star.’

Just Like The movies is a new Hollywood friends to lovers romance from Natasha Preston which we couldn’t wait to dive in to. The friends to lovers’ aspect was brilliantly written, especially from Spencer’s pov. This man loved hard and there was literally no drama or angst from his voice. He was such a wonderful character and a rising Hollywood star whose career is just beginning but whose fame is already widespread. How can two friends, one being a movie star and the other an emotionally damaged Uni student possibly have a romantic relationship without the world interfering?

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Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels | July 2020

Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels | July 2020

Science Fiction and Fantasy readers have a host of new options for their reading list right now thanks to some amazing new releases. Don’t miss our recommendations from bestselling authors Thomas Zman, Jesse Nolan Bailey, Hammer Trollkin, S.A. Chakraborty, Alexander Freed, and Jeff Wheeler. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy novels!


The Living Reminder

by Thomas Zman

The fifth book in the Neuphobes Series by Thomas Zman… After the world ends, Elijah is the only person that remains alive. As he wanders in desolation, he solemnly recounts his life story and is unhappy with what he sees. Soon he is discovered by alien twins, who are also sole survivors of a crashed UFO, one of many spreading death across the planet. The three become friends and Elijah quickly starts to learn of them. They already know everything about Elijah and why he was spared death.

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The Jealousy of Jalice

by Jesse Nolan Bailey

The first book in A Disaster of Dokojin Series by Jesse Nolan Bailey… The Realms have split apart and the Stones of Elation have been hidden. Warnings of Dokojin start to drift among the tribes. The land and it’s people have been corrupted. The chief of the Unified Tribes, The Sanchem, is the one to blame. Driven by this conviction, Annilasia and Delilee risk their lives to kidnap his wife. In her place, Delilee will pretend to be the chieftess and spy on the Sachem.

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Battle for Earth: Journal One

by Hammer Trollkin

The first book in the Shockwave Series by Hammer Trollkin… The world was in crisis. There was pressure from within, pressure from without; civil wars and the clash of civilizations. Then the aliens invaded and everything changed… They had overwhelming technological superiority but we are practiced in the art of war. Humanity even has a few technological advantages of our own.

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The Empire of Gold

by S. A. Chakraborty

The third book in The Daevabad Trilogy by bestselling author S.A. Chakraborty… Daevabad has fallen. The city has been stripped of its magic after a brutal conquest. Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, need to repair their alliance and stabilize their warring people. But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri has unleashed demons of Dara’s dark past.

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Shadow Fall (Star Wars)

by Alexander Freed

The second book in the Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron Series by Alexander Freed… The news of the New Republic’s victory is still spreading through the galaxy. In its wake, the capital ships of the galactic government journey to the farthest stars. Their mission is to seek out and crush the remnants of imperial tyranny.

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The Buried World

by Jeff Wheeler

The second book in The Grave Kingdom Series by Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Jeff Wheeler… Bingmei did not choose to be a hero. She has no desire to cross the Death Wall to save the world. But she awakened Echion and it is her destiny to defy him. However, Echion the emperor of the Grave Kingdom and Dragon of the Night conspires to fulfill his own destiny… vanquish Bingmei.

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Must-Read Mystery and Thriller Novels | July 2020

Must-Read Mystery and Thriller Novels | July 2020

On the lookout for some new books for your mystery and thriller library? Look no further than our recommendations for the must-read mystery and thriller novels of July! Check out the latest from bestselling authors Brian J. Purcell, Romona Simon, Jules Adrienn, Steven F. Freeman, B.A. Paris, and Anne Frasier. Happy reading!


The Divination of Celia Connolly

by Brian J. Purcell

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Celia Connolly is a private investigator in Southern California that uses magic to investigate mysteries. When she is approached by a man about his son being locked away for a crime he didn’t commit, Celia dives into the case. She soon discovers that this investigation intersects with the slaying of her former partner and it may be linked to a serial killer. The only way she’ll uncover the truth is to use a new spell she created… Divination.

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Her Eyes Underwater

by Romona Simon

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After a chance encounter at a café, university student Julia Strauss meets a captivating man. She finds herself instantly attracted to the handsome stranger and starts to pursue him obsessively. But she has no idea that behind the charm he has a secret agenda. Will Julia see past her infatuation before she becomes his next victim?

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Two Days to Die

by Jules Adrienn

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Detective Gabriel Emory has smarts, muscles, and survivalist skills. He also has the gorgeous detective Anita Wolfe flying with him to an all-expenses-paid island vacation. But soon they discover it is all a game organized by an escaped convict set to punish those who put him in prison. Gabriel must use his skills to survive a dangerous race through the wilderness. How can he save himself and Anita when the contest can only have one winner?

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Supertide

by Steven F. Freeman

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The ocean floor is shifting deep in the Atlantic. It has been changing in ways unseen for millions of years. The tectonic movement launches a pair of tsunamis on North America’s East Coast. It kills thousands and floods Washington, D.C. A team of scientists fears that there will be another disaster. As they try and convince the skeptical authorities, the likelihood of a more powerful event grows.

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The Dilemma

by B. A. Paris

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The new novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author of Behind Closed Doors… It is Livia’s 40th birthday and she is being thrown the party of a lifetime by her husband, Adam. He wanted to make up for the wedding they never had. Everyone she loves will be there… except her daughter Marnie, who is studying abroad. Livia is secretly glad she won’t be there because she recently discovered a secret about her that if revealed, will shake the foundation of the family to its core.

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Find Me

by Anne Frasier

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The first book in the Inland Empire Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Anne Frasier… Convicted serial killer Benjamin Fisher has finally agreed to show San Bernardino detective Daniel Ellis to the isolate graves of his victims. There is just one catch: he will only do it if his estranged daughter, FBI profiler Reni Fisher, accompanies them. Despite a traumatic childhood, Reni can’t decline because she still feels complicit in her father’s crimes.

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New Contemporary Romance Books For Your Reading List | July 2020

New Contemporary Romance Books For Your Reading List | July 2020

If you’re a fan of contemporary romance books you’ve got to check out these latest releases for your reading list! Don’t miss our recommendations from bestselling authors Bella Di Corte, Krissy Daniels, Willow Winters, B.B. Hamel, Lauren Blakely, Crystal Kaswell, and Susan Stoker. Enjoy!


Machiavellian

by Bella Di Corte

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The first book in the Gangsters of New York Series by Bella Di Corte… I knew three things about Capo Macchiavello: He was gorgeous, reclusive, and considered one of New York’s most savage animals. He wants me to be his wife. It was meant to be a simple arrangement – you do for me, I do for you. There were no expectations… except I could never leave.

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L.O.V.E.

by Krissy Daniels

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My relationship with Cole is anything but simple. It is frustrating, complicated, and can be downright ugly. This is because I fell for a man who couldn’t love me back. I tried to avoid the dimpled prince of Seattle but life had other plans. As much as I tried to resist temptation, he burrowed his way into my heart. I had no idea how our fairytale would play out, but I knew for certain that fate has a twisted sense of humor and doesn’t play fair.

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Forsaken

by Willow Winters & B.B. Hamel

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I should have known I would be at the mercy of a monster. I was stolen and gifted to this dominating and brutal killer. Now I am trapped and held hostage to his will. I know what he is looking for. He can’t hide the desire in his gaze. I can’t deny the flicker of heat between us. As the days grow colder, I am finding it harder to resist.

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Dear Sexy Ex-Boyfriend

by Lauren Blakely

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The first book in The Guys Who Got Away Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely… None of this was supposed to happen. I didn’t expect the video to go viral and I didn’t expect anyone would know who Dear Sexy Ex was. I definitely didn’t think he would find out. That was a bit of a miscalculation. Now I need money to find my new venture and Dear Sexy Ex needs me to save his business… by becoming his fake fiancée.

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The First Taste

by Crystal Kaswell

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The first book in the Inked Love series by Crystal Kaswell… Dear Holden, I don’t want to go to college a virgin. I want you to be my first and teach me everything. I know there are risks. I’m your best friend’s sister and totally off-limits. But forbidden fruit is always the sweetest.

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Defending Raven

by Susan Stoker

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The seventh book in the Mountain Mercenaries Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Stoker… It has been ten years since Rex’s wife, Raven, went missing from a Vegas casino. He has never lost hope and even formed the Mountain Mercenaries to help find her. Along with other missing wives, sisters, and children. Now Rex and his team are following a lead to Lima, Peru, where a rescue operation is greater than they imagined.

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Interview with Jules Adrienn, Author of Two Days to Die

What can you tell us about your new release, Two Days to Die?

Two Days to Die is my take on what I call a ticking-clock plot. The story revolves around a high-stakes game set up by an escaped drug lord who’s seeking revenge against the people who put him in prison. The first person who crosses a remote island wilderness in two days lives. Everyone else dies along with their families. Add in a pack of wolves, competitors trying to outsmart one another, raging whitewater rivers, booby traps, ruthless killers, and, of course, a budding romance, and you have a thriller that’s built for speed. Two Days also pays homage to one of my favorite literary tropes—the unknown loner who strolls into a fight between good and evil. Whether it’s a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western or the latest Jack Reacher novel, I just love it when someone as nasty and mean as the bad guys walks onto the scene to even the odds. I think it’s some kind of primitive emotion that’s hard-wired into our brains. When a truly evil person is confronted by a good person who is looking forward to the fight, we just can’t look away.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My love of reading is what turned me into an author. I’ve heard of authors who had mentors or parents or teachers who cultivated their literary aspirations, but I’m not convinced that a person would be successful if they were relying on someone else to motivate and shepherd their artistic journey. I believe that if you’d be satisfied to write for your entire life and never be published, then you’re prepared to follow the path of a writer. It’s hard. And being good enough to be published is a prize that is humbling and empowering.

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

I didn’t intend to do come up with such a diverse list but I think there’s something for everyone here:

Horror/Suspense – I was and will forever be astounded by The Ruins by Scott Smith. It is dread personified.

Young Adult – The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is magic. The group of kids, the love they have for one another, and the tragedy of it all. Unbelievable.

Chick-Lit – Something Borrowed by Emily Giffen is captivating. It hooked me from the start. She captures how love has a mind of its own—even at the expense of things we hold precious, like friendship.

Thriller – Persuader by Lee Child is top of the heap. There’s something almost medieval about it. A lonely castle. A maiden in distress. A strong knight who must vanquish a dragon (well, not a dragon, but a man who may as well be one). It’s a simple thriller formula executed to the nth degree.

Sci-Fi – Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton is a classic. This is a book that is probably the number one archetype for summer blockbuster—in literature and movies. It’s such an outlandish premise. Not only are dinosaurs being brought back to life, but they’re being used to populate an entertainment park. What!? Unbelievable fun, mind-bending science, and nonstop action. Who could want more?

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

I think Lee Child would be a fantastic guest. The talk show would be set at a bar. It would be called, “Great Minds Drink Alike.” We’d have our drinks and off we’d go. And with Lee, there’s only one question I’d need to get him to talk all night—“Tell me the difference between literary and genre fiction?” It’s a question that’s come up in many an MFA program and writers conference, but I think Lee would give a take on it that would make for great television.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Being done with a manuscript. By done, I mean edited, cover art completed, ready-to-be-purchased done. Because up until that time, it’s always on my mind. It’s great to finally put something to bed.

What is a typical day like for you?

My day is little different than anyone else’s. I’m taking the dog out to poop. Cleaning the dishes. Making lunch out of questionable lunchmeat I found in the back of the fridge. All of this is wrapped around sessions of writing, outlining, and editing. I once heard a story that made me laugh that probably sums it up. An author bounds into the kitchen where her husband is cooking breakfast and says, “My magnum opus is nearly complete. It has all the elements of best-selling genre fiction. It’s written with a style that surpasses the world’s greatest literary giants. And it finally provides an answer to the meaning of life. I’m going into my office now to write the final scene!” The husband turns around, scoops an egg from the frying pan onto a plate on the table, and replies, “That’s great. Eat your eggs.” So that’s my answer. The day of a writer is like any other.

What scene from Two Days to Die was your favorite to write?

Favorite is a little different than what I’d call it. How about, “heart-pounding?” In Two Days to Die, there’s a scene where I had to confront a phobia of mine. As a writer, I have to enter the mind of a character and live the moment with him or her, so this particular scene made me very uncomfortable. I had to keep stopping and telling myself it wasn’t real, and then I would reset and dive back in. It was awful. I couldn’t breathe. I was sweating. My heart was skipping beats. But in the end, I finished it and I believe it will put the reader into a place where the world falls away and they’re living the story through my character, moment by moment. A scene like that is always my favorite because it creates a space where the reader is sharing my experience. As you’ll note, I didn’t describe the scene. I’ll leave that up to the reader to figure out. I’m sure it won’t be hard.

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

 

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Interview with Krissy Daniels, author of L.O.V.E

What can you tell us about your new release, L.O.V.E.?

L.O.V.E. is a story about fate, integrity, and faithfulness. Natalie and Cole share an undeniable attraction. Unfortunately, they’re committed to other people. Hard as they try to resist temptation, life keeps bringing them together — through friends, family, and very extraordinary events. Their love story is a bumpy ride, for sure. I’ve never put two characters through so much turmoil to be together.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always loved storytelling. My mom and my childhood best friend relentlessly encouraged me to write books. It wasn’t until after my children were in grade school that I wrote my first novel. I wasn’t sure what to do with my manuscript, so I reached out to an old high school classmate, Rebecca Zanetti, who had recently published. She encouraged me to join RWA and a local chapter, so I did. And the rest is history.

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

That’s an impossible question to answer. I read and fall in love with too many books.

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

I would ask J.R. Ward what she has against baby powder.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love, love, love all the different characters I get to become while writing. I get to escape into different worlds, and explore all the dark, dirty, quirky, beautiful personalities.

What is a typical day like for you?

Day job. Come home and write. Take care of household duties when I can. Read. Sleep. Repeat.

What book from L.O.V.E. was your favorite to write?

Oh, Lordy. Tough question. I have a few. The one that stands out most, I suppose, is when Cole shows up drunk on Natalie’s doorstep. This scene is pivotal because Natalie has a tough choice to make. She can give in to temptation and get revenge on her childhood tormentor, or she can walk away and sacrifice her best friend and family and the city she loves so that Cole can move on and be happy with his fiancé.

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

Last year, my motto was “Fuck it.” This year? “Give it to God.” All my burdens, and fears, even my joys and celebrations. I’m not strong enough to carry them most of the time, and thank goodness I don’t have to.

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Interview with Jesse Nolan Bailey, Author of The Jealousy of Jalice

What can you tell us about your new release, The Jealousy of Jalice?

This debut novel features anti-heroines, demons, and deformed monsters of the forest. I wanted a story that wasn’t set in the typical Eurocentric medieval backdrop, and this resulted in unique cultures that support a diverse cast. The story delves into the themes of betrayal and atonement, and explores how a selfish decision can have lasting effects on the world. It is the first in a series titled A Disaster of Dokojin.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve been an avid reader since I was a kid. With every book I finished, I felt more compelled to join the ranks of my favorite authors on the bookself. Fantasy in particular has always been a favorite genre to read, and among my favorite authors are Robert Jordan and Patrick Rothfuss. The way those authors weave complex plots together over the course of several epic books in a series both mystifies and inspires me.

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

Probably Brandon Sanderson. For Sanderson, I’d want to know what the experience was like to finish The Wheel of Time series after the death of Robert Jordan, and what that has meant for his career.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The fact that anything can happen within a story, and that words have such power. Stories are a way of teaching ourselves what we value or find interesting, and writing offers me that route of exploring my own questions about life.

What is a typical day like for you?

Oh goodness, I’m quite boring. If it’s not a week day (which means I’m working), and it’s instead the weekend, I’m probably writing at Barnes & Noble (prior to 2020 that is…) or out taking a stroll at the park. Nature and casual exercise are wonderful sources of inspiration sometimes. If it IS a week day, I listen to Youtube videos on aliens or the Let’s Read podcast as I work my day job.

What book from The Jealousy of Jalice was your favorite to write?

I don’t want to give away spoilers, but the scene where Jalice enters and explores the Black House for the first time as a young girl. When you read the book, you’ll understand the context. That scene involves a different type of environment anywhere else in the book.

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

Not really, but a quote from Alan Watts probably summarizes how I feel and look at life: “I am absolutely amazed to discover myself on this rock ball, rotating around this spherical fire … it’s a very odd situation! And the more I look at things, I cannot get rid of the feeling that existence is quite weird.”

Jesse Nolan Bailey is the author of the new book The Jealousy of Jalice.

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Interview with Thomas Zman, Author of The Living Reminder

What can you tell us about your new release, The Living Reminder?

Each book in my Neuphobes Series explores different aspects as to how extraterrestrials have influenced mankind during the past millennia. My latest release in this Series, The Living Reminder, explores humanity’s final chapter as to just where the catastrophic conclusion of alien intervention inevitably leads. Elijah, my protagonist, had long ago been chosen to be the Living Reminder, and my book establishes the reasoning behind this as well as humanity’s bizarre acceptance to its annihilation. Befriending extraterrestrials, after their being released from imprisonment within the Earth, Elijah and the aliens inevitably learn from one another during their journey across the universe, growing spiritually while absolving the other of past sins.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was inspired to becoming an author back when I was young. Whenever I read a book–especially science fiction–I would always find myself pondering changes to the story line. I had my own sense as to how the plot should unfold, how the aliens should look and behave. I incorporated that thinking into what I remembered from high school, an English class where the teacher analyzed short stories; dissecting them, extracting the theme, humanitarian travails she felt the author strived to convey. I found it all very interesting and something I wanted to do myself. And so I have.

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

Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
The Stand, Steven King
War of the Worlds, H G Wells
Fantastic Voyage, Isaac Asimov
Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne

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

If I were to host a literary talk show, I would definitely want to interview Jules Verne. Having lived nearly two centuries ago, I would ask about his childhood, and just what experiences he had during those years that inspired his writing. I’ve always felt things that have touched your life during childhood fuel your imagination–yet back in his days I would think there were not that many to do such.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is the evolution of the story. At first it is just a concept, an outline. But as you work on it, put it aside to think about it, then go back and work on it more and more, it evolves into something phenomenal. Writing is something you can work on even when you’re not sitting in front of the computer. I tend to carry around the story with me (in my head) during most of my waking hours. Many times I find myself jotting down notes when I’m in the midst of doing other things. Yes, I am a daydreamer.

What is a typical day like for you?

My typical day consists of waking up before sunrise, making myself coffee, then watching about an hour of television: news, financial stuff, old westerns. I’m a channel surfer. I then make my way into my study (Thought Chamber, I like to call it) and troll around on the Internet for a bit. After that, I get serious and pick up on where I left off the following evening with whatever project I’m currently working on. I’ll write for a couple hours, then go and have breakfast, do some chores around the house, around the yard, run errands out to stores here and there–all this happening usually before lunch. This leaves the remainder of my day, into the evening, open for my writing. Depending on how far I am into a project, what point I’m at either developing plot or editing content, I’ll spend a minimum of 2 hours, sometimes as many as 12 hours a day writing. After that, I will then read. I write everyday of the week—except holidays. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, be an author. Now I’m doing just that.

What book from The Living Reminder was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene in the Living Reminder is when Elijah is talking about music with the aliens; especially when they play their songs for him and he marvels from the experience. I’ve always believed music to be a universal language, a universal joy that everyone from any walk of life can appreciate.

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

As for philosophy, all I say is to try and be more understanding of others. I try and see things through others eyes, and try not to be judgmental. Everyone has his or her own thinking, their own interests, and I feel that if I am open to such I will have grown as a human being.

Thomas Zman is the author of the new book The Living Reminder.

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Interview with Thomas Zman, Author of The Living Reminder

What can you tell us about your new release, The Living Reminder?

Each book in my Neuphobes Series explores different aspects as to how extraterrestrials have influenced mankind during the past millennia. My latest release in this Series, The Living Reminder, explores humanity’s final chapter as to just where the catastrophic conclusion of alien intervention inevitably leads. Elijah, my protagonist, had long ago been chosen to be the Living Reminder, and my book establishes the reasoning behind this as well as humanity’s bizarre acceptance to its annihilation. Befriending extraterrestrials, after their being released from imprisonment within the Earth, Elijah and the aliens inevitably learn from one another during their journey across the universe, growing spiritually while absolving the other of past sins.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was inspired to becoming an author back when I was young. Whenever I read a book–especially science fiction–I would always find myself pondering changes to the story line. I had my own sense as to how the plot should unfold, how the aliens should look and behave. I incorporated that thinking into what I remembered from high school, an English class where the teacher analyzed short stories; dissecting them, extracting the theme, humanitarian travails she felt the author strived to convey. I found it all very interesting and something I wanted to do myself. And so I have.

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

Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
The Stand, Steven King
War of the Worlds, H G Wells
Fantastic Voyage, Isaac Asimov
Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne

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

If I were to host a literary talk show, I would definitely want to interview Jules Verne. Having lived nearly two centuries ago, I would ask about his childhood, and just what experiences he had during those years that inspired his writing. I’ve always felt things that have touched your life during childhood fuel your imagination–yet back in his days I would think there were not that many to do such.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is the evolution of the story. At first it is just a concept, an outline. But as you work on it, put it aside to think about it, then go back and work on it more and more, it evolves into something phenomenal. Writing is something you can work on even when you’re not sitting in front of the computer. I tend to carry around the story with me (in my head) during most of my waking hours. Many times I find myself jotting down notes when I’m in the midst of doing other things. Yes, I am a daydreamer.

What is a typical day like for you?

My typical day consists of waking up before sunrise, making myself coffee, then watching about an hour of television: news, financial stuff, old westerns. I’m a channel surfer. I then make my way into my study (Thought Chamber, I like to call it) and troll around on the Internet for a bit. After that, I get serious and pick up on where I left off the following evening with whatever project I’m currently working on. I’ll write for a couple hours, then go and have breakfast, do some chores around the house, around the yard, run errands out to stores here and there–all this happening usually before lunch. This leaves the remainder of my day, into the evening, open for my writing. Depending on how far I am into a project, what point I’m at either developing plot or editing content, I’ll spend a minimum of 2 hours, sometimes as many as 12 hours a day writing. After that, I will then read. I write everyday of the week—except holidays. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, be an author. Now I’m doing just that.

What book from The Living Reminder was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene in the Living Reminder is when Elijah is talking about music with the aliens; especially when they play their songs for him and he marvels from the experience. I’ve always believed music to be a universal language, a universal joy that everyone from any walk of life can appreciate.

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

As for philosophy, all I say is to try and be more understanding of others. I try and see things through others eyes, and try not to be judgmental. Everyone has his or her own thinking, their own interests, and I feel that if I am open to such I will have grown as a human being.

Thomas Zman is the author of the new book The Living Reminder.

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Interview with Bella Di Corte, Author of Machiavellian

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

It’s mafia romance with an epic love story at its center. Mari has had a hard life, and she’s hoping to be saved from it, even though she’s one of the strongest characters I’ve ever written. Mac has been hardened by life, too, and he needs saving in his own way. Together, they form something really beautiful. Most of my books are about redemption, and from it, how love can transform the story. Machiavellian is a perfect example of that.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

The beauty of words inspired me to become an author. I love words and how they have the power to transport us to different worlds. We can live vicariously through experiences we’ve never had before, but also reconnect with situations that feel personal because we have experienced them before. It’s the magic behind storytelling.

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

This is hard! The Godfather (Mario Puzo), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare), Outlander (Diana Gabaldon), The Touched Series (Lashell Collins), Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich).

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

Anne Rice. We’re both from New Orleans. I’d love to ask her if she feels some of her creative inspiration comes from there.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Being transported to another world for a little while. Escapism at its best. I write like a reader would read—I go into the story with a general idea of what the book is, but having no clue what’s going to take place once I’m inside. If I plot ahead of time, like some authors do, the story feels done to me and I can’t write it. When I sit down to write, I get butterflies, because I have no idea what kind of journey the story is going to take me on.

What is a typical day like for you?

I do the usual things—eat, cook, spend time with family—with writing coming in between. Then I try to get straight writing time in at night.

What book from Machiavellian was your favorite to write?

When Mac and Mari go to Italy to meet Mac’s family. I fell even deeper in love with the two of them! Italy becomes a crucial part of their story, a turning point. Mari is finally getting what she needs from life, and Mac is finally softening just enough to let someone else in.

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

Just a word. Love.

Bella Di Corte is the author of the new book Machiavellian.

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