Interview with Edmond Geanta, Author of Crimson Transcendence

What can you tell us about your new release, Crimson Transcendence?

This is Book 4 of the “Blood Calls for Blood” Series and it follows the struggles of an ordinary family with unique blood traits. When the hero (Gabi Halldor) gets infected, her husband choses to find a cure for her. In book 1 (Zombie Evolution) he does just that, but now, transformed into a telepathic vampire, Gabi and her daughter, Eve are being hunted by the government and other unsavory characters for their blood with hopes to find the immortality formula.

“Crimson Transcendence” follows three characters: Gabi’s husband—Reynir Halldor – an Icelandic ex-special forces (big shout to Iceland here – love the country and its people), Jenkins–a former medical doctor and Gabi’s second in command-Silvia who is also a vampire.

The three of them travel to Florida in an attempt to save Jenkins’ son, Josh who is now surrounded by hordes of zombies. The book depicts Silvia’s dedication and sacrifice when confronted by a very tough choice – save the man she loves or the one she swore an oath to.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Although English is my second language, I’m an avid reader of English literature. I’ve always been fascinated with books written by Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson and Stephen King but also the classics—Shakespeare, Twain, Steinbeck, etc.

The flexibility and richness I found in the English language is so unique to me. I’ve always aspired to be like these authors, so I decided to put my thoughts on paper and share my stories with the world.

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

I am Legend – Richard Matheson
The Republic – Plato
Misery- Stephen King
Home Deus – Yuval Noah Harari
Brunner – C. L. Werner

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

If I could turn back time, that would definitely be Edgar Allan Poe. The guy was weird enough to create huge ratings.

For a contemporary author I would go with Jeff Carson. Reading about him actually inspired me to start publishing. I thought—“If he did it, why not me?”

I would ask Jeff the following:
1. What are the things you’d do different when you wrote and published your first book?
2. How much time do you dedicate to social media promotion and on what platforms specifically?
3. What would be his advice to Jeff Carson from ten years ago?
4. Would you consider crossing genres and write something totally different than what you’ve been writing so far?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The editing. Ideas I have plenty and I can write several thousand words each day, but editing is an art. Constantly trying to hone the idea into less words without losing its meaning and intention is a drug to me. I quit watching TV or movies just so I can have more time to write.

If a day goes by and I haven’t written something, I feel I wasted that day. Not trying to be cheesy here but, the truth is that writing completes me, although my wife might have different thoughts on that topic…

What is a typical day like for you?

I don’t sleep much, probably because I consume insane amounts of coffee and chocolate. Also, because I have a full-time job and a part time one as well – teaching management and leadership at a local college.

The day starts with reviewing what I wrote the day before while I’m having my three cups of coffee. Then, I talk to my wife for a bit, who is doing all the social media, promotion, ads on Facebook, etc. We go over the stats, changing ads, descriptions, etc. Without her I would probably be miserable and unpublished.

Then I start my full-time job – I’m a Technology Program Manager, working remote for a company out east. During my lunch break I write and then, after dinner, the real writing starts until past midnight.

I go to bed thinking about my characters and what would they logically do next. Whatever crazy idea comes to mind, I write it down and then I struggle for days to get the characters out of the problem I just created for them. Interestingly enough, some days I wake up after dreaming the solution of the problem I just created for my characters. I love to shock my audience with twists in the plot that make sense and could very well happen. In a way, I create problems for myself, not my characters and I never take the easy way out, as in an UFO dropped by and gave the hostages a ride out of the conundrum, they found themselves in, etc.

During the day I also respond to messages from my fans (emails, Facebook messages, IG, etc.). I think it’s important for and respectful to those who read my books, so I always dedicate time to that.

What scene from Crimson Transcendence was your favorite to write?

One that I’m afraid to share with you because it would give away the book. Let’s just say, my wife cried while I was reading her that part and my editor admonished me for writing that piece. It seems both, my wife and my editor had grown fond of one of the characters and the final chapter was not something they expected. In the end they loved it.

That’s why I’ll defer to my second favorite piece which is the banter and often life philosophies shared between Rey and Jenkins during their trip to Florida to save Josh. The scenes consist of questions I often ask myself. By writing them, I actually provide my own answers. In a way, I’m dialoguing with myself. It’s fun…in a weird kinda way.

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

Several:
1. Don’t tell me what to do. Nobody died and made you king.
2. Live and let live.
3. If there’s no love then there’s nothing.
4. Without darkness you’ll never appreciate the light
5. Every man dies, not every man lives.

Edmond Geanta is the author of the new book Crimson Transcendence

Connect with Edmond Geanta

Author Site

Buy The Book

B0917Q9PZ6 cover image


Buy The Book

Sign up for our email and we’ll send you the best new books in your favorite genres weekly.

 

The post Interview with Edmond Geanta, Author of Crimson Transcendence appeared first on NewInBooks.

Interview with T.E. Butcher, Author of Armored Warrior Panzerter

What can you tell us about your new release, Armored Warrior Panzerter?

It’s a military story as much as a sci-fi story. Veterans will recognize a lot of familiar situations and kinds of people in some instances. I’m not even talking about combat, but day to day things. Oh and there’s plenty of awesome Mecha fights.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

It was my own desire to tell stories. I’ve always been a storyteller in one form or another, weather it was through my experience with tabletop games or just telling my family members about something amusing or dangerous that I did. What it came down to was I just had so many ideas I wanted to explore welling up and lacked a medium to share them until I discovered self publishing.

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

Top five is tough, because it’s constantly changing. Number Five would have to be the Worldwar series by Harry Turtledove. Four I’m going to say is The Exodus Arks series by J.N Chaney, though I admit there’s a fair bit of recentcy bias there. Jurassic Park and The Lost World by Michael Chrition are solidly three and H.G. Wells the War of the Worlds is Number two. The original Dragonlance trilogy sits at number one for me as it got me into tabletop gaming and fantasy.

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

I would host George R. R. Martin and do a bit where I’m like a hard boiled detective and he’s a mob boss and I’m grilling him over where Winds of Winter is. If he could do an Italian accent that’d be even better. 

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is the stories themselves. I just get so excited when I’m hyper focused on the worlds I’m building and I’m in my element writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up early , kiss my wife, go to my day job, come home in the evening, workout, then I work on writing for about three-four hours. Throughout the day I’m making notes, checking my email, editing, outlining and rereading parts on my lunch break and my bus ride. It gets busy, but I hope to write full time in a year or so.

What scene from Armored Warrior Panzerter was your favorite to write?

Honestly it’s the downtime scenes I love writing because I get to reminisce about my own time with my brothers in arms. Some of the downtime conversations are real conversations I’ve had.

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

Embrace the suck- an old Army mantra. Means that you’ll have to experience something unpleasant or different, but doing so is required to move forward so why sweat it

T.E. Butcher is the author of the new book Armored Warrior Panzerter

Connect with T.E. Butcher

Facebook

Buy The Book

B08Z44T6TQ cover image


Buy The Book

Sign up for our email and we’ll send you the best new books in your favorite genres weekly.

 

The post Interview with T.E. Butcher, Author of Armored Warrior Panzerter appeared first on NewInBooks.

Interview with Emma Lombard, Author of Discerning Grace

What can you tell us about your new release, Discerning Grace?

I hope my readers have just as much fun reading about Grace’s adventures as I did writing them. I never realized how much of a penchant I had for feisty female leads in historical fiction until I started writing my own. The first ever strong fictional female who made an impact on me was Centaine de Thiry (The Burning Shore — Wilbur Smith). She was so strong and resilient and SMART! No matter what the world threw at her, she handled it with poise and passion. I’m no wilting wallflower myself so it was good fun sharing some of my character traits with Grace. She’s actually MUCH braver than me, and of course, she can live on a ship no problem, where as I get queasy the minute I step onto the dock.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Reading the epic historical adventures by Wilbur Smith as an early teen started the ball rolling for me. Then when my grandmother told me about my 3x great grandmother who eloped with an English sea captain and lived aboard his ship, I just knew I wanted to write a story like that one day — and so the idea for Discerning Grace was born.

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

The Power of One — Bryce Courtenay (first book to ever make me cry — and I mean sob!)

The Burning Shore — Wilbur Smith (my favorite go-to re-read)

Outlander — Diana Gabaldon (I adore the book series, audiobooks and TV series!)

Shantaram — Gregory David Roberts (I bought it purely because it was the size of a doorstop, but I fell in love with the epic tale)

The Magic Faraway Tree — Enid Blyton (still just as magical when I read it to my own children 25 years later)

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

If I remembered to stop gushing long enough to let my guest speaker get a word in … Enid Blyton. I’d ask her whether The Famous Five adventures were a figment of her imagination or based on childhood experiences, and whether she had a dog like Timmy when she was growing up. Who wouldn’t want a dog like Timmy?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

As a historical fiction author, I like researching events and people of the times and then re-imagining how my characters would react to those circumstances given their personalities. I incorporated some crazy characters I came across in my research into my story but my editor and beta readers didn’t think they were plausible. LOL!  Just goes to show that sometimes life can be stranger than fiction.

What is a typical day like for you?

Being in Australia, and in complete opposite timezones to much of the world, I wake between 5 and 6am and hop onto social media so that I can interact in real time before everyone goes to bed. After the kids have left for school, it’s good that my working day is not overly interrupted by the lure of social media. I only go onto social media if I’m taking a break from writing (or updating my website, blog, newsletter, or one of the other million things an author does besides writing novels). Because of my early starts, I’m usually ready to wrap up by about 4pm. Then I hop on social media again for a little while just as the world is waking up. You could say my day is like a social media sandwich!

What scene from Discerning Grace was your favorite to write?

Ooo, I can’t say too much for fear of spoiling it for readers. But let’s just say it was the poignant death scene of one of my absolutely favorite characters. It needed to happen plot wise, but I shed plenty of tears over it. And based on the number of messages I receive from readers that just say, “NOOOOOOOO!” I guess there’s plenty of tears happening on their part too. (Am I an evil author if this makes me chuckle?) Sorry, dear readers.

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

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity — Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman philosopher. Or as we say in Aus: you gotta be in it to win it!

Emma Lombard is the author of the new book Discerning Grace

Connect with Emma Lombard

Author Site

Facebook

Buy The Book

B08YKDHD9Y cover image


Buy The Book

Sign up for our email and we’ll send you the best new books in your favorite genres weekly.

 

The post Interview with Emma Lombard, Author of Discerning Grace appeared first on NewInBooks.

Interview with B.G. Cousins, Author of The Tachi

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

The Tachi is Book 4 of the Rainey Chronicles. Like the previous three, it is an adventure novel steeped in real history.

Angus Rainey is caught up in the Wars of Scottish Independence. He becomes hunted by a powerful English earl and has to escape the country. In doing so, he eventually ends up with a caravan traveling the ancient Silk Roads to China. Along the way, he meets a German knight, a Persian princess and a disgraced Japanese nobleman who possesses three great Asian swords. One will become the hereditary sword of the Raineys, as seen in Books 1 to 3 of the Rainey Chronicles.

Together, the four head to the land of Nihon (medieval Japan) to regain the lands and status of the Japanese nobleman that were lost through deceit and betrayal.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I do a lot of historical research. For Book 5 of the Rainey Chronicles, I have a copy of Vietnam by Max Hastings. For a novel unrelated to the Rainey Chronicles, I have The Ghosts of Medak Pocket by Carol Off and I’ve saved a video on my PVR called You are Here: A Come From Away Story.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Oh, tough question. Anything I would say would eventually change who I am today, so one must be careful. I think I would say, consider your imagination and curiosity as strengths. Ignore people who belittle you for it. However, don’t be curious about too many things. Focus on three things, tops, or you will not reach your potential.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

That’s easy. I’d go for longer walks with my dog. My imagination soars the best when I’m walking alone with my puppy, especially when I’m in the mountains around Banff and Canmore.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

Bagpipes. Not only does it make my world go round, but it has also allowed me to travel to far off places with bands. I love to travel, and music has always been such a big part of me. Bagpipes define me to a large extent.

What scene from The Tachi was your favorite to write?

Ah, that is too hard to answer. There are so many scenes that I enjoyed visualized and putting to paper. The fight scenes are exciting. The funny conversations, especially the off-beat comments made by Freiburg throughout the book, were a joy to write. I couldn’t pick just one scene.

 

B.G. Cousins is the author of the new book The Tachi

Connect with B.G. Cousins

Author Site

Buy The Book

B08P3G2VV4 cover image


Buy The Book

Sign up for our email and we’ll send you the best new books in your favorite genres weekly.

 

The post Interview with B.G. Cousins, Author of The Tachi appeared first on NewInBooks.

Interview with Thomas Scott, Author of State Of Killers

What can you tell us about your new release, State Of Killers?

State of Killers is the eleventh book in The Virgil Jones Mystery / Thriller Series. Without giving away any spoilers, it touches on part of the story arc from book six, State of Freedom. In this most current novel, the main plot revolves around a group of criminals who are manufacturing drugs and transporting them from the southern part of the state to the northern counties. Virgil and the rest of the state’s Major Crimes Unit are tasked with taking out the group, but along the way they soon discover that their adversaries aren’t going down without a fight. As with all the books in the series, State of Killers is a stand-alone novel, however most people enjoy starting the series with book one and working their way forward to experience the character growth and the larger over-arching storyline.

What books are currently on your night stand?

In no particular order…Anything by James Lee Burke, John Sandford, Robert Crais, Nelson DeMille, C.J. Box, and Stephen White. There are others of course, but those are my favorites.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Probably to go easier on my parents. There really isn’t a parenting manual, so it’s all on-the-job training. I’m sure they did the best they could, especially considering what they had to work with! In other words, I’d try not to be such a snot. As a parent myself with four grown children, sometimes I look back and cringe a little at the behavior of my younger self.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

With my family. Period. In each of my books I touch on family life as it relates to the detectives in the story, and even the bad guys. But family is where it’s at for me. Always has been.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

Almost the same answer as the previous question. Spending time with my family and friends is extremely important to me. It grounds me in ways that wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t have the kind of people in my life that I do right now. And that feeling…the grounding, is what enables me to write the kind of novels I do. As for joy, it’s all connected. Being able to write books for a living is something I’ve always dreamed of, and the people in my life (especially my wife) allow me to do just that. And that, is pure joy!

What scene from State Of Killers was your favorite to write?

Again, without spoiling the story for anyone, it was the ending of the book. There is a particular scene at the end—sort of a surprise twist—that was very challenging to write. And I love a good challenge. I wish I could say more about it, but if you read the story (especially if you’ve been with me throughout the entire series) then you’ll know what I’m talking about. And In case you haven’t been with me, now is the time, because the whole series is on sale this entire week, and always free for Kindle Unlimited members! Find out more by searching Virgil Jones Series on Amazon, or at my website, ThomasScottBooks.com.

Thomas Scott is the author of the new book State Of Killers

Connect with Thomas Scott

Author Site

Buy The Book

B08PG146VM cover image


Buy The Book

Sign up for our email and we’ll send you the best new books in your favorite genres weekly.

 

The post Interview with Thomas Scott, Author of State Of Killers appeared first on NewInBooks.

New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | April 13

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 Thomas Scott, John Sandford, Sally Hepworth, Jack Carr, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



Sign up for our email and we’ll send you the best new books in your favorite genres weekly.

The post New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | April 13 appeared first on NewInBooks.

New Romance Books to Read | April 13

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 Isabel Jolie, Anna Zaires, Ava Ryan, L.J. Shen, Mckenna James, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



Sign up for our email and we’ll send you the best new books in your favorite genres weekly.

The post New Romance Books to Read | April 13 appeared first on NewInBooks.

New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | April 13

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 B.G. Cousins, Emma Lombard, Julie Tulba, Rhys Bowen, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



Sign up for our email and we’ll send you the best new books in your favorite genres weekly.

The post New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | April 13 appeared first on NewInBooks.

New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | April 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 T.E. Butcher, Edmond Geanta, James David Victor, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Michael Anderle, Mark Lawrence, Oliver Potzsch, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


Science Fiction


Fantasy


Sign up for our email and we’ll send you the best new books in your favorite genres weekly.

The post New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | April 13 appeared first on NewInBooks.

New Young Adult Books to Read | April 13

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 Ami Allen, Lisa Maxwell, Charlie Jane Anders, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



Sign up for our email and we’ll send you the best new books in your favorite genres weekly.

The post New Young Adult Books to Read | April 13 appeared first on NewInBooks.