***REVIEW*** The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1) by John A. Heldt

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I will start by saying that I don’t usually read books like this. First off, the author is male and I prefer my romance books soppy and written by a woman. I’m ashamed to say for all this time I have been WRONG. This book was everything I expect of a romance, and I think I enjoyed it more because it was written by a man.

The writing was flawless, it’s what grabbed me first off, just how perfect the writers prose was. It is seamless and sparkling. An absolute joy to read.

It was that that got me through the first twenty-five per cent of the story. I admit I found the story a little hard to get into. Once the main character, Joel Smith, had reached the point where the ‘real’ story started I was hooked and finished the book in two days.

The Mine isn’t just any time travel book. It’s a beautiful, intricately woven tale about a group of friends living in 1940’s America, with just one impostor thrown into the mix. Joel Smith accidentally found himself travelling back in time and hanging out with his Grandma.

Joel is a wonderful character, smart, funny, cocky, and gorgeous in my minds eye. The way he pulled his time travel off was realistic, comical and charming. I’m not ashamed to say I fell in love with him. The rest of the gang were three dimensional, filled with purpose and realistic for the decade.

Of course, Joel falls for one of grannies best mates and the story takes us through their complicated love affair. That’s where the story started in earnest for me, and from that point it never stopped for a moment.

The plot kept me glued until the end, it was like a tug of war. “Will he, won’t he? Will she, won’t she?”. Of course, I won’t spoil the story, but I’m laying the blame where it’s due for the fact that my house looks like a bomb has hit it. I couldn’t put it down until I found out exactly what happened in the end. Heldt, you’re in big trouble! The end left me satisfied with that warm fuzzy feeling, thats all I’ll say on the matter.

The cover is as lovely and intriguing as the book itself. It certainly inspired me to read it.

All that said. I award the lovely read 4 pints of lager and a packet of crisps.

(Thats 4.5 stars to everyone else 😉 )

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Grab your copy:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Mine-Northwest-Passage-1-ebook/dp/B0078S9B6G

Amazon USA: http://www.amazon.com/Mine-Northwest-Passage-1-ebook/dp/B0078S9B6G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403081986&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Mine

RELEASE DAY – Falling into You by L.T. Kelly 15th of May 2014

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Release day of ‘Falling into You’ has finally come. I can honestly say that I hit a rocky road with this book. Well, I’m taking a chance…

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I was lucky enough not to receive a ‘bad’ review for ‘Falling to Pieces’. “Thank fudge for that,” you can hear me say. By ‘bad’ review I mean someone who down right hated every part of the book, or worse, did not finish it. Those three little letters pierce my heart, I have nightmares about seeing DNF in conjunction with my book. I received some constructive criticism of what they thought was wrong with the story, every author needs that whether they agree with the reviewer is a different story. However, I have respected the thoughts of everyone who took the time to read and review my book. Sure, I think I have a couple of one and two star ratings on Goodreads but there are no words to go with the reviews. So I’m unable to consider what they thought was wrong with it.

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Here are some of the reviews from the last blog tour:

‘This is L.T.Kelly’s Debut Novel and I have to say I’m very impressed, very impressed indeed.

It’s a well written book with a storyline I adored and one I read in one sitting.’

– Passionate About Books.

‘Just Wow! It is full of sensuality, Sexuality, mystery, and left you sitting at the edge of your seat. I just could not read this book fast enough. I have not read a paranormal romance that good in God knows how long. The chemistry between Marc and Teagan was off the wall.’

– Fictions Our Addiction.

‘They both have this pull and there chemistry is HOT.  Crazy sex with one another and I am completely smitten with Marc.  He is very Alpha but in a controlled manner.  He has a duty to his family and is very torn with his feelings for Teagan.  Did I mention that they have HOT sex?’

-M’s Sinful Reviews.

‘This book to me should be an over all 60 stars, but the most we can rate a book is 10.  Please go her fan site, blog site and twitter . Contact her find out how you can purchase this book ASAP!!!! Trust me You DON’T. Want. TO. Miss. This. Book.’

-Mousiey Book Reviews

The main thing I enjoyed about this book was that it wasn’t like every other book that features vampires and werewolves. Instead of a young naive woman falling for the new guy who turns out to be a vampire, the main female character is strong and fights for what she wants, for who she wants. The main male character, Marc is another hot book boyfriend, who you will instantly want to read more about after his introduction into the story. This book has a great storyline with likeable characters and well detailed descriptions, L.T Kelly has done an awesome job and I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.

-AKA The Book Harlot Reviews.

 ‘Falling into You’ is where I hit a kind of wall with convention and ‘the rules of romance writing’. I’m glad that I stuck to my guns. The story went where it had to go in my mind…but be warned, this story is not your conventional romance.

“Is this erotica?” One beta, M.K. Meredith asked me. My book is not what I would deem to be true erotica, my book doesn’t use the same type of words that I associate with true erotica. It’s more like romantically erotic, plus it does have a plot that is driven by much much more than pure sex alone.

I have taken a scary path of unconventional romance…but if you read the book and you can’t understand why Teagan did all the things she did, I will be surprised. I have written, what I think is a believable story. But, is that because it all happened in my head so many times? I’m not sure, and I’m tender hooks waiting to find out.

On the flip side, although the romance side of the book has left me somewhat exposed as a writer, I think that everyone thats read it hasn’t had a bad word to say about the plot itself. I’ve had nothing but praise and applaud for the twists and turns. “I just never saw that coming!” It’s made me feel so excited about the thrills and revelations that are rich within the story.

I guess what this writer is trying to say is, “If you think you feel uncomfortable as a romance reader with where the story is going, stick with it! I bet you’ll be glad you did!” (I hope.)

I really hope that you enjoy ‘Falling into You’. I *think* this will be the last paranormal work you will see from me. I’ll never say “never” because I always said I’d never write a novel….here I am two and half down, many many more to come…

 Buy links:

Amazon.co.uk: http://goo.gl/S1Cx5V

Amazon.com: http://goo.gl/iltJFH

Current Giveaways:

Rafflecopter: http://goo.gl/x881Zc

Goodreads: http://goo.gl/RsaU0I

All the ways you can connect with me or contact me are contained within this blog. Thanks for reading!

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Trailer reveal for ‘Falling into You’ + FREE E-BOOK!

L.T Kelly proudly presents the video trailer for her forthcoming release ‘Falling into You’ sequel to ‘Falling to Pieces’.

COMING 15TH OF MAY 2014.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UgihZ13bTs&feature=em-upload_owner

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Blurb:

Marc Romano disappeared without a trace into the darkness. His lover became overwhelmed with grief in her loss. But her grief takes on a much more murderous form than most, for Teagan Lewis is a vampire.

Now her heartache is driving her further from the woman she once was, and she realises she must snap out of her monstrous habits and discover the way back to her old self. But how?

Ending their trip around Europe, Teagan and her friend Alex head back to New York. Teagan has the full intention of carrying out a dangerous plan here; not just physically dangerous, but emotionally as well.

How will she be able to resist the irresistible? And what of the new rival, Ivan Lenin? He threatens her life and the lives of everyone she loves. The only people who can help her are her sworn enemy and an ancient stranger. Will they assist her?

How will Teagan Lewis face the demons of her past and try to find happiness? Will she stay and fight or will she run from the things she must face in order to finally be at peace? Mistakes will be made. People will die. The time has come…

Add it to your Goodreads TBR shelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21874741-falling-into-you?ac=1

FREE E-BOOK ‘FALLING TO PIECES’:

In celebration of the forthcoming sequel L.T. Kelly is offering ‘Falling to Pieces’ FREE for a very limited period.

GO AND 1-CLICK YOUR FREE COPY NOW!

Amazon.comhttp://www.amazon.com/Falling-Pieces-L-T-Kelly-ebook/dp/B00E6SH4VK/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1398513809&sr=8-15&keywords=falling+to+pieces

Amazon.co.ukhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Falling-Pieces-L-T-Kelly-ebook/dp/B00E6SH4VK/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1398513948&sr=8-13&keywords=falling+to+pieces

Don’t forget to write a review!

About the author:

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L.T. Kelly lives in Lincolnshire with her husband, two children, and an insane Cockapoo puppy named Mylo.

She is a lover of all things vampire, and is also a hopeless romantic.

L.T. Kelly had a successful twelve-year military career in the Royal Air Force. She now divides her time between being an Emergency Medical Dispatcher for the ambulance service, being a mother and a wife, as well as writing. It’s the writing that keeps her sane…

***Cover Reveal*** Unseen by Lauren Stewart

Unseen, The Heights, Vol. 1

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Title: Unseen

Author: Lauren Stewart

Series info: The Heights, Volume 1

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Off the Hook Publishing

Date of Publication: May 29, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9881701-9-3

Number of pages: ~386

Word Count: ~100,000

Cover Artist: Amanda of Pixel Mischief Design

 

Purchase Links: don’t have them yet; however, you can use my Amazon author page if you’d like: http://www.amazon.com/author/laurenstewart

I’d also love people to add Unseen to their Goodreads TBR lists: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18590199-unseen

 

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Book Blurb:

An invisible wall built from the tears of those touched by death

An impossible love as divided as the world around them.

 

After Addison finds a nearly-dusted vampire in the garbage outside her building, her ability to stay off the supernatural world’s radar is deader than the vamp. Almost as dead as she’ll be if anyone thinks she put him there. Should she finish the job somebody else screwed up or move him somewhere humans won’t find him? To keep the Heights hidden, she may have shoved a stake into her own chest. Just when she thinks life couldn’t possibly get any more dangerous, she finds out who he is.

As vampire king and Prime to all races of supernatural beings in the North American zone, Rhyse is accustomed to getting what he wants without asking. But he neither wanted nor asked to be wounded in an ambush, waking up chained to a bed with a hole in his chest. Unfortunately, he needs help to discover who tried to kill him. But worse than that, his only ally is his captor, someone unaware she has the power to destroy their entire world.

As a prophesized war brews in the Heights, Addison and Rhyse must decide which carries more risk—trusting someone who could destroy you or trusting someone who could love you?

 

Excerpt:

 Addison stumbled backwards, until the counter stopped her. It was over. It had been over ever since those chains came off. Ever since she brought him into her apartment. Into her life.

“I saved you, Rhyse. I could’ve left you outside until the sun came up.”

“I imagine you wish you had.”

“Can you…can you not kill me? Just take some, but not all?”

Rhyse brushed her hair behind her shoulder and curled his fingers around the nape of her neck, whispering, “Do you trust me that much?”

“I don’t even trust you a little.” She felt the sting of tears. “I don’t want to be turned. If you drain me, let me die.”

He ran his other hand up her shoulder, to her throat and slowly closed his fingers around it. One move and her neck would break. “To drain you I would have to drink from you. And that, my pet, I will not do.”

She didn’t know what he meant but now seemed like a bad time to argue.

“Did you know what you are? How many of you exist?”

She didn’t answer. Partially because speaking required the air he was cutting off. Then his hands were gone, just like the rest of him.

Was it over?

When one of the women behind the counter moaned, Addison went to make sure they were alright.

Rhyse was on top of one of them, his fangs obviously burrowed in her neck. The woman moaned again, her legs wrapping around him. One hand clutched his shoulder and the other slapped the wall, searching for a hold.

It had to have been shock that made it impossible to look away. Or run away. The woman’s moans got louder, then crested, and her body went limp. Not in a dead way, but in an I-just-had-the-best-orgasm-of-my-life way.

Get out of here.

“Leave and they will die.” His voice stopped her after only two steps. “Stay and they will wake up from a very pleasant, very erotic dream.”

She grinded her teeth when she heard another moan. He must have moved on to the other woman. With two to feed from, there was less of a chance he would drain them, but… “Why should I trust you?”

The woman’s moans stopped and she whined, “No.”

“I do not care if you trust me,” he said. “Only that you obey me.”

“Fuck you.” But she didn’t move. “Are they alive?”

“Of course. It is against the law to kill humans.”

“Then let me go.”

“You are not human, Addison.” His voice came from just over her shoulder.

“I am. I promise. Totally human.” Somehow he’d missed the fact that seers were human, despite her telling him at least five times.

She heard the shuffling of fabric and looked down to see him wrapping his already-bloody shirt around the arm she’d cut. He tied a knot with the sleeves and pulled it tight. There was no part of this that she understood.

She sucked in a breath when he put his hands on her hipbones. Then another as they slid to her belly and down, pressing her back into him. She felt his heat and a vibration on her back as he made a sound similar to a cat’s purr but scarier. Clenching her eyes shut, she waited for death.

“You should thank them.” His voice was all sex. Dangerous, risky, awesome sex. “They just saved your life.”

They did? “Thank you,” she called out with a shaking voice. “Now that your belly’s full, how about you back off a little?”

“I should kill you, Addison.”

“I’m going to have to disagree with you about that.”

After a moment he stepped away, sighing as if he just made a really tough decision and wasn’t sure it was the right one.

“So,” she said, heading for the door, “it seems like you’re feeling better which is great. I’m really happy for you. Since you don’t need me anymore, I’m gonna go now. I’ll see you around.”

“Come to me, Addison.” His eyes were back to their original inhumanly beautiful color. Though he didn’t quite look calm, he looked satisfied.

“No.”

“Come to me or I will snap your neck.”

“Okay.”

“If you had simply brought a human to me, this all could have been avoided.”

“I was just thinking the same thing.” Total lie—she wasn’t thinking a goddamn thing besides, “Shiiiiit!”

“You and I have things to discuss, and a few memories to alter along the way back to your home.”

Damn it on many counts. “Alter or wipe?”

“Alter, of course. Although my strength has returned, wiping that many minds would still be highly taxing. I prefer to save my power for other activities.”

Like…? Nah, she didn’t want to know.

He opened the door and gestured for her to go first. Which he’d probably never done before. Minions opened doors for him and she doubted chivalry ranked high on his list of valuable traits. But she went because when you gotta go, you gotta go.

“Did you know?” he asked.

What was it with that question? “Know what? That your victims come while you feed? Yeah, I heard it happens occasionally.”

“Always. They always come while I feed. If it were possible, I would show you.”

“I just heard more proof than I wanted to, thanks.”

“I have no doubt that it would be far more enjoyable to feel you come than to hear her do it.”

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Author Bio:

Lauren Stewart lives in Northern California with two of the most amazing children that the world has ever seen. She reads almost every genre so, naturally, her writing reflects that. With every book, every story, you’ll find elements of other genres–fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, women’s literature, all with a touch of humor because what doesn’t kill us should make us laugh.

Author web links:

            www.ReadLaurenS.com

            @ReadLaurenS

            www.facebook.com/LaurenStewartAuthor

            www.goodreads.com/LaurenStewart

            ReadLaurens@gmail.com

 

 

 

London Author Fair 2014

On Friday the 28th of February I took the long, grey, and drizzly journey to Covent Garden in London. After falling on top of a man on the tube (he didn’t seen to mind) I arrived at the hospital club, poised and ready to learn.

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Who did I feel the fair was aimed at?

LAF was pitched as being aimed at every author. I would say that the primary focus was new authors. Manuscript ink still wet and no idea what to do with it. That isn’t to say that the majority of attending authors fell into that category. The people I met seemed to be in the same situation as myself. A book or books already out there. They were mostly self-published as well.

Luckily, I only went to meet people and get marketing ideas. If you’re a new author and didn’t attend you almost certainly missed out on your chance to pitch to a literary agent as well garner lots of information about other routes.

I went to meet other people, network and basically have a weekend off from endless streams of washing, ironing and housework. Shush, don’t tell my husband.

That isn’t to say that I didn’t learn anything though!

What did I learn?

I learnt that there are some lovely and talented people in this industry. I was pleasantly greeted first thing in the morning by a long time Facebook follower and author, James Minter. It’s great to meet the people you interact with on-line in real life. Well….some of them anyway. I’m happy to say he was one of them.

I learnt about a completely alien concept to me. Crowd funding. The lovely ladies at Pubslush pitched the idea to a small group at a workshop. They talked about their company and the success stories they’ve had and relevant ideas. I’m pleased to say my campaign is set up and live. Please take a look at my rewards, there’s something for everyone.

http://pubslush.com/books/id/1913

There were things I didn’t learn from, but I had fun anyway. Like attending a workshop about social media. For one, I got to watch the very handsome and gifted Ben Galley talking about tweeting as I tweeted, whilst standing next to someone tweeting.

Did I get my say?

Absolutely. I got my chance to express my annoyance towards the shipping costs for UK authors purchasing copies of there own books. I was assured that Amazon had received much of the same feedback all day.

Apparently they are looking into it.

The author sitting next to me, the very lovely Luke Talbot also expressed his annoyance that US authors can gift copies of their book whist UK authors remain powerless to gift specific titles. I agreed wholeheartedly due to the fact it leaves us open to piracy. 

How did it all end?

The day was rounded off with a panel including literary agents, founders of self-publishing platforms, independent author Polly Courtney, and traditionally published author Adele Parks.

They came up with some worrying comments, well worrying for me anyway. They agreed that the ratio of writers will be the same as the amount of readers. This inspired a comment from Adele that the reader will go back to traditionally published books due to the lack of quality in the indie book world.

If I’m honest I took offence to that. There are authors out there, such as myself who realise the importance having full structural edits and great cover design. I was glad that Polly also seemed to take offence. She pointed out that whilst, of course, there is some crap out there by way of independent authors, there are also some amazing books and writers. 

The After Party.

Possibly the best part of the day. Pubslush provided my lovely and much needed wine following the day’s events.

Luke Talbot and James Minter asked me to dinner, for want of a better offer, I accepted. (Just kidding guy’s it was a pleasure, except when you took pictures of yourselves with my phone…I trusted you.)

We had some great chats with Polly Courtney and Ben Galley (did I mention he is easy on the eye?) 

More lessons learnt…

I have to admit I caused a marital dispute for a work colleague of mine that one -hundred per cent believed that her colleague would never dupe her.

I posted a picture on my FB page with Luke Talbot and a Russian author called Grigory Ryzhakov. He has an uncanny resemblance to the actor that plays spider man. I can vouch he’s a great guy! But sorry folks, the guy in the picture is not Tobey Maguire.

 Contact the people I’ve spoken about:

Ben Galley

Website: www.bengalley.com

Twitter: @BenGalley

Books: http://www.bengalley.com/#!books/cnec

Luke Talbot

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/keystonethebook

Book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Keystone-Luke-Talbot/dp/0957601913/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1394178134&sr=8-1

James Minter

Website: http://www.jamesminter.com

Books: http://amzn.to/JRuxfa

Grigory Ryzhakov

Website: www.ryzhakov.co.uk

Books: www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Right-Wrong-romantic-comedy-ebook/dp/B00C76XMV4

 

 

Indie-Credible Event- Christoper Buecheler-Interview + GIVEAWAYS

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A month or so back, I caught sight of a post on my favourite authors Facebook page. It called all bloggers to sign up for this event.

The event is amazing and huge. I immediately signed up and sent a e-mail to the organisers begging them to let me have Christopher Buecheler!

We are always told that if we ‘meet’ our heroes we’ll be disappointed.

Not this time 😀

Ok, I haven’t met Chris, but he sends lovely e-mails. I just know he’s a great guy! I’m so happy to have virtually ‘met’ him :). If he thinks I’ve forgotten that he’s offered me a signed copy of his freshly released novel ‘The Broken God Machine’, he’s sadly mistaken ;).

On with the interview:

1. The II AM Trilogy is written mostly from Two’s POV. How difficult was it for you as a male to write from a female POV?

Not terribly difficult, to be honest. I recently saw a George R. R. Martin quote about this kind of thing which I really liked. Someone asked him how he was able to write believable female characters, and he replied, “You know, I’ve always considered women to be people.”

That’s really all there is to it. I’ve known a zillion women in my life and each one has been different from the next. The idea that all women are the same and all men are the same and thus men can’t write believable female characters is just nuts. Treat them as people – unique, individual people with strengths and weaknesses, fears and hopes, loves and hates – and you’ll do fine. Maybe every single note won’t ring true for every single reader, but the majority will, and that’s good enough.

2. How on earth did you come up with the idea to create different types of vampire and their associated traits?

Truthfully, it wasn’t any one moment where I went “Oh, I gotta do this.” It was a combination of having absorbed a ton of vampire stuff since I was a kid. Considering how vampires behave differently in different stories, and thinking that multiple strains of vampirism would be a good explanation for that.

3. How long did it take you to write The II AM Trilogy?

Oh, jeez … OK, well, ‘The Blood That Bonds’ started out as a comic book I envisioned when I was in my early teens, maybe 1991. Two was a homeless girl who encountered a serial killer, realized he was a vampire, and eventually exterminated him.

When I was maybe seventeen, that morphed into a new comic – hastily drawn during breaks at a summer job – that more closely resembled the eventual novel, except the Theroen character wasn’t named Theroen, and he was the bad guy (there was no Abraham). By that point, 1994-ish, Two, Tori and Melissa/Missy were pretty much the characters they ended up being. Samantha, too. But Theroen didn’t come along until I wrote a novella version of the book at age 19 (1996).

I then left the whole thing untouched for years, and picked it back up around 2002, starting over from scratch and rewriting the story to be a full novel. I finished that up around 2004, after multiple drafts, and spent a couple of years shopping it to publishers with no luck. Finally in 2009 I cleaned it up, improved a few sections, and self-published the thing as an eBook.

By then I’d already started (and abandoned) the first draft of ‘Blood Hunt’. When TBTB took off on Kindle and people started clamoring for the sequel, I realized I had to get serious. So I finished ‘Blood Hunt’ up and release it in 2011. ‘The Children of the Sun’ followed in 2012.

So … it either took about five years, or about twenty-one, depending on how you look at it!

4. Your next novel, ‘The Broken God Machine’ is a sci-fi novel. Are you concerned that you may lose some fans due to switching genres?

Quite concerned, yes. I know a lot of fans get annoyed when an author jumps genres. I’m not a best-seller, but I do have an audience, and I do worry that they’ll be like, “Science Fiction? Eew!”

My hope is that they’ll give it a shot. I think they’ll like ‘The Broken God Machine’ even though it doesn’t have any vampires in it. I’m also hoping to attract some new readers, or win back some folks who took one look at the II AM Trilogy, dismissed it as a Twilight ripoff (which it’s obviously not) without reading it, and moved on.

We’ll have to see how sales go. If it helps, the book isn’t a “spaceships and aliens” book … it’s about as close to fantasy as Science Fiction gets. Heck, it’s even got monsters!

5. Do you plan to ever go back to writing about vampires?

I would say I plan to, exactly. I never really know what I’m going to write next until it’s time to start something new, though I always have several ideas kicking around in my head. That said, I do have a couple of ideas for books set in my vampire universe. They won’t star Two or Theroen, but they may feature some of the II AM Trilogy folks as side characters. Mainly though they will involve new people, in new places, doing new things.

There is a hint at the end of the II AM Trilogy Timeline [http://iiamtrilogy.com/timeline.php] about the next story, actually. Warning, that timeline is obviously full of spoilers for the trilogy, so read the books first!

6. How did you plot The II AM Trilogy? Did you know what was going to happen from beginning to end?

Not exactly. I would describe the plotting for the trilogy in this manner: it was like I spreading out a big map, and I stuck pushpins into certain destinations I wanted to hit (major plot points), but I didn’t specify a route to get there. I made that up as I went along. This resulted in some weird twists and turns, and actually I missed a few plot points … basically deciding on the fly that I liked some other destination better.

I wrote ‘The Blood That Bonds’ not really expecting to do a sequel, but when I decided there was more story to tell, I set to work figuring out what I wanted to accomplish. The initial plots for the next two books were quite different at the start (at one point, the Burilgi vampires were going to overrun the whole world!) but I pretty quickly figured out what story I wanted to tell and some major points that I needed to hit to get there.

‘The Broken God Machine’ was written in a similar manner, as were both of the unpublished novels I’m currently working on.

7. What made you offer ‘The Blood That Bonds’ for free for so long?

‘The Blood That Bonds’ has been free for basically its entire existence (and will always be free). It was $1 at Amazon for a short time because that was the lowest they’d let me set it, but as soon as they saw it being offered for free elsewhere, they price-matched it down. The plan was always to use it as a way to build up an audience, and then to charge money for my other work. I would say that plan succeeded well beyond my expectations!

8. What do you think of people that say that ‘All vampire novelists are attempting to ride the coattails of Twilight.’ (Or words to that effect).

I think they’re ignoring the century of vampire literature, movies, etc. that came before ‘Twilight’. I’m not riding Stephanie Meyers’ coattails … I’m riding Bram Stoker’s!

The biggest influence by far on ‘The Blood That Bonds’ is ‘Interview with the Vampire’ by Anne Rice. I didn’t read ‘Twilight’ until after I’d published TBTB and was well into ‘Blood Hunt’. Frankly, all respect to Meyer and to her success, but I didn’t enjoy ‘Twilight’ and I didn’t bother with the sequels. I won’t say mine are “better,” but I will say that I like them more.

Also, I wrote several drafts of ‘The Blood That Bonds’ years before Meyer had even started in on ‘Twilight’, so people who think it’s a rip-off can, well … bite me.  🙂

9. Is ‘The Broken God Machine’ going to be a standalone novel or is it set to become a series?

‘The Broken God Machine’ is a standalone novel, as is the book I will very likely be publishing in Fall 2014 (which doesn’t have a name yet).

10. What is your favorite and least favorite parts of the writing process?

Favorite part by a million miles is when the words are clicking, the story is pouring out of my brain, and I’m loving what I’m putting on the screen. Doesn’t happen that smoothly too often, but when it does it’s incredibly fun and gratifying. Second place is the whole second draft, which is the “easiest” – the story’s already there and now I get to replace all the crappy parts and make them good. Third place is working with illustrators on the covers, a process I love.

Least favorite? Formatting the manuscript for print. So annoying! Much, much worse than formatting the eBooks. I also don’t love final edit incorporation just because by then I’m usually totally sick of the book and have convinced myself it’s complete and utter crap that everyone will hate. The stress of getting everything out the door on time is also not much fun. So basically the last three months or so before the book’s launch pretty much suck.

11. What do you do for fun?

Lots of things! I am a student of cocktail history and mixology (I run a nightly cocktail blog, DrinkShouts, at http://drinkshouts.com) and read a lot of books on that subject. I also brew beer, follow the NBA and the NFL, and play plenty of video games. I manage to fit some novels, movies and TV in there, too. Sometimes I even find time to play my guitars.

I also love to travel (and explore areas close to home) with my wife!

12. Do you have a favourite book or author?

I have read more Stephen King than any other author, and he is probably the single greatest influence on my “voice” as a writer. I won’t argue that he’s high literature, but he tells a good story, and that’s always been what matters to me most. Other favorites include early Anne Rice, Tolkien, some of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams’s plays, Christopher Moore, Cormac McCarthy, George Orwell, early Michael Crichton, and many others.

If you asked me to pick the best book I’ve ever read, I might well choose Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It’s pretty much perfect in every way. If I ever wrote anything half that good, I’d die happy.

13. ‘The Broken God Machine’ launched on the 1st of September. Are you writing anything at the moment?

Oh, absolutely. As I mentioned above, I already have the first draft of next year’s release finished. It still needs a lot more work, of course, but I’m pretty happy with it. The book is set in the near future and is a revenge thriller – probably the darkest novel I’ve written since ‘The Blood That Bonds’.

I am also working on a set of Young Adult books in the Harry Potter vein. I expect there to be five books in that series. I have finished the first draft of the first one and will shortly be starting on the second draft. No publication date for those, yet. I think I’m going to shop the series to publishers.

14. The e-book covers for ‘The II AM Triology’ are out of this world. How involved were you in the process of creating them and who was the designer?

I was very involved. I handle all of the production of my books – both print and eBooks – myself. That includes hiring and managing illustrators for the covers, working with a professional editor, doing the layout of the covers, and creating the actual print templates and eBook files.

Adrian Dadich [http://adriandadich.tumblr.com/] did the cover for The Blood That Bonds, and Karla Ortiz [http://karlaortizart.blogspot.com/] did the covers for Blood Hunt and The Children of the Sun. Tomasz Jedruszek [http://morano.pl/] painted the cover for The Broken God Machine. They’re incredibly talented and I’m grateful I had the chance to work with them all. Taking a cover from “here’s a couple of ideas” to a finished illustration is a lot of fun! Once we get to that point, I take their paintings and put together all the text and other cover elements in Photoshop. This is an area where my job as a web designer really helps!

15. What advice would you give to any author just setting out on the road to self-publishing?

Prepare for lots of really hard work, and then work really hard!

It’s a cliché to say it, but you get out of things what you put into them. If you rush out an unedited first draft, you stand much less of a chance of building an audience then if you take your time, work with editors, and make sure you’ve crafted a professional product. It’s the only way you’re going to stand out amidst the ocean of indie books out there.

I’ve put thousands of hours into my novels, and that’s just counting the ones that have been published … I started writing when I was eleven, and I’ve been doing it ever since. You have to be willing to write and write and write just to get to a point where you can produce something worth giving a second draft. That’s just how it is. If you love it, though, you’ll keep at it, and eventually you’ll be good at it.

Also, read. A lot. You can’t be a good writer without reading a lot.

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Author Bio

Christopher Buecheler is a professional web designer & developer, a published author, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer of beer, a player of the guitar and drums, and an NBA enthusiast.

He lives a semi-nomadic existence with his wonderful French wife, Charlotte and their two cats, Carbomb and Baron Salvatore H. Lynx II. Currently they reside in Providence, Rhode Island.

You can visit him at http://cwbuecheler.com/

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Just getting something off my chest.

On Saturday night I foolishly became embroiled in an argument on Facebook in regard to an argument about the blog post “Why indie authors still suck.”

The person who posted it saying she got his point. She is, of course, entitled to her opinion.

I will admit I could see his underlying point. However, it was doused with sweeping statements, offensiveness, diatribe and negativity. That was my issue and I made that clear.

Unfortunately, the best form of defence is attack, and thats what happened. The people this article was aimed at would have completely shut their eyes and brain off to what the blogger said. This was the point I was trying to make on the Facebook thread.

I made the point that the blog was about as effective as a badly written indie book. The post was as badly written as the aforementioned as well.

Just to clarify. I understand what the blogger was saying. As a bottom line he was saying he is fed up of bad writing. He’s annoyed that people are producing badly composed stories and hitting ‘publish’ and blindly believing that MS’s Word spelling and grammar check is editing.

I totally agree, but, those books soon get found out for what they are. They are revealed for what they are rather quickly by reviews. The purchaser can usually tell by the sample, or they can return the book for a full refund. Who has lost? No-one. Yes, I agree that it brings the name of indie authors down. Having said that, most sensible people will see the work for what it is and pay little attention to it, other than maybe complain about it via social media.

The absolute bottom line of it was that indie authors should be attempting to be as professional as their publishing house counterparts. I agree every author should have an editor and a cover designer at the very least. Thats my personal opinion and I wouldn’t force it down anyones throat. Why? Because, frankly my dear I don’t give a damn. If someone doesn’t want my advice, thats fine. Who am I to give it anyway?

I was accused by someone on that Facebook thread of not understanding what the blogger was saying. As you can see I did understand it. Did I want it sugarcoated? No. I did what was advised in that post. Do I think it was a pathetic, offensive and useless rant. Yes.

However, the person on that thread, who is apparently a traditionally published author told me that I was ‘mentally challenged’. I told her she was being personal and she came back at me ‘Enjoy wearing your helmet and licking windows.’ or words to that effect.

The original poster of the comment then wrote a blog post which basically said that she was shocked by an indie authors attack of the blogger and the way the indie author acted was embarrassing and unprofessional.

I’d just like to say, I think the fact that you support such ineffective diatribe is embarrassing. I also think to call me unprofessional is a low blow considering the abuse I took from your ‘friend’ who I found to be unprofessional. At no point was I personal at all.

I was trying to make a point, so was she. All I was trying to say was…’what was the point of that?’ If the point was to seriously annoy people then the blogger succeeded.

Glad to get that off my chest.