The Selkie Trilogy
BY Brandi KennedyMs.Brandi Kennedy has become a friend of mine through the book world but she is such an amazing person, we've grown to know each other and their families too. I can't wait for you to get to know more about her so here's an interview I did with her! Author Interview: Tell me a bit about yourself: I’ve wanted nothing more than to be a writer, to be able to paint with words and make a living doing it. So I’ve spent the last five years building a blog and publishing 8 great books. I’m also building my own little Patreon community too, where I post exclusive writings, podcasts, and peeks at my daily life for my subscribers there. What type of genre do you write? When I’m writing fiction I write romance, often with bits of other genres including paranormal mixed in. I also like to read a bit of everything, so the various genres I read often find their way into my romances. You’ll find suspense, adventure, fantasy. But either way, all of my writing – including blogging or other non-fiction – tends to have a special focus on mental health and wellness, self-empowerment, and the human ability to survive and thrive. To remain undaunted despite anything that comes our way. Tell me about your latest? Recently, my novel-writing took a hit time-wise, so I haven’t been able to publish quite as often as I’d like – but my most recent novel is Selkie II. The Selkie Trilogy follows Annie Jacobs on a journey of something … so much more than self-discovery. In the first book: after an ugly divorce, Annie packs up and moves to Bar Harbor, Maine to get herself and her life back in order. The move brings her into contact with something unexpected though, and a new love in her life sets off a chain reaction that changes everything for a people Annie never knew existed. Selkie II picks up where the first book left off, and carries the story on with an exciting chase, the loss of a loved one (or two), introduction of precious new characters, and countless thrills. What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story? Experiencing a story that wrenched at my heart set it off, and I had a teacher in elementary school that took me under her wing to foster my love of books. That love stuck with me, and I was writing stories of my own by the time I finished fifth grade. But I credit my first romance novel with my love for the genre specifically – Johanna Lindsey’s Love Only Once was my introduction to love stories, and I’ve never forgotten the way it felt to curl up and fall in love with those characters. What challenges have you faced in your writing career? Self-doubt, probably. Writing is an art form, particularly fiction writing. It’s the same as painting and sculpting and music – it only comes in a different form. And writing, as with any other art, comes with its own share of artistic concern for public acceptance. Do you see yourself in any of your characters? Sure – I’m in all of them, from the sweetest heroine to the worst of the villains. Humans are a mix of things, always; we’re sweet, but we’re also vile. We’re understanding, but we’re judgmental. Accepting all of that, and using it in character development, is what makes the best characters – the experts say to write what you know, right? So I use what I know of life and humanity to feed and fuel the characters in my stories. Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do? Oh there’s still lots to do. I still need to write a string of bestsellers, still need to create a legacy I can leave behind for my daughters. I still care about empowering women, and I still have big, big dreams. What do you do when you’re not writing? *laughs* I think about writing! You know those old bumper stickers that say “I’d Rather be Fishing”? Well, me? I’d rather be writing. What advice would you give to aspiring authors? Ignore the people who don’t believe in you – use them as fuel to keep trying. This can be a very discouraging business, so you have to be strong on your own, determined to make it work, and willing to learn whatever it takes to get – and stay – ahead of the game. And when you have a chance to make friends in this business, keep them. They’re your people, the people who understand your drive and your dream. That’s not so easy to come by, so when you have it, you hold on tight. After this book, what is next? Right now I’m working on several projects – I post an exclusive short story every month on Patreon, and I’m also writing a novel there. The novel will be exclusive too, at least until it’s finished, so Patreon is your chance to read along as I’m writing too. Aside from that, I’m also working to finish Still Fighting For Freedom, the second book in the Freedom Series. Your website/blog? My website and blog are all-in-one, at authorbrandikennedy.blogspot.com. This is where I share bits of my life, but I also do a lot of coaching on topics to do with self-empowerment, mental health, single parenting, and life in general. My blog is my place to be me – and while writing is truly at the core of who I am, just like with most other people, I’m so much more than that. So my blog is my community – undaunted women (and a few men!) checking in to learn and love life together. Other websites? Patreon.com/authorbrandikennedy is an extension of my blog – I get a little more personal there, and I often share things in the moment, such as what my daughters and I are up to, what I’m currently working on, etc. This is the best place to get to know the most personal me. Where can your book be found? All of my books can be found pretty much wherever books are sold. Links to all of my series can be found here (http://authorbrandikennedy.blogspot.com/p/bibliography_10.html) and clicking through to any series page will take you to direct purchase/download links. Follow Links: Blog: authorbrandikennedy.blogspot.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/authorbrandikennedy Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorBrandiKennedy Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrandiKennedy84 Instagram: https://instagram.com/authorbrandikennedy Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AuthorbrandikennedyBlogspot Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/brandikennedy84/ BlogLovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/@brandikennedy Thanks for having me! I hope you all enjoyed learning about a new Author! Ms. Kennedy is very talented as well as she makes all her own covers, teasers, swag, etc. She's always wiling to stop and help people and I consider her a great friend. PLEASE check out her books and pages, especially her Patreon and support the page for as little as $1. You will get so much from her in return. She really pours her heart and soul into all of her writing from her novels to her blog posts.
The Ghost Killer Series
BY Margaret MillmoreMargaret A. Millmore is a native Californian and currently resides in San Francisco with her husband and two cats. She’s the author of seven books (two novels, one three book series, and books one and two of her new Ghost Killer series): Doppelganger Experiment (World Castle Publishing, September 2011; republished via Amazon Digital Services, January 2014), The Four Series – Book I, II and III (World Castle Publishing 2012/13, republished via Amazon Digital Services, October 2015), The Dragonfly Door (Amazon Digital Services, October 2013), What Haunts Me (Ghost Killer – Book 1) (Amazon Digital Services, November 2014 and republished via Creativia Publishing, December 2015), The Edge of the Cemetery (Ghost Killer – Book 2) (via Creativia Publishing, June 2016). My books are set in San Francisco (with the exception of The Four Series). http://mybook.to/whathauntsme What Haunts Me (Ghost Killer – Book 1) by Margaret Millmore Blurb: The ghosts that wander among the living do not haunt in the traditional sense; instead, they plague the innocent with disease, deformity and addiction. And once a ghost finds its victim, it will haunt them for a lifetime... or kill them quickly. After George gets ill, the dreams begin. Suppressed memories are triggered, allowing him to see ghosts, and a deeply buried instinct emerges. George finds out he can kill these monsters, and heal their victims. The ability to save lives is something George cannot ignore, but it soon becomes an obsession and begins to eat away at his sanity. His quest for understanding leads him to new friends and allies, and exposes him to enemies he could have never imagined. In the end, can you really ever kill something that’s already dead? The Edge of the Cemetery (Ghost Killer – Book 2) http://mybook.to/Cemetery winner of the August 2016 Long and Short Reviews Book of the Month http://mybook.to/Cemetery The Edge of the Cemetery (Ghost Killer – Book 2) by Margaret Millmore Blurb: When George Sinclair discovered he can see ghosts, destroy them and save their victims, his life changed from ordinary to extraordinary. He became a ghost killer. Now, George works alongside his new friends and assists the Watchers: an international group of ghost killers and supernatural experts who monitor the world for ghostly sightings and demon infestations to maintain the balance between the living and the dead. When San Francisco and the surrounding area are suddenly plagued by rogue groups of ghosts and demons, the Watchers know it isn’t a random occurrence. The monsters are possessing their victims and once the ghost killers arrive, the demons direct their attention towards them. As George and the Watchers investigate, they discover that a demonic presence is behind the attacks. With the clock ticking against them, they must find the source of the evil and destroy it, or risk thousands of deaths. Winner of the August 2016 Book of the Month by Long and Short Reviews http://www.margaretmillmore.com/ http://www.amazon.com/Margaret-Millmore/e/B005ME8QTQ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Margaret-A-Millmore/228435017205214 https://twitter.com/MMillmore http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5157106.Margaret_A_Millmore http://author.to/MargaretMillmore http://www.creativia.org/from-voracious-reader-to-successful-indie-author-california-author-margaret-millmore.html Doppelganger Experiment: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HZ0YZEK The Four Series Book I: http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Book-I-Four-ebook/dp/B0178K4RM6 Book II: http://www.amazon.com/Change-Four-Book-II-ebook/dp/B0178L6RK0 Book III: http://www.amazon.com/Battle-Four-Book-III-ebook/dp/B017A5HZZK The Dragonfly Door: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FL572Q4 What Haunts Me – Ghost Killer Book 1: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019EAN2K6/ The Edge of the Cemetery – Ghost Killer Book 2: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GSE7E7S/
The Caging at Deadwood Manor
BY Sandie HillNEW RELEASE!
Author Sandie Will has released her debut novel, The Caging at Deadwater Manor. Set along the Florida Gulf Coast, this young adult psychological thriller is a heart-wrenching, edge-of-your-seat story about eighteen-year-old Jeannie Kynde who is locked away in Deadwater Manor, a psychiatric hospital with an unscrupulous past. In her words, she shares what it’s like to endure psychiatric treatments, mentally unstable patients, a sadistic nurse and a tempting attendant.
Can she find the strength to survive the nightmare that is now her world?
Book Trailer https://youtu.be/JVnKTfjzWqs
On a cold, January evening, fourteen-year-old Jeannie Kynde is told that her beloved mother drowned in the murky waters along Florida's Gulf Coast. Her distraught father turns on Jeannie, no longer the caring father she once knew.
Four years later, Jeannie is finally old enough to escape her father's clutches, but he has different plans. He imprisons her at Deadwater Manor, a psychiatric hospital with an unscrupulous past.
Will she be locked away forever? Or can she fight against the nightmare that has now become her world?
Links: Website: www.deadwatermanor.com Blog: www.sandiewill.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorsandiewill Twitter: www.twitter.com/SandieWillBooks Instagram: www.instagram.com/sandie_will Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/sandie_will Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108422984650924625714
So, what was the inspiration for this story?
As the cover states, Deadwater Manor was inspired by true events, so I wanted to share what this means.
About eight years ago, I wanted to see if I could write dark. I had already written a historical time travel, which was more on the adventurous side (this will be released later this year). At first I thought I'd write a ghost story, and I remembered that my dad worked at psychiatric hospitals during short spurts of his life, both state and private. He rarely talked about his time there. My mom had said it was because he was upset over things he saw.
So, I finally asked him. There were no ghosts, but he mentioned how he felt bad for the young girls because sometimes they were admitted against their will by families who didn’t understand depression or other milder psychiatric conditions. He also shared patient routines and how the hospital rooms were set up. And as he continued, he remembered a discovery he made in the attic. It gives me chills just thinking about it, even now, and it became the central part of the story. So, though the story and hospital are completely fictional, it is based on a girl admitted against her will, my dad’s discovery and some of the patient routines, outbursts, clothing and treatments he mentioned. The rest is based on research.
Sadly, my dad has since passed away from Alzheimers. He was a wonderful man, unlike the father in the story (which he always reminded me to make clear!). Before he became too confused, I let him know I dedicated the book to him. I knew he understood when he became weepy. I'll be thinking of him on March 31.
About the Author:
Sandie Will was born in Poughkeepsie, New York and moved to Florida during the 1970s. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Geology degree from the University of South Florida and Master of Science in Environment al Engineering Sciences degree from the University of Florida. She is currently working as a hydrogeologist and manager at a state agency that protects water supplies and natural systems. She primarily manages well construction and aquifer testing operations. During her career, she has written numerous technical reports and articles for various science-related publications. Now, she is adding fiction to her writing repertoire with her debut novel, The Caging at Deadwater Manor. Sandie currently lives in Florida with her husband, Charlie. They have two grown sons, a lovable lab-mix and a pesky cat. Her website and blog can be found at www.sandiewill.com.
Thank you for the support! I truly appreciate everyone who has helped me during this long journey.
Here's some more information on Sandie for you:
What type of genre do you write?
I love to write YA thrillers, historical time travel and paranormal. After my first debut, I will be releasing the first book of my time travel series later this year.
What genre to you personally read?
Pretty much anything, but I tend to want to read dark, creepy books, science fiction and historical novels. I especially love novels that stay with you for a while or make you question reality.
Tell me about your latest?
The Caging at Deadwater Manor is based on a discovery my dad made while working at a psychiatric hospital. It gives me the creeps just thinking about it! He also shared patient routines and hospital routines that helped me provide a more realistic storyline. So, the story is fiction, but it’s inspired by my dad’s discovery and I’ve incorporated some actual happenings here and there.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
There is. This book is for mature young adults because there are some situations where the main character, Jeannie Kynde, struggles to choose the right path for herself, especially since she is drugged and her survival instinct is kicking in. I think young adults have (unfortunately) had to make difficult choices at times, and I hope this story helps them see that they should stick to their own ethical values. Also, sometimes you need to forgive yourself, which can be so hard.
What does your workspace look like?
I have an old writer’s desk I found in an antique shop a few years back. It’s in front of a set of windows on the second story of my home surrounded by old oaks and visiting birds. It’s a peaceful place – my sanctuary!
After this book, what is next?
The first book of The Time Lands Series called The Hunger will be released later this year. This book is about a girl from today who meets a guy from Ireland who is going through desperate times. There’s a bit of first love, adventure, suspense and comedy all wrapped in a sweet story. Remember the names: Carly Matthews and Liam Healy – they’ll be sharing their adventures in time for a while!
Currently, I’m writing on another psychological thriller and researching historical information for a paranormal. Your website? www.sandiewill.com Your blog? www.sandiewill.com/blog Other websites? www.deadwatermanor.com for the book release. I also have a science blog where geologists share their typical day and projects from around the world at www.rockheadsciences.com.
Where can your book be found? Please purchase my ebook on March 31 or April 1 on Amazon to help with my ranking. The link to Amazon will be available at www.deadwatermanor.com. After that, all the regular outlets such as Barnes and Noble will be fine. The printed copy will be available the week after the release.
Frank Julius Palumbo is one of our Contributors but he’s got such great news, I just had to share it with you all!!
This was for his first effort and came in the top ten!!! His screenplay for:
The Enochian Wars: Armageddon Unleashed
He also won an award for one of his other books:
If you come across him, please congratulate him on his success!
We are thrilled to have him on our team and has provided invaluable assistance to us!!!
Thank you Frank!!!