Author Interview: Barbara Gaskell Denvil

Today I am fortunate to have author Barbar Gaskell Denvil on my blog.

grandma 2Hello Barbara. Tell us about your books. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?

I write principally historical fiction, but my new book, published on 2nd June and available in ebook and paperback editions, is just a little different. This novel, Fair Weather, is set in England during the reign of King John and the historical setting is lush, rich and important to me and to my storyline. However, the plot includes time travel, and the modern heroine goes back to inhabit the mind and body of a young girl at a most important and unexpected moment of her life. The link between my two heroines is very important, and unfolds gradually. There is a large paranormal element, and the hero links true history to dark evil of myth, cult and power of the paranormal.

This is a novel of mystery and adventure with a strong romantic theme. It is highly unusual in many ways, and I believe that the characters are particularly vivid.

Start reading – and you will be welcomed into a new world of danger, threat and mystery where the poor of London in the early 13th century discover a greater ruin than poverty, a greater threat than discomfort and a greater power than the king’s. But stopping the inevitable can only be achieved by travel through time, and knowing more about the past and the future before accepting the present. Read more

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Book Review: The Voodoo Killings

The Voodoo Killings (Kincaid Strange #1)

voodo killingsFor the first time since we launched Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, Random House Canada is thrilled to announce the debut of a new urban fantasy series. Kristi Charish’s The Voodoo Killings introduces Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner…

For starters, she’s only 27. Then there’s the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she’s broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running seances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker–who happens to be Kincaid’s on-again, off-again roommate.

Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighbourhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he’s tied to a spate of murders: someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle’s infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City’s oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She’s broke, but she’s not stupid.

And then she becomes the target…As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle.

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Character Interview from Shadow Stalker

Recently, I was fortunate enough to interview Renee Scattergood on my blog (you can read that here). Today I am interviewing the protagonist from her book series, Shadow Stalker.

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Hello, can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself.

My name is Makari. I’m the son of the emperor of the Galvadi. I’m a shadow stalker by birth, but I was not raised on the Dark Isle with the others of my kind.

Where are you from and what is it like there?

I grew up on Nadiria, an island in the far south of the Serpent Isles. It’s not quite a tropical climate, but we do not get snow and it tends to stay fairly warm year round. The winters do get cold, but not unbearably so. Nadiria is the capital of the Galvadi Empire. I admit I haven’t seen much of it since I grew up in an academy from the age of five. Before that my father kept me locked up in a small room in his palace most days. I didn’t see much of Ostara, the city where my father lives and the capital of Nadiria, during my childhood, but judging from what I’ve seen as an adult, I haven’t missed much. It’s an old city and my father does little to keep it from looking run down. Read more

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Author Interview: Renee Scattergood

Today I am happy to introduce author Renee Scattergood. I was able to interview one of her characters, Makari, which you can read here.

Renee Scattergood's Bio PicTell us about your books. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?

Right now I’m working on my Shadow Stalker serial. It’s about a young shadow stalker, Auren, who is being hunted by Drevin, Emperor of the Galvadi, who claims she will enslave the people of their world. Auren is trying to end his tyranny while trying to avoid his prophecy.

What genre(s) do you write in? Who is your audience?

I write dark fantasy for young adults over 15 year old and adults.

Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing?

I always start with a character. I develop the main character and the story comes from that. Once I have a general idea of what the story will be about, I start writing down ideas. Then I organize the ideas into a basic plot. Usually by that point, I know about how long the story will be and I can start breaking down the main plot into smaller plotlines to figure out how many books it will take to write out the entire story. Then I start planning the individual books. I write out the scenes and develop a timeline. Once I work out how it all fits together and have the scenes in the right order, I separate it into chapters. The last step before writing is putting together a detailed outline. This makes the writing go more smoothly and allows me to work out any final kinks and details in the story, which saves time with editing later. Once the story is written, I do my self-edits and then I sent it off to my editor. Read more

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