Available at Book View Café or your favorite ebook seller.
Q: What is the working title of your book?
A: CURSE OF THE FALLEN or CURSE OF THE ALBEN, not sure which. What do you think? Is CURSE OF THE ALBEN confusing?
Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?
A: Short answer: This is book 4 of my Blood of the Kindred series, inspired by my short story, "Kind Hunter" (which you can read at Book View Café - it's the free sample from the anthology DRAGON LORDS AND WARRIOR WOMEN).
Q: What genre does your book fall under?
Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A: Well, Orlando Bloom is the quintessential elf in my eyes, so I'd cast him as Turisan. For Eliani - yanno, Zooey Deschanel might work! For Shalár, I think Kaley Cuoco would do a very good job. And for Luruthin, perhaps Matthew Gray Gubler.
Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A: As war with the alben intensifies in Fireshore, Eliani and Turisan return to Highstone, where the Ælven Council must decide the future of the Lost: will they be exiled like the alben, or will they become allies whose aid might tip the balance in the war?
Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A: Well, kind of neither. Since the series was dropped after book 2 by the original publisher, I have elected to continue publishing it with the help of the wonderful publishing cooperative Book View Café. Book 3, Swords Over Fireshore, came out in 2012. Oh, and this book should be out in spring of 2013.
Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: About a year.
Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A: It's my take on a Lord of the Rings type of fantasy.
Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A: Tolkein, of course. I've been a fan of LotR since I was around 12, I guess, when I first read it. I especially love elves, so my own stories are about the Ælven. Also, see question 2.
Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A: The Blood of the Kindred series is my exploration of the question posed in "Kind Hunter," namely: what if elves and vampires were originally the same race?
Book 1: The Betrayal
Book 2: Heart of the Exiled
Book 3: Swords Over Fireshore
And now, here are some other writers who are playing this game:
Patricia Burroughs http://planetpooks.com/the-blog/
Jeffrey A. Carver http://starrigger.blogspot.com
Katharine Eliska "Cat" Kimbriel http://alfreda89.livejournal.com/
Steven Harper Piziks http://spiziks.livejournal.com
Deborah J. Ross http://www.deborahjross.blogspot.com/
Laura Underwood http://laurajunderwood.livejournal.com/
Edited to add:
Kelly A. Harmon http://kellyaharmon.com/work-progress-
Cindie Geddes http://cindiegeddes.com/2012/11/29/the-
It was surreal to watch Sandy make landfall near Atlantic City even as my new novel, much of which takes place in that town, was released.
Whenever a natural disaster occurs, I get a sick feeling of helplessness. I’ve learned to counter that by doing something, even something small, to offset the overwhelming feelings.
So I’ve picked out a charity near Atlantic City, the Food Bank of South Jersey, and for every sale of Dead Man’s Hand at BVC during November, I’ll donate $2 to them.
I’m starting off with a $50 donation now, because I know they need the funds now. If the book sells more than 25 copies at BVC this month, I’ll send more.
So tell your friends. If you’d like to read a nice poker zombie story, and want to do a little something to help the folks who got hit hard by Sandy, this is a way to do both.
Dead Man’s Hand by Pati Nagle
Wild Bill Hickok awakens to the feel of flesh crawling onto his bones. Alive again, in the graveyard in Deadwood on a cold October night, he has an irresistible compulsion to go to Atlantic City.
There, in the mysterious and magical Black Queen casino, he joins a rogue’s gallery of resurrected scoundrels, all gamblers who were murdered like himself. Will the father of organized crime revert to his bad habits and attempt to take over the Queen? Will Wild Bill finally find out if those aces and eights are winners? Five murdered men sit down to a poker tournament for the highest possible stakes: the right to stay alive.
And here's mine:
“So sorry to hear about the tragic event, Ms Rosings. Do you have a few minutes to tell us about it?”
“Out on the porch would be best, I think,” said Gina, shepherding us outside to where two young men waited next to several cases that probably held electronic gear.
“I only have a few minutes,” I said. “We open at eleven.”
Ms Algodones smiled. “This won’t take long.”Next?