Author Spotlight: JGJ Fairhurst

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What inspired my novel –

Inspiration came from many sources. Reading other novels & authors is an obvious answer but far too important to leave out for the sake of avoiding cliché. Personal experience is a huge part too. For example, I have a friend who wears glasses. Whenever it’s just me and him he would shout “hey, four eyes!” when he seen someone else wearing glasses. The offended party would turn round, see my friend with glasses on and then see me without. I’m sure I don’t need to point out who was always chastised for the yelled insult. Thankfully, It never lead to me being punched or beat-up but if looks could kill I would be dead fifty times over by now. I put this ‘trick’ in one of my short stories. There are lots of real life incidents that can make for interesting reading. If you remember it, then by definition it’s memorable. Chances are someone else will see the humour, the joy, the sadness, the awkwardness or whatever the case may be too. There are countless novels in your memory bank, the hard part is working out how to best utilise the material you have stored there. I used my “hey, four eyes!” memory in a short story called ones boy’s war. I think it made for a brilliant read but hey, we would all love to write our own reviews, right?

What’s it about –

The children of duty & justice interweaves fantasy, romance, politics and religion with mental illness, gender relations, and broken families.

The book follows Osyron Rymore as he leaves the family home to find his way in life. He joins the marshals (the law) in the hope of seeing justice done and being someone of worth in the world. However, it’s not long before world events outmatch one ideological boy and his honourable intent. All kingdoms have united into two empires that now sit tentatively side by side. Guided by scripture, Emperor Horim of Olbaid foresees an inevitable war and plots to strike before being struck. Horim hatches a plan to frame neighbouring empire, Miria as instigators to win support for his holy conflict. Despite a predicted death toll in the millions and a war expected to span decades, Horim see’s no price too great to shape his legacy and see off the preordained demonic invasion.

Due to this brewing war, most seasoned marshals are conscripted into the army leaving Osyron and fellow recruits with tasks that outweigh their experience. Opportunity is on the rise for criminals and a child trafficking ring is suspected to be operating in a coastal village in the far reaches of the empire. Osyron is sent alone. Here he meets Daniela Callahan, a fisherman’s wife who leads him on a journey further that any charted map and beyond all belief.

Additional info –

I have a deep love of the fantasy genre and wanted to create a medieval, fantasy world that incorporates and explores modern topics and issues. I wanted to write a novel that did not lean too heavily on fantasy elements just for razzmatazz sake. The idea was to keep real people with real issues as the meat and potatoes of the story and use fantasy as flavoursome gravy. I find there are too many novels that do it the other way around. At the very least I wanted to offer a fresh take on the traditional cornerstones of the fantasy novel, something a little different without sacrificing what makes fantasy such a well loved genre to begin with.

If anyone reading this is contemplating writing a novel or even a short story, then I urge you, do it. Don’t tell yourself you’re not a writer. You were not a walker once and if you applied that same logic back then you’d still be crawling today. It’s challenging but you can do it. Writing yourself off leads nowhere, writing a novel leads to be continued.

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Author bio – I was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland and still enjoy living there today. I worked as a stock auditor for seven years which involved travelling around the towns of Great Britain and Ireland. What may sound glamorous on paper were countless hours daydreaming out of a mini-van window. My first novel, ‘The Children of Duty & Justice’ is a direct product of those daydreams. Like a lot of folk, I wanted to write a novel but always dismissed the thought, telling myself. “But you’re not a writer.” This horse before the cart logic only pacified me for so long. I decided to test the waters with a short story, something light to gauge my aptitude with the pen, or as these are modern times, I guess the keyboard would be more apt. That short story became my 116,000 word debut novel. Maybe I was a writer after all, or perhaps I just really suck at short stories.

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Authors You Must Read In 2016

Welcome to the year 2016!
With all of the bright new things happening in 2016, we definitely should start the year off RIGHT!

What does that mean for you? Books! New books are such a wonderful gift to yourself to help accomplish your goals of being more focused and fulfilled in the coming year.

This coming year I’ve already done half of your job for you and compiled a list of authors and their books which you simply must read this year.

We all have that reading list of books that we intend to read. I know. I do too. However your reading list just isn’t complete without these lovely people to pepper into your list.

If you’re part of a book club, a reader’s circle, or you simply read for your own pleasure, these authors are definitely worth checking out!

 

Christopher Taylor

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Christopher Taylor is the author of three novels — Snowberry’s Veil, Old Habits, and Life Unworthy — along with many other works for role playing games. He lives in Oregon and is always at work on another novel.
A life long dreamer, Christopher encountered fantasy in The Hobbit at a young age and for him it was like coming home. He learned to play AD&D in 1979 and his gaming experiences as player and GM have shaped his storytelling and world building skills to a razor sharp edge.
Both Old Habits and Snowberry’s Veil are set in his game world Jolrhos and reflect his love of both the wilds of Oregon and the gaming worlds he’s been a part of.
Christopher checks the back of closets for Narnia and feels odd writing about himself in the third person.

Personal Website: http://alphawolf10.wix.com/kestrelarts2
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KestrelArts
Twitter: @KestrelArts
Amazon store: http://www.amazon.com/Christopher-R-Taylor/e/B00OM67WB8/
Smashwords store: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/KestrelArts
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8240885.Christopher_Taylor
Lulu store: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/kestrelarts

 

 

Angel Blackwood

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Angel Blackwood is primarily a fantasy author, but she does dabble in other genres when the mood strikes.  She likes going on adventures with her family, rainy days, and all sorts of strange music from symphonic metal to steampunk.
She’s always got somthing in the works, usually several things at once.  You can check out her facebook author page for updates on her latest projects, interesting articles, and all sorts of other things.

Angel is currently featured in several anthology works
Shadows of the Mind: An Anthology of Horror — http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Mind-Anthology-J-Feldman/dp/1518789315/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Forgotten Places — http://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Places-Josh-Walker-ebook/dp/B01A4O40XY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Curse Of the Heroines — http://www.amazon.com/Curse-Heroines-Fantasy-Writers-Anthology-ebook/dp/B015CVIQD4/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Den Of Thieves — http://www.amazon.com/Den-Thieves-Angel-Blackwood/dp/1936099853/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
The Road Taken Anyway — http://www.amazon.com/Curse-Heroines-Fantasy-Writers-Anthology-ebook/dp/B015CVIQD4/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

All of my published works can be found at
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00SARZLFY

 

 

Rosa Arcade

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Rosa is an author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her books include the high fantasy novel, Half-Elf: Touch of Insanity (out of print), a self-help book called, Notes to My Younger Self, The Job Hunter’s Guide which is a great resource tool, and its free companion book, Samples and References: A Companion Book to The Job Hunter’s Guide. She has also co-authored 4 publications and her poetry has appeared in several anthologies.

Rosa has studied acting, music, as well as writing for non-fiction, fantasy, and film. Over a dozen of her scripts have been produced to date, including short educational and promotional videos.

Rosa is the creator of the animated series, Zomb-Eh? She is also the artist and writer for Eeyayho’s Adventure, a family-friendly video game created by her daughter. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and children.

Author Site:  www.RosaArcade.com
Blog:  www.iamrosa.com
FB Page:  www.facebook.com/iamrosa.fanpage

Notes to My Younger Self: A Personal Guide to Happiness
Kindle – http://tinyurl.com/mbswo32
Print – http://tinyurl.com/lfbkclm

Job Hunter’s Guide [Revised]
Kindle – http://goo.gl/0RgI41
Print: http://goo.gl/f7GZcW

Eeyayho’s Adventure
Official Site: www.eeyayho.com
FB Page: www.facebook.com/eeyayho

Zomb-Eh?
Official Site:www.zomb-eh.com
FB Page: www.facebook.com/ZombEh.Fanpage

 

Stephanie Ayers

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Stephanie Ayers is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Our Write Side and graphic designer, editor, and proofreader for Mother Spider Publishing. She is also a full-time world-building ninja, six-time published author, and part-time freelancer from central Virginia, crafting her own story and avoiding growing up at all costs. She mothers her children, loves her husband, attends church, and avoids all things zombies.

Stephanie has been a regular contributor and leader for Bloggy Moms and Just Be Enough, and writes content for Blogmutt in her spare time.

She published her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Precipice 2 and Endless Darkness. Her poetry has been featured in magazines and as podcasts on Eat Sleep Write.

You can find a full listing of her works on her Amazon author page.  She shares her writings and life musings on her personal blog, Written. Additionally, she hosts the exclusive Master Class and Fractured Friday writing prompts and hosts a writing wisdom column every Wednesday.

CONNECT:

https://www.facebook.com/theauthorSAM
https://twitter.com/theauthorSAM
https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanieayersauthor
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SAMAWriter/posts
https://www.pintrest.com/stephanie_ayers/
https://www.instagram.com/geniegirlgraphics/

 

 

 

Beth Hammond

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Beth Hammond is an author/illustrator who writes anything from YA fantasy to children’s picture books. She is a wife, mother, and lover of life. Her early years were spent serving in the military, middle years spent raising babies, and figuring out her place in the world.
Her later years are yet to come, and filled with hopes and
endless dreams. She spends her days creating worlds through words and illustration.
“Don’t write what you think will sell. Write what you want to read.” – Beth Hammond
If you want perfection, I’m not your girl. If you want a sappy love story, move along and I wish you well. But if you’re looking for a fantasy that tells a tale reminiscent of classics like “The Never Ending Story” then we might be twins. Wait, what color shirt are you wearing?  Oh, and one more thing, if ridiculous humor thrown in at the most awkward moments makes you roll your eyes, don’t read this book. You’re welcome.
The Sound of the Stones on Amazon:
 The Sound of the Stones on Barnes & Noble:

 

Kyra Dune

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Kyra Dune was born in Oklahoma, but spent most of her life travelling with her family.
She is the author of more than two dozen fantasy novels, including:
Shadow of the Dragon, Elfblood, and Firebrand. As a child, her favorite stories were those that told of ordinary children being whisked away to magical lands. She has yet to find her own secret wardrobe or rabbit hole, but she hasn’t given up the search. You never know what might be waiting over the next rainbow.
With NUMEROUS books available, Kyra Dune is well worth checking into.

 

E.H. Demeter

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E. H. Demeter is the mother of two wacky kiddos, and she’s married to the love of her life. She lives in South Carolina, where she loves to hate the heat and miss the rain. She can almost always be found with her nose in a book and a notebook on her person. She writes in every free moment she has, and she’s been writing for as long as she can remember. It’s truly her passion, and she fuels it to the best of her ability.

Secrets, Book One of the Rune Trilogy, is her first book!  Also featured in three anthologies, with promise of more coming, E.H. Demeter is certainly a worthy addition to your bookshelves.

Instagram: @TheDarlingWordsmith
twitter: @EH_Demeter
Alizabeth Lynn

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First of all, Alizabeth Lynn is a cat. No, really—everyone who’s ever met her agrees she must be. She prefers sleeping in sunlight, hogging the keyboard, and refilling her plate before it’s anywhere near empty. When she’s pretending to be human, however, she writes paranormal romance, fantasy, and a bit of horror. Her style of romance is a bit on the light side, but some of the violence is almost as bad as trying to tame a wild pride of lions—bloody, disfiguring, and out-of-control.

She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, and even still has the very first poem she ever wrote, around the age of six. She’s been included in two anthologies, Nightmares: In Writer’s Retreat, and Cancer Sucks!, both of which came out in October, 2015, and her first novel, Crimson Bayou, is due for release on March 09, 2016 through Burning Willow Press.

A Northwest Louisiana native, Alizabeth currently resides in West Texas with her loving fiancé. The wonderful man in question works his tush off so that she can stay home with their two children and follow her dream of authorship. However, when she’s not following her dreams, or reverting to her natural feline form, she can be found with her nose buried in a book, or up to her neck in dirty diapers. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Until Crimson Bayou comes out on march 9th, I’ve only been included in two anthologies. They are Cancer Sucks! and Nightmares: In Writer’s Retreat.

Cancer Sucks! : http://www.amazon.com/Cancer-Sucks-E-H-Demeter/dp/1518702252/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1452555972&sr=8-2&keywords=Alizabeth+Lynn

Nightmares: In Writer’s Retreat: http://www.amazon.com/Nightmares-Writers-Retreat-E-H-Demeter/dp/1518813771/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452555972&sr=8-1&keywords=Alizabeth+Lynn

And I can be found across the internet in these places:

 Facebook: www.facebook.com/AlizabethLynnAuthor
Website: http://alizabethlynnauthor.weebly.com/
Instagram: @authoralizabethlynn https://www.instagram.com/authoralizabethlynn/
Twitter: @Red_Tempest13 https://twitter.com/Red_Tempest13
Tumblr: http://redtempest13.tumblr.com/
Email: alizabethlynnauthor.com

 

Lorraine Johnston

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Lorraine Johnston is from Glasgow, Scotland. She was a children’s nanny for thirteen years and spent many hours making up stories for them using her vivid imagination. This was always met with giggles and laughter. She worked for a New Orleans family, and through them, was introduced to The Crescent City. After many years and many visits, she considers New Orleans to be her home away from home. Lorraine started writing in October 2011 and quickly discovered how much she enjoyed creating children’s stories. She was passionate about writing a book set in New Orleans, while adding a little Scottish flavor to her story. Later Tartan Gator is her first children’s book, but it certainly won’t be her last!

http://www.latertartangator.com

Barnes And Noble — http://www.barnesandnoble.com/mobile/w/later-tartan-gator-lorraine-johnston/1115305127?ean=9781620861967
TV Interview — https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zWmIzfR7qPM
Podcast Interview — http://www.underthetartansky.scot/podcast-episodes/2015/7/27/utts-006-later-tartan-gator-a-new-orleans-tale

 

 

Paul R Davis

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With the experiences of mission trips to Guatemala, international travel, a Tough Mudder, teaching in Kentucky and Wisconsin, and a few forced experiences out in mother nature, Paul R Davis seeks to put the excitement of life in his books, inspiring others to seek adventure.

Inspired by Arabian mythology, Drowning the Sands of G’desh brings readers into an epic holy war filled with conspiracy and self-discovery.

His first book has previously been featured here on my blog.
He is also featured in two anthologies.  Den of Thieves, and Heroes.

http://www.amazon.com/Drowning-Sands-Gdesh-Scrolls-Chaos/dp/1458219615/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448396855&sr=8-1&keywords=G%27desh

Paul also runs a website hosting his world lore!
http://www.landsofvolden.com

Amazon Profile: http://www.amazon.com/Paul-R.-Davis/e/B00WXHL32W/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Paul-R-Davis-341392279311292/?fref=ts

 

 

Angie Grigaliunas

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Angie Grigaliunas (grig-ah-LOO-nahs) is a fantasy writer and blogger.
She’s a country girl at heart, in the sense that she wants to be in nature and away from civilization. She loves Jesus, the woods, and the stars, and has always wanted to be a superhero with a secret identity. Seriously.
She has completed three books: one about elves that needs a massive revision before it ever sees the light of day, one that is part of her current story but also needs a massive revision to fit a new storyline, and the actual first book (Sowing) in her dystopian/medieval/grimdark/semi-romance series (The Purification Era). When she’s not writing, she’s usually Facebooking – ack! – or thinking about story stuff. Despite several of her writing friends claiming she’s Canadian, she is not; she lives in Ohio with her dear husband and their crazy cats.

She, too, is currently only published in anthologies, and each of them can be found under her amazon profile.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Angie-Grigaliunas/e/B00SADA9NM/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_2
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/angiegrigaliunaszewriter
Blog: http://www.angiegrigaliunas.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter/Angie_ZeWriter
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/angiegrigaliunas
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13436876.Angie_Grigaliunas

 

 

Laurie Wetzel

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Laurie Wetzel has always had a passion for writing, but it wasn’t until a New Year’s resolution in 2011 that she finally shared with her husband her lifelong dream of being an author. He read the very first draft of Unclaimed and gave her the words she needed to hear: “This is what you need to be doing.” Three years later, her dream became reality when the first book in the Unclaimed Series was published.

Laurie lives in Mankato, Minnesota, with her husband and two young sons. She became a thyroid cancer survivor in 2014 and has since helped raise awareness and donations for research through events held in person and online. When she’s not writing, working, or spending time with her family, she’s reading, working out, or catching up on her favorite shows.

For updates on Unclaimed and Ignited as well as other works in progress, feel free to check her out online.

Facebook: /LaurieRWetzel
Twitter: @Laurie_Wetzel
Website: lauriewetzel.com

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1luhvqu
Itasca: http://bit.ly/1oNzNlQ
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1qkAcZB
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/enUS/ebook/unclaimed6
Copia: http://www.thecopia.com/catalog/details.html?catId=16411029
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/unclaimed/id909062319?mt=11
Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/book/236768070/Unclaimed
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1ldQHdW

 

M.A. Rey

M.A. Ray keeps her meat shell in Wisconsin, where it lives with a husband, two kids, and a cat. Her heart is housed in a lump of stone, the location of which will not be disclosed here. She writes things. Her latest novel was Steel for the Prince: The High King’s Will.

You may find her at http://menyoral.com; the things she writes are available for viewing or purchase here. http://www.amazon.com/M.A.-Ray/e/B00IREBFUU

 

 

Kim Fry

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Kim Fry is a wife, mother and fiction writer who makes her life in Casper, Wyoming. She has a dark sense of humor and an enormous obsession with Edgar Allan Poe. Some of her work is currently posted on Wattpad under user name KimFry. Her horror/thriller, Scream for Me, won the 2012 Watty Awards for ‘On the Rise’ in horror. She writes many genres, including fantasy, horror, thriller and paranormal. 

Den Of Thieves: A Den Of Quills Anthology

Dear Readers,
Discount codes are available to download the Anthology I was recently published in.
I’m VERY excited to share this with all of you, as it is my first full-length story to be published.
We worked exceptionally hard, in Den of Quills, to put this book together, and proceeds from each purchase will be donated to the World Literacy Foundation.
Of the 14 writers who put the books together, many of us are first time authors.
I thank each of you for your support, and your interest in me and my works.

It is available on Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/539289

Through May 31st, you may receive a 25% discount!
Use coupon code: VB87J

It is also available in a print copy on Create Space:
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Also available at a 25% discount through May 31st!
Use coupon code: TGERED9J

Thank you guys for your support!
Blessed May to you all!

Author Introduction: Tyler Omichinski

Tyler Omichinski and I met through a writing group known as Den Of Quills on Facebook.
He is featured in our upcoming Anthology, Den Of Thieves, and is personally publishing our NEXT anthology to be released in time for Autumn 2015.
With upcoming releases of his own, I now turn it over to him!

Tyler Omichinski

I am a somewhat experienced writer and freelancer, whatever that means.

My background is in law, politics, and policy, and I tend to dabble and be involved in stuff like that still. I dream of someday being able to make it just writing and doing essentially just what I want to do.

I’m about to release a couple of short stories as ebooks on Amazon. I’ve seen how webcomics, RPGs, and a number of other industries have gone with how they changed their business model, and now in the latest Writer’s Digest, at the time of writing, they are talking about a number of writers having success releasing their short stories online. There’s been a lot of other signs about it being a good call, so I’m releasing a few short stories that people have loved but haven’t been able to otherwise find homes to Amazon to see how they do.

I’m starting with two main pieces; Drop Out and From the Desk of Elizabeth Cooper. Drop Out is the second in a series of short stories that I’m writing about the future of humanity and how it seems to me that things will shake out as a result of us trying to become a post-needs society and deal with the environmental problems that we’re starting to face. From the Desk of Elizabeth Cooper is written as a found document and is vaguely cosmic horror. It is an attempt to modernize and follow Lovecraft, but applying modern corporations and laws to show how strange and alien these artificial creations really are. It feels unsettling and alien.

Currently I’m trying to put together a few different things. I have a novel that is nearly half done that I’m hoping to be shopping around to agents by the end of the year. I have released some teasers and early bits on my own website. I’m also doing my freelance thing, including a lot of writing for RPG companies. Finally, I’m involved with a publishing company here in Canada that is looking at doing some things with James Bond now that he’s off of copyright here in Canada.

My short stories will be out soon at my Amazon page, and I have a few pieces that I’m already featured in but you can see most of my portfolio at my own website.

Tyler has been writing for games companies for a few months, sent a number of short stories out into the wild, and regularly slings copy to keep him in coffee. He lives with a gigantic black dog named after Lord Byron who lives up to the name, and a badass editor of a fiancé. At some point he will likely have to get back into the day job game, but for the time being he’s wrangling with words and fighting them into submission.