Books I am Looking Forward to in 2015

I know. Everyone posted their reading lists two weeks ago, except me. We’ve already established that I am three months behind, so a couple of weeks late isn’t too bad for me.

In the course of moving I “lost” my Kindle for several months, but now, I’ve found it. So I bring you a list of books I am looking forward to reading on it in 2015. Yay!

Discovery at Nerwolix  By C.G. Coppola

I love, love, LOVE this series. The new book came out just as I was moving, and so I hadn’t even gotten to look at it before the kindle went missing. AHHHHH! I’d call this a sci-fi/fantasy – though it has aliens in it, it FEELS more fantasy story to *me*. But then I’m sure other there are other sci-fi books that are that way. Why is it so good? For one thing Reid is hawt. Fallon (the protagonist) is a “strong” girl but she’s still a girl – not manlier than the men, and the side characters are all three dimensional and interesting. Add to that the awesome mythos and world building (including plenty of alien races) and it adds up to be awesome!

Spellbound by Tricia Drammeh

This is the first book in another series, by one of my fav authors. I’ve read her other books and loved them, so I’m looking forward to this one. As Amazon says “Formerly published under the title ‘The Claiming Words,’ Spellbound is a completely re-written, re-vamped novel featuring added scenes, additional chapters, and a new ending.” – I actually have The Claiming Words on my Kindle as well, but did not start it because a birdy told me to wait 😉 (A Tricia shaped birdie, LOL!) and I’m glad I did.

The Calling by Mark Mathews

I’ve had this one for a few months. It’s also the opening to a fantasy series. I did peek at the beginning and it starts off well with good character and plot introduction, so I am sure the rest will be as good. mark is also the author of The Protector, which I enjoyed last year.

Fractured Love…Broken Promises by J. Lee Coulter

I’ve had this one for a couple of years and have put it off, not because it’s not good, but because I owed people reviews etc etc. Well this year I am reading it! J. Lee Coulter is another of my favorite authors – I adore her Highlander series where she mixes history with fairies, magic, and mythology – so I am really looking forward to this!

Diary of a Reluctant Vampire – LC Cooper

I’ve had this one for a couple of years too, and have put it off for the same reason. This is a comedy and I know from her other work that LC is hilarious, so this one looks to be a lot of fun to read.

Jeremy by Maegan Provan

The second in the Night Touched Series. After having read book 1 (Celine) last year, I am looking forward to the continuation. Meagan has a creative and unique vampire mythos, and I am looking forward to its expansion. There are also some shorter prequels that I need to pick up.

Accendo & Mactus by Emily Guido

Okay, so this is two books, but they’re part of the same series so it counts, right? I read Charmeine, the first in the series last year, but for the same reason as the others I didn’t get to these two. I will now or else! Emily also had in intriguing vampire mythology that throws angels into the mix.

Books of the Immortals – Fire by Barbara Tarn

I’ve had this one for quite awhile but since this woman may be the world’s most prolific writer (Seriously. I have 36 items from her on my kindle and there are many I don’t own) I have been busy reading her newer stuff and never had time to back track. She has two main universes that I have delved into: Silvery Earth (fantasy) and Star Minds (soft Sci-fi). Don’t ask me to pick between the two. I’ve read enough of her work that I know this one will be good.

Three Hoodies Save the World 2 by Roger Lawrence

I’ve had this one for a bit and have wanted to read it. I enjoyed Three Hoodies number one – a mix of British humor and sci-fi told through the eyes of teenage boys – it’s hilarious! And also gross in places, just as it should be. He is also releasing The Book of Pain this year and I want to read it, too, though it is more horror, his wit still shines through in preview passages I’ve seen.

The Dogs Don’t Bark in Brooklyn Any More by Eric Robert Nolan

I’ve also had this one for about a year, waiting for me to get to it. I did start it once – it was well written and held my attention – but had to stop to do some beta reading for someone else, then we started moving and… well, you can see how that went. So I am anxious to get back to it.

Wanderers Escape by Simon Goodson

I haven’t read anything by Simon yet, but it seems we have similar taste in books, so that’s a good sign. It’s the first in a sci-fi/space opera series.

The Heart’s Discovery by Amy McGuire

Another one I have had for awhile. It’s a romance book, and who doesn’t like romance? (hint, I do!)

Vampire Syndrome by Daven Anderson

Another that has been on my TBR list for too long. I’ve read snippets and such on Daven’s blog, so I know it’s going to be good. And I also know it has a unique spin on vampires. No mushy Twilight stuff here.

Tantric Zoo by Rob Loughran

I admit, I’ve mostly read his joke books (he has a bunch), but I want to give his novel a try. I have had it for a couple of years and this is the year I will read it.

Mac Tire by Alan Dowell

“Motorcycles, mayhem, and sex,” or so the description says. Who doesn’t want to read that?

Markan Throne by Nicolas Rose

Another fantasy series starter. I’ve meant to read this for awhile now.

Zombie Hospital by Angela Verdenius

Okay, it’s a short story. But it looks fun, and I know Angela is hilarious, so….

An Irish Tale by Terrance O’Grady

Another one I’ve meant to read.

Twisted Vengeance by Jeff Bennington

Another one I’ve had for awhile. he has like a billion reviews, so it must be good (joking there, but I am sure it is good, really)

There Will Be Phlogiston by Alexis Hall

The description amused me. The author bio sold me. If it’s half as witty as either it’s going to be a good read.

Teddy Bear Cannibal Massacre Anthology

This was one of the first books I got on my Kindle and I have never finished it, though I have read about half of it. The stories are strange, though there are no cannibal teddy bears. However they’re good and I am determined to read them all.

 

What books are you planning the read this year?

Interview with Lanie (For The Do-Over Blog Tour)

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer.

MKS_The Do OverToday we are interviewing Lanie Carmichael from MK Schiller’s Contemporary/Erotic novel The Do-Over. (This is part of a blog tour, so be sure to check the bottom of this post for a giveaway!)

Katelina: Hello, Lanie! Could you tell the folks reading this at home a little about yourself?

Lanie: I have long auburn colored hair that I always wear up, glasses, and hazel eyes.  Some may describe me as frumpy.

K: Let’s do a few more “getting to know you” questions. Like… what’s your favorite tv show?

L: I know it sounds strange, but I’ve always enjoyed watching infomercials. I’m lonely and most TV shows are talking at you, but when you watch an infomercial, it’s as if they are talking to you.  I also love football, especially if the Bears are playing.

K: My uncle was a Bear’s fan, too, though I’m not much into sports. Now movies, that’s another story. What’s your favorite movie? 

L: Dirty Dancing. I love Patrick Swayze.  I also loved The Breakfast Club because it makes me wish for detention!

K: Ha ha! If detention was really like that I’d have gone for it, too. How about your favorite food? 

L: Ice cream. Kyle buys popsicles, but they’re the poor man’s ice cream.

K: Okay, now I have to ask, who is Kyle?

L: Kyle Manchester was just supposed to be a prop.  Everything I knew about him spelled trouble. He is a manwhore, fickle, and selfish, but he’s also an ambitious journalist. I thought he’d help me in my goal to land Brad, but the more time I spend with him, the more I question my own motives.

K: Ah! That sounds like the beginning of a good story already! Even though it’s a romance, I know there’s still conflict. For lack of a better word, who are your enemies?

L: They are not really my enemy, but my sister Cassie and mother have never been supportive of me.  They can be degrading and mean at times, but I decided a long time ago that their personalities will never change.

K: It sucks when someone else tries to take away your happiness.

L: Luckily, I start to realize all the things I thought were impossible for someone like me are not. I see that I am a beautiful woman and that I deserve happiness.

K: I’m glad to hear it! I’d guess that’s probably the big challenge in your story?

L: Actually, it’s my growing feelings for Kyle. They confuse me because I decided what I wanted and he wasn’t it. Yet, why is it he makes me laugh and…moan like no one else?

K: Oh! Nice! I think I can guess *cough*cough*Moving on, what is the one thing you think has heled to shape your personality?

L: Can’t answer this without giving too much away.

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K: Now I really am curious! But we’re running out of time, so real quick, What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

L: I thought it was to be different from my family, but as I progress and spend more time with Kyle, I think it’s to always feel the joy and laughter he brings into my life.

K: If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

L: I’ve had some horrible things happen to me. I live my life with a stringent set of rules I designed.  But I am a strong, smart woman.

K: And lastly, if you could say one thing to your author, what would it be?

L: More sex scenes please!  Oh and write a sequel.  There’s more happily ever after for me still.

K: Thanks so much to Lainie for stopping in! She and her author, MK Schiller, are on tour right now. So check out the other stops!

Synopsis:

Arrogant womanizer Kyle Manchester hates blind dates, however, when best friend, Brad calls in a favor, insisting Kyle take out his girlfriend’s sister, Kyle reluctantly agrees. Attorney Lanie Carmichael’s appearance is no surprise. She is dowdy, awkward, and dressed in so many layers she resembles a wedding cake, but not in an edible way. Her brazen attitude though, astonishes him, especially when she explains she has no interest in gorgeous Kyle. Lanie Carmichael is in love with Brad, and wants Kyle’s assistance in winning his best friend’s heart.

Kyle gradually accepts, justifying that the mystery of Lanie has sparked his natural, thirsty curiosity. As an ambitious journalist, he also can’t resist the Pulitzer worthy scoop she offers him. However, as Lanie sheds more layers, both emotionally and physically, Kyle begins to examine his life choices, and his true feelings for this enigmatic girl. With Kyle’s support, Lanie begins to unravel the secrets of her past, and the deep pain that has quietly defined her life. As they each learn more about themselves and each other, both question how a relationship built on fraudulent lies between two broken people could ever survive.

Book links:

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About the Author:

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MK Shiller

This is my debut novel, and I’m thrilled to share it with you.  I describe myself as a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. By day, I don a magic cape, calculator (sometimes an abacus), and an assortment of gel pens for my work in the world of finance. But by night, I sit by the warm glow of my computer monitor, and think of stories that will warm the heart, and cheer the soul.

There is nothing better than the intimate journey and ultimate satisfaction that only a swoon-worthy romance can provide, especially if there are a few laughs along the way.  Although writing is my passion, I am a reader first and enjoy nothing more than curling up with a good book and some tasty Italian (the food, of course!). I hope you will enjoy my work and please drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.

 

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Also by M K Schiller:

The Other C-Word

Some little reviews from Amazon:

I went from laughing OUT LOUD to crying!” 

Roberta

“This is a must keep that I will enjoy reading again and I am looking forward to more books from this author.” 

E. Jennings

“This was a sweet, sexy and fun read, totally unexpected. Marley and Rick’s chemistry was off the charts HOT!” 

Stellame25

 

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 If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

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Interview with Asantra

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer.

Today we are interviewing Asantra from Jennifer Priester’s novel  Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic.

Katelina: Hello Asantra and welcome! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

A:  I am a protector witch like my mom, DWW. I have white hair with black hair tips, fangs, yellow eyes, and other than this I look like anyone else. Because I am a protector witch I can turn into an animal. This animal is what I protect as well as what I can turn into naturally without the use of magic.

K: What animal do you turn into?

A: For me and my mom, this animal is a white wolf, although we protect wolves in general regardless of color or wolf species. When I turn into a wolf the ends of my hair go up to cover my ears so when I am really a white wolf with black ear tips.

K: So if you’re DWW’s daughter then you’re not in the first book?

A: I first appear in Book Four of the Mortal Realm Witch series, Mortal Realm Witch: The Adventures of DWW2. I am also going to be in the unnamed Fifth book in the series as well as the book, Tales of Young Asantra: The Second Mortal Realm Witch Series Companion. While I might not appear for a while, you can still learn about my mom and her adventures in: Book One, Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic.

K: What kinds of things do you do throughout the series?

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A: In my younger days (Tales of Young Asantra) I was a superhero called Wonder Wolf, I created two dangerous creatures from potions, I search for a Horsebat for a familiar and have some fun with them, I meet my soon to be familiar, Screetche, a Double X Bird from X Island in the World of Islands located in the Other Realm, I turn some mortals into cats, I meet and live with a genie, and a lot more. Later (In The Adventures of DWW2, which actually comes before Tales of Young Asantra for the order they are best read in.) I travel into space, let some dangerous creatures loose in the Mortal Realm and have to catch them, explore a secret lab, get captured while in my wolf form by animal control, get controlled by black magic, teach sorcery, get caught by witch hunters, and that’s just some of it!

K: Wow! That sounds really exciting! How would you say you evolve through all of this?

A: I learn to be more patient, control my emotions, be responsible, learn to get along with others, and I become a hero. At the start I am a stubborn, independent, adventurous, and often troublemaking, witch. I don’t like mortals and don’t get along with them. I like to get out of doing work whenever possible and if I can use magic to do something I will. All this later changes but first I become the biggest villain in the series. (I actually do this more than once.)

K: Is there a moment that you think really defined who you are?

A: The time black magic took over my life. Until I was being controlled by black magic I didn’t know exactly who I was. The things I did during this time, upon looking back at them, made me realize who I wasn’t and helped me learn who I was.

K: You’ve mentioned your mother, but who is your father?

A: I want to tell you but I’m not sure my mom would approve. If you want to know read Mortal Realm Witch: The Adventures of DWW2. All I can tell you is that my dad is someone who first appears in one of the first three books in the Mortal Realm Witch series but I can’t tell you which one.

K: Your mom was vague about it too when I met her. Speaking of her, do you share the same enemy?

A: Yes, Sampson. He became my enemy from the moment I learned that he hated something that I was and wanted to destroy it. When he told me he didn’t know this about me. Until then I didn’t think that he was too bad. I actually kind of liked him.

K: I guess it takes all kinds. You’re not involved in a romance with him or anything?

A: No! Not with anyone else, either. I’ve been too busy being everyone’s enemy to even think about something like that.

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K: Sounds like a tough life. Sadly, we’re running out of time, so let me ask you, if you could have anything in the world, what would it be?

A: I don’t think there is anything. For once in my life, I think that I have everything that I want.

K: And with that we’re out of time. You can find Asantra in Mortal Realm Witch series. For right now there’s only one bok available, The Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic available at

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mortal-Realm-Witch-Learning-About/dp/193878300X/  

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mortal-realm-witch-jennifer-priester/1111957728?ean=9781938783005

Also check out the website for more info: http://www.mortalrealmwitch.com/meettheauthor.html

 

And a special thank you to Jennifer Priester for playing along!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

 

Interview with Turtle

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer.

Today we are interviewing Turtle from Jennifer Priester’s novel  Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic.

Katelina: Hello Turtle and welcome! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Turtle: I am a witch living in the Other Realm with my familiar. I have brown hair and green eyes. The first time I appear in the series is in Book Two, Mortal Realm Witch: The Magic Continues (avail. this Spring.)

K: I have to admit I am kind of relieved to be interviewing someone whose human after last week’s fish fiasco!

Turtle: Fish?

K: Yes. I interviewed someone named Sampson. Very single minded guy – well, fish. Do you know him?

T: Yes. Sampson is the closest I have to an enemy, although my experience and time with him was very short. He became my enemy while he was my familiar and kept getting himself in trouble. He once scared away my mom’s friends when he broke out of his cage. He did it on purpose because he thought it would be fun. Another time he taught me how not to use magic by actually having me do the wrong thing before telling me that it was what I shouldn’t do with magic. That one I couldn’t fix myself and had to get help from the Head of the Witches Council to get rid of what my magic had created.

K: He sounds like a pain in the you-know-what. Dealing with him had to be a challenge.

T: Yes. I would say that either learning how to deal with Sampson as a familiar or the challenge brought to me by the witch hunters was the biggest challenge I faced.

K: I thought as much. How would you say you evolve over the series?

T: I begin by expecting others to tell me what to do and I am not always confident in my abilities. Over time I learn to be much more independent and confident, although I still often look to others for their advice and opinions.

K: That’s always a good thing to learn.

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T: And actually, I believe having Sampson as a familiar played a big part in this. I’m sure it would bug him for me to say I learned a lot from him since he wasn’t trying to teach me anything.

K: So the evil fish did some good, then? That’s an odd thought. Okay. Moving on, I don’t suppose you were involved in a romance at all?

T: Contrary to what readers might believe, no. Taron and I were just friends, we were never romantically involved.

K: Oh really? Who’s Taron?

T: Taron is a wizard who is one of my closest friends. We had many adventures together before I moved from the Mortal Realm to the Other Realm. Even though some mortals were now allowed into the Other Realm, unlike DWW’s friend Sam who came with her, Taron felt more comfortable in the Mortal Realm and because of this he lives there. I still see him sometimes. Besides living in the Mortal Realm he is married to a mortal and has a girl, Sky, who is a wizard like himself.

K: Oh. Do you think that if one of you had chosen differently, you’d have ended up together?

T: There is a strong possibility that if Taron had chosen to live in the Other Realm, or I the Mortal one, we would have been romantically involved, but even so neither of us regrets the decision we each made and both of us really love the lives we currently have.

K: And with that we’re out of time. You can find Turtle in Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic available at

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mortal-Realm-Witch-Learning-About/dp/193878300X/  

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mortal-realm-witch-jennifer-priester/1111957728?ean=9781938783005

Also check out the website for more info: http://www.mortalrealmwitch.com/meettheauthor.html

 

And a special thank you to Jennifer Priester for playing along!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

 

Interview with Sampson

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer.

Today we are interviewing Sampson from Jennifer Priester’s novel  Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic. 

Katelina: Hello Sampson and welcome! Can you tell us a little about yourself? Wait… Sampson? Why is there a goldfish bowl sitting here? Is this someone’s idea of a joke?

Sampson: *Ahem*No. I am Sampson. Currently I am a Goldfish but previously I was a warlock. I live in the Mortal Realm in a fish tank.

K: Um… Okay. Last week we talked to a warlock who is currently a dog, so I guess a goldfish… eh. Why not. I suppose I shouldn’t ask you any questions about fish food or whether you swim in your sleep or… *stops as Sampson gives her a dirty look* Never mind. Let’s start with which books in the series we can find you in.

S: The first book in the Mortal Realm Witch Series that I appear in is Book One: Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic. I am then in books two, three, four, and five, although my role in five is hardly big enough!

K: That’s often a complaint of second string – erm, I mean side characters, heh-heh.  Moving on, how would you say you evolve during the series?

S:  I am a villain that becomes more villainous!

K: I guess it’s safe to say you have enemies?

S: I have two main ones, DWW and Asantra, both of which keep ruining my plans, and another witch, Turtle who would never let me have any fun! Oh, and then there’s Trom who turned me into a mouse as a punishment the first time I got caught. There’s also DWW’s friend Sam and the chocolate Labrador Retriever, Max, who helped DWW interfere with my plans the first time. I also probably have others that I can’t currently think of.

K: Sounds like you’re, um, picked on. Yeah. I suppose the biggest challenge you face-

S: Isn’t it obvious? I keep trying to take over the Realms and someone is always getting in my way!

K: Right. I’m no psychiatrist, but was there some tragic event in your past that made you this… power hungry?

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S: I don’t know, I think I have always been this way, but some believe it is because I always got whatever I wanted as a kid. At least back when I was a kid people knew who was in charge!

K: I don’t imagine there’s in point in asking you whether you have a significant other?

S: Of course not, I’m in love with power, nothing else!

K: So the thing you want the most in the whole world is-

S: To control it!

K: I’d ask what you’d do with it, but I don’t think I want to know. It, um, looks like we’re running out of time. If there’s one piece of advice you could give your readers, what would that be?

S: If you are going to take over the world don’t tell anyone your plans in advance.

K: Um… right. Do you have a message for your author?

S: Since you won’t let me kill my enemies would you mind doing it for me, or at least turn me human again! Oh yeah, and give me a bigger role in Book Five, or better yet give me my own series where I am in charge!

 

K: And with that we’re out of time. You can find Sampson in Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic available at

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mortal-Realm-Witch-Learning-About/dp/193878300X/  

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mortal-realm-witch-jennifer-priester/1111957728?ean=9781938783005

Also check out the website for more info: http://www.mortalrealmwitch.com/meettheauthor.html

 

And a special thank you to Jennifer Priester for playing along!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

 

Interview with Trom

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer.

Today we are interviewing Trom from Jennifer Priester’s novel  Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic. 

Katelina: Hello Trom and welcome! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Trom: I am a warlock and the first Head of the Witches Council that you meet in the Mortal Realm Witch series. I am short with black hair and dark brown eyes, and I am much older than I look. Specifically several hundred years older.

K: Like a vampire, huh? We interviewed DWW last week and she was telling us about this Other Realm…

T: Yes. I was born in the Other Realm where I was raised by my dad for the first part of my life. Then, as it was required by Other Realm rules for all witches and warlocks to spend at least a year in the Mortal Realm, I did so with my mom. Even though my parents lived separately they weren’t divorced or anything. What separated them was rules. See, my dad was a warlock and had a job in the Other Realm as the Assistant to the Head of the Witches Council which required him to live in the Other Realm. My mom was a mortal and one of the Other Realm’s biggest rules was, no mortal allowed. There were no exceptions to these rules.

K: I guess those rules have probably played a big part in shaping who you turned out to be.

T: Yes. Living in the Mortal Realm with my mom helped to shape who I am. I learned a lot from her and the mortals I went to school with. The reason had much to do with my second power which I discovered while I lived here that allowed me to see things in a whole new way.

K: I imagine asking about your second power would be too much of a spoiler, huh? Mortal realm Witch is a series, right? Which books can we find you in?

T: I first appearance in the Mortal Realm Witch series is in Book One, Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic, but you will be able to discover my orgin story in the unnamed Fifth book in the series. I am in all the books of the main series (1-5).

K: How would you say you change during the course of the series?

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T: I learn that even as the Head of the Witches Council, who is in charge of everything and everyone with magic and is required to know a lot, there are some things even I don’t know about magic until DWW comes along. Up until that point I thought that I knew everything there was to know about magic.

K: What would you say is the biggest challenge you face?

T: Teaching DWW. It can be hard to teach a witch rules that has the ability to find ways around them almost every time!

K: So you don’t really have any enemies then?

T: The closest thing I have to one is Sampson, although I don’t really think of him this way. Sampson could be considered an enemy because this is how he sees me. The reason is that I was the one in charge of punishing him the first time and he doesn’t like me for that, but even as true as this is Sampson’s real enemy is DWW.

K: It looks like we’re running out of time, but before you go, inquiring minds want to know: are you involved in a romance?

T: No, I don’t really get out much and meet new people anymore.

K: And with that we’re out of time. You can find Trom in Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic available at

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mortal-Realm-Witch-Learning-About/dp/193878300X/  

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mortal-realm-witch-jennifer-priester/1111957728?ean=9781938783005

Also check out the website for more info: http://www.mortalrealmwitch.com/meettheauthor.html

 

And a special thank you to Jennifer Priester for playing along!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

 

Interview with DWW

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer.

Today we are interviewing DWW from Jennifer Priester’s novel  Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic.

Katelina: Hello DWW and welcome! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

DWW: I can’t tell you what I look like at this time. I currently live in the Mortal Realm, your Realm, in a place called Fountain City. The Mortal Realm is not where I have always lived but I was born in it and this is where I learned that I was a witch and how to use my magic. Later on I lived in the Other Realm, the place where most witches, warlocks, and their familiars live, for a few hundred years, where I worked before moving back to the Mortal Realm. My first appearance is in Book One of the Mortal Realm Witch series, Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic, and I am in every book after this one except for the Third Series Companion, Tales of Other Realm Creatures, and the Guidebook: The Guide to Other Realm Creatures.

K: So this book is the first in a series, right? From what I understand it’s a little bit different than a “traditional” novel.

D: Yes. Each book, with the exception of Books Three, Five, and the Guidebook, are told in short story form. Each short story builds off the last as a chapter would in a chapter book, but is told in different ways. Here is what I am talking about: In Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic, I tell the first story. I tell about myself and it is the story of how I became a witch. In the next story my familiar, Trillman, takes over and tells about his teaching me magic and the challenges he faces as I learn more about what my powers can do. In the third story, the first Head of the Witches Council that you meet in this series, Trom, takes over my training after Trillman quits, leaving me with no familiar and no one to teach me magic. Trom tells this story from his point of view. In the fourth story I teach the wolf pups, Witch and Warlock. This story is told in third person rather than first to give you the feel as if you are watching me and these pups. It is also told this way to make the story feel more natural as you read about them learning to hunt as regular wolves as well as magical ones. The next story may feel out of place to some as it is about a witch living in the Other Realm, not me, who wants a dragon for a familiar. This story is told from her point of view. This story is told where it is because it shows you the impact I had on some of the rules and how it affects witches in both Realms. The characters in this story, the witch Ally, and the dragon Air Raid, also play a big role later in the series. The final story in the book is told in first person once again by me and tells the story of how I met Sampson and leads up to my new life in the Other Realm.

K: So what is the second book about?

D: Then the second book picks up where the first leaves off and Sampson’s story continues and his adventures with a new witch in the Mortal Realm begin. In this book I help the witch, Turtle, a lot, whether it’s dealing with Sampson, learning magic, or something else. She is also a big help to me when a battle breaks out between witches and witch hunters. In Book Two, Mortal Realm Witch: The Magic Continues (avail. this Spring.) you also get to go deeper into some events of Book One in an all new story featuring several shorter stories in one. One of these shorter stories tells what might have happened to lead up to Trillman’s quitting.

K: You said book three was different?

D: Yes. Book Three, Mortal Realms Witch: Realms Unite?, is one large story about my plan to unite the Realms, the challenges I face, and how I go about it. You will discover some big secrets in this book about Trom and myself. In the end of the book Trom will come to me with a message that will set off the events of Book Four, The Adventures of DWW2, with some stories about my daughter Asantra and her challenges and adventures leading up to my return to the Mortal Realm and setting off the events for Book Five (currently unnamed), the final book in the main Mortal Realm Witch series (there are three companions and a guidebook, as well as some upcoming free to read stories.)

K: What about the fifth book?

D: Because Book Five is the final book it is told as one large and fast paced story that answers many questions that were raised throughout the series, as well as setting off a big chain of events that hopefully leads to the final step in uniting the Realms forever and hopefully ends with both Realms fully united, but Five isn’t finished yet and knowing my author the way I do, anything can happen!

K: Wow! Sounds like it’s all fairly mapped out. Your author is way more organized than mine! How would you say that you evolve over the series?

D: I start out like any other kid or witch in training. I break some rules, find ways around others, don’t really take my duties seriously, and don’t always listen to the ones trying to teach me. This leads to many problems including my magic teacher, my familiar, quitting his job. Over time I learn to be more responsible, stop breaking rules and because of this I am given a big opportunity. It’s not the only reason but I was given the opportunity but if those things hadn’t changed I never would have been given it. Upon accepting the opportunity I get a new job and life in the Other Realm. Now I would be the one in charge of punishing rule breakers. Besides this I would get to do more enjoyable things as well, such as train new familiars. Throughout the series you will discover the good, the bad, and many of the challenges that came with my job.

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warlock accouterments by Jo

K: Do you have any enemies?

D: Yes, his name is Sampson. Sampson is a, or was a, power hungry warlock who wanted (and probably still does!) to control both the Mortal Realm and the Other Realm. We become enemies from the moment I refuse to help him with his take over plans.  Besides being power hungry, Sampson also has natural ability to twist things around so you believe he means one thing when he really means another. He gets me with this trick a few times throughout the series.

K: Oh wow! That sounds very “epic”. Hopefully you don’t face any other challenges!

D: .In the series I also face the challenge of uniting the Realms. It’s a difficult task that is only made more difficult with Sampson’s interference. And I also face the threat of witch hunters, black magic, an attempt by a warlock to rid the world of wolves, my daughter Asantra, and…I think that’s enough for now.

K: Wow! You’re author sounds as mean as mine. Did she at least involve you in a good romance?

D: Well, I was involved in one, once. It was very short and not really worth mentioning except my daughter, Asantra, was the result of it. Who was he? Someone who first appears in one of the first three books in the series. I won’t say who it is or which book because I think it is something that is best discovered for yourself rather than hearing it from me. I will tell you that I liked him because he was creative, smart, and ambitious.

K: Do you think that has helped to make you who you are, or is there another event that shaped you?

D: I actually believe it was when I became a full time teacher to two wolf pups, Witch and Warlock, for a year. As I was teaching them about their magical powers, how to use them, and also how to be regular wolves, I learned a lot about myself. There were some things that the two of them did that I didn’t agree with yet realized that I would have done the same thing. The biggest example of this is when the pups are protecting their territory from an enemy wolf.

K: What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

D: I would really like for mortals to see past all the predjudices against witches and see us as we really are.

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photo by photophilde CC via flicker

K: That sounds fair enough. It looks like we’re running out of time, so real quick, if you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

D: Sometimes you might fail at something that you really wanted to succeed at and might consider giving up. If it’s something you really want don’t give up. Just believe in it and try again. Depending on what it is, sometimes all you need to do is figure out what went wrong the first time and change your approach. If you get the chance, when the time comes, check out:  Book Three, Mortal Realm Witch: Realms Unite?, and you will see what I mean.

K: That is excellent advice! And if you could say one thing to your author?

D: I would say thanks for not giving up on my first story. If you had we would have missed out on a lot of great adventures together.

  

K: And with that we’re out of time. You can find DWW in Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic available at

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mortal-Realm-Witch-Learning-About/dp/193878300X/  

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mortal-realm-witch-jennifer-priester/1111957728?ean=9781938783005

Also check out the website for more info: http://www.mortalrealmwitch.com/meettheauthor.html

 

And a special thank you to Jennifer Priester for playing along!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/ 

Interview with John Hendry

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer.

Today we are interviewing John Hendry, who is from Roger Lawrence’s horror novel Kongomato.

Katelina: Hello John! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

John: I’m an Exo-biologist which is just a fancy name for someone who searches for mythical or just extinct animals. I like the job because I don’t have to deal with people too often. I live in London now since I got fired from my job with a university which funded my research. I’m in my mid thirties. I’m no Brad Pitt but the girls seem to like my appearance and I am always keen to be with them when my research allows, which is not often. For some reason they don’t really get what I do.

K: Sounds safe enough. Not the kind of job where you have a lot of enemies, is it?

J: My biggest enemies are the government bureaucrats I managed to upset by breaking into that foreign embassy and stealing secrets. Oh, and calling the Prime Minister of Great Britain a rude word couldn’t have helped much. Compared to them, the monster currently roaming the skies of London and eating people, is relatively harmless.

K: Whoa! Monster? There’s a monster?

J: Yes, that’s what the Kongomato of the title is. A rather large, nasty monster.

K: Wow, so you’re fighting a monster?

J: Yes. I’m trying to end this madness before it’s too late by working with someone I hate and cannot trust while trying to work out what is really going on behind the scenes.

K: Do you hate the monster?

J: No not really. He’s just looking for food. But if it comes near me and I’ve got a gun, I’ll kill it.

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photo by Jo

K: So, you mentioned government bureaucrats as enemies. I imagine there’s some kind of government cover up – or else it’s all their fault?

J:…

K: Are you saying you really don’t understand what the government is doing?

J: No I really don’t. Our government wouldn’t do anything to hurt us, then cover it up – would they?

K: Ah. I see. But you’re fighting the monster and fighting the government. Doesn’t that make you a hero?

J: To which I’d answer yes, but in reality, not really. I’m terrified most of the time.

K: Well there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m scared a lot of the time, and I’m just dealing with vampires! I don’t suppose there’s any time for a romance in all this, is there?

J: I have to work with my ex-girlfriend, whom it turns out, was working for someone else against me. So I never thought I would meet another girl that I could love. But now I’ve met a young doctor called Annie. My friend Carl has a thing for her. I can’t help myself. I think there could be something between us but it’s going to hurt Carl.

K: Man, nothing in your life is easy! What would you say is the one event that has helped to shape who you are?

J: My mum and dad’s money. I never had to work really hard and a result, I’m very selfish. It’s a bad trait and I hate it in myself.

K: Ah. Well how do you evolve during the story?

J: I’m a user. I’ve been doing it for years and hate myself for it. So now I am trying very hard to stop it and repay my friend, Carl’s kindness. I think I’m managing it, some of the time.

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photo by Horia Varlan via Flickr

K: Well that’s good, right? You’re getting better. And you recognize the problems. They say that’s the first step to recovery. What would you say is the one thing you want the most in the world?

J: My own research project, where I discover the remains of the most fantastic mythical creature. A bit childish, I know, but we all have our dreams.

K: Nothing wrong with that. At least it’s a goal. It looks like we’re almost out of time. If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

J: If you have true friends, don’t abuse them. I’ve done it all my life and now I don’t know who I can trust.

K: And finally, If you could say one thing to your author, what would it be?

J: I’d say: Can I have a bit more time with Annie. And why couldn’t she live in a different block of flats from Carl, and why did he have to know her? And of course – if you’re thinking of it – please don’t kill me off.

K: And with that we’re out of time. You can find John in Roger Lawrence’s Kongomato available at

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kongomato-ebook/dp/B008GMVZ08/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/276611

And a special thank you to Roger Lawrence for playing along!

 

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

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Love in the Kitchen

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Jorick and Katelina are cooking up a storm (erm, sort of..) in the a flash fiction story That Certain Sparkle, which you can read in the  FREE flash fiction/cookbook collection Love in the Kitchen: Recipes and Flash Fiction compiled by Ashlynn Monroe.

Jorick and Katelina aren’t the only ones serving up their own brand of romance. You can also find stories and recipes from authors Ryan Loveless,  Leanne Dyck, Julie Lynn Hayes, Eden Baylee, J.M. Kelley, Berengaria Brown, Amy Valenti, Valerie Holyoak,  Lily Sawyer and Ashlynn Monroe. 

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Interview with Ker-ris

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer.

Today we are interviewing Ker-ris from Barbara Tarn’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories Technological Angel and Mind Link. And can I just say he’s… um… nice looking. *cough* You’ll see.

K: Hello Ker-ris! Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Ker-ris: In Chantal’s words (you can read her journal in Technological Angel): Those Sire are real hunks! I mean, Ker-ris is gorgeous too! But he’s permanently dazed, as if he were on drugs. Except it’s not drugs, but a mind-controlling device the size of a grain of rice. Kol-ian told me it was injected in his brother-in-law’s veins on his wedding night. Talk about control freak! I mean, Lin-sun was beautiful, what was she afraid of? Jesus, I should stop drooling over handsome alien men! Now, that was the previous book, if you haven’t read it yet, go and get it now. I’ve been freed since, but according to both my late wife and my brother-in-law, I’m also the sexiest Sire alive, especially when I dance. Hope that will be enough for physical description! *grin*

K: Oh, yeah, I think that will do. *glances towards doorway in case Jorick is eavesdropping*. So, um, where are you from?

Ker-ris:  I’m stuck on Marc’harid (the Sire home planet) for the next 10 years, as I’ve been included in the Council of Five that took the place of the late Emperor. In Mind Link you’ll see me fall in love again, to the happiness of my son, the smartest boy in the universe.

K: In the first book you were minor character, right? How did you go from that to stardom?

Ker-ris: Yes I was a very secondary character in the original story. But being what I am and having finally a face in the Author’s mind (she has watched waaay too many Bollywood movies in the past couple of years!), I’m growing in importance as a character. Even my son is getting more room because he’s so smart! We’re stealing the spotlight from Kol-ian and his crew! *grin* She likes to blame me for her procrastination on other works (such as the Chronicles of the Varian Empire – the last book was late because she was listening to us. And actually, one hasn’t been written at all, haha!)… So I’ll keep pestering the Sadist Author until she writes also the story of my marriage (a very sad story, but you do like to cry, don’t you?)!

K: Well, sometimes I do. How would you say you evolve during the course of the series, besides gaining the spotlight?

Ker-ris: I first show up dazed, but now I’m back in control of my own mind and life. I’m a Sire aristocrat with a very special gift, which means I naturally do something that hasn’t been done in half a century – and only in my family, as the last to perform it was my aunt Lisa-mae. The mind link is wonderful, but can be deadly. Still, I think it’s something worth dying for.

K:  Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

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Ker-ris: Not me, not really. It’s my wicked brother-in-law who has many. And as we happen to be very very very fond of each other, the fallback is on me. Okay, we’re in love. There, I said it. So it’s his enemy that comes after us in this book.

K: So you’re in love with your brother-in-law? I guess that answers whether you’re romantically involved or not!

Ker-ris: Yes, with my wicked brother-in-law. I guess I was meant to spend my life with that branch of the Vaurabi… I loved his sister because she was the most beautiful Sire alive. I love him because… I don’t know. He’s five years younger than me and he did things for all of us I can only dream of. He’s both strong and fragile and… well, the mind link did the rest!

K: Do you face a challenge making those around you accept it, or is there a bigger challenge?

Ker-ris: Not at all, the challenge is the mind link. Kol-ian is so traumatized, he almost kills us both.

K: What is the one event that you feel has helped to shape your personality?

Ker-ris: The mind link. Can you tell it’s something very important in a telepath’s life? *wink*

K: What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

Ker-ris: Leave in peace with Kol-ian and Shan-leo (my son). Not going to happen yet, I’m afraid.

K: Authors never let characters have peace! If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

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Ker-ris: I’m easy-going and Mansion Shermac is very big, so if you happen to catch a starship that takes you to Marc’harid, feel free to come and visit. You’ll meet Shan-leo, Kol-ian and also his crew. And you can see the Falstelo (originally belonging to my family, but now it’s under Kol-ian’s name – he renounced his birthright, so I gave him a couple of gifts).

K: I just might do that if I ever escape the clutches of my evil author. Speaking of them, if you could say one thing to your author, what would it be?

Ker-ris: Stop torturing me and Kol-ian, please! I know you’ve got more for us! Have mercy! Kol-ian is right, you’re the true Master Sadist!

And with that we’re out of time! You can find Ker-ris in Barbara Tarn’s Sci-fi/Fantasy Mind Link at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AQMSFBS

 & Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/267058

Also stay tuned for book 3 – The Slave Trader, or maybe some Star Minds snippets on Barb’s blog that will give you insight into the characters past.

And a special thank you to Barbara Tarn for playing along!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

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