Author Spotlight – Jan Sikes

Welcome!

1.            When did you start writing?

I began my writing journey after my husband passed away in 2009. For years, people would come into our home and our lives and say to us, “Someone needs to write your story.” We always agreed and thought someone would. I awoke to the realization one day that if someone else wrote it, I would have to tell them the whole thing. So, I got busy, took writing classes, and dove into the project. It took four books to tell it. Then I published a book of poetry and art and thought I was done. Wrong! Six novels and ten short stories later, I can’t find a way to stop.

2.            What motivates you to write? 

Story ideas are my biggest motivators. It is my belief that when I am given the inspiration for a story, it is my duty to the Creative Gods to do something with it. As long as the story ideas keep coming, I will keep writing.

3.            What genre do you write in and what made you choose this particular genre?

This is a hard question to answer. The first four books I wrote were biographical fiction – true stories told in fiction format with fictitious characters. Then I launched into writing short stories in varied genres. I experimented with everything from sci-fi and young adult, to a western. My current series is in the romance genre. Ghostly Interference is a paranormal romance and Jagged Feathers is romantic suspense.

4.            What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My writing goal is simply to affect someone’s life, to perhaps give a different perspective on situations. Each story I write has a theme or message. I like to make someone stop and think “what if?” My dream is to get my true story made into a movie. That would be amazing!

5.            Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

I can’t say I have ever suffered from writer’s block, but I have hit some brick walls. Often, I find if I stop and take a walk or listen to music, I find where I need to go with the story.

6.            What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

Write! If you have the inspiration for a story, write it. Then what you do with it is up to you, but the most important thing is to just start. Statistics show that most people who venture into writing a book do not finish it. It is not easy. It requires the 3 p’s, patience, preservation, and persistence.

7.            Please, tell us about your work.

The White Rune Series is my latest work. Book 1, Ghostly Interference, was published in December 2020. I actually got the idea for this book when I was writing book two of my true story series. But, I couldn’t stop what I was doing at the time, so took some notes and wrote one chapter, then put it aside until I completed the true stories. After I finished Ghostly Interference,  I decided to try and find a publisher for it instead of self-pubbing. I pitched for three years before the Wild Rose Press picked me up. That was a huge day for me and a big step in my writing career. It is a paranormal romance, with the paranormal aspect being that of a ghost.

The second book in the White Rune Series is Jagged Feathers and is romantic suspense. The release date for Jagged Feathers is January 31, 2022. This book deals with some big subjects like PTSD and amputation as well as psychic visions.

The third book in the series is Saddled Hearts and I have finished it and signed a publishing contract for it. It should be released later in 2022.

I’ve started a new series I am calling The Magnolia Series. It is different from anything I’ve ever written and look forward to the challenge. The first book in the series will be entitled, Bitter Magnolia.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Connect with Jan:

WEBSITE: http://www.jansikes.com

BLOG:   http://www.jansikesblog.com

TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/jansikes3

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJanSikesBooks

PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/jks0851/

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7095856.Jan_Sikes

BOOKBUB:   https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jan-sikes

LINKEDIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jansikes/

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: https://www.amazon.com/Jan-Sikes/e/B00CS9K8DK


Jan’s New Book:

Vann Noble did his duty. He served his country and returned a shell of a man, wounded inside and out. With a missing limb and battling PTSD, he seeks healing in an isolated cabin outside a small Texas town with a stray dog that sees beyond his master’s scars. If only the white rune’s magic can bring a happily ever after to a man as broken as Vann.  

On the run from hired killers and struggling to make sense of her unexplained deadly mission, Nakina Bird seeks refuge in Vann’s cabin. She has secrets. Secrets that can get them all killed.

A ticking clock and long odds of living or dying, create jarring risks.

Will these two not only survive, but find an unexpected love along the way? Or, will evil forces win and destroy them both?

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BOOK TRAILER LINK:  https://youtu.be/CwGRyRVMyLE

Author Spotlight – C.C. Solomon

Welcome

1. When did you start writing?

I started writing when I was around eleven years old. I wrote a short play in my english class that my classmates put on and did some other short stories as assignments. My english teacher, Ms. Weber, told me I was good and to keep writing and I have!

2. What motivates you to write?

I’m a day dreamer and I love to read so I’m motivated by the world and my own imagination. Also I have a desire to see more diverse characters and themes in the genres I love. We underestimate the importance of inclusive writing. Especially to BIPOC readers. 

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I write mostly urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I’ve always been a fan of this genre since I was in middle school back reading R.L. Stine. I like the fantasy and horror elements and I also love a dash of romance. I also like the escapism but in a world that isn’t too unfamiliar so it’s manageable. 

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

Well the hope is always that you build an audience that appreciates your work. My goal is to entertain and reach readers that were underserved or just wanted new points of view. 

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Absolutely. I try to write outlines for my stories to help with that but I don’t mind taking breaks if I have to. If I’m struggling writing then my reader will struggle to read it and I don’t want that. So I’d rather step back and revisit something when inspiration hits. Going for a meditative walk has always been helpful with any block I have. 

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Keep writing. That’s the biggest thing. Especially for indie authors. A lot of our success can come from building a brand which comes from having several books published. This way you give readers something to come back to. Also writing that first draft is tough but don’t stop. Even if you know you’ll change something, just make note of it to go back to later and keep moving forward in the story. Once the first draft is done I think it gets easier and more rewarding. 

7. Please, tell us about your work. 

My latest book, Dark Hauntings, is the start of a spin off series in my Paranormal World. In this world, there was an apocalyptic event that ended up killing off 50% of the population and turning most of the survivors into supernatural beings ten years ago. At some point in that time, the heroine in this book, half faerie/ half demon, Francesa Ross, had her memory stolen by angels because they thought she was dangerous. However, now they are having trouble returning it. They are also holding the promise of returning her memories over her head to get her to do their dirty work. In this book she’s asked to go on a mission in a vacation town to check out some odd happenings. Of course, there is more than meets the eye. At the same time, she has become a magnet for demons and this could possibly shed some light on her past and missing family. Oh, right, and a possible romance, with a Nephalim she might have been in love with in her hidden past.

Thank you for being my guest today.


Meet C. C. Solomon

A B O U T  T H E  A U T H O R

C.C. is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and has actively written fiction since the age of eleven. She’s an avid “chick lit” reader and urban fantasy fan. During her days, she works in Civil Rights for the federal government. In her free time, she sings karaoke, travels the globe and watches too much TV… when she’s not writing of course.


Connect with C. C. Solomon

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C. C. Solomon’s Book

Amazon.com: Dark Hauntings: A Paranormal Times Novel eBook: Solomon, C.C.: Kindle Store


More from C. C. Solomon

A New Audio Book Release – kongo.com – Written By Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio has released his new audio book kongo.com. Congratulations, Don! This is amazing!


I’m happy to announce that my book, kongo.com, is available in audiobook format. The book is a collection of four related long-format short stories/novellas. The Audio Book is available HERE.

kongo.com cover designed by Don Massenzio

About kongo.com

In my book, kongo.com, I have pulled together four separate related stories. Three of them were published as serials on my blog over the past year. The fourth is a brand new story that weaves together the other three. This was an enjoyable exercise and I hope that those that choose to read it will enjoy it as well.

Here is a bit about each of the stories in kongo.com

CONTINUE READING HERE

Interview With One Of My Characters IV

In preparation for the book release of the third book in ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series, I invited one of my characters for an interview. Siana worked with Zepheira in a tracking team, before Zye was hired by the Big 7. Let’s see what Siana can tell us about Zye.


Welcome, Siana. 

Hello, AJ.

Siana, I know you have been working together with Zepheira when you both were in Evaan’s team. Zye told me you are an exceptional archeress and she loved working with you. How was working with her?

Oh, Zepheira is a nice woman, maybe a bit smug about her abilities, but I figure, she is all right.

Is there anything more you can tell us about her?

Well, she… she was always nice to me. But even though we were in the same team and worked well together, outside of work there was no interaction between us. She’s an excellent demon tracker, probably the best there is currently. But, well… that’s about it.

When you heard she would leave the team for a limited time, what did you think?

Thank God… oh – I mean… I thought, I hope, she’ll be fine and successful in her work for the big seven. I wished her only the best.

You know, Siana. I think, you’re a beautiful woman, and apparently, as an archeress exceptional. But looking at your answers one could think you actually don’t want to talk about your friend.

Zepheira was never a friend of mine.

How come?

Just because…

Does that mean I’m right when I think you don’t like her?

That’s not it!

What is it then? Weren’t you relieved when she left?

No

Didn’t you actually hope she would never return?

No!

Didn’t you hope that she will never cross your path anymore?

Of course not!

Aren’t you scared of her because of her unusual look?

(positively crying now) – Fine – FINE! I am scared of her. These cursed horns! She looks like she works for the other side! She’s always been smarter, better, faster, more talented than everyone else in all the teams, even though she looks horrible with these horns – these godforsaken horns! I can’t sleep sometimes because I’m scared!!

And when you heard what her future will be – weren’ t you jealous?

Of course! How dare she? How can she look that dreadful and still get one of the most desirable bachelor’s in the universe? She has always been so nice to me! But then my fear got the better of me – I cannot profit from her connections.

I think we all know what we want to know… Thanks for your time, Siana.

Good Bye.

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Tour & Book Review – Hallelujah by Kim Fielding and F.E. Feeley

Read about Kim Fielding’s and F. E. Feeley’s new book at the ‘Drops of Ink’ blog, written by Anne Barwell.


A big welcome to Kim Fielding and F.E. Feeley as part of their tour with Other Worlds Ink for Hallelujah.

Review
The premise and world building in this story are fabulous, and the characters very layered. Although there are romantic elements and a romance in it, it’s not the HEA of a romance novel, and even though the final pages give some hope for Joseph’s future, he’s still got a rough road ahead. I liked the mythos behind Joseph and those like him, and how their abilities work, and how they differ.

I hope this is the first in a series as I’d love read more of this world, and its characters. I got hooked on this story very quickly, and didn’t want to put it down. The writing style flows well and I couldn’t tell where one author handed over to the other as the transitions are very smooth. The settings were very easy to visualise. I particularly liked Stormy’s ability—it’s different and very cool.

Continue Reading Here

kongo.com – Now available – Written By Don Massenzio

Finally it’s available: Kongo.com, the new book by Don Massenzio. From what I read and saw it’s another great book by Don. Read more below.


It’s been a week since my new book, kongo.com, was released. This was an interesting book to write. It contains three novellas that started as serials on my blog. The fourth novella is from an original story that has never been published. The intent of this story is to pull the other three together to show the ultimate goal of this corporation and the truth behind its technology.

In this post, I’m sharing the first part of this story. It’s called 3D life.

3D Life

Continue reading here

When is the Best Time of Year to Release a Book?

Provided by Self Publishing Review

In Hollywood, there’s a pretty set calendar for when movies are released: horror movies are usually released around Halloween, high-concept blockbusters in the summer, Oscar movies start in November, movies that aren’t blockbusters or Oscar contenders in February.

Does the book trade follow the same release schedule?

The answer is, more or less, yes.

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Cover Reveal and New Book Announcement – Written By Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio presents us the cover and an excerpt of his new book Kongo.com. I love the cover and the announcement, Don! Well done!


Well, after a great deal of time, effort and procrastination, I am happy to announce my new book, kongo.com, that will be released on

March 29, 2019.

 

Find the entire blog post here:

https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2019/03/07/cover-reveal-and-new-book-announcement/

Time Travel – A Recurring Theme in Science Fiction

Read what Author Don Massenzio has to say about time travel. As a successful author this subject is quite familiar to him. Thank you very much for your very educational blog post, Don!

Author Don Massenzio

As a reader, my fascination with time travel began as a child. When I first read The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, I was enthralled by the idea of travelling either backward or forward in time.

Traveling backward could allow one to catch glimpses of historical events or important figures. You could go back and wander among dinosaurs. Similarly, traveling forward gives a view of the development of man, technology and the future of our planet.

As I sat down to write my book, Extra Innings, I was fascinated by the different views of time travel that have been used in fiction. This post will discuss those various theories and I’ll give you a view of my thought process in landing on one.

Here are some of the theories that have been presented in fiction:

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  1. Precognition – This is the idea of seeing the future during dreams or through…

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Tomorrow is Blood Match Release Day

Author Don Massenzio published his book “Blood Match” February 2, 2018.

Author Don Massenzio

blood match front coverBlood Match, a new thriller by Don Massenzio

You might remember that this book was a Kindle Scout candidate and it performed well lasting on the Hot List for 209 of 720 hours or some part of 11 out of 30 days with over 4,000 views.

Here is a blurb about the book:

Intelligence analyst Jake Balrich boards his Monday morning flight, as he has so many times, for routine field work. When the plane lands, a passenger fails to wake up. Jake soon realizes that the death was not accidental and is part of a murderous plot that will have Jake running for his life as he struggles with an unknown enemy that seems to guess his every move.

Blood Match is a thriller that examines the desire for gaining power with little regard for the human lives that are affected.

Follow Jake Balrich, as he enlists the help…

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