books, fiction

FanGirl Friday: The Wheel of Time series

Some books are written to entertain; others are written to inform, but still there are those rare gems that are written to stay with you. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (and finished by Brandon Sanderson) is one of those series that has stayed with me through the years.

Robert Jordan had a way of telling a story, so everything could be perfectly visualized and yet not once did I feel like skimming over any part of the books… Okay, that’s a lie. I always wanted to rush through anything that was just about Perrin Aybara. It’s not that I didn’t like him… I just thought he was less fun than, well, anyone. There was definitely a different writing style in the final three books, but I admire Mr. Jordan wanting his story to be finished, even if he couldn’t be the one to finish them. (RIP, Robert Jordan!) The series stretched on for years and the characters became like friends, and I know anytime I want to I can go back and read the pages and visit them again.

While set in a world full of magic and legend, the characters are real. They have human reactions, flaws, and imperfections.

The Aes Sedai are the embodiment of feminine power, however, they are fearful of men with the same powers, as the male half of the source has been contaminated and drives men who wield it insane. The world needs the Dragon Reborn, but the Aes Sedai want nothing to do with a man who can channel. The only good male magic user in their opinion, is a dead one. In fact, they have a whole group of Aes Sedai that have made hunting down men who can channel their ultimate mission in life. Luckily, for Rand Al’Thor not everyone feels that way. When Moraine Sedai comes into the small village of Two Rivers, she sweeps Rand and his friends away, certain one of them is the Dragon Reborn, and their only hope of salvation.

As each character discovers their own path, they grow from wide-eyed youths to more-or-less responsible adults (cough, Mat Cauthon.) From learning about the world outside of village life to battling the Forsaken, they take each new experience in stride.

The Wheel of Time series is the reason I hardly ever mark a book DNF. The first time I read the books, The Fires of Heaven almost made me quit the series entirely. Okay, so that’s not exactly the whole truth. I did quit reading them… for years. Moraine was my favorite and when she disappeared after battling Lanfear, I was devastated, felt completely betrayed. I didn’t pick the books back up until I knew she was safe and sound. Since then, I have read the series in its entirety no less than three times… In fact, it’s getting about time to revisit these books…

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In the Words of An Author: An Interview with faturoti Kayode Fattkay

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

Yes I do. Neil Patel.

 

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

Seeing people get results from your guide is the fulfilling part

 

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

I advise they keep at it. Building a writing career is a gradual process, continue doing it.

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I have my own way of putting words together which seems quite different from the norm. I believe in making contents not too serious and inserting comic reliefs in my books.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Not really. It just happens subconsciously.

 

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Neil Patel.

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

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FanGirl Friday: Ashlei Hawley

This week for Fan-girl Friday, I have picked an author who spans many genres. She has been published by both traditional methods and self-publishing, and today just happens to be the day that she will reveal a cover for her newest book.

Ashlei Hawley also writes under the name A.D. Johnson in order to keep her young adult books from meshing with those with more adult themes. In November, she will be releasing a new book Wonders: A Wanderer’s Journey. It’s a trilogy of which I have had the honor to read the first book in a beta form. I’m a huge fan of young adult, and it will not disappoint.

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This author is one that refuses to stick to genre labels, which is one reason I will always fan-girl over her, nor does she search out hot topics in hopes of using what’s in right now to push her sales. That is an admirable trait for a writer. Because she writes what speaks to her, regardless of genre or fad, the passion for her craft comes across in her writing.

I have watched Ms. Hawley grow as an author since before she was published originally. I have seen her fail and dust herself off, because her desire to make her mark with the written word is fierce. From starting a zombie apocalypse with a ton of free money to allowing a young woman diagnosed with cancer to find love in an unexpected place, Ms. Hawley always takes her own perspective on her stories.

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To date, my favorite of her work is All Purpose Exorcisms, the first book in the Cameron Connelly series. Cam is what is termed an exorcist in the post-apocalyptic tale. She fights against the darkness in a world ruled by vampires. It’s unique story, and though released quite awhile ago, I am highly anticipating the next book, and the next, and the next…

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If you’re interested in finding out more about Ashlei Hawley/A.D. Johnson look her up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Amazon!

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Cover Reveal: Wonders: A Wanderer’s Journey by A.D. Johnson

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It has been 400 years since the Wonders established themselves here on Earth. Shortly after they arrived, the walls were erected, the protected Cities were established, and the first deadly wave of the Pox swept the world. Now, the Lord Proctor, Draven Lucere, rules what remains of the once-free nation. His lineage has sought to cripple the population in more ways than one; some apparent and some despicable and underhanded.

While humanity has atrophied in the Cities, the Wonders have evolved and adapted to their new home. They live among us and sometimes even combine forms with earthborn creatures.

In this world of Wonders, Maia and those who accompany her must learn to adapt and survive, as they take the fight for freedom to the ruling elite who have held it from the rest of the population for generations.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075MMR3SW/

authors, books, fiction, paranormal romance

Fan-Girl Friday: Nalini Singh

In an old used book store, the scent of tattered pages filling the air, I stopped to peak at the paranormal romance section- my guilty pleasure. Row after row of titles greeted me- teasing and intriguing, but which to choose?

I settled on a novel about a psychic who foresees the future and a changeling jaguar. Of course, the official synopsis wasn’t quite so bland, but when vampires and werewolves were all the rage, it was an unexpected gem. I devoured the pages of “Visions of Heat” and to this day Vaughn and Faith are my favorite Psy/Changeling couple, although Vasic and Ivy are a close second.

I knew when I went seeking more in the series, some of which I had to special order, that each book would focus on a separate set of main characters. Normally, this would be very off-putting to me. When I get into a series, it’s because the characters have become real to me and I want to see where they go; I don’t want to see their stories end.

As it turns out, these worries were completely unfounded. Although each book focused on a different hero/heroine, the subplot flowed effortlessly from one book to the next. Nalini Singh brought the world of Psy, Changeling, and Human to life and I just had to know where the war was going.

The Psy/Changeling series will always be my favorite paranormal romance series, but Ms. Singh is truly talented. There are some authors that are hit-and-miss with, but I have yet to read a Nalini Singh book I didn’t thoroughly enjoy.

The Guild Hunter series was one I was nervous about beginning. I already had Nalini Singh up on an author pedestal and I didn’t want to ruin my illusion. Without her name on these books, I don’t know if I ever would have picked them up. But I am so glad I did. Again, the stories were utterly flawless, the characters coming across as real as you or me.

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Now, I’m a firm believer that a person is a person, no matter their career choice. An actor, an author, a sports star, a musician, an heir/heiress, whatever… I’ve said this before. However, that being said, I think I might be rendered speechless if I was ever in the presence of this author that I’ve turned into a larger-than-life figure in my mind. Her talent is off-the-charts, and if you’ve never heard of her, I strongly suggest heading to your nearest book store right now and checking her out!

 

Visit Nalini Singh’s website: nalinisingh.com or find her on social media. You won’t regret it.

author advice, authors, books, fiction, poems, poetry, writing tips

The Difference Between Poetry And Fiction

A couple weeks ago I had a discussion with a fan/friend. He asked an interesting question: “Which is harder to write, poetry or fiction?” My answer was automatic.

Poetry is easier (for me) to create. It’s only a matter of pulling what’s inside of me out. It’s searching the darkest parts of my soul, where fear and hope and pain dwell and exposing it to the light. The hard part of being a poet is releasing it to the world. When I allow a poem to be read, I’m allowing someone to see me completely exposed. And while I’ve known immense joy, it’s the darkness inside that needs to be purged. Each poem given out for public consumption is open to ridicule, to criticism, but it’s not just my words- it’s the scars inside. It. Is. Hard.

Trapped In Yesterday

Trapped now I’m locked in yesterday

Please don’t think it’s you why I turn a way

I can’t stand the way it makes me feel

To know that this could become real

You can’t expect me not to flee

When you hold such power over me

The last to get this close left me to learn

The searing pain of love forever burns

I don’t want to go though that again

And nothing you say can make this fear end

I wonder if you understand

Why I shiver when you touch my hand

Why I can’t go but neither can I stay

The answers you’ll find in my yesterday.

*Excerpted poem from About A Girl: A Poetry Compilation

https://www.amazon.com/About-Girl-Compilation-Sandra-Ely-ebook/dp/B01KS5AMKE

Fiction is harder to create. Characters have to be built from scratch, they have to be made real from pen and pad. Worlds have to be created. Supporting characters must have their place, feel like real people, and yet, remain on the side lines to allow the protagonist to complete their journey. It’s a lot of work. On the other hand, passing it off to be published might be scary, but it’s not the same soul-crushing fear. Readers can agree, or disagree, with the choices you characters make. They can love, or hate the content. At the end of the day, though, it’s not you under the piercing gaze of readers who will no doubt catch every mistake.

Excerpt from Kiss of Death, Immortal Hearts Book 2

“Time to feed the human,” Beau announced, carrying over two cups of coffee.

He handed me one of the heavy black mugs and I took a sip, testing the flavor. The robust flavor of the coffee hit me first, full-bodied and slightly bitter. Then, the sweet, creamy mix that was tailored to my taste buds. I was impressed he remembered I preferred brown sugar in my coffee. The gesture warmed my heart, as it never failed to do.

“So,” I said as I cut into my eggs. “What’s on the agenda for today?” The yolk spilled out, but the whites remained firm and intact. Cooking the perfect over-medium egg was not an easy feat, especially for one who didn’t eat. I’d been working at it for years and my success rate was spotty at best.

“Well, I have to be at the club today; somebody has to oversee business there. Valerie and Adam are going to be here in a little while to take you to your place and get some of your things.”

“I appreciate the offer, but I don’t need an escort, Beau.”

“Maybe not, but it’s already set up regardless.”

“You do realize I didn’t sign up for this just to be stuck with a babysitter, right?” I hid my annoyance by nibbling on a strip of crispy bacon.

“You’re one of mine, Leah. I won’t allow you to blindly walk into danger.”

My pulse quickened, but I wouldn’t let him charm me into abandoning my position. “And I won’t be able to do what you want me to do if I’m constantly being guarded by vampires. It’s counterproductive, really.”

“Let’s just agree to take this a day at a time. This is new for both of us.” His tone hinted at something left unsaid, but I decided to leave it be. Breakfast was my favorite meal and I had no intention of ruining another meal over this assignment.

www.amazon.com/Kiss-Death-Immortal-Hearts-Book-ebook/dp/B00SCQT3SO/

Both poetry and fiction are beautiful and terrifying in their own ways. I could no more give up one than the other. Each offers a reward of it’s own it’s own to my soul, but they are so vastly different from inception to publication.

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authors, books, children's literature, christian fiction, christian literature, interviews, kids books, poetry

In the Words of an Author: An Interview with Sandi Smith

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

I have followed two wonderful authors – Maeve Binchy and Fannie Flagg.

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Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

Well, for my children’s books I would have to say A.R. Achnid is my favorite character. A.R. was the reason I started to write, and his character was so much fun. He thought he was human, and wanted to do everything with his human friend, Harold. Even though people thought of him as a scary spider, he didn’t let that get him down. He just went along with his life, enjoying all of his adventures.

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Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

I have been very lucky, and have not had any difficulties with any scenes I have written. My new novel that I am working on now, though, I am having a little bit of trouble getting past one particular scene. It is a little dark, and I am not sure in what direction I want to take the story.

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What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

I have found that finishing a story, especially a novel, is so rewarding. So much time and energy is invested in the writing of the story, and when it finally is finished and comes together to form the feelings you wanted to express, it is a tremendously gratifying experience.

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What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

Well, I am basically just starting out myself, but I would advise anyone who is starting out to believe in what you are writing. In the beginning, when I wrote something, I was always looking for approval from a family member or a friend. One day when someone told me they didn’t care for my book, my husband told me that there are going to be people who love the book and people who don’t care for it at all, but that doesn’t mean that it is a bad story. Believe in yourself is the advice my husband gave me, and continues to give me, so I would pass that on to anyone starting out.

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Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I do not. The words come to me, and I sit down and start typing away. The whole process for me has been very simple. The only ritual I would say I have is making sure I have cookies available for when I am awake and typing at night. They are soothing to the soul.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Not really. I used to write in high school, but never gave it too much thought after that. Actually, I always wanted to be an opera singer, but, occasionally, I always found myself writing poems or short stories.

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If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

My mother, who has been gone for quite a few years now. We didn’t have a great relationship, and I would really love to sit and chat with her, getting to know her as a person. I believe, because of our volatile relationship, that I may have missed out on a wonderful friendship with a wonderful person. That breaks my heart.

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

This is from one of my children’s books, Sarah Bella’s Gift of Gold:

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When Sarah Bella was a very young girl,

(let’s say, probably about six years old),

her parents gave her a small ball of yarn,

that they said was a “gift of gold”.

Sarah Bella was then told by her parents,

“A life of adventure is waiting ahead.

Wrap your favorite things in this ball of yarn,

and when you sleep, keep it close by your bed.”

They told Sarah Bella that when she grew old,

in her ball of yarn would be memories so dear.

There would be times and places to remember,

from all of her adventures throughout the years.

The following is from my first novel, Sitting at the Kitchen Table with God:

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Andrew was gone, and Marianne should have been buried with him. There were two deaths on that day, but only one soul was taken. The other was left to slowly decay in the shell of a lonely woman.

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http://www.authorsandismith.com

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