Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Faye Hall ~ an interview and her novel ~ Passions in the Dust



I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME AUTHOR
Faye Hall



BIO:
Faye Hall's passion driven, mystery filled books are set in small townships of North Queensland, Australia during the late 1800's.

Each of her novels bring something symbolically Australian to her readers, from Aboriginal herbal remedies, to certain gemstones naturally only found in this part of the world.

Each of her books tell of a passionate connection between the hero and heroine, surrounded and threatened by deceit, scandal, theft and sometimes even murder.

These romances swerve from the traditional romances as Faye aims to give her readers so much more intrigue, whilst also revealing the hidden histories of rural townships of North Queensland.

Faye finds her inspiration from the histories of not only the township she grew up in, but the many surrounding it. She also bases most of her characters on people she has met in her life.

Faye was able to live her own passion driven romance, marrying the love of her life after a whirlwind romance in 2013. Together they are raising their 9 children in a remote country town in northern Queensland, Australia.

BANTER – STUFF ABOUT YOU
Q: If you could morph into any creature what would it be?
A: A hippo
            If you don’t mind me asking, why?   
A: No reason really, they are just my fav animal
    
Q: When you think of a garden, do you picture vegetables or flowers?

A: both

Q: What is your favorite word? Is there a reason?
A: Rhetorical – because so many people don’t know what it means

Q: What is your least favorite word? Is there a reason?
A: Hate – because it’s a destructive emotion

BOOKS – ABOUT THE CRAFT
Q: Which element of book writing is most difficult for you?
A: Trying not to head hop to much between the characters.

Q: What is your favorite part of writing?
A: Writing the romantic interactions between the main characters.

Q; Now your least favorite part?
A: Usually coming up with a book title.

Q: Describe your favorite heroine? (This doesn’t have to be one of yours.)
A: Any heroine who is strong headed and doesn’t bow down to tradition and etiquette


BOOKS - NOW LETS PROMOTE – STRUT YOUR STUFF
Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: I’m waiting to hear back from the publishers about 2 more scripts, so I’ve started book number 7 titled ‘Lust & Chastity’.  It’s my own take on one of the seven deadly sins and a heavenly virtue.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: Passions in the Dust will be out, tomorrow, 1st October.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A:  Here they are:
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Excerpt:
Walking to the end of the small corridor, Ella began to feel as if she had done a complete turnabout.  Seeing the solid wooden door just up ahead, she assumed it would lead her back to her bedroom.

Opening the door, her eyes resting on the naked back of the man before her, her line of sight quickly going to the towel wrapped around his waist, Ella knew how wrong her assumption had been.

Ella knew he must have heard her gasp.  How could he not have?

The man before her quickly turned at her sudden intrusion.

“What the hell are you doing here?”

Ella leaned in the doorway, her arms crossed just under her breasts, trying to display a casualness she didn’t feel.

“Is that any way to greet me after five years, Seth?”

“Ella?” Seth held the towel close against him.  “I wasn’t expecting you.”

Ella nodded.  “Apparently not.  You couldn’t even come pick me up from the station, Seth.”

“I…I was busy.”

Ella raised her brow.  “To busy to come meet the woman you bought to be your wife?”

“It wasn’t like that,” Seth tried.
 
“It wasn’t?” she continued.  “I suppose when one orders a wife as one would a shipment of cattle, one should be expected to treat them the same.”
  
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bryan Koepke ~ an interview and his novel ~ Vengeance




I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME AUTHOR
Bryan Koepke


BANTER – STUFF ABOUT YOU
Q: Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?
A: I’m definitely a morning person.  There’s nothing more enticing than sitting out on the porch at sunrise with a hot cup of coffee and my laptop computer.  The birds will be there chirping to one another, and the air will be still and crisp as the sun burns off the morning dew.

Q: Tell me something you would like your readers (fans) to know about you.
A:  I’ve always had a passion for aviation.  As a boy I used to spend large amounts of time at the airport busying myself while my father tinkered or talked to one of the mechanics in a neighboring hanger.  I guess that’s why I was drawing airplanes and later building them with Legos as far back as I can remember.  To this day when a plane flies over I look up and enjoy the Doppler effect of its engine as it passes overhead.  In 1997 I passed the tests and became a licensed private pilot. I’ve been flying ever since and if you read my thrillers you’ll be sure to come across a few flying scenes.
 
Q: Did you like school when you were a child?
A:  I was fortunate enough to attend a progressive elementary school in the late 1960’s and 70’s.  I remember the first day of kindergarten when to my joy I discovered the school had an entire bin filled with large wooden trucks.  Later there was daily music class with so many instruments you could try everything from the trumpet to a marimba.  One of my favorite activities was when the entire school went outside, and in a very orderly fashion we dug a hole in the front lawn and planted a tree.  This probably won’t come as a surprise, but I was that kid in the third grade that loved it when the teacher would say get out two sheets of paper and spend the next half hour writing me a story.

Q: How do you feel about exercise?
A:  Exercise has always been a part of my life.  Whether it’s walking our dog with my wife, or hiking in the mountains when I get enough time to drive up there I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors.  I find that walking is an important activity for writers.  Henry David Thoreau said, “Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move my thoughts begin to flow”.  For me it provides a way to get out and enjoy the fresh air while doing good for my body and clearing my mind.
BOOKS – ABOUT THE CRAFT
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A:  Most of my ideas come from my imagination or from something I’ve read that sparks a new idea.  I’ll come up with a question such as what if there was a corporation filled with greed, betrayal, and corruption?  I’ll carry the idea around in my mind for months and sometimes years until at some point, usually when my current novel is being professionally edited, and then I’ll sit down and begin to write notes around the central idea.  Over time the idea will expand into a novel length thriller.

There is a time of morning, usually on the weekends, when I first open my eyes and once spotting the clock have closed them and am trying to fall back to sleep.  I’ll lie there with my eyes closed not sleeping and not fully away, but dreaming of a story.  Little by little it will reveal itself to me, and if I’m patient when I sit down at my desk a little later I’ll have a good start on a new novel.

Q: How did you come to write your genre of choice?
A:  I’ve always enjoyed reading mysteries and thrillers.  I search out authors that teach you something as you read their books.  One day back in 2010 when I was reading I laid a book down after finishing the last page and I thought - I can write something like this.  From there I bought a notebook and started jotting down notes.  Next I went to the library and read every book they had on writing fiction.  Soon I came to realize that book writing wasn’t something that you just picked up in your spare time.  It took a giant commitment, but at the same time I found a passion that had been lying there waiting to be discovered all of my life.

Q: Are you a sit down and play it by ear kind of writer, or do you need a structured guideline, or maybe a little of both?
A:  I’m a little of both.  When I first start writing I get as many scenes written as fast as I can.  I learned this from reading a book - on writing by Stephen King.  At some point I’ll be interrupted by one of life’s responsibilities.  The next time I sit down at the computer and find myself less motivated to write I’ll spend the time building an outline of the scenes and chapters I’ve written thus far.  I find this very useful for keeping track of the story’s timeline, and planning out how subplots will lay into the overall plot among other things.

Q: Have your characters ever taken the story in a different direction than you had originally planned? Do you have a for instance, for us?
A:  Yes.  In this next novel in the series, SABOTAGE, my main character Reece Culver takes an interest in a certain female character.  Now that I look back on how the story evolved over multiple rewrites I know that it was Reece that steered me to write it this way.  I like the new material more than what I’d originally planned to write in that section of the book.
 
BOOKS - NOW LETS PROMOTE – STRUT YOUR STUFF
Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A:  I’m currently working on book number 3 in the Reece Culver thriller series.  This book, as of yet, remains untitled.  It starts with Reece working at Caulder Space Systems in Centennial Colorado.  The book is in the early stages of plot development, but I can tell you that his good friend Haisley will help out with whatever Reece finds himself involved in. 

I also have a good start to book number 4 in the series that I started last spring. 

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A:  In this next book in the Reece Culver thriller series, SABOTAGE, while vacationing in the Scottish Highlands Reece Culver and his buddy Haisley Averton are pulled into the ever – changing world of Draecon International – a bubbling caldron of infidelity, corporate espionage, assassination, and a plot to destroy London’s Financial District.

SABOTAGE will be published by Writers Cabin Press, Ltd. this coming November.  It will be available as both an eBook and in Paperback. 

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A:  You can find me on my web page: www.bryankoepke.com, 
on Twitter:  @BryanKoepke


Blurb:
VENGEANCE – A Reece Culver Thriller – Book 1

On a cold January morning Reece Culver gets a visit from a woman seeking answers to the mystery of her mother's disappearance.  Intrigued by her story he agrees to help and soon travels to the mid-west to search for clues.  Not long after, it becomes obvious that someone doesn't want him snooping where he doesn't belong. 



While visiting his client's childhood home he's jumped, beaten, and left for dead. Several days later he sits chained to a table in the interrogation room of a St. Louis Police station charged with murder. Reece figures out that the case he’s investigating and an unsolved murder that has haunted him his entire life are linked. 



In a desperate race to catch the killer before the FBI offers this perpetrator immunity Reece dodges multiple attempts on his life and seeks the answer to a single question. 



Can he stay alive long enough to solve the mystery and put the murderer behind bars?


DAMAGE – A Reece Culver Thriller Short Story – Prequel to Vengeance: 

It’s a battle he’s played out in his mind day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute living in the memory of it all. Each new dawn brings with it the life he’s always lived as Al Culver waits patiently for the time and place when he’ll happen upon those responsible.


SABOTAGE – A Reece Culver Thriller – Book 2

While vacationing in the Scottish Highlands Reece Culver and his buddy Haisley Averton are pulled into the ever – changing world of Draecon International – a bubbling caldron of infidelity, corporate espionage, assassination, and a plot to destroy London’s Financial District.



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Friday, September 11, 2015

Eric Matheny ~ an interview and his novel ~ The Vicim





 I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME AUTHOR
Eric Matheny



BIO –
Eric Matheny was born in Los Angeles, California, where he lived until he went away to college at Arizona State University. At ASU he was president of Theta Chi Fraternity. He graduated with a degree in political science and moved to Miami, Florida, to attend law school at St. Thomas University. During his third year of law school, he interned for the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, where he worked as a prosecutor upon graduation. In 2009, he went into private practice as a criminal defense attorney. He is a solo practitioner representing clients in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Broward County, Florida. He has handled everything from DUI to murder.

In his free time, Eric enjoys writing crime fiction, drawing from his experience working in the legal system. He published his debut novel Home in 2004, which centers around a successful drug dealer catering to the rich in Orange County. His second novel Lockdown, published in 2005, follows a law student trying to prove that an inmate serving a life sentence in one of California’s toughest prisons might actually be innocent. Eric’s latest novel The Victim, is a tense, fast-paced, legal thriller/psychological suspense novel that centers around a young defense attorney whose horrifying misdeed from his college days comes back to haunt him. It was published by Zharmae in August 2015 and is available for sale on Amazon.

Eric lives outside of Fort Lauderdale with his wife and two young sons.

BANTER – STUFF ABOUT YOU
Q: Tell me something you would like your readers (fans) to know about you.
A: I have trained extensively in submission grappling/jiu-jitsu and, at one point, was quite proficient.  It has been a few years since I have trained consistently but I find an hour of rolling on the mat to be one of the most relaxing and cathartic activities there is.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? Do you have an all time favorite song?
A: I enjoy a variety of music.  My all-time favorite band is The Beach Boys.  I saw them in concert when I was eight.  I enjoy classic rock, soft rock, 80s-90s hair metal (Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, Night Ranger), and 80s-90s hip-hop (Tribe Called Quest, Souls of Mischief, Jurassic 5).  I’m also a pretty big Elvis fan.  At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old man, I am not a huge fan of today’s music. 

My all-time favorite song is “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel.

Q: How do you feel about exercise?
A: I am a gym rat.  I try to work out at least 4-5 days a week.  I am an avid weightlifter and have been since I was 14.  In my prime I could bench press 365 pounds.  But now, at 33, I have real responsibilities.  But there was a time when nothing was more important than lifting weights.  Yes, I was that guy.

Q: Texting, love it or hate it?
A: I appreciate the convenience, especially when it saves you an unnecessary phone call.  But I think it’s partially to blame for a lack of interpersonal skills that has become almost an epidemic in today’s society.  I miss the analog days.


BOOKS – ABOUT THE CRAFT
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: I get a lot of my ideas from news stories and events that have occurred in real life.  For THE VICTIM, I got the idea after learning about a fatal crash in Arizona where the driver tried to run from the scene.  

Q: How did you come to write your genre of choice?
A: I am not literary nor artsy nor poetic.  I am not looking to write the Great American Novel. But I love gritty crime stories and enjoy reading them.  L.A. Rex is the best example of a raw cop drama.  In film, I like Training Day and End of Watch.  On TV, I loved SouthLand.  There is just something about accurate crime stories where nothing is sugarcoated that I really find entertaining.  I work in a field that exposes me to a lot of ugliness in the world.  I appreciate fiction set against that backdrop.  It begs the question why do people do bad things?  It cuts to the core of humanity.

Q: What do you think is the hardest part of writing a book?
A: Finishing it.  I do not do much outlining or plotting so for me it is especially difficult.  This can be troublesome, especially if you find yourself 200 pages in and suddenly your plot stops working.  But I’ve been doing it this way for so long that I’m reluctant to sit down beforehand and outline.  The way I see it, sooner or later something works.  This is why I stress never deleting unfinished work.  You can reuse old scenes in subsequent stories.

Q: What is your favorite part of writing?
A: I love starting a book.  You can literally create anything you want.  Entire worlds, people with amazing abilities.  Once you start you are kind of locked into your story.  This is where the actual work of writing factors in.  When the story is brand new, there are no restrictions whatsoever.

BOOKS - NOW LETS PROMOTE – STRUT YOUR STUFF
Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: I am working on something but given my proclivities, I will not mention anything about it until it is actually done.  At this early stage, who knows if it will get finished.  But in my opinion, the premise is pretty cool.  We shall see.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: THE VICTIM has been released!  It is available in e-book and paperback formats.  THE VICTIM is a legal thriller that centers around a young Miami criminal defense attorney whose past misdeeds come back to haunt him when he least expects it.  The book has been praised as “an astounding legal thriller that is full of surprise, mystery and moral dilemma” with high tension, accurate courtroom scenes, and a completely unpredictable ending.  As a practicing criminal attorney in Miami, I poured a lot of my own knowledge and experience into these pages. 

EXCERPT:


Chapter 1
March 16, 2003
Payson, Arizona

He thought he was dead.

Steam hissed from the crumpled front end of the RV that had folded accordion-style against the guardrail. His face stung from the punch of the airbag. His lungs burned from that awful talcum powder that drifted through the cabin as the bag deflated. The chemical dust, suspended in the air, seemed to be frozen in time.

His nose was numb and swollen. He tasted blood trickling down the back of his throat like a cocaine drip. He peered through the cracked windshield, his eyes adjusting to the reddish glow of a desert sunrise. The crushed-in hood had jarred upward. The chassis was off balance. The whole vehicle wobbled as he shifted his weight in his seat.

Oh my God.

He cranked the door handle and heaved his shoulder into it to pop it off the jamb. He hopped down onto the highway. The winds were heavy and dry, rustling the sage and scrub oaks that dotted the rugged landscape along the Beeline Highway. A sliver of fiery light barely illuminated the peaks of the Mazatal Mountains, which rose and fell against the horizon. Giant saguaros stood like sentries.

The back half of a red two-door sedan lay beneath the shredded front tires of the RV. Flattened like an aluminum can. On impact the RV must have bucked forward, rolling up onto the rear bumper of the smaller car, coming to rest on its roof. The significant weight of the RV crushed the sedan into something you might see stacked in a junkyard.

The highway was quiet. Just the rush of hot wind crackling the delicate spines of the sagebrush. He got his bearings quickly, the initial shock of the crash having passed. A sobering experience. Literally. Half a handle of Jack Daniels coursing through his veins had been replaced by something stronger.

Panic.

He saw long hair, a young female’s. How he could tell her age by the back of her head, he would never know. Maybe by its length and sheen—bright, yellow-blond. Slick with blood. Her forehead propped on the steering wheel. The driver-side window blown out. The windshield was a shattered web.

The man beside her—or boy, he was arguably young—was out cold, his body positioned in the passenger’s seat in a gimpy, off-kilter fashion. The passenger side had been thrust into the guardrail, which molded itself to the frame of the car. His head lolled against the door. Blood leaked from his ear and ran down his neck.

“Are you okay?” he screamed, although he knew he would get no reply. His voice resonated throughout the valley. “Hello?”

He braced himself against the ruined front end of the RV. He felt a surge of bile and whiskey come up in the back of his throat. He heaved forward but held it in. He was lightheaded.

Oh God, please let this be a dream. Oh God, please...this can’t be happening, this can’t be happening. This isn’t happening. This isn’t happening...


Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A: I have a website, www.ericmathenybooks.com. You can also find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EMathenyBooks and on Twitter with the handle @emathenybooks.

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