Ebook Giveaway & Interview: Ray Saunders, Author Of Winds West

Folks, please give a warm welcome to Ray Saunders. He’s here to share not only his novel, Winds West, but also a mostly non-fiction account of frontier life in Colorado (Gunnison Country) written by his mother, Betty Wallace. Don’t forget to check out the ebook giveaway at the end of the post!

What mystery in your own life could be a plot for a book?

No real mystery in my past, but Alternate History would be me having decided to be a poet instead of a computer maven. It would be a very convoluted plot, involving Greenwich Village, off-grid living in the Rockies and becoming God.

The public library of your dreams has arrived! What special collections does it hold?

The lost contents of the Library of Alexandria and every poet since 500BC.

What decade from the last century would you pick to have been a teenager in?

I would prefer to forget my teen years, but if I had to pick it would probably be the 1920s for the radical politics.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?

Liza from Winds West would get along well with Sayward Luckett from Conrad Richter’s The Awakening Land trilogy. Both were strong women who knew what they wanted and had the courage to go after it.

If you could, what book or movie or TV series would you like to experience for the first time all over again and why?

The movies Amalie or Casablanca. And any of Maurice Walsh’s writingThe Quiet Man, The Small Dark Man, Trouble in the Glen, etc. (I love the way the Irish use the English language, both in prose and poetry. The Scots, on the other hand, use English like they still hold a grudge over Culloden).

What are the top 3 historical time periods and locations you would like to visit?

The Americas before European contact.
Central Asia before Islam.
Celtic Europe before Caesar.

If you could own a famous or historical art work, what would it be? Would you put it on public display or keep it privately?

Picasso’s Guernica – displayed as publicly as possible.

If you could sit down and have dinner with 5 dead authors, who would you invite to the table? What would they order?

John Masters, Maurice Walsh, Stephen Vincent Benet, Charles Bowden and A.A.Milne.

We’d all eat pizza. And drink lots of wine.

Care to share an awkward fangirl/fanboy moment, either one where someone was gushing over your work…..or one where you were gushing over another author’s work?

I always gush over my favorite writers at every opportunity, to the point of irritating those who’ve heard me for the umpteenth time. (I think it’s more awkward for them than for me). Don’t know if this counts, but a young lady wrote a glowing review of Winds West, albeit expressing surprise at my “uncanny insight into the female psyche”. LOL

Places to Find Ray Saunders


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About the Author:

I grew up in a small western town, steeped in both pioneer culture and writing, my mother being a reporter, editor, English teacher and local historian. By the time I finished high school I was well versed in poetry and the Beat Generation, properly prepared to appreciate the ‘60s in Greenwich Village, which added folk music to the mix. To pay the bills, I spent 50 years doing cutting-edge computer work, then retired and now I’m back to writing poetry and songs and the occasional novel.

Book Blurb for Winds West

Home maker at 10, grown at 15 – what future awaits Liza as she head West? Young woman goes West on a voyage of self-discovery. “Winds West is a thoughtful account of Liza Woods, a young woman’s coming of age story set in early 20th century Ohio. At 13, Liza takes a job as a governess/housekeeper, but has a wisdom beyond her years. She yearns for the freedom generally afforded only to men, however, and what follows is her subsequent journey to Colorado, where she settles down, making a life for herself on the frontier.” – Granny’s Pantry review.

Book Blurb for Gunnison Country:

History of Gunnison Colorado and surrounding areas. Betty Wallace was born near Lake City, CO, in 1913. She spent her youth among the ranchers and miners who settled the Gunnison Country. Herself a child of pioneers, she understood the world they faced and how they coped. As a reporter and editor she worked to preserve the stories of those early days, from the displacement of the Native American by gold-seekers to the uranium prospectors of the 1950s. She researched the old newspapers and interviewed many Old Timers in a tireless effort to make sure their stories were preserved for future generations.


Ray is offering up one ebook copy of Winds West and one ebook copy of Gunnison Country. Do the Rafflecopter thing below or answer these questions in the comments to be entered into the giveaway. 1) What special collections would the library of your dreams hold? 2) Which book would you prefer to win (Winds West or Gunnison Country)? This giveaway is open world wide and ends August 1, 2017, midnight.

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Interview & Giveaway: Prashant Pinge, Author of Sceadu

Prashant PingeEveryone, please welcome Prashant Pinge to the blog today! We chat about fantastical creatures and great hero duos! If you want to check out the awesome giveaway (ebooks & gift card!) scroll to the bottom for all the info. Enjoy!

Given the opportunity, what fantastical beast of fiction would you like to encounter in the wild? Which would you avoid at all costs? Would you take a selfie with the beastie?

I think Griffins are magnificent beasts, and given an opportunity, meeting one in the wild would be a dream come true. It’s actually quite difficult to pick a single terrifying mythical creature given all the ones I have encountered in literature and films. But if I had to pick one, it would probably be the Minotaur. A selfie with the Griffin would be fantastic. With the Minotaur, perhaps if heavily sedated.

With the modern popularity to ebooks, a book is no longer limited to a specific genre shelf. It is now quite easy to label place an ebook in multiple genres (i.e. YA, Fantasy, Horror). How do you see this affecting readers? Have you been inadvertently lured outside your reading comfort zone? 

I would say that labeling e-books in multiple genres provides readers with an opportunity to explore books that otherwise would fall beyond their defined range of interests. I would look at this as a positive trend to move readers beyond narrow niches as long as authors don’t simply add genres to increase their reach. Personally, I always read the blurb before making a decision.

Who are some of your favorite book villains? Who are your favorite hero duos from the pages? 

Some of my favourite book villains would be Professor Moriarty, The White Witch and Lord Voldemort. My favourite hero duo would be Frodo and Sam.

What reboots (or retellings) of classics have you enjoyed? Are there ones that haven’t worked for you? 

While I certainly enjoy reading classics, my exposure to any retellings has only been through cinema. Some of the reboots I have liked are Clueless, Easy A and From Prada to Nada. War of the Worlds did not work for me.

If you could sit down and have dinner with 5 dead authors, who would you invite to the table? What would they order?

A. A. Milne (a pot of honey), Somerset Maugham (khow suey), Erle Stanley Gardner (filet mignon and baked potatoes), William Shakespeare (wine, bread, cheese), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (would share the food ordered by the others)

Cover art can be so important for a book, making or breaking sales. What cover art has caught your eye that you found stood above other books? 

The Spiderwick Chronicles, without a doubt. The quality of artwork, the imagination, the detailing – everything is superlative.

What do you do when you are not writing?

When I am not writing, I enjoy collecting old coins, reading fiction, travelling to exotic destinations, watching movies, and listening to music. Occasionally, I indulge my creativity as well. For instance, I recently wrote and produced a short film titled Freedom of Expression. I am also keenly interested in the subjects of psychology, mythology and ancient history.

What is a recurring or the most memorable geeky argument or debate you have taken part in?

Fountain of youth or potion of immortality? The topic of a recent (and rather lengthy) discussion I had with a friend. The jury is still out on this one.

Info on Prashant’s latest book, Sceadu

Genre: YA fantasy fiction

Publisher: Prashant Pinge (self published)

Date of publication: Nov 10, 2014


Number of pages: 246 (in 6” x 9” PDF)

Word count: About 70,000

Book trailer: http://youtu.be/BIQHTbekS8Y

Purchase link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NVCV0I0/

Blurb/book description:

All this while, Matilda’s shadow had been growing larger and larger. Suddenly, it lunged out of the ground and swallowed her, like a python does its unsuspecting prey.

Nine year old Matilda ends up with a century old book through a series of strange coincidences. And disappears. Her brother and cousins are forced to suspend their hostilities and pursue her to Sceadu, a land inside the human shadow. Once there, the reluctant visitors find themselves chased by the vicious Hefigans, creatures of Sceadu. However, everything changes with the revelation of an ancient prophecy that foretells the doom of the world they left behind.

With the stakes suddenly raised, the children must now navigate the dangerous terrain, overcome grave challenges, and unlock the secrets of the shadow. But can they do it in time to thwart the plans of the treacherous Hefigans? Or will they succumb to the guile of a ruthless enemy who is equally determined to destroy mankind?

Sceadu is a fast-paced adventure which blurs the boundary between the physical and the psychological, the real and the mythical.

lders relaxed; he was in control, at least for the time being. There would be challenges ahead, grave ones. The boy had probably complicated things. But he could deal with all that later.

Author bio:

Prashant Pinge is a published author of short stories and books in the genres of children’s fiction and young adult fantasy fiction. He also writes historical fiction and romantic comedies. His book, Raja & the Giant Donut, was shortlisted for the Economist Crossword Book Awards in the Children’s Writing category in 2011.

Prashant lives in Mumbai, India, with his wife, Avantika, and son, Arjun.

Author web links:

Book website – http://sceadu.net

Author website – http://prashantpinge.com

Author Facebook page – http://facebook.com/PrashantPingeAuthor

Sceadu Facebook page – http://facebook.com/SceaduTheBook

Twitter page – http://twitter.com/prashantpinge

LinkedIn page – http://in.linkedin.com/in/prashantpinge

Google+ page – http://plus.google.com/+PrashantPinge

Goodreads page – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8393378.Prashant_Pinge


The giveaway includes 10 Amazon Gift Cards ($10 each) and 15 e-copies of Sceadu (available in EPUB, MOBI and PDF formats). Just click on the Rafflecopter link below. Giveaway runs from Dec. 1- 21, 2014. Good luck!

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