Ebook Giveaway & Interview: Eva Gordon, Author of The Alpha Wolf’s Pet Trilogy

Folks, please give a warm welcome to Eva Gordon. She kindly let me heckle her with questions and is also offering up an ebook set of The Alpha Wolf’s Pet trilogy to one lucky winner. Scroll to the end of the post to check out that giveaway!

If you could be an extra on a TV show or movie, what would it be and what would you be doing?

Wow. There are so many. How can you make me choose? I would love to be on any Lord of the Rings movie, perhaps a hobbit. Or a rogue fighter on Star Wars. A zombie on The Walking Dead. However, since I’m a big fan of Outlander that’s the one I would choose. Being in Scotland and wearing period clothes would be a dream come true.

What’s the most interesting gross fact you know?

You do realize you are asking a former anatomy/physiology and biology teacher? So many so little time. I’m a big fan of scatology or the study of feces. I was once part of a mountain lion study and we were able to determine what they fed on and their health based on analyzing their poop.

If you were sent on a magical quest which other 4 fantasy authors would you take with you?

I would make sure I was the alchemist and take along Terry Goodkind (Sword of Truth series) Jacqueline Carey (Kushiel’s Legacy series), Neil Gaiman, and throw in Diana Gabaldon (because she might bring along Jamie Frasier from Outlander). Maybe put them in my fantasy novel, The Stone of the Tenth Realm.

Do you have any phobias?

I don’t have any phobias, however I do suffer from a different neurological condition known as Misophonia. Not a phobia. Triggers such as chewing noises, gum popping, slurping and sniffing for example drive me crazy. I’m not alone; celebrities Kelly Ripa and Kelly Osborne are misophones. Authors Franz Kafka and Anton Chekov also suffered from this condition. Ear plugs help.

What were you like as a kid? Did your kid-self see you being a writer?

As a kid I was a tomboy who wanted to be an explorer and animal behaviorist like Jane Goodall. Hence, my degrees in Zoology and Biology. Although, I was a bookworm I never thought about writing until later.

The Desert Island Collection: what books make it into your trunk and why?

Survival books and my iPad filled with plenty of science fiction and fantasy novels. Naturally, I would have a solar charger for my device.

Which favorite bookish worlds would you like to visit?

The world of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Tolkien’s, and shamelessly, my novels. My worlds can be dangerous, but I’m smart and there is always a gorgeous hero will give me a hand. Winks.

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

The Debate of All Time, would you rather live in the Star Trek or Star Wars universe? I think I would have to choose Star Trek where I would be a science officer. Safer. Although, it would be cooler to be a Jedi master in the Star Wars Universe.

About Author Eva Gordon:

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Eva Gordon writes genre bending paranormal/fantasy/steampunk and historical novels with a strong romantic element. Alpha heroes and brilliant feisty heroines. HEA with a kick. She loves to create stories that combine her passion for mythology, steamy romance, and action/suspense. Her imagination takes her from one universe to the next. Thus far, she has several series up as well as single titles waiting in line for production.

Eva has a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. When not in her den writing, she can be found teaching animal lore at writing conventions, at work at the raptor rehabilitation center, wolf sanctuaries, or to satisfy her inner Hemingway on some global eco adventure.

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Book Blurb about The Alpha Wolf’s Pet Trilogy: 

The Alpha Wolf’s Pet Collection includes the entire trilogy. Each book is a different stage in the romantic relationship between alpha werewolf, Dominic and Mia, his human lover. Paranormal steamy romance and page turning suspense. Alpha Wolf’s Pet series introduces the universe and some of the characters in the offshoot paranormal romance suspense series: Team Greywolf, Slade, Book 1 and Chernobyl Werewolf, Book 2.

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Eva is graciously offering up one ebook set of The Alpha Wolf’s Pet trilogy to one lucky winner [OPEN INTERNATIONALLY]. Do the Rafflecopter thing below or answer these questions in the comments: 1) What geeky argument have you been a part of? 2) Where do you live? Giveaway ends May 4th, 2017, midnight.

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Audiobook Giveaway & Interview: James Livingood, Author of Pale Rider

LivingoodPaleRiderFolks, please welcome the highly entertaining James Livingood. I have had the pleasure of enjoying 3 of his stories (Pale Rider, Summer Sword, & Magic Factory). We chat about Brandon Sanderson’s works, supernatural creatures, Firefly, and plenty more. Also, don’t miss out on the audiobook giveaway at the end of this post!

Would you rather have a dragon, or be a dragon?

I would rather have a dragon than be a dragon. Popular media shows dragons as hording gold and the closest I’ve every come to that is having a “piece of eight” pirate treasure mounted in my office. I am not very materialistic.

If you had to choose someone to rescue you from the jaws of certain death would it be a superhero, supernatural creature, or a space alien?

I like the idea of a supernatural creature saving me from doom. Much of the current portrayal of superheros seem like “happy accidents”. They accidentally gain great power and now use that power for good. On the other side of that space aliens feel like deus ex machina. They can be anything the author wants because humanity has never met an alien. Furthermore, alien technology can be whatever the author wants. However, supernatural creatures are purpose driven which I find fascinating. They exist for a reason and that binding (then breaking) of rules is what draws me to fiction.

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

Book: God Emperor of Dune

Movie: Flash Gordon

TV Series: Firefly

For me, the entire Dune universe came to a conclusion in the God Emperor of Dune book. Flash Gordon is something my family watched on a regular basis. The soundtrack was created by Queen and the movie was a cheesy type of fun. Finally, Firefly was well written and a pleasure to watch.

If you were sent on a magical quest which other 4 fantasy authors would you take with you?

Brandon Sanderson would be the guide, since he knows the rules. Kevin Hearne could provide jokes and positive attitude. Jim Butcher could be the brooding one in the back that comes up with a crazy plan. Finally, I could sacrifice Terry Goodkind to the lion / volcano / angry natives. After reading all 11 of the original Sword of Truth series, I ended up only liking one book.

Who or what are your non-writer influences?

There are a lot of them: family, friends, teachers. I’ve been lucky to have so many great people in my life that singling just one out is difficult.

If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you chose to do?

My other job is playing with technology. Beyond writing, it’s the closest thing to playing with magic. Using universal machines to create anything and communicate anywhere feels very magical.

LivingoodSummerSwordCare 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 once got into an awkward argument with Brandon Sanderson. I felt he wrote the exact same female characters better than Robert Jordan. He was humble and disagreed. However, I was in full fanboy mode and I kept pushing my point. It was very awkward.

Which favorite fictional worlds would you like to visit?

I am working my way through Scott Meyer’s Magic 2.0 series. I think it would be fun to visit a world that I could program like a computer code. Living in that world would be like the holodeck in Star Trek.

What is the first book you remember reading on your own?

The first one I remember reading would be Where the Wild Things Are.

LivingoodPaleRiderBook Blurb for Pale Rider: Zombies Versus Dinosaurs:

“I am often left to wonder why a zombie, walking around in the sun, smells better than a pooping dinosaur.”

Two worlds collide in this action novelette. Zombies have destroyed civilization. Gasoline fuel is no longer an option, but humanity must find a way to survive. In response to trying to restore our way of life, we engineer franken-monsters. Because of their small brains and massive sizes, these beasts make quick work of farming and clearing land. These large creatures are immune to the zombie virus and perform excellently in loud conditions. They are easy to train. They behave like war horses, prone to help charge in and defend our livelihood.

In honor of the past, and to help build our future, we named these creatures dinosaurs.

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GIVEAWAY!
James is giving away 5 Audible.com copies of Pale Rider: Zombies Versus Dinosaurs! To enter do the Rafflecopter thing below OR answer the following in the comments: 1) Do you have an Audible.com account? 2) Please leave a contact email (I promise not to do anything evil with it) 3) Do you have an awkward fangirl/fanboy moment? Giveaway ends September 15, 2015, midnight.

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Ebook Giveaway & Interview: Kerry Alan Denney, Author of Dreamweavers

Kerry Alan Denney AuthorEveryone, please welcome Kerry Denney to the blog today. He’s here to chat about his books, movies, TV series, favorite authors and plenty more. Enjoy! Also, Kerry is offering an awesome giveaway – 1 ebook of each of his books, Jagganath, Soulsnatcher, & Dreamweavers. Scroll to the bottom for info on how to enter.

If you had to choose someone to rescue you from the jaws of certain death would it be a superhero, supernatural creature, or a space alien?

A supernatural creature first, then a space alien. A superhero would just rescue me and then leave to rescue someone else (or take down a nefarious super-villain, lol). But I could potentially learn something interesting and/or valuable from the other two. A supernatural creature might stick around and teach me secrets about the other side, beyond the grave—secrets about life and death, or parallel dimensions and alternate universes, some of my favorite subjects. A space alien might teach me about other worlds, other life forms—including intelligent, sentient species—and possibly reveal the mysteries of the universe… if they don’t serve me for dinner first.

But then again, this answer could get me into big trouble: the supernatural creature might steal my soul or turn me into a newt (yes, a Monty Python reference) after it rescues me, or the alien might be intent on conducting medical research involving anal probes and the like. 🙂

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

If I only get to choose one each (what a conundrum!)…

Book: WATCHERS by Dean Koontz. One of my all-time favorites, read it five times, because I absolutely LOVE the main characters: Travis, Nora, and especially Einstein—and the creature is amazing too, and even generates sympathy for its hopeless plight and nature despite its savage, relentless ferocity. That’s swiftly followed by THE ANUBIS GATES by Tim Powers, SWAN SONG by Robert R. McCammon, THE STAND by Stephen King, and THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin—because they were all incomparably spectacular. Okay, so that’s five. Who could choose just one?!?!

Movie: Really, only one? THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR. Highly underrated and way overlooked as a true classic tale of love, loss, friendship, betrayal, and ultimate redemption. After watching it for the first time, I was transported into a most pleasant reverie for hours, and the theme and storyline stuck with me for weeks: multiple virtual realities within virtual realities, wow. I’ve seen it at least ten times, and own the DVD. But then again, I also absolutely loved Bruce Campbell vs. Army of Darkness. Good, bad, I’m the guy with the gun. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. Everybody got that?!?!

TV series: FIREFLY, of course. I was reluctant to watch it at first, even with all the numerous rave 5-star reviews on Netflix. I figured the reviewers were just diehard sci-fi fans, and that I wouldn’t like it. I didn’t watch it until 2012, but I binged on it once I started watching. When I finished watching the last episode, I was hyper-Jonesing for more… fortunately there was SERENITY to tie things up. Firefly was one of the greatest shows I’ve ever watched. The characters are all well-written, well-acted, and realistic, and the writing was superb—not to mention the excellent laugh-out-loud humor prevalent throughout the show! Joss Whedon outdid himself with this short-lived series. A swift kick in the teeth, ass, and family jewels to the buttholes who cancelled this extraordinary show.

More and more we see fiction being multimedia – a book, a TV show, a PC game, a graphic novel. How do you see the publishing industry evolving to handle this trend? Any plans to take your works in the multimedia realm?

I think the publishing industry is evolving quite well in handling this trend. We’ve recently been inundated and even overwhelmed with movies made from PC games, and some of their plots actually play out like a video game, lacking character development and personality. But you can’t argue with their success, despite their plasticity and deficit of realism or believable situations. I enjoyed most of the “Resident Evil” movies (although Milla Jovovich certainly helped with that, a lot), and the “V for Vendetta” movie was an excellent, well-written, and entertaining adaptation of the graphic novel (and yes, Natalie Portman helped with that too). And then there’s the extraordinary show “The Walking Dead”, also adapted from a graphic novel… a show on which I and countless others are hopelessly and happily hooked (and I don’t even care that much for zombie stories).

As for taking my works into the multimedia realm, I’ll be happy to… I just need some help with that at this point in my progressing writing career. How cool would that be if someone like Joss Whedon read one of my novels and decided he wanted to make it into a movie? Or even if some popular producer wanted to turn my work into a TV series. Terry Goodkind was catapulted into mega-success when the SyFy Channel took his “Sword of Truth” fantasy series and turned it into the popular “Legend of the Seeker” TV series, and the multimedia scene is replete with similar amazing success stories.

I look at it this way: If you’re going to dream, dream big. I certainly do. It’s the only way to make the Big Dreams come true.

DenneyJagannathIf you were sent on a magical quest, which other fantasy authors would you take with you?

How many do I get to list, lol? And a quest in search of what? 😉

Charles de Lint, Patricia A. McKillip, Stephen R. Donaldson, Ursula K. LeGuin, Terry Goodkind, Tim Powers, and Douglas Adams (if I could resurrect and reanimate him).

Which ancient or historical works have you not read and periodically kick yourself for not having made time for them yet?

There’s not a lot of them I want to read that I haven’t. Probably the top five are A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and Paradise Lost by John Milton.

One of the greatest classics I have read is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, the ultimate tale of revenge.

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 give credit to readers for being smart and knowing how to find what they love the most. In fact, I love that we have numerous categories in which our books can be found. It works very well for me, because I write in a way that blends several genres—sci-fi, fantasy, horror, paranormal, supernatural, dystopian, and post-apocalyptic, along with suspense and thrillers—and can therefore be listed in any and all of those categories. I think that helps increase my exposure to a more eclectic selection of readers and helps me reach and build my target audience. Some reviewers of my two previous novels JAGANNATH and SOULSNATCHER have even commented in their customer reviews on Amazon and Goodreads about my ability to successfully mix genres in my work, and I consider that high praise indeed. Bring it on!

As for my own search for good reads, I can only ask one question: Leisure reading time, what’s that, lol? I’m always busy writing something, seeking publication for my previous works, editing a finished novel, or creating a new work-in-progress. But yes, I still do find the time to read a good bit in my favorite genres—which just happen to be the multiple genres in which I write.

I’m a huge James Rollins fan, and feel especially proud, honored, and privileged to have received rave testimonials from Mr. Rollins for both SOULSNATCHER and JAGANNATH. His blurbs can be seen in the “Editorial Reviews” section on the product sales pages for those novels on Amazon. I’m also a huge Dean Koontz and F. Paul Wilson fan, among many others. So no, I have definitely not been lured outside of my comfort zone with this trend. It works in my favor, and I’m sure it does for other writers as well. I even like the extensive list of sub-categories within genres.

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

Tough question. I appreciate and enjoy a varied selection of famous art. I’m a huge Salvador Dali fan, and as creepy as the art of Hieronymus Bosch is, I love his demented works too. Escher’s work is a trip also.

It would be spectacular to own The Scream by Edvard Munch, not because it’s such a great piece of art but because it has riveted so many art lovers over the years, drawn such appreciative worldwide attention, and horrified generations with its simple but elegant theme of darkness. However, I’d be happy with The Temptation of St. Anthony or Enigma Without End by Dali.

And yes, I’d display it for all the world to see, damn right!

If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you choose to do?

Easy: I would spend all my time and effort figuring out how to travel to a parallel dimension or alternate universe where I can be a writer, because a writer is what I am.

I’ve been a writer of different sorts all my life: from winning a first place award for a short story when I was fourteen to 30+ years of writing, playing, recording, and performing my songs as a professional musician, including the release of four CDs.

We can no more change the nature of what we are than we can fly through the sun and come out the other side alive and intact.

If you could sit down and have tea (or a beer) with 5 fictional characters, who would you invite to the table?

Bugs Bunny, Tom Sawyer, Sherlock Holmes, Jilly Coppercorn from The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint, and Audrey Parker from the show Haven (rowr!). But I’d be fine if the others couldn’t attend for some reason or another as long as that wascally wabbit was there.

Finally, what upcoming events and works would you like to share with the readers?

My new paranormal thriller DREAMWEAVERS was published on August 4, 2015 by Juju Mojo Publications. Paperback and e-book editions available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads. Amazon link:

Both editions on Goodreads

My short story From Darkness We Come was published in the popular anthology series AT HELL’S GATES 3: BOUND BY BLOOD on July 31, 2015. It’s an honor to be in such good company with so many talented authors and colleagues, but it’s especially an honor and a privilege to be published in this anthology because 100% of proceeds goes to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a charity that provides financial support for the dependents of United States military personnel lost in performance of their duties. God bless our troops!

Amazon link At Hell’s Gates 3

Come join me and award-winning online party hostess Leslie Whitaker at Facebook online for the DREAMWEAVERS Book Release Party on Sunday August 9, 2015 from 3 to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (2–5 p.m. CST, 1–4 p.m. MST, 12 noon–3 p.m. PST). Lots of fun contests with prizes awarded! Six Amazon Gift Cards and several different e-books will be won by someone… maybe you. Plus plenty of other wacky fun and overall general madness. Best of all, you can attend the party online and win prizes in the comfort of your own living room or wherever you take your laptop or tablet.

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For more information on all my novel and short story publications—along with lots more great links including my blog and various awards and rave reviews—please visit my author’s website Kerry Alan Denney is The Reality Bender at http://www.kerrydenney.com.

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GIVEAWAY!!!

Kerry Denney is generously giving away 1 ebook each of Jagannath, Soulsnatcher, and Dreamweavers. Each is a stand alone novel, so we will have 3 winners. Giveaway is open INTERNATIONAL! Ends September 3, 2015 midnight. To enter, do the Rafflecopter thing below or answer the following in the comments: 1) If you were sent on a magical quest, which fantasy authors would you take with you?; 2) Leave a way to contact you should you win (email preferred); 3) Do you have a preference which book you win?

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Interview: Elisabeth Wheatley, Author of Fanged Princess

WheatleyFangedPrincessEveryone, please welcome Elisabeth Wheatley who is a teen author of the Texas Hill Country. When she’s not daydreaming of elves, vampires, or hot guys in armor, she is wasting time on the internet, fangirling over indie books, and training her Jack Russell Terrier, Schnay.

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

I think The Lord of the Rings Trilogy because I saw the second film first and had no idea what was happening. I thought there were only two hobbits and they were bouncing back and forth from being with Gollum to being Orc captives. I was like twelve or something and wasn’t paying attention. It was all just very confusing and I didn’t properly enjoy it.

Who are your non-writer influences?

I listen to a lot of music from the country, alternate, and world genres that are a great inspiration. Often a line or a theme in a song will connect with what I’m writing at the moment and then I’ll listen to it on repeat until I hate it. Fantasy artists also provide great imagination fuel, particularly the likes of Anne Stokes.

WheatleyFangedOutcastWho are your favorite hero duos from the pages?

Saphira and Eragon are on the list as well as Éowyn and Merry. Of my recent reads, I would have to say it’s Darmik and Neco from the True Reign series by Jennifer Anne Davis. They had that whole bromance thing going and I adored them!

Is there a book to movie/TV adaptation that you found excellent?

Quite a few actually. Once I went and watched them, I became enamored with the LOTR trilogy. My Favorite Television Show of All Time, Legend of the Seeker, was based off Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series. (Still devastated it was cancelled.) The Mord’Sith were a big inspiration for Argetallam society in my Argetallam Saga.

Is there a PC game to book adaptation that worked for you?

My brother was into the HALO novelizations for awhile, but I can’t really say because I’ve never read one. Though I do want to give the Assassin’s Creed adaptations a shot. Just because I have a thing for assassins and the fanart is phenomenal.

WheatleyKeyOfAmatahnsIn this age of publishing, self-promotion is really necessary for the author. What do you enjoy most about advertising yourself and your works? What do you find most challenging?

I love meeting people who are as geeky as me. It can get lonely for a little nerd Deep in the Heart of Texas. Especially one living, to quote Captain Reynolds, at the corner of No and Where.

The most challenging thing is just figuring out what readers want to see as far as promos. Sometimes I think they’ll love a post or a giveaway and they really don’t. Other times, I’ll do something out of desperation and it’s a hit.

What is your favorite fictional holiday (from books, movies, or tv)?

Durin’s Day! Or the Gondorian New Year. (Have you noticed the LOTR theme yet?)

If you were asked to create the syllabus for a college class in SFF literature, what books would be on there as required reading? As passing discussion?

WheatleySecretsOfVanmarsI would definitely put the John Carter of Mars books on there along with The Chronicles of Narnia, The Once and Future King, and (naturally) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. One thing I’d like to get the students talking about is how you can tell when a book was written by the political correctness they were either trying to meet or defy at the time. I think that is something that still dates books today.

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 met Christopher Paolini at a signing for Inheritance a few years back. I was kind of mad at him for the way the series ended (still sort of am), but when he asked me I just said “Um…yeah,” grabbed my autographed books, and ran. It was like being in the presence of King Arthur. Was I supposed to say “you crushed my hopes and dashed my dreams, you miserable wretch”? Not really.

Now I have the privilege of having several of my favorite authors as colleagues and friends, but I still feel a little awkward at times when we hang out or chat online—sort of like a mortal asked to ascend Olympus and dine with the gods.

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?

I’ve had love at first sight with covers before. For examples of covers I could stare at all day, Ashes, Ashes by M.A. Bronson, Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, and Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I can’t really put my finger on what it is that I like, but if a cover screams “SWORDS! MAGIC! DANGER! AWESOMENESS!” I’m very liable to buy the book just because.

Side characters can make or break a story. What side characters have you enjoyed in other works? What side characters in your own work have caught more attention than you expected?

WheatleyChaliceOfMalvronIn T.L. Shreffler’s The Cat’s Eye Chronicles, one of my favorite characters is a side villain that goes by Krait. I think I like her for the same reason I like the Mord’Sith—sometimes it’s fun to play the baddie.

In my Argetallam Saga, when I was working on the second book’s prologue, I wrote in this young healer, Genvissa. Suddenly she’s the crush of a main character with her own subplot, two short stories, and a huge part of the series storyline. She’s very assertive.

Finally, what upcoming events and works would you like to share with the readers?

Well, the fourth book in my Argetallam Saga is set to come out sometime this year along with my third in Fanged Princess, my vampire novella series. Besides that, I’m editing/rewriting an Epic Fantasy Romance for summer 2015 about an assassin who ends up falling for the prince she was hired to kill. (Very excited about that one!)

Lots of fun stuff! I give regular updates on my blog as far as writing progress and cover reveals and releases.

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