Author Interview Darby Harn: A Country of Eternal Light

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Author Interview: Darby Harn

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

I’ve always had an interest in science fiction but really how sci-fi or speculative ideas live and breathe in ‘the real world.’ So when I had this idea of a rogue black hole spiraling toward Earth, I was never interested in the disaster flick big stakes of it all. I wanted it to be as ground level and human as possible and that’s why this cosmic event is presented from one of the most isolated perspectives you can get. But Mairead and the people that live on her island have a front-row seat to the impact of the black hole, in ways many don’t, because of its gravitational pull on the tides.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?

I’m a firstborn and I don’t know what impact it had on my view of the world. I’ve always felt like an outsider so there was certainly no sense of position.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

I can write anywhere, thankfully. I did enjoy writing in my apartment in Ireland and being able to look out the window on the sea.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?

I can get attached to a sentence or idea and sometimes it takes me a while to let go. Nothing is ever wasted. I cut a lot and some of it finds its way into later stories.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

One of my favorite writers is Kelly Link. I’d ask her how you write the perfect short story.

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.

Nothing I would want to divulge!

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?

I have a book of Seamus Heaney poetry, as many Kind Bars as I can manage, and a flare gun.

8. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be?

I think I would like to go back in time, but I feel like that probably is less attractive once you start doing it. We can never undo the past and so I think it would be an exercise in futility, at best.

9. Favorite snack?

Kind bars.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?

I know how to get where I’m going.

A Country Of Eternal Light

by Darby Harn

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GENRE: Speculative Fiction

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BLURB:

“One of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read” – Sunyi Dean, author of The Book Eaters

A rogue black hole tears apart the solar system. Mairead’s life is already in pieces.

The Earth has less than a year to survive.

Asteroids rain hell; earthquakes rattle cities; manic tides swamp coasts. Mairead intends to give herself to the erratic waves that erode her remote Irish island, the same that claimed her child. When Gavin, an American, arrives to scatter his father’s ashes, she becomes torn between wanting for life and death.

Despite the tides, fuel shortages, and closing borders that threaten to trap him on the island, Gavin can’t seem to scatter the ashes. He doesn’t know how to let go any more than Mairead does and they find a strange comfort in their confusion.

Their affair draws Mairead back to the world of the living, but the longer Gavin stays, the more it seems there might be a future for them. There is no future.

Life closes down around them. The world they know shreds. Life drains into an inescapable abyss. And yet Mairead fights, both the gravity of her grief and the restless, dissonant desire to find some kind of peace no matter how brief.

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Excerpt:

“Here?” I say.

Gavin and I inch down grass carpeted limestone steps from the buckled road to a strand the sea exposed. This is foolish of us but then this is our fashion so we go on, being fools, further out into the moonscape the retreating sea exposed. Crabs skulk through the seaweed. The rock slick. The seals beach hundreds of yards off shore and we just keep going, skipping from one pink stained stone to the next, like playing hopscotch with no end.

Do I want it to end?

A rogue wave could come in. I could slip on a rock and brain myself. He could. Could I? Could I slip, right now, and pull him with me? I squeeze his hand. He squeezes back. He’s got me. I pull and then he’s done; he guides me to a flat bit of rock and we sit, where people have not sat or stood since there was ice covering the world.

His hand touches his coat pocket. “Maybe.”

For a long time we watch the seals sleep. They rest their hairy chins just over the water. How tired they must be, spending all night in the turbulent sea. How sad they must be, to fight this war with the water every single day. How angry they must be. Who do they blame.

Do they know.

Gavin holds the pill bottle in his hands. The current surging through him to twist off the cap. The strain on his face. The trap he’s set for himself. It’s like giving up the drink. You want to. You just can’t. It’s nothing to do with wanting. You’ve no control over it.

He can’t let go.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Darby Harn studied at Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland, as part of the Irish Writing Program. He is the author of the sci-fi superhero novel EVER THE HERO. His short fiction appears in Strange Horizons, Interzone, Shimmer, The Coffin Bell and other venues.

Links:

Website: darbyharn.com

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Author Nicole Sallak Anderson: Origins

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Author Interview: Nicole Sallak Anderson

Any weird things you do when you’re alone?

What’s weird is how quiet I am when I’m alone. Around other humans, I’m chatty and loud. I was always the girl whose teachers said I talked too much. But alone, I’m silent. I meditate. I pray the Rosary. I read. Sometimes I do a Tarot reading. And mostly, I write when I’m alone. I have found that I need several hours a week alone in my house to feel balance, which hasn’t been easy during the covid era.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

To me, this is the recipe to living well and to writing. What we feel, what we catch from the ethers of the cosmos, this is the place where all stories are born.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Too hard to answer. I love many authors for many reasons. Stephen King because he makes horrible things happen to normal folk like no one else can. JoJo Moyes because her love stories are adorable. Anne Rice because her vampires are the best vampires ever. Oscar Wilde because “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” is the story of our time (he was well ahead of his time) and his plays about wealthy society are spectacular.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

I love to drop into another world and get lost, so world-building is key for me. I also want to love and hate the characters, so when an author knows their characters well, then we know them well.

Where did you get the idea for this book?

While researching rebellions in general for a work of science fiction I was writing in 2013, I stumbled upon a Wikipedia entry about Ankhmakis and his father and the Great Egyptian Revolt of 200 BCE. As I read the four sentences in the entry, I felt a chill run down my spine and knew I had to pen his story.

Origins

by Nicole Sallak Anderson

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GENRE: Historical Fantasy

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BLURB:

This is the lost story of Lord Ankhwenefer, known to the Greeks as Chaonnophris the Rebel, the last native Egyptian Pharaoh. The brilliance and heartache of his rebellion weave a tale that history has forgotten.

Until now.

In the year 205 B.C., after centuries of Persian and Macedonian occupation, a rebel king rises from the south to take ancient Egypt back unto native hands. He will battle the Ptolemy line for twenty years, and rule almost eighty percent of Egypt, yet in the end, history will never mention his name.

Born Prince Ankhmakis, the last in a line of native Egyptian kings, he is raised with one purpose—to help his father reclaim Egypt from the Macedonian occupiers and return their country to dynastic greatness. Fate, however, has its own plans. For lies and deceit live in the hearts of all involved, from his family to the priesthood, and the Greeks aren’t the only ones who seek to destroy him.

Natasa is in training to become the High Priestess of the temple of Isis. Her task is to strengthen the royal family with the magic of the goddess through love and pleasure. She never thought the connection between her and Ankhmakis could be so strong, or carry a power coveted by those lurking in the shadows. Nor did she know that the child they would create would have her own great destiny to fulfill.

Together, Ankhmakis and Natasa must defend the potential of their love from those who would seek to use it for their own gain. Theirs is a world of magic, power, riches, and lust, and there are those within the court who would do anything to keep Ankhmakis and Natasa apart. Between mystical forces, murder, and illicit schemes–only the gods know if they’ll survive.

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Excerpt:

Before sunrise on the final morning of their journey, Natasa woke to the sound of gentle music. She slipped away from her snoring father, who was, of course, sleeping beside her and made her way up to the deck. There she found Iu-Amon standing in the shadows. He was watching Ankhmakis, who stood at the bow playing his pandura, unaware he had an audience. Natasa smiled at how beautiful and noble the prince looked, singing to the rising Sun God, Ra.

“What’s he doing?” she asked Iu-Amon.

“He’s played this song every morning since Alexandria,” Iu-Amon whispered.

“It’s beautiful,” she sighed.

The sky turned purple, and streaks of pink and gold paled the horizon.

“Why does he do it?”

“Well,” Iu-Amon said, smiling as bright as Ra himself, “it’s been my experience that only one thing compels a young man to sing to the sunrise.”

“What?” she asked.

“I think the prince is in love.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Nicole Sallak Anderson is Computer Science graduate from Purdue University, and former CTO for a small Silicon Valley startup, turned novelist, speaker, and blogger, focusing on the intersection of technology and consciousness. Her essays range from AI and Zen to direct democracy to the loneliness of modern parenting (https://medium.com/@NSallakAnderson/pretty-birds-in-pretty-cages-could-the-nuclear-family-be-the-reason-were-all-miserable-46126d573263) — featured as a top twenty story on Medium. In addition, her work on Universal Basic Income has been included on 2020 presidential candidate, Andrew Yang’s, website: https://www.yang2020.com/policies/the-freedom-dividend/.

Her latest project, The Song of the King’s Heart Trilogy, is a series about the last native Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt and his quest to take back his ancestral kingdom from the Ptolemaic Empire. The first two installments, Origins and Blood and Chaos, are available on Amazon. The last novel in the series, Civilization’s End, will be released October 2021. You can keep up with all her latest writing on her website nicolesallakanderson.com or by following @NSallakAnderson on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NSallakAnderson/) , Twitter (https://twitter.com/NSallakAnderson), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/nsallakanderson/)  and Medium (https://nsallakanderson.medium.com/). Feel free to contact her, she almost always answers to any query or comment!

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Author Nancy Fraser: Return of the Runaway Bride

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Author Interview: Nancy Fraser

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

I tried writing a few other genres before I settled on romance. Not because it was easy (it’s not), but because I believe we all need a little happily-ever-after in our lives. What made me write THIS book? Hmm, the same thing that makes me write every book. To get these pesky voices out of my head and make room for more pesky voices. Actually, though, in this case it was to be part of this new line of books. The Last Chance Beach Romance line will have twenty books, multiple authors, and publish every six weeks over the next two years. Return of the Runaway Bride is book #2 in the line. I’m also scheduled to write three more of the scheduled twenty.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child, and how does this shape your view of the world?

I was an only child, which I believe made me more observant than some because I had fewer interruptions, didn’t have to fight for interactions with others, and often found myself watching others to see how they responded to those around them and to me.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

On a beach in the Bahamas. However, since that’s off the table, I’d have to say at my desk, in my new office chair I’ve named Charlie, and surrounded by all my prompts and research.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?

Nothing really dies, as can be attested to by my crowded hard drive and box full of jump drives. Sometimes it becomes a new book. Or, a deleted scene bonus in my newsletter. OR sometimes just a prompt for a better scene in the same book.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

I’ve met my favorite author, Elizabeth Lowell, a few times, so there’s probably nothing left to ask. She refuses to tell what I really want to know. Does she really practice all those steamy love scenes herself?

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.

I’m pretty much an open book (not to be confused with being cliché). I’ve answered a question similar to this so many times over the years, I’m sure there’s only one thing left to tell, and I’m NOT going to tell it. My daughter-in-law has permission to share when I’m gone, but not before.

I will say, surprisingly, I’ve developed a real affection for my grand-guineas, Elvira, Petunia, Juniper, and Jerry. Something I never, ever expected to do. I don’t mind animals. I don’t have any pets of my own because of condo restrictions and allergies, but I do get quality pet time with my grand-dog, grand-cats, and… now… the guineas.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?

Coffee, my tablet, and my day planner (so I reschedule everything I’ve missed).

8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?

The ability to make the New York Times Bestseller list. Over and over.

9. Favorite snack?

Is coffee a snack? If not, then a few pieces of really good quality cheese (no pre-packaged or processed). At the moment, I have six varieties in my fridge. And, it would be nice to have the cheese with an ice-cold Coke Zero.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?

I’ve never driven the speed limit in my life. No sense starting now.

Return of the Runaway Bride

by Nancy Fraser

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance – Steamy

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BLURB:

Five years earlier, Emily Bennett ran out on Chase Michaels on the eve of their wedding. At twenty-two, she wanted more than the island of Last Chance Beach could offer. Intent on making a name for herself as a world-class journalist, she left to take a job with a big city newspaper.

Chase Michaels left Last Chance Beach not long after having his heart broken and joined the Coast Guard in an effort to rebuild his life. Returning four years later for a family emergency, he decided to stay and go into business with his best friend.

Emily’s returning as well. Not as the journalist she’d hoped to be but as a bestselling romance author. One of her books is about to be made into a movie, and filming will take place on Last Chance Beach and in the mainland town of Summerville.

Will Emily’s return give them a second chance at the love they once shared? Or, will her ‘other’ reason for leaving put a wedge between three best friends that can’t be healed by time or intention?

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Excerpt:

Last Chance Beach Wedding Chapel

Five Years Earlier

Chase Michaels stood at the front of the non-denominational chapel, in muted conversation with the justice of the peace. He turned slowly, surveying the half-dozen guests who’d been invited to the wedding rehearsal.

The only persons missing were his best friend Jared, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett and Emily, his bride-to-be.

Carly and Becca, Emily’s bridesmaids, hovered nearby.

“I’ve heard of a bride being late for the wedding before,” Carly whispered, “but the rehearsal?”

“You know Emily,” Becca responded, shaking her head in teasing resignation. “She does like to make an entrance.”

When the back door of the chapel opened, everyone raised their gazes in anticipation. Rather than the blushing bride, it was Jared Wilson, Chase’s best man, who entered the sanctuary and made his way down the narrow aisle.

Stopping just short of the flower-covered altar, he pulled Chase aside.

“She’s gone,” Jared said, his words falling like a lead brick on Chase ’s ears.

“What do you mean ‘gone’? Gone where?”

“Mrs. Bennett said Emily packed her suitcase, gassed up her car, and left. She’s on her way to Boston for a job interview.” Jared stuck his hand in the pocket of his jeans and withdrew a velvet pouch. “She left this for you.”

Chase didn’t need to look to know what was in the bag. After all, he’d been the one to give the modest ring to Emily in the first place. Drawing a deep breath, he spun around and faced his friends and family.

“Thank you all for being here for the wedding rehearsal.” Blinking back the threat of tears, he met his mother’s worried gaze. “However, there will be no need to practice. The wedding’s been called off.”

“Called off?” Carly asked. She and Becca exchanged glances and then closed the distance between themselves and where he stood. “If Emily’s got cold feet, we’ll straighten her out.”

Chase gave a quick shake of his head and bit back the string of curses welling up from within. “Emily’s gone. She sent back the ring and, as we speak, she’s on her way to Boston, eager it seems to put both me and Last Chance Beach in her rearview mirror.”

One-by-one, the guests slowly filtered out of the chapel, Carly and Becca giving Chase a hug of support. His mom wrapped her arms around his middle and squeezed, nearly drawing the tears he was fighting so hard to contain. Within minutes, he was left standing at the altar alone, but for the best friend he’d known since kindergarten.

“Are you okay, Chase?” Jared asked.

“No, but I will be. Just not anytime soon.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

NANCY FRASERJumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Nancy has published over forty books in full-length, novella, and short format. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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Author Megan Slayer: Sun, Sea and Summer Songs

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Two men, one song and a summer to reconnect.

Jude Sanders walked away from Blake Payton three years ago and vowed not to look back…but the song he wrote and recorded with Blake has become a hit and he’s forced to perform the song with Blake all summer. He’s got to make a decision—face the mistakes in his past and give Blake another try or turn his back on their love forever.

Blake Payton knew the moment he and Jude recorded Summer Song that they’d created a hit. Summer hasn’t been the same without Jude in his life and he sees the tour as the ultimate chance to prove they belong together.

Will the tour, their lost love and the song of the summer be enough to put the pieces back together for good?

Reader advisory: This book contains references to excess drinking and cocaine addiction, references to abusive alcoholic father and childhood poverty. There is a scene involving sexual assault.

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His phone rang. He slapped at the table, using the vibrations to move the device within reach. When he checked the ID screen, his heart hammered. Bob Casey. The last time he’d heard from his friend and former publicist, he’d set up the initial meeting between Blake and Jude. What does Bob want? “Hi, Bob.”

“Blake, the man of the summer,” Bob said. “How are you? Should be flying high. Have you seen the charts? They’ve picked up Summer Song in the clubs and there’s talk of making a dance move for it. Nuts, right?”

“Nuts.” He needed to investigate the popularity of his song. “I’ve seen some of the charts, but I hadn’t heard anything about the clubs.” He reclined on the couch. “How have you been? Organizing up a storm?”

“Not quite a storm, but I have an idea. I can get you a stadium tour to promote your music if you’re willing to go out with Jude. Does that sound good? Sound like something you’d be interested in doing? I’ve got the whole thing pretty much lined up.”

Blake wobbled back onto his seat. Shock washed over him. Bob can’t be serious. “Because Jude agreed to this venture?” he snapped. “I really doubt he would.” He and Jude hadn’t talked in forever and their split hadn’t been amicable. Jude had vowed to ignore him, even if he was the last man on earth.

“No, but he’ll want to do it,” Bob said. “I know him.”

“Why? What do you know?” History hadn’t been kind to Blake, and there would have to be some serious cash involved to get Jude to sign on.

“I know the song is exploding. It’s everywhere and everyone wants to see you together. You two have chemistry. When you sing that song, people believe you love each other,” Bob said. “I knew from the moment I heard it you were meant for each other.”

At the time, he and Jude had been in love. “Jude won’t do it.”

“You don’t know that.”

“I’m pretty sure he won’t.” The words “I never want to see you again” were damn obvious.

“Will you do a tour? Ten to fifteen dates spread over three months? If I set it up?” Bob asked. “If I can get him to go on tour, will you go?”

“Only if he agrees, but I doubt it.” Blake shook his head. “You’ll have to do some serious magic to get it to work.”

About the Author:

Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and white hot themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been nominated at the LRC for Best Author, Best Contemporary, Best Ménage, Best BDSM and Best Anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. She’s an active member of the Friends of the Keystone-LaGrange Public library. Find out more about Megan and Wendi at her website.

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Author Interview Brenda Marie Smith: If Darkness Takes Us

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Author Interview with Brenda Marie Smith

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

Apocalyptic science-fiction isn’t the only genre I write, but it’s what I’ve been writing for the past few years, between If Darkness Takes Us, its standalone sequel, If the Light Escapes, and the third book I’m plotting in the series, as yet untitled. Apocalypses help me picture some of my greatest fears and think about how I might face them. They also help me count my blessings that we have not fallen into complete apocalypse, though we have been too close for comfort lately.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?

I am the firstborn of five children. My siblings would tell you that it shaped me by making me bossier, and they would be right, lol. But I also think it taught me a certain independence in my thinking, and it required me to be a caregiver of my younger brothers and sisters from the time I was very young. I love kids, I am good with them, and I am pretty darned good at writing child characters in all my books, or so people tell me (and, naturally, I want to believe them). Being oldest also made me adventurous, so I have lived an unusual and interesting life that has loaded me up with varied experiences, which I can draw on in my fiction. For example, I purposely lived off the grid for several years in the 1970s, which was invaluable for this book series.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

I like to write at home in my office that is a converted garage. It’s got good lighting, great temperature control, eclectic décor, and comfy furniture, plus a big-screen TV. I used to try to write elsewhere, but I was never very productive that way. Now, I’m partly disabled, so I pretty much have to write at home, but that’s okay with me, because I have everything I need here—the most important being a private and comfortable space and a loving husband to bring me dinner and make me laugh.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?

Oh, how I used to hate it. My precious words! How could I kill them? How could an editor even suggest it? But I’ve gotten used to it now. Some of those darlings should never have been written in the first place and don’t deserve to see the light of day. Others might be wonderful, but they don’t suit the story and have to be shown the door. I keep all of them except for the truly terrible ones, in hopes I might be able to use them elsewhere someday. I have repurposed a couple of cut scenes, putting them in different kinds of stories, changing the characters and places, etc. Or occasionally, I cut something from the beginning of the story only to find that it works well later in the book. I keep telling myself, they are only words and the world is full of them. What the world needs more of is good stories. And when I can see that it helps the story to cut certain words, I have learned to love the clarity it can create.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

I’ve always wanted to ask John LeCarré how he managed to draw a complex character in a few almost-hidden masterstrokes. Unfortunately, he passed away recently, so I will have to ask him when and if I get to author heaven, and if whoever is in charge will let me in.

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.

When I was a teenager, I used to take phone numbers and other long numbers and find all the prime factors to them in my head. I still find big words when I’m driving along and see how many words I can make from the letters. It’s not really a secret, but it never seems to come up in conversation. I have an overactive mind.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a back pack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?

Only three? Hmm… A bag containing mass quantities of all the medicines I need to stay alive, a big sharp hunting knife, and a guidebook to all the flora and fauna of the island, telling me what I can eat and drink as well as what I need to fear. This is assuming that I’m wearing layers of clothing, a hat, a jacket, and a new pair of sturdy shoes. I’d better have a fat notebook and some pens somewhere in that jacket, too, and a lot of lighters for fires. I’m cheating, right? Sorry. If I have to cheat to stay alive and sane, then so be it.

8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?

Telepathy—not the kind where I would know the details of what others are thinking, but where I could sense love and honesty, and I could see danger coming. I have a little bit of it already in the form of strong intuition. I’ve even had a handful of true telepathic dreams in my life, but it’s been a while.

9. Favorite snack?

Club crackers with Alouette garlic and herb soft cheese spread on them. A little goes a long way and is so delicious!

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?

On residential streets I drive the speed limit, to protect children and pets. On city thoroughfares, I tend to go five to ten miles over the limit, but I don’t want a ticket, so I’m cautious about it (learned the hard way). On the highways, I’ve been known to go eighty-five, but I usually keep it around seventy-five, creeping up to eighty once in a while.  And I never get lost.

Thank you so much for hosting me and my book on your blog.

If Darkness Takes Us

by Brenda Marie Smith

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GENRE:   post-apocalyptic science-fiction

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In suburban Austin, Texas, Bea Crenshaw secretly prepares for apocalypse, but when a solar pulse destroys modern life, she’s left alone with four grandkids whose parents don’t return home. She must teach these kids to survive without power, cars, phones, running water, or doctors in a world fraught with increasing danger. And deciding whether or not to share food with her starving neighbors puts her morality to the test.

If Darkness Takes Us is realistic post-apocalyptic science-fiction that focuses on a family in peril, led by a no-nonsense grandmother who is at once funny, controlling, and heroic in her struggle to hold her family together with civility and heart.

The book is available now. It’s sequel, If the Light Escapes, is told in the voice of Bea’s eighteen-year-old grandson, Keno Simms, and will be released by SFK Press on August 24, 2021.


“Bea Crenshaw is one of the most unique characters in modern literature—a kick-ass Grandma who is at once tough and vulnerable, and well-prepared to shepherd her extended family through an EMP disaster, or so she thinks.”

—Laura Creedle, Award-winning Author of The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily


“There is real, identifiable humanity, subtle and sweet and sad, and events utterly shattering in their intensity.”

—Pinckney Benedict, Author of Dogs of God, Miracle Boy, and more

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Excerpt:

 “Mazie, come with me downstairs where it’s safer.”

 “I don’t like dark places,” she whined.

I had never yelled at my grandkids in their lives, but my patience was gone. Radioactive fallout could be here any minute.

“Mazie, quit arguing! Come with me now!”

She pinned me with a flash of anger in her eyes. “Where’s my doll?”

“We’ll get it later. Let’s go!”

 She made me pick her up. Although she was a wisp, she was still too heavy for me, but I carried her anyway. Holding onto her little frame comforted me, and I needed to be level-headed and strong for these kids.

When we got to the top landing on the stairs, I had to put Mazie down to shut the cellar door. I held her hand, and we descended the stairs together.

 As soon as we reached bottom, Milo asked, “Nana, when will Mom and Dad be home?”

Good Lord, I hadn’t even thought about how this nuke or EMP— whatever it was—might have affected the other adults in this family, who were hurtling toward Austin at seventy miles an hour on a jam-packed interstate highway. Did this “event” extend that far? For the love of Jesus!

I tried to hide my shaking hands as I said to Milo, “I’m not sure. It shouldn’t be too long.”

How long is too long, anyway?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Brenda Marie Smith lived off the grid for many years in a farming collective where her sons were delivered by midwives. She’s been a community activist, managed student housing co-ops, produced concerts to raise money for causes, done massive quantities of bookkeeping, and raised a small herd of teenage boys.

Brenda is attracted to stories where everyday characters transcend their own limitations to find their inner heroism. She and her husband reside in a grid-connected, solar-powered home in South Austin, Texas. They have more grown kids and grandkids than they can count.

Her first novel, Something Radiates, is a paranormal romantic thriller; If Darkness Takes Us and its sequel, If the Light Escapes, are post-apocalyptic science fiction.

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Author Morgan Sheppard: To Catch a Dream

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To Catch a Dream

by Morgan Sheppard

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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A new job and good friends, twenty-six-year-old Caitlin has it all. Strong, independent, and content with her life, Caitlin isn’t looking for love.

Smart, sexy, and sweet, Will is everything a girl could want. He also makes Caitlin want things she was certain she could live without.

Life isn’t always simple though, and Caitlin has decisions to make. Her ex-boyfriend, Andrew, is still hanging around and causing trouble. Not only that, but Cat refuses to choose between a new man and her two best friends.

With her heart on the line, Caitlin must decide if she’s prepared to take a chance or play it safe.

To Catch a Dream is a sweet contemporary romance with sensual moments. It also contains some strong language.

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Excerpt:

“But I’ve never seen Will react to anyone as he does with you,” Ashley said. “You don’t see it, but I do. He can’t take his eyes off you.”

I couldn’t help the small shudder that ripped through my body, and I saw Ashley’s eyes soften with what looked like pity. I straightened up and glared at her. “I don’t want, or need, your pity,” I spat out.

“God, you can be prickly,” Ashley said with a smile. “That wasn’t pity you could see. It was sympathy. I know Will is a good guy, but you can’t even bear the thought of anyone liking you. And yet you say you’re not traumatised.” Ashley shook her head. “Ben is right. You are strong, but how much are you hiding?”

“Not everyone wants to see everything,” I mumbled. “Seeing the truth is too much for some people. They prefer the public face, the one that smiles, and laughs, and jokes. Not the one that is scared to go out by herself at night sometimes.”

“I want it all,” Ashley insisted. “I think we can be good friends if you let me in. I know this story now, although I’m sure I only got the bare bones of it. Let me be your support person at work. And get to know Will, slowly. You’ll see he’s an alright guy.” Ashley put down her drink and leaned back as she crossed her arms across her chest, a smirk on her face.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Originally from the United Kingdom, Morgan Sheppard now resides in Germany, although she freely admits to having left part of her heart in Wales. 


Whilst a writer mainly in the fantasy genre, Morgan is more than happy to share her love of reading amongst the many different genres out there, and can always be found with a book close by.


As well as reading and writing, Morgan spends her time looking after her family and trying to learn German. Unfortunately, a natural aptitude for languages doesn’t appear to be one of her strong points. However, stubbornness is, so she continues to persevere. So far, Morgan is confident enough to order a beer and a pretzel.


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Author Megan Slayer: Naughty and Sweet

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Will Kelly risk her heart for a chance at forever with a man 15 years her senior or walk away?

Kelly Fenn came to the Honey Dripper seeking what she thinks is an easy way to make cash to pay off a loan. Martin Malachi is the one man she never expected to find, let alone fall in love with.

Martin’s not looking for a girlfriend, but Kelly needs a job. When he suggests an offer Kelly can’t refuse, she’s got a choice to make. Will she risk her heart for a chance at forever with a man fifteen years her senior, or walk away?





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“You’re a college student?”

“Yes.” She put her license back in her wallet. “Do you want to see my student ID?”

“No.” He should talk to her in one of the offices, instead of the foyer. “Let me call Amanda over. She can cover the desk.”

“Okay.” She shrugged. “Whatever you’ve got to do.”

He tapped his phone, summoning the woman who normally manned the desk. He sent the text, then turned his attention to Kelly. “Tell me about yourself.”

“What do you want to know?” she asked. “I’m twenty-one, in my third year at Green College. I’m studying film history, and I’d like to get a position working with a museum or in the film industry cataloguing movies. Ideally, I want to work here in Cambridge in the little museum, creating digital and film content for the museum as well as cataloguing the films and clips in the archives.”

“Ah.” He gestured to Amanda, who’d just arrived. “I need you at the desk while I speak to this applicant.”

Amanda crooked her drawn-on eyebrow. “Is that what you’re calling it now?”

“What?” Kelly sighed. “If you can’t take me seriously, then I give up.”

“You’ll never work here with that attitude.” Amanda took her place behind the desk. “Good luck.”

Martin groaned. He liked Amanda, but not in a romantic way. Her sense of humor didn’t gel with his, and she tended to look at the world in a pessimistic manner. “Thank you.” He picked up the laptop and gestured to Kelly. “Ready?”

Copyright ©2021 Megan Slayer All rights reserved.

About the Author: Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and white hot themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been nominated at the LRC for Best Author, Best Contemporary, Best Ménage, Best BDSM and Best Anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. She’s an active member of the Friends of the Keystone-LaGrange Public library. Find out more about Megan and Wendi at: http://wendizwaduk.com/indexMegan.htm Sign up for the newsletter here: http://ymlp.com/xgjmjumygmgj

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Author Interview Ian Williams: The Clockmaker’s Tale

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Author Interview: Ian Williams

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

Sci-Fi is one of those genres that will never let you go once it has its teeth in you. That is what I love about it. The possibilities are truly endless for an author. If you wish, you can explore an entire universe, or travel through time to a distant future; you could create a new civilization or start an intergalactic war. The choices are infinite.

One other aspect of Science Fiction I adore is how it can shine a light on society. Authors such as Aldous Huxley and George Orwell did this to great effect, and more recently Margaret Atwood with her terrific book The Handmaid’s Tale. That is what led me to write The Clockmaker’s Tale: and other stories. I wanted to explore certain areas of our modern world through a Sci-Fi lens. Issues that, if not addressed in time, will lead to immense hardship for later generations. The most urgent of which is Climate Change.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a first born, middle or last child, and how does this shape your view of the world?

I am a proud middle child, with two of the most supportive sisters anyone could wish for. Do I feel overshadowed or caught in the middle? Not in the slightest. I can confidently state that I do not suffer from ‘Middle Child Syndrome’. That being said, I do look up to both of my sisters and will always seek out their advice when I am unsure. Family is important to me, something that is often reflected in the characters I write.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

Give me a laptop, a sparkling glass of something cold on a hot summer’s day, and a corner of my garden, and I’ll give you my best work. That for me is the perfect place to write. Throw in a good mixture of rock tunes to type away to and, oh, I think I might be in heaven.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?

If it is a character’s time to snuff it, then I am more than willing, nay, excited to help them along. Some of my favourite scenes to write have involved the spectacular demise of a character, good or bad. I try not to relish the moment for too long.

Even more satisfying is the heroic death. For these times I try my best to do the character justice. They deserve their place in Valhalla, these mighty warriors.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

Often my favourite author is the one I am currently reading. That author right now is Andy Weir. I’ve just finished his latest book, Project Hail Mary, and can confidently say, hand on heart, he is my favourite … for now. My next read is by Jeff VanderMeer, and I expect he will be at the top of my list once again (The Southern Reach Trilogy was an impressive read).

The one question I would love to ask Andy Weir is, ‘Given the opportunity, would he ever go to space?’ His books take place away from Earth, so would he go there himself? That is something I’ve wondered. In his place, I would go in a heartbeat.
6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.

Don’t judge, but I have a collection of over one-hundred-and-fifty Star Trek starship diecast models. And yes, I may, on occasion, pretend I am their captain. ‘Carry out a sensor sweep, Mr Spock!’

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?

Rope, a knife, and a Bear Grylls.

8. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be?

I’ve always wanted the ability to fly. Not too fast, though. I’d like to hold on to what’s left of my hair for as long as possible.
9. Favorite snack?

Not strictly a snack, more of a favourite breakfast. But I love to eat Banana and Peanut Butter on toast.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?

I always have a roadmap of where I’m going. I like every part of my journey to be planned out in advance. Sure, there will be some detours along the way. But the end location seldom changes.

The speed at which I travel can vary widely, however. A speedy start can sometimes lead me down a path I didn’t intend to take. Equally, a slow start sometimes means you’re behind by the end of the first lap. You may well spend too long trying to play catch-up after that. I strive for something in the middle. So, I suppose I prefer to stick to the speed limit.

The Clockmaker’s Tale

by Ian Williams

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GENRE:   Science Fiction

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In The Clockmaker’s Tale: and other stories, Ian Williams takes us to the near future and beyond. From a moon base where androids conduct experiments on human test subjects, to futuristic tours of the ocean depths that hide a terrible secret; from a society governed by harsh rule of law that is enforced by AI, to a humble clockmaker tempted by the promise of increased productivity through technological augmentation.

Covering issues such as environmental decay, the end of facts and proven truths, our growing waste problem, and humanity’s tendency to divide when we should come together, this collection of six science fiction stories relates as much to our time as it does to the many possible futures.

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Excerpt:

We lost the Earth today. Well, not physically lost it. It’s still there. In fact, I’m looking at it right now, as I write this report. No, I just mean that we’ve lost contact with it. Earth ‘went dark’ (as Test Subject #47 put it), never to see the light again. What light? You may ask. The light of a stable civilisation is the best answer I can currently offer you.

As I sit here staring at that blue marble in space, I swear I can hear the last of the bombs dropping, smell the stench of decay stretching across every continent, feel the last vibrations of warring nations. You may think I’m being overly dramatic, and you’d be mostly correct. The past ten years have been hard to bear, watching as the people who created me descended further into chaos. They gave me life, now I fight to save theirs.

Even though all communications have ceased, I will continue my work in silence. But don’t fear, dear future reader, I am not alone out here. There is another here just like me. We share this moon-based facility equally as we do our work. His name is Arthur (originally designated R4).

“Today sees you fully functional, Rachel?” Arthur greeted me with this morning. He’s trying something new today, something a little more personal than my model number; I was originally designated R8CH-L.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ian Williams is a Science Fiction writer from the UK. He lives in a small town not far from London. Ian had a short career in the UK Court Service but was forced to quit that job when his medical condition worsened. Now, from the comfort of his wheelchair, he writes the stories he has always wanted to read. His writing spans lightyears of space, to near-future Earths; from small changes to society, to entirely new civilisations.

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Amazon Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091FYYFBZ

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Author Interview Susanne M. Dutton: Sherlock Holmes and the Remaining Improbable

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Author Interview: Susanne M. Dutton

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Cherry Chocolate. That’s dark chocolate strewn with very, very maraschino cherries.  This is an ice cream flavor that’s delicious when it’s hard and the cherries are chewy, but also good when it’s melted like a soupy dessert. Ginger snaps make good dippers.

Which mythological creature are you most like? Is there a mythological creature that observes? A Cyclops? No. How about an angel? I’m not angelic, but I am an observer. I have a print that shows an angel sitting on the roof of the beautiful Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, (now under careful reconstruction after a terrible fire). The angel seems solemn, but also entranced and intrigued by the world.  I imagine many writers are good observers, not so much because they’ve developed a skill, but because they enjoy it. Maybe that’s the same thing.

First book you remember making an indelible impression on you. The Secret Garden. It must have touched something in me. Right now I have only a vague recollection of the plot, but there remains a strong sense of home when I think of the book. Of course, the thing to do is to reread it. I bet it could be an eye-opener about my little girl self, or little girls in general, as I know this is a classic favorite.

How do you develop your plot and characters? Each story begins with an image. A dream image works or a childhood recollection. Often, it’s an image that just floats into my head while listening to music. Sometimes it’s an actual scene that flashes by when I take the train or subway. Once I heard a man and woman in a pub exchange a few words that evoked a strange and funny image around which a story grew. I write about the image and the characters associated with it as it sits in my imagination. Then I write what leads up to the image and what grows out of it.  I am often surprised about what occurs to me, but I put events or characters in even if later they need to be altered or taken out entirely. I am good at “killing my darlings,” getting rid of things that don’t work. I have a whole file of darlings, not dead—but waiting for the day I might give them a try out in another story. I know this sounds like the least efficient approach possible. Once I get going, I do make diagrams and maps and ask myself questions about what’s behind a character’s activities.

Describe your writing space. Picture a room that was used as a roomy closet by the last people who owned this old house. I can imagine it was also once a nursery. Hardwood floors with beige and light brown vertical striped wallpaper make it nest-like, even in this last frigid winter. My desk is old, once white-painted, and now turned to a mellow ivory color. My desk chair is an old slipper chair that supports my back and keeps my feet flat. I’ve put a brown suede chair between one of the two windows and a bookcase. Over the desk, there’s a peculiar print of what looks like a Victorian puritan minister ice-skating by himself in his frockcoat, black brimmed hat, and white neckcloth. I love this guy! He’s so prim, his face serious, and yet you know he’s skating just because it’s such fun.  Other wall hangings are a small owl, an Edward Gorey print, and a sketch of writer Anthony Trollope in his glasses, staring down with both hands tucked in vest pockets.  

Sherlock Holmes and the Remaining Improbable

by Susanne M. Dutton

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GENRE: Mystery

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The game is not afoot. The Better-Every-Day world of 1895 is gone, even hard to recall as WWI ends. From his rural cottage, Holmes no longer provokes Scotland Yard’s envy or his landlady’s impatience, but neither is he content with the study of bees. August 1920 finds him filling out entry papers at a nearly defunct psychiatric clinic on the Normandy coast. England’s new Dangerous Drugs Act declares his cocaine use illegal and he aims to quit entirely. Confronted by a question as to his “treatment goal,” Holmes hesitates, aware that his real goal far exceeds the capacity of any clinic. His scribbled response, “no more solutions, but one true resolution,” seems more a vow than a goal to his psychiatrist, Pierre Joubert. The doctor is right. Like a tiny explosion unaccountably shifting a far-reaching landscape, the simple words churn desperate action and interlocking mystery into the lives of Holmes’ friends and enemies both.

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Excerpt:

Watson speaks:

“For God’s sake, then, I must be the one to venture out to him! I know Holmes like no one else. He will not be surprised, or at least not angered, to see me here. He will be relieved. You must trust me on this.”

Joubert’s shook his head. “That was my plan. Just so, mon ami. That is exactly what I believed, and why I sent for you, John. But my speculation did not extend to this.” He gestured toward the windows. The only remaining piece of window glass, a shard big enough to slice off a foot, fell and shattered on the brick floor. I granted myself a sideways glance at Joubert as we both put our chins down and covered our heads again.

An uneasy suspicion took root in my mind, only a seed at first, but an idea that sprouted quickly. If Holmes was angry with this Joubert, then Holmes had reason to be. The detective, as I knew him, was disinclined to speak of his family. It was not impossible that a sister existed or had existed, though I had not seen one in the genealogy upstairs.

Further, how was I to know that the man next to me in the dark was truly the Pierre Joubert of high repute? Even if Holmes had returned to the cocaine, hadn’t I better treat this fellow’s explanations with wariness? Holmes’ addiction had never before affected his ability to adjudge good and evil. Unerringly, Sherlock Holmes recognized the enemy of the just.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Susanne Dutton is the one who hid during high school gym, produced an alternative newspaper, and exchanged notes in Tolkien’s Elfish language with her few friends. While earning her B.A. in English, she drove a shabby Ford Falcon with a changing array of homemade bumper strips:  Art for Art’s Sake, Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Free Bosie from the Scorn of History. Later, her interests in myth and depth psychology led to graduate and postgraduate degrees in counseling.

Nowadays, having outlived her mortgage and her professional counseling life, she aims herself at her desk most days; where she tangles with whatever story she can’t get out of her head. Those stories tend to seat readers within pinching distance of her characters, who, like most of us, slide at times from real life to fantasy and back. A man with Alzheimer’s sets out alone for his childhood home. A girl realizes she’s happier throwing away her meals than eating them.  A woman burgles her neighbors in order to stay in the neighborhood.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Susanne grew up in the SF Bay Area, has two grown children, and lives with her husband in an old Philadelphia house, built of the stones dug from the ground where it sits.

Blog   https://www.inside221b.com  

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Author Interview Claire Gillies: On The Edge

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Author Interview: Claire GIllies

Writers write what they know and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child, and how does this shape your view of the world?

I find the topic of family dynamics interesting as I really believe we all have traits from how we’re positioned in the family, and these characteristics seem to be more pronounced when the family come together again. I know personally, I find myself slotting back into my role within the family.

I am the youngest of five and according to Google, I am self-centered, outgoing, manipulative, creative, a risk-taker, and many more unflattering attributes!

I will admit however, that I relate to these traits of youngest child syndrome…

Of course, being the youngest you will get spoiled; it’s only natural that attention from parents and even the other siblings will happen.

I also see that I am a risk-taker at times, particularly after watching others before me take their own paths in life – made me realize what I want and didn’t want to do.

I’ve always been creative, mainly because I’ve always known I’m not the intellect in the family – that space was saved for my eldest sister! But I’ve identified as being creative from a young age, it felt comfortable and true.

I think being the youngest might also bring out my competitive side – we are a family of travelers and it was always important that I visit countries my siblings hadn’t been to before me!

I think with regards to confidence and being self-centered; my attitude could be viewed as that to some. I was not raised to be confident; it was beneficial to be a good girl and if you took on that role you would do well in life. I am from the Scottish Highlands too, and I firmly believe our culture and history have shaped us to be a suspicious and cautious group of people. So, in some ways leaving my home to spread my wings really helped me become a more confident person…but I’ll never be as confident as others. I find it awkward even talking about my work! I am here to talk about my new novel on this lovely blog (thank you for hosting Danita Minnis!) It goes against my upbringing to ‘talk yourself up’, but after running my own fashion business before my writing journey, I saw just how important it is.  If you don’t believe in yourself – no one will!

Love to all the youngest siblings out there…

On the Edge

by Claire Gillies

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GENRE:   Women’s Fiction, romance,

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BLURB:

Catherine MacGregor spends life daydreaming her way out of the perils of a dead-end job, and a dwindling love-life. Rather than face imminent redundancy, Cat finds herself giving up her life in the city, and moving to a remote Scottish island for a fresh start.

Unlocking her passion for art, things have never looked better, until the handsome but elusive musician Patrick Flannagan takes to the stage, complicating her best-laid plans.

Cat’s past could be catching up with her at last. Can she unlock her own secrets, and learn to love again, in time to save her brave new beginnings?

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Excerpt:

“Hey, just because I don’t go around snogging boys!  I’ve only recently split up with my long-term boyfriend!”

“That was two months ago!” Jess cried,

“I know – that’s recent!”

“No it’s not!  It’s not like you’ve been left a widow and loved your husband ’til the end; you told me you’d fallen out of love with Dave a long time before you left.  What are you waiting for?” Jess looked wide-eyed.

Cat chewed the inside of her mouth and looked down, unable to meet Jess’s gaze.  “I don’t know”.

Just then the phone beeped, making the two girls jump.

“It’s fine, whatever the outcome” Cat assured herself loudly.

Jess pressed buttons on her phone, and silently read for what seemed to Cat an eternity.

“You are good to go my friend!” Jess wiggled on the bed and held her phone up to Jess to read “Single!”

The two girls whooped and bounced on the bed.

“You read that for a long time.  Jeez, I can’t believe how much I wanted him to be single!” Cat screeched, then quickly covered her mouth in surprise and embarrassment.

“Well, the lovely Kate said he was with a girl for a few years.   She was local, but she’s now living in Australia.  They split up, not sure why.”  Jess re-read the message aloud, and they both settled down on the bed.

“What now?” Cat grinned at her friend.

“Bacon and eggs?” Jess pleaded with big blue eyes.

“I’ll get my purse,” Cat smiled and for the first time in a long while, thought that life couldn’t get any better.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland, Claire’s homeland continues to be a stream of inspiration for her. A clothing designer too, Claire (Lorna) creates one-off bespoke garments using Scottish tweeds and tartans.

Claire currently splits her time between Scotland and Australia with her lovely Irish husband. She is a cat lover (without the cat) and can be found either drinking coffee, researching the best cake haunts, or watching yet another costume drama!

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