Wednesday’s Word: Tony Riches Presents “Drake – Tudor Corsair”

Tony RichesIntroducing historical fiction author Tony Riches, from Pembrokeshire in Wales UK. Tony has two best-selling Tudor trilogies to his credit, and the first book of his new Elizabethan series was released this summer. In this interview, he shares a little bit about it.

1.) What is the title of your recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

My latest book, Drake – Tudor Corsair, is a biographical fiction novel about the life of Sir Francis Drake. After extensive research, I’ve taken a fresh look at Drake’s adventures – and found that most of what I thought I knew about him was wrong. This is the first book in my new Elizabethan series – which will complete the stories of the Tudors.

2.) In a few sentences, tell us a little about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

Devon sailor Francis Drake sets out on a journey of adventure, and learns of routes used to transport Spanish silver and gold. Queen Elizabeth is intrigued by Drake and secretly encourages his piracy. Her unlikely champion becomes a national hero, sailing around the world in the Golden Hinde and attacking the Spanish fleet. Then King Philip of Spain has enough of Drake’s plunder – and orders an Armada to threaten the future of England.

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Introducing Blog Tours on Wednesday’s Word

In my effort to promote my books over the years, I’ve been fortunate to be a guest on various websites. As I search for more avenues to spread the word of my books, I’m finding others who want to do the same. It’s not always easy to find blogs to provide space for advertising, and finding free ones are more difficult. This is made all more necessary due to the lack of opportunities to meet readers personally at markets and other venues.

So, for the unforeseeable future, I’m offering up space on my blog each Wednesday for a writer to promote their book. This is ideal for authors doing blog tours for new releases.

What Can Authors Post?

  • Introductions to your book. It can be done freestyle or in question format. This is a great way to brag about your new release or upcoming release.
  • Interview: You create the questions and provide the answers.
  • 5-Question Interview: I’m posting 5-question interviews from now until the end of the year. You can answer those questions and use that as your post. Laura Best’s 5-Question interview has the questions and provides an excellent example of length.

Focus

I’d prefer, and it’s in your best interest, to focus on one book: your new release or the last book you had published. If this is a book in a series, of course, mention the series, but don’t discuss the other books.

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5-Question Interview with Laura Best

Author Laura BestIntroducing Nova Scotia author Laura Best. She has several books to her credit: Bitter, Sweet; Flying with a Broken Wing and Cammie Takes Flight. Her first novel for an adult audience, Good Mother’s Don’t, was released this spring. In this interview, she shares a little bit about it.

A book signing for Good Mothers Don’t takes place at LaHave River Books, 3421 Highway 331, LaHave on Sunday September 6th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. That’s tomorrow!

1.) What is the title of your recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

My latest book, Good Mothers Don’t, is a literary novel for adults. While my previous novels are young adult, this is my first fiction novel for adults.

2.) In a few sentences, tell us a little about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

In 1960s Nova Scotia, Elizabeth seems to have a nice life—a husband who takes care of her, two healthy children, a farm—but her mind is unraveling and eventually she is taken away to a mental hospital. Unfolding in two time periods—1960 and 1975—Good Mothers Don’t is the story of a woman’s struggle with mental illness and her quest, 15 years later, to apologize to her children and put the pieces of her life back together.

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Catherine MacKenzie interviews Diane Lynn McGyver at the Writing Wicket

Today I’m at the Writing Wicket as Diane Lynn McGyver, my alternate ego who writes fantasy novels. Catherine MacKenzie interviews writers every Wednesday on her blog, so if you’re interested, drop her a line.

You can check out my interview here: Writer Wednesdays – Diane Lynn McGyver.

Also, since it’s my birthday, I made all my Castle Keepers Tale short stories free for the day. These short stories tie in with my fantasy novels, Shadows in the Stone and Scattered Stones.

Catriona Wheatcroft

stars in Destiny Governed their Lives

Destiny Governed their Lives short story fantasy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bronwyn Darrow

stars in Blade of Truth

Blade of Truth fantasy short story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alaura of Niamh (pronounced ‘Neev’)

stars in The Pledge

The Pledge short story fantasy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Interview: Laura Best

5x5Author InterviewNova Scotia author Laura Best generously agreed to answer a few questions about her brand-spanking-new novel Flying with a Broken Wing.

Basic Details: Nimbus Publishing; September 2013; Paperback; 216 pages; 7.75 x 5.25 inches; ISBN: 9781771080385

The novel is available at many fine retailers including your local books and online at Chapters/Indigo and Amazon.

1) What inspired you to write Flying with a Broken Wing?

When I’m writing a story, a line will often come to me right out of the blue. It was the case with Flying with a Broken Wing. Years ago, my mother and I had a conversation about reincarnation. She made the comment that, as a child, she always wondered what her next life would be like. Her words stayed with me, and years later sparked the idea for the first sentence of the book. “From as far back as I can remember I’d lie in bed at night and wonder what my next life would be like.” Although I immediately knew the character wasn’t speaking about reincarnation, I was interested in knowing why a young girl would even be thinking about a brand new life. What was so terribly wrong with the one she had?

I was also inspired to create a character that is visually impaired since my mother is visually impaired.  I wasn’t sure there were many books out there with a visually impaired protagonist, so I decided to create one. It was important to me. Many years ago I wanted to write my mother’s story, but I soon discovered that creating fiction from fact is not as easy as it sounds. I eventually gave up the idea. But once that first sentence came to me, the character of Cammie quickly emerged all on her own. As I continued to write I began to learn the details of her life; not only was she visually impaired, but she’d been abandoned at birth and was being raised by her bootlegging aunt. It was easy then to imagine why she’d want a brand new life.

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NEW: Smashwords Interview

SmashwordsA short while ago I received an email from Smashwords announcing Author Interviews. I didn’t have time then to investigate, so I put it off until tonight. Now I have an interview ‘published’ at the eBook distribution site to allow readers to discover a little more about me.

If you are published on Smashwords, you too can post an interview and share a little about yourself to your readers. All you have to do is visit the Manage Interview page to read the instructions and then clicked the link to Proceed to Your Interview.

The next screen is self-explanatory. All you need to do is answer the question or choose another question. When you’re done, click preview, read it for mistakes then click PUBLISH.

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June J. Austin author of Sing Her Home

5x5Author InterviewToday I’m proud to introduce the first book by a new writer. June J. Austin is the author of Sing Her Home. I had the pleasure of interviewing June and asking her about her novel and the three-day eBook promotion that starts today.

Diane Tibert: What inspired you to write Sing Her Home?

June J. Austin: Sing Her Home started off as a question for me, I had asked myself one day-What would life be like if I was in a coma? Would I be aware of my surroundings even if I couldn’t open my eyes and communicate with others? Of course I went on to wonder if others had reported being aware of their surroundings while in a coma.

Diane Tibert: How did you come up with the title Sing Her Home?

June J. Austin: The title comes directly from the book. I will share that excerpt:

“What about Ruth?” I ask. “Will she live?”

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Five Question Interview: “Concealed From Sight” by Art Burton

Art Burton authorAfter five months of author interviews, I’ve decided to switch things up a bit and host The Five Questions Interview. It a quick, to the point interview with authors who’ve recently released a new book.

Art Burton is the first author to participate in The Five Question Interview

1) What is the title of your recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

The title of my most recent book is Concealed From Sight. It is a murder mystery book and is mainly aimed at an adult audience. Women will enjoy this book. There is not an abundance of swearing in it, but I’ve tried to make the people real. Outside of the language, maybe 30 words out of 94,000, it is suitable for anyone. It is a series to the degree that the two main policemen, Detective-Sergeant Jim Mcdonald and Corporal Scott Bowen, show up in all three of my published novels and in two of the ones I’m currently working on.

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Author Interview: Betty McEachern

Betty McEachernName:  Betty McEachern

Do you write with a pen name? If so, what is it?

I do not write with a pen name, although sometimes I wish I did!

In which country were you born, and which one do you live now?

I was born in Canada and still live there.

Which genres do you write in?

I write romance books, although I would love to create a new section in the bookstore, I would call it “Horror-Mance” because my romance stories contain elements of horror. As well, I am planning to write a true-crime novel in the near future.

How many books have you had published? (feel free to name a few of the most recent)

I have published one novel to date.

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Author Interview: Marie Marshall

Author InterviewName: Marie Marshall

In which country were you born, and which one do you live in now?

I was born in England and now live in my ancestral Scotland.

Which genres do you write in?

I started with short stories, then wrote my first novel, then started writing poetry and never looked back. I think of myself as someone who writes in all literary genres – with the exception of drama, but who knows for the future? – but I am probably best-known as a poet.

How many books have you had published?

I have published one collection of poetry in 2010 called Naked in the Sea, and a novel in 2012 entitled Lupa.

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Author Interview: Chantal Boudreau

Chantal BoudreauName: Chantal Boudreau

Do you write with a pen name? If so, what is it?

I do but not for most of my fiction. I only use a pen name for my erotica – and for that reason, I’m not telling.

In which country were you born, and which one do you live now? 

Born, raised and currently living in Canada.

Which genres do you write in?

I’ve dabbled in most speculative fiction, but I primarily write fantasy and horror. I have also written a romance and a thriller, but both with paranormal elements.

How many books have you had published?

Four novels, two in my dystopian Fervor series and two in my Masters and Renegades fantasy series. I’ve also published a zombie novelette, Shear Terror, and multiple short stories in a variety of venues.

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Author Interview: Mary Wood

Mary WoodName: Mary Wood

Do you write with a pen name? If so, what is it?

I don’t write with a pen name.

In which country were you born, and which one do you live now?

I was born in England and have lived in Canada since 2003.

Which genres do you write in?

My favourite genre is humour and I write non-fiction and historical fiction.

How many books have you had published? (feel free to name a few of the most recent)

I have had two books published.

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Author Interview: Jayne Peters

Jayne PetersName:  Jayne Peters

Do you write with a pen name? If so, what is it?

No, I don’t write with a pen name. If I did, I think I would be Mary MacLearn. I like the sound of it. It’s catchy. Plus, as a teacher, I like the last name MacLearn.

In which country were you born, and which one do you live now?

I was born and raised in Canada. My dad was in the military so we moved around when I was younger. We settled in Nova Scotia 34 years ago.

Which genres do you write in?

I like writing for children and young adults; mostly realistic fiction with a bit of fantasy (or at least a magical component). I especially enjoy writing children’s picture books.

How many books have you had published? (Feel free to name a few of the most recent)

Just one. My first picture book called Messy Jessy is scheduled to be released in December.

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Author Interview: Genevieve Graham

Genevieve GrahamName: Genevieve Graham

Do you write with a pen name? If so, what is it?

Graham is my pen name.

In which country were you born, and which one do you live now?

I was born in Toronto (Canada), lived in Calgary for 17 years, then moved to Nova Scotia 4 years ago. I’m a Canadian through and through!

Which genres do you write in?

I write mostly Historical Fiction, and while my covers may look like “Romance,” they’re not. I prefer to call it “Historical Adventure.”

How many books have you had published? (feel free to name a few of the most recent)

Berkley Sensation / Penguin US published Under the Same Sky in January 2012, then Sound of the Heart in May 2012. They are publishing the third in the series, Out of the Shadows in Aug/Sept 2013.

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Author Interview: Payal Roy

Author InterviewThank you for taking my interview and giving me an opportunity to share my thoughts and words in your wonderful blog.

Name: Mme Payal Roy
Do you write with a pen name? If so, what is it?

I do not have a pen name. I write with my real name.

In which country were you born, and which one do you live now?

I was born in India, but presently live in France.

Which genres do you write in?

I write fictional short stories, fantasy, adventure-inspirational, motivational stories and poetry-both fiction and non-fiction.

How many books have you had published? (feel free to name a few of the most recent)

Two of my books have been published. Both of them are ebooks available across Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Amazon Stores.

Collection of Short Stories titled 12 Precious Anecdotes from Life at Amazon and Poetry Collection with travel photographs of scenic natural locations across Europe titled Memoirs: The Soulful Recollection Friendship and Life. This Ebook is available at Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Apple iTunes Store.

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