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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Author Interview: Diana Wilder

Diana WilderName: Diana Wilder

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

Not currently. I have a line of stories that are outside my ‘usual’ type, which will be published under a pen name.

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

I was born in the United States (in Pennsylvania) and currently live in the U.S.

Which genres do you write in?

I write in Historical Fiction. My stories tend to involve action and adventure and, usually, some sort of mystery.

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

I have published four books:  The City of Refuge, Pharaoh’s Son, A Killing Among the Dead, and The Safeguard.

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Author Interview: Steve Vernon

Steve VernonName: Steve Vernon

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

Given that I write in so many varied genres I probably should have adopted a pen name – but I’ve always used my own name.

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

I was born in Ontario.

Which genres do you write in?

I have written several ghost story collections, one true crime collection, one middle grade novel, one YA novel, one children’s picture book and an awful lot of horror fiction.

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

Wow. I have written seven regional books – all released through local Nova Scotia press Nimbus Publishing. They include my latest release Maritime Murder: True Tales of East Coast Homicide (due out this month), as well as Haunted Harbours: Ghost Stories From Old Nova Scotia, Wicked Woods: Ghost Stories From Old New Brunswick, Maritime Monsters (a children’s picture book), Halifax Haunts, Sinking Deeper and The Lunenburg Werewolf.

I have also written numerous novels, novellas and short story collections – so many and in so many varied formats – that truthfully, I have lost count.

In addition to the seven regional books I have three horror novels – Devil Tree, Tatterdemon and Gypsy Blood – available in either traditional or e-book format, depending on the book. I have several novellas available – Long Horn Big Shaggy, Plague Monkey Spam, Sudden Death Overtime, Leftovers and many others – again, available in either traditional or e-book format.

How many?

Like I say – I’ve lost count.

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Author Interview: Deborah Hale

Deborah HaleName: Deborah Hale

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

I have written most of my books under my own name, but have one self-published book under the pen name Elizabeth Charles.

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

I was born in Canada and have lived here all my life.

Which genres do you write in?

I have written historical romance, inspirational romance, otherworld fantasy and historical fiction.

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

Over thirty. Four were released in the past year – Confessions of a Courtesan, The Captain`s Christmas Family, His Compromised Countess and The Baron’s Governess Bride.

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