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Sunday, February 5, 2023

The Metaphysical Detective by Kirsten Weiss

 Lola

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Thank you for reading Jerry's Circumlocution where I promote independent authors, toss out a few reviews, wax eloquent occasionally on writing, or shamelessly self promote. 

Speaking of which, if you haven't picked up one of our featured author's works please do so. If so, and looking for more to read, please consider one of mine! And on behalf of all Indie authors including the one highlighted here, we live off of good reviews. Please consider dropping one to help them (and me) out! 


Freckles: The Dark Wizard  Middle Grade Fantasy

Simon is bullied. He also just discovered he is the only kid in school who can conjure a dragon.



InPassage

 Dystopian Western

Pitch knows three things. This is not his America, someone is trying to hunt him, and he is very good with a gun.


Or keep an eye out for these other titles!




A book is like a child. The author gives it birth. Then it is raised by the author and a team of teachers, coaches, and family (we call these people editors, beta readers, and publishers). all of this is to prepare the book for its journey into the world where it hopefully will meet you, the reader. I have the privilege of being my books' parent, but you are whom it is truly meant. Thank you.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Titanian Warrior by Victoria Saccenti

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One woman holds the key to his destiny—and his people’s salvation. Hagen drags himself to the gates of Hell, body and soul shredded by the bloodlust that consumes all the unmated of his kind. Awaiting the painful atonement that will buy him ten more years to find his eternal mate—or face oblivion. But Hades himself kicks him out with the bloodlust still prowling, unsatisfied, in his veins.

Bargained away by her parents to Master O, a mysterious, cruel wizard, Faiza serves in his household, keeping her small magic a secret, plagued by wild, confusing visions of a strange, suffering man. Then the master brings home a wounded Titanian warrior whose touch sends ice, fire, and desire racing through her body.

When she learns Master O plans to use Hagen as a weapon to conquer all races, she devises a desperate plan to free him—a plan that opens a portal to a world she’s never known. And a destiny entwined with danger that could destroy them all.


Read an Excerpt

The towering pair of boulders stood as gatekeepers and markers of the way. A steep path snaked between them until farther down the hill, the road disappeared in thick fog. Leaning on the closest rock, Hagen steadied himself to catch his breath, then pushed on.

Bloodlust crippled his Titanian vision. Still, he stumbled, rolled, and crawled over jagged rocks and gnarled roots with single-minded determination to reach his appointed meeting place, the cavern at the base of the Shivaliks, and the sole entrance to Hades’s domain on the earthly plane. A perverse satisfaction filled him each time he scraped and sliced his exposed skin, as this was only a precursor to the punishment he deserved. If he could shred his flesh to strips in anticipation as he had done with his clothes, so much the better.

Hagen advanced through the haze, seeking the deity’s promised signal. Images of his frenzy during the last skirmish prodded him. He strained past gore-filled images, and the effort paid off. There, deep within the haze, a faint red light marked the spot. Alecto had not forgotten. A hitched breath escaped his lungs as he stood and trod on a more secure step.

As the haze dissipated, the cavern’s hungry mouth gaped before him. Healing and deliverance acquired through pain would soon be his. As he inched closer to the wavering light, he removed the last remaining strips of clothing. The offering had to be bare and unadulterated. Nothing but skin would satisfy the Fury, purify his spirit, and postpone the horror of termination for another ten years—a mere blip in the lifespan of a Titanian.

About the Author:
Award-winning, multi-genre author Victoria Saccenti writes romantic women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and paranormal romance. Not one for heart and flower stories, she explores the edgy twists and turns of human interaction, the many facets of love, and all possible happy endings. After thirty years of traveling the world, she’s settled in Central Florida. She splits her busy schedule between family and her active muse at Essence Publishing. However, if she could convince her husband to sell their home, she would pack up her computer and move to Scotland, a land she adores. On a side note, in one form or another, Scotland appears in most of her stories.

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 Lola

___________________
THANK YOU 


Thank you for reading Jerry's Circumlocution where I promote independent authors, toss out a few reviews, wax eloquent occasionally on writing, or shamelessly self promote. 

Speaking of which, if you haven't picked up one of our featured author's works please do so. If so, and looking for more to read, please consider one of mine! And on behalf of all Indie authors including the one highlighted here, we live off of good reviews. Please consider dropping one to help them (and me) out! 


Freckles: The Dark Wizard  Middle Grade Fantasy

Simon is bullied. He also just discovered he is the only kid in school who can conjure a dragon.



InPassage

 Dystopian Western

Pitch knows three things. This is not his America, someone is trying to hunt him, and he is very good with a gun.


Or keep an eye out for these other titles!




A book is like a child. The author gives it birth. Then it is raised by the author and a team of teachers, coaches, and family (we call these people editors, beta readers, and publishers). all of this is to prepare the book for its journey into the world where it hopefully will meet you, the reader. I have the privilege of being my books' parent, but you are whom it is truly meant. Thank you.

Monday, January 2, 2023

Interview: Brendan O'Meara

 

BRENDAN O’MEARA BLOG INTERVIEW:

 


Today, we have an opportunity to talk to Brendan O’Meara.  Brendan has written the book, Cut From Stone.  First, let me thank you for joining me.  I appreciate you giving me your links and I want to share those with our readers.

 

YOUR INFORMATION:

 https://www.cutfstone.com/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BFTMJJVF

https://www.instagram.com/cutfstone/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62063908-cut-from-stone

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/brendan-o-meara

https://twitter.com/cutfstone

 

Title of book we’re promoting: Cut From Stone

 

That is great.  Can you tell us a little about yourself and what led you to start writing?

I started writing because I always had an overactive imagination. Whether I was sitting on a plane, walking to school, or actively sitting in class trying to pay attention I often found myself drifting off to stories I came up with in my head. These stories were all based on books, tv shows, or movies that I was interested in. When I was working as an intern in DC I had more time on my hands than I thought I would and I randomly decided to start writing down one of the stories that I had thought of years earlier. After I started thinking more and more about the story I realized it needed more history to it and years later here I am with the finished product!


Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?

I get inspiration from history and my personal life a lot of the time. When it comes to history there are some incredible stories that have been told a million times, but within those you can always find twists and “what ifs” that are fun to merge into my own storytelling. In terms of personal life I don’t pretend I’m some sort of special person who can save the world, but I write how people interact with one another and grow over time in my own life. I think that has a great connection to the reader and puts things into a real life perspective.

 

What are your hobbies and do they ever play into your writing?

My family and I have a very active lifestyle and that definitely plays into my writing and storytelling. I also am a big believer in spending time with friends and family which also seeps into my writing quite a bit especially when I am developing characters.

 

What is the best advice you have ever been given as a writer?

Your best writing comes when you stop thinking about publishing. I think that was such an important thing to hear and really puts things back into focus. It makes the writing the reason you do what you’re doing and not someone else’s acceptance of that writing.

 

Do you write full-time or around another job? How do you schedule your time to write?

I have a day job and a relatively time consuming one at that. I usually write at night at 730 or at 9 depending on how busy my wife and I are.

 

How many hours a day do you write?

I try to write a half hour at least when I sit down, but I stopped forcing myself to do a certain amount when I sit down. Sometimes if I’m stuck I find going back and editing is the best way to get things moving.

 

What is your favorite part about writing?

The mental exhaustion is incredible. After I finish a big chapter or particularly difficult section that mental exhaustion coupled with the feeling of satisfaction makes it all worthwhile.

 

What does literary success look like to you?

I really don’t know yet. I know I want to write full-time, but I can’t say I’d be happy at a low level or only with amazing success. I think I’ll have to figure it out when I get there.

 

EXCERPT:

“The world is changing. The Federation is no longer alone in the world and the BlankZone’s aggression will become more prevalent in the years to come. We must prepare in the present or we will have no future. We are doing all in our power to maintain friendly relations with the rest of the open world, and we will succeed with the support of our citizens. The embodiment of strength and perseverance has forever been the backbone of this country. We will triumph as a people, a country, and a driving force for the rest of the world to take notice. They will learn we are the strongest nation in the world, and we will not fail.”

            The TV turned off, and James turned around to see his mother holding the remote, staring shakily at the screen while his dad looked out the window at nothing.

  

What exciting story are you working on next?

I am working on the next installment of the Crafting Humanity series. I’m hoping to get a good chunk of it done over the next winter so I can start the editing process in the spring.

 

Who are your favorite authors?

My list spans a lot of different genres, but Erik Larson, Scott Lynch, Pierce Brown, Christopher Paolini, Brian Jacques, Harper Lee, Suzanne Collins, Michael Lewis, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are just some of my favorites.

 

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger. It is so well written and lays out the story in such a way that it feels like fiction.

 

What part of writing and publishing was most difficult for you?

I think marketing is such a difficult thing to spend money on. I am fine with every other aspect of publishing and trying to get my work out there, but justifying the expense of marketing without knowing what will pan out is very stressful.

 

 

One more time, where can someone go to purchase your book?

Add your links here again

https://www.cutfstone.com/

https://twitter.com/cutfstone

https://www.instagram.com/cutfstone/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62063908-cut-from-stone

https://www.amazon.com/Cut-Stone-Brendan-OMeara/dp/B0BFTMJJVF?source=ps-sl-shoppingads-lpcontext&ref_=fplfs&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/brendan-o-meara

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Interview with C. L. Kovacik


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Today, we have an opportunity to talk to C. L. Kovacik.  

C. L. Kovacik has written the book, Chicken in the City

 

First, let me thank you for joining me.

  I appreciate you giving me your links and I want to share those with our readers.


 Chicken in the City: 9781956851557: Kovacik, C L: Books

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chicken-in-the-city-c-l-kovacik/1142508637

 

That is great.  Can you tell us a little about yourself and what led you to start writing?

I started writing in grade school.  I remember the first contest I won was in 6th grade and I won the D.A.R.E. essay contest.  After that, I began writing stories and poems non-stop.  It always came very easy for me most of the time.  I would get lost in my stories and just let the pen flow.

 

Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?

I always start with the title.  If you have somewhat of an idea or a character that pops into your head, the title will usually sum it all up.  Once you get the title, for me that is the basis of your story.

 

What advice would you give someone who wants to be a writer?

My advice would be to carve out time each day and to be patient with yourself.  It has taken me years to write some of the books that I have but I know it’s because I wasn’t consistent with it.  Write every day.  Don’t walk away from your work.  And put in the hard work.  Because it can be hard but it will be worth it in the end when you have the finished product in your hand.

 

What is the best advice you have ever been given as a writer?

 

Do you write full-time or around another job? How do you schedule your time to write?I work full time and I have two daughters, ages 7 and 3.  So, writing full time isn’t really an option.  But I make myself find time throughout the day even if it’s only thirty minutes after I put the girls to bed.  It’s amazing how much you can get written if you dedicate at least thirty minutes a day.

How many hours a day do you write?

 

What is your favorite part about writing?I love just finishing a chapter.  It always feels like such a success and that you are that much closer to the finished product.  It also brings me joy with each chapter to see where the story goes and how my characters grow.

 

Can you provide us with a small exert from Chicken in the City? 

Chicken wakes up in a backyard in the middle of the city with no idea who he is or how he got there. 

 

He meets Jack, a black squirrel who thinks he's a dog, and Lupito, a possum. 

 

His new friends offer to help Chicken get through the fence in the backyard, but Chicken doesn't know which way to go. 

 

Lupito decides to take Chicken to see the King, a rat who knows everyone and everything that happens in the city. 

 

But, along the way, the group encounters some dangerous situations they must escape before they can help Chicken with his memory.

 


What exciting story are you working on next?

I am currently working on finishing up book 2 and 3 for Chicken in the City because it is a series.  There will be 8 books total when I am finished.

 

Who are your favorite authors?

I began writing horror books so my favorite author was Stephen King.  But I always had a soft spot for the Dr. Seuss books, too.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

I’m not sure I can think of an under-appreciated novel.  I tend to appreciate all novels for the shear fact that I know how hard it is to write one.  So I respect it.


What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

I’m not one to spend a ton of money.  I think as writing goes, the best money I’ve spent is on my books.  It’s great to have copies of my book to hold on to and pass down to my children’s children.

 

What is your writer’s kryptonite?

Noise.  I have to have silence when I write.  Noise is too distracting and I can’t usually shut it out.

 

What part of writing and publishing was most difficult for you?

Marketing is always the most difficult part in my opinion.  The book is easy.  The marketing is where you really have to work.

 

Are you involved in any writer groups?

I just started joining some writer groups on Facebook and Good Reads.  It will be nice to see what other authors say about their journey.

 

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?

If you like the book, please be on the lookout for the next in the series being released in 2023.


One more time, where can someone go to purchase your book?

Add your links here again

Amazon.com: Chicken in the City: 9781956851557: Kovacik, C L: Books

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chicken-in-the-city-c-l-kovacik/1142508637

___________________
THANK YOU 


Thank you for reading Jerry's Circumlocution where I promote independent authors, toss out a few reviews, wax eloquent occasionally on writing, or shamelessly self promote. 

Speaking of which, if you haven't picked up one of our featured author's works please do so. If so, and looking for more to read, please consider one of mine! And on behalf of all Indie authors including the one highlighted here, we live off of good reviews. Please consider dropping one to help them (and me) out! 


Freckles: The Dark Wizard  Middle Grade Fantasy

Simon is bullied. He also just discovered he is the only kid in school who can conjure a dragon.



InPassage

 Dystopian Western

Pitch knows three things. This is not his America, someone is trying to hunt him, and he is very good with a gun.


Or keep an eye out for these other titles!




A book is like a child. The author gives it birth. Then it is raised by the author and a team of teachers, coaches, and family (we call these people editors, beta readers, and publishers). all of this is to prepare the book for its journey into the world where it hopefully will meet you, the reader. I have the privilege of being my books' parent, but you are whom it is truly meant. Thank you.