Saturday, November 30, 2013

Starting December 1st...

To celebrate Christmas this year, Rivi Jacks, Kimberley Clark and myself have gotten together to spread the love. If you love urban fantasy and paranormal romance, then you don't want to miss this event.


When you buy one of our books, you can get the other TWO for FREE!



That's right...zip...nada...zilch!

How much of my soul do I have to sell I hear you ask? Only a sliver! :)

All you need to do is provide the author of the book you bought with a proof of purchase email and to share the promotion on Facebook and/or Twitter and then you'll receive your copies of the other two books.

**This promotion is only in conjunction with Amazon and Kindle. The free books will be sent to your Kindle via your kindle.com email address.**

If you happen to love any of these three books, don't forget to leave a review! These help us authors more than you'll know!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A sneaky peek of "Dark Desire"

Hello fellow Junkies,

Since I haven't posted anything about me and my writing in a little while, I thought I'd share a little bit of my current project, Dark Desire, which is book 2 in the Dark Series. If you've read Dark Deceit already, you'll know who some of these characters are. If not, well then you're just going to have to remedy that. Click on the links below to go to the different platforms to buy Dark Deceit.

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Here's the blurb for Dark Deceit...

 The time of the Aesir gods is over. Now they live amongst the humans in their bustling modern cities. Their brutal dominion over the gods and humans may have ended, but their actions have not been forgotten.


Korvain is feared like no other. His ruthlessness and cold heart are legendary, but when he is given the task of killing one of the most fabled goddesses of all time, he is left with an undeniable desire to make her his own. Failure in his task means only one thing: death. Will he follow his orders, or will he follow his heart?  

Bryn’s whole world crumbled when she left Odin’s service to protect the other Valkyries. Now living with the humans, she is the only thing standing between them and total destruction. But her beliefs are about to be shaken to the core when she meets Korvain—a volatile, completely irresistible Mare who threatens to take away more than just her innocence…

And now for what you've been waiting for...here's the first few paragraphs of Dark Desire

*Please note that this is unedited work. There will be mistakes. This work is protected under the copyright act. Please respect my work by not copying, plagiarizing, or redistributing.
    


Chapter 1


One month later…


Taer didn’t want to open her eyes.
She knew what she would find if she did, and she wasn’t ready to experience that again. A deep gasp finally forced her eyes open. All she could see was red. It was everywhere; pooling on the floor beside her head. Tacky, warm blood covered her face and neck.
The desperate sound of gasping made bile creep up the back of her throat, burning the delicate skin. Swallowing it back, Taer rolled her eyes around, trying to make sense of the scene.
The gasping became louder then, and she recognized it for what it was…
Death.
Suffering.
Hopelessness…
Focusing her energy on her heavy limbs, Taer willed her fingers to move. She could feel the fine sheen of sweat lacing her forehead, but they remained motionless. The gurgling breaths continued to get louder—sharper. Taer let her eyes roll in their sockets in the hopes of catching a glimpse of whoever was responsible for the desperate sound.
The sound ripped through her, tearing her heart into shred with every beat that it took because she now knew who was making those fraught sounds.
Adrian.
It was Adrian making those noises. Taer wanted to scream out to her brother, but her tongue lay motionless in her mouth.
Adrian.
He was dying, and she was to blame.
“Adrian.” His name was barely a whispered croak from deep down in Taer’s throat, but she cringed away from the sound.
“Taer, wake up.”
Taer woke with a loud gasp, her breathing labored and straining through her lungs as she tried to draw in deep breaths through her mouth. Blinking rapidly, she looked around the darkened bedroom she’d woken up in for the first time a month ago—awoken on the day that her life had changed forever.
“Are you okay?” Eir asked. Still gasping, Taer focused on the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Valkyrie sitting beside her on the bed. Eir brought her hands to Taer’s chest, her palms beginning to glow slightly. With a relieved groan, Taer slumped back into the pillows, feeling the tightness in her chest beginning to loosen under Eir’s healing hands.
In what felt like forever, Taer’s breathing finally eased, but it also brought that fact that the dream were getting worse to the forefront of her mind.
“You were having another nightmare,” Eir offered up in explanation – repositioning her hands over Taer’s throat. The near constant pain that lingered at the site eased just as the pain in Taer’s chest had. Despite Eir doing her best to heal the muscular and arterial damage to her throat, Taer still suffered from pain. She didn’t know how much longer her body would need to heal the slash to her throat that she’d received from her former guild master, and in a way she never wanted it to go.
“Do you want to talk about it?” the Valkyrie asked, flexing her hands into fists a few times before placing them back in her lap. Taer sat up, letting the sheet fall from her body. Glancing down, she noticed that her tank top was soaked with sweat.
“No,” Taer replied sharply, trying to ignore the way Eir’s expression dropped. Taer knew what the Valkyrie was trying to get her to do, but she wasn’t ready for that yet. If she spoke about Adrian, she would break down and there was no way in Hel that she was going to cry over the death of her brother. “I’ll be fine,” she snarled when the other female continued to stare at her with concern.
Eir nodded and returned to her twin bed on the other side of the room. Eir was one of Bryn’s Valkyries, and also the Goddess of Healing. Taer had been sharing her room since Korvain had brought her to the Valkyries to be healed. And with her house now nothing but charcoal, there was nowhere else she could go. She had no home. No brother. Nothing…except for her desire for revenge.
Taer had her tank top over her head when Eir spoke. “I understand, you know.” Her words were barely audible, and in the cocoon of cotton surrounding Taer’s head, she couldn’t be absolutely sure that she’d heard her right.
Taer bit her tongue. She had to remember that Eir had lost someone, too. Her twin, Kristy, had been killed in front of her by the god, Loki. She must have been suffering just as much as she was, but Taer couldn’t find it in herself to give a fuck.
Pulling another tee over her head, Taer glanced over at the Valkyrie as she sat with her knees pulled up to her chest. Her loose blonde hair curtained the side of her face, making it difficult for Taer to see her face and gauge her emotions.
She knew she should have said something comforting, but Taer had nothing but rage and sadness in her. She didn’t even think it was possible to comfort someone else when she was still so messed up inside. Turning her back on the Valkyrie, Taer stripped the bottom sheet from the bed and went to get another.
After making up her bed, she settled back onto the mattress, letting the pillow cushion her head. Taer was afraid to close her eyes, afraid to dream of her brother again. Although she hadn’t actually seen his death, Korvain had told her that he had died while lying across her chest. Sometimes, she could feel his blood soaking her skin.



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Interview with Contemporary Romance Author Brandi Kennedy

Hello Fellow Junkies,

Today, I've got a post about my very good friend and fellow author, Brandi Kennedy. She is the author of the contemporary romance books "The Kinsley Series" and also the fantasy series called "The Selkie Trilogy."

Brandi often writes about topics that are not often touched on in such detail in other books, ranging from domestic abuse through to depression and anxiety. I recently managed to sit down with this truly wonderful woman and got to ask her some questions about her writing and what inspires her.

What inspires you to write every day? 

Honestly, I really don’t write every day – but when I do write, it’s just the love of writing that gets my fingers flying over the keys. Inspiration comes from just about anywhere; I can’t believe how often one little thought seems to work itself into a full-on novel idea. I actually have a notebook where I keep those. But really, this is like any other career that any other person does ... I’m hoping someday to be successful enough to live full-time on what I make from my writing. 

Deep down in the heart of why I’m doing this though, it’s just the love of the craft. Writing is like art for me, it’s like painting but with words, with poetic prose and with vivid imagery. It’s more personal for me than oils, than clay, than any other medium (except maybe music) because words are so incredibly powerful. I’m thankful every day to have this type of expressive gift.


If you could choose a male lead from your books to jump from the pages, who would it be and why?

Aiden, from Fighting For Freedom. He’s strong, he’s patient, he’s sexy. He’s got that long-lost-love appeal. And he’s there for Christine, feeling protective of her, wanting to save her but willing to let her save herself. He’s drawn from some of the best men I’ve ever known. 

Then again, so is Drew Kingsley from Fat Chance, and we already know he likes a girl with curves. They all have their good points though; Mac from Prescription For Love is so incredibly understanding and so sweet, Malik from Selkie is such a charmer and he has that hero thing going for him, from when he saved Annie from drowning. And then there’s Xander, and he’s sexy as hell in Wrestling Harmony.

You have the Kingsley Series. How many books in total will there be?

I can’t say for sure, but there are plans for at least six, possibly seven. Fat Chance was Cass and Drew’s story, Prescription For Love was Cameron and Mac’s story. Wrestling Harmony gives us Harmony’s romance with Xander Harrison, who was named by the fans on my Facebook page. Michael and Evan are still waiting for their stories to be told, still waiting to find love of their own. And then of course, there’s the obvious, the love story between Adam and Eva Kingsley, the two who started it all. There may be a few other stories or spin-off novellas though; I’m not really sure yet.

The original version of Selkie wasn’t well-received. Why do you think that was?

Oh, the ending, for sure. Annie was a real character, with real pain and real experiences that we can all relate to. But the end of To Love A Selkie was very hard for today’s readers to accept because it was terribly tragic. Most reviews on it were very angry and very bitter about the original ending, even if the reader liked the story.

You’ve since re-written Selkie and made it into two parts. Did you feel that previous critics will be silenced by this new, two-part book?

So far, the extended version of the story has been much more well-received, and I’m looking forward to writing Selkie II sometime in the early part of next year.

How long is the process of writing for you? Do you review and edit as you go? How many beta readers do you have? How long from finishing the book before hitting the ‘publish’ button?

I think the length of time depends on the characters and where they take the story. I don’t really read as I go, but I do take notes along the way (since all of my books have follow-up books coming) that I can use later. I send each chapter out (to several readers) as I’m in the writing process; they send feedback, help catch plot holes, things like that. I work their notes and suggestions in as I’m writing, if I can. 

Then there are beta readers that read through the book once it is complete.  Those notes are added as I’m doing a final read-through, and then it’s off to Amazon. The time from the end of the book to the actual live publication varies, depending on how much time my betas are able to devote to reading, how many beta readers there are, and how many errors need to be fixed. I try to keep them coming pretty quickly though.

Are you still blown away when you get messages from fans about your books?

Yes, I am. Every review touches me, and every personal message touches me. Those people? The ones that reach out to tell me that I’ve touched them? They are why I keep writing.

How much of your real-life experiences go into your book’s plots and characters? Can you give us an example?

Sure, they’re all examples. And to tell the truth, sometimes I don’t even realize how real life my characters are until after I’ve written them. Case in point: when I wrote Rick (Fat Chance’s “villain”) he was just a jerky guy who liked to shoot off at the mouth. Throughout the story, we get to know him a bit better and realize he’s lashing out at Cass out of wounded pride. 

It didn’t even click for me how real he was when I was writing him, but he is a direct character from my personal past. He’s real, though I didn’t notice as first. There are lots of characters that I write on purpose though: Cass’s struggle with her weight and her self confidence are drawn directly from my personal experiences, and a lot of the things she was saying to herself came either from my personal thoughts in the past or from conversations that I’ve had with other plus-sized women in my life. 

Cameron’s experience with rape was a tribute to several people that I know who have personal experiences with rape. Sometimes it’s more personal but less intense; for instance, the girl running the bookstore in Selkie looks a lot like my oldest daughter. 

Lester, the serial groom from Prescription For Love is modeled after someone I know who will date anyone but can’t commit. Drew from Fat Chance, his middle name is Ryan, the same as my children’s dad. Eva, the matriarch of the Kingsley family? That’s my grandmother’s first name. And Harmony’s middle name is Jane, a little surprise I’ve worked in for my mother, who shares the same middle name. 

In Fighting For Freedom, Christine is taken almost directly from things that I have seen or experienced during my lifetime. There are countless examples in each book.

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If you'd like to know more about Brandi Kennedy and her books, you can find her here...

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Or click on each book to find out more...

"The Kingley Series"

http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Chance-Kingsley-Brandi-Kennedy-ebook/dp/B00B42Q8OA/ref=la_B00AQIJJ5S_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384915032&sr=1-2
 
http://www.amazon.com/Prescription-Love-Kingsley-Brandi-Kennedy-ebook/dp/B00CFTEO2Y/ref=la_B00AQIJJ5S_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384915032&sr=1-4http://www.amazon.com/Wrestling-Harmony-Kingsley-Brandi-Kennedy-ebook/dp/B00GPCZYW6/ref=la_B00AQIJJ5S_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384915032&sr=1-5

"Fighting for Freedom"
"Still Fighting for Freedom" due out 2014


http://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Freedom-Brandi-Kennedy-ebook/dp/B00EG0L8PG/ref=la_B00AQIJJ5S_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384915032&sr=1-3

"Selkie - Book One"
"Selkie - Book Two" due out 2014

http://www.amazon.com/Selkie-Trilogy-Brandi-Kennedy-ebook/dp/B00DV810OI/ref=la_B00AQIJJ5S_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384915032&sr=1-1
 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Interview with author Michelle Turner

I've had the pleasure of knowing Michelle Turner for a little while now. She's the author of Reviving Bloom, Promised and Strip Me Free. Recently I interviewed her, and decided to give her a little shout out here on The Fantasy Junkie by sharing our interview. Happy reading!

What’s your current project and what can you tell us about it? 

Right now I have a handful of stories I’m working on but my main focus is Enlightening Bloom. It’s the follow-up to my ya paranormal book Reviving Bloom and it’s going to answer a lot of the questions that were left unanswered in the first book so I’m excited to get it out.

You’ve written three books so far, all in quite different genres. Was that because you don’t want to pigeon-hole yourself as just a fantasy writer, or just a YA writer?

Honestly, I didn’t go into thinking much about it. It just happened the story ideas that came to me were for different genres.

How do you prepare to write? Are you a planner or pantser? Do you have any particular rituals you have to perform before you begin writing?

I’m a panster. I don’t prepare. I don’t have a ritual. I get hit with ideas or scenes and they play over and over in my head until I finally sit my behind down and type them out.

What are you reading at the moment? Can you give us a two sentence wrap up of the plot?

For once I’m between books. I’ve tried to start a few different ones but they haven’t caught my interest enough to finish.

If you could pick a theme song for each of your three books, what would it be and why?

Reviving Bloom – "Heal Me" by Billy Currington. It really fits where Bloom was at in the beginning of the book and how her connection to Pike brought her out of that.

Promised – "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson would represent Wyn’s dreams. And the Adele version of "Make You Feel My Love" would represent Wyn and Linc’s relationship.

Strip Me Free – "Marry You" by Bruno Mars. It fits the drunken marriage that brings Zane and Briar together.


How much of your real-life experiences go into your book’s plots and characters? Can you give us an example? 

A little bit here and there. For example Bonnie (Reviving Bloom) ended up being a hybrid of one of my best friends and one of my sister-in-laws. And Bloom’s memories of fishing with her dad come from my own memories of doing the same thing with my dad.

What’s one thing you absolutely could not live without and why?

Chocolate. It’s an addiction.

When you’re not writing, what are you doing?

Spending time with my family or reading.






 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Michelle is a 28 year old native Ohioan. Go Buckeyes! Who now lives with her husband and son in West Virginia. When she isn't spending time with her family you can find her with her nose stuck in a good book. She released her first book (Reviving Bloom) as an independent author in October 2012 and plans to release two new books (Promised & Enlightening Bloom) in 2013. 




So, what are you waiting for? Go check out some of her books, or click on the title below to read more about them...

http://michelleturnerauthor.blogspot.com.au/p/about-me.html

http://michelleturnerauthor.blogspot.com.au/p/promised.html

http://michelleturnerauthor.blogspot.com.au/p/strip-me-free.html

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Are Indie authors butchering the whole industry and other randomly random thoughts...

Hello fellow Junkies,

I've got quite a controversial topic up for discussion today: Are Indie authors killing books and ruining it for everyone else? Just to clear things up, I am an indie author. I do not have representation from an agency, nor do I have the backing of any major publishing house. I say major publishing house because recently there have been a spate of 'pop-up' publishing houses that are entirely based online. Does this make them any less reputable? No. I'm not saying that; I'm just wondering what they're doing to the publishing industry on the whole. Are they there to the benefit or the detriment to the authors they're representing?

I have been trying for a long time trying to get published traditionally, but the truth is, I haven't managed to tap that market yet, but that's not to say I'm giving up. To me, getting published traditionally has more prestige than some of the other publishing agencies out there on the WWW.

Now the reason I ask the question of whether Indies are butchering the industry and ruining for everyone else is because recently I've been in a bit of a funk with my own writing. I've got a few things going on in my life at the moment related to health, and I think my creativity and muse suffered because of it. Just so I could keep writing something each day, I began reviewing more and more books. I even got to the point where I started my own review blog, Between the Lines, and joined a whole heap of blog tours. 

...It seemed like the perfect remedy: Can't write? Then read!...

I've read probably a dozen or so books so far. Some I have absolutely loved beyond belief, which has driven me to seek these authors out to tell them just how much I enjoyed reading their books. It's their writing that spurred me to have another look at my own...now I can practically hear what you're thinking...

...Isn't she just copying their writing style then?...

Well, no, actually. I'm an urban fantasy/paranormal romance writer, skirting on the edge of darkness. And what have I been reading mostly? Contemporary romance/new adult books. I don't think you could get any further from urban fantasy than that. I love my werewolves and vampires and Norse Gods, but it's also refreshing to read something completely different to my own writing genre.

Like I said, I've been getting some good ones...some really good ones, but for every amazingly-written book, I'm getting at least five that are sub-par (in my opinion). After recently finishing one of these sub-par books, it got me thinking...

...Are Indie authors killing books and ruining it for everyone else?...

It seems like every single woman who has fantasized about some muscular, sexually-deviant god of a man has somehow come to the conclusion that they should write about their fantasy and tell everyone else about it. What's the problem with that you ask? Maybe 95% of these women shouldn't have done it. By releasing these poorly-edited, poorly-thought out books with watery characters and deviating plotlines, I think we're ruining the whole publishing industry.

I'm not saying my books are amazing. I'm realistic. I know that 80% of the people who look at my books will not buy them, and of the remaining 20% that do choose to buy one, maybe 10% will just think it's 'meh', leaving 5% either just thinking it's okay (not worthy of a review being written), 3% rating it and leaving a review...

...and a whole 2% actually seeking me out on social media to tell me how much they loved my book...

My issue is that that 80% who chose not to read one of my books was because I am a self-published author. Maybe they've been burned in the past by other self-published books? Maybe the last book they read was self-published and so terrible that they want the last two hours of their lives back along with their 0.99 cents. How am I to know? All I know is that they chose not to read one of my books based on a prejudice.

I'm a qualified proofreader and editor and recently I came across a story that was so terribly written that I had to pull out of the tour completely. I don't know if you know this, but when you join a blog tour, you're expected to give at least 3 stars or more as it's a promotional tour, but in the same breath they also tell you they'd like a completely honest review.

...Can anyone else see the problem with this??...

Anyway, this book - let's call it "50 Shades" to keep things generic - had too many errors to simply highlight and send to the author to review. No, I went one step further. I actually contacted the author to advise them to really think hard about releasing the book as it was. Despite the author telling me that it had been proofread twice, I couldn't quite see how that could have been true. After politely giving the author my top three suggestions to improve "50 Shades", I ended up offering my services up pro bono when the author said she couldn't afford to pay someone to read it over.

...Had I been suckered? ... Probably...

But that was okay. I couldn't, in good conscious, let "50 Shades" go out as it was. To give you an idea on how long it should take to proofread, in one hour I should be able to get about 18-20 pages done. It took me a little over 6 hours to do 2 chapters. If my maths is correct, that'd make two chapters with 60 pages each. There were only about 12-15 pages per chapter in "50 Shades". 

...Eventually I sent it back to the author, waving a white flag of defeat...

I had already spent close to 30 unpaid hours working on it, and I still had another 3 chapters to go to finish it off. That could have been at least $600 in my pocket, but I was trying to do something kind for a nice, new, fresh-off-the-word-processor newbie Indie author. But do you know what the worst thing about this was? It wasn't the time spent away from my own writing, or not getting paid. 

...It was the fact that I didn't get so much as a 'thank you for all your time and effort'...

I didn't do it for the gratitude though. I did it because poorly-written Indies impact on me and every other decent Indie author out there. I was just trying to save my books from being ignored. I was also trying to save the author from the embarrassment of getting terrible reviews from people who aren't their friends or family. 

...Fact: One bad review can make an indie author's world crumble...

I've had my share of bad reviews, but I try to learn from them. I just don't think that absolutely-glowing-when-they're-not book reviews aren't doing anyone any favors. I try to be honest with my reviews, and if I found something a little strange/unconventional, I believe honesty is the best policy. I don't say these things to be horrible - I just think honesty and integrity has been thrown out the window in the blogging/indie author world. 

...If I recommend something, my name is attached to it. I won't sell out to stay in someone's good graces...

I was also chatting with a fellow indie recently who was telling me about bloggers being paid to review. I didn't really believe her, but after looking around, I did find that some bloggers are more vocal for some authors over others. In some instances, I've actually read some of what the author has produced, but in my opinion, it wasn't that great. This brought me to two conclusions. Either...

1. We weren't reading the same thing; or
2. The blogger must be getting something in return for the advertising.

I know I'm going to cop a bit of flack for that last comment (or maybe not as I'm sure only one person reads this blog, and I'm pretty sure it's my mum) but it's true. So I ask again, where has the integrity gone? I know I've still got mine.

Have you?    

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Interview with science-fiction author Dima Zales

I had the chance to sit down and think up some questions for Dima Zales - one of the authors of The Sorcery Code recently. I really love this cover and am looking forward to reading Dima's first novel. Keep on reading to find out more about the man behind The Sorcery Code... 

I was lucky enough to be involved in the cover reveal for your first solo novel called The Sorcery Code. What can you tell us about your novel?

First, I should say that I am not really doing it solo. I might have done a very detailed outline and written many of the scenes, but at this point we are working hand-in-hand with Anna – and when this book is finished, it will very much be ours.
I don’t want to give spoilers. Instead, I thought I might mention a few things no one might notice otherwise – certain modern-day topics that are in The Sorcery Code.

It is a story about a topic dear to my heart – artificial intelligence and technological innovation. You might ask, how can a story set in medieval society and without any technology be about those things? Well, the idea is that Blaise uses magic to create Gala, who is essentially what we would call an Artificial Intelligence. She was designed using some modern ideas (inspired by a book I read earlier this year by Ray Kurzweil called How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed), but of course, she is created using sorcery. 

With that theme in mind, the book talks about some issues that usually go along with the idea of intelligent non-human beings. For example, in the novel, some see Gala as somewhat of this world’s version of Frankenstein. Can she be a threat when she comes into her own? In the flip side of this, you have Blaise who starts to fall for her. Can that kind of pairing work – a human and his creation?

That brings us into another important aspect of the book – romantic elements. These are there to lure Anna to collaborate with me :). Seriously, though, there is a bigger meaning here. If Gala can love and is human enough in her behavior that Blaise falls for her, can she be an abomination?  Their love is the ultimate Turing Test.

Another related but equally strange thing is that the magic system in The Sorcery Code is inspired by computer programming – something I used to do.

That is also another “sci-fi”-inspired aspect to the book. The Life Capture magical object turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the book. It is a magic experience inspired by virtual reality. It allows a person to experience everything another person saw, thought, or tasted for a period of time.

Finally, the Spell Realm, an alternate dimension that is used to create spells, is very cool and really the only thing about the magic in the book that requires suspension of disbelief. Once you believe in the Spell Realm, the magic makes sense. Other dimensions, of course, are supported by some interpretations of modern physics…


Have you always had a passion for writing, or did this develop along the way?

I have always been an avid reader, but writing is a more recent development. It began for me with the simple problem – I couldn’t find a good book to read that had certain elements that I like. So it made sense to write it myself.

What did you do before you became a full-time author?

I used to work as a computer programmer, then eventually managed teams of programmers. Before quitting to write full time, I had some executive roles in the financial and later media industries. Almost everything I did in the past comes in handy. There is actually a surprising overlap between crafting a complex computer program and a novel – and being a manager helps me run our publishing company, Mozaika Publications.

If you had to describe your approach to writing in one sentence, what would that sentence be?

Ask wife how to best phrase something.

Which authors have inspired you?

Ray Kurzweil is a futurist and an inventor, and his book The Singularity Is Near quite literally changed my life. It made me think about the fact that we live in an exciting time when the technology able to extend human life might turn up very soon, followed by crazy-cool stuff that is more exciting than anything in sci-fi. As a result, I started taking better care of my health by eating healthy and exercising, to make sure I live long enough to catch these awesome advances.

On your website, you have one other book listed on the work-in-progress list called Mind Awakening. Can you tell us about this and any other projects you have in the pipeline?

Mind Awakening is going to be a science fiction and fantasy genre mix that will appeal to folks who like movies like The Matrix and Inception. There will be what amounts to magic in it. I am not sure how much I want to reveal without spoilers at this time.
 
Another book Anna and I are planning to work on after The Sorcery Code and its sequel is an urban fantasy novel called The Thought Readers. As a mentalist, I pretend to read minds, and this novel will deal with people who truly have that power.

What advice can you offer to other indie authors, or people who have a book, but haven’t got the nerve to hit the “publish” button yet?

It might be a difficult advice to implement, but I think it’s important to have someone supportive to talk to. It could be a fellow author or a book lover in the family. But yes, my advice would be to get some feedback and work up to hitting that button. 

I’ve asked Anna this, too, but if you were a super hero, what would your name a super power be?

My super power would be mind-reading. I am actually a professional mentalist, so I can simulate that power rather well. The name would be the same as what I am considering making my ‘stage name’ in the near future: Damon Zale.

Here's a little sample of Dima's abilities; from his YouTube channel, this is the Close Liaisons Book experiment...

 


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Want a taste of The Sorcery Code? Here's an excerpt from Chapter 2...

Augusta slid out of bed and smiled seductively at her lover, enjoying the heated gleam in his eyes as she bent down to pick up her magenta-colored dress from the floor. The beautifully made garment had only one small rip in it – nothing that she wouldn’t be able to fix with a quick oral spell. Her clothes rarely survived her visits to Barson’s house intact; if there was one thing she enjoyed about the leader of the Sorcerers’ Guard, it was the rough, urgent hunger with which he always greeted her arrival.

“Is it already time to go?” he asked, propping himself up on one elbow to watch her get dressed.

“Aren’t your men waiting for you?” Augusta wriggled into the dress and reached up to gather her long brown hair into a slick knot at the back of her neck.

“Let them wait.” He sounded arrogant, as usual. Augusta liked that about Barson – the unshakable confidence that permeated everything he did. He might not be a sorcerer, but he wielded quite a bit of power as the leader of the elite military force that kept law and order in their society.

“The rebels won’t wait, though,” Augusta reminded him. “We need to intercept them before they get any closer to Turingrad.”

“We?” His thick eyebrows arched in surprise.

“Oh yes,” Augusta said nonchalantly. “Did I forget to mention that I’m coming with you?”

He sat up in bed, the muscles in his large frame flexing and rippling with each movement. “You know you did,” he growled, but Augusta could tell he was pleased with this development. He had been trying to get her to spend more time with him, to get their relationship out in the open, and Augusta thought it might be time to start giving in a little.