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When I Decided To Write A Fantasy

Ian Conrey
Ian V. Conrey Author Interview

Haelend’s Ballad is an epic fantasy novel that follows an ensemble cast that are trying to survive in a war torn land where fate conspires against them. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Definitely history. Our own world is full of war and atrocities, and yet we often only see one side of the story. But when we look at these historical events from various perspectives, we see a much more complex (and often darker) reality. When I decided to write a fantasy, I felt that having a large cast from different backgrounds and perspectives would be the best way to reflect that reality.

Your characters are intriguing and well developed. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

On one level, I simply wanted my characters to be real. I wanted them to be flawed, multi-faceted, and to sometimes just make really bad decisions. They needed to wrestle with their own sins and as well as the sins other against them, and that, in turn, should impact the choices they make. On another level, music was a big influence that helped shape each of my characters. I listened to a lot of early American ballads and classical composers, as well as more recent musicians such as Mumford and Sons, Radiohead, and Josh Garrels. Every character represented something that spoke to me in that music.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The biggest theme is probably suffering (how it impacts our worldview, the decisions we make, etc.). Other themes include the consequences of racism, nationalism, and political/economic corruption, as well as the power and freedom found in forgiveness, love, and self-sacrifice.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m currently working on a series of short stories that explores some of the mythology and other events in the world of Haelend’s Ballad. Also, I’ll be collaborating with my cover illustrator at the beginning of next year to create a series of illustrations for a hardback edition of Haelend’s Ballad that I hope to release at the end of 2022.

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“Some call me Murderer, others call me Lord. I’ve been called Savior and Enslaver. But no one has ever called me Child.”
A young man signs his own death warrant when he joins an already failing militia. A teenage girl is haunted by her childhood abuse and begins to crave the very things she hates. A childless mother finds herself on the run as a convicted murderer. Yet they are all unaware that their own fates are tied to a young orphan who has drowned and come back to life in a foreign land where he will be the death of everyone he meets.
Hælend’s Ballad is a tale about what happens when men and women from two colliding cultures realize they may not be on the right side. Heroes are villains. The persecuted are oppressors. And when rumors begin to spread that the world is dying, the darkness of their own hearts betrays them.

Conspiracy U

Conspiracy U: A Case Study by [Scott A. Shay]

Ever listened to some of the beliefs and theories uttered by renowned scholars and wondered how they could possibly say that out loud? Ever wondered how they can believe in these things despite possessing the capacity to research and disprove them?

Conspiracy U takes readers on a deep dive into the realm of conspiracy theories. The author uses his alma mater as a case study for this thought-provoking book. He discusses how these beliefs become so deeply embedded in people’s minds that they even start to champion for them. His aim with this book is to attempt to repair the cracks caused by anti-Zionist conspiracy theories that are peddled by trusted academicians.

The author’s concern for what these conspiracy theories can do to society is seen through his passionate writing. His words are a wake-up call to anyone who may be tempted to believe anti-Zionist conspiracy theories because of the authority those speaking about them have.

Author Scott Shay starts off with a definition and outline of conspiracy theories. His intention is to help readers understand the difference between healthy discussions about different possibilities and beliefs and intentionally aggressive misinformation.

This enlightening book is a voice of reason. It is a beacon of light in the murky waters these beliefs have led us into. It is a call to action for everyone to do their due diligence before taking sides in the conversation. It is a push to bridge the divide between those who dare to challenge the anti-Zionist theories. It is a plea to attempt to right the winds of institutional, national, and global politics.

Conspiracy U is a book that discusses social issues with far reaching impacts but it still feels very personal. The author is discussing this subject from a place of concern and a need to change things. This book is well researched and meticulously written. Illuminating and compelling, this is a must read book on a critical topic that is explored intelligently and passionately.

Pages: 198 | ASIN: B09DTLMXML

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100 Days in Vietnam

100 Days in Vietnam: A Memoir of Love, War, and Survival by [Lt. Col. Joseph F. Tallon, Matthew A. Tallon, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster]

It’s 1972, and Joe Tallon has just been drafted to fight the war in Vietnam. He’s young, ambitious, newly married, and has no idea what awaits him on the other side of the globe. Near the end of the ground war, he gets shot down by an enemy missile but luckily survives. His technical observer Daniel Richards does not. He heals and gets to go back home, but the sacrifice that Richards gave never leaves his mind. 40 years later, he sets out on a journey to bring Richards the recognition he deserves as well as a Purple Heart for his family.  

For a book about war, reading 100 Days in Vietnam feels like a quiet and serene meditation. Even in scenes that depict violence and chaos, Tallon’s writing remains stoic. Not that he ever needed any evidence to prove this, but this writing style assures the reader that this is not some exploitative pulp filled to the brim with torn-up limbs and grenade explosions. This is the real deal. Just like the subject matter, the history of the book’s writing adds a whole world of depth as well. It becomes all the more meaningful when you find out that his co-writer, Matthew Tallon, is a fellow veteran and the son he almost did not get to see grow up. 

I enjoyed this authentic and compelling memoir and felt that the writing eschews action oriented writing in favor of straightforward storytelling that makes the book easy to follow but sometimes monotonous. The grounded retelling of events is broken up with news clippings that help establish the reader in the time period of the book. 

100 Days in Vietnam is a stirring memoir that will stick with you for days. I would recommend this book to readers looking for an authentic and emotionally-resonant military biography that dictates facts and leaves nothing out. This is an intriguing historical novel with an end result that is nothing short of rewarding.

Pages: 330 | ASIN: B091ZM4YVG

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Storm

Storm: Book 1 by [Steven Paul-Germané]

Steven Paul-Germane’s Storm is an intriguing mix of erotica and mystery. It follows the life of Philip Stevens (Storm), a young man born into privilege. Born on a stormy day in June, he is a triplet, his two brothers are almost identical to him. It’s therefore no wonder that each triplet was hell-bent on having an individual personality separate from the rest while growing up. Unfortunately, Storm’s major personality trait is that he is a player, using both men and women as sex toys. As such, a big part of the book is filled with his sexual exploits. That aside though, there’s a serious mystery plot taking place concurrently – someone is stalking members of Storm’s family. This escalates from page to page, leading to a series of unfortunate events. Ultimately, there are many casualties and broken hearts. What’s more? The plot twist at the end is not only unpredictable but also downright disturbing. If you are a reader into books that leave you wondering what you just read, Storm is for you.

Another great thing about this book is the fact that its dialogue and prose are written in light, simple language – there are neither long-winded paragraphs nor heavy vocabulary. This makes the book easy to read. Also, the fact that the book is written in the voice of the main character from the beginning to the end gives it a uniformity that makes it a breeze to read. The disclaimer on the first page letting you know that there are a lot of erotic scenes in the story is not an understatement, readers looking for a hardcore erotica novel will have their fill with this book. If you are a reader looking for a vivid erotic novel then this is for you, as it very descriptive and this sometimes overshadows the mystery at the center of the story, making it feel like more of a subplot.

While the premise of the book is incredible, its outlandish story will entertain readers who are looking to read shockingly provocative carnal literature. Storm: Book 1 is an easy book to get into and has an interesting premise, with a little editing, this book has the potential to take fans of Fifty Shades of Grey to the next level.

Pages: 394 | ASIN: B0792JG5HQ

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The Tale of the Christmas Hero

Santa’s reindeer are very busy on Christmas Eve delivering presents to all the children. But when the reindeer decide to take a break and chase a field mouse for fun they bring about a near Christmas disaster. Luckily the field mouse they were chasing knows someone that can help them out of their jam and get Christmas back on track.

This is a charming children’s book that is an absolute joy to read. This book fits right into the cheery holiday theme of the season. The reindeer, and mouse, are so lively and animated throughout the story that their antics are sure to keep any child’s attention.

Right when I figured out this was going to be a story about reindeer getting into mischief, I knew I was going to enjoy this story, and the amusing antics delivered a lot of entertainment. Each scene has a fantastic illustration from illustrator Brenda Timms. Each image has a soft color palette and looks like they were colored with crayon, which makes them easily relatable to children.

This delightful picture book is told in fun rhymes that add color and character to the story being acted out on each page. The rhymes are cute and easy to follow, with a few big words here and there young readers should have an easy time reading this story with an adult.

The Tale of the Christmas Hero is a whimsical Christmas book that will delight kids this holiday season. With lovable and emotive characters taking readers on an amusing chase that ends in a cheesy reward, family’s will surely enjoy this entertaining book.

Pages: 36 | ISBN: 1643613502

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The Importance Of “Over Delivering“

Clint Arthur
Clint Arthur Author Interview

Wisdom Of The Men shares your life story and wisdom gained over the years to help readers improve their lives. Why was this an important book for you to write?

When I was in high school I had the great privilege to be mentored by Frank McCourt, winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for his memoir about his impoverished childhood in Ireland, “Angela‘s Ashes.“ He inspired me and many other people to want to be writers.

I’ve been writing books for years but I never felt like I wrote anything of the quality of Angela‘s Ashes, and I wanted to do that because my ambition is to win the Pulitzer Prize and follow in his footsteps.

As you will see when you read the book, wisdom of the men came organically out of my experiences in the men’s self-help movement, and the vision for the book evolved into what it is because of my experiences in life and work. I needed to write this book because I needed to create my life‘s work masterpiece, so I put everything I had into this to make it the best book I could possibly write.

What is a common obstacle you find many people face when becoming an entrepreneur?

The biggest common obstacle for people who want to be entrepreneurs or are in their journey is that they don’t want to try and fail because they don’t want to look stupid. It’s unfortunate because this obstacle holding so many people back is for the most part entirely imaginary as no one is thinking about you or anything you were doing. If you’re holding yourself back because you don’t want people to think you’re stupid or foolish or a loser, you really need to understand that no one is thinking about you at all. They’re just thinking about them self.

What is one piece of advice someone gave you that had the biggest impact on your life?

One of my great mentors, Dan Kennedy, started saying something I picked up on, “rich people work hard.“

For many years I wasn’t sure if I should allow myself to portray myself in my marketing as a hard-working person because so much of my work is about Celebrity, and I was concerned that Celebrity required a lifestyle of ease. But having asked many rich people including Martha Stewart, Ice-T, Dr Oz, and others who you will read about in the book, “do rich people work hard?“ I am very confident that self-made rich people do work hard, and this advice really allowed me to focus on working hard and use my hard work as a marketing tool and asset that has made me lots of money.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?

There’s so many things that I want people to take away from the book, to narrow it down to only one thing would be doing the book a great disservice. In that spirit, to answer this question, I want people to understand the importance of “over delivering“ and I hope that this answer in its own way over delivers on your question.

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Clint Arthur is the bestselling author of 21 books and a serial successful multi-millionaire entrepreneur. Clint influences well over 100,000 independent business owners annually, through his social media platforms, coaching programs, and Million-dollar Business Accelerator mastermind.
Using easy entertaining language, the author’s masterful storytelling illuminates the real life of America’s top Celebrity Entrepreneur while fascinating, inspiring, and revealing secrets which have made him healthy, wealthy, and wise beyond his years.

It’s all true, much of it is unbelievable, and every bit is designed to deliver you maximum timeless control over your destiny in today’s unpredictable world and hundreds of years in the future.

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In this book, you will find:Timeless wise lessons from the best in their craft
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Tribes

Tribes (G.W. Morgan's The Enlightenment Protocols Book 1) by [G. W. Morgan, Don Ciers]

Tribes by G.W Morgan is an action packed space opera which follows the trials and tribulations of two empires and wars that encompass many worlds. We are first greeted with a very detailed introduction to the world in Tribes, showing how technologically advanced the civilization is and the various struggles faced by the empire. As the war comes to an end, one soldier of the alliance is about to start a whole other conflict based on a dislike for the empire’s actions. The book then takes an entertaining turn, driving us through a decently paced science fiction adventure that is full of twists.

This is an engaging and intellectually invigorating story with a detailed and compelling world that I feel we are only scratching the surface of. The book was engaging, relying on science fiction tropes many fans will recognize and appreciate if you enjoy classic science fiction.

The book is relentlessly moving forward. It is filled with war and conflict, making this is an action oriented story that utilizes its characters effectively to move the story along and serve readers a compelling plot rather than getting bogged down in character development. While I felt the characters were overshadowed by the fascinating and well-developed plot I still felt that the characers felt authentic and will resonate with readers.

Tribes tells a rich and thoughtful story that was entertaining to the very end. The novel leads the reader through some interesting wars and sets up a classic battle pitting one philosophy against another. Readers who enjoy space fleet science fiction will be engrossed in this vivid and intense story.

Pages: 434 | ASIN: B01HH2O77A

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Pastel Pink

Pastel Pink: Zadok Series by [Nikki Minty, Indicreates Indiana Maria Acosta Hernandez, Cissell Ink Amy Cissell and Christopher Barnes]

Pastel Pink is the first book in Nikki Minty’s young adult fantasy series. Sci-fi enthusiast Harlow, from the planet Zadok, remembers her past life as Ruby, a human living on Earth, and her murder. Harlow, a pink Zeek, is the weakest of her race on the planet of Zadok, which is divided into four races: Vallon, Rukes, Drakes, and Zeeks, and has a color-superior cast system. However, she is no less significant: she is now receiving attention from the upper-class people at Zeeks, the purples. The reason is as big a mystery to her as to the reader. With her life on Earth and life in Zadok, her conflicting feelings, and her relationship with her race’s enemy in Zadok, the vallons, Harlow’s destiny is putting her on a perilous path.

In Pastel Pink, Harlow and Floss, and Lucas and Alex, both human and non-human twin characters, represent the faces of two coins in their antithetical traits. Humans, as shown by these damaged characters, who lack parental care and love, and always have the option of acting empathetically or degradingly. Also seen in the book is Krista’s attitude and conduct, which represents a woman who has surrendered to a toxic husband and an intolerant society. For fear of stigma, she is willing to break the unthinkable laws of society in private rather than stand up against the toxicity.

I find the concept of the coexistence of two planets, with some Zadok residents being able to live dual lives, intriguing and refreshing. With the unique characteristics of each of the races on Zadok, according to their names, readers will certainly appreciate the author’s imagination. I also enjoyed seeing the rarely-seen sisterly affection between Harlow and floss, where they provide one another with services in exchange for what they are each seeking. As on Earth, Zadok’s color system mimics the racism that still determines people’s position of worth in many areas. However, Zadok comes off better than earth in that two girls dating each other doesn’t seem to be an issue there. One cannot help but ponder Harlow’s statement that Floss never mistreated her because of her color before she started school.

While I enjoyed the story, I would have enjoyed more inclusion of other inhabitants of Zadok in Book 1, besides the Zeeks and humans. I felt that it would have been interesting to have some scenes swapped with more information about Zadok’s life. But in the end I’m just glad that this is the start of a series as I feel like there is so much more to explore and I can’t wait to get to it.

Pastel Pink is an imaginative fairy tale fantasy that intelligently combines mystery, action, and romance into a compelling story that fans of young adult novels will devour. This is a captivating fantasy novel with subtle but deep social commentary and a storyline that is captivating and highly entertaining.

Pages: 381 | ASIN: B08T1HC81S

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