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To Bring Depravity In To Life

C.R. Endacott
C.R. Endacott Author Interview

The Blue Butterfly is the second entry in your thrilling Heroes of Afflatus series. What were some new ideas you wanted to introduce in this book that was different from book one?

In this book, I wanted to play around with elements of gender-neutral language. When I think of fairies, I think of a people type that are difficult to physically distinguish their gender, and I thought, why not? As well, Depravity, in all my books, is a spiritual being bent on making all things unhappy, sad, and depressed. But, in the same breath, Depravity doesn’t just “make” people evil – we all have the ability to bring depravity in to life, just as we all have the power to bring good.

Your characters continue to be compelling and well developed. What were some obstacles you felt were important to defining their character in this book?

The biggest obstacle was what to do with Garon and Carson’s relationship. In the first book Garon finally admitted to himself and others that he was gay and in love with Carson. But, Garon is in a fantasy world, where reality seems a long ways away. So, he comes to the realization that it will come to an end at some point. He doesn’t want it to end, however.

What were some challenges you set for yourself as a writer with this book?

In Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, we are given a tale that does not end heroically, rather, it seems like the dark side of the force is fully in power. I wanted to achieve a similar dynamic. But the challenge is, how to create a satisfying ending and climax, but have the reader fully aware that evil is in control at the end? I think I achieved that will a thrilling ending.

What can readers expect in book three of the Heroes of Afflatus series?

At the end of The Blue Butterfly, Depravity reverses the time continuum. In all the other Afflatus adventures, Jared, Avery, and their companions could adventure in Afflatus without fear of time passing in their home dimension. In fact, they could spend weeks in Afflatus without any time passing back home. However, with this reversal, there are consequences they will have to deal with when they return home.

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A deadly virus has entered Faerie World and it dissolves a fairy’s wings. It is highly contagious and creates political friction. What’s worse, the Dark Lord Depravity is responsible, because his sole purpose is to destroy a blue butterfly, protected by the fairies. If he succeeds all of his power will be restored and he will be free to walk the earth and all dimensions. Avery Noble, a wizard, and with the help of her boyfriend and protector, Jared Swagger, must stop Depravity by finding a way to the Faerie World.

Take A Closer Look

Nikki Minty
Nikki Minty Author Interview

Pastel Pink follows a girl who was murdered on Earth and reincarnated on Zadok, but when her human spirit is drawn back to Earth she’s plunged into a world of intrigue on both planets. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

My son Randall Jackson, AKA RJ, helped to inspire The Zadok Series.

We were sitting in the library waiting for his sister to finish her art class when the question “I wonder what happens after you die” came up.

RJ said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if every time we died, we regenerated onto a different Planet?”

Of course, I jumped on this idea and together we discussed what the different races on the next planet would look like and what new capabilities/powers they would have.

As a tribute, I’ve modelled a character after my son RJ. He has Aspergers/Autism and is quirky with a brain like an encyclopaedia.

Harlow is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I wanted Harlow to be different to Ruby even though they are theoretically the same Zeek/person. Ruby is confident and outspoken whereas Harlow’s confidence has been crushed due to years of being told she is worthless. Harlow starts meeker and milder and then builds into someone much stronger. She learns to stand up against the haters.

I thought the color caste system was creative and intriguing. Where did this idea come from and how did it evolve as you wrote?

The overall message of The Zadok Series is one of acceptance. Just like here on Earth with humans, Zeeks face prejudice characters who are intent on making their lives a living hell.

Not only that, there are different Zadonian races, and they feud with one another. Not everything is as it seems. Sometimes there’s more to the story than meets the eye.

Don’t let others force you into believing a certain race, colour, or way of living is wrong. Take a closer look and let yourself be the decider.

This is book one in your Zadok Series. What can readers expect in book two?

Expect to see more of the Drakes and Vallons and discover how they live in the following two books of the series.

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From one ending comes a new beginning…Ruby was murdered on Earth eighteen years ago and reincarnated on Zadok as a Pastel Zeek named Harlow. To be born at the bottom of her race’s caste colour system to a middle-class family of Magentas has made Harlow a source of conflict amongst the ruling Purples, and a source of derision from all three colours.When Harlow is attacked by a fuegor on Zadok, the effects of its slow reacting venom triggers an unforeseen phenomenon, and due to the strong connection she had with her former twin sister Jade, her human spirit is unexpectedly drawn back to Earth. Now living a double life, she has plunged into a world of intrigue on both planets.On earth, she watches on in horror as Jade reconnects with Lucas, the man who murdered her and got away with it. And to complicate things further, she’s being pursued by Alex, the ghost of Lucas’ twin. On Zadok, she becomes embroiled with Jax, the son of the Commanding family. He’s determined to bring about change to the colony’s colour system, but it’ll come at a cost.As Harlow mixes with the political intrigue of the Zeeks, will she become a victim of those trying to rigidly maintain the status quo or will she usher in a revolution? And will ghost Ruby resist the temptation of the handsome Alex or pursue an impossible relationship that could have dire consequences on both planets?

To Protect Them At All Cost

Miz Marta
Miz Marta Author Interview

Delilah & Samson Adventures World follow a courageous young girl and her dog as they go on adventures, saving animals in need and stopping the people responsible. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Well other then the fact that I love animals, my inspiration was a dog I once had named Samson. He was a big strong male German shepherd dog. Plus, an adorable young girl that I personally know named Delilah. I put the two together creating this book. That’s why I named the book; Delilah & Samson Adventures World. Is quite a pretty long story to tell, so I will have to leave that part out. Character Delilah cares and loves animals so much that her only wish is to save and protect them from the hands of abusers, and that’s where big bad dog Samson comes in. It is quite a fictional story for children of all ages.

What were some educational aspects that were important for you to include in this children’s book?

From a child’s early age, they should be taught about all kind of different animals that exist within our world. All kids love animals, they love hearing stories about them and they especially love playing with them. When we educate children on animals such as where they come from, or what they like and don’t like, or what they eat and don’t eat and so forth, it creates an inner appreciate as care for animals. It also helps children to develop an emotional bond with their own pets as well as any future pets they choose to have. It is also important for children to understand that just like they need care and love from their parents, animals need it too from their owners. It is through pets that children gain insight into wild and domestic animals. By observing their behavior, children learn about animal instincts and intelligence. There is so much to discover about animals, that children exposed to nature develop a sense of wonderment and appreciation for life. And most important of all, having a pet gives children the opportunity to become a caregiver. Recognizing their pet’s needs and comforting them helps children learn how to feel the way others feel, becoming more empathetic to them. The best thing about animals is that they are non-judgmental. Children know that no matter how bad of a day they are having, a pet is always there to listen and be a source of affection to them. Many children find comfort in shedding a tear or sharing their secrets with their family companion. Plus children who grow up with pets are generally less fearful of animals. The sole purpose of the book is to teach children about caring, loving and respecting animals. To protect them at all cost and not abuse them in anyway possible as animals can feel pain just like us.

Was there anything from your own life that you placed into this story?

Yes, I sure did. In growing up I had my own pets, and I cared and loved each one of them. One of those pets was my dog Samson who unfortunately I no longer have. Even as an adult, I continue to have and own pets. I actually have one cat that I adopted few years ago, and I have five other stray cats that I look out for by feeding them everyday, and keep an eye on their health. My cats vet actually has profiled me as an animal rescuer. That actually makes me feel super good.

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

Well the present book that I am working on has nothing to do with animals, but I am making sure that this time around the book will be much better in it’s editing as writing. I do apologize that Delilah & Samson Adventures World was not edited correctly by publisher. Book was rushed by publisher therefore failing in it’s corrective editorial settings. And even as so, I do appreciate the fair reviews it has received on its own.

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This fictional story following the adventures of Delilah and her dog companion Samson, their adventures start out when Delilah is a child till the time she is in her teenage years. With heroic elements, Delilah is a voice and force to be reckoned with when it comes to saving the lives of innocent animals. Before each story, there is a short introduction about different animals,, teaching children basic facts and providing entertainment as well.

Worlds Apart

Author Interview
Diane Farrugia Author Interview

The World Between Us is a riveting sword and sorcery adventure with a compelling backstory and intriguing characters. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Well, to be honest, the backstory kind of developed on its own while I was writing my novel. I tend to pay more attention to my characters, first and foremost, then build my worlds around them. The one thing I knew I wanted to bring to this story was my fascination with magic. When I was little, my favourite book was The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton (I must have read that at least a dozen times) and I remember being so blown away by the magic in it. That book encouraged me to dream, and that’s a feeling that’s still with me to this day.

Kayla is an interesting and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character’s development?

Kayla is a girl who’s been through a tragedy – finding herself alone at 18 after losing her parents so suddenly… She’s depressed and has lost herself, but she’s dealt this one amazing chance of a lifetime and she grabs it. That was my underlying goal in outlining her character – portraying someone who isn’t afraid to reach out and dream, even when the odds might be impossible.

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

Well, The World Between Us, is first and foremost, a romance, so obviously love plays a major role – that overwhelming rush of attraction and all the questions and self-doubts that come after it. Besides that, there’s the maternal love Kayla feels for her unborn daughter, which is a love that trumps everything, and for which no sacrifice is too much.

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

I’m currently working on the second book in the Worlds Apart trilogy, continuing Declan and Kayla’s story in their quest for that elusive happily ever after.

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Dargo

Dargo: Eco Hero! (Treasury of Feel-Good Stories) by [Karina McRoberts]

Poor Dargo Fernandez. He doesn’t want much out of life. In fact, he really wants nothing more than to belong. At the rate he is going, he won’t even  accomplish that much. His life is more of an existence than anything–he has no social life to speak of. When Dargo comes face to face with the fact that even his meager position in the company is in jeopardy, he heads for home with his heart on his sleeve. Wondering how he will be able to pay his bills, Dargo finds himself creating a laundry list of new worries on his journey home. Before he can even begin to resolve his issues, he is quite literally swept away to face a whole new challenge

Dargo: Eco Hero, by Karina McRoberts, follows main character Dargo Fernandez as he rises from the depths of despair in his going-nowhere-fast job to his new position as hero for the environment. McRoberts’s work hits on a few genres but hones in primarily on fantasy. In fact, it gives me the best kind of Wizard of Oz vibes. The author has nailed the same type of warmth as L. Frank Baum but puts her own unique spin on main character Dargo and his band of merry cohorts.

The ecological lessons conveyed in McRoberts’s work are huge ones. She is successful in creating quite an impact with her words and the experiences of her cast of characters. I was especially impressed with the mixture of personification and metaphors found throughout the writing. The imagery she creates leaves readers breathless at times. Her writing is timely and gives voice to the environment in a way no other writer I have seen has been able to do.

Dargo: Eco Hero is a short read, easily digestible in one sitting, it packs an important punch–and one we all need to feel right about now. Protecting and appreciating the earth for the miracle it is tops this author’s list of priorities. Readers looking for a hard dose of truth in their fantasy reads will appreciate McRoberts’s style and character development. I highly recommend Dargo’s story to anyone looking for something different, something fun, and a book that will leave them smiling.

Pages: 85 | ASIN: B083RBML74

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Completely Out Of Place

Joseph Calev
Joseph Calev Author Interview

The Paramount Dimension follows a scientist into an alternate dimension where he must win the heart of his love and fend off impending disaster. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

It was honestly a challenge my son Nathan gave me: write a better book than Ready Player One. At the time, it was his favorite book, and when I stated I could do one better, he asked me to back that up. Today, The Paramount Dimension is still his favorite.

Jason and Raynee are intriguing characters with an interesting relationship. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I wanted Jason to be someone everyone could relate to. He’s completely out of place in The Paramount Dimension and is frustrated by how complex that world is. This is something most of us feel. For Raynee, I wanted a countering force: someone completely confident and adept, who’s always one step ahead of Jason.

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

Neil Degrasse Tyson and Kip Thorne were huge influences here. In fact, the way wormholes and teleportation worked came straight from Kip Thorne, even though I ignored his statements that they’re both impractical. I also was moved by statements that our four basic forces could have been different. That made me think of which forces would have been cool to have instead, and so I came up with resonance, avalance, orasance, essonance, and cenosance.

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

I just released a new novel in Allen, King of Seattle. It’s closer to a children’s book, and is a lot sillier.

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Jason falls in love with Raynee almost the moment he sees her. She thinks he’s a turnip. What the heck? Turns out, he was.

After watching his home and the city of Seattle destroyed by an alien force, he’s tossed out of Earth and onto the paramount dimension, where strange forces capable of materializing objects, crossing dimensions, and seeing the past apply. There, Jason is stunned to learn that the Earth itself may have been but a class demonstration. Yet that’s the least of his concerns in a place where basic concepts like gravity and atoms don’t exist.

In this world where he meets a six-year-old expert in quantum physics, he’s not even smart enough to pass Kindergarten, let alone to enter Raynee’s school for the gifted. Yet even where black holes and supernovas are mere musical instruments, he’s the attraction as the only former-vegetable in history. Jason realizes that he has a monumental task in front of him to win Raynee’s heart, but first he has to learn how to walk and eat in this new world.

His chance of proving himself is made even tougher by the deadly nightmare hanging over the planet by the name of Mordriss, who might even be Jason’s father.

The Unknown In Human Society

Jon Gray Lang
Jon Gray Lang Author Interview

Secret Matilda seized by the Consortium while creatures invade and revolution ignites the edges of space. What were some sources that guided this novels direction?

One of the ideas that held fast to me was how would an oppressive government that had shortchanged its military handle an invasion and a burgeoning revolution at the same time? One of the more recent historical examples I researched was how the Chinese National government handled the invasion by the Japanese military during World War II, and how this fomented the revolution fronted by Mao Zedong. Another example I read up on was the Russian Empire during World War I and after for context. My story and characters are not an analog of these events, but they both made for good examples to work from.

Something else I had to research heavily and modify to fit my story was how would a nomadic people exist in such a ‘world’. An obvious example is the Romany people, but I also dug into the Sami people of Norway and Russia. Other pieces came from the gatherings of ancestral family groups where trade, marriage and the like would occur. Human history is rich with information, and I can never know enough.
On a more fun note, I had already done tons of research on tardigrades you know… because you do. To be honest, that was the part I was most looking forward to, and ‘Surprise!’ it was my favorite part to write.

What were some challenges you felt were important to defining your characters in this story?

Some of the challenges I wanted to showcase was how the crew of the ship each have their strengths and weaknesses and how those play into their decisions. How would each of them respond in a highly tense situation? How would each of them respond to capture or dealing with the unknown in human society? In the end, it was important to me to show how they truly work best as a team… as a family.

Equally challenging was how would Galena make sense of what is happening to her? She isn’t alone under the skin of her body or in the confines of her mind. This was easily the hardest part to write for me, but also one of the more interesting.

Another thing I wanted to highlight and give some precedence to was Jacquotte Delahaye. We’ve only come to know her a little bit, from being born on the Matilda and living her life onboard. But there is more to her. This book gave me the chance to flesh out more of her story.

What has been the most surprising reader reaction to your series?

One of the more interesting reactions to me over the whole story is how certain characters seem to resonate with different readers. It’s been a fascinating experience talking with readers and how some really like one character and not like another only to get the reverse from the next person! As the story has unfolded, some of the readers have warmed to the ones they didn’t like or at the very least, seem to understand them. I mean I love them all, and I know some of them are not very likable folk… at all. So, it was a lot of fun to learn this.

But one of my favorite responses is that moment when the reader realizes that all of the chapter titles and all of the book titles are song titles from Luli’s playlist. It makes me grin like a Cheshire cat every time!

What can readers expect in book five of the Matilda series?

What wouldn’t you expect? More action! More adventure! More mystery! Some answers! New tarnished bits of the universe to explore! And finally, the story of the Matilda will come to a close.

The real question is, with only Galena on Jacquie’s mind, will a dead engine stop her? Will the alien invasion get in the way? Will the revolution be a roadblock? Can anything stop her and her intrepid crew? I can’t wait to find out!

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Rebels. Crime Lord. Cyborg. Doctor. Prisoners.

Far off into the future in a distant part of the galaxy, the Consortium controls the human colonies held together by the jump gates. Where the Consortium doesn’t hold sway, crime flourishes. Through the use of a hellish engine that goes where no one should, the crew of the Matilda slips its way between the two. But it all went pear-shaped once the Consortium seized them.

Revolution ignites on the edges of controlled space. Nightmarish creatures invade other systems. All while Jacquie and her crew remain powerless under the boot of the Consortium. And the thought on everyone’s mind is, where is Galena?

What does the organism within Galena want? Is there a chance Jacquotte Delahaye can find her friend when no one knows where she is? With a shot-to-hell Matilda in lockdown, is escape even possible?

Burn your sublight engines hot and blast into the fourth book of the series, Secret Matilda.

Literary Titan Book Awards December 2021

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

Gold Award Winners

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

Silver Award Winners

The World Between Us by Diane Farrugia

 

Visit the Literary Titan Book Awards page to see award information.

 

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