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Wilbur – Author Interview

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Wilbur Author Interview

Journey of 200 is an adventure thriller with some dark themes. What were some driving ideals behind Guillaume’s character’s development?

The people who were on his side, like his sisters, or friends. They treated him well. His enemies impacted his character, by abuse and mistreatment. New events also changed his character.

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

The important themes were companionship and hope. It was hope that drove Guillaume on this journey, along with companionship that helped Guillaume succeed.

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

Currently I’m not writing a second book, until this book succeeds.

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This book is about a boy named Guillaume and his two sisters Catherine and Madeline. The sisters are also his companions, and they are there for him. This book is about a long dangerous and intense journey on a path from India to China. The journey transforms the group’s hopes and dreams, and they acquire allies and enemies along the journey.

Instinct or Learned?

Instinct or Learned? by [E. Glenn Tickner]

Instinct or Learned? is a psychological thriller that brings us inside the mind of somebody with one of the rarest conditions known to man. The story begins with the Oklahoma City bombing. After losing two of his beloved family members, Erick Anderson begins to have horrible nightmares. Chalking it up to something along the lines of post-traumatic stress disorder, he visits a psychiatrist to find some relief. Dr. Jacob Gottlieb begins his treatment plan, seeing Erick weekly. Dr. Gottlieb, however, quickly realizes that this is more than just a case of typical night terrors. He uses hypnosis, his exceptional journalistic skills, and the help of a private investigator to slowly piece everything together. There is a battle going on for control of Erick’s mind, and it’s becoming ever clearer that he is not the only one who occupies it. Alongside his co-worker Dr. Jim Hanford and Erick’s beautiful wife Sophia, Dr. Gottlieb finds himself more exorcist than doctor, trying to dispel of an unwanted entity from within a man’s psyche. Even more terrifying, the personality slowly trying to take over Erick’s body has already committed a heinous crime.

Instinct or Learned? is a riveting thriller that keeps the reader fully engaged. The incorporation of historical events gives a very plausible feel to this historical fiction novel. It is believable while also being full of excitement. There are some genre-blurring ideas in the story that are seemingly based in science fiction and I really enjoyed how creative those ideas were and how vividly those ideas were presented in the story. It is clear that a lot of research was done by E. Glenn Tickner in preparation for this novel because the mystery at the heart of the story, as well as the breadcrumbs that lead readers to the center of it, is really well-throughout and the historical details serve to color the story all throughout.

While I was engrossed with the story, I would have appreciated more dynamic dialogue and a more palpable chemistry between the characters because what’s given is interesting, I just want to dive a bit deeper.

Instinct or Learned? is an enthralling medical thriller with elements of a noir-esque crime fiction story that gives this novel a unique feel that I rarely find in literature. The level of intrigue throughout this spellbinding suspense novel is off the charts. I was desperate to know what was going on and the slow reveal was entertaining.

Pages: 247 | ASIN: B08V8SXT3R

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Obligation To The Family – Book Trailer

The short mystery thriller novels in this series can be read as stand-alone books but we would recommend following the sequence and feeling the intense build-up as each of the murderers are introduced in Mr Davies, 1A Penn Road and Jay Deux. They all then meet up in the final book, The Gentleman.

The three murderers are tasked with an assassination and must work together to kill the target for the good of the family. But things do not go as planned. The target reveals a secret about the family and as a result… one of them ends up dead!

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Daemon Blood – Book Trailer

Our war will not unfold in your imaginary heaven. We will fight on Earth with human beings as pawns and weapons.

Lu Darlington is a seer, bound to the daemon Talion through ritual and blood. It’s not a role she enjoys, but she has little choice: daemons take what they want and destroy whoever stands in their way.

So Lu’s surprised when Talion doesn’t punish her for her newfound ability to keep him from possessing her whenever he likes. In fact he’s pleased. The stronger she is, he explains, the more powerful he becomes.

And he needs that power, because a war is brewing in the daemon world, a war that will be fought by—and through—humans.

Lu’s friend Lisa Duncan can’t see daemons but she’s seen what they can do and so has stayed far away from Lu for years. But after a bizarre attack on Lisa leaves half a man dead and she learns it’s only the first skirmish in the daemon war, Lisa realizes the safest place to be is with Lu.

Then Talion sends Lu away to teach her skills to another seer and Lisa must stay behind to look after Lu’s son Solly, conceived through a daemon ceremony with Talion. At four years old Solly’s seer abilities are already so strong Lisa is sometimes more afraid of Solly than for him.

As Talion’s enemies grow bolder, Lisa and Lu face attacks from every direction. There seems little hope any of them will survive—until Talion and his allies devise a plan.

The only problem is how much it will cost.

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Hot Shot

Solomon King has only ever done things one way- his way…much to the chagrin of his superiors. However, despite their frustrations, no one could deny that Solomon was one of the greatest assets to the Durham Police Department. He ends up assigned to a case involving a string of apparently random, accidental deaths, determined to prove their connection to each other and find the person behind it all. With little more to go on than some tenuous leads and a deep gut instinct, Solomon has to work against time and a police task force to solve a crime with no solid clues. But, if anyone can do it, Solomon King can.

Hot Shot by Wayne Daye is written in the solid tradition of hard-boiled crime thrillers. This suspenseful action novel reads like a fast-paced, cat-and-mouse game between a grizzled old detective and an unhinged killer. While the killer is introduced to the readers reasonably early on, watching Solomon and his partner trying to connect the dots and reach the same conclusion is both tense and exciting. Daye creates enough twists and turns to keep the story fresh while keeping things from ever getting too deep. Readers will enjoy following the clues and watching as Solomon analyzes facts and uses his intuition to make connections that other team members miss.

This intriguing story is a fun and enjoyable read. There were some editing challenges in parts where readers may have to slow down and reread a few lines, but overall this does not distract from the novel’s composition. The creativity of this unique storyline makes up for any missteps there may be in editing. Watching the mind of a star detective at work is always fascinating, and the killer was also a well-written and multi-faceted character who was fun to watch.

Hot Shot is a riveting crime mystery novel that lovers of detective stories will gravitate to. The character of Solomon makes this suspenseful thriller novel a must-read.

Pages: 217 | ASIN : B08T5X667Q

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The Gentleman – Book Trailer

Featured in: BBC Radio Leeds, Female First Magazine, Ujima Radio, Siren FM, Business Matters Magazine, Global Woman Magazine

This is Book 4, the last book in Series One.

The Gentleman is a short suspense thriller that asks the question: How far are you willing to self-sacrifice for an obligation to the family? In the last book in series one, all the previous killers meet up to plot a significant murder, but the final victim turns out to be very unexpected from the initial plan.

Keaton Fountayne is a Mastermind.

He has a vast capacity for understanding, thinking, and reasoning. He does not waste time with emotions, desires and wishful thinking. He is a gentleman that is methodical, logical and organised.

If you have a project that requires skilful directing or creative intelligence then there is no other person to call. As long as you have the funds and understand that once the game is in play, there are no take-backs.

The next book is Mrs Davies by CE Okwera which is Book 1 in Series 2

When Loyalty Is Betrayed

Joseph Lewis
Joseph Lewis Author Interview

Blaze In, Blaze Out follows two detectives that after putting away a crime lord are now in danger along with their families. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Up until Blaze, my books featured adolescent boys with cops as side characters. I wanted to change that up a bit and feature two/three cops that my readers enjoy. Pat O’Connor, Paul Eiselmann, and Jamie Graff. There is quite the back story on all three, and I wanted to explore that with the reader. I also wanted to give a shout out to law enforcement for their commitment, for sometimes putting the lives of others above their own. There were two spots in particular where that came out: Eiselmann’s inner dialogue about his family and the danger he and his family were in, and with O’Connor’s conversation late at night with Brian.

In previous books, there were mentions of hunting and fishing with the boys going on trips with those three cops. I used hunting and fishing as the backdrop for Blaze for several reasons, both subtle and not so subtle.

There were a lot of strong and dynamic characters in Blaze In, Blaze Out. What was your favorite character to write for and why?

Wow, great question! Trying to pick a favorite character is much like trying to determine who my favorite child is. Each is unique and special in their own way, much like my characters. However, if you had a gun to my head and asked that question, I would Brian because of the depth of the character. Having been a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator for 46 years and counting, I’ve come to know many, many kids struggling like Brian. Trying to find who they are and to be accepted for who they are. His strength, not so apparent to himself but to others, stands out.

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

I think the themes of loyalty, perseverance, family, love, and acceptance are important. They are themes all of us deal with daily. More importantly, to explore the reactions when loyalty is betrayed, when family and love are in conflict, and when acceptance is withheld. Those are themes near and dear to me, because I’ve witnessed these in my roles in education.

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

I am in the middle of a book tentatively titled, Fan Mail about a fan who takes it to the extreme. It explores some of the same themes in my other books, but as with my other books, there is a crime/thriller/mystery in it. I hope to have it available sometime in 2022.

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Working with a joint multi-law enforcement task force, Detective Pat O’Connor infiltrated a Ukrainian crime family. Headed by Dmitry Andruko. O’Connor and his control, Detective Paul Eiselmann were the lynchpins in the guilty verdict.

The two detectives thought it was over.

Eiselmann planned for a quiet weekend with his family at home. O’Connor planned on attending a high school soccer game and then head to Northern Wisconsin for a fishing trip with another cop, Detective Jamie Graff and four teenage, adopted brothers: George Tokay, Brian Evans, Brett McGovern, and Michael Two Feathers.

But Andruko is ruthless and vindictive. From his prison cell, he hires two contract killers to kill both O’Connor and Eiselmann and anyone else in the way. The killers can be anyone. The killers could be anywhere, and the killers could strike at any time.

The quiet weekend and the short vacation turn into a deadly nightmare as O’Connor’s and Eiselmann’s lives and the lives of the four boys are in peril.

If You Have A Dead Cereus Craving

Kira Seamon
Kira Seamon Author Interview

Dead Cereus follows a college student with a tendency to attract trouble including the witnessing of a murder. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Oh, thank you for this question! I do love answering it! As I explain in my afterword in the book, I visited the Wellesley College greenhouse complex every day in the winter of 2017. It occurred to me that a greenhouse could be a great setting for a mystery, and once I thought that, I persevered and wrote this cozy mystery overflowing with plants and flowers. The main complex at Wellesley College had five major rooms and a few student nurseries. So I kept the general layout of Wellesley College’s greenhouse as inspiration, but I added in many more rare tropical plants in my story. I always knew that I wanted it to be a “botanical murder”, without using a gun, or something like that, and that the murder should occur in the greenhouse. I wanted it to be a “botanical murder with a plant-based murder weapon”, as I also gave every character a botanical or plant name. I was trying to keep the botanical theme going in as many ways as I possibly could. I also wove in many “botanical jokes and puns”. I wouldn’t want to give away right here where the dead body is found, but suffice to say, it is in a “botanical place”. The placement of the dead body is a highlight at that point in the novel and my editor told me she’s almost 100% sure no one ever did that before, so she thought it was a cool addition to the botanical theme running throughout the book.

What were some driving ideals behind Holly’s character development?

This is such a great question! Holly seems to me very open to input from other people. She can be headstrong at times and once she gets the bit between her teeth, she has a hard time letting go. However, I think she has an endearing quality of being open to input from other people and not disappointing people who mean a lot to her is very important to Holly. Holly’s mentor, Heather, is always trying to encourage her to “be the best version of Holly that she can be.” Subconsciously, Holly is taking it all in. She is very impulsive and has a hard time controlling her outsized emotions, but she is striving to be her best self and wants to make people she cares about proud of her. William is her kryptonite. She literally is crushed by any disapproval from him, and he in turn, also is a mentor to Holly, as well as her boyfriend. He has very high expectations of her, as he knows she is a formidable young woman with a ton of potential. He also knows that her emotions get the best of her and he tries to teach her better ways of coping when it’s crunch time. She is very lucky to have people invested in her character development. She knows this as well, and does strive to learn, nay, grow from her mistakes!

Was there anything from your own life that you put into the characters in your novel?

Haha, this is a great question, because my editors and beta-readers who know me in real life absolutely think I am Holly! So…is Holly me? Well, I do remember when I was 20-24 years old, and I was developing as a new adult, I experienced my emotions very strongly. I would be extremely crushed by disappointments and extremely elated by positive events. My mother was my mentor and she taught me to try not to take everything so seriously…or is it “cereusly”? Haha! So thinking back on how I felt at 20-24, I remembered my own out-sized emotions and thought they could be great for Holly. Holly’s emotions leap off the page and she becomes very vivid to readers.

With William, the inspiration for him came from a trusted dance partner I used to dance with for a couple of years. We had an amazing bond that was almost instinctual. By “instinctual” I mean a bond that almost defies explanation, but is the most amazing closeness to another human being that you can ever find. It’s trusting them instantly without even knowing why and literally being able to read their thoughts. William reads Holly like a book and as he says, “Baby, nothing, I mean nothing, is getting between us. You and I are an inseparable team. There’s no daylight between us.” So I think there are definitely aspects from my own life and experiences that found their way into the book.

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

I am pleased to say that I am continuing the Dead Cereus cozy mystery series and am also developing a Dead Cereus romance series! In this book, William and Holly have known each other for two years. Wouldn’t you like to know how they met? I certainly would…and I have actually no clue right now. William and Holly will have to tell me how they met, (I just bet that is a riveting story!), and then I will write it up and publish it for all of us to read. I hope to release the new books in the spring. If you have a Dead Cereus craving and need more, I got you! More books are on the way!

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Holy holly berries! Holly Jackson creates shenanigans on the Olympic level. This mischievous charmer has found herself in many strange messes, but this one takes the carrot cake!
When the rare night-blooming cereus plant is scheduled to open its petals at Shellesby College’s Night Lights Gala, Holly is there-and so is a killer. Events unfold that not only place her scholarship on the line, but also her life…and that of her rival.  Holly finds herself racing the clock to save her arch nemesis, secure her scholarship, and catch a murderer… if she can!
Filled with humor, breathtaking tropical plants, and foods that will make your stomach growl, this is an epic romance and a fantastic, unique mystery rolled into one hilarious story. With all the feels, this novel can’t help but implant itself in your heart and grow into one of your favorite reads. Kira Seamon is the debut author with the killer imagination.
Dead Cereus earned FIRST PLACE in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in the romance category.
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