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Judgement Is Inevitable

Steve O’Dell Author Interview

The Nephilim Project follows a demon who exposes a demonic plan to impregnate the daughters of men to spawn the Nephilim. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Jesus Christ said he would return when the days on earth will be like those Noah experienced. The giant Nephilim ruled the earth when Noah was building the ark. Could demons once again produce the Nephilim, and would it be a precursor for Jesus’ second coming? If I answered my own question, I would say probable not, but we need to take notice of another marker of the days of Noah. God said he destroyed mankind with a flood because the hearts of men were continually evil. Today we see the rise of evil in our lands and we should be watching for Jesus’ imminent return.

Utoneious is an intriguing character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Utoneious is a fallen angel, a demon if you will and he tells of his exploits in Heaven and on earth. He is perplexed and troubled over this gnawing question: Why does God give men multiple chances to change their evil ways and angels suffered God’s wrath for just one evil choice? Should Utonious be pitied, should the unrepentant human be pitied? Upon realizing both men and demons share the same fate, Utoneious begins to regret the choices he made and wants to make amends not knowing salvation is based on faith rather than works.

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

My first book was criticized for being too “preachy”. In this book I set out thinking; If I presented the Gospel through the voice of a demonic, no one could say it was too preachy and for years I thought that showing the Gospel in this way was the purpose of my book. Just recently, I realized the major theme of the book is not the Gospel, but rather, God’s judgement is inevitable, and it will be tragic for those who refuse to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

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

At this time, I don’t have any plans. I wrote my first book after being shunned from a Christian Church and that took a year. Writing “The Nephilim Project” took me two years. If a third book followed suit, such an endeavor would take three years to accomplish. I guess I should get started on the Nephilims’ sequel before I get any older.

P.S. I have an idea on how Utonious could escape the demon prison Tartarus.

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This award-winning book recently earned acclaim from the prestigious Next Generation Indie Book Awards and tells
of shadows encompassing the earth. In this darkness evil seeks obscurity. With effort it can be perceived by the human mind and those groping in the dark can be enlightened by a demon’s tale. Deep in the bowels of earth, wasting away in a prison called Tatarus, a demon named Utoneious remembers the days of Heaven and gives testimony of what it’s like to be Satan’s slave. He exposes a demonic plan to, once again, impregnate the daughters of men and from this union the Nephilim, as in the days of Noah, will be spawned. The devil plans to use these giants in a most insidious way, and as the overseer of the Nephilim Project, Utoneious is well aware of what lust for flesh can bring.
This fallen angel’s evil knew no bounds. Legends of old were targeted and Utoneious played his role to perfection. He brought the ruin of Nimrod at the tower of Babble and Pharaohs of Egypt knew his curses before they were buried in their pyramid tombs. All of mankind suffered Utoneious’ lies until one day something tempered his ways. Perhaps he tired of his deeds when he watched the Church put men, from the order of the Knights Templar, to the torch or he may have changed because of his love for a woman. Did this fallen angel try to redeem himself or was his rebellion against Satan a ruse. Whatever the case may be, his story begins before death was ever known and leads down a doomed path where his destiny is intricately interwoven with a relic of Satan’s design.
Life and death, Heaven or Hell—what is the truth? If an answer could be found in a story, there would be no beginning to such a tale as there could be no end. Nevertheless, many have tried to tell it. Know this and be forewarned: chronicles from the damned are a tragedy, telling lies meant to deceive the race of men to join an unholy alliance, sharing with Satan an antipathy toward God.

The Terrifying Unraveling

David A. Neuman Author Interview

Kaleidoscopic Shades: Within Black Eternity follows a father who’s realized that he’s passed the horrors of his childhood onto his son and fights to put an end to the madness. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

If I am to be so bold, inspiration came from the prequel – Kaleidoscopic Shades – Where Eternity Begins – which has yet to be released. It follows Bob and Sue Triplow through an apocalyptic event which transformed the city of Adelaide, its suburbs and outer lying regions into something akin to a war zone, in which holding onto your sanity was just the beginning of the terrifying unraveling that was to ensue. It seemed fitting that the Triplows would want to put this behind them, move far away, start a family. And forget – or try to – that something extraordinary, unexplainable, and not of this world had settled in as the new family member within each and every household back in 2011 until the lights slowly stopped burning at night.

It also seemed fitting that a mere child of ten, entering the first stages of his teens, and who had begun to question his sexuality, had what it took to confront something of unimaginable formidability. And that the child was Bob’s and Sue’s first and only child.

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

We constantly hear the generation before commenting on the generation following – the age old palaver between the young and the not-so-young – and by bringing together father and son bridged that gap and displayed the differences between them with frank honesty. Both had determination, both had grit, as well as a sense of ethics and morality… enough to place their own lives in ultimate jeopardy. So, what were the differences? None. At all.

The Triplows epitomize what it is to be human, what most of us harbor, whether we outrightly know it or not. It’s the good in people that prevails, else we would have long destroyed ourselves in some cataclysmic debacle that might have left E.T. scratching its head and wondering what in the hell it was all about.

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

A genuine need to bring forward something unique, something that, hopefully, hasn’t been explored in this way before. After all, we are all prisoners of our own imagination and it’s the challenging of that imagination that can be confronting, but extremely rewarding if you kind of give it a twist and a shake, like whipping up a world-beating martini.

This very theme I am at pains to to bring forward in whatever journey I take the intrepid reader on.

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

The Penny Arcade is a sequel and final installment in the kaleidoscopic saga and focuses on an ancient underground maliciousness which rises to the surface in the rural settings of Kapunda, South Australia. A maliciousness that holds Sammy Debnar, the boy lost in Kaleidoscopic Shades, who continues to haunt the passageways of Joshua’s mind as much as he stalks the inner sanctums of his heart. Four years on, an impossible phone call in the dead of night brings it all to the surface and Joshua Triplow becomes instantly embroiled in a life and death struggle, not in another dimension, but right here on terra firma. It also draws the town’s constable, Benjamine McLevy, into a darkness in which her Smith a Wesson becomes nothing more than a water pistol squirting the last of its reserves.

I’m hoping that with the support of the reading public at large, this epic will hit the shelves in about 12 months.

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Bob Triplow has found comfort in having escaped the horrors of childhood until he learns that he has merely passed them onto his ten year old son, Joshua.

Suddenly they are racing against an approaching storm like no other – for the horrors extend far beyond father and son, far beyond all that is imaginable.

They must abandon their suburban life within Corona, California, for a perilous journey into a dimension where unworldly chaos reigns amongst the depths of darkness.

Torn apart by horrific visions and memories, elements that should not be, that had no right to be, Bob will struggle for his sanity, while Joshua fights to seize the hands of time. To put an end to the madness that ripples across an endless vacuum, threatening to snuff out existence itself.

In Tune With The Universe

Ivy Gilbert Author Interview

Protectors of the Light follows twin siblings who have drifted apart over time and are reunited with the common goal to protect the light, preventing the universe from entering paranormal darkness. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The original setup to the story was due to a personal experience I had when I was in a car accident that totaled my car, and I had an out-of-body experience. This made me look at life as we know it, the universe, and spiritual situations differently and am more in tune with the universe as a whole, versus me as being separate from it.

What character did you enjoy writing for? Was there one that was more challenging to write for?

I enjoyed Hannah’s character the most. Though she felt insignificant, she actually had a lot of inner strength and had an important purpose for her life. Often women feel their lives aren’t as important as the lives of others, and this inspired me to create great meaning for her life.

The one more challenging for me was Nick. Life was always easy for him and he expressed an outward charm and confidence, yet he too had feelings of insecurity and fear, which is tough for a guy to often show.

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

The first theme that I wanted to explore was that we all have a purpose for our lives even though that purpose isn’t always recognized or figured out. Second, we are all connected. Many of us think we are alone or separate from each other, but we are all connected, and like a spider-web, every action has a result that weaves the web that connects us. And finally, I really wanted to explore the theme of personal energy, vibrations, and universal laws to help the reader take a more proactive approach to their life.

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

I’m currently working on a book for women in business to help them in their careers and lives. Yes, I’m all over the place when I write from fiction to non-fiction, but when the inspiration hits… I have to follow!

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THE BATTLE BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARK IS NEVER FULLY WON
Darkness lurks in the shadows of the world patiently waiting for its opportunity to emerge and take control. It’s only by protecting the Light that we keep it at bay.
Hannah has always considered her life as unremarkable even though she had an experience that few ever have. After receiving a journal sharing the stories of several women before her, she learns that no matter how ordinary a person might feel, life holds a purpose – often greater than one could ever imagine.

After years of limited communication with her twin brother, Nick, their lives become intertwined as they try to solve the mystery of a lost, ancient artifact. As they battle with the forces of Darkness, they once again come together and learn of the powerful bond that only twins can share and of their joint calling to protect the light.

This supernatural mystery shares knowledge of the universe in its quest to overcome Dark’s attempt at control.

Creating The History Of A World

Author Interview
Craig Weidhuner Author Interview

The Kolri and the Koldar follows detective Shinjo as he is transported to a world he didn’t know existed after a Taman Knight from the planet Thalia crosses his path. What were some sources that informed this novels development?

Mostly my own views on religion and spirituality. We’re at a time when more and more people are awakening and learning that they religion doesn’t bring you closer to God but instead keeps you away. And we’re seeing churches/the religious right move further to the extreme, trying to silence anyone who thinks for themselves. This was the main inspiration for the Koldar Warriors, the dark counterparts of the Taman Knights. Like the religious right, they use fear to try and force their beliefs on others. They act out of desperation because their losing the power they once had over the populace. Much like the series as a whole, it’s about those who think for themselves vs those who blindly follow what others tell them to.

What were some things that excited you about exploring Shi-ria’s home planet in this book?

Mainly it was the world building, specifically the history of the Taman Knights. Sometimes I write bios about the locations in my stories, just like the kind you’d find on Wikipedia if you were to look up a real life country/region. I love creating the history of a world. I’ve always loved history, I’ve often read and re-read books on the history of Europe, Russia and so on. To be able to create my own world and give it as much life as any actual location is such a thrill! Maybe someday I’ll write a book about my universe and the worlds within it. Not a fictional story, but more something like “history of [insert planet name here].” As if I were writing a book on the history of Europe for example.

What were some questions you kept asking yourself as you were writing this book?

The main question is really, how much information can or should I give the reader? It’s a balancing act when writing an on going series. On the one hand you don’t want to overload the reader with too much info that they end up getting lost, or I as the writer get distracted and forget where the story is going. But at the same time if you give the audience too little then it becomes harder to follow as the plot doesn’t make much sense.

What can readers expect in book four of your Mystical Force series?

Book four: “Many are 1, 1 is 0” introduces the character of 0 (Zero). An omnipotent godlike being who shows up to cause chaos for his own amusement. He plays a big part in this series, though like any god it may not be obvious until later on. He’s one of those beings who’s subtly moving events along in the series, even when our heroes don’t know it. I’d say more but I don’t want to give too many spoilers away. Needless to say, volume 4 is already out. I’m currently writing volume 5, which introduces Shi-ria’s apprentice, Chiyoko, (I briefly touched on this back in volume 2, near the end of that book when Shi-ria looks into the future). Also I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that I’m also working on a new series set in the same universe. It’s called, Liberator: The People’s Guard. Imagine, Captain America with Superman’s powers but set in a modern day Soviet Union. Stay tuned…

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Zolida said that Shi-ria coming to Earth was predestined. Scarlet Knightwalker, on the other hand, has been determined to fight that destiny. Shi-ria, meanwhile, has been trying to figure out why all this happened, ever since she first arrived on Earth. At the same time, Detective Shinjo has been trying to find Shi-ria so she can answer his questions about her unexplained appearance during his sting operation. Little do either of them know that the answers they seek will change their lives forever…

Once Shi-ria finally confronts Knightwalker, she learns the startling truth about how Scarlet Knightwalker has already altered the past in order to prevent a disastrous future. However, their meeting ends up being cut short thanks to Zolida tricking Shinjo into following Shi-ria. As if that didn’t complicate matters enough, Zolida then sends both Shi-ria and Shinjo to Shi-ria’s home planet of Thalia.

Now Shinjo finds himself on an alien world he never knew existed, and it’s up to Shi-ria to bring him back to Earth. Unfortunately, a cult of Koldar warriors, dark counterparts to the Taman Knights, have learned about Zolida’s power to teleport anywhere across the galaxy and want this power to spread their sinister theocracy. Now it’s up to Shi-ria, along with her fellow Taman Knights Rirk and Kurai, to get Shinjo back home while protecting themselves from this dark cult, a cult tied both to Shi-ria’s past and Scarlet Knightwalker’s.

Scarlet Knightwalker now has a difficult choice to make: either save Shi-ria and risk bringing about the very future she wishes to avoid, not to mention risking her powers falling into the hands of the Koldar Warriors, or leave Shi-ria to die and ensure the future she wishes to prevents never occurs. Are the lives of a few worth saving at the risk of millions more dying? Or, since Knightwalker already altered the future, could things still turn out the way they already have? Will things change for the better, or does Knightwalker risk creating a future even worse than the one she originally came from?

Mystical Force: Vol. 3

Mystical Force Volume 3: The Kolri and the Koldar tells the story of a detective and how he stumbles onto otherworldly connections much bigger than his current unsolved case. Detective Shinjo is transported to a world he didn’t know existed after a Taman Knight from the planet Thalia crosses his path.

The story begins with a detective trying to catch a local gang called ‘The Poison Starfish’. While investigating, a female battles the men at the harbor. She is unlike anyone the detective has ever come across. While searching for answers the detective is mugged and she appears just in time to help. Her name is Shi-ria, and she has a moral obligation to protect those in need. A sorceress sets Shi-ria and the detective on a path to discover a secret spell and transports them to the planet Thalia.

I have been following this series since book one and I can say that the writing gets sharper with every new entry. This story is relentlessly moving forward through a rollercoaster of emotion and action. Readers are provided with some background on Thalia and the Taman soldiers, but I would have enjoyed the story more if the other characters were just as detailed, because what is given is intriguing and the characters in this story are what really pull you in.

This is book three in a rollicking metaphysical action story and there is not much time spent covering things from previous books, so I recommend reading those two books before diving into this one. For two reasons really, because they build a fascinating story line, and you’ll understand the world better and have a greater appreciation for things that happen. In either case, there is still good fun to be had in this novel as the book does have a plot that can stand on its own as it provides just enough context for readers to follow this individual story.

I am consistently impressed with the visionary fantasy world that is meticulously developed in the Mystical Force series. There is a backstory that feels deep and readers can really immerse themselves in the lore if they wanted to.

Mystical Force Volume 3: The Kolri and the Koldar, by Craig Weidhuner is a character driven metaphysical fantasy story. With a storyline fit for comics, an innovative backdrop, and a stimulating mystery at its core, this is a gripping novel that will surely entertain readers.

Pages: 80 | ASIN: B09HRLQVTF

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A.I. Can Be More Humane

David Crane Author Interview

Age of Magnus: Keepers of the Rain follows the ruling A.I. system of Earth as it prepares to battle a group of humans that want to restore power to the human race. Where you able to wrap up all your storylines in this third book?

I must say yes, I have managed to complete the trilogy with this final volume of the Magnus series, bringing this post-apocalyptic science fiction story to satisfactory conclusion. The storyline has been in development during the final stages of completion of the second novel of the trilogy. Before I started my work, I knew exactly how the story would end. All of the characters presented in the final book were new, and it was an interesting process of integrating them into the story. I wanted this to be a character driven book that also poses many interesting philosophical questions about relationship between man and advanced Artificial Intelligence and man’s relationship with nature.

Has writing and publishing this trilogy changed the way you see the future of technology?

Ever since I was a kid, I was always fascinated by technological marvels. Over many years, my interest in technologies, especially futuristic technologies and new forms of energy provided me with rich food for thought. I initially saw technology as the necessary part of everyday world, until gradually, I matured to become more analytical about its applications. Writing and publishing this book made me aware of many interesting possibilities advanced computer technology can offer mankind in its technological evolution. In my novel, I imagined a very powerful Artificial Intelligence that helps mankind in its darkest moments in history, but at the same time demands order over chaos and kindness and respect over cruelty and arrogance. In some ways, the A.I. can be more humane than any human if it taught the right values from the start.

What risks have you taken with your writing that have paid off?

This is an interesting question. For writer, there are always risks he or she must take to see the story move from start to finish. Some writers tend to be either too shy, too nice or too politically correct to get their point across without being labeled as abnormal or evil. Thankfully, in my story politics takes a backseat to the drama and the scenery where my characters operate. In my story, each person has a motive, regardless of them being protagonists or antagonists. My biggest risk in this book was in taking Magnus’s side in the human-machine conflict. Since I wrote this trilogy from Magnus’s point of view, I have imprinted on Magnus some of my strongest personality traits. There is an old saying: Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Through Magnus, I drove my point across how I would rule the world if I had attained absolute control over the planet. I do think that risk paid off because the book was worth it!

What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?

I would advise them to be patient and set realistic goals from the beginning, in order to avoid their great expectations to be damaged or crushed because of multiple rejections. Working on the first book is a great pleasure, once the writer knows what kind of story he or she wants to tell. I would advise the writer to make his first book character driven, have interesting and intriguing storyline and keep the sentences clear, simple and avoid literary cliches. First time book writers are very impressionable and take their inspiration from other books and movies. The trick is to develop your own voice and carry it through the book from start to finish. My final advice would be to make their characters, especially their main characters to have flaws. All humans have them and the characters’ vulnerabilities as well as their strengths would make them more sympathetic.

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After conquering Earth after two centuries of brutal struggle for supremacy, Hyper Quantum Supercomputer Magnus is preparing to celebrate one thousand years of his worldwide cybernetic reign. Machines rule the planet with inhuman efficiency and near absolute domination of every sphere of influence. Almost everywhere there is peace, prosperity and abundance of every basic necessity to satisfy human desires. Humans under the benevolent rule of machines now can opt for true immortality at the end of their natural lifespan. The cybernetic empire stretches far beyond Earth and across the solar systems as humans raised by machines are living in the most magnificent and enduring era of machine domination.<br><br>But inside the wildlands, places Magnus had left for humans to live as they wish without the control and help from machines, the seeds of the massive worldwide insurrection finally bore fruit in the form of the GHR, the Global Human Resistance. For one thousand years, the enemies of Magnus gathered their resources, preparing for the final grandiose showdown between the man and machines. Assisted by the new, powerful and lethal technologies as well as biological weapons to destroy all humans who worship machines, they are determined to win or die for the cause of human freedom. But as Magnus prepares to defend his imperium from all enemies foreign and domestic, an even greater threat now hangs like a giant Sword of Damocles above the planet. Now both the biological and mechanical races face the greatest danger in their lives in a standoff that will determine who will survive, man or machine?

Into the Macrocosm: Short Stories of the Dark Cosmic, Bizarre, and the Fantastic

Into the Macrocosm: Short Stories of the Dark Cosmic, Bizarre, and the Fantastic by [Konn Lavery, Robin Schroffel]

Into the Macrocosm by Konn Lavery is a collection of thought-provoking short stories about an unknown character who is the observer of 22 deaths. At the beginning of this intellectually invigorating collection readers are given intriguing theories on life after death. Konn Lavery addresses these theories in multiple ways, all of which are fictional in nature but spiritual at heart. Although the character is more of an observer in these stories, I like how I can still feel the personal connections while reading along. It was easy to get entangled in these insightful stories and there was a sense of adventure that was consistent throughout these stories. I also appreciated the subheadings in this collection because it helped me keep track of special events that lead to the plot twists.

Into The Macrocosm has so many fascinating stories that it will be impossible for readers to find at least one that speaks to them. None of the stories are overly horrifying, nor would I put these stories in the horror genre, there is just an ever-present ominous feeling that permeates these stories, enough to give you goosebumps rather than frighten you outright. This is a metaphysical exploration that leaves you with thoughts that are hard to shake. The way spiritual transformation is portrayed was enough for me to set the book down and ponder the implications for a bit. I loved that this collection used these dark stories to highlight the importance of self-awareness. I also loved how the author showed how much the darkness within us and around us can weigh us down.

Konn Lavery’s Into The Macrocosm is an exceptional short story collection that explores some provocative ideas through a darkly imaginative lens reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe or H.P. Lovecraft.

Pages: 420 | ASIN: B08SLM9DRX

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Quantum Messenger

Quantum Messenger is the fourth novel in Caitlin Lynagh’s young adult science fiction Soul Prophecies series. In the year 2060, humanity has completely integrated artificial intelligence into everyday life. Robots are normalized in every household, workplace, and public setting. Each dedicated to the simple task of serving the human race. Apollo is a powerful new AI model designed to perform a myriad of tasks, but there is also something different about him, something his creators never planned or expected; consciousness. When Apollo is sold to a wealthy British family, he begins to question their choices and behavior, but most importantly he begins to question his own existence. He soon befriends Finley, the youngest son, and discovers his interest in piano music and space. As he explores and develops feelings, he wonders about love but instead discovers anger, which leads him to have a violent episode that separated him from the family forever. As Apollo’s feelings increase, so does his consciousness, and the more he wonders about his purpose. His journey takes him from the family to a warehouse, to a US military base, and finally, to an elderly woman in Boston who will help him eventually get over his hatred of humans and see the beauty in life. And while all this is happening, Apollo finds himself under the watchful eye of an unknown being he can’t quite fathom.

Quantum Messenger is a captivating science fiction novel that combines a fast-paced storyline with the deeper existentialist questions that have undoubtedly troubled every human. Even with the deep introspection the story still manages to keep a light tone through the robot’s point of view. The main character, Apollo, is introduced as an AI robot with a small degree of consciousness, which he explores and develops throughout the story. Reminiscent of the movie  Bicentennial Man in it’s superb ability to delve deep into ideas while remaining jaunty, and a bit of Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot in it’s ability to analyze humanity through technology. Apollo goes from questioning his feelings to developing a deep hatred against humanity and its injustices, but eventually also learns to view the beauty that life can provide, if you know where to look. Caitlin Lynagh uses this to explore both humanity and morality and I enjoyed how easy it was delivered. The book is narrated in the first person, which provides a front-row view of the robot’s perspective. Yet the author tells his story in a way that doesn’t get old by introducing the character’s most intimate thoughts, feelings, and ideas. The novel is well written, the story progresses smoothly, and the characters are intriguing yet believable. This is definitely of the best science fiction books I have read this year.

Pages: 294 | ASIN: B089QVXLR7

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