Meet Author Francis Mill!

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Francis Mills is the author of the Xanthus, a fantasy based triology that follows the adventures of  a blade wielding barbarian as he battles against the evil sorcery of Diablo in the distant realm of Pangaea! Read more about his life and work below.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing a diary for seven years. I was more into music and art for most of my life. I only decided to start writing Fantasy in May 2016!

What is your most recent literary/artistic project? 
I published the book ‘Lillith’ on September 3rd 2016. It’s the third book in the ‘Adventures Of Xanthus’ series I’m working on.

What inspires you to write? 
All the stuff I grew up with: 80’s and 90’s cartoons, Megadrive and Playstation games, and Heavy Metal music. In addition to that, escaping from the rules and confines of this world we live in is always great. Inside your imagination you are free to do whatever you want!

Who is your favorite author and why? 
The team who created the Transformers cartoon in the 80’s. The whole thing is sword and sorcery but with robots. When I was a kid, I was in another dimension when I use to watch it. That is what I want to do with my books, create another world that is an escape from this one.

What advice can you give to other authors or writers? 
Writing a book is only the beginning! You have to keep finding ways to promote it! If you don’t believe in it who will? You have to keep it alive, keep pushing it!
Where can readers go to find out more information about your work?

My Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/Francis-Mills/e/B01KJMD6C2/

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Book Review: Finding Amelia by Lynsey Howell

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If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Amelia Earhart, then climb aboard the “1927 Travel Air 4000” and take flight with this fun and wildly imaginative book. Written by Lynsey Howell, Finding Amelia gives readers a bird’s eye view into the life of the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the mystery surrounding her disappearance.  Not only will readers be captivated the beautiful mosaic of vibrant illustrations found throughout this book, but readers will  appreciate how the author’s personal experience as a pilot influences the vocabulary found within the text.
The book begins by following a young girl by the name of Sara and her side kick, Zulu, as they take their first ever open cockpit, bi-plane ride.  Their plane takes off uneventfully; however, something peculiar happens.  What began as a tour across the ocean later becomes a magical journey through time, where they meet Amelia Earhart and learn that her legacy is a gift that she left behind.
Although fictitious, this story has a lot of educational value and is appropriate for young readers.  Teachers can implement this story as an anticipatory text to generate a discussion about the famous aviator and as an informal assessment to gauge students’ prior knowledge.  As well, a comparative analysis can be done between fiction and nonfiction genres.  Here, teachers can use the text along with a biography to explore author’s purpose, helping students distinguish between the factual evidence surrounding Amelia’s disappearance versus the assumptions.

Publishing News

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DATA DRIVEN PUBLISHER INKITT LAUNCHES IOS APP

Inkitt empowers readers and publishers to discover world’s next best sellers

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BERLIN, NOVEMBER 16, 2016: Inkitt, the world’s first algorithm-based book publisher, is introducing an iOS app for iPhone and iPad available to readers globally today.

In less than 2 years from launch, Inkitt has attracted over 700,000 unique readers: the iOS app will give book lovers and publishers greater access to Inkitt’s digital library of over 80,000 stories by up-and-coming authors.

“As more people read digitally we want to make it easier and faster for people to access great literature wherever they are, whether on the go or relaxing at home,” says Inkitt’s Founder and CEO, Ali Albazaz. “Inkitt’s iOS app will better enable emerging authors to share their work with test readership groups and give readers globally the opportunity to turn the page on one of the world’s next best sellers.”

Key features include:

  • Access to 80,000 stories in every genre: fantasy, sci-fi, romance, thriller, horror, adventure, action and more
  • Personalized suggestions: hand-picked novels based on reader’s preferences
  • App customization according to user preferences (e.g. font size, colors)
  • Online/Offline: readers can save novels to their offline library to access them without an internet connection

For more information, click here.

 

Meet Duncan Milne

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Imagine being able to travel back in time so that you could go to any rock ‘n’ roll concert in history, anywhere in the world.
Now imagine discovering that rock ‘n’ roll actually “died” in 1984 and that you and your best friend are the only people who can save it!
That’s exactly what author Duncan Milne has done in his latest novel, “And Then They Ruined Everything,” the second book in his trilogy “The Death of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
The boys, Kenn Ramsleyer and Sid Itious, trace the decline of rock ‘n’ roll to the theft of a bootleg concert tape in 1984. Now they must travel back in time, once more, to retrieve the cassette and return it to its rightful owners. But to do that they’ll need to take on some of biggest counter-culture celebrities of the 1980s. Sid’s new girlfriend isn’t quite what she appears to be either–though he is too blinded by love to see it at first… (Excerpt )
Read the author’s interview below.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve always written, but since 2011 I started a transition from writing legal briefs and research papers to writing something that people might actually want to read. The real impetus to this chapter of my writing came through a flash of inspiration and one of my many sarcastic remarks.
As it happened, I was working as a lawyer in Australia when I was handed a contract to review. At that same time, I was told that they needed it “for last week”, my response was, “right, if I could travel through time your contract wouldn’t be the first thing on my ‘To Do’ list.” Later that day, I was bitterly recounting the story to the local barista (she had commented that I looked grumpy, which wasn’t unusual for where I was presently working), she laughed and asked “what would you do if you could time travel?” The answer was to travel to rock ‘n’ roll shows that I never saw. She’s in a local band and we both roared with laughter. “What a great idea for a book,” she said. When I got home that night I started drafting. That manuscript became “The Death of Rock’n’Roll, The Impossibility of Time Travel, and Other Lies”. I’ve now finished the second book of what will become a four book series.
What is your most recent literary/artistic project?
I’ve just published the second book in the Death of Rock’n’Roll series, “And Then They Ruined Everything”.
In addition to this series, I’m working on a novel set in Sydney, a collection of unrelated short stories, and co-authoring a non-fiction book about sports performance.
What inspires you to write? 
The human condition is the source of most of my inspiration. There is a tremendous amount of conflict and tension that we co-exist with. I enjoy exploring this relationship, while trying to make sense of it in a meaningful and hopefully inspiration (or at least motivating) manner.
Who’s your favorite author and why? 
Favorite. Hmmmm. I don’t really believe in a ‘best in class’ sort of assessment of anything, so I’ve got a list of ‘go to’ authors.  I like courageous authors who are willing to take a reader somewhere unexpected.  These are also the writers who delve into the human condition and inspire my own writing.
Currently Ransom Riggs is at the top of list with his Miss Peregrine series. I’ve rushed through reading the series and now I’m circling back to take it slowly.
Rounding out the (current) collection is:
  • Italo Calvino (Invisible Cities, Cosmicomics);
  • Arturo Pérez-Reverte (Queen of the South, Saville Communion, Club Dumas, Captain Alatriste series);
  • Michel Faber (Under The Skin);
  • Giles Foden (Last King of Scotland, Turbulence) and
  • Christopher Moore (Bite Me, Dirty Job, You Suck)
What advice can you give to other authors or writers? 
Try to find small group of people to read your work. People who’ll be honest, but supportive, about your prose, the direction the story is taking, the characters, the language, the jokes, the emotion, everything. I’ve had a number of re-writes because I’ve been told, “I hate this; I know what you’re trying to say, but it doesn’t work.” Conversely, I’ve had input from people who’ve uncovered things that were unintended, but the feedback then lead me to explore that theme more. You write for yourself, but others read your work. It’s important that it makes sense to both sets of eyes.
Where can readers go to find out more information about your work?
The easiest place to find my writing is my website: http://www.Duncan-Milne.com
I regularly post news as well as short stories or samples that I’m working on.  Additionally, there are links to the Elm Grove Publishing where there are other interesting works and samples of novels.
Additionally, I’m on Facebook  —> https://www.facebook.com/TheyRuinedEverything/

Meet Kevin McAllion

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Moristoun, which is a black comedy that speculates about the afterlife for Scottish suicide victims. People are banished to Moristoun when they take their own lives and they stay there in perpetuity until they attain the wisdom and understanding to move to a higher realm. The main character, a lawyer named William Hughes, has been there for 200 years but finds out he might be able to escape if he volunteers to help modern-day Scots avoid suicide back in the real world.
He is charged with saving a hopeless loser called McSorely and decides to bring him back to Moristoun as his legal assistant in a bid to boost his self-esteem. In the book McSorely slowly learns about the warped reality of Moristoun and falls in love with the bar maid at the local pub, who is the only other mortal on the island as she was brought there by Buchan as a baby when her mum died by suicide. Their fates then become darkly linked together.
Read the author’s interview below.

 How long have you been writing?
I have been working as sports journalist since I was 19 years old, which is now sadly 19 years ago. Since then I’ve written and edited for a range of newspapers and magazines in Scotland. In terms of fiction, I’ve been writing for about 10 years on and off. I started writing Moristoun, my debut novel, in 2012 and it was finally released earlier this year.
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What is your most recent literary/artistic project?
I’ve just started writing a second novel, which is set in Thailand, where I lived for 18 months between 2002 and 2004. In addition to that, I continue to amuse myself by writing more stories for my website rhesuspark.com, which is perhaps the only spoof, online monkey park in the world (although with some of the wacky things you see on the internet, it is a claim I can’t make with much certainty).
What inspires you to write?
Mainly a desire to amuse myself. I like playing with language to create situations that are funny or ridiculous. Since the birth of my daughter Jennifer, who is now three years old, I’m also motivated by a desire to give her something to remember me by, even when I she is old and I have long since shuffled my mortal coil. Every year since she has been born, I have written about all the things we have done together in a private diary so she can get a glimpse of what she was like when she was younger. I can’t remember anything about my early years, bar a couple of hazy memories, and it would have been great to read about all the things I did as a toddler.
Who’s your favorite author and why? 
Gunter Grass had the biggest influence on me as the Tin Drum opened my eyes to a completely different style of writing. Grass created a totally unique world and although he bent the rules of reality you still believed everything that happened to little Oskar. I need to thank my brother Danny for introducing me to his work. I read his biography a few years ago and it was fascinating to see how his own experiences shaped many of the scenes that ended up in the book. He lived through a remarkable period in history and managed to channel so many of the horrific things he saw during World War II into creating a masterpiece.
What advice can you give to other authors or writers? 
Set aside a specific time every day to write. The only reason I managed to get Moristoun finished was because I got up at 7am every day and made sure I wrote something for at least an hour before starting the rest of my day. I’ve lapsed out of this habit since the birth of my daughter and that has slowed down my attempts at another book. I’d also recommend sticking to your own style and not trying to mimic any other authors. Try to be unique and to write about something that has never been tackled before. The last thing I want to read about is another grizzled detective who sometimes bends the rules but always gets results.
Where can readers go to find out more information about your work?
The Moristoun website, http://www.moristoun.com, has links for buying the book, reviews and more information about me and Moristoun.
There is also a Moristoun Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Moristoun/) while you can find me on Twitter @Moristoun and @kevmcallion.

Book Review: Nurture Your Being by Stephen Boshoff

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If you are interested in the writings of Deepak Chopra and Neale Donald Walsch, then you might appreciate some of the enduring values found within the pages of Nurture Your Being.  Written by Stephen Boshoff, this pint size book packs quite a punch.  In short form, it provides an introduction to the art of self care.  The author gives advice on how to manage the landscape of one’s life” by uprooting negative patterns of thought.
The book is divided into four parts:  Birth, Growth, Re-Growth, and Rebirth.  The second half of the book builds on earlier concepts that evolve from a physical to a more metaphysical perspective.  Intermingled throughout the book are various philosophical, inspirational, and/or religion viewpoints, the breadth of which encompasses everything from Christianity to Transcendentalism. However, the author does take a strong stance for his own viewpoints and is not afraid to broach conversations that, some might feel, are a bit controversial – even debatable. What I find most promising about this book is its emotional appeal.  The author uses examples from his own life to demonstrate how one can still experience a life of happiness after experiencing a life of abuse.
I would recommend this book to adult readers as some portions of it deals with sensitive subject matter like sexual abuse and self gratification.

Meet QK Carpenter!

What if Fifty Shades of Grey was written by R.L. Stine?  You would be captivated by suspense and romance.  Well author QK Carpenter is working on a project that will do just that!

Meet law student Marisol Clay.  She has met a fascinating stranger: handsome, rich, scarred, and with a penthouse full of kinky secrets ready to be uncovered. With Mari’s sister arrested for burglary, he’s the perfect distraction. Or he would be, if he wasn’t the person Mari’s sister stole from.

Now Marisol is torn between her lover and her family, her desires and her duties, her belief in justice and how justice actually unfolds. She wants to make the right choice, but as she learns that Randal has secrets more dangerous than ropes and blindfolds, the right choice just might get her killed—Book Excerpt.

Read the author’s interview below.

How long have you been writing?
I remember writing super-cool-and-not-at-all-mortifying Animorphs fan-fiction when I was in elementary school, so it’s probably pretty close to technically being 20 years since I started. That said, only about the past 10 have been focused on anything that could actually be published.

What is your most recent literary/artistic project?
I’m at the very earliest stages of a new novel, which in this case means trying to figure out a futuristic dialect. I’m trying to strike a balance where I won’t make linguists roll their eyes but I also won’t have to actually learn too much about linguistics. We’ll see if I don’t break down and use whatever twist on English I’m most comfortable with. I’m also working on some short memoir stuff as the other guy, but he’s kind of a downer.

What inspires you to write?
The same basic thing that inspires me to read: I just want to find out what happens. Obviously I’m more in control of that when I’m the writer, but there’s still a sense that the story and characters have lives of their own and it’s all developing organically.  The flip-side of this is that writing is like reading, but if the ending really pisses me off, I can do something about it that isn’t just complain about ‘How I Met Your Mother’ for years after it ended.

Who’s your favorite author and why?
I say Salman Rushdie for his prose alone, but that’s been my answer for so long that I’m accepting new applicants.

What advice can you give to other authors or writers?
A really good thing I took a really long time to learn is that writing 1000 words of crap brings me closer to figuring out my story than making sure I have 100 words I’m really proud of, at least at the drafting stages, but I don’t want to assume this will necessarily be the case for everybody. One thing that is gonna be relevant for everybody is giving at least some thought to the business aspect of your book before you finish it. In a perfect world, nobody would need to market anything, but we’re not there and we kinda have to.

Where can readers go to find out more information about your work?

My not-entirely-finished author website is http://qkcarpenter.com/ and my Twitter is https://twitter.com/qk_carpenter. When my latest book comes out, it’ll be somewhere on Amazon. And if anyone has a more specific question, you can reach me at qk.carpenter@yandex.com