Book Review: Miranda Bay by Susan Tarr

Title: Miranda Bay

Author: Susan Tarr

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Miranda, a strong-minded and lovable young woman, splurges her inheritance on the old Miranda Bay Sanatorium in the sub-tropical Bay of Islands, New Zealand, simply because it bears her name. She knows little about running a business and depends heavily on loyal cousin Pansy’s expertise.

In her frantic drive for success Miranda hires a local character to get cracking on the property. Hamilton, her lascivious financial advisor, seizes the opportunity to undermine her. But now with paying guests expected, she must make some serious decisions.

So the guests trickle in – hardly the sophisticates Miranda has envisaged.

At the brink of despair, she experiences deepening depression and manic behavior. She contrives an outlandish economic solution to the problem. What follow is intrigue and terror, and an emotional and tender unfolding of events in the face of financial ruin.

“Witty and wicked, scandalous and scary, this is a story to make you laugh and cry.”

In Miranda Bay, our main character, Miranda, spends her entire inheritance on the run-down, derelict Miranda Bay Sanatorium with the dream of turning it into a profitable business. But Miranda’s impulsive decisions could have a lot of consequences as not only does she have to deal with stress about her recent purchase, but also with a deepening depression that leads her on an ever-darkening path.

The author’s writing style is fluent and compelling, and Miranda’s personality is very intriguing. The story is captivating from the start and really pulls you in. Some scenes were hilarious, some scenes brought me to the edge of tears, but overall, it’s a very compelling and engaging read and fans of women’s fiction should definitely give it a try.

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Book Spotlight The Ghost of Glendale

The Ghost of Glendale

At twenty-four years old, Phoebe Marcham is resigned to spinsterhood, unwilling to settle for anything less than the deep love her parents had shared. That is, until adventurer Duncan Armstrong rides into her home wood, larger than life and with laughter in his eyes and more charm in his little finger than anyone she’s ever met before. Far from ridiculing her family ghost, Duncan resolves to help solve the mystery which has left Simon Marcham a spirit in torment for two hundred years.

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Author Bio

Natalie is a published novelist and short story writer whose addiction to the books of Georgette Heyer and love of The Regency have been the inspiration for her latest book, The Ghost of Glendale.

Working on the premise that you never stop learning, she goes to any and every writing event and workshop she can. In addition she attends The Write Place Creative Writing School in Hextable in Kent, one of the rewards for which is an abundant supply of cream cakes to celebrate the frequent successes of its students.

Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, The Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists. She lives with her husband in southeast London.

 Social Media Links

Blog: https://nataliekleinman.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NatalieKleinmanAuthor/
Twitter: @NatKleinman

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Miranda Bay

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for “Miranda Bay”. The tour runs from April 24 to May 1.

Tour Schedule

April 24th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

April 25th: Book Excerpt @ Books are Forever

April 26th: Book Excerpt @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

April 27th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ T’s Stuff

April 28th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

April 29th: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

May 1st: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

About the Book

Title: Miranda Bay

Author: Susan Tarr

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Miranda, a strong-minded and lovable young woman, splurges her inheritance on the old Miranda Bay Sanatorium in the sub-tropical Bay of Islands, New Zealand, simply because it bears her name. She knows little about running a business and depends heavily on loyal cousin Pansy’s expertise.

In her frantic drive for success Miranda hires a local character to get cracking on the property. Hamilton, her lascivious financial advisor, seizes the opportunity to undermine her. But now with paying guests expected, she must make some serious decisions.

So the guests trickle in – hardly the sophisticates Miranda has envisaged.

At the brink of despair, she experiences deepening depression and manic behavior. She contrives an outlandish economic solution to the problem. What follow is intrigue and terror, and an emotional and tender unfolding of events in the face of financial ruin.

“Witty and wicked, scandalous and scary, this is a story to make you laugh and cry.”

Author Bio

Susan Tarr has been writing for 25 years, drawing on her international travels, work within the NZ tourism industry, and her work in various psychiatric hospitals within New Zealand.

She lived in Kenya, East Africa, for some years where she began her family.
Although she writes from personal experience, she also uses anecdotal information from conversations and other peoples’ stories, resulting in her characters taking on a life of their own and becoming larger than life. She enjoys a wide variety of personalities.

Susan says, “As I write their stories, my characters will often lead me to places I couldn’t imagine. So I relax and let them form as they will. I am passionate about my writing and I usually have three books on the go at any one time.”

Links

Buy the book: Universal Purchase Link

Buy on Amazon: Amazon

Publisher

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Claretta Street

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for historical fiction “Claretta Street”.

Tour Schedule

April 23rd: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

April 23rd: Promo Post @ Stacking My Book Shelves

April 24th: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing

April 26th: Author Interview @ Mythical Books

April 27th: Book Excerpt @ The Broke Book Bank

April 28th: Promo Post @ Lisa Queen of Random

April 29th: Book Excerpt @ T’s Stuff

April 30th: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

April 30th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

About the Book

Title: Claretta Street

Author: Colette Barris

Genre: Historical Fiction

Claretta Street by Colette Barris is a novel of a generation, which follows four young girls affectionately known as the “Babies” as they weave through the turbulent sixties and Civil Rights, coming of age in the decadent and destructive eighties.

Claretta Street is set in the small Los Angeles suburb of Pacoima, a bustling Black-Pride filled town during the Civil Rights era. Pacoima, California, was one of the few places in California where racial covenants were non-existent, allowing African Americans to buy property and businesses without repressive laws working against them. African Americans flocked there to live the “American Dream.” Claretta Street is the complete tale of the African American fate.

Colette Barris brings a fresh voice to the plight of Black experience in America. Claretta Street is clear, concise, yet layered with the complexities that encompass the Black experience in a way not articulated in American literature in years.

Why Claretta Street is Needed…

Today countless discussions on the peril of Black America proliferate in the media, academia, and among social scientists, propelling this continuous Greek tragedy into the main view of America and the world. However, the incendiary foundation and epoch of this unfolding disaster must be told and the veil of destruction exposed-the eighties. Claretta Street takes the reader on a ride of unbelievable clarity and cause, as Denise, in ancient griot form, becomes the voice of the diaspora both prophetic and naïve, stripping down in plain view the causes and emotions of a time of great hope and sadness to preserve through decadence and decline.

Claretta Street is the story of hope and change coupled with the unfortunate forces and juxtaposition of man’s inhumanity and struggle all the while seeking hope and love.

Praise for Claretta Street

“Claretta Street is a classic in the making which depicts the voice and soul of Africans in America. Claretta Street by Colette Barris is a novel of a generation; gut wrenching, it leaves a knot in your throat wanting more.”
—Jackie Ferguson, daughter of famed Pan African nationalist Herman Ferguson

“Check out Claretta Street an amazing read needed now.”
—Kenya Barris, creator of Black-ish, Peabody winner and Emmy nominee.

Author Bio

Writer Colette Barris is a graduate of the University of Southern California, a native of Pacoima, and the older sister of Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Black-ish creator/writer and 2017 Peabody winner Kenya Barris.

Colette Barris brings a fresh voice to the plight of Black experience in America. Claretta Street is clear, concise, yet layered with the complexities that encompass the Black experience in a way not articulated in American literature in years.

Links

Get Claretta Street at Amazon.com, Vroman’s Bookstore, and Book Soup.

Book Review: Song for Jess by Meg Buchanan

Title: Song for Jess
Author: Meg Buchanan
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Romance
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Aspiring musician Isaac can make the violin weep, the guitar sob, and the piano talk of lives unfulfilled.

Jess dreams of becoming an artist and her paintings show real promise.

Once they get together Isaac and Jess are inseparable. They spend the summer holidays at her family’s beach house. They plan a life of travelling the world with Isaac making music and Jess painting. But when they return home, everything changes.

Will Isaac and Jess follow their dreams?

Can true love survive the choices they make?

Song for Jess is a bittersweet tale of love and loss, guaranteed to break your heart.

Although this is the second book in a series, there are no issues with reading the book as a stand-alone. I didn’t really feel as if I was missing out on something.

In Song for Jess, Isaac Coleman is an aspiring musician who has some real talent for music…unfortunately, he’s not all that at home in the romance department because although the girl he’s interested in, Jess, has a crush on him as well, he doesn’t quite notice at first. But when they connect, it’s real love, a first love, the kind that is strong and vulnerable at the same time, that makes you feel things you’ve never felt before, and might possibly never feel again.

I really liked Jess as well. She was down to earth, a little shy sometimes, and she seemed like a good match for Isaac. While at first, things are perfect between them, and their love for art – Jess is a painter – brings them together, soon it becomes clear real life isn’t just a dream and that sometimes, you have to fight for love.

An inspiring book about young love, and I really enjoyed the references to music and painting.

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Book Spotlight Blast: Daughter of the Sun

About the Book

Title: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat series, Book 1)

Author: Zoe Kalo

Genre: YA contemporary Egyptian mythological fantasy/paranormal

Word count: 93,000 words / 330 pages

DOWNLOAD FREE at www.ZoeKalo.com

Mystery, adventure, a hint of romance, and the delicious sweep of magic… 

16-year-old Trinity leads a quiet life until fate takes her to the Island of Cats.​

As Trinity tries to solve the mystery of an ancient papyrus, she’s pulled into a vortex of bloody sacrifices, evil curses, and a prophecy that points to a horrifying destiny. 

The author is giving away the first book in the series for FREE to readers who sign up for her mailing list on her website at www.ZoeKalo.com 

 

Praise

“This was an amazing story!” –Hot Off the Shelves

​“Wow- this book was a stunning, magnificent adventure!” –The Recipe Fairy

​“If you are looking for a Young Adult Fantasy book that is different from the norm, then look no further. Daughter of the Sun is full of Egyptian mythology, with layer upon layer of mystery just waiting to be uncovered.” –Archaeolibrarian

About Zoe

 Storyteller at heart…

A certified bookworm and ailurophile, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has remained. Today, Zoe passes her stories to you with lots of mystery, adventure, a hint of romance, and the delicious sweep of magic.​

Currently, she balances writing with spending time with her family, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.

Connect with Zoe Kalo on the web: www.ZoeKalo.com / Facebook / Twitter

Book Tours: Starter Day Party A Song for Jess

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for contemporary romance / women’s fiction “Song for Jess”. The tour runs from April 18 to April 25.

Tour Schedule

April 18th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

April 19th: Promo Post and Giveaway @ Tome Tender’s Blog

April 20th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

April 21st: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

April 22nd: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ T’s Stuff

April 23rd: Promo Post @ Books are Forever

April 24th: Book Excerpt @ Simply Kelina

April 25th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

 

About the Book

Title: Song for Jess

Author: Meg Buchanan

Genre: Women’s Fiction / Romance

Aspiring musician Isaac can make the violin weep, the guitar sob, and the piano talk of lives unfulfilled.

Jess dreams of becoming an artist and her paintings show real promise.

Once they get together Isaac and Jess are inseparable. They spend the summer holidays at her family’s beach house. They plan a life of travelling the world with Isaac making music and Jess painting. But when they return home, everything changes.

Will Isaac and Jess follow their dreams?

Can true love survive the choices they make?

Song for Jess is a bittersweet tale of love and loss, guaranteed to break your heart.

Author Bio

Meg Buchanan lives in Paeroa, which is in the Coromandel in New Zealand. Her husband and a black labrador live with her.

Meg has been writing for the last five years, most of her books are set in the Coromandel as it has a rich history and is spectacularly beautiful. It also has advantage beautiful beaches, amazing scenery and Paeroa has streets that already have names, couple of rivers and a mountain nearby, and neighbouring towns, so she saves time on world building.

Links

Author Page on Junction Publishing

Publisher: Publisher

Buy the ebook on Amazon

Buy the paperback on Amazon

 

Free Book

The first book in the series, Out of his League, is currently FREE on Amazon!
 

Author Interview Vicious Rumer

How long have you been writing?

As long as I can remember! I became obsessed by stories from a young age, and that quickly evolved into telling my own. I still have a collection of the books I wrote as a teenager – they’re in a box on top of the wardrobe and, every once in a while, I get them out and have a good giggle.

What is your favorite genre to write?

Anything with a little dash of horror. I think horror is a great genre because it’s a feeling. You can inject it into any story to give it fresh dimension and an element of danger. That’s what I did with Vicious Rumer, which is sort of a film noir-ish thriller with horror elements that, hopefully, give it a unique texture.

Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

Comedy. It’s the hardest genre to get right because humour is so specific. If it’s wrong, it’s so wrong. Get it right, though, and it’s like fresh air. You can’t get enough of it. I’d definitely like to try my hand at comedy at some point, but it’d definitely be a horror comedy!

Please tell us about your book.

Vicious Rumer is a fast-paced, twisted thriller that takes a look at obsessed and how it can affect our lives. It’s about Rumer Cross, who believes that she’s cursed so anybody who gets close to her dies. Oh, and her mother was a mob assassin in the ’90s, which may or may not be relevant!

Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

Would it be a cop out to say Rumer is my favourite? The book is told entirely from her POV, so I’ve spent the better part of two years inside her head. (Yeah, lots of weird stuff in there.) I love that she’s determined and aggressively goes after what she wants, no matter what. Least favourite… that’s a horrible question! Rose, who works for a detective, is sort of a cow. I enjoyed making her is unlikeable as possible.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Finding the right balance between reality and the supernatural. Rumer believes she’s cursed, but does that mean she actually is? I swung both ways throughout writing, and it was a fun challenge to find that balance. With a little help from my editor (hi, Craig!), I think I finally managed it.

What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

Coffee! Or an enormous cup of tea. It’s also important that I find the perfect music for the book, which can take ages. When I started writing Vicious Rumer, I began listening to Stevie Nicks, and pretty soon I couldn’t write without Stevie on. She provided the soundtrack for Rumer’s story. (I’d recommend listening to her while reading Vicious Rumer, too!)

How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

The first draft took eight months, which is quick for me. I just sped through it. I sort of discovered the story as I went along, and I was hooked on that feeling of discovery. I went on the journey with Rumer and I loved every second of it – even when I hit a couple of narrative roadblocks.

Can you tell us about your editing process?

Read, re-read, re-read some more. Decide I hate it. Leave it alone for a month or two. Then go back with fresh eyes. I’m also a terrible fiddler, so I’ll often edit as I go along. That means the first draft is usually pretty strong, but it also means it takes twice as long. I love language and I want the prose to really sing, which is almost impossible during the initial writing stage.

Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

It’s definitely standalone… until I decide it isn’t! My first book, Sentinel, was the first in a dark fantasy trilogy. I wrote Vicious Rumer in between books two and three of The Sentinel Trilogy, partly because I found the idea of writing a standalone so appealing after the juggling act that is writing a series! That said, the more I think about Rumer and where her story might go after this, the more I think maybe a sequel would be fun. Maybe I’M the one who’s cursed!

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Write, write, write. Then write some more. Write so much that you get back ache and you develop a caffeine addiction (not that I’m speaking from experience here). Write because you can’t NOT write, even if you hate what you’re laying down. If you want to be an author, you have to keep training that muscle until you discover the best way to tell the stories in your head. Also, write for you. It’s a simple one, but try not to second guess what you’re writing. It may be that nobody ever sees your book, so always write for yourself.

Why should everyone read your book?

Because I’m genuinely proud of it and I want people to meet Rumer. I want people to try to figure her out, and perhaps even empathise with her a bit. Also, I tried to write something that was thrilling and breakneck and kept you guessing. I basically tried to write a page-turner, and I really want to know if I succeeded! So please read it and let me know.

If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Daphne du Maurier. She was before her time in terms of her portrayal of women, and I’d love to find out what she thinks of Rumer. Stephen King, because the guy’s a walking brain and I’d love to pick that brain (um, that came out sounding a bit gross). And Robin Jarvis. He’s my favourite author of all time, and the author responsible for me first putting pen to paper. Although I’d be terrified he’d hate me, so maybe it’s best not to meet your idols…

What inspired you to write your book?

I’ll level with you: Rumer is me. She’s obsessive and believes really horrible things about herself. That’s sort of how I am, too. Writing Rumer was a sort of spiritual exorcism. I got to have a conversation with myself through a character. So there’s that. I was also inspired by the question: can we ever change? Rumer’s world is very set in stone, but what if it wasn’t? I wanted to play around with that.

Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I’m currently finishing up the final draft of Splinter, the third and final book in The Sentinel Trilogy, which is being published by Peridot Press in July. So that’s exciting. But even more exciting/terrifying is the thought of starting something new. I’ve spent the better part of the past six months editing, and the thought of plunging into a new project is thrilling – although I’m terrified I won’t be able to come up with something I feel as passionately about as Vicious Rumer. Wish me luck!

 

About the Book

‘An exhilarating read’ – SFX
Rumer Cross is cursed. Scraping by working for a dingy London detective agency, she lives in the shadow of her mother, a violent criminal dubbed the ‘Witch Assassin’ whose bloodthirsty rampage terrorised London for over a decade.
Raised by foster families who never understood her and terrified she could one day turn into her mother, Rumer has become detached and self-reliant. But when she’s targeted by a vicious mobster who believes she’s hiding an occult relic, she’s drawn into the very world she’s been fighting to avoid.
Hunted by assassins and haunted by her mother’s dark legacy, Rumer must also confront a terrible truth: that she’s cursed, because no matter what she does, everybody she’s ever grown close to has died screaming.

 

Author Bio

Joshua Winning Sentinel Shoot 2014

Joshua Winning is an author and film journalist who writes for TOTAL FILM, SFX, GAY TIMES and RADIO TIMES. He has been on set with Kermit the Frog, devoured breakfast with zombies on The Walking Dead, and sat on the Iron Throne while visiting the Game Of Thrones set in Dublin. Jeff Goldblum once told him he looks a bit like Paul Bettany.
In 2014, SENTINEL – the first book in Joshua’s SENTINEL TRILOGY – was published by Peridot Press. The second book, RUINS, followed in 2015. Joshua’s short story DEAD AIR appeared in SPEAK MY LANGUAGE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF GAY FICTION and Joshua’s new novel, VICIOUS RUMER, will be published by Unbound in 2018. He also co-wrote ’80s teen horror CAMP CARNAGE.

Author Interview Coming Darkness

How long have you been writing?

I wrote poems on and off since college, but it wasn’t until about 10 or 12 years ago that I started writing stories.

What is your favorite genre to write?

Urban Fantasy/Fantasy. I like writing about the fantastic. I like not having to be constrained by anything other than my imagination.

Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

Maybe Romance? Just to prove that I could do it!

Please tell us about your book.  

Kai is thrown off balance when Lucifer disappears, and his life begins to spiral out of control. In the past, he never cared that he was looked down upon and called Lucifer’s pet. But with Lucifer absent, he’s left to navigate a world that doesn’t respect him. Since the only true currency is respect, he must gain it the only way his enemies will understand, through blood.

Archangel Lucifer has lived in a pleasant bubble of spoiled excess with his vampire lover, Kai, for centuries. When the other Archangels come to him with a problem — Heaven is gone and their Father is missing — he refuses to get involved because not only is it not his problem, but it’s probably some elaborate ruse they’ve cooked up to lure him back into the fold. When he’s personally attacked, he finds that he’s wrong on both counts. There are other powerful gods at work, gods who believe the current creation is flawed and must be destroyed.

Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

I love writing Lucifer. I love exploring his character. I love finding three dimensions and creating a character out of a cultural figure that is entirely one-dimensional. I love Kai and exploring the nuances in his character. I don’t have least favorite characters. I even love my villains! I have characters that are more challenging to write, and I think they stretch me as an author, but none are my “least favorite”. I can find something to love about each and every one.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

I started out with three characters: Kai, Lucifer and Roberta. The hardest part was finding which story I wanted to tell. I had more than one false start, and took the story in different directions until I solidified the current story line.

What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

My routine is pretty much “butt-in-chair”. There’s nothing more to it than sitting down and writing. I prefer to write in a quiet room, I’ve tried writing to music but it’s distracting. Sometimes I can get away with the TV being on, but the preference is silence.

How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

From conception to “The End” about ten years give or take. It wasn’t every day for ten years however. I wrote a bit, put it down for months, wrote some more, put it down etc. Also during much of that time I had no idea where it was going or what the themes were etc. It wasn’t until the last 5 years or so did I get serious.

Can you tell us about your editing process?

I have my character arcs and the overall theme/arc. When I start editing I’m checking to make sure I’ve followed those arcs and solidified the theme. I’m also checking for continuity, making sure the physical characteristics of a character are the same throughout. If I’ve left a species name or a place name TBA, during the editing I make sure to fill that in. At this point I’m also filling out scenes for clarity, looking at sentence structure and word choice, and adding description if necessary. Once that’s done, and I’ve read it a few times looking for errors and checking for cohesion, I send it off to betas to see how the story reads. The next steps depend on their feedback.

Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

Yes. Right now I’m looking at three books for the foundation story and then stories within the universe.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

In no particular order: believe in your story; write what you love; read what you love; educate yourself in the art of storytelling; learn about the pros and cons of indie vs traditional publishing and do what’s best for you.

Why should everyone read your book?

In general, Coming Darkness is a grand story with no easy resolutions, which I think makes it an intriguing read. It’s a story about free will and what that means. How life is a series of choices, some big some small, and how the characters are defined by those choices. I believe people will enjoy getting to know characters with more shades of grey than black or white. I think they’ll also enjoy a different Lucifer with different motivations. He was so much fun to write, and writing him that way it gave the story a more sinister villain, which I believe they’ll find interesting as well.

If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Lee Childs, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman

What inspired you to write your book?

I wanted to tell a different Lucifer story. I didn’t know what until I hit upon the idea that he’d never been to Hell which became the basis for my story and the character.

Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

Yes, the second book in the series tentatively named: Dreaming in Shadow.

  1. There are dark things moving in dreams, no one is safe.
  2. The Rendering is approaching, and Kai doubts he will survive.
  3. Roberta is both more comfortable in her life as a slave but also less stable.
  4. Lucifer chafes against a prophecy that claims he has come to Hell to rule and to lead the charge of demons back to earth.

Coming Darkness

Archangel Lucifer lives a comfortable life of self-imposed exile with his vampire lover, Kai. When the other Archangels come to him with a problem — Heaven is gone and their Father is missing — he refuses to get involved because not only is it not his problem, but it’s probably some elaborate ruse they’ve cooked up to lure him back into the fold. When he’s personally attacked, he finds that he’s wrong on both counts. There are other powerful gods at work, gods who believe the current creation is flawed and must be destroyed.

Kai is thrown off balance when Lucifer disappears, and his life begins to spiral out of control. In the past, he never cared that he was looked down upon and called Lucifer’s pet. But with Lucifer absent, he’s left to navigate a world that doesn’t respect him. Since the only true currency is respect, he must gain it the only way his enemies will understand, through blood.

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Author Bio

They say it’s never too late to find and pursue your passion. Turns out they’re right. Although Susan loved to read, she didn’t start writing until she was in her late 40’s. A stint in grad school helped her hone her craft, and now she happily spends her days making up stories and figuring out how best to emotionally (and sometimes physically) torture her characters.

Social Media Links

Website: http://susanaliaterry.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsusanaliaterry

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@susan_alia

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/SusanAliaTerry

Creativia Author Page: http://www.creativia.org/focus-passion-and-purpose-fantasy-author-susan-alia-terry.html

 

Author Interview She’s Bad News

 

How long have you been writing?

Since I was about eight years old! I was always obsessed with books, and had a lot of Ladybird books when I was younger. So I used to make my own, by folding sheets of A4 paper and writing my stories on one side, and illustrating them on the other.

What is your favorite genre to write?

Currently I love to write women’s fiction. I enjoy writing stories that are uplifting, with relatable heroines and plenty of laughs.

Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

People have told me I should try writing crime fiction which, I admit, would be an interesting genre to explore. Maybe it’s something I’ll consider in the future! Other than that, I’ve had a YA idea in my head for many years, so hopefully soon I’ll finally sit down to write it.

Please tell us about your book.

She’s Bad News is about Bella Brown, an aspiring reporter still living in her small hometown, who wakes up one day to find she has super powers. Seeing as her journalistic dreams have yet to be fulfilled, she decides to use her abilities for a bit of career progression. Bella decides to keep her ‘P-Word’ a secret until she’s managed to find out just where her powers came from, but she soon finds out that leading a double life is not easy.

Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?Oh, and she’s an overnight superheroine. So there’s that.

As for my least favourite, Tom is a prime candidate, along with Bella’s boss, Layla. But I don’t want to spoil anything.

Predictably, my favourite is probably Bella! And not just because I envy her super abilities. Bella sticks to her goals despite the obstacles that get in her way, and persists even when she thinks she’s failing. She’s also funny, resourceful and daring! Yes, she has her faults, but hey, who doesn’t?

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The most difficult part was probably the editing, having to cut the initial word count down by a big chunk and, inevitably, lose some scenes that I really liked. I did several rewrites to get it just the way I wanted, but I always had to cut chapters and, in some cases, characters (sorry, Cameron!) When it comes to editing and rewriting though, after a while there comes a point where you have to be cruel to be kind.

What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I don’t have a set schedule (but I’m trying to maintain one at the moment!) Strangely, I seem to do my best writing when I have limited time. Targets and deadlines work well for me. I have a full-time job, so I fit my writing around that, going to the cafe nearby for an hour or two before the working day begins, or having a writing session in the evening. I always keep a notebook with me at all times should inspiration strike (and it usually does at the most inconvenient moments). That’s the one thing I always need to have!

How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

The initial first draft took me a month. After that, I did several rewrites and each took a good 4-6 months! I wrote a few versions of the novel before settling on the final. There was even an earlier draft in which Bella lived in London, but I didn’t fall in love with it and instead returned to Bella as a small-town heroine as she was in the original story.

Can you tell us about your editing process?

When it comes to editing, the first step for me is the Red Pen of Doom. I get a printout of the manuscript and sit down to scribble all over it. (I’ll admit, it’s a bit old fashioned but it’s therapeutic!) I’ll read through, taking into account any feedback I’ve received, and note what needs to be removed or changed. Once that’s done, I’ll start a new Scrivener file and begin writing a brand new draft.

Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

At the moment Bella’s story is a standalone novel, but I have been thinking of writing a sequel (and I even have ideas for the plot!). However, I’m currently enjoying working on other projects, so any plans of revisiting the town of Hartleybourne wouldn’t be for a while yet.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Also, if you want to write, write what makes you happy. Don’t write something because you think it’ll be the next big trend; write for you.

The most important advice (which you’ve probably heard a million times already!) is to read and write as much as you can. Just keep writing. If you’re thinking about writing a book but are also considering all the reasons why you can’t – ignore them and just do it. Write a first draft, and keep writing – don’t keep going back to edit and make it perfect, that part comes later. The feeling of actually writing ‘The End’ is amazing.

Why should everyone read your book?

Because it’s fun, it’s a bit quirky, and it explores the idea of a regular person getting super powers! If She’s Bad News gives people a couple of hours of fun reading it, then I will be immensely happy. That’s all I want!

If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose? Secondly, I’d like to meet Gina Kirkham. Her debut novel, Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong, was released last year and I love it. She’s a wonderful author, a former police officer, and is absolutely hilarious. Her book and blog posts have made me laugh and cry; she sees the funny side even in times of such sadness and her writing is so uplifting. Plus, if she’s anything like her character Mavis Upton, meeting her would be so much fun.

And my third choice? Jayne Fisher. In the 1970s, Ladybird Books published the Garden Gang series, which Jayne wrote and illustrated (at the age of nine!). As a child in the 80s I had all of these books, which sparked my ambition to become a writer. I wanted to be a young author like Jayne, so I wrote and illustrated stories too. Sadly, I don’t know if she has written any books since, and I would love to meet her to find out what she’s doing now, if she still writes, and of course, to say a huge thank-you!

Hmm, that’s a tricky one! Firstly, I’d choose Stephen King. I love his books (well, I’m still working my way through his many novels and recently finished Pet Sematary), and I’ve also read his memoir, On Writing. The advice in it is fantastic, and he seems very down to earth and realistic. I’d love to chat about writing and his love for horror.

What inspired you to write your book?

I’m a huge fan of comic books and have always wondered what it would be like to have amazing powers. It’s one of those big questions we all ask ourselves sometimes, isn’t it? Like, if you won the lottery, what would you spend it on? If you had super powers, what would you do? I thought it would be a great concept to explore. I also read a lot of women’s fiction, and wanted to combine my favourite genres and write a women’s fiction novel with a superhero element. And so it began.

Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

Right now I’m working on the rewrite of my second novel, which is quite different to She’s Bad News. After that, I’ll go back to working on the first draft of book three. It has nothing supernatural or strange in it, which is a first for me!

AUTHOR BIO

Elle Spellman is a writer and comic book geek living in Bristol, UK. She’s been writing since a very young age, spending her childhood afternoons penning stories about fictional adventures, and illustrating them too.

Now, Elle writes contemporary fiction with kick-ass heroines and a little bit of magic. Her other interests include running, red lipstick, the paranormal, and all things Batman.

LINKS

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0784ZKW1Y

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0784ZKW1Y

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36688258-she-s-bad-news

Twitter: @capesandcorsets