Book Tours: Starter Day Party Patches


Today is the starter day party for the tour for YA coming of age “Patches”. The tour runs from July 16th to July 23rd. Check out the tour schedule below!

Tour Schedule

July 16th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

July 17th: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing

July 19th: Book Excerpt @ The Key Smash Blog

July 20th: Promo Post @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

July 21st: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

July 22nd: Promo Post @ Bookish Madness

July 23rd: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

July 23rd: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

 

About the Book

Title: Patches

Author: Valicity Elaine

Genre: YA Coming of Age

Michael Bull Jr. is best friends with the most popular guy in school, his father is a famous politician, and he’s just started his last year in high school. He is the perfect student with the perfect life … except for his face.When you’ve got a disease that changes the color of your skin, turns your hair grey, and threatens to blind you, high school can be tough. It also doesn’t help when your crush decides to blackmail you and expose your secret. But hey, what can you do except try to survive?

Author Bio

Valicity Elaine is the owner/creator of The Rebel Christian Publishing. She is an avid reader and loves to write just as much! She grew up in upstate New York in a beautiful Christian family and loves using her writing and illustrations to express her wonderful faith. When she isn’t writing, she is spending time with her family or helping out her church. Random fact; Valicity LOVES pasta, haha!

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism

About the Book

Title: Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism

Author: Tom Durwood

Genre: Supplemental Textbook, Literary Criticism

An award-winning teacher lays out the basic rules of literary criticism in this accessible guide.

Foreword by Todd Whitaker

Tom Durwood’s ebook on Kid Lit provides teachers and students with comprehensive information they can really use–definitions and clearly delineated explanations of the tropes of Kid Lit, scholarly essays and interviews that explore these ideas further, and classroom activities and exercises that allow students to relate what they’ve learned to works they’re familiar with and their own lives. Practical for teachers and accessible to a wide-range of students, the book also encourages readers to embark on further study through extensive reading and film lists included in the chapters. This book is an impressive and invaluable resource for any classroom exploration of Kid Lit.

— Sarah LaBarge, English Instructor, LaSalle College

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Tom Durwood expertly breaks down and explains literary theory in an easy-to-understand way. This book makes sense of reading critically and guides students to producing their own explanations of literature.

— Christine E. Carlson, English Instructor, Cabrini University

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Tom has a gift for making complex ideas understandable to his cadets. His lesson plans are amazing! He can turn a standard freshman composition class into a forum for collaborative learning and global thinking.

Susan Ray, Ph.d, Arts & Humanities, Delaware County Community College

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I enjoyed your book on Kid Lit and it fills a gap – I can think of several great intros to children’s literature (notably by Maria Nikolajeva and Roberta Seelinger Trites) but they are not exactly conversational.

I’d love to be in your class and the lesson plans look very fun.

Lynley Stace, Writer and Illustrator (The Artifacts, Midnight Feast)

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Author Bios

TOM DURWOOD is a teacher, writer and editor with an interest in history. Tom most recently taught English Composition and Empire and Literature at Valley Forge Military College, where he won the Teacher of the Year Award five times. Tom has taught Public Speaking and Basic Communications as guest lecturer for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group at the Dam’s Neck Annex of the Naval War College.

Tom’s ebook Empire and Literature matches global works of film and fiction to specific quadrants of empire, finding surprising parallels. Literature, film, art and architecture are viewed against the rise and fall of empire. In a foreword to Empire and Literature, postcolonial scholar Dipesh Chakrabarty of the University of Chicago calls it “imaginative and innovative.” Prof. Chakrabarty writes that “Durwood has given us a thought-provoking introduction to the humanities.” His subsequent book “Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism” has been well-reviewed. “My favorite nonfiction book of the year,” writes The Literary Apothecary (Goodreads).

Early reader response to Tom’s historical fiction adventures has been promising. “A true pleasure … the richness of the layers of Tom’s novel is compelling,” writes Fatima Sharrafedine in her foreword to “The Illustrated Boatman’s Daughter.” The Midwest Book Review calls that same adventure “uniformly gripping and educational … pairing action and adventure with social issues.” Adds Prairie Review, “A deeply intriguing, ambitious historical fiction series.”

Tom briefly ran his own children’s book imprint, Calico Books (Contemporary Books, Chicago). Tom’s newspaper column “Shelter” appeared in the North County Times for seven years. Tom earned a Masters in English Literature in San Diego, where he also served as Executive Director of San Diego Habitat for Humanity.

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TODD WHITAKER is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is a leading presenter in the field of education and has written more than 40 books, including the national bestseller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. He regularly presents at conferences such as the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the Academy of Management Learning and Education, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Backedup Offer

I’m hosting the starter day party today for second-change romance “Backedup Offer”. The tour runs from July 13 to July 20.

Check out the tour schedule below and join us during the tour! Oh, and stay tuned for my review at the end of the tour.

Tour Schedule

July 13th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

July 14th: Promo Post @ The Indie’s Nest

July 14th: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

July 15th: Promo Post @ Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

July 16th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

July 18th: Promo Post @ Twilight Reader

July 18th: Promo Post @ Indy Book Fairy

July 19th: Character Interview @ Pine Enshrined Reviews

July 19th: Promo Post @ Rising Indies Blog

July 20th: Promo Post @ Teatime and Books

July 20th: Author Interview @ Kate Hill’s Romance Blog

July 20th: Promo Post @ Drunk on Pop

July 20th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

 

About the Book

Title: Backup Offer

Author: Liz Crowe

Genre: Contemporary second-chance Romance

An ex-boyfriend, his massive dog, her house, and no hotel room in sight. What could go wrong?

After Blair ended things with Brandis, she was determined to get away–and stay away from him for good. She put family, friends, and the life she knew in Michigan in her rear view mirror and started over. As owner and head chef of her own place in Louisville, she stays plenty busy, especially since “Blair’s Kitchen” is the darling of the restaurant scene. She’s managed to avoid Michigan for almost a decade, but when her best friend needs her help, she drops everything and heads home.

Brandis has spent the last ten years coming to terms with addiction, personal tragedy, and the loss of the woman he loved. He’s now the third generation to run his family’s construction business, and he’s managed to reconstruct tattered relationships with his family. He’s even adopted a dog, thanks to some donated renovation time spent at an animal shelter. He’s got everything he needs—except a for one thing.

When the contractor she paid to build her restaurant’s expansion vanishes, leaving her with a giant mess, Blair only hesitates a moment before calling Brandis for help. But when he rushes to her side to evaluate the crisis, there isn’t an available room in a twenty mile radius. So they settle in to a routine—her, her one-time boyfriend, and his giant, slobbering dog in her small house. It doesn’t take long for the temptation of close proximity to give way, and while Blair tries to keep it all physical, Brandis has other ideas.

The end of the Stewart Realty saga brings the second generation full-circle in ways many never expected, but no one regrets.

Stewart Realty Book 9

Or as a stand-alone novel

Content warnings:

References to past addiction

Pregnancy

Birth scene

Super cute bonding between man and his adopted pit bull

Feels. Lots and lots of feels.

Heat level: medium-hot (3 scenes that are explicit)

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Author Bio

Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville living in Central Illinois. She’s spent her time as a three-continent expat trailing spouse, mom of three, real estate agent, brewery owner and bar manager, and is currently a social media consultant and humane society development director, in addition to being an award-winning author. With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, inside fictional television stations and successful real estate offices, and even in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are compelling and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, at times frustrate, and always linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Lost on a Page


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for fantasy / science-fiction “Lost on a Page”. This tour runs from July 5 to August 5.
Stay tuned for my review during the tour! There is still some room during this tour so if you’d like to participate, please contact Enchanted Book Promotions.

Tour Schedule

July 5th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

July 5th: Promo Post @ Indy Book Fairy

July 7th: Promo Post @ Compelling Beasts Blog

July 10th: Book Excerpt @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

July 13th: Promo Post @ Devouring Books

July 17th: Book Review @ Twilight Reader

July 20th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

July 24th: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

July 26th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

July 31st: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

August 5th: Book Review @ Bookish Madness

About the Book

Title: Lost on a Page
Author: David E. Sharp
Genre: Fantasy / Science Fiction
Some genres were never meant to cross.
Joe Slade is a detective with a hot lead and a warm gun. He no longer believes in happy-ever-afters, but his faith in plot twists is devout. Good thing.
He is about to discover the biggest twist of all.
Joe Slade is not real.
He is a character in a series of mystery novels. And when he discovers all his pain has been in the name of book sales, there will be hell to pay. Vowing revenge on his author, he will set off for the World Where the Books Are Written. The road will take him through genres foreign and treacherous: High Fantasy, Bodice-Ripping Romance, Intergalactic Sci-Fi, and others even more awful and terrifying.
But what if this new life is about more than just living? And will Joe still come out on top when all the rules have changed?
Get the book today from:
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Author Bio

David E. Sharp is a noisy librarian. He is fond of theatre and got his start in writing by producing original plays in his hometown. He has also published short stories in various anthologies. David is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers and frequently contributes to their blog. He lives in Greeley, Colorado with his wife and family.
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Lost on a Page won the 2021 Maxy Award for the Fantasy/Sci-Fi Category
Lost on a Page recently received a score of 4.6 on IndieReader.

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About the Book

Title: Lost on a Page

Author: David E. Sharp

Genre: Fantasy / Science Fiction

Some genres were never meant to cross.

Joe Slade is a detective with a hot lead and a warm gun. He no longer believes in happy-ever-afters, but his faith in plot twists is devout. Good thing.

He is about to discover the biggest twist of all.

Joe Slade is not real.

He is a character in a series of mystery novels. And when he discovers all his pain has been in the name of book sales, there will be hell to pay. Vowing revenge on his author, he will set off for the World Where the Books Are Written. The road will take him through genres foreign and treacherous: High Fantasy, Bodice-Ripping Romance, Intergalactic Sci-Fi, and others even more awful and terrifying.

But what if this new life is about more than just living? And will Joe still come out on top when all the rules have changed?

Get the book today from:

Amazon 

Black Rose Writing

Author Bio

David E. Sharp is a noisy librarian. He is fond of theatre and got his start in writing by producing original plays in his hometown. He has also published short stories in various anthologies. David is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers and frequently contributes to their blog. He lives in Greeley, Colorado with his wife and family.

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Lost on a Page won the 2021 Maxy Award for the Fantasy/Sci-Fi Category

Lost on a Page recently received a score of 4.6 on IndieReader.

Book Review: Refraction by Terry Geo

Title: Refraction
Author: Terry Geo
Genre: Science-Fiction / Fantasy
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Most stories start at the beginning; this one begins at the end. At least for Maria. Her sudden death sends shockwaves through her family and pushes her grieving mother to the very brink of insanity. After exhausting every avenue conventional medicine has to offer, Maria’s father, Henry, brings together the world’s greatest minds in the hope of carving out a new path. Months pass, and as Henry watches his beloved Elena slowly drift away, he begins to lose faith. It is only then that a solution presents itself. A discovery so momentous, it saves Elena and reveals the most important scientific and technological breakthrough in modern history.

Silicate is founded; a privately funded facility which delves deeper into the human mind, able to discover answers to questions we are yet to ask. Securing Silicate’s secrets becomes of utmost importance; even after treating hundreds of patients, the public are still unaware of the wonders and terrifying reality Silicate has unearthed . . .

The world you know is only half the story.

Refraction was not at all what I expected. In ways, it went beyond what I had expected, diving into unconventional, unexpected territory, while at the same time dealing with issues that are known to all of us. A family, dealing with the loss of a loved one, for example, is something all of us unfortunately have to deal with at some point in their lives (however, in this story, it’s the worst sorrow of all, that of parents losing a child). Trying to find a way to reach out to those we love, even after death, is something all of us have probably longed for at some point or another as well, and this book deals with exactly that, with grief, with trying to move on, with trying to save the people we love. And it’s by going on this quest, venturing into this unknown territory of the human mind, that miraculous wonders and terrifying truths are uncovered.

The book is quite long (it was 700+ pages in the PDF I read), but it reads lightning-fast, and once you start reading, it’s hard to put down. For a debut novel, it’s especially surprising that the author manages to craft such an original, well-researched story, while keeping up the fast pace and still being able to introduce the reader to myriad characters that each bring their own uniqueness to the table.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but the book had quite a few twists in the storyline that I didn’t see coming, and this doesn’t happen very often!
I’m definitely interested to read more works by this author in the future.
 
 
 

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Jay Got Married

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for non-fiction / humor “Jay Got Married”. The tour runs from December 16 to December 23. Stay tuned for my review during the tour!

Tour Schedule

December 16th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

December 17th: Book Excerpt @ Stormy Night Reviewing

December 18th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

December 19th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

December 19th:  Book Review @ I Heart Reading

December 20th: Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

December 21st: Book Review, Book Excerpt, Author Interview @ Ani’s Books

December 22nd: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

December 22nd: Book Excerpt @ Mythical Books

December 23rd: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

December 23rd:  Book Excerpt and Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

 

About the Book

Title: Jay Got Married

Author: James Robinson Jr.

Genre: Non-Fiction Humor

Jay Got Married consists of 9 humorous and, at times, poignant essays chronicling the ironies of everyday life in word and picture. Take for example the lead essay, aptly titled, “Jay got Married,” where I find myself mired in a horrendous dream.

In the fantasy, my aging father–dressed in his favorite Champion t-shirt with stains covering the front–marries my wife and I like he did 42 years ago but, this time around, the my 92-year-old ex-clergy dad forgets his lines causing me to coach him through the event with hints like: “ask for the rings, ask for the rings.” All the while, my best man sings Sonny and Cher’s, “I Got You Babe.”

Finally married, my wife and I end the ceremony with a kiss. But as I turn to exit, my eyes catch a glimpse of the bridesmaid who is no longer my wife’s best friend but now Gal Gadot from Dell Comics and Wonder Woman Fame. She is dressed in full Wonder Women regalia and looks totally shocked by the whole affair.

My mother turns to my father (now in the audience) with a quizzical look and says, “Dad, look at that bridesmaid. Isn’t that Superman?” She doesn’t get out much.

As we exit the church, and the bubbles fill the air–no one uses rice anymore—my wife ignores the limo and takes off on a sleek motorcycle, leaving me in the lurch—hence the cover.

Sure, it’s sounds crazy. But, in truth, isn’t the world of marriage crazy these days? In my case, what would one do when faced with the prospect of losing their beloved wife after 42 years? At age 67, would they remarry? Would they even want to remarry? These and other marital tidbits are discussed with humor and as much reverence as I could muster.

P.S. The author pairs up with Wonder Woman again in a final bit of photo wizardry Why? How? How are tricky copyright infringement laws avoided? Read Jay Got Married and find out.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Refraction

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for science fiction / fantasy “Refraction”. The tour runs from December 9 until December 16.

Tour Schedule

December 9th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

December 9th: Promo Post @ Mythical Books

December 10th: Promo Post @ Tome Tender

December 11th: Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

December 12th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

December 13th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

December 14th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

December 15th: Book Review @ Renaissance Writer

December 15th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

December 16th: Character Interview @ Andi’s Book Reviews

December 16th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

About the Book

Title: Refraction

Author: Terry Geo

Genre: Science-Fiction / Fantasy

Most stories start at the beginning; this one begins at the end. At least for Maria. Her sudden death sends shockwaves through her family and pushes her grieving mother to the very brink of insanity. After exhausting every avenue conventional medicine has to offer, Maria’s father, Henry, brings together the world’s greatest minds in the hope of carving out a new path. Months pass, and as Henry watches his beloved Elena slowly drift away, he begins to lose faith. It is only then that a solution presents itself. A discovery so momentous, it saves Elena and reveals the most important scientific and technological breakthrough in modern history.

Silicate is founded; a privately funded facility which delves deeper into the human mind, able to discover answers to questions we are yet to ask. Securing Silicate’s secrets becomes of utmost importance; even after treating hundreds of patients, the public are still unaware of the wonders and terrifying reality Silicate has unearthed . . .

The world you know is only half the story.

Author Bio

Born in Derbyshire, raised in Yorkshire, resides in London, Terry learned from a young age that he was different from his peers. He preferred the company of girls over boys, didn’t like sports and would write at every opportunity. He was bullied throughout his school life both physically and verbally and had to deal with the cruelty of others from an early age.

Terry Geo wrote and directed his first play at age eleven. At sixteen, he started work in television, writing scripts and becoming the youngest director in the country. Terry applied for a job while taking his final exams and started work in television the week after he finished school. For the first time in his life, he found a world where he could shine and be accepted for who he was. He came out as gay to his parents the following week and never again hid his sexuality from anyone. At seventeen he became the youngest director in the country, producing a light entertainment show for Yorkshire Television. After a short stint in a boyband, Terry went back to writing, editing two national publications. He toured the world as an actor, moved to London and in 2017, wrote and directed a musical for the London stage. A year later, Terry married Ken, the love of his life, in London. After their honeymoon in Thailand, he returned to a book he had started some years before. In January 2019, his cat Megara sadly passed away. This hit Terry hard and in memorial to her, he wrote her into the book he was writing. She is now a part of Terry’s debut published novel, Refraction.

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Book Review: Edge of Death (Book #2 Admiralty Archives)

Title: Edge of Death: Book Two of the Admiralty Archives
Author: Joni Parker
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

In this second installment of The Admiralty Archives, the warrior Lady Alexin, the Keeper of the Keys for the Elf realm of Eledon, finds herself exiled to the harsh world of near-future London. Rendered little more than a political pawn by the Elfin Council of Elders to avoid a war with the Rock Elves, she has little choice but to struggle to find her way in this strange new land. Taken under the protection of kindly mentors, Vice Admiral Malcolm Teller of the British Royal Navy and his wife, Alex brings all her skills to the fore as she uncovers a series of deadly plots.

Murder is on everyone’s mind as an underground White Supremacist organization takes aim at Admiral Teller while two wizards, resurrected from death, must kill Alex in order to survive. To make matters worse, the Rock Elves dispatch a hundred assassins from Eledon with their sole mission to bring Lady Alexin to the very… Edge of Death.

I read and reviewed some of Joni Parker’s other books before: The Blue Witch, Gossamer and Noble Magic, all part of the Chronicles of Eledon series. In the Admiralty Archives series, I already read and reviewed the first book, Curse of the Sea, so you can say I’m definitely a fan of this author and the magical worlds she creates, with most of my ratings being either 4 or 4,5 stars. I mean, fantasy, elves, wizards, what’s not to like?

Needless to say I had some pretty high expectations when starting the second book in the Admiralty Archives,  Edge of Death, but the sequel certainly didn’t dissapoint. The reader is once again following Lady Alexin, who by now has really become one of my favorite characters in fantasy books throughout. What I really enjoy about this series is how well it mixes fantasy and reality, and how well-crafted the fantasy world is, reminding me of the worlds created by Raymond E. Feist and Robin Hobb, and that I could spend hour hiding away in during my childhood and early teens. It’s a rare gift to be able to create a world that is so different yet so relatable that people can imagine themselves there, and to be able to come up with characters who despite being relatable, can still surprise the reader – especially after so many books.

In this book, Alexin is forced into exile to the London of the near future, a terrible, sullen place. Not only does she have to get used to this new, strange world, but she also becomes a target in a complicated assassination plot, and she’ll need all her skills, wit and some good old-fashioned luck to survive.

I don’t want to give out too many spoilers for readers new to the series, but this book had me on the edge of my seat again. Memorable characters, a vast, extraordinary setting, excellent writing and a mercilessly fast pace, this is one book no fan of the genre should miss out on.

 

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Author Interview Edge of Death Book Tour

  • How long have you been writing?

My first attempt at writing a novel was eleven years ago. I’d come up with a character who came with a lot of stories, so I wrote them down. It turned out to be my first series.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

Fantasy. It gives me the most freedom and I can mix genres if I want to.

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

Historical fiction. But I’m not sure I have the discipline to stick to the facts.

  • Please tell us about your book.

The name of my book is the “Edge of Death” and it’s the second book in the Admiralty Archives trilogy. My main character, Alex, who is part Elf, has been exiled to Earth and is trying to make the best of it. She even gets a job but finds her life is threatened by Rock Elves, wizards, and even a white supremacist group that brings her to the very Edge of Death.

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

My new favorite in this book was Hades, god of the Underworld. He’s coordinating all the threats against Alex but she doesn’t know it. My least favorite character is nobody. I really enjoy them all, If I didn’t, I wouldn’t include them in this story.

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Since this was the second book in the series, I wasn’t sure what direction it should go. The first one was easy because Alex arrives in the mortal world (London), but in the second one, she’s here and she can’t go anywhere. She had to learn how to survive in this world so she could go home again sometime in the future.

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

I exercise first thing in the morning and then I sit down at the computer. I have to clear my emails and social media first. Then, I can begin writing with a clear mind. It doesn’t always work out that way and sometimes, I have to get writing early, just to get it out of my head. I’ve even written well into the night but that upsets my sleep pattern a lot.

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

It’s hard for me to answer this question because I don’t write a single novel. Generally, I write a series at one time and I don’t keep track of when I started to when I finished each book. And just because a first draft is done, doesn’t mean the book is done. It will go through many edits.

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

I’ll give you an example. Since ‘Edge of Death’ was just published, I start on the draft my next novel. I read it over and edit it myself before I send it out to a professional editor. She takes anywhere from six to eight weeks on it and sends it back for my review. I make corrections and send it back to her for another edit as well as send it out for comments from beta readers and my writing group. After I get all the comments together, I go over it again. Hopefully, it’s good to go, but sometimes, I have another re-read by my editor. When I think it’s done, I send it back to my editor, who is also the publisher of my ebook. She has my manuscript formatted for print and a cover is designed. She does the blurb for me and I publish the print version.

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

Yes. The first book in the Admiralty Archives trilogy is called ‘Curse of the Sea’ and this is the second one. There’s one more book coming and my working title is ‘Call from Home.”

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t be aspiring. Write!

  • Why should everyone read your book?

Because it’s fun and a nice place to get away from the turmoil in the real world.

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

I’d like to meet J.R.R. Tolkien, Alexander Dumas, and Rudyard Kipling.

  • What inspired you to write your book?

‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, made into film by Peter Jackson.

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

My next book, ‘Call from Home,’ is currently with my editor. In this one, my main character, Alex, has resigned herself to her life in exile on Earth but she keeps running across reminders of her home in Eledon, the Elf world. Although she tries to ignore it, she can’s do it when she senses danger.

 

About the Book

Title: Edge of Death: Book Two of the Admiralty Archives

Author: Joni Parker

Genre: Urban Fantasy

In this second installment of The Admiralty Archives, the warrior Lady Alexin, the Keeper of the Keys for the Elf realm of Eledon, finds herself exiled to the harsh world of near-future London. Rendered little more than a political pawn by the Elfin Council of Elders to avoid a war with the Rock Elves, she has little choice but to struggle to find her way in this strange new land. Taken under the protection of kindly mentors, Vice Admiral Malcolm Teller of the British Royal Navy and his wife, Alex brings all her skills to the fore as she uncovers a series of deadly plots.

Murder is on everyone’s mind as an underground White Supremacist organization takes aim at Admiral Teller while two wizards, resurrected from death, must kill Alex in order to survive. To make matters worse, the Rock Elves dispatch a hundred assassins from Eledon with their sole mission to bring Lady Alexin to the very… Edge of Death.

Author Bio

Writing fantasy novels are Joni Parker’s passion. She’s completed two series so far: “The Seaward Isle Saga” and “The Chronicles of Eledon.” Her latest series, “The Admiralty Archives, is a three-book series that begins with the “Curse of the Sea.” The second book is called “Edge of Death” and the third will be finished next year. In addition to her novels, Joni enjoys writing short stories and has contributed two stories to the anthology, “Beyond Tucson: Adventures in the Multiverse” with her writing group. Joni retired from the U.S. Navy and the Department of Homeland Security and currently resides in Tucson, Arizona with her sister.

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