Thursday, July 28, 2011

Author Interview With Haresh Daswani :D

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our last post for the International Indie Author Blog Hop! Today on the blog we have a chat with author Haresh Daswani about his novel, The Evolution Of Insanity. So, before we get to the meat and potatoes of this blog post, let's take care of some business first:


An author having a conversation with his fictional character, or losing control of his character, mind numbing points leading one twists and turns spinning the mind of the reader with hallucinogenic colors, concepts, and eurekas.

The short stories begin simplified, and walks together with the author as he takes a personal journey deep within the universe of his own consciousness, dwelling, prodding, dissecting, and creating...

This book is a play on different writing styles uniquely conjured by the writer from random inspiration and experimentation with poetry as prior experience. This is a chronological anthology spanning the imagination and sanity of the writer.

This book is a collection of humour, satire, and philosophy, with the most unique writing style and twists. This book evolves as one reads, from basic and simple stories of humor, to deeper and more profound satire best savored twice.

And now for our little chat with author Haresh Daswani. Hope you all enjoy it!

1. In eight words or less, how would you describe your novel, The Evolution of Insanity?

Compilation of unconventional short stories

2. What inspires you as an author?

I enjoy writing what I think, what to ponder upon, and what possibilities and thoughts exist. I enjoy evolving my thoughts, reflecting on life, and live curiously. I enjoy challenging what is taboo, and see the entire universe in a different light, in rose tinted glasses, or amber and green for the left, while the right lens would be blue and red. I want to confuse, question, and rediscover together with my readers. This is a conversation, this book does get the reader involved.

3. How would you describe your writing style?

I dwell into experimental literature. I have hailed from poetry and was always experimenting on different styles. My writing has been highly evolving, wherein no two pieces may even share the same writing style. Each piece plays, each piece is a riddle, and this is the main reason why it all has to be chronological, so that the reader can see the evolving literary pattern.

4. Are you currently working on any new projects?

I am continuously writing new pieces. If this book proves well, then I will give more emphasis on the next book.

5. Where did your draw your inspiration from when you wrote The Evolution of Insanity?

They're random, but there was a deeper need to express thoughts and concepts, to educate, to question, and to be questioned. Each piece is a riddle, and was made as such.

6. What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?

I am a member of 3 non profit organizations, helping the environment, instilling leadership concepts, etc. As well as being an environmental solutions provider

7. What writer(s) has been a big influence on you and your writing?

PJ O'rourke, Chuck Pallahnuk, Haruki Murakami, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Douglas Adams, Geeta Mehta, Mikhail Bulgakov, many others.

8. If there was one piece of advice you could share with an author who's just starting to write, what would it be?

Write what you want to express, not what sells. If you write what you wish to write, you will write timeless pieces.

9. If you could have a paranormal power or be any type of creature, what would it be?

I have always wanted to be a handsome devil, with all the wealth, fame, and dark powers. Villainy is something I would enjoy. Someone has to play the part

Here are a few places where you can find out more about Haresh Daswani's novel, The Evolution Of Insanity:

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Interview With Author Reena Jacobs ;D

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our fifth post for the International Indie Author Blog Hop! Today on the blog we have the pleasure of chatting with author Reena Jacobs about her paranormal romance, Shadow Cat, and her little love story, I loved You First. Now, as always, we have a little business to contend with first before we get to the spilt tea (gossip/details).

Eric Randall’s plan is simple—fix the mess his researchers have created in Malaysia, experience the pleasures the country has to offer, and return to the comforts of America. All it takes is one beautiful aborigine, and Eric finds himself stranded in a world of Malaysian myths and legends. A novice shaman amongst her people, Berani is free and independent. Yet all is not well in her homeland. Demons prey on her people, pushing them to extinction. When a strange speaking man invades her forest, she has one more worry to add to her already troubled life. Attraction or no, she will fight Eric tooth and claw to maintain her freedom. But will she destroy herself in the process? If Berani wishes to save her family… if Eric wishes to reclaim his old life, they must stand together against the threats of encroaching wehr-tigers and bloodsucking demons… or perish.

My best friend was more than just a best friend to me. Three words summed it up: I heart him. I’d never tell him though. I wasn’t stupid. Besides, what he’d told no one, but me, was a little something I wished I could forget… or ignore. He was gay. I guess gay wouldn’t be bad if I wasn’t so in love with him. Now it was just cruel.

Stereotypes run amok in this college love story: Parties, alcohol, hookups, and breakups. Alexandria Carmichael may find it a bit much as she deals with the unreturned love from the boy who completes her. When all is revealed, not only does she risk losing her best friend forever, but also herself. Without her childhood companion for support, Alexandria takes a journey of self-discovery but fears what she’ll find at the end.

And now, let's get to the part you've all been waiting for...let's spill some tea with Reena Jacobs, shall we?

1. In five words or less, how would you describe Shadow Cat?

Sexy, exotic, grisly, unique, steamy

2. What are you working on now?

I’m working diligently on releasing my next work I Loved You First. It’s a college love story about a gal in love with her best friend. Great! That works. One snag… he’s gay. The anticipated release date is August 1, 2011. For now, readers can add I Loved You First to their Goodreads list.

3. Where did your draw your inspiration for Shadow Cat’s story from?

Other than being a lover of paranormal romance, I’d have to say research. Shadow Cat truly was research driven. After I decided to write about wehr-tigers, I happened upon Malaysian folklore. From there, the story branched out. What would be important to a clan living in the jungles? If one were to ask me, who came first: Eric or Berani? I’d have to go with Berani. She is the original protagonist, and Eric is her antagonist.

4. What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?

Not writing? You mean there’s life outside of not writing? Church, spending time with my family, and reading.

5. What writer(s) has been a big influence on you?

My immediate answer is always Sherrilyn Kenyon. Her works were my introductory into the paranormal romance genre. I’d longed to read romance but was tired of the same old drab story lines. So much, I’d not picked up a romance for years. Then a bookstore clerk pointed me to Sherrilyn Kenyon. The author revitalized my love for romances. I was on such a paranormal romance kick when I started to write, that’s where I started.

6. If there was one piece of advice you could share with an author who's just starting to write, what would it be?

Don’t let the bull people feed you discourage you from following your dreams. Most folks are stumbling around on hearsay and spreading information someone else told them like it’s absolute. In truth, there are too many variables floating in the wind to determine who is and who isn’t going to be a success in this industry.

Don’t believe me? Look at the history of some of the success stories. You’ll find most (if not all) of them broke some golden rule: Fugly cover art, substandard editing, snubbed someone. I’m not saying to toss everything to the wind. Definitely put your best foot forward. Just know that luck hits some folks harder than others, and you might be the next recipient.

7. What do you admire most about your main character?
Strength. I try to write strong heroines. Sometimes my heroines’ bold attitudes get in the way, but they’re not pushovers. And if they start off with noodles for spines, by the end I hope I’ve pushed my minions to find that inner burn to stand up for themselves.

8. If you could have a paranormal power or be a certain creature, what would it be?

Mind reading, hands down. Would I abuse my powers? Uh… yeah. Of course I would.

9. What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?

The Joy Luck Club. Long time ago, in another life, I took a Women’s History course, and The Joy Luck Club was mandatory reading. I cannot tell you how much I did not want to read that book. Then the instructor played the movie in class. OMG! That movie was wonderful. I went home and devoured the book. Then I cruised through the rest of Amy Tan’s works.

The Joy Luck is probably the only movie I watched first then read the book. Of course it was mandatory, but still. J

Thanks for having me, Carol and Adam.

Here are just a few links where you can find Reena's works:

Reena Jacobs is just your typical writer who loves to see her words in print. As an avid reader, she’s known to hoard books and begs her husband regularly for “just one more purchase.” Her home life is filled with days chasing her preschooler and nights harassing her husband. Between it all, she squeezes in time for writing and growling at the dog. You can find Reena on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer, Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Nobles, and Smashwords.

Today, July 27th is the next stop for the Indie Author Blog Hop. So make sure you hop on over to these sites for more spilt tea:

Haresh Daswani hosts an excerpt of Reena Jacob’s, Shadow Cat, on his blog.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Author Interview With Lenore Wolfe :D

Hello Blogosphere,

So here we are with the fourth post in the International Indie Author Blog Hop! Today on the blog we have a wonderful chat with author Lenore Wolfe about her paranormal novel, Doorway of the Triquetra, and her western romance novel, Dark Warrior. And oh does she spill some tea (gossip details) ladies and gentlemen! So let's get some business out of the way first before we give you guys a little look into her creative author mind, shall we?

Dark Warrior

Book Blurb:

Amanda Kane has always had visions of the man she's destined to marry--a cowboy who will help her save her ranch. But Hawk is no ordinary cowboy. He carries a powerful secret. A secret that leads to betrayal. She spent years with a secret society of Lakota women, who taught her the ancient ways. Now, she must seek the Grandmothers, from beyond the veil, if they are stop a man behind a mask.

Book Excerpt:
He was magnificent—standing there, waiting for her to reach his side. And soon after she did, their lives became irrevocably woven together. Mandy likened it to a silvery, invisible thread, joining their hearts. And she knew the Grandmothers smiled.

She felt rebellious, right now, with their sure vision of her path. A path with the Hawk . . . their lives entwined. Her heart pounded—fanciful thoughts. But her mind soon followed down the path her heart had taken, with what would have been—could have been—had she not insisted this marriage be—in name only.

She had done so, only an hour ago, and he had only looked at her, an unreadable gleam in his eyes. He hadn’t argued, hadn’t said one word.
She had wanted to cry.

“Second thoughts already?” his whisper caressed her face.

Meg hugged her, then, and ran off to take care of their hotel.

Mandy frowned as she watched her friend disappear. Meg was clearly enjoying this—too much. She shook her head at Hawk. “No, the marriage has its merits,” she answered, trying for a neutral tone.

He let that jab slide, grinning. “I wasn’t talking about the marriage—exactly.”

Startled, she looked up and was captured, completely off guard, by the intense look in his gold eyes. He’d read her mind, again, drat the man, or was her body giving her away?

She should look away—really she should—but suddenly, she couldn’t remember why.

“Give over Mandy,” he whispered. His gaze refusing to release her from the fine thread he was weaving around her. She was caressed by it—captured by it. And each time, the web grew stronger. “You want this marriage in every way, every bit as much as I, admit it, Mandy,” his low voice fanned the flames.

Mandy opened her mouth, then shut it. She fought for control, lost, and opened her mouth, again, but the words of denial wouldn’t come.

His hand touched the side of her face, his thumb sliding possessively over her lips, stroking her bottom lip again, and again, until she thought she would faint with pleasure.

She’d made a fatal mistake with her heart, thinking she could control this. She should have listened to the danger signs—to all the warnings, and now, it was too late. There was no holding back—any part of her, at least, not anything strong enough to hold back this tide of love—and desire. Even though, the love part lay only on her side.

She’d been a fool

And her heart was going to pay the price, but she couldn’t stop, now.

Hawk’s intense, green-gold eyes searched her face, knew the exact instant she surrendered, and only by iron will did he wait to hear the words.

Words avowing her complete surrender.

She nodded.

He shook his head. “Say it,” he softly commanded. “Tell me what you want.”

Mandy’s tongue darted out to moisten her lips and heard Hawk groan. She swallowed, her eyes closing for a moment with her body’s reaction to that simple sound. The fires were rapidly burning out of control. “You.” She looked into his golden gaze. “I want you.”

Hawk picked her up and walked straight out of Doc’s house and across the street to the hotel, where he’d rented a room for the night.

Doorway of the Triquetra
Book Blurb:

When an ancient medallion is passed down to her, Mira is not happy to learn she is the next Jaguar Witch, bound by the blood of the Jaguar, to cross the doorway and learn the Way of the Stone. She must find the Doorway of the Triquetra, but each move she makes only leads her to a deeper mystery, where all of her past lives are bound--to four immortal men.

Extended Book Blurb:

On the misty streets of Saint Louis, late at one night, Mira spots something she could not possibly be seeing on these city streets, unless the zoo has lost a large black cat, a jaguar to be exact. When she peeks to see if the cat has come after her, an old woman stands before her, long, black hair, threaded with black fur, and shot through with silver, falls down the old woman's back. She cannot get a sense of her age. Mira senses the jaguar she'd spotted, only moments before, in the movements of this old woman before her. One moment, she appears very old, the next, strong and supple. Her eyes have a strange mixture of yellow-gold, and dark gray. She hands Mira a large, silver disk. Mira looks down at the ancient disk, to find she is holding some kind of medallion, engraved with Hebrew lettering, and when she looks up, the old woman is gone.

The answers to the medallion lead her on a journey to find the Doorway of the Triquerta and revelations of her kin, the Jaguar people, the ancient shapeshifters. Before the doorway stands an old dragon. He is the keeper of the doorway. Once the doorway is open, she can see across the veil. There is no turning back. There is no shutting the door, once it's opened. Mira must find a way to go through the doorway. She is kin to the Jaguar People. She must walk the dangerous path of the Way of the Stone and live to write the book, a key to those who can perceive that which they cannot see. But she must journey into the underworld and learn ancient mysteries to be the living key--and there are those who do not want this book written--and will do anything to stop her.

The old woman's words lead Mira to Denver, Colorado where she finds herself at a huge, gothic mansion and meets a handsome man, by the name of Micah, who shows her how the paths she has taken, in her past lives, have led her to this place, now, in her current life. She must learn to integrate her past lives to succeed in taking her rightful place as the next Jaguar Witch to walk the Way of the Stone. Mira also meets a man in silver and white, named Lucius, and two other men, named Roman and Caesar, named after the lifetimes they had led in Rome. These four men have come to awaken her, to help her remember her past lives, and the part they will play now.
Mira must come into her next power to stop forces, who will do anything to stop her. The old woman comes to her, again, and teaches her the magic of shape-shifting. She is part of an ancient clan of shape-shifters, the Jaguar People. Magic presses in on her everywhere. She must fight old fears, taught to her by the church, and remember knowledge of things she does not want to remember, things that will bring back an evil sorcerer, who has destroyed her before. Forces of chaos press in on her. Behind every corner hides another attempt on her life, and she does not know what power lies waiting to destroy her, in this lifetime, too, if she should fail, yet again. Not everything is as it seems.

And now, who's ready to hear some spilt tea? Without further ado here is our chat with author Lenore Wolfe:

1. In seven words or less, how would you describe your novel Dark Warrior? Paranormal Doorway to the Triquetra?

Dark Warrior: LOL Love and gunfighters don't mix:)

Doorway of the Triquetra: Mira is the next Jaguar Witch.

2. Where did your draw your inspiration for your stories?

For my Western romance: I began reading romance at 13. Sheesh that's young--I'm not sure what my mother was thinking:) But my father was an old mountain man, who grew up around the old-time cowboys of Montana. (These were old cowboys who witnessed a time when cars and barbed wire fences took over). I also grew up listening to the stories my great-grandmother used to tell. She was born in 1887. And Montana was still wild when my father was a child--and still had family feuds when I was a child. So I grew up with old stories.

I love the complexities and heartbreaking nuances of love. And I love history, so these two loves naturally went together for me.

For my paranormal: I was raised very religious, but I was spiritual and earth based. These two things put me at odds with myself, so though it took me years to break myself free, when I did, I found that I very much believe in a full-blown spirit world--that many only give lip service to. The spirit world both fascinates me, and challenges me to learn more.

From there, it didn't take much for me to play the 'what if' game. And 'what ifs' have lead to many interesting ideas and stories--if I can get them all down on paper:)

3. Which one of your characters, in either novel, do you relate to most, if any?

Hawk. He's as mysterious and changing as the wild west use to be. He is the picture of spirit, and the mountains I miss.

4. Do you have a current work in progress you would like to share with us?

Yes. I am working on a dark thriller called The Fallen One. He is from the Jaguar people, but he grew up defending himself from gangs on the streets of Chicago, and that caused him to gain his powers, and change, early in life, leading him to use those powers for his own, and his sisters, protection. As an adult, he struggles with the man he wishes to be, and the monster he has become.

She is also from the Jaguar People, but she grew up learning to use her powers naturally--to protect the human race.

5. What element of your stories did you enjoy writing the most and why?

Spirit. I'm continually fascinated with what we say we believe about our world--and what continues to tease us about our world. For example, what drives so many to enjoy reading about the paranormal world? To me, this is a blend of spirit, mixed with a longing of some sort mystery, which sits outside our consciousness and provokes us into becoming--and if we can't do that, it provokes us into trying to lose ourselves into our addictions so that we no longer feel the call.

6. What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not writing?

Anything that gets me outdoors in the sunshine--which I am not getting enough of sitting indoors and marketing all the time LOL

7. We know that writing is a lot of work. Some days scenes flow well, but other days they make you want to pull your hair out. How do you get over the days where you feel nothing in your story is coming together?

I stop and take a few minutes. When it's difficult, it's a sure sign you're missing something--or you're on the wrong path altogether.

8. If you could have a paranormal power or be a certain creature, what would it be?

A shapeshifter--a jaguar. I've been completely intrigued by big cats since I can remember, and that fascination floors me when it comes to the jaguar.

9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you want to call home?
I'd probably go back to Alaska. It's the wildness, I miss.

Now, we know you're all asking yourself, where can I find these books? Well, here are a few places where you can find Lenore Wolfe’s Works:


Dark Warrior:

Doorway of the Triquetra:


Dark Warrior:

Doorway of the Triquetra:

Barnes and Noble:

Dark Warrior:

Paranormal Doorway of the Triquetra:

Today, July 26th is the next stop for the Indie Author Blog Hop. So make sure you hop on over to these sites for more spilt tea:

A Teaser of Reena Jacob’s paranormal romance, Shadow Cat, on Katie M. John's blog.

Excerpt for Angel Haze's thriller, Bloodletter, on Reena Jacobs's blog. 

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Monday, July 25, 2011

The Cauldron Has Spoken...We Have Our Giveaway Winners!!!

Heya Everyone!

First of all, we'd love to thank everyone who entered and spread the word about our giveaway! So, we officially made it to 2,000 Tweeps on Twitter last Friday, and as promised we're giving away 3 The Childe swag packs. Just in case you all were wondering how we chose our winners, here's a little breakdown: for every point you received, we wrote your name down that many times. Then we cut them all out and put them into our "Lucky" witch cauldron, and then randomly drew out three names (a little old school...we know, haha). So without further ado...HERE ARE THE WINNERS!!!


We will be holding many more giveaways in the future, especially with our second book's release just around the corner! So do keep a look out for those. Thank you all again for entering! WE LOVE ALL OF OUR TWEEPS!

Happy Reading,

C.A. Kunz
(Carol and Adam Kunz) 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Author Interview With Jeffrey Martin

Hiya Blogosphere!

It's our third post for the Indie Author Blog Hop, and do we have a treat for you all today! We had the pleasure of chatting with Author Jeffrey Martin on the blog about himself, his book, and we even got him to spill some tea (gossip/details). But first, we need to take care of some business, and present you with a little blurb for Jeffrey Martin's thriller novel 3:16:

For most people, an experience with social networking helps them connect with new acquaintances and bridge the gap between long-lost friends. But one man has adopted its resources to fulfill a more sinister agenda.

Brandon Thornley uses the database to search for potential victims as he feeds his thirst for blood. What Brandon doesn’t realize is that someone has accepted his request…and this person is even more ruthless than him.

New Haven Police Detective Patrick Morgan is assigned to investigate a string of ritualistic murders, which leads him to discover that the killer has left behind something valuable.Armed with the evidence he needs to bring a madman to justice, Detective Morgan sets his sights on his target. Unfortunately for him, he’s not the only one, and his competition will do anything to ensure he fails.

And now the moment you've all been wating for...our interview with Author Jeffrey Martin:

1. In seven words or less, how would you describe your novel 3:16?

Social Networking and serial killer collide!

2. What are you currently working on now?

I’m working on three projects right now. The first, is a novella titled, Cupid’s Kill. I have brought back my two protagonists from Deadly Demented, Brian Jeffers and Kelli Jordan, and this time they try to catch a serial killer who extracts the human heart of his victims, replacing it with something you won’t believe…. Hehe.

The next is a digital novella, author collaboration with Giovanni Gelati titled, Forsaken. It’s about a serial killer, who leaves a unique calling card at the feet of all of his victims. A calling card written in blood!

My third project is my fourth novel, Weaving Evil. A female serial killer utilizes the poisonous toxins of the Brown, Recluse, Black Widow, African Bannana Spider, and many other dangerous arachnid to take revenge on her male victims.

3. Where did your draw your inspiration for your story 3:16?

I watch how social networking has become the kool-aid for today’s trendy, and if you could add a serial killer utilizing it for his own personal pleasure, it would be very intriguing indeed.  

4. What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?

I spend a great deal of free time, on a rigorous physical fitness routine, and enjoy the adrenalin I get from that, to start my creative juices.

5. What writer(s) has been a big influence on you and your writing?

There are two authors in particular, whom I attribute my interest in pursuing the writing field. The first is, John Saul. I remember reading his books in high school, and the teenage protagonist was perfect for me. Mixing in horror and suspense was something I believe he did with perfection. Plus, being a teenager myself, I could truly identify with his main character. (No, I didn’t kill any adult in a horrific manner… lol). The second author is John Sandford. I read his books, while I was in the Marine Corps and the Lucas Davenport series was one of the best I have ever experienced. Using a Midwest Law Enforcement official hit close to home, because I was from there, and it was easy to identify with the places he mentions in his work. To this day, I think Lucas Davenport is out there, catching evil-doers and running his software company…

6. What element of your story did you enjoy writing the most and why?

I enjoyed incorporating the true meaning to the 3:16 title, and creating another subplot, that really made the book what is is.

7. Do you have anything in common with your main character?

I think Brian Jeffers from my first two novels, is a pretty accurate account of who I am, and what makes me tick. I put a great deal of energy into him, and it seems, most people enjoy him as a featured protagonist.

8. If you could have a paranormal power or be any type of creature, what would it be?

I would like to have ESP. The ability to see the future, and be able to make changes accordingly. Boy, do I have a good paranormal story in mind for next year.

9. What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?

The Lovely Bones would have to be favorite. The casting for the appropriate parts were outstanding. The female lead playing Susie Salmon made the movie what it was. A very great book, turned into a wonderful heart-touching film.

Here are just a few places where you can connect with Jeffrey Martin to check him and his work out:

July 21st is the next stop for the Indie Author Blog Hop. So make sure you hop on over to these sites for more spilt tea:

Reena Jacobs hosts an interview with Angel Haze about her thriller, Bloodletter.
Angel Haze interviews us on her blog.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

2,000 Tweeps Giveaway!!! :D

Hello Everyone!
So, we have a big announcement tonight on the blog *Drum Roll*. As of right now we're 88 tweeps shy of reaching 2,000 followers on Twitter, and to celebrate we're having a HUGE giveaway :D Just how huge, you're wondering? Well, we're giving away 3 The Childe swag packs, which include a signed paperback copy of The Childe in each! Oh, and we almost forgot, the giveaway is INTERNATIONAL too ;)
So here are the deets for the giveaway:

We're giving away 3 The Childe swag packs once we reach 2000 Twitter followers! Here's a pic of what you get if you win!
Contents of each swag pack:
A personalized/signed paperback copy of The Childe
A The Childe bookmark
A The Childe Button
A moonstone necklace (on a silver chain...mentioned in case you have a allergic reaction to silver) ***Comes in the light purple bag***
A moonstone bracelet ***Comes in the dark purple swirl bag***

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Extra Entries:

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Giveaway ends once we reach 2,000 Twitter followers!
Good Luck Everyone! We Wish You Books...And Swag! :D