Author Spotlight – Lesley Donaldson

Introducing Lesley Donaldson

I love creating fantastical worlds with compelling characters who take you on a journey away from the stress of your everyday life. My debut fantasy, “The Queen’s Viper”, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 Kindle Book Awards. If you like your stories so realistic you feel like you’re there, I’m sure you’ll love this grim-dark blend of historical and contemporary fantasy.

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

My stories take you to times and places that no longer exist… or do they? I love writing stories that blend real events with magic and supernatural elements, often with dark humour or tones.

The stories I write range in genre, from magical fantasy and adventure, to horror and space opera (the latter being in development). For me, creating compelling characters we love, or love to hate, is the most important part of the creative writing process.

My debut fantasy, “The Queen’s Viper”, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 Kindle Book Awards. I’m pleased to announce that I’m inviting fantasy readers to be in the sequel, “The Wrath of Atticus”, or to create a character with plot involvement for the conclusion of the series. My Kickstarter campaign offers all the details: http://bit.ly/WrathofAtticus.

I’m a hobby medievalist, a nurse, a special needs parent, and an often companionable wife.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

I wrote a blog post talking about real historical artifacts that I integrated into Viper’s story. http://writerlesleydonaldson.com/tudor-artifacts-fantasy/
Originally, Viper didn’t have a name. Then I came across a less than flattering image of Queen Elizabeth I holding a black snake (which had been painted over by white roses to hide it). Viper’s name and her role in history fell into place.

My latest book, “The Wrath of Atticus”, is the sequel to “The Queen’s Viper”.

Viper is a villainous protagonist caught between the mystery of her immortal past and the malice of mortals in the present. Her journey is a re-imagining of Celtic folklore in a seamless blend of historical and contemporary fantasy for a mature audience.

The first book follows Viper across two timelines: Tudor-Elizabethan England and modern London. Viper stumbles across the young Tudor Princess Elizabeth and a Crown Jewel that unlocks Viper’s repressed memories. To secure a path to her past, Viper ensures Elizabeth’s safety, setting the threatened princess upon the Throne of England. Viper’s journey leads her to Annys, the unforeseen enemy who imprisons her for 400 years.

Then, in 2012, Viper is inexplicably freed from her magical prison. With the help of her Foundling Owain, and his eclectic cadre of helpers, Viper sets off for revenge upon the descendants of those who imprisoned her, starting with Queen Elizabeth II. All the while, a malicious figure exerts his influence from the shadows.

Will immortal Viper overcome the power surging within herself even as Queens of Britain try to control her?

In the sequel, “The Wrath of Atticus”, anti-hero Viper may have forgotten her past, but it’s about to catch up with her. Grudgingly obligated to help mortals prepare for a prophesied war, Viper’s torn between helping her allies and pursing her own, selfish interests.

Visions of the past reveal that the mysterious Atticus has hunted Viper since the Iron Age, when Viper aided in Queen Boudica’s rebellion against invading Romans.

Before Viper uncovers the truth about Atticus, an assassin arrives from Veyandra, the Otherworldly home Viper has never seen. He gives her a warning she can’t ignore. Viper must choose her path before new enemies determine her untimely fate on the summer solstice.

Who is your intended readership?

Speculative fiction readers, mature audience

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

My entire life has been about stories, even when I took a detour and studied/worked in nursing. My first story was at the age of 3 about a cat named Dimples. If I wrote that story now, Dimples would be a bio-hacked lab cat subjugating humankind for their own good.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

This question is always hard for me to answer, because I find so many authors and series enjoyable to read. Stephen King and Dean Koontz have a lot of room on my shelves. I also like Shirley Jackson and Robin Hobbs. Lately, I’ve spent more time reading Canadian authors.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Read a book twice: once for fun, and the second for dissecting what made it work. Learn the strategies of crafting before you let your imagination loose. Many of the emerging authors I speak too have lots and lots of creative ideas, but lack the skill to integrate them into a publishable story.

Give yourself lots of time and push your creativity.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I love travelling with my family, and when time allows, I throw on garb and re-create certain aspects of medieval history. No plagues please!

What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

My Kickstarter (http://bit.ly/WrathofAtticus) had a huge boost within the first 24 hours. Even though it’s successfully funded, I’m taking backers on the journey to the $3000 stretch goal so I can release a book of short stories for free.

The short stories represent my range and tone, from fantastical (plus or minus monsters) to slipstream. My editor and I are bantering titles about. The current working name is “The Crying Leaves”.

The Wrath of Atticus

Immortal anti-hero Viper may have forgotten her past, but it’s about to catch up with her. Grudgingly obligated to help mortals prepare for a prophesied war, Viper’s torn between helping her allies and pursing her own selfish interests.

Visions of the past reveal that the mysterious Atticus has hunted Viper since the Iron Age, when Viper aided in Queen Boudica’s rebellion against invading Romans.

Before Viper uncovers the truth about Atticus, an assassin arrives from Veyandra, the Otherworldly home she has never seen. He gives her a warning she can’t ignore. Viper must choose her path before new enemies determine her untimely fate on the summer solstice.

 

Check Out The Kickstarter Campaign

Author Pages:

Amazon, Smashwords

Where to find Lesley Donaldson:

Website (Lesley Donaldson – Author of Speculative Fiction), Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog (Lesley Donaldson – Author of Speculative Fiction), Facebook, LinkedIn, Newsletter (Escape for Free!)

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Author Spotlight – C.J. Rose

Introducing C.J. Rose

RoseAnn Labriola, penning as C.J. Rose. I was born and raised here in Illinois, not far from Chicago. I am a hairstylist, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

I am a hairstylist, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. I have a select group of friends that I care deeply for and together we make up a merry band of board gaming nerds.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

The Ultimate Companion Cookbook-You will find some of yummiest recipes this side of the dimension. Each Character, each book, each actor, and each staff member has a recipe dedicated to them. Each chapter is a different adventure, from soups and salads, to desserts and drinks. Dive into the bbq lamb chops, or take a sip of the magic cocktail. Each one will entice your taste buds and bring you to a new world full of tastes and smells.

Who is your intended readership?

This book is written and designed for people of all ages. I wanted to write something the everyone could enjoy.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have always loved writing, whether it was poems, song lyrics or stories. I decided it was time to sit down and put my thoughts to paper of a story concept I have played with for long time. In the process, it developed into the full length version that I am proud to call my first published book, Bridge of the Gods – A Generation Son Chronicle. Now I have 3 novels in the series as well as a companion cookbook.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

Growing up I was never a fan of reading. It wasn’t until senior year when I took a novels class that I started to find enjoyment in it. One of the novels we were to read was Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It was then that I realized that the reason I didn’t enjoy reading was because I was reading the wrong thing.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Don’t give up. Write for yourself first, then your audience. If you get stuck, don’t be afraid to take a break from it and come back.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I have a major love for musical theater and just recently finished directing my first children’s musical (Madagascar Jr.) I am now in Hunchback of Notre Dame.

What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

Book 2 (To Rescue a King)-France, 1633; a time when ladies wore tight corsets, men’s boots came to their knees, and weaponry was a common accessory. In book 2 To Rescue a King, Come along with Luthor and Gwen as they travel back to a world here hygiene wasn’t the greatest, but parties were incredible. Fresh off the battle with Hera, Luthor finds himself teaming up with four of history’s most loyal and trusted men. With a new team of heroes, it’s a race to the finish in order to save the one true king.

Generation Chronicles: Bridge of the Gods


Bridge of the Gods is the first book in the Generation Chronicles series. It focuses on Luthor and Gwen. Here is the blurb: Luthor McAlester is a teenage boy living in San Diego, California. His father died when he was a child. Leaving him to become man of the house, living with his mother and younger sister. On his 18th birthday he discovers a power that has been held dormant until now. He is unsure what to do with it in the absence of this father’s guidance. His best friend Gwen, who claims to be oblivious, knows more than she is telling. Can Luthor figure out how to use his power and help the Gods like they ask with just the help of his best friend? Or will the lack of guidance from his father prove to be more than young Luthor can handle?

Buy Now: E-Book, Paperback

Where to find C.J. Rose:

Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, LinkedIn, Instagram, Blog (C.J. Rose Author and Blogger), Website (Facebook Street Team)

Book Spotlight – “Generation Chronicles: Bridge of the Gods” by C.J. Rose

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Book Blurb

Bridge of the Gods is the first book in the Generation Chronicles series. It focuses on Luthor and Gwen. Here is the blurb: Luthor McAlester is a teenage boy living in San Diego, California. His father died when he was a child. Leaving him to become man of the house, living with his mother and younger sister. On his 18th birthday he discovers a power that has been held dormant until now. He is unsure what to do with it in the absence of this father’s guidance. His best friend Gwen, who claims to be oblivious, knows more than she is telling. Can Luthor figure out how to use his power and help the Gods like they ask with just the help of his best friend? Or will the lack of guidance from his father prove to be more than young Luthor can handle?

Buy Your Copy Now! E-Book, Paperback

Read My Review! Here

From the Author

RoseAnn Labriola, penning as C.J. Rose. I was born and raised here in Illinois, not far from Chicago. I am a hairstylist, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. I have always loved writing, whether it was poems, song lyrics or stories. I decided it was time to sit down and put my thoughts to paper of a story concept I have played with for long time. In the process, it developed into the full length version that I am proud to call my first published book, Bridge of the Gods – A Generation Son Chronicle. Now I have 3 novels in the series as well as a companion cookbook.

Where To Find C.J. Rose

Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, LinkedIn, Instagram, Blog (C.J. Rose Author and Blogger), Website (Facebook Street Team)

Book Spotlight – “Do You Believe In Legend?” by Ani Manjikian

Book Blurb

Legend isn’t about people. It’s about pursuing a dream or higher ideal. About believing in something impossible and transforming the belief into reality through faith and hard work. The future is a legend written and unwritten.

Jo Mason believes that creativity, spontaneity, and faith exist as definable words, but not actionable items. Hearing her own voice where she shouldn’t have leaves her wondering about her place in time.

Jeff has always been there for her, offering encouragements, wise words when she needed them, and many other things she can never completely thank him for. She knows he replaced her cousin who died saving his life. When she questions why he didn’t get to stay with his family, Jeff replies that without his sacrifice fixing the timeline everything she knows would be different.

Randy, Jeff’s twin brother from the future, falls into Jo’s lap, both literally and figuratively. She hopes he can give her a better answer.

Only one slight problem…

He doesn’t remember anything about himself or his life and what he does, doesn’t help.

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From the Author

When not breathing life into her characters and worlds, Ani teaches servers how to display web pages.

Where To Find Ani Manjikian

Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Website

31 Days Of Halloween – Here’s What’s Coming Up

October is a month where I have a lot to celebrate. October 1st marks the anniversary of “Under A Hunter’s Moon” first appearing in print, and takes place on Halloween Eve itself.

This year the story turns three years old, so I decided to create a huge Halloween event, celebrating the work of my fellow indie authors. Everyone involved has submitted a Book Spotlight, Author Spotlight, Story, or Guest Post.

So What’s Happening? [updated @ 12:15 am (AKST) 10.30.17]

Here is a full listing of posts and events that are happening throughout the month.
The links in the Author column will take you to the individual author’s websites.
The links in the Topic column will take you to the posts, once they are live. Please note that posts will not be live until around 8am EST on the date of release. (This post will be updated as more authors join the event).

Date Author Topic
10/01/17 Anita Stewart Book Spotlight – “Horror Haiku Pas De Deux
10/02/17 Assaph Mehr Storytime – “Shade’s Shadow”
10/03/17 Anaïs Chartschenko Book Spotlight – “Bright Needles”
10/04/17 Stephanie Ayers Author Spotlight
10/05/17 Suzanna J. Linton Guest Post – “Black Cats On All Hallows Eve”
10/06/17 Angela B. Chrysler Event Spotlight – 4th Annual Brain To Books CyCon
10/07/17 Angela B. Chrysler Book Spotlight – “Broken”
10/08/17 Marnie Cate Book Spotlight – “Envy”
10/09/17 Angela B. Chrysler Book Spotlight – “Zombies From Outer Space… and Vampires”
10/10/17 Joe Compton Book Spotlight – “Amongst The Killing”
10/11/17 Kayla Matt Book Spotlight – “Hell Bent Arc 1”
10/12/17 Timothy Bateson “Asteroids In Film & Fiction”
10/13/17 Mackenzie Flohr Book Spotlight – “The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove”
10/14/17 Renee Scattersgood Author Spotlight
10/15/17 Timothy Bateson Top 10 Scary Superheroes & Super Villains
10/16/17 Heidi Angell Book Spotlight – “Elements of a Broken Mind”
10/17/17 K.N. Johnson Book Spotlight – “A Haunting Of Words”
10/18/17 Ariel Marie Book Spotlight – “Mating Two Dragons”
10/19/17 Timothy Bateson Top 10 Haunted Locations
10/20/17 Toi Thomas Author Spotlight
10/21/17 Catterfly Publishing Book Spotlight – “Mirrors & Thorns”
10/22/17 Ed Ireland Storytime – “The Iconic Face”
10/23/17 Ani Manjikian Book Spotlight – “Do You Believe In Legend?”
10/24/17 A.L. Mabry Author Spotlight
10/25/17 A.L. Mabry Character Interview – “Miranda Spencer”
10/26/17 Tiffany Apan Book Spotlight – “Descent”
10/27/17 Timothy Bateson Book Spotlight – “Under A Hunter’s Moon”
10/28/17 A.F. Stewart Book Spotlight – “Killers and Demons I & II”
10/29/17 Patricia Josephine Author Spotlight
10/30/17 Myk Pilgrim Halloween Movie Marathon
10/31/17 Timothy Bateson “31 Days Of Halloween – Happy Halloween”
10/27/17 thru 10/31/17 Timothy Bateson “Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)” will be FREE over on Amazon

30 Days Of Halloween – Send Me Your Guest Posts

Under A Hunter's Moon - 3rd Anniversary Celebration“Under A Hunter’s Moon” – Celebrates 3 Years in Print

My first story, “Under A Hunter’s Moon” appeared in print for the first time, back in 2014. Every year since then I have mad an effort to celebrate the event in some way.

31 Days of Halloween

That means it’s time for me to host another 31 Days of Halloween, where I host a range of guest posts, book spotlights, etc. I’m hoping to have enough material to release one slot every day throughout October.

The month will culminate in a very special event over the weekend leading up to Halloween itself, but I’m keeping the details to myself until that time.

Here’s How You Can Take Part

Readers: If you have a Halloween experience you’d like to share, please email me at timothy.bateson.author@gmail.com . I love collecting stories, and I’d love to hear from those of you who follow the blog. Alternatively, you can leave comments on individual posts, especially if you read a post and loved it.

Writers: I’m looking to gather 30 individual posts for this event. I’m looking for Author Spotlights, Book Spotlights, Poetry, and Guests Posts themed around Halloween. There are forms to fill out for the book and author spotlights, but for anything else, click the “Pitch A Guest Post” image, and email the information.

Deadlines:

I need to get all the guest posts and spotlight information as soon as possible. If you would like the post to release on a give date, let me know in your email (or in the “Additional Notes” on the forms).