New Release & Giveaway: Dragon’s Quest by Cyci Cade

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Dragon’s Quest
Dragon Princes Book 1
by Cyci Cade
Genre: Fantasy
Three lives separated by time and land, connected by curse.
Two princes from the Dragon ́s Dynasty, Liu and Wei,
are cursed and condemned to live as dragons. After two
centuries their fate changes when Kate appears in their lives
and they are able to return to their human form. However,
the curse isn ́t broken yet.
To break the curse, the princes must recover the eyes and heart of the
Great Dragon. As Liu, Wei, and Kate embark on a journey to
the Palace of Jade in search of the first eye, they ́ll
have to face mythological creatures and immortal warriors.
They ́ll have to face death too, and prove that they are
honorable men to save Kate ́s life.
They ll be tested as never before. They ́ll discover
feelings they never imagined existed. They ́ll have to fight like
wild warriors.
A curse can be broken… But at what cost?
**Releases Feb 15th, 2017!!**

 Chapter 1



China, 1800.

Xuan´s fingers tightened around the spear; her knuckles became white. She wasn´t a warrior, she had only taken a few self-defense classes years ago and she wasn´t sure how to use that weapon; she also didn´t have the necessary strength to manage it. She had never thought that one day she might need to defend her sons´ lives. How could a weakened woman fight against a warrior? He was twice her height, and he was committed to destroy her family. Even the very well-trained soldiers fell by his sword; her husband was probably one of his victims.

The warrior moved toward her. Xuan pointed the spear directly at his chest and ran toward the man. Dodging her blow, he held the spear and pulled the weapon, dragging Xuan with it, throwing her onto the wall. Her head spun, and her vision was foggy. She just heard the rough voice of the warrior.

“It´s my lucky day.” He laughed. “Who could imagine that I´d find the Emperor´s sons in this place? I looked for gold and found something much better.” He looked at her. “Do you have any idea how much money I´ll get for the babies?” He leaned his head back and laughed again.

“I will give you what you want, but don´t touch my babies.” At first, she begged and then she threatened. “Or you´ll know a mother´s fury.”

He stared at her, narrowing his eyes. “Look at you, woman. You can´t support your own weight.” He turned his back to her and moved to the bed.

The babies cried out. She looked to the corridor, hoping that someone had heard them and would come to their rescue; however, it didn´t happen, nobody appeared. She crawled and grasped the spear that had fallen a few feet from her. Still on the floor, she saw the repugnant man´s dirty hands approaching her sons. He´d touch them. He´d hurt the newborns. She had to stop that man.

She held the spear firmly, yelled, and once more ran toward the man as if powerful hands had lifted Xuan to her feet. She should have done that movement silently because the man turned to her, positioning his sword, but he wasn´t fast enough. She hit his chest.

Xuan released the weapon. The warrior slumped on the floor; she felt her stomach tingling. Pain spread throughout her entire body. She looked down; the soldier had hurt her too. She put a hand on the wound and pressed it. She tried to stop the bleeding, but her unstable legs didn´t have strength enough to support her body and she fell on the floor near the dead warrior, her face against the cold tile.

She looked at her newborn babies for the last time, tears gushed out of her eyes, blurring her vision. The babies cried, waving their short arms; she wondered how she ended up in that situation. I´m not feeling anything else. I´m dying. I´m dying, but I don´t want to die; I can´t die. I have two babies, but even though I´m dying and I can´t stop it, I can´t change it. In a split second, that whole day passed in front of her eyes like a movie.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Secondhand Life by Pamela Crane

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A Secondhand Life:
(The Killer Thriller Series Book 1)
by Pamela Crane
Genre: A compelling serial killer thriller
**”A Secondhand Life” is a standalone psychological thriller
featuring characters also found in the companion novella, “A
Secondhand Lie.”**
2016 New Apple Literary Award in Psychological Thrillers, First Place Winner

2016 Reader’s Favorite Award in Thrillers, First Place Winner

2015 Library Journal selection

2016 Chanticleer Clue Awards nominee
2016 Silver Falchion Best Fiction nominee
A heart never forgets its last beat…
In a freak collision when she was twelve, Mia Germaine faced death and
the loss of her father. A heart transplant from a young murder victim
saved her life, but not without a price. Twenty years later, chilling
nightmares about an unresolved homicide begin to plague Mia.
Compelled by these lost memories, she forms a complicated connection
to the victim—the girl killed the night of Mia’s accident—due
to a scientific phenomenon called “organ memory.”
Now suffocating beneath the weight of avenging a dead girl and catching a
serial killer on the loose dubbed the “Triangle Terror,” Mia must
dodge her own demons while unimaginable truths torment her—along
with a killer set on making her his next victim.
As Mia tries to determine if her dreams are clues or disturbing
phantasms, uninvited specters lead her further into danger’s path,
costing her the one person who can save her from herself. More than a
page-turning thriller, “A Secondhand Life” weaves a tale of
second chances and reclaimed dreams as this taut, refreshing story
ensnares and penetrates you.

The last thing I remembered was my life splintering—the crack of bones, the crunch of glass, the shriek of scraping metal … normalcy as I knew it gone forever and in its place a ghastly existence. After the accident, my life would never be the same.

Gone were the days of carefree antics and childish joys. All that remained of my life was a higher calling, a calling I never asked for but had no choice but to accept.

A Secondhand Lie:
A gripping short story thriller
(The Killer Thriller Series Book 0)
**”A Secondhand Lie” is the companion novella featuring characters
also found in the full-length standalone thriller, “A Secondhand
Sometimes you know things you’re not supposed to know. Things that you can
never un-know. Things that will change the course of your life…and
the fate of the ones you love.
I found her in our living room, bleeding and close to death, but alive.
Barely. Until morning stole her last breath. The media called her
killer the “Triangle Terror” … and then forgot about her. But I
never forgot—my murdered sister, and an investigation that led to
my own resurrection from the dead.
Twenty-two years ago, on a cold February night, Landon Worthington lost his
father for the last time. After an armed robbery gone wrong, evidence
and witness testimony pointed a shaky finger at Dan
Worthington—deadbeat dad and alcoholic husband. But before the dust
could settle over the conviction, Landon’s preteen sister, Alexis,
is murdered in their home, plunging Landon’s life into further
Two decades and a cold case later, Landon is dogged by guilt over their
estranged relationship and decides to confront his incarcerated
father-of-the-year about what really happened the night of the
robbery. But the years of lies are hard to unravel. And the biggest
question of all haunts him: How does everything tie into his sister’s
And so begins Landon’s journey to piece together the puzzle of secrets,
lies, and truths that can free his father, avenge his sister, and
perhaps save himself.

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Book Blitz: A Northern Rebel by John J. Schaffer


Historical Romance

Date Published:  February 2016

Jameson Hartford and his wife, Abigail, return to their home in South Carolina to claim his inheritance, the Serenity Plantation, where he is determined to free all his workers and put an end to the evils of enslavement. He encounters hostility and hatred from family, friends, an entire community, and even his wife, as he steadfastly holds to his beliefs. Through the ordeal, he meets and falls in love with Delilah, one of his female workers, which further complicates the volatile situation.

 Outnumbered and alone, he must sacrifice everything as he attempts to liberate Delilah and her people, facing confrontations, treachery, and even betrayal, culminating in a final deadly showdown between precious freedom and extreme prejudice.

 A Northern Rebel is a romantic adventure that touches on human emotions and forbidden love amidst the rich backdrop of the old South at the onset of the Civil War.

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 Jameson tossed and turned until the wee small hours of the

morning, unable to fall asleep. His thoughts were filled with the

events of the day: Abigail, Bethany Sue, and especially Delilah.

He felt guilty about Abigail and shocked by Bethany Sue but

couldn’t get Delilah out of his mind. She suffered so much at the

hands of unscrupulous men. He decided to rise, get dressed, and

go down to slave row to be sure she was all right. He carefully

opened the bedroom door, and being reassured that Bethany Sue

was not there, he crept along the wall and down the stairs, finally

reaching the main door. He turned the knob and pulled the door

open, letting the hot, moist air engulf him.

He started down the path then suddenly stopped, wondering

what he would say to her. Would she think he was coming to take

advantage of her, to hurt her like his brother did? He decided this

was not such a good idea and it would be in his best interest to

go back to the house. He turned to retreat but was stopped by

a voice.

“Mista Jameson?”

He turned around to see Delilah standing there; looking

absolutely beautiful bathed in the pale moonlight.


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Valentine Countdown Blitz Day 2: The Heart of the Hunter by Natalie-Nicole Bates

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Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.
Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian photography, Frozen Charlotte dolls, and antique poison bottles.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.


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After a devastating accident, Barret Atkins has accepted a quiet, solitary existence. His life is turned upside down, when he finds the badly injured Kansas Smith, left for dead in a case of mistaken identity. As Kansas begins to recover, Barret must face some deep scars of his own. When the couple begin to fall for each other, their lives spin into a revival of past hurts, jealousies, and betrayals, causing Barret to put a halt to their budding relationship.
Barret’s hesitation causes his best friend-turned vicious rival, Duncan Craig, to pursue a friendship with Kansas. Where will this leave Barret? Can they all hold on long enough to escape Kansas’s attacker, and will they ever conquer their own inner demons intent on keeping them apart.




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Q & A with the Author
Tell us about things you enjoy
— what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
I enjoy collecting Victorian era
photographs, as well as Frozen Charlotte dolls. I take a real sense of pride
and satisfaction being able to restore things to their original beauty.
When did you first realize you
were an author?
I think it would have to be when I held my
first paperback book in my own hands.
Have you done anything
writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a
lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?
This past autumn I won second prize in a
horror story opening contest. It was nice to get acknowledgment of my writing
outside my usual genres.
What is the thing you struggle
with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
Probably finding the time to actually sit
down and put my words into the computer. I have books plotted in my mind to
last me well beyond my lifetime. I have had to set times for writing and stick
to them.
What is the “message” of your
writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values,
encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)
I don’t think I have a particular message
in my books, but I do use characters who are normal people in extraordinary
circumstances that they work to overcome. I don’t sugarcoat reality.
What are your thoughts/feelings
on ebook vs. print book?
Two different entities. I love that ebooks
are instant. You go to a website, order, and receive. You can read right away.
With paperbacks, there is a certain sense of satisfaction to be able to hold
the book in your hands.
How many books do you have
out?  Are you planning a specific number
altogether, either in this series or separately?
I believe it is around 20, from short
stories to full length books.
Are your
characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?
All of my characters are in a little way a
part of me. I also remember what people tell me over the years, and often
something that struck me will end up in my book.
What are your future projects?
I have a contemporary story for an upcoming
anthology later this year, as well as the third book in my RISE series, called
Embree’s Rise.

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Spotlight: The Angel Alejandro by Alistair Cross

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Man without a Past

After a near-fatal accident, Madison O’Riley is faced with an astonishing problem: What to do with the man who saved her life. Naive and heartstoppingly handsome, he calls himself Alejandro … and he has no memory of his past. As they set out to recover his lost identity, Madison realizes he harbors deep – and otherworldly – secrets that will shatter her understanding of reality … secrets that may put her in grave danger.

The Devil in the Details

And now, there’s another stranger in town. Gremory Jones has something for everyone, and for a small price, he’s willing to make a deal. By day, he walks the streets of Prominence in top hat and trench coat, tempting the citizens with nefarious wares from his shiny black briefcase. By night, he and his legion of insatiable acolytes corrupt the locals at Club Mephistopheles, a den of unholy delights housed in an abandoned church.

The Battle has Begun …

The townspeople are changing in outrageous and appalling ways and it’s up to Madison – with the help of a psychic, a local priest, and the new chief of police – to help Alejandro unlock his forgotten powers before an unspeakable evil tears apart the fabric of existence … and costs them their very souls …

Available on Amazon.




Stepping down the sloped roof, Madison’s shoes lost traction and her feet shot out from under her. The caulking gun flew as she windmilled for balance. The gravelly asphalt raked her elbows as she came down hard on her tailbone. A sickening thunk! resounded and a flash of white blinded her as the back of her head smacked the brick chimney. Pain bit her, crippled her, and she rolled down the slope, a tattered rag doll. Though barely conscious, she felt the roof disappear beneath her. Then she was freefalling.

Help me! she thought, unable to scream, to speak.

In the dream-like instant of her descent, the sky flashed – not lightning, but a shooting star streaking toward earth.

She plummeted into the koi pond below.

Icicle-cold, the water stole her breath. She panicked, tried fighting, but body and mind had parted company. She sank, paralyzed as blurred ribbons of blood rose and eddied around her. Like a failing bulb, her vision flickered and went out.

She was not aware of any time having passed. As if waking suddenly from a nightmare, she shot from the water, gurgling and choking, her lungs starved of oxygen. Splashing, writhing, her nails bit into bare shoulders and with the sound of rusty brakes, she sucked in a deep lungful of air. The black world resolved, and she glimpsed the face of a man, a stranger – no, not a stranger, not exactly. I know you, don’t I?

She gagged, clawed for purchase. Water gushed from her nose and mouth in explosive bursts as her lungs purged themselves. She locked onto the stranger, her fingers like anchors in his bare arms. Seconds later, she was on the sodden earth, on her back. She coughed, vomiting water. Hands clutched her head, turned it to the side, and water spilled from her mouth and nose like unspooling ribbons. More gurgling, more body-wracking gasps. Her vision came, dissolved, settled midway between blindness and sight.

A mouth covered hers, blew, and Madison’s lungs expanded with borrowed breath. As if the man were blowing on dying coals, warmth glowed inside her, spreading and swelling through her solar plexus, expanding, reaching her limbs, bringing heat to her skin and clarity to her mind. She could breathe, she could see, and what she saw was the stranger’s face.

Handsome. Full lips, strong cheekbones, eyes she couldn’t yet fathom. Close-cropped, golden hair backlit by a near-blinding halo of light. Yes, she knew him from somewhere – but where?

The warm buzz swam through her. Her fingers and toes tingled. She was losing consciousness again, but she didn’t care; the panic was gone. As the world pulsed in and out, the man leaned over and blinked black-lashed silver eyes at her. Not gray, but silver. Bright and shining, like disks of polished steel. The light behind him swelled and brightened just before the world relapsed into black and nothingness wrapped itself warm around her.

Excerpt from The Angel Alejandro, by Alistair Cross
Copyright © Glass Apple Press 2016.


Other Books by Alistair Cross

 The Crimson Corset

The Book of Strange Persuasions

The Cliffhouse Haunting with Tamara Thorne

The Ghosts of Ravencrest with Tamara Thorne

The Witches of Ravencrest with Tamara Thorne

Mother with Tamara Thorne

About the Author

Alistair Cross‘ debut novel, The Crimson Corset, a vampiric tale of terror and seduction, was an immediate bestseller earning praise from veteran vampire-lit author, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and New York Times bestseller, Jay Bonansinga, author of The Walking Dead series. In 2012, Alistair joined forces with international bestseller, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write – among other things – the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their debut collaboration, The Cliffhouse Haunting, reached the bestseller’s list in its first week of release. They are currently at work on their next solo novels and a new collaborative project.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, which has featured such guests as Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of HELLRAISER 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore.

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Spotlight: Milijun by Clayton Graham

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It is Australia in 2179.
On a moonlit Nullarbor night, Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth. The extraterrestrials endeavour to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind, and Jason is chosen as a genetic link in a bizarre trial involving the impregnation of human females with hybrid embryos and exploration of spiritual compatibility.
Laura crosses swords with Major General Sebastian Ord from the Australian Defence Force, Eucla and Uriel, the enigmatic head of Milijun, a reclusive research facility in the outback. Following a disastrous armed attempt to capture aliens at Cocklebiddy Cave and a fierce confrontation at Eucla, Jason is abducted by an alien swarm.
What follows tests the resolve of Laura to the core. Caught in a relentless web of frightening new technologies and alien mystery, spurred by the undying love of her son, she gains a strength of character she never thought possible.
All she has to do is save herself, Jason and several women and unborn children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike …
Available on Amazon.

About the Author

Clayton Graham was born and raised in the cobbled streets of Stockport, near Manchester UK. He graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Salford University in 1966 having attained a Student Apprenticeship with English Electric Aviation.

He settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982. A retired aerospace engineer who enjoyed working in structural design, research and development, Clayton has always had an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within a universe we are only just starting to understand. He loves the ‘old school’ science fiction written by authors such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham.

Dean Koontz, a master at making the paranormal seem acceptably normal, is his favourite author.

Milijun is Clayton Graham’s debut novel, but there are further adventures to come.

Clayton loves animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural world, and is a member of Australian Geographic.

When he is not writing, walking, travelling, or gardening, Clayton enjoys fine food with family, friends and five energetic grandchildren.

New Release: Chameleon Assassin by B.R. Kingsolver

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Book Title: Chameleon Assassin

Author Name: B.R. Kingsolver

Genre: Urban Fantasy, science fiction, post-apocalyptic dystopian

Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours

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Libby is a mutant, one of the top burglars and assassins in the world. For a price, she caters to executives’ secret desires. Eliminate your corporate rival? Deliver a priceless art masterpiece or necklace? Hack into another corporation’s network? Libby’s your girl.

Climate change met nuclear war, and humanity lost. The corporations stepped in, stripping governments of power. Civilization didn’t end, but it became less civilized.

There are few rules as corporations jockey for position and control of assets and markets. The corporate elite live in their walled estates and skyscraper apartments while the majority of humanity supplies their luxuries. On the bottom level, the mutants, the poor, and the criminals scramble every day just to survive.



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Author Bio

I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

As to my other interests, I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school, with one broken leg and one torn ACL to show for it. I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Exit Signs by Patrice Locke

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Exit Signs
by Patrice Locke
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Researcher Tracy Price is trying to find a dead writer and forget a live
Rock star Jesse Elliot is sure Tracy is demented, and she believes he
wouldn’t recognize the truth in a lineup of Bibles. Their only hope
is to stop trying to read each other’s minds and start speaking
their own.
Anyone who has ever had a crush, felt betrayed, or been forgiven will
appreciate Tracy’s struggle to claim the life she never knew she

Jesse raked some strands of his blue-black hair away from his forehead. The hair fell right back onto the shoreline of his face like a wave on a beach. I thought of the cliché movie scene where the action cuts to an agitated ocean to symbolize sex. I cleared my throat, and ordered myself to get a grip.

Instead, I surprised us both by asking him my name. “Tracy Price?”

Yes.” He confirmed my identity. “It’s nice to meet you.”

He was all-business; I was all over the place.

This was how a romance novel would begin, and, as the designated hero, he was free to relax and be two-dimensional for now. I’d provide the script because I thought I knew the genre, but I had it wrong from the start because, on second thought, he was from another planet. He had to be. And if this was science fiction, anything could happen. Aliens are tricky.

When he sat next to me I wanted to leap up and run away. Instead, I asked, “How do you like Albuquerque?Very original, Tracy. What I wondered was, How does it feel to look like you do?

I like it,” he said, answering both my questions. “I like it so far.”

I felt a surge of power. “I bet. And how long are you staying?” Or, more to the point, would it be too forward of me to sit on your lap?

I can’t say yet. Maybe six weeks? This was kind of an unexpected trip.” Bingo. Both questions addressed.

This was working. Let me know when you decide about the lap thing. I covered my mouth for a fake cough to clear my head.

We were silent. I was contemplating his perfection. Maybe he was, too.



As a journalist, Patrice Locke wrote a lot of stories with unhappy and
even tragic endings.
Facts are facts, and a writer doesn’t mess with facts.
But fiction is another world. Patrice began writing novels, where she can
control the endings and make them as happy as she wants. The best
thing about fiction, she says, is having time to think before her
characters speak, so they can say the things most of us only come up
with after the perfect moment has passed.
She loves to write, read, and watch romantic comedies where life always
turns out the way it should. Her only obsessive relationships are
with semicolons and Oxford commas.
Though she doesn’t like to brag, Patrice is an award-winning artist. She won
a gold and diamond watch when she was 13 for decorating a turkey
drumstick bone to look like Batman. Alas, that was her last
recognition in the fine arts.
Patrice lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, not far from her daughter Kaitlin,
eight hours from her son Trevor, and way too many miles from amazing
grandsons Alexander and Zackary.

Valentine Countdown Blitz Day 1: Swan and Shadow by Kathryn Olsen


Kathryn Olsen (aka Kaki) has been to 17 countries on five continents. 

After an illustrious upbringing in Massachusetts, she studied English at Brigham Young University. As a result, she’s been known to find theological flaws in zombie lore and Peruvian sacrifice metaphors in Superman movies. 

When not working a desk job or overanalyzing media, she enjoys writing about anything from possessed iPhones to dragon-smuggling androids and has been called upon to lecture on writing by various organizations. 

Her debut novel, Swan and Shadow, was published in March, 2016.

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“Aislin is cursed. A regular college student at night and a swan during the day, Aislin can only break the curse by finding her true love. But when her beloved discovers the truth, will his fear override their love? This modern adaptation of Swan Lake will help you discover what love really means.”



 Author Interview:
1.     Tell us about things
you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
I play piano very enthusiastically.  I had to give it up when I was
13 to focus on violin, but found a teacher when I was older.  Now I’m
working on Chopin, Beethoven, Bach and, because I’m a geek, music from The
Desolation of Smaug.  
I also travel as much as my paycheck allows and
am getting ready to hike in Austria.
2.     When did you first
realize you were an author?  The first time I realized I wanted to write
professionally was when, as a library page, I started fantasizing about someone
checking out or shelving my books at a library.  The first time I realized
people would take me seriously was when I wrote a spoof of a Star Wars satire
fan film and the man who came up with the original found it and sent it to the
cast and crew of the project before asking me to help with associated projects.
That was when I had strangers recognize me at sight and a random indie
director hugged me after saying he loved my stories.  Until my book launch
on March 11 of last year, I thought it was all a fluke, though.