Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Meet Author: Max Griffin

 

Max Griffin writes horror and science fiction stories, often with a dark twist. John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction is the single most important influence on his thinking about the craft of writing. Authors as diverse as John Updike, Stephen King, Richard Matheson, and Lawrence Block inspire and inform his literary style.

Max Griffin is the pen name of a mathematician and academic. He has retired from his positions at a major university in the Southwest. He is the proud parent of a daughter who is a librarian, and the grandparent to two beautiful, little boys. Max is blessed to be in a long-term relationship with his life partner, Mr. Gene, who is an expert knitter.

More About Max Griffin:

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer, and what inspired you?

I decided to try writing fiction in 2008 at age 58.  I wanted to write genre fiction such as SciFi and mysteries that featured gay protagonists, with a focus on the characters’ goals and aspirations. 

Tell readers about your most current release.

My most current novel release is “The Hounds of Hollenbeck.”  Allen LeClerc is a graduate student working in a lab with genetically enhanced, hyper-intelligent rescue dogs when he meets Sam Sondergard, a local police detective. Romance blossoms, but there’s an edge of danger as Sam investigates a string murders of young, local men.  When Allen disappears, Sam deploys Allen’s favorite dog from his lab in a desperate attempt to find him.

What do you love most about writing?

Having written. 

Which of your stories is your favorite and why?

“Murder Me Tender” is inspired by “Rebecca” and was lots of fun to write.  However, my favorite is always the one I’m currently writing, in this case “Murder on Cabot’s Landing,” a crossover SciFi/Mystery novel.

What is the strangest thing you’ve had to research for a book?

The color of the sky on an earth-like planet orbiting a K-class star—it’s blue, but almost white. The same novel, “Murder on Cabot’s Landing”, also involved learning the minimum size for an isolated population of cats to survive without genetic drift.

What message do you want your readers to take away from your stories?

Gay people are just like all people, with largely the same hopes, desires, and fears.

Find out more about Max:

Website: MafGriffin.net 

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Meet Author: Crymsyn Hart


Crymsyn Hart
is a multi-genre author from Horror, Urban Fantasy, and Romance. Her years of experience at Boston’s oldest psychic salon doing readings and her encounters with the supernatural have inspired many novels. She’s a lover of all things dark and goth. Vampires, grim reapers, and other paranormal creatures tend to end up in her books no matter how hard she tries to keep them away.

She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and their dog, Briar. By day she is conquering the world of Commercial Insurance, but by night she listens to the voices in her head telling her which rabbit hole to go down to find the perfect plot bunny.

More About Crymsyn Hart:

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer and what inspired you?

I’m not sure I decided to become a writer, more like it chose me. I’ve always had a book in my hand it seems. My grandmother read to me as a child and as soon as I could I was reading on my own. I’ve always had stories going through my head. When I got older and learned how to write, I was putting my imagination to paper. I’ve always enjoyed telling people about the people who live in my head, even if the audience didn’t want to hear it.

Tell readers about your most current release.

My most current release is coming out later this fall called Planted by the Alien Vampire Scientist. It is another story set in the Alien Vampire Series with Captured by the Alien Vampire Highlander being the first of these. Although you don’t have to read them in any order. In Planted:          

Abigail Pike spent the day hiking with her sister, Melony. She never figured she would walk into a seven-foot-tall green alien.

Jaril came to Earth to study its plants. He didn’t intend to rescue a human woman when she hit her skull on a rock after she ran into him. To save her, Jaril must implant his technology inside her. Once he does, he lets her go with the promise not to tell anyone about him.

A year later, after overcoming her fear, Abigail returns to the cave where she met the alien. This time he is the one who is wounded. The longer she’s around him, the more she’s drawn to him. Jaril needs to return to his ship to be healed properly. Abigail can’t give up her life on Earth, but she might not have any choice if she wants to be with Jaril.

 

What do you love most about writing?

What I love most about writing is being able to share a slice of my world. I love building worlds and characters. Sometimes when the characters and worlds overlap, it’s even better! I love the characters talking to me and getting lost in my imagination to follow where the stories lead.

 

Which of your stories is your favorite and why?

Why do I have to pick one? There are so many to chose from!

 

What is the strangest thing you’ve had to research for a book?

The strangest thing I’ve had to research is undertaking practices from the early 1920’s which evolved into me buying an old funerary home manual from that era. Of course, I’ve looked into creative ways to kill people, too.


What message do you want your readers to take away from your stories?

The message I want readers to take away from my stories is that first, I hope they enjoy the story. That is the main goal, for the reader to enjoy the overall plot and fall in love with the characters as much as I do. Secondly, have fun with it. A lot of the books I write are meant to be fun and not taken seriously.


Find out more about Crymsyn:

Website http://crymsynhart.com,

Twitter: @Crymsynhart

Facebook https://facebook.com/crymsynhart

Amazon http://amazon.com/Crymsyn-Hart/e/B002BMJ1Z0.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/crymsynhart

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crymsyn_hart/

Bookbub:https://www.bookbub.com/authors/crymsyn-hart


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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Meet Author: Marcia Colette

I'm Marcia Colette and I love to write urban fantasy, YA, horror, and paranormal romance. Since I was never a voracious reader until later in life, I try to write stories that I like to read, and for readers who don't have a lot of time in their busy lives.

My first published novel started with Half Breed (formerly known as Stripped) and my fantasy life took off from there. My next novel was a paranormal romance entitled Unstable Environment and I also released Bittersweet (YA), Hazardous Environment (Paranormal Romance), The Spider Inside Her (Urban Fantasy), and Deadlier by the Dozen (Urban Fantasy). I have sold several short stories and novellas to Mocha Memoirs Press and I continued my Alexa York series with Purple Sword Publications.

When I'm not reading or writing, I live my best life in the real world as an IT Manager and enjoy getting into trouble with my manga-loving daughter. I can't draw, so she's out of luck with that one. However, I always write a little piece of her into each of my characters.

For more information regarding my adult and YA urban fantasy novels, please visit me at www.marciacolette.com.


More about Marcia Colette:

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer and what inspired you?

I decided I wanted to be a writer while traveling back one afternoon on the T in Boston. I had read everything I could get my hands on with Stephen King, Laurel K. Hamilton, and Bentley Little and I wanted more. So, I decided at that moment that I would write my own.


Tell readers about your most current release.

My current release as Marcia Colette is called Silent Scream It's a paranormal YA about a teenager with psychokinetic powers who's looking for her kidnapped mother who's not only psychokinetic, too but also schizophrenic and capable of enough destruction to introduce the human world to the supernatural one. Writing as V.G. Harrison, my latest release is a short story called Message in a Vessel and it's in an anthology titled Slay, Stories of the Vampire Noire. This story is about the future where vampires rule the Earth and they're running out of food. So, they're looking at the stars to sate their appetites. 


What do you love most about writing?

I love being a pantser. I usually know how a story starts, but I never know where it's going until somewhere around the middle. By then, I have so much going on that I need to craft my way toward that satisfying ending that even I didn't know was coming because it's usually a twist.


Which of your stories is your favorite and why?

That's a hard question. I guess I would have to say my YA books are my favorite right now. But, that doesn't mean older stories don't always pique my interest, too. There have been some characters--Alexa York--that I would love to revisit. In fact, I need to revise one of her stories that I've been putting off for a while. For my V.G. Harrison books, I would say Viable Babies, the last book in my Viability series.


What is the strangest thing you’ve had to research for a book?

Fine-structure constant and quantum entanglement for my upcoming release Engine in the Sky.


What message do you want your readers to take away from your stories?

Sometimes the world can feel like a dark, scary place, but you have it within you to rise above it.  

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Mated to the Sheriff by Diana DeRicci


MATED TO THE SHERIFF

Author: Diana DeRicci
List Price: 5.99
Published: July 17, 2021!
ISBN # 978-1-936165-99-5
Word Count: 67, 767
Genres/Categories: Romance>Werewolves/Shifter Romance/LGBTQ/Gay


Matt is starting over.

Matt Landon is moving from New York to Silo to start over. After escaping an abusive relationship, his only thought is a quiet place to heal. His scars run deep and all he wants is a chance to regroup and privately lick his wounds as he takes time to put his life back together

Silo isn’t like New York. People know your name in Silo. People care. And most of all, they support each other as Matt quickly finds out when he begins to make friends through his ex-turned-best friend Peyton, and his family. Friends who will help in any way they can, which include being introduced to the local sheriff’s department personally.

No one could have prepared him for one sheriff in particular, Dave Hanlon.

Dave never thought much about meeting his mate. He knew he was borderline asexual and was okay with that, not that concerned with labels. He had the pride of his job, his friends, and his pack. He’d never longed for more. Meeting Matt only enforces that belief. His wolf senses his mate, but Dave doesn’t feel a thing for the shy, sweet man.

Time together brings a new understanding for Dave, and perhaps a chance to get to know the blond who captured his wolf’s interest. But the unwelcome attention of a stalker makes Matt’s life a living hell all over again.

Will Dave and Matt be able to explore the new sides of themselves they are finding with each other, or will the stalker have the final say, ripping apart a fragile beginning?


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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Roman's Stand by Diana DeRicci

ROMAN'S STAND
Men of Silo
Author: Diana DeRici

List Price: 4.99
Published: November 7, 2020
Word Count: 49,000
Genres/Categories: Gay Erotic Romance, Paranormal, Shapeshifter

Roman Volkov’s wolf laid claim to the abandoned little girl he discovered in a decrepit barn before he could turn sideways. Suddenly a new father, he had to find a way to balance his home life and his work life with a new baby. It wasn’t easy, but when Logan and his friend Adam arrive in Silo looking for sanctuary after being homeless and without pack, he thought he might have found an answer. 

Logan never expected to find everything he’d ever wanted in one package deal. 

Logan Bower and his best friend Adam Hollis were both searching for safety. Outcasts for different reasons, they both thought they’d finally found a home in Silo. A job for Adam was a great start, and meeting the Silo alpha had gone better than expected. 

But powers outside of Silo aren’t happy about the possibility of having a gay alpha right at their border. When an unknown evil that has unknowingly influenced Silo throughout the last decade begins to interfere with Roman’s personal life and endanger his new daughter, it’s time to make a stand for all he believes in. For all those he loves, and protects. 

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Dark Thread by Crymsyn Hart



DARK THREAD
Undertaker Chronicles Book 3
Author: Crymsyn Hart

List price: 5.99
Published: January 19, 2020
Word Count: 75,400
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror

Darria tries to take a long deserved break from undertaking, but nothing ever goes as planned. She's just about had it with her handsy assistant, Omar. He still thinks his mummified fingers will rock her world. Corpses are rising from their ashes and trying to kill her. Not to mention her love life is in shambles. With everything heading six feet under, she's tasked with the impossible: finding the undertakers slotted to fill the empty places of their murdered predecessors and bringing them to safety. Some unknown evil is hunting them down and she’s also on the list. If she doesn't find out what this evil is, the universe will unravel and chaos will reign. However, no one is what they seem. Fate brings Darria to her knees, and she must choose what she'll sacrifice. Her life or her love.


Saturday, December 22, 2018

Follow the Ink by Crymsyn Hart

FOLLOW THE INK
Undertaker Chronicles Book 2
Author: Crymsyn Hart

List price: 5.99
Published December 21, 2018
Word Count: 64,668
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror

Darria finally has her undertaking job under control. However, trying not to raise an army of corpses is getting harder and harder not to do. Omar, her mummified hand sidekick, is still trying to feel her up any chance he gets. Just when she thought she could get on with her life, trouble comes knocking at her door.

A traveling carnival sets up at the graveyard down the street and strange spirits are roaming her house. To top it off, Darria finds a mysterious journal that tells an ancient tale about banshees. While reading the diary, she finds herself bound to the mysterious fate of the one who wrote it. If she doesn't solve the mystery the previous owner tried to solve, then she'll suffer the same fate.

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