Rebels Pre-Order Now Available

rebelsCoverRebels (Wizard of New Town, #2) is now available as a pre-order through most eBook retailers. It’ll be released Feb. 27, 2018.

Book Description:

Max is still reeling from waking up in the strange world of New Town. And the talking magical wand isn’t helping. The wand tells Max it is time to begin his quest to end the spell that is shifting the modern world into the ancient. But Max is no hero; he just wants to go home.

At least Max won’t be alone on his journey. After a run-in with some bounty hunters, Max befriends another from his world, Ryan. Believing Max to be a great hero, Ryan joins the quest. But he quickly uncovers Max’s insecure nature.

Soon, the two come across a village targeted for invasion. Can Max find his courage in time to save the town?

Check your favorite retailer for availability.

 

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Jupiter Jet Blasts Off

All reviews are my personal opinion and do not reflect the views of any person or organization.

Here be Spoilers. Enter at your own risk.

Iimg_2458 finally got a chance to read the first two issues of Jupiter Jet, a new comic by Jason Inman and Ashley Robinson with Ben Matsuya  and Mara Carpenter as illustrators.

Jupiter Jet is the story of Jacky and her brother Chuck who use a jet pack they found to…liberate the money the local crime organization steals. They then use this money to help others, and themselves, pay off the “protection” goons. Eventually they come into possession of a mysterious power source, which puts them on the radar of dangerous foes.

The comic opens with Jacky already in possession of the jet pack and doing her Robin Hood thing. The origin of the pack is as much a mystery to the reader as it is to the characters, though the end of each issue tells a piece of the jet pack’s origin.

The action opening was an enjoyable change from other comics (or stories) that spend the first few issues spending forever going over the hero’s origin.

The art style is very reminiscent of the 1930s to 40s. The coloring also looks like it was “filmed” with a sepia filter giving it an older feel.  The comic also reminds me of the days of older comics: Jacky strikes heroic poses and uses alliterate or over-the-top catchphrases. It was nice to see something other than the grim, serious tones of most modern comics.

The comic is also filled with early 1900s to mid-1900s science fiction gadgets, such as the ray gun and the mysterious power source that everyone wants to get their hands on.

Each issue isn’t long but doesn’t feel short either. I felt that each issue was worth the money and the wait. It came with plenty of emotional ups and downs but didn’t drag. Also the downs didn’t feel like hopeless-end-of-the-world downs. Even though I felt for the characters, I could still sense their hope and optimism.

Finally, the comic comes with moments of humor. Some out in front, such as Jacky’s tall-tale of her latest adventure or Jacky face-planting while trying to change in an alley, while some are more hidden, such as Chuck’s cat mirroring Chuck’s expressions. These moments of humor also didn’t distract from the story or make it “too goofy.”

The series definitely seems to be aiming for children (not to mention the child in all of us, I mean come on! It has ray guns and jet packs!) with its comedy and style, so it is a good choice for those who want to have a comic they can share with anyone. Plus, the price is pretty reasonable.

img_2457I have to give this series, so far, a high recommendation. Anyone that can operate (mostly) a jet pack while wearing a poofy dress (as seen in issue #1 when Jacky thought her brother was in danger) has my vote.

If you want to check out Jupiter Jet for yourself it can be found on Amazon and comiXology. You can also check up with Jupiter Jet on Twitter @JupiterJetComic.

 

Information on where to purchase the Joe Rover eBooks can be found under each title’s website page.

Katherine A. Ganzel, author of The Boy in the Woods

Recently, I got to interview Katherine A. Ganzel, whose book The Boy in the Woods is about to be published.

Author Bio

I’m Katherine A. Ganzel, aka KatherineArlene on Wattpad. I’m a married mother of two grown daughters and currently live with my husband, two dogs, and cat. I’m a Wattpad Ambassador and work for Wattpad on a variety of projects, but mainly as the leader of the Club Ambassador team. When I’m not Watpadding or working on a story, I do a lot of fiber arts. I knit, crochet, weave, and even make my own yarn on a spinning wheel.

Why did you start writing? How long have you been writing?

Writing was an impulse that I didn’t really think about. I lived in my imagination a lot as a kid. I also read a lot, and consumed TV and movies. If a story had something that grabbed me, I’d think about it all the time, and make up new stories about it in my head. When I was old enough to write those stories down, I did. That continued off and on through my teen years and then into my adulthood. I never thought about trying to become “a writer,” I was just having fun.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or acknowledge?

I’d like to thank the dedicated readers of my first story, Stolen Hearts. Because they were willing to read as I posted and overlook my newbie author errors, they encouraged me to finish it and gave me the courage to write more. When I read it now, I cringe at how bad the writing is, and yet they looked beyond that to the story I was trying to tell. There are no words for how grateful I am for the gift they gave me.

Do you consider yourself a writer or an author? Why?

When I posted the last chapter of my first Wattpad story, that’s when I realized I was an author. I mean, I’d written a book! I had readers!

Who’s your favorite author? What’s your favorite genre? What’s your favorite story/book?

My favorite author is J.K. Rowling. I was obsessed with the Harry Potter series, and when I began writing my first story, I made a lot of writing choices based on how she wrote her series. My favorite genre is young adult fiction, mystery, and YA romance, which is also what I love to write. My favorite book is Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire. I’ve read it over and over.

How did you get people to know about your stories/books? (i.e. promotion methods)

I used pretty unconventional methods to promote myself and my stories, but it worked for me. I was active in the clubs, which is one of the best ways to get people to check out your stories. I made sure my covers were attractive and my blurbs were well written. Back when there were no Share Your Story advertising threads, I used to post my story on profiles meant for advertising the kind of story I was writing. That really helped my story get a boost. I also had a romantic profile picture for a long time, a ballerina kissing a boy, to help “sell” me as a romance author. On Wattpad, the more you give, the more you get. Being active, friendly, and helpful really is the best way to draw readers.

How do you judge if you are successful?

That is a really good question since what is considered “success” is subjective. When I first started on Wattpad and was still struggling to gain a readership, I hung out with a group of authors who were all in different stages of their Wattpad journey. One of the authors was always complaining about how none of her readers cared about her and Wattpad never did anything to help authors like her, and instead, only promoted the really famous authors. This person had thousands of followers and over a million reads on her story. I was pretty shocked, and more than a little disgusted by her attitude. Even though my numbers were a whole lot less, I treasured each one of my small number of readers, and celebrated every little milestone. It made me realize that no matter how successful you are, if you’re comparing yourself to others, it will never be enough, and it can turn you into an ungrateful jerk. It was a valuable lesson that’s saved me a whole lot of angst.

How did you find Wattpad? Why Wattpad over other sites? Are you on other writing sites?

I wrote my first story like all the other stories I’d written, in private for only my own enjoyment. After working on it for months, I began to think it hadn’t turned out too badly. I had gotten a Kindle at that time and was reading a lot of self-published stories that weren’t written that well. It gave me the idea that maybe I should share my story with others who might enjoy it like I did. Not to sell it, because I wasn’t a “real” author, but just post it online. I Googled free reading and writing websites, and the rest is history. I’m too devoted to Wattpad to post my stories anywhere else.

Have you been published before? If so, what and where can people find it?

I wrote a short story about Marty and Jess, the two main characters in The Boy in the Woods called “Finding Marty.” It was published in an anthology. The book is called Library of Dreams and it’s available on Amazon.

What is The Boy in the Woods about? Who is the target audience? Do you know the release date, the length it’ll be, or the price?

The Boy in the Woods is a coming of age, young adult romance with a healthy dose of mystery. It’s about a young girl, Jess, who’s lost her parents and has to go live with her uncle and teen male cousin. She’s grown up in Manhattan, but the move takes her to the rural Midwest where she’s living in a gated estate. Even worse, her new family makes it clear they don’t want her. Feeling quite lonely, she struggles to deal with the change in her life. But then she discovers a poor boy, Marty, who’s somehow made it onto her property. Through sheer force of will, she overcomes his distrust of her and they become friends. The story takes place over four years, and as they continue to meet in secret, they grow up and grow much closer. Through it all, there’s the constant fear they’ll be caught, but also her struggle to deal with her controlling uncle. Will they be able to have their happily ever after? Read to find out!

The target audience would be anyone from 14 to adult who likes non-cliched romance. The release date I’m shooting for right now is the beginning of March. I don’t want to rush into publishing. I’ve got the word count down to 166K, so it will be over twice as long as most YA books, a good thing if you’re enjoying the story. The price point will be below the cost of a cup of good coffee, and I’m planning on having frequent sales.

What stage of the publishing process are you at?

I’ve had it professionally edited, and I’ve also had a bunch of beta readers have a go at it. Now I’m trying to address all the things that were brought up. Since I’m publishing this myself, it’s extremely important to me that the final version is as well edited and written as a traditionally published book.

What are your plans now that The Boy in the Woods is going to be published?

I’d like to write a new story, with a new boy and girl. I have an idea I’ve been mulling over while I’m working on Boy.

Any plans for future books? Will there be a sequel or prequel?

I wrote the prequel to The Boy in the Woods already, The Man Inside the Iron Fence. It’s about Jess’s uncle, and explains how he became the cold and controlling man he is in The Boy in the Woods.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I’ve never had true writer’s block, but when I’ve had a hard time starting a chapter or figuring out how to get from point A to point B in my plot, I sit down with pen and paper and just write whatever comes into my head. After a while, ideas come to me. It’s kind of like magic.

What is your proudest moment as a writer?

There are many, many proud moments, but a pretty good one was the three week period where my first story, Stolen Hearts, it’s sequel, Love You Forever, and The Boy in the Woods all reached one million reads.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

All of the stories I’ve written were shaped by the stories that were inspirational to me as a kid. For instance, The Boy in the Woods was inspired by The Secret Garden and A Little Princess.

What book/story has been the most fun to write? Which was the least fun to write?

The Boy in the Woods was the most fun because the writing and plot were easy for me. I had nearly every scene in my head before I started writing and posting the chapters. The least fun was the prequel about the uncle. It’s a tragic story with an unhappy ending. I so wanted my characters to get their HEA [Happy Ever After], but they couldn’t.

What character (yours or any other) would you want to be and/or what world would you want to live in?

That’s a tough question for me because every story I’ve written and the ones I enjoy reading have some pretty dark elements. No world is perfect, and I’d rather just deal with the one I live in now rather than have to learn how to survive a whole new environment.

Imagine you could do anything you wanted—“in the real world” (you had enough money, time, etc), what would you do?

I’d live somewhere where the weather is perfect every day, the landscape is beautiful, and where I’d have all the time to devote to creating art, in whatever form that took. Oh, and I’d have a housekeeper and a cook on call 24/7.

What advice do you have for other (or new) writers?

Write! Write the story you wish you were reading. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, you can fix it later. And then write some more. Also, read! Try to read a little every day. The more you read and write, the better at writing you’ll be.

What advice do you have for other (or new) writers on Wattpad?

Ignore your numbers. Seriously. Don’t obsess over them or compare them to other authors. There’s something more important (besides writing and posting chapters) that you need to be doing with your time. The best thing about Wattpad is the community. Seek out other authors who write the same kinds of stories you do. Read, comment, and vote on their chapters. Let them know you appreciate their work, and they’ll often return the favor. Get into the clubs and participate in the discussions. Ask for advice, or give it to someone who needs help. You’ll learn so much and make wonderful friends from around the world. That’s worth a lot more than numbers on your profile.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

Thank you so much for asking me for the interview. This was fun. 🙂

Thank you for taking the time to be interviewed. Good luck in all your future endeavours.

Katherine can be found on Wattpad, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

The Joe Rover eBooks are available at B&N.com and Amazon.

Her Lover’s Face Update

A while back I interviewed Yolonda Elliot, the author of Her Lover’s Face. I now have a quick update that will hopefully evoke feelings of joy, excitement, and hopefully a desire to read her book. (Yeah, I know I’m stretching the Daily Prompt, but sometimes life just has to be silly.) I’m trying to “draw forth” some humor here. But I hope I don’t provoke and invoke some wrath.

First, she decided to drop the pen name and go with Patricia Elliott. Second, she released the official cover for Her Lover’s Face, which was done by Jessica Greeley.  It can be viewed on her Facebook, Twitter, or Wattpad page.

If you want to know more about Patricia Elliott or just read some more of her stories, you can check out her Wattpad profile. Or follow her on Twitter or Facebook for more news updates.

If you are interested in what Daily Prompt is, you can look here.

Atom’s Bite-Sized Punch

All reviews are my personal opinion and do not reflect the views of any person or organization.

Here be Spoilers. Enter at your own risk.

Since the subatomic superhero Atom was added to the Injustice 2 roster, I decided to give him a try.

First, I like to say how I enjoy it when game developers, or movie/show developers, take an underdog/unappreciated character, such as Atom, and make them interesting. It shows a lot of creativity. Instead of just saying “Oh he’s too lame” or “He’s abilities wouldn’t work in this situation,” they came up with ways of making the character fit, and did so without forcing it.

The developers were able to make it so Atom could stand his own with the others in the roster but also not make him ridiculous or seem like they were stretching his powers. I liked the addition of him being able to lift heavy environmental objects by growing the size of his arms enough to give him “super strength.”

I enjoyed the visual appearance of Atom’s attacks, making him look like a glowing dot. Also, his character move (shrinking and attacking) recharged fairly quickly. When the timer run out, Atom was vulnerable to attack as he tries to fix his short-circuiting bio-belt. This added some humor and believability as this version of Atom is a newbie.

I enjoyed such attacks as when he buzzes around the opponent while the foe tries to swat at him (or is just staggered). I also enjoyed his grab attack where he shrinks down and goes in the opponent’s head. The game sound even becomes muffled like you are walking around in a head.

With Atom’s super-move, even if the opponent dodges, he comes back around for a second try. The series of attacks are visually enjoyable as it shifts from a scene of “dot” Atom knocking the foe around followed by a series of close-ups as Atom attacks. He then goes giant to finish the move. The move goes through various sizes and camera angles, making it almost movie-like.

My main problem with Atom was when I fought fast characters such as Flash or Sub-Zero. They moved so fast I had trouble landing a hit. I also had trouble with higher level fights because the gear drop for Atom was so small at first. I’d have no gear but had to fight a stronger foe. This caused some frustration until better gear finally did drop.

Atom’s Battle Simulator “ending scene” brought a nice touch of humanity to the game. It brought some “street-level” motivation. Atom didn’t use Brainiac’s technology to take over the world or fix things or travel the universe; Atom just wanted to find his friend, Ray Palmer (the original Atom).

And on a final note, Atom is one of the few characters I’ve taken the time to level him up to at least level 10.

All in all, Atom makes a good addition to the team and I’m looking forward to the other releases.

 

Darragha Foster, author of Teaching Old Gods New Tricks

I recently got to interview Darragha Foster, author of Teaching Old Gods New Tricks.

Image found on Darragha’s website

Tell me a bit about yourself.

Darragha Foster enjoys the twisted and unusual. She finds inspiration all around her. Even in the cold case at the grocer…where she is no longer welcome. But that’s another story…

Why did you start writing? How long have you been writing?

The only thing I ever wanted to be was “a writer.” I wrote my first book in the fourth grade.

What type of genre do you write?

Right now I am published in paranormal romances.  I am writing an alternative inspirational (non-Christian) and a young adult book presently.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or acknowledge?

I am grateful.  Period.  To everyone—even those that force me to “learn lessons.”

Do you consider yourself a writer or an author? Why?

Authors are published and are making money. Writers write, but don’t necessary go through the birthing process of putting out a book.  I am an author.

Who’s your favorite author? What’s your favorite genre? What’s your favorite story/book? 

I always say that I am my favorite author.  I like all genres.  I mostly read non-fiction for pleasure.  My favorite books are A Wizard of Earthsea and The Phantom Tollbooth.

How did you get people to know about your stories/books? (i.e. promotion methods)

Nothing works but word of mouth.  I have done it all re:  promotions.

How do you judge if you are successful?

I’ve always known that I am a success.  There really is no way for me to fail.

Do you write on any writing sites, like Wattpad.com? If so, which and what do you think of them?

Gods, no.

Have you been published, such as self-published or through a publishing house? If so where can people find you books?

Let’s see…my publishers are or have been:

Atlantic Bridge (open but not active)

Liquid Silver Publishing (current—many books with them)

Summerhouse Press (closed)

Forevermore Books (closed)

Loose-ID (closing)

I do have a handful of “indy” books out.  My publisher published books are available everywhere.  My indy books are on Amazon, only.  I’ve decided to query agents again so that I can get a foot in the door with a “big house.”

How do you overcome writer’s block?

Never had it.

What is your proudest moment as a writer?

This morning.  Getting out of bed.

My first royalty check was great.  When one of my characters was named in the top 25 “most unusual heroes” was cool. Being recognized is cool.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Where don’t I?  Everything and anything can be a source of inspiration.

What book/story has been the most fun to write? Which was the least fun to write?

Mooncusser Cove was fun to write.  The research amused me.  The least fun is any book that my editors pick apart.

What character (yours or any other) would you want to be and/or what world would you want to live in?

Oh, now that’s an interesting question.  I did live as one of my characters.  I walked where she walked, experienced similar circumstances with descendants of the people she interacted with and became ill with the same illness.  Took me twenty years to figure all this out.  Blew my mind.  Wrote a book about it.  Thorgunna. Love’s Second Sight.

Imagine you could do anything you wanted—“in the real world” (you had enough money, time, etc), what would you do?

I’d quit my day job and stay home and write full time.  But money isn’t everything.  I have desires and deluded impulses that don’t involve money.

What advice do you have for other (or new) writers?

Write every day.

Good editors make good books.  Even if you are an indy writer, use a professional editor.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

“The urge to write has its own mind, body and force of will.  Holding it back would be like stopping a flood with a spoon.”

Thank you Darragha for your time. Good luck in your future endeavors.

You can learn more about Darragha at her website, her blog, or on Facebook.

Ghoulish Treats

Looking for something ghoulish for Halloween? Here are some treats…and some tricks.

Stampy’s Lovely World: Halloween Special

Place Race Season 3 Playlist: All Hallow’s Season

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and HitRecord have some spooky Twitter pics

Google has a sweet treat of a Google Doodle

Some video games, like Marvel Heroes Omega have Halloween tricks: new skins, decorations added to Avengers Tower, and buff potions

Console versions of Minecraft “Mini-Games” (Tumble for instance) has a Halloween map and new levitation potions.

A Jack The Ripper anthology on Wattpad

31 Days of Fright–A Halloween Anthology on Wattpad

Flashes in the Dark by JEHallows on Wattpad

And, of course, my own Halloween Special 8 Bit Terror

Thanks goes out to The Daily Post for the writing prompt. They’ve been a lot of help with coming up with ideas for blog posts. Keep up the good work.

PS: Everyone have a safe and Happy Halloween

Boo 👻