Monthly Archives: October 2015

Author Interview: H.M. Jones

Today I am interviewing H.M. Jones, author of the new fantasy novel, Monochrome.

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DJ: Hey, H.M.! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, tell us a little about yourself?

H.M. Jones: Thanks for having me on your site. I’m an author dabbling in almost any genre I can get my hands on. I wrote Monochrome, which is a dark fantasy/magical realism book, but I also write a lot of short stories, and poetry and have a few such things published. “Tiptoe Through Time” and “The Light Storm of 2015” in the Masters of Time anthology are my most recent short stories. I like to blog about mental health awareness and other things—books, conventions, tattoos, mothering, etc. I’m a mother of two children and a college English and Cultural Sovereignty instructor at Northwest Indian College. I have many hobbies, including pulling in the canoe with my husband’s tribe, weaving and kickboxing.

DJ: What is Monochrome about?

H.M.: Primarily it’s about a physical representation of the mental state of depression, specifically postpartum depression as experienced by the main character, Abigail. However, it’s equally about finding the joy in one’s life in the face of trials. It’s about love, mourning, relationships and about the magic of everyday memories. It’s about seeing life not for what it could be but what it is. But it also has elements of magic, of alternate realities that really thrust the issues of the heroine into a different sphere.

DJ: Could you tell us a little more about Abigail, and Ishmael – the man she meets first upon entering Monochrome? What are some of the struggles and difficulties that each of these characters face?

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Book Review: Monochrome by H.M. Jones

Monochrome by H.M. Jones

Publisher: Gravity by Booktrope

Publication Date: August 1, 2015 (first published October 20, 2013)

Edition: Paperback, 289 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3/5

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Author Interview: Marianne de Pierres

Marianne-de-Pierres-300x300Today I am interviewing Marianne de Pierres , author of the new urban fantasy/SF Western novel, Mythmaker.

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DJ: Hey Marianne! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

Could you start things off by telling readers a little bit about Mythmaker?

Marianne de Pierres: Hi DJ! Great to meet you! MYTHMAKER is the sequel to PEACEMAKER, a story set in a future Australia about a park ranger and a US Marshall who have to work together to keep mythological creatures from overrunning the world. Their relationship is uneasy at best, and the series is action packed. I blend the Western genre with urban fantasy and a little SF.

DJ: Can you briefly tell us a little about your main character? Does she have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with her?


MP: Her name is Virgin Jackson; an unusual name for sure, and chosen because it harks back to the old dime Westerns of the 50s and 60s. Virgin is single minded, a little anti-social, but passionate about the land and loyal to the people she loves. She’s been bought up without a mother, and her father died a few years before we meet her. There is a kind of loneliness about her; but essentially she’s a person of great integrity. During the course of the book she discovers that she has the ability to see Mythos – mythical creatures from another realm.

DJ: What these Mythos creatures are all about?

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Monthly Re(ad)cap, Review, and TBR: September 2015

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