Monthly Archives: March 2018

Author Interview: Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon


BC433951-37F2-4929-983F-C09909F69D88Today I am interviewing Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, co-authors of the new fantasy novel, Blood of the Four.

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DJ: Hi Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourselves?

Christopher Golden: I write fantasy, horror, and thrillers…novels, comic books, screenplays, and more. My novel ARARAT won the Bram Stoker Award just this past weekend, and I co-created two comic book series (Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective) with Mike Mignola.

Tim Lebbon: I’ve been published for 20 years, but writing all my life. I’ve written over 40 novels (8 of them with Chris), and loads of novellas and short stories. I’ve won a few awards. And I’ve had two movies made from my work, Pay the Ghost and The Silence.

DJ: What is Blood of the Four about?


Tim: Perhaps it’s easier to use the publisher’s cover blurb… In the great kingdom of Quandis, everyone is a slave. Some are slaves to the gods. Most are slaves to everyone else.

Blessed by the gods with lives of comfort and splendor, the royal elite routinely perform their duties, yet some chafe at their role. A young woman of stunning ambition, Princess Phela refuses to allow a few obstacles—including her mother the queen and her brother, the heir apparent—stand in the way of claiming ultimate power and glory for herself.

Far below the royals are the Bajuman. Poor and oppressed, members of this wretched caste have but two paths out of servitude: the priesthood . . . or death.
Because magic has been kept at bay in Quandis, royals and Bajuman have lived together in an uneasy peace for centuries. But Princess Phela’s desire for power will disrupt the realm’s order, setting into motion a series of events that will end with her becoming a goddess in her own right . . . or ultimately destroying Quandis and all its inhabitants. Continue reading

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Author Interview: J.T. Nicholas


Today I am interviewing J.T. Nicholas, author of the new sci-fi novel, SINdicate, second book in The New Lyon’s sequence.

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DJ: Hi J.T. ! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

J.T. Nicholas: Hi, there. Thanks for having me. I never know what to tell people in the “tell me about yourself” section, but here goes. I’m an Army brat (child of a career military family) which means I moved around a lot as a kid and got a bit of a taste for the nomadic lifestyle (I’ve moved, at last count, something like 30+ times in my life). That’s great if you want to be an author, because you get to see lots of different slices of the world, and see how different, and how the same, people are wherever you go. I spent most of my professional life before making the jump to being an author in data analytics, which is exactly as exciting as it sounds. But I’ve always wanted to be an author and as far back as I can remember, have been writing stories of one kind or another. Gotta be honest, it took a long time to get here, and I’m not quite sure I believe it yet. 😊

DJ: What is SINdicate and then The New Lyon’s sequence about?


J.T.: I like to think of the entire series as telling two stories. The first is a pretty classic detective whodunnit, but set in a dystopian, cyber-punkish future. The hero, Jason Campbell, is a Detective who is trying to solve a series of serial murders. Only, the victims aren’t human, at least in the law’s eyes, and that’s really what the second story is about. What it means to be human and the complacency that we allow to creep into place that keeps us from standing up against things we know are wrong. And what we can do about it. It’s about murder and investigation and revolution and genocide, too. So, you know… the usual.

DJ: What were some of your influences for The New Lyon’s sequence?

J.T.: A lot of the sci-fi I read as a kid. Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. A ton of Phillip K. Dick’s work, with obvious homage to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. L.E. Modesitt Jr.’s work. William Gibson. Neal Stephenson. The list is pretty endless. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Rowenna Miller


Today I am interviewing Rowenna Miller, author of the new fantasy novel, Torn, first book in The Unraveled Kingdom trilogy.

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DJ: Hey, Rowenna! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Rowenna Miller: I’m a novelist, living historian, and mom of two from Indiana, and have been a stationer, college administration lackey, and college writing teacher and tutor. I have my Master’s in English—Film and Literature—and I currently use this to annoy people who watch movies with me.

DJ: What is Torn about?


Rowenna: The story follows a seamstress whose business is built on a traditional magic practice from her immigrant family—she stitches good luck charms into couture. Her business is blooming, but political unrest in her city is growing, spearheaded by her idealistic brother. As it becomes clear that revolt is likely, her attempts to remain neutral will be challenged.

DJ: What were some of your influences Torn and the series?

Rowenna: One of my hobbies is living history and historical sewing, so my real-world experience with needles, thread, and draping fabric show up in the story. In developing the plotline of political upheaval, the history of eighteenth- and nineteenth century revolutions, riots, and reforms was a major influence—not just our American Revolution, but the messier French Revolution and the fear of riots and subsequent reforms in England. How do the political elite deal with discontented citizens, and how do discontented citizens face political injustice? In a lot of different ways, it turns out. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Christina Bauer


Today I am interviewing Christina Bauer, author of the new epic fantasy novel, Thrax, fourth book in the Angelbound Origins series.

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DJ: Hi Christina! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Christina: I’m an author, mom, wife, tech worker (for my day job) and all around smartass. In other words, I’m either your jam or you want to take me out and punch me in the throat.

DJ: What is Thrax and then the Angelbound Origins series about?


Christina: Growing up, I felt like there were tons of role models if I wanted to be a mom, nun, or saint (yes, I went to Catholic school!) But outside of mom, nun and saint? Not so much. So today I write stuff for young adults where girls kick butt and take names. The good news is that there is a HUGE market out there for this kind of storytelling.

DJ: What were some of your influences for the Angelbound Origins series?

Christina: I would not have survived adolescence without JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. As a child, I also loved Grimm’s fairy Tales. Not the homogenized version, either. I’m talking the action adventure-slash-horror stuff. Today, I’m all about trying to reimagine those stories for a modern audience. So Angelbound Origins pulls a little from all of those sources. And Catholic school; let’s not forget that! Continue reading

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Book Collecting: Update #27


I may be at school, but that doesn’t mean the books have to stop rolling in 😀

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Author Interview: Keith Rosson


Today I am interviewing Keith Rosson, author of the new literary/magical realism novel, Smoke City.

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DJ: Hi Keith! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Keith: Two novels out, a bunch of short story appearances. I rent an office where, at 9 pm sharp, I can hear the bass begin to throb through the walls from the bar across the street. It is not conducive to working, and that’s usually when I pack it up for the night. I live with my girlfriend and our two three-legged dogs.

DJ: What is Smoke City about?


Keith: How about I just use the synopsis we’ve been using, since I’ve kind of run out of different ways to describe it at this point? Hope that works!
Marvin Deitz has some serious problems. His mob-connected landlord is strong-arming him out of his storefront. His therapist has concerns about his stability. He’s compelled to volunteer at the local Children’s Hospital even though it breaks his heart every week. Oh, and he’s also the guilt-ridden reincarnation of Geoffroy Thérage, the French executioner who lit Joan of Arc’s pyre in 1431. He’s just seen a woman on a Los Angeles talk show claiming to be Joan, and absolution seems closer than it’s ever been . . . but how will he find her? When Marvin heads to Los Angeles to locate the woman who may or may not be Joan, he’s picked up hitchhiking by Mike Vale, a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife’s funeral. As they move through a California landscape populated with “smokes” (ghostly apparitions that’ve inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in his own way. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Two of Swords, Volume 3 (The Two of Swords #16-19) by K.J. Parker

The Two of Swords, Volume 3 (The Two of Swords #16-19) by K.J. Parker

Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: December 12,  2017

Edition: Paperback, 412 pages

Genre: Low Fantasy

Rating: 4/5

If Parker’s does another serial series like this, you can bet I’ll be buying each story each week!

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Author Interview: Kelly Robson


Today I am interviewing Kelly Robson, author of the new Science Fiction novella, Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach.

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DJ: Hi Kelly! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Kelly Robson: I grew up in Alberta, and lived in Vancouver for 22 years before moving to Toronto in 2013. Though I’ve been a writer all my life, I only started publishing fiction in 2015. And I owe it all to Toronto! It’s such a great city, with a terrific creative community.

DJ: What is Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach about?


Kelly: In 2267, to avoid the effects of ecological turmoil, most humans live underground in highly managed, dense urban habitats humanity. My main character Minh is a member of the generation first began re-colonizing the Earth’s surface and rehabilitating ecosystems. She’s an ecological scientist, and she’s angry because the work she’s dedicated her life to has been stalled by the invention of time travel. The banks simply aren’t interested in funding long-term projects any more. So when she gets the chance to time-travel to 2000 BCE to do a past state assessment on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance not only to do exciting work, but to have the chance to expose the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach?

Kelly: Connie Willis’ time travel stories and books, definitely — “Fire Watch,” Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Blackout, and All Clear. Connie is a huge influence on my writing. Like Connie, I’m not interested in paradoxes, so I’ve designed my time travel to exclude that possibility. Basically, mine is time travel without consequences. Very powerful, but not of much practical use. I figure there’s enough drama to be had simply by time travel being possible! But unlike Connie Willis, I’m very interested in the economic consequences of time travel. Continue reading

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Author Interview: James Brogden


Today I am interviewing James Brogden author of the new supernatural thriller, The Hollow Tree.

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DJ: Hi James! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

James Brogden: In my day job I’m an English teacher which means I am simultaneously deluded enough to believe that I can create Great Literature whilst being surrounded by so much of it on a daily basis that I know I never will. I write mostly horror and contemporary fantasy, and while I have been tempted to stray into science fiction occasionally I’m basically too lazy to make the science bit of it fit together. This is my second book for Titan and my fifth overall. I like to set my books in the Midlands, where I live. I am a cat person, a Scorpio, and I possess more lego than is reasonable for a grown man.

DJ: What is The Hollow Tree about?


James: When Rachel Cooper loses her left hand in a boating accident, she experiences phantom pains in her missing limb, as many amputees do. But her sensations develop into an ability to touch the shadowy realm of the umbra which lies behind reality. She discovers that she can bring things through from the umbra – usually it’s just junk (things like dead leaves and bits of rubble, basically the detritus of the living world), but every time she does it she disturbs the balance between life and death and the umbra lashes back in reaction. Then she encounters a human hand, and accidentally pulls through a woman who has no memory beyond that her name is Mary, at which point hell literally breaks loose. Figures emerge from the umbra to reclaim Mary, and the only way they can be defeated is if Rachel can help Mary to figure out who she is and how she died, but the answers lie in a dark secret buried in the past of Rachel’s own family. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Bob Freeman


Today I am interviewing Bob Freeman, author of the new fantasy horror, First Born.

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DJ: Hi Bob! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Bob Freeman: Thanks for having me. I’ll be honest with you, I don’t sum up easily. The Reader’s Digest version is I’m a husband and father and we live in rural Indiana. I’ve been obsessed with stories since as long as I can remember. The medium has never matter all that much to me. I’ve written comics, short stories, novels, and plays. I’ve been running roleplaying games for forty years. I like spinning yarns around campfires. I’m an author, an artist, a game designer, and a paranormal investigator.

DJ: What is First Born about?


Bob: First Born is a collection of short stories, comic stories, and novellas that all take place before the novel Descendant, a book that should be published later this year by Seventh Star Press. It mostly follows the misadventures of an occult detective named Landon Connors and the investigators who have crossed his path, for good or ill.

DJ: What were some of your influences for First Born?

Bob: Probably the biggest influences stem from my childhood love for the works of Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker and the Norliss Tapes), Dennis Wheatley’s Duc de Richleau stories, and Gene Roddenberry’s Spectre. Katherine Kurtz’ Adept series was another big influence, but really, I’ve immersed myself in the occult detective genre since I was a kid. It’s all in there. If you like a good supernatural mystery, then you’ll be right at home in a Landon Connors tale. Continue reading

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