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Author Interview: Richard A. Knaak

Today I am interviewing Richard A. Knaak, author of the new urban fantasy novel, Black City Dragon, third book in the Black City Saint series.

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

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

Richard A. Knaak: Well, I’ve written some fifty novels and around two dozen shorter pieces, not to mention manga, comics, gaming material, and more

DJ: What is Black City Dragon and then the Black City Saint series about?

Richard: Black City Dragon is the third novel in my series, which takes place in Prohibition Chicago. The series follows Nick Medea, once St. George of dragon fame, who has been the guardian of the ever-shifting gate between our world and Feirie since he unwittingly slew its original sentinel, the dragon. Worse, in the struggle, his blood mixed with the dragon’s, meaning they are one now…but not allies, save by necessity. Nick has to call on the dragon’s power at times, which also means the potential for the beast taking over, as happened in Chicago in 1871.

That same incident froze the gate — invisible to human eyes — near Lake Michigan. Since then, Nick has been trying to stem the incursions of the worst of Feirie’s creatures, the Wyld. Unfortunately, in addition to all his other troubles, including the dragon’s constant attempts to trick him, Nick also has to contend with the queen of Feirie’ ambitions and, worst of all, the constant reincarnation of his lost love, the princess Cleolinda, the woman he saved from the dragon in the process. Although they don’t remember their past, each incarnation is drawn to him…and, eventually, each incarnation dies violently. Nick blames himself for that, but in Black City Dragon, he learns that there’s another reason. Part of it is vengeance spread across the sixteen centuries since Nick and the dragon and part if it is the culmination of something more sinister involving both worlds.

Oh, did I mention that the title does NOT refer to Nick’s eternal companion? Continue reading

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Book Review: Wilders (Project Earth #1) by Brenda Cooper

Wilders (Project Earth #1by Brenda Cooper

Publisher: Pyr

Publication Date: June 23, 2017

Edition: Paperback, 350 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Coming of Age

Rating: 3/5

A young girl saves tries to save her sister… and the wild too
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Author Interview: Rajan Khanna

Today I am interviewing Rajan Khanna, author of the new urban fantasy novel, Raining Fire, final book in the Ben Gold trilogy.

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DJ: Hey Rajan! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

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

Rajan Khanna: I’m a writer living in Brooklyn. My first story was published almost 10 years ago and I’ve been plugging away ever since. In addition to writing fiction, I also have written articles and reviews for sites like Tor.com and LitReactor and I’ve also done story narrations for sites such as Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Podcastle, Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and Starship Sofa. I’m also a musician, a craft beer enthusiast, and a roleplayer.

DJ: What is Raining Fire and then the Ben Gold trilogy about?

Rajan: The books take place in a near alternate post-apocalyptic future where a global pandemic has resulted in much of the population regressing into an animalistic, violent state (these are referred to as Ferals). The disease spreads rapidly, transmitted by fluids, and some of the surviving individuals have taken to living in the air, on airships (more plentiful in this world) and in floating cities.

The series focuses on Ben Gold, a cynical airship captain and forager and Miranda Mehra, a scientist looking for a cure. Miranda manages to convince Ben to join the cause, though it’s something he struggles with.

In Raining Fire, we start with Ben at a low point after the catastrophic events of the previous books. He’s lost almost everything at this point and is on a slow slide to ruin. Haunted by the past, he tried to find some final closure, even if it kills him, but a chance encounter with a ragtag group of survivors alters his course. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Julie Czerneda

Today I am interviewing Julie rafzerneda, editor of the new anthology, Nebula Awards Showcase 2017.

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

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

Julie Czerneda: Hello! Like your readers, I love science fiction and fantasy. I’ve been writing my own since I was ten. In one of those odd twists careers can take, I went from biologist to professional non-fiction author and editor. My first SF anthology as editor was Packing Fraction and Other Tales of Science and Imagination, which came out in 1999 from Trifolium Books. Not surprisingly, it was intended for science classrooms and I wrote an annotated guide for educators No Limits: Developing Scientific Literacy Using Science Fiction.

This was about the time my own fiction writing took off, and I’ve been doing that full time ever since, proud and delighted to be published by DAW Books NY for (gasp) twenty years. Between the novels, I kept doing anthologies because how better to learn the craft than read wonderful authors? The Showcase is my sixteenth.

DJ: What is Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 about? What are some reasons readers that readers like to pick it up?

Julie: Because it’s FABULOUS! ::coughs:: Which is a reason, but I should explain. The Nebula Awards Showcase is the prize we readers get, being able to hold in our hands a cross-section of the works from 2016 recognized as exceptional by the membership of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). The anthology lists every past and present winner, plus the 2016 nominees, which of itself is fascinating, but best of all? It’s full of stories and their creators’ passion. There are whole short stories, the winning novella and novelettes, plus novel excerpts. There’s an excerpt from the Andre Norton Award winner as well, for best YA. You’ll find the Rhsyling poetry winners. There’s a wealth of material in honour of C.J. Cherryh, who became a SFWA Grand Master in 2016, including an essay by Betsy Wollheim. There’s Michelle Sagara’s moving tribute to the late Sir Terry Pratchett, awarded the Kate Wolhelm Solstice Award for his contributions to the genre, as well as some cool behind-the-scenes about Mad Max: Fury Road by Mark Askwith, the film that won the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation. Altogether? It’s, well, fabulous stuff.  Continue reading

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Author Interview and Giveaway: Black City Demon by Richard A. Knaak

The pubsliher was kind enough to provide one (1) free copy of Black City Demon (Black City Saint #2) to go along with this interview! The link and details for the giveaway are located at the bottom of the post, following the interview:)

Today I am interviewing Richard A. Knaak, NY Time & USA Today bestselling author of the new urban fantasy novel, Black City Demon, second book in the Black City Saint series.

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DJ: Hey Richard! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

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

Richard A. Knaak: Well, I’ve written about 50 novels and numerous short pieces, plus other material. I’m probably best known for my Dragonlance work — including the LEGEND OF HUMA — or my Blizzard novels, especially the WAR OF THE ANCIENTS trilogy for Warcraft — not to mention my Dragonrealm saga. Been a lifelong fan of SF & fantasy, with some of my biggest influences Roger Zelazny, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Andre Norton, among others.

DJ: What is Black City Demon about?

Richard: BLACK CITY DEMON is the second in my BLACK CITY SAINT series and continues the saga of Nick Medea, who is actually Saint George from the legend. When he slew the dragon, it not only became part of him — against both their wills — but made the saint the guardian of the vast magical Gate — permanently situated in Chicago since the Great Fire — between our world and that of Feirie. As Nick, he tries to keep threats from both sides from endangering matters and in this case the threat is a serial killer apparently risen from the dead who is seeking to use the power of the Gate to fully resurrect himself… at the cost of perhaps all of Prohibition Chicago. All this while Nick must also deal with the woman he loves coming to grips with the fact that she is not only the latest incarnation of the princess St. George saved long ago, but that every previous incarnation has perished violently.

And then of course there’s the machinations of Her Lady, ruler of Feirie, who, now that her dreaded mate is dead, is determined to cleanse her kingdom of any resistance…efforts of which are spilling into Chicago at the height of the bootlegger war between Capone and Bugs Moran.

But wait…there’s more…in the book. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Paul Crilley


Today I am interviewing Paul Crilley, debut author of the new buddy cop/cosmic horror novel, Department Zero.

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DJ: Hey Paul! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

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

Paul Crilley: I’m a Scottish writer adrift in South Africa. I’m a bit of a jack of all trades when it comes to writing. I’ve worked on kids novels, (my own Invisible Order series, as well as The Hardy Boys), computer games, (Star Wars: The Old Republic), comics, (X-files: Conspiracy), and television (too many shows to list)

DJ: What is Department Zero about?


Paul: It’s about multiverse theory and Cthulhu mythology. It’s also a portal fantasy, a buddy-cop type story, a story about a divorced dad trying to do right by his daughter, and it’s snarky.

The more formal pitch: Harry Priest is down and out. He’s in “biohazard remediation”, which is a fancy way of saying he cleans up crime scenes for a living. He’s divorced, and the highlight of his day is when he gets to say goodnight and read a bedtime story to his daughter. (Over the phone.)

Harry and his partner Jorge stumble onto what they think is just another crime scene at an old motel in Santa Monica, and when Jorge steals some evidence form the scene, Harry finds himself chased down by Vervet monkeys with the faces of old men (that quote Shakespeare at him), spider monsters that eat your brain, various creatures from the Cthulhu mythology, and of course, the acolytes of the Old Ones.

All this brings him into contact with Havelock Graves of the Interstitial Crime Department, an agency that polices the multiverse. The ICD works the infinite number of realities from their base in Wonderland and when Graves offers Harry a job Harry accepts. (Well, he has to. He got fired from his old job.)

Unfortunately for Harry, Graves, as well as being arrogant, loud, and over the top, is also a big fat liar. The kind whose pants are on fire. His team was demoted to Department Zero after the incident at the motel, Department Zero being the lowest department in the entire ICD.) And what does Department Zero do? They clean up crime scenes. Of the supernatural kind.

Graves wants to use Harry as bait to draw out the people that got him demoted, and this brings them into contact with a cult that worships Cthulhu and wants to free him from his prison in the Dreamlands. Cue lots of bickering, travel to alternate realities, battles, incredibly strategic and fast retreats, the Spear of Destiny, Robert E Howard-type fantasy worlds, and more bickering. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Stephanie Burgis


Today I am interviewing Stephanie Burgis, author of the new historical fantasy novel, Congress of Secrets.

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DJ: Hey Stephanie! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

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

Stephanie Burgis: Sure! I’m a fantasy writer and a history geek. I grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, spent a few years living in Vienna, and now live in Wales, surrounded by castles and coffeeshops. (My favorite combination!) I write fun, funny MG fantasy novels and wildly romantic historical fantasy novels for adults.

DJ: What is Congress of Secrets about?


Stephanie: In 1814, the Congress of Vienna has just begun. Diplomats battle over a new map of Europe, actors vie for a chance at glory, charming conman Michael Steinhüller plans his riskiest scheme yet…and hidden among the celebrating aristocrats and royals of the continent is a woman with a dark, alchemical secret. The sinister forces that shattered Karolina Vogl’s childhood still rule Vienna behind a glittering façade of balls and salons, Michael’s plan is fraught with danger, and both of their disguises are more fragile than they realize. What price will they pay to the darkness if either of them is to survive?

DJ: What were some of your influences for Congress of Secrets?

Stephanie: In terms of literary influences, I’m definitely writing in the footsteps of Judith Tarr, Ellen Kushner, Guy Gavriel Kay, Patricia McKillip, Delia Sherman and Nalo Hopkinson. (And I devour every new story they write!) Continue reading

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Author Interview: Laurence MacNaughton

Untitled1Today I am interviewing Laurence MacNaughton, author of the new urban fantasy novel, It Happened One Doomsday.

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

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

Laurence MacNaughton: I’m an urban fantasy author, and It Happened One Doomsday is the start of my brand-new series. I’ve also written a couple of supernatural thrillers (Conspiracy of Angels and The Spider Thief). I’ve been writing ever since I found an old black manual typewriter as a kid, and I haven’t stopped yet.

DJ: What is It Happened One Doomsday about?

LM: It’s about a nerdy crystal shop owner who must discover her magic to break the curse on a hunky muscle-car mechanic before he causes a fiery doomsday.

Publishers Weekly calls it “fascinating.” Library Journal calls it “engaging.” RT Book Reviews says it’s “a terrific new find.” To be honest, I wasn’t prepared for this much attention. I’m just glad people enjoy reading it! Continue reading

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Book Review & Giveaway: Spear of Light (The Glittering Edge #2) by Brenda Cooper

Spear of Light (Glittering Edge #2) by Brenda Cooper

Publisher: Pyr

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Edition: Paperback, 320 pages

Genre: Science-Fiction

Rating: 4/5

The Glittering Edge duology is a must read sci-fi series. 
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