Archive for June, 2013

Matt Lazar an Interview of YA Romance Author

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Matt, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I’m from Cleveland, Ohio and now live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Ole! How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Interesting question. From start to finish the first draft took me about a year to complete. I worked in fits and starts though, writing around my day job and ‘life’. I think if I had worked on the first draft full-time I would have finished in about 2 months

I know what you mean. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I met a girl who was a friend of a friend. She told me her story and Warrior Girl is inspired by her.

Inspired by a real person, nice. What is the title of your book?

Warrior Girl

Very good title. Could you give us a back cover blurb?

A beautiful young Korean girl, Sun Hi Kim, is beginning her first year at Oxford University. Thousands of miles away from home for the first time, she struggles to adjust to a different culture. Sun Hi befriends two English boys. Miles is a handsome final year student who is also captain of the Oxford rowing team. Adam, a first year student who is also a hunk, hero-worships Miles, his rowing idol.

Sun Hi knows that she’s naive and has never had a boyfriend, let alone an English boyfriend. Her first forays into desire very nearly end in disaster. Between rowing, her studies, boys, and an arrogant roommate, Sun Hi often feels overwhelmed. Playing World of Warcraft is the one thing she can do to escape her problems, at least for a little while.

A game to relax…I write books for that. 🙂 What genre does your book fall under?

Young adult romance

Fun stuff alright…Do you have a favorite character, why?

My favorite character is Miles. On the surface he’s rich and arrogant, kind of a jerk. By the end of the story I found myself rooting for him, much to my surprise!

Characters do that some time. What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

Reader feedback has been a lot of fun to read! Most of the readers I’ve talked to or who have written reviews have said they found the book a quick, fun read, and that they learned about something new and cool (World of Warcraft).

Quick, fun, my kind of books. What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?

My favorite stories are easy to read and show me something I haven’t seen before. This was my hope for Warrior Girl. My ‘why’ as a writer is that novels should be fun to read (this is a reference to the wonderful TED talk Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action).

Other than Warrior Girl being the only novel I know of where the main character plays World of Warcraft and WOW is a big part of the plot, it’s also an interesting look at what it’s like to be a student at an elite college such as Oxford University.

I can’t wait…Where can we find your book?

You can find Warrior Girl on Amazon. The Kindle version currently available for $0.99:

It was great to visit with you Matt. Hope we can see more of your work in the future.


Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

What a fun and interesting tale The Rebels of Cordovia is. A 5 starts for it. It is a good story to keep you glued all the way to the end. I really enjoyed the romance mingled with the fights. It is a well-paced tale to give you entertainment for a warm day on summer at the beach, or next to a warm fire in the rain. (more…)

Interview of author Kerry Connelly

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Kerry, what makes you passionate about writing?

I’ve always found pleasure in writing, ever since I was little. Now that I’m older, I can see the importance and education that comes with both reading and writing. 

I agree with you there. What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published? (more…)

Braving the Blaze by Cindy Christiansen

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

What a delightful story full of courage, friendship, and romance that kept glued to the pages. It is a well-rounded, clean, fun and informative tale all in one.

Ginger is a beautiful woman with her whole life ahead of her. Her only problems are phobias. She has a few phobias; the worst is that she is scared to death of fire. And event with fire four years earlier changed her life, and destroyed her family. Now she decides to confront her fears and joins in fighting a huge dangerous fire. (more…)

Interview of a YA illustrator and author, Mikey Brooks

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Anna: Mikey, it is so good to have you with us this week. Tell us where you were born and where you live now.

Mikey: I was born and grew up in a rural town in Missouri. Now I live in the Salt Lake Valley in Utah. I absolutely love the tall granite mountains and big blue sky, however, Utah needs more trees. I sometimes miss driving through the tree tunnels.

Anna: More trees? LOL I know what you mean… How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Mikey: This book took a lot longer than my others. I started writing it right after I got married while I was going to school and working fulltime. Then a baby came and before I knew it almost three years had passed. The sequel only took two months.

Anna: Yes, family is everything to me too. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Mikey: It happened on late night when I was trying to fall asleep. I was thinking that I wished there was a magical person that could escort you to and from dreams—like the sandman. Suddenly the idea of a dream keeper popped into my head. I didn’t get to sleep for sometime later…but then I got a book out of it.

Anna: Really! that sound like an awesome idea.  What is the title of your book?

Mikey: It is called THE DREAM KEEPER.


Anna: Very fitting name… D

id you draw that colorful cover?

Mikey: Yes, I did do the cover…so if you ever need one…

That is so good to know and a very beautiful cover it is. Could you give us a back cover blurb?

Mikey: Dreams: Dorothy called it Oz, Alice called it Wonderland, but Nightmares call it HOME. When an evil shifter takes over the gateway to the realm of Dreams, it falls to 14-year-olds Parker and Kaelyn to stop him. Their only hope lies with Gladamyr, the Dream Keeper, but can they trust a Nightmare to save their world?

Anna: WOW! that sounds great. What genre does your book fall under? 

Mikey: It is an upper middle-grade fantasy-adventure with a toe in both the real world and the fantastic.

Anna: Interesting… Do you have a favorite character, why?

Mikey: Gladamyr is my favorite character because I feel mostly connected with him. He is a nightmare who longs to be seen as something else. I think a lot of times we get boxed into cages of what others thing we are by the way we look or what we believe. Gladamyr was born in the darkest part of Dreams and everyone treats him like a monster for it. He longs to be human because humans are not strictly good and bad—they are both. It is our freedom to make choices that Gladamyr longs for. He wants to be a good dream and not a bad one.

Anna: That is a great concept. What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

Mikey: I write for kids because I want kids to be interested in reading. If a child can find enjoyment in one of my books and that help them gain a love of reading I would be ecstatic. Mostly I just want my readers to have a good time and lose themselves in another world for a little while.

Anna: We all need an escape book. What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?

Mikey: This book is fun because I delve into the nightmares of children, but it’s also fun because you get to see two teens struggle to stand out from the crowd. “Loser” is the most frightening word to ever be uttered in middle school. Even the coolest kids are afraid of being associated with it and Parker Bennett is no exception. He can’t even be himself around his friends for fear they might not accept who he really is. When circumstances force him to team up with Kaelyn Clarke, the biggest loser in the ninth grade, Parker has to decide what is more important; protecting his social status or saving the world.

Anna: You hit the nail on the head there… Where can we find your book?

Mikey: You can find the book in stores or online at:




Paperback Create Space:




Could you tell us a bit about you?


Mikey Brooks is a small child masquerading as adult. On occasion you’ll find him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is the author/illustrator of several books including BEAN’S DRAGONS, the ABC ADVENTURES series, and the middle-grade fantasy-adventure novel, THE DREAM KEEPER. He spends most of his time playing with his daughters and working as a freelance illustrator. Mikey has a BS degree in Creative Writing from Utah State University. He is also one of the hosts of the Authors’ Think Tank Podcast.






Amazon Author page:

Goodreads at:

Facebook at:

Twitter as: @writtenbymikey


Anna: Mikey it was a pleasure to get to know you and your work. Our best to you…

Teyla Rachel Branton interview:

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Q: Teyla it is so good to have you here this week. What is the title of your book?
A: Tell Me No Lies (under the name Rachel Branton) and The Change (under the name Teyla Branton).

Q: How interesting. What genre does your book fall under?
A: Tell Me No Lies is contemporary romantic suspense and The Change (Unbounded series) is contemporary urban fantasy.

Q: Love the combination genres. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Tell Me No Lies: With her trust fund in jeopardy, recently single Tessa Crawford enters into a relationship with a gorgeous neighbor that soon turns into something much more passionate — and dangerous — than either of them could have imagined.The Change: By fluke of a recessive gene, Erin Radkey has become Unbounded, a nearly immortal being with paranormal abilities. A week earlier she was considering a marriage proposal; now she contemplates the best way to stay alive. (Oops, two sentences! LOL)

Q: No problem they sound awesome. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: Both of these novels took about five months to write.

Q: Wow that it isn’t much. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A: The Change is very similar to urban fantasy by Sandy Williams and Patricia Briggs.

Q: Good to know. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
A: Tell Me No Lies was inspired by a woman I met at church one day and the crazy way she met her husband. It’s NOT their story, though, just inspired by it. The Change was inspired by my love of the paranormal. My Unbounded people are a mix between Highlanders and the X-men.

Q: We love Highlanders and X-man. 🙂 What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

A: The Cure, a sequel to The Change will be release on April 12, 2013.

Q: Tell us where you were born and where you live now.
A: I was born in Provo Utah and I still live in Utah Valley.

Q: Do you have a favorite character, why?
A: My heroines are always my favorite, especially when I’m writing in first person. I feel very close to them and I love to explore their strengths and flaws. So in this case Tessa (Lies) and Erin (The Change) are my favorite.

Q: What kind of impact do you expect your works to have on the reader’s lives?
A: My main objective as an author is to help people escape their everyday lives and go into an exciting world where they can lose themselves and forget their problems for a while. I want to sweep people away in imagination.

Q: Do you have a website?
A: Yes! And people can go there to read sample chapters or to sign up to hear about new releases:

Q: Very nice. Where else can we find your book?

A: On Amazon both in print and in ebook:
Tell Me No Lies:

The Change (Unbounded):

Teyla it’s been a pleasure. We wish you the best at home and in your writing career.

***** stars for “Far from Perfect” by Rebecca Bryan

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

This is an excellent book that deals with the main character’s alcoholic addiction. Rebecca presents a well-done tale of true experiences of many real life addicts, played by fictional characters. It is a difficult subject that Bryan researched and wrote about very tastefully, in an inspiring kind of way. I enjoyed the trip with Cass and her nonfunctional family, all the way to the last page.

Cass is just twenty-years-old and has seen a lot of pain in her short life. (more…)

Cindy A. Christiansen a Sweet Romance Author Interview

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Cindy is a pleasure to have you this week in our website. Could you tell us when did you first know you wanted to be an author?

When I took writing classes in college, I fell in love with the creativity.  I even started a YA book, but my major was computers and soon writing stories got lost into writing software programs and then working as a Computer Programmer/Analyst.

Life does gets in the way a lot doesn’t it? What makes you passionate about writing? (more…)

Kaylen’s Rising Tomes of Taria – Book 1 By Yves Robichaud

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

This is quite a story for lovers of fantasy and elves. They will surely enjoy the trip through its pages. I really enjoyed the trip myself. It conveys a new, completely refreshing twist to elf tales.

Kaylen is fourteen and he has never been out of his yard. He knows not why, but his parents refuse to discuss it. When finally he is allowed to go to school, he discovers many mysteries surrounding his parents. The least of all is that he is limited to studying music, while all his schoolmates do weapons, magic and healing. (more…)

C. LaRene Hill an author of Historical Fiction interview

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

C. LaRene it is so good ta have you in our blog this week. Do tell us, what is the title of your book?

The Crusaders From Warwick Castle. It is the second book in my series, “A Magical Journey to the Past.”

High Fantasy, my favorite kinds of tales. What genre does your book fall under?

My book is Young Adult – Historical Fiction

What would be a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

After traveling back in time to the Warwick Castle in 1397, (more…)