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Interview with C.B. Samet, author of The Avant Champion: Rising w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #Fantasy #Free Book

The Avant Champion: Rising

by C.B. Samet

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GENRE: Fantasy

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BLURB:

An EVVY award-winning epic fantasy adventure. When Marrington Castle is overtaken by a dark and ancient evil, Abigail Cross finds herself in the precarious situation of protecting Queen Rebekah. Charged with a quest to summon the Avant Champion, can she save the kingdom or doom everyone to everlasting devastation?

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Excerpt Two:

I could hear the confused murmurs of the drivers. Then, the dismissive humphs presumably accompanied by dismissive shrugs.

The carriage began to move forward again, encroaching on some dreadful fate. Even as the lanterns around us illuminated once again, I felt engulfed in numbing darkness.

Paul?

The Queen gazed impassively forward, then with a faint disinterested yawn, spoke. “I think we’ll take a walk for the remaining distance. I’ve not stretched my legs all night.”

One of the guards snapped his fingers, and the carriage halted.

Walk? Out there? With those things?

Despite my quivering knees, I followed the Queen out of the carriage. I had been conditioned over the last several months to follow orders, so it was less of a struggle than it might have been.

When the guards began to follow us, she stopped them with a faint flick of her wrist. “We’re on the castle grounds. We’ll be safe here.”

I wanted to contradict her but my throat seemed to have convulsed shut, the way vocal cords spasm when liquid threatens to erroneously enter the windpipe. It was all I could do just to breathe.

They bowed and climbed back into the carriage.

Floating in a world of confusion, I walked beside her stiff figure. How could we possibly be safe? I started to turn, wanting to look back and see Paul safely sitting in his carriage, though I knew he wasn’t there.

“Don’t,” she snapped in a hushed tone. “Your brother is dead now, and you will be as well if you let on that you saw anything.”

I stiffened, focusing on putting one foot in front of the other while the starry night spun dizzyingly around me. “I don’t understand, mum,” I managed to whisper.

She pursed her lips disapprovingly. “It’s obvious we’re under attack. They are already on the grounds.”

Welcome! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

I’m a writer and a mother. I love action and adventure be it fantasy, thrillers, or romance. I love the quote, ‘She needed a hero. So she became one’ (–Robin Reed). My novels have empowered women overcoming powerful obstacles and the strong men who support them.

Is a single title, or part of a series?
Here is the complete series:

Book 1: The Avant Champion ~Rising~

Prequel: Malakai ~an Avant Champion Story of Malos novelette~ (best read after book 1)

Book 2: The Avant Champion ~Honor~

Book 3: The Avant Champion ~Ashes~

Book 3.5: Brothers’ Bond, a novelette

Book 4: The Avant Champion ~Conquest~ (available for pre-order)

Book 5: coming 2020


Please share your setting for The Avant Champion – Rising.

The Avant Champion series takes place in a fictional fantasy world of ten continents. Our heroine lives on Crithos and gazes on a sky of one sun and two moons. The world is as diverse in climates as it is in species—humans, giants, brownies, and more.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

I read many genres, but I’ll specifically list fantasy/paranormal here. My favorite series is Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. I love his mix of action and humor. I also enjoyed one of Robin Hobb’s trilogies last year. I’m currently reading Miranda Honfleur.  

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

Nora Roberts. She writes such an array from romance to thriller (JD Robb) to romantic suspense (Shelters in Place, Come Sundown) to paranormal romance (Year One). Last I read, she’s published over 200 books!

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

I have two boisterous boys I play tennis and board games with. I also have a full-time non-writing job (at least, fictional writing isn’t a component of it) so my “special things” are the fictional books I make time to create.

 

What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?


Write every day and read every day. Both will improve your skills and get you to a gratifying “THE END”.

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Christina is a writer, mother, and pet lover.

 

“I write seeking to create riveting action and intrigue with female heroines. I love the quote, ‘She needed a hero. So she became one.’ My novels have empowered women overcoming powerful obstacles and the strong men who support them.”

 

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Excerpt, Giveaways, Interviews, Spotlight

Author Interview of Jerome Mark Antil featuring Mamma’s Moon w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #literaryfiction

Mamma’s Moon

by Jerome Mark Antil

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GENRE:   Literary Fiction

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BLURB:

A bond that can only happen on a dance floor happened in a cafe off Frenchman Street among four unlikely characters: a man who was about to die; his friend, an illiterate Cajun French yardman; and two of the most successful women in New Orleans.

Aging Captain Gabriel Jordan, retired, was given two months to live, three months before he met “Peck”–Boudreau Clemont Finch–a groundskeeper on the back lawn of his hospice on Bayou Carencro, Louisiana. It was at the hospice that Gabe told Peck his dream of seeing the Newport Jazz Festival before he died. They became friends, and Peck offered to help grant his wish by taking him there.

And they began their journey.

It quickly became a journey with complications and setbacks. They saved each other many times, but they were in turn saved by two extraordinary women: Sasha (Michelle Lissette), a real estate agent in New Orleans’s posh Garden District, and her best friend, Lily Cup (Lily Cup Lorelei Tarleton), a criminal attorney.

Less than a year before the events in Mamma’s Moon, Gabe and Peck wandered into Charlie’s Blue Note, a small jazz bar in a side alley just off Frenchman Street, where the music was live and mellow and the dancing warm and sensual.

Here they encountered Sasha and Lily Cup, and amid the music, the dancing, the food, the flirting, and the cigar smoke, the four formed an unusual and lasting friendship that would see them each through a series of crises, disappointments, life-threatening situations, and moments of great joy and satisfaction.

Welcome! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.


My name is Jerome Mark Antil, a seventh child of a seventh son of a seventh son. I was born before the Pearl Harbor attack and weened in my youth on Mark Twain, The Hardy Boys or Sherlock Holmes. My biggest influencers have been John Steinbeck, Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway.  Hemingway the most for writing disciplines.

 

Is Mamma’s Moon a single title, or part of a series?

 

Mamma’s Moon is a standalone ‘sequel’ to my novel One More Last Dance. There may be a third.
What were your inspirations for the story?

Please share your setting. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?


The setting for Mamma’s Moon is New Orleans, Acadiana (Southern Louisiana). I’ve visited there often for pleasure – for research. I studied their Criminal Court system.  I interviewed their oldest ‘leading’ citizens. I researched it all quite well. I write of the swamps, the bayous and the Cajun French culture. I like the people most. They are genuine, loving.


When did the writing bug first bite?


My mother saw that I was the only of her seven babies who was awake during the day and slept through the night. She said I was alert and aware in the crib and would be a writer.  She named me Jerome for the librarian St. Jerome and Mark after Mark Twain. The bug bit me when Mrs. Doxtator, in the 8th grade wrote on a composition of mine – “This is the loveliest autumn I’ve ever read about”.

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

Hemingway, Truman Capote, John Steinbeck, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?


My hobby is researching my subjects, the times, the places…and fine dining with my muse, my wife.


What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

I drove over a dead body when I was 17. A lonely dark road in a rainstorm.


What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?


Write what you know. If you don’t know something, study and learn it.

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Excerpt Two:

She rolled her eyes and turned to the other chair.

“The only reason they haven’t busted down your door and you’re not behind bars is you’re a decorated veteran, and I’m your attorney, and I promised you’ll show up in the morning. Sasha warned me about you. I should have listened. You’re an ornery, stubborn old coot when you have a mind to.”

She sat down.

“I’m never ornery,” Gabe said. “But that’s enough.”

He leaned and poured coffee.

“You’re lucky we have Magistrate Judge Fontenot tomorrow. I heard her dad was killed in Vietnam. She’s been pretty fair to me in the past. A new school gal, tough on the letter of the law, but she’ll listen to reason if it solves a case. She hates red tape with a passion, and seldom lets the DA or the defense use the system for delays. She doesn’t get hung up on tradition.”

“Have you heard?” Gabe said. “Our Sasha has asked me to give her away. How about them apples?”

“Gabe, like she’s been my best friend since kindergarten, she tells me everything,” Lily Cup said. “It’s sweet.”

“I’m thinking Peck and I might throw a party,” Gabe said. “Something she’ll remember—commemorate their engagement Mardi Gras style. Lots of pictures; close friends.”

“Will you print invitations, like a formal do?” Lily Cup asked.

“But of course,” Gabe said. “Maybe costumes?”

“It’s party time! She would flip over a costume party, all our friends would,” Lily Cup said. “You and Peck celebrating her engagement will mean a lot to her.”

“Should we do it here or over at Charlie’s Blue Note with the live jazz?”

“Gabe, you’ve got one picture on the mantle, two chairs, and a cardboard box in the living room. This isn’t exactly what I’d call a Commander’s Palace party room.”

“I was thinking a streetcar day pass in the invite if we do it here at the house,” Gabe said.

“That’s a nice idea—parking sucks on this street. When are you going to buy some furniture?”

“I’m too old to impose furniture on Peck. Peck would only feel obligated to keep it after I’m gone. I’ll let him and Millie pick out the furniture doodads, curtains, and the dishes when they play house. There’s time.”

“How’s your stomach with what happened today? Were you hurt?” Lily Cup said.

“What stomach? They removed it.”

“I meant how’ve you been since the operation?”

“I’m a hospice survivor with some time left in me, hopefully. At least enough time to plan a party.”

“You might be partying in Angola if the DA pushes this to a grand jury,” Lily Cup said.

Gabe stood, got the coffee urn again and brought it into the living room.

“Warm your coffee?”

“Do you two at least have beds?” Lily Cup asked.

“Of course we have beds,” Gabe said. “Peck thinks he’s a prince— a mattress with sheets after sleeping on a canvas cot most of his life.”

“This must be a new world for him,” Lily Cup said.

“For fifteen years he slept in an unheated shed at a wood mill,” Gabe said. “Saw blades hanging over him like Macy’s parade balloons. It took him weeks getting used to sleeping on a bed. I’d find him curled on the floor with his window wide open.”

“Peck and Millie,” Lily Cup said. “They do seem like a good fit, don’t they?”

“She’s loved the boy with a passion since the day he made the Greyhound bus stop so he could jump off just to give her the baby doll she left on her seat,” Gabe said.

“Her baby doll, Charlie. Sasha told me about the doll. Hell, I had my Teddy bear all through Harvard. I still have it,” Lily Cup said.

“Millie does love her Charlie,” Gabe said.

“Does she like the house?”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

JEROME MARK ANTIL writes in several genres. He has been called a “greatest generation’s Mark Twain,” a “write what you know Ernest Hemingway,” and “a sensitive Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.” It’s been said his work reads like a Norman Rockwell painting. Among his writing accomplishments, several titles in his The Pompey Hollow Book Club historical fiction series about growing up in the shadows of WWII have been honored. An ‘Authors and Writers’ Book of the Year Award and ‘Writer of the Year’ at Syracuse University for The Pompey Hollow Book Club novel; Hemingway, Three Angels, and Me, won SILVER in the UK as second-best novel.

 

Foreword’s Book of the Year Finalist for The Book of Charlie – historical fiction and The Long Stem is in the Lobby – nonfiction humor. Library Journal selected Hemingway, Three Angels and Me for best reads during Black History Month.

 

Before picking up the pen, Antil spent his professional career writing and marketing for the business world. In this role, he lectured at universities – Cornell, St. Edward’s, and Southern Methodist. His inspirations have been John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, and Ernest Hemingway.

Website: http://jeromemarkantil.com/blog/

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jerome-Mark-Antil/e/B0046C4AOK

 

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Excerpt, Giveaways, Interviews

Interview of debut author, Gareth Frank featuring The Moment Between w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #PsychologicalThriller #DebutAuthor

The Moment Between

by Gareth Frank

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GENRE: Psychological Thriller

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BLURB:

After four years of mourning, Doctor Hackett Metzger is determined to stop letting his wife’s death control his life. He is finally beginning to live again, but his recovery leads to an unexpected fight for his own survival and startling revelations about what happens to all of us in The Moment Between.

Hackett, a brilliant neurologist, is a skeptic. He doesn’t believe he will one day be reunited with Jean, or dwell with God in heaven. What he does believe is that he should have seen the warning signs of her heart attack; he should have saved her. He also cannot accept the possibility that his clinical study of near death experiences could prove the existence of a conscious afterlife. When Hackett falls for the mother of a patient, grief finally begins to fade. But he has no idea his new love is hiding her dangerous past. Will Hackett’s damaged spirit endure another heartbreak?

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Excerpt Two:

Yu Lai’s eyes radiated sadness, and there was a slight tremble in her lips. Hackett could see her trying to flush out her emotions before speaking.

“Nobody really knows what death is, when it starts or when it is complete,” she said. You and I both know the body dies gradually. Under the right circumstances, someone whose brain stops functioning and whose heart stops beating can be brought back to life an hour later, even more. The cells of the brain don’t just die the second blood flow is cut off.”

“What are you saying, Doctor? Are you advocating that we outlaw transplants?”

“No. You know I’m not. I guess I was just spooked by the way her arms lifted up. It was clear that Mrs. Carrollton wasn’t coming back, but I don’t know if she was truly and totally gone.”

Hackett wanted to yell, wanted to shut her up. Death was death. When the brain died, the conscious mind went with it. Hackett had learned the hard way that it was better to face that fact.

Welcome Gareth Frank! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

I spent thirty years as a union organizer and administrator. It was a very rewarding career, where I felt like I was making a difference for people and helping make their lives a little better. I retired seven years ago without a real plan for what was to come. When people asked me what I planned to do in retirement, I said I was going to write a novel. I figured if I said it aloud I was more likely to follow-up. It worked. I am now writing my third novel and loving it. Sometimes I wonder why it took me so long to get started, but I honestly think I would have given up if I had tried earlier in my life.

Is The Moment Between a single title, or part of a series?

The Moment Between stands alone. I like to explore new themes, new subjects, new characters and even new genres. I doubt that I’ll ever write a sequel, but then again, that could be a new adventure as well.

What were your inspirations for the story?

Steven King once said:  “(The writer’s) job isn’t to find ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”

For me, the idea for my novel showed up in the mail. I received a Christmas card that mentioned the death of a friend’s brother and alluded to his wife being the murderer. A very strange Christmas card, indeed. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. When I called my friend and asked what had happened. I found out that, as they say, fact was stranger than fiction. I used the women in question to create one of my characters. Some people think I created a monster. The truth is, real monsters are often real people. That was the genesis of my storyline.

The theme of my book grew out of my fascination with near-death experiences, and what they tell us about the conscious mind. Polling has shown that about 70 percent of Americans believe in some sort of afterlife. We all struggle between two competing natures, the logical and the spiritual. Where we lie between those two points largely defines who we are. That dualism lies at the heart of my book.

The Moment Between is a psychological thriller that brings death to life.

Please share your setting for The Moment Between. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?

My story is set in Washington, DC and Bethesda, Maryland. I have lived in Washington, DC and the surrounding area for most of my adult life. It’s a great place to live and work — the political scene is fascinating. The city is lovely, but it also has its share of grit which lends to a good setting. The music is great. The restaurants are varied and top-notch. The only problem is that it takes some effort to get out of the metropolitan sprawl. I also love Tuscany, so I threw in a chapter in Italy for the hell of it.

 

When did the writing bug first bite?

I think I have already answered this, but I would add that I wasn’t a strong writer in school. My writing didn’t improve until I started to read more for pleasure than education. Over the years, my technical writing improved and I only dabbled with fiction a very little bit. When I retired, I not only found the bug hiding inside, its bites caused my skin to swell.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

The first author I fell in love with was Kurt Vonnegut. After college, I concentrated on non-fiction by authors like David Halberstam and Hedrick Smith. I don’t have one favorite fiction author, but over the last few years, some of my favorite authors have been Fredrik Backman, David Wroblewski, Jeffrey Eugenides and Chris Cleave.

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

Maryann McFadden, my fellow author at Three Women Press, she knows my writing well, and has a great perspective on writing.

Chris Cleeve, because he has a way with drama and suspense that I love.

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

The hobby that I spend the most time on is volleyball. I have even spent time playing on the beaches of Mexico with a number of professional beach players. I am not nearly that good, but they have pity on me.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

I was in the operating room for my son’s cesarean birth. Seeing your son cut from your wife’s belly then rising like a scene from The Alien is a sight you will not soon forget.

What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?

There is no better advice than the simple direction to write and read as much as is possible under your own personal circumstances. Everything flows from that. Of course, a little guidance goes a long way, too. I took some writing courses at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and worked with a great independent editor, John Paine. Both were invaluable experiences.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Gareth Frank is a former union organizer and administrator. He received a Master’s Degree at the University of Wisconsin and later studied at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The Moment Between is his first published novel. His short stories have been published in various journals and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize as well as the Silver Pen Write Well Award.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GarethFrankAuthor

https://www.amazon.com/Moment-Between-Gareth-J-Frank/dp/1732294208

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