Jeremiah Jones, Cowboy Sorcerer: Author Interview with H. Duke

Hi guys! Today I get to interview fellow writer and blogger (and friend!) H. Duke! Her blog, The Writersaurus, is a hub for anything and everything writing! Be sure to visit, if you haven’t already. H. Duke and I met on my brief stint in AZ and I’ve enjoyed getting to know her and follow her journey with Jeremiah Jones. Not sure what Jeremiah Jones is? Read on to learn more! (Her third installment in the Jeremiah Jones series releases Tuesday. Find it here.)

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Tell us a little about yourself. What genre(s) do you write?

Hi, Laura! First let me say I’m super excited to be here on Caffeinated Fiction! I’m a writer and blogger. My blog, www.thewritersaurus.com, features educational articles and tips for writers of all levels.

As far as my fiction, I write a little bit of everything, but my two main genres are horror and contemporary fantasy.

Oooo! Both genres I love! 😉 Is this your first published work? Where else can readers find your work?

Cowboy Sorcerer is my first published work of long-form fiction, but I’ve had shorter stories published elsewhere. Links to those pieces can be found on my author website (hdukeauthor.com).

What inspired Jeremiah Jones? Is this a story that’s been ruminating for a while, or did it hit you all at once?

Jeremiah has definitely been ruminating for a while! About four years ago I wrote a truly awful story about a girl named January who finds out she’s a witch. One line in that story describes January’s grandfather as a “gunslinger wizard.” And the story snowballed from there. Continue reading

12 Days of Giveaways – Coming Soon!

Time for a surprise! I had suggested in a previous post that something special might be happening the middle of this month. I’m happy to say, the wait is almost over!

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Starting this weekend, tune in each day to enter to win one of the ’12 Days of Giveaways’ from Caffeinated Fiction!

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This holiday season, it’s easy to walk into any of the ‘big’ stores and purchase someone a present. But each of the giveaway items will be from an Indie Author or from a local business or business person. Let’s Shop Small this holiday season and help make a difference!

Don’t forget to share each post on social media for more chances to win!

Happy reading, friends!

One day left!

One day left! One day in November. One day in NanoWriMo. One day to get my books for free! 

Don’t forget – today is Small Business Saturday!

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If you haven’t had a chance to get to some local shops, leave now! I had a great time walking through some of the local businesses of Lititz, with my oldest daughter. We enjoyed Olio, Aaron’s bookstore, The Curiosity Shoppe 2, and of course, I had to get a Raw Cap from Tomato Pie Cafe! (If you haven’t tried one, you must!) 

This is just a little reminder of how important it is to support our local businesses and indie artists, this holiday season! The big stores won’t lose any sleep if you don’t shop at their store, but making that one last purchase at a local shop can help put another meal on their table 😉

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Also, if you haven’t had a chance to read my ebooks yet, be sure to download them this weekend! They are free through tomorrow – only through Smashwords and the coupon codes are in the post just before this. If you like YA, or Sci-fi, you will enjoy this series of novellas! 😉

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Happy Reading, friends!

 

 

Be brave… you’re gonna fail.

This morning I had the privilege of hearing author Shawn Smucker speak at a local Writer’s meeting. It wasn’t a “how to” workshop, or the Top Ten Tips on getting published. It was just a guy sharing his journey of writing, publishing, then writing some more. And ya know what? It’s exactly what I needed to hear. I may not have walked away with pages filled with notes on the do’s and don’ts of writing, but hearing his stories and thoughts were exactly the encouragement I needed. And it just so happens I wrote a few of his thoughts down. 😉

1. Be Brave. Yes, you’ve heard this a million times over, but now you need to believe it. To write is to bear your very soul on paper. It is to put your most secret thoughts into a place where anyone in the world can view them. It is scary. Very. scary. But it’s what we do. Writing is what makes the pulse in our veins, continue to flow. It is what makes us writers, human. If you have something to say, say it.

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Release Day Launch! “Nocte” by Courtney Cole

 

I’m excited to be a part of the Release Day Launch for “Nocte” by Courtney Cole! I’ll admit, I haven’t read any of her previous books, but the synopsis of this book sounds outstanding! I mean, come on, this sounds like a book I need to pick up right now! 😉 Doesn’t it sound fantastic? Here’s all the necessary info, so you can get started!

Happy Reading, friends!!

 
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We are beyond excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Courtney Cole’s NOCTE! NOCTE is a New Adult dark romantic psychological suspense novel. Hang on tight because this book will blow you away…

 

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‘Now I Sleep (A Novella Series) Book Six’ – Now available!

It is done. That’s it folks. Seriously. When I began this crazy adventure back in April, I didn’t think about what this day would actually feel like.

The final novel in my novella series has been published. 

Wow. Just wow.

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I cried a few months ago, when I typed the very last words of this installment, and I cried a few weeks ago, when I edited them for the final time. The journey of Sadie and Delylah has come to an end. And people – I am so happy!

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Book Review: ‘Of River and Raynn: The Catalyst’ by Rebecca Ethington

Very excited to be leaving this review right now! Rebecca Ethington is one of my favorite authors and has been inspirational to me to publish my own work just this year! 🙂 ‘Of River and Raynn’ is a brand new series she’s created and I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advanced copy of the first installment: ‘The Catalyst’! Woot!

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Synopsis (as taken from Amazon):

They found me when I was five; a little girl sitting on a bench in Grand Central Station, soaking wet, asking about the rain.

I remembered nothing about how I got there, or who my parents were. I couldn’t even remember my name. I was tagged, labeled and doomed to cycle through state care for the next twelve years; moving from one family to another. They all rejected me as the dreams began to come, the memories began to return, and things around me began to explode.

Now my mind is full of a world of shadows, things that my heart pleads with me to be true, that I hope are only fantasy. That the disturbing past I see is not mine.

When I sleep I hear whispers of magic, and of evil queens, and a world that exists alongside our own. Things that could never be. But, there is one thing I know to be true. That there was a boy who was torn from me. A boy that I know means more to me than a brother, or than a lover. But what he is to me, I am not sure. I hear him cry for me in my dreams, I hear people call him The Catalyst.

I know I need to find him.

I wouldn’t have tried, if I would have known that finding River, would have made all my dreams turn into a haunting reality.

Of River and Raynn – The Catalyst is a Clean Young-Adult Paranormal Romance
Language: Mild to Moderate
Violence: Moderate
Sexual Content: Low to None

The Review – 

The short: 4.5 Stars – Loved it! Took me a few chapters to get into the groove, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. Continue reading

My Beta is my Alpha and why I feel stuck

So, I’ve been doing this writing thing for a while now. (Technically ever since I can remember.) Even before I published my first novella back in April, I had done months (read: years) researching publishing options, reading books and blogs on honing my craft and basically trying to figure out how to hit this thing without looking too much like a newbie. (Not sure I accomplished that 😉 )

So pretty much since day one of pubbing the “Now I Sleep” series, I’ve been stressing about those Beta readers. Ya know, those people who read your work after it’s mostly edited, and are willing to give their honest opinion to help out that author with the brain that’s turned to mush throughout the writing process of this amazing-work-of-art-over-which-they-are-no-longer-able-to-be-objective? Yeah, them. Well, I had one solid beta. I tried to get more, I really did. I sent out PDF’s of some of my work to multiple people. But most of them either didn’t bother to read it, never finished it or just didn’t have much to say about it. (“It was good” wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for.)

So, I’ve got this one beta, and I’m thinking, “That’s ok, more will come along.” But then one day, I’m reading a blog and a brand new word is thrown out. My world stopped and all I could think was, “Whaaaaat?!”

Alpha. 

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Book Review / Preview: ‘Transfixion’ by J. Giambrone

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced copy of this YA Sci-Fi Thriller, so I could give it a fair review. Womp! Super excited that this was the exact genre of book that I love best! 🙂 I dove right in to “Transfixion” by J. Giambrone and couldn’t wait to get started!

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The Plot: It’s nothing short of the end of the world.

Someone has weaponized the broadcast spectrum – gazing upon the transmission is enough to steal your mind.

Kaylee Colton faces a technological Armageddon when suburbia shatters into civil war. All alone, and unable to speak, Kaylee will need to fight to survive and transcend her own fears if she is to stand against these enigmatic forces of destruction.

My review:

The short: 3 Stars – Interesting plot but it fell short in a couple areas that I couldn’t shake from my mind as I plowed through. This really disappointed me, since I wanted to loooove this book and it did have me hooked for the first half.

The long: OK, let’s start with what I liked about it! (Warning: spoilers!)

I loved the actual plot of this book. I felt that it was different enough from other YA apocalyptic books but still very believable. I will agree with other reviews, that this author’s writing style is different, although I appreciated his writing style and liked how he left the reader questioning what would come next. I became engrossed in the story of Kaylee Colton – a girl gone mute when things went south – and whether she would succeed in not only surviving the apocalypse, but if she’d also be understood by others, so she could help in the cause to end the war. Continue reading

The Inspired Writer

Recently I read a post by another blogger who posed the question to other writers, Are you currently in a writing mode? It was an interesting question, one I hadn’t considered recently, as I’ve been caught up with things of life. My writing has always gone in waves, some months much more productive than others. I’ve written entire 80,000 word novels in 3 weeks but have also taken 6 months to complete a much smaller manuscript.

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A few months ago, I was in a particular ‘writer’s slump’, where my characters were stuck and I couldn’t seem to get them out of their particular situation in a believable manner. Frustrated, I looked to Google to see what other authors did when hitting that sort of block. I ran across a particular post that has never left my mind. I can’t remember the post, the person, or any other important detail of who wrote it. In fact, there wasn’t even a catch phrase they used so I could remember it. But the point hit home pretty hard for me, and I put it into a phrase myself, just so I could remember it better as I hit those tough writing moments.

‘There is no such thing as Writer’s Block, as much as Writer’s Inspiration.’

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