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Character Interview: Brunhild from Joan Schweighardt’s historical novel, The Last Wife of Attila the Hun

character interviews logoWe’re thrilled to have here today Brunhild from Joan Schweighardt’s historical novel, The Last Wife of Attila the Hun. Brunhild is a valkyria who lost her family when she was very young and raised herself in the forests near Sapaudia, now know as Savoy, a region in France.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!


Thank you so for this interview, Brunhild. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I was not fairly portrayed at all. A valkyria is a very important woman. She must choose who lives and who dies on the battlefield, and then she must lead the dead to the afterlife. In addition most valkyrias share a knowledge of rune-wisdom, and as such they can alter events even off the battlefield. The author, however, left it up to the reader to decide whether or not my professed powers were real, and this in spite of the fact that many of the other people in the book were convinced my powers were real and lived in awe—if not in fear—of me.

last-wife-ebookcovDo you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

She did describe my unfathomable beauty, I’ll give her that. And I don’t just mean my physical beauty, which I possess in good measure. Knowing so much about death, I was able to live more fully than other people, especially other women, of my times. I loved to laugh, to eat, to drink… I cherished nature, my truest parent. I did not care for domestic chores and I did not engage in them. I think she saw all that in me and related it well.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

 Even though the author seemed not to fully believe in the power of my rune-knowledge, I can tell you that it was real and it enabled me to survive on my own from childhood. I knew what would happen before it happened, and thus I avoided danger. I knew instinctively, even from the age of three years, what I could eat to keep myself alive and what would poison me. Sometimes, when I chose to, I used my rune-knowledge on behalf of other people.

Worse trait?

When, in spite of my runes, I could not get what I wanted on my own terms, I agreed to concessions. These concessions led not only to my downfall but to the downfall of all that I loved most in the world.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Perhaps Gemma Ward.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Ah, my beloved Sigurd. If not for Sigurd I would not have appeared in the book.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

Given my rune-wisdom, I knew I would there would be losses, but I felt the rewards would justify them.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

I would not want to be Gudrun, little mousey woman and trouble maker that she was. Gudrun went and married Sigurd, even though she knew very well what had transpired between us. Everything bad that happened thereafter was really her fault.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Ha! I can’t believe you would even ask such a question! Let us just say, I did not care for the ending at all.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

I would refuse to be in the book if she continued to insist that I marry Gunner, Gudrun’s brother, so that I could be near Sigurd. That didn’t work out at all.

Thank you for this interview, Brunhild. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Of course, when The Last Wife of Attila the Hun film comes out!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Last Wife of Attila the Hun

Genre: Literary/Historical Fiction with a Legendary Component

Author: Joan Schweighardt

Website: www.joanschwweighardt.com

Publisher: Five Directions Press

Purchase on Amazon

Two threads are woven together in The Last Wife of Attila the Hun. In one, Gudrun, a Burgundian noblewoman, dares to enter the City of Attila to give its ruler what she hopes is a cursed sword; the second thread reveals the unimaginable events that have driven her to this mission. Based in part on the true history of the times and in part on the same Nordic legends that inspired Wagner’s Ring Cycle and other great works of art, The Last Wife of Attila the Hun offers readers a thrilling story of love, betrayal, passion and revenge, all set against an ancient backdrop itself gushing with intrigue.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joan Schweighardt is the author of several novels. In addition to her own projects, she writes, ghostwrites and edits for private and corporate clients.

Links:

www.joanschweighardt.com

www.facebook.com/joanschweighardtwriter

twitter@joanschwei

Character Interview: Lynch from Thomas Rottinghaus western/fantasy Graaywullf: Book One of the Dragonspawn Trilogy

GraywullfWe’re thrilled to have here today Lynch from Thomas Rottinghaus new western/fantasy, Graywullf: Book One of the Dragonspawn Trilogy.  Lynch   is an ageless Dark Wizard living in the country of Norland.

It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Lynch.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

First of all, I must maintain my innocence in any wrongdoing. Also I feel that I have been portrayed as a self serving, arrogant, egotistical, murderous, cold blooded man with only a sliver of morality…wait, I guess that is correct. But, in my own defense I do feel that I evolved throughout the story, and I did play a huge role in all of the action.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

I could have been portrayed as a new and improved Dark Wizard, with a more prominent sense of humor. But, I have to admit that being known as the most daring, handsome, rugged and dangerous man in the known World is somewhat flattering.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I have so many strong traits it’s hard to choose. Perhaps it’s my unwavering determination.

Worse trait?

I am a little quick with my blade at times, but only with those who truly deserve it.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Hugh Jackman, without a doubt. He’s strong and dangerous. Think Wolverine. With magical capabilities and a sword.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

I’m Lynch. I have many love interests.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

Oh, I’ve knocked on Death’s door so many times I was never really nervous. I found myself in some very tight situations, but Lynch always perseveres.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

I would hate to be anyone who opposes me. Why? Really, do you have to ask? Look at me. I am the epitome of strength, intelligence, daring and good looks.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Personally, the ending of the book was quite frustrating. But from a more neutral standpoint it is the perfect introduction of the World of Norland and the bloodline of Graywullf.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

Please don’t be so reluctant to heap praise and admiration on me. We both know I deserve it.

Thank you for this interview, Lynch.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Absolutely. I have a HUGE part to play in the rest of this story!

ABOUT THE BOOK

 Title:  Graywullf

Genre: Western / Fantasy

Author: Thomas Rottinghaus

Website:www.thomasrottinghaus.com

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Purchase on Amazon

About the Book:

The Dark Wizard Lynch had lived several ages of men being loyal only to himself. But when he was accidentally rescued from certain death by the Warrior Lorn Graywullf, he found himself in the unfamiliar position of being indebted to another. To repay that debt, Lynch offers to help the Warriors reverse a spell that would wreak havoc on their World. Of course, he neglected to mention that action would serve his own interests as well. In the process, Lynch discovers much to his chagrin that he does still have a soul and a conscience.

He also discovers that the Warriors are fighting a battle they can’t win against a common enemy, a Wizard named Timon Backhelm. Only Lynch knows his complicated history with Timon, and the real reason he has sworn to kill him or be killed trying. But when Lynch realizes the extent of Timon’s power, he knows the only way to win is to initiate the creation of the Dragonspawn, a magical, physical blend of the strengths of a Dragon and an ultimate Warrior. The question is, will the Dragonspawn be loyal to those who created him, or will he simply destroy them all?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thomas Rottinghaus has been an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, as well as a student of the written Word, since becoming enamored with J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” as a freshman in high school. Drawing from influences as varied as Tolkien, Stephen King, and Isaac Asimov, he wrote his first foray into the publishing world, “Graywullf: Book One of the Dragonspawn Trilogy” Thomas studied literature and journalism at Colorado Mesa University before pursuing other interests. He resides in beautiful Western Colorado with his wife, Lisa, a herd of barn cats and their friend Scout, a shepherd and Labrador mix.

Twitter: Graywullf1

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Graywullf/?fref=nf

http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/Products/SKU-000999817/Graywullf.aspx

Character Interview: Fyx from Patrick C Greene’s horror novel THE CRIMSON CALLING

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We’re thrilled to have here today Mister Fyx from Patrick C Greene’s new vampire novel THE CRIMSON CALLING.  Fyx is a four hundred and thirty seven year old professional soldier living in The Balkans.

It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!

crimsonThank you so for this interview, Mister Fyx  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

FYX: Lemme tell you something, mate. I don’t really give a good goddamn what anybody says or thinks about me, especially not some warmie barely outta his mum. “Warmie,” that’s shorthand for you mortals. But as for the facts, this bloke Greene seems to have colored pretty close to the lines, I’ll give him that.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

FYX: “Colorizing?” What in the bloody hell is that s’posed to mean? I aint no bloody Turner Classic Movie. Look, some poor misguided newbloods, that’s what we call fresh-turned vamps, popped up and I gave ‘em hell. Put me boot in their raggedy asses. You wanna bloody play-by-play, hire one of them ESPN clowns.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

FYX: I’m caring, nurturing, well-versed in the works of all the poet-philosophers, and I find great joy in flower arranging. Jeez, you warmies ask silly questions. I kick ass. It’s my job AND my hobby. You want a negotiator, I’ll fetch you my buddy Vargas.

Worse trait?

FYX: When I feed, I tend to waste a drop or two in my fervor, if you will.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

FYX: Vinnie Jones is just about the only meaningful choice. He’s a bit soft, but maybe he could turn it up a bit to wear my shoes.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

FYX: Mate, right now I don’t know whether to laugh at you or bleed you dry.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

FYX: My best mate Jiang was kidnapped by those turncoat fucking newbs. Anyone who can lay mitts on Jiang and still be walkin’ round aint no comedy act if you catch my wave. He’s a former warlord you see, gone all… introspective here lately. I reckon those bastards pumped him for a lot of info, and likely didn’t get it. But the short-candle science geeks working with ‘em probably made some eureka or other, squinting into their little microscopes. Bottom line; bad warmies working with bad newbloods is a bad mix.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

FYX: Well I damn sure wouldn’t want to be any fucking newb that crossed my path, I’ll tell you that. But our girl Olivia, the lass you might call our “heroine,” she’s got more to lose, and to gain, than I ever did. She’s barely an adult, even by warmie standards, and already up to her ears in hurt. Then we’re asking so much of her. If I had any pity, I’d feel it for her.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

FYX: I had some fun getting there – and some harsh bumps in the road I’ll say.  What a bloody fucking mess we all made!

What words of wisdom would you give your author if he decided to write another book with you in it?

FYX: I’d say if you ever get the guts to do it instead of writing it, come to our castle stronghold out in The Balks. We’ll bring you into our little club right proper.

Thank you for this interview, Mister Fyx.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

FYX: Heh. Depends what you mean by “future” mate.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

With the success of his first novel PROGENY from Hobbes End Publishing, Patrick C. Greene became known for a brand of horror as emotional as it is terrifying, as engaging as it is suspenseful. Living at night, deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina with his wife and two sons, Greene expresses his morbid interests via painting and illustration when not writing. In addition to his novels Progeny and The Crimson Calling, the short story collection Dark Destinies, and multiple appearances in both The Endlands and Wrapped anthology series, Greene is currently hard at work on what he hopes to be a perennial Halloween favorite called The Death of October. Follow the author on Facebook.

 

Character Interview: Frank Swinicki from Brian W. Matthews’s Horror/Science Fiction thriller, The Conveyance

character interviews logoWe’re thrilled to have here today Frank Swinicki from Brian W. Matthews’s new horror/science fiction thriller, The Conveyance.  Frank is a 42-year-old police detective living in Rock Mills, Michigan.

It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so much for this interview, Frank.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

 

Front_Cover_Image_The_Conveyance.jpgThanks for having me, and I appreciate the chance to offer up my side of the story. Brian’s a pretty good guy and all, but come on, do you really think he can capture every part of my charming personality? (Laughs)

 

So, the book—overall, I think I got a fair shake. At first I was upset at being the “sidekick” to the book’s main protagonist, Brad Jordan. But as the story unfolded, I got a larger role in what happens. By the end, I go from sidekick to hero. Well, co-hero would be a better word. Brad also had a little something to do with the outcome.

 

So yeah, I’d like the readers to know, while I’m a pretty cool in the early parts of the book, I end up a major badass by the end.

 

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

 

At times, I do come off as rough around the edges. He wrote me like I didn’t care about the feelings of others, especially toward Ricky Womblic, this grease monkey with a serious hard-on for space travel and aliens. I mean, I liked Ricky a lot, and I really tried to understand his fascination with little green men, but he was just so weird about it. Kinda makes me wonder what he does while watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

 

Anyway, I think Brian could have worked harder at bringing out my more sensitive side.

 

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

 

I’m a get things done kinda guy. Comes with being a cop. You got a problem, I solve it. In a story like this, you need someone with focus.

 

Worse trait?

 

Hmm. Don’t think I have one, but if I had to choose, it would be my impatience. I expect others to work as hard as I do, and I get frustrated if they don’t.

 

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

 

Clint Eastwood! No, wait. He’s too old. How about Russell Crowe? He’s ruggedly handsome. Just not Pauley Shore. God, not him.

 

Do you have a love interest in the book?

 

It’s not that kind of story. My family is my love interest. Brad’s the same way. But I will tell you, there’s one scene in the book that’ll melt the pages, or the circuits if you read on one of those e-reader thingies. Can’t wait to hear how Brian’s mother reacts to that one.

 

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

 

About two-thirds the way in. Brian threw me and Brad into this big fight scene with some bad guys. I lost a vital part of my anatomy (which wasn’t part of my original agreement with Brian, by the way). That’s when I knew things were going south quickly.

 

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

 

That’s easy—the Green Queen. Didn’t like her. Whenever she was in a scene, she did her best to upstage the rest of us. “Look at me everyone, I’m the Green Queen!” Blah, blah, blah. Nope, didn’t like her at all.

 

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

 

I like it. Full of drama and action. I have a few stunts and stuff that makes it more exciting. It also leaves the door open for the story to continue, if “you know who” wants to go there.

 

What words of wisdom would you give your author if he decided to write another book with you in it?

 

Prequel, Brian. Think prequel.

 

Thank you for this interview, Frank.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

 

I hope so. I’d hate to be a one-and-done kind of character.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Brian W. Matthews’s latest book is The Conveyance, a horror/science fiction novel about a child therapist who uncovers a secret long kept hidden form the world. Together with his friend, police detective Frank Swinicki, he doggedly follows a trail of murder and madness, eventually exposing a sinister conspiracy that threatens the existence of the human race. The Conveyance can be purchased directly from the publisher at www.journalstone.com or from Amazon.  

Character Interview: Joshua Allen from G.A. Minton’s horror/sci-fi novel, TRISOMY XXI

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We’re thrilled to have here today, Joshua Allen, from G.A. Minton’s new horror/sci-fi novel, TRISOMY XXI.  Joshua is a sixteen-year-old high school student living in Tranquil, Arizona.

It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Joshua.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

G.A. Minton did a remarkable job portraying me in his horror/sci-fi novel, TRISOMY XXI. There are very few books that have a boy with Down Syndrome as its main character, and the author went into great detail describing everything about me, from my birth to my superhuman transformation. The reader will especially enjoy the many twists and turns the storyline takes, as my friends and I battle a deadly creature from another world. The character of Joshua was actually based on a mentally-challenged cousin of G.A.’s, who shared many wonderful experiences with him during their childhood years. Unfortunately, G.A.’s cousin succumbed to cancer as a young man many years ago.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00001]Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

I think that my personality traits were accurately depicted in the book, given my fantastic metamorphosis, which changed me both mentally and physically. G.A. painstakingly described me “to a tee,” his descriptive words transforming me into a three-dimensional character that the reader could mentally visualize and identify with.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

The will and intellect to overcome any obstacle that should happen to block my path or deter me from my mission.

Worse trait?

The naiveness of youth, with its inability to recognize that evil comes in all shapes and sizes.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

If Brad Pitt were only younger! I believe that Dakota Goyo is a skilled teenage actor who could play my part well, but there are also a number of other young movie stars who could skillfully portray me as well.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Tara Tisdale, a beautiful young girl who accompanies me on my journey into the unknown. She is truly amazing!

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

There’s no predicting what will happen in TRISOMY XXI—the book captivates its reader from the beginning to the very end—making it extremely hard to put it down. Trisomy XXI is unlike any horror book you have ever read!

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Niles Slovinsky, because he is such an evil person. When you read the book, you’ll see what I mean.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

TRISOMY XXI’s unpredictable but awesome ending would mystify even the likes of the great Sherlock Holmes!

What words of wisdom would you give your author if he decided to write another book with you in it?

I would urge him to utilize the same formula for the sequel as he employed in writing TRISOMY XXI, thus ensuring another big hit for its readers.

Thank you for this interview, Joshua.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

As prolific a writer as G.A. Minton is, it wouldn’t surprise me at all—but time will only tell!

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About the Author

From his early childhood, G.A. Minton has always been a diehard fan of science fiction and horror. Whenever a scary movie was playing down at the local theatre, he was there in attendance with his friends, loudly screaming in terror alongside them. G.A. enjoys many hobbies, but the game of golf is one of his favorites, having lettered on his high school golf team. Besides writing, he also enjoys reading, traveling, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, working out, listening to hard rock music, and watching great movies—especially those genres that encompass horror, science fiction, mystery, and comedy. G.A. is married, and lives in Texas with his wife, a son and daughter, and two Bengal cats.

Strangely enough, it was only after G.A. was rear-ended by a drunk driver and suffered a closed-head injury, that he developed a newfound passion for writing (even though this story has the makings for a cheesy Stephen King horror novel, it is nonetheless true—he is now called “the savant horror writer” by his friends).

Links to book:

www.amzn.com/1629894443 for TRISOMY XXI paperback on Amazon

www.amzn.com/B01D3OSZ38 for TRISOMY XXI eBook on Amazon

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trisomy-xxi-g-a-minton/1123520769?ean=9781629894447 for TRISOMY XXI paperback and eBook on Barnes & Noble

https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Trisomy+XXI for TRISOMY XXI eBook on Smashwords

http://www.worldcastlepublishing.com/author_g_a_minton.html for TRISOMY XXI paperback and eBook on G.A. Minton’s author webpage at World Castle Publishing website

Links to website and social media:

http://www.worldcastlepublishing.com/author_g_a_minton.html for G.A. Minton author webpage at World Castle Publishing

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/trisomy-xxi for 5-Star reviews of TRISOMY XXI at book review page on Readers’ Favorite website

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29546925-trisomy-xxi?from_search=true&search_version=service for 5-Star review of TRISOMY XXI at Goodreads website

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15065482.G_A_Minton for G.A. Minton author webpage at Goodreads

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010658925253 for G.A. Minton Facebook URL page

https://twitter.com/horrornovelist for G.A. Minton Twitter URL page

https://plus.google.com/107199586325928927299/posts for G.A. Minton Google+ URL page

https://www.pinterest.com/gaminton/ for G.A. Minton URL page

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlcJvtdThMo for TRISOMY XXI YouTube book trailer

Character Interview: Matthew Blair from Christine Amsden’s urban fantasy, Kaitlin’s Tale

We’re thrilled to have here today Matthew Blair from Christine Amsden’s new urban fantasy, Kaitlin’s Tale.  Matthew Blair is the 28-year-old leader of the White Guard living in Eagle Rock, MO.

It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Matthew Blair.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

This book did set the record straight. I was portrayed unfairly in Mind Games, part of the Cassie Scot series which takes place before this book. In Mind Games I was courting Cassie, who seems to think I used more mind magic on her than I did. And yeah, maybe I cast a few spells, but let’s face it: She ended up with Evan Blackwood, and what he did to her was much worse.

Kaitlin says they love each other. I hope she’s right.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

The author did a good job of showing my thoughts and feelings but … I’m a mind reader; I’m not used to people reading my mind. I’d rather the world not see my doubts and uncertainties. As a leader, I need to be seen as strong, steadfast, and in control.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

Telepathy. It’s a gift, something I use freely to help others … and to get what I want.

Worst trait?

I’m used to getting what I want. When I don’t, I admit that I haven’t always handled it well.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Ryan Gosling.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Kaitlin Meyer. She’s someone I’ve known casually for a long time but it took a life-and-death situation for me to realize how amazing she is. She’s not a sorceress, which is probably why I didn’t give her a second look before, but she’s brave and loyal.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

The first paragraph!

It begins with Kaitlin’s e-mail plea that her best friend take her son, raise him as her own, and keep him safe.

After that, things go downhill fast.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Jason. Aside from the obvious fact that he’s a vampire, there’s also the fact that despite being the father of Kaitlin’s child, he’s not (and never has been) good for her. And I want to be.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Well, let’s be honest: It’s not entirely good. Bad things happen and I’m still recovering from some of it. But there is hope.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

Next time, less blood. You know what I’m talking about.

Thank you for this interview, Matthew Blair.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Probably, although I’m told that Kaitlin’s Tale was my big chance to tell my story and set the record straight. There might be another Cassie Scot book in the future, though, and if so, you’ll see me (and Kaitlin) again.

Title: Kaitlin’s Tale

Genre: urban fantasy/paranormal romance

Author: Christine Amsden

Websitehttp://www.christineamsden.com

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

Trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcNgx7SoWy8&feature=youtu.be

Amazon / OmniLit

About the Book:

Kaitlin Mayer is on the run from the father of her baby – a vampire who wants her to join him in deadly eternity. Terrified for her young son, she seeks sanctuary from the hunters guild. But they have their own plans for her son, and her hopes of safety are soon shattered.

When she runs into Matthew Blair, an old nemesis with an agenda of his own, she dares to hope for a new escape. But Matthew is a telepath, and Kaitlin’s past is full of dark secrets she never intended to reveal.

About the Author:

Christine is the award-winning author of the Cassie Scot series, the story of the only ungifted scion of a family of powerful sorcerers. Her latest novel, Kaitlin’s Tale, follows the trials of Cassie’s best friend as she falls in love with Cassie’s arch-nemesis. Christine’s other titles include The Immortality VirusTouch of Fate, and Madison’s Song.

When she isn’t writing, Christine is often editing or coaching other authors. In recent years, freelance editing has become almost as great a passion as writing itself. Plus, it supports her writing habit. Christine is a wife, a mom, and a foster mom. She lives in Olathe, Kansas, just outside Kansas City.

Connect with the author on the web:

Website: http://christineamsden.com/wordpress/
Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/christineamsden
Blog: http://christineamsden.com/wordpress/?page_id=200
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Amsden-Author-Page/127673027288664?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristineAmsden
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Character Interview: Jessie Murphy from jd daniels` mystery Quick Walk to Murder

We’re thrilled to have here today Jessie Murphy from jd daniels new mystery, Quick Walk to Murder.  Jessie is 28 and a property manager/artist living in Matlacha, FL & Cambridge, MA.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

QW_lg.jpgThank you so for this interview, Jessie.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

Oh, sure, jd did a great job portraying me, but I would like the readers to make sure to understand that just because I love a plaster of Paris Gargoyle, that doesn’t mean I’m not logical and smart.  I’m sure jd got that across, but I just want to make sure they get it. I mean, I do believe you need to follow your intuition, but that doesn’t mean that you also don’t use your brains. Thanks for asking, by the way.  Great to get that straight. I’m sure you understand.  One doesn’t like to feel that just because they have their quirks that they are considered totally a goofball.  I’m a creative person—a painter.  There are those out there that think because you’re imaginative that you aren’t logical too.  Well, I’m sure there are people like there like that, but I’m not one of them.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

Colorizing my personality?  What an interesting phrase. As an artist, those words are making me want me to paint an image to match them.  Very cool. I just might do that later.  But personally, I think my zany, creative, but clever personality shines through loud and clear in Quick Walk to Murder.  Heck, I’m so naturally colorized, jd didn’t have to do much work on that score.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

Hm.  I’d say being honest when need be and being capable of knowing when a little lying can go a long way.  Grandma Murphy taught me that.

Worse trait?

Oh, that’s easy.  Being too vulnerable.  I’ve always had to fight this tendency.  When I was younger anyone could pull one over on me anytime.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Well, Anne Hathaway would be perfect. I loved her in Becoming Jane, didn’t you?

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Oh, yeah. He’s a hunk.  Name’s Jay Mann. He’s a sculptor. Like, you should see him in his long white cotton robe.  Oh, dear, I’m blushing. Could we talk about something else?

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

When I was afraid it was Caitlin, a young woman who had convinced me she’d been abused by her brother.  I really, really did want her to be the killer.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

I wouldn’t want to be Gator.  I couldn’t stand to smell like him and I’m really not a fisherman. Can’t imagine ever hunting gators either.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Oh, I just had to shake my head.  I mean, I really, really thought I had that worst trait thing (being vulnerable) under control. Not!  Life’s a surprise a minute—that’s what I say.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?

What words of wisdom would I give jd?  I’d say don’t let anyone tell you what to do or which way to go when you’re creating.  Artists need freedom.  Best advice:  You go, girl!

Thank you for this interview, Jessie Murphy.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Cool set of questions you asked.  Been more than a pleasure answering them.  See me in the future?  You can bet on it.  In fact, I’ve already solved another tough murder case in Mayhem in Matlacha.  A buzz has already started. Business owners are marking their calendars for a launch party and reading extravaganza. Last reading I was led in by a bagpiper!  Can you believe it! And he ran me afterward to Micelli’s on the back of his Harley. Whooee! I’m sure you know that all Irish girls love a good party and swoon when bagpipes are played. And that’s the truth.

Thanks for having me. It’s been a blast.  Bye now.

Title: QUICK WALK TO MURDER

Genre: Mystery

Author: J.D. Daniels

Website: www.live-from-jd.com

Publisher: Savvy Books

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Quick Walk to Murder opens with the murder of the son of a local crab fisher folk family. Young Jessie Murphy, an artist from Cambridge, MA who solved a homicide the previous season on the island, joins forces with two quirky, but savvy locals in hopes of bringing the murderer to justice. In her search for the reasons behind the murder, Jessie uncovers hidden—and frighteningly disturbing—relationships between the victim and many of his acquaintances.  Among them? A local crab fisherman who secretly hired the young man, the victim’s girlfriend and her over-protective brother, the victim’s college roommate, an adviser at college, a psychic, the victim’s mother and two strangers who show up on the island with badges.  With no shortage of suspects, Jessie launches a pulse-quickening investigation that  leads her to death’s door. But through her own power of reasoning and feisty Irish refusal to not finish a job once begun, Jessie uncovers a startling, surprising ending.

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About the Author:

jd daniels is a mystery writer who divides her time between Southwest Florida and Iowa City, Iowa. She has also lived, written prose and poetry, and taught writing at the college level in Boston, Massachusetts and Ankara, Turkey.  She’s published five books, receiving an Iowa Arts Grant for her biography and reached the top of a best seller list for her book of poetry. Over the years, she has worked as a college professor, an aerobics instructor, a bartender, a restorer of historic homes, a landlady and has learned the art of carpentry, dry walling and bookmaking.  Quick Walk to Murder is the second release in the Jessie Murphy mystery series.   Through Pelican Eyes, the first Jessie Murphy mystery, was released in 2014.

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Character Interview: Amy Lane from Rosie Claverton’s mystery ‘Captcha Thief’

CaptchaThief-Cover-HighResWe’re thrilled to have here today Amy Lane from Rosie Claverton’s new mystery, Captcha Thief. Amy is a 25-year-old greyhat hacker and police consultant living in Cardiff, Wales.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Amy. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I’m a very private person. There are very few people who know me. I’ve been alone most of my adult life and I don’t trust people easily, even in the hacking community. Letting readers see any part of me is scary, and I don’t like it. Is it true? My parts are, I think. I can’t speak for Jason. He’s my assistant, but he’s his own man. I don’t have much say in what he does with his life or who he shares his secrets with.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

I am a difficult person to spend time with. In the first two books Binary Witness and Code Runner, I was much more prickly, more closed off. I think I’m opening up a little, letting more people into my world. I think you see more of me in Captcha Thief. Some of the things are even good.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I didn’t go to school as a teenager, so most of my talents are self-taught. Other people have said that is admirable. I call it survival. I had only my grandmother and older sister for company. I had to find something to occupy my time. Learning how to disembowel a computer and own the dark corners of the web was how I did that.

Worse trait?

I have very dark days. There are days when I don’t want to get out of bed or see anyone or do anything. It doesn’t happen very often while we’re working on a case, because I have some purpose. I get lost in my thoughts very easily. Jason knows how to break me out of that, but sometimes even he can’t help. I also struggle to leave the house, though I think that’s getting better. It is very slowly getting better.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Actresses in Hollywood are too pretty to play me. I don’t know anyone who would be suitable. The closest person would be Ellen Page, because she’s small like me, and wears T-shirts and jeans a lot. I can imagine that.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

I don’t want to talk about it.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

I’m always nervous. I knew things were going wrong when Jason left for North Wales, with Frieda Haas from the National Crime Agency. Jason is very smart on the street but he has terrible judgment with women. We’re not very good when we’re on our own. We’re better as a team.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

This is going to sound strange, but I wouldn’t want to be ‘The Blue Lady’. I know  she’s a painting and not a real person anymore. However, I feel like I know her, from learning so much about her in order to find her. She was cut apart, taken away from her home and hidden away with a stranger who meant to harm her. I wouldn’t want to be her. I couldn’t.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

I know that these are the consequences of my actions and I have to live with them. I don’t know if I’ll be the same after what’s happened, after everything that is yet to happen, but I have to face up to what I’ve done. I hope I am strong enough to cope with it.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?

This is a mess of my own making. If she can see any way of making it right again, I am willing to do my part. It can’t get any worse than this.

Thank you for this interview, Amy!

Rosie Claverton, December 2013

Title:  CAPTCHA Thief

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Author: Rosie Claverton

Website: www.rosieclaverton.com   www.amylanemysteries.com

Publisher: Crime Scene Books

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About the Book:

Agoraphobic hacker Amy Lane and her sidekick Jason Carr are swept up in a tortuous and increasingly dangerous adventure following the murder of a security guard at the National Museum of Wales and the theft of a priceless Impressionist painting. As Amy seeks to help track an art thief and Jason seeks to impress the National Crime Agency investigator Frieda Haas sent to recover the missing painting – and its abductor—Jason and Amy become entangled in a perilous web.   As the evidence leads Amy and the police in circles, Jason finds himself taking more and more risks in his hunt for the thief. Nothing is as it seems. Are Amy and Jason merely playthings for a vicious murderer? Can they survive the game? The stakes are high, and this game is serious. Dead serious….

About the Author:

Rosie Claverton grew up in Devon, daughter to a Sri Lankan father and a Norfolk mother, surrounded by folk mythology and surly sheep. She moved to Cardiff to study Medicine and adopted Wales as her home. She then moved to London to specialize in psychiatry. Her first short film Dragon Chasers aired on BBC Wales in Autumn 2012. She co-wrote the ground-breaking series of short films The Underwater Realm.  Between writing and practicing medicine, she blogs about psychiatry and psychology for writers in her Freudian Script series.

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Character Interview: Pru Marlowe from Clea Simon’s pet noir cozy cat mystery, “When Bunnies Go Bad”

Cover for Blog Tour.jpgWe’re thrilled to have here today Pru Marlowe from Clea Simon’s new pet noir When Bunnies Go Bad.  Pru Marlowe is a thirty-something animal behaviorist living in Beauville, a small town in the Berkshires, in Massachusetts.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Pru.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

Well, I do worry that readers will think I’m nuts. I mean, I try to hide the fact that I can hear what animals are thinking, but the way Clea writes these books, it’s pretty obvious. She gives Wallis, my crabby tabby, almost as much time as I get.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

I kind of wish she didn’t talk quite so much about how much I drink!

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I don’t scare easily – and I’ll do anything to help an animal. I mean, wouldn’t you?

Worse trait?

I do tend to cut the animals I know more slack than the people. After all, they’re nicer and more honest.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

If Angelina Jolie were a little tougher, maybe she could play me. Can she drive a fast car?

Do you have a love interest in the book?

I do have a regular guy. I don’t know if I’d say “love…”

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

When I saw that gangster’s little red sportster through the trees… that’s when I knew things were going to get serious.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Albert, Beauville’s animal control officer. He’s totally witless – and gutless too. Which is why I end up doing his job.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Well, I guess I had to learn to trust my guy sometime, right?

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

I wish she didn’t make my cat sound smarter than me!

Thank you for this interview, (name of character).  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Better ask Clea about that!

Title:  WHEN BUNNIES GO BAD

Genre: Mystery

Author: Clea Simon

Websitehttp://www.cleasimon.com

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

Purchase on Amazon

About the Book:

Winter is hard in Beauville, where the melting snow can reveal much more than last season’s dead leaves. So when a wealthy, obnoxious tourist and his ski bunny girlfriend surface in Pru Marlowe’s little Berkshire town, she knows she should stay out of their way. The bad-girl animal psychic has to focus on more immediate concerns, including a wild rabbit named Henry, supposedly tamed and illegally living with an eighty-four-year-old lady in her home. Henry, who seems to be acting out and hiding, avoids responding to Pru. Yet when Pru discovers the tourist murdered and his girlfriend’s high-maintenance spaniel falls to her care, she gets dragged into a complicated case of crime and punishment that involves some new friends, an old nemesis, and her own shadowed past. A recent museum art heist draws the feds into the investigation along with a courtly gentleman radiating menace, who represents secretive business interests in New York and shows a surprising awareness of Pru. Her on-again, off-again romance with police Detective Creighton doesn’t stop him from warning her to steer clear of the inquiry. The spaniel, however, lures her in. Pru lives in a world where only her crotchety tabby Wallis knows the whole truth about her past, her flight from Manhattan, and her unique gift that surfaced abruptly one day. Fearing the worst, Pru now comes dangerously close to being exposed. With everything in motion, Pru, Wallis, and everyone they hold dear will be lucky to escape…by a hare.

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About the Author:

Clea Simon is the author of the Theda Krakow, Dulcie Schwartz, and Pru Marlowe pet noir series, as well as three nonfiction books.   A former journalist, Clea lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband, the writer Jon Garelick, and their cat Musetta.

Character Interview: Beth Bowman from Randy Rawls’ mystery, DATING DEATH

DD Cover for MG.jpgWe’re thrilled to have here today, Beth Bowman from Randy Rawls new mystery, DATING DEATH. Beth is a Private Investigator living in Coral Lakes, Florida.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Beth. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I believe Randy did a good job of narrating my story. He wrote it pretty much as it happened, without embellishments. He even resisted the urge to ask me why I took on such a stupid role with so much risk.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

Yes and no. He captured my strong points, but probably glossed over some of my weaker ones. For example, I realize in retrospect that my stubbornness got me into some of the messes that happened in DATING DEATH. If I had swallowed my pride early on, my life would not have gotten so contorted. Plus, I wouldn’t have placed my friends in such danger.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

Once I give my word, I live by it. Something my father drilled into me every day before he died. “Finish what you start,” he said. I’ve built my life around that. That is definitely my strongest trait.

Worse trait?

As you can see from by strongest trait, I might come down a wee bit on the stubborn side. No, I have to admit it. I am stubborn, even pigheaded. But, does that always have to be a weakness? Sometimes it’s good, isn’t it?

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Cameron Diaz.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Yes. Dr. David Rasmussen. We met during the case I called HOT ROCKS when I was taken to the hospital with a possible concussion. Someone had slugged me from behind with a really hard object. Anyway, David is a real dreamboat, and we are totally compatible . . . well, almost. I’m happy with his profession—what girl wouldn’t be—but he’s not totally thrilled with mine. He finds it unacceptable that I keep getting conked on the head. I guess it’s a good thing he’s a neurologist. When I took on the case in DATING DEATH, he was not happy with me.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

Almost from the beginning. It’s not the kind of situation I find appealing, and my first reaction was to say no. If Chief Elston hadn’t presented such a compelling case and called on my patriotism, I wouldn’t have taken it. Then things went even uglier than I could imagine. By the time, I had everyone looking for me—good and bad—I was sure I’d made a mistake.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Not want to be? Definitely Dabba. Sadness emanates from her like heat waves from a fire. Forty years ago, something happened to her that should happen to no woman. When I see her, I never know which side of sanity she’ll be on. One moment, she can be perfectly rational, then the next, she’s living in her lost hopes. Each time, it breaks my heart. Yet, she is a loyal friend, and I value her.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Well, justice triumphed, and that’s always good. But we can only hope the guilty doesn’t work himself loose on a technicality. Can’t say anymore, but it’s not the normal bang-bang, boom-boom ending we’ve grown to expect.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

Give me a break. No clonks on the head, please. The headaches afterwards are no fun. And please, please, keep Dot and the rest of the homeless in the story. Not only are they my friends, but I’ve grown to depend on them. They are almost as precious to me as David.

Thank you for this interview, Beth!

Title:  DATING DEATH

Genre:  Mystery

Author: Randy Rawls

Website: http://www.randyrawls.com/

Publisher: White Bird Publications

Purchase at Amazon

About the Book: 

Dating Death, the latest mystery by acclaimed novelist Randy Rawls, features South Florida PI Beth Bowman.   She’s tough, tenacious, brash, and bold, but Beth Bowman knows that when the Coral Lakes Police Chief calls, she’d better listen. So when Chief Elston invites Beth for a meeting at the Coral Lakes police headquarters, Beth agrees to hear him out. Seems Elston has a rather unseemly request…

To Beth’s surprise, the topic du jour is South Florida politician Roger Adamson.  Adamson may be loved by his constituents, but he’s for sale to the highest bidder, a fact not lost on the local police.  Elston wants Adamson not just for normal bribes and influence peddling, but for access to the crime lord who supports Adamson’s extravagant lifestyle. Adamson agrees to cooperate— at his own pace, on his terms—if Elston agrees to keep him safe.  And that’s where Beth comes in. After all, someone will have to protect Adamson during public appearances, and who better than Beth Bowman?

Beth agrees, even though accepting the assignment means temporarily upending her life, including her burgeoning romance with Dr. David Rasmussen. Unbeknownst to Beth, this dirty job with a dirty politician could take a shockingly nasty turn…

Adamson’s a sleazy, arrogant jerk, and protecting him is certainly no walk in the park. But this job is leading Beth down a dark, dangerous, and downright deadly path.  Quickly and viciously swept up into a vortex of kidnapping, multiple homicides and violence, Beth Bowman is on the edge of losing everything—including her life.  Backing down isn’t Beth’s style, but this time Beth may have met her match… 

Swiftly paced, shocking, and full of twists of turns, Dating Death is a sizzling, action-packed tale.  Brimming with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a pulse-racer of a plot, Dating Death is hotter than a South Florida summer.  Randy Rawls, who has earned a well-deserved place among the fine writers who call the Sunshine State home, delivers a solid, irresistible and entertaining tale in Dating Death.

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About the Author:

Randy Rawls grew up in North Carolina, then spent a career in the Army before retiring to Florida.  After retirement, he returned to work with the Department of Defense as a civilian. Somewhere along the way, he fell in love with writing—a natural progression as he has always been an avid reader. Randy Rawls lives in Delray Beach, Florida.

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