Saturday, February 11, 2012

Asenath, Anna Patricio


Anna Patricio is a lover of ancient history, with a particular
interest in Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome. She is also intrigued by
the Ancient Near East, though she has not delved too much into it but
hopes to one day.

She undertook formal studies in Ancient History at Macquarie
University. She focused mostly on Egyptology and Jewish-Christian
Studies, alongside a couple of Greco-Roman units, and one on
Archaeology. Though she knew there were very limited job openings for
ancient history graduates, she pursued her degree anyway as it was
something she had always been passionate about.

Then, about a year after her graduation, the idea to tackle historical
fiction appeared in her head, and she began happily pounding away on
her laptop. ASENATH is her first novel.

Recently, she traveled to Lower Egypt (specifically Cairo and the
Sinai), Israel, and Jordan. She plans to return to Egypt soon, and see
more of it. In the past, she has also been to Athens and Rome.

Anna is currently working on a second novel, which still takes place
in Ancient Egypt, but hundreds of years after ASENATH.

Product description:

Two Destinies...One Journey of Love

In a humble fishing village on the shores of the Nile lives Asenath, a
fisherman's daughter who has everything she could want. Until her
perfect world is shattered.

When a warring jungle tribe ransacks the village and kidnaps her,
separating her from her parents, she is forced to live as a slave. And
she begins a journey that will culminate in the meeting of a handsome
and kind steward named Joseph.

Like her, Joseph was taken away from his home, and it is in him that
Asenath comes to find solace…and love. But just as they are beginning
to form a bond, Joseph is betrayed by his master’s wife and thrown
into prison.

Is Asenath doomed to a lifetime of losing everything and everyone she loves?

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

It is a different type of historical and Biblical fiction, as it
focuses on a very obscure character: Asenath, the wife of Joseph of
the multicoloured coat fame. Many people did not know that Joseph got
married, and this is probably because Asenath is mentioned very
briefly in Genesis.
I thus sought to imagine what her life might have been like, and how
Joseph's story unfolded through her eyes.
This is a combination of drama and romance, inspired by novels such as
'Jane Eyre' and 'Memoirs of a Geisha. ' Additionally, this is set in
one of the most exciting historical places and eras: Ancient Egypt.

Q: Why did you go indie?

I sent queries to several literary agents. Some requested for a
partial, but to this day, I have not heard back from them. I have long
crossed them off as non-responders - not interested, no reply.
When my agent search turned out fruitless, I then began subbing to
small / indie presses. And I landed a contract with Imajin Books, who
I am very happy with. They allowed me to have a say in everything -
the book blurb, cover art, and even the trailer.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

Wilbur Smith and Pauline Gedge for historical fiction; Alex G Chappell
and Gilbert Morris in Biblical fiction.

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Trials By Fire, Richard Hein


Richard Hein was born in the Pacific Northwest, though he spent some time living in Wisconsin and Illinois before moving back to Washington with his family in 1987. He’s lived in the scenic Skagit Valley since then.
Interest in writing began early by writing stories for his classmates in Kindergarten, winning a young-authors award in the Sixth Grade, and spending much of his high school classes writing instead of learning.
Richard spends his days as a server administrator and website programmer, working on writing and prolific reading in the evening.

Product Description:

When Daron becomes a fully graduated member of the Order - a divinely inspired establishment set to provide peace and justice within the land - he stumbles upon a plot surrounding a young woman, Leah, fleeing for her life before mercenaries sent to fetch her. While attempting to keep her safe and grow into his new abilities, he becomes tangled in the plans of a man in possession of unholy magic, never before seen in the realm, who is bent on opening the eyes of humanity to a dark truth.

Daron struggles to fit into a world he doesn't fully understand and fight to keep humanity safe, while delving into Leah's difficult past. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, he has to trust in the gods, but all is not as it seems.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
It's a different take on traditional fantasy. Rather than the eternal standard of a medieval-Europe world, it's a world with Victorian-Era technology, and a plot reason for it. There's still familiar settings - swords and sorcery, epic fights and character-driven plots, but with a new and fresh backdrop.

Q: Why did you go indie?
I quite enjoy the challenge and reward of seeing this through from start to finish, on my own strength and determination. It's about taking something I love and carrying it on my shoulders, and Indie publishing really helps me set the tone for that.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Brandon Sanderson, by far. If we're limiting it to the genre I'm writing, I'd also have to say David Eddings - it was his fantasy novels that got me into reading the genre in the first place, and always has a special place in my heart.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Love Unfinished, Darian Wilk

Darian was born in South Carolina , but raised in Michigan , where she still lives today. In 2005, Darian married her best friend, Steve, and has two kids. She worked on and off throughout her twenties as a Home Health Aid to the elderly, but preferred to stay home and raise her babies. n 2007, her mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and Darian quit working to tend to her mom. It was i n t hose three years of taking care of her that Darian realized how precious life really is. And in her moms last year of life, she finally had the courage to pursue what her heart had always secretly longed for; becoming a writer. It was the n t hat she started her debut novel, Love Unfinished, and continues her journey today.

Product description:
Two soul mates from the past leave their love unfinished when a tragic car accident ends their lives o n t heir wedding day. Yet they are destined to meet agai n t o fulfill that love in new incarnations, leading vastly different lives.

Emma thought she had chose n t he right path, but too late does she realize her mistake as her husband reveals the monster hiding behind his smile; morphing her fairytale ending into loveless obligation. Trapped in a broken marriage to a powerful, abusive husband, she knows this is not the life she was destined to live. As her hope for love withers, she meets James, her love from a lifetime ago.

Emma cannot deny the love pulling her toward James, but courage to abandon her marriage wavers and unknowingly leaves her life o n t he line. If Emma has any hope of life and love, she must trust the bond with James and be with the man destiny has spent two lifetimes guiding her toward. Are they fated to fulfill their love, or will they once again, leave love unfinished?
Love Unfinished by Darian Wilk - women’s fiction
ISBN - 978-0-615-48405-1
218 pages
Available in paperback and eBook
List price $12.99, available at
Amazon,Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
One of the great things about women’s fiction is that you can have a love story without the flare of a traditional romance novel. I offer a love so true that it carries two people into new lives and draws strangers together. But being true to the genre, it’s not without challenge or character growth. Emma is already married, and her soul mate from her former life is divorced and determined to never trust love again. Their story not only tests the strength of love, but tests the boundaries of people’s beliefs and morals, and how far they’re willing to push them for the sake of love.

Q: Why did you go indie?
I was amongst the thousands of writers out there, fingers and toes crossed that my query was snazzy enough to pull me out of the slush pile and into the maybe. I played the query, wait, full submission, wait, revise, wait again game. But of course I had read everywhere that self-publishing was o n t he rise, but the thought of trying it never crossed my mind until a friend asked me when I would put my work on Kindle. I started doing research, lots of it. I am a woma n t hat likes to be in control, being in charge, I like holding the power of my future in my hands. The more I researched the more I realized self-publishing might be a better fit for me tha n t raditional publishing because of that.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love Anne Tyler. Her ability to make characters seem so real, so much so that they start to feel like they’re real people, I think is a talent that in many ways still goes unchallenged. Her characters are flawed, people with issues like the rest of us have, they break and they triumph, resist and grow. I’ll buy any book of hers without even reading what it’s about.
And an author I’m curious to see what she does next, is Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help. The time and care she put into her novel is to be admired, and you can see that clearly in her writing. Her ability to make you feel an entire range of emotions, well, not many authors can really make you feel.

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By blog, Crazy Lady with a Pen,

Danger Danger, Gerry McCullough

Gerry McCullough is a long established short story writer, winner of the Cuirt International Literary Award in Galway in 2005. She was born and brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and now lives in County Down. She is married to author and media producer Raymond McCullough, and they have four children. Danger Danger is the second book by Gerry McCullough, following the very successful Belfast Girls which has been selling widely on the Internet.

Product Description of Danger Danger:

Two lives in parallel – twin sisters separated at birth, but their lives take strangely similar and dangerous roads until the final collision which hurls each of them to the edge of disaster.

Katie and her gambling boyfriend Dec find themselves threatened with peril from the people Dec has cheated.

Jo-Anne (Annie) through her boyfriend Steven finds herself in the hands of much more dangerous crooks.

Can they survive and achieve safety and happiness?
Q 1. I think eReaders (like most other readers!) like a book to be fast moving, easy to read, and with characters they can like and relate to and a plot with lots of action. This is pretty exactly what reviewers have said about Danger Danger. Several have commented that they had to stay up all night to finish it, that it's 'unputdownable,' and that they immediately felt a warm sympathy for the two very different main characters, and couldn't stop reading on until they found out what happens to them. The book has only been out a few weeks, and already has 7 glowing reviews on Amazon, all 5 star (and not from my family!) so I think I can honestly say readers are loving it.
Q 2. I went Indie because for years I'd had no success in getting one of the major publishers to accept my first book, Belfast Girls. Perhaps because the book is set in Belfast, and is boxed into no particular genre, they consistently rejected it, while praising the writing. I'd had around 50 short stories published and knew the problem wasn't with my writing skills. The fact is that in today's market the major publishers are very reluctant to accept anything unless they are sure of huge sales – the bottom line approach. Celebrities, or writers with a proven best selling record, are what they mainly want. That's why Indie publishers have emerged – to fill the empty niche in the market. I was very happy when I got an offer for Belfast Girls from the small Indie publisher, Night Publishing. Since Belfast Girls went on to considerable success, selling in the thousands before it's first year was up, I was encouraged to publish Danger Danger myself, under my husband's brand Precious Oil Publications. It's good, also, to have complete control of your own book, and not to have to edit all the individuality out of it.
Q 3. My genre is romantic thriller, particularly in the case of Danger Danger. My favourite writers in this genre are Mary Stewart, Patricia Wentworth, Agatha Christie in her non series books, Sarah Caudwell, Dorothy Dunnett in her Dolly series –maybe I should stop there, but there are many, many more, including the brilliant Anne R. Allen, an Indie writer I've discovered recently.

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