Monday, June 29, 2015

Interview with Summer Lane, STATE OF VENGEANCE

Where do you write?
I write at my desk. I rarely write anywhere else. It is my bubble of creativity, I suppose. I just turn on my music, close the door, and write. Sometimes it takes me thirty minutes – sometimes it takes me seven hours. It depends on what I’m writing. It depends on how difficult it is for me to create a specific scene or convey a certain emotion. If I’m writing an emotional scene, it can take me a long time.

My favorite place to write, though, is in the mountains, in the seclusion of a quiet forest. That’s where imagination really works well.

When do you write?
Mornings. 7 to 12 is the optimal time for me. Once noon hits, I’m pretty much done for the day when it comes to creative writing. I find that writing at the same time every day is really healthy for a writer. For example, my current manuscript requires a minimum of five pages per day. I can write more, but I certainly can never write less. Setting those little goals is helpful.

Favorite movie? Favorite television show?
I don’t think it’s possible for me to choose a favorite movie. I like so many! I really enjoy anything that’s action or adventure. I adore superhero movies and animated films – don’t even get me started on Wall-e. The Book of Eli is really cool, and so is any movie with Dwayne Johnson.

As far as television goes, I usually only have time to watch TV during June and July. I love Pretty Little Liars, Gilmore Girls (La, la, la, la!), and I’m positively obsessed – and by obsessed I mean madly in love – with The Walking Dead.

Favorite classic book?
When I was growing up, I ONLY read classic literature. I really was completely unaware until the age of sixteen that there was such a thing as “easy-to-read stories,” like Twilight or Harry Potter. I remember being so impressed with how fun it was to read a book that wasn’t written in old English (Ivanhoe, anyone?).

My favorite classic books (yes, plural!) are Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Great Expectations and Dracula. In case you hadn’t noticed, I have a thing for stories with dark undertones.

Favorite band?
One of my currents favorites is Muse. I adore them. They have such good songs! I also like Lady Antebellum and anything with a country sound. I am fascinated with Lana Del Rey and positively enraptured by any instrumental groups like Audio Machine or Two Steps from Hell.

What’s your schedule like as a writer?

I run a publishing business – I handle several different title releases per year. I have to come up with the content, coordinate all of the marketing strategies, edit the content, sell the content and monitor the content. I don’t like taking time off, but I have to. Sometimes! My busiest months are from November to June. I basically have about four to six major deadlines per month.

From July to September, I get a little slow-down in the madness. I work half-days, and I am able to relax my brain a bit so that I can create more content when Fall rolls around again. So right now, I’m just starting to enjoy some of the lazy days of summer – I’m going to Universal Studios Hollywood, Santa Monica Beach, camping in the mountains, and checking out a firework show for Independence Day.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I really like to read. I find it nearly impossible to read while I’m writing a manuscript. I just have to focus all of my attention on the story creation. So I only read when I’m not writing a book – which is usually on the weekends. I love to crochet – I adore it. It’s very soothing.

I think the best thing to do during the summer is to go swimming, watch a movie, and then sit on the tailgate of a pickup truck, smell the fruit in the orchards, and watch the stars. I could do that forever. I guess I’m just a little country girl at heart! I also enjoy cooking. Pioneer Woman is my favorite thing ever. I’m totally serious. Ree Drummond is my hero. She needs to adopt me and teach me her ways.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Here’s where I fess up and admit that I’m a hybrid. I plot out my stories, I know who the characters are, and I know exactly what’s going to happen before I actually sit down and write the book. However, I do not plot out the specific scenes. I have general ideas, but I allow the personalities of the characters and the environments to shape and mold the scene, therefore making it – in my opinion, at least – more organic.

At this point in the Collapse Series, the characters shape their own destinies. In many ways I am just following where they lead – I simply nudge them in the right direction.

Favorite writing snack?
Tea and chocolate. It’s my favorite combination. During the hot months, it’s iced tea, and during the cold months, it’s hot tea. I literally had a stack of eighteen snickers bars behind my desk. You know. Just in case I got a craving or something.

Upcoming projects?
Collapse: The Illustrated Guide comes out this summer. The paperback will release first, and then the eBook will be available around August 2015. The conclusion to the Zero Trilogy, End of Day, will release October 9th, 2015. Then I’ve got the next Collapse book coming out in January 2016, Bravo: Apocalypse Mission in March 2016, and another Collapse book in June 2016.

So yeah. When I have downtime, I seize it and don’t let go!

Book & Author Details:
State of Vengeance by Summer Lane
(Collapse #6)
Publication date: June 26th 2015
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult

Vengeance is coming.

Monterey Bay, California, has barely survived a brutal attack from the evil invasion forces of Omega, and Cassidy Hart is exhausted. She has lost a friend and gained a new enemy. The militias seem to be weakening, and Omega seems to be getting stronger.

In an effort to recruit more troops, Cassidy travels to the desolation of the high mountains to find the mysterious troops of Sky City, and to eliminate a threat that has long been growing just out of the militia’s reach. Cassidy is not alone. Old enemies greet her, and the most dangerous person of all just might be the one she trusts the most.

The fate of the free world is at stake. The end is coming.
The militias – or Omega – will have its revenge.
Book #6 of The International Bestselling Collapse Series


Summer Lane is the author of the international bestselling Collapse Series and Zero Trilogy. She owns WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine dedicated to the Art of Storytelling. Summer is also an accomplished creative writing teacher and professional journalist. She lives in the Central Valley of California where she creates her stories and shares them with the world.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

New #Romance Release Collection: SAND, SUNSHINE and SIZZLE


Summer is here! Time for long, lazy days poolside or on the beach, and of course, a super hot read is a must-have. We've got you covered. Or . . . uncovered . . .  

Ready for a summer escape? Get 15 contemporary romance stories by best-selling and award-winning authors for 99¢! Each novel and novella has a beach setting, an irresistible love story with HEA, and high sizzle factor. Slather on the sunscreen, grab a cool drink, and get ready to get hot! 


Join the Facebook party on June 28th for the official release of the bundle. Find out more about the books and the awesome authors in the bundle here! Here's just a taste . . .  

Ecstasy By the Sea by Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey
A honeymoon to remember.  

Burn Me by Eirinn Brennan She was sure of the future until she experienced what else it had to offer.  

Finding Joy by EmKay Connor You can run from your secrets, but you can't hide.  

Kissing Drake by Jenna Dales A tall, dark and seriously hot hero and the woman who makes him forget about being so serious.  

Madrona Sunset by Jami Davenport Damaged souls craving comfort for a moment or a lifetime.  

The Good Enough Husband by Sylvie Fox What would you do if you met your soul mate, but you were already married?  

The Posse by Tawdra Kandle One woman, three men, and a beach romance as unpredictable as the riptide.  

How to Say Goodbye by Amber Lin She's here for the summer. He lives on the streets. They'll both learn how to say goodbye.  

Last Call By Alannah Lynne One unforgettably hot night could lead to forever...or...death...  

Sunny and 75 by Scarlett Metal Can paradise heal their broken hearts or will their pasts come back to haunt them?  

Midnight Shadows by Lisa Marie Rice She sees shadows that aren't there.  

Two Are Better Than One by Suzanne Rock Two Irish exchange students convince the straight-laced Hannah that two men are better than one.  

The Billionaire's Assassin by Margaret Taylor Adrian Hoyle couldn't know that meeting a hot Hollywood actor would be hazardous to her health.  

Sun Kissed by Nancy Warren It's hard not to mix business and pleasure when your business is surfing.  

Miami Dreams by Layla Wilcox Starting over in the Magic City means believing in second chances when none seem possible.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Interview with Vanessa Morgan, AVALON

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Avalon ( is the heartwarming and once-in-a-lifetime true love story of a girl and her neurotic Turkish Van cat. Avalon was the kind of cat that made other creatures cringe in distress whenever he was around and that threw his owner’s dates out by means of special techniques. Avalon was so incorrigible that even the landlord wanted to get rid of him. But beneath Avalon's demonic boisterousness, was a soft spot that was yearning for love. Thanks to his owner’s unswerving loyalty, Avalon transformed into a tender feline, and even landed a major role in a horror movie. In turn, Avalon made it his mission to be there for his human companion. By turns jubilant and deeply moving, Avalon is a memoir for anyone who has ever been obsessively in love with a pet.

Do you have a favorite character?
Avalon, of course, because he has so much personality. Whenever I told his stories around a dinner table, people were always fascinated with him, even those that weren’t necessarily cat lovers. And how many cats do you know that landed parts in horror movies and music videos? Or that spoke a few words of French?

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
Gilles Vranckx is the artist who made Avalon’s cover. He previously also designed the covers for my books Drowned Sorrow ( GPS with Benefits ( I give him complete creative freedom, because he’s a famous movie poster designer, so he knows what he’s doing. He really captured Avalon’s soul within this cover.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
As Avalon was based on a true story, the general outline was already in my head before I started; I just had to stay true to reality. That being said, I had to alter the chronology slightly to facilitate an economical telling of the story. I also cut many scenes because they were slowing the book down.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Absolutely. I’m not a native speaker, so I definitely need an editor.

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
I’m on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. I also created separate accounts for Avalon. I used to be that person who only shared her own links and news, but the secret to being efficient on social media is to interact with others and to share links from other writers and bloggers. It’s more time consuming, but also more fun. On my social media (as well as my blog), you can find book and movie recommendations, links to interesting articles, and pictures of my travels and visits to film festivals. I’m particularly active on Twitter and Pinterest these days.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
I’m a big believer in laser-sharp focus, in taking up one idea and making it your life in order to see real changes. However, I’m horrible at prioritizing. I want to do it all. I’m currently traveling, promoting my latest book, editing a new one, and growing two blogs. I’d better be following my own advice.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
Photographing cats! I have a blog, Traveling Cats (, where I post pictures of all the cats I meet during my travels around the world. It’s a sort of travel blog for cat lovers where you can find out where to travel for cat-related activities.

I’m also obsessed with horror movies, and I visit several international film festivals a year.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
Dogs or cats? Cats.

Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla.

Coffee or tea? Tea.

Talk or text? Text.

Day or night? Day.

What’s next for you?
I’m currently editing a book on animals attack movies. Most people limit themselves to Jaws and The Birds, but there are many obscure titles that are worth discovering. The book will be huge fun.

Author bio
Vanessa Morgan is an author, screenwriter, and blogger. Two of her works, The Strangers Outside and A Good Man, have been turned into films. Her short film script Next to Her is currently in pre-production. 

When she's not working on her latest book, you can find her reading, watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for her blog Traveling Cats ( 

Avalon has appeared in several of her books and films.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

TOR MADDOX by Liz Coley


It was spooky climbing down the slope under the dark trees. I bent low under the overhanging branches and walked east along the lowest part. Twigs tugged at my hair. Wisps of spider web caught my cheeks. Under cover of the slope, I dared to turn on the flashlight to scan the rocks underfoot. If I broke an ankle out here, I was nailed. Cocoa panted along beside me. I say panted, but there was a definite wheezy quality to it that made my own chest ache. We’d hardly gone any distance. He shouldn’t be tired yet.
When we were safely out of sight of houses and humanity, I found a less gravelly spot to collapse into at the base of a tree. Cocoa curled up against me, a nice warm body. Still, I put on a double layer of sweatshirts and opened up the mylar blanket to spread over both of us. I flipped the flashlight around in my hand, covering the clear plastic with my palm. The red glow was all the nightlight I thought safe.
Even with three layers of clothes and an insulating blanket, I shivered and shivered in the night. I was terrified that heat-seeking rattlesnakes would slither under the blanket with us. Terrified that spiders would drop out of the bushes. Terrified that Cocoa would take off after a wild rabbit. I was afraid of men in black suits. Afraid of men in white coats. And especially afraid of falling asleep. My eyes ached. Exhaustion battled with adrenaline.
At 5:15 a.m. all the batteries ran out, both mine and the flashlight’s. I slept, pursued in restless dreams by the vengeful spirits of barking dogs.
At 6:51 a warm, pink light penetrated the underbrush. A rising swell of birdsong served as alarm clock. At my stirring, Cocoa yawned and stretched. He lifted a leg against the tree I was leaning on and streamed against it.
“Hey, watch it,” I scolded. “I mean, good boy. Come, Cocoa. Lie down.”
Down? His puzzled eyes asked me. He knew it was time to stretch, time to play, time to go for his quick morning walk with Rody.
“Sorry, fuzzy face. We can’t. Have some breakfast.” I poured dog food into one bowl and water into the other, but Cocoa turned his head away, uninterested. “I guess you need a walk first. I’m sorry.” He whimpered softly.
“I hear you, bud. Me too.” I rolled my shoulders, stretched my legs out in front of me. Every square inch of my body hurt. The granola bars tempted me not.
What was going on at home this morning? By now, Rody would have discovered Cocoa was gone. Would he say anything?
Mom was probably wondering why she hadn’t heard the shower go on and off in my bathroom. Maybe she was knocking on my door right now, calling me to wake up. Maybe she was cracking open the door and walking over to the tousled lump of covers to run her hands softly through my hair and kiss me on the cheek. Maybe she was turning in horror from the empty bed, running through the house, calling to my Dad, crying, “She’s gone…she’s gone.”
My throat ached. I did that to her. A tear slipped out of the corner of my eye.
I pulled out my phone and sent her a text message: Mom I’m safe I’m fine don’t worry don’t search.
I hoped she could live with that. I doubted it.
I huddled with my dark thoughts as the sky brightened. In the distance, on the playground, toddlers laughed with their own mothers, enjoying their morning playtime before naps. A knife twisted in my heart. Life went on for the innocent as well as for the ignorant. But knowing what I knew, I could never be that carefree again.

Book & Author Details:

Tor Maddox Series by Liz Coley
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

INTRODUCING Tor Maddox, a heroine for our times

“I know that one day, I’m going to have to live in the real world. I’d like it to be a decent one.” - Tor

Book I Tor Maddox: Unleashed

When sixteen-year old Torrance Olivia Maddox, self-confessed news junkie, figures out that the mysterious and deadly New Flu is being spread by dogs, she has one question—if the danger is that obvious to her, why hasn’t the government revealed the truth and taken action?

Her search for the answer will take her farther than she ever imagined. But then again, she never imagined that man’s best friend could become public enemy number one, that men in black might show up in her cozy suburban neighborhood, that she’d spend her sixteenth birthday as a teenaged runaway, and that her effort to save one dog would become a mission to save them all.

Book 2 Tor Maddox: Embedded

Life has been way too quiet for Tor Maddox since her fifteen minutes of CNN fame. Then agent-in-training Rick Turner reappears with what sounds like a simple assignment—to embed herself as his eyes and ears in her own high school. When she agrees to keep tabs on high school state swim champ Hamilton Parker for the Feds, she is plunged into the deep end of a sinister plot. Knowing that freedom, justice, and lives are at stake again, Tor jumps in feet first, but has she gotten in over her head this time?

When observe and report becomes kiss and tell, Tor’s first mission may blow up in her face.

Book 3 Tor Maddox: Mistaken

Grab a flotation device and welcome aboard for more shenanigans, villainy, and romance.

Eight leotards and a ball gown—that’s what Tor Maddox packed for her summer ballet intensive in New York. Pity she never arrived. Kidnapped once by the good guys and once by the bad ones, Tor finds herself involved in a high seas adventure featuring princesses and pirates, a wedding ring, and the guy she thought she’d never be allowed to see again, junior man-in-black Rick Turner. 


In 2013, Liz Coley’s psychological thriller Pretty Girl-13 was released by HarperCollins in the US and UK. Foreign translations have been published in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Czech, Slovakian, and Chinese (simplified and traditional).

Her independent publications include alternate history/time travel/romance Out of Xibalba and teen thrillers in the new Tor Maddox series: UNLEASHED, EMBEDDED, and MISTAKEN. Her short fiction has appeared in Cosmos Magazine and several speculative fiction anthologies: The Last Man, More Scary Kisses, Strange Worlds, Flights of Fiction, You’re not Alone, and Winter's Regret.

Liz lives in Ohio, where she is surrounded by a fantastic community of writers, beaten regularly by better tennis players, uplifted by her choir, supported by her husband, teased by her teenaged daughter, cheered from afar by her two older sons, and adorned with hair by her cats Tiger, Pippin, and Merry.

Liz invites you to follow her as LizColeyBooks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and visit her website at

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


  3 of 5 stars

I was not sure what to expect with this book and it started out great with the tale of local policeman Goliath rescuing little Mirror from her deranged grandfather. Mirror's two sisters were not so lucky and their death affected Mirror more than she could ever understand. I really enjoyed the author's voice especially when she focused on the relationship of Mirror and Goliath, but then the book started to divert into many little vignettes that on the surface had nothing to do with Mirror. All of the stories had elements of bizarre behavior, outrageous animals and a darkness that no child should have to endure. 

I applaud the author's imagination and the bizarre characters certainly came alive on the page. The writing was unique, entertaining and confusing at the same time, but with so many side plots, it was easy to lose sight of Mirror and Goliath.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Interview with Wesley Banks, HOPE IN EVERY RAINDROP

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Hope In Every Raindrop is about a best-selling author (Katie Price) who struggles to find her next big story when she happens upon America’s rarest dog breed and the man (Kyle Walker) that raises them.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I ended up using for my cover design and it was a great experience. I still run ideas past my cover design probably every couple weeks for other graphic choices.

I was very involved, mainly because I knew exactly what I wanted the cover to look like. The difficult part was receiving over 150 designs and having to narrow it down and choose.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
It really depends on the scene. When I’m writing a major scene (one with a lot of drama or conflict) I typically do listen to music. However, when I’m writing more technical aspects of the book (or outlining, editing, etc.) it’s usually in silence, with the exception of the window I keep open next to my desk.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
Both. I do an overall outline of every scene before I start writing. But once I get into the scene sometimes I can’t follow the outline because the decisions certain characters begin to make changes the course.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Definitely. Honestly, without my editor I would be lost in my own little writing world.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
You can get Hope In Every Raindrop at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, GooglePlay, and Kobo.

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. However, I’m most active on Facebook and Instagram.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
This is actually what I’m struggling with most right now. I completely underestimated how much time it takes to market a book.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
For sure. Although I don’t practice engineering anymore, I’m still a Professional Engineer, and I think that has a huge impact on my writing. I also absolutely love my dogs and going on adventures with my wife. Most recently we took an awesome 16 day trip across the US, when we moved to Oregon.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
Dogs. Chocolate (I love chocolate chip cookies!). Neither. Talk (in person) or Text (if not in person), not a huge fan of talking on the phone. I like the day better, but I’m a bit of a night owl.

Author Bio
Wesley Banks was born in 1983 and grew up on the west coast of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering.  After spending over 7 years building movable bridges from Florida to Washington he decided to focus on his true passion: writing.

Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he’s love so much. He lives with his wife Lindsey, and his two dogs, Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as they can fit in.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Interview with Travis Simmons

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
What Lies Behind is about an automaton who is slowly coming into awareness, something that she didn’t even know was possible. As she gains awareness she’s also gaining free will and realizing the abusive life she’s living isn’t one that she wants to live. She longs to feel what it’s like to be human, and that’s the real driving force behind the novel. Cass wants to escape her programming and live like a person. At first I hadn’t planned for this to be part of a series, but as the book came to a close I realized this was just the first story of a much larger series that will span many years with many different characters and show us the promise and the horrors of a future with androids.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
I did try the traditional publisher route, but not initially. The thing with traditional publishers that always irritates me is the waiting! I have these stories and I just want to share them with people, and the wait for a traditional publisher is long because they have so many other authors that have books they want to share with the world! Right now I have a zombie series signed with a traditional publisher and I can’t wait for that to hit the shelves. 
If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
This cover was actually a premade cover that I saw and just had to have. I had the plans for this novel kicking around in my head and wasn’t sure I was going to write it until I saw the cover, and then I knew I had to do it. 
What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
Normally I listen to music, but it has to be instrumental or new age because a lot of the beat and lyrics of most songs distract me. I do find that different genres of music help me write different scenes. I even have a heavy metal playlist for when I write fights scenes in some of my other novels.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
Most often I have to have a clear roadmap of what I need to write and what points need to be covered in order to get me from point A to point B. That doesn’t mean those pesky characters don’t change their mind mid-scene though. 
Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I’m actually very lucky that my best friend is an editor so she goes over all of my work a couple times before I publish.

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
That seems to change a lot. I’m really having fun interacting with people on facebook and twitter. My blog could use a little work, and I’m trying to see how best to use it. Honestly I don’t see a huge kickback in interaction on my blog.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Not really marketing and writing. I have a bigger problem juggling my personal life and my work. It seems like I’m a very busy person that longs to be a hermit. 
Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I love cooking. I also love eating. It’s probably a good thing I can cook, huh?

What’s next for you?
I never really know. I have plans to write a vampire hunter serial and finish up the nine book series I’ve been working on now for a few months. I can’t wait to see where the characters take me!

A gripping, dark science fiction romance by International Bestseller, Travis Simmons.
Cass is a robot with a past. A past she can’t remember.
When her current owner, Natalia starts taking out her frustration on Cass her memories come back little by little.
What she wants more than anything is to be like humans; an android. To be loved and to feel and to be treated as an equal. Not an automaton like she is.
She finds that in Brandon.
Brandon is Natalia’s boyfriend, and couldn’t be any different from Natalia if he tried. He treats Cass like an equal, like a human, and more importantly like a woman.
Cass just wants a normal human life like Brandon promises, but as more and more of her memories come flooding back, she learns that she might play a bigger part in the android equal rights movement than she wants. Her future is uncertain. Becoming an android, becoming more human, will mean going against her programming. Can she do that? Will her struggle to become an android ultimately be her undoing?
"In this standalone dark romance, International Bestselling author, Travis Simmons makes his debut into science fiction. Travis has reached the top of charts in new adult fiction with his love of dystopian fantasy."

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Author Bio:
Travis Simmons was kicked out of magic school for his refusal to study and his penchant for mundane activities like cooking. While selling his sword he stumbled upon dogs that he wrongly thought were magical and imagined he could commune with them. After a vicious zombie attack in which witches helped him push back the undead horde, Travis found himself apprenticed to a necromancer.

Afraid that winter was coming, Travis tucked into his magical studies, but always chased his dreams of writing tales science fiction tales and fantasy stories where he could explore his wild imagination about life on other planets. Adamant that Travis learn the esoteric ways of the occult, his master made his life a horror of practice and studies. But no matter how he tried, he could never conquer Travis' questing mind.