Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Interview with Adnan Alisic, UNFORGIVING

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
UNFORGIVING is a contemporary YA story (first in trilogy), inspired by that little boy who was killed by the Serbs soldiers; in real life he died, but in my book he managed to escape and survive in that forest for many years. Later, he was found by an American diplomat who adopted him and brought him to the United States. For years he struggled to adopt to a civilized life, and after finally learning to control his rage, he sees a monster who murdered his family. And that’s how the book begins: in the first chapter the boy ruthlessly murders those people.

Do you have a favorite character?
Besides Meho, Bucky in UNFORGIVING  is my favorite character. He is tiny, smart motor-mouth who believes he can do anything. He lives in his own world, the world where good guys always win, and if you're his friend, he'll do anything for you. He'll lie for you, cheat for you, steal for you, and he'll always find a rational justification for everything.

But if you're his enemy, or enemy of his friend, he'll hate you with blood-spilling rage.
What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
I queried about 50 agents and all of them said no. So if I couldn't get traditionally published, there's always another way. And with today's technology, it's easy to get self-published. The downside to that is, since anyone could get published, there's a lot of crap out there.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I like to snap my headphones on, grab a pen and notebook and just write. That is one way to escape this place. I aim for one page a day, but when inspiration strikes, I don't stop until everything is spilled onto the paper.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I never outline. My outline is the first draft. If I get an idea for a specific scene, I would scribble it down in my notebook, and then during the rewrite I would insert it at the appropriate place. Sometimes there would be many scenes, and second rewrite would seem like aranging a giant puzzle.

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?
Self-publishing is a wild ride. If you don't have money or resources, you gotta do everything yourself. After finishing your job as a writer, you gotta switch hats and become editor, designer, publicist, marketer, and many other things.

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
I have about 10,000 followers on Facebook, so I use it as my main platform. I also have a Twitter account, but I dont use it as much as Facebook. Before publication, I'll be using a book tour with Xpresso Book Tours and actively seeking reviews.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
There are only so many hours in a day, and when you're doing everything yourself, something's gotta give. When I'm actively marketing my book, I gotta admit that I'm neglecting my writing. At least the physical part. I believe as a writer you are always writing, because those characters are in your head and you're always thinking, 'What would he say? What would he do? How would he act?'

Publicizing your book is a tough act, and I see why many authors don't like it. You gotta be actively involved with the public, shouting, selling, and promoting your book. And since many of the authors are introverts, it's a tough job for them.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Persistence is the key. Read and write. Never quit. Read biographies from famous authors and you'll see what kind of game this is. Steven King's Carrie was rejected 30 times. If he stopped submitting, we would never know who he was.

What’s next for you?
I am currently finishing MEHO, a second part of UNFORGIVING. It is quite unique because it's written from a perspective of a five-year-old Meho. My plan is to publish it before the end of 2017, and the last part by the end of 2018.

Alisic Adnan
Publication date: January 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

12 years after surviving horrific massacre, 15-year- old Meho commits ruthless murders and sets in motion the event which could change the world order.
The murders are followed by the trial of the century, where media vilifies Meho as a psychopath, mass murderer, and a monster — all under the influence of FBI, who are trying to conceal the identity of the victims and protect the National Security.
The only person who believes that Meho is innocent is his 10-year-old brother Bucky, who will turn heavens and earth to free Meho. After learning the truth, Bucky is devastated, but not all things are as they seem, and the truth will be revealed at the very end.

Author Bio:
After witnessing terrible war atrocities, Adnan Alisić escaped from Bosnia and came to Phoenix, Arizona where he became a successful businessman. Entangled in a gambling addiction, he was forced to execute this sensational casino heist. He can be reached at or www.AlisicAdnan.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Interview with Madelle Morgon, CAUGHT ON CAMERA

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Caught on Camera, Hollywood in Muskoka series, Book 1, is a New Adult romantic comedy. Rachel (22), a chambermaid at a Canadian luxury resort, is asked to stand in for a missing bridesmaid at an A-list actor’s private wedding. Rachel falls in love with a groomsman, Mickey, who thinks she’s the bride’s cousin. Their path to love is as rocky as the beautiful Muskoka lake district—playground of the rich and famous. Many Hollywood celebrities own beautiful summer homes in Muskoka for the privacy far from the paparazzi. Goldie Hawn used to own a multi-million dollar Muskoka lakefront property.

Subsequent books in the series follow the same upstairs/downstairs trope—local people in the service industry fall for vacationers who make Hollywood movies; e.g., a screenwriter, producer, director, stunt professional, and more. Research into the various careers in the industry is fun because I absolutely love movies and am fascinated by filmmaking. I also studied screenwriting and writing romantic comedy with the goal of writing fast-paced stories that are full of heart and humor. I figured that I may as well write a series with the elements required for a movie or a six-episode TV series!

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
I actually wrote the second book in the series, Sex and the Screenwriter, first. The heroine is Catrina, a security guard who falls for a visiting Hollywood screenwriter. Then I went to an RWA conference and all the advice was to write a series to maximize sales. So I returned home and Catrina became a secondary character in Caught on Camera, now the first book in the series, along with members of the wedding party who will each have their own story.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing; i.e., querying agents/publishers?
Prior to the digital revolution, responses from traditional publishers took forever. I waited over a year for a “no thanks” response from Harlequin. In contrast, I received relatively speedy responses from an editor at Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc., who offered to publish the second manuscript I submitted—Diamond Lust, a romantic suspense—under its former Cerridwen Press imprint. Digital-first presses such as EC opened the door to many new authors who would otherwise have waited years to be traditionally-published, if ever. Eventually I got the rights back, changed the cover, and indie-published it as Diamond Hunter in 2015.

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
I decided to go indie for several reasons: I’m not getting any younger, I would need to put a lot of time and money into promo either route, bookstores are closing so there is limited shelf space for print books of debut authors anyway, and the prices charged by some traditional publishers for ebooks are extraordinarily high, in my view. I wanted to be able to set my own prices. The biggest reason: a traditional publisher would not accommodate my playlist/soundtrack approach. Embedded in each ebook are links to YouTube videos or iTunes songs (iBook version). Paperback readers can access my YouTube playlist from my website.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I need to focus when writing, so playtime for me is seeking out a video/song on YouTube that matches the emotion I’m going for at that point in the story. A musical note together with the song title within the chapter indicates when to listen to each song on the playlist.

Caught on Camera’s overarching theme song is Michael Bublé’s Hollywood. It reflects the book’s upbeat, fun energy and lyrics that describe how you can become anything you want to be! “You can find it in yourself.” Check out the full playlist on my website.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I’m a plotter. For me it’s necessary because storylines of each book in the series have to tie together. Bridesmaid and actor Tiffany’s story threads through each book until she gets her own happy-ever-after at the end of the series.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I learned so much from my Ellora’s Cave editor, and that experience convinced me of the value of working with professional editors. My developmental editor (a screenwriter) and copy editor are fiction authors as well. I shared Caught on Camera’s editing journey in Editing your Book blog posts.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
Caught on Camera ebooks are promo-priced at 99 cents on Amazon | iBooks | Kobo. The print version is available on Amazon.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
The first book is for practice. Don’t indie-publish your first novel. I know it’s tempting and so easy to do, but few writers have the craft knowledge on their first attempt. Your second and third books will be so much better. Diamond Hunter was my fourth full-length novel. The first three were learning experiences, although I thought they were absolutely wonderful at the time, and even had contest win validation for the third. Don’t publish until a professional editor or a multi-published author in your genre with 4 and 5 star reviews says your book is ready for the world. Poor reviews can be devastating to sales and haunt indie-authors for decades.

What’s next for you?
Sex and the Screenwriter, Hollywood in Muskoka series, Book 2, a hot contemporary romance, will be published in 2017. When Hollywood screenwriter Chett de Groot invites Catrina to rehearse role-playing love scenes in costumes from old movies, she discovers how satisfying acting can be. Soon she’s ad-libbing passionate lines in scorching “performances”. But when Chett exploits her secret, Catrina realizes the emotional pain from her past is nothing compared to the agony of betrayal.

Caught on Camera
Madelle Morgan
(Hollywood in Muskoka, #1)
Publication date: September 9th 2016
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance

To achieve her dream of working on Hollywood film sets, star struck chambermaid Rachel Lehmann needs $35,000 for film school tuition by the end of the summer. When she’s asked to fill in for a missing bridesmaid at a movie star’s wedding, it’s her big chance to take candid photos of celebrities and sell them to the entertainment media. Then groomsman Mickey McNichol, agent to the stars, sweeps her off her feet.
Mickey’s bitter experience is that everyone in show business fakes emotions. When he falls for the stand-in bridesmaid, he thinks he’s finally met a beautiful woman he can trust. But if Rachel betrays his friends’ privacy, Mickey will ensure she never works in Hollywood.

Author Bio:
Madelle completed four novels before Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc. contracted to publish her debut romantic suspense, Diamond Lust—republished as Diamond Hunter—and a sexy, short free read, The Next Big Thing, in 2010.
When Madelle realized her author voice is more suited to light, humorous contemporary romance, she went waaaay back to her teen years for the Hollywood in Muskoka series setting.

Madelle, her sisters, and assorted pets enjoyed idyllic summers at a lake in the District of Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, named by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of their top 20 Best of the World Must-see Places.

The Muskoka lakes’ forested shorelines are dotted with palatial properties owned by wealthy families and Hollywood celebrities. At sixteen, being neither rich nor famous, Madelle worked briefly as a chambermaid at the now-closed Delawana Inn, a local resort.
Madelle is retired from an engineering career in the federal public service and lives in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, with her husband. She tries to keep fit with cycling, Pilates, and yoga, and dreams of owning a waterfront cottage. Or at least a pool.

She tweets and posts on Facebook and Goodreads about Hollywood, filmmaking, Muskoka, and, of course, writing. She blogs the second Tuesday of the month at and occasionally on her own website.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Take time to be with your family and friends and let them know they are loved. Let's try to put aside whatever differences we have and try kindness instead. 2016 was a tumultuous year and here's hoping things will calm down so we can all enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving.

For all the service men and women who won't be home this year, I thank you all for your service. You serve so we can be protected and enjoy freedom. There is no greater sacrifice in my book. So, an extra big 'THANK YOU' to you.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

#Excerpt: SHADOW FALL by Audrey Grey

Shadow Fall
Audrey Grey
(Shadow Fall, #1)
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.
The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.

When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.

The question is who?

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My legs wobble as I step into the now lukewarm water. I sink to the bottom. Tiny bubbles escape my nose as I watch all the ugly remnants from the last seven years leave my body.
Lungs burning, I rise and come face-to-face with Pit Boy.
I glare at him. “You really have to work on the knocking thing.”
Despite the fact that I’m indecent, his attention never falls from my face. I almost wish it would, just to give me a break from the intensity of his focus.
“I only get a few more hours to be the ‘one-eyed freak’ from the pit. Might as well take advantage.” He doesn’t dare crack a smile, so it’s hard to tell if he’s joking or serious.
“Don’t worry. In my heart, that’s exactly who you’ll always be.”
His words remind me that soon we’ll be reconstructed using forbidden nanotech. But it won’t just be our flesh they’ll reengineer. It will be our brains, too.
I don’t foresee my rewiring being too complicated, but Riser needs to upload almost twenty years of false memories. That will be tricky and time-consuming.
And time is the one thing we don’t have.
Riser flicks his gaze to the mirror. He lifts a hand, touches the patch of mottled flesh where his eye should be.
“How did it happen?” I ask.
“Careful, my lady.” His gaze settles on my face. “You’re beginning to sound like you care.”
I roll my eyes. “And I thought I was lacking in conversational skills.”
He focuses his attention on the graffiti sprayed across the mirror.
“It’s written language,” I blurt, even though all I want to do is end the conversation so Pit Boy can leave. His presence unnerves me more than the other Pit Leeches ever could. “It’s how we communicate.”
“I know what it is.” He examines his jagged thumbnail. “I just . . . can’t read it.”
“It’s just stuff about the Chosen. You know, insults.” The populace is finicky. As much as they love watching the Chosen with their petty intrigues and court life, they would be just as happy to see their heads on a pike.
Time to explain what you are, Everly, Nicolai’s voice grates inside my head. Riser’s eyes flutter just enough that I know he’s heard Nicolai’s voice too.
You do it, I think, watching Riser’s reaction. But his face remains emotionless; either he’s a good actor or only Nicolai can hear my response.
“The Royalist astronomers discovered the asteroid twenty-one years ago,” I begin. “It’s actually a slow moving planet called an earth-crosser, meaning its orbit and ours intersect every twenty-thousand years. Usually it’s too far away to affect us, but this time it will pass close enough to wreak havoc and make the earth uninhabitable for years.” I stir the water with my big toe. “Before I was born, the Emperor decided that creating a population of genetically superior humans would be a great idea, you know, just in case the Caskets don’t work or the asteroid does more damage than predicted.”
Riser’s hyper-focused gaze bores through me. “You’re one of them?”
“Yes.” I run my hand through the filthy water. “But my father’s a Bronze, so even though my mother comes from a Gold House, the Emperor only allowed them one Chosen instead of the customary twins. So it’s just me . . . not Max.”
“What makes being Chosen so special?”
“I don’t know . . .” I bite my lip, trying to remember everything my parents told me. “My genes are perfect, I guess.”
For some reason, talking about my body makes me remember that I am naked in a room with a boy. As if reading my mind, Riser slowly lets his gaze fall, his expression both curious and unapologetic as he takes me all in, his thoughts cryptic.
“What are you staring at?” I blurt, smashing my breasts beneath my hands. Not like there’s much there to cover. “Haven’t you seen a naked girl before?”
A smile twitches his lips. “Not one that’s genetically flawless.
“It doesn’t work that way! You can’t just look at us and tell. We look like everyone else—”
“No.” Riser shakes his head, a dark swath of hair covering his damaged eye. “You don’t. Whatever you are.”
“You must be happy . . . about our reconstruction, I mean,” I mumble, trying desperately to change the subject. “They’ll fix your eye . . . and . . . and all those horrible scars.”
I freeze as he slides off the counter, unable to look away as he hooks one finger beneath his shirt and lifts.
Scars ravage his anemic body in varying shades of red and silver and white. Some deep and pitted like the craters of a far-away planet, others smooth and neat. One particular nasty scar carves down his shoulder, tunneling across his chest and stomach. A fresh red wound nestles just below his throat.
He carefully touches the long ugly one. “I’m not ashamed for surviving.”

Author Bio:
Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Interview with Rosemary A. Johns, BLOOD SHACKLES

Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?
Firstly – thanks for having me on your site today!

When I was a child, I’d daydream I was someone exciting like a British spy:  a James Bond type. Always in peril. Always fighting villains. And always quick with the one-liners. I guess it’s not a surprise that now I write urban fantasy with a thriller edge. Except with vampires. And Light? He’s more leather jacket than black-tie. More pint than vodka martini. And he definitely doesn’t need a license to kill.

What did you do on your last birthday?
Had a wild party, danced all night and ate a huge chocolate cake with candles. Did you spot the lie in the last sentence? OK…lies. Plural. Three of them… I wrote. Like most days. But I did get cake. It wasn’t chocolate. Inside I died a little.
I always say please feed me reviews because they’re better than chocolate. See how much I love reading your reviews?

What part of the writing process do you dread?
None of it. If I dreaded it, I couldn’t do it. If anyone thinks this is the easy option, they don’t know what goes into it. I’m passionate – all right – obsessed with writing. I always have been. It tells the stories, which are rushing through my mind, like…speeded up movies, which I need to get down. Before they’re lost. I only write about what matters to me. I care about it. It’s from my…whatever it is that wiggles inside us. Deep down.

In the first book in my new fantasy series Rebel Vampires - Blood Dragons - the idea was sparked by my autistic son, who has a photographic memory. Light – the Blood Lifer in both books – has one too. I wondered what it would be like to live through the centuries witnessing glorious wonders and devastating horrors. And remembering everything with the clarity of a photograph.

Rebel Vampires is set in the supernatural world of Blood Life, where vampires are both predator and prey. I love vampires. But I wanted to write a vampire book for adults. Where they were not simply the hunters but also the hunted. Vampires, rebels and romance. Don’t leave out the romance.

In this latest book – Blood Shackles – the idea was sparked by freedom. Or the loss of it. Human trafficking and slavery. But what would happen if it was the Blood Lifers, who could be trafficked? Like Taken with vampires.

I was also fascinated by the different types of freedom we have. Mental, as well as physical. How we give it up when we’re in love – or how love can free us.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Touch wood – I’ve never suffered so far. My brain’s too busy. If you’re authentic to who you are – and what you want to write – writer’s block is less likely. Know yourself and all that. It’s not easy but you have to stick to what you believe in. Write what you want to read. I love intelligent, dark, subversive books. With antiheroes at their hearts. So that’s what I write.

Tell us about your latest release.
Blood Dragons (Rebel Vampires Volume 2) is the standalone second book in my new fantasy series.

It explores a hidden paranormal world in London, where vampires are both predator and prey. It’s a story of redemption and love in a divided world beneath our own. Blood Lifers are a camouflaged species, who use venom to paralyse and mimic heart attacks in First Lifers (humans). Yet they fear the First Lifers they prey on.

I loved the idea of a novel, which was written from the vampire’s perspective in the style of a slave journal.  But which also had a British vampire front and centre. The ultimate anti-hero. A vampire book truly for adults.

What happens when SPARTACUS meets VAMPIRES? Welcome to the Blood Club…


Light is a Rocker Blood Lifer with a talent for remembering things. He’s meant to be the predator. It’s been that way since Victorian times. But not now. Not since someone hunted him. Enslaved him. Ripped out his fangs. Who are these ruthless humans? Who’s their violent leader? And who betrayed the secret of the Blood Lifer world?


London, Primrose Hill. Grayse is the commanding but alluring slaver’s daughter. The enemy. She buys Light, like he’s a pair of designer shoes. So why does Light feel so drawn to her? Especially when his family is still in chains. Will he risk everything – even his new love – to save them?


Does a chilling conspiracy lie behind it all? A stunning revelation leads Light to an inconceivable truth. If he can face his worst terrors, he can save his family and his whole species from slavery.

Maybe he can even save himself.

The third book in the series, BLOOD RENEGADES, will be out Spring 2017.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:
ROSEMARY A JOHNS is a traditionally published author of short stories under the name R. A. Johns. She is the author of Blood Dragons the compelling first installment of the Rebel Vampires series.

Rosemary A Johns wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of ten, when she discovered the weird worlds inside her head were more exciting than double swimming. Since then she’s studied history at Oxford University, run a theatre company (her critically acclaimed plays have been described as "uncomfortable, unsettling and uneasily true to life"), and worked with disability charities.
When Rosemary’s not falling in love with the rebels fighting their way onto the page, she heads the Oxford writing group Dreaming Spires

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Friday, November 18, 2016

LYRICAL PRESS ROMANCES featuring Martha Hix, Sabrina Jerema, Jane Goodger

Excerpt from LADY LOST

Lilian would never forget the first time she encountered Marcus Dunford. He was naked and glistening with sweat and the most glorious thing she had ever seen.

Not entirely naked. Had that been the case, she might have fainted dead away and been discovered, no doubt from the thump that would have sounded when she hit the marble floor.

If only her mother could live a few years longer, the girls would be financially set. Their grandmother had settled quite a large sum of money aside for her only grandchildren, but it would only be available to them after they turned twenty-five, and that was seven long years away. Lilian would have happily lived in Cornwall in their little manor house if only her mother would live just a bit longer. But she would not. As much as Lilian tried to deny the truth, it was difficult to ignore that Anne was withering away before her very eyes and it wouldn’t be long before she was bedridden.

Which was why Lilian would say yes if the Duke of Weston proposed and also why, when she saw him talking to another gentleman in the hall, she quickly ducked into the nearest room and hid. Not very adult of her, but there it was. And there she was when two strapping young men entered the room, unbeknownst to Lilian, bragging about which one could do more push-ups.

Lilian had hidden herself behind the curtains of a bow window and was quite obscured by bushes from anyone who might pass by outside and by the heavy velvet curtain from anyone inside. What she hadn’t realized was how very warm she would be in her little hothouse of a hiding place. She quickly became drowsy, and fell asleep, only to be awakened by the low tones of two men, one of whom was counting.




Seek, and love will find . . .

All Marcus Granton wants is to be left alone to lick his wounds after the humiliating scandal of his wife’s death in another man’s bed. Secluded in his moldering seaside estate on the cliffs of the North Sea, he suddenly finds himself host to Lady Lilian Martin, one small child, and an annoying cache of servants all bent on ruining his solitude. Seems the lady got herself into a bit of a pickle and is accused of murder, of all things. Now she must rely on him for protection—and to keep his thoughts and hands away from her delectable body.

Lilian has no intention of spending any more time with the insufferable Lord Marcus Granton than she has to. But at every turn, circumstances force her into his company, and by the time she’s ready to make her escape, it's far too late for her . . . and her heart.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jane Goodger lives in Rhode Island with her husband and three children. Jane, a former journalist, has written seven historical romances. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, walking, playing with her kids, or anything else completely unrelated to cleaning a house.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

#Excerpt: ASMODEUS: The Legend of Margrét and the Dragon by Brooks Hansen

His golden eyes flicked open, blinked, and narrowed to a squint as he finally lifted up his great, horned head. He shrugged the veil of wings. He uncoiled from his most precious gem and lumbered upward, following the airborne trail up through the high tunnel to the opening just beside the cataract.

Only his muzzle appeared at first, shining like tar in the slanting sunlight, but even that merest of appearances stirred notice among the hovering hawks and vultures: Look. Be warned and wary. The master had awakened.

His head slid further out, taking in the day. The clouds had lifted. The sky was polished glass, but the familiar whisper was still there, coming from below. Down on the near shore of the inlet was a scuttled boat. Again his eyes narrowed, trying to figure from the tides just how long ago the wreck had occurred, and whether its victims were still on premise. He hoped not. Men had their place, but it wasn’t here.

He crawled further out onto the ledge and extended his neck toward the curtain of water, which was fuller today than usual, gushing down from the mountains after all that rain. He helped himself to several gulps. He let the bracing cold beat on his head a while, then shook free with a glistening, majestic explosion, lifted his wings and leapt. He glided most of the way down, turning three wide circles in the crux of the fjord, his great spanned shadow dashing along the cliff-side, flicking across the cataract, then across the blue surface below, around and up and around again three times before finally re-meeting him, claw to claw, on the strand beside the boat...


…Here again, his natural figure crouched beside her in the dank darkness of the cave, watching her in silence as she slept, struggling with cravings which were new to him, both tender and violent, and which he could only really compare to hunger… (from ASMODEUS)

On the cusp of the Great War, an even more pitched battle is waged in the furthest corner of the Nordic highlands, the final chapter of a centuries-old rivalry, pitting a troubled bloodline of thieves, journeyman, and politicians against the last and greatest dragon of the hemisphere, Asmodeus.

Until now, the source of this antagonism has been a single gemstone, the fabled shamir, whose history traces to the coffers of King Solomon. The present clash, however, has been sparked by the emergence of an even more desirable, more defiant, and more powerful force than that.

Inspired by the golden legend of St. Margaret, Brooks Hansen’s Asmodeus is a masterfully woven tapestry of history, myth, and fantasy, in the tradition of J.R.R.Tolkien, Bram Stoker, and C.S. Lewis. By turns a romance, an adventure, and the darkest imaginable Gothic, his tale is also, as seen through the eyes of the maiden Margrét, an unflinching exploration of our divided nature — what makes us beasts, what makes us human, and what makes us divine.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

BROOKS HANSEN is an author, screenwriter, essayist, and teacher. His novels – THE MONSTERS OF ST. HELENA, PERLMAN’S ORDEAL, THE CHESS GARDEN, and BOONE (co-authored with Nick Davis) were all New York Times Notable Books. THE CHESS GARDEN was also selected as a PW Best Book of the Year in 1995. He has written one book for Young Readers, CAESAR’S ANTLERS, which he also illustrated. In 2009 he released his first memoir, THE BROTHERHOOD OF JOSEPH, and in 2005 he received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for his most recent book, JOHN THE BAPTIZER, which was published in 2009 by W.W. Norton. More recently, his fiction appeared in CENTRAL PARK: AN ANTHOLOGY (Bloomsbury USA, 2012), and he has an essay slated to appear in another upcoming anthology THE GOOD BOOK (Simon & Schuster, 2015).

Brooks Hansen is the critically acclaimed author of The Chess Garden and 7 other books, most recently Asmodeus: The Legend of Margret and the Dragon. He has recently launched his own imprint, Star Pine Books. He lives in Carpinteria, California with his wife and children.

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