Official Blog for the Animated Insights of Shannon Muir: Animation Pro and Author

An animation professional known for her desire to give forward to pros and fans alike, Shannon has expanded her reach to writing prose, and showcasing those authors as well. Read interviews and guest posts from INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS, plus Shannon's own content.

Page 103 of 111

INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS FLASHBACK: AUTHOR INTERVIEW – J.G. Clay

DISCLAIMER: The following has been provided to INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS by the author. No compensation has been received for this content. This disclaimer provided by requirement of the Federal Trade Commission.

Cover-TOBS

ABOUT THE BOOK

Eleven Tales steeped in Blood and reeking of Sulphur

 

J.G Clay takes you on a journey through the voids of Reality and into dark places where demons, mutants and inter-dimensional creatures taunt, taint and corrupt Humanity. Survival is not guaranteed, sanity is not assured and death lurks in every corner. These are the Tales of Blood and Sulphur: Apocalypse Minor; eleven twisted tales of terror and mayhem……

 

There are cracks in the skin of Reality. Some are microscopic, others are as wide as a four-lane motorway. As the fault lines increase and widen, the door to our world shines like a beacon in the darkness, a warm and inviting sight to others beyond our understanding. When They cross over into our realm, The Tales begin……

 

A gambler taking one last desperate throw of the dice. A struggling writer making an unholy alliance. An eternal being fighting to stay alive in the financial capital of India. A man burdened with a terrible town secret. The Law Enforcers who must never cry. The End of Days live and direct from the rural heartland of England.

 

 

The blood is warm, the sulphur is burning, the tales will be told, the Apocalypse Minor is imminent!

 

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
What initially got you interested in writing?

I’ve always been interested in writing ever since I was a child. In English classes, I used to pen my own ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Blakes 7’ adaptions. Once I
discovered horror through some older uncles my path to the Dark Side was pretty well set. I wrote for my amusement and to try and emulate what peope like Clive Barker, Stephen King and James Herbert were  doing. Eventualy, I found my own voice.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?

I just took the plunge. Being a published author had been on my mind for some time, but a combination of fear and life in general just got in the way. A couple
of years ago, I just thought ‘what the hell, let’s go for it’ and self published the original ‘Tales of Blood and Sulphur’. It was a case of ‘if I don’t do it now, I never will’, so I just did it.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

A few more fears than they already had, I hope. I want the reader to feel the way I normally do after reading a particularly good book or watching a great film –
a combination of fear, wonder, a little and asking how did he think that up?’

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

Sculpting out believable characters, then putting them in an unbelievable situation and watching how they react. Quite often, the characters surprise me. That’s the fun of it.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Ending the story. Each of the ‘Tales of Blood and Sulphur’ have about four different endings. I go with the with one that fells best by the editing stage. Even
then, I’m not a hundred per cent sure of what I’ve done-
whether it was the right ending or not. I’ll leave that one up to the readers.

What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?

Read lots, write lots and grow the hide of a rhino. Bein an author these days requires a thick skin. It’s not for the faint hearted.
What ways can readers connect with you?

Readers can get me on social media on the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jgclay1973
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jgclay1

I also have a website which is being updated at the time of writing but should be up and running shortly – http://jgclayhorrorauthor.com/

Please feel free to pop along and say hello. I always respond and it’s always good to chat the readers. Plus, despite what you may have heard about horror
authors, I don’t bite. Most of the time, anyway.

IMG_0086

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J.G Clay is definitely a Man of Horror. There can be no doubt. Putting aside the reverence he has for the horror greats, such as King, Barker, Herbert, Carpenter, Romero and Argento, there is another fact that defines his claim for the title of the ‘Duke of Spook’. He was born on Halloween night. By a quirk fate, it was also a full moon that night. Co-incidence?

Here at Clay Towers, we don’t believe in coincidences.

 

The 41 year old hails from the Midlands in the United Kingdom, is married with one step child and two dogs that bear a strong resemblance to Ewoks. Beyond the page and the written word, he is music mad and can hold down a tune on a bass guitar pretty well. He is an avid reader and also has an enduring love of British sci-fi, from the pages of the ‘2000A.D’ comic to the televised wanderings of Gallifrey’s most famous physician. Clay is also a long-time fan of the mighty Birmingham City Football Club and endures a lot of flak from his friends for it.

AUTHOR LINKS

Social:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jgclay1973

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JGClay1

 

Available from:

AMAZON

Kindle US : http://amzn.to/1TX8Jhu

Paperback US: http://amzn.to/1CZpm7F

Kindle UK: http://amzn.to/1RYqLlM

Paperback UK: http://amzn.to/1KoFNKP

 

Nook (Barnes & Noble): http://bit.ly/1CUUYMd

 

And Apple iBooks

Monday Sunday Cover

INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS FLASHBACK: BLOG TOUR – Monday, Sunday

Monday Sunday Tour

Fenton GraceMonday, Sunday by Fenton Grace:

Publisher: Hanover Press (May 4, 2015)
Category: Women’s Fiction, Literary, Contemporary, with a Noir edge
ISBN: 978-0-9961534-0-9
Tour Date: August/September, 2015
Available in: Print & ebook, 287 Pages

Set in a small town in Colorado, Monday, Sunday tells the enthralling story of Laney Secord.  She is a 32-year-old single mother who finds herself attracted to a 16-year-old Eagle Scout, Christopher.  Unable to accept her feelings, Laney becomes involved with Christopher’s father, Bill.  In the course of a week, a romantic triangle envelops the trio and changes their lives in ways in which none of them could have imagined.

A gripping story of a complex woman at a crossroads in her life. A woman who is determined to rediscover herself.  She becomes powerfully aware that every decision she makes could mean life or.. death.

“In this beautifully written and compelling novel, author Fenton Grace explores the consequences of flawed choices, the nature of betrayal and forgiveness, and the boundaries of sexual attraction.” Noah, Book Reviewer

 

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

What initially got you interested in writing?

I’ve been interested in writing since high school.  Initially, I wrote poetry.  I quickly realized that you can’t make much of a living writing verse.  Over the years, I turned to writing novels.

 

How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author?

I was inspired in part by the success that some indie authors have had self-publishing their work.  I heard the story of how E.L. James published “50 Shades of Grey” when the film was released, and I thought, Why not give it a chance?  The opportunities in self-publishing didn’t exist ten years ago.  It’s almost as if the major publishing houses of today are actually Amazon, Nook, and Lulu.  Previously, almost all writers were dependent on the New York literary machine for their work to reach an audience.  I think a revolution is afoot, and I’m happy to be part of it.

 

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

I’d like readers to learn to have a little more compassion for their fellow man.  I’d like them to realize that the world can be a better place.  The self-contained world that is embodied in a novel can pave the way for these opportunities.

 

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

I think the most rewarding aspect of writing is being able to create a living, breathing universe, replete with characters, places, things, ideas, and anything your imagination can conjure.  Novel writing in particular has no limits.  You can write a book like “Ulysses” or you can write “Valley of the Dolls”.  All have their merits.  Some are pure entertainment.  Some are chock full of ideas and offer a complete lack of entertainment.  Many are a blend.  Being able to express ideas and thoughts through your characters’ storylines is very exciting.  It enables me as an author to experience things that I couldn’t through an ordinary course of living.

 

 

What do you find most challenging about writing?

I think the hardest part is making what characters do and say be believable.  It’s interesting that you can take a completely factual incident, dramatize it exactly how it happened, and a reader won’t perceive it as being real.  That’s where the craft comes in.  You need to change things, heighten certain points, ignore others.  And most of all fib.  That’s what fiction is about – fibbing, all in the essence of creating “truth”.  What makes it especially hard is that the author often can’t see the missing points him or herself.  We need readers or editors to point things out so we can improve our scenes.

 

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

I’d tell anyone who wants to be a writer that a back-up career is needed.  Very few people actually make a good living writing full-time.  They usually have some other occupation that pays the bills.  I’d encourage young people to learn some trade or profession where they can make a living that will suit their needs.  They should find something that they like almost as much as writing because chances are, they’ll be spending most of their waking hours at that profession.  In their free time, they should write.  Write as if it’s a hobby, because essentially, that’s what it will be for most writers at the beginning.  Write every day, get feedback from as many professionals as you can, learn the craft from taking courses, participating in workshops, and most of all through practice.

 

 

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

 

I like to connect with people via Twitter.  It’s a great way to stay in touch on current activiites.  I welcome direct messages from readers and writers.  I have a website (www.FentonGrace.com), which I update with important news about my novel and my work.

 

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

As the water ran over her hands, Christopher placed his clipboard on the counter near the breakfast area.  He was fidgeting toward the kitchen island, closer to her, as if he were listening to music in his head.  When he noticed her watching, he stopped.

“You can have a seat if you’d like,” she said.

He smirked, angling around the stool and spinning the seat before spreading his legs and sitting down.

“You must be getting ready to go off to college soon?” she ventured.

“If my SAT’s are good, I hope to get into Boulder.”

“Boulder’s my alma mater.”

His eyes lit up.  “For real?”

‘For real’:  She was struck by the enthusiastic way he used the expression.  “What do you want to study?” she asked.

“Business.”

The confidence of his answer impressed her.  He would probably be quite successful in corporate America.

“For me, it was psychology.”

“Nice.”  He let his voice trail off in such a way that suggested he was referring not to psychology but to something else.

She turned off the faucet and watched the water flow down the drain, drying her hands on a towel propped against the granite backsplash.

His eyes darted about the room.  She put the towel on the counter, where a picture of Jay was set in a silver frame.  In it, he waved hello—or goodbye—while trekking up a trail.  It was the last photo she had taken of him.

Christopher’s feet tapped on the footrest of the stool, unsettling her.  She noticed him scratching or reaching for something in his pocket.  She cautiously filled a glass of water using the automatic dispenser on the refrigerator door.  Her twitching fingers cooled.  As she handed him the glass, he stood and pulled a stool from the island and offered it to her.

She tried to dispel the flush of her cheeks.  “Such a gentleman,” she said, half sarcastically, half flirtatiously.

“I try,” he said, picking up on her sarcasm, his eyes narrowing, suggesting that he enjoyed her tone.  “At sixteen, you have to keep up your image.”  He gave a quick wink.

The wink struck her as odd.  Perhaps he was trying to imitate what he saw older men do.  At the same time, she found the gesture charming.

Sixteen, she thought.

 

About Fenton Grace:Fenton Grace

Fenton Grace was born and raised in New England.  She graduated from Brown University with a degree in French.  She enjoys playing piano, tennis, and keeping in shape with Pilates.  She’s worked in the entertainment industry at several television and movie studios in a variety of business services roles.  Happily married for 17 years, she is the proud mother of two kids and currently lives in beautiful Southern California.  Monday, Sunday is her first novel.

Website: www.FentonGrace.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fentongraceus

Buy Monday, Sunday by Fenton Grace:

Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository
LuLu

Follow the Monday, Sunday by Fenton Grace Tour:

Teddy Rose Book Reviews Aug 3 Kick Off & Giveaway

BitchesbeWriten Aug 4 Excerpt

Mallory Heart Reviews Aug 5 Review

Infinite House of Books Aug 6 Interview & Excerpt

Books & Tales Aug 10 Interview

Pomegranate Radio Aug 11 Podcast Review

Mythical Books Aug 12 Interview

JBronder Book Reviews Aug 13 Review

The Book Rest Aug 14 Review

Two Children and a Migraine Aug 18 Review

Lisa’s Writopia Aug 19 Review & Interview

Eskimo Princess Book Reviews Aug 21 Excerpt  & Giveaway

Deal Sharing Aunt Aug 24 Review & Interview

Room With Books Sept 11 Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway

Totally Addicted to Reading Sept 18 Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway

Monday Sunday TourWriter In Progress Sept 24 Review & Giveaway

 

 

 

Wildflower Cover

INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS FLASHBACK: BLOG TOUR – Wildflower

DISCLAIMER: The following has been provided to INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS by Virtual Book Tour Cafe. Compensation may be received for this content based on the tour package selected by the author, but not all content from this provider is paid. This disclaimer provided by the requirements of the Federal Trade Commission.

Title: WILDFLOWER
Author Name: ALEXANDRA FORRY
GUEST POST FROM THE AUTHOR

Hello, I’m Alexandra Forry author of Wildflower and Timeless Endings. In this Guest post that I doing today. I’m going to dive in to face and identify my biggest writing problems when writing my novels.

I do have a bit of a problem being “stilted,” but that is because I’m 25 and don’t have a lot of world experience so I tend to imagine what it would be like or I “borrow” from other depictions of the experience, which can be off, especially if I get my impressions from television or erotic literature.  I also use expressions and words that are very old-fashioned and outdated, or the way I imagine someone in the Mafia, etc., might speak.  That’s another reason people consider some of my dialog “stilted.” I sometimes write something not exactly like a normal teenagers would talk.  I often mix my tenses.  And from time-to-time I switch from first person to third person.

For a year of my live I went throw a dry spell and couldn’t write anything that was any good. It was a dark time for me. Sitting at my desk and looking at a blank page unable to write anything, I was about to give up as an author. Until one day a super-great story line popped up in my head and now I back writing. It feels great to be working on a new novel. Which I am hoping I can finished by the end of 2015.

Having a grand and wonderful editor helps me out with writing problems helps big time. Over the year’s we have become a great team, working closely together, bouncing ideas off each other. I felt that I was real lucky finding someone like her. I am working on fixing my writing problem.

I want to thank this blog for the big honor of having me and my book Wildflower on this blog today. If you have any questions or comments, I will be happy to answer then.

Thanks for stopping by and happy reading.

Alexandra Forry

Author Bio:
Alexandra Forry has an incredible talent for living vicariously through the colorful and intriguing escapades of her strong female characters and successful leading men. Her first book, “Omerta Affair,” based on the true story of mafia boss Tony Torino and his paramour Evelyn Rosenberg has recently been adapted and re-released as “Timeless Endings”~ romance fiction. Her latest book, “Wildflower,” is an adventure in coming of age for both a young orphan and her repressed aunt who is trapped in a destructive marriage. It is a beautiful story of life, hope, growth, and triumph and deals with many of the traumas of youth, such as bullying.
Alexandra Forry is familiar with life’s challenges. She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she lives with her loving grandparents. Alexandra has conquered the limitations of Cerebral Palsy to write exciting and engaging novels. She has completed a number of talks and internet
book tours and is a member of the Las Vegas Romance Writers and RWA.
Author Links –
Book Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

Publisher: CreateSpace
Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Book Description:
In this beautiful and moving story of love, growth, and redemption among the stunning red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, Sydney—a teenaged Army orphan—discovers that love knows no bounds and life has many twists and turns of fate. After she is forced to move in with her late mother’s sister Blanche and Blanche’s abusive alcoholic husband Dean, Sidney finds purpose and friendship in Lexy, the daughter of Max Heller the City’s most prominent widower and business magnate.
Unknowingly, the girls’ antics awaken Blanche’s lost and
suppressed passions and stirs Max’s long-thwarted drive to build a
loving and complete family. What emerges is the wonderfully
successful Epicurian Café, the brainchild of Blanche and Sydney
actively encouraged by Max and Lexy. The Café quickly becomes a
center of the community, the start of a new life for Blanche and
Sydney, and a chance for Max and Lexy to discover true love and the
meaning of commitment. An emotional roller-coaster with its exciting
twists and turns, Wildflower is an exhilarating and satisfying read.
Excerpt One:
Why don’t we open a business?
Like a simple sandwich and coffee shop,” Sydney announced with a
glimmer of hope in her eyes.
A sandwich shop?” Blanche asked,
looking surprised and a bit taken aback.
Yeah, why not?”
While Sydney waited for an answer,
Blanche just looked at her, dumbfounded
“Sydney, I would love to open a
sandwich shop, but it takes a lot of money–money that we just don’t
have.”
Oh please, Aunt Blanche! I bet you
can get a loan from the bank. It will be exciting!” Sydney pleaded.
I don’t think that your uncle
will approve. Sydney I love your idea, truly do! I was taken aback at
first, because it has always been a dream of mine to open a little
shop of some kind on Main Street,” Blanche said wistfully. ”It
costs a lot of money to open up a business, besides I have an offer
for a job in Prescott.”
Pooh on Uncle Dean, and turn down
that job. For me, please? You can ask Annette how to open a
business–she will know, since she owns her own business.” Sydney
said begging her aunt.
I will think about it,
okay, Sydney?” Blanche said making her way to her closet and
picking out a dress.

 

 

 

Review for SUPERHERO MONSTER HUNTER: THE GOOD FIGHT

 

Shannon Muir is mentioned in this Amazon review, but the writer seems to think she is male. Check out the entire review to see what the reviewer thinks about all the stories in the anthology!

Into the Dark Cover

INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS FLASHBACK: AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – Caroline Patti

M9B-Friday-Reveal Banner

Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!

This week, we are spotlighting

Caroline Patti

author of the upcoming book, Into the Dark,

presented byMonth9Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Caroline-Patti-225x300

Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter
Favorite Superhero?
Iron Man
Favorite TV show?
Friends
Sweet or Salty?
Sweet
Coke or Pepsi?
Cherry Coke
Any Phobias?
CLOWNS!!!
Song you can’t get enough of right now?
The Giving Tree by Plain White Tees
Who is your ultimate Book Boyfriend?
Gilbert Blythe
What are you reading right now or what’s on your TBR?
Empower by Jessica Shirvington
Fall Movie you’re most looking forward to?
Dark Places

Caroline T Patti is the author of The World Spins Madly On and Too Late To Apologize. When she’s not writing, she’s a school librarian, mother of two, wife, avid reader and Green Bay Packer fan. You can chat with her on Twitter:@carepatti or find her onFacebook.

Connect with the Author: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads

IntoTheDark_eCover1800x2700

A girl’s sweet sixteen party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of her life. But on the night of hers, Mercy Clare wakes in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she’d never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes.

Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor arrives to tell her that it’s she who lies in the hospital bed waiting to die. A trip to the bathroom confirms Mercy’s fears, as Lyla’s face stares back at her and Lyla’s curvy figure pokes through her tight clothes.

But finding out what’s really going on won’t be easy. Because if Mercy wants her body back, it might just cost her Lyla’s life.

add to goodreads

AMAZON | KOBO | B&N | CHAPTERS | iBOOKS | BAM

Giveaway

Button

Page 103 of 111

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén