Saturday, July 13, 2019

Tabitha Scott: Spotlight and Interview



Please welcome Tabitha Scott to Fantasy Fun Reads! I first met Tabitha when I read the first book in her Dark Witch series which was really awesome. Who knew evil doing could be so fun?

Tabitha has a new release, The Lasts and the Faerie Curse which is currently on pre-order and will come out in just a few days. This is book four of the the series and if you haven't read book one, it's FREE TODAY....


Blurb: Clara and Precipice Last live rough on the streets of Dublin. When they're not sleeping in cardboard boxes they're avoiding the toughs of the Southbank gangs. Precipice is pretty scary for fifteen, and watches out for her ten year old sister, but when they discover Jimmy the Blade in pieces in a backstreet dumpster things take a turn for the worst. It seems that magical creatures have been watching the Lasts, and these might be more dangerous than the human predators they dodge.



Interview:

What inspired you to write?


I’ve been writing since I was little. I’ve loved books since I could first read, and I think I realised even back then that they were an outlet for my own imagination. I remember being called up to the Principle in Junior High to have discussions on my writing for the school paper, it was a bit graphic, even then.


What do you know now that you wished you knew when you first started to write?

Wine and coffee are both writing enablers.


Tell us about your writing and publishing journey. What made you decide to go the traditional or self-published route?


I wrote some books that were on a now defunct writing site called Authonomy, they were taken up by a small publisher, but didn’t go that far. I wanted more control in regards the advertising, so the next one I self-published under a pseudonym, and was able to get more sales, so now I self-publish under the name Tabitha Scott. That’s right, Tabitha Scott isn’t me, I’m actually a 70 year old hag with boobs that droop down to the ground. Or maybe I’m an earthly sprite whose real image creates a glamour allowing me to seduce men to their deaths. I could be anyone, really.


Who are your favorite authors today? What genres do you love to read?

I like fantasy books, I’m an escapist. Life can be hard enough, so I write and read to get away from it. I like Richelle Mead, Angelika Rust and even that urban fantasy indie Rose Montague.


What are you working on now? What's planned for the future?


I’ve been working on an urban fantasy series called ‘The Lasts’. It’s about fifteen year old Precipice Last and her ten year old sister Clara, who live rough on the streets of Dublin. The two girls were staying clear of the local gangs with the help of their friend Old Straw, but when Jimmy the Blade ends up in pieces in a backstreet dumpster that plan goes out the window. A battle erupts between two magical groups who want control of the girls. What’s so special about them? Well, they’re the last witches left in Dublin. Anyway, it’s a serial, and I’m just finishing the fourth book, ‘The Lasts and the Banshee Queen’.


What’s planned for the future. I’m a panster when it comes to writing, so I don’t know, the stories just happen, and I never know where there’ll lead. Another Dark Witch is in the offing, probably lots of Lasts. Who knows what else?



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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Debbie Manber Kupfer: Spotlight and Interview


Please welcome Debbie Manber Kupfer to Fantasy Fun Reads! Debbie is the author of The P.A.W.S.Saga (5 book series). Cotula is the 5th book in the series and is currently on pre-order for 2.99 (regular price 4.99).

Follow the Cotula. The stone will show you the way.
Rifka is lost, far away from home. Kidnapped by an insidious werewolf.
Far off in Manus Wu, a plan is set in place. An Old One sends colutae out into the world. These stones when brought together have the power to release Rifka. Yet does she truly want to go home?
Meet an empathic goat, a family of otters, a girl who loves to draw fairies, and a dragon in this new installment of the P.A.W.S. Saga.




The entire series is available via Kindle Unlimited!

Interview:

What inspired you to write?


I’ve been writing much of my life (sent my first short story to the Puffin Post when I was around eight years old), but I didn’t finish a novel until 2012. While I always wanted to write a book I felt I had all the time in the world, but in 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through treatment. Luckily today I’m cancer free, but my brush with cancer made me realize my mortality. I learned that if I really wanted to finish that novel I needed to do it now, so in November 2012 I attempted NaNoWriMo and wrote the first draft of P.A.W.S. And the rest as we like to say is history.


What do you know now that you wished you knew when you first started to write?

That first drafts don’t need to be perfect. They just need to be written. I started so many books over the years, but only when I tried NaNo and just ploughed through did I actually get something finished.


Tell us about your writing and publishing journey. What made you decide to go the traditional or self-published route?


Well after I finished P.A.W.S. I didn’t really know what to do with it. I’d edited it and sent it to a friend who beta read it (and is still my number one beta reader today) but now what?
With some trepidation I took my prologue to a local writers’ group and read it aloud. Silence. Was I really so bad? Apparently, no – the opposite. The group that was filled with far more seasoned writers than I loved my story and encouraged me to find a publisher.
I then discovered that while I could write a 60K novel I couldn’t write a query letter! I sent one off to a New York agent and got a standard, not for us form letter back. I probably should have kept going, but instead I started talking to one of the members of my writing group who ran a local small press. I submitted P.A.W.S. to her and she accepted and just nine months after I’d written my first draft, P.A.W.S. was published.
I ended up publishing books 1 and 2 with the same small press, but then when my contract was up for renewal I decided not to renew and instead reedited the books and published them myself. While I appreciate the start my original small press gave me, I love the control I get self-publishing, and I would only go back to trad nowadays if it was one of the big boys.


Who are your favorite authors today? What genres do you love to read?

I mostly read fantasy and sci-fi with the occasional mystery and lit fic thrown in for good measure. Favorite authors include Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, JK Rowling and Cornelia Funke. I also read A LOT of indie authors and highly recommend E.A. Copen, R.R. Virdi, Michelle Proulx, Misha Burnett, Robert Franks and um Rose Montague!


What are you working on now? What's planned for the future?


Book 5 of my P.A.W.S. Saga, Cotula, will be out in August (currently on presale) and I’m currently writing Book 6.


Debbie Manber Kupfer grew up in the London. She has lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a writer, editor, and a freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children, and a very opinionated feline. She is the author of the young adult fantasy series, P.A.W.S. which features a secret institute of shapeshifters hidden deep beneath the Jewel Box in Forest Park, St. Louis. In addition she has stories in several anthologies including Fauxpocalypse, Stardust, Always, Winter Wishes, Sins of The Past and Sins of the Future and is the editor of the Sins of Time anthology series. She has also published a book of puzzles, Paws 4 Logic, with her son Joey. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!
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Monday, July 1, 2019

Bria Lexor: Spotlight and Interview


Welcome Bria Lexor to Fantasy Fun Reads today. Bria is the author of
Spellbinder Of Time (Shaman Academy Book 1)

Nyxie Playfield-Starlit is a medium who is struggling to find the balance between the worlds of the living and the dead. She joins a Shaman Academy only the best Shamans become Spirit Chasers. The Spirit Chasers protect the world of ordinary people who are called "The Lifeless" from the dark forces beyond our world. She is searching for her mother who went missing six years ago when she runs into Evan Reigns "Solas", the Shaman King's son. Nyxie's life is endangered after her powers manifest themselves. Will Nyxie be able to blend in as a Shaman Spirit Chaser? Or will she be hunted down and killed by those who seek her power?

Short Excerpt:

“I am Sinergy,” she replied in a powerful voice. “Why did you summon me here Lifeless girl?” she demanded.
“I-I didn’t summon you?” I replied, finding my voice. “You can leave now.”
Sinergy looked down at the pile of ashes, then looked back up at me.
“Did you kill that demonic spirit Lifeless?” she asked.
“Yeah,” I replied. “He attacked me… so I killed him.”


Buy here (universal link):   https://books2read.com/u/47zDY8


Interview:

What inspired you to write?


I wanted to see if I would be able to write a book.


What do you know now that you wished you knew when you first started to write?

Never sign a contract to a publishing company who doesn’t have your best interest at heart.


Tell us about your writing and publishing journey. What made you decide to go the traditional or self-published route?

I have been signed to many publishing companies. None of them seemed to be the right place for me. I am currently self-published.


Who are your favorite authors today? What genres do you love to read?

S.D. Perry, Kindra Sowder, Holly Black, Richelle Mead I read horror, YA Urban Fantasy, Sports Romance, Mysteries.


What are you working on now? What's planned for the future?


I am working on many different projects at the same time. I want to get my Superheroine Vampire Academy books published within the next year.
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Bria Lexor is a multi-published popular YA author of Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance. Bria has always had a fascination with the supernatural and the paranormal as well as folklore. She enjoys watching creepy ghost shows and is obsessed with anime and wrestling (The WWE). She started writing song lyrics at the age of 4 and was a rapper in a Hip-Hop group Called: Mount West. Bria was inspired to become a writer after reading novels like Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black, The Resident Evil series by S.D. Perry and the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. A lifelong reader, Bria also became an author after wanting to become a Manga Comic Book Creator as she also draws her own characters for her stories. Born and raised in Colorado, she works on many new Series full-time.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Soulbound: Sale and Spotlight


I'm not the only one running a 99 cents sale! One of my Facebook friends, Christen Stovall also has a sale going on and we thought it would be fun to cross promote each other.

The sale is going on for the entire month of June, in celebration of the upcoming release of the final book in the trilogy. The ebook is on sale for 99 cents!
Here's the link.
Amazon:  .https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014QQC1MI

Check out those awesome reviews!!!!

"The story catches up in it and pulls you in for the ride. I was absorbed by the trials of the journey of the characters of the story. Feeling their fear, their laughter, their anger and their pain. The story flowed and sucked me in. A real page turner that was hard to put down. I even could picture in my minds eye the colors and landscape. A MUST read!"



Check out the video promo here....


You can follow Christen at these links....

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14246037.Christen_Stovall

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/SongofSoulsTrilogy/


Here's where Christen shared my sale ♥

Friday, June 14, 2019

Serious Series Sale



Serious Series Sale
All three 99 cents or Free with #KindleUnlimited
14 June to 21 June
Seriously fun #UrbanFantasy
Vamps, Witches, Fae, & Shifters  
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074CF2LQL