04/24/2017 In Author Profiles, Guest
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Japanese Inspired Fantasy–and Cooking–With K. Bird Lincoln

K. Bird Lincoln writes fantasy inspired by her love of the Japanese culture. Today K. Bird is sharing 2 easy Japanese recipes for busy writers and their picky families. *** Confess. When someone says “Japanese Food” you immediately think of either nigiri-sushi with glistening slices of pink, raw fish riding on top of rice or dudes in tall, white hats flipping shrimp over a grill-table. Japanese means expensive restaurants with issues for people with shellfish allergies, right? It’s okay, that’s what I thought too, until I ended up marrying a Tokyo boy against all my wildest expectations. But that’s another story.  After living for six years in Japan, though, I found out, surprise surprise, that Japanese housewives have ye olde …

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Running the Bases With Shei Darksbane

  Running The Bases’ guest this week is Shei Darksbane. Shei is a co-founder of Darksbane Books, which publishes diverse representative speculative fiction. What are 3 of your favorite fantasy characters? (Please say where they’re from) This is so hard. I love so many characters so very deeply. But if I have to respond, and I’ll refrain from answering on my wife’s characters 😉 since then I’d have far more than 3 to name anyway… I’ll say Kvothe from Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles, Starbride from Barbara Ann Wright’s Katya and Starbride series, and Bentley and Corman (sorry, they come as a pair!) from Craigh Schaefer’s Daniel Faust series. Gosh this is hard. I could name wonderful characters all day long! What …

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Running The Bases With David F. Berens

Running The Bases’ guest this week is David F. Berens. David is a fantasy and tennis author. What’s the silliest writing idea you’ve had–that worked!? This first and maybe silliest idea that turned into a really great sequence in Dragon Reign is the idea of using a really simple spell to turn a Red Dragon pink! It was so fun to explore how this enraged the dragon and removed the fear of the dragon from our heroes. It also became a hook to turn this dragon into an ally with the mage who turned him pink at the end of the book – which becomes a significant plot point in the sequel. We see you’re a tennis pro, how does …

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Running The Bases With Paul Francois

Running the Bases’ guest this week is Paul Francois.  Paul is an IT professional whose love of Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Thrillers shine through in his books. Paul’s newest book Shadowbane: Age of Aelfborn chronicles the adventure of a young warrior who is on a journey to rescue his sister and finding the mighty sword, Shadowbane, all the way. We pitched some questions to Paul to see what makes this talented author click.   What is one trick that you do to insure your stories and/or characters are fresh and unique? Well first I try to research other published stories, so I do not use the same names. I prefer to use names that have meaning. Next I try to plan out what “quirks” each …

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03/27/2017 In Running The Bases
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Running The Bases With Eric Knight

Running The Bases’ guest this week Eric T. Knight. Eric is a Tuscon, AZ resident who is also travel and fantasy author. Eric has a new fantasy novel, The Lost Temple of Totec, coming out on Kindle Scout next month.  So round the bases with Eric and then leave a comment when your done. One lucky commenter will win an eBook of their choice from Eric’s backlist. What are 3 of your favorite fantasy works (books, TV, movies, etc)? Three faves… Well, of course I have to start with the Lord of the Rings. I read the series the first time in high school and it just blew me away. I’d never read fantasy before, other than fairy tales, and I had no idea …

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03/20/2017 In Guest
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Dragon Reign: Dramatis Personae in Real Life and Fiction by David F. Berens

My first fantasy novel, Dragon Reign – Book 1 of the One Prophecy, began its life in the form of a novella called Dragon Tails – Or Warriors Roasting on an Open Fire. Its sole purpose was to record the adventures my friends and I were having in our weekly role-playing games. All I wanted was to preserve for posterity the storyline that we were living out because it seemed unique, funny, exciting and entertaining! As I got further into recording this story, I found that my biggest challenges came from character development and plotting. While plotting was mostly in the hands of our game leader, the players were in control of their characters. So, when writing these characters, it …

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03/15/2017 In Books
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SFF Book Bonanza: Free and 99-Cent eBooks

I’m joining other fantasy and science fiction authors in the SFF Book Bonanza March 13-19, 2017. Over 100 eBooks will be free in this promotion and another 50 will be 99-cents. For me, The Last Grand Master is free and The Eye and the Arm is 99 cents. Click on the graphic below to see the lists.   Enjoy your book browsing and reading!

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Champion of the Gods Sale Through April 30, 2017

There’s still time to catch up on Champion of the Gods series before book four releases April 11 with this sale. Book 1 The Last Grand Master is free on Amazon and DSP Publications Book 2 The Eye and the Arm is 99 cents on Amazon and DSP Publications Book 3 Kings of Lore and Legend is $3.49 on Amazon or DSP Publications using coupon Kings Book 4 Child of Night and Day is available for preorder at Amazon and DSP Publications  IT TOOK THE SEVEN TO MAKE THE WORLD. EACH TO RULE THEIR OWN. UNTIL ONE WANTED TO CONTROL THEM ALL.

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Fantasy eBook Giveaway

Today kicks off what I hope will become a regular event on my site—giving readers the chance to get free eBooks from other fantasy authors using InstaFreebie. (If you’re not familiar with InstaFreebie, click the link to learn more.). Fourteen other authors are joining me this month to give away 12 novels and 2 partial novels. Click the banner below to see what books are available this month.     Each book cover on the giveaway page is linked to the author’s InstaFreebie page where you can find out more about their book. Just enter your name, email and preferred format and Instafreebie will send you your ebook. Sign up for as many different books as you like. Look for another giveaway in May …

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02/20/2017 In Guest
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Skythane; by J. Scott Coatsworth—New Release Blog Tour

I probably say this every time I talk about Scott, but he is a driving force in the effort to bring Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy to the world. To date most of his efforts have been to create a platform and give authors a voice. He’s written some very good short stories, but we’ve been waiting for his coming out party. And the wait is over. Skythane is Scott’s first full length novel and it is the first in the series. So with that, I’ll turn it over to Scott: Feet in Two Camps When I was growing up, I was a voracious reader, tearing my way through my mon’s bookshelf of sci fi and fantasy. My formative years were, …

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