Guest Author—J. Scott Coatsworth—Fuzzing the Line with The Great North

Please welcome to the Land of Make Believe, J Scott Coatsworth. I’ve mentioned before, Scott is trying to single handedly bring Queer Sci-fi (and Fantasy) to the masses.  He stops by today to give talk about blurring the lines between genres in his writing. Did we mention he has a new release?  He does! The Great North is now available everywhere. With that, the blog is yours, Scott. J. Scott Coatsworth: Fuzzing the Line   I’m notorious for coloring outside the line in my stories. I especially like mixing my fantasy and sci fi hues – see “The Autumn Lands”, “Skythane”, “Through the Veil”, “Wonderland”, and “Homecoming” for examples. For my latest story, “The Great North”, I was asked to …

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06/12/2017 In Guest, Running The Bases
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Running the Bases With Rosemary A Johns

  Thank you to Rosemary A Johns for joining us today to Run the Bases with Andrew Q Gordon.  You will want to check out her Rebel Vampires series when you are done with interview.  Links are at the bottom.  When you began writing Blood Dragons how much of the Rebel Vampires series was planned out? Firstly, thanks for having me on Andrew! I always know the first scene…and the last one. Rebel Vampires is set in a paranormal secret London where vampires are both predator and prey. I knew where the first trilogy was going because this was a redemptive journey for the main British vampire anti-hero. Blood Dragons – is about a man losing his humanity and then discovering …

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05/22/2017 In Uncategorized
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New Fantasy eBook Giveaway

This week I’m thrilled to host another free fantasy eBook giveaway.  I’ve asked other fantasy authors to join me in giving away free books to our readers via InstaFreebie. (If you’re not familiar with InstaFreebie, click the link to learn more.). Eleven other authors are joining me this month to give away 10 novels and 2 excerpts.  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 …

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05/01/2017 In Guest, Running The Bases
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Running the Bases With Meg Cowley

Running the Bases’ guest this week is Meg Cowley. Meg is an indie author and illustrator living in Yorkshire, England with her husband and two cats Jet and Pixie. If you sign up for Meg’s mailing list, you can get a free book in return along with tons of great content. Let’s go out in the field and toss a few questions to Meg. We see you’ve read from an early age and are an educator. Therefore, what fantasy/science fiction book would you recommend for children? It would have to be Harry Potter. That was one of the most influential pieces of literature I read growing up, because I was roughly the same age as Harry, Ron and Hermione when the books and …

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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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