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Friday, December 26, 2014

An Interview with C.K. Bryant

An interview with C.K. Bryant
Author of the Crystor series

1 - What do you love best about writing? 

I love the freedom of being able to write what I want, when I want and to have complete control of the finished product.  I also love seeing the finished product and knowing I did the work myself, and being okay with that. I've discovered, though, that after the second book, I'd like to spend more time writing and hire out the formatting and cover design. It would mean putting out more books a year and meeting goals I've set for myself.

2 - What is your writing process? 

At the moment, it's just plant my fanny in the chair and write. After being sick for nearly a year, it's all I seem to be able to do at this point. I do like to outline and always want to know how the book ends before I begin, but all the between stuff just comes as I create.

3 - How did you come up with your main character? 

In The Crystor Series, the three main characters were in a very vivid dream I had. I was Lydia in the dream and my friend Kris was Kira. Octavion was my guardian in the dream, but as I wrote the book I realized it worked better if he was Lydia's brother, so I changed that. The characters from other projects I'm working on just evolve as the story forms in my head. I don't go looking for them, they find me.

4 - Tell us about your next (or present) project? 

I'm currently working on Aquatara, a young adult paranormal romance.  I hope to release it in March of 2015. Here's the blurb.  

Seventeen, and armed with the clues from a single photograph, TARA sets out on a journey to discover who she is - or rather, what she is. After crashing her motorcycle in the Nevada desert, nineteen-year-old construction worker, QUINTON, comes to her rescue. Together they uncover the startling secrets of Tara's past, and reveal the frightening truths that threaten her very life. But it's not just Tara's past that holds its secrets - Quinton's own heritage puts him at odds with his father, a Hunter, sworn to track down land dwelling water spirits like Tara and return them to the sea.  

Refusing his birthright as a Hunter, Quinton will defy his father and do anything to protect Tara - even if it means risking his life in the frigid waters of the Atlantic.

5 - Who is your favorite author and why? 

To be perfectly honest, I don't have a favorite. I love so many of them, that it's impossible to choose. I can say that I've read a lot of Jude Deveraux and Catherine Anderson throughout the years. I love their stories and I'm always a sucker for a good romance.  

Thanks for letting me hang out on your blog today. It was fun. 

Christine (C.K.) Bryant
             Author of 
The Crystor Series

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Stonehill Downs by Sarah Remy

Stonehill Downs
By Sarah Remy

Malachi is the last of his kind—a magus who can communicate with the dead, and who relies on the help of spirits to keep his kingdom safe. When he's sent to investigate brutal murders in the isolated village of Stonehill Downs, he uncovers dangerous sorceries and unleashes a killer who strikes close to home.

Avani is an outsider living on the Downs, one of the few survivors from the Sunken Islands. She has innate magics of her own, and when she discovers the mutilated bodies of the first victims, she enters into a reluctant alliance with Malachi that takes her far from home.

But Mal is distracted by the suspicious death of his mentor and haunted by secrets from his past. And Avani discovers troubling truths about the magus through her visions. She could free Malachi, but first they must work together to save the kingdom from the lethal horror that has arisen.

I write fiction to keep real life from getting out of hand, I jump pretty horses over pretty fences because it's a distraction from the real and the fantastic, I do Sun Salutations between 6 am and 7 am because I believe in discipline, and I live in an old house because I believe the best things last more than 100 years.

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