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Author Spotlight: Lady of the Tarot by Juli D. Revezzo

Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! Today I have Juli D. Revezzo visiting with her novel, Lady of the Tarot.

Juli D. Revezzo loves fantasy and Celtic mythology and writing stories with all kinds of fantastical elements. She is the author of the Antique Magic series and the Paranormal Romance Celtic Stewards Chronicles series, Gothic fantasy romance, Lady of the Tarot, Victorian romance Watchmaker’s Heart, and more. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.

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Having escaped the Reign of Terror, Emilie Maigny takes refuge in England and tries to come to grips with the life and loss she left behind. When her brother, Sinjon, returns, a terrifying evil swoops down upon her. Nightmares plague her, providing strange clues … but to what?

Scottish-born Linton has spent his entire life in luxury, whiling away the hours in intense study of the tarot. He knows the hidden meanings of the cards, but until he meets the lovely Emilie Maigny, he never guessed how important his study might be— to his life, and Emilie’s survival when terrible evil strikes.

A Cypher is all Emilie needs, but what is it? Is Linton the key? He may charm her heart—and he may be her only salvation.

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Keep reading for an interview with Emilie Maigny from Lady of the Tarot:

Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?

Paris. And it was lovely! The city was beautiful, filled with intellectuals, poets, artists and thinkers of the age. I enjoyed visiting with my friends at their lovely homes and of course, all the parties we used to attend…before the revolution.

Do you have a close relationship with your family?

I used to. My brothers had their secrets, but I must admit they’ve grown more guarded since everything began falling apart in our country.

Who was your best friend growing up?

Other than my brothers Sinjon and Porter, I’d have to say my cousin Ursule.

Who is your enemy? What makes you enemies?

I never thought of myself as having enemies before, but since I came to live with my grandmother in Britain, I must say, Miss Roxanne Ivanhoe would definitely be one. What makes us enemies? I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something about the young lady makes my skin crawl.

Who do you most admire in your world? Why?

At the moment, I would say ma grand-mère. She’s been through a lot in her life, even before losing her son to the revolution, and still survived.

Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?

What can I say about our modern world? Men still run everything and even with Madam Wolstencraft’s book speaking of women’s rights, young women have only a few options open to them as far as what their ultimate place in the world is. It looks like I might marry an upstanding naval captain (if he proposes), but I must say, I’m not enthused about it. If I could make up my own mind on the subject, I might choose someone else. I might even forego marriage and move to the New World. Or somewhere else in Europe.

What was the most embarrassing moment in your life?

It must’ve been when my fiancé Éduard broke our engagement. Yes, that would have to be it.

What is your greatest fear? How will you overcome it?

My greatest fear is losing what’s left of my family, my brother Sinjon, ma grand-mère. How will I overcome? I’ll fight, but in the end, who can fight fate, no?

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned about life?

Don’t trust the mob or anyone who your intuition says you shouldn’t!

What is the strangest situation you’ve ever found yourself in?

Having to flee from revolutionaries in the middle of the night. Also, as of late, I have had very strange dreams, almost premonitions, you might say.

Who has been the greatest influence in your life? Why?

Linton. He’s helped me so much lately, adjusting to life in England and making sense of the weird things I’ve been experiencing.

Do you have a secret you’ve never told anyone? Would you tell us?

The dreams I’ve had, apparently, according to my new friend Linton, they have something to do with tarot. I haven’t had much practice at it, because you understand, we usually have ma grand-mère standing over us, but I’m learning more about reading the cards–as much as I can. I know that revelation would infuriate my brother Sinjon, so I haven’t told him.

Have you ever been in love? How did that work out for you?

I think I am now, with Linton. How did it work out? Well, we’re still fighting for time together, so we shall see, won’t we?

What do you own that would be hardest to part with? Why?

My blue chalcedony necklace. I couldn’t part with it because it’s the last gift I received from my father before he disappeared.

Where can people find out more about you, and your author—and your novel, Lady of the Tarot?

They are most welcome to visit our (I should say Madame Juli D. Revezzo’s) website at:

Our, (pardon, I mean Juli’s ) novel Lady of the Tarot is available at…some store named Amazon.

(That store’s name sounds exotic, doesn’t it?)

Finally, thank you Mademoiselle Renee, for hosting Juli and I today. We hope your readers will enjoy Lady of the Tarot!

Author Spotlight – Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton by Donald Firesmith

Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! Today I have Donald Firesmith returning with the second novel in his series, Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton.

A computer geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He is also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat worrying whether the term “distinguished” makes him sound more like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still more red than gray.

By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and birds.

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When hundreds of huge holes mysteriously appeared overnight in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle, geologist Jack Oswald picked Angele Menendez, his climatologist wife, to determine if the record temperatures due to climate change was the cause. But the holes were not natural. They were unnatural portals for an invading army of demons. Together with Aileen O’Shannon, a 1,400-year-old sorceress demon-hunter, the three survivors of the research team sent to study the holes had only one chance: to flee down the dangerous Dalton Highway towards the relative safety of Fairbanks. However, the advancing horde of devils, imps, hellhounds, and gargoyles will stop at nothing to prevent their prey from escaping. It is a 350-mile race with simple rules. Win and live; lose and die…

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Keep reading for an interview with Aileen O’Shannon from the Hell Holes series:

Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?

I was born a little over 1,700 years ago during the reign of Constantine the Great in a tiny village that no longer exists in what is now the county of Ballinasloe, Ireland. I lived with my mother and father, who was the village blacksmith and the strongest man in the whole village. When I was 12, they were killed by a hellhound. That is when I was I initiated into the Tutores Contra Infernum, an ancient secret order that protects humanity from demon incursions.

Did you have a close relationship with your family?

We loved each other very much, and it was extremely hard to lose them, leave my village, and join the order.

What is the happiest memory from your childhood?

Sharing lunch with my father at the smithy. He would often let me stay for a while so that I could watch him working and see the sparks fly as he hammered the glowing metal. He was so big and strong; he made me feel safe when the wolves howled in the nearby forests.

Who is your enemy? What makes you enemies?

My enemies are the demons that invade our world to kill and enslave people, often treating us a mere livestock and the subject of torture for their entertainment. It does not matter if they are devils, imps, gargoyles, or hellhounds. I hate them all.

Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?

Prior to Hell Day, I lived in Fairbanks, working as a reporter for the Daily News-Miner, a local newspaper. Secretly, I was a curatrix, or warrior sorceress of the Tutores Contra Infernum, responsible for protecting the people of Alaska from demon incursions.

Have you ever been in love? How did that work out for you?

Yes, many many times over the centuries. My first love was not a member of my order, and I had to keep our forbidden relationship a secret from my superiors in the Order. However when I eventually became pregnant, that secret became impossible to keep. Because I had broken my vows and risked exposing the existence of the Order, I was forced to choose between my first love and my baby. I refused to give up my child, and it was one of the hardest things I have ever done, watching him grow old and die while I remained young.

What kind of clothing do you prefer to wear?

I wear the clothing of the place and period, but with two small differences. Being incredibly old and not a little vain, I have amassed a sizable fortune which has allowed me to dress in the best quality clothes, whether that means designer dresses or the best in outdoor wear. I also have hidden pockets sewn inside the left forearm of any clothing that covers my arms so that I can keep my wand both secret and readily available should I need it in a hurry.

What was your greatest achievement?

Taking the war to the demons. By traveling through one of their portals to the demon home world, I helped spread the demon plague that turned the tide of the war and hopefully enabled their human slaves trapped in Hell to rebel against their masters.

Would you ever or have you ever lied? How do you feel about lying?

My life has been full of lies I have made to keep the existence of my Order secret from those who would envy our powers and long life. Hiding for centuries in plain sight as an ordinary mortal has made me an excellent, if solitary and lonely, liar.

Author Spotlight: Dragon’s Posterity by Kandi J Wyatt

Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! This week I have Kandi J Wyatt with her book, Dragon’s Posterity.

Kandi Avatar style smallKandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.”

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When Ruskya and his son Ardyn but heads regarding tradition, Kyn sets out to make peace. What he least expects is to start a new tradition! An illusive vision of a plain on the ocean sets a quest into motion to bring together the younglings from all the dragon colonies into a challenge that will help them gain their independence. Will pride be set aside and younglings find friendships or will enemies be made instead?

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Keep reading for an interview with Ardyn from Dragon’s Posterity:

Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?

I was born in the dragon colony of Three Spans Canyon. I was surrounded by family and dragons. What wasn’t to like? Oh, yeah, tradition. For the most part, I’m okay with the traditions around home. It just was when Da told me there was a specific way to braid leather and it couldn’t be changed that I had issues with tradition.

Do you have a close relationship with your family?

Grandma lived a dragon ride away. Any number of family members could retrieve her or I could go visit her by the time I was old enough to fly on my own. Uncle Glendyn doted on me. He lived just a short walk away down one of the other side canyons. Uncle Kyn lived with us until just before my eighth winter. I have two sisters and a younger brother. It seemed like Ma was pregnant every other winter until my sixth winter. I’m sad that none of my siblings have become dragon riders yet. I still hold out hope that one day a dragon will find them.

Ma and Da are the best. Ma’s a healer of dragons. She can communicate with them and help heal their inner wounds. That’s actually how she became a rider. Da, how can I explain him? I guess, the best way is to say that he’s a powerful rider despite his size. His power comes from inside him.

Aunt Duskya is Da’s sister. The two are twins who have a very unique bond. Even though they live two and a half to three and a half days away from each other via dragon flight, their bond has remained strong through the winters. As soon as they are within a half a day’s dragon ride from each other, they can sense each other and communicate together. Aunt Duskya is married to the leader of the dragon colony in Boeskay. She and Uncle Cerulean have two kids, Carryn and Darryn. Carryn is three winters younger than me, but we’ve always been close. Her brother is two winters younger yet.

What is the happiest memory from your childhood?

That would have to be the times spent with my cousins. I had seen eight winters when a friend of the family, Braidyn, came bearing news that Carryn’s hatchling had been eggnapped. He convinced Ma and Da that I could come with them to visit Uncle Cerulean and Aunt Duskya. I was able to spend just over a moon with them. We rode Nube, my dragon, every day.

About a moon cycle later, Uncle Kyn talked Ma and Da into letting me go with them to Braidyn’s wedding. I was able to see the El’shad’n firsthand. Their parties are amazing! They know how to roast a lamb to perfection. Then they have sweets and music, dancing, and fire dancers. I’m not a storyteller. You’ll have to hear Kyn tell about the El’shad’n or even Braidyn. Then you’ll be there and understand it.

Tell us a little about your world.

My world is a world where dragons live in peace with riders. We have lands of canyons, an inland sea that takes a half a day to cross on dragonback, sandhills as far as the eye can see, mountains, ocean, a valley filled with water, farm lands, mountain crags full of ebony, and a deep, dark forest. It’s a world waiting to be explored. People inhabit most of it, except the forest outside Boeskay. I live in the northern canyon country.

What are your goals? What would you like to achieve?

I want most of all to live up to the expectations of others around me. Braidyn once told me that I would become a great leader and honor my family and canyon. I want to become a respected man. A man who lives with integrity, shows mercy, brings peace, and holds no bitterness.

Who has been the greatest influence in your life? Why?

Uncle Kyn by far is the greatest influence in my life. He isn’t really my uncle, but he was there for my birth and ever since at any time in my life that I needed him, he’s been there. He’s the one who filled my insatiable questions as a youngling of nine winters when I tried to understand the El’shad’n world Braidyn married into. It was Uncle Kyn who told me stories by the fire as I grew up and inspired me to be the best dragon rider I could be. And it was Uncle Kyn who helped bring peace between my da and I when I needed to stretch my wings and become my own person. When Da and I would argue over my artwork with the leather, Uncle Kyn would listen and help make peace.

Do you have any hobbies? What are they?

I love braiding leather, but not any ordinary leatherwork. I make art. I dye the strips to make them just the right colors to accent the dragon who will use the harness. Then I create special designs that are woven into functional art.

What do you own that would be hardest to part with? Why?

Nube. There is absolutely no way I could part with my dragon. She’s been a part of my life since we both had seen less than one moon. She’s protected me and I her. We are one. If one of us died, the other would have a very hard time living.

What was the most exciting adventure you’ve ever been on?

I’d have to say my most exciting adventure was when Uncle Kyn took me to tell everyone about the first youngling challenge. I was able to see all the different dragon rider colonies, and then help him set up the camp for the riders to come. Then I competed in the first challenge. That taught me so much about myself. I know the other younglings on my team felt the same way.

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