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Author Spotlight: The Final Enemy by Dan Petrosini

Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! This week I have Dan Petrosini visiting with his Science Fiction Novel, The Final Enemy. Dan took the time to let me interview him, so let’s see what he has to say!

Dan has his own view of the world and culture or lack thereof. He is passionate in his belief that people can realize their dreams if they focus and take action and actively encourages people.

Married with two daughters and a needy Maltese, Dan splits his time between South West Florida and New York City where he was born. Dan teaches at local colleges, writes novels and plays the tenor saxophone in a couple of jazz bands. He also drinks way too much wine.

Dan has an active blog and has written six novels.

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About the Book

In the face of a death-defying power, what’s the “new normal”?

Like all reporters, Jack longs for a breaking story but is stuck writing obituaries for a small-town rag. As his frustration mounts, it hits him that no one has died in over three days. Jack’s odd observation becomes something far stranger when he connects a meteorite to the bizarre phenomenon.

Seizing the opportunity, Jack breaks the story and after a struggle to control the meteorite’s power is resolved, a swelling population begins to create havoc. With the survival of the human race hanging in the balance, politicians enact increasingly horrific measures and desperate citizens take matters into their own hands.

Jack’s in a position to not just report the news, but change it, and his decisions and observations create an epic thriller that pits the potential of human immortality against a force designed to change – or obliterate – humanity itself.

Only one man might stand in its way … the man buried in the obits department.

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Keep reading for an interview with the author:

Why did you decide to be a writer?

It wasn’t a conscious decision, just following the unavoidable pull to tell the stories in my head.

What genres do you write?

Sci-Fi and Crime Fiction

How often do you write?

It’s not easy but I am trying to write each and every day. Even for just a small period as it must become habitual. Happy to report I’m currently on a good, long streak of doing so.

Do you have a daily word or page count goal?

I would love to get to 1000 words min a day but I’m happy with 500.

How long does it take you to write a novel?

It really depends. It’s taken me two years on one and six months on another.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Write every day, no excuses.

What do you enjoy doing aside from writing?

I play jazz tenor sax in a number of bands and it’s a great release.

Do you prefer ebooks, print or both?

While I love holding a book, I prefer my Kindle. It doesn’t leave any bruises when I fall asleep reading each night.

Are you a pantser or outliner?

I started out as a panster and while I really enjoyed letting the story and characters take me on a journey, it left me with a zillion words to try to craft into a book. Outlining is tough and I am not rigid about it. I put down main ideas and fill in as ideas germinate.

How do you come up with the titles for your books?

It’s almost as hard as coming up with a good blurb. I look for a short title that gets to the theme, and I keep an eye on how many other books have used a similar title.

Do you ever base your characters on people you know?

I think its natural to ‘borrow’ from the world around us. Many times I will combine attributes of two different people.

Author Spotlight: Apollo (The Guardian League, Book Three) by TK Lawyer

 

Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! Today we have TK Lawyer visiting us with book three in The Guardian League series, Apollo. And stay tuned, because she was kind enough to participate in an interview so we can get to know her better.

Welcome to TK Lawyer’s world-

TK Lawyer has always had an interest in the strange and unusual and she’s a romantic at heart.

She writes passion-filled paranormal romance with Angels and Wolf Shifters- weaving tales of alpha males willing to do anything for the one feisty, curvaceous, strong-willed woman who has won their heart. Her alpha males will go to any length to please their mate, in and out of the bed.

She invites you to enter her world and be entertained. After all, she writes for you.

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About the Book

Lauren was an assignment. He didn’t expect to fall in love.

From her birth, Apollo watched Lauren mature, witnessing all her milestones with a strong sense of pride. Advising, protecting and whispering loving words to her, Lauren is strong and perfect.

Unfortunately, she doesn’t want to live.

A drastic decision one day sets Lauren face to face with her own Guardian Angel- a being she never knew existed. However, he won’t leave her alone. He is relentless, encouraging her to better her life when he doesn’t understand what it takes to survive on Earth. Despite this “flaw,” she is drawn to him in ways she can’t explain and Apollo soon becomes as necessary as the air she breathes. He asks for only one thing- to be his, forever.

Will she allow Apollo to love and care for her when many have failed?

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Keep reading for an interview with the author:

What genres do you write?

Paranormal and Contemporary Romance with sexy, protective Angels and hot wolf-shifters.

How often do you write?

Whenever I get a chance and am in the mood. I work a day job so it’s very hard to write at night and my weekends are usually pretty full. I try to write when a scene strikes me or I have a bit of time but I also have to be in the mood to do so in order to write at my best.

If you could be one of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?

Tatiana. I think Jasper is amazing and how they met is even more incredibly so. I would love to have an Angel fall in love with me and pursue me like Jasper did Tatiana. Can you imagine how great it would be to have a protective, loving, loyal Angel want you? Wow.

What is the oddest thing you’ve ever researched for one of your books?

How much a lap dance typically costs. I had to do this bit of research for Apollo’s book because Lauren is a dancer at a “Gentleman’s club.” I worried that searching for this information online would cause all kinds of viruses to pop up but, fortunately, that didn’t happen.

When did you first consider yourself an author?

Well…I never thought about writing as a career. I always considered it a hobby. So, when a friend mentioned I should write, I laughed at the idea and blew it off. It’s kind of crazy that I’m actually doing what she thought I should be.

What are your goals as an author?

In five years, I hope to be better known and have a wider reader audience. I absolutely love my fans and this year, I decided to do something different and actually go out to meet my fans at book fairs (I have signed up for 2 this year, so far). As with any author, I want to be a bestselling author but mostly, I want to be a best-loved author. I want my readers to really love my work and the characters that I write about. I’d like them to be immersed in my books to the point they don’t want their stories to end. When a fan picks up my book, again and again, to read, that is the greatest compliment for me.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received as an author?

One of my biggest fans mentioned to me a while back that she never read Paranormal Romance and didn’t know what it was. She happened to pick up my book one day and fell in love with the story. She credits for me liking the genre. She has since read all of my books and is enthusiastic about my future books.

Have you ever had a particularly harsh critique?

Yes. I received a 2-star review and couldn’t believe it. I was very new at the time and I had to step back because I tend to take things personally, especially when it concerns my hard work. For every book I write, the process is a long, emotional endeavor for me. I try to polish each of my books up so they entertain and immerse readers in my created world but this one particular reviewer was pretty harsh when reviewing my book and it was unfair and uncalled for. However, after receiving advice from several authors who underwent similar experiences, I let it go because I have so many more readers who love my work and those are the ones I need to concentrate on.

What do you enjoy doing aside from writing?

I really enjoy spending time with my husband. He is one of my best friends. We could be doing something as simple as watching TV together to running around completing errands. Whatever we do, it doesn’t matter because I enjoy his company. Besides spending time with my hubby, I love spending time with my friends, trying new restaurants, traveling when I can and spending time with my dog.

What made you decide to self-publish?

I am traditionally published; however, one of my books, Angels and Diamonds, is self-published. I found most publishers don’t want to publish a book of short stories, at least not from the same author. I had written the book of seven short stories and I knew it had to get out there. I also wanted the book to be available in Paperback as well as in e-book format so I made the decision to self-publish this one book so it could be available to my readers. It came at a great time as I was in between publishers and my books were delayed as a result of switching publishers. I was able to self-publish Angels and Diamonds in the interim and give my readers another book to entertain them.

Are you a pantser or outliner?

Pantser, always. I could try an outline but, believe me, with my books, it wouldn’t work (wide smile). My characters tend to take on a life of their own and in the middle of a scene, where I have down-pat what I want each character to do, I find the story curves in a different direction than what I intended. It most always happens and it’s hilarious but it actually works out, in the end, to make for a better story.

How do you come up with the titles for your books? Do you find it difficult?

Actually, I’m pretty good at coming up with titles. They just come to me, somehow. My husband finds it amusing how I can come up with creative names for my characters- some of which are books titles. I like to kid with him that these characters are alive and I’m just writing their stories. However, wouldn’t that be great?

Do you write about real life experiences, or does everything come from your imagination?

There’s a little bit of me and my experiences in every one of my books. Even in Angels and Diamonds, I sprinkled some of my experiences into a few of the stories. I think it’s best to write from experiences you’ve had. It makes the stories more vivid and real to the reader.

Have you ever gotten an idea for a story from something really bizarre?

In the story, ‘The Gift,’ from the book Angels and Diamonds, the scene in the beginning where the horses rise from concrete and become alive, was actually from a dream I had a while back. The dream was vivid and exciting and seeing the horses come alive in front of me was scary. When I woke up, I immediately considered creating a story around this scenes and that’s how ‘The Gift’ was born.

What are you working on now?

I am currently writing Orion’s book- the fifth and final Guardian Angel in the Guardian League Series.

Author Spotlight: Beautiful Nightmare by Ashley Marie Nestler

Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! Today I have Ashley Marie Nestler visiting with her standalone novel, Beautiful Nightmare. Ashley has also taken the time to answer a few questions about herself, which we’ll get to later. First, an introduction:

Ashley Nestler is a published author as well as an educator on writing and the publishing experience. She is also the CEO of Literary Vacation Club (a monthly subscription that sends out lesser known novels and items to tantalize all 5 senses) and Hedren’s Chest (a monthly subscription that sends out lesser known horror novels and small business horror accessories). She works hard to help small authors be seen, and she loves to read all things horror, crime, fantasy, and science fiction.

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About the Book

What if your true love was only present in your dreams? In the dystopian town of Lunamoon, everything is structured. Humans are created by science and everyone is programmed to follow certain regulations; but one girl, Shawneleigh, never lived up to the Council’s regulations. Shawneleigh has the disorder of narcolepsy, a disorder that causes her to fall asleep at random times without warning. Because of her illness, the Council banned her to life in a hospital since she cannot be counted on fulfill other duties.

Lunamoonians all receive prophecies for their lives through dreams that the Dream Maker sends to them, but Shawneleigh hadn’t received a dream in years until she found herself falling into a dream during her sleeping spells. It is during these spells that she meets a man named August who claims to be the Dream Maker himself. He also lives in solitude outside of Lunamoon, and they begin to form a bond; however, Shawneleigh cannot control when she falls asleep, and soon August finds a way to manipulate her illness. The only problem is that when he manipulates her sleeping disorder, she continues to grow sicker. But no matter how hard they try, they can’t stay away from one another.

“Beautiful Nightmare: Some Dreams Become Your Reality” is novel about love, life, and the importance of those who care about you. Love, above all else, is the best thing that we have to give.

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Keep reading for an interview with the author:

Why did you decide to be a writer?

I suppose I never decided to be a writer. I have always felt as though writing was my calling. I remember writing in journals since I was a child, and my imaginary worlds always brought me comfort. Being a writer just comes naturally for me!

Did you have a hard time sharing your work with the public?

I did have a very hard time sharing my work with the public. For as long as I can remember, my stories have always been for me. I never wrote so that others would read my work, and I was afraid of losing my passion by releasing to the public. But once I published my first novel, Beautiful Nightmare, I found that I liked sharing what I had created with the world. Sharing the written world is so important, and I believe that all writers should be able to share their work without fear.

Do you have a “day job”?

I do have a day job! I own and run two subscription businesses: Literary Vacation Club and Hedren’s Chest. Through Literary Vacation Club is send out monthly book boxes that are based on a different destination. I mainly feature indie novels in the box to help other indie authors out, and I create different items to go with the book that relate to the 5 senses. This experience brings the book to life! I also own Hedren’s Chest, which is a horror book subscription service. I also frequently feature indie horror authors through this box to help market them.

What genres do you write?

I am a bit of an eclectic author because I write across the board. I write young adult fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, and contemporary. I just tend to write whatever comes to mind, and I take it from there!

Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?

I would love to try writing science fiction. I love the imagination that goes into writing science fiction, and creating futuristic worlds is so intriguing to me! I hope to experience with this genre soon.

What inspires you to write?

What inspires me the most to write is seeing the injustice that is present in our world. I love sending messages through my writing, and I believe that strong writing can help and teach others.

What authors have most influenced you?

My favorite author of all time is Jodi Picoult. I love the messages that she sends through her writing, and how she always hits on hard topics without sugar coating anything. Her novel, The Pact, has impacted me the most. Teenage suicide is horrific, but she paints the issue in a careful, thoughtful manner. As someone with a personal connection to this subject, I appreciated the care that she put into writing about it. The Pact gave me the courage to address bullying and suicide in my own novel, “Behind Broken Glass Walls”.

When did you first consider yourself an author?

I suppose I first considered myself an author when I was 15. It was this year that my first poem was published in an anthology, and my writing career just took off from there!

What is the biggest obstacle you face as an author and what do you do to overcome it?

Oh man, marketing myself has got to be the biggest obstacle that I have faced. It is hard to be seen in this broad, literary world, but I have worked a lot on my social media and engagement and it has helped me to be seen!

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received as an author?

Someone once told me that my novel “Beautiful Nightmare” is destined to be a classic. That just astounded me!

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

The best writing advice I ever received was from a publisher that I worked with. They said that you need to make sure that your characters don’t run away with your story, meaning that you shouldn’t create such a big cast of characters in a broad universe so that it overwhelms you. Sometimes as authors we try to create such a big setting and plot that it becomes too much, so it is better to remember that simpler is better!

Do you have any advice for other authors?

Always remember that you are writing for yourself. Don’t let the critics get you down. Your work isn’t for other people, it is for you, and as long as it brings you enjoyment that is all that matters!

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