Thursday, January 24, 2013

An Interview with Emily Walker

Meet Author Emily Walker!
   I knew I was a writer when …. I wrote a 32 page book report that was only supposed to be 10 pages.

   In which genres do you write?

Horror, Paranormal Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi, New Adult, Drama, Romance, Fantasy, and Erotica…. I write a lot of different things.

What is your favorite thing about being an author? Creating worlds and placing characters in them.

  What was the biggest obstacle you overcame in the road to finishing your first book?

Believing in myself, sometimes I think, “Is this crap?” I have to build myself up.

   Who is your favorite character you’ve created? Why?

I have lots of favorite characters. Choosing one is difficult. I enjoyed writing Bryant in Why Yellow Jackets Can’t Find the Hole, because I had to think like a guy. I enjoyed writing Cassie in Zombified, because she is constantly changing.

   What are you working on currently? I am working on a romance novella Charlotte’s Irish Warlock for Romance After Midnight, an imprint of my publisher Midnight Hour. I am also working on my new sci-fi series, I think it will be New Adult. Zombified is now in edits and will be out March 15th!

   Do you have anything available to buy now? Where?

I do! My horror shorts are only available on Amazon.

Vital Signs -
The Extractor –

Long Road Full Speed Ahead is on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords

Amazon -



Barnes and Noble




   What is your book about?

Long Road Full Speed Ahead is about a young girl struggling in an abusive relationship and dealing with a severe drug addiction.

   Do you have a blog where we can find you and your latest news?

Lyra’s Blog –


       Who’s number one fan are you?

I really love reading Rebecca Hamilton, Michelle Muto, and so many more. I am a lot of people’s number one fan in the Indie world. In the broader scope, I am a huge Heinlein fan!

       Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans, friends or family?

Thank you for supporting me!

       Are there any other links or places your fans can find you to connect?

My About Me Page-

Twitter –

Thanks for being my guest, Author Emily Walker and may your muse ever push your pen :D

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Capturing the Castle (How “Once Upon a Castle” was born)

By Alan S. Blood
On a bitterly cold, November afternoon, I found myself stranded near Bamburgh Castle on the wild Northumberland coast whilst the local, old fashioned garage, with tall petrol pumps, repaired my broken-down car.

The delicate, somewhat bright, late autumn sunlight created an eerie, pastel coloured scene, albeit tempered by a biting breeze, yet quite magical, certainly ancient, and almost ethereal.

Vikings have landed here,’ I told myself scanning the unique white beaches below the hazy castle ramparts. It was one of those strange experiences that triggered the imagination and I could see a Scandinavian longship coming ashore, disgorging horned-helmeted warriors seizing the beach before storming inland to ravage the sparse Saxon populace. I could feel that there was a tale to be told.

With the genesis of a story in my mind, I conducted research into Northumbrian castles and was intrigued to discover there was another ruined castle along the coast. This gave me a plot basis involving two castles, one of which was real and the other a phantom! Ideas built as I thought this was an area to where children were evacuated during World War II.

Things shaped towards an exciting novel for young adolescents involving twelve-year-old twins, Tom and Mary (to appeal to both sexes) who dread being sent from southern England to Aunt Victoria’s Northumberland farm. Yet she proves to be young, and fun, until lessons are arranged with a terrible private tutor, Miss Urquart. Their London Uncle Toby had said: “There will be castles to explore with ghosts and things.”

Teenage rebelliousness ensues as the twins escape and riotous, scary adventures involving castles, Vikings and even the Royal Navy begin.

“Once Upon a Castle” is republished by USA publisher GMTA Publishing under their imprint, Mythos Press.

“Once Upon a Castle” Blurb

Uncle Toby had said that there would be castles to explore, with ghosts and things. This helps to cheer up the glum twelve-year old Lovell twins, Tom and Mary, leaving their schools and loving parents to be evacuated to wild Northumbria during World War II. Then the adventure begins.

They live with their Aunt Victoria and Uncle Leslie, meet the loveable ‘Mrs M’, a strange dog called ‘Scamp’ and, worst, the terrible private tutor, Miss Urquart, from whom they run away to find a mysterious castle seen through an old telescope.

Now they are drawn into bizarre supernatural events of a time-warp between the war itself and ancient warfare. They encounter dark forces, as the story twists and turns, and are even rescued by the Royal Navy. Yet, this is only the beginning of more unexpected tragedies before the twins begin to escape from it all.

About the Author

Alan S. Blood worked in the British Civil Service, Advertising and journalism (edited three publications) before qualifying as a Teacher from the University of Reading, England. He enjoyed a long, distinguished career in the Teaching Profession, in both Primary and Secondary levels of education, in several parts of the UK - which eventually led to Senior Management. His main subject area was English and, at one time, he was Head of English and Drama. Throughout, he gained considerable knowledge of literature that children and adolescents enjoy.

Alan now devotes his time to writing novels, plays, screenplays and poetry. He won top award in the ‘Hastings International Poetry Festival’ (2003) with his controversial ‘litter’ poem ‘CONTRITE CAN CANNOT’. The paranormal genre features in much of his prose work.

‘ONCE UPON A CASTLE’ is a ghost story written for young people (but also enjoyed by adults) set in World War 11. It concerns both a real and a phantom castle based upon Alan’s experience of strange castles on the wild Northumbrian coast of England on cold, dark wintry afternoon.

Alan Blood has widely travelled the world and undertook research in Chile where some of his supernatural crime thriller ‘CRY OF THE MACHI A Suffolk Murder Mystery’ is set. He was previously a Cotswold Morris Dancer and the novel is a conflict between the forces of good and evil linking a Chilean ‘Machi’ and ‘organised crime’ to murders in a Suffolk Morris Men side.

Alan enjoys wildlife photography in the Welsh countryside, painting and scraperboard engraving. He lives in a Victorian (1873) house below the Cambrian Mountains of Mid-Wales.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Catch this Review for Piper LeVine A Gypsy's Truth

Recently, I have had the very good fortune of meeting successful author Melody Anne on Facebook! Yay for fb! Anyway, she was good enough to write up an honest review for me on my book, Piper LeVine A Gypsy's Truth.

For those of you who have met or know of her (millions of you) you're aware that she's crazy busy. So I'd like to take the opportunity to thank her again for taking the time to read my book and write a review.

Drum roll please :D

Here it is:

I was enthralled with this story from the very first paragraph. First there is the self-serving father of Piper who I immediately disliked. Of course, this is always great. I need a good character to hate from the start. No book is good without its villains. Then Eris Kelli does a remarkable job of creating this plot that is unique and new, but not so overstretched as to make me lose interest.
I’ve read many fantasy type books and this one is ranked right up at the top. I found Nicholas to be a mystery I had to unravel. The more I got to know this unique character, the more I wanted to know him. Like his description says, he’s captivating and dangerous. I found myself anxious to find out exactly what he’d do next.
Piper is a heroine you will find yourself routing for and I found myself beside her as she sought answers to a life she couldn’t imagine existed for her. This book left me on the edge of my seat and I can’t wait to read Eris Kelli’s next book and read how this amazing story unfolds.
Melody Anne
The official release is the 29th of January 2013! It will be available on Amazon in both print and e-book.
Thanks again, Melody for the review!
As for you, my loyal readers. I'd love to hear what you think too. Look me up on FB