Blog Tour: Summoned by Rainy Kaye

Rainy Kaye has a new release on tour. Today I’ve got an excerpt from Summoned and the history that inspired the story. Last, but not least, there is a giveaway which you can find here.

Summoned Blog Tour

Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at RainyoftheDark.com and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. When not plotting world domination, she enjoys getting lost around the globe, studying music so she can sing along with symphonic metal bands, and becoming distracted by Twitter (@rainyofthedark). She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA. Continue reading

Guest: Talking Cats and Creating Villains with Kathryn White

Today author Kathryn White stops by BA and shares how she came to create two of the villains in her newest novel, Cats, Scarves and Liars. Add it to Goodreads. Connect with Kathryn via her website, Goodreads, and Facebook.

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It is a truth, universally acknowledged that not all characters in fiction are created equally. Oh. Wait. Perhaps that is in actually my truth and something that may or may not be universally true for all authors and worthy of a parody of a famous line by Jane Austen. In any case, my latest novel, Cats Scarves and Liars is one where the two main villains in the piece were equally as much fun to create and write about as my main character, the tattooed and occasionally ditzy redhead Peppa Grove. The set up is this: Twenty-three year old Peppa was widowed several months ago when her husband, Tony, was killed in a hit-and-run. Tony’s killer has never been caught. And widowhood isn’t something that is sitting easy with our young heroine. When the novel opens, we find her sitting in a messy flat, wallowing in self-pity. Empty wine bottles and dirty dishes suggest that Peppa is not taking care of herself as well as she could be. There is the question of a disappearing, reappearing iPhone (suggesting that she may be suffering lapses of memory,) but the most disturbing symptom of Peppa’s current state of mind occurs when the black and white cat she and Tony adopted several months ago, reveals that can speak perfect English and insists on being renamed Charles. He also refuses to speak to anyone else, despite Peppa’s insistence that he can do so, which causes some worry for her former mother-in-law and Julian, Tony’s best mate. Continue reading

Guest: The Activation by J. Cafesin

Today I’ve got a treat for everyone. It’s an excerpt from J. Cafesin’s short story collection, Fractured Fairy Tales of the Twilight Zone. This is the campfire story The Activation, one of the stories you can find in the suspenseful fantasy collection.

Author Bio

J. Cafesin lives on the eastern slope of the redwood laden Oakland Hills with her husband/best friend, two gorgeous, talented, spectacular kids, and a bratty but cute Shepherd pound hound. Find her on Facebook, Google+, and Goodreads.

The Activation – Synopsis

Michael still loves the family’s annual summer camping trip. His teen sister, Amy, doesn’t. It’s likely going to be their last year among the ancient redwoods, the majestic elks, and the seemingly glowing round rocks Michael discovers along the bank of the roaring river. The Activation is a cautionary [campfire] tale for bickering children, and the parents who fail to silence them.

The Activation by J. Cafesin

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Guest: Let’s Try Optimistic Futurism! I Did (Sort Of) by Jordan Smith

Will The Future Be Entirely Bad? Can A Good Book About The Future Say Otherwise?

If you’ve read any stories about the future you may be a very gloomy person. After all, isn’t it hard to think of stories about the future that aren’t overall very depressing? In books about the future we see dazzling technology, interesting characters and plot lines, but mostly pervasive negativity, from the classics of Orwell and Huxley, to newer titles like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Hunger Games. But what if the future is going to be more complicated?

There’s a problem I have with the way in which a lot of these books are looking at the future. In a sense what dystopian authors are saying is that our societies have certain good qualities and they are beginning to slip away. But how do they justify that prediction? Why are they saying we will become the society they claim we will? Or put another way, why is the prediction they’re making about the kind of society we will be salient or likely to be in the near future? The more you can answer that question about the predictions in a dystopian story the more powerful it is.

All of my thoughts in this line of reasoning were of course a great theory about the way dystopia ought to be. But now I’m in the process of writing my own dystopian story, and I’m finding it’s not so easy to take my own advice! When I began writing it I set out to make the predictions I was conveying really have a basis in what was most likely or plausible. This included making some pretty optimistic predictions I believe are fairly likely about society. However, as I was writing I was finding that the story really needed a heavy dose of darkness to come off as something I thought readers would enjoy. Writing optimistic predictions seemed automatically unserious. Writing gloomy predictions seemed automatically cerebral and relevant. Why is that? Isn’t the good news sometimes among the most relevant? Certainly I’d say it is. Continue reading

Guest: The First Steps to Prepping For the Apocalypse

The First Steps To Prepping For The Apocalypse.

By: Kirk Allmond. Author of What Zombies Fear

Education

The new prepper often goes straight to the question, “Where would I go.” and almost invariably answers that question with “to Walmart!” A better question to ask would be “Where would I meet?” It is hard to understand the difference at first. When we all start down this path of readiness, we often consider ourselves as either the lone wolf; traveling from place to place, surviving on the scraps of humanity, doing what is necessary to survive.

Some consider themselves to be the leader of a group of survivors; single handedly keeping our friends and family alive, and restoring order to (at least a small piece) of a world in chaos. While this might be true, in some select few circumstances, overwhelmingly it will not be the case. For every leader of a group of fifty survivors, there must be forty-nine followers. If your goal is to be the leader, there is an entire set of leadership skills and personality requirements that the majority of people do not have. In this case, learning to be an effective leader is much more important than having a bug out bag, or an alpha site, and should be the primary focus of the new prepper’s education. Continue reading

Author Guest Post: Chris Wimpress

I’d like to introduce author Chris Wimpress to Bookish Ardour. Today he is speaking about the inspiration behind his latest release, Weeks in Naviras. You may recognise his name from earlier when Weeks in Naviras was presented in one of BA’s Features.

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Chris Wimpress Explains his Novel Weeks in Naviras

This is not a religious novel, not in the strictest sense. But a lot of people won’t get beyond the tenth page, because the main character professes to be dead. That was always a question mark for me; could I write a novel in which I kill every single main character at the start? I chose the Psalm at the beginning after going to a funeral for a good friend in August 2013. ‘We bring our years to a close, as it were a tale that is told.’ It was in my late friend’s order of service. I was close to finishing the novel when he died. Funerals are strange ceremonies, where God gets to interfere but the person involved doesn’t get a say. God gets the last word and I’m not entirely comfortable with that. I miss my friend but I am unhappy with the patriarchy of that Psalm, although I find most psalms utterly ridiculous. Continue reading

Author Guest Post: Inspiration by Clint Stoker

All for Owen, Clint Stoker‘s second novel, is out! What better way to celebrate than to have Clint Stoker himself tell us the inspiration behind his newest story? I didn’t think there was a better way either. If you’ve been around with BA for a few years then you may recognise Clint’s name. Clint was one of the first authors I reviewed for, The Cause being his first novel, and he was also one of my first interviewees! So I’m honoured to have him back on BA today and without further ado…

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Inspiration by Clint Stoker

The idea behind writing All for Owen struck me while watching a documentary on the black plague. Continue reading