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Fantasy Authors K.C. Herbel and Leisl kaberry Shout-out

I would like to give a shout-out to two remarkable authors

K.C. Herbel and Leisl Kaberry

It is a pleasure knowing these fantasy authors
who are  talented, genuine, and supportive.
Take a look at their most recent novels.

I first meet these authors through the Fantasy-Science Fiction Network and continue to follow them on Twitter. I would like to share a little about them and their novels.

K.C. Herbeland

K. C. Herbel spent the first part of his adult life building robotic monsters in Hollywood, but now commits such dastardly acts with a pen. He lives hidden from his torch-bearing pursuers in the woods of Virginia, with his complex wife, a pack of hungry dogs, and a monster.

 

About The Innkeeper’s Son…  It is the first of four novels in The Jester King Fantasy Series. The main character, Billy, cheerfully runs the valley’s finest inn with his father and daydreams of a fantasy life in the distant courts of the kingdom. One night, a murderous stranger from his secret past emerges to take his life and the magic ring that belonged to his mother.

Billy flees home and is thrust into an adventure leading him to the highest courts in the land. But there are perils to such a journey. Monsters, giants, spirits, and brigands prowl the wilds of Lyonesse. As if that were not enough, a dragon wants to eat him! As he struggles to survive and unravel the mysteries encircling his life, Billy becomes aware of a menacing figure lurking in the shadows; a ruthless nemesis that has hunted him his entire life.

When I asked KC what was next, he said that he is finishing books three and four of the Jester King fantasy series. He expects they will be out October 6th and December 1st of 2017, respectively.

Visit K.C at his website:  www.KCHerbel.com
and at his Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/K.-C.-Herbel/e/B002KGXLVC/
Follow him on Twitter @KCHerbel

Leisl Kaberry

Leisl Kaberry said, “I was never going to be a writer… seriously.”

Somehow despite Leisl’s lifelong love for making up and telling stories, she had no desire to become an author. However, after a creative urge spurred her on to write an idea for a scene, the world of Titania was born and she hasn’t looked back.

Born and raised in Australia she has lived in a variety places, including the Australian outback and Montreal, Canada. She currently resides in Kitimat, Northern British Columbia with her husband and four children. She is studying a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, is an amateur theater actor, and enjoys snowboarding during the winter.

Winner of RomCon Readers Crown 2014 for Fantasy.

About Titanian Chronicles – Ormnhi Moon… In the five years since Afeclin, Wolflang, and Lenna crossed the Tebelligan boarder, the Warlord’s presence in Marrapassa has strengthened. His trolls and dark knights have inhabited towns and cities, slavery has returned, and the people are angry and fearful. Adding to their unrest, the Dark Mage has grown in power and will stop at nothing to procure the elusive Merdaicur shells.

Hope rests on the shoulders of a few. The Scorpius Legion and, in particular, the courageous Wolflang are determined to see justice prevail while Afeclin is sent on a quest in order to uncover the truth. Skills and abilities are put to the test and allegiances are challenged as Afeclin learns to hone in his newly acquired gift. An encounter with a gold dragon and mysterious Norvakian Queen could be his undoing. Amongst the darkness and chaos, the sign of the foretold chosen one is upon them.

Titanian Chronicles – Ormnhi Moon

The Diamaar Druid held up his clenched hand, his long slender fingers clasping something small and solid. As he began to chant a ball of fire struck his throat burning his face and igniting his robes. His body was enveloped in a torrent of flames.
Then they saw him.
In a long black cloak with his hood covering his face, he stood before the raging fire.
The Dark Mage.
Zallucien let his gaze fall to the floor as his Window to the World began to darken.
The time was near.

Visit Leisl at her Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/Leisl-Kaberry/e/B00EZWEFHS/
Follow her on Twitter @Lawfabex

Interview with Best Selling Author Jacci Turner

Jacci Turner Interview

Date: May 15, 2016

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Best Selling Author Jacci Turner

Jacci, welcome back.

A quick introduction:  You have 10 books on Amazon, including 2 series; you are the Director of Education for High Sierra Writers; you’re an Amazon bestselling author of young adult and middle grade fiction and your book, Bending Willow, was selected to represent Nevada at the 2013 National Book Festival in Washington D.C. Now, your YA book, Cracker, just received a Red Ribbon Award from The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Have I missed anything?

Answer: Haha! Nope, that about covers it, Dennis.

Tell us about the Red Ribbon Award? What is it?

Answer: The Wishing Shelf Award is kinda cool because it was started by an author, Billy Bob Buttons. He is from the UK and does a lot of work with school kids. So, he gets 16 kids to read each entry and rate the books. Even if you don’t win, you still get the feedback, which, to an author is gold.

How did all that come about? How did you find yourself as an author?

Answer: I think of myself more as a story teller. When I was five I used to charge the neighborhood kids a nickel to come watch my plays. I was in theater in high-school and even have a degree in theater! But, if you’ve ever done a play, you’ll know that they take a LOT of time to prepare and as life got busier, I just couldn’t commit to the rehearsal schedules. So, I thought what can I do that’s creative but doesn’t take all my time? I have always enjoyed writing. I have a book and a screen play that will never see the light of day. But it wasn’t until I turned fifty that I had the discipline to do the necessary revisions a good book needs, so that is when I started writing for publication.

Before we dive into it, what advice would you have for a beginning author? What is the one thing that might be the most meaningful thing then could hear?

Answer: For me, the key is getting into a writer’s group where you can have the support and encouragement of other writers. That is so important. The one I’m involved with brings in monthly speakers and each month I feel like it’s the kick-in-the-pants I need to keep writing. The critique groups we are invaluable. Keep learning, let people read your work, keep growing as a writer and don’t’ give up.

Okay, you write for young adults. Tell us about the genre?

Answer: I love Young Adult, which is for ages fourteen and up. I also write for kids age eight and up, that’s called Middle Grade Fiction. I think what draws me to these age groups is that with kids, anything is possible. They still believe in magic and have incredible imaginations.

Why the YA genre? What motivates you? What inspires you?

Answer: Kids today have to face some pretty rough realities, yet I’m constantly amazed by their spirits and creative minds. I have great hope in the upcoming generations. Those two thoughts are put together for my website tagline which is, “Infusing Reality with Hope.” I want to write about the real challenges of this world, but from a hopeful place, not a dark place.

I read your latest book, Cracker. It has an intense message. What inspired you to write that story?

Answer: My hope is that Cracker will encourage people to have a conversation about race. It is a topic that people are afraid to talk about because it sometimes feels like walking on egg shells, like you might say the wrong thing. Cracker turns the conversation upside down. The white people in the book are an oppressed minority, the black people have power and privilege. This causes white people to experience, through the main character, the micro-aggressions and injustices that people of color face every day. It comes with a study guide to help further the discussion. I think being able to talk about race is the first step in learning to heal the racial divide in our society.

From a literary standpoint, without spoiling it, how did you come up with the idea for the setting twist?

Answer: I was reading Beverly Daniel Tatum’s book, “Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? And other conversations about race, and I thought, “This is important stuff, how can I get white people to think about it? And the idea for Cracker was born.

If we can, let’s get a little deeper into your messages. You’re dealing with some intense issues. I know in your non-author life you work with hospice and have a spiritual background. Where are you pulling these stories from?

Answer: Well, my spiritual director would say they all come from parts of me, like I’m working out my issues! I guess it’s cheap therapy. But you’re right: I do have a deep faith and I do work with people that are dying and that gives me a unique perspective. I also worked with college students for thirty years and love, love, love them. They keep my mind sharp and keep me up on – you know, technology! J

What are you working on now/next?

Answer: Speaking of technology, I’m working on a book about, “Snapchat gone wrong.” I read this article about how young girls are being objectified by boys on Snapchat as the boys are pressuring them to send pictures of their bodies. If the girls say no, the boy might post a naked picture and say it was her, but if the girl sends the picture, she is labeled a whore. It puts girls in an awful situation. In my research for this book I learned that the average teenager is sending snaps (Pictures) 200-300 times a day! It’s crazy.

Authors develop characters, including odd traits or idiosyncrasies to make them more interesting. If you were a character in a bestselling novel, what is the one thing the author might share to make your character more interesting?

Answer: Wow, that is an amazing question. Probably my stunning good looks and razor sharp wit! Just kidding. I guess I’d like to be the character that is full of surprises. People are often surprised when they know me for a while and then learn something they didn’t know, like that I got my black belt in Karate at age 43 or that I jumped from an airplane at age 52. I love adventure and that would be my odd trait, “The grandma that is full of surprises!”

Anything else you want to share?

Answer: Sure Dennis, I’d like to share that I’ve read both of your books and I’m a fan. I hope you fantasy lovers out there will rush out and buy the Kingdom of Torrence series! Thank you so much for all of your support and friendship.

Jacci, thank you for your time. Can we share your contacts?

Amazon’s Author Page

http://www.amazon.com/Jacci-Turner/e/B006D3187M/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1463279953&sr=1-1

Personal Web Page

http://www.jacciturner.com/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/JacciTurner

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Jacci-Turner-162842543809329/

 

 

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Book Review – Cracker by Jacci Turner

Jacci Turner - croppedCracker is an examination of cultural prejudice through a twist in history that reverses roles in common acts of discrimination. Jack Turner seeks to awaken emotional awareness to a number of social issues by stepping through key points, highlighted by each chapter.

The story is about Ann, a home-schooled youth, who is returning to public school in face of sure discrimination. She encounters some stereotypical discrimination through personal experience and through friends who face other challenges in what reminds me of the 1960’s social mentality. Set in a more current alternate atmosphere, their efforts to band together in order to ward off oppression go awry, ending in tragedy, but from that tragedy other events are set in motion, both good and bad.

This insightful novella is well written and presents many of the challenges facing racial boundaries and cross-race alternative lifestyle. The characters are well thought out and true to their nature. The ending should leave thoughtful readers in an enlightened position to ponder the fundamental question, how to relate to others in our community who may be different than ourselves?

Jacci Turner is the Amazon bestselling author of the young adult novel, The Cage, and author of the Birthright and Finding Home series. Cracker is available on Amazon.com

Amanda’s Quest & Author Events

AMANDA’S QUEST MANUSCRIPT

I have been remiss in keeping up to date with the blog lately. A lot has been going on. I have contracted with an editor for the Amanda’s Quest manuscript, I am in discussions with the cover design, and I have been approached by a copy indie publishers about the manuscript. I have also been given approval to use the name Garrett for one of the new characters; Garrett is a young man whom I admire greatly and will be a prince in the upcoming book. So far it looks like I should make a fall 2015 release for Amanda’s Quest.

2015 NEVADA READING WEEK EVENT

2015 Nevada Reading Week with Jacci Turner

This last weekend I was privileged to share a table at the 2015 Nevada Reading Week event with Jacci Turner. Jacci has a couple special books, one of which represented Nevada at a national event. Her most recent book was a collaborative effort with local students where Jacci provided story options and the students voted on the course of the story-line. Maybe we can get Jacci to do a special interview on the process.

Jacci and I both belong to the High Sierra Writers group and passed out several flyers for HSW during the event. Richard Arbib, who is also a HSW member, attended the Nevada Reading Week conference as well.

WOOSTER HIGH SCHOOL BAND FUNDRAISER DINNER

HSW authors, Carrol Purroy, Jacci Turner, and I donated autographed books to the fundraiser’s silent auction that occurred Saturday night. The books were included in a basket which looked fantastic.

Check these links out:

  • http://www.highsierrawriters.org/ (Writers group in Reno, Nevada)
  • http://fsfnet.com/ (Fantasy & Science Fiction authors)
  • http://woosterband.org/ (Wooster High School Band)