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I’d like to welcome Rachel Dacus to the blog today. She’s the author of Renaissance Club, out now from Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC.

Thank you for joining us, Rachel!

Name: Rachel Dacus

Book Title: Renaissance Club

Book Genre: Romance

Release Date: January 23, 2018

What’s your book about?

Would you give up even the time in which you live to be with the love of your life? When May Gold, a lowly college adjunct and art historian, falls through a fold in time she meets the man of her dreams, the passionate 17th century sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. But can May really give up everything in hopes of becoming his wildly adored partner?

What sparked the idea for Renaissance Club?

A wonderful art history I took through northern Italy, with a distinguished guide who had a marvelous way of bending the folds of time and making me feel as though I were meeting Bernini, Michelangelo, Giotto, and all the marvelous geniuses who made the kind of art that moves your heart and makes you gasp because of its beauty.

How did you celebrate when you learned Renaissance Club was going to be published?

Several bottles of Prosecco, the Italian equivalent of champagne, shared with close friends who also love Italy.

If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read Renaissance Club ?

Do you love adventure, romance, and journeys of self-discovery? My book is full of adventures in all those dimensions, as well as the beautiful art of the Renaissance, a passionate artist, and a love story across the centuries. How can you make a love across time end happily? You’ll have to read it to find out.

What’s one piece of advice you would offer your younger writer self?

I’d urge my younger self not to give up, to focus on the craft, write more, endure criticism better, and follow the advice of professionals I respect. Above all, to be the insanely persistent writer! Actually, my future self must have bent time (as they do in my novel), and whispered this in my ear. Because I am insanely persistent as a writer, and I hope to never stop learning.

Where can readers find you (website, blog, social media, etc.)?

My website is: http://racheldacus.net. My Facebook author page, which has where I share news and ideas for writers: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=rachel%20dacus%2C%20poet%20%26%20writer

I’m on Twitter too: https://twitter.com/Rachel_Dacus

Thank you, Rachel! Renaissance Club is available now.

May Gold, college adjunct, often dreams about the subject of her master’s thesis – Gianlorenzo Bernini. In her fantasies she’s in his arms, the wildly adored partner of the man who invented the Baroque. But in reality, May has just landed in Rome with her teaching colleagues and older boyfriend who is paying her way. She yearns to unleash her passion and creative spirit, and when the floor under the gilded dome of St Peter’s basilica rocks under her feet, she gets her chance. Walking through the veil that appears, she finds herself in the year 1624, staring straight into Bernini’s eyes. Their immediate and powerful attraction grows throughout May’s tour of Italy. And as she continues to meet her ethereal partner, even for brief snatches of time, her creativity and confidence blossom. All the doorways to happiness seem blocked for May-all except the shimmering doorway to Bernini’s world. May has to choose: stay in her safe but stagnant existence, or take a risk. Will May’s adventure in time ruin her life or lead to a magical new one?

AUTHOR BIO

Rachel Dacus is a poet and novelist in the San Francisco Bay Area. The daughter of a bipolar rocket engineer who blew up a number of missiles during the race-to-space 1950’s, she came to northern California to study at UC Berkeley and remained there. The Renaissance Club is her debut novel, released in January 2018 by Fiery Seas Publishing.  She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Authors18. Her most recent poetry collection is Gods of Water and Air, which combines poems, essays, and a short play about the afterlife of dogs. Other collections are Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau. Her newest poetry book, Arabesque, is forthcoming from FutureCycle Press.


Randee Green, another Authors18 member, is on the blog today to talk about her book, Criminal Misdeeds, which is out now through Coffeetown Press.

Welcome, Randee!

Name: Randee Green

Book Title: Criminal Misdeeds

Book Genre: Mystery

Release Date: July 1, 2018

What’s your book about?

Detective Carrie Shatner is related to a whole bunch of criminals. And it’s up to her to determine if one of them is now a murderer.

How did you come up with the idea for CRIMINAL MISDEEDS?

I first came up with Carrie Shatner when I was a senior in high school. This was way back in late 2005/early 2006. At that time, I was reading a lot of mystery novels starring strong, female sleuths, and I decided I was going to attempt creating one of my own. I later gave Carrie an extended family full of criminals, and based the novel around their crimes and her misplaced family loyalty.

How long did it take for you to write the book? Did you have to do any research?

As I always say, it took “too long” to write CRIMINAL MISDEEDS. Even though I came up with Carrie Shatner’s character in late 2005/early 2006, it wasn’t until January 2011 that I finally began to write the book that would someday become CRIMINAL MISDEEDS. I wrapped up the novel and started querying agents during the summer of 2014.

The majority of the research I did for CRIMINAL MISDEEDS involved crime scene investigation and police investigation. I also did some research into the Texas Rangers and the Texas Department of Public Safety because one of my main characters, Jerrod Hardy, is a sergeant with the Texas Rangers.

How did you celebrate when you learned that CRIMINAL MISDEEDS was going to be published?

Since my agent and I primarily communicate through email, I knew something was up when she called me back in late January 2017. I assumed she was either calling to tell me that we’d finally gotten a deal or that we had run out of options. Luckily she was calling to tell me that Coffeetown Press wanted to offer me a three book deal. I was at work at the time, so I had to refrain from screaming in excitement. Instead, I collapsed in my chair and just about passed out. It wasn’t until a few hours later – once the shock had worn off – that it finally hit me that all my hard work was finally going to pay off. That’s when I sat down and cried.

What’s one piece of advice that you would offer your younger writer self?

I would tell myself to just write the damn thing. Don’t let anyone or anything get in the way, and to just write. It will all work out in the end.

Where can readers find you (website, blog, social media, etc.)?

Website: randeegreen.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/randeegreenauthor

Twitter: @RandeeGReen_12

Instagram: randee_green_author

Pinterest: RandeeGreenAuthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40583335-criminal-misdeeds?ac=1&from_search=true

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“A fun, Texas-style whodunit told with wry humor, quirky characters, and a sleuth you’ll want for a best friend. Never a dull moment!”

– Dianne Freeman, author of A LADY’S GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE AND MURDER

Thank you, Randee! Criminal Misdeeds is available now.

As far back as the Shatners can be traced, they have been breaking the law and running from it. It’s a family tradition. Now Carrie Shatner is a detective and crime-scene technician with the Wyatt County Sheriff’s Department in Eastern Texas. Over the years, she has tried to distance herself from her family’s criminal activities. But that is easier said than done.

The Shatner family is celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Wyatt County Fairgrounds in their usual style: illegal fireworks, homemade moonshine, and a near brawl. After shutting down the party, Carrie does a final sweep of the fairgrounds and finds a dead body in a dumpster.

Good news: the dead man is not a Shatner. Bad news: the Shatners are now suspects in a homicide investigation. Soon the fairgrounds are overrun with law enforcement, including Sergeant Jerrod Hardy, a Texas Ranger. The victim is Kyle Vance, Carrie’s ex-boyfriend and a member of the Palmer family, who have been feuding with the Shatners since the Civil War.

Despite serious misgivings, Hardy allows Carrie to help him investigate. He knows she physically couldn’t have beaten Vance to death, but he wonders if she is covering for a family member.

AUTHOR BIO

Randee Green’s passion for reading began in grade school with LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, as well as a master’s and an MFA in Creative Writing. When not writing, she’s usually reading, indulging in her passion for Texas country music, traveling, or hanging out with her favorite feline friend, Mr. Snookums G. Cat.

EXCERPT FROM CRIMINAL MISDEEDS – THESE ARE THE OPENING LINES

I come from a long line of criminals.

Moonshiners, rumrunners, and drug dealers. Horse thieves and carjackers. Bank robbers, burglars, pickpockets, and con artists. And then there has been the occasional killer. You name it, whether it’s a felony or a misdemeanor, somewhere along the line a member of my family has committed it.

As far back as the Shatner family could be traced – from southern England to the mountains of western North Carolina, and now to the Piney Woods of East Texas – we had been breaking the law. And running from it, too.

 It was a family tradition.

You see, the Shatners have never swum in the baby pool of life. We’ve always been out in the deep end, and we jumped in headfirst.


I’d like to welcome fellow Authors18 writer, Carolyn Walker, to the blog today. She is the author of Immortal Descent, out now.

Great to have you on the blog, Carolyn! Let’s get started, shall we?

Name: Carolyn Walker

Book Title: Immortal Descent

Genre: Fantasy thriller

How would you describe your latest book?

One man learns the truth about immortality— a truth that no living soul on earth can escape and one so big, history may have to be rewritten.

What sparked the idea for Immortal Descent?

My fascination with immortality led me to begin writing this story. I wanted to explore the great “what ifs” in our history.

How long did it take for you to write the book? Did you have to do any research?

It took me about a year to draft the whole novel. Then a few more months for edits. My story pulls from ancient lore, religion and history so I did a TON of research!

How did you celebrate when you learned Immortal Descent was going to be published?

I pretty much called everyone I knew and squealed over the phone!

If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read Immortal Descent?

If they seek a very well-written, deeply descriptive and original story, I would recommend IMMORTAL DESCENT. I also focus heavily on the backstories and struggles of my characters to get a clearer understanding of WHY they do what they do. I have that psychological element to the story that makes it a deeper and more meaningful read. I think readers seeking a new take on an old trope would enjoy my story a lot.

Are you working on another book? Looks like Immortal Descent is the start to a series. 

I sure am! I am currently working on a couple of things. In the Immortal Series, I’m working on book 2 right now. I also have a women’s fiction story and a sci-fi thriller in the works as well.

What’s one piece of advice you would offer your younger writer self?

Don’t doubt yourself! I spent a lot of time doing that and wondering if I could succeed. Just doing is so much better than speculating!

Where can readers find you (website, blog, social media, etc.)?

I am everywhere online! 🙂 Here’s some links to find me online and connect.

AUTHOR LINKS:
Website: https://carolynmwalker.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolynmwalkerwrites/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MissWriteWise

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17271041.Carolyn_M_Walker

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/misswritewise/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/misswri/

BOOK LINKS:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079VJBMW2/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1128631880

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36582427-immortal-descent

OR if you want to go to a one-stop shop to find me, visit this convenient page here:

https://carolynmwalker.wordpress.com/contact/get-connected-with-carolyn-m-walker/

Thank you, Carolyn! Immortal Descent is available now.

Deep in the caves of rural Western Germany, the truth about immortality has remained a secret for centuries, but now that secret is about to break free…

Ethan West knows what it means to be different. With a haunted past and a strange sixth sense he sometimes can’t control, Ethan’s in search of a better future. Instead, he’s brutally attacked. Narrowly saved by the beautiful and mysterious Rue, Ethan quickly learns the world is darker and more bizarre than he had ever imagined. And sparing his life comes with a price: being reborn immortal. Now, a dark faction of ancient, cursed immortal beings known as Lorns are after him. And they want his rare, newly awakened soul.

AUTHOR BIO

Carolyn M. Walker is a California native and lover of all things literary. As an avid reader, she always enjoying new and exciting reads. Now as an avid storyteller, it is her mission to bring that same joy to her beloved readers. After earning her Bachelors in English Literature and Psychology, Carolyn went on to pen the draft for her first fiction novel and hasn’t looked back since. Aside from writing, she is also passionate about art, food, travel, history, and music. Carolyn now lives in sunny Florida with her husband and daughter. Carolyn’s debut novel Immortal Descent, comes out in April 2018.


Previous Interviews:

July 3, 2018: Joy Norstrom Q&A

June 19, 2018: Joan Livingston Q&A

June 5, 2018: Elizabeth LaBan Q&A

May 22, 2018: Dawn Ius Q&A

May 8, 2018: Alice Castle Q&A

April 24, 2018: Isabella May Q&A

April 14, 2018: Margarita Montimore Q&A

 

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