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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#Junicorn Giveaway


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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Random Interview Saturday! Melissa Sasina

DISCLAIMER
The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.
A pirate ship with sails flapping in the breeze sails into harbor. On board is our next author, Melissa Sasina!!!

Melissa Sasina

Author Biography


Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Melissa Sasina has always been a traveler in her own fantasy worlds. Her love for writing began in her childhood and never let up, leading to the creation of several short stories. Inspired by the words of her High School English teacher, Melissa decided to pursue her passion for the magical as an adult and has since then published two series, The Priestess Trilogy and The Chronicles of Midgard, with a third in the works.When not writing, she enjoys video and tabletop gaming, drawing, and procrastinating on the internet. Melissa still lives in Ohio with her husband and son, although one day she would love to travel the world to the places that are the inspiration behind her writing.

The Interview

If you had a store, what would you sell?
I actually would love to have my own bookstore. I'd have a section dedicated just to Indie authors.
Sum up your life in five words and two punctuation marks. 
A pencil, imagination and dreams.
Pirates, Ninjas, or Vikings? Choose carefully.
Oh, that's a tough one. I'll have to go pirates, otherwise I get haunted by one of my characters.
Paper or plastic?
Paper?
On a scale of 1 to 10, what do you think your chances are of surviving the zombie invasion?
With as accident prone as I am, definitely a 2 or 3. XD
You can time travel in an oddly specific way that only allows you to visit other authors. Where do you go and what do you do?
I would go back to when Tolkien was alive and bring with me the Lord of the Rings movies, a device to play them on, and a tv. I'd play them for him and tell him "Look what you did." *smiles*
You receive a contract that allows you to have any pet you want (mythical or real) but in return you have to spend a week AS a pet to a mythical creature of your choice (dragon, giant, sphinx?). Do you take it or do you decline?
If it was a dragon, I would totally take it.
What is the best dream you ever had? Alternately, what is the worst nightmare you’ve ever experienced?
The best dream I ever had was one when I had bought a new house and had my own personal library/writing space. The worst nightmare I ever had was an end of the world scenario where my son and I are separated from my husband and we have to fight to survive until we're reunited. That has actually been a reoccurring nightmare.
If you were to plan a “literary crossover” where the casts/worlds of two books (or series of books) were to combine, which would you choose and how would it go down?
I would combine Intisar Khanani's Sunbolt series with my Chronicles of Midgard and there would be complete chaos when Hitomi and Ril meet. Absolute chaos. the world just might not survive their alliance, lol.
If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
"How is your day going?"
Wonderful, why thank you! ;)

Connect with the Author

Twitter and Instagram: @MelissaSasina

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Coiled

Coiled releases tomorrow and I'm so excited! I've got an ongoing blog tour and scavenger hunt, so scroll down and click some of the links to find out more about this book!





Seven stops on this blog tour contain special Scavenger Hunt Clues, presented by #TheodoretheDragon and #PistachioSnek. Look for a photo of either or both of those little guys holding up a note. Each note is part of our secret phrase. When you have all seven pieces of our secret phrase click here and tell us. All correct entries will be put into a random drawing for a signed paperback of Coiled. The winner will be drawn at our Facebook party on June 23rd.


Blog Tour Dates

http://www.lizdelton.com/blog/ June 5 - Liz Delton, Author Interview (scavenger hunt)
http://www.janeenippolito.com/ June 7 – Monsters, Misfits, Mushy Stuff Guest Blog (scavenger hunt)
https://briannamerritt.com/blog-2/ June 8 – Brianna Merritt, Book Spotlight
http://backingbooks.blogspot.com/ June 10 – Rebekah Gyger, Greek Gods Guest Blog (scavenger hunt)
http://www.arsilverberry.com/blog/" June 12 – A. R. Silverberry, Guest Blog (scavenger hunt)
http://www.hhaydenwriter.com/  June 13 – Heather Hayden, Author Interview (scavenger hunt)
http://www.leadoue.com/blog/ June 14 – Lea Doue, Author Interview
http://alliemayauthor.blogspot.com/ June 15 – Alyson, Author Interview (scavenger hunt)
https://jebraunclifford.com/ June 20 – Jebraun Clifford, Guest Blog
https://pagesandhope.com/ June 22 – Laura Pol, Author Interview (scavenger hunt)
http://livkfisher.blogspot.com/ June 23 – Olivia Fisher, Book Spotlight

Buy Links



In the vein of Eros and Psyche, two cursed souls find each other on a forsaken isle and together must shed the darkness inflicted upon them–or else live as monsters forever.
About the Book
A healing touch. A hideous face. A looming curse.
As the ugly twin to a perfect sister, Princess Laidra lives her life in the shadows—until her parents offer her as bait for a giant serpent.
Her escape attempt leaves her shipwrecked on a secluded island with only one inhabitant: Prince Calen, who lives under a curse. If anyone looks upon him, he turns into a giant serpent. Speaking to him in the darkness, Laidra sees past the monster to Calen’s lonely soul, and she determines to free him from the magic’s hold.
But if Laidra can’t break the curse in time, Calen will become a mindless creature of scales and fangs forever.


Author Bio:
H. L. Burke
Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.
An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.
Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.
Follow her personal blog at www.hlburkeblog.com


Connect with the author:
on Facebook: www.facebook.com/hlburkewriter
at her website www.hlburkeauthor.com


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Random Interview Saturday! Sarah Ashwood

DISCLAIMER
The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.
Thundering hooves of a mighty stallion ring out in the distance. In gallops our next author, SARAH ASHWOOD!

Sarah Ashwood

Author Biography
Don’t believe all the hype: Sarah Ashwood isn’t really a gladiator, a queen, a cowgirl, a Highlander, an expert fencer, a skilled horsewoman, an archer, a magic wielder, or a martial arts expert. That’s only in her mind. In real life, Sarah is a genuine Okie from Muskogee, who grew up in the wooded hills outside the oldest town in Oklahoma. She is author of the Sunset Lands Beyond Trilogy. In real life, she lives (mostly) quietly at home with her husband and three sons, where she tries to sneak in a daily workout or run to save her sanity.

 The Interview


I know exercise is good for me, but it is not entertaining. What methods do you suggest for making workouts more fun?
You just haven’t found the right form of exercise! Try wearing boots and a cape (in a pinch a towel will do) while running around the house with your arms outstretched yelling, “Hey, Mom, look at me, I’m flying!” and follow it up with jumping on and off the furniture. Seems to work for my kids. They’re pretty fit, and they stay entertained.
 
Most RPGs have three basic classes: healers, who heal; tanks, who protect other party members from damage; and dps who damage the bad guys. Which are you? Points if you’ve actually played an RPG and can tell me about your in game character.
Oh, I’m an absolute expert at RPGs! (I’ve never played an RPG in my life.) My character is a tank, who uses her “muscles of magnitude” (I totally stole that line from Spaceman Spiff in Calvin and Hobbes) to deflect any fireballs thrown at my teammates. I mean, the fireballs just bounce off my character’s muscles and slam right back into the person who threw them. Yeah. Don’t mess with me.

Which bear is best?
Polar bears, because they’ll swim in freezing seas under a big chunk of floating ice and keep tipping the ice until the seal falls off. Viola! Fresh meat!
Or was that killer whales? Hmmm…either way, it’s a clever trick.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Depends. Does he have to split and stack it too? That’ll slow you down, from 5 ricks to 3.
 
If you favorite historical era had an ice cream flavor made in its honor, what would it taste like?
Ancient Rome, and grape. Because everyone knows the Romans really liked grapes.

Who wrote the book of love?
Some might say Shakespeare. Some might answer Don Juan. Some might claim King Solomon. But I’m going to go with Henry VIII. Sure, he had to lop off a few heads to find that one special lady, but the point is he never gave up. He never quit trying. He must’ve known something about love. And surely transcribed it at some point. 
 
You have to trade places with one of your characters for a day. Which and why?
Lord Ilgard, the Simathe High-Chief. Because I’m a very animated person, and I think it would be interesting to be in the company of the world’s greatest stoics.

You have superpowers. What are they and what do you do with them?
Easy, flying. I would fly across the Grand Canyon, soar over the giant redwoods, tour ancient Rome by air, travel the length of the Great Wall of China, and alight on the Pyramids. Basically, I’d use them to visit all of my favorite places I’ve been and go see all of the places I want most to see.

If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
I would want it to ask what foods I craved during pregnancy. And the answer would be hot dogs. With all three pregnancies at some point I craved hot dogs. And my greatest feat during a crave session was eating two Costco hot dogs, buns and all, in one setting. That’s gotta be a superpower, right?


You can find Sarah on her Sarah Ashwood Facebook author page, friend her on her Sarah Ashwood Goodreads page, follow her on Twitter @1sarahashwood, or on Instagram where she goes by@runnerwritermom. If you want to see lots of pins related to fairytales, fantasy, magic, castles, reading, and writing (and occasionally fitness and running), you can follow her on her Pinterest page, as well.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: Sylvia in the Wilds by Liz Delton


Sylvia in the Wilds

a short story by Liz Delton

Before the first war in a thousand years, Sylvia Thorne was just a normal sixteen-year-old girl, who happened to have one of the most dangerous jobs in the Four Cities.

Delivering messages might not sound dangerous, but those who have traveled through the wilds between cities will tell you a different story--those who survive, that is.

Sylvia is used to traveling the wilds for a living–and she will soon deliver the message that breaks the peace between the cities, but before that, she gets stuck in Lightcity, waiting for a package to deliver.

Her wait for adventure isn’t long. A young girl named Maddy has run away into the wilds on a haphazard rescue mission--untrained in the ways of the wilds. Sylvia follows, hoping to bring her back in one piece.

When Maddy brings them into one danger after another, desperate to find her missing parents, Sylvia must draw upon her training to protect the both of them.

But a wolf pack lurking about is acting strangely, and something seems very wrong in the wilds of Arcera.


My Review 

This is an enjoyable short read. It's relatively simple, and while it gives you a good idea of the world (and the character of Sylvia) it is definitely a short story in its substance (though it does include a bit of teasing about the larger story awaiting you in the series). I definitely would recommend it. It gives a good taste of the writer's style. If you like this, you will probably like the series even more. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Random Interview Saturday! Mili Fay

DISCLAIMER
The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.
Today's author paints a magical doorway on the wall and steps through it to join us. Let's welcome Mili Fay!

Mili Fay

Biography:
Mili Fay, an award-winning artist, trained as a classical animator at Sheridan College, but when computer animation took over the field, she decided that she loved drawing more than animating. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time. Today, she passionately creates imaginative artwork and stories, always graced with a humorous modern twist.
Currently, Mili is working on an epic YA fantasy series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess, Lauraliee Lumijer, who grows into a queen as she defends Ardan from dragon people (people that transform into dragons) and a hermit dragon prince, Diamond Pendragon, who is forced to rejoin Ardanian society and reevaluate his convictions.

The Interview

Congratulations! You are now president of this blog post. What's your first executive order?

Stand up! Jump around. Feel your blood moving. Look into the distance (preferably outside your window) and think of at least one beautiful thing about the world and about your life. Now, you are ready to read on.


Sum up your life in five words and two punctuation marks. 

Save the world? Art power!


Favorite flavor (of what? EVERYTHING!)?

Peppermint-dark-chocolate-chip. Cool, sweet, rich, and delicious — a perfect balance.


If you were the captain of a space ship, what would its mission be? Exploration? Colonization? Partying?

Exploration with amazing parties every now and again. I think being on the crew of Enterprise (TNG) would have been fun. I love discovering and learning new things, exploring different cultures, etc. However, I like to be comfortable while doing so. I would not enjoy being cooped up in a tiny ship with no holodeck in empty space. (Shudder!) Colonisation holds no appeal. I want to keep moving.


If you had the honor of naming something really big (a country, a spaceship, a planet) what would you want it to be and what would you name it?

I'm terrible at naming things. In high school, I used a book about gemstones to come up with pleasant sounding names for the characters in my book. Now, I use Google.

If someone is foolish enough to grant me the honour stated above, I would seek assistance from my college roommate (she’s a creative naming genius), I would open the process to the public, or I would politely decline.


What method do you suggest for dealing with dragons?

Depends on the kind of dragon you are talking about. Are they intelligent dragons? Are they hoarders? What element do they inhabit? What is their size?...


You're the next Disney princess. What fairy tale is your full length movie and how would you use your new ability to control woodland creatures?

I can’t think of a single fairy tale that describes my life. Though there are few lines from Disney princesses that resonate with me. The first is Ariel: “I want more…” The second is Belle: “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. I want it more than I can tell. And for once it might be grand, to have someone understand — I want so much more than they’ve got planned…”

My movie would be The Phantom of the Opera; a talented, misunderstood genius working in the basement, having difficulties connecting with the real world… Minus murderous tendencies and the basement – my room is above the garage.

Woodland creatures that clean!

I would want this more than I would want Prince Charming. Then again… Prince Charming does come with true love and staff to clean up after us. I love living in clean surroundings, but the only household chore I’m comfortable with is: washing the dishes. I’m allergic to dust and most cleaning products literally make me woozy. (The smell of Pine Sol actually made me faint.)

I would like to have an intelligent animal companion that can be hugged and petted — Rajah would do. Or maybe a dragon?


The Flying Dutchman is offering you three wishes. How do you maximize your wish potential? 

Isn’t The Flying Dutchman a portent of nautical doom?

I know it’s cliché, but I want world peace. I want people to find a way to set aside their differences, to celebrate their differences, and to safeguard nature around them. This is why I like Star Trek so much. As far as wishing, I’m afraid of making mistakes when I word my wishes that would leave me in a situation worse off than before. Wishing can be dangerous. Perhaps asking the ship to grant me what I need most to be happy?


In your opinion, which is the best space ship?

U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D (Star Trek TNG).


Why do you write fantasy and, in your opinion, why should anyone read your fantasy?

Unlike other genres, I find that fantasy allows for exploration without limitations. I can theorize and examine possibilities without having to justify each with facts. I can also explore controversial subjects without giving offense. I enjoy the subtlety of fantasy, but also the adventurous entertainment. I find the best fantasies I’ve read are entertaining philosophical texts that have broadened my perspective of the real world. Not only do fantasies make the impossible sound possible, they allow me to digest harsher aspects of reality in a less traumatic fashion then if I was reading about them in the news or non-fiction texts.

I’ve been writing my fantasy since I was 14 years old. Looking back, I realize that drawing and writing provided a way for me to deal with the trauma I experienced as an immigrant, and as a sheltered teenager and adult unprepared to deal with horrors discovered in the real world. I write to purge the poisonous thoughts and experiences, but also to find possible solutions to problems some of us face. Though my fantasy deals with some truly horrific subject matters, I try to keep the fantasy clean. I firmly believe that readers do not have to witness every single gruesome detail to empathize with the characters. I believe that comedy should exists amidst tragedy, and that by the end of the story the reader should feel hopeful, happy, and optimistic about themselves, their situation, and the people and the world around them.

In my fantasy, not only do I creatively cloak personal experiences and thoughts, I provide commentary or contrast to the fantasies that came before mine, while incorporating the best from stories I’ve enjoyed in the past.

For example: To this date I’ve never read a story about fantasy heroes that had “perfect” lives. All the heroes I’ve read about have experienced trauma before the beginning of their story. In Warriors of Virtue, my heroes have never experienced trauma: they are royalty in a peaceful kingdom; they have adoring family and friends; they are well-educated, healthy, attractive… The reason why I decided that my heroes would not be penniless homeless orphans, is because I believe that if someone has experienced tragedy while young and has known nothing but hardships, he/she is better prepared to deal with obstacles due to previous experience. I wanted to see how teenagers that have never spent a day of their lives without servants or adult supervision would deal with problems tossed their way.

I also do not believe in villains who are senselessly bent on destruction. I love villains that commit villainous acts, believing they are saving the world. On this side, we have a character who has experienced trauma, has developed prejudice, and has chosen to hide from the world as a result. Now, when he can no longer hide, how will he deal with the situation when his forced seclusion has bred nothing but ignorance?



Links:


Mili Fay Art Fan Club: http://artofmili.ca/MiliFayArtFanClub