—– Justine Alley Dowsett’s Kadrean Authier Stops By To Visit With The Pukah

 

Everything happens for a reason… Four people. Four very different lives. Four tales interwoven. Meet Kenzie en Shareed, the High Clan Chief’s daughter who is sent south to fulfill a treaty by marriage only to marry the wrong man; Kadrean Authier, the Crown Prince who must come to terms with his new bride, even if he doesn’t much like the idea; Garron D’Arbonne, a noble Lord who has been commanded to marry a cool and aloof princess he doesn’t love; and Vivianne Chappelle, a young and ambitious woman who is in love with her abusive father’s manservant and must find a way to avoid having her entire future decided for her. Fate and wills collide in this Shakespearian-style romantic comedy about good intentions and their unintentional consequences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d like to welcome everyone back.  Today, Justine is returning with Prince Kadrean Authier from Unintended.  Prince Authier, do you have a nickname you prefer?

  • No, I don’t. Though, my fiancée once called me ‘Kadie’ in public, but I think that was in an attempt to embarrass me. At least, I hope that’s all it was…
  • My name is Kadrean

Thank you, Kadrean.  Can you start us off with a little about where you were born?

  • I was born in Authera on the northern border of Ismera. It wasn’t until I was eight that my father, Raymundo Authier, took the crown and it was sometime after that when the family moved south to the capital city to live in the palace.

Since you come from a different world, I’m going to be nosy – are you human, or have any special gifts?

  • Uhhh… human. What a strange question.

Do you consider yourself to be a good or bad person?

  • I’d like to consider myself a good person and a good prince. When my father passes I will be King of Ismer and I hope to do right by my people.

Since you’re the heir, how would you describe your personality to your future subjects?

  • Charming, I hope. In all seriousness though, I’m a meticulous person with good attention to detail. I pay attention to my surroundings and I think I’ve gotten pretty good at reading people. Which really helps in my position, let me tell you.

I can well imagine.  I’m sure that being the monarch brings with it quite a bit of pressure.  How well do you handle the stress?

  • Of course. I have to be. Ismera needs a strong King and I have to set a good example so the people know they can trust me to lead them when the time comes. My father is a strong King, maybe too strong. He can be a bit domineering and harsh, even with me, his first-born. I can stand up to him when I need to though, and sometimes I need to when it comes to protecting my fiancée from his condescension.10.. Do you get along with others?
    Depends who you ask, I expect. People tend to have trouble picking up on my sense of humour sometimes. My ‘intended’ and I got off on the wrong foot when we first met. I think she’s coming around, though.

Definitely a plus.  It’s never pleasant having an enemy in your own home.  Especially when I’m sure you’ve a few in the court.  Any you can (or have) identified yet?

  • I’m a little concerned about Vance Chappelle. I know he’s up to something. There are always malcontents plotting against the royal family, but I suppose the real concern would be war. For now things are peaceful along our borders and I intend to cement that as best I can with my marriage to Kenzie, the Haldoram Clan Chief’s daughter.

What would happen if he were to complement you for no reason?

  • I know how the game is played. Vance compliments me often. Too often, which means he’s plotting something. I think he wants me to marry his daughter, Victory. Which is never going to happen. She’s got a voice like a cat in heat and her perfume is suffocating.

Would you consider her to be your only ally or friend, or are there others?

  • My sister, Margaret, is my closest ally and friend. She’s the only person who really understands me since we grew up together. It’s lonely being royalty, especially with parents like ours. Father is strict and unyielding and not exactly what I would call a ‘family person’ and mother isn’t much better.

What do you do if she insults you?

  • I would smile and laugh along. Margaret has a caustic sense of humour sometimes. At least with me. She’s not usually so open around everyone else.

Do you ever take time away from your duties to play the “what if” game?  If so, what animal would you become if you could?

  • As long as it’s hypothetical, why not? A horse, but not the domesticated kind. A wild stallion like the ones that are said to roam the Saegard Islands. I love to go riding with my sister. It’s one of the few times that we are able to feel free. There’s just something about running over open land with nothing in sight but trees and long grass.

I love horses too, and sometimes imagine myself as one.  In reality, though, is there anything you’d want to change about yourself?

  • Is it unfair to say my parents? I do love them, of course I do, it’s just that my life might have been easier without their constant attempts to control it.

Not unfair at all.  From the way you describe them, I can see where a few small changes would have made a big difference.

Prince Kadrian, thank you for letting Justine bring you out today.  It has been fun talking with you.

 

If you enjoyed the interview, and would like to read Kadrian’s story, you can find it on Amazon here:  Unintended

If you would like for me to host an interview for you, please stop by my Offered Services page, and fill out the simple submission form.  I’ll get back with you soonest to discuss details.

 

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Justine Alley Dowsett Stops By To Visit With The Pukah

Welcome, welcome.  Come on in, and find a comfortable seat.  Today, we’ve Justine Alley Dowsett from Windsor, Ontario Canada down to visit with us.  Justine, do you mind starting us off with a little bit about yourself and where you are from?

  • I’m an author and publisher and one of the owners of Mirror World Publishing.

Do you remember what sparked your interest in writing, and what led you to start your journey?

  • I began writing seriously when I was fifteen.  I wrote two novels while in high school. They were terrible, but great learning experiences. I started writing because all I’ve ever wanted to be was an author.
  • I’ve always read a lot, in both French and English. I can only presume that’s what caused me to want to be an author.
  • My first published book is Neo Central. It’s a YA dystopian science-fiction adventure with a bit of romance thrown in. I wrote it with the help of my sister and a mutual friend of ours. It started as a game actually. We wrote the first draft on a role-playing forum and later through extensive edits, I re-wrote it as a novel.

A fellow gamer-turned-author!  Never expected to meet another one.  Must sit down one of these years and compare notes.  As you progressed through your writer’s journey, do you have an instance that you look back at and say, “There!  That’s when I became a writer.”?

  • A writer, always, but an author… it wasn’t until I had published my first book and was holding the paperback in my hands.

::Chuckles::  Publishing anything is an accomplishment, and to get it into hard copy is even better.  Are you working on any projects that you can share with us?

  • My seventh novel, Unintended launches August 17th! It’s a Shakespearian-style romantic comedy about the unintentional consequences of good intentions.
  • Well, releasing Unintended on August 17th , then working on a top secret writing project while I focus on the rest of Mirror World’s Summer of New Releases. We have a handful more books slated to come out this year.
  • Of course! Here’s the short blurb:
    Four people. Four very different lives. Four tales interwoven.Meet Kenzie en Shareed, the High Clan Chief’s daughter who is sent south to fulfill a treaty by marriage only to marry the wrong man; Kadrean Authier, the Crown Prince who must come to terms with his new bride, even if he doesn’t much like the idea; Garron D’Arbonne, a noble Lord who has been commanded to marry a cool and aloof princess he doesn’t love; and Vivianne Chappelle, a young and ambitious woman who is in love with her abusive father’s manservant and must find a way to avoid having her entire future decided for her.Fate and wills collide in this Shakespearian-style romantic comedy about good intentions and their unintentional consequences.

I’m intrigued by your titles.  Do you have a method to select them, or do they develop organically as you write?

  • I have seven novels… most of the titles are a result of brainstorming, but a lot of the finished novels ended up keeping their working titles. Neo Central is the name of the city the story is based around and Unintended came about as a result of the unintended nature of the story. My sister, who is my co-author, and I didn’t know it was going to be such an unintended success.

With all the reading I’m sure you do as a publisher, has this affected your writing style, or do you manage to keep yours unique?

  • My writing is very focused on the characters and the dialogue. I like both to be believable and engaging. My novels are also pretty much always set in a fantasy setting. I like books that can take you away to other worlds. That’s why I opened Mirror World Publishing, so I could offer just that.

Sounds like you manage to keep your reading from affecting your writing.  Do you have any books or authors who’ve helped shape you into the writer you are today?

  • Anything by Anne Bishop. Her dark fantasy worlds are inspiring. Brandon Sanderson for his action sequences and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon for her romance and sense of realism.

Are any of these someone you’d consider to be a mentor figure for you, or is there someone else to fill that role?

  • David Eddings. His Belgariad series really got me thinking about world building.

I loved that series too.  It sounds like you’ve got a hectic schedule.  Do you find time to read for fun in there?

  • The Family by Choice series by Caroline Frechette. She’s an author and publisher like me, based out of Ottawa, Ontario.

Sounds interesting.  Is she the only indie author who’s caught your attention, or are there others?

  • Many! Mirror World Publishing just took on a whole slew of awesome authors. Sharon Ledwith for one, Rita Monette, Elizabeth J. M. Walker, Matthew Freake… the list goes on. They are all awesome and you can find them on our website. http://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com

From everyone that you’ve read to date, who’s your favorite author?

  • Brandon Sanderson, currently. His action sequences and world-building skills are unparalleled. If you like fantasy, I suggest his Mistborn trilogy.

I’ve had someone else recommend that series.  Definitely need to look into it.  Going back to your work, do you ever weave in messages for your readers to find?

  • As with all of the novels we publish, we just want to offer readers a chance to escape the mundane by offering them an alternative world to visit. Hopefully they learn something while there, but that’s not always necessary. My novels specifically tend to share a theme of overcoming adversity.

A message well worth delivering through any media.  Do you ever draw from your own experiences or reality to help give your work an edge of realism?

  • Um… very little of my books are realistic. The characters act like real people would, but the settings and the circumstances are often fantastic.
  • [As for using my experiences:] Only loosely. Sometimes I base characters or character traits on those I have observed in others, but most often everything I write is completely made up.

Do you have a non-family support group to cheer you on when things get rough?

  • It’s still family, but my co-author is my sister. We’ve been through it all together from the first book until now. We are both just hoping that Unintended will be a big success for us.

From where you are now on your writing adventure, do you feel that writing has become your career?

  • Yes and publishing.

If you were to start the journey over again with all the knowledge you’ve gained along the way, would you do anything different?

  • Absolutely not! I love the way Unintended turned out and so did the BETA readers. We’ve gotten some great feedback and I’m really excited about this new release!

What about the challenges you’ve faced along the way?  I’m sure there were more than a few lessons mixed in as well.  Any you can share with us?

  • Not really no. After seven books, I feel I’ve gotten it down to a science. Of course, I’m always learning and improving, but the basic skills are there now. Writing isn’t the hard part, marketing and getting the book to its audience is.
  • Staying focused. It’s all too easy to let a busy lifestyle get in the way, but it’s important to write every day or as near to it as possible to keep your head in the story.
  • [I learned] that I write better when I’m having fun with it. Writing Unintended was a blast and the fun my sister and I had is now filtering through to our readers.

All lessons I think every writer has to learn in their own time.  And, I’m sure many writers have to face sooner or later.  Did you have any challenges with the covers, or did you work with someone to have them designed?

  • Various artists. My favorite to work with is Sara Biddle. www.salizabeth.net. She’s done Mirror’s Hope, Mirror’s Heart and now, Unintended.

Last big question:  What advice would you pass on to your fellow authors?

  • Write every day. Seriously. It’s the best way to stay focused and motivated.

::Looks away a little too innocently::  Hmm?  I do agree, however about keeping your focus when you’re writing.

Justine, thank you for coming over.  Before I close out the interview, any final words for our readers?

  • Give Unintended a chance. I promise you will love it. It’s comedic, romantic and a true escape from reality. Go read it… go on, go. I’ll wait. J

I’ll help spread word as best I can.  Thank you again for stopping by.

If you’ve enjoyed the interview, and wish to connect with Justine, you can find her on the following sites:

Website, Blog (Mirrorworld Publishing), Facebook, and Twitter.

 

 

Jena Baxter Books Blog Hop Featuring Reviewer Brandy Mulder

 

Authors   Prizes   Books   Games

Grand prizes are US only
Welcome to the grand opening of the new JB Bookworms Blog. Haven’t seen it yet? Check it out here. It’s a little late, but Brandy acquired lots of swag for giveaways, and we decided this is the way we want to pass it out.

This blog focuses on showcasing Authors, Events, Reviews, Cover Reveals and Giveaways for Readers, and I’m happy to have Brandy Mulder beside me on this project. She has the floor when it comes to reviews. I post them here and there, but mostly on my other blog, where Brandy will showcase on occasion as well. While both blogs focus on all genre’s, my other blog focuses more on my own posts, and character or YA/fantasy based stories. It also has interviews cover reveals on occasion too.

We also post first chapters and excerpts, so readers can get a sense of the Author’s writing style.

While the blog itself is free, we are signed up with some of the blog tour companies as well. This has kept us busy from the day we started, and it only took a couple weeks for the new blog to catch up with the more personal – character blog.

Note: Individual Authors are responsible for their own giveaways.

International Authors are welcome, but the three grand prizes prizes will be shipped US Only

 

1st Place Winner

Signed WOTR 2017 event tote with all attending authors’ signatures
Castle and Kilts Coloring Book
Model Eric Jacob 8×10 signed photo
WOTR 2017 author scavenger hunt with pics signed
WOTR 2017 bingo card signed
Jane Charles coffee mug
C.A. Szarek ear buds
C.C. Dragon light up bottle opener
Jordyn Meryl “Keep Calm and Dream on” air freshener
Elison Grace pack of tissues
Cheryl Dragon jar opener
Vexed box set character profile card set
Elissa Daye fairy dust necklace
Catherine Winters pen
Shawn Reilly magnet
Craving Soldiers set magnet
Shannon Nemechek magnet
Thunder book cover tic-tac-toe
Laura Hawks key chain
Ava Cuvay wine glass charm, 1 large card, 1 mini preview book
Amy Hale small tin
Jenna Jacobs pin and magnet
I got nailed at the Rusty Nail magnet
Abigail Barnette magnet
Clara Stone magnet
Lynda J. Cox notebook
Claudia Shelton: 2 small cards, 1 cozie
Dawn Brower: 1 small card, 1 small signed card
Drew Elyse: 1 small card
Ryan Michele: 1 small card, 1 signed 1 unsigned bookmark, 1 cozie
Savannah Verte: 1 small signed card
Kaylee Ryan: 1 small card
Catherine Scott: 1 small signed card
Elissa Daye: 1 small signed card
Kathy Lyons: 1 small signed card
A.D. Ellis: 1 small card, 1 large card
Claudia Shelton, 1 small card
Suzan Tisdale: 1 small signed card
Alison Bliss: 1 small card
Jolanthe Aleksander: 2 large signed cards
Jillian Jacobs: 1 signed large card
Lanora Mangano: 1 large signed card
K.L. Kreig: 2 large signed cards
Ashley Hampton: 2 signed bookmarks
Jessie Lane: 1 signed bookmark
Valerie Twombly: 1 bookmark
J.A. Hensley: 1 signed bookmark
Cheryl Brooks: 1 bookmark
Catching Epics series bookmark
Grumpy Cat bookmark
T.M. Cromer: 1 bookmark

2nd Place Winner

WOTR 2017 event tote unsigned
Castles and Kilts coloring book
Chelsea Camaron swag pack
Model Eric Jacob signed 8×10 photo
Linda Gilman hand fan shaped like cowboy hat
Pack of tissues
Miranda Shanklin: 1 cozie, 1 magnet
Lacey Black: 1 cozie
Nancy S Reece: 1 stress star (like a stress ball)
Lisa Hughey: 1 mini hand sanitizer with case
Dakota Trace: 1 small tin
Cheryl Dragon: 1 jar opener
C.C. Dragon: 1 cell phone stand
Elissa Daye: 1 necklace, 1 keychain, 1 magnet, 1 signed medium card
Amy Hale: 1 wine glass charm, 1 small card, 2 medium cards
Teresa Gabelman: 1 rubber bracelet
Turquoise Morning Press: 1 rubber bracelet
J.A. Hensley: 1 rubber bracelet, 2 signed bookmarks
Suzie T. Roos: 1 keychain
Kim Turner: 1 magnet
Shannon Nemechek: 1 magnet
Tessa Maxwell: 1 magnet
Tarina Deaton: 1 magnet
Donna Dull: 2 pins, 1 bookmark
Lynda J. Cox: 1 small notebook
A.D. Ellis: 1 coaster
Jane Charles: 1 shot glass
Rita Sawyer: 1 mini preview book
K. Aybara: 1 signed bookmark, 1 pen
Jessie Lane: 1 signed bookmark, 1 large signed card
Ellis Leigh: 1 bookmark
Deann Drahall: 1 bookmark
Here Waiting bookmark
Maggie Adams: 1 bookmark
Ryan Michele: 1 bookmark
T.M. Cromer: 1 bookmark
Jade C. Jamison: 1 bookmark

3rd Place

WOTR 2017 event tote unsigned
C.C. Dragon: 1 jar opener
Evelyn Lederman band aid holder
Milly Taiden: 1 pen
Tonya Ramagos shot glass
Chelsea Camaron swag pack
C.C. Dragon Coloring book
Model Eric Jacob small signed photo
Isabelle Peterson hand fan shaped like a heart
Elle Boon stiff cozie
Flirty sicker
Heart sticker
Ryan Michele: 1 do not disturb door hanger, 1 mini note pad
Drew Elyse: 1 cozie, 2 magnets, 1 medium card
Teresa Gableman: 1 cozie, 1 magnet, 1 rubber bracelet
Laura Hawks: 1 nail file
Elaine Calloway: 1 highlighter
Lyssa Layne: 1 set playing dice
Eclectic Bard Books chapstick
Elissa Daye: 1 necklace, 1 medium card
Craving soldiers series keychain
Catherine Scott: 1 keychain
Aly Grady: 1 magnet, 1 large card
Lips clip magnet
Alicia Kobishop: 1 magnet, 1 medium card
LaNora Mangano: 1 magnet, 1 signed large card
Bethany Adams: 1 rubber bracelet
Team Ethan rubber bracelet
Ava Cuvay: 1 mini preview book
Tonya Ramagos: temporary tattoo
Bright Brigade series small card
Clara Stone: 2 small cards
Emery Lee: 1 small card
Emily Pearson: 1 small card
Alison Bliss: 1 small card
C.A. Harms: 1 medium card
Devil’s Knight series medium card
Michele Sharp: 1 medium card
Jenna Jacob: 1 medium card
Dawn Brower: 1 signed medium card, 2 unsigned medium cards
Shawn Reilly: 2 signed medium cards, 1 signed bookmark
Mary Martel: 1 medium card
A Familiar Taste of Seduction series medium card
Deanndra Hall: 1 medium card
Jane Charles: 1 signed medium card
Suzan Tisdale: 1 signed medium card
Michele Shriver: 1 medium card, 1 coaster
Dakaot Trace: 1 medium card, 1 signed bookmark
Lucy Kelly: 1 signed large card, 1 bookmark
Melanie Jayne: 1 signed large card
Miranda Lynn: 1 bookmark
Dollhouse series bookmark
Kaylee Ryan: 1 bookmark
Christina L. Rozelle: 1 signed bookmark
J.A. Hensley: 2 signed bookmarks
Valerie Twombly: 1 signed bookmark
Donna Dull: 2 bookmarks, 2 pins
Linda Gilman: 2 bookmarks
Christina McKnight: 1 bookmark
Jennifer Locklear: 1 bookmark
Lacey Thorn: 1 bookmark
Cheryle Brooks: 1 bookmark
Claudia Shelton: 1 bookmark
Alison Bliss: 2 small signed cards
Emily Pearson: 4 small cards
Alicia Kobishop: 1 small card
N.J. Cole: 1 small card
Juls Berghammer: 1 small card
Clara Stone: 1 small card
Ava Cuvay: 1 medium card
Bug series: 2 medium cards
Suzan Tisdale: 1 signed medium card
Jillian Jacobs: 1 medium card
Dreww Elyse: 2 medium cards
LaNora Mangano: 1 signed medium card, 2 large signed cards
Kathy Lyons: 2 signed medium cards
Amanda Mariel: 1 medium card
Fiona Riplee: 2 medium cards
J.M. Walker: 2 medium cards
Jenna Jacob: 1 medium card
Lacey Thorn: 1 signed medium card
1 multi author series medium card
Anna Hague: 1 medium card
Dawn Brower: 1 medium card
Claudia Shelton: 1 medium card
Susan Griscom: 1 bookmark
Miranda Lynn: 1 bookmark
Juls Berghammer: 1 business card
Sarah Noffke: 1 business card
London Hale: 1 business card
Dakota Trace: 1 business card
Clara Stone: 1 business card
Keep Calm pin
Ashley Hampton: 1 cozie
Bound Family series key chain
Sandy Sullivan pin
H. D’Agostino: 1 rubber bracelet
Fiona Riplee: 2 rubber bracelets
Winter Travers: 1 rubber bracelet
Chelsea Camaron swag collection

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—– Ailsa Abraham’s Dagda Stops By To Visit With The Pukah

England in the near future. Mainstream religions have been outlawed, and the old gods rule again. Iamo has been a priest of the Great Mother and is sworn to celibacy, but his love for Riga, a Black Shaman, a magical assassin, caused him to break his vows. After being imprisoned apart from each other for three years, Iamo accepts an offer to earn them both a pardon and the possibility of marriage. If they survive. Iamo and Riga must discover why demons are breaking through from the other side. Which of the cults are renegades who allow the demons through? Who can they trust? Combining their powers, they face the ordeal with the help of a band of eclectic pagans, spirit creatures, Riga’s Black Shaman brothers, an undercover Christian granny, and three unusually energetic Goths. It’s a tough assignment, but the hope of a life together keeps them fighting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ailsa, we’ve got to quit meeting like this.  It hasn’t been long enough, my friend.  Who do you have with you today?

Dagda, is there a particular name you’d like to be called?

  • Drum Captain Dagda of the Black Shaman’s Guild. I had another name a long time ago but I haven’t used it in decades.

Drum Captain Dagda, it is.  (Mind if I shorten it to Dagda, though?)

  • [If you must]

Thank you.  And, one other nosy personal question before we get started.  Since we have a variety of individuals being escorted through: Are you a species with any unique gifts?

  • I am human, born Native American of the Plains Indian tribes and I am a Shaman. I can shape shift (I am a skinwalker) and move between worlds to commune with spirits. I can also curse and use my spirit-contacts to visit retribution.

 

I do hope I remain off of your list of people needing retribution!  Do you have many on that list, or your list of enemies?

  • Principally I have been fighting demons who want to take over human souls. Non-magical humans are like children, totally vulnerable and so it is despicable to victimise them.

Agreed.  Victimizing the weak is always in bad taste.  Do you have any allies helping you?

  • My only real allies are the brotherhood of the Black Shamans. They and their power animals have come to my aid many times.

Sounds like you have a strong support base then.  What happens if one of your enemies insults you, or one of your allies?

  • That is a normal part of the demons’ weaponry. They attack the mind. If they cannot make you fear them , they flatter and praise you. I am immune to both from friends or enemies alike.

Sounds like it makes for a lonely life.  Do you have any siblings to comfort you?

  • I don’t know. I did have but I left all my family  behind in a series of events that led me to the Guild. Scribe Ailsa is taking notes from me to write about it one day.

What about a lover or constant companion?  Maybe a spouse?

  • In my life I have loved only three people. One is part of my deeply buried past, the other two appear in the Alchemy series. My pupil, Riga had a teenaged crush on me and nearly had to break her heart because at that time I was in love with someone else. It was good for her education. It made her tough and resilient.

Do you have any deep secrets or fears you feel comfortable enough to share with us?

  • ::Deep laugh.:: [If I shared,] then it would be a secret no more.

What about accomplishments you can brag about, then?

  • I am very proud of Riga, she learned well and has achieved things that most of our Guild would never have considered. I am happy for her that she has found a new path in life but touched by a little sadness that I know I will never see her again. I was not made to be a Grandfather substitute.

Isn’t that the way it is will all of life?  You meet and touch many, but in the end they have to walk their own way.

Drum Captain Dagda of the Black Shaman’s Guild, thank you for letting Ailsa bring you here today to visit.

Ailsa, thank you for coming back again.  As always, it has been fun having you over to visit.

  • Thank you, Sister, for your kind questions.

 

 

If you enjoyed the interview, and wish to read more about Dagda and his guild, you can find the books on Amazon here:

Alchemy

 A world without war?

Professor Sawhele Fielding stumbles across an invention that would change the world; something so monumental, it could spell the end of environmental disaster and conflict. With the help of her father, a shadowy figure in the world of international banking, she begins to set into motion the biggest upheaval the planet has seen.

But in a changed world, dark forces are threatening the fragile peace. Where modern technology is proving useless, old magic from a bygone era might just save the day. Adrian Oliver, expert in ancient religions is skeptical until faced with incontrovertible proof that ancient evil is abroad once again.

How could a Utopian dream of free fuel and peaceful co-existence turn into a nightmare?

Iamo, a priest of the Mother Goddess and Riga, a Black Shaman assassin captain, are thrown together – reluctantly at first – to face a threat that nobody could have imagined before “The Changes”.

ALCHEMY is the prequel to Shaman’s Drum which features the adventures of Iamo and Riga through their world in the near future, where the established religions of our own days had been banned.

Shaman’s Drum

England in the near future.

Mainstream religions have been outlawed, and the old gods rule again.

Iamo has been a priest of the Great Mother and is sworn to celibacy, but his love for Riga, a Black Shaman, a magical assassin, caused him to break his vows. After being imprisoned apart from each other for three years, Iamo accepts an offer to earn them both a pardon and the possibility of marriage. If they survive.

Iamo and Riga must discover why demons are breaking through from the other side. Which of the cults are renegades who allow the demons through? Who can they trust?

Combining their powers, they face the ordeal with the help of a band of eclectic pagans, spirit creatures, Riga’s Black Shaman brothers, an undercover Christian granny, and three unusually energetic Goths.

It’s a tough assignment, but the hope of a life together keeps them fighting.

 

 

If you enjoyed the interview, and wish me to host one for you, please stop by my Offered Services page, and fill out the simple submission form.  I’ll get with you soonest to discuss details.

 

—– Ailsa Abraham’s Nanny Ab Stops By To Visit With The Pukah

 

When Nanny Ab and The Ancient Mariner (not forgetting the faithful hounds) decide to look for a peaceful spot for her to write in the sun, they head for their usual hide-away in Spain. It’s June, they know the place and the only thing Nanny knows she’s forgotten is her hairdryer. So what can possibly go wrong?

 

 

 

 

Welcome everyone.  Today, Ailsa has returned, and has brought Nanny Ab with her, from “Four Go Mad in Catalonia“.  Nanny Ab, is this your name, or do you have something else you prefer to be called?

  • Nanny Ab [is fine]. It’s what everyone calls me so there’s no point knowing if I had another one.

Nanny Ab it is then.  And, I’ll be nosy as we have quite a few interesting folks come through here:  What species are you, and do you have any unique gifts?

  • I’m human but a witch. I spose that is normal in your world too , isn’t it?

Not around these parts.  Where were you born, that witches are common place?

  • I wasn’t born, I was hatched… out of the fertile imagination of Ailsa Abraham to take the blame for all her less-admirable traits.

Shame on you Ailsa!  Nanny Ab, do you define yourself in terms of “good” or “bad”?

  • I am very moral but I don’t suffer fools at all, never mind gladly. Got great patience with the afflicted or elderly but not “normal” people who are just being stupid.

My kind of gal!  Does that make it hard to get along with others, though?

  • [No] – I am the world’s greatest “get-chatting merchant”. I can’t go anywhere without being on the receiving end of other people’s life stories. Get ’em all laughing and leave ’em like that!

Makes sense to me.  Since you know you’re a hatchling from someone’s imagination, what does that do for your personality?

  • [I’m] split!

Does that split affect who you consider to be your friends or enemies?

  • [No.  My enemies will always be] anyone who is cruel to animals.

What would you do if one of your enemies complemented you?

  • Pick up my two-ton handbag and whack ’em with it.

Sounds about like what I like to call my Bakka Hammer.  Do you have anything you’d like to change about yourself?

  • I wish I weren’t such a soft touch and so wishy-washy (giggle)

I’d say that whacking your enemies isn’t wishy-washy!  Do you ever feel the knee-jerk reaction affects your chances of dating anyone?

  • At my age?????

You’re not that old!  There’s gentlemen out there who are looking, and they aren’t that much younger (or older) than you.  Or is it your occupation that prevents you from finding someone?

  • I’m full-time travelling companion to the famous author Ailsa Abraham and yes, I love it.

Maybe that’s the barrier?  They see you with her, and think you two are a couple already.

Do you have any deep secrets or dark fears you can share with us?  (Ones Ailsa may not know about?)

  • [My secret is that] I hate gravy.
  • [My fear is] people taking me seriously

Oh, dear.  That is a hard one to respond to.  Do you have any achievements to help counter that fear?

  • I stop Ailsa going out of her mind when we are on the road. I keep nudging her and saying “Think how good this is going to read in the book”.

::Chuckles::  That is a wonderful counter all right.  Nanny Ab, thank you for coming by today.  Ailsa, thank you for coming back on such short notice.

 

If you enjoyed the interview, and wish to connect with Ailsa, you can find her home over on the  Bingergread Cottage, or on Amazon here writing as Cameron Lawton.  She also haunts Facebook Here, and makes appearances on Twitter Here.

 

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