Saturday, October 7, 2017

Lindy's World: A Witch's Tale by P A McBride







  • Series: Lindy Jackson Mysteries (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (September 21, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1549790439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1549790430
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)


Tell us a little about yourself.
I have lived 61 years on this planet. I have lived and visited many corners of the US, met a very diverse group of people and have always been a student of people and how they react to situations.                                                          

When did you start to write and why? I began seriously writing my novel about a year ago. Prior to that I wrote several unpublished short storied and many manuals for work.

What experiences do you bring to your writing? I began seriously writing my novel about a year ago. Prior to that I wrote several unpublished short storied and many manuals for work.

What kinds of books do you enjoy? I like all kinds of books, however I lean towards murder mysteries.

What inspired you to write? My inspiration for writing is that I needed a creative outlet and I found that I could be published without a lot of cost. My research was done on the Internet. I chose my location because my brother was born in Montana and I saw that as an ideal location for the story I wanted to tell. 

If you did research for your book, how did you go about it? My research was done on the Internet. I chose my location because my brother was born in Montana and I saw that as an ideal location for the story I wanted to tell

What did you discover about yourself while you were writing the book, if anything? My biggest discovery about myself while writing the book was how much I enjoyed the journey. To see my ideas on paper was inspiring. I even enjoyed the book when it was finished and I read it myself.

What writing projects are you working on right now? Currently I am working on the second book in the Lindy Jackson series. My hope is to have it ready in 6 months.





Monday, December 12, 2016

WINTER DUET by ANNE BARWELL

Winter Duet
Echoes Rising book 2 - Sequel to Shadowboxing

Germany 1944
Hunted for treason and the information Kristopher carries, he and Michel leave the security of their safe house to journey across Germany toward Switzerland. Caught in a series of Allied bombings, they stop to help civilians and narrowly escape capture by German forces.

While investigating a downed aircraft in the Black Forest, the two men discover an injured RAF pilot.  After they are separated, Kristopher and the pilot are discovered by a German officer who claims he is not who he appears to be. Determined to find Michel again, Kristopher has to trust the stranger and hope he is not connected to those searching for him and the information he carries. Meanwhile Michel is intercepted by one of the Allied soldiers he met in Berlin. His help is needed to save one of their own.

Time quickly runs out. Loyalties are tested and betrayed as the Gestapo closes in. Michel can only hope they can reach safety before information is revealed that could compromise not only his and Kristopher’s lives, but those of the remaining members of their team—if it is not already too late.


Excerpt:
Kristopher jerked awake with a start. Michel was leaning over him. His expression was grim. “What’s wrong? What’s happened?” Kristopher asked. They’d been in Feuerbach less than twenty-four hours. Surely Reiniger hadn’t found them already?

Before Michel could answer, a loud explosion sounded nearby. Kristopher was on his feet immediately, reaching for his gun, his eyes adjusting to the dim light of the flashlight Michel held. The wooden beams groaned. The building shook. Dust fell from the ceiling. He grabbed his satchel, not wanting to leave it behind.

“Bombing raid,” Michel said, already on the stairs of the apartment building, heading outside. Kristopher was only a couple of steps behind him. The wailing of sirens echoed around them. “We need to get out of here.”

Outside, people were running. A woman screamed. A baby’s wail filled the air. The top story of the building next door was gone, rubble lying in the street in big chunks.

Engines roared. Something swooped low above them. Kristopher ducked. Michel grabbed him and dived, both of them hitting the ground and landing in the snow.

Kristopher coughed. He wiped wet snow from his face and shivered. Luckily he’d slept in his coat and boots. Smoke filled the air. “The river,” he gasped. “We need to get to the river.” There was a tower shelter by the Feuerbach River. He was sure he remembered someone talking about it the previous evening.

The ground moved, or seemed to, as another explosion lit up the sky, this time in the distance, from the center of Stuttgart itself. “Can you walk?” Michel helped Kristopher as he struggled to his feet.

“I’m fine,” Kristopher reassured him. “You?”

“Yes.” Michel retrieved the flashlight from the ground. It lit up for a moment, and then they were plunged into blackness. “Damn it!” Michel shook it and switched it off, then on, but nothing happened. He shoved it into the pocket of his coat and glanced around. The streetlights were off—they would have been extinguished at the first sign of attack. All they had for light was the waning crescent moon above them and the fires burning as the aircraft dropped their bombs.

“What about the ambulance?” Kristopher suggested. They’d left it parked out of sight but nearby.

“I’m more worried about us surviving this than the ambulance,” Michel said. He gazed up at the sky. “I think the river is this way. We can’t stay here.”


“I don’t remember where on the river the shelter is,” Kristopher said.

A boy pushed past them. He couldn’t have been more than seven or eight years old. “The shelter’s this way,” he yelled. “Follow me.”

Kristopher hesitated. What if the boy was wrong? And even if he wasn’t, there was no way of knowing if he might lead them into more of this.

“We don’t have a choice,” Michel said. “Keep close to me. I don’t want to lose you in this.” He began to run, Kristopher close behind, his eyes adjusting to the little light there was.

The boy tripped and went sprawling. Michel stopped just in time before he too lost his footing.

“Oomph,” Kristopher grunted when he ran into Michel. “What happened?”

The boy groaned loudly. Michel pulled out his flashlight and tried it again. A dim light shone from it, barely enough to see by, but it would have to do. Remains of a shattered chimney from a nearby house were spread across the ground just ahead of them. The boy lay next to one of the larger pieces, half on top of it. In his haste and with the lack of light he wouldn’t have seen it until it was too late.

Thanks, Michael, for hosting me today.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in New Zealand, and work in a public library. I have a BA in English Lit and Music, and a Bachelor of Teaching. I was a music teacher for ten years and now play violin in an orchestra. I’m also a member—currently president because I didn’t duck fast enough—of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club.  I share my house with two cats, who are convinced they run it, and so far it looks as though they’re winning that argument.

When did you start to write and why?
I started writing when I was at primary school and waiting for the next book in a series I loved. I got impatient so began writing a story set in the same universe. This was way before the internet, and I had no clue it had a name—fan fiction.  

What experiences do you bring to your writing?
My stories often include music in some shape or form, and/or my characters are musicians. Two of the main characters in Winter Duet—Kristopher and Michel—are musicians, and code written in music plays a big part in the plot.  The duet in the title refers to not only the duet Kristopher and Michel promise each other they’ll someday play on violin and flute, but that the action splits the main characters into two groups for much of the book.  The code phrases the Resistance uses are taken from poetry by Müller, later set to music by Schubert.

I also like to include a reference or a character connected to New Zealand. Leo Dawson is an RAF pilot from Wellington, New Zealand, who is shot down over the Black Forest, and joins the Allied team in Winter Duet.

What kinds of books do you enjoy?
I love reading—so my job is quite the den of temptation. Although I read and watch anything that looks interesting I have a particular weakness for fantasy, SF, historical fiction, and graphic novels.

I’ve just finished an MM urban fantasy series and now reading an historical romance set in WWI.  I also have contemporary romance, crime fiction, and some DC graphic novels on my immediate TBR list, plus some MM SF and fantasy, and a Christmas romance story. 

What inspired you to write Winter Duet?
I write what I want to read. I’ve always loved historical fiction, especially stories set during WWII.  I decided I wanted to write something set in that time period, and had read about the race to build the first atomic bomb.  It wasn’t long before I had a plot, and characters who wanted their story told.  I knew from the beginning that it wasn’t a standalone book.  Winter Duet is the 2nd book of the Echoes rising series that began with Shadowboxing, and the story concludes with Comes a Horseman.

Do you do research, and if so, how did you go about researching?
Winter Duet was very research intensive. I didn’t just need to get the historical facts right, but also the geographical.  The characters travel from Berlin to the Black Forest area, and so I needed to research several locations, and also work out the routes they’d take.  At first I considered avoiding where the Allied air raids had taken place, then realized it would be much more interesting—at least for me—if the characters ended up at ground zero and experiencing those situations first hand.

One of my beta readers is German, and she loaned me a huge topographical map of Germany which hung on my bookcase while I wrote the book. She also helped out with the German translations, and other bits of information that were difficult to find out. It’s the everyday things that aren’t always documented in as much detail, but I really wanted to get them as accurate as I could.

Working in a library, I tend to use a lot of books and databases when I research.  Our library has a great non-fiction collection, and I found the books with anecdotes from people who lived through the war very helpful. I learnt a lot about the different aircraft in use at the time. I also used several online resources, including sites about different German towns where the characters stay or pass through, and a slang dictionary so I could check they used words and phrases appropriate to the time period.  A great find was a site that had a very detailed description of ‘The Big Week’, which took place in February 1944 when the Allies bombed Germany night and day, including specifics times and types of aircraft on the various bombing runs.

What did you discover about yourself while you were writing the book, if anything?
Although I tend to often freak out about the daunting amount of research it takes to write an historical story, once I’m in the middle of it, I really enjoy it. I love the way one tidbit of information leads to another, and then ends up taking the plot in directions I hadn’t thought of. It’s like following a trail of breadcrumbs.

What writing projects are you working on right now?
Lou Sylvre and I have a contemporary romance for Dreamspinner Press’s World of Love series coming out in June/July 2017. It’s called Sunset at Pencarrow and is set in Wellington.

I’ve recently finished Comes a Horseman which is the final book in the Echoes Rising series, and also One Word which is a contemporary side story to my Hidden Places fantasy series.  Next up is another co-written story with Lou which we’ve already started called The Harp and the Sea which is an historical with a dash of magic set on Skye in 1745.

Then it’s back to present day Wellington for The Right Note for Dreamspinner’s Dreamspun Desire series.

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