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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mozarabic Art at Unusual Historicals

The author stands with her villainess
in Barbadillo del Mercado, Spain 
Today at Unusual Historicals, I get to rhapsodize about the unique art phenomenon of Mozarabic manuscript painting.

It's the art form my characters in Seven Noble Knights would have been most familiar with.



Yes, lots of bizarre, brightly colored pictures! Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Interview with Versatile Author Andi Adams

Andi Adams writes, teaches, gets excited about performing random acts of kindness, invents words, and talks with strangers, as often as she can. She loves learning about the world, about others, and about herself, and uses that knowledge to write realistic fiction – everything from YA Fantasy to Women’s Lit. She has a passion for travel, for all things Harry Potter (of course!), and for her two dogs, who are also incidentally her biggest fans. The Girl in the Glass Box is Andi’s first novel. For a daily dose of crazy or to see pictures of her cute fur-babies, follow her on Twitter and on Instagram.


What are five things people may not know about you?
1.     I lived in Paris and went to the Sorbonne to study French Civilization and Phonetics.
2.     I have a Harry Potter tattoo on my ankle. (And I'm pretty sure I'd be sorted into Ravenclaw.)
3.     I sang in an all-girls a cappella group in college and still keep in touch with many of them. (SOP Shout Out!)
4.     I've competed in four Sprint Triathlons over the past five years and I hope to do another at the end of this month.
5.     I'm really crafty and love creative artsy stuff. Painting, party-planning, cooking – all of it. (My brother-in-law swears I should open a food truck that serves enchiladas and key lime pie, two of my specialties according to him.) I also paint canvas shoes for fun. I painted myself a pair of Harry Potter shoes and get stopped all the time about them. This penchant for creative pursuits lends itself well to my obsession with Pinterest (aka – the time vortex.)

Have you written any other books that are not published?
I have written a children's book series and am working on getting them published. And I've written a bunch of poetry, some of which has been published here and there.

What do you think about the ebook revolution?
Ebooks are awesome, especially for those who travel and need to have a bunch of books with them. I will always prefer reading a printed copy, but there are many instances when I've been grateful to have a number of books with me when I'm away from home. In addition, I feel like they've really liberated certain reading demographics. Many times people have felt embarrassed to read certain book genres or topics for one reason or another, but e-readers have eliminated that fear of judgment, which is really awesome.

What is your writing style?
 
I really love writing dialogue. Actually, I like it so much that I've given a lot of thought to writing screenplays. I mean, I love movies and I love dialogue. Sounds like something I should attempt, right? And I also really think it's important to incorporate female characters who are diverse, well-rounded, and dynamic. But never at the expense of men. Empowering women and treating them like, you know, humans, should not be done in an effort to bring down another group of people. Characters should be individuals. There are bad men and bad women, just as there are good men and good women. Generalizations and stereotypes don't belong in realistic fiction.

Do you write alone or in public?
It's really hard for me to stay focused when I'm home and family and friends are around. I hate having to excuse myself from what's going on to get work done (I have a little bit of FOMO, "fear of missing out," when it comes to that.) But usually, I like to take my work elsewhere, out of my apartment to limit my distractions. For instance, there's a conference room in my apartment building, so sometimes I'll go sit in there and work. Or I'll grab my computer and head to a coffee shop. For someone who works from home, it's almost like getting up and reporting in for work when I have to leave the comfort of home. That simple act of leaving makes my working time while I'm out more focused and uninterrupted. But of course, on rainy or lazy days, it's nice to work on my couch in my pjs.

Do you set goals for writing a certain number of words a week or do you only write when inspiration strikes?
Writing only when inspiration strikes is a recipe for never completing anything. Truth be told, I wish I was more diligent about keeping a daily writing goal, but for sure, I write more regularly than only when inspiration strikes. When I was in my MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction, I had a pretty stringent writing goal per month. It was incredibly difficult and stressful to keep, especially while teaching full-time and completing the rest of my coursework.

What do you think is the hardest part about writing?
I used to think, "Writing the first draft is the worst! This is definitely the hardest part," until I finished my first draft and had to begin revisions. Then I thought, "Ugh, revision is so difficult. Where do I even start!? Okay, so revision is definitely the hardest part." Haha. So I guess any part you're currently working on can be considered the "hardest part." But in truth, I think the most difficult aspect of writing is just getting your butt in the chair. Trying to not find excuses or moving writing to the bottom of the priority list is what's most tricky. Even if you're only writing 15 minutes a day, you need to make writing important enough that you carve out that time to write or else it just won't get done. If you're writing as a hobby and only pick it up when it's convenient or easy, then that's fine for you. But if you are looking to pursue writing as a career and actually turn out completed, published works, there is no time for excuses. Just get your butt in the chair and write.
 
What have you put most of your effort into regarding craft and writing?
            Attaining my MFA in Writing Popular Fiction was along road to hoe. As I mentioned, I completed my MFA over the span of two and a half years (the full duration of the program with no breaks), while I was working full-time as a teacher and I had a second job. The coursework, the deadlines, the stress – it was all pretty brutal. For as much as I loved the content and the material I was learning, everything was a great deal of effort and nothing was easy. In addition, most of our coursework was done online and, though I loved being able to complete my work from wherever I was living (London at one point, as a matter of fact), I certainly enjoy a classroom environment much more.
            Outside of finishing the MFA, I would say that I put a great deal of effort into reading, both works of fiction and craft books. I am always reading. Seeing how authors I admire construct their stories is such a great way to understand craft in practice. I wrote a guest blog post about craft books and there are a ton out there that are really wonderful. Sure, no one can tell you how to write in a step-by-step guide, but there is always something new to try and practice in order for you to develop your own style.

Does your book have a moral/lesson?
            Absolutely. A couple, actually. But I think the one that is most prominent and the one I want most people to take away from the book is that everyone has the power to create their own "happily ever after" and that happily ever after is a relative term. In any story, mine included, the villain strives to create her version of HEA through a particular course of action, which of course, many people would find reprehensible. But to her, it is what she wants/needs in order to be happy. Life is like that. Everyone believes themselves to be the hero of their own story and that their motivations for their actions are justifiable. It's all about perspective. There are two sides to every story and everyone is just trying to find their own happiness. If we take a minute to realize that, we may find ourselves to be a little more empathetic to others.

What is your favorite part of the book?
            Hmm… that's a hard one. I really like the first chapter. After I finished writing the first draft, I ended up deleting pretty much the first third (about 100 pages) of my manuscript and writing them over. It was painful to just pitch all of that hard work, but I am so glad I did because what I wrote in its place is so much better than it was before. It is a first chapter that (hopefully) really grabs a reader's attention and sets the story up as a Dark Fantasy. I like the action, the pacing, the twists. It turned out to be one of the sections of which I'm most proud.
            So that, and the part where Grog gives Genevieve his slippers. I just think it's so cute and such a turning point in their relationship. I have to be honest, I love all of my characters for different reasons, but Grog is my ultimate fav. He was so fun to write and I think some of his lines are laugh-out-loud funny. And his shift is incredibly meaningful.

What is your favorite book? 
Anyone who knows me can tell you I am obsessed with Harry Potter for oh-so-many reasons. I am beyond impressed with Rowling's ability to world build, write dynamic and well-rounded characters, and hide information in the text to be used later. She herself is a wizard (well, umm... witch) to have created such magic. I could only hope to influence even half the number of readers she has.
I also used to teach high school English for almost 10 years. And I can honestly say that I am a huge Shakespeare nerd. I also love Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Frankenstein. As far as genre fiction, my favorite book is Jurassic Park Michael Crichton. I'm not even a big sci-fi fan, but that book is just AMAZING. In that same vein, The Martian by Andy Weir was equally awesome. The voice in which that book is told is funny and witty and clever and just plain great. Oh man, we've opened a can of worms talking about favorite books – I'm pretty sure I could go on forever about this. 

The Girl in the Glass Box:
A witch. An apple. A mirror. That’s all most people think of when they recall the story of Snow White. But the truth is rarely so simple. What if the Queen wasn’t born evil and the princess wasn’t always so pure of heart? Is it possible that these two women could have ended up in one another’s place? 

The Girl in the Glass Box tells the story of Agrippine and Genevieve, two women who are not all that different, but who quickly learn through a series of choices, encounters, and devastating losses that the course of their fates can change in an instant. Through the influences of the people they love and lose, both are redefined as their stories head for a different sort of happily-ever-after.


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Character Interview with Alex from Jennifer Loring's What's Left of Me

WHAT'S LEFT OF ME by Jennifer Loring
The Firebird Trilogy, Book #2
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: July 26, 2016

Recovering from years of living the superstar hockey life wasn’t easy, but now Aleksandr Volynsky finally has everything… 

He’s married to the love of his life, expecting a daughter, and has a new job as an assistant coach with his old team, the Buffalo Gladiators. His happiness is short lived, however, when a sexual assault allegation surfaces, and Alex is forced to cooperate with an investigation for a crime he didn’t commit. 

Stephanie Hartwell is juggling her dream job with marriage and motherhood, but she’s not convinced she’s doing any of it well… 

Stephanie’s stress level goes from bad to worse when she’s diagnosed with a serious illness. Battling declining health and the critics who question her commitment to Alex in light of the allegation, she makes a decision that could change their relationship forever. 

Alex is afraid he’s about to lose everything—especially when he sees Stephanie’s friend kiss her… 

Devastated that his life is spiraling out of control again, Alex turns to his friend, Natasha, a Russian pop star. Convinced that Stephanie and her friend Brandon are having an affair, Alex resumes his self-destructive behavior. 

What Alex doesn’t know is Stephanie has been conducting a secret investigation of her own. She learns the truth behind the sexual assault—a truth no one, especially Alex, expects. 

With everything now out in the open, can Stephanie and Alex commit to a fresh start for the sake of their daughter, or will the ghosts of their pasts finally tear apart everything they have left? 

THE FIREBIRD TRILOGY — 
BOOK 1: FIREBIRD

Author Jennifer Loring interviewing Aleksandr 
Interview with Aleksandr Volynsky –Model, Singer, Former Hockey Star

1. What’s your favorite color?
Really? That’s what you’re asking me? Khristos. For the record, it’s blue. Also for the record, I hate interviews.

2. Sorry. Can I ask you what your family is like?
My family is amazing. My wife, Stephanie, is the most incredible woman in the world for putting up with me. And my baby girl, Anya…she leaves me speechless every time I look at her. I still can’t believe I get to be her father. My parents live in Russia, so I don’t get to see them very often, but it’s because of everything they did for me that I was able to become the hockey player I was. So da, I have the greatest family in the world.

3. What do you most want in the world?
I already have it. My two girls. And I want Anya to have the best life I can possibly give her. The things her mother should’ve had growing up.

4. If you could change something about your past, what would it be?
It’s tempting to say I’d change what happened the night of my injury, which ended my career. But if that hadn’t happened, maybe I wouldn’t be where I am now. So the only things I’d really change are the times I’ve hurt Stephanie, although I guess those sort of led us to where we are now, too. In that case, maybe I wouldn’t change anything, no matter how hard it’s been.

5. What do you most admire about your wife?
She doesn’t realize how strong she is. She’s overcome so much, but she doesn’t always see it. I’m just so in love with her, every day is like I’m sixteen and seeing this beautiful American girl for the first time all over again.  

6. What drives you crazy about your wife?
I hope she doesn’t read this. She thinks she’s weak if she has to ask for help. She thinks she can and should be able to do everything herself. No one can, but she’s been doing it for so long, it’s a hard habit to break.

7. What do you most like about yourself?
I didn’t like myself for a long time, and neither did a lot of people. Now, I think the best thing about me is that I’m completely devoted to those I love, and I’ll do whatever it takes to protect them and provide for them.

8. What do you least like about yourself?
I don’t like having bipolar disorder. I’ve learned to accept it, although certain aspects have been hard for both Stephanie and me to deal with at times. I just have to keep telling myself it’s a part of me, but it doesn’t define me.   

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR — Jennifer Loring has been, among other things, a DJ, an insurance claims assistant, and an editor. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies, including Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from the Lake vol. 1 and Black Mirror Press’s Snowpocalypse. Longer work includes the novella Conduits (DarkFuse, 2014) and the novels Those of My Kind (Omnium Gatherum, 2015), Firebird, and What’s Left of Me (Limitless Publishing, 2015 and 2016). Jennifer’s novella No One on Earth (After Glows Publishing) will be released in late 2016. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds. 


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Awash in Talent Tour Continues

Today Awash in Talent is making a brand new stop on its media tour, this time with gracious host James Jackson.

Previous stops have been hugely fun and informative, with some of the kindest and best authors I've ever met. Find them here:

“Kindle Scout Success” with Kristin Gleeson

“What If The Abolitionist Had Telekinesis?” with Kim Rendfeld

“Author Spotlight” with Teresa Roman

“Jessica Knauss: She’s Awash in Talent” with Linda Sands

Author Interview with Rachelle Paige

“Jessica Knauss—Awash in Talent” with Katherine Hayton

“A Conversation with Jessica Knauss, author of Awash in Talent with Seymour Hamilton

“Jessica Knauss Interview” with Craig A. Hart

“Interview with Author Jessica Knauss” at Today’s Author

“Writers Reach: Jessica Knauss with Awash in Talent" at Musings of Orientation with Jennifer Skutelsky

Indie Spotlight with author Ricki Wilson

About the Kindle Scout campaign with The Crazy Mind

If history is more your thing, tomorrow I'm at Unusual Historicals telling what little I know about thirteenth-century Spanish astronomy. If it has to do with Alfonso X, you know I'm there!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Interview with Award-winning Historical Fiction Author Jana Petken

Today I'm thrilled to welcome Jana Petken, who writes extraordinarily good historical fiction (some of it set in Spain) as an extension of an extraordinary life.


Jana Petken served in the British Royal Navy as a leading Wren Regulator, equivalent to a sergeant in the military police.

After the Navy she worked for a travel company as an overseas representative.

She was a security guard at the BBC World Service radio station. Afterwards she spent twelve years as a bodyguard for a Saudi Arabian Princess.

Her final career was as a cabin-crew member for British Airways. Unfortunately, she suffered serious injuries on board a flight. The aircraft, a Boeing 747, was flying at 39,000 feet above Africa when it was caught in clear-air turbulence. As a result of that accident, she endured three major operations on her spinal cord, and was forced into retirement.

Jana Petken is a multi-award-winning and best selling historical fiction author. Her books include:
The Guardian of Secrets. (2013)
The Mercy Carver Series: Dark Shadows, book 1, and Blood Moon, book 2. (2014)
The Errant Flock: The Flock Series, Book 1. (2015)
Swearing Allegiance. (2016)
Coming Autumn 2016, The Scattered Flock: The Flock Series Book 2.

JK: I notice some of your novels are set in Spain, the country that occupies my heart and mind 99% of the time. Please tell us about them.

Jana Petken: I have two books about Spain, with a third on its way. The first is The Guardian of Secrets, a Readers’ Favourite 2015 silver medalist. Here’s a little bit about the story.

After fleeing from an abusive husband accused of murder, Celia Merrill becomes embroiled in a Spanish Civil War.

Celia’s two sons march under opposing banners, whilst her twin daughters take different paths; one to the Catholic Church and the other to the battlefields. And in the shadow of war, a sinister villain from the past resurfaces.

"Three generations struggle in this suspenseful and compelling saga, which begins in 1912, Kent, England, and ends during the 1936–1939 Spanish Civil War."

The Errant Flock is a two-part series, with the second in the saga being released in October. TheErrant Flock was a top 100 book, across all genres, according to Shelf Unbound magazine, in 2015. It also won a 2016 silver medal, at the Independent Publishers’ awards, the IPPY’s.

Valencia, Spain, 1491
The ambitions of four men merge and collide in a deadly game of intrigue.

David Sanz, a young militiaman, is forced to carry out a heinous crime, and he becomes an unwitting pawn in a tense battle for power.

Luis Peráto, the duke of Sagrat, sacrifices his own people to cover up dark secrets that could see him burnt at the stake for treason.

Sergio Garcia, Sagrat’s lord treasurer, is a cruel and unscrupulous man, willing to eliminate anyone who opposes his rise to power.

The inquisitor, Gaspar de Amo, zealously punishes heretics for their sins against Rome and her Holy Office. But bringing the Inquisition to the town of Sagrat proves more challenging than he or the church could ever have envisaged.

In the midst of chaos, the people of Sagrat, terrorized by a series of murders, face an even greater danger with the arrival of the Inquisition and the unimaginable horrors it brings.

Jana Petken with her well-earned IPPY award. 
JK: What inspired you to write about Spain? 

JP: I grew up in Spain. It’s a country with a rich history and one can’t help but be fascinated by times gone by. Once an empire, it evokes colourful characters, from Don Quixote to its kings and queens, seafarers, Inquisition, and civil war. The historical material is massive, and I want to let the rest of the world to know about it.

JK: How do you research all this great material?

JP: My research goes deep. I suppose I’m lucky, in the sense that I know the Spanish culture and its people pretty well. Having said that, I work hard to bring facts to life, merging them with the story, but hopefully, not overpowering the fiction and entertainment value for readers. I also love being able to research subjects close to home, geographically.

JK: What do you do when you're not writing?

JP: When I’m not writing, I enjoy doing simple things. As an author, I don’t believe I ever really switch off, but I do enjoy walking in the country and by the sea. I love to paint in oils and socialising. I’m also love to lie back and watch a good TV series or two.

JK: It really all counts as research! Thank you for being here today.


Monday, July 4, 2016

Character Interview with Toria from J.L. Gribble’s Steel Magic

From author J.L.Gribble:

In honor of the release of my second novel, I’d thrilled to have the chance to introduce readers to one of my favorite characters. Torialanthas “Toria” Connor was one of two major point-of-view characters in book 1 of the Steel Empires series, Steel Victory. In Steel Magic, she takes center stage for a tale of her own. While not strictly a YA urban fantasy novel, this story features Toria and her friends setting off on their first adventure after graduating college.

Steel Magic is available for pre-order and will be released July 6. To get caught up, make sure to take advantage of the 99 cent sale for Steel Victory through July 5!

From the back of the book:

Funerals are usually the end of the story, not the beginning.

Newly graduated warrior-mages Toria Connor and Kane Nalamas find themselves the last remaining mages in the city when a mage school teacher mysteriously falls ill and dies. But taking over the school themselves isn’t in the cards. They’re set to become professional mercenaries—if they make it through the next 18 months as journeymen first.

The debate over whether to hunt mutated monsters in the Wasteland or take posh bodyguard jobs is put on hold when a city elder hires them to solve the mystery of the disappearing mages. Toria and Kane’s quest brings them to the British colonial city of New Angouleme, where their initial investigation reveals that the problem is even greater than they feared.

But when a friend is kidnapped, they’ll have to travel to the other side of the globe to save her, save themselves, and save magic itself.

If that didn’t hook you, hopefully this interview with Toria by her author will!

Tell us about a few of your favorite things.

Oh, I see how it is. Lowball me with the easy questions before you hit me with the hard stuff? Fine. “Favorite things” is pretty nebulous, but I’ll give it a shot. First of all, can I tell you how annoying it is that everyone assumes my favorite color is purple just because I’m a storm mage? I like it and all, and my magical shields do trend toward violet, but give me a nice teal any day. What else? Let’s see, my favorite food and favorite dessert are the same thing. Delicious, delicious crème brulee, especially if it’s made by my dad. I think half the reason I finally learned that silly fire cantrip was because I wanted to caramelize the top myself.

Okay, then here’s something more interesting. Since you’ve chosen mercenary as your career field, first you have to make it through 18 months as a journeyman. Was it difficult to leave your hometown?

I may not have been born in Limani, but I got there as an infant and it’s the only place I’ve ever called home. Before I graduated college, I’d already risked my life to defend it twice. So yeah, I’m kind of attached to the place. I think it’s more difficult to leave my family behind, but a girl’s gotta spread her wings sometime. The fact that my adopted mom is a vampire helps, though. You don’t have to worry so much about someone who is functionally immortal. She’ll even look exactly the same whenever I come home!

Your mom is a vampire? What is the rest of your family like?

Just as epic. Grandpa is also a vampire. He found me as a baby after my parents died, but didn’t really want the responsibility of a kid, so he took me to his progeny. Mama also had no interest in a kid, but that’s where Dad stepped in. He’s a daywalker—a human bonded to my mom, which grants him long life, too. Kane, the guy I consider my brother, is my partner in all things magic and mercenary, since we’re a bonded warrior-mage pair. And Syri, my best friend, is an elf. We’re definitely not a normal bunch around the dinner table. Especially since it’s breakfast for half of them.

Do you ever wish you could have been raised by a normal family? Is there anything else about your past you would change?

I wouldn’t trade my crazy family for the world! If I wanted normal as a kid, I could always go over to Kane’s house. But normal was relative there, too, since his parents were also mages. One thing I would change is my college major. I love chemistry and I love metallurgy, but I should have stuck with those as a hobby. Switching to a political science double-major so late in the game would have saved me a lot of all-nighters my senior year. But that was the field of study that would benefit me most as a mercenary, so I made the sacrifice.

So overall, you’re pretty happy with your life? What do you like most about yourself?

I am amazing, and don’t you forget it! In all honesty, I think my biggest strength lies in the power of my friends. I’m pretty convinced that I can take on the world, but that’s because I know they will always have my back. Kane, Syri, and I might be connected magically, but all that power would be useless if we weren’t also extraordinary friends.

What do you like least about yourself?

I can be a little arrogant, if that wasn’t obvious! I guess that happens when you’re told that you’re a child prodigy for half your life, in the whole doing magic area. I’ve gotten knocked down a few pegs since then, but I still have a hard time knowing what my limits are. That’s probably going to backfire on me someday.

And finally, tell us a bit about why we should read the books you're in.

Because you’ll have an amazing time following along on my crazy adventures!

***

About the Author:

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. She is currently working on the Steel Empires series for Dog Star Books, the science-fiction/adventure imprint of Raw Dog Screaming Press. Previously, she was an editor for the Far Worlds anthology.

Gribble studied English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She received her Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where her debut novel Steel Victory was her thesis for the program.


She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (www.jlgribble.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jlgribblewriter), and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits).

In Jessica Knauss's Awash in Talent news, winners have been selected for the Goodreads giveaway of two signed copies of the softcover. Congratulations! You beat out more than 600 people requesting the book! I hope you enjoy it. It may take a little longer to get your copies to you because of the holiday. Happy Fourth of July!

Monday, June 27, 2016

How the Battle of the Bastards is Like Seven Noble Knights

The photos in this post are publicity stills for Game of Thrones
I think most GoT fans were thrilled with Season 6, Episode 9, "The Battle of the Bastards." It held a special fascination for me because portions of it echoed my novel, Seven Noble Knights.

When Jon Snow was riding around with his troops, I realized for the first time that with the new hairdo and tidy beard, and especially wearing piles of furs, Kit Harington is a dead ringer for my hero, Mudarra. I watched with keen interest to see this Mudarra doppelganger play out some of the battle scenes from Seven Noble Knights. I'll go over them in the order they appear in my book.

This terrifying surround tactic takes place in Chapter VIIII, although I dare say it's even worse in Seven Noble Knights because the numbers are more drastically mismatched. You'll be wondering how they get out of it! So as not to spoil my novel, I'll just say it doesn't happen the way it does in GoT.

If I wasn't sure Seven Noble Knights had snuck onto the small screen without anyone's knowledge, this scene sealed it for me. In Seven Noble Knights, my heroes are unhorsed and overwhelmed, faced with markedly similar scenes to this one, and you're still rooting for them against these incredible odds.

When Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton meet the day before the battle, I thought I was watching a scene from later in Seven Noble Knights, when Mudarra proposes single combat to decide the battle. This is something nice guys proposed in the Middle Ages to spare lives and resources. Again here, GoT doesn't follow the plot of my book, and Iwan Rheon doesn't look like my bad guy, Ruy Blásquez, either.

But wow, the good guy side of the aisle was insanely similar to what I had imagined. I don't know if I can explain what it feels like to have something you've written acted out on film, even unintentionally. In this case it was immensely exciting and satisfying, with a little bit of disconcerting because I know no one on the GoT staff has read Seven Noble Knights.

Let's hope this isn't the closest scrape Seven Noble Knights has with the moving pictures medium.

I'll be putting excerpts from Seven Noble Knights at the link as soon as I receive my galley proofs (yes, it's at that exciting stage!). You may see a battle scene that looks a little familiar if you're a GoT fan.

A few days remain in the Goodreads giveaway of two signed copies of Awash in Talent. Enter for your chance today!


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