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Dante Craddock is Visiting!

A Love Beyond Time

“A Love Beyond Time” (Power of Love Quartet, Book One) by Dante Craddock

Published on… May 16, 2014
Published as… Romance

Dante Craddock’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: I am in fact a guy. I know it’s not quite that common for men to write as men when writing romance. Ok, so that’s not a real random fact about me. Here’s a real random fact about me. My absolute favorite anime is Gurren Lagann.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: Merlin Athrawes from David Weber’s Safehold series. It’s a little weird that I’d want to be that character though. He is a PICA (Personality Integrated Cyber Avatar), essentially an android with the mind of a real human being downloaded into it. The weird part is that the mind downloaded into the PICA is a woman named Nimue Albane. The story is set in a male dominated society that is far different from her own. She is forced to adapt by reconfiguring the PICA into a man. What makes this character cool is the whole concept of downloading your mind into an android that is virtually indistinguishable from the real you, but has super strength and agility. His weapons of choice are pretty cool as well. He uses a Katana and Daisho as well as ever evolving hand guns. The only part about his character that has a little to be desired is his crushing responsibility.

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Endless Love by Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: Exploring the worlds that come out of my head. Even I don’t know where I’m going to go next.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): Never had a pet.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: I listen to music, but nothing with lyrics. When I’m in the zone I don’t want to be distracted by someone singing.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Night Owl.

8. Favorite Season: Winter. I don’t like the heat and I’m an allergy sufferer. My alergies don’t bother me quite as much in the winter. If it gets too cold for me I can always throw on another layer. In the summers heat there is only so much you can take off before it becomes a crime.

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: No, I didn’t. One day an idea for a book just popped into my head. I soon found I couldn’t get it out of my head unless I put it down on paper. Once I started getting that idea down on paper others followed. I literally have file folders on my computer full of ideas for books that I will eventually come back to and see if they warrant becoming a novel or series.

About the Book

True Love Makes Anything Possible. It is the most powerful of all emotions, through its power even time can be transcended. Ashley Brannock has always thought she was just an ordinary woman, like so many others. She has a loving boyfriend. A great job. She has everything she could have ever wanted. But she has always felt that something was missing. She’s never quite been able to pin down what it is. All she knows is that it’s been there her whole life. Then the dream begins, throwing her life into total chaos. She must now find the answers to the dream. Why her? What is it showing her? The answers will open a whole new view of the world to her. This new view will reveal to her that love can go beyond time. When two people fall in love they create a magic that is all their own. This magic has incredible power.

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About the Author

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Dante Craddock is a pen name. I have chosen to use a pen name because I plan on eventually writing in multiple genres. Why Dante Craddock you may ask. That name appealed to me. In the name lies a secret. It is for you the reader to discover this secret. If you can discover this secret a prize will be waiting for you. E-mail me with your answer. Under the name Dante Craddock I write Contemporary Romance with a paranormal twist. These stories center around the magic that is love. A magic that flows between two people in love. For when two people fall in love they create a magic that is all their own. Magic that has the power to do incredible, unexplainable things. In the Power of Love Quartet I explore this magic. The first of the Quartet is A Love Beyond Time.

I have been writing for over a decade now, but have not finished any of the ideas that I have until recently. Why a contemporary romance with a paranormal twist you may ask? I started working on A Love Beyond Time as a simple love story, but it eventually evolved into its present form as the first book in the Power of Love Quartet. Along the way it changed from the simple love story it had began as to its present form. Looking back at it I have realized that it was always heading in that direction.

I am an organic writer. I get ideas from the world around me. From everything I read, see or hear. The ideas seem to pop out of nowhere at times. Others are triggered by some event. An example of this happening would be the idea for my first novel, A Love Beyond Time. Some years ago I saw the music video for the song Whiskey Lullaby by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss. A question popped into my head. What if they were given a second chance? From that question came the origins of what became A Love Beyond Time.

I am currently working on A Memory of Love, the sequel to A Love Beyond Time.

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S. S. Segran is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

Aegis Rising

“Aegis Rising” by S. S. Segran

Published on… 15 November 2014
Published as… Sci-Fi Action/Adventure

S. S. Segran’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One random fact: I walked (yes, walked) into a pillar when I was younger and had to get stiches on my right eyebrow. That was a lot of fun.

2. Fictional character you’d really like to be: That’s a tough one… It’d be neat to be a character from a video game like Uncharted or Assassin’s Creed. Next best would probably be one of the Weasley twins from Harry Potter.

3. Your authorial theme song: Oh boy… I’m not sure if I’d call it my theme song, but ‘Nothing Left to Say’ by Imagine Dragons is probably the closest, just for title alone—guess you could say it’s an oxymoron of sorts because authors do actually have something to say!

4. Favorite part of being a writer: Having the ability to conjure up worlds and scenarios and create characters from scratch, then build them up to entities that people will hopefully either fall in love with or despise. It’s also quite amazing to lose yourself to a different world filled with action and adventure for a while.

5. Name of your first pet (can include family or significant others’…): Maia, an excitable and adorable yellow Labrador whom I loved with all my heart.

6. Music, TV or silence while writing: It varies between silence and music, but definitely not television—that gets too distracting for me.

7. Early riser or night owl: Night owl for sure!

8. Favorite season: Winter, and second to that is fall.

9. Did you always want to be a writer: No, actually. I’ve been fascinated with dinosaurs from a very young age, so my initial career option was paleontology. Then I wanted to be a vet because I love animals so much, but eventually I got into writing. That’s not to say I can’t pursue my other interests!

About the Book

Over a remote northern forest, a small plane carrying five teenage friends flies into a freak storm. Struck by lightning, the aircraft crashes and the passengers find themselves cast into a life-changing adventure.

In a hidden valley, a mysterious people gaze at the stormy sky as a glowing object with fiery wings disappears behind a mountain ridge. The astonishing sight reignites an ancient prophecy foretelling the arrival of five chosen ones destined to become bearers of light against a dark storm gathering on humanity’s horizon.

In a distant city, a secretive organization led by a shadowy figure initiates a sequence of cataclysmic events designed to wreak havoc across the planet, beginning with a remote mining site in northern Canada.

As the three worlds collide, unlikely heroes arise. Armed with powers entrusted to them by the ancient prophecy and the resilience of their life-long bond, the five teens take a stand against a malevolent foe.

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About the Author

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S.S.Segran is the bestselling author of AEGIS RISING, the first book in the Aegis League Series. In crafting the premise for the novel, she drew from the inspiring imagery of the Pacific Northwest, the intriguing potential of the human mind and above all, her abiding love for adventure, science fiction and mystery stories. She enjoys drawing, horseback riding and is an ardent fan of parkour and freerunning. S.S.Segran is a proud member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets in British Columbia.

S.S.Segran is also the founder of Aegis League (www.aegisleague.org), a non-profit organization whose goal is to support youths living in places and conditions that deny them opportunities to grow. The mission of the organization is to provide life-skills training and micro-loan funding to help them launch small businesses in the communities where they reside. Partial proceeds from the sale of her books go to this cause.

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G. Nykanen is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

The Point

“The Point” by G. Nykanen

Published on… 30 May 2014
Published as… Psychological Thriller

G. Nykanen’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: In Victorian America, Dr. Swift manually “manipulated” women to cure ailments of the mid-quarters and hysteria.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: Selene the death dealer from Underworld

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: My own worst enemy by Lit

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: it’s an outlet for dealing with people I can’t in real life.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): Suzy the cat

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: SILENCE

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Hoot Hoot

8. Favorite Season: Autumn

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: Yes, but I spent many years figuring there were too many books already and getting published would be too difficult. Thank you Indy publishing.

About the Book

Befuddled by her current relationship woes, Nora Reynolds leaves college at semester’s end to drive north of nowhere to her hometown of Iron Bay. Vulnerable and on the rebound, she is the perfect prey for fledgling felon Dane Buchman. Dane takes advantage of the unaware young woman, feeding his appetite for mischief until a rather violent shift in their relationship reveals to him what he’s really been craving. Driven by his new found hunger, Dane feels unstoppable, until former high school rival and town deputy, Doug Sanders, navigates the trail of Dane’s destruction.

The Point is a dark thriller that will allow you to witness a truly dangerous sociopath wander through madness guided by a treasured family heirloom, and a pensive young woman find her way after discovering, that which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. With echoes of the Coen brothers’ Fargo, the folksy town of Iron Bay and the nearby north-woods community of Deer Lake are the destinations for Mr. Buchman’s many misdeeds.

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About the Author

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G. Nykanen was born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This small, rural land mass seems to cultivate a wide variety of colorful characters who provide a plethora of inspiration. The Point, Nykanen’s first novel, is filled with nuances of these local characters and the landscapes one might find in the north woods.

Well traveled thanks to her husband’s government career, she has lived in Europe and many of our United States over the last twenty years. She has recently returned home, moving back to her beloved Upper Peninsula where she resides with her husband and three children.

With The Point now completed, she will continue working on her next novel, Accumulation, along with continuing to develop other stories in the works.

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David Jay Collins is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

Gaybash

“Gaybash” by David Jay Collins

Published on… 28 May 2014
Published as… LGBT Fiction

David Jay Collins’ Interview

1. One Random Fact: I live in the building where Gaybash takes place. Matt, the main character, lives in my apartment.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: There are so many wonderful characters out there but if I were to become one, I’d want an entirely new form. So that leaves out all the humans. I’d choose to be Tock, the watch-dog from The Phantom Tollbooth, one of my favorite books. He’s witty and wise and can always tell you what time it is.

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: “Gonna Fly Now” from Rocky. That theme song is all about fighting hard to achieve your dreams. Any time I feel down on myself I crank up that song and feel inspired again.

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: I’m not a bold person, nor do I want to be the center of attention, but I can create a character who is all of those things. Writing is a wonderful way to recast yourself as someone else. There is a part of me in each character in Gaybash, though I identify most closely with the main character, Matt. The story takes place in Lakeview, a neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago, and it was great fun to embellish the physical environment that all the characters inhabit.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): My first pet was a dog named Tippy that we brought home from an animal shelter when I was very young. She was a wonderful, energetic collie mix and a very special part of our family for many years. I miss her.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: Either music or silence, but usually music. I love disappearing into a story with my earbuds in and the volume up. Depending on the scene, I’ll listen to dance remixes, classical, rock, or even opera. Music triggers my creativity and I can’t imagine writing without it.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Early riser! I wake up with ideas. Even under deadlines, I’ll go to bed early knowing that waking up at 4 a.m. will be far more productive than staying up past 1 a.m.

8. Favorite Season: Autumn. I love everything about this season and it’s also when I feel the most creative and inspired. Most people love to be outside during summer, but I enjoy the outdoors most when it’s cooler and the leaves are changing. I become more introspective in the fall, which is great for writing.

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: Yes—from a very early age. In grade school I wrote and illustrated my own storybooks that I gave to my teachers to critique. They were very encouraging of course, and it’s one of the reasons that I named two doctors in Gaybash after my favorite 5th grade teachers: Mr. Vasen and Mr. Satterlee.

About the Book

Matt Tompkins, a reserved gay man, has always played by the rules and has created a comfortable but unfulfilling life for himself. When his bold best friend Greg reaps unexpected rewards for standing up for himself in a very public display, Matt’s jealousy leads him to risk everything when he’s confronted by two attackers. Determined to be more like Greg, a split-second reaction brings astonishing changes to Matt’s life–for better and for worse.

Set in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, Gaybash explores the boundaries of love and friendship and the unintended consequences of wanting to be somebody else.

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David Collins lives and works in Chicago. Gaybash is his first novel.

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Abigail Owen is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

Andromeda’s Fall

Andromeda’s Fall (Shadowcat Nation #1)

Published on… 25 February 2014
Published as… Paranormal Romance/Fantasy

Abigail Owen’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: I was a competitive skydiver all through college and for about five years following. I did formation skydiving and loved it, but stopped when my kids were born. I miss it every time the skies are clear blue.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: So hard to choose! Elizabeth Bennett tops my list of “real” people. Mostly because she ends up with Mr. Darcy, but also because she’s sassy. Princess Leia for the not so real. Ends up with Han Solo. Untapped Jedi skills. Smart and a leader and a princess. Does it get any better?!?!

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Any of the Rocky anthems. (You’re the best – around – never something, something, something get ya down.)

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: I love interacting with my readers, other than the actual writing, it’s my favorite part. For just the writing part – I really love that I can lose myself in characters/worlds/plots where I get to control what happens next.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): Kitty (Not hugely creative, I realize.)

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: TV mostly (whatever’s on HBO that night – shout out for Game of Thrones! Whoop!); silence when I’m really stuck on a part or editing

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Mid-Day! Lol. Although I’m up before the sun, I really get rolling around 9am and lose steam by about 4pm. Early riser if I have to pick. I can get up early okay, but staying up late kills me.

8. Favorite Season: Spring. I love that everything blooms where we live in California now. The weather is gorgeous – not too hot, not too cold. And the days get longer. I’m definitely solar powered, so that’s important.

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: Always. I started with short stories in the horror line (odd because I don’t write horror any more, my imagination sucks it up too much and I become a nervous wreck – lol). The first story I remember writing was about age 7. When I was twelve I started my first book. I got about 150 pages in or so but didn’t finish. It’s always been my outlet and obsession.

About the Book

Andie Reynolds is being hunted. After witnessing her mother’s violent death at the hands of a pack of wolf shifters, Andie has devoted her life to protecting her community of cougar shifters from a similar fate. But now, a greater threat lies within her own dare, and she must run. If she stays, Kyle Carstairs will try to force their Mating, seeking the added power their union would provide.

Andie would rather chew off her own foot than end up with Kyle. Though, knowing him, she won’t live long either way. Andie’s only hope of survival is to Mate the Alpha of the Keller Dare with which she is seeking asylum. But before she can get to him, Andie must first go through A.J., one of the Alpha’s Protectors. The incredibly frustrating shifter insists on challenging her story, her skills, her trust… and her heart.

Andie is running out of options and out of time. But risking the life of someone she loves – just to save herself – goes against every instinct she has.

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About the Author

Abigail Owen

Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by obtaining a degree in English Rhetoric/Technical Writing. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

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M. L. Ryan is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

Special Attraction

Special Attraction (Book Three of The Coursodon Dimension Series)

Published on… 15 December 2013
Published as… Paranormal Romance/Fantasy

M. L. Ryan’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: I had chicken pox when I was 26 years old.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: Cat, from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. She’s kick-ass and gorgeous, but a little wonky.

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Take It To the Limit, by the Eagles.

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: Getting a chance to express my creative side. I’m a scientist, and my day job requires me to be logical and serious. I don’t have to worry about that when I write.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): Doodles, a Cocker Spaniel mix. (Hey, I was six.)

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: Television or silence but never music, it’s too distracting (I start to mentally sing along).

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Night owl living in an early riser world. Bad combination.

8. Favorite Season: College basketball season!

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: No, but I always made up elaborate stories in my head. I suppose I was destined to be a writer, even if I didn’t know it.

About the Book

The weirdness continues….

Thanks to a magical transplant from an inter-dimensional enforcer, Hailey Parrish can transform into a hawk. When someone begins dismembering hikers along the Appalachian Trail, the enforcers make use of her feathery talents to pursue the killer. Unfortunately, like most things in Hailey’s life, there is nothing ordinary about the assignment. Their target turns out to be maddeningly elusive, they rescue a stray dog that makes a sewage treatment plant seem pleasantly fragrant, and stopping the murders turns out to be the least of their worries.

Special Attraction, the third book in the Coursodon Dimension series, combines paranormal romance, urban fantasy, a bit of science fiction and a healthy dose of quirky humor.

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About the Author

M. L. Ryan

M.L. Ryan is a professional woman – which is not to say that she gave up her amateur status, but rather that she is over-educated with a job that reflects her one-time reluctance to leave school and get “real” work – and she spends a lot of time in that profession reading highly technical material.

She has many stories rolling around in her head, and she finally decided to write some of them. She prefers literature that isn’t saddled with excruciating symbolism, ponderous dialogue or worldly implications. She also doesn’t like plots so reliant on love at first sight that it makes her feel like her head might implode.

She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and teenage son, four cats, two dogs and an adopted desert tortoise.

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D. J. Swykert is Visiting!

The Death of Anyone

The Death of Anyone

Published on…25 February 2013
Published as…Mystery/Suspense, Crime Fiction
Published by…Melange Books

D. J.’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: I used to tell fortunes on the internet.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: Robin Hood. I like Hood because he was a real activist for social reform.

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: These Are the Days — Van Morrison.

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: I like writing fiction because, unlike reality, I can have everything end the way I want it to.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): I’m going to go with my first dog, Zippy. I wouldn’t dare go with my listing my significant other as a pet. I’d end up being her insignificant other.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: Music. I don’t need quiet when I write. Actually, think I’m more prolific and in better touch with my own voice when there is music playing.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: I can stay up late, I was a 911 operator. But lately seem to have turned into more of just a regular person, sleep in the dark, walk around in the daylight.

8. Favorite Season: Spring, as it is for beginnings.

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: I don’t know. I wanted to be the conductor on a train when I was a kid. Second choice was a banker, it was originally my first choice, but slipped to second when I found out all the money wasn’t mine.

About the Book

Detroit homicide Detective Bonnie Benham has been transferred from narcotics for using more than arresting and is working the case of a killer of adolescent girls. CSI collects DNA evidence from the scene of the latest victim, which had not been detected on the other victims. But no suspect turns up in the FBI database. Due to the notoriety of the crimes a task force is put together with Bonnie as the lead detective, and she implores the D.A. to use an as yet unapproved type of a DNA Search in an effort to identify the killer. Homicide Detective Neil Jensen, with his own history of drug and alcohol problems, understands Bonnie’s frailty and the two detectives become inseparable as they track this killer of children.

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DJ Swykert is a former 911 operator. His work has appeared in The Tampa Review, Detroit News, Monarch Review, Lunch Ticket, Zodiac Review, Barbaric Yawp and Bull. His books include Children of the Enemy, Maggie Elizabeth Harrington, Alpha Wolves, The Death of Anyone and The Pool Boy’s Beatitude. You can find him at: www.magicmasterminds.com/djswykert. He is a wolf expert.

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Raphyel M. Jordan is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

Evaluations of the Tribe

Evaluations of the Tribe

Published on…15 November 2013
Published as…Science Fiction/Coming of Age

Raphyel’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: I had blueberry granola pancakes from J. Christopher’s…for lunch. Genius.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: Easy. Forge from the X-Men. I’ll be able to make anything out of, well…anything!

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: What? We got theme songs now!? Nobody told me. My novels have theme songs, though. That’s good enough for me.

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: Actually, I like the pre-gaming part of it, truth be told. All the research that you do in order to build the universe your characters and readers are going to dwell in…

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): Sunshine. She was a black lab. I know. A play on words.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: (Singing) “Music Makes Me Lose Control! Music Makes Me Lose Control!”

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Party hearty on ‘til the break of dawn.

8. Favorite Season: Autumn, with its colors, and the weather, and the food, and the beers, and the clothes, and the holidays…yeah…

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: Actually, no. I wanted to be an animator growing up, always having wanted to bring my characters to life. Even so, I’ve written adventures for my creations, as far back as learning how to write a basic sentence. So, in that sense, I guess writing was always in me, even when I didn’t even realize it.

About the Book

You Learn. You Work. You Fight.

In spite her age, Aly should be the ideal Goolian combatant in her tribe. Her reaction time is faster than any adult. Her agility is off the charts, and she’s one of the top ranked sparring students in the entire village. If she could just fire a single beam of energy from her palms, like everyone else on her homeworld, she wouldn’t get pushed around, harassed in class, or long for acceptance. The Evaluations, however, can change that. If she can be the last one standing in a dangerous rite of passage that will put her years of training to the ultimate test, she’ll finally prove her worth to her people. Anything less, and she’ll be the local outcast for the remainder of her life.

There’s another person in the tribe longing for the same prize due to a similar dilemma, and it will take all of Aly’s strength to defeat her. There’s only one small problem. That person happens to be her best friend.

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Raphyel Montez Jordan grew up in a household sensitive to the creative arts. As a child, his hobbies were drawing favorite cartoon and video game characters while making illustrated stories. This passion for art never left and followed him all the way up to his high school and college years.

It wasn’t until college when he underwent a personal “renaissance” of sorts that Jordan took his interest in writing to another level. When he was 19, he started writing a novel for fun, taking inspiration from the constant exposure of different ideas and cultures that college showed him while staying true to the values he grew up to embrace. However, when the “signs of the times” influenced the story and the characters to spawn into universes of their own, he figured he might possibly be on to something.

As he studied graphic design at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, Jordan also used his electives to study sciences like Astronomy, Psychology, and Biology in order enhance the reading experience in his story. He eventually made it a goal to have the story published after he graduated, and dubbed the goal “Operation Prosia,” the very same project that would develop into his first published book, “Prossia.”

Even though his novel is not necessarily a religious book, Jordan utilizes his Christian faith by urging people to encourage, not condemn, in his story. Best known for ending his PSFC newsletters with “Unity Within Diversity,” he hopes “Prossia’s” success will inspire people to consider and support the positive outlook in the difference human kind can share, whether it be race, religion, or any other cultural difference.

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Gaelen VanDenbergh is Visiting! [Tour]

Running Against Traffic

Running Against Traffic

Published on… 15 February 2013

Published as… Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Gaelen’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: I’m addicted to the Food Network, but I’m a lousy cook. Truly. Terrible. But the Food Network keeps making me THINK I can cook, so I keep trying.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: As a child I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking. As an adult, I would say Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. She is witty, intelligent and rebellious, but gets to be mistress of that gorgeous estate, Pemberly, too.

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night, Tom Waits. It’s yearning, stumbling, reminiscing, looking forward, looking back.

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: Hemingway once said “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” After all the bleeding, it’s wonderful to read positive reviews, that someone actually loved what took so much.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): A stray kitten named Chessie.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: Music.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Natural night owl. Forced early riser.

8. Favorite Season: Fall. To me, it always feels like a new beginning. And I make so many mistakes, I’m all about starting afresh!

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: Since I could hold a pencil.

About the Book

Paige Scott spent her childhood shuffled between relatives who ignored her, and her adult life hiding in her crumbling marriage to wealthy David Davenport. When David suddenly thrusts her into a remote, impoverished world, Paige is forced to face the betrayals of her past – not to mention the colorful townies of her present. Unexpected friendships and her discovery of running propel her on a jagged and comical journey toward learning how to truly live.

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Gaelen VanDenbergh

Gaelen VanDenbergh is a writer, runner, and compulsive list-maker who lives in Philadelphia with her family, a fat cat, and several fish. Her debut novel Running Against Traffic, was a Global Ebook Award nominee, a semifinalist in the The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards, a semifinalist in the Readers’ Favorite 2013 International Book Award Contest, Indie Book of the Day, June 30, 2013, a 2013 Beach Book Festival Award nominee, and has received a four star review in InD’tale Magazine.

When not writing, Gaelen enjoys reading, running races for charities, and spending as much time in Key West and the Adirondacks as she can.

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Meet the Authors of “Here, Kitty Kitty”

In the future, you’ll be seeing more of Boom Baby, as I work to expand my blog and become part of blog tours and so forth. I’m happy to host my first post in this new trend, and bring a new feature: the Boom Baby Blast, which is my author interview. Today’s interview features the six authors (yes, including myself, as Mia Darien) that make up the anthology Here, Kitty Kitty, which sees the profits go to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana and hosts six romantic stories feature cat shapeshifters.

Enjoy!

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1. One Random Fact:
A. Star: I like my coffee cold, even in the Winter.
Jessica Nicholls: Cleaning drains using baking soda and vinegar is both fun and effective.
Dariel Raye: I love jalapeno Cheetos
Mia Darien: I grew up on a small horse farm. Probably one of the only people to be bucked off a Shetland pony.
Abigail Owen: I did competitive skydiving for about 5 years. My college boyfriend got me into it, and then I fell in love with the sport. I miss it every day there’s blue skies.
B. R. Kingsolver: I learned to read when I was three.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be:
A. Star: Brooke in Real by Katy Evans. Just for Remy :)
Jessica Nicholls: Alexandra from Willa Cather’s O Pioneers. I wish I was that strong and solid.
Dariel Raye: Wonder Woman, everything except the “no men” part
Mia Darien: Ms. Marvel. I’m late to the comic party, but after watching on of the animated series, if its accurate to her comic self, she is kick ass. Nothing delicate. Just a punch it through attitude, and I like that.
Abigail Owen: Elizabeth Bennett – smart, mouthy, independent, a thinker, and yet still able to find incandescent love
B. R. Kingsolver: Lazarus Long from multiple Robert Heinlein books

3. Your Authorial Theme Song:
A. Star: Moment 4 Life by Nicki Minaj
Jessica Nicholls: ‘Sail’ by Kate Rogers.
Dariel Raye: “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
Mia Darien: “Never-Ending Story” by Within Temptation
Abigail Owen: Really depends on my mood. Right now, in the middle of Black Orchid, I’d say the theme song from Rocky.
B. R. Kingsolver: Truckin by the Grateful Dead

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer:
A. Star: The ability to excuse myself from reality in the words I write
Jessica Nicholls: When an idea evolves into a story, and the characters become like real people. It’s like making new friends.
Dariel Raye: Readers who enjoy my stories. It means so much to me when I’ve helped someone escape the difficulties of life for a little while.
Mia Darien: Creating worlds that I like to live in, and having other people like to be in them too.
Abigail Owen: Toss up between letting my imagination loose and interacting with my readers.
B. R. Kingsolver: Having people tell me that they enjoy my stories.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…):
A. Star: My cocker spaniel/ west highland mix, Tucker. I miss her :(
Jessica Nicholls: Elvis. He was a poodle.
Dariel Raye: Ive had them my whole life, but the first one who was just mine was Kippy, a gray Tabby/Persian mix.
Mia Darien: Hawkeye, one of a long line of pets named after M*A*S*H characters.
Abigail Owen: Kitty (creative right?)
B. R. Kingsolver: Blackie – a mongrel I got from a farmer when I was three.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing:
A. Star: MUSIC! Classical or some kind of alternative rock
Jessica Nicholls: Soft subtle music or silence.
Dariel Raye: Either is fine these days, long as it’s not a documentary or the news, I make do. LOL
Mia Darien: Used to be television and still is sometimes, but more music lately too. Symphonic metal with operatic female singers.
Abigail Owen: TV most of the time (Game of Thrones junkie), silence when I really need to knock it out.
B. R. Kingsolver: It depends, it doesn’t matter. I can write with our without any of them.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl:
A. Star: Unfortunately, I’m both. Basically I never sleep.
Jessica Nicholls: Early riser. My brain is nice and clear in the morning. Usually.
Dariel Raye: Definitely night owl. I’m talking 3 and 4 am. I write and compose music best in the wee hours of morning – BEFORE bed.
Mia Darien: Both. Night owl by nature, but with an early rising three year old. After all this time, I’m still not a morning person on my own though!
Abigail Owen: Afternoon peaker – although, if I have to pick, I’d say early riser. But that’s more a function of being a working mom.
B. R. Kingsolver: I used to be a night owl, but I’ve been getting up early to go to work for so long that now I tend to wake early.

8. Favorite Season:
A. Star: Fall/Winter. I was born in Fall, but I LOVE cold weather!
Jessica Nicholls: Autumn. Cooler, darker and full of the promise of fun cold weather holidays.
Dariel Raye: Autumn/Fall – love the colors, the clothes, and the temperature is perfect.
Mia Darien: Autumn, hands down. Grew up in New England where autumn lights the forest in fiery colors. It’s magical.
Abigail Owen: Spring – everything starts blooming and it’s not too cold or to hot outside. Perfect.
B. R. Kingsolver: Autumn. Spring is next. But I do like to ski.

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer:
A. Star: Nope. I wanted to be a million things before I decided in my 20’s to give writing a try. Now I look back and can’t believe I ever wanted to be anything else!
Jessica Nicholls: No, I wanted to be an actress. But I hate people looking at me and I’m crap at talking out loud. I’d rather squirrel myself away somewhere and perform with different characters in my head.
Dariel Raye: Yes. Started writing as a child. Used to hand write my stories in a journal, and actually placed in some writing competitions back in the day
Mia Darien: I wanted to be a lot as a kid, but there are stories I wrote as a kid, but at fourteen, it was all over. I wanted to write.
Abigail Owen: Always, always, always.
B. R. Kingsolver: Yes, but I never wrote any of the stories I imagined. I have hundreds of things I could write.

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