Tuesday Interview: Debbie Manber Kupfer

I was interviewed on the Paisley Piranha – check it out!

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Tuesday is Interview day. Today, we’re delighted to welcome Debbie Manber Kupfer to the tank!

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PP: Welcome to the Paisley Piranha’s aquarium, Debbie. Make yourself at home. Don’t stick your fingers in the tank, we’re not sure how well trained the piranhas are. Can I get you a cup of tea? Would you like some chocolate? Silly question; you’re a writer – what sort of chocolate do you like and I’ll see what I can set my hands on?

DMK: Oooh chocolate – I love any kind of dark chocolate, particular if it has almonds or mint in it. I bribe myself while I’m writing with mint chocolate M&Ms. (Oh and I’ll definitely take you up on that tea too – Earl Grey, hot with milk please!)

PP: Okay, well, a big thank you for coming. P.A.W.S. piqued our interest and wanted to…

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Virtual Fantasy Con – Renee Scattergood

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Introducing Virtual Fantasy Con. This October I along with some awesome fantasy authors from around the globe will be participating in a Virtual Fantasy Con. The Con will include themed days in different sub-genres with panels, games, giveaways, interviews, awards, and more. To get the ball rolling this week I’m part of a Fantasy Blog Tour – check out this link for a list of all the participating blogs. And here is Paws4Thought’s contribution to the tour – a guest post on fantasy world building from Shadow Stalker author Renee Scattergood.

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Simplifying the World Building Process

By Renee Scattergood

When I first began publishing my Shadow Stalker serial, the idea of World Building seemed so intimidating and well, almost impossible. There’s so much to it that when I researched it, the whole concept overwhelmed me. So I started writing without worrying about the world building too much. I just kept it in the back of my mind while writing the first draft and figured I’d work it out during the editing process.

Oddly, since I had been creating this world in my head for years before I started writing, it seemed there was little I needed to do. It happened naturally. Now I’m beginning a new series, A God’s Deception, in a new world, and I’m realizing I can’t fall back on that with this one.

To keep from getting overwhelmed with the process, I’m simplifying it. First, instead of trying to come up with everything right from the start, I’m going to do exactly what I do with my characters. When I create a new character, I come up with the basics to get the story started, but I let the character develop naturally as I write. Anytime something new comes up, I add it to my notes on the character so I can refer back to it later and prevent contradicting myself.

So far, I know I want my new story to take place on another world. It’s going to have two different religions. One is a monotheistic religion and the other polytheistic. I also know the political system is going to be based on the polytheistic religion. So I know I have to work out the basics of the world, the two religious orders, and the politics surrounding them, but things like money, technology, and more specific details will develop as the story does.

Any author who is feeling intimidated by the world building process of their story might benefit from simplifying it in this way as well. It takes the pressure of having to figure it all out from the start and allows the world to develop more naturally, which, in my opinion, makes it feel more authentic.

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Vote for Renee, Shadowstalker, me, P.A.W.S., and all of your other indie fantasy favorites at the Virtual Fantasy Con Awards.

Also P.A.W.S. is on sale this week for just 99 cents. Pick up your copy today!

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Shadow Stalker – Book Tour



Shadow Stalker – Part 3
Episodes 13 – 18
By
Renee Scattergood
Coming November 23rd
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About Shadow Stalker – Part 3



Things go from bad to worse when the Galvadi Empire develops a new technology to use against the shadow stalkers. Now Kado and Makari are more determined than ever to keep Auren away from their enemies, but Auren decides enough is enough and takes matters into her own hands. She turns herself over to the Galvadi to get close to Drevin and Makari has no choice but to play along. He is forced to either torture Auren to prove his loyalty or die knowing she will be tortured and enslaved anyway. Somehow they have to get close enough to Drevin to bring him down and put an end to the Galvadi’s tyranny once and for all.



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About Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 3):


The Hidden Truth (Episode 1)
A young shadow stalker is destined to enslave the people of the Serpent Isles, and the Galvadi Empire want this child of prophecy dead. Auren Trasks perfectly normal life is disrupted when the Galvadi invade, and she learns a startling secret about her past. A secret that will change her life forever.
The Delohi-Saqu’s Fate (Episode 2)
Auren is being targeted by the Council of Elders, and the only one who could put an end to their corruption is her father. But leaving the Dark Isle would turn Kado against her.
Shadows’ Betrayal (Episode 3)
After seeing the monster she will become, Auren swears not to leave the Dark Isle. Despite that, the elders are conspiring against her. To escape their scheming, she and Kado decide to explore the Dark Isle. But worse things await them in the forests.
Forbidden Love (Episode 4)
Kado and Auren survive a deadly storm, but when Auren is forbidden from pursuing love with another young shadow stalker, will it be enough to drive a wedge between her and her foster father?
Destiny Reconciled Part 1 (Episode 5)
Auren and Kado accept that they may not be able to avoid her leaving the Dark Isle. Now they have to prepare for that eventuality. Will the training be more than Auren can handle?
Destiny Reconciled Part 2 (Episode 6)
Cathnor has been arrested and is facing a death sentence. The Dark Isle is out of control, and Kado is the only one who can help his people. So he prepares Auren for the possibility that she may have to leave the Dark Isle without him and face her destiny alone, but can she leave him and do what must be done?

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Episode 7: Bound by Fate
Auren’s best friend was captured during the Galvadi invasion, and her rescue attempt goes awry. Now Auren finds herself in the hands of an enemy who knows her true identity…one who has the power to be either her destroyer or her salvation.
Episode 8: Broken
Auren doesn’t succumb to Makari’s torture, so he decides his father was right about her being the delohi-saqu. Now he resorts to more sadistic methods to extract information, which could doom the Coalition if Auren fails to resist.
Episode 9: Turning Tides
Now that Makari knows the truth about Auren, he has sworn to protect her and help her escape. But when the other guides become suspicious, Makari’s loyalty is tested, and he is forced to do something he swore he’d never do again.
Episode 10: Separate Paths
Auren finally meets Shai, Kado’s daughter, but she is too weak from her months of torture to escape the reconciliation center. Makari takes over Shai’s cleansing sessions, but that means Auren will face daily torture again. To make things worse, Makari disappears and Auren is given a task that means taking the life of someone she loves.
Episode 11: Escape Part 1
Auren and Shai begin their escape, but it doesn’t go as planned, and they are forced to adjust their plans. They are pushed to their limits, and Auren has to put her untried abilities to use or risk being recaptured.
Episode 12: Escape Part 2
Makari has decided to stay with the Galvadi for Auren’s protection. Auren and Shai are on their own, and nature seems to be against them. After being seriously injured, Auren falls ill and it starts to look like they will never reach their meeting spot with Kado on the southern shore.
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Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy, and she’d dabbling with paranormal thrillers under a pen name.
She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God’s Deception.
Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her homeschooled daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6): http://reneescattergood.com
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Meet the Little Red Cuttlefish

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I was privileged to receive an advanced reader copy of Henry, Josh & Harrison Herz’s delightful new picture book, Little Red Cuttlefish.

This is a quirky new take on the Red Riding Hood story and is beautifully illustrated by Kate Gotfredson. Little ones and their parents will enjoy reading this one over and over.

Pick up your copy today!

She may be spineless, but this invertebrate has a lot of backbone!

Little Red jets off to take fresh crab cakes to her grandmother. Everything goes swimmingly—until a big, bad tiger shark attacks! Little Red has to use her cuttlefish defenses—camouflage, quick reflexes, and squirting an ink cloud—to outwit the shark, combining science and spunk. Gorgeous illustrations depict the reef and its adorable main character with lively detail. The authors include information about cuttlefish and tiger sharks, addressing Common Core standards, as well as resources for further reading. This aquatically fractured fairy tale will tickle your cuttlebone and spark your curiosity. After reading, remember to sleep tight—and don’t let the copepods bite!

 

Book Giveaway and Author Interview – Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil

Over at Three Chatty Cats a beautiful kitty themed picture book and an interview with the author Anne Zoet.

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What I love about children’s books is that you don’t have to be a child to enjoy them. I admit that I have a collection of children’s books – all cat books, of course – so I was happy to receive a copy of Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil for their Blog Tour this week.

As you may have guessed by the title, our hero cat Purrball meets a friendly sloth named Burrball in this adventure story. This book is perfect for young readers, ages 6-9, who will quickly fall in love with the two main characters as they follow along on their journey.

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Meet the Multi-Talented Michelle Lynn

Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m happy to welcome Young Adult Romance and Fantasy author, Michelle Lynn.

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Michelle.

Hello to everyone who is smart enough to read Debbie’s books. I count myself among you all and have never been disappointed. (Aw shucks – DMK)

I also write YA books, both dystopian and romance. Don’t laugh at me! Lol. Romance gets a bad rap, but I try to hold back as much of the cheese as I can, but some dribbles may slip through. I can’t help myself – I love books that leave you grinning.

Living in Tampa, FL surrounded by my family – including a bubbly two-year-old – and a horde of furry friends gives me all the material I need to write. I spend my days writing, reading like nobody’s business, watching ice hockey, and playing play-doh.

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  1. When did you first start writing?

When I was 23 and fresh out of college, an illness I’d been managing for years worsened and became disabling. I could no longer work outside the home or do much else. For six months, I was even bedridden. That’s when my first book was born. I’ve continued to write as I remain disabled and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

Whew – too many to count. JK Rowling is the obvious one. Robin Hobb. David Eddings.

  1. What inspires you to write?

Life. That sounds cliché, but I believe inspiration can be found just about anywhere. My family is my biggest source. I wrote an entire book inspired by the world of the NHL. The ocean is a big one. I keep finding beach and ocean themes creeping in to my works.

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This is Gabby. One of the characters in the Dawn of Rebellion trilogy is named after her. She’s wearing the jersey of my favorite hockey team.

  1. You write in two different genres – do you find it difficult to switch between the two? Do you prefer fantasy or romance as a reader and a writer?

Switching genres was easier than you’d imagine. At the end of the day, these stories are just about people and how they relate to one another. Once you get that down, the rest is cake. The harder part was switching from first person, present tense to third person, past tense.

As a reader this is a difficult question. It’s a lot easier to enjoy a romance – I do love them – because they’re simple and sweet and end happily most of the time. Fantasies are harder for an author to get right. But when they do, when everything clicks into place and the story sucks you in, it can be magic.  

  1. Tell us a little bit about your latest release.

Dreams is a special book for me. It’s the third in my New Beginnings romance series, but it isn’t truly about the romance. Some have said it’s more contemporary fiction than romance. Josh is a young professional hockey player who meets Taylor, a girl who seems broken by grief. Through their friendship, she slowing starts putting herself back together until the unthinkable happens to Josh and she has to confront her past in order help him move into the future, a very different future than he’d imagined.

To put it in short hand – it’s a story about what you do when the one thing you’ve dreamt of comes to an end. What’s next?

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  1. What attracts to writing for young adults?

Teenagers are incredibly resilient. They’re ever changing. They love with the same fierceness that they hate and forgive easily. I wanted to write about teenagers so it only made sense to write for them. There’s an energy they have that I wanted to tap into.

  1. You recently released an audio book of Dawn of Rebellion. Tell a little about the process of getting this made. Will there be audio books of your other titles?

Now this was fun! I put Dawn of Rebellion on amazon’s acx marketplace where I found my amazing narrator, Danielle. She got started and we worked together to put out what I think is a pretty great audiobook.

Danielle is about to start recording book two in the series, Day of Reckoning. Choices, book one in the New Beginnings series, will also be out as an audio book in October. That one is sounding great!

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  1. Do you have a favorite character you’ve created?

Without question. Don’t get me wrong, I love all my babies, but I have a special place in my heart for Josh Walker – the leading man in Dreams. His struggles hit on a personal level for me and on top of that he’s a too-sweet-for-words hockey player for my favorite NHL team.

  1. What are you currently working on?

A couple of books. My writing partner – whose name is also Michelle – and I are in the early stages of an epic fantasy series.

I’m also writing a YA contemporary book titled We Thought We Were Invincible, about a group of kids in their final months of high school, living it up until everything they know is shaken to the core. This will be the heaviest topic I take on and it’s one that’d been in the public eye. It’s intimidating, but stories like these need to be told.

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

Read. Watch Netflix. Swim. Rinse. Repeat.

  1. If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

Easy – I want to fly. My walking disability makes things difficult for me, but if I could fly, my problems would float away!

  1. Do you have a little snippet you’d like to share?

Sure! Here’s a cute little moment between Josh and Taylor from Dreams:

 

As they watched the movie, he glanced at her every few minutes. His arm rested on the back of the couch, stretching towards her.

“You’re going to mess up my hair if you keep doing that,” Taylor said after he had been playing with the wet strands for a few minutes.

“Hate to break it to you, sweetheart, but it’s already messed up.”

She started combing her fingers through it self-consciously. It had started to dry funny, and there was no helping it.

“Maybe if it was as long and pretty as yours, the rain wouldn’t ruin it. Can I use some of your product? You must have tons of it.”

“Oh,” he said, cupping his hands around his mouth. “She makes a joke, ladies and gentlemen.”

“I make jokes!”

“Nah, you’re always so serious.” He touched her cheek lightly. “I just want to see you smile.”

Taylor’s stomach clenched as she looked into his eyes. “I want to smile,” she admitted, finally looking away. “I just …”

“Can’t,” he finished for her. “We’re going to change that.”

“How do you expect to do that? I barely know you.”

“You know me.” His voice grew quiet and it was his turn to look embarrassed. He shook it off. “You had fun running through the rain, didn’t you?”

“I guess I did.”

“Then that’s how we do it. I don’t want you to think right now. I just want you to say the first spontaneous thing that pops into your mind. Something you want to do.”

Something I want to do? She thought. Then she remembered she wasn’t supposed to be thinking.

“Come on. Give me a quick answer,” Josh said.

Before she knew what she was doing, Taylor leaned over and pressed her lips to his. His eyes widened in surprise, but he didn’t pull away. His arms snaked around her back as she continued to kiss him. Her brain was yelling at her to stop, but she just wanted to feel something. And Josh made her feel everything.

 

  1. How can readers connect with you?

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Michelle-Lynn-706537056079631/

Website – michellelynnauthor.com

Check out Michelle’s books on her Amazon page!

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Summer Indie Book Awards

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Hey folks – it’s September 1st and that means voting has begun for the Summer Indie Book Awards. I am thrilled to announce that my books have been nominated in a number of categories. Please go vote – Click on the short links by each category. it only takes a moment.

Anthology: http://goo.gl/50ivBw

In anthology I’m proud to part of two nominated collections, Sins of the Future and Stardust, Always.

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Bio/Memoir: http://goo.gl/wgzu8e

In memoir, my cancer story, The Big C ,has been nominated.

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Flash Fiction: http://goo.gl/AQIiXH

In Flash Fiction it’s time for a little Tea and Dark Chocolate.

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Novella: http://goo.gl/6zVg5y

In Novella we ask Will There Be Watermelons on Mars? (Which is also on sale this week for just 99 cents.)

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Young Adult: http://goo.gl/gsq96a

And last but not least, in Young Adult, on the anniversary of its rerelease we have P.A.W.S.

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Go Vote Guys!