Monthly Archives: February 2013

Christopher D. Abbott

I’m an enthusiastic reader of crime fiction, but not just crime. Science-fiction, fantasy and a lot of period drama. I have also, on occasions, dipped into the works of historic non-fiction. However, my passion has always been a good murder mystery! I have copies of all the Sherlock Holmes cases, and nearly all the Agatha Christie’s Poirot (short stories and complete novels). I have tinkered with various ideas for a crime story of my own, and when I sat down and set about the task of having someone murdered (in print!) the story of Sir Laurence Gregson was born.

Now, before I could murder him, I had to understand him. This then led me to develop the character of Doctor Straay. I choose a Dutchman purely and simply because I had been to Holland many times, I have friends there, and I love the Dutch, so it was natural that I…

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Rhoda Baxter

This week’s Inheritance Books are from YA writer Shalini Boland. Hi Shalini, welcome to Inheritance Books.Tell me a bit about yourself.

imagesBefore kids, I was a singer songwriter signed to Universal Music. But now I’m a mother of two noisy boys and so writing novels fits in perfectly with my life. A typical day is taking the kids to school, doing an hour or so of online promo (while trying not to get sucked in to the chat) and then sitting down with a coffee to write.

I specialise mainly in teen fiction. I write the kinds of books I love to read – gripping young adult adventures with a sprinkling of romance and a big dose of danger. I’m currently in the middle of writing my post-apocalyptic trilogy, the OUTSIDE SERIES, a romance thriller set in the near future.

I love to spend time outdoors with my family. We…

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From mystery writer Susan Finlay’s blog…Susan is another Grey Cells Press author.

Susan Finlay Writes

For many years I’ve been fascinated with caves. My husband and I, along with our children, have toured many caves in the U.S., and even had the chance, recently, to explore on our own inside a raw cave in our city. We tiptoed on rocks through a watery cave floor, guided only by our tiny flashlights, and the flashlights of another family ahead of us. No one was brave enough to go very far inside, especially after I clunked my head on a low spot in the cave’s ceiling.

Another interesting cave adventure happened in March of this year. My husband and I were on a tour of a commercialized cave with my cousin and her husband, and we saw bats flying around. The unexpected sighting was thrilling, though we would probably have been less thrilled if that had happened on the unguided tour in the raw cave.

I’ve toured…

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Jera's Jamboree

Today I’m welcoming Shalini Boland to Jera’s Jamboree.

Post-Apocalyptic-itis

First of all, I’d like to say thanks to Shaz for letting me gate-crash her beautiful blog with my ramblings. Second of all, I’m going to talk about my current obsession – Post-Apocalyptic Fiction.

I’ve always been quite an eclectic kind of reader. Never sticking to one genre and devouring just about anything and everything from romance to thrillers to supernatural to contemporary fiction. But I do have phases. There was my ‘pony’ phase when I was ten – anything with a gymkhana and a fanciable stable boy and I was hooked. Later, came my Anne Rice phase – vampires and witches in the Deep South.  I still dip in and out of her series. But right now, I’m head-over-heels in love with dystopia and the apocalypse.

The British TV series The Last Train got me hooked on Near Future fiction…

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Horror Novel Reviews

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SUBMISSIONS CLOSED

I know there are a lot of writers out there eager to get their work featured on a stable platform. We want to help. While HNR isn’t remotely near as large as it will be, we’ve grown exponentially in the last six months. Our reader base is strong, our views are consistently increasing and advertisers are taking notice. Getting your story featured in the marquee of HorrorNovelReviews certainly won’t hurt your cause. A clean bill in the pocket won’t hurt either.

Here’s the gist: We want to read your best monster story, but it’s got to be short. No novella submissions, no graphic novel submissions, just a short story, all about monsters… of some sort. I will personally read each and every submission, narrow the field to five front-runners, and recruit the voices of two additional published authors to get their opinions and votes.

The winner, as…

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Interview with Kristell Ink Author, D.E. Howell

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Welcome to my second installment of Nerdy Notes. I was lucky enough to grab Deb Howell author of the new Steampunk Fantasy “Healer’s Touch” to talk with me. I’ve just started reading this and it is a dandy. So without further ado, take it away, Deb.

Tell us a bit about your book. What kind of audience will this book appeal to?

Healer’s Touch is a fantasy tale centred around a girl who can heal herself. Unfortunately, her power comes with the consequence that in order to heal, life-energy must be transferred from something (or someone) else…

It’s a tale about her trying to deal with these consequences, while those who would use her power for their own benefit track her down.

This is the bit where I admit to being a terrible author. I’ve read all the advice that says “Know your audience”… I just never followed it. When…

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