Sunday, 31 December 2017

Joshua Robertson: Happy Winter Solstice. My Blog is Moving For the New Year.

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26036072_10156482595810931_315039089_oAfter nearly six years on WordPress, I am finally moving my blog to my main website at https://www.robertsonwrites.com/robertsonblog.
I am excited and terrified. With 85,600 folks connected through this blog, I feel like I am taking a large risk jumping ship. I hope many of you will consider checking in with me from time to time. I have met many, many awesome people through WordPress, many of which have seemingly vanished over the years, and I would like to keep in touch.
In the meantime, have a good holiday–for those of you who celebrate–and I will see you in 2018.
Joshua

Friday, 29 December 2017

Fantasy Art Friday | Allison D. Reid

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Get inspired with this week’s Fantasy Art Friday, where fun fantasy artwork is combined with a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing.

This image depicts a tale we’re all familiar with…Santa, the reindeer, the sleigh full of gifts…flying high in the night sky on a snowy Christmas eve. Is this dreamy landscape part of the North Pole? Or maybe someplace a bit more fantastical? Imagine Santa–or some version of him–visiting the various worlds of our imaginations. What sort of magical twist could we bring to this classic story? Are you up to the challenge fellow writers?  If so, pick up your pens and create your own version of who is in that sleigh, what it might be carrying, and to whom. Hope you all have a very merry Christmas!

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Author Spotlight: MIND: The Beginning - A #SciFi Novel by Jenn Nixon | Renee Scattergood

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Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! Today I’m happy to welcome Jenn Nixon to my little home on the net. She’s here to share her science fiction novel, MIND: The Beginning with us. She has also shared an excerpt, but first, let’s learn more about her.
Jenn’s love of writing started the year she received her first diary and Nancy Drew novel. Throughout her teenage years, she kept a diary of her personal thoughts and feelings but graduated from Nancy Drew to other mystery suspense novels.
She often adds a thriller and suspense element to anything she writes be it Romance, Science Fiction, or Fantasy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, observing pop culture, playing with her two dogs, and working on various charitable projects in her home state of New Jersey.

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Dina knew being a psychic meant her life would always be different and dangerous. After she loses telepathic contact with her twin brother and stumbles onto his covert government group policing psychics, she thought she’d seen it all. Then she meets Liam of Shria, a self-proclaimed “alien”, and with his help learns she’s much more than the typical psychic.

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“I had a feeling I’d see you again,” the voice called.
Dina looked around the wooded area, feeling confused for a moment. It seemed familiar. Across the marsh, Liam was leaning against a tree, casually dressed, hair slightly less shaggy than it had been last time, hands shoved in his skinny jeans. A light mist lingered over the grass, a taste of salt in the air. How did she get here?
“What?”
“Didn’t think it would be this soon,” he replied with a shrug.
The Gut surrounded her. She didn’t remember coming here, yet she was in the Bay Hook. Solid ground beneath her feet and the stench she breathed in, all real. “Why, uh . . . did you come back?”
“The real question is why did you call me here?”
“What are you talking about? You were already here, and I didn’t call. I don’t even have your number.”
“Want it?” he asked, smirking, then shook his head. “No, wait . . . oh. Uninhibited speech, foggy backdrop, extra flirty. I get it.”
“Get what?”
“We’re dreaming. You’re asleep right?”
“No,” she spat, spreading her arms, twisting in place. She pulled a cattail-punk out of the ground and shook it at him. “We’re in the Hook, hello, don’t you see the trees? Can’t you smell the marsh?”
“You must have been thinking about me, which is normal, frankly, given the circumstances. But how the hell are you keeping me here?”
“I’m not doing anything.”
“Dina, did both your parents have psionic abilities?”
“Only my father, why?”
“Curious,” he said, moving toward her, gray eyes sweeping up and down. “What about his parents, either of them?”
“I don’t know. What does it matter?”
“People don’t normally share dreams. You’re strong—”
“Why does everyone keep saying that?” Dina threw her hands up in the air and walked away. “Who cares if I am or not? There’s some dude out there burning up people, and I don’t have time to tramp around the swamp with E.T.”
“What did you say?”
“Nothing. Doesn’t matter. I’m outta here.”
“Wait, Dina,” he said, catching up and surpassing her. He grabbed both her arms to stop her. “You really are dreaming.”
Everything around her was too real to be a dream. She felt the pressure of his fingers, even the sinking feeling of her feet on the soft ground. “So this isn’t the Gut, it’s a dream? Right, and you’re sharing it with me, sure.”
“You’re amazing!” He laughed boyishly. “Even after all you’ve seen, you’re still questioning everything.”
“Then prove it to me. Call me, here’s my number,” she said, mentally sending the digits to his head.
Liam smiled at her. A sweet, sincere smile that made her smile back before shrugging.
“Dina—”
Her eyes popped open. The ceiling of her bedroom stared back. “Oh, what the hell?”
Dina sat up, brow furrowed. She reached toward the nightstand for her phone. Was it going to ring? It had felt as if she had been there, standing in the grass with Liam. She shut her eyes, trying to bring the images back, but they were already fading.
Had she just shared a dream with Liam?


Never Again: A #Paranormal #Detective Series by Lily Luchesi

In this standalone spin-off of the Paranormal Detectives Series, we discover the true horrors during Hitler's reign.


In World War Two, not all monsters were human.

Male siren Sean Wireman was ostracized from his small village in Israel in the sixteenth century, forced to wander the world until he settled in America in the 1920's. Since he doesn't age like a normal person, he was fit to fight in World War Two, to defend the heritage he spent his whole life running from.

Seventy years later, after he has lived a whole other life since Hitler was defeated, from attending law school to becoming a bona fide rock star, the monsters the Nazis released upon the Jews in concentration camps have returned, and he is the only one who can destroy them.

But can he save his people once again, or will this fight take a deadly toll?

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Totem Rebirth: A #Fantasy Novel by D.H. Gibbs | Renee's Author Spotlight

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Hailing from her native Trinidad and Tobago, Author, Illustrator, and lifelong bibliophile D.H. Gibbs found a way to blend her creative abilities with her love of the written word.

From her early days, she spent many waking moments crafting tales, honing her graphic design skills, or dreaming up elaborate vacation plans to satisfy her love of exploring new locations. Her creative endeavors have afforded her many opportunities and inspired her to take her love of new and different worlds to craft Childrens’ and New Adult books for readers everywhere.

When not writing, she can be found dreaming up new, fantastical stories for her fans or indulging her love of art, reading, or planning her next great adventure.


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The races collide as each Konstantinos royal has claimed a throne. Who will survive? Who will be left to pick up the pieces?


For decades Nika Konstantinos has been on the run; from a past that nearly destroyed her and the truth about her family. Now she has embraced her destiny and as queen of the Immortals, her first order of business must be to ensure the death of her twin brother.

Nikolaj Konstantinos has chosen to be the Alpha of the Totems for one reason and one reason only. To get revenge on the Immortals, that murdered his mother. Now that the truce between the races has ended he will stop at nothing to destroy the Immortals.

Friends are lost and gained as brother and sister face off. But there is more than war brewing on the island of Seychatka and when Nika’s past comes back to haunt her she struggles to keep the memories at bay. Will she be able to overcome this new obstacle or will it prove to much for her to survive?

Fans of Throne of GlassA Shade of Vampire and the Red Queen series will surely enjoy the second installment of the Seychatka series.


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Keep reading for an interview with Nikolaj Konstantinos, a character from the book:

Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?


I was born on the island of Seychatka growing up was a battle to prove myself stronger than everyone else.

Do you have a close relationship with your family?


No. My family is dead.


What is the happiest memory from your childhood?


My twin sister.


Who was your best friend growing up?


As alpha I have no friends. That would be a sign of weakness.


Who is your enemy?


The Immortals are my enemies because they murdered my mother.


Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?


In my world only the strongest survive. As Alpha of the Totems I shape the course of my people.


What are your goals?


I would like to destroy the murdering bastards that killed my mother and rule the immortal throne.

Who has been the greatest influence in your life?


My Beta. He is my second and has raise me from a young age. I...care for him.

Do you have a secret you've never told anyone?


Yes. I would give up my roll as Alpha if I could have my sister back.


What kind of clothing do you prefer to wear?


I prefer to wear the Totems traditional leathers and our wrist guards because you never know when a subordinate will need to be reminded of their position.

What do you regret most in your life?


That I don't remember my mother. I believe if she were still alive my life would have been different.

If you could change something about yourself, what would it be?


I would try not to be constantly angry.

#YouTubeTuesday - Lindsey Stirling - Carol of the Bells | Renee Scattergood

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Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it!

Enjoy this version of Carol of the Bells by Lindsey Stirling, the best violinist in the world (in my opinion)


Monday, 25 December 2017

#Medieval Monday: Advent–the days before #Christmas | Allison D. Reid

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Christmas was an important event for Christians in medieval Europe. Not just celebrated around December 25th, it began with the advent season at the end of November and continued through Epiphany on January 6th. Advent (the 40 days before Christmas) was a time of preparation, of waiting for God’s arrival—both historically as the Christ Child, and also in the future end times spoken of in the book of Revelation. Fasting and holy reflection preceded the greater merriment and feasting that took place during the 12 days of Christmas. The fasting was not as stringent as that which would come before Easter during Lent, and it was broken up by smaller feasting days in between, such as for St. Nicholas day on December 6th.  Taking time for prayer, confession, and repentance was also an important part of Advent, when one was supposed to experience a mix of longing and desire for the joy of Christmas that was yet to come.
advent1Christmas trees did not become a tradition until much later, but houses and churches alike were typically decorated in green; a spiritual symbol that signified eternal life, and also was a reminder of the coming spring when the cold, bleak world would come alive again. Holly, bay, ivy, mistletoe, and anything else green could be used along with candles to make rooms look festive.
advent2In England, a form of the nativity scene was made from small boxes, often decorated with flowers, ribbons, and sometimes apples. They had a glass lid, and were covered with a white napkin. Inside were two dolls—one representing Mary, and the other Jesus. These boxes were carried from door to door, and it was considered unlucky not to see one by the time Christmas Eve arrived.
Hymns and carols also made up part of the medieval Christmas season. “O Come O Come Emmanuel” is one such medieval Advent hymn. More to come on the medieval celebration of Christmas in next Monday’s post!

7 #Inspirational #Author #Quotes | Renee Scattergood

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Sometimes I can use a little motivation. It can be because I’m not feeling well or having a bad pain day, or my brain fog is making things difficult for me. Sometimes I need to be reminded of why I’m writing in the first place or encouraged to keep going. Whatever the reason, sometimes it helps me to read inspirational quotes from other authors. So, I’m sharing a few here that you may want to save to motivate yourself, whether you’re an author or want to be one, but you’re too scared to get started:
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write. ~ Somerset Maugham
There’s so much emphasis placed on writing technique that sometimes the passion and feeling that should be there goes out the window. Technique is only important as long as it doesn’t get in the way of the story.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly. ~ C. J. Cherryh
This is one I have to remind myself of every time I sit down to write. I always try to edit as I go, but when I catch myself doing it, I have to stop and remind myself there’s time for that later.
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous. ~ Robert Benchley
This one just makes me laugh when I think about how people say you have to have the talent to make a career of something like writing.
Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer. ~ Ray Bradbury
Like the one before, this one reminds me that if I just keep writing, eventually I’ll get there.
I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs
Another one that reminds me not to worry so much about technique.
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. ~ E. L. Doctorow
For some reason, this one makes me think of just slowing down and enjoying the journey. Sometimes, I’m in such a rush to get to the end I forget to do that.
You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money’s in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed. ~ Larry Niven
I stopped writing short stories while I was working on my Shadow Stalker serial, and I really regretted it. Writing short stories regularly helps my creativity more than writing longer works. I guess it’s because when you’re stuck in the same story all the time, you end up swallowed in that world and it can often become stale. As much as I love writing Shadow Stalker, I started feeling like my whole writing career was all about that and it was getting harder to write. When I started working on short stories again earlier this year, it really boosted my creative flow.
Do you have any quotes that inspire you? I’d love to hear them. Please share them in the comments below.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

GREY - The Covenant of Shadows: A #Fantasy Novel by Kade Cook

All the truths of her life were born from the promise of a lie. A lie that could change everything. Gabrian Shadwell studied hard and kept her nose to the grindstone in order to live the successful and full life that most humans strive for. The problem is, she isn’t exactly human. After protection wards and cloaking spells that were cast to suppress any evidence of magic that may be running through her veins begins scratching it way through the surface, Gabrian fumbles with the unnerving discovery that she now can see hazy energy fragments emanating from her clients bodies.

What is even more shocking is that she yearns to devour it. Her all so perfect and straight forward life as a normal mundane human is just a fa├žade and coming to an end. Who she truly is are the things that spine chilling nightmares are made of. With no possible way to return to the simple life she once knew as an oblivious human, she struggles to concede to the fact that the calm reality of her world has shifted; it is now crawling with Borrowers, Mages and Shadow Walking-beings. But Gabrian’s unyielding thirst for knowledge pushes her to dig her claws in and gain control over her gifts as an energy-lending Borrower as it is essential for her to survive and earn her place amongst them.

Her chaotic journey of self-discovery takes her from the pan and throws her right into the fire when the tainted eyes of the self-righteous Elders in the realm turn against her and the silken tongued devil that lurks within the darkness of the realm seems to be the only thing with an empathetic concern towards her; for a price. Her soft hearted will combats with her logical inner voice about who is really telling her the truth. She tastes the sweet and sours of deception in the air from both sides but still she must choose which force will reign over her freedom and thus deciding how tight her shackles will be to the path that she will walk upon. It is an inner battle that she must fight in order to uncover the ugly answers that she seeks and along the way, Gabrian will fall face first into an important and absolute truth: sometimes the only difference between a Borrower and a Vampire is hope.

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Saturday, 23 December 2017

The Cost of Survival: Book 1 of Genesis Rising - A #SciFi Novel by J. L. Stowers

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Earth spirals into chaos, world war ravages every border, and the human race teeters on the edge of extinction. Humanity’s survival hinges on the success of government contractor Walt Marshall, and his ability to restore life to a decimated valley.

Walt’s job is to bring hope to thousands; a difficult assignment for a man who’s lost everything. During the mission, he finds evidence of atrocious acts committed by the very people sworn to protect human life. He sets off down a dangerous path of espionage and treason as he searches for answers. He must overcome his own dark history, and a ruthless dictator hell-bent on doing whatever it takes to ensure the survival of human kind—on his terms.

Learn more about The Cost of Survival in this riveting science fiction thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Friday, 22 December 2017

Brett A. Brooks Interview | Joshua Robertson

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Check out my awesome interview with Brett A. Brooks, author of Edible Complex and Red is the Darkest Color.

Author Spotlight: Londinium: A #YA #Fantasy Novel by Debbie Manber Kupfer | Renee Scattergood

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Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! Today I’ve got Debbie Manber Kupfer returning with the latest book in her P.A.W.S. saga, Londinium. She’s shared an excerpt from the book as well, so keep reading!
Debbie grew up in the UK in the East London suburb of Barking. She has lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a writer and freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children and a very opinionated feline. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!

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“The pea soup has spoken,” said Caradog. “You are destined for Londinium.”
“Londinium?” asked Miri.
“It was the ancient city from which London sprang. The P.A.W.S. Institute of Londinium is the oldest in the world. It started before the city of today existed and straddles the old and the new. Unfortunately, today it is run by a fool.”
Join Miri as she continues her journey through Umbrae and Londinium with the help of werecats, wild warlocks, an old dog, a duck, and a whole lot of pea soup.
The P.A.W.S. Saga continues with Londinium.

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“Hellooo,” said Precipitous. “Whatever are you doing in there?”
“I was a duck,” said Xavier. “But now I’m not.”
“Well,” said Precipitous. “Do you want to be a duck?”
“Oh, yes, I liked being a duck,” said Xavier, sniffing.
“Well, come out of there, lad, and we’ll see what we can do.”
Xavier pulled himself out of the bush and stood up in front of the odd-looking man.
“Come with me,” he said, and Xavier followed. They walked through the park until they came to a large horse chestnut tree. The ground in front of the tree was filled with discarded sticks. It was conker season, and Xavier only yesterday had been throwing sticks up at this tree trying to get them down.
Now as he watched, the odd man picked up one of the discarded sticks and traced the letters P, A, W, and S on the trunk of the tree. His eyes widened as a green door appeared in the trunk, and the man opened it.
“After you,” he said. Xavier walked in and the man followed. He flicked a switch on the wall and revealed a row of buttons. He pressed one, and a voice echoed into the small room. “Who is it?” the voice croaked.
“Precipitous Brew and, um, a duck!”
“Very well, bring them down here.”
“Come on, lad,” said Precipitous and led Xavier through another door and down a long spiral staircase. Xavier was breathing heavily by the time they reached the bottom, but the old man seemed barely winded.
They were met at the bottom by an even older man with a croak in his voice. “Follow me,” he said.
They walked down a long corridor, and Xavier noticed carvings of all kinds of animals on the walls: cats, dogs, weasels, squirrels, and birds a plenty, and even a camel.
At the bottom of the corridor was another door, and the older man turned to Xavier. “What is your name, lad?”
“Xavier Woods,” said the boy.
The man took out what appeared to be a silver wand and pointed it at the boy and intoned a spell:
“Xavier ut iam intraret in anatis P.A.W.S. of Londinium.”
Xavier gazed at the wall by the door and noticed a new carving. A large, fat mallard duck.
“Xavier Woods, you may now enter P.A.W.S.,” said the man, and the three of them walked through the door.

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Josh Vogt Interview | Joshua Robertson

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I had the privilege of Interviewing Josh Vogt, author of Forge of Ashes and The Cleaners series. Check it out!

Blog Tour: Viral Spark: A #SciFi Novel by Martin McConnell | Renee Scattergood

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Instead of a regular special feature today, I’m helping out a fellow author by announcing his new book, Viral Spark, a retelling of his original novella trilogy, combined and threaded into a novel.
Martin McConnell holds a Physics degree from SIUE, and when he isn’t writing speculative fiction, he’s motivating other authors, stargazing, reading, or playing Kerbal Space Program. He avidly encourages everyone to seize control of their dreams by driving their own plot.


The world has become a place of comfort, where a shopping trip means heading to the first floor to collect new food tubes for the printer. Menial tasks, like cleaning up or cooking, are relegated to robots, and Robert’s job while finishing school is to maintain them. With only three classes remaining, he’s hoping for something better.
Then everything starts to glitch:
the robots, the building, and even the people.
What starts as glitchy videos, misbehaving touch-screens, and random fighting, grows into a race against time to fix the problem before it escalates. Maybe he can land a cushy programming job in the process, but this virus is more than it appears…

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