Archive | September, 2016

Interview with Josh and Cherry

15 Sep

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor


Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to the Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer.

wantedKatelina: Today we have a special two-fer  from Terry Compton’s Wanted – in other words, two characters. Please meet…um…

Josh: My name is Josh Gunn.  That blue pile of junk over there is Cherry Kang.  In case you can’t tell, he’s an android.

Cherry: A very special android.  You’ll have to excuse him, he’s still too young to have matured yet.  He’s only thirty-two.  I on the other hand am over a hundred.

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We Will Always Have Cambridge…

14 Sep

Yes, all work and no play…

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

Dearest chaps & chapesses, I am in a bit of a quandary. As Secret Diary Of PorterGirl approaches its third anniversary, I find myself with genuine concerns for the future of the blog. Long time readers will know that the blog started as the semi-fictional diary of Deputy Head Porter entering the strange new world of Old College for the very first time. It then continued, like a blog soap opera, with regular episodes chronicling the increasingly dramatic events among the academic elite. There were video and even musical interludes, but by and large it has been a blog dedicated to the never-evolving world of Deputy Head Porter and her unusual companions within the University bubble. We have solved murders, investigated art thefts and even embarked upon a quest for the Holy Grail (now being used by The Dean to hold paperclips).

Old College has provided the backdrop…

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Author Interview – Lucy Brazier – Secret Diary of PorterGirl: The Everyday Adventures of the Students and Staff of Old College & PorterGirl: First Lady Of The Keys

13 Sep

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Hey there everyone.

Tonight we have a very eclectic, witty, stylish and fun guest for you to get to know better.

I’d like to introduce you all to author Lucy Brazier aka PorterGirl, as she throws her hat into the ring to chat about taking her real life experiences and channeling them into her writing.

Hi there Lucy, thank you ever so much for agreeing to being a guest here today.

It is an absolute pleasure, thank you for having me!

Let’s start with your latest release of “PorterGirl: First Lady Of The Keys”, which was just released at the start of this month. This is a sequel to your debut novel “Secret Diary of PorterGirl: The Everyday Adventures of the Students and Staff of Old College”. The setting and sensibilities are very British in nature. What sort of genre(s) would you classify your books as sitting in while politely sipping…

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Crusade Across Worlds by CG Coppola

12 Sep

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor


Today we have an excerpt from the awesome book Crusade Across Worlds by CG Coppola. If you haven’t read my review of it, here it is:

It’s another awesome entry in the Arizal series!

As the book description says, Fallon finishes her training and joins the usual crew – including the super hot Reid – on an adventure that sees them moving seamlessly from world to world. Fallon has grown as a character, not just personal growth, but physical growth as well. She’s gone from being a pretty normal twenty-something in book 1 to a kick butt fighter. This is a transition that few authors handle well, and generally leave me shaking my head and saying “yeah right,” – but not Coppola! She handles it beautifully and makes Fallon’s transition feel not only plausible, but believable.

Another thing she does well is turn a phrase. I always enjoy her writing and…

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“The Binch,” by Rob Suggs

11 Sep

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“The Binch,” by Rob Suggs

Every U down in Uville liked the U.S. a lot,
But the Binch, who lived Far East of Uville, did not.
The Binch hated U.S! The whole U.S. way!
Now don’t ask me why, for nobody can say,
It could be his turban was screwed on too tight.
Or the sun from the desert had beaten too bright
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

But, Whatever the reason, his heart or his turban,
He stood facing Uville, the part that was urban.
“They’re doing their business,” he snarled from his perch.
“They’re raising their families! They’re going to church!
They’re leading the world, and their empire is thriving,
I MUST keep the S’s and U’s from surviving!”
Tomorrow, he knew, all the U’s and the S’s,
Would put on their…

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Are You A Poet & Didn’t Know It?

11 Sep

Stepping Stones to Love Honor and Respect by [Yates, DM]

DM Yates is a poet! What?

Yes, its true. The same author that brought us The Lone Hero, an action packed fantasy with dragons and riders, has now shown us how her philosophies on life can be almost sung in this delightful collection of poetry.

I do not usually delve into this area of writing, and therefore cannot offer any insights of expertise-only my own opinions. Suffice it to say that the title gives a pretty clear idea of much of the topics of DM’s poetry.Love is a major theme in this collection. It is through love that many other emotions are expressed. Yates takes the reader through a veritable roller coaster of experiences including loss, anger, hope and joy.

Also, be sure to listen to the author’s reading of her own poetry. She has a voice like spring’s first warming rays of sunshine to melt the frost in one’s heart, and a lilt that caresses your face as an autumn breeze after an Indian Summer.


Thank You For The Votes!

10 Sep


Thank you to all my Readsalot subscribers that cast a vote for my flash fiction entry for this week’s writing challenge entitled The Light. I wanted to share the good news with you guys.

Lance Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Lance is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.) Without further ado, here’s the winning entry:


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The Light
by Lance

Dan felt the searing pain burn into his retinas, but was unable to look away or close his eyes.

How long have I been lying here like this? Though unable to move, Dan was becoming more aware. The discomfort of the blinding light was unbearable. Yet, as the seconds ticked on, and the intensity of the glare did not let up, he was somehow able to realize other input.

Cold steel.

He could feel it now along his back, buttocks and legs. The unforgiving metal, so sterile, so uncaring, created an inhuman barrier, keeping his body in this position under the intense light.

Why can’t I move? The thought managed to surface in Dan’s mind as the combination of blinding glare and iciness on his backside fought for control over his senses.

A noise.

Clinking metal against metal sounded from nearby, just beyond his peripheral vision. The illumination upon his face was so intense, that the rest of the space around him might as well be cast in darkness.

Someone started humming a tune. They were very close now. A strong antiseptic smell wafted across Dan’s nose. Unable to speak, unable to move, he could only lie still and allow his mind to race as the sensory input continued its onslaught.

I’m alive! He frantically screamed in his mind, but the words wouldn’t come. Just then, intense heat and unbelievable pain wracked his body as a scalpel was drawn deeply from his sternum down to his navel.

Lance Wins Flash Fiction Challenge