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The Next Big Thing – Authors Tagging Authors!

The Next Big Thing – Authors Tagging Authors!

I am thrilled to take part in The Next Big Thing: Authors Tagging Authors! I was tagged by the fantastic Caron Rider and I’m excited to keep this going! So now I have to answer the questions below, tag a new set of 5 authors, then they answer, tag authors, etc. I’m answering questions about my Urban Fantasy novel, The Emerald Dragon, coming soon!

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What is the working title of your book?
The Emerald Dragon, Book One of the Dragomeir Series

Where did the idea come from for the book?
It came from an incredibly vivid dream that I had.  I thought that it was time for not only books about dragons, but to explain that dragons are actually smarter than we are and interact at the human level.

What genre does your book fall under?
Urban Fantasy

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Main character – Tanis:  Viggo Mortenson
Queen Mother : Morena Baccarin
Demi – human form: Dakota Fanning
Basiliskos – human form: Ving Rhames
Invectum – human form:  Chris Hemsworth
Dragons – in dragon form: Themselves

And for the authors I have tagged:

Eden Baylee, Author of Spring Into Summer
Kay Glass, Author of Just One Bite
Michelle Muto, Author of Don’t Fear the Reaper
Alex Laybourne, Author of Highway To Hell
J.A.  Schneider, Author of Embryo

Many thanks to my friend and fellow Indie Author Caron Rider for tagging me! I hope you’ll keep it going…there are so many talented authors out there!

Thank You Laura! My Blogger Award & 5 Star Review!

Hello everyone! I’ve been really sick this last week, and I have not been able to get much done where the social media is concerned. I am now finally feeling well enough to dive back into it all! The first on my agenda is to send a great big THANK YOU to Laura Thomas aka “fuonlyknew” for nominating me for “The Most Inspiring Blogger Award”!! I am very honored to have been nominated by such a wonderful friend and blogger!! This award is also my very first and I will display it proudly! Thank you again Laura!

Most Inspiring Blogger Award

I couldn’t resist putting my own twist on the award image! 🙂

I highly recommend visiting and following Laura’s blog! She always has something fun posted! —>http://fuonlyknew.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/thank-you-ella-my-most-inspiring-blogger-award/

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I believe the next step is to share 7 things about myself and to nominate 7 other inspiring bloggers, so here goes:

1. I have 2 grown kids (my son Dallas and my daughter Cirocco) and 4 granddaughters between the two of them.

2. My wife and I were in a rock n’ roll band called “Starchild” for nearly 15 years.

3. I am dyslexic and love to invert words and sing entire songs backwards for comedic relief.

4. I can’t feel heat in my hands after being given a tetanus shot when I was 12.

5. I worked as a Professional Commercial Photographer for over 20 years and have a Masters degree in Photography.

6. My two favorite breeds of cats are Manx and Siamese (specifically blue and lilac point). Over the course of 30 years I have owned at least 6 siamese cats named Dejah.

7. My favorite color is green, the only true color…of course. He he he

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Now, in no particular order, I would like to nominate these 7 awesome bloggers!

Caron Riderhttp://caronrider.blogspot.com

Alex Laybournehttp://alexlaybourne.com

Kay Glasshttp://kayglassauthor.wordpress.com

Nick Thackerhttp://www.nickthacker.com

Eden Bayleehttp://edenbaylee.wordpress.com

Tanja Segalhttp://authortanjasegal.blogspot.com

Belinda Witzenhausenhttp://bwitzenhausen.wordpress.com

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I was also incredibly honored to receive an amazing 5 star review of my Poetry book “Tapestry” from Laura Thomas! This review was very heartfelt and I am beyond pleased to hear that she enjoyed reading my poetry!

Tapestry by Solitaire Parke

Here is the link to her review of “Tapestry”http://fuonlyknew.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/a-tapestry-of-words/

Be sure to visit her blog…she is currently holding a giveaway for a chance to win one paperback copy or one of five e-book copies of “Wormwood” by D.H. Nevins! Here is the link to go read her review of “Wormwood” and enter the contest: http://fuonlyknew.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/giveawayreviewinterview-wormwoodi-didnt-have-a-clue/

Many, many thanks Laura! 🙂

Welcome! The “Indie Author Giveaway Hop” Has Begun!

Indie Author Giveaway Hop

June 13 – June 19

I am jazzed to be participating in the Indie Author Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Krazy Book Lady! This blog hop is a fun way to celebrate all of the incredibly hard working Indie Authors who have had the courage to publish their work and features books by over 200 Indie & Small Press Authors! Please support Indie Authors by checking out the other links to enter and win lots of wonderful books!

I have 3 Giveaways to offer you!

1. A signed paperback copy of “Silver Knight” by Caron Rider (International)

Silver Knight by Caron Rider
When seventeen-year-old Diana recognizes an elderly priest in a video on YouTube, she realizes that reincarnation is real and that she’s been alive before! Every night in her dreams, she relives her past learning that it’s kill or be killed. Now a bishop at the Vatican whom she saved in another life calls on her once more. She is needed to help defeat evil within the catacombs of Rome. But when she arrives in Rome, she meets Alexander – the man of her dreams! Through the centuries she has loved him…betrayed him…been killed by him. Will she give him another chance or this time will she strike first?

To learn more about Caron Rider and her exciting YA novels:
http://www.caronrider.com

2. A signed paperback copy of “Tapestry” by Solitaire Parke and a special-made bookmark (US Only)

Tapestry by Solitaire Parke
A collection of over 200 poems written in a style often compared to that of Edgar Allan Poe.“Tapestry is a vivid sojourn inside the mind of the poet. His inspirations, hopes and fears come to life through a series of interlacing poems which depict his life and careers, his loves and disappointments, and his successes. Great to ponder in the wee hours of any long and lonely night.”

Included is a special-made bookmark featuring the poem “Solitaire” and signed by Solitaire Parke.

3. An eBook copy of “A Hint Of Murder: The Writer” by Lia Fairchild (International)

A Hint Of Murder: The Writer by Lia Fairchild
Alicia Fairfield didn’t plan on being famous. Now a bestselling author with millions of fans, Alicia also has the attention of a killer. Someone has been recreating the murders from her books and the suspects are piling up; her mentally ill son, a disgruntled associate, and possibly even her loyal literary agent. The pressure of public recognition along with the guilt over these senseless killings could be enough to drive Alicia over the edge. Can she hold it together long enough to uncover a killer?

This is a short story (9,000 words), and is the first in Lia’s exciting Murder Mystery Series.

To learn more about the series:
http://www.ahintofmurder.blogspot.com

To be eligible to win:

Follow this blog and then leave a comment on this post stating the giveaway you are interested in. If you would prefer to enter the giveaway via Google docs, click this link to fill out the form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dC1GUWNsWEU1SnlvYm9Wc2xLYUNLclE6MQ

For extra entries:

1. Like the Solitaire Parke fan page: http://www.facebook.com/solitaireparke

2. Follow me on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/solitaireparke

3. Tweet about this giveaway!

You may only enter 1 time for each book.

There are lots of great gifts out there with the participants of the rest of the hop. Be sure to check them out by clicking on the “Indie Author Giveaway Hop” banner above! Most importantly, have fun! 🙂

5 Stars!! Silver Knight by Caron Rider

Caron Rider’s, “Silver Knight,” constitutes book one in the Silver Series.  Diana, the lead character is an unfortunate soul, either gifted or cursed to hop scotch through time with the dubious job of hunting and killing demons wherever they are found.  Inexorably drawn to important times in history, and generally being victimized by them, she is helped and sometimes hindered by the very entities that she hunts.

The story bounces back and forth through historical events, telling them in such a way that the reader is challenged to determine how much is truly fact and how much is fiction.  Caron’s descriptions are rich and thick with environmental backdrops that both add and give motivation to the story.  The back and forth method of storytelling has been one of my personal favorites through my life, so this book appealed to me both at the intellectual and the emotional levels.

Aided by her friends, Sam and Maggie, Diana’s life almost comes across as a parody when compared to theirs.  The result is a fresh approach to good vs. evil, light vs. dark, where the line drawn between them becomes faded and sometimes lost.  In the end you’re not sure who to root for, proving that truth and following the light is not as easy as it looks.  I genuinely had a good time reading this book and look forward to the second installment!  Great job Caron!!

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