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Feb 052016
 

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Thanks to My Wonderful Supporters!

I’m so excited that Apocalypta Z won the Cover War over at the fabulous Masquerade Crew. There were so many awesome covers for that two-month period, but my wonderful supporters kept the voting going through two months! A giant shoutout to the members of Team Thulukan over on Facebook. They are the rock stars of my street team and their unflagging support did the trick! Thanks so much, my friends!

 

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First – meteors. Now – zombies. Ninety-nine percent of humans and animals have become zombified, leaving the rest scrambling to survive. Maddie Worthing and Nick Stanton are among the few not infected. They’re gathering survivors and doing what they can to preserve life in their isolated desert town. Joined by the remaining townspeople and a few scientists, they search for a way to make it through the apocalypse.

The key to humanity’s continued existence may lie within the mystery surrounding Maddie’s puppy. But they need to survive the roving gangs, crazy scientists and troublemakers within their own ranks in order to discover it.

“Not since World War Z have zombies been presented in such a unique light. Give Wilson some props, and her little dog too.” Danielle DeVor, Author of Sorrow’s Point

 

You can get your copy of Apocalypta Z at these retailers:

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 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 PM Home No Responses »
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Sean T. Poindexter – The Next George R.R. Martin?

Part 2

I’m continuing my feature on Sean T. Poindexter, an author I think he is one of the best out there. He’s got dynamic characters, excellent stories and his prose is some of the best I’ve read. He is truly a master wordsmith, something I admire in a writer. He has everything a writer needs to be a massive success, and I believe it’s time the world knew about him. So let’s find out more, shall we?

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Sean T. Poindexter

Sean P Author picThough born in Mesa, Arizona, Sean has spent most of his life in Missouri. He graduated high school in Lebanon, Missouri. His mother was a special education/reading teacher and his father was a police officer. Though they divorced when Sean was very young he remains close with both his parents. He has two brothers and no children, but he has a very large extended family in the Ozark region (Mountain View/West Plains Missouri region) and Southern Arizona (Eloy/Casa Grande area).

After high school, Sean attended college at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri for a time before dropping out and going to work for a TV station in Springfield, Missouri. After a time, he returned to college and graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, minor in Philosophy. He holds a Master of Science in Criminology/Criminal Justice Administration from Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kansas) in 2005.

You can find Sean at these links:

Website   |   Facebook   |   Twitter   |   Amazon

 

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Sean T. Poindexter

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Maer:  Thanks for joining us to tell us about your new book. What is the funniest or oddest thing that has happened to you as an author?

Sean:  After my first book came out, my father showed it off all over the little Ozark town where he’s been a policeman for over thirty years. He hadn’t read the book (The Shadow of Tiamat) but it didn’t matter because his son wrote it and he was proud. He even bragged about the book in his church. Well, an old lady who went to his church read the book and was so offended by the stark descriptions of the love scenes and violence that she tracked my father down and chided him for bragging about such a filthy book. She then said she was going to try to get their pastor, and all the pastors in town, to condemn my book so that other innocent people didn’t make the mistake of reading it. My dad said, that she shouldn’t stop there: he thought she should get every preacher, pastor, priest, minister, etc. in the country to condemn the book so it would become a bestseller overnight.

Maer:  That’s a great story! Do you use beta readers and, if so, what qualities do you look for in a beta?

Sean:  Yes, I do. My main qualification for a beta reader is that I trust them. Therefore, I tend to only use friends. I tend to prefer people who read a lot, though not always reading the kinds of book I’ve written. I think it’s a true test of quality if you can write a book that isn’t in a genre a person enjoys but still keep them enrapt.

Maer:  That’s an excellent point. What is a one line synopsis for your book?

Sean:  Danger and redemption in a faraway land.

Maer:  Is this a stand-alone or part of a series?

Sean:  I haven’t written any more set in this world or with these characters, but I’d like it to be the first part in a series.

Maer:  So would I because I think this book is brilliant and I want to know what happens next! Which character, other than Lew, is one of your favorites to write and why?

Sean:  Reiwyn. She’s not afraid of anything, or at least she doesn’t let it show. She’s very admirable, despite coming from the least admirable background of the group. She’s very noble and intelligent, but has a vulnerability because of the way she’s been raised.

Maer:  If you had to pick a color to describe Lew what would that be and why?

Sean:  Blue, maybe? I don’t really know why.

Maer:  Who are your favorite authors to read?

Sean:  Robert E. Howard and George RR Martin.

Maer:  I can see the influences. Can you share a bit about the project you’re working on now?

Sean:  I’m branching out and working on something that isn’t fantasy or paranormal.

Maer:  So, what do you do when you’re not writing?

Sean:  Work, mostly. When I’m not doing that, I like to watch movies and TV, read, and talk with distant friends online.

Maer:  What influenced you to write in your genre? Do you write in others?

Sean:  I don’t like to be confined to any one genre. I have very diverse tastes and I like to write whatever I like. I’ll often combine genres, fantasy and horror being my favorites to combine.

Maer:  What music, if any, do you like to listen to while writing?

Sean:  I listen to a lot of music when I write. My favorites are Tom Waits, VNV Nation, Assemblage 23, Gary Numan, and a lot of others. Generally, anything kind of dark and sobering, even a little sad, tends to help me concentrate.

Maer:  Thanks so much for giving us a peek behind the scenes. Do you have anything you’d like to add?

Sean:  Nope! Thanks for having me!

Maer: Be sure to check out Sean’s work. It’s time to let some of our more brilliant authors shine as they deserve.

 

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 January 23, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 AM Home Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
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Sean T. Poindexter, The Next George R.R. Martin?

Part 1

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Now before you run screaming “Nooooooooo” from the room or pick up the nearest object to throw at your computer screen, hear me out. I’m going to do something I don’t often do. I’m going to gush. Yeah, yeah, I know – I’m not a gusher. But this writer – Sean T. Poindexter – is special. I’ll be doing an interview with Poindexter in the near future, but for now let’s focus on his work.

Most of my readers know I’m a huge George R.R. Martin fan and have been for many years. I believe A Song of Ice and Fire is one of the most brilliant sagas ever written. 

The first time I read a Sean T. Poindexter novel was in 2012, and it was The Shadow of Tiamat, the first book in The Dragon’s Blood Chronicles. I was immediately impressed and captivated by his writing. And of course, being someone who loves dragons, the story had my attention. I followed the first book up with the second and was a huge Poindexter fan after that.

DISCLOSURE – When Jen Ryan and I started Ellysian Press, to my immense surprise and humble appreciation, Sean was the first to submit to us. We were thrilled to contract his Max Hollingsworth Paranormal Mysteries, Moth and Storm as our first books. 

Jen is our real editor, but I do what I call editorial notes simply because I’m not in her league. I’m looking at characters, dialogue, story, plot holes, continuity, and consistency, as well as anything that takes me out of the story. When you’re editing or doing editorial notes that’s when you truly appreciate just how good someone is. My job is to point out the things I see as issues before they go to Jen for a thorough and complete editing workout.

As I was doing my editorial notes for Moth, I realized just how brilliant Poindexter is.  The most amazing thing was that here, at our small press, was an author who could hold his own and indeed is equal to some of the masters in the Spec Fic genres. The more readings I did on Moth, the more I appreciated the excellence of his writing. Moth is a chilling look at vampires and child slavery and reads so believable you’ll be looking over your shoulder.

After signing Moth and Storm with us, Poindexter brought us his Young Adult Fantasy, Exiles of Forlon, and also The Dragon’s Blood Chronicles. So I’ve had the opportunity to become immersed in three different Poindexter series. Every time I read one of his books, I’m impressed with his writing all over again. And thankful to the publishing gods that this man has brought his books to us.

Poindexter’s writing is edgy, gritty and contains some of the most beautiful prose I have ever read. That was something I particularly noticed while reading Moth, but it’s held true through Exiles of Forlorn, and his other work. Poindexter’s characters capture you and feel so real they keep you entranced long after the book has ended. His stories are fresh, with unique twists and turns and make you want to demand what happens next. It’s not an exaggeration to say his work is literary quality. Exiles of Forlorn is so beautifully and effortlessly done that I am, quite frankly, amazed.

I’m currently doing my editorial notes on The Dragon’s Blood Chronicles and I was once again struck by just how good a writer Poindexter is. And I decided it was time to say so. 

Am I biased as Sean’s publisher? Probably. But don’t forget I was a fan of his for two years before he signed with us in 2014. I’d have to say that the editing process of getting in and looking for the problems has given me a greater appreciation of his writing, not less of one. And for me it’s that ability to hold up to multiple readings that sets an author apart from the pack. I’ve read Martin over and over and loved each reading because I found something new. I do the same with Poindexter. His work holds up for that fourth, fifth and sixth reading.

Sean T. Poindexter is an author who deserves to be read. He should be nominated for major awards – and win! He deserves a large audience who appreciates his art as much as his current group of fans do.

Yeah, there are a LOT of great authors out there that no one has ever heard of. But I honestly feel Poindexter is several cuts above even some of the best of those. His writing is epic, and as a gamer I’d have no problem awarding him legendary status.

So once you have burned through Martin’s awesome books. Try Poindexter. I think you will become a fan. 

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Exiles of Forlorn

It all began when the old man died.

On a ship of exiles bound for the edge of civilization, he passes on his life’s work to a band of youths. He gives each of them a piece of information that leads to a mythical treasure.

The five friends – the lord’s son, the soldier, the thief, the beautiful river pirate and the wizard’s apprentice – all agree to join the hunt.

They arrive on the shores of Forlorn eager to begin their journey, but find a community plagued by threats from pirates and man-eating giants. The friends must choose to either stay and help those who have taken them in or to venture into unknown lands in search of a prize that may not even exist.

Either choice promises excitement, danger ? and death.

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Moth - ebook400x600Social worker Max Hollingsworth is no stranger to monsters. Supernatural or human, he’s faced all kinds. But when he’s called upon to investigate a missing child, he may have met his match.

Children are vanishing, not just from the streets, but from their parents’ memories. Max’s investigation leads him to a gang of neo-Nazi vampires running a child slavery ring. There, he comes face to face with the deadliest enemy he’s ever met, their charismatic and powerful leader Boone.

Running low on hope and options to find the missing children, Max turns to his friends for help. But even they aren’t enough. Forced to face the darkness of his own past, Max forges an alliance with the least likely ally of all. An enemy whose cruelty was almost his end, and haunts him still.

For mature readers, 18+ only.

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This concludes Part 1 of my feature on Sean T. Poindexter. Please check back for Part 2, which includes a new In the Spotlight interview with Sean.

 

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 1:02 PM Home No Responses »
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Rob Sacchetto’s Zombie Art

I just love Rob Sacchetto’s zombies. So I commissioned a special one reading Apocalypta Z! And she turned out awesome! Thanks so much, Rob!

Want to see more of Rob’s work? You can find him at these links:

Website     |     Facebook Fan Page     |     Rob’s Divas of the Dead

 

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Apocalypta Z

First – meteors. Now – zombies. Ninety-nine percent of humans and animals have become zombified, leaving the rest scrambling to survive. Maddie Worthing and Nick Stanton are among the few not infected. They’re gathering survivors and doing what they can to preserve life in their isolated desert town. Joined by the remaining townspeople and a few scientists, they search for a way to make it through the apocalypse.

The key to humanity’s continued existence may lie within the mystery surrounding Maddie’s puppy. But they need to survive the roving gangs, crazy scientists and troublemakers within their own ranks in order to discover it.

“Not since World War Z have zombies been presented in such a unique light. Give Wilson some props, and her little dog too.” Danielle DeVor, Author of Sorrow’s Point

And you can buy Apocalypta Z at these Links!

Amazon     |     iTunes     |     Barnes & Noble     |     Smashwords

 

 

 January 18, 2016  Posted by at 9:14 PM Home Tagged with: , ,  2 Responses »
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What a delightful surprise! I was so thrilled when I saw this on New Year’s Eve! My deepest appreciation to Ravannah Rayne, Kristin Dutt and AuthorClassifieds.com for this honor. What a fantastic way to ring out the old and ring in the New Year.

Both Magics (Book 3 of the Modern Magics series) and Apocalypta Z were published in 2015, so it was a busy year for me. I also compiled,  edited and contributed to The Dark Dozen, an anthology put together to raise funds for my friend, Al Scarborough, who needs a new heart. You can find out more about that at his page We Heart Al.

Thanks so much to everyone who has supported my books the last three years. I have several new and exciting projects in the works, so there’s more to come. :)

I’m also the co-owner of Ellysian Press which published some awesome books in 2015 and has a fabulous lineup of books coming out in 2016. It’s so humbling to be trusted with these awesome books by some of  my favorite authors!

Thanks again for the support! It means more than words can say!

Please feel free to follow me at these links:

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You can find all of my books at these retailers:

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And just to leave you with a smile, here is Cienna in her Las Vegas showgirl costume.  She has been such a doll, posing in costumes to be Al’s little mascot and bring awareness to his situation. There’s a lot of love packed into that 6 pounds of puppy.

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Apocalypta Z is $0.99 for 10 days only! 1/12/16 – 1/21/16. Get your copy today!

 

“Not since World War Z have zombies been presented in such a unique light. Give Wilson some props, and her little dog too.” Danielle DeVor, Author of Sorrow’s Point

 

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First – meteors. Now – zombies. Ninety-nine percent of humans and animals have become zombified, leaving the rest scrambling to survive. Maddie Worthing and Nick Stanton are among the few not infected. They’re gathering survivors and doing what they can to preserve life in their isolated desert town. Joined by the remaining townspeople and a few scientists, they search for a way to make it through the apocalypse.

The key to humanity’s continued existence may lie within the mystery surrounding Maddie’s puppy. But they need to survive the roving gangs, crazy scientists and troublemakers within their own ranks in order to discover it.

 

You can buy your copy at these retailers for only $0.99 from 1/12/16 to 1/21/16:

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 January 12, 2016  Posted by at 8:54 AM Home Tagged with: , ,  2 Responses »
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Protector: Children of Ossiria #1

First in a new series!

Carys Taylor has her life perfectly under control. Equipped with a nice inheritance, she goes where she wants, when she wants, pursuing anything that interests her. So when her old professor asks her to come on a research trip for his thesis, she’s eager to tag along.

Until that ill-fated trip to the South American jungle changes her into a supernatural being. Now she’s sprouting claws and stronger and faster than any human being in existence. The reclusive tribe calls her their Protector – but from what? And why now? Why her?

Carys is pulled into a world she never knew existed. Is she up to the task?

You can buy Protector: Children of Ossiria #1 at these retailers:

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Writer of supernatural badasses.

Vivian Lane is an American author.  Born a Gemini, her interests fall under a myriad of subjects including classical music, American and World History; fantasy books, TV shows, and movies; travel, marine biology, and fashion.

You can follow Vivian at these social media links:

Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads

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Vivian Lane

 

red spotlightMaer:  Where did the inspiration for your book come from?

Vivian:  I was coming off one of the roughest years of my life and this story in its first draft was therapy for me. It’s actually the first story I’ve ever written. I wanted to write a heroine with a better life than mine, and then of course I’m a fan of all things fantasy, so it had to have magic and vampires and things, but it really was a story to cheer myself up with.

Maer:  What is a one line synopsis for your book?

Vivian:  One line? That’s tough. Carys Taylor has her life perfectly under control until an ill-fated trip to a South American jungle changes her into a supernatural being.

Maer:  Is this a stand-alone or part of a series?

Vivian:  First in a series.

Maer: Which character other than Carys is one of your favorites to write and why?

Vivian:  William, the main male character.

Maer:  If you had to pick a color to describe your MC what would that be and why?

Vivian:  Blue. 1) it’s her favorite (and mine) and 2) blue can be both happy and sad. Calming or bold. Carys has everything together on the outside, so people think she’s never met a problem she can’t fix, but it’s just a mirage.

Maer:  Who are your favorite authors to read?

Vivian:  Jim Butcher, Tolkien, Shannon K. Butcher, Deborah Harkness, Clay and Susan Griffith, Kylie Scott, Nalini Singh, Sara Humphreys, Jennifer Blackstream…and I love a lot of classics, too.

Maer:  Can you share a bit about your current project?

Vivian:  I’m editing Book 2 of the Children of Ossiria series, that follows this book. Carys has to figure out what to do with her life after the events of Book 1. Can’t say more without revealing spoilers. :)

Maer:  What do you do when you’re not writing?

Vivian:  I’m a TV junkie, and love movies. I also sketch with colored pencils. I love to do arts and crafts, but I don’t have a lot of space, so drawing on a pad is my outlet for now.

Maer:  What influenced you to write in your genre? Do you write in others?

Vivian:  Fanfiction, originally, and a love for watching and reading it. I’ve always loved fantasy.

Maer:  What music, if any, do you like to listen to while writing?

Vivian:  I can’t, unfortunately. I need quiet to write, except for the hum of the air-conditioner.

Maer:  It’s been such a pleasure having you on the blog, Vivian. Thanks for sharing a peek behind the scenes. I certainly am adding this to my TBR list! Do you have anything you’d like to add?

Vivian:  Please buy my books! Really, I’m just happy to be here. I still feel like I’m new to this and introducing myself to the world.

 

 January 5, 2016  Posted by at 10:28 AM Home Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »