Author Spotlight: Ivy Keating

Good morning everyone, today I am spotlighting author Ivy Keating. Her book is called Camouflage and after reading the blurb it reminds me a little bit of the X-Files. You can find Ivy on her website, on Goodreads and see the trailer for Camouflage here. First, here are the author’s thoughts on criticism and its being an opportunity….

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“One of the things that helped me the most on the way to finding a publisher was learning to love criticism. Not just accepting being told what doesn’t work but really looking for it.

Criticism is hard to hear because it’s usually given as a negative statement and nothing more. In life if you’re pleased with something the last thing you want to hear is someone telling you why it’s bad. But if you’re working on a book, the critic may have discovered something about your work that’s fallen short. It would then be up to you to explore what they said and potentially improve the story. So, I see it as an opportunity.
I’m grateful for all the criticism that I received during the writing process. It made ‘Camouflage’ a more thrilling story.”

About the book:

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Camouflage

When Sean Dermott, the newly appointed police chief, sees the report
that a popular local high school coach is missing, his growing fascination
with the alluring Vanessa Strauss, who reported the disappearance,
makes him determined to solve the case.

The investigation leads him and his team deep into Quarry Head Park, a
local scenic preserve with nature trails and expansive views. There is no
sign of the missing man, but what they do find terrifies them to the core.
From the depths of the park, a deadly prehistoric looking creature
emerges. It attacks swiftly and silently, leaving devastation in its wake. In
the chaos which follows, it is up to Chief Dermott and a team of scientists
to fight for balance by ensuring the safety of his town and preserving this
remarkable discovery.

He will risk his career, his reputation and even his own life to stand by
what he believes to be right. The question is, will he succeed, or will all
be lost? A missing man, a new police chief and an unexpected New
England town mystery.
241 Pages * Science Fiction * ISBN 978-1-947128-54-5

Links of interest:
For more information or to arrange an interview, please email ivykeating@aol.com
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HM7WV76/
http://champagnebooks.com/store/index.php?id_product=734&controller=product
https://www.ivykeating.com/camouflage/
https://www.instagram.com/ivykeating/?hl=en
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42076080-camouflage

About the authors:
Motivated by nature’s mysteries and the complexity of human behaviour, Ivy Keating writes science fiction and fantasy novels exploring the relationship between mankind and the natural world. A master’s degree in social work helps her explore the nature of her characters and give them added depth as they grapple with the repercussions of their actions. This novel was inspired by the landscape and natural beauty of New England. An area that inspired the question… what if?

Scott Spotson, has written nine books, and specializes in science fiction and urban fantasy. His best-selling book, Life II, was twice selected by the largest independent on-line book discounter, Book Bub, as a recommended read.

 

Special thanks to Kim @ Caffeinated PR

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Author Guest Post: Discoucia by Nick Lovelock

Hello blog friends. Please join me in welcoming author Nick Lovelock to my blog today as he stops by while on virtual tour to discuss his inspiration behind writing his book, Discoucia.

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First,  bit about the book….

Discoucia: A Victorianish Fairytale

Revolution, romance and technological wonders are all in a day’s work for the decorated hero of Alavonia, Sir Arthur Pageon.

An acclaimed explorer and inventor, Sir Arthur Pageon takes his unofficial role as defender of the realm of Alavonia very seriously. A fantastical world, Alavonia is home to the Discoucian Monarchy, as well as monstrous creatures and secretive academies for the highly gifted.

Upon returning from his most recent exploits aboard on his personal flying galleon The Nostradamus, Pageon is treated to a hero’s welcome and celebratory procession through the streets of Alavonia’s capital, Evermore. Little does Pageon know he’s being followed by a mysterious group known as the Purple Guard, whose devious leader is his estranged sister, Queen Lily Pageon of Harrha Island. Fiercely intelligent, Lily specialises in dastardly technological inventions with the aim of bringing down the Discoucian Monarchy so that she may reign as its dictator. However, the heir to the throne is one Princess Josephine Olandine, whose youth and royal position masks her role in the Discoucian Secret Service.

Joining forces, Princess Josephine and Sir Arthur’s adventures will take them across the whole of Alavonia — from the fog-bound shores of Karga, to the secret underground shanty town beneath the frozen prison of Icester, south to the verdant city of Proceur and from there to the affluent Starfall Academy — in their quest to foil Lily’s revolutionary plans.

Onto the guest post….

Inspiration for Discoucia

The World of Discoucia was always going to be an amalgamation of Britain and America, since at one point in time they were both ruled by the same monarch and its thirteen original colonies seem to have a still-English feel in comparison to later and more modern cities. The age seems to be early 1800s, with High King Olandine being inspired by William IV since he was the king that preceded Victoria. The land really is all about hundreds of different references to popular culture put in their respective places.

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Author Spotlight and Interview: Drake Vaughn

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Hello all. I have author Drake Vaughn stopping in today for an interview. It is always interesting to find out about the author behind the work.

Drake’s latest book is called When the Devil Climbs. Please read on for the interview…

BW: Welcome to my blog Drake, please tell us about yourself.

DV: I’m a horror author whose “crinkled fiction” is a blend of the thrilling macabre, dark humor, and supernatural madness with a heavy psychological bent. I enjoy writing about the shadowy, gruesome corners of the human experience and eerie tales of the occult.

 

BW: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

DV: I started as a passionate reader, which helped cement an interest in telling my own stories. As a child, I created a book in the second grade about the death of a crayon, so I guess I always had a morbid curiosity. I also enjoyed cartooning in school where I’d draw caricatures of the teachers in goofy situations. I’d pass them around to get laughs, mostly from the girls, so I guess that was a strong motivation as well. Mostly, I enjoy the exploring of ideas that speculative fiction offers.

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