Thursday, September 15, 2016

   

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Hazard of Shadows: Chronicles of the Goblin King Book Two 



          

The World Below: Chronicles of the Goblin King Book One  
             



Dawn of Ages   

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Reign of the Nightmare Prince




Synopsis: Hazard of Shadows, Chronicles of the Goblin King Book Two               

The enchanted creatures of legend still exist, hidden away in the secret places of the world. They take refuge from an age of camera phones and government labs, from people who won’t let them live in peace. One of these last places of safety is known as the World Below.

Ancient powers are at work. The Lords of Faerie seek to revenge the death of Baron Finkbeiner and recover the mysterious Blade of Caro. Hidden in the shadows, they await a chance to strike. The chance arises when an old enemy escapes the splinter realm in which he is imprisoned. Anxious to settle the debt, the Faerie Lords send him to finish the Lady Elizabeth and her Champion once and for all.

After leading the revolution against the despotic ruler of the World Below, Mitch Hardy has taken the throne. He never wanted to be king. The whole idea of a government by right of combat sits poorly with him. Growing evermore uneasy with his new position, he begins laying the framework for self-rule. The enchanted peoples have known nothing but kings, but are adapting quickly to this new idea of governing their own affairs. It goes well, but Mitch’s plans are interrupted by the arrival of old enemies. Soon he is fighting for his life against a hellish enemy, the likes of which he never imagined.


Synopsis: The World Below, Chronicles of the Goblin King Book One         

In ancient times, magical creatures inhabited the earth. They lived on mountaintops, in fields, at the bottom of lakes and rivers. But that was long ago, before the human race declared war on the creatures they feared and hated. Now the enchanted peoples are all but gone. The only place they can hide from the ever increasing number of satellites and smart phones is in the World Below.

Mitch Hardy is going through a hard time in his life. In his early twenties, he was working his way through college when he suffered an accident that left him flat broke and physically deformed. When Mitch decides to make a fresh start in a new town, things start looking up. He finds a place to live, a decent job, good friends. He even meets a nice girl. Unknown to Mitch, his new girlfriend is one of the Elder Race, what some call the Faerie Folk. Mitch doesn’t know that Elizabeth is looking for a father she never knew. The key to finding him is somehow tied up with the mysterious Blade of Caro. Desperate, she steals the Blade from its protector, the despotic ruler of the World Below, the Dragon of Worms, Baron Finkbeiner. When Elizabeth is kidnapped by the Baron, Mitch is pulled into a world or magic and monsters he never imagined.


Author Bio:                                                                                                                  

Mike Phillips is author of Hazard of ShadowsThe World Below, Dawn of Ages, and Reign of the Nightmare Prince. His short stories have appeared in ParAbnormal DigestCemetery MoonSinister TalesBeyond Centauri, the World of MythMystic Signals and many others. Online, his work has appeared in Lorelei SignalKzine, Bewildering StoriesMidnight Times, and Fringe. He is best known for his Crow Witch and Patrick Donegal series. Please visit Mike at mikephillipsfantasy.com.


Guest Post: Modern Monsters                                                                                     

Hello everyone, and thank you for reading my guest post. My name is Mike Phillips and my new book is Hazard of Shadows. For this guest post, I was asked to talk a little about the magical creatures in the book. One of the more unique aspects of the story is my use of goblins, so I thought it might be interesting to explore that.

In folklore and literature, goblins have always been evil creatures. To this day, goblins are hiding in our closets and under our beds. They are wicked monsters that are no happier than when they are burning fields or robbing cradles. In The World Below, Mitch Hardy unknowingly rescues a goblin from getting hurt in a storm. Living on the fringes of society as they must to avoid camera phones and governmental laboratories, goblins lead harsh lives. By a small act of kindness, Mitch makes a true friend. Later on, this kindness is returned. I don’t want to spoil the fun, so let’s just say a pan-dimensional, man-eating garbage dumpster is involved. Friends like that are hard to find! Once they have been won over, goblins are the best sort of friends. They may have terrible manners, they may say awful things, they may smell bad, but we can all be that way sometimes. In the end, my use of goblins helps us see the best in humanity.

Writing about goblins was a riot! Goblins live on the fringes of human society. They make their homes in junk yards, abandoned buildings, sewer systems, and anywhere else people try to avoid. Once they find a likely spot, the get to work. Goblins are clever with tools and machinery. They will use and repurpose anything they can get their hands on, so many of their dwellings look like they were designed by frat-boys. Not always the best of neighbors, goblins have to take security seriously. They construct elaborate pitfalls to keep themselves safe from enemies like collapsing tunnels, pongee pits, and mechanical traps.

Goblins, like their human counterparts, each have a unique personality. They live in what they call crews, a sort of family, a lot like college dorm-mates. Each goblin has a special skill. One might be a bully (a most desirable skill in the goblin world). Another might be crafty at making traps. Some use sorcery or poison. Others are good at machinery. Some just eat a lot (another desirable skill). Goblins, in general, have a loose sense of morality. If it doesn’t hurt another member of the crew, with the obvious exception of fighting, then it’s usually okay. Fighting is always acceptable behavior, though if an enemy is around, a goblin is expected to stop fighting the other crew member and start fighting the enemy. Common sense rules like that are the cornerstone of goblin society.

That brings us to the topic of goblin social structure. Goblin society is feudal. They organize in crews, bound by familial ties or friendship. These associations are loosely formed, and if a goblin wants to go it alone, no one holds a grudge. A crew may have two or three leaders at a time. It is not unusual for goblins to disagree, so sometimes they have no real leader at all. Though they fight with each other like crazy, but they are deeply loyal in times of trouble and would do anything for the other members of their crew. No female goblins appear in Hazard of Shadows or The World Below, but that is a topic for another time.                   

Thank you so much for joining me. I hope you enjoy Hazard of Shadows and The World Below







Wednesday, April 6, 2016



Hello everyone,

Pieces Like Pottery, is an exploration of heartbreak and redemption that announces the arrival of a new American author Dan Buri. His writing is uniquely heartfelt and explores the depths of the human struggle and the human search for meaning in life. 
Mr. Buri's non-fiction works have been distributed online and in print, including publications in Pundit Press, Tree, Summit Avenue Review, American Discovery, and TC Huddle. The defunct and very well regarded Buris On The Couch, was a He-Says/She-Says blog musing on the ups and downs of marriage with his wife.
Mr. Buri is an active attorney in the Pacific Northwest and has been recognized by Intellectual Asset Magazine as one of the World's Top 300 Intellectual Property Strategists every year since 2010. He lives in Oregon with his wife and two-year-old daughter.


D.O:  How are you doing Dan Buri, I hope I got your name correctly? [SMILES]

DB: Yes you did!

D.O: Thank you for joining us today, on Authors' Curtilage Book Dialogue. Not only that thank you for your patience and understanding with me.

DB: I would like to first of all say thank you for hosting me on your site, Lola. No thanks necessary for the patience and understanding. I know how busy you must be. I must say you have a wonderful blog!
  
D.O:  Wow! [SMILES] I'm blushing. Thanks for your comment. So Dan, when did you know you wanted to become a writer?

DB: I can remember writing as far back as middle school. It’s something I have always enjoyed doing. One of the first poems I ever wrote was about my older brother and his basketball playing abilities. 

D.O:  You mind sharing part of the poems with us?

DB: Sure. I still remember the opening lines and I wrote them nearly 30-years ago as a kid:
I’m Joe the King of Basketball,
I’m the king of the basketball court.
All my shots are always on target,
None of them are ever short.
I didn’t say it was any good! I don’t remember any more than that. To be honest, I’m not sure how I even remember those lines.
The point is writing has been something I have always enjoyed doing and something I have always admired in other people. Story telling is a beautiful gift. I love learning to hone the craft.

D.O: And because storytelling is a beautiful gift, anyone with the writing ability should work at it. I would say your first write up is good. You are spontaneous. I remember when I was much younger my writing ability really bothered me. I hear voices, then see visions inside my mind, and didn't know how to get it out. I didn't realize on time it was a talent. I just found that, father was always gifting me old unused diary. He knew I am gifted, but won't say anything. So what I did, if a person hurt me, slap me, deny me something I'll just put it down, until I could figure me out! [SMILES]

DB: That is a great story, Lola. I appreciate you sharing with me. Thank you.
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D.O: Thank you. What are the steps you took to develop your book from a rough draft into a published novel?

DB: I typically have an idea or framework for a story before I begin. I also keep a journal of notes and ideas that strike me throughout the day. We all have what an old teacher of mine liked to call pristine moments of coherencethose moments when an idea strikes us so profoundly and clearly. I dont want to lose those thoughts when I have them, so I try to write them down. Once I have the framework and I am writing the story, then I will let it develop where it wants to go. As I am writing, I will pull concepts from my journals or other notebooks. In one of the stories in Pieces Like Pottery, the ending I had planned just didnt work. It felt dishonest to take the reader on the journey and then finish with the original ending. I just knew the reader would feel betrayed, so I had to rework it completely. So sometimes the original plan just doesnt work and the story unfolds on its own.

D.O: Sometimes letting the story develop where it wants to go, reveal better ideas than we can imagine. What did you do differently in your book to make readers feel fear, concern, sadness, love and laughter?

DB: Great question. I am moved and inspired by people’s real life stories of overcoming tragedy. Every person has trials in life. Life always presents obstacles and disappointments. I wanted to examine how individuals overcome these obstacles in a variety of characters. I toyed with the idea of each of these stories being its own novel, and I still may expand a couple of them into full length novels, but I settled in on a collection of linked short stories because it presented the opportunity to have a range of characters and display that, despite how different our life experiences are, we are all connected as human beings. We all suffer and laugh just the same. My hope is that readers recognize that and are inspired or moved to compassion through the book. Utilizing the thematic framework of each of the five sorrowful mysteries was simply a way to communicate that suffering and redemption.


D.O: From all I have gathered about "Pieces Like Pottery" there is no doubt that, readers will be moved to compassion through the book. What is the underlying theme that explored truth or moral in "Pieces Like Pottery"?

DB: Good question. After a writer completes his work, it becomes the reader’s, so I do want to each reader to understand the book in their own way. I will say that in Pieces Like Pottery most everything in the book is intentional. The names are not randomly chosen. The numbers used are intentional. Quotes, songs, artists, etc. Most everything referenced in the book has a purpose, sometimes within the context of that one story and often times within the context of the entire framework of the book. It is no accident that there are five Sorrowful Mysteries in the book and that there are four intermediate stories and poems that break up the five main stories—that all has meaning. There are a lot of Easter eggs in the book, so readers should look closely. Hopefully in addition to enjoying the stories on their own merits, your readers will enjoy searching for clues, almost like a mystery novel that challenges the reader to pick up the individual pieces of the story and piece them together into a grander whole. As far as over-arching truths explored, the goal of the book is to explore sorrow, purity, courage, patience, and forgiveness.

D.O: Hmm.... That's a good one. How do you think "Pieces Like Pottery" will influence readers growth positively?

DB: I have been lucky enough to have some very positive reviews. It seems to have been well received so far, for which I am grateful. There was one lovely woman in particular, though, that had some feedback that really touched me. In her review itself she had wonderful things to say, commenting how she wanted to give the book 10 stars instead of 5 and how people will want to read my book again and again; but she contacted me directly as well and shared a wonderful story. She told me that her husband was an Air Force helicopter pilot who died in 2012 in a mid-air collision. She had spoken to him one last time less than 2 hours before he passed away. His last words to her, she says, were nearly identical to the last words in my book. She was so moved and just cried. She told me that she could never thank me enough for bringing her that experience in my writing. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a more beautiful review than that. It was a gift to hear that.

D.O: I think I'm close to tears myself. Please, Give me a moment to pull myself together...

DB: It's okay Lola. It's understandable.

D.O: Thank you. Any hint about your next book?

I am constantly writing and tinkering with ideas, so I have a few projects in the works.
(1)   Expanding Expect Dragons into a full length novel. (Expect Dragons is the Third Sorrowful Mystery from Pieces Like Pottery.)
(2)   Writing the second installment of this short story series—The Joyful Mysteries. Pieces Like Pottery was the first.
(3)   I have a very unique group of childhood friends and we are still friends to this day. We are a band of misfits and often heard we wouldn’t amount to anything if we didn’t straighten up. 20-some years later, we are married with kids. We are lawyers, actuaries, Air Force pilots, and artists, and I don’t think we’ve changed one bit at all. We’re still just as rambunctious and unable to follow rules as we were when we were kids. I am slowly working on a memoir-type account with one chapter dedicated to each friend and the main characteristic they posses that propelled them into the man they are today and the success they’ve seen.

D.O:  I'm inspired! I guess those with the conventional character like us always get the PHRASE "you won't amount to anything if you go on like this" LOL! What better effort do you suggest writers, input into their writing to have great sales in the ever-changing economics of the entertainment industry?

DB: Be kind and don’t push. I am not a master marketer by any stretch of the imagination, but I do know that no one has ever bought a book because the author pushed it onto them. Be creative. Join online groups that are related to your book, and participate, don’t just join to say, “Buy my book!” I know an author in Texas who writes mysteries in the flappers and swingers era. She had a hard time getting large bookstores to promote her book, so she visits local gift shops and hotels throughout Texas and gets them to carry her books and have them on display. My father is an indie author and marriage and family psychologist. He sells the large majority of his books giving marriage talks to groups large and small.
The point is, be creative and be involved. Find where you books are most relevant and participate in those communities.

D.O: Thank you once again for joining us on Authors Curtilage Book Dialogue. May your days in the field be filled with fame, fortune, honor, story ideas, character development, and more, and all that is good and life!

DB: Thank you so much, Lola! I have appreciated this opportunity to spend some time with you and your readers.  If you or your readers have questions or comments, please contact me. I would love to hear from you. You can reach me via email at danburi777 [at] gmail [dot] com, at my website Nothing Any Good or on twitter @DanBuri777. Thanks!

D.O: You are always welcome Dan. Thanks for all the sweet comments. Hey wonderful readers, thanks for your time.Do grab your copy of Dan's book.

Pieces Like Poetry is currently on sale at the following links: 
Amazon  







Monday, January 11, 2016



By Rachel Dunning

Expected Release Date:
March 2016

What’s it about?

The Debt Collector


I pay my debts, and I expect others to.
I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father's passing meant I would automatically take on dad's debts. I refused.
And I paid for that refusal.
So did my sister.
So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that's where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a "favor" when I arrived.
Another debt.
I paid for that one too.
I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her.
Besides, trouble is my middle name.

Kyla Hensley

I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My father is a business tycoon who buys and sells and doesn't care who gets rolled over in the process.
I never knew my mother, and all I have of her is a photo with a note scrawled on the back in French saying "I'm sorry." The only Female Figure I had growing up is my dad's wife who is a bleach blond with seven boob jobs. We never bonded.
I drink. I party. I meet guys.
But I wasn't always like that.
I've had a string of lovers in the last few years, the worst and most recent of which was Vince Somerset. My best friend Vera was dating a guy called Rory Cansoom who is the opposite of Vince in so many ways, and yet so the same.
She and I hit the road for spring break, getting away from the two college psychos and just trying to have some fun.
But there's a funny thing about trouble, the more you run from it, the more it finds you.
Which is when I met the Debt Collector.
It was only supposed to be sex. He made that clear. I made that clear.
That's all it was supposed to be.
I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to fall so deeply, madly, uncomfortably in love with a man who is wrong, so wrong for me.
And yet...so unbelievably right.

Content Warning

Not intended for readers under the age of seventeen.

Genres:
New-Adult Romance
Sports Romance

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About Rachel

Rachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and is the author of the highly praised Naive Mistakes Series, Truthful Lies Trilogy, Johnny Series and the paranormal romance series, Mind Games.
A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.
She’s lived on two different continents, speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.

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