Recommendation: Marilyn Vix

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Number 2!

For our second author recommendation we take on a newbie, prospective author coming straight from the successful writing platform Wattpad. This writer has built up an impressive following for her stories, and her original Romance novel, Saving My Heart, has gathered more than 15, 500 reads in Wattpad. She also has a series of novelettes for sale on Amazon under the title Beware of Warlocks.

Recommendation for today: Marilyn Vix.

About the book: 

Meet Julie:

She’s spent some good times meeting with her book club in the old mansion. But now the city is going to tear it down. The bulldozers are destroying the guest house as she comes up with an idea. Maybe she can save the old mansion by getting a petition online? With enough people knowing about what was at stake, maybe she could work a miracle.

Her blog and petition get the attention of the young, entrepreneur Peter Mason. He manages his family business restoring historical buildings and turning them into historic hotels. He seems to be the knight in shining armor she has been waiting for.

Meet Peter:

Obsessed with the business he runs with his father, he doesn’t have time for relationships. Mostly, he has a chance to go after a bit of skirt on his own terms. But something strange starts to happen to him. He can’t get Julie out of his mind. It’s new territory, and between the distraction of her being his new assistant, he can’t get anything done. The only thing left to do is include her in his business life.

But being attracted to your boss can be trouble. Especially when you want to keep your summer job. Can she negotiate the baggage of her feelings for Peter and her deceased boyfriend? Especially when Peter’s ex-fiancé arrives on the scene.

They have to overcome their past loves and baggage to finally see the best thing standing in front of them, each other. But letting go might be the hardest part.

 

About the Author: 

Marilyn Vix is a paranormal romance novelist. She enjoys the characters that just don’t fit in. From witches to time traveling researchers, she is letting her imagination soar to explore new worlds and write all the details down. Marilyn has traveled to Paris, Amsterdam, London, Sydney, and Munich. She loves to include these in her settings as much as can allow. Best of all is letting her reader enjoy them through the perspective of a character. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and cat. The cat, of course, is the center of attention.

Q/A:

The author has been kind enough to answer some questions for the blog and the readers to get to know her better: 

1- Which book do you secretly wish you had written?

I kind of wish I’d written “The Martian”. That was so cool how Andy Weir wrote it on his blog and got help from NASA employees. I love writing on the Internet too. I’ve been writing on Wattpad and finished a new adult romance called “Saving My Heart”. He also wrote some fan fiction for Ready Player One, and has it now as part of that book’s universe. I’ve been exploring with fan fiction too, and have it on Wattpad as well. I just think writing these days is so open to new things, especially on-line writing. So much more is possible.

2- What’s your biggest author ambition?

For this year, to sell my first full-length novel and have it come out in print. I’ve been working for two years on it, and I’m very excited about it. I also want to start doing more author talks and speak at writing conference panels. I actually publish under three pen names and I’ve been self publishing since 2009. I have a lot of experience to share with upcoming writers.

3- Do you plan on doing any author events this year or any future releases?

Yes. I’m working on getting the Beware of Warlocks series into print, and selling books at Renaissance Fairs and Art and Wine Festivals in Northern California. I’m also hoping to sell my first full-length novel soon so it will be available to sell in print.

Links: 

Marilyn Vix Webpage
Amazon Page
Twitter
Facebook
Check out Saving My Heart now!

Recommendation: Author J. A. Armitage.

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Hello, hello!

(Late) Happy Easter and Spring Break’s End! As the hecticness of the week off wears away we get back to work and the job has been piling up badly. For today, I bring you a special treat. Those of you who’ve been looking for your next read, seek no more!

Recommendation for today: Author J. A. Armitage.

J. A. Armitage is the author of the Paranormal YA series Guardians of the Light, the captivating story of young Anais and how she finds love, fear and mystery in the hand of a mysterious immortal partner. The first book of the series, Endless Winter, is on sale at Amazon and has captured the heart of many readers around the world. 

From J. A. Armitage today we bring you the first installment of her new series, The Labyrinthian Trilogy, coming live on April, 10.

Here’s a sneak peek: 

 When Kimberly’s father loses his job and it looks like her whole family will be homeless, a mysterious old benefactor saves them by leaving his ‘mansion’ to them in his will. However, their new house, with it’s history of spooky happenings and disappearances, is not all it seems. When Kim’s little brother goes missing, it’s up to Kim and her new friend, Nate, to find him. The problem is… When they do – who will find them?
The first in a new YA series, The Labyrinthians begins a story of adventure and of terror and finding yourself when everything else seems lost.

About the Author: 

author photoBorn in a small town, J.Armitage longed for adventure and travel.
Age 20 she moved to Dublin, then to San Diego, then Sydney and back to California where she did a brief stint working at Universal Studios being a minder to Sponge Bob.
Once back in Britain she got married, had babies and decided to write about the adventure she was now missing out on. She works full time, is a mum to three kids and has had a surrogate baby.
She has skydived twice (and survived), climbed Kilimanjaro and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. She has also worked as a professional clown and banana picker amongst other jobs.
Somehow she finds time to write.

Q/A:

The author has been kind enough to answer some questions for the blog and the readers to get to know her better: 

1- How long have you been writing?

I said to a friend of mine that I was going to write a bestseller about fifteen years ago. I did nothing about it for thirteen more years. Personal circumstances in my live changed about three years ago and I decided now was the time to actually do it. Not quite made it on to the best-seller list yet 🙂 I published my first book, Endless Winter in Jan 2014

2- When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

As I said, I’d had it at the back of my mind for years. Then there was a book published that sold in the millions (Won’t say which one) and I thought – I can do better than that.

3- What is your favorite from all the characters you’ve created?

I’ve  cast of characters but I think my favourite is Aethelu from the Guardians of The Light series. She’s beautiful but doesn’t realize it. She has been overshadowed by her gorgeous big sister all her life but the truth is, she’s just as pretty as her, if not more so. Also she’s very carefree and strong headed and wears red for every occasion. I like that about her. She’s pretty scrappy too. I also have a fondness for Nate in My new series, The Labyrinthians. He’s a bit of a nerd. I do like nerds!

4- What do you think is the hardest part of writing a novel?

Honestly, I love writing. I don’t find it hard at all. The story just flows and I like where the characters lead me. The hardest part is marketing. l wish I could afford someone to do that side of things.

5- What would you say to a debuting writer that hasn’t had much success?

It’s unlikely that you will have success on a first book, no matter how brilliant it is. You need to build a readership. write more books and the readers will come. I’ve only known a couple of people that have hit the jackpot on their first go. I’ve known a lot that have become successful after their fifth, tenth, twentieth book.
What is your favorite writing resource?
Coffee. Lots of coffee and a supportive husband that makes it for me

6- What author has inspired you the most?

I find this a difficult question to answer. I must have read a million books in my time and I’ve enjoyed most of them. I discovered a love of reading through Enid Blyton books. From then I moved onto Judy Bloom, V.C Andrews, then on to Romance books like those by Jackie Collins. From there I read thrillers and crime books such as those by Harlan Coben. I read the Harry Potter books about fifty times each and most recently I’ve read hunger games, Maze runner and I’m currently reading The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks. I couldn’t chose who influenced me the most because they all have, and many more. This year my ambition is to read a lot more indie books

Links: 

Learn more about author J. A. Armitage
Order The Labyrinthians Now! 
Endless Winter, Guardians of the Light Book 1

Warrior Lore, and the legends of the Scandinavian people.

I’ve stated my love for mythology several times before. Whether the ornate exuberance of Greek Mythology, or the worshipful power of the Egyptian pantheon (and all the pantheons in between), if you give me Myths, I’ll take them with open arms.

Nordic and Scandinavian lore is not an exception. With the recent rise of interest around the characters of Thor and Loki due to the mass blockbuster movies released throughout the last 5 years (let’s all give a doubtful “thank you” to Marvel for that), despite the severe mistakes and creative liberties, interest has indeed increased among the population for the mythology supporting these characters.

The Valkyries, AsgardThe RagnarokValhallaMjölnirYggdrasil, One-Eyed Odin…

These are all terms that have been part of our society since viking times, and have populated and graced human literature many times over. Nordic mythology is probably the most well-known after the Classic Greek, and it represents an important part of English Language history.

Unlike the Greek pantheon, however, the Nordics are warriors through and through, and the richness of their myths is given by the fabulous legends and tales of warfare, rewarded heroes, battles of good versus evil, and the promise of the end of the world to come.

With an iconic narration, the musicality of a gone era, and the nostalgic feeling of a time when bravery and might were taken for granted, all these tales make up for quite an exciting read, rivaling any modern Thriller or Epic Fantasy best-seller.

Ian CumpsteyToday, I bring you a collection of exactly such stories, translated by Mr. Ian Cumpstey (Northern Displayers, Skadi Press).

Warrior Lore is a compilation of Scandinavian ballads and tales, sure to make the delights of any mythology lover out there:

Thor resorts to cross-dressing in a bid to recover his stolen hammer. The hero Widrick Waylandsson comes face to face with a troll in the forest. A king’s daughter is abducted from a convent in rural Sweden. A young fighter has to show off his prowess in skiing and shooting for King Harald Hardrada. And more…

The medieval Scandinavian ballads in this collection tell stories of champions and fighters, vikings, and trolls, drawing on Norse mythology and heroic legend. There are riddles, and there are appearances from Thor, Loki, Sigurd, and other figures from the myths of the Edda and from history. Narrative ballads were part of an oral folk music tradition in Scandinavia, and were first written down around 1600, although the ballads themselves are older. These new English verse translations are mainly based on Swedish tradition.

Excerpt from Widrick Waylandsson’s Fight with Long-Ben Reyser:

It was Widrick Waylandsson,
Rode through the woods awhile.
He came to Long-Ben Reyser,
Who lay there black and vile.

And it was Widrick Waylandsson,
Hit Long-Ben where he lay:
“Get up now, Long-Ben Reyser,
“I’ll talk with you today!”

“Here have I lain for fifteen years,
“All on my left-hand side,
“And never has a fighter come,
“To challenge me to fight.

“Ride on, ride on, little man,
“And put away your spear.
“It doesn’t suit a stable boy,
“To challenge a fighter fierce.”

“I am not a stable boy,
“Although you thought it right,
“But rather has that fighter come,
“Who’ll challenge you to fight.”

And it was Long-Ben Reyser,
He lifted up his ear:
“Tell me then, my fair young swain,
“Of your blunt weapons here.”

“Shymbling is my noble horse,
“Born of Grimmer’s stud,
“And Mimmering is my good sword,
“Hard with fighters’ blood.

“Skrepping is my glorious shield,
“That many swords has shattered,
“Blank my proud and shining helm,
“That many arrows scattered.

“Wayland is my father’s name,
“He was a smith so fine,
“And Bodil is my mother’s name,
“Fair daughter of a King.

“And I am Widrick Waylandsson,
“In iron I am dressed,
“And this I’ll say to you in truth,
“As a fighter, I’m the best!”

Check out Warrior Lore

Skadi Press: http://www.northerndisplayers.co.uk/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22115315-warrior-lore
Amazon/Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K3W7E36/
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/warrior-lore