Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Author J.M. Northup on SLYCE's Interrogation Room

FEATURED BOOK:
TALLY: A Polyamorous Romance


Author J.M. Northup Hi, everyone! Thank you for having me tonight!
I am honored to be here <3


Author J.M. Northup WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN AUTHOR?
Writing, to me, is a creative outlet and artistic expression, just as painting or dancing are. I enjoy the process of building a story – the characters and worlds – whether I’m penning it or reading it.

Author J.M. Northup WHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR PUBLISHING COMPANY?
Norns Triad Publications

Author J.M. Northup IN WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE?
I usually write in the Young Adult/New Adult genres (which is based on the age of the protagonists and not the readers). However, I do have titles in other categories, such as Middle Grade and Romance. I like to try new things.

Author J.M. Northup HAVE YOU EVER PENNED UNDER ANOTHER NAME?
No.

Author J.M. Northup YOU WROTE A BOOK TITLED "TALLY". WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?
It’s about family. I represent several times of modern families and explore the current laws regarding them. I do this in an entertaining MMF Romance.

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Author J.M. Northup HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS TITLE?
Someone I am close to is a step-parent, and through them, I learned that they have no legal rights regarding their step-children. They cannot sign field trip slips or authorize care, even though they’re married to t
he biological parent. This disturbed me, especially since the child lived with them, and was under their joint care. If the spouse died, they’d have no legal claims to the child because current law only acknowledges two parents.
During my research, I found information on Tri-Parenting. This intrigued me, so my story was born.

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Author J.M. Northup IN WHAT CITY DOES THIS STORY TAKE PLACE?
Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Author J.M. Northup IS THIS BOOK A STAND ALONE OR A SERIES?
It is a standalone.

Author J.M. Northup IS THIS BOOK A E-BOOK AND/OR PAPERBACK?
You can get it in both digital and hardcover versions.
A bonus – if you purchase the paperback through Amazon, you get the ebook FREE! That means you can get a book for a friend while treating yourself.

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Author J.M. Northup https://jmnorthup.blogspot.com/2018/09/paperback-ebook-for-one-price.html?fbclid=IwAR1iKOYgYaypmanG_jVMMbkx8djlExYGGUIa0qDYfddmwBoLrqTypruBjT8

Author J.M. Northup HOW IMPORTANT ARE INTERVIEWS?
I believe in interviews and place greater importance on them because it gives authors a chance to connect to readers. It also helps readers to gauge where the writer was coming from and how this story impacted them personally.
I often interview literary personalities. You can find my interviews here - 
https://jmnorthup.blogspot.com/search/label/Author%20Interviews?fbclid=IwAR23nl6rSHkj-TTp_AucDAfOL68-pwxwSeTe_K_R7lsb_DnOzUuGpIC123Y

Author J.M. Northup HOW IMPORTANT IS RESEARCH?
A MUST! I believe things need to be as accurate as possible. Plus, I am a huge bibliophile, and I LOVE research. LOL

Author J.M. Northup HOW IMPORTANT ARE REVIEWS?
Unfortunately, this depends on how you are published. A traditionally published author doesn’t have to concern themselves with reviews. However, small presses and indies, like me, require reviews in order to have promotional opportunities. Reviews and star ratings affect not only the author rankings but their visibility to potential readers and what avenues of promotion will run their ads.

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Author J.M. Northup DO YOU FEEL A NEW AUTHOR SHOULD HAVE A TEAM?
Yes. I believe in collaboration for many reasons. You are constantly developing as a writer and your team helps you do that. Also, it ensures quality in the products you are providing.
Often, an author has m
ore information in their head about the stories and characters than is actually written. It is human nature to fill in gaps. Having another person read through your manuscript helps to catch things like plot holes, missed words, typos... Plus, it's a fulfilling part of the process to sound board with your team.

Author J.M. Northup WHAT WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISTAKES YOU'VE MADE AS A NEW AUTHOR?
Not having a proper editor or beta readers. 
My debut novel, FEARS OF DARKNESS (which is currently being reimagined), had some interesting errors that would’ve been caught had I been more aware of the resources available to me.

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Author J.M. Northup WHAT STEPS ARE YOU TAKING TO BUILD YOUR BRAND?
Supporting my community. First and foremost, we are readers. I never lost my love to read, and often I find that is what refreshes my creativity to write. Therefore, I try to connect with authors and readers, sharing their reviews and stories. This builds my brand simply because people get to know me.

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Author J.M. Northup WHAT DOES THE PHRASE "LEARN THE CRAFT" MEAN?
For me, it indicates that you’ve researched all facets of the industry. As an indie writer and small press owner, I have to be involved in marketing, production (i.e. covers, formatting, etc.), what the indu
stry standards are, and even what the laws are regarding my craft. I have to understand the copyright laws and contract details to be sure I am compliant. It’s more than just penning a tale people can enjoy.


Author J.M. Northup WHAT AUTHORS PAST AND/OR PRESENT HAD AN INFLUENCE ON YOU?
Kathleen O'Neal Gear & W. Michael Gearare not only my favorite authors but they have become personal friends. They’ve helped me to learn a lot about writing.
Author Marnie Cate, Simone Beaudel
aire, and Doug Lamoreux - Dark Fiction have helped me to develop my voice and style. 
My business partner, Sahara Foley and our friend, Alaric Longward have helped me to understand the marketing aspect on a deeper level. They've helped me to connect to resources, as well.
Other authors who have influences me are Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jean M AuelStephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins, Margaret Mitchell, and of course, J.K. Rowling.
Charlaine Harris and Veronica Roth should both be inspirational for all indies!

Author J.M. Northup IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE COOKING IN THE LAB FOR AUTHOR J.M. NORTHUP?
I’m still in the process of re-branding some of my titles under Norns Triad Publications that were previously published under Creativia. In addition to those, I have several WIPs I’ve bee
n working on, as well as other stories forming in my head.
In addition to my MMF Romance, TALLY, I have a middle grade chapter book designed for parents and teachers to enjoy as much as kids, called FELINE FASCINATIONS: The Adventures of Boris and Olga. It is currently on sale for #99cents.
My psychological thriller, A PRISONER WITHIN, and the first books in my Snoqualmie Valley Sasquatch series and Fears of Dakota series are available for purchase. The next books in these series will be up sometime this year, along with the 1st book in my new Sea Monster Saga series, SIREN COVE.
The 2nd and 3rd books of my Military Romance Trilogy with Simone Beaudelaire – The Wounded Warriors Collection – are also available. Simone is currently revamping the 1st book, but each can be read as a standalone. They are just more meaningful when read together, as they are about each of the squad members and cover different kinds of wounds our warriors can get.
You can find all links here – 
http://nornstriad.com/authors/j-m-northup/books-by-j-m-northup/?fbclid=IwAR3N_Iet04KsiuySJKBcNA8Cs8KFB5c3jzBWS5o97iKGbGKI-B9Sgfj2vk0

Author J.M. Northup https://jmnorthup.blogspot.com/2019/01/99-ebook-or-free-on-kindle-unlimited-or.html?fbclid=IwAR2PU8axOnp010uNYGHUGaLL94XavFeLLY8_uK0vdf6lh-qF1GEk4JaIIbI

Author J.M. Northup DO YOU WRITE FOR THE PASSION OR THE PROFIT?
I write for the passion, but I pray the profit will, one day, help to give back to my family. They selflessly support me, allowing me to indulge in my craft.


Author J.M. Northup WHERE CAN OUR VIEWERS PURCHASE THIS BOOK?
You can find my books here (including translations) - www.amazon.com/J.M.-Northup/e/B00KKQVFI0


Author J.M. Northup HOW CAN OUR VIEWERS CONTACT YOU?
I run the websites for myself ( Author J.M. Northup ) and Norns Triad Publications. You can contact me through Facebook PM, and I will respond as soon as I can. I’m, also, the admin for my J.M. Northup's Book Group on
Facebook. I encourage you all to join and participate in sharing your reviews, covers, sales – all things books (and cats or otters – I love them!).
My websites are www.jmnorthup.com and www.nornstriad.com


Author J.M. Northup Thank you all for taking the time to join me tonight. I appreciate your support and hope this is the start of a great readership! <3

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Tom Fallwell's THE SHADOW OF NARWYRM

The Shadow of Narwyrm, by Tom Fallwell

Rated 5 Stars on Amazon!
Author Fallwell has done a great job creating characters that are vividly real and relatable. Magic thrusts action into gear in this wild ride series. - RJS

The Shadow of Narwyrm is an exciting climax of a wonderful series. Tom Fallwell has created a world where conflict and adventure keep the reader turning pages.” – Michael R. Stern

The war scenes take you to the heart of the battle and you can hear the drums and the cries of the soldiers. – Luciana Correa

“The book had me hooked from the first chapter and I settled myself in to read it almost in one sitting! It was beautifully crafted and allowed me to lose myself in the pages. Very much enjoyed!” - Joey

The Shadow of Narwyrm (Rangers of Laerean #3)
The world of Hir now stands on the brink of war with the demonic Manenase and their massive horde of Morok minions. Baric and his friends journey to the haunted Ghost Swamp to find the lost Amulet of Thiranor, which holds the key to stopping Doomrage, once and for all.

In the epic conclusion to the Shadows Trilogy of the Rangers of Laerean series, much lore from the ancient past is learned, while the shadow of the great Dragon Spirit, Narwyrm, looms over them all.

About the Author
Early in life, Tom Fallwell discovered a love for fantasy and science-fiction, delighting in the wonderful escape into realms undreamed of. Weaned on the greats like J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert E. Howard, Roger Zelazny, Robert A. Heinlein, and Michael Moorcock, just to name a few, Tom's imagination was forever inspired by those marvelous tales.

One day, he discovered a simple book of rules called 'Chainmail', by Gary Gygax, and found a new love: the love of creating adventures and stories of his own. 'Chainmail' evolved into 'Dungeons & Dragons', and Tom played consistently with friends as both a player and a dungeon master (DM) for decades. Such activities helped him develop his ability to create worlds and stories for other players to enjoy.

Now retired from his long career as a software developer, Tom writes all the adventures and characters that constantly fill his mind and shares them with the world.

Connect with Tom Fallwell
Smashwords: https://goo.gl/adtpGn
Goodreads: http://goo.gl/hYZOso

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Weldon R. Shaw's VICTORIA: In Search of Herself

Book Spotlight


1)    What is the title of your book?
Ø  What is the story about?
Victoria is about a young New York City model who became successful after being raised as a poor child in an abusive environment. Victoria had everything money could buy, except one thing, and that was love. Due to Victoria's father being an abusive alcoholic during her childhood, she taught herself to have no trust for men.
The life Victoria lived was lavish, but in the end, it turned out to be nothing more than a prison that kept her confined. She always thought about her past, and it tormented her deeply. Victoria knew for her to get over her childhood and to be able to find true love, she would have to go home to confront her demons that haunted her. Victoria is a beautiful story filled with deep emotions. It has many qualities that many women can relate to.
Ø  Who is the main character?
·  Victoria
2)   What inspired this tale?
Ø  How did the story come to you?
·   Victoria is my first attempt at a modern day romance. Most of my romance sex scenes are what I would call midstream in their graphic content. Victoria, well it is a little different. I wanted to step outside of my safe box and go graphic on the sex scenes. I just wanted to try it one time to see if I was up to the challenge.
·  With that being said, I want the reader to know Victoria is not an erotic story based on sex. It only has three sex scenes in it and there in the tale to spice up a beautiful story that many women will be able to relate to.
Ø  Did you have to research for this novel, and if so, why?
·  No
Ø  Is your protagonist anything like you, personally?
·  Maybe
ü   If yes, then how?
o   Victoria is a strong character
Ø  About the character:
ü   What should readers know about this character?
·   When I was very young, I came in contact with a young girl at school who used to sit at my table at lunchtime. She never talked, and you could tell she came from a low-income family. The other kids pretty much outcast her from their groups so I never really saw her talking to anyone.
·   I often wondered how this little girls life turned out, so I created a life for her in Victoria In Search Of Herself.
ü   Why is this character important to you?
o   This character shows people they’re not alone as far as their past tormenting them.
Ø  Do you consider the main character of your story to be good or bad, and why?
·  Good, but a very strong woman that no one is going to push around.
Ø  What’s the objective of your character?
o   I want people to know that no matter how bad your childhood was or how poor you were raised, it doesn't have to dictate who you become in life.
4)     Is there anything you specifically want readers to know about this piece of work?
Victoria was a challenge for me because not only were the sex scenes graphic but I also had to think as a woman would think while writing this story. I must have pulled it off because reviewers raved about the story. (I will attach two reviews to this area.)
REVIEW - One of the most exciting new books I've read this year comes from Weldon R. Shaw. His new book "Victoria: In Search of Herself" is an addictive read that leads the reader into the mind of a woman who wants it all. The writing reminded me of "Scruples" by Judith Krantz. A tough woman who makes the right decisions and created by a writer who has a keen insight into the mind of the female.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a novel that will keep them hooked for hours. I just hope this author turns out another book in the same vein.
- Jen Hill
REVIEW - When I was asked to be an early review for Weldon R. Shaw and his new romance novel "Victoria: In Search of Herself" I took a look at his other books. Not only did I find that he was a writer of many different genres--I realized that this new one was the best thing he had written so far. If women don't get excited by "Victoria “and her story--I don't know what's wrong with them. Shaw has a delicate way of writing about the mystique of the female mind. He has a keen sense of understanding what the reader wants to know. He understands how a story can take the reader from their life and transport them into the lives of his characters. I found this book to be utterly charming and impossible to put down.
-        Charlotte Hamilton
ü   If yes, then why did you chose it?
o   The moral of Victoria is anyone can succeed if he or she tries hard and do not allow obstacles to get in his or her way.
5)     Is this novel a standalone?
   Yes
Ø  If it is a part of a series, what’s the series name?
·  no
6)     Where can readers connect with you and purchase your book?
Available on Amazon in Kindle/Paperback.


   

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Tom Fallwell's WHERE SHADOWS FALL

Where Shadows Fall, by Tom Fallwell

Rated 5 Stars on Amazon!
Speckled with great imagery, Tom Fallwell’s 2nd book in the ‘Rangers of Laerean’ is just as, good as the first. - RSJ

It kept me guessing throughout, and had some real moments that caught you by surprise.” – reviews

“New races join the human ranks, and they are amazing. Lots of magic and unexpected twists bring pace to the adventures.” – Luciana Correa

Where Shadows Fall (Rangers of Laerean #2)
When the Rangers discover that a deadly and horrific dragon of unspeakable power has been loosed upon their world, they must find a way to destroy the monster before the creature of shadows burns them all into oblivion. Complicating their efforts, the discovery of a secret and hidden dragon cult that worships the monster, and a conspiracy of dark forces from the realm of shadows, threatens to destroy the peace their world has known for centuries and bring war to the people of Hir.

Struggling to survive the deepest of betrayals, the Rangers face a dark and foreboding time, as the world of Hir changes dramatically around them.

About the Author
Early in life, Tom Fallwell discovered a love for fantasy and science-fiction, delighting in the wonderful escape into realms undreamed of. Weaned on the greats like J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert E. Howard, Roger Zelazny, Robert A. Heinlein, and Michael Moorcock, just to name a few, Tom's imagination was forever inspired by those marvelous tales.

One day, he discovered a simple book of rules called 'Chainmail', by Gary Gygax, and found a new love: the love of creating adventures and stories of his own. 'Chainmail' evolved into 'Dungeons & Dragons', and Tom played consistently with friends as both a player and a dungeon master (DM) for decades. Such activities helped him develop his ability to create worlds and stories for other players to enjoy.

Now retired from his long career as a software developer, Tom writes all the adventures and characters that constantly fill his mind and shares them with the world.

Connect with Tom Fallwell
Smashwords: https://goo.gl/adtpGn