Tuesday, December 5, 2017

DEAD MARKET by Gary Starta


1.  Who are you?
o   What is your name?
·     Derek Burnham
o   Are you a fictional or historical character?
·     Fictional
o   What should we know about you?
·     I was a vice cop in Tampa, Florida before I got bitten and turned into the living dead.
·     I can recall everything about who I was, and the tough part is trying to keep my humanity, my morality, while my body hungers flesh.
2.  Tell us about your story:
o   When and where is your tale set?
·     Tampa, Ybor City and Miami Florida
o   What is your personal goal?  I mean, what do you ultimately want?
·     I want to get justice for the people who spread a virus on purpose to create a Dead Market for the next big pharmaceutical pill.
o   What is standing in your way?  What conflict(s) do you face?
·     I don’t know who they are.
3.  How do I get a copy of your book?
o   What is the title or working title for this piece?
·     DeadMarket written by Gary Starta
o   Is it available now or when can we expect to see it released?
·     Available now on Amazon!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Stewart Bint's Character, ASHDAY'S CHILD


1.  Who are you?
o   What is your name?
·        Ashday’s Child.
o   Are you a fictional or historical character?
·        Fictional.
o   What should we know about you?
·        I’m 73 years old, and have been described as resembling a tramp. I’m a field agent for an environmental group, called WorldSave. Secretly, we’re a guerilla group with access to an incredible phenomenon, known as the Timeshaft, which connects the ages from the very beginning of time in the past, to the very end in the far future.
·        Modesty forbids me from saying I’m their best field agent, but you’ll quickly see when my story begins that I very definitely am.
·        Although I’m the main  character in Timeshaft, readers first came across me in Stewart Bint’s novella, Malfunction, which came out a year before Timeshaft. And although a second novella which was published shortly after Malfunction, bears my name (yes, it’s called Ashday’s Child), I don’t actually feature in it, but it tells you about my origins.  Confused? No, don’t be. Everything’s explained in Timeshaft. And while I’d love you to read absolutely everything you can about me, please don’t waste your money on Malfunction or Ashday’s Child, as their stories are told word for word in Timeshaft.  Malfunction forms the first chapter, and Ashday’s Child is chapter 6.   
2.  Tell us about your story:
o   When and where is your tale set?
·        Now you’re asking! You first meet me in Australia in the year 2345, but then you find me in London 1994, as well as a brief stopover in an undetermined place and time, before heading back to London in the 17th Century. I’m then stranded millions of years in the future, right at the very end of, not only the world, but  the sun itself – you’ll love how my genius gets us all back to where I call home, Scotland in the year 2745.  Oh, and you’re also there at my birth in London on December 25th 1627.   
o   What is your personal goal?  I mean, what do you ultimately want?
·        I need to bring a set of time paradoxes full circle to ensure the safety of Earth. I thrive on the fact that I’m really the only person who knows what the hell’s going on. Then that rug is unceremoniously pulled from under me!
o   What is standing in your way?  What conflict(s) do you face?
·        Only my own fallibility at first. I have to tread the minefields of time extremely carefully as I pose the question to myself “Do our actions as time travellers change what would otherwise have happened, or is everything already laid down in a predetermined plan?” But then, stranded in a desolate and dangerous far future I start to feel my age. And none of my lifetime of time travelling can reverse that.
3.  How do I get a copy of your book?
o   What is the title or working title for this piece?
·        Timeshaft
o   Is it available now or when can we expect to see it released?
·        It’s available now, published by Dragon Moon Press.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Mock Interview With Book Protagonists

Gary Starta's


In January 2017, The Twilight Recorder interviewed the lead investigators of two major paranormal research groups: Iris Camden of the Colorado Ghost Hunters, and a man who only would like us to identify him as "Mitchell" from the Colorado Eyes in the Skies.
Skeptics and believers both, I thought listeners might find it interesting to find such a division in beliefs as evidenced in the following transcript. As both Iris and Mitchell investigate the unknown, they both rather have strong opinions on ghosts and aliens. Iris believes in ghosts, Mitchell in aliens. So, the more interesting aspect of my interview will be to get both to divulge their skepticism respectively.
Ultimately, you will be the judge if paranormal investigators residing on different ends of a spectrum can make each other stronger in the quest to shed the fiction from fact and determine if we are really "not alone" in both the universe and the spiritual realm.
Unfortunately, the interview gets cuts short. It's indeterminable if it's a malfunction or a paranormal manifestation that interferes. Again, I'll let you be the judge.
Interviewer Tim Cage:  Good Evening, Mitch and Iris. I'm finding it hard to pick which of you to go first. But let's make it Iris. What made you find ghosts so fascinating?

Iris:  Ghosts kind of found me fascinating, I guess. I have a psychic sense, and I can sense they are out there. But I'm not a medium like my sister, DJ, who can actually speak with the dead.

TC:  Mitch, you look like you're going to burst. What's on your mind about this topic?

Mitch:  I'm just wondering if Iris can substantiate how her sister "talks" to the dead. Without an audio representation, which would still be subject to scrutiny, how do you know who she is talking to isn't really alive?

Iris:  Grunts. So you think I'm making this up? She shakes her head. My sister is talking to my dead stepmom, Mitch. We know it's Mom; no one else could pretend to be that annoying. I must admit I'm not really close to her and that's why she is probably attracted to DJ. But, just to let you and the audience know, it's not even DJ's choosing. The girl is freaked out by her mother's death and each visit just reminds her of an untimely passing. She is becoming a recluse and I'm worried about her. Actually, I wish I could just tell my stepmom to stop!

TC:  This is an interesting take on a paranormal relationship. I'm wondering if the blood relation is making the afterlife connection possible. I mean, Iris, you would think your stepmom might find a way to communicate with you.

Mitch:  Scrubbing at his chin. That's a fascinating take, Tim. If what you posit is true, why doesn't every one of our parents come back and "annoy" us in the fashion DJ's mother is said to be capable of. I'm wondering if DJ is so scarred by the death, the "haunting" is in her imagination. Perhaps, it's guilt revisiting her. If so, I would think DJ might be better served by a counselor who might make the guilt tenable. Perhaps, she needs the guilt to disappear more than her "visiting mother."

Iris:  While I'm finding Mitch's skepticism "fascinating," I'm also wondering how a man who chases lights in the sky can be qualified to disqualify the existence of ghosts. I mean, lights in the sky can be anything, stars, gas, photo distortion, and even just an earthbound craft.

Mitch:  Rubs his hands together. Of course! You're absolutely right...I believe in UFOs--meaning "unidentified" objects. They could very well be Earth-based ships, but what I find untenable is the government's complete denial of the sighting itself. I don't think every ship in the sky is from another planet, but I do think that some of "our" ships were reverse engineered from confiscated alien technology. How else do you explain the rapid advances of technology since the 1960s? Why were we just learning to make an automobile and develop a photograph some fifty years or so prior? Who gave us the edge, and more importantly, why?

TC:  Mitch you've stated your case very well. So Iris, do you believe every apparition or specter is a ghost?

Iris:  I never made the claim that I do. I head an investigative team where it's very important to rule out what things "aren't". My dear friend, a former lead investigator who I won't name out of respect, came upon something even I can't classify to this day. But it did its damage to him. It disabled him. It's my duty as the lead investigator to direct my team in the proper direction and get in the face of danger if necessary. We are not talking about fantasy or delusions in most cases. I can't tell you if the entity was a ghost or even a person. But it was damaging—

Mitch:  Ah! So, you've just admitted that even when you think you are classifying a ghost, you might be experiencing another entity, something not of our known world...

TC:  Okay, you two are sparring pretty well. So Mitch, what are you getting at?

Mitch:  What if an inter-dimensional being were to appear to us? It might be slightly out of phase with our world. What most think of as apparitions of former living persons might just be aliens in disguise. It may be capable of appearing to us in a form we can understand. So, even if you can prove a shadowy being beyond doubt on an EVP, what if it's impersonating a human?

Iris:  Takes off her spectacles and cleans them with her shirt. Mitch, what reason would an alien have to do such trickery? And are you seriously suggesting an alien is impersonating my annoying, but loving, stepmom?

Mitch:  I think the very nature of an alien encounter would be unclassifiable. I mean, you've got me, Iris. I don't know how I can prove it because it's an entity not previously "officially" categorized. It would break the mold, at least, if you believe the government's story that a weather balloon crashed in Roswell in1947. So, we start from scratch. But we don't always jump to the ghost conclusion, either.

Iris:  This is your idea of being fair? Huh. Well, I can't find the motivation for an alien to target my lonely stepsister DJ. The only consequence would be cruelty. I can agree that the entity which harmed my friend was not your typical specter. It certainly wasn't just residual energy, meaning it could react. And its reaction was terrifying.

TC:  And do you have any record of this entity?

Iris:  It did its best to wipe my memory, Tim.

Mitch:  So, if it did that, what even makes you think you experienced something formerly alive, and not an entity fully alive, aware, and possibly from another realm of our universe, or, possibly, a hallucination?

Iris:  It was a red ball for God's sake.

Mitch:  Red, and not orange?

Iris:  It was red, like your shirt, Mitch.

Mitch:  There are orange balls of light known as OBOLs.  They are thought to precede UFO sightings. They are even thought to forge the distinct geometrical shapes known as crop circles. Just wondering...

Iris:  Come now! We have two old men admitting to this forgery.

Mitch:  If you think two old drunken men were capable of crafting such magnificence with a wooden board in the dead of night, then you are...

TC:  What was that? Ladies and gentleman, we may be losing our broadcast signal. It appears our lights have just flickered on and off. Is this a technical malfunction? I'd have to ask my engineer. But with the very nature of our conversation this evening, do either one of you think...

Iris:  The problem is we cannot think or even theorize without facts and evidence. So, you see not every bump in the night is a ghost to me. Nor, is it a deceased and annoying relative waiting in hiding...

Mitch:  Perhaps I'm such a loner that ghosts don't think to visit me. But for this light flickering, I cannot hazard a guess. It would be speculation. And Iris, you have my respect as an investigator. I just wanted to see if I could rattle your cage tonight...

Saturday, November 25, 2017

How To Gift An eBook


Whether it is for a holiday, birthday, or just because,
eBooks make great gifts.
You can use them for stocking stuffers
or insert them into your greeting or holiday cards.
Amazon makes it easy to either send the gifted eBook
directly to the recipient's email address
or you can have a certificate generated by sending it your email instead.
Unfortunately, not all countries have the ability to gift an ebook from Amazon.
Here are instructions to help you to do so from these specific countries:
CNET also offers additional instructions for gifting ebooks
from other vendors and platforms:

Friday, November 24, 2017

Connect with Author Susan-Alia Terry

Author of Paranormal Fantasy

If you want to learn more about this author, use the links below to connect with her.  Also, check out the AUTHOR INTERVIEW I was honored to have with her.  She is a fantastic lady!
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Meet STANFORD CARTER from The Killing Collective



1.  Who are you?
Stanford Carter
o   Are you a fictional or historical character?
·      Fictional.
o   What should we know about you?
·      I am a homicide detective from Boston now working for NYC’s FBI office.
2.  Tell us about your story:
o   When and where is your tale set?
·      In NYC.
o   What is your personal goal?  I mean, what do you ultimately want?
·      I want to bring closure and peace to families who had their loved ones murdered.
o   What is standing in your way?  What conflict(s) do you face?
·      I sometimes box too much of my life into my mind warehouse and then close off to people, even my fantastic wife, forensic scientist Jill Seacrest.
3.  How do I get a copy of your book?
o   What is the title or working title for this piece?
·      The Killing Collective is a stand alone novel, available now in paperback and print on Amazon.
o   Is it available now or when can we expect to see it released?
·      Please check it out now!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Casey Bartsch on "Character Descriptions"

Character Description and Why I Don’t Write it

His hair was as brown as Mississippi mud, and though she couldn’t see them well, his eyes shined with light from an unknown source. He was a foot taller than her, and she couldn’t help but stare into his well sculpted chest…..blah, blah, blah.
I hate character description. At least, as it is often written. When I start a new book, I am inevitably given a list of features for the protagonist. Hair color, level of attractiveness, shoe size. Then, I immediately forget all about all of those details, because the character isn’t created in my mind by details of appearance – the character forms around what they do and see. How they react and think. My mind will then give the character a look of my choosing.
Maybe they take on the guise of someone I know or an actor that I think of. Maybe I make them up from scratch, but the point is – they never look the way the author wants them to.
So, I avoid it in my writing. Instead of trying to describe my protagonist as old and rundown, I have him inspect an old rotary phone and comment on how things used to be. I have his knees crack as he sits in his recliner. His thoughts and reactions will be that of an old, rundown man – leaving the reader to create his visage far better than I ever could. Because he is theirs now, not mine.
I think writers often put a little too much ego into what they write, and forcing a description of a character is a form of this. It may not seem like it, but denying the reader the chance to envision their own scene is a bit narcissistic. As we write our stories, the words unfold in a way that is surprising to us. Twists and turns that we never expected just ooze out our fingertips. It is the closest thing to magic that I know.
Why deny the reader that same magic?
Details that are vital to the story have to be told, but all else can be hinted at by other means, and the reader will appreciate it. How better to get into reading a book than with a character that you built, rather than one you have to keep trying to remember? It’s a bit of trickery, but any time you can fool the reader into believing that they have envisioned the scene or character themselves, the more you reel them in to your story - and the story is all yours.
The exception to this, is tertiary characters. Those few people that pop up here and there that have their 15 minutes of fame in your book, and then vanish in a puff of smoke. I like to make these characters stand out, and will describe them. I don’t give a full rundown, but I like to give each one something that the main characters can notice. Those little details don’t so much describe the unimportant character, as they describe the world in which your protagonist lives.
In short, character description is NOT character building, and in most cases is just a waste of time and space.

My novel, Strawberries, is available now on Amazon. I am nearly through with the follow up, Behind the Red Curtain – so please look out for that!

Please visit my website, and if you sign up for my newsletter, I’ll send you a copy of Strawberries for FREE! My blog, Full Blown Panic Attack, is there with all sorts of reviews and news regarding all things horror.

You can find me on Facebook, and also a group I manage called, Readers, Writers, and Watchers of the Thrilling and Horrific.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Connect With Author Stewart Bint

Author in the genres of science fiction, paranormal, and satire

Stewart Bint is an international novelist, journalist, magazine columnist, and PR writer.  He has books published by Creativia and Dragon Moon Press. Stewart is, also, a member of the influential #Awethors group.

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Connect with Author Gary Starta

Gary Starta
Science Fiction Writer

A former Journalist turned Author.
Gary Starta writes in the Science Fiction and Mystery genres.  His books are inspired by - and, therefore, resemblant of - Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz.

Published Books:
2015. Paranormal / Sci-fi Suspense.

Demon Inhibitions
2013. Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Suspense & Mystery.

Kindred Killers
2012. Crime/Psychological Thriller.

Gods of the Machines
2010. Science Fiction.

Blood Web
2007. Paranormal Suspense.

What Are You Made Of?
2006. Science Fiction.

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