Saturday, February 27, 2016

Readers Meet Romance Author Cathy McDavid


February is an exciting month for me. Besides Valentine’s Day, when I got to enjoy a beautiful dinner with my wonderful sweetheart at a pretty swanky restaurant, there was also the release of my new book, COME HOME, COWBOY, the second installment in my Return to Mustang Valley series. This is perhaps one of the most emotional stories I’ve ever written, and I’m pleased to say it’s been receiving great reviews, including a 4-1/2 Star Top Pick from Romantic Times.

I’m also really excited about the re-release of my earlier book, REAL MEN SELL BRAS. This fun and sexy romantic comedy (of DD proportions!) was originally published by Five Star and had one of the worst covers ever (sorry, Five Star, but it's true). I once even won a worst cover contest. Maybe not something to cheer about. I’ve since had a great new cover designed that perfectly fits the tone of the story. Though this book is different from the westerns I now write for Harlequin, I’m hoping readers won’t let that stop them from enjoying this lighthearted story.

Real Men Sell Bras by Cathy McDavid
I have two more books scheduled for release in the coming months. The first, HAVING THE RANCHER’S BABY, is due out June 1st, and the next, RESCUING THE COWBOY, is scheduled for October 1st.  These two books continue the story of the Dempsey family, the Dos Estrellas Ranch and the mustang sanctuary. I’m still partnering with the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown, California and contributing a portion of my royalties on this series to them. If you have a chance, visit their website at: http://www.wildhorsesanctuary.org and check out all the good work they do. Because I frequently write westerns (love those cowboy heroes), and horses have always been a large part of my life, the plight of wild horses is something near and dear to me.


I do love hearing from readers. 

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

An Author Inspired by the Perceived Word Disabled

Author Kenny S Rich

The story of The One-Eyed King (TOEK) unfolds through an epic, action-packed adventure of ‘Mind over Matter.’ It is a truly fascinating tale of how we can bring truth to impossibility once we learn to not rely on our eyes for vision, but on our minds instead. The stakes are high as two worlds collide and our young protagonist is caught in the middle, with the fate of both worlds in his unsuspecting hands. TOEK is ultimately a multifaceted tale about the human dichotomy—the notion that we are equally capable of both good and evil, and whichever we ultimately evolve into embodying, depends on which of the two inner wolves we choose to feed.
Finally, Iori’s powers are not rooted in magic, but rather in Mind over Matter. That is, the mystic abilities exhibited by my protagonist and fellow gifted blind characters he encounters along his journey, are not necessarily supernatural, albeit superhuman. This is because they represent what is possible when human beings stop relying on our eyes for vision, guidance, functioning, and judgment, but on our minds instead, our ‘Mind’s Eye’ if you will.
The One-Eyed King 
What makes the novel, The One-Eyed King uniquely compelling, is the complexity and the peculiarity of its protagonist, Iori, who is as cursed as he is gifted. After all, he is a blind orphan boy with no iris in one eye, and this uncanny physical trait, coupled with his inexplicable powerful mystic abilities, results in him being much maligned in his early life. He also learns the hard way, that there is a prophecy which proclaims he is the one who will bring about Armageddon to the world. Moreover, while he is fascinating and awe inspiring to the characters that surround him, in TOEK, the protagonist is not necessarily a hero. If anything, Iori finds himself a reluctant villain, torn between two equally complex worlds he belongs to, the Land of the Blind and the World of the Seeing Man he is supposed to end.
The One-Eyed King has been quite a thrilling experience for me. It was inspired by one classic sentence. I recalled the words, "In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is king." This simple quote set me on a mental journey where I wondered about blindness: How do blind people see? What does it mean to be blind? So I decided to explore the meaning of sight versus vision through the lens of the blind.
The inspiration for this story comes from my imagination of a world where what we perceive as a 'disability' in others is, on the contrary, an enhanced ability—an enabler or a power, if you will. The blind characters in this book believe in such a philosophy that, "The eyes can see what lies before them, but the mind can see what lies beyond." It's all about mind over matter.
I hope readers will come to enjoy reading this unique novel as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Also, lookout for books 2 and 3 in this planned trilogy, coming soon.

—May your Mind’s Eye always see you through—


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Friday, February 19, 2016

Meet Fantasy & Paranormal Author: Andrea Pearson

Author Andrea Pearson
Hi! My name is Andrea Pearson, and I write fantasy and paranormal romance. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to chat with you all during the promotion of my box set, TheComplete Katon University Series! It’s only $0.99 this week (regularly $7.99).

I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to talk about, so I asked my readers what they would have asked me before downloading any of my books. I hope you enjoy their questions and my answers. :-)

Q&A, as posted on StoryFinds:
Why did you choose to write fantasy and paranormal romance?
I’ve always loved stories that can transport me from reality—ones that include magic, especially the kind that seems to be just outside the reach of the protagonist. I appreciate monsters and demons that are interesting, creepy, and powerful (not dumb), and romance that makes me shiver. Though I have nothing against straight fantasy, I most love writing contemporary fantasy—also known as urban fantasy. There’s something fun about the thought that these characters could be me or the neighbor next door.

How did you become a writer and author?
My younger brother—an avid reader—complained to me once that there weren’t enough books for him to read in our local library. He was about 12 at that time, and as I’d been toying around with the idea of putting my first fantasy book, The Key of Kilenya, on paper, what he said was just enough to get me to try. And I found I loved writing! I finished the Kilenya series in about two years, then the Katon University series in the following year.

The Complete Katon University Series
How did you come up with all the different aspects of the Katon University series?
My husband introduced me to the writings of HP Lovecraft, a writer from the early 1900s. Lovecraft writes horror, though it’s very different from what most people associate with horror today. Basically, it’s psychological thrillers and modern fantasy put together. I fell in love with his stories! Many parts of this series has Lovecraftian themes throughout.

Beyond Lovecraft, I’ve always had a fascination with magic systems. A friend and I brainstormed the different elements that would come with each hair color in the Katon University world, then, when I got married, my husband helped me come up with the science fiction aspect of things—how the Aretes first were given magic, and how this brand of magic originates in the pineal gland in the brain.

As you can see, I owe my husband a lot. He’s been a huge supporter of my writing from the very beginning.

What inspired or influenced you the most in life or other ways for the different books you have written?
Writing is in my blood—several of my siblings and cousins are writers, and so was my grandpa. He wrote and published over fifty books, many ghostwritten or put out under pen names. Though he didn’t do fantasy or anything paranormal in nature—he was more of a non-fiction author—I inherited his need to constantly be writing. I love being lost in the pages of a new story, and I’ve found I’m a more patient wife and mom when I allow myself time to write regularly.

What do you have coming up next?
I’d originally planned to move on to a different series, but I’m having a hard time saying goodbye to the characters from my Katon University series. So . . . I’m continuing writing stories with these characters. :-) My next book, Conceal, will come out toward the beginning of summer. Like the Katon University series, it’ll be fantasy with a paranormal romance slant. :-)


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