Dead in the Water- YA paranormal thriller- Chrystal Vaughan

Why did you decide to write a mystery/thriller?

My first book was a thriller…more of  a horror novel really. My students were upset that they couldn’t read it since it had adult content, so I wrote Dead in the Water specifically for them. I really had to dial back the content to make it YA friendly.

What genre does your book fall into – cozy, mystery/thriller, suspense, police procedural, etc?

My second book is a Young Adult paranormal thriller (through Solstice Publishing). I self published my first book, Sideshow.

What prompted you to write this book or series?

It was all about the students, who are very thrilled that I’m a writer. I’ve had a few of them ask me to sign their copies, which is so strange but kind of neat.

Do you consider your book character-driven or plot-driven?

I think my book is character-driven. I really tried to capture the attitude of a teenage girl with the character Eva. Part of the book is excerpts from her journal, and the other part is told from the point of view of her boyfriend, Jesse. It was harder to write from a teenage boy’s perspective, not having ever been one of those myself, but I had ample material to study for character development.

What makes your book unique?

I think my book is unique because it focuses on the romance between Eva and Jesse but not in an explicit way. The book also focuses on what kids are capable of doing to each other, the horrible mean things they can say and do to those who are different. While there is an element of the paranormal in the book, the biggest threat to the protagonist is her peer rather than any paranormal entity.

Do you plot ahead of time, or let the plot emerge as you write?

I plot ahead of time…and then the characters decide if they like what I plotted. When I wrote my first book, I had an outline of every chapter, how I wanted it to go and where I wanted the book to end up. It totally did not go according to plan. For Dead in the Water, it began with the seed of an idea and took off from there. I didn’t plan any of it.

How did you develop the names for your characters?

For Dead in the Water, I took the names of some of my students and used them for my own evil purposes. Some are anagrams; Eva (Evalyn) is the combination of several initials for several students, which is fitting because her personality is a combination of those students’ personalities. I stole part of  Jesse’s name from one of my fellow educators. And the character of Natasha Milligan is specifically stolen from my friend of the same name, who begged me to put her name in my book, so I did and I made her the bad guy too.

Do your characters swear? Why or why not?

In Dead in the Water, the characters don’t swear much because I was trying to keep the content YA friendly, but yeah there is some swearing. If you could hear what I hear in the halls of the high school I work at, you would know that my characters are saintly as far as their language is concerned.I included some swearing because I wanted to keep the characters real, and teenagers swear an awful lot.

How did you decide on the setting?

I love Brookings, Oregon. I have made a personal vow to one day live there in a cottage near the beach and write books all day. Something about the wildness of the Pacific Ocean in that area really speaks to me. Even though some of the events in the book are disturbing, that doesn’t sully the lure of Brookings for me.

Do you have a writing mentor?

I don’t really have a mentor, per se, as in another author that guides me along the way. I’m very thankful to Kathi Sprayberry, Editor in Chief at Solstice Publishing, for her guidance and encouragement. She is also an author so it’s nice to have that comeraderie.

I wrote a lot when I was younger, even won a few awards. Then I had kids, had a full time job, had gone back to school…I just didn’t have the time anymore. My creative writing class for my bachelor’s degree kickstarted the writing again. After that, I was addicted. I wrote all the time. One day, I was editing some pages on my first book and the teacher I work with (Annette) realized I wasn’t proofreading a student’s paper. She insisted on reading it. At that point I had never really shown many people my work but she was very persistent. And she loved it. She’s been my cheerleader ever since and reads everything I write. She gives me feedback and advice, so I guess she could be considered a mentor.

What’s your writing schedule? Do you have a favorite place to write?

Recently, I started writing my books longhand, so that means I can take my notebook anywhere, anytime and write as the characters demand. My favorite place to write is in bed but I get some of my best ideas while I’m driving. I have a voice recorder app on my phone to dictate to while I’m driving.

What’s the first mystery you read?

The very first one was Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Case. That was a while ago!

What’s next?

I’m in the middle of editing my third book, Conspiracy of Ravens. Look for a release at the end of June. I’m also writing my fourth book as yet untitled. And I have about seven more books that are either partially written or waiting for me to put pen to paper.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I can’t thank my friends and family enough for their support, and also the folks and fellow authors at Solstice Publishing. It’s a lonely business, writing, but it’s nice to know I’m not the only one that is reaching for the dream.

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Chrystal (Christina) Vaughan (1976-present) was born in Ashland, OR and grew up all over Southern Oregon where she currently resides. She is married and has two daughters and a son; she enjoys teaching others and imparting her love for the written word to her students. When she is not writing, Mrs. Vaughan enjoys spending time with her family and various pets, knitting items of clothing she forces her family to wear, and is a voracious reader.

Josey’s Mountain

Marana, Az- Elle Marlow, a Marana resident, has taken the publishing world by storm. Since January 2014, she has published six titles with two different publishers. 

Her second novella, “One Hundred Horses,” sold over a thousand copies in just over thirty days, becoming an Amazon Best-Selling historical fiction.  Her second novella, “The Shaman’s Song,” didn’t wait as long to land in the Best-Selling category for Westerns. 

Now Elle has hit the “hat trick.”  Her latest release, a western romance with a bit of mystery,  “Josey’s Mountain,” was released on June 24th and debuted as a Best Seller in Native American Romance.

Josey’s Mountain is set in the rugged country of the Blue Range district of Arizona.  The setting is sensational for the plot of “Rancher Vs. Wolves.”  This is a fast-paced, steamy romance, but the mystery will keep you turning pages equally as fast.

Two years ago, Josey Starr lost her husband.  She’ll be damned if she loses her ranch too. The wolves are after her cattle, and someone is out for her land.  Josey knows she needs help but she doesn’t want it from Hawk Marlow.  She trusted him once- and vowed to never again. She’s better off alone-isn’t she?

Hawk thinks he’s just checking his investment.  But he’s invested more than he realizes.  The land he acquired by default, belongs to “the one that got away.” Hawk has something to prove-old flames never die; they just burn hotter on the Second Strike.

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Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords E reader or print.

Fantastic Fantasy Trilogy! – Rebecca Frencl

Read about the first two in the series….

At the Dark’s gathering the Nine shall stand. Circle of Light, Hope of the land . . .
Robyn and Aerin have been down this road before as they hunt for the other seven Starbearers who will once more drive back the Darkness that wishes to unravel civilization and drive mankind back into howling barbarism.
Silar and his silver-eyes, the soulless minions of that Darkness, dog their steps, trying to hinder them and force them to doubt.
Death is easy. Silar wants the star bearers broken–unable to fulfill their duties and shatter the Circle, allowing the Darkness to win.
Robyn and Aerin think they’ve outsmarted the Darkness once before, but they discover that Silar’s plans have been much more complex and far-reaching than they’d ever believed.

The first book in The Star Circle trilogy.

When evil passes through the very shadows, is anywhere in the world safe?

Aerin and James hunt for answers and aid, searching not only to cure a shadow born plague, but healing for the heart and mind of the young Sylvie. Ghosts of the past haunt their nights and the stars slide ever closer to alignment.

Robyn and Demar’s hope hinges on the Mirror Maker’s looking glasses. They pray to see a hint of plan, a clear direction. A murderer drops bodies at their feet, staining their names, and suspicion dogs their steps. Evil twists the hearts of mankind and doubt plants its devious seeds.

While the ultimate Darkness prepares to take a hand in the coming battle, and a traitor walks among them, the final star bearers heed the call to stand at a point of The Star Circle and save the world.

The Second Book in The Star Circle Trilogy

Author Bio-

Rebecca Frencl– I write, I teach, I’m a union rabble rouser . . . I get work with kids on a daily basis which makes me feel simultaneously very young and extremely old. I grew up on choose your own adventure books, the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon, and polyhedral dice. So, I write fantasy and paranormal romance. It’s an eclectic mix, but that’s what I love to read. I’m a very firm believer that there is no such thing as someone who doesn’t like to read. They just haven’t found the right book yet!

2012 Ribbons of Moonlight—Best Romance Novel, Solstice Publishing Contest

2014 Author of the Year—Solstice Publishing

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24 authors-38 books to giveaway!

Celebrate the Summer Solstice!


Summer Solstice Publishing celebrates the Summer Solstice, June 21, 2014, with a giveaway of books. 24 authors – 38 books! And bling with some of those books. We all love that beautiful bling.


First, we would love to offer you a free download of our cookbook here:



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Just who are these authors? We’ll let you know in groups, and give you breaks with another video, some music, and a Rafflecopter link to get in to the drawing.

Our first group of authors:


Jessica Tornese             –                  E.B. Sullivan 

Linked Through Time                       Christmas Guardian Angel

Lost Through Time


K.C. Sprayberry                 –              P.A. Estelle               

Softly Say Goodbye                           Her Cracked Heart

Where U @                                         At What Price

Who Am I?                                        Hike Up Devil’s Mountain


Michael Thal                         –            Marie Lavender       

The Abduction of Joshua Bloom     Upon Your Return

The Legend of Koolura

Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback


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Geraldine Solon                  –               Rebecca Frencl

Love Letters                                       Ribbons of Moonlight



Marelee Lowder                    –            Crackerberries

The Gold Bluff Deception                 Blackhorse 2015


Mary H. Collins                       –          W.H. Matlack

Nadia’s House                                   Waiting to Run

                                                            Noir Town


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Reagan Werner                        –         Peter N. Bernfeld

Red Wing                                           Eliezer’s Journey


Elle Marlow                                –       Angela Burke

Pour Me                                             Lucidity

One Hundred Horses                        Beneath the Mayan Moon


Mysty McPartland                         –  Olivia Gracey

Plundering the Treasure                  The Allow Factor

Her Faithless Prince



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Chrystal Vaughan                –            Janice Clark

Dead in the Water                            Hall of Doors 1


Kiss Carson                      –                  Mary Filmer

Come the Blue Moon             Mary Sumeridge Beginnings

Fairview                                            Mary Sumeridge and The Golden Locket


Vic Nikitin                        –                Rebecca Stevenson

Hijack                                                 Another Summer


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Cover Reveal! In Between Seasons- Cassandra Giovanni


In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell into ruins. Years after The Fall, the Tribes that were established are still at war. They still fight to keep what they pillaged, and most of all, they fight to keep their lies a secret. In a world filled with deception, nothing is as it seems.
I was born into this world.
Hunter Marks was molded into this world; a General— a person cold and harsh. A person meant to kill me.
We were told to just believe.
We were taught to never question.
We’re supposed to be robots, and accept our roles in this altered society.
Too bad Hunter and I don’t follow the rules.
And we’re a hell of a lot stronger than they ever thought possible.
They’ve been searching for the world’s deadliest weapon.
It’s me.
And I’m not following the leader any more.


Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.
Cassandra Giovanni is published by
Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.

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The Abduction of Joshua Bloom– Michael Thal

Michael Thal- author of several novels- honors me with his presence today to discuss his new release, along with his other books. There is a genre and tale for every age! Take the time to know the books and the author–read on for more!

“A high school track star is abducted by aliens, explores strange worlds, uncovers genocide on a planetary scale, and is thrust into extraterrestrial politics that decides the fate of an Earth on the brink of war or unification.”- Abduction of Joshua Bloom

Tell us about your books- how they relate and how they differ: 

The Abduction of Joshua Bloom tells the story of a teen abduction by an alien race who justifies their act in an attempt to save their people. Joshua finds himself in a world dominated by women, and men are subjugated to their whims. He travels to a dinosaur world, visits a water planet, and a world doomed by a star about to nova.

Like my first novel, Goodbye Tchaikovsky,The Abduction of Joshua Bloom is also a YA novel. However, where Goodbye is a fictional account about hearing loss with a deep emotional basis in reality, Abduction was created from a dream I had during my late 20s.

 My other novels, The Legend of Koolura and Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback are fantasy novels written for middle grade students. They are about a MG girl with extraordinary psychic abilities. The first in the series tells how Koolura received her amazing gift and how her life is threatened by a stalker. Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback is a stand-alone novel about Koolura’s continuing adventures. This time she’s at a sleep-away camp and wakes up her first morning powerless. To add troubles to her summer, the boys are producing pranks that need immediate response. It’s a fun head’s up to life at camp and the camaraderie of the campers.

So as you see, I’ve written serious fiction, science fiction, and MG fantasy and mystery.

Discuss the types of characters in your books.

The characters in Abduction are more adult like. Though Joshua Bloom starts out as a typical American teen, he’s thrust into an environment with adults. That would force any kid to change. The closest character to his age is Anita, but she can’t talk. She communicates solely telepathically.

The lead character in Goodbye Tchaikovsky wishes he could read people’s minds. David Rothman, a violin prodigy, becomes deaf on his 12th birthday. He’s caught between two worlds—the hearing and deaf—and must learn to survive in each.

 Koolura Akopyan, my favorite character, takes on the personalities of two of my favorite people, my daughters Channie and Koren. Koolura is a sweetheart with amazing psychic gifts that seem to increase in each book. While The Legend of Koolura shows the metamorphosis of a pre-teen girl with extraordinary psychic powers overcoming a stalker bent on her destruction, the sequel, Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback is pure camp adventure fun. In Saddleback, Koolura makes friends with a deaf girl in her bunk and manages to turn an introvert into a contributing member of the group. Koolura also has to figure out why she’s lost all of her powers and uncover the prankster that may actually hurt someone.

What are your plans for this summer?

I have plans to continue work on my newest novel, Koolura and the Mayans. In this third installment of the Koolura Series  Koolura and her Camp Saddleback buddy, Leila, head toward Oaxaca, Mexico for Koolura’s dad’s wedding. While exploring old Mayan ruins the duo are transported back in time to Mexico’s pre-Columbian era to confront a threat to the future of humanity on Earth. It’s a challenging writing experience and should provide fun entertainment for Koolura fans. 

What is your favorite book? Favorite author? One of my favorite authors is Jessica Tornese. I just loved her time story novels, Linked Through Time and Lost Through Time. Tornese does an amazing job of developing her main character, Kate from a spoiled teen to a young woman who learns the true meaning of family and sacrifice. Reading Tornese’s books gave me the motivation to create Koolura and the Mayans. I too thought it would be fun to write a time travel story.

Have any recommendations for summer reads?

It’s sad media coverage doesn’t reach the plethora of excellent books available for young readers and their parents. Below are two books both kids and parents can enjoy together:


Anni’s Attic by Anne Loader McGee provides a heart-wrenching look at the atrocities of the Civil War and its affects on the lives of the people living in the Savannah countryside. The YA book is a marvelous character study of Anni and her cousin Jenn. During the course of the war the cousins encounter spies, racial hatred, the Underground Railroad, and Sherman’s March to the Sea. In the confines of a secret attic on Jenn’s plantation, the cousins begin to depend on each other, and in so doing, they mature as they learn to love and respect each other. Here’s the link:

 Letter’s to Juniper by Peggy Tibbetts utilizes the literary tool of journal letters to reveal the life of Sarah, a pre-teen girl whose 21st Century life would make Cinderella cringe. Sarah’s dad is a Separatist. He believes in a strict interpretation of the Bible. Since her isolated home doesn’t have a TV, telephone, computer service, indoor plumbing, or a nearby school, she passes her free time writing letters to her friend, Juniper, who she hasn’t seen since she was in kindergarten. From first page to last readers will be engrossed in Sarah’s plight until the mind-numbing climax.  Here’s the link:


What is your ideal summer vacation?

I was lucky enough to live it four summers ago. I took my fiancé, Jila, and daughters Channie and Koren on a cruise through the Mexican Riviera. We spent eight days traveling to places like Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan. We had plenty of family time together, quiet time to tan and read, and take adventurous excursions. We had a blast.



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New Release!!- DECKER- by Mel Massey

 A companion novel to the Earth’s Magick Series. New Adult Urban Fantasy.


 Book Blurb:

 In this first companion novel to the Earth’s Magick series, Decker tells his incredible, and sometimes painful, life story. For over 2,000 years, he has fought to survive and find his place in this ever-changing world. Beginning in a remote village in ancient Saudi Arabia, he takes the reader with him to Egypt, Rome, Gaul, Ireland, Scotland, Africa, and finally to the New World.  Earth’s Magick readers will relive Decker’s incredible adventures and his most intimate secrets.

Mel Massey lets you inside the book—Read on for a little taste of Decker! 


Decker watched Mela as she went inside for the night.  It was another late night of training and she’d done well.  He smiled and thought he made a wonderful teacher if he could have her fighting like that in such a short time.  He worried for her though.  He watched Mela through the windows, still innocent in the eyes of a warrior, as she made her way through the house.  She hadn’t taken a life yet, and until she did, she would be at a disadvantage from the part of her that mourns and feels guilt.  He worried she wouldn’t be willing to and that was the thought that kept him up at night.  She needed to be a killer.

She would hesitate–he could feel it.  She wasn’t ready to face a real life or death fight, not yet.  Until she was truly ready, he’d keep watch at night.  Until he knew, without a doubt, that she would use her sword as if it were a part of her, and with no thought of the outcome, he would worry.  He wondered if Wyatt would come now that the day’s training was done.  Telling him stories from the past brought up many memories, and a deep longing he hadn’t known was there began to bother him.

Decker sat in his chair. It was his because he told everyone it was, and for now he rested his feet on the porch railing.  Despite what he previously thought, he felt comfortable here at Mela’s home, and with his brothers.  His affection for the girl was deepening every day, much to his surprise.  When she moved with graceful purpose, he was so proud of her accomplishments.  When she couldn’t manage to do something quick enough to suit her, he wanted to help her more.  Yes, he knew he had become very fond of Mela.  She was kind, but mouthy too.  He liked that.  She didn’t scold him often for being uncouth and she laughed at his jokes. It was almost like…

“Hey there, Decker!”  Wyatt’s voice broke into his thoughts and Decker nodded his greeting to him.  Wyatt was such a pretty man, Decker thought.  He would’ve done well back in a time when a man’s beauty was considered just as important as a woman’s.  He smelled nice too, just like a proper Roman.

“Evening, Wyatt.  What brings you out on a crisp, dark night?”  Wyatt didn’t respond as he sat in the chair beside Decker and handed him a box.

“For you.  I hope you like it.”  Wyatt said, flashing his brilliant smile.  Decker eyed him for a moment and opened the lid to the box.

“Ohhh…” Decker couldn’t help but smile. Wyatt had given him a box of cigars.  He lifted one of the brown cylinders and held it up to his nose.  He closed his eyes and breathed in the thick, heady aroma.  “Lovely.”  Completely chuffed at his gift, Decker swiftly bit the tip off of the cigar and lit the other end.  He puffed on it for a while to let it catch fully and the thick blanket of musky smoke covered the back porch.

“Good?”  Wyatt asked with a hint of laughter in his voice.

“Oh yeah. Thanks, pal.” He smacked Wyatt on the back once and sat back in his chair, completely relaxed.  Wyatt watched him for a moment, pleased with the look of happiness on Decker’s face.  The genuine pleasure he saw in Decker’s smile made the difficult task of buying a box of good cigars worth it.

“Right…So, are you ready to talk some more?”  Wyatt asked him, already pulling out his pad of paper and recorder.  Decker smiled and nodded his head as he tried to remember how to blow smoke rings.

“And what, may I ask, is going on?”  Vasha’s sultry voice tickled the air.  Both men looked to see Vasha walking towards them from the shadows.  Each step he took was full of seductive grace.  All four of his arms extended out to touch the trees as he passed them.  With his silent approach, he brought an overwhelming mixture of fragrances.  Vasha spent much of his time bathing himself with perfumed soaps, rubbing perfumed oils into his blue skin, or smoking an assortment of pungent herbs from his Hookah. “It looks like a party and I want to know why I wasn’t invited.”

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Mel Massey is the author of the Earth’s Magick series and other tales. She’s married to an active duty soldier and that keeps her and her family moving around the United States. For more information on Mel, visit



Author John Guzzardo!

Book Title:  A 38 Day Education

Author:  John E. Guzzardo

Release Date:  June 2, 2014

Publisher:  Solstice Horizons

 Today, the character of Craig Johannsen from A 38 Day Education has joined us to answer some questions about his life, his job, and what he does.

Hello, Craig.  Would you like to tell the readers what your role is in A 38 Day Education?

I’m the Senior Editor for The Scope newspaper.  My friend, Jay Ferragamo, offered me the job shortly after becoming Editor himself.  My job is simple – I am Jay’s conscience.  I am the one who stands on his right shoulder, figuratively speaking, and tells him when he’s doing something he shouldn’t.  Bear in mind, it doesn’t always work.  Jay’s pretty stubborn.

What’s it like working for Jay, anyway?

He’s a strange person to work for, but probably one of the fairest bosses I’ve ever had.  He doesn’t tolerate mediocrity, that’s for sure.  The only negative thing I can really say about him is he lets his passions govern him a little too much.  There’s a time and place for passion, and a time and place for wisdom.  Those are the moments you see just how young he really is.  All in all, however, he’s a pretty good boss.

Is there anyone on the staff of The Scope you don’t like working with?

Not really.  Our staff is still pretty new, so nobody’s really had time to piss anyone off.  I’m sure, given time, we’ll found our little pet peeves with each other but, honestly, I can’t think of a better team to work with.

What are your thoughts about your college President, Dr. Falconer?

This is the one area Jay and I greatly disagree.  Jay thinks all politicians are crooked, greedy, lying bastards.  My view of Dr. Falconer is that he is in an impossible job, and just makes the best of it.  There are moments I think his head is not screwed on straight but, hey, he’s a politician!

If you were told you had to go on a date with a staff member, who would it be and why?

Oh wow, that’s dicey!  I’m not big into office romances, but if I had to pick someone, it would probably be our Managing Editor, Anshana Davis.  For one, she’s a contradiction; an African-American conservative Republican.  Try finding THAT in your local hardware store!  Anyway, she’s a hot-tempered, intelligent, highly motivated woman who believes in working hard and not giving in to temptation.  Well, that’s how I see her.

There’s a rumor going around that Jay has a crush on someone in the office.  Is that true?

If that’s the case, I’m going to be the last guy to know about it.  If there is one thing Jay does NOT talk about with me, it’s his love life.

Do you think Student Government has treated The Scope fairly?

That’s a loaded question and I’ll tell you why.  Government and the press must be in an adversarial position because of the nature of what they do.  A government administers and exercises powers, whereas the press holds said government accountable for its decisions and how it executes its powers.  That said, I would say Student Government, despite its somewhat stilted view of its own importance, has gone out of its way to help us despite the battles Jay’s predecessor went out of her way to fight.  Whether that continues remains to be seen.

What are your favorite things to do when not hanging out in the office?

Grabbing a burger at Pompeii’s, watching a baseball game – lifelong Chicago Cubs fan here.  Yeah, I know – family is from Georgia but I love the Cubs.  Goes back to watching games as a kid on the cable channels out of Chicago.  Like to fish and go on the water.  Jay offered to take me on a fishing trip in Tampa one day.  I think I’ll gonna take him up on it.

What are your plans for life after college?

I am going to work on getting accepted into the Psychology Department at the University of Florida.  They have one of the better ones I’ve seen.  After that, probably get my Doctorate in Psychology somewhere and start a practice specializing in Christian Psychotherapy.  I truly believe that faith and science can work together in common cause, so what better thing to do than set the example.

Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us, Craig.  Anything else you want to add before we finish up?

Nothing I can think of at this time, except that Jay is a massive hockey fan.  He keeps hounding President Falconer to put an ice rink any new student center that gets built.  Maybe someday.  Anyway, great to stop by.  Thanks for the opportunity.

Author Diana Rubino!

Interview with Historical and Paranormal Author Diana Rubino @DianaLRubino

 A BLOODY GOOD CRUISE is a fun-filled blend of the vampire world and luxury cruises.

Romance writer Mona Rossi’s book sales are slipping. She needs new ideas and fast! Her vampire love, Fausto Silvius is a doctor aboard the Romanza, a luxury cruise ship. Holding a “Motion on the Ocean” writer’s cruise sounds like a great idea. What better way to combine a career boost with romance? But they soon discover hunters on board who give chase to Fausto and his fellow vampires. While he longs to bring Mona into his world, how can he convince her to join him with fringe lunatics on the hunt? In the prime of her life she’s not sticking her neck out for a shot at eternity.


Diana Rubino is my blog guest today. Diana’s passion for history has taken her to every locale of her books, set in Medieval and Renaissance England, colonial Virginia, and New York. Her a fantasy romance, FAKIN’ IT, received a Top Pick award from Romantic Times. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Richard III Society and the Aaron Burr Association. In her spare time, Diana bicycles, golfs, plays her piano and devours books of any genre.

 How do you decide on setting?

I’ve always set my books in my favorite times and places—medieval and Renaissance England, Colonial America, and anytime in New York City. But now that I’m writing biographical novels, the setting comes with the figure I decide to write about.

 What genre(s) do you write in?  Why?

 Historical, because I’m such a history nut, and paranormal because I’ve always been fascinated with ghosts, reincarnation, the spirit world—anything otherworldly. Then of course romance has to come into it.

 What is your favorite part of writing?

 The research—I can lose myself in library stacks, and now with the miracle of the internet, one website can lead me to another, until I’ve gone on a multi-hour journey where time just flies by.

 How much research was involved in writing your book?  How did you go about it?

 My husband and I are hooked on cruising, and my very first cruise was on the Eastern Mediterranean, beginning in Rome and ending in Istanbul. The ports of call included Rhodes, Cyprus, Santorini, and Egypt. Because I love Italy and cruising, I wanted to combine those passions with a story about vampires and how they face prejudice in the human world.

 What inspired your latest release?

 My latest release, A NECESSARY END, is a paranormal (ghost) romance centered on Booth’s insane plot to kill President Lincoln. A Lincoln buff since third grade, I always wanted to write about him. Adding the paranormal twist combined two of my biggest interests. 

 E-books, print, or both?  Any preferences?  Why?

 They both have their pros and cons. E-books are so easy to travel with, you can load as many as you want onto your E-reader, but there’s nothing like settling back with a good old fashioned printed book and inhaling those inked pages.

 How much time do you spend promoting your books?

 About a third of my workday—some first thing when I sit down, and some last thing before I log off.

 Have you had other careers before becoming a writer?

 Sure have…I own a construction consulting business with my husband, which I still run when I’m not writing, and I have a real estate license, although I’m not with a brokerage right now.

 What is your least favorite part of writing?

 The times when it doesn’t explode out of me—when finding each word takes major scouring of the thesaurus, when the prose comes out of my head looking sloppy and unpolished. But this stuff comes out of my head at 120 wpm, so I allow myself some sloppiness in first drafts.

 Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing.  How about you?

 I edit after I finish writing for the day, after I’ve met my 2,500 word goal. But I go over it and over it, until—as the saying goes—when you’re no longer rewriting, you’re only tinkering.

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Julia Suzuki- The Land of Dragor

Fantasy genre a fave of yours? Julia Suzuki visits this week to promote her series of fantasy books. Read on for more information!

The Gift of Charms Book #1 is NOW available in paperback to PRE-ORDER at AMAZON HERE


‘A beautifully presented, wonderfully unique debut’ – The Sun



‘It was during the time that my son was at junior school that I was inspired to write the first novel.  One day I had an epiphany – ideas came flooding in. 

 I had been thinking back to the wonderful vintage books I had read and wishing there were more like this – but with unique and modern edge and interactive web presence. I knew first hand what parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles were looking for when purchasing a book for their children, yet more than that, I also knew what adults sought themselves. They wanted gripping action, loads of adventure – all the classic aspects of  heroes and villains, mystery and magic, quests and suspense, and the hope of happy endings. 

 I wanted to write books with universal appeal, that were fantastical and ‘out there’ and yet still felt somehow real; to fulfil the expectations of book lovers and also hook  non-readers back into reading.  For me this had to be in the form of a series set in a place we would all be excited to visit – and so the Land of Dragor came to be’. 

 Julia Suzuki