Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ancient Orgins

The Alterran's established their new colony at Baalbek in Resurrection, Book 3 of The Alterran Legacy Series. Baalbek is an ancient site in Lebanon, the home of many mysteries. Read about the new discoveries at :

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Mysteries of the Coddu Vecchiu Tombs of Giants

During the Bronze Age (3300 – 700 BC), the Nuragic civilization built what are known as the Tombs of Giants (Tomba dei Gigantic). These megalithic gallery graves were used by the Nuragic people as public tombs, for the burials of many individuals from these early societies. Massive in size and astonishing to view, the giants’ grave at Coddu Vecchiu in Sardinia is one example that represents a somewhat mysterious and intriguing part of human history – providing some general answers as to the burial rituals of ancient human civilizations, but also leaving many questions unanswered. - See more at:

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Alterran Legacy Series


I'm fascinated by how civilization began. Archaeologists trace human roots back hundreds of thousands of years, yet we only know much about the last ten thousand years or so.  What did those people do and how did they live?  Were there flourishing civilization that perished?  
And what made civilization blossom with agriculture across the ancient world at about 12,000 b.c.e.?

Little is known about our ancestors outside of tales labeled as mere mythology. Those tales from around the globe have amazing similarities. And then of course there are those pesky pyramids that defy explanation. 

One of the oldest documented civilizations is that of Sumeria, located near present day Iraq.  Recently translated Sumerian tablets report that each city was nurtured by the "ones who came from the stars." Yes, ancient aliens. With them, civilization flourished in the sophisticated cities. Although the starmen's technology was highly advanced, politically they seem backward--they were ruled by a father and his two sons. En.Lil, the primary son governing Earth, was in appearance an adolescent. If this story has any truth, how could that be?  My answer is through rejuvenation.

Many of our current social, political, and technological trends might conceivably lead to a global rule by a single family. And humans are always yearning to explore the universe. If we find a planet with primitive hominid life, what will we do? 

Like a forensic investigator, I interpreted their world from the morality they taught to shape the mesopotamian civilizations. And so, I constructed the world of The Alterran Legacy Series. My first installment, Colony Earth, was released in October 2012, and it won the first place 2012 global eLit Award in science fiction/fantasy. This volume imagines why they were here and decided to stay. The second installment, Khamlok, was released in March 2013, and it describes their first attempt at nurturing civilization, as well as why they changed course in Sumeria. After all, an advanced civilization doesn't go to primitives on another planet and just decide to erect high mud brick walls with a central ziggurat unless they were learning lessons from past experience. The third in the series, Resurrection, is nearing publication, and it deals with the consequences to En.Lil of his decisions on Earth. It also follows one of the most well known Sumerian "myths", or is it historical fact?  I am writing the concluding volume, Redemption.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hi there! Thanks for joining me on my awesome fourteen-day blog tour with 4Wills Publishing and my fantastic host for today! You can find details of my other stops here: 4Wills Author Page.

I published my first book, THE BATTLE FOR BRISINGAMEN, in May 2013. I soon followed this up with the award winning mystery/thriller THE GLADE in November 2013, and my first Young Adult fiction book, ELEMENTAL EARTH, in July 2014.

Today, am promoting my latest work, POLISH YOUR PROSE. This is my first non-fiction book, and is a powerful new guide that gives essential editing tips for authors.

Lots of books have been written on the art of writing, and here—at last—is a guide that will teach you the essential techniques of editing your own book. This will help you turn a promising manuscript into a published novel. And, it does this without the jargon. You don’t need to know all the grammatical terms in order to make use of this book. You don’t need to know the definition of a split infinitive, a comma splice, or a ‘to be’ verb, as this manual explains these in detail in easy to understand terms, and a lively and engaging style.
Chapters on Passive Writing, Tense, Point of View, Dialogue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an editor would go through to polish and perfect your manuscript. Good writing is nothing without good editing. Learn the secrets of good editing and writing with this essential author reference, which offers so much more for so much less.

As well as being an award-winning author, I am an accomplished editor and proofreader. My passion is helping Indie Authors to successfully achieve their goals and dreams.

Excerpt from the preface.

“An independent author finds him or herself with many pressures on time and financial resources. Often, any available funds are funnelled toward advertising, rather than hiring a professional editor. Usually, authors who do hire an editor will get a copy edit and overlook the need for a comprehensive line edit. Some won’t even know there is a difference. And finding a good proofreader can seem impossible at times. …
 … It is my aim, in this manual, to highlight and explain the essentials without getting lost in the skies of academia, or drowning in a sea of words that need translating into the common tongue. Whenever I edit for an author, I always attempt to explain the changes I have made, so they can learn for themselves and avoid the same errors the next time around. It is far better to write my comments in plain English, than to confound with obfuscation.
I am all about supporting Indies, and one of the most helpful tools I have found is that of education. If we can do it for ourselves, it is much cheaper and less time consuming than getting someone else to do it for us. And, we do our own work for free!”

You can pick up your copy of POLISH YOUR PROSE here:               

Links for my other books:

You will also find me in the soon-to-be-released Rave Reviews Book Club Anthology: RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL, and the All Authors Magazine Anthology: CONCORDANT VIBRANCY.

I’m also on twitter: @harmony_kent

Thanks for stopping by!
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Religion, Rage & w(R)iting Blog Tour for Authors

Hi, and welcome to The Religion, Rage & w(R)iting Blog Tour for Authors, Shirley-Harris Slaughter, Rhani D’Chae and Harmony Kent. (Click on each author’s name to be taken directly to their Author Page at 4WillsPublishing, where you can learn more about them).

These three authors are wonderful clients of 4WillsPublishing, a publishing House dedicated to helping authors put out the best written, and marketing products for their literary work, possible.
This tour is a surprise tour, which means the authors knew nothing about it until it started!  This is our gift to them to show our appreciation of their work, their dedication to putting out the great written word, and also a big THANK YOU for allowing us to showcase and promote them.
This is a 3 Author/7 Day/40 Blog Tour!  Yes, for 7 days, The Religion, Rage & w(R)iting Blog Tour will sit on 40 blogs!  And for 7 days, on 40 blogs, you will get a tiny tid-bit of something related to Religion, so that you never forget OUR LADY OF VICTORY, the rage of people, such as that displayed in SHADOW OF THE DRILL, and w(R)iting tips to help you POLISH YOUR PROSE! (Click on each book title to find out more about it)

This will be a fun tour, an inspirational tour, a delightful tour which has been designed to enlighten you, entertain you and help you overcome those feelings which bind us daily and keeps us from growing from point A to point B.  Each day as you stop by each blog to find out what bit of inspiration is being shared, we ask that you take the time to leave a comment for the authors, visit their blogs, Follow them on Twitter and FB, and last but not least, please PICK UP A COPY OF THEIR BOOKS!  They are all 5 star reads!  And this tour wouldn’t be complete, if you didn’t check out The Religion, Rage & w(R)iting Book Trailer!  (Please note:  these bits and quotes were not taken from the author’s books). 

4WillsPub Author Blitz Trailer1

Before we forget, we’ve included another of our authors, Nonnie Jules.  Although she’s a partner in our firm, she is STILL one of our clients!  Her books, THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS, Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend and Sugarcoatin’ Is For Candy & Pacifyin’ Is For Kids! are also very interesting and entertaining reads!

On this stop, we want you to dwell on this:
"T​o defend what you've written is a sign that you are alive." ~ William Zinnser ​

Thank you for joining us on this stop of our tour.  We are grateful to our host for allowing us to share with this audience and we hope that we have left you wanting more!  To follow this tour, please visit the 4WillsPublishing EVENTS page for the complete tour line-up and to also register to win a SURPRISE pack of books as well as a stint on WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES!  Now, on to the next stop!!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Aoife Sheridan Blog Tour

Hunters – Taken From Chapter Four – Memories (Abigail)

That night, I dreamt of before.
My mother had been always sad. That’s how I remembered her. I didn't have one memory or a photo of my mum happy. My memories start from the age of four, people say it’s not possible, but I have them and my mum has been always sick. I remember sitting on the stairs and the doctors talking to my father. I wasn't sure at the time what they were discussing, but later I learned it was because my mother wasn't getting better.
Dad had to work, there was no two ways about it so mom took care of us. The first day, my dad was worried when he left me and my brother, who was only three at the time, in my mother’s hands. That first day, I was five. I stayed in my room and kept my brother with me, playing a tea party with Mr. Bear and Diana, my rag doll. Hunger was one reason for leaving the room. I would pass the sitting room door where my mother sat, staring out the window. Her brown eyes darted to me, freezing me to the spot. I was afraid to move, but I didn’t know why.  I just felt afraid of her. I would make a peanut butter sandwich for myself and some Ready brek for Sam; I had seen dad make it before so I was careful. It took me a while as I pulled the chair around the kitchen, reaching the presses and the microwave. I turned to go back upstairs, but my mother blocked the door. I stood still, hoping she wouldn't see me.
She was always so quiet, but on this day, she spoke, “If your dad thinks that I don’t mind you and Sam, he will send you away and you’ll never see us again.”
She knelt down, taking the food from my hands and placing it on the floor. Her face softened and she hugged me. I didn't hug her back. She cried, saying she was sorry for everything. She pulled back and handed me my food and returned to her seat in the sitting room. I raced up to Sam. His food was cold, but he ate it. He was quiet for a child, well, I realized later on that three year olds are not always as good. We would play up there for the rest of the day until Dad got home from work. I would race into his arms and hug him tightly, knowing everything would be okay.
“Did you have fun with your mum, today?” Dad asked.
 I thought of what mommy had said to me; I didn't want to go away from Daddy or Sam. So I nodded, smiled and went back to playing with Mr. Bear. This became our routine for the next month.
Memories flashed through my mind, snippets of talking to Sam, playing games, saying goodbye as Dad left for work and greeting him when he got home. My mother’s empty eyes, and then the memories stopped, slowing down to another one.
“Sam, I’m going to the toilet, you stay here with Mr. Bear.”
 Sam nodded and continued to pour tea for us all. I closed the bedroom door behind me so he would stay in. He was too small to reach the handle. I raced down to the bathroom. The door was open. My mother was lying on the white tile floor. The tiles were red. She looked so white and the knife Daddy always told us not to touch lay in her hand. I noticed that her arm was cut real badly. I didn't run to her or cry as I was too afraid of what stood in the corner of the bathroom.
A dark figure, like a big man, with a cloak over him stared down at my mum. He scared me. My breath came out in small puffs of cold air. I could see the water that dripped from the tap was frozen solid, held in midair. I looked back at the man, frost was starting to grow on his cloak. He wasn't the bad man that was always around Mommy. He was different, but still he felt wrong.
 I ran back to Sam and closed the door, pulling him into the corner of the room. It was getting so cold that our breaths were visible in front of us. Sam started to cry, but I pulled him beside me while crossing my legs so I wouldn't pee, but it was so cold and it took Daddy a long time to get home and I didn't want to go into the bathroom where mommy and the man were.
I could hear my daddy’s scream before he burst into the room, gathering me and Sam in his arms. He was crying. I had never seen daddy cry before.
“I’m sorry, Daddy. I wet myself,” I said.
 My dress was ruined. I loved this dress. It made me feel like a princess.
“Did you go into the bathroom?” Dad asked, his voice sounded scared, maybe he’d seen the bad man, but then I remembered all the times he said that it wasn't real, and that I shouldn’t make up stories, so I didn't say anything about the man. I didn't want daddy to lock me in my room again.
“Mommy’s hurt and she was near the toilet I couldn't go”
He held me tightly and, at the moment, I thought everything would be okay, but I was so wrong.


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pete Adler, writing as AR Silverberry interviewed  many authors of Science Fiction and Fantasy Network. I was one. But now I'm turning the tables, and here are Peter's thoughtful answers to his own interview questions:

Regina M. Joseph Interview of A. R. Silverberry

1.     Tell us a little about yourself.

Take a peek inside my unconscious. The other night I dreamt I was hanging out with Glenn Gould, the late, great classical pianist, and his family. Gould never married, but in the dream he was, and had two children, a boy and a girl, I think. We were sharing a meal, perhaps a picnic. Glenn was nearby, playing Bach on the piano, swaying with the music, tossing off long runs of notes effortlessly, deep in the trance state from which music flowed from him. Despite the speed of the passage, every note was crystalline, sang with exquisite beauty, yet each was perfectly woven into the fabric of the whole in a way that was profound and moving. All I could do was marvel. I remarked to his wife, who was relatively new to me, “Glenn and I have been friends for years.”

Freudians, Jungians, armchair psychologists, knock yourselves out! I can’t be any more transparent.

2.     What inspired you to write The Stream?

The idea came from a conversation I was having where I was using the metaphor of a stream. Afterward, I kept thinking about that metaphor. In a few hours, the character of a small boy, alone, defenseless, trying to understand the ways of the world, popped into my mind. I saw images of him confronting the challenges we all face: love, loss, pain, losing your way. The next morning, I put aside the novel I was working on (it wasn’t working anyway), and started writing. It pretty much tumbled out and didn’t let go until it was done.

3.     What does your hero, Wend, yearn for?

A meaningful life.

4.     What’s the novel about and who would enjoy it?

What if your world was six miles wide and endlessly long?

After a devastating storm kills his parents, five-year-old Wend awakens to the strange world of the Stream. He discovers he can only travel downstream, and dangers lurk at every turn: deadly rapids, ruthless pirates, a mysterious pavilion that lures him into intoxicating fantasies, and rumor of a giant waterfall at the edge of the world. Defenseless, alone, with only courage and his will to survive, Wend begins his quest to become a man. Will tragic loss trap him in a shadow world, or will he enter the Stream, with all its passion and peril?

Part coming-of-age tale, part adventure, part spiritual journey, The Stream is a fable about life, impermanence, and the gifts found in each moment.

5.     What do you think makes for great fantasy fiction?

Great fiction weaves magic, entering through your pores and seducing with unforgettable characters that sweep you along and leave you gasping. You know what I mean, that moment when everything falls into place, and with a rush of emotion, you shout aloud because you understand at a level beyond words.

That covers “great” and “fiction.” Fantasy has all that, plus the unique quality of worlds tailored to the story and the story’s metaphor. Lord of the Rings could only unfold in Middle Earth. Dorothy, the Wicked Witch, and the Scarecrow could only walk in Oz and upon that yellow brick road. Max could only find the jungle in his room and sail away to meet the Wild Things, and Milo could only discover the wonders around him by traveling through the phantom tollbooth and exploring the world on the other side.

In short, fantasy enchants.

6.     Who are some of your biggest influences as a writer?

I read pretty broadly, and heavily in the classics. Ten years ago, it was Dickens and Austen. Among contemporary writers, I enjoy Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Barbara Kingsolver. I love the magical realism of Jorge Luis Borges. Sacrilege, sacrilege, I don’t read much contemporary fantasy! It just doesn’t grab me.

7.     How do you approach crafting a novel?

For a humorous answer, read my first response here. For a thorough answer, read my post, Anatomy of a Novel. For a quick answer, read on!

Really, my approach is moving target. Each novel has unique problems and challenges. As soon as I think I have a method, it slips through my fingers, and I have to vary my course. I do like some structure, though, so whatever drew me to the story in the first place, I try to nail down a theme that fits the idea. From there, I try to work out characters that could drive that theme and the plot. But the process is dynamic and always subject to revision. Just this week, I started revising the theme for book two of the trilogy I mentioned above. Who knows, tomorrow, I may toss that new theme and go with something else. If writing is nothing else, it’s surprising, and that’s what makes it exciting both for the writer as well as the reader.

8.     What’s ahead for you?!

I’m working on a YA, sci-fi, dystopian trilogy. Say that fives times really fast and you’re a better man or woman than I. The first book is pretty much done, but I decided to write the other two before releasing it so I know how the whole thing fits together. (Jungians and Freudians from above, take note!) Since it’s a long-term project, I plan to write some shorter works and maybe a standalone, or readers will have to wait too long for something new.

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About A. R. Silverberry:

A. R. Silverberry writes fiction for adults and children. His novel, WYNDANO’S CLOAK, won multiple awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award gold medal for Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction. He lives in California, where the majestic coastline, trees, and mountains inspire his writing. THE STREAM is his second novel.

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Book Data:
·        Book Title: The Stream
·        Genre:
o   Fantasy > General
o   Literature > Genre Fiction > Metaphysical
o   Fiction > Visionary > Metaphysical
·        Publication Date: April 26, 2014
·        Publisher: Tree Tunnel Press

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Another Awesome Review!!!!!

Check out the link below for another awesome review for Book 3, Resurrection, of my 4 book series, The Alterran Legacy Series....

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Author Terry Maggert

I would love for all my blog readers to click on the link below and read a blog from Author Terry Maggert. He is the author of Forest Bull, Mask Of The Swan, and The Walking Serpent. He is a fellow author and friend. Please support his blog as well as mine. Happy Reading!!!!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Check out a lovely interview I did for Indie Lindy Blog

Guest Author - Regina M. Joseph To learn more about Regina and her science-fiction novels, please click the link below. .  Thanks!

Friday, August 1, 2014

EnLil agrees that Earth is special. His vision is revealed in Redemption, book 4 of The Alterran Legacy Series, coming in 2015. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Jalpa Williby: Guest Blog

Jalpa Williby immigrated to the United States at the age of eight. Faced with many obstacles in the “new country”, including learning English, Williby pushed herself to overcome all of the challenges. A voracious reader, Williby’s adolescence was marked by a promising academic career. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois, Williby went on to earn Masters in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Her passion for helping her patients led her to a specialty in neuroscience, focusing on children and adults with neurological impairments. Juggling her time as a wife, a mother, and working full-time, her love for books never subsided.

Never the one to shy away from any challenges, Williby’s most recent endeavor is to conquer the literary world. Williby’s debut novel, Chaysing Dreams, has been successful and has received multiple five star reviews from Readers’ Favorite, earning the five star seal. Williby recently released the highly anticipated sequel, Chaysing Memories, which also received multiple five star reviews from Readers’ Favorite. With both novels being Amazon best sellers, Williby is now feverishly working on the final installment of the Chaysing Trilogy.

Why I became an author:
      I’ve read my whole life, and I love escaping in a good book. As a young girl, I used to write just to express myself. Actually, on all my personality tests, I always fall in the “expressive” category, which doesn't surprise me one bit.

I have his crazy imagination, and I've been a storyteller for as long as I can remember. So, about three years ago, I told myself that I'm going to try to write a book. At first, I didn't think I was going to do anything with it. But when I had my sister and couple of my friends read the manuscript for Chaysing Dreams, they encouraged me to publish it. I completely fell in love with the characters and their story, so I decided that their story shouldn't just stop with a few friends and me. I felt that if I didn't introduce these characters to the world, I'd be doing them a disservice. I also realized that I love writing. Not only is it therapeutic for me, but it’s pretty empowering to know that you created something.

When I decided to publish Chaysing Dreams, I didn't want to do the traditional publishing route because I felt that it would just take too long. So, I researched a bit on how to self-publish, and it’s been an amazing ride so far. Chaysing Dreams was published in August of 2013 and Chaysing Memories was published in April of 2014. I'm fortunate that it’s been received so well by the readers. I love getting messages from them on how much they love my writing style, or they've completely fallen for Chayse and Tess. It’s positive messages like these that motivate me to continue writing.

So, as I pursue my journey as an author, I'm currently working on the final installment of the Chaysing Trilogy.  I've challenged myself to write the best story I can possibly write for Chaysing Destiny. I want the readers “there,” right by the characters. I want them to feel every emotion and to remember these characters even after they finish reading. From these series, I want them to find that escape that we all crave in this crazy world we live in. If I can accomplish that through my stories even for a few people, then that’s enough for now.

Jalpa Williby's Books:

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

C.B. Pratt: Guest Blog

C.B. Pratt has lived all over the United States, including California, New York and many stops in between. Having been a professional writer for over twenty years, she is ill-suited to any normal work and hopes to continue writing for the rest of her life. Independent publishing has allowed her to write the things she has always wanted to, including fantasy and steampunk. She is the author of numerous traditionally published books, as well as the Eno the Thracian fantasy-adventure series. RIVERS OF SAND will be released late summer, 2014.  

Why did I become an author:
What else could I be? I started reading when I was three. I ran out of books when I was five. The only recourse was to start writing them myself. But just coming up with stories wasn’t enough. I had to share them with others. That’s the difference between a writer and someone who daydreams. We all have more or less vivid internal lives, fueled by dreams, movies, books, or current events. When you write them down, you take a step into a whole different world, the world of the writer. When you try to sell them, you become an author. You don’t have to be successful to call yourself an author. All you have to do is put yourself out there. 

Going Indie
 You know just how much work it is going to be…or at least you think you do. Then it turns out to be much more work and much more rewarding than you believed.
Like a good few writers working independently, I had a 'traditional' career. But the market changed in a way that I wasn't comfortable with. I used to write romance novels, always with a twist of paranormal or humor, sometimes both. But the market decided that erotica was the way to go. I'm just not someone comfortable with that much 'show 'n' tell', not enough to spend countless hours working on it, anyway. Besides, I felt that I'd said just about all I had to say about love and romance, at least love and romance within the confines of a romance novel. I wanted to expand my voice and my style, just not in that direction.
But if you want to be published traditionally, you must be attentive to the desires of the marketplace. I tried several different pieces but the air went out of most of them before I passed chapter three. Then one day, a voice and a character came to me unlike anything I'd done before. HERO FOR HIRE, the first Eno the Thracian novel, kept me enthralled way past chapter three. I'm on my fourth book about this character and keep finding new depths to explore.
However, no agent could see potential in an epically funny story about an Ancient World where the gods and the monsters are real. Some wanted it not to be funny. Others wanted me to move everything into the modern era as urban fantasy is 'hot'. Ten years ago, I probably would have done that because traditional publishing was just about the only way to break through to an audience. Times have changed, thanks be to goodness. Now I can reach an audience without having to talk anyone into publishing my work.
The marketing end of things does not come naturally to me. But the best thing you discover about indie publishing is just how many people are happy to help you fill in the skills you lack and how many people you can help in return. Indie publishing is 'casting your bread upon the waters' with a vengeance. You may not make a mint, though some do, but you will gain readers who become friends and get to know more writers than you ever would believe possible. And that makes it all worthwhile.

C.B. Pratt’s Books
Eno the Thracian Series:                                                    
Hero for Hire
The Stone Gods                 
Dark Mountain
Rivers of Sand (2014)
Eno and the Dragon (2014)
Clockwork Universe: Steampunk Vs. Aliens Anthology
            The Red Queen and the White by C.B. Pratt

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Beat the Heat Summer Giveaway

Hey everyone, it is here, Beat the Heat Summer Giveaway. Find your new favorite authors with some sizzling summer reads!!!!!! Follow this link to learn more

Congrats to A.G Riddle

I want to extend a big congratulations to a fellow indie author, A.G. Riddle, for his hard work and dedication and acquiring an awesome movie deal for his trilogy "Atlantis". This is especially awesome being that this trilogy is self-published. Fellow authors this can happen to us at anytime. Work hard and stay dedicated. Again congrats and you can scroll down and read the interview that I conducted of A.G. Riddle a few weeks ago.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Awesome Review for Resurrection

It’s difficult to write a detailed review of Resurrection, the newest installment of Regina Joseph’s Alterran Legacy series: the book is so packed with plot twists that I feel sure pointing to any specific parts will spoil the surprises for future readers! Suffice it to say, then, that Resurrection is a real page-turner and that the main characters continue to evolve, becoming even more interesting and complex. Resurrection makes the reader eager to get his or her hands on the final chapter of this engrossing saga.

Awesome Review for Resurrection

This installment in the series offers readers a deeper look into characters that were not previously highlighted. In addition to the deeper understanding of their motivations, the family subterfuge becomes a classic power struggle that hints of more challenges to come. As some return to the planet Alterra, others on Earth develop their own free-thinking and find they value it. Earth and Alterrian societies mirror each other in their common struggles toward freedom through civil unrest and plotting galore! Just when you think you know who has the power, revelations have you questioning what will happen next.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Blog Hop

The amazing author Jalpa Williby tagged me to talk about the writing process. Please check out Jalpa's books.

I'm honored to provide the information below about The Alterran Legacy Series(, COLONY EARTH, KHAMLOK, and RESURRECTION.  REDEMPTION is in progress. Colony Earth Khamlok Resurrection 

What am I working on?

Book 4, Redemption, the concluding book of The Alterran Legacy Series.

We may discover a habitable planet soon. What will we do if there are early hominids? 

This Series brings to life the mythological gods of Sumeria (in ancient terminology, “those who came from the stars”) to tell why they came, why they stayed, why they decided to nurture humankind, and what affects all of this had on their home planet.

I wrote this Series in a “Game of Thrones” format―I began writing before George R.R. Martin got the HBO contract. So, there are multiple story lines, various actors competing for power, and powerful story twists.  Add to that, weaving in mythology. The end of Book 3, Resurrection, is based on one of the most highly repeated Sumerian stories.

It’s actually challenging to end this in Book 4, there is so much material. However, I don’t want potential readers to be put off, thinking that they have to read three books before picking up later installments.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Because of my considerable research, I weave in ancient mythology and philosophy, as well as history and geological findings. 

Why do I write what I do?

I'm fascinated by how civilization began. Archaeologists trace human roots back hundreds of thousands of years, yet we only know much about the last ten thousand years or so. What did those people do and how did they live? Were there flourishing civilizations that perished? And what made civilization blossom with agriculture across the ancient world at about 12,000 b.c.e.? Little is known about our ancestors outside of tales labeled as mere mythology. Those tales from around the globe have amazing similarities. And then of course there are those pesky pyramids that defy explanation. One of the oldest documented civilizations is that of Sumeria, located near present day Iraq. Recently translated Sumerian tablets report that each city was nurtured by the "ones who came from the stars." Yes, ancient aliens. With them, civilization flourished in the sophisticated cities. Although the starmen's technology was highly advanced, politically they seem backward--they were ruled by a father and his two sons. En.Lil, the primary son governing Earth, was in appearance an adolescent. If this story has any truth, how could that be? My answer is through rejuvenation. Many of our current social, political, and technological trends might conceivably lead to a global rule by a single family. And humans are always yearning to explore the universe. If we find a planet with primitive hominid life, what will we do? Like a forensic investigator, I interpreted their world from the morality they taught to shape the Mesopotamian civilizations. And so, I constructed the world of The Alterran Legacy Series.

How does my writing process work?

I wrote the story line for Books 1 and 2 between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July in 2009.  Then I spent until October 2012 reworking it.  I also wrote most of Book 3 while awaiting editing comments.  I held off publishing Book 3 until May 2014 to assess comments.  In the past year, I've written about half of Book 4, which I intend as the final volume. Because I want to wrap up the story lines, I’m finding it the most difficult one to write. 

I like to read science magazines and wonder about where technology is taking us as a people. As far as writing is concerned, I like to write beside my fountain in my home’s courtyard. The tinkling water helps promote my imagination. 
I tag  Ginger Gelsheimer

Ginger Gelsheimer (1973-) became part of the surf & ski writing team in 2009, when the Aurora Conspiracy franchise came to life over a great bottle of vino. What if he lived? We wondered about the alien that crashed into a windmill in 1897... and that's how Aurelius was born.
Here is a fun "journal" of things that are interesting to me that will shed some light on what I'm like.

I tag: K T Bowles


I can’t remember ever not writing. My mother taught me to read long before I started primary school and I rocked up there, aged four, already writing full sentences and decorating my stories. I was a nightmare for my very first teacher, who had to put up with my refusal to use ‘baby talk’ which was actually phonetics and copy out single letters endlessly when I would much rather write my stories.
I only began publishing early in 2013, when my first three novels in The Hana Mystery Series were sitting on my hard drive and I realised that if anything actually happened to me, my family wouldn’t have a clue what to do with them. Ten books later and I am onto my eleventh, which is a teen book. All but two of my novels are set in the area of New Zealand where I live, but Demons On Her Shoulder is set in my old home town of Lincoln. Demons began as a simple mystery, set in an ordinary parish church. I absolutely love this ornate and ancient city, with its period houses and vast, chequered history and it was a perfect place in which to stage a novel such as this. I truly hope that I have done its beauty justice. But my story evolved into something far deeper than a mystery, revolving around the character of the guidance counsellor, Jayden, who is as complicated as she is beautiful. She has wrapped the city around herself like a shroud, hiding within its folds and believing that she is safe from an appalling secret in her past. The demons in the story are the destructive emotions which are also present and which I myself have been painfully acquainted with in my own past. It was a cathartic novel to write, even though I hadn’t ever intended it to be.
My own story is as a mother of four children, now almost grown and I have been married to the same lovely man for more than twenty three years. We were engaged and married within five months and of all the impulsive decisions I have made in my life, it was infinitely the best. I have done some stupid things in my forty four years, jumping out of an aeroplane attached to a silly piece of silk and falling off two horses within eighteen months of each other and breaking bones. One of the daftest things I agreed to, was emigrating to New Zealand with four small children, a one way ticket and a suitcase each, but after a few hiccoughs and eight years, it has worked out ok. I am a Christian but my novels deal with the real world and the impact that life can have on believers and non-believers alike. I don’t believe that being preachy in my novels will have any effect other than to turn people off and so I work hard to make sure that I don’t ram my beliefs down other people’s throats. My characters are as real as I can possibly make them, meaning that readers either love, or detest them.
I love writing. It makes me feel satisfied and whole. When I am writing, all is completely well with my world.


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