Thursday, August 4, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Author Interview: D.W. Vogel

What genre are your books?
I write science fiction, fantasy, mysteries and thrillers. 

What draws you to this genre?
The freedom of creating a new world with its own rules is what draws me to fantasy.  I love the technicality of sci-fi.  Mysteries and thrillers are fun to write because I have to write them backwards…start with the murder, and work back through the clues to know where to start.

When did you decide to become a writer?
Like most authors I’ve always loved to read.  But I got serious about my writing when I was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago.  Nothing like a potentially fatal disease to make you re-evaluate the timeline on your life goals.

Why do you write?
I’m a veterinarian by day.  Writing is a chance to stop being Dr. Wendy for a few hours and let the creative part of my brain go wild.  It’s therapeutic, and the thrill I get from knowing someone is reading my books makes everything worth it.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest thing is finding the time to do it.  I am a full-time veterinarian, marathon runner and endurance cyclist.  Something has to give, and it’s usually yardwork.

What is the easiest thing about writing?
Nothing about writing comes particularly easily, but my favorite moments are when I get caught in the flow, and the words just appear on the page.  I read them back later and wonder where on earth they came from.

So, what have you written?
I’m the author of two published novels:  Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden is a kid-friendly sci-fi dinosaur adventure about human colonists on a hostile planet.  Flamewalker is a feminist epic fantasy that explores the nature of power and how good people can turn very, very bad.  I have short stories in several anthologies, and have one published poem, “Bees,” which is a cancer metaphor.

What are you working on at the minute?
Right now I’m working on the sequel to Horizon Alpha, and I’m finishing up a big rewrite on a thriller for my agent. 

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I’m a Scrivener girl all the way. 

Places where we can buy your book:
You can buy my books at and it’s available through all major bookstores.  If they don’t have it on the shelf, just ask.

Places where we can keep up with you:
Find me at  Follow me @drwendyv.  Like me at Facebook/DWVogel

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Blog tour: Author Karen Ingalls


              The title AND the book cover are what attract me first.

             It is true that we should not judge a book by its cover, but how many of us do just that?

             Just as with the title, the cover should bring out an emotion of curiosity and interest.

             In the nineteenth century and earlier, a book cover was usually plain. No scenery, photos, or colorful backgrounds. 

             I am glad that there is recognition for those artists who design book covers. It is a remarkable talent that can help to make or break a book. I have been blessed to have two talented people design my book covers. Each one fits the title and content so perfectly. I often get tears in my eyes when I look at them.

My publisher suggested names for me to consider. They showed examples of some of their previous works. One might also look at the name of a designer with the credits of the book. One may also Google book designer sites, or ask authors for referrals. Perhaps you have your own idea and will design the cover yourself.

It does cost more money to have a qualified and gifted artist, but I
believe the investment is well worth every penny. It is a representation of your skill and talent as a writer. You do not have to be like me and get tears, but you do need to be proud of it.


Author Info:
Karen Ingalls is a retired registered nurse with a master’s degree in human development, which was a double major in psychology and human services. She is the author of the award winning book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir from which all proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. Her second novel is Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Her first novel, Novy’s Son challenges the reader to examine the issues of alcoholism, sexual addiction, and family dynamics. She has also written poetry, short stories, and has had articles published for professional journals. Karen also does presentations to promote her books and on subjects of health/wellness.


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Sun

The sun -- our friend or enemy?
On Alterra, a blast from its sun similar to this destroyed its atmosphere and left it a desert
The straggling survivors lived on Colony Earth, facing a mortal choice.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A few weeks back I posted about Planet X, well here is an update to that article. The search for the mysterious planet has been narrowed down. Read the article to get the latest.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Graham Hancock's Magicians of the God's

 Over the weekend, I read Graham Hancock’s new book, Magicians of the Gods. Mr. Hancock does an incredible degree of on-the-ground research for his books. I was particularly interested in this one, because it shares some essential historical facts with my The Alterran Legacy Series.
A key focus of Book 1, Colony Earth, is the bombardment of Earth by comet fragments that occurred about 13,000 B.C.  The Earth had been warming for several centuries and was beginning to bloom again. Glaciers still dominated certain terrain, particularly the Laurentide Ice Sheet that covered Canada, dipping into the United States around the Great Lakes. Relying in part on upon essentially the same geologic research that I used for Colony Earth, Mr. Hancock describes a theory that comet fragments struck the Laurentide with nuclear force, incinerating portions of it. The ensuing fresh water melt caused catastrophic flooding throughout the Earth, as well as a rain of comet fragments that continued for some time. Mr. Hancock, accompanied by an expert, investigated the Channeled Scablands in the State of Washington and describes features that could only have been formed by an extreme force of water. He also describes findings of glass-like objects in Michigan that are formed by immense heat. Fascinating stuff. It’s no wonder that North America wasn’t overpopulated when The Europeans arrived.  The lingering, dust clouds and acid rain caused a sudden return to a mini-ice age known as the Younger Dryas, which also serves as an important backdrop to The Alterran Legacy Series.
In Colony Earth, visitors from the planet Alterra, are initially stranded here because of a geologic catastrophe at home – a bombardment from their dying sun has caused the atmosphere to dissipate. After their base and essential equipment, including one that prolongs life, is severely damaged by Earth’s comet, they face the grim prospect of an early death. Preserving their civilization through procreation becomes the only way for their ancient civilization to survive. And so a group breaks away and joins with a village of destitute Earth women.
Mr. Hancock also visited key archeological sites in Mesopotamia, which suffered in the floods. These included Baalbek and Gobekli Tepe, which was found relatively recently. When the weather at the Alterrans’ originally colony becomes too cold for survival, they construct Baalbek. To be fair, Mr. Hancock does not advocate the “ancient astronaut” theory. He is of the view that the 13,000 B.C. events were so catastrophic that they wiped out a civilization that had become highly advanced, even though hunter gatherers existed elsewhere in their world. Somehow these ancients (hence, “Magicians of the Gods”) managed to survive, perhaps in the underground cities being uncovered in Turkey, such as Derinkuyu. (Please check my twitter feed for pictures of the Derinkuyu complex.
I will discuss Goblekli Tepe in another post. For now, I highly recommend Magicians of the Gods.