Mar 072015
 

This episode features Jen Ryan, an editor and publisher with Ellysian Press. We get a special peek behind the scenes to find out about some of the nuts and bolts of both editing and publishing.

About Jen Ryan

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Jen Ryan is a professional editor who has been reading and editing most of her life. She has a degree in English Literature, and teaches English composition and writing at the local college. She also owns and runs her own editing company, Imagine That Editing. Jen loves reading speculative fiction of all kinds. She enjoys growing her own fruit and vegetables for canning and makes a pumpkin butter that is simply to die for (Maer here – I can personally attest to this.)

 

 

You can find Jen at these links:

Imagine That Editing     |     Facebook     |     Twitter

 

 

About Ellysian Press

 

EP BlueEllysian Press believes that their passion for books is a necessary element in their publishing process. They love stories, characters, and their creators. They are always looking for fresh voices and unique ideas.

Ellysian Press is committed to producing quality books with engaging stories and believable characters.

They are currently accepting manuscripts in the following genres:

Science Fiction

Fantasy

Paranormal

Paranormal Romance

Horror

Young Adult in the above genres

You can out more about Ellysian Press and their submission requirements at their website:

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Mar 062015
 

New releases always fill us with joy, and this week is no exception! Maine author Amy Bai joins us to talk about her debut novel SWORD: an epic fantasy with deeply realized characters, awesome worldbuilding, and pretty nifty swordplay. We geek out about history and the writing craft, and a good time is had by all…except Paul, whose power was struck down by poor weather. We deeply missed him!

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Amy Bai

Amy Bai has been, by order of neither chronology nor preferences, a barista, a numbers-cruncher, a paper-pusher, and a garmhand. She likes thunderstorms, the enthusiasm of dogs, tall boots and long jackets, cinnamon basil, margaritas, and being surprised by the weirdness of her fellow humans. She lives in New England with her husband and her dogs, and travels, with her husband (though not the dogs, alas) as often as she can get away.

When she’s not writing in hermit-like solitude or plotting world domination via a silly-string war, you can catch Amy procrastinating on her blog.

Visit Amy here!

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SWORD

Sword shall guide the hands of men…

For over a thousand years, the kingdom of Lardan has been at peace: isolated from the world, slowly forgetting the wild and deadly magic of its origins. Now the deepest truths of the past and the darkest predictions for the future survive only in the verses of nursery rhymes.

And prophecies are just nursery rhymes for gullible fools. Right?

So thinks Kyali Corwynall, daughter of the Lord General and the court’s only sword-wielding girl. She’s never bothered believing in faery stories. But one day, an old nursery rhyme she’s heard since childhood begins to come true, naming her as Sword and her brother and best friend as Song and Crown, saviors of the kingdom. When that ancient magic wakes, the future changes for everyone. In the space of a single night, her life unravels into violence and chaos.

Now Kyali must find a way to master the magic her people have abandoned, or watch her world – and her closest friends – fall to a war older than the kingdom itself.

You can find SWORD at:

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Mar 062015
 

We sit down with author P.C. Haring to chat about cyberpunk, tech, podcasting, and all sorts of general geekery. Turns out that he has a bit of history with one of our hosts…hilarity and hijinx ensue!

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A fan of Science Fiction from an early age P.C. Haring has always been one of those who looked up at the night sky and wondered “what if…”

On 01/01/10, he began exploring those questions when he made his debut as a writer and podcast novelist with the release of the Cybrosis Podcast.  Since then he has not looked back.  He has contributed short stories to Scott Sigler’s The Crypt: Book 1 — The Crew podcast, Philippa Ballantine’s Chronicles of the Order, audio anthology, and Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine’s Tales from the Archives anthology where his podcast of “The Seven” won the 2012 Parsec Award for “Best Short Story.”

When he’s not writing and podcasting, P.C. Haring puts his Accounting degree, his MBA, and his CPA credentials to good use as a corporate accountant in the Chicagoland area.

You can find P.C. here:
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Cybrosis: A Codename CIRIS Conspiracy

For Agent Ciris, the mission should have been simple: get in, apprehend the target, get out. But when the simple snatch and grab goes horribly awry, the world’s first cyborg finds herself backed into a corner. At odds with her superiors, she becomes embroiled in two conspiracies — one intended to destroy her with a cybernetic virus that will neutralize the technology that keeps her alive, the other intended to keep hidden the untold secrets of her origin. With the walls closing in around her, Ciris becomes a rogue agent with no one to trust and only one objective — unravel the shrouds of secrecy before time runs out.

Cybrosis is the debut novel by P.C. Haring. This cyberpunk action adventure was made available as a free podcast in 2010 and is the first in what promises to be a long line of titles by this author.

You can find Cybrosis at

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Jan 062015
 

What a fun, interesting interview with collaborating authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. Paul and Katie were already acquainted with this awesome duo, but Maer got a delightful treat by getting to interview the two of them. Fun-filled action…just like their books!

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Philippa (Pip) Ballantine

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Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa has always had her head in a book. For this she blames her father who thought Lord of the Rings was suitable bedtime reading for an eight year old. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself.

She first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political Science and then a Bachelor of Applied Science in Library and Information Science. So soon enough she found herself working in the magical world of libraries where she stayed for over a decade

Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce mostly novel length fiction. In 2006 she became New Zealand’s first podcast novelist, and she has voiced and produced Weaver’s Web, Chasing the Bard, Weather Child and Digital Magic as podiobooks. Her podcasts have been short listed for the Parsec Awards, and won a Sir Julius Vogel award.

Philippa is the author of the Books of the Order series with Ace- Geist and Spectyr and Wrayth out now, and Harbinger to follow. She is also the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series with Tee Morris. Phoenix Rising debuted in May 2011 and The Janus Affair came out in May 2012. She also has the Shifted World series with Pyr Books, with the first book Hunter and Fox out now.

When not writing or podcasting, Philippa loves reading, gardening, and whenever possible traveling. With her husband, Tee and her daughter, she is looked after by a mighty clowder of three cats.

Tee Morris

t_morrisTee Morris began his writing career with his 2002 historical epic fantasy,MOREVI The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana. In 2005 Tee took MOREVI into the then-unknown podosphere, making his novel the first book podcast in its entirety. That experience led to the founding of Podiobooks.com and collaborating with Evo Terra and Chuck Tomasi on Podcasting for Dummies and its follow-up, Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies. He won acclaim and accolades for his cross-genre fantasy-detective Billibub Baddings Mysteries, the podcast of The Case of the Singing Sword winning him the 2008 Parsec Award for Best Audio Drama. Along with those titles, Tee has written articles and short stories for BenBella Books’s Farscape Forever: Sex, Drugs, and Killer Muppets, the podcast anthology VOICES: New Media Fiction, BenBella Books’ So Say We All: Collected Thoughts and Opinions of Battlestar Galactica, and Dragon Moon Press’ Podthology: The Pod Complex.

Tee brought all these skills to the award-winning Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series which he wrote with his wife, Pip Ballantine. When he is not writing, Tee enjoys life in Virginia alongside Philippa Ballantine, his daughter, and three cats.

 

You can find Pip and Tee at these links:

Pip’s Website     |     Tee’s Website

The Ministry Website     |     Ministry Facebook

 

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Phoenix Rising

Co-authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris ingeniously reimagine England’s Edwardian Era in Phoenix Rising—a hilarious, rip-roaring steampunk fantasy romp that the voracious fans of New York Times bestseller Gail Carriger will eagerly devour with great relish. In this outrageous, non-stop adventure, Ballantine and Morris introduce us to Agents Books and Braun of the ultra-secret Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences—the most delightful duo of very British evil-bashers since The Avengers, Emma Peel and John Steed. With its malevolent secret societies, earth-shattering conspiracies, breathtaking derring-do, and absolutely wondrous weapons, Phoenix Rising out-Sherlocks Robert Downey, Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes.

You can find Phoenix Rising at

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Dec 092014
 

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Portals

For supernatural detectives Thulu and La Fi, “normal” is a relative term. La Fi is a medium, Thulu is a finder, and their usual clients are already dead.

But when their friend Reo is shot, and a group of stranded angels shows up at their house for help finding a missing child, things are striking too close to home.

And the portals that let the magical races return to Earth are opening on their own.

With trips off-world, a kidnapped psychic and changes to their own abilities, Thulu and La Fi are hit with a lot more than they usually handle. Of course, their magical friends are there to help, but even they may not be enough to save an increasingly unstable Earth.

Portals is the cross genre (Sci Fi/Urban Fantasy) sequel to Relics and is Book 2 in the Modern Magics series.

 

Portals can be found at these retailers:

Amazon – Kindle     |     Amazon – Paperback

Barnes & Noble – Nook     |     iTunes

 

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Dec 022014
 

Sean T. Poindexter

We’re pleased to welcome Sean T. Poindexter to the show. Maer is doubly pleased because Sean is the first author to be published through her publishing house, Ellysian Press. His work is evocative, believable, and can be very chilling. Moth is his most recent novel. It’s a literary gem disguised as a Paranormal Mystery, complete with monsters – human and supernatural.

 

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Though born in Mesa, Arizona, Sean has spent most of his life in Missouri. After college, Sean went into social and investigative work, primarily with disabled adults and seniors. Sean’s background in sociology, criminology, and philosophy and his experience as an investigator for the State of Missouri, are heavy influences in his writing.

While Sean has been writing most of his life, he did not consider doing so professionally until he was inspired by a terrible vampire movie. During the film, Sean amused himself by imagining the vampires being attacked by a dragon. His imagination resulted in his series, The Dragon’s Blood Chronicles, featuring dragons and vampires.

Sean enjoys watching and reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thrillers. His hobbies include playing Xbox, fantasy role playing games and collecting firearms.

Moth is Book 1 of The Max Hollingsworth Paranormal Mysteries. Sean’s other books include The Shadow of Tiamet and The Will of the Darkest One, both from The Dragon’s Blood Chronicles.

You can find Sean at these links:

Website     |     Facebook    |     Twitter

 

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Nov 172014
 

Khalid Muhammad

Welcome to Khalid Muhammad with his novel, Agency Rules! This episode features a fascinating look at a spy thriller set in Pakistan. Please join us for an intriguing interview with Khalid and some surprising insight into an area many of us know little about.

 

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 Khalid Muhammad

Khalid picBy day, Khalid Muhammad is a mild-mannered business executive keeping himself busy running a marketing and brand management company. He takes someone else’s product and creates concepts, ideas and brand stories—things that make consumers want to buy, invest and save their hard-earned money.

By night, his alter ego emerges; one that has a penchant for sadistic retribution towards those who have wronged him, and that spends its time devising intricate and detailed plans for a nefarious end.

If he hopes to continue to have friends and family, though, he has to keep his alter ego under control.

So, Khalid chooses to write novellas, novels and short stories to let the wickedness escape; the other option means a great deal of blood, numerous torture implements and…well, infinite ways to dump a body. The writing is better for everyone involved and less dangerous for the guilty… until he writes them into another story.

 You can find Khalid at these links:

Website  | Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |  Amazon

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Nov 102014
 

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Relics

Most of Thulu and La Fi’s clients are dead. Which is perfect since their detective agency caters to the supernatural. But a simple job finding a lost locket leads to a big case tracking relics for an ancient daemon.

The daemon needs the relics to keep a dangerous portal closed. His enemy, Gabriel, wants the relics to open the portal and give his people access to a new feeding ground – Earth.

Caught on live TV, other portals begin to open and the creatures of magic return to Earth. The people of Earth are not alone, but will soon wish they were.

When Gabriel threatens their family, Thulu and La Fi’s search becomes personal. The couple will need powerful help in the race to find the relics before Gabriel does. But maybe that’s what ghostly friends, magical allies and daemonic clients are for.

When the creatures of myth and magic return to Earth, they’re nothing like your mother’s fairy tales.

 

Relics can be found at these retailers:

Amazon – Kindle     |     Amazon – Paperback     |     Barnes & Noble – Nook     |     iTunes

 

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Oct 202014
 

M. Joseph Murphy

It was especially cool to interview M. Joseph Murphy. I’ve had the chance to get to know Joe over social media and work with him on several projects. Not only is he a talented author, he is also the cover artist for my Modern Magics series. Yep, he did the entire series.

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 M. Joseph Murphy

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Joseph Murphy was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He earned his geekdom at an early age. He read X-Men comics from at the age of 8 and it only went downhill from there.

As a teenager he wrote short stories and wanted to be the next Stephen King. Instead of horror, however, he kept writing fantasy stories. After surviving high school as a goth with a purple mohawk, he studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor.

When not writing, Joseph works as Lead Accounting instructor at Everest College. He also lectures to other businesses on outside-the-box marketing. He lives in Windsor, ON (right across the stream from Detroit, Michigan) with his husband, two cats, and shy-but-friendly ghost.

 

You can find Joseph at these links:

Website     |     Facebook     |     Twitter 

 

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Oct 142014
 

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The Castle Blues Quake

THE CASTLE BLUES QUAKE by Linda Covella
Children’s, Young Adult – Sci Fi / Fantasy
Tour Dates: October 14 – October 24, 2014
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12-year-old Pepper Connelly leaves her best friend, Chrissie, behind when her family moves from New York City to Santa Cruz, CA. Pepper discovers a boy, Corey, hiding in her backyard shed. Unknown to Pepper, Corey is a ghost trying to contact his grandfather, Boppie, before he crosses over. He tells Pepper he must locate Boppie before Social Services finds him. Pepper agrees to help.

While Pepper’s communication with Chrissie dwindles, her friendship with Corey grows. She tells Corey about her passion for writing songs, and throughout the story, she composes a song about Corey. Corey teaches Pepper to play the harmonica. Soon, she’s torn between finding Boppie and knowing when she does, Corey will certainly go back on the road with his traveling-musician grandfather.

Other characters help her on her quest: new classmate Ally Cressman, who dresses in an odd-ball, non-mall style; Sawtooth Sam, the mysterious saw-playing street musician; and Madame Mchumba, who performs her psychic readings at the Boardwalk amusement park.

Earthquakes, haunted house rides, poltergeists, and crystal ball readings propel Pepper toward the shocking conclusion of her search.

You can buy THE CASTLE BLUES QUAKE at:

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