Guest Author: J. Dorothy (Giveaway)

 

Author Guest Post

The Lady of Shalott: My inspiration.

She knows not what the curse may be,

And so she weaveth steadily,

And little other care hath she,

                 The Lady of Shalott.

 

I first discovered this poem when I was a young girl after my grandmother gave me a very old hardback copy of, The Poetical Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson. She had received it as a prize when she was at school.  From that day, The Lady of Shalott, became my favourite poem, and I learnt it off by heart.

Twenty or so years later, it’s still my favourite poem, and became my inspiration for The Eternal Curse Trilogy. I love the mystique and sadness of the poem. The fact The Lady is cursed but doesn’t know by who, or why. Trapped away from society, a life lived, watching a reflection of the world in a mirror.

 Some have speculated that Tennyson wrote the poem as a metaphor to explain the artistry in the world, as artists act as observers not participants, their easels and writing a mirror of the world.  As with anything I believe poetry and art is for the individual —to decipher their own personal messages. And so my first book, Reflections, was written. Born from my own interpretations. Born out of various themes from the poem. A mysterious curse, a life isolated from the world, and of course, a knight in shining armour.

However, unlike the poem, readers will discover the secret of the curse. Where it comes from, who places it and what it does. As the story continues with each book, more secrets are revealed, as my main character, Jo, faces impossible challenges and grows in strength, fighting for her rightful place in the world—to become more than an observer, more than a trapped soul, looking at life in a mirror.

The last line of the poem is my favourite. But I won’t tell if the ending of the poem, mirrors the ending of the final book. That would be giving the story away. And I wouldn’t want to do that.

But Lancelot mused a little space;

He said, “She has a lovely face;

God in his mercy lend her grace,

              The Lady of Shalott.”

 

Here are some links:

Web site: http://www.taylorstreetbooks.com/

                http://eternalcursetrilogy.weebly.com/the-author.html

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eternal-Curse-series/248812455248382?success=1#!/pages/Eternal-Curse-series/248812455248382

Good reads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11970152-jacoba

Book Trailer for Reflections: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNCvAS5HXio

Book Trailer for Shadows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMpcQdMENK0

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Reflections
Eternal Curse Series Book One
Jacoba Dorothy
 
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
 
Publisher: Taylor Street Books
 
ISBN: 13: 978-1480058040
ASIN:   B009NY724G
 
Number of pages: 272
Word Count: 74,621
 
Cover Artist: Tim Hewtson
 
 
 
Book Description: 
 
Jo doesn’t know why she inherited a magical ring.
 
She doesn’t know why her father abandoned her when she was a baby, or the truth about her mother’s death.
 
Jo doesn’t know a lot about her past. But she’s about to find out.
 
Nearing her eighteenth birthday, she’s about to discover what really happened to her father all those years ago.
 
She’s on a new path, a path including her first love, a path that will lead to the truth about a family secret held for generations.
 
Jo’s about to face her first real challenge. ‘Reflections’ part one, is just the beginning.
 
 
About the Author:
 

 

Jacoba Dorothy lives in Canberra, the bush capital of Australia. She is the mother of two and works part time teaching children with English as an additional language. Most days she can be found bashing away at the computer, either writing, editing, reviewing great books or face-booking. Oh and of course balancing her time to make sure she give special attention to her husband and family.

 

 

 

The Eternal Curse trilogy is her debut series, the second in the series, Shadows, should be released later this year. And the third installment, sometime next year. 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

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Guest Author: Donna Galanti



Writing from Where You Know 

I often get asked if the characters in my paranormal suspense book A Human Element are “me”.

While yes, much of me is in my characters the question I don’t often get asked is “are the places in your book real?” Yes they are! Some places I re-named and some I didn’t. I’m sharing some of my photos here of Hawaii where Ben Fieldstone frequents in A Human Element.

I was a photographer in the U.S. Navy stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, as Ben is in A Human Element. I worked in Fleet Intelligence processing top secret film in “the building with no windows” as Ben did.

The beauty of Oahu is amazing with its violently defined landscape, a place to find–and keep–secrets in its hidden spots. I also lived off base in Honolulu. Likini, the wife of Ben’s friend, in A Human Element  is actually named after the street I lived on, Likini Street (where I got around in a Herbie-styled 1972 white VW bug).

But in A Human Element you’ll find Hawaii is not all palm trees and Mai Tais.

Here in A Human Element Ben enjoys a night out as a young sailor in the questionable part of Honolulu:

Ben watched the pretty, tall brunette from across the bar. She flicked her long hair back and laughed with her short friend as she sipped a beer. Her white teeth gleamed against her tan in the red glow of the Chinese lanterns strung above the bar.

Ben could tell she was a tourist seeking vacation adventure in Honolulu’s rough spots. Hud’s Place was no place for a white wahine from the mainland to be hanging out after 10:00 p.m. North of Hotel Street in Chinatown, or NoHo as it was called, carried its distinction as the known spot for prostitute action any time of the week.

He swallowed the last of his beer and laughed to himself. SoHo could be a better name for the so-many-ho’s that could be had around here. He knew. At twenty-one and after three years stationed at Pearl Harbor in the Navy, he had sampled them all. Chinese, Korean, Hawaiian, Philippine, Tahitian. Anything exotic you wanted. If you liked big mamas you could hook up with fat Samoan women, lurking on street corners strutting their expansive goods.

Ben also finds himself in dire circumstances in Hawaii. Being a sailor there once myself, I know of the dangers sailors can find themselves in on the island of Oahu if they’re not careful.

I was told not to go to the Pali Lookout alone, a spot far above Honolulu in the Koolau Mountains. It’s set on cliffs with treacherous footing awaiting those who aren’t careful…or for those who are tossed off…or jump off. It’s known for its moaning, howling winds. People have disappeared up there, they’d say. It’s a haunted place where the ghosts of Hawaiian ancestors are said to roam.

But back to Ben and his night of terror at the Pali Lookout with the Hawaiian locals. Can he be saved? More importantly, can he be saved from himself?

“You awake, sailor boy?” Koko smiled at him and slapped his head. “I picked up my friend here, and we’re gonna teach you a lesson real good. Right, Kami?”

Koko’s friend, Kami, leaned into Ben’s face and leered. Larger and darker than his partner, Kami’s teeth gleamed bright against his skin.

“Oh yeah, real good. This is where we take the haoles that don’t behave, right, Koko?”

“Damn straight. We make nice, friendly boys out of you.”

The two Samoans laughed.

Ben turned his head to look at them. “My friends will be looking for me, you know. My base will be looking for me. I know where you are in town. You do anything to me and the Navy will find you.”

“No one ain’t ever gonna find you, brah.” Kami chuckled. “After we done with you we gonna throw you off the cliff, right, Koko?”

“Yep.”

Ben knew where he was now. The Pali Lookout. It hung over Honolulu on the Koolau Mountain Range. They must have parked and carried him down the old Pali road, overgrown and forgotten after the new Pali road had been built. It was hidden in the jungle off the beaten path. He remembered the so-called suicides up here.

He knew now some might not have been suicides.

 

 

Donna Galanti Bio:

Donna Galanti is an ITW Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A Human Element (Echelon Press). She’s lived from England as a child to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. If she couldn’t write she would bike, hike, and kayak every day. Donna lives with her family in an old farmhouse in PA with lots of nooks, fireplaces, and stinkbugs but sadly no ghosts.

About A Human Element: One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next. Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite–her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a mad man, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his and she has two choices–redeem him or kill him.

Praise for A Human Element:
“Be afraid. Be very afraid. And be utterly absorbed by this riveting debut that had me reading till the wee hours of the night. A thriller star is born. Don’t miss A Human Element.”  – M.J. Rose, International Bestselling Author

A Human Element is an elegant and haunting first novel. Unrelenting, devious but full of heart.  Highly recommended.” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author

Purchase A Human Element here:

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/dg-the-Kindle

Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/dg-he-Nook
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-human-element/id562195009?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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A Human Element        
Donna Galanti
 
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
 
Publisher: Echelon Press
 
ISBN: 978-1590808764
ASIN: B007IIIZUO
 
Number of pages: 310
Word Count: 103,000
 
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Book Description:

One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next.

Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite–her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a mad man, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his and she has two choices–redeem him or kill him.

About the Author:
 
Donna Galanti is an International Thriller Writers Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A HUMAN ELEMENT. She’s lived from England as a child to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. If she couldn’t write she would bike, hike, and kayak every day. Donna lives with her family in an old farmhouse in PA with lots of nooks, fireplaces, and stinkbugs but sadly no ghosts.
 
Website/blog: http://blog.donnagalanti.com/wp/
 
 
 
 
 


Guest Author: David Colby

 

               I am watching Star Trek while I type this. Since I wrote an entire novel about space, laser guns, and being in space with laser guns, you might think that I really like Star Trek. You’d be wrong. For all of the good things Star Trek has managed to accomplish, it has consistently failed on three accounts.

               Firstly, it has failed as a progressive depiction of gender relations. The original series couldn’t go half an episode without insulting women, the “Next Generation” had its only two female characters be a caregiver and an incompetent psychologist wearing a skintight catsuit and NOT a uniform despite being a Lt. Commander, and the latest show – Enterprise – had its two female characters be an abject coward and…you guessed it, another woman in a catsuit.

               Secondly, it has failed as a progressive depiction of sexual relations. In this accepting future, Star Trek has exactly ZERO transgendered individuals, bisexuals, homosexuals, or asexuals. There are ONLY straight people in the future, according to Star Trek.

               And thirdly, Star Trek has consistently failed to have good science. If you have seen the show, you might be aware of “techno-babble.” For those who haven’t seen it, imagine a string of nonsense technological-sounding words strung together in a fashion that makes no sense. But if the main characters can state this sequence of words in the right fashion, then the problem they face will go away.

               All three of these things inspired me to write Debris Dreams. I wanted to write a future that didn’t stick women in catsuits. I wanted to write a future where gay, trans, bi, asexual, and all the other branches of human sexuality exist and are accepted. And I wanted to write a book that at least tries for scientific accuracy, because when problems can be solved by pulling techno-babble out of your ass, then drama and tension are bled away.

               But…

               There is one thing that I tried to keep from Star Trek while writing my novel. That one thing is why I am still watching Star Trek, despite its flaws. That one thing is why Star Trek has lasted decades and why my dinky little novel (if I’m lucky) might last a few years. That thing? Character. All stories, whether they are about space aliens from Mars or the housewife down the street, need character. When Star Trek was good, it was good because of characters: Captain Kirk and his relationship with Spock, Captain Picard and his relationship with Data, or Captain Archer and his relationship with the small imp that lived in his head and told him to burn things.

               That is why, after I had done up pages on pages of calculations for my novel, I spent equal amounts of time thinking about the characters.

               Only time will tell if I actually managed it. 

Debris Dreams
David Colby
 
Genre: YA science fiction
 
 
ISBN: 978-1-936460-38-0
 
Number of pages: 294
 
Cover Artist: Karen Gadient, www.karengadient.com
 
 
Book Description:
 
2068
 
1.5 million kilometers above the surface of the Earth
 
Drusilla Xao has only seen a tree in movies and vid-games. She has never breathed air that wasn’t recycled, re-filtered, and re-used a hundred times over again. She has never set foot on the Earth.
 
And now she never will.
 
When a terrorist attack by a radical separatist group on Luna destroys the space elevator that had called so many – including her parents – to live permanently in space, Dru is cut off from any hope of ever reaching Earth and her beloved girlfriend, Sarah. The Chinese-American Alliance declares immediate war on the rebels and conscripts everyone they can get their hands on…including Dru.
 
Cast adrift, forced to become a soldier, trapped in a nightmare of vacuum and loneliness, Dru’s training will help her survive, but only Sarah will be able to bring her home.
 
Author Bio:
 
Heavily influenced by George Romero movies and bad, poorly dubbed anime, David Colby decided to start writing almost twelve years ago. It went poorly. But, despite these early setbacks, David continued to work and write and send out submissions until someone was mad enough to accept him. Currently living in Rohnert Park, California, while working on his English Bachelor, David Colby continues to be fascinated by George Romero movies and has realized that animes have subtitles.
 
 
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