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Guest Author Liana Brooks with Decoherence

Published September 18, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. Sadly the sun seems to have disappeared here but at least I have the fab Liana Brooks dropping in. She’s chatting about her new release, Decoherence, in her Time & Shadows trilogy. Looking for some exciting sci-fi for the weekend? Look no further 🙂

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

author-pic-liana-brooksI am a California-born vagabond who has lived in ten states and visited most of the others. I love sushi, summertime, science fiction, and not doing laundry. And I am celebrating the release of DECOHERENCE which is the final book in the Time & Shadows trilogy.

Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I don’t even remember learning to read. I picked it up early, took THE HOBBIT to kindergarten for show-and-tell, and always planned on being a marine biologist. Telling stories, and later writing them for friends, was something that kind of happened as an afterthought.

I always loved stories and books, but I didn’t dream of being an author, in part because so many of the authors I love aren’t just authors. They were soldiers, inventors, playwrights, parents, explorers… none of them were ever presented as Just An Author. Which, I think is probably for the best. The more multifaceted the author, the better their books tend to be.

True, the more experience you have the more you can bring to the writing I suppose. Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

The only thing I really need is a screen, a keyboard, and my sticker calendar. Secretly, I’m still in kindergarten and getting a sticker for writing 1000 words is enough motivation for me to sit down and write regularly.

Beyond that… no, I don’t have rituals because I don’t have time for them. My writing time is snuck in during the day between cooking, running errands, and going to meetings.

Hehe, I think I might need to get myself some stickers! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write primarily SF/SFR because I’m an optimist I guess. Science Fiction is the future. Every great invention we enjoy was in a story first, and I love being part of that process. I love imagining what the future will bring for everyone, and I hope it brings something wonderful.

Aww, that’s a lovely thought – here’s hoping. Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I could never pick just one. There are so many great books out there and I rip through them. I’ll go on binges and read five or six books in a day. Go read Terry Pratchett, Ilona Andrews, Blake Crouch, Wes Chu, Jim Butcher, Beth Cato, Lexie Dunne… go. Read everything you can get your hands on. Books are amazing.

They are! Also a big fan of Terry Pratchett and Jim Butcher. What five things could you never do without?

Oxygen, water, heat, people that love me, and imagination. If you have those you can get out of any problem eventually.

Tell us a bit about your new release.

time-shadowsDECOHERENCE… I am going to try to keep this as spoiler-free for the series as I can, but if I slip up, sorry…

DECOHERENCE is the third book in the Time & Shadows series and picks up almost five years after the end of CONVERGENCE POINT. When Mac is kidnapped by a rogue iteration, Sam has to travel between continents and variations of reality to find him.

For me, the best part was being able to write so many different versions of the main character, Sam Rose. She’s introduced in THE DAY BEFORE as this very young junior agent who really is out of her depth. By the end of CONVERGENCE POINT she’s survived multiple near-death experiences, depression, the loss of friends, and come out stronger. In DECOHERENCE there are four different Sams, or rather, Sam as a POV character in four different points in her life. And she has to face herself, channel her inner Tatiana Maslany as it were.

Look, go read it! Go read the series. Things explode, there’s witty one-liners, there’s escapes and fire fights and pirate ships. It’s a fun series. Come for the explosions, stay for the clones and the cute puppies.

Wow, that definitely sounds interesting (and yay, cute puppies!) Where did your inspiration for it come from?

Almost ten years ago I saw THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON and I wanted it to be a murder mystery. A recognition that the person in the ground is also the person narrating. THE DAY BEFORE was spun around that original idea.

CONVERGENCE POINT and DECOHERENCE simply followed the natural consequences of the characters’ choices in the first book.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Being able to write my hero as a villain was a lot of fun. Every author I know loves playing with this trope. Whether you’re writing Evil Spock or Dark Side Luke Skywalker, it’s fun to see your hero’s strengths used for evil.

It is always fun 🙂 What was the hardest part about writing it?

Finding an emotionally satisfying ending for this series without killing everyone was hard. One on hand, I knew from the start that I wanted a trilogy. On the other, finding the right ending for what the story had become, to make sure the fans got the ending they deserved, that was a lot harder to find.

In a series like this it’s tempting to go full-on Hamlet and just kill everyone, but I didn’t want that. Some named characters die. They always do, but I tried not to have deaths just for shock value. There’s a reason each character dies.

*sniffs* I suppose some of them have to. Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

I should say Sam and Mac, but I have a soft spot for minor characters. Ivy Clemens, the clone version, remains my favorite minor character. Her and Agent Edwin. They’re good people who do their job, but who you still want to invite over for dinner.

Why should we run out and buy it right now? J

rogueLook, THE DAY BEFORE opened with a body on the ground and readers have been waiting since May 2015 to learn if it’s our Sam that dies, or another Sam. Don’t you want to know who Jane Doe is?

At the end of CONVERGENCE POINT, Mac proposed to Sam on a beach in Australia, don’t you want to know if Sam said yes?

Don’t you want to read books about time travel and clones????

…if you don’t, well, go buy the book because Puppy needs more treats. You don’t want to make Puppy sad, do you?

 

Nooo, we can’t make puppy sad! If you’re wanting to make puppy happy (and you know, get a great book as well) here are the details:

Blurb

Readers of Blake Crouch’s DARK MATTER and Wesely Chu’s TIME SALVAGER will love Liana Brooks’ DECOHERENCE–the thrilling, time-bending conclusion to the Time & Shadow series!

cover-decoherenceSamantha Rose and Linsey MacKenzie have established an idyllic life of married bliss in Australia, away from the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation, away from mysterious corpses, and—most of all—away from Dr. Emir’s multiverse machine.

But Sam is a detective at heart, and even on the other side of the world, she can’t help wonder if a series of unsolved killings she reads about are related—not just to each other, but to the only unsolved case of her short career.

She knows Jane Doe’s true name, but Sam never discovered who killed the woman found in an empty Alabama field in spring of 2069. She doesn’t even know which version of herself she buried under a plain headstone.

When Mac suddenly disappears, Sam realizes she is going to once more be caught up in a silent war she still doesn’t fully understand. Every step she takes to save Mac puts the world she knows at risk, and moves her one step closer to becoming the girl in the grave.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | HarperCollins | Google Play | iBooks

Don’t forget to follow Liana on social media to stay up-to-date on all her news and releases:

Website: http://www.lianabrooks.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LianaBrooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ByLianaBrooks/

Take care x

 

Tuesday Catch Up

Published September 13, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, first I guess I should apologise for the lack of posts lately. 2016-05-11-1462971004-479389-writerUnfortunately real-life has been kicking my ass. I won’t go into too many details, but just been feeling rather down and fed-up which makes it a bit harder to ‘switch on’ the creative side. Still, it happens sometimes and we get through it x

Anyway, onto more positives! Had a lovely weekend catching up with family and things are slowly picking up this week. Back on edits and should get the next book over to my editor in the next few days. Am just working on those last little tweaks – and of course, de-Britishing it lol! My heroine is suppose to American but since I’m obviously not, all sorts of British terms and phrases tend to automatically pour out when I’m just getting the story down – and then need to be ruthlessly cut out in edits! It’s a tricky process sometimes, and while I love you Americans then sometimes you don’t just have good substitutes for certain words and phrases 😉 I think for my next one I definitely need a British main character then I can happily go nuts with the UK words lol.

gray-wolfOnce I get this off for edits then should hopefully be able to get back to writing (well, and the other one I need to edit). I also have a cover almost finished, which I am loving – shall share soon and hopefully you’ll agree 🙂

Hope you all have a great week. Take care x

Guest Author D.F.Krieger with Joy’s Edge

Published September 12, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, it’s back to to the day job today, but at least I have the fab D.F. Krieger dropping in. She’s talking about genre and her brand new release, Joy’s Edge – which is part of the Coming in Hot Medical Romance Box Set (if there’s one thing better than a hot medical romance, it’s a whole bunch of them, right?).

 

What genre do you write in and why? What drew you to it? Have you come across any difficulties, pre-conceptions or judgements because of this, and if so how have you dealt with these?

df-author-picI’m actually glad you asked that. Believe it or not, I often write BDSM because I’m actually involved in the lifestyle. It upset me that there were so many books out there with preconceived ideas and notions of how BDSM works. Let me give you a couple of examples of the truth behind BDSM that you often see misrepresented. No one can just walk into a BDSM club like “Oops, teehee, I’m in a club where people are having sex? How did I get here?”

You are not allowed to touch anyone without permission. Even a sub. Especially someone else’s sub. If you do, you will get kicked out. Consent is a HUGE principle in BDSM. Period.

BDSM is not a guy beating a girl while he gets off. There are so many facets to BDSM, and so many different ways to practice. It’s a shame more people aren’t aware of it. Not all kinks are violent, nor are they “dirty.”

“No” means no, even in BDSM. The only time it doesn’t mean no is if the couple is in a scene and they’ve already agreed that no doesn’t mean no. If this is the case, I can guarantee you they’ve come up with a safe way to say a word that absolutely does mean “Stop right now. I’m not comfortable with this.” It’s called a safe word for a reason.

If you’ve never read BDSM, I suggest looking at certain authors, myself included, for a taste of the real thing. Cherise Sinclair is also a wonderful author and one day I’d like to grow up to write just as well as she does. Regardless, the point is, just because a book is popular, it doesn’t mean it’s an apt representation of its subject. Hope you’ll give us a chance to spank you via literature.

coming-in-hot-promo

That sounds like an offer that’s hard to refuse 😉 Check out the book details here:

cover-joys-edgeBlurb

Joy wants two things from life—to be the best damn veterinarian possible, and to meet a Dom who can handle her deepest desires. The problem is finding a man who knows the difference between “no” and “make me.”

When a new potential Dom starts messaging her on the kink site she frequents, she’s torn between making her dreams a reality or letting her desires be nothing more than talk.

Boxed Set Blurb: Get a dose of romance, STAT! **Brand New and Exclusive** novella to novel length books. Featuring NYT, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors, we’re Coming In Hot with paranormal to contemporary, and sizzling to seductive bedside manners by the doctors, nurses, paramedics, and more in this boxed set.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I8BZ96C?tag=smarturl-20

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/coming-in-hot-paranormal-contemporary-medical-romance-boxed-set-gina-kincade/1124086188;jsessionid=639CA79D79BCD1333CFA3278AB459220.prodny_store01-atgap08?ean=2940153343822

Are: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-cominginhotparanormalcontemporarymedicalromanceboxedset-2076531-166.html?referrer=56f81090895d0

Have a great week. Take care x