Author Spotlight: Katie Holland

Web Resolution Headshots-4Katie is an author of Young Adult and Romance books. If she’s not writing you can find her reading, cooking or baking for her family. Her love of writing goes back to elementary school and her love of books goes back even farther than that. She takes inspiration from the everyday and lets her imagination take over. She loves seeing new places and enjoying what nature has to offer.

10 Fun Facts about Katie:

  1. My favorite snack is popcorn.
  2. I have two very spoiled dogs.
  3. I love musicals. Cry Baby is one of my favorites.
  4. I don’t plan any of my writing.
  5. My favorite colors are purple and pink.
  6. I love pizza but I’m not adventurous with toppings.
  7. I love crafting, coloring and painting but lack the time to do it.
  8. Being an author is my full time job right now.
  9. A lot of my characters have elements of real people in them.
  10. Seeing my books in a bookstore was a dream come true.

The Books

A Mermaid's Kiss

Kayleigh is starting a new life as the shy college freshman on an athletic scholarship. Tired of being the ‘good little virgin girl,’ Kayleigh wants to explore more than just books in college.

Major is just your typical rich kid who’s used to getting what he wants. Always looking for his next hot hookup, he doesn’t expect to be caught up with the new girl on campus.

Upon meeting, sparks fly, but not in a good way. Kayleigh thinks he’s a jerk and Major thinks she’s extremely stuck-up. They agree to try to get along so he can teach the girls to surf. Their temporary agreement becomes more permanent when Kayleigh asks for Major’s help with something that’s very embarrassing for her. The sexual tension starts to rise as they get to know each other. Can they become more than friends or will their individual issues get in their way?

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Cursed

Two years ago Dani was forced to move to the small town of Shady Oaks, Kentucky. It was a big change for her but she soon fell in love with the small cozy town.

On her sixteenth birthday she is given a box she’s never supposed to open. It carries a long family history and legacy she doesn’t believe in. Shortly after that she catches the eye of Ari, the cute, new boy in her class and Cash, the hot football player. They are like night and day. Ari is caring and sweet while Cash is daring and exciting.

The gift she’d received was too tempting not to look at so she breaks her mom’s trust and opens the box. What she finds inside will change her life forever. She unknowingly finds herself in a battle between good and evil. Will Dani lose herself in the process or even worse, will she come out of it alive?

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Born the most powerful witch in a century, Briar’s power is potentially limitless. With her mother coveting her power, Briar will do anything to stop her mother from using it for her own evil purposes. On Briar’s eighteenth birthday she manages to escape the coven she was raised in. She spends the next two years on the run, hiding her power and hoping her mother doesn’t find her.

Mystic Haven, Louisiana was supposed to be just another stop, but she was offered a job at the nearby school for witches and warlocks. Since Waverly Academy placed the security of its staff and students as their top priority she felt safe enough to stay. Briar slowly let her guard down and allowed people into her circle. With the help of her best friend and new boyfriend she begins to find out who she really is. But will living as her true self allow mother find her and drag her back into the life she wants nothing to do with?

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Author Spotlight: Jen Lowry

Author Bio J LowryJen Lowry is North Carolina born and raised, still holding on to that country slang that is unique to the small town of Maxton she loves so much in Robeson County. She is an avid enthusiast of all things horror, UFC, and binge watches old episodes of Quantum Leap. She finds herself comfier in a pair of pajamas and would make all public appearances in them if she could get away with it. When she isn’t literacy coaching, author coaching, or homeschooling her two fabulous boys, she can be found napping or singing loudly, probably napping. Jen has her doctorate degree in Christian Ministry and is a member of Raleigh First Assembly. Check out Jen’s official author sites all over the net from podcasts, YouTube, Instagram, and more by searching up Jen Lowry Writes or follow her on @jenlowrywrites. Contact Jen for special author appearances and teaching opportunities or stay up to date with her journey at http://www.jenlowrywrites.com.

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10 Fun Facts about Jen:

1. I am a high school Literacy Coach and an English teacher by day and homeschool mom by night!
2. I love my blended family of seven!
3. We watch UFC every weekend! Fight Nights are Family Night!
4. I love to sing. If you’ve read any of my novels, you’ll see a common theme!
5. I enjoy reading children’s literature more than any other genre. It’s where my heart soars!
6. I received a doctorate degree totally not related to my full-time job as an educator but because it was a bucket list dream (Doctorate in Christian Ministry)!
7. I take my bucket list seriously, as you can see by #6!
8. I feel like writing is my calling and love to help other authors achieve their goals (check out my Jen Lowry Writes Author Podcast and YouTube channel!)
9. I am a huge horror movie fan!
10. I volunteer with prison ministry and one day hope to establish creative writing workshops in North Carolina prisons.


The Books

LYRIC HARPER

Lyric Harper, musical genius, is about to embark on her senior year at the most prestigious arts school in the world nestled right in the pines of North Carolina. Harmonic Arts Center, this hidden gem of talent and artistry, has another mission than to equip talented young musicians with the heart for greatness but to test and develop their inner spirit to bring out their mythological nature. Seven youth are selected for an early admittance summer program under the guise of performing at the opening showcase in the fall. They are called for a greater purpose and shapeshift, train, and work as one flock to combine their gifts to defeat the creatures threatening to cross the Harmonic Bridge into our world. Birds of a feather fly and rock together in this new MG Contemporary Fantasy set in 1985.

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MAGICAL CHRISTMAS WEDDING

Mackenzie Hart, a middle school teacher and hometown sweetheart, is about to be married to Jordan McLaughlin, a handsome banker with big city dreams. Mackenzie loves Christmas and knows a wedding during the holidays would be the perfect backdrop for her big day. What she would have never thought possible becomes her reality when she finds a magic wedding dress and travels back to 1955, the very summer of her grandparent’s union. Will she be able to make it back home in time for her own wedding? Or will she cause the greatest disaster in her family history, wiping out everyone she loves, including herself?

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THE RAPTOR REVOLUTION

Samuel Adams Squirrelly is on a mission. He must save Christmas Mountain from the red-tailed hawks, led by a fanatic Elvis impersonator, threatening their natural balance. Does he have what it takes to gather up his band and led them into battle? Will he be able to survive the vicious attacks from the sky? Is there one hawk among them that can set things right? Join Samuel and his O.R.E.O. militia, as they face their greatest challenge to stand for freedom and fight for liberty in this MG Historical Fantasy based on the American Revolution.

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Author Interview with Shawna Robison Young

Welcome to another eventful Tuesday. Are you enjoying your week? I have been struggling with keeping everything in order between writing and my day job. Wish me luck as I continue the journey. Now to bring you some entertainment, I am sitting down with debut author Shawna Robison Young in her very own interview. Hope you enjoy the read and keep your eyes peeled for her very first book to hit the stores here soon.


Author Interview

Tell us about yourself?
Hello. I’m a Navy veteran’s wife, a preschool teacher, and a busy mom of four children and two dogs. I love all things chocolate and could spend the entire day writing, lost in another world. I enjoy watching my kids participate in theatre, soccer, basketball, softball, voice, cheer, and anything else their hearts’ fancy. My guilty pleasure is the Bachelor. The ladies and men drive me crazy, but for some reason I watch it every season. Ha. Ha.

What genre do you write? Why?
Contemporary Fiction with a big dose of romance. I enjoy writing stories that make the reader feel deep in their soul. Stories that show we can make it to the other side of unexpected tragedy and heal. Also that we are more than our past mistakes. And of course I always have to throw in a love story.

What is your favorite hobby?
Going to craft shows and fairs. I mainly browse, but I love to see people’s creativity, and eating all the delicious foods is a plus too.

What is your favorite food?
Pizza. I could probably eat it everyday. Thin crust, sausage is my favorite.

What is your favorite type of fantasy creature? Why?
I do like the unusual, so for me my favorite fantasy creature would be anything hybrid that is part human part beast who is fighting against it’s evil side to find it’s humanity. Those stories of good vs. evil intrigue me.

Do you like to write with a pen and paper or computer?
I prefer the computer, but during any process of writing a story I have handwritten notes all over the place.

Who is your favorite character you have created?
Chuck Stone, the Navy Officer missing in action in my book Waiting Aming Ashes. He’s a protector, handsome, and strong and has loved his wife for as long as he can remember. Hopefully, this book will release in the next year.

Who are your top favorite authors?
I love Nicholas Sparks, Kristin Hannah, Gina Holmes, but I don’t have one particular genre I like over the other. Give me a good story with a little romance and I’m hooked. My other guilty pleasure is speculative type stories with romance: The Twilight Saga, Sunday’s at Tiffany’s, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and The Hunger Games to name a few.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
My book, The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers, will release in February/March. I’m looking at February 27th, my birthday. What a present that would be, but it depends on all the behind the scenes details. I’m also going to continue working on several manuscripts and hope to release at least one more book in 2020.

Do you have any special closing statement you would like to share with your fans?
Like the song, Reasons by Unspoken says, “This year has felt like four seasons of winter…”, it’s been a hard one, but spring is on the horizon and I’m excited for what is blooming in my writing career for 2020. When all hope seemed lost I didn’t give in and I kept reaching for my goals. Thank you for taking a bit of your time to learn a little about me.


About the Author

36228608_2274366012616145_8725219189876326400_nFollow Shawna on her writing journey. Her love of storytelling began in fourth grade when she wrote her first short story for a young author’s contest through her school. Throughout the years she’s written numerous stories. Most recently she’s completed several full-length contemporary fiction novels.
Shawna is the mother of four, a preschool owner and teacher, and a former children’s minister. She is the wife of a navy veteran, and lover of all things chocolate. Whether it’s singing the ABCs, sharing what she’s learned with new writers, or passing along Bible truths to her children’s ministry classes, she’s a teacher at heart. Her novel Waiting among Ashes was a finalist in the 2012 Women of Faith contest, and her short story Michael was a finalist in the 2012 Christian Choice Writing Contest.
Shawna enjoys writing a little bit of the unexpected. Why be normal? In a world of conformity, a touch of something out of the ordinary can make a work of art astonishing.

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The Book

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Author Spotlight with Elaine Marie Cooper

Today I have a special treat. I am doing an Author Spotlight on Historical Fiction author Elaine Marie Cooper. Check out some fun facts about her and browse through her books she has available. Happy reading everyone!


About Elaine

IMG_7364-1Elaine Marie Cooper has two historical fiction books that released in 2019: War’s Respite (Prequel novella) and Love’s Kindling. Love’s Kindling is available in both e-book and paperback. They are the first two books in the Dawn of America Series set in Revolutionary War Connecticut. Cooper is the award-winning author of Fields of the Fatherless and Bethany’s Calendar. Her 2016 release (Saratoga Letters) was finalist in Historical Romance in both the Selah Awards and Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She penned the three-book Deer Run Saga and has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Scarred Vessels, a novel about black soldiers in the American Revolution, will release in 2020. You can visit her website/ blog at www.elainemariecooper.com

10 Fun Facts

  • She hates mushrooms
  • She loves avocadoes
  • She’d rather get together with a small group of friends than attend a big party.
  • Her favorite date with her husband is a movie with popcorn and coke.
  • Her favorite movie is “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The ending still makes her cry.
  • Her favorite pets are dogs. No, cats. No, dogs, … Her favorite pets are both dogs and cats.
  • She L_O_V_E_S being a GiGi. She has 5 grandchildren and treasures each one of them. Her favorite song to sing with them is “The Tortilla Song.” 😉 She made it up to encourage the nine-year-old triplets to eat their lunch when they were little.
  • Her favorite vacations spots are historical sites. (Forget the cruises!)
  • She watches almost NO network TV (except some news) but can binge watch Masterpiece Theater episodes.
  • The best thing she ever did—besides becoming a Christian— was to give birth to three wonderful children.

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The Books

9781938499920_cvr_v2Fields of the Fatherless

In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell (an ancestor to actor Kurt Russell) of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by British troops. Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well?

Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his family his wife, children and grandchildren and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur right on the Russells’ doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered?

Fields of the Fatherless is based on a true story.

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9781938499142Saratoga Letters

1777: The Battle of Saratoga, a turning point of the Revolutionary War, gives the American Continental Army its first great victory. But there seems little to celebrate for Abigail, a woman forced to tend to a wounded British soldier. While nursing William back to health, Abigail finds herself pursued by others in the enemy camp who have less than gallant intentions toward her. Fearful of who she can trust and who might betray her, she leans on her faith and God’s Providence for survival.

1977: On the anniversary of the Battle of Saratoga, thousands arrive from Europe and the United States to celebrate the event. Among the re-enactors are descendants of the original participants from both sides of the battle. One young American, Abby, meets the offspring of a British soldier. But when she finds herself almost assaulted by some men at the event, Abby turns to the only person she knows—her British ally. Can she trust him with her life? Or will he betray her in the same way loyalist spies betrayed her ancestors? Perhaps her answer lies in the letters from her ancestor and namesake, Abigail.

Can regrets from the past stir love’s resolve in the present?

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LovesKindling_COVER (1)Love’s Kindling

During the American Revolution, Aurinda Whitney lives with her cold and calloused father, an embittered veteran of the previous war. Aurinda’s life changed forever when her father returned for her after that war, taking her away from the only place she’d ever experienced affection. Since her father blamed Aurinda for the death of his wife in childbirth, Aurinda is convinced she is unworthy of love.

Zadok Wooding believes he is a failure as he tends the smithy at home while others go to battle against the British. Just when he has an opportunity to become a hero, he is blinded in an accident. Now he fears he will never live up to the Biblical “mighty man of valor” for whom he was named.

When the couple meet, they are both challenged to overcome adversity as well as their inadequacies. Unexpected secrets of their past emerge that can change their lives forever. But can they look past their present circumstances to heal—and find love?

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Medieval Monday: ‘Broken on the Wheel’

Archaeologists discover medieval man ‘broken on the wheel’

An archaeological dig in Milan has uncovered the remains of a young man who suffered massive injuries, likely caused by torture and execution while being ‘broken on wheel’.

The team of researchers from Università degli Studi di Milano were examining the remains of 56 individuals that were discovered buried at San Ambrogio square in the Italian city of Milan. These skeletons date from between the era of the Roman Empire to the sixteenth-century, but their focus was on individual found with two buckles. Radiochemical tests were performed, which dates the body to between the years 1290 and 1430. He was between 17 and 20 years old when he died.

The individual was found with numerous wounds, which the researchers noticed as having a very specific distribution. All the long bones on his forearms and legs were fractured in a way that the weapon hit the bones perpendicularly. He also had blunt force injuries to his face, a stab wound that hit his vertebrae, and a deep fracture at the back of his skull, which the researchers believe was caused during a clumsy attempt to decapitate him.

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Author Interview w/ Speculative Fiction Author Stephanie Ayers

Greetings guys and gals. Today on my blog I am sitting down with Speculative Fiction Author Stephanie Ayers, in her very own interview. Hope you will stick around to check out what she has to say and her books provided below. Happy reading…

Author Interview

Tell us about yourself?
I am the word whisperer living in southwest Ohio. I am a unicorn disguised as a human with an addiction to coffee and the mugs you drink it from, garage/yard sales, flea market and thrift store shopping, and a loud and proud football mom.

What genre do you write?
Some would say its speculative fiction, but I think it’s more horror and fantasy specific. Why? I follow where the voices in my head tell me to go. This usually means it will dark twist somewhere.

What books do you like to read?
Everything, but most especially fantasy—Xanth, Middle Earth, Narnia, Wonderland…

What is your favorite food?
Tacos. Isn’t that the only right answer?

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever done?
Well, I’m a weirdo by nature, so everything I do is weird, but in VA where I grew up, it’s weird to put mayo on your hot dogs. I’m sure that’s not the weirdest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s almost as weird as ketchup on eggs.

Are you a pantser or plotter?
Pantser.
Why?
The idea of planning anything makes me break out in hives, but I have found as I get older, having some bullet points help redirect me when the story wants to go off in the wrong direction.

How many books have you published so far?
A bunch between solo works and anthologies.

Tell us about your latest released book.
Catching Dragons released on August 10, 2019. This is the second book in the high fantasy series, Destiny Defined. It follows up with Edgar with a focus on his kingdom and all the things that have gone wrong since the dragon queen invaded.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
I have books releasing every month through the rest of the year, and 4 on the schedule from April-October of next year.

Do you have any special closing statement you would like to share with your fans? Without my fans, my writing is pointless. Like Ursula le Guin says, without readers to breathe life into my stories, they are nothing more than words on paper. Thank you for bringing them to life.


STEPHANIE AYERS

StephA published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is a coffee guzzling, word whispering, world building creative ninja and unicorn living in Ohio disguised as a human. She mothers her children, loves her husband, attends church, and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found stretching her creative wings designing book covers, promotional graphics, logos and more.

Stephanie has been a regular contributor and leader for Bloggy Moms and Just Be Enough, and currently writes content for Blogmutt. She is a strong supporter of the indie author community.

Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published by Bannerwing Books in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Precipice 2, Flash Fiction: 1x50x100, and Endless Darkness. Her poetry has been featured in Ambrosia: A Poetry Anthology, and the first volume in her serial short horror story collection released in October 2017. Her fantasy debuted with “Wings,” a free short story from the Destiny Defined series, which will begin late 2018, early 2019.

FAVORITE QOUTE:

“The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayers

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The Book

Catching Dragons ebook coverA reluctant hero, an enchanted kingdom, a crazed prince…

Out of the ashes of doubt, courage is born.

As Derik whisks Edgar away from Willowglen where he’d been championing the dwarves, he can’t help but wonder what has really happened to his kingdom since his departure. Tales of an attack from the sky and an army of black knights precede him, and nothing is as Edgar expects when he arrives back home in Northend. His city lies under an enchantment, and they need him to break it. Tasked with regaining his lost magick and armed with a pouch of fairy dust, Edgar is determined to do the right thing.

Will he find the courage to confront the man responsible for his father’s death or will he run away like the coward Derik believes him to be?

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Medieval Monday: The Service of Magic

In medieval England magic was a service industry used by rich and poor alike

by: Emily Costello

Chances are that when you hear the words “medieval magic”, the image of a witch will spring to mind: wizened old crones huddled over a cauldron containing unspeakable ingredients such as eye of newt. Or you might think of people brutally prosecuted by overzealous priests. But this picture is inaccurate.

To begin with, fear of witchcraft – selling one’s soul to demons to inflict harm on others – was more of an early modern phenomenon than a medieval one, only beginning to take hold in Europe at the tail end of the 15th century. This vision also clouds from view the other magical practices in pre-modern England.

Magic is a universal phenomenon. Every society in every age has carried some system of belief and in every society there have been those who claim the ability to harness or manipulate the supernatural powers behind it. Even today, magic subtly pervades our lives – some of us have charms we wear to exams or interviews and others nod at lone magpies to ward off bad luck. Iceland has a government-recognised elf-whisperer, who claims the ability to see, speak to, and negotiate with the supernatural creatures still believed to live in Iceland’s landscape.

While today we might write this off as an overactive imagination or the stuff of fantasy, in the medieval period magic was widely accepted to be very real. A spell or charm could change a person’s life: sometimes for the worse, as with curses – but equally, if not more often, for the better.

Magic was understood to be capable of doing a range of things, from the marvellous to the surprisingly mundane. At the mundane end, magic spells were in many ways little more than a tool. They were used to find lost objects, inspire love, predict the future, heal illnesses and discover buried treasure. In this way, magic provided solutions to everyday problems, especially problems that could not be solved through other means.

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