Monday, May 22, 2017

Author Interview: Catherine Milos

Today I am thrilled to welcome Catherine Milos, author of the Angels and Avalon series to the Howling Turtle. She was gracious enough to answer some questions for me.

What do you like about writing in the New Adult genre?

Almost anything goes. New Adult still has the echoes of unlimited possibilities, but I am able to touch on more complex issues that the Young Adult and Middle Grade genres flagrantly avoid. I can delve into themes and concepts surrounding identity, sexuality, philosophy, psychology, belief, and more. I can spotlight the darkness and complexity within humanity in ways that other genres don’t like to. As a general rule, New Adult has less limitations and expectations from readers and the industry.

How did you get your start as a writer?

I’ve been a professional writer since seventeen. I’ve published articles, poems, essays, but most of them have been as a ghost writer. Before that, I read. I read every minute of every day that I could steal away. Reading was a lifeline, a place of security, safety, and majesty. I also wrote short stories, poems, and novels for the sake of writing stories. It’s a terribly beautiful compulsion. If I don’t write, I feel unsettled, like I’m not doing what I am supposed to be doing.

What's your favorite part about being a writer?

You mean aside from the writing process? Being my own boss and the solitude. I thrive on solitude. I love being able to create a project and guide it from start to finish, where stories become a physical book that you can hold in your hands. I love being my own boss, but it can also be really difficult. In reality, writing is a business, and putting that business hat on can be torture sometimes, especially when all I want to do is write.

What's the hardest part about writing fantasy?
The hardest part about writing fantasy is editing fantasy. Or is it writing fantasy? Hmm… When it comes to fantasy, I’m a discovery writer (and editor by trade). I constantly battle between the creative flow and the critical edit. I’ve written 80,000 words, only to delete and rewrite 50,000 of them. I once had to rewrite 30,000 words in 14 days. Since I work during the day, this stint almost killed me. The only person who understood was my best friend, who was writing her PhD at the time. It’s getting the story right so the reader can enjoy it. 

If you could go on vacation to any fictional world, which would it be and why?
Oh darn, that’s tough. Do I go to the academic inspired, intellectual and romantic world of Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches? Or, do I end up at Hogwarts (I’m a Gryffindor by the way, if anyone was curious)? Maybe Angela Roquet’s world in Graveyard Shift… Oh! Or maybe my childhood favorite Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest world… uh.. I think I might need a travel guide.

What is your favorite book that you've read in the last six months?
Lilith Saintcrow’s supernatural-like series Jill Kismet

If readers or other writers are interested in contacting me they can find me:
Twitter @CatherineMilos
Facebook @CatherineMilosOfficial
and contact me directly at

About Angels and Avalon:
Fed up with the antics of gods and their wars, the Archangel Gabriel takes refuge in a secret paradise. The only condition, he must protect Goddess’ treasure. 

Driven by pride and darkness, Lucifer aims to dethrone God. Avalon is the perfect place of power and Adamina is the key.

Reincarnated, Adamina and Gabriel desperately try to find each other and stop Lucifer. But a soul can only take so much. 

Elizabeth McAllistar wants a new life free of Angels and Avalon. Will she be able to overcome the tragedy and the past that haunts her?

Check it out on Amazon

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cover Reveal: Vanity in Dust

Albuquerque, NM (May 10, 2017) – World Weaver Press has announced Vanity in Dust, the first installment of Cheryl Low's fantastic Crowns and Ash series, will be available in trade paperback and ebook on Tuesday, August 8, 2017Vanity in Dust follows a prince born to a world of evil and greed where the Queen's subjects are drugged by her magic pixie dust. But not for much longer...

Welcome to the Realm, where magic is your drug, your poison, and your only hope...

In the Realm there are whispers. Whispers that the city used to be a different place. That before the Queen ruled there was a sky beyond the clouds and a world beyond their streets.

Vaun Dray Fen never knew that world. Born a prince without a purpose in a Realm ruled by lavish indulgence, unrelenting greed, and vicious hierarchy, he never knew a time before the Queen’s dust drugged the city. Everything is poisoned to distract and dull the senses, even the tea and pastries. And yet, after more than a century, his own magic is beginning to wake. The beautiful veneer of the Realm is cracking. Those who would defy the Queen turn their eyes to Vaun, and the dust saturating the Realm.

From the carnivorous pixies in the shadows to the wolves in the streets, Vaun thought he knew all the dangers of his city. But when whispers of treason bring down the fury of the Queen, he'll have to race to save the lives and souls of those he loves.

Vanity in Dust will be available in trade paperback and ebook via World Weaver Press and other online retailers, and for wholesale through Ingram.

Cheryl Low might be an Evil Queen, sipping tea and peeping on everyone from high up in her posh tower—a job she got only after being fired from her gig as Wicked Witch for eating half the gingerbread house.
            …Or she might be a relatively mundane human with a love for all things sugary and soap opera slaps.
            Find out by following her on social media @cherylwlow or check her webpage, The answer might surprise you! But it probably won’t.

World Weaver Press is an independently owned publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. We believe in great storytelling.
Publication Date: August 8, 2017 • Fantasy
$13.95 trade paperback, 272 pages  • $4.99 ebook

ISBN-13: 978-0998702216



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Spotlight: First Charge

About the Book:
Meredith and Theo both have their lives mapped out for them as a protector and guardian. They were born to protect people with an important destiny. However, not everything they've been told is true and they face difficult choices and obstacles as they struggle with their responsibilities, while trying to do the right thing. They discover that sometimes there is no good side to be on.

About the Author:
Amanda Steel was born in Bradford (UK) in 1979 and now calls Manchester her home. She always enjoyed writing as a child. One teacher even told her parents that English was the only subject she was good at.

She now enjoys writing online articles, short fiction, poetry and more recently longer works such as her novel 'While I was gone' which can be found on Amazon as well as some of her individual short stories.

Amanda can either be found sat in front of a laptop, with her head buried in book either for research or study purposes or occasionally at the cinema (to get inspiration of course).


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Monday, May 8, 2017

Spotlight: The Wolfe Experiment

About the Book:
What if, as a child, you could move the world with your mind? Think of the possibilities. But what if you couldn’t control it, and buildings toppled in your sleep? Think of the consequences.

Ethan and Tilly Wolfe are special. It’s a cruel, devastating kind of special that causes death and destruction in equal measure. Nobody is safe. Not even those who love them.
About the Author:
RW Adams had the good fortune to be born in 1978 to a teacher and an editor in a house full of books.

Having graduated in philosophy he realised nobody would pay him to philosophise, so he ended up having to settle for the excitement and glamour of a public sector IT career, which, despite what anybody might tell you, is as exciting as it sounds.

When not working or spending time with his wife and two daughters, he alternates between reading, writing and arguing with people about important things, unimportant things, and everything in-between.


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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Audiobook Release: More Than the Madness


In October, 2016, John Kaniecki's More than the Madness was released in paperback and ebook. We are happy to announce that the audio version is available!

Author: John Kaniecki
Amazon Link

ABOUT THE BOOK:This book gives readers a glimpse into the life of someone living with bipolar disorder. It’s not a clinical book filled with facts and figures, but a book of humanity. 
Spanning childhood to early adult, through stories of abuse, being bullied, experimentation with drugs and alcohol, inpatient stays on psych wards, a night in jail, his college days in the fraternity, hitchhiking across America, and his time in a third world country, John gives the reader a personal and up-close look into his life as a manic depressive. The stories are sad, shocking, and at times funny as he shares his antics while at his most manic and delusional. 
Throughout his journey, John also struggles with his faith in God. More than the Madness is a testament of one man’s journey to grow closer to God while gaining a better understanding of himself. 
John wrote his story to help educate others on mental illness and remove some of the stigma associated with it. It is his hope that readers will get to know the person behind the diagnosis; take away the labels and meet someone's son, friend, and husband. See that there is More Than the Madness.
Anyone who would like an electronic version of this book to review, please contact us on our website.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Cover Reveal: Beyond the Hope

In the aftermath of the latest battle, the stakes are higher than ever before. Time’s hardly an ally to Nicholai’s army of paranormal soldiers. The Tomes remain hidden, and the clock is ticking for the Essenced poisoned with the demon’s incurable toxin.
Beyond those worries, magic might be vanishing—a twist that could insurmountably cripple the army’s capabilities prior to the war’s conclusion.
Never has the conflict felt so desperate, with danger escalating and hope disappearing with the slow drain of the hourglass.
Will the answers surface in time, or will the band of warriors fail to prevent the ruin of the world?

About the Author:
Connie L. Smith spends a decent amount of time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and might forever be sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. Much of her preferred music is severely outdated, and as an adult she’s kind of obsessed with Power Rangers. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either), and her MA in English and Creative Writing.


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cover reveal: Red Days


Keiko never set out to be an activist, but when she’s sent on an assignment to Taiji, Japan, the ball is set in motion. Reporting on the brutal yearly slaughter of hundreds of dolphins, the sight changes the course of her life, because even when she returns home to England she can’t get it out of her head.  

Over the course of ten years Keiko grows and falls in love, all the while following the highs and lows of the campaign to stop the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. Through her articles, she examines the reasons behind it and the moral soundness of the supposed tradition in the hopes of bringing it to an end.

Bio - 

M L Sparrow is currently the author of four full length novels, a novella and a slew of short stories published in various anthologies. She will write pretty much anything that pops into her head, no matter the genre, and enjoys keeping her readers guessing as to what she will write next, though you can pretty much guarantee that there will be some degree of romance! 

As well as writing, she enjoys travelling and has been to some amazing countries, where she never fails to gather inspiration and has an endless supply of ideas for future novels…

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spotlight: Road to Yesterday

Book Blurb:
Would you travel through time to save your brother’s life? How much would you be willing to sacrifice for the good of your family?

Two brothers fight for their lives in two hospitals, one in 2007 and the other in 2017. Meanwhile their younger sisters, Kim and Violet, find themselves traveling a road where time is no longer constant. The four of them are hurtling toward an unknown future, or an unknown past. Determined to save the lives of both their brothers, Kim and Violet seek the help of a mysterious man who seems to hold the key to everything. Can they find the answers they need before time runs out?

Author Bio:
Greta Cribbs has worn many hats over the years, from mom to schoolteacher to church choir director. She constantly seeks out opportunities to indulge her many interests, but writing is the passion that has been with her the longest. She wrote her first poem at the age of nine and has been creating stories ever since. She published her first book, Amelia’s Children, in 2015, followed by Primog√©nito in 2016. Road to Yesterday is her third published work. You can follow her on TwitterFacebook, or her website for the latest information about her writing and other projects she is working on.

Preorder on Amazon!

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spotlight: Double Lightning

About the Book:
In an attempt to find her missing brother, 22-year-old Lily goes undercover to a criminals’ lair. Every federal agent who went undercover to bring down Pharaoh – the criminal boss – has gone missing, and Lily’s big brother is one of them. The Director of the FBI knows possible reasons for that – Pharaoh and his closest friends have supernatural powers. He knows only their nicknames and a list of their abilities: telepathy, supermemory, healing, clairvoyance, etc. To be able to save her brother, Lily has to match extra-abilities with Pharaoh’s henchman, drag out their real names and, what’s harder, find out who Pharaoh is and what superpowers he has. The rumor is that he can kill with a simple glance, so if he learns who Lily is, a quick death would be the best option she would have…

About the Author:
Margaret Mal is a Russian novelist. 'Crimson Hills' is her first book in English. Before starting to write books in English, she had 7 detective novels published through the biggest Russian publishing house (as Margarita Malinina). She wrote her first book at the age of 16, and her first poem even earlier - at the age of 5.
She says that 'Crimson Hills' means the world to her.

You can follow Margaret Mal on Instagram @Margaret_Mal 
or Facebook 
or Twitter @MalininaMM

Author's Amazon Page

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