Journey with me in Placing Literature!

Journey with me in Placing Literature!

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PlacingLiterature.com enables readers to map the locations of books set in real towns, cities, parks, etc. This month, my work has been included in their spotlight! 

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The setting of the Talbot Trilogy is based on the real town of Cobalt, Ontario. Clicking on the bookmarks in the map will take you to the locations that inspired key events, characters, and places in the series. I write about places I love, so it’s a real privilege to make these places visible to you as well. 

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Throughout the month, I’ll be adding to my virtual tour of the places used in Wind and Shadow, its prequel novella Mist and Midnight, and the locations coming up in Book Two: Blood and Fire (coming February 12) and the final instalment, Book Three: Crystal and Wand (coming summer 2014). I’m looking forward to your comments along the way!

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Interview on The Romance Radio Network!

Please enjoy my latest online talk, with Desmond Haas, and leave a comment or a question, if you like.

I recorded this on one of our last beautiful sunny days in October of 2013, sitting in my backyard with the grass under my feet and the leaves skittering on warm breezes around me.

It was a real pleasure to chat with Desmond for a little while, and I truly enjoyed the experience. What a nice memory to have in the middle of the dark and cold Northern Ontario winter!

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Fall into Romance chat at Coffee Time Romance’s Latte Lounge — Join Me!

I’m giving away a set of hand rolled candles, and a signed print copy of Wind and Shadow: Book One of the Talbot Trilogy. Plus, I’ve posted a naughty 18+ excerpt for your enjoyment. But I’m not the only author online today — you can also meet writers Tara Fox Hall, TD Jones, Lynette Sofras, Paula Martin, John Steiner, Mysti Parker, Jenny Twist, and Bev Haynes.

http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=2081

Enjoy!

This evening: I’m on WebbWeaver Books!

You’re invited to listen to the podcast when it airs at 5:30!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/webbweaverbooks/2013/09/27/webbweaver-books-proudly-presents-author-tori-l-ridgewood

My first ever live interview — squeee! Palms are sweating…

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Author Spotlight: Ronald Griffin, welcome to my blog!

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Author Interview

What type of genre do you write? Paranormal Fantasy

What genre to you personally read? Paranormal Fantasy, Fiction, and Horror

Tell me about your latest? Well, it is a paranormal fantasy about this one man’s journey to become the hero he was born to be. He has many trials along his way that he must make his way through.

What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story? My Mom always had a passion for reading and we would always watch movies together as well. We would watch mostly fantasy movies like Legend, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Krull, and many other movies and I believe growing up with such movies sparked my imagination. I started writing short stories when I was in kindergarten but they were usually based on cartoons. In middle school I started writing my own superhero story. It wasn’t until highschool until I started writing supernatural stories. It was then that I started writing some of the elements of this particular novel. Over the years I wrote many short stories and always wanted to write a novel but certain life events caused me to post pone. I have kids now and decided that I want to leave behind something that they could be proud of

Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp? The importance of friends and family. When you have them on your side anything can be done.

What challenges have you faced in your writing career? Getting it started. I didn’t realize there was so much work in self promoting. I am just glad I have made some wonderful friends along the way.

What has been your best moment as a writer? The feeling of love and support from everyone around me along the way.

Who is your author idol? The writing team Ilona Andrews. They are also from Georgia and the stories they write take place in the state as well.

Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do? This is my first novel and although yes my dream is going to come true, but I believe there is much more to do to keep that dream alive.

What does your workspace look like? My work place varies, sometimes I write from my bedroom, the dining room where I can look out the sliding glass doors, or the locations that are mentioned in my novel. Sometimes it is good to write from the actual locations.

Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit? There were times I felt that maybe I wasn’t cut out for this but I kept pushing through it and well here I am.

What do you do when you’re not writing? Working or watching movies. I enjoy a good movie every now and then.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer? Take time for yourself every now and then. Do not let the writing consume you all the times because it can cause you lots of unnecessary stress and your story could suffer from it.

Did you have a moment when you realized you were meant to be a writer? Not really it is just something I have always enjoyed doing in my spare time.

Do you think the first novel may be a little bit rushed? Do you think you should have put more detail into your characters? Rushed? No I do not think so i wanted a novel that was gripping and fast paced from start to finish. As for the more detail into my characters. Yes I did leave a lot of questions unanswered and add characters into the story before giving them much of a grand appearance and such. All for a reason. The story I have in mind is much too grand to add into one book. I will be releasing two series branched off of this novel. Blood Stained Lives is the first in the Blood Stained Saga series which will be four novels. I already have the titles, and plots picked for the novels. I will also be releasing a series of Novellas online titled Blood Stained Origins which will focuse on the individual character histories. So expect more back story on every character you have across.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors? Don’t be afraid to ask friends for help if going at this alone.

After this book, what is next? Writing a series of origin novellas building up to the release of the second novel for this series.

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Bio:

Ronald Griffin is a 31 year old author who grew up in Georgia and still lives there today. His current writing style includes paranormal fantasy and horror. He has been writing since he was 9 years old when he wrote a Tiny Toons Adventure skit for his class and it was well received. From there, he was absorbed with writing about Superheroes but once high school hit, the supernatural started calling him, especially the werewolves. This is where his latest The Blood Lives Saga was born. You can either find him locked away in his writing cave or at his local Cracker Barrel where he supports his fantasy genre reading habit. His author idol is the husband and wife writing team Ilona Andrews. He has thoroughly enjoyed their magic series novels and feels encouraged that they are from his same state. When not writing, you can find Ronald spending time with his daughters (ages 3 and 9) and his son (age 7). He can be found spending time making precious moments with them and hopefully passing along his writing bug to them.

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Find Ronald Griffin online!

Website: http://www.BloodStainedSaga.com

Blog: http://ronaldgriffin.blogspot.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BloodStainedSaga

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com

http://www.barnesandnoble.com

http://www.smashwords.com

Author Spotlight: Welcome Mike Meyer!

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THE THREE KITTIES THAT SAVED MY LIFE – an uplifting true story of love
Losing loved ones is an awful fact of life; losing one’s loving spouse, one’s day-to-day partner through life, especially in the prime of life, is one of the most unbearable tolls that we humans are forced to endure. This is the true story of my journey from grieving widower, not caring if I lived or died, to the once-again happily married man I am today, a man who both loves and cherishes life. My three kitties have given me a new zest for living.

Both inspiring and entertaining, my story is filled with laughter as well as tears, and you will certainly find yourself moved by my journey.

EXCERPT:
It is amazing how time helps. In time, I have learned to overcome my own albatross. I have learned to live again, to love again. Life is a gift reads a plaque on our dining room wall, and that sums up what I have gained from the three kitties that saved my life. From Coco, I learned to care again. From Kitty, I learned to love again. From Pom Pom, I have learned how to cope with my own demons, the effects of aging being one of these. Pom Pom has taught me to accept what is and then to move onward. Yes, I have learned plenty from my three kitties.

My journey has been a long one, a difficult one at times, but it has a happy ending. The three kitties in my life have made it so. They have all helped me to become the happy-to-be-alive man that I am today. I now accept rather than cope. I live each day to the fullest, knowing full well that life is a gift, and a very precious one at that. I look back on my life and I often think that I must be the luckiest man in the world. I have so much to be thankful for. The wonderment and beauty of life are both so dear to me.

And, to add a delicious icing to the lovely taste of my life, I can say with total honesty to the whole world, my voice booming into the sky, my dancing feet not caring in the least who might see me, that I have been very fortunate to have done something that brings more sheer delight and wonderful pride to me than anything else that I have accomplished in my life: I have fallen madly, heads-over-heels in love not once, but twice, and how many others can say that?

Amazon Purchase link: http://smarturl.it/ThreeKitties

Amazon Author site: http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Meyer/e/B005E7M8CW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Goodreads Author site: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/674626.Mike_Meyer

Facebook Writer’s site: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelMeyersWritingLife

Pinterest Author site: http://pinterest.com/temmike/

Author bio:
INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR of mysteries, thrillers, humorous fiction, and non-fiction: Love and romance, laughter and tears, thrills and fears.
I have resided in and have visited many places in the world, all of which have contributed in some way to my own published writing. I have literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. I have lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia (where COVERT DREAMS is set), and the U.S. Virgin Islands (where DEADLY EYES is set). I gained the wanderlust to see the world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire has never left me. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as I have aged. I try to travel internationally at least once a year. In the interim, I spend lots of time traveling around both my home state of California and other nearby states.

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I spent my early years in the small town of Lone Pine, California, the home of almost every western movie, in addition to a wide variety of other genres, made in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. In fact, Hollywood still films parts of big-time movies there today. My dad, the town’s lifeguard at the time, personally knew John Wayne, Lloyd Bridges, and Lee Marvin, all of whom came to the town’s pool, the Memorial Plunge, at times to cool off after a hectic day of working in the sun. I was even an extra in a movie filmed there in 1957, MONOLITH MONSTERS, a B-cult favorite even today. I was ten years old at the time. Even though I resided in a small town hours from the big city, I was exposed to the excitement of action and heroes at a formative age, and, thus, my interest in writing novels of suspense such as COVERT DREAMS and DEADLY EYES was born. I am particularly proud of the fact that these two international suspense thrillers are rated #1 and #2 on the Goodreads Recommended Thriller/Suspense list.

As a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing, I now live in Southern California wine country with my wife, Kitty, and our two adorable rescue cats.

SPECIAL NOTE: COVERT DREAMS has recently received a Compulsion Reads endorsement. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Compulsion Reads, this company specializes in reviewing and endorsing those novels that meet its quality standards based on the fundamental qualities of good storytelling. Many books that the company reviews don’t earn their endorsement, so this is a pretty big deal.

Other books by Michael Meyer:

Covert Dreams CoverEndorsedCOVERT DREAMS – an international suspense thriller, #2 on the Goodreads Recommended Thriller/Suspense list
Amazon Purchase link: http://smarturl.it/CovertDreams

Deadly Eyes coverDEADLY EYES – an award-winning Caribbean mystery – #1 on the Goodreads Recommended Thriller/Suspense list
Amazon Purchase link: http://smarturl.it/DeadlyEyes

The Famous Union coverTHE FAMOUS UNION – a rollicking romp through the halls of academia
Amazon Purchase link: http://smarturl.it/FamousUnion

Marvin Baines coverTHE SURVIVAL OF MARVIN BAINES – an endearing story of what if
Amazon Purchase link: http://smarturl.it/MarvinBaines