Announcing the Leeds 2016 Authors #LeedsAuthorEvent2016 @JoRaHourglass

Straight from the event coordinator, here is the lineup for the author signing in Leeds March 2016. I'm proud to say I'll be one of the attending authors and this will be my first ever trip out of the country. So. Very. Excited. 
Check out the amazing lineup they've collected. 


We are proud and excited to announce the Leeds 2016 Authors


AJ Walters
Alexandra North
Amelia Hunter
Andie M Long
Apryl Baker
Ava Manello
Beth Ashworth
Brooke Harris
Cameron Lincoln
Carrie Elks
Carys Jones
Charming Man / A S Wilkins
C.J. Fallowfield
E. J. Shortall
Francesca Marlow
Georgina Hannan
G.G. Carver
Glenda Horsfall
Grace Harper
J.D. Chase
J.L. McCoy
Jenny Siegel
K L Shandwick
Katie Salidas
Kitty French
Krissy V
L. Chapman
Laura Barnard
Laura Morgan
Lavinia Urban
Lianne Cotton
Lisa Fulham
Lisa Helen Grey
Lisa J Hobman
Lisa S Robinson
Mary E Palmerin
Melody Winter
Muriel Garcia
Natasha Preston
Neil Winnington
Nicola Hudson
Paula Radell
Raine Miller
Rebecca Sherwin
S.J. Molloy
S.J. Warner
Samantha Fontien
Samantha Towle
Sarah Elizabeth
Sarah Michelle Lynch
Scarlett Flame
Shani Struthers
Sibylla Matilde
Susan Elle
T.A. McKay
Tracie Podger
Victoria L. James
Zara Cox


 

a few more to be added……..

 
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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leeds-Author-Event-2016/640824189355594

~ This Public group is for the authors and fans coming to the Leeds book signing event.
Here you can chat, swap ideas and get to know each other before the event making it all more fun and a closer feel. Feel free to post any promo that will help the Leeds event.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1541707772746487/

~ This Closed group is just for the ATTENDING Leeds authors only.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/826868420713950/

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Cover reveal - Prep For Doom



Prep For Doom

From the imaginations of twenty authors of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction comes PREP FOR DOOM - an integrated collection of short stories that tell the tale of a single catastrophe as experienced by many characters, few of whom will ever meet.

What begins with a seemingly innocuous traffic accident soon spirals into a global pandemic. The release of Airborne Viral Hemorrhagic Fever upon New York City’s unsuspecting populace brings bloody suffering within hours, death within a day, and spreads worldwide within a month.

An online community called Prep For Doom has risen to the top of a recent doomsday preparation movement. Some have written them off as crazy while others couldn’t be more serious about the safety the preppers could provide in a global disaster. But when AVHF strikes, their preparation may not be enough to save them.



About Band of Dystopian

Band of Dystopian is a Facebook group, blog, and company dedicated to Dystopian, Apocalyptic, and Post-Apocalyptic books. Our mission is to help fans of dystopian fiction find books they will love and help authors of the genre get the word out about their work. We are branching into the publishing world with our first anthology, Prep For Doom.

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Authors
LAURA ALBINS
ER ARROYO
AMY BARTELLONI
BREA BEHN
CASEY L. BOND
TK CARTER
KATE CORCINO
HARLOW C. FALLON
KELSEY D. GARMENDIA
CAROLINE A. GILL
DELSHEREE GLADDEN
JOHN GREGORY HANCOCK
CASEY HAYS
KATE L. MARY
JON MESSENGER
MONICA ENDERLE PIERCE
CAMEO RENAE
HILARY THOMPSON
YVONNE VENTRESCA
MEGAN WHITE

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An Interview with Meglena Ivanova



K.S.  Hello and welcome to the blog. I am very excited to have you here. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself. 
M.I. Hi everyone. It is a pleasure to be here today. Originally I am from Bulgaria, amazing small country in Europe, but now I live and write in one the greatest cities on the planet NYC. I share my home with my husband, Stanislav, our cat Lulu, and our lizard Bieber, very cute bearded dragon.

K.S.  Any interesting writing quirks or stories you would like to share with my readers?
M.I.  I cannot read with the television going. I have to go in another room that is quiet. I can even manage to read while someone is playing a video game. It is only with the television on that I cannot completely immerse myself in what I am reading.
I also listen to music while I read so some songs sort of become anthems for some books. Usually they don't make any sense but if I hear the song I want to read the book or if I read the book I want to hear the song.

K.S.  When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?
M.I. I write because it is how I express myself. Ever since I was little, I had these crazy ideas rolling around in my head. I could never get rid of them until I wrote them on paper. Sharing my worlds with others is more satisfying than I thought it would be.
When I began writing in 1998, I had no idea where I was headed. Since then, I’ve published many short stories, essays and a few articles. My biggest accomplishment is my first book, called The Legend of The Moonstone: Sacred Stones Collection, which I had the pleasure to publish as Independent Author, 2013.
What sparked the desire to pen my first novel, this is one of my favorite questions. Well, years ago in Silistra, Bulgaria, I was given a moonstone by a friend who told me it was the stone of tenderness, an amulet of protection for travelers, a gift of lovers for passion, a channel for prophecy and a path to wisdom. I was so thrilled by that gift so I decided to do some research and then to write a story, not with any intention of publishing but to create the kind of story I wanted to read but couldn’t find. It became addictive and I enjoyed it more than reading; a bit of a god complex, I guess. That how I started to write The Legend of The Moonstone: Sacred Stones Collection. I’m currently writing on the second book in the trilogy – The Bloodstone.

K.S.  What genre do you write?
M.I. Sci-Fi & fantasy has always been my most favorite genre. My first novel in the genre, The Legend of The Moonstone: Sacred Stones Collection is a modern fairytale where different dimensions merge and beings from different worlds interact. It’s a story for children in heart of all ages.

K.S.  What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career? Or, who is your favorite author and why?
M.I. My favorite authors include David and Leigh Eddings, Anne Rice, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Lynn Flewelling, Paulo Coelho, Dan Brown, C. S. Lewis, L. J. Smith, J. K. Rowling, Stephanie Mayer, Nick Cassavetes and more.
They inspire me on a fan-based level, whether it's from what they've directly said to me, what they've posted on their websites, or just their own life stories of how they became who they are today. Their works fires up my imagination and allow my mind to wander in a different ways.

K.S.  What does your family think of your writing?
M.I. I’ve been incredibly blessed with friends and family who support my dream. They tell me all the time it’s what I was born to do, and they actually ask to read what I’ve written lately.

K.S.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book/s?
M.I. As a writer, the most amazing thing that I have learned, and continue to learn every time I write or read, is that the mind of a writer is more amazing than the entire night sky full of stars.

During writing my first book, I've learned quite a bit, and find I'm still learning. To be honest, I think that we only learn to write the novel we're working on for the simple reason the story, and each book, changes as the characters grow and develop. Of course, if we switch genres, the new book will be completely different. We have to learn how to handle our material with each work!  

K.S.  What inspires you?
M.I. For me, there are so many things that inspire me. Different photos, songs, sceneries, quotes, and life-experiences make me just want to write and write. There are a lot of people that inspire me too though. My friends, family, and my school English teacher, are always inspiring me to continue my writing on a personal level.
There is a deep, deep, soul satisfaction that I get when I know that I've gotten the words to express my thoughts and feeling 'just right.' I find it fascinating and delightful when readers interpret them in ways other than what I imagined.


K.S.  Can you tell us a little about any of your novels?
M.I. THE LEGEND OF THE MOONSTONE is a vibrant fiction-adventure, is telling the story of a powerful stone, which is part of the ancient Sacred Stone, called the Moonstone. Professor Stransky is adventurer and dreamer who set off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue the Moonstone and defend our planet. In this adventure he and his crew of two very special and extraordinary students are about to fight for their own lives and for the lives of all of humanity against the Upper Souls (evil and destructive creatures, who wanted to become immortal and conquer the universe).




K.S.  Where can we buy your novel?
M.I. You can find my book at Amazon. It’s a Kindle edition and it cost only $3.99.



K.S.  Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?
M.I. Yes I have Website and Blog.
At my Website you will find more about my book, short stories and me.

At my Blog you will find tips for authors, articles on various subjects, author interviews, book reviews and lots more! I would be very grateful for anyone who stop by and say Hallo! I am also welcoming any author or blogger who wants to participate in interview or blog post. Together we can help to spread the news about our books and our worldviews.

K.S.  Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers?
M.I. On the aspect of writing, my advice is simple: ‘Follow your instinct’. We shouldn’t be thinking what others would say when they read our book. We should write for ourselves. This is where passion and truth lie and without them, the text can never come alive and become emotions that will sweep readers off their feet.

On the aspect of promotion, first of all, I advise authors to do a thorough research – there is an abundance of resources out there – know your tools! Also, approach other authors with courtesy and be helpful. Don’t seek to be helped before you become useful yourself. People respond to kindness and thoughtfulness. Concentrate on Twitter and Facebook for your promotions, especially the first! Last, blog at least 3 times a week. In my own experience, people respond mostly to useful tips and personal accounts/feelings from the author’s personal life.



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But then, no-one ever called Fallon a good girl. 

As a human unofficially mated to an Alpha werewolf, Fallon is being pressured to “become”... or be gone. 

Her mate Aiden, the interim leader of the Olde Town Pack, is in a position that demands he either choose a wolf mate or leave the pack forever. No matter how hot the sex with Fallon is, he can’t ignore centuries of tradition. 

Become a wolf or not: If only the choice were that simple! Fallon’s options are further clouded by the overt presence of other females desperate to be the Alpha’s mate. And when these bitches get serious, it’s not just claws that come out. If Fallon wants to keep her man and take the title, she’ll have to exert a little dominance of her own.




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An #Interview with, Georgina Hannan



K.S.  Hello and welcome to the blog. I am very excited to have you here. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself. 

G.H. Hey Katie! I am so pleased to be here so thank you for having me. A little introduction to me… I am from England, I’m an IT Professional as well as a writer. I have a cat who is fluffy and feisty but I love her. I love writing so much and would be lost without it!

K.S.  Any interesting writing quirks or stories you would like to share with my readers?

G.H. Ooooh I’m not sure I have any! That makes me sound so boring! haha

K.S.  When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?

G.H. I think it was when we were asked in school to write a short story as an assignment. I really enjoyed the activity and my story got fantastic marks. From then on I had these story ideas and I just got writing. Wrote my first one when I was 14, took a break after that to focus on school and college then picked it up again.

K.S.  What genre do you write?

G.H. Mostly, Young Adult, Paranormal but also Romance and even trying my hand at Romantic Comedy!

K.S.  What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career? Or, who is your favorite author and why?

G.H. Probably Lauren Kate and her Fallen series or Karen Mahoney and her Iron Witch series. I loved these books so much I’d love to create a story/series that pulls people in that much and makes them think.

K.S.  What does your family think of your writing?

G.H. At first they didn’t think I could do it. I’ve never been very good at English until I started writing and editing! Now they think it’s fantastic and are really proud and supportive of me.

K.S.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book/s?

G.H. That I didn’t have to plan every little detail. I can do a light touch plan and the story will just flow from me as I type!

K.S.  What inspires you?

G.H. Wow a big question! Everything does but mostly it’s music! I have come up with a lot of my ides from either people I know or songs I’ve listened to.


K.S.  Can you tell us a little about any of your novels?

G.H. Of course! I have 4 novels out. 3 are part of my Cursed Trilogy and the 4th is a stand-alone new one. Below are the blurbs for all 4.




Cursed (Book 1 in Cursed Trilogy): Reality and Myths Collide.

A young adult story about a group of four friends who embark on a holiday together to the gorgeous countryside of Dartmoor, Devon. Each of them hoping for an adventure, something they will always remember. However it isn’t long before they get want they want.

The group are plagued by noises after hearing the myths and legends of the area. Is it just their overactive imaginations or is there a visitor in the spare room who is trying to get their attention?

Join the group on a spectacular journey as they discover what Dartmoor has to offer.




Obsession (Book 2 in Cursed Trilogy): There's a fine line between Obsession and Madness.

After a strange and exciting holiday, Daisy is looking forward to the new start University life will bring.

A life changing assignment makes her question the fine line between Obsession and Madness.

Can she tell the difference?

Can you?



Absolution (Book 3 in Cursed Trilogy): Daisy was pushed to the limits and finally agreed to end the curse surrounding her family.

However, her agreement sees her facing some of the hardest choices of her life and she stands to lose more than just her sanity.

Can she handle the choices?

Can she end the curse without ruining her life or that of a loved one?



Another Life: Lily’s only escape from her tortured reality is the dream world, and the guy, she’s made up.
After trying to take her own life and surviving therapy her life moves forward as she begins university.

However soon her reality and dream world begin to merge and her once grey world takes on the adventure and excitement she always wanted as she begins to learn she isn’t who she thought she was and that her dream guy is in fact real.

Follow Lily on her journey of love, truth and self-discovery as she faces problems that would test even the strongest person.

K.S.  Where can we buy your novel?

G.H. They are available on Amazon, Smashwords and a few more sites!

K.S.  Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?

G.H. I do, www.georginahannan.com – I am in the process of updating the site but that’s where you can find all information about me and my writing J
Also, my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AuthorGeorginaHannan , will hold all the latest information too!

K.S.  Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers?

G.H. Keep writing and believe in yourself. You can do anything if you just believe in yourself.


G.H. Thank you very much for having me & thank you to all for reading J