Guest Post: Tim Mettey

Today’s #FeatureFriday author is Tim Mettey! I was lucky enough to read and review his first book, Secrets, shortly before it came out. The main character, Nicolas, showed great courage and acceptance of what path life had in store for him, which made him very interesting to read about.

As the series progresses, Nicolas and Elle face incredible situations and learn a lot about not only their history, but themselves. They grow as the face challenges no “normal” teenager would have to face, and I can’t wait to see how the series ends.

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The first book in The Hero Chronicles series, Secrets, was published in 2014. I learned a lot while writing the book, but the most important thing I learned was patience. I worked on the story for years. At first I wanted to rush to get it into some format that I could share with others, but thanks to the encouragement I received from my friends, I took the necessary time to edit and get it ready for publishing.  And I am so glad I did.  I’ve continued refining my writing process through the other books in the series.  I have a great team of editors, graphic designer, and publicists who help me with the process as well.

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Guest Post: Mona Hanna

Welcome to #FeatureFriday! Today I have my friend Mona with me. I’ve been working with Mona for a few years now, and have really gotten to see her grow as a writer. I’m currently doing a reedit for the book she features below and have another of her WIPs to look at after. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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Guest Post: Marcus Damanda

For today’s #FeatureFriday, I have with me Marcus Damanda, author of The Salvation State. He’s bringing us a treat: a sneak peak at book two in the Salvation State series! Be warned, it’s unedited and subject to change, but here it is!

(You can find The Salvation State, as well as Marcus’s other books, here.)

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Guest Post: C.S. Poe

Hello friends! My name is C.S. Poe, and I will be your train conductor today.

That’s not true.

I’ve never been a train conductor. Although I have ridden many trains.

I was happy to write a guest post for Trish’s blog, then realized afterward I had no idea what to talk about. So let’s look at topic options.

SimmerI have a new short story being released February 24th with Dreamspinner Press, as part of their anthology, Simmer. Its theme is men and food and happily ever afters. My piece is “Kneading You,” and features a super cute librarian, an equally sexy, tattooed repairman, and lots of bread baking. (Not a euphemism.) So I could talk about cooking, but really, I don’t like cooking. I do it only under duress. For someone who talks about food so much in her writing, you’d think it was my favorite hobby. I love eating. The work prior to— not so much.

So instead I’m going to talk about music and movies in books.

Didn’t expect that, did you?

I really enjoy adding these little tidbits to my writing. The mention of a television show or a particular song can, when used correctly, set a tone to the story without the author detailing it through additional or unnecessary words. There are pieces of art that are widely known, that move us as an audience, where just the mention of it subconsciously changes the reader’s mood.

An example of this is from one of my all-time favorite series, The Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon. Now and then there are mentions of songs by Rufus Wainwright, (particularly in one of the codas), which for those familiar with his music, you know what I mean. How his voice and melodies set the somber tone that matches Adrien’s mindset. I get shivers thinking about it! Heidi Cullinan is another excellent example of an author who knows how to use media in writing. Carry The Ocean focuses heavily on the film, The Blues Brothers, and that sense of hope and humor from the movie is deeply engrained in the novel.

In “Kneading You,” I mention a film and make reference to a particular scene, but it’s such a widely known moment in cinema that many readers will undoubtedly understand both the sexy suggestion, as well as how it can be found funny. Ghost, I admit, is one of my favorite movies. The love story is very powerful and beautiful, but it isn’t without its moments of hilarity. It was the perfect film to reference in “Kneading You,” because like I said, while there isn’t any pottery being done, there is quite a bit of dough kneading. If you can’t wait until release on the 24th, I will be sharing an exclusive excerpt to my newsletter followers! You can sign up for that here: https://tinyletter.com/cspoe

So what about you? Are there any books that mention songs or movies that changed the mood for you? Please share them with me!

Thank you for stopping by! Please feel free to friend me on social media. I love talking about cats, coffee, books, and meeting new people. I hope you’ll stick around as my releases roll out this year. May you always find love in the end!

C.S. Poe

Bio:

C.S. Poe is an author of gay mystery and romance. She lives in New York City, but has called a host of different locations home in the past, most recently being Ibaraki, Japan. She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats, in no particular order. C.S. Poe can be followed on her website, www.cspoe.com, for more information.

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New Release: The Salvation State

salvationstate“This is what the truth is. Second Salvations murdered my parents, and I’m running away.” 

It’s here! The latest from Marcus Damanda is a dystopian take on the world, bringing Rebecca and Daniel together for a journey that will change their lives forever.

With beautiful cover art by the talented Jay Aheer, and and ~Editor’s Pick~ from yours truly, and great characters, The Salvation State has it all. It’s the beginning of the end, and you’ll want to stay up to find out what happens next!

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A single post over unregulated Internet channels. A sleeping society awakens to a chase, broadcast live on television screens all across the New United States of America…

Rebecca and Daniel have never met. A fifteen-year-old preacher’s kid and a sixteen-year-old atheist outcast, they appear to have little in common. And yet they have both attracted the attention of a recruiter for Angel Island, where bad kids go to be remade—or destroyed.

Agents of the all-powerful New America Unity Church will stop at nothing to get them. They’re building an army, a modern children’s crusade, in which Rebecca and Daniel may be just the kind of future leaders they need.

If not, they might be just the kind of sacrifice necessary to keep the rest of the faithless in line.

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