Next in my series of 5 questions with Ninestar Press authors, it’s L.A.Ashton! Who is the star of your book? Oskar--a thousand year old Viking vampire and Aranck--a thousand year old Native American vampire. What is your story about? Oskar and Aranck were the best of friends while human. After a millennia of assuming the other dead, they find each other once again. When is it set? Modern day! Where is it set? Corn Country (read: Iowa and the Midwest) Why this story? Because I've loved vampires since I was young, and because queer folks deserve all the fun, tropey stories the cishets get! Blurb: "In the scheme of Oskar's long life, they'd spent such little time together. And yet he was left feeling that the time they'd spent together had been the most full, the most important, and the most impossible to replicate. Perhaps it was because the end of their time had been punctuated by Oskar's death-- having Aranck was the same as having a heartbeat." * * * After one thousand years of listless eternity, Oskar is used to his particular brand of loneliness. But a long walk through middle America and a few chance encounters will lead him straight to a man he'd known to be long since dead—his childhood best friend, Aranck. Together the two vampires remember what it felt like to live, all the while navigating a conflict with the local pack of werewolves. A lot has changed in a thousand years, and only time will tell if those changes will bring Oskar and Aranck closer together, or ensure they remain apart. ABOUT THE AUTHOR L.A. Ashton is an LGBT+ author writing LGBT+ fiction. They enjoy rock music, traveling, and anything else that adds color to their daydreams. They believe in the healing properties of art and of having a cat firmly stationed on one’s lap. Their official site can be found at www.LAAshton.com ________________________________________________________________ Thanks for joining in and I wish all the best with ECHOES! -Glenn
Next in my series of 5 questions with Ninestar Press authors, it’s R.R. Campbell! Who is the star of your book? Imminent Dawn follows four perspective characters--an art-school dropout, a ruthless tech magnate, a relentless investigative journalist, and a naive, advancement-hungry administrative assistant. Though there are four characters readers follow throughout the book, I see Chandra, the art-school dropout, as the story's true protagonist. What is your story about? The story takes place during the first round of human trials for an internet-access brain implant. Chandra, our protagonist, initially enrolls in the study with the goal of securing an implant for her wife. An accident for which Chandra feels responsible has left her wife in a coma, and Chandra hopes the two of them can one day communicate through the brain implant should her wife never stir naturally. The ruthless tech magnate, Wyatt Halman, struggles to keep the research study on track amid a number of grievous threats to it both from within the compound and without. Our investigative journalist, Meredith Maxwell, is intent on securing the tech story of a lifetime from within the secretive research compound, but when her sleuthing runs afoul of the government's designs, she is forced to choose between doggedly pursuing the truth and her own life. And, lastly, our administrative assistant Ariel Commons compromises her own future and possibly that of the study by putting her trust in all the wrong places. When is it set? The story takes place on an alternate timeline in a not-so-distant future. I had a lot of fun playing with things like brand names--making some eerily similar to those in our own world while leaving others unchanged--and references to historical events are meant to leave readers feeling trapped between both our world and that of the book. Where is it set? The book takes place primarily on the Human/Etech EMPATHY research compound in Liberty, Texas, the heart of the North American Union. Why this story? As the line between humankind and our beloved technology becomes increasingly blurred, I thought it important to explore what the consequences of that might be during the final hour prior to the widespread fusion of the technological and the biological. Imminent Dawn is the first in a five-book series, so we'll have plenty of time to see how it plays out in this universe. Links: NineStar Press | Goodreads | EMPATHYseries.com | rrcampbellwrites.com | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | NineStar Press | Kobo | Smashwords | Goodreads Blurb: Art-school dropout Chandra would do anything to apologize for her role in her wife’s coma—including enroll in the first round of human trials for an internet-access brain implant. At first, the secretive research compound is paradise, the perfect place to distract Chandra from her grief. But as she soon learns, the facility is more prison than resort, with its doctors, support staff, and her fellow patients all bent on hatching plots of their own, no matter how invested they might seem in helping her communicate with her wife. Making matters worse, a dark wave of uncertainty crashes down on the compound, forcing Chandra to become an unlikely but pivotal player in conspiracies stretching from the highest levels of the North American Union government to the lowest dredges of its shadowy hacking collectives. To save herself and her wife, Chandra and her newfound friends from the study will have to overcome the scheming of a ruthless tech magnate, the naïveté of an advancement-hungry administrative assistant, and the relentless pursuits of an investigative journalist, all of whom are determined to outpace the others in their own quests to resurrect lost love, cover their tracks, and uncover the truth. A twistedly delightful clockwork of intrigue and suspense, EMPATHY: Imminent Dawn is an electrifying sci-fi debut from author r. r. campbell. ABOUT THE AUTHOR R.R. Campbell is an author, editor, and the host of the Writescast Network, a podcast collective for writers, by writers. His debut novel, Accounting for It All (November 2018, NineStar Press), is a work of contemporary fiction that, to date, has been received with overwhelmingly positive reviews. He has also been published in Five:2:One Magazine's #thesideshow, and with Erotic Review and National Journal Writing Month. Imminent Dawn (January 2019, NineStar Press) is the first installment in the epic EMPATHY sci-fi saga. ________________________________________________________________ Sounds great! Thanks for joining in and all the best with your new novel! -Glenn
My new novel, THE LION LIES WAITING, is available now from most major retailers! Print ISBN: 978-1-949909-71-5 (Order from your local bookshop using this number) eBook ISBN: 978-1-949909-68-5 Amazon UK (paperback) Amazon UK (eBook) Amazon US (paperback) Amazon US (eBook) iTunes Smashwords.com Ninestar Press (ebook only) Barnes & Noble Kobo Goodreads link Blurb: Winter, 1780, and the solstice is fast approaching. Four months after the events of The Moth and Moon, burly fisherman Robin Shipp is preparing for his first Midwinter festival with his lover, the handsome baker Edwin Farriner. But when a letter arrives begging for help, they must travel with their friend, Duncan, to Port Knot on sinister Blackrabbit Island for a final confrontation with Edwin’s mother. Also visiting the island are Lady Eva and her wife Iris, with a stunning proposition that could change Robin and Edwin’s lives forever. The snow-covered harbour town of Port Knot is a dangerous place. While there, Robin, Edwin, and Duncan explore the menacing rooftop settlement known as the Roost, mingle with high society in the magnificent splendour of Chase Manor, and uncover a violent conspiracy threatening the island’s entire way of life. Old rivalries will flare, shocking secrets will be revealed, and as Duncan’s scandalous past finally catches up with him, will it ultimately destroy them all? The men will be tested to their limits as they discover that on Blackrabbit Island, the lion lies waiting.
Next in my series of 5 questions with Ninestar Press authors, it’s Riina Y.T.! Who is the star of your book? Ky O'Sullivan, lead singer of pop rock band Moving Insignia and his best friend and guitarist Azariah Bell. What is your story about? Paradise Lodge is about two young men who find themselves falling in love and learn how to navigate their overwhelming emotions. It's about love and friendship and the challenges of putting your faith, hopes and dreams in that one person who has shown you the joys of life. When is it set? The week between Christmas and New Years Eve. Where is it set? For their annual writing retreat, the band rented a secluded mountain lodge deep in the heart of Southern Oregon's Wild & Scenic Rogue River wilderness. Why this story? I have a special fondness for musicians and best friends discovering their feelings for each other. Add to that the additional excitement of being stuck together at a remote mountain cabin... well, doesn't that just make your heart beat faster? Blurb: Azariah Bell is a nervous wreck. He isn’t prepared to spend the final week of the year with his best friend, Ky O’Sullivan, lead vocalist for their pop rock band, Moving Insignia—especially after the fight he caused before they parted ways two weeks ago. Afraid of not being taken seriously by Ky, Azariah was concerned about what confessing his feelings would do to their friendship, or the band. He tried to keep his emotions in check, but instead, he exploded in anger over some petty issue, and now he’s potentially lost Ky forever. Ky is looking forward to the band’s annual writing retreat for a week of songwriting and recording at a secluded mountain resort. Spending Christmas with his family gave Ky time to reflect on how he’d handled Azariah’s epic meltdown. It wasn’t good, and Ky is determined to uncover the true nature of Azariah’s unusual behavior. They didn’t keep secrets from each other, or so he believed. Expecting to see the rest of the band when they arrive by helicopter, Ky and Azariah are shocked to learn they are alone at a deserted lodge. When they discover they’ve been set up by their bandmates so they can “sort it out,” their choices are few. But it’s critical for them to resolve their problems if they have any hope of enjoying the new year together, let alone make that new album happen. Buy PARADISE LODGE on Ninestar Press ABOUT THE AUTHOR Riina currently resides in Germany. She spent countless exciting days in the UK and US and lost her heart in Tokyo. She would be thrilled if one day her stories could brighten someone’s day in the way those beautiful romances always lighten up her dull everyday life. Riina is looking forward to sharing many more stories with the world. When she doesn’t daydream about boys in love, and isn’t glued to her Kindle, Riina loves to travel the world and explore the unknown. Visit Riina’s website here.
Next in my series of 5 questions with Ninestar Press authors, it's Chris Bedell! Who is the star of your book? 17-year-old Maximillian is the star of IN THE NAME OF MAGIC. What is your story about? IN THE NAME OF MAGIC is about fascism in a Contemporary Earth-like fantasy/fairytale setting--Nonmagical people are being persecuted, and Maximillian must save his nonmagical best friend, Katherine, after her parents are murdered by Queen Vivian's regime. Meanwhile, Maximillian is also pursuing a burgeoning relationship with Vivian's estranged, younger brother, Prince Stefan. When is it set? It's set in a time period that is modeled after the 1930's--so there's cars, electricity, indoor plumbing, etc. but no internet. Where is it set? It's set in the country of Magnifico which is modeled after Nazi Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Stalin's USSR and Fransisco Franco's Spain. Why this story? I always wanted to write a YA Dystopian novel, but could never find the right story to tell. Blurb: Nonmagical people are being demonized and falsely blamed for Magnifico’s economic problems after Queen Vivian’s bloody rise to power. But politics very quickly becomes more than abstract views to argue when secret police wolves are deployed throughout the country to kill those born without magical abilities. Seventeen-year-old Maximillian’s best friend Katherine is one such nonmagical person. In a bid to keep her safe, Maximillian turns to the queen’s estranged younger brother, a man thought to be dead until recently. Prince Stefan is nineteen years old and has been in hiding from his family for years. He has no desire to resurface in the political world, but Maximillian must convince him that the country needs him before it is too late. Buy IN THE NAME OF MAGIC on Amazon or directly from Ninestar Press About the author: My previous publishing credits include Thought Catalog, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Pidgeonholes Magazine, Abbreviate Journal, Short-Story.me, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Chicago Literati, The Vignette Review, Teleport Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Inklette Magazine, Sprout Magazine, and The Drunken Odyssey. I’m also a contributing blog writer to Moledro Magazine and YAtopia. I graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May of 2016. Thanks for joining in, Chris!
Welcome to the next in my series of Ninestar Press authors answering five questions about their work. This time it's Sara Codair! Who is the star of your book? Erin Evanstar (they/them/their) loves Star Wars and thinks they’re a monster. Life would be so much easier if they didn’t get every possible negative side effect when they took antidepressants and stimulants. What is your story about? Coping with mental illness, being lied to, learning to forgive, fighting demons, and saving the world. When is it set? Present day. Where is it set? In and around Portland, Maine. Some of the streets and landmarks are more or less based off of real places, like Portland Head Light; others, like St. Patrick’s, are completely made up. Why this story? This is the story I needed to read when I was teenager. These are characters that lived in my head for years before I started writing and refused to leave when I thought I’d given up on their story. Blurb: Erin has just realized that for the entirety of their life, their family has lied to them. Their Sight has been masked for years, so Erin thought the Pixies and Mermaids were hallucinations. Not only are the supernatural creatures they see daily real, but their grandmother is an Elf, meaning Erin isn’t fully human. On top of that, the dreams Erin thought were nightmares are actually prophecies. While dealing with the anger they have over all of the lies, they are getting used to their new boyfriend, their boyfriend’s bullying ex, and the fact that they come from a family of Demon Hunters. As Erin struggles through everything weighing on them, they uncover a Demon plot to take over the world. Erin just wants some time to work through it all on their own terms, but that’s going to have to wait until after they help save the world. Buy POWER SURGE on Amazon or direct from Ninestar Press About the author: Sara Codair lives in a world of words, writing fiction in every free moment, teaching writing at a community college and binge-reading fantasy novels. When not lost in words, Sara can often be found hiking, swimming, or gardening. Find Sara’s words in Alternative Truths, Helios Quarterly, and Secrets of the Goat People, at https://saracodair.com/ Thanks for joining in, Sara!
Next in my series of five questions with Ninestar Press authors, it's Casey Wolfe! Who is the star of your book? A Mage's Power stars master mage, Rowan, and his love interest, Shaw, who works for the Inquisition. What is your story about? The magical races (known as magicae) are disappearing, and many suspect the Inquisition are behind it. Shaw is trying to figure out what's going on. Rowan's just trying to pass his next masters exam while staying out of the path of a dark mage. And the both of them are wondering if any sort of relationship between them could truly work. When is it set? It's contemporary, set in modern day with all it's conveniences, however... Where is it set? The trilogy is set in the world of Eiocha (named after the Celtic creation myth), though the first book takes place solely in the country of Osterian. Why this story? There was just something about these characters (all of them in the trilogy, not just Ro and Shaw) and the world that spoke to me. I've enjoyed spending time with them so much, getting to tell their stories, and make this whole, broad world come to life. It's challenging, no doubt, but years into this project I'm still fascinated by it all. Blurb: Built on the bones of an ancient city, modern-day Everstrand is where master mage, Rowan, has set up his enchantment shop. When not hanging out with his werewolf best friend, Caleb, or studying, he dabbles in herbology and the controversial practice of blood magic. A prodigy who has already earned two masters, Rowan’s bound and determined to reach the distinction of grandmaster, a mage who obtains a masters in all five Schools of Magic. Shaw works for the Inquisition, the organization charged with policing the magical races collectively known as magicae. Recently, it has come under scrutiny as magicae begin to disappear and reports of violence increase. With secrets of his own on the line, Shaw is willing to risk everything to find out just what is going on behind all the locked doors. When Rowan and Shaw are entangled in each other’s worlds, it becomes evident that their hearts are as much at risk as their lives. They must find the truth and stop a conspiracy before it’s too late. Buy Links: Ninestar Press: https://ninestarpress.com/product/a-mages-power/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FF9ZK5T/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0 About the author:
Author of gay romantic fiction, from contemporary to paranormal and everything in between. For Casey, existence equals writing. History nerd, film enthusiast, music lover, avid gamer, and just an all-around geek. Add in an unapologetic addiction to loose-leaf tea and you get the general picture. Married, with furry four-legged children, Casey lives happily in the middle of nowhere Ohio. Pronouns: They/Them Website: www.authorcaseywolfe.wordpress.comThanks for joining in, Casey!
Next in my series highlighting the work of Ninestar Press authors, it's Riina Y.T. with PARADISE LODGE Azariah Bell is a nervous wreck. He isn’t prepared to spend the final week of the year with his best friend, Ky O’Sullivan, lead vocalist for their pop rock band, Moving Insignia—especially after the fight he caused before they parted ways two weeks ago. Afraid of not being taken seriously by Ky, Azariah was concerned about what confessing his feelings would do to their friendship, or the band. He tried to keep his emotions in check, but instead, he exploded in anger over some petty issue, and now he’s potentially lost Ky forever. Ky is looking forward to the band’s annual writing retreat for a week of songwriting and recording at a secluded mountain resort. Spending Christmas with his family gave Ky time to reflect on how he’d handled Azariah’s epic meltdown. It wasn’t good, and Ky is determined to uncover the true nature of Azariah’s unusual behavior. They didn’t keep secrets from each other, or so he believed. Expecting to see the rest of the band when they arrive by helicopter, Ky and Azariah are shocked to learn they are alone at a deserted lodge. When they discover they’ve been set up by their bandmates so they can “sort it out,” their choices are few. But it’s critical for them to resolve their problems if they have any hope of enjoying the new year together, let alone make that new album happen. Buy PARADISE LODGE direct from Ninestar Press here. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Riina currently resides in Germany. She spent countless exciting days in the UK and US and lost her heart in Tokyo. She would be thrilled if one day her stories could brighten someone’s day in the way those beautiful romances always lighten up her dull everyday life. Riina is looking forward to sharing many more stories with the world. When she doesn’t daydream about boys in love, and isn’t glued to her Kindle, Riina loves to travel the world and explore the unknown. Visit Riina's website here.