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Interview With Author Lew Bayer

Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

I am a corporate trainer and subject matter expert and so research and writing, creating lesson plans and giving written opinion in magazines etc is a big part of what I do every day. It just turned into books…I never really planned to write a book and now I am on book 16.

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What inspired you to write your book?

 I really believe in the topic. Civility is who/what I strive to be every day all day and I am passionate about the positive outcomes and so the writing comes easily to me.

What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

  The key message is that when we change how we look at things, the things we look at change…(I think that was Wayne Dyer original quote) – and so we need to change how we see people, how we value human interactions, how we treat ourselves and each other. Civility is its own reward.

What drew you into this particular genre?

 I have had very hard jobs in various sectors, retail, hospitality, communications etc and it was upsetting to me that everyone talked about how terribly we treat each other but no one was able to provide good solid structured strategies and techniques for doing better.

What was the process like when compiling research and organizing the information you wanted to include in your book?

 Honestly I feel compelled to write on this topic. It seems like articles and sources and ideas just land in my lap. I think the universe is guiding me- most often I don’t know what I will write or say when I sit down.

What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

 I would say linkedin. LinkedIn is full of professionals and people who like to think, they ask questions, and they are change ready. Being better humans is about being change ready.

What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

Just do it, don’t over think it. Let yourself enjoy the process. Don’t plan to publish. Don’t write for anyone but yourself in the beginning. Just pour your heart out onto the page. Come back and judge the content and decide what to do with it later.

What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

 just published Manufacturing Civility with Christian Masotti. We have another book, Lean on Civility coming out in end of Nov. And my 16 book, Civility Works is out Jan.

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About the Author

Lew believes that Civility is its own reward . She suggests that In choosing civility, people find their best self, and in doing so, they experience the grace, courage, generosity, humanity and the humility that civility engenders. For 17 years Lew Bayer has been internationally recognized as North America s leading expert on Civility at WorkTM with focus on social intelligence and culturally-competent communication. She is CEO of multinational civility training group Civility Experts Worldwide, President of the International Civility Trainers Consortium, Executive Director of The Center for Cultural Competence, and Founder of the In Good Company Etiquette Academy Franchise Group. With the release of her new book slated for late 2015, Lew will be a 9-time published author. She is on the board for the National Civility Center, a proud Mentor for The Etiquette House, a member of the Advisory Board for A Civil Tongue, a national magazine columnist, and a frequent expert commentary contributor to over 60 online, print, and television publications. Lew is a distance faculty member at Georgetown University Center for Cultural Competence, has trained for the American Management Center in New York and is a long-term facilitator at the Canadian Management Center in Toronto Canada. Lew is a Master trainer for the Canadian School of Service, and a certified Culture Coach who also holds credentials in Intercultural Communications, Essential Skills, and Occupational Language Assessment. Lew is a 6-time nominee for the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the year. She was previously awarded Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur in International Business and she was the first Canadian to receive the prestigious AICI International Civility Star Award.

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Interview with Author Natasha Deen

Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

Ha! There are a lot of things that led me to writing, but I started as a hobby while in university as a way to self-care (and you know, not run down the quad screaming and pulling on my hair). ^_^

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What inspired you to write your book?

Weirdly, In the Key of Nira Ghani began as another book, but I was struggling with it…and put it down…then tried again. But instead of trying to force the story, I took a breath and listened to what the story wanted instead of what I wanted, and Nira was created. It was a great lesson that (1) each book has its own growth rate and (2) sometimes writing is less about getting words on the page and more about listening to that quiet, creative voice.

What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

I hope they take what they’d like. When it comes to writing, I liken it to building a playground. I’m going to put in swings and a slide, and all the other good stuff. But how you play and where you go is up to you. I just want to give you a space to play. ☺

What drew you into this particular genre?

I’m lucky because I get to write in a lot of different genres. Nira’s story was contemporary fiction because that’s what the story and character arc required.

If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?

Ha! I love this question. By the time my book is complete, I’ve spent a lot of time with my characters and asked them all the questions I can. (Honestly, I think they’re happy when I’m done writing because they’ll finally get some peace and quiet!).

What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

Ohhh, great question—maybe Twitter? 

What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

Write. 

8) What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

I have a MG book coming out with Capstone Publishing in their Girls Survive line that I’m super excited about! Maria and the Plague of Florence is all about Maria, living in Italy and doing all she can to save herself and her family after the Black Plague invades Florence in 1347.

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About the Author

Natasha Deen’s family moved from Guyana, South America to Canada to escape the country’s political & racial violence. She loved growing up in a country of snow & flannel, but often felt out of place. Thank goodness for books that showed her being different could also mean being awesome. Natasha lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her family where she spends A LOT of time arguing with her cats and dogs about who’s the boss of the house. Visit her at www.natashadeen.com.

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Interview with Author Melinda Curtis

Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

I am an avid reader with a large TBR pile (my to-be-read pile is always ambitious). But there was a weekend where every book I started was a DNF (did not finish). I thought I could do better. Four years and lots of study later and my first book was published by Harlequin.

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What inspired you to write your book?

I am always looking to the lighter side of life and I have a firm belief that I can “talk” to the animals. That is, understand what it is their various sounds mean. I thought it’d be fun to write a book about someone who thinks they hear a dog talking.

What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

I write a lot of self-forgiveness books. We’ve all made mistakes in our past and need to be kinder to ourselves and others as we move forward.

What drew you into this particular genre?

I believe in stories with a happy ending. Romance always has a happy ending. If there’s love and no happy ending, that’s a tragedy and you won’t find me writing it. 😉

If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?

I would love to hear what Snowflake has to say about my Thanksgiving dinner. He’s a dog but he’s a picky eater.

What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

Facebook. I write a lot of small town romances and that seems to be where my readers are.

What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

Study the genre. Everyone has a unique storytelling voice but if you write genre fiction, you need to understand story structure. Structure allows your voice to shine while giving readers of the genre what they came for.

What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

I am continuing to write in a few of my longer series – The Mountain Monroes, The Kissing Test, Sunshine Valley – with releases in 2021. But I’m also shopping two new series – a new small town series and a cozy mystery series.

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About the Author

Prior to writing romance, award-winning, USA Today Bestseller Melinda Curtis was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat—otherwise known as the potty. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer. Between writing sweet romance and sweet romantic comedy, Melinda finds time to bond with her husband over home remodeling projects. She recently came to grips with the fact that she’s an empty nester and a grandma, concepts easier to grasp than jet-setting on a potty.

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Hourglass by Daniel James Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 

An artist and his recently murdered best friend find themselves thrown into a dangerous and chaotic world filled with ghosts, demons, magic and horror in author Daniel James’s novel, “Hourglass”. 

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The Synopsis

Clyde Williams just wanted to draw comic books. Life and death have other plans.

Brooklyn-born artist Clyde Williams has spent his life obsessing over comic books and chasing his big dream to one day break into the industry as a hot new artist. But chasing the dream isn’t easy. It’s tiring, dispiriting work.

And that was before the ghost of his recently murdered best friend and roommate, Kev Carpenter, showed up at their apartment. Shocked and confused, the pair have been trying to establish some sense of their old status quo, of normality, but normality left town and isn’t coming back.

Instead, they get a knock at their front door. Rose Hadfield, agent of Hourglass, has some understanding of what it’s like to commune with the dead, living with the ghosts of her former military unit, and offers them the choice to educate themselves and train their abilities, or remain under Hourglass’ scrutiny in the name of public safety.

Clyde’s long-held distrust of all things military and federal, has him prepared to decline Rose’s offer. Kev, however, has other ideas. Being restless and detached from the world, he sees this as his only real option. A purpose. Wracked with sympathy for his best friend’s plight, Clyde accepts Rose’s offer on one condition: upon completion of his training, he will remain a civilian. A fair compromise.

Unbeknownst to Clyde and Kev, their acceptance of Rose’s offer has catapulted them on a collision course with an ex-KGB officer turned necromantic monk, and the ancient, wealthy, and morally dubious Cairnwood Society. Clyde and Kev will soon learn that death is only the beginning.

The Review

A fun, action-fueled horror adventure like no other, author Daniel James introduces readers to thrilling new mythology and world. The author does a great job balancing character development and relationships with the intense supernatural/government action-thriller themes the novel produced. 

The bond between protagonists Clyde and Kev was the major backbone of this novel, having given readers two characters to follow into the fray with two very different perspectives or circumstances. The action was equally as entertaining as the more intimate and personal moments between the characters and the government agents they found themselves paired up with. Clyde’s transformation throughout the story was particularly interesting, as the man who dreamt of being a comic book artist found himself asking whether he had what it took to become a hero himself.

The Verdict

Fun, engaging, and out of this world entertaining, author Daniel James’s “Hourglass” is a must-read horror adventure. If Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Stargate SG-1 were to meet, it would become Hourglass. With a powerful and twist ending that leaves open the possibility for more books in a series, one can only hope readers will one day delve into the action-fueled world of Clyde and Kev once more. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

Daniel James is the recipient of a Kirkus Reviews (starred review) for his action-packed urban fantasy novel, Hourglass, and the Literary Titan Gold Book award for his vengeance-fueled crime novel, Pigs.

An author of horror, fantasy, and fast-paced thrillers, he first began writing as a hobby to distract himself from the mundanity of completing his dissertation at Liverpool Hope University. When not writing, he loves reading genre fiction novels and comic books, watching movies, and listening to music (he also used to play bass in a few local rock bands).

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Interview with Author Linda Thackery

Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

I’ve wanted to write for as long as I can remember. I think I penned my first story when I was ten, perhaps eleven and never stopped. I was inspired by Star Wars and developed a love of science-fiction, fantasy genres ever since.

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What inspired you to write your book?

In the case of The Hanging, I wanted to try a completely different genre and historical fiction or westerns seemed to be something challenging. I wanted to test myself.

What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

Well I hope they are entertained, that the characters grab them and they’re interested in seeing what else in store for these folks down the line.

What drew you into this particular genre?

It is a genre that’s very different from the science fiction and fantasy I write, but then again, also very similar because there is a lot of world building involved and adventure is a main staple of the genre like sci-fic and fantasy. After all, so many of our great science fiction shows started out with elements present in western films.

If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?

I would probably sit down and ask what it is like for Holly Davis to be independent woman in the 1880s, trying to make her way in a man’s world, while staying through to herself.

What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

I’m finding Facebook is the best so far, but I’m not used to the marketing aspects so for now it seems to be the platform that gives me access to reach my audience directly.

What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

Write for yourself and no one else. Even if you never became rich and famous, or become a best-selling novelist, doing what you love will still make you soar.

What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

I have just finished a new fantasy novel called the Patient, it’s currently sitting with an editor. I’m working on the third installment of my Mimosa western series, and then I’ll be completing a science-fiction novel that’s been sitting dormant for too long, and writing a sequel to a book I co-authored with a friend called Savage World.

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About the Author

Born in a village in Malaysia and delivered by underpaid midwife, and Ann, an irritable new mother (who wouldn’t be after 48 hours in labour?), X was named by a deranged grandmother with too much creativity for her own good. Once out of her pain-induced stupor, Ann decided to give her new daughter a proper middle name to avoid the risk of being put into a home later in life.

And so, she was called Linda.

Linda was an unremarkable child, save a few notable incidents, the discovery that a pot lid is not a substitute for Wonder Woman’s tiara (five stitches), four-year old don’t need to shave (no stitches but lots of toilet paper) and utility truck drivers are not necessarily qualified operators of their vehicles (seventy stitches).

At eight, Linda received religious enlightenment when she saw Star Wars at the Odeon Theatre and hence began her writing career.

For many years, the cages of various pets in the Thackeray household were littered with pages from Linda’s scribblings. Subjects usually ranged from whatever science fiction show was on television or at the movies. There was lots of Star Wars.

At 17, Linda moved to Sydney, Australia and was disappointed it was not occupied by Paul Hogan types with big knives and croc skin jackets but pot-bellied blokes with zinc cream and terry towel hats. Linda’s father (also known as that bloke who buys me stuff to piss mum off when she’s mad at him) settled in the town of Young, a community of 6000 people with no movie theatre.

Linda survived this period in the wilderness by raising kangaroos and writing original works but eventually got saddled down with the necessities of life and though she continued to write, work came first. Work, HBO, comic books and rent. It’s a kaleidoscope.

Even the kangaroos left out of boredom.

In 2014, Linda decided to start writing seriously again. Mostly because Australia’s strict gun laws make it very difficult to ‘go postal’ in the workplace. Moving to Woy Woy, which is Aboriginal for ‘Big Water’, she’s dipped her toes into the Indie pool and found she needs a pedicure. Her books are labours of love and championed by her friends on Facebook.

Eventually Creativia Publishers, appalled by Linda’s inability to conduct any marketing, offered to publish her books out of sheer exasperation.

Supported by two cats named Newt and Humphrey, she spends her days trying to write novels while having unclean thoughts about Michael Fassbender and Jason Statham, sometimes together.

Author Page: https://www.lthackeray.com/

Amazon Central Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Thackeray/e/B00NE63G76/


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Interview with Author James Rourke

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

I just finished my 25th (and easily my most unusual) year as a teacher. I teach history, psychology, and philosophy. These disciplines definitely influence my writing, as does the act of being a teacher! I believe the best way for a student to learn and appreciate history is to engage, what I call, their historic imaginations. There is a lot of creative energy generated in my class and I know that rekindled my desire to write…a desire I was first aware of in the third grade.

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2) What inspired you to write your book?

As you know, Anthony, that question is always a bit harder to answer than people think. There’s a full pie chart of inspirations for this story. When I teach history I always view it as a grand narrative of big and small stories that revolve around suffering, struggling, and – hopefully – overcoming. In psychology, which I also teach, we see a grand array of suffering, struggling, and overcoming. When writing this story I clearly wanted to continue that classroom motif. I believe that comes through clearly to readers. You stated in your review of Out of the Basement that one of the book’s strengths is the ability to highlight “…the inner demons so many people must face and yet hide behind a carefully orchestrated mask to hide the pain,…” To me, that is a key to the book…you don’t have to personally know the protagonist’s pain to connect to the idea of suffering and struggle. There is an exploration of a core concept of our shared humanity at play in the story, an aspect of the human condition that any reader can connect with.

3) What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

The back cover of the book has the phrase “Find Hope in the Darkness.” That is definitely one theme at work in the book, the idea that even at the worst of times hope exists. It may be obscured or seem unavailable, but it is there if we can look past our pain and find it. That’s definitely one of the many themes embedded in the pages of Out of the Basement.

4) What drew you into this particular genre?

I teach psychology and a class called P3: Philosophy, Psychology, and Pop-Culture. The P3 class evaluates and utilizes movies, music, and television shows to illuminate psychological and philosophical theories. My interest in those topics in my classroom strengthened my interest in those types of stories. 

5) If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?

Ha! That’s a great question. I think I would like to walk a few laps around the park with Father Sylvan. That character has a deep well of insight, compassion, and patience. I think I could learn a thing or two from him!

6) What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

Thus far, Facebook. I’m new to the social media marketing game so that’s where I started.

7) What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

Write and be open to suggestions from thoughtful readers. You don’t have to take every suggestion to heart, but listening to people’s reaction to your manuscript can be very helpful. We all have blind spots when we write so extra eyes can be helpful. A group of creative people sharing ideas and their work can also help you maintain a writing schedule. 

Speaking of writing schedules, don’t try to adopt someone else’s or feel guilty if you don’t write every day as some stress you must. I am a full time teacher, I teach in an evening program, and have four children. Some days I don’t write a word. Sometimes days on end. I do, however, take notes and record thoughts on my cell phone to refer back to when I carve out my writing time. 

8) What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

Book sales, I hope! I am holding some online book events and trying to be creative in the promotion of Out of the Basement. I have a dystopian manuscript, Stone Souls, that I hope to have released in the near, and hopefully post-COVID-19, future.

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About the Author

James Rourke has been a high school of teacher of history, psychology, and philosophy for twenty-five years. His commitment to the idea that these three disciplines can assist his students to connect not only with his material, but to the unifying aspects of humanity, also guides his writing. “The Comic Book Curriculum” is praised for revealing”how major superheroes and their stories raise some of the deepest and most important ethical and psychological questions we all need to ask and answer.” This aspect of storytelling, the quest to tell stories that entertain, challenge, and uplift the reader, inspires James in his fiction as well.

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Interview with Author Judy Fishel

1) What inspired you to write your book?

When I was very young and my mother read stories to me, I decided that someday, I wanted to write stories like those. As I grew older, I thought about the stories I was reading, and tried to imagine stories I might write.

Later, it was mysteries that I enjoyed reading so when I retired, (I’d been a math and science teacher).what I wanted to write was a mystery – not what I called a “shoot-em-up, but a mystery that made you feel good.

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2) If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?

I’d like to talk to many of them, but most of all I’d like to talk to Jeenya Birdsong, the main character. She would greet me with a long, warm hug. Then she would offer me something good to eat. Finally, she would listen quietly to hear what I had to say. I’d want to thank Jeenya for helping me write this book.

How did she do this, you ask. Well, fifteen years ago I started to write the book – the way I thought a mystery should be written. It was really awful, so I put it away and wrote a couple books on study skills (Straight A’s Are NOT Enough).

Finally, last year, I went back to this book. This time, Jeenya appeared in my dreams. It’s hard to remember dreams, but after having these dreams, my writing improved. Sometimes I’d think about a problem I had, and in the morning, I’d know what to do. It was like letting a character decide what was best for them to do.

Sometimes, I say Jeenya Birdsong is my spiritual advisor.

3) What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

There are a lot of great books on how to write. Find one you like and read it at least once every year. As you read, take notes on things you need to do. Each time, you are likely to find new ideas that will help your reading.

4) What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

My son, Anthony, and I are working together on a book, “How Tony Learned to Read. For each chapter, I write my reflections and he writes his reflections. When Tony was 8 years old, and still not reading or writing, we visited a neurologist. After several hours of tests, the neurologist said, “Tony, you are extremely intelligent. You are also severely dyslexic. You might never learn to read or write.”  But he did say “Might.” Some people who are severely dyslexic do learn to read. Tony and I hope our book will inspire other dyslexic parents and students.

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About the Author

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Judy Fishel grew up in Florida, just across the river from Palm City. She and her grandfather often looked for wildflowers along the citrus groves. She also remembers the terrible freezes that killed the citrus trees. It made sense to set her story there. She started work on this book fifteen years ago but it just wasn’t working. She then wrote Straight A’s Are NOT Enough – study skills for college students. Finally, last summer she returned working on Murder of the Obeah Man. When one of her characters, Jeenya Birdsong, began appearing in her dreams, all the pieces began fitting together. Now, Judy likes to say that Jeenya is her spiritual advisor.

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Interview with Author Taya DeVere

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

Durham, Maine. That’s where it all started, just like it did for Stephen King!

At the time, I was writing a lot of SEO content for several marketing gigs. I was constantly complaining about how I’d love to write something that actually interested me. After getting tired of my whining, Chris (my partner-in-everything), sent me this writing contest he found on Facebook. I picked the first topic from the list, something like “My favorite day of the week.” It turned out to be a cute little story, so I decided to email it to a couple of online magazines that publish readers’ stories. Imagine my surprise when Horse Illustrated magazine contacted me and told me they’d like to publish my article in their printed magazine!

My thoughts when the (very modest) paycheck arrived a couple months later? “Well, that was easy money!”

So, I wrote a pile of stories and articles, pitching them all over. Luckily, I didn’t quit my day job because most of my work got rejected. I did get one short story published in a short story book, and a few articles were published in small indie magazines.

Finally, I got an idea for a book. This book ended up becoming three books. The trilogy gave me an idea for a new 100k novel. The novel was put aside because I got an idea for a twenty book series. And… well, here I sit, mind racing and ideas flowing! 

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  1. What inspired you to write your book?

Unchipped: Kaarina was inspired by a single, random thought: “If the world ends today, where will I run and hide?”

The answer was, (as for me it so often is), the barn. I imagined living at the stables without anyone else around, just the horses and Finnish forest creatures. Never in a million years did I imagine this would lead to me creating a complicated universe with hundreds of characters, a 20-book series that the Unchipped story is today.

  1. What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

No being on Earth is too small or insignificant to make a difference.

  1. What drew you into this particular genre?

After spending seven years in the States, moving back to Finland made me obsess over cultural differences, society issues, and humanity in general. Then I read The Dog Stars by Peter Heller, and Margaret Atwood’s The Heart Goes Last, and it felt very natural for me to jump genres. My previous trilogy was contemporary women’s fiction. 

  1. If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?

I would sit down with Doctor Solomon and ask her to tell me a joke. Just to see how effed up the joke would be!

  1. What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

Facebook, by far. I’m obsessed with Facebook ads and the long-term strategies that come with them. I’m also a part of this Facebook/Instagram group called Dystopian Ink, which inspires me to read and write more every day.

  1. What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

Only write stories that genuinely intrigue you. Go a little crazy with your scenes. Have fun with your characters. Don’t shy away from bad/dad jokes. Invest in a professional editor who isn’t afraid to give criticism but appreciates your storytelling and respects your voice. Your cover doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, but it does have to be breath-taking and scream your genre.

  1. What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

Ooh, where do I begin?!

The Unchipped series is streaming out every 18 days, so this series will keep me entertained for a whole year! I’m writing book ten at the moment, while my editors (I have two, and they’re both out-of-this-world) are working on books 7 and 9.

After this, remember that 100k novel I talked about? I’m going to mold it into a full post-apocalyptic / dystopian series. The story takes place on flooded Martha’s Vineyard, so the working name for this series is “The Flood.” Still, the story arc is changing as I’m outlining the series, and therefore the name will be changing too. This story has heroes with superpowers, and such immense plot twists that I’ve put it aside for now, but my fingers are itching to dig it out from my desk drawer! Soon!

Links:

www.tayadevere.com 

www.facebook.com/tayadevereauthor

www.bookbub.com/authors/taya-devere

Teija and the Unchipped series
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About the Author

Taya is a Finnish-American author, writing contemporary fiction and dystopian sci-fi. After living, working, and traveling in America for seven years, she now lives in Finland with her partner-in-everything Chris, their dog Seamus, three bunny-boys (Ronin, Baby, and Loki), and her horse of a lifetime, Arabella.

Taya’s restless feet have taken her all over Finland, the United Kingdom, and North America. Her new dystopian series “Unchipped” is inspired by the real-life characters she’s met on her travels. Cultural differences, social issues, and behavioral psychology have always fascinated Taya. “Unchipped” tells the story of the world in 2085, when technology has replaced people’s need to truly connect with one another. The series describes what it feels like to be an outsider and takes an in-depth look at the unlikely friendships between perfectly imperfect people across the globe. 

Justice. Kindness. The fact that all beings on this planet are equally important. Taya’s world revolves around these values every day, and they play a substantial role in her storytelling as well.

Taya’s writing is inspired by authors such as Margaret Atwood, Peter Heller, Hugh Howey, and C.M. Martens.

Teija’s author site: https://www.tayadevere.com

Her Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Taya-DeVere/e/B07KRJPMTV

The Unchipped series page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08CHKB96S

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Unchipped: The Resort by Taya DeVere Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 

After being chased around the world, a group of survivors desperately fighting a war against a corporation putting devices to control the population inside of everyone’s heads find hard truths and shocking revelations in author Taya DeVere’s “Unchipped: The Resort”, the fifth book in this ever growing sci-fi series. 

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The Synopsis

In a war-torn world, they’ve found their sanctuary… if not for those bodies in the basement.

The rebels against the Happiness-Program have finally found a place to hide, an abandoned resort in Iceland complete with a luxury hotel. Everything would be perfect here if not for their memories, haunting them each in different ways.

For Bill, it’s the friend he left behind in California… not knowing whether she’s alive or dead. For Luna, it’s the man from City of Serbia, inviting her to give up on the rebellion and return home to him. For Ava it’s the woman who used to take care of her, and who she expects to hear from any day.

For rebel leader Kaarina, it’s the need for revenge… and the basement of the hotel may give her the opportunity. Because the basement contains four stasis capsules, and the unconscious bodies of four men and women… the founders of the Happiness-Program.

If they can wake up the founders, the rebels could finally be free forever. They could strike a blow against the enemy, turning the tide in the ongoing war. But waking up the all-but-dead can have unforeseen consequences…

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The Review

A truly fantastic entry into this growing sci-fi world, the author shocks fans and newcomers alike with the twists and turns this latest chapter introduces. The true threat of Dr. Solomon and her creations comes to light in this read, giving readers a glimpse into the terrifying blueprint the antagonist has laid out before them. 

The personal character relationships are strong within this book, as several of the protagonists from the first several books finally come together, but each is given their own struggles and secrets to overcoming in this narrative, making this short yet powerful read shine all the brighter. Kaarina and Luna especially have strong and emotional arcs, especially in the final chapter as the twists keep coming and coming to the rag-tag group of survivors. 

The Verdict

A powerful, creative and entertaining read, author Taya DeVere’s “Unchipped: The Resort”, is a must-read in the growing sci-fi universe the author is creating. With shocking moments and powerful imagery used throughout the narrative, the book’s shocking cliff-hanger will leave readers on the edge of their seat, desperately waiting for book six in the series to arrive. The perfect read and gift for the sci-fi fan in your life, be sure to grab this and the previous entries in the Unchipped universe today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

Taya is a Finnish-American author, writing contemporary fiction and dystopian sci-fi. After living, working, and traveling in America for seven years, she now lives in Finland with her partner-in-everything Chris, their dog Seamus, three bunny-boys (Ronin, Baby, and Loki), and her horse of a lifetime, Arabella.

Taya’s restless feet have taken her all over Finland, the United Kingdom, and North America. Her new dystopian series “Unchipped” is inspired by the real-life characters she’s met on her travels. Cultural differences, social issues, and behavioral psychology have always fascinated Taya. “Unchipped” tells the story of the world in 2085, when technology has replaced people’s need to truly connect with one another. The series describes what it feels like to be an outsider and takes an in-depth look at the unlikely friendships between perfectly imperfect people across the globe. 

Justice. Kindness. The fact that all beings on this planet are equally important. Taya’s world revolves around these values every day, and they play a substantial role in her storytelling as well.

Taya’s writing is inspired by authors such as Margaret Atwood, Peter Heller, Hugh Howey, and C.M. Martens.

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