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I graduated from university in 2004 having received B.A. degrees in History and Politics. Moving back to my hometown of Hereford (a quiet, sleepy town near Wales) I quickly got bored (boredom to become a key inspiration throughout my quest to publish these books). Writing hadn’t crossed my mind at this stage and after a year of small town monotony I moved to London, having netted myself what I thought to be a comfy little local government job (little did I know how true this would be, but as I’m still in that local government job so can’t say too much).

Having been in the job since 2006 it was in about 2009 that I started writing. The excitement at moving to London gradually began to wane as I found myself a monotonous cog in the government system. Seeing how that world works from the inside initially manifested itself as searing cynicism and spawned a disappointed, and probably annoying, idealist. One day at work a few years ago an inner spark fired (the flint again being extreme boredom) that fuelled putting pen to paper. An idea for a working-class genius politician came to mind and after developing that character it became about moulding him into a story and background.

The Chronicles of Hope series of books is thus just that, a story of hope. Without giving too much away it’s ultimately a utopian vision of a hopeful future for humanity. The intention behind the books is merely to challenge people’s beliefs and make people think and question everything. I’ve genuinely never been motivated by money, I don’t subscribe to the theory that it brings happiness, but saying that I do understand that having none will often bring unhappiness if it stops you having the lifestyle you want to have. Fortunately my income and circumstances to that end have always been very middle of the road, something that feels like a privilege in this world we live in.

I think the Che Guevara in me hopes that the more people think and the more people work out that we’re owned by the world’s leaders and have no say in society, the closer the world might come to some kind of uprising and revolution. Despite that, there’s no great moral message at the core of the books, I’m well aware that the pile of crap is probably too deep now for such change. My hope is loosely that more people thinking about some of the issues raised could lead to more people refusing to accept the failings of the society in which we live.

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Frank Noon divides opinion. Whilst some say he’s a philosophical genius, some say he’s a fanciful dreamer who deliberately courts controversy with his anti-establishment views about the failings of modern society.

Seemingly nearing the end of his life in politics, he reluctantly fronts an experimental inter-galactic government project late in the 21st century aimed at making life on an overpopulated Earth more sustainable. As he battles to gain control of a relative asylum, consisting of a cross section of the populous as much at odds with themselves as the situation, he unwittingly embarks on a life-changing journey of self discovery.

As they learn more about the project and its intentions how far-reaching might the consequences be for the future of humanity?

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Genre – Political Fiction

Rating – PG

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Why do you write?

I wrote my novel because I wanted to tell the story of an important period in California history I call the Medical Malpractice Insurance Crisis, circa 1960-1975. This time affected many doctors and the medical and legal professions. As no one has written about it, and I had lived it first-hand, I felt a responsibility to accurately portray it, which I have in my book, Malpractice! the Novel.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Yes, but in the past it has been only non-fiction- medical articles and books.

Who is your favorite author and why?

This has changed over a lifetime. At this time, it is Colum McCann. His novel, “Let the Great World Spin”, is constantly fascinating, and I am still awed by the craftsmanship with which he guides these very diverse lives into a relationship based on a casual sighting, from the streets of New York City,  and of an unusual incident. It is beautiful because it is seamless.

Do you plan to publish more books?

No. This will be my one and only novel.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

I write at a desk on my Macintosh computer.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?

Yes- my wife. Her advice, endless support and thoughtful editing suggestions were priceless.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is. What does success in writing look like to you?

Since I am retired from one career now, my idea of success as a writer is to be on the best-seller list, and to influence national tort reform.

Tell us about your new book. What’s it about, and why did you write it?

Malpractice! the Novel is a courtroom suspense drama involving a fictional but realistic malpractice trial held in California during 1972. The book depicts the medical details of the case, and the entwined lives of the three main characters, including explicit descriptions of their sexual lives. I wrote it to help record the historic period, and to tell a fictional version of some of my own memories of this time.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing?

How will your words make them feel? I hope the average reader  will learn something about medical malpractice litigation, an esoteric subject to the general public. This is now a national problem, referred to as tort reform, which requires attention by our lawmakers.

What’s your next project? 

I have none planned at this time.

What’s the reason for your life?

Have you figured out your reason for being here yet?  Avoiding all the religious  fantasies and mythology, the only “REASON”  for being alive on Earth is normal anatomy and physiology, and evolution. However, if we are referring to accomplishments  during a lifetime as a reason for being here, I am satisfied that my career in Neurosurgery included some worthwhile accomplishments.

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Malpractice! the Novel is an electrifying work of realistic fiction written by an anonymous insider who worked the frontlines of the clash between the medical and legal professions during the California medical malpractice insurance crisis, which began in the 1960s. William Louis Harvey, a nom de plume, takes readers on a steamy adventure involving power, sex, lies and money in this candid courtroom suspense thriller. While Malpractice! The Novel, is a work of fiction, it is rooted in the personal experiences and firsthand knowledge the author acquired during his decades of working inside the medical industry. California in the 1960s and first half of the 1970s had already seen a dramatic increase in medical malpractice lawsuits as juries awarded progressively higher sums for “pain and suffering,” a category that had no concrete limits and caused physicians’ insurance premiums for malpractice to skyrocket.

Harvey chaired a committee that reviewed all malpractice claims involving a major California hospital during the crisis. Details of some of the cases he experienced are engraved in his memory, and small portions of these tidbits find their way into Malpractice! the Novel, his first novel. Roused by a recent New York Times article about the American male novelist’s fear of addressing sexuality, Harvey interleaved honest sex histories for his novel’s characters, adding a titillating sensuality to the suspenseful novel.

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Rating – R

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What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Pistachio

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? 

Princess Diana

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 

Coffee, Scrabble eggs with ham, onion, and peppers, and tortillas.

Night owl, or early bird?

I’m an early bird.

Pet Peeves?

I hate it when people leave non-food items on my kitchen counter

Skittles or M&Ms?

M&M

What is your favorite genre to write? To read?

I love to write romantic suspense, action and adventure, military series, saga. I love to read romance, paranormal, fantasy, romantic historical.

Is there anything about one of your books you totally hate and wish you could change, but everyone else seems to like?

I don’t have a part that I hate, not yet. I do have my first two books that have a little more Spanish than the others. The majority of people like it.

Where do you do most of your writing?

I do my writing in my office.

Who are your favorite authors?

I don’t have a favorite author. I like several authors.

What’s the one genre you absolutely will NOT write about? Why?

I’m not sure. I haven’t thought about it. I wouldn’t write the genre pornography, bestiality; these are the ones that come to mine. I’m sure they’re might be more genre.

Do you often use people you know as characters? And do you tell them if you do?

No, I don’t, never.

Have you had any creepy fan experience yet?

Yes I did have a creepy experience. This fan reacted odd when other fans approached me.

Does your family know about ALL the books/stories you’ve written, or are you keeping a few hidden?

Yes my family is aware of the books that I’ve written. They’re very proud of my achievements.

Last, but not least, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?

I’m thrilled that the fans love my books. It’s an amazing feeling to hear from a fan. It’s truly a delight to hear they’re pleasure in reading my stories. I’m also thankful for their support.

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Genre – Romantic Suspense

Rating – PG 13

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Who is your favorite author? 

Nora Roberts is probably my favorite author.  She does so many things so well as a writer.  Her characters are compelling and her pacing is dynamic.  Even after having written so many wonderful books, she still amazes me nearly every time I read her.

What book should everybody read at least once?

Gone With the Wind.  I’ve read GWtW at least four times, and every time I read it, I learn something new.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

With the advent of indie publishing, getting published is almost too easy.  Not that I discourage anyone with a good story idea not to give it a try.  Writing and marketing are equally difficult, but in different ways.  Sometimes you sit down to write and you have the black screen and that darned blinking cursor staring at you and you haven’t the slightest idea what you’re going to write.  Luckily for me, those moments don’t stretch out into something more substantial.  I don’t necessarily ever get writer’s block, but I can understand how some people do.  That blank page can be intimidating.  I just remind myself that I control my output.  Marketing, especially for a new author like myself, can be just as intimidating as that blank screen.  Approaching reviewers can feel like those awkward childhood moments when you wanted to ask a boy to dance at a junior high dance.

Do you plan to publish more books?

The Good Life series is a trilogy, so yes I do.  I’m hoping to complete the trilogy by the spring.  And after that… I have an idea for a YA paranormal series.  I don’t want to give away the details, but it’s going to be fun to write!

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

Ever since I was little, I always had the romantic notion that someday I would write longhand in journals.  But, realistically, that’s not how my brain works.  I’ll write a sentence on my laptop and then rewrite it sometimes a dozen times.  While I still harbor those romantic notions, writing in longhand would never work for me.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

I wish I could get by with less sleep, but I’m a crabby zombie if I sleep less than eight hours a night.  Nine hours would be even better, but the demands of work, family, and writing won’t allow it.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?

Really, if my characters entertain my readers for a few hours, then I’m doing my job.  It’s hard to predict how many readers I’ll ever have, but I would feel like a success if my readers follow me from one book to the next.

Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?

From the book description:

A failed actress, twenty-something Julia McCarthy begins writing a fictionalized blog as a form of self-therapy. Based on her carefree summers at her grandparents’ farm, she never expects her little experiment to garner a viral following, but it does. Boy, does it ever.

Now, with thousands of loyal blog followers, and a syndication deal with the Chicago Herald, Julia is approached by GreenTV to adapt her blog into a TV show. The producers see her as a “Rachel Ray on the Prairie-type”. She sees herself as a fraud.

In Julia’s fictional world, she’s successful. She can pay her bills on time. Heck, she even has a fictional gorgeous husband and charming little boy. Ready to realize her dreams, Julia returns to her grandparents’ farm to shoot the TV pilot.

Brad Taylor is definitely not her type: he’s rugged, sensible, and oh-so smug about learning that Julia’s blog is a farce. As the manager of her grandparent’s farm, Brad doesn’t have time to deal with whimsical women who don’t even know how to cook. 

Julia can’t allow her attraction to Brad to distract her, not when her dreams are about to come true. But are these truly her dreams, her good life? 

A fun, fast (150 pages) contemporary romance

What’s your next project?

Right now I’m wrapping up Madi, The Good Life Book Two.  Next up, I’m planning to write a Christmas novella: Trudy, A Good Life Christmas.  That story will focus on Julia’s grandmother when she was a newlywed during the 1950s.

How do you feel about self-publishing?

I find it both liberating and scary.  On the one hand, it has freed so many talented authors from the confines of the traditional publishing model, many of whom never had the chance to get their work published until now.  One the other hand, with few constraints to what gets published there is also a rising tide of bad books on the market.  It makes it confusing for readers.  I would encourage any reader in this new publishing world to read samples before you buy.  Reviews are helpful, but they can only help so much.

I LOVE my Kindle Paperwhite, I just wish it was waterproof so I could relax a bit more when I take it into the bath.  When I find a free half hour I enjoy romance, paranormal romance and new adult books, mostly.

Do you find the time to read?

It’s hard to find the time, but when I do I read mostly romance, paranormal romance and new adult books.

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?

My family.  We have three happy, healthy boys.  I met my husband in high school and we’ve been together ever since.  What we’ve built together, it’s like a dream come true.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world?

Realistically?  I would say Grand Haven, Michigan.  It’s a short drive for our busy family.  We’ve vacationed there a number of times, enjoying the quiet beaches and nearby small towns.  Laying in a hammock and a good book is serenity.

How long have you been writing?

About three years.

What genre are you most comfortable writing?

I love writing romance, but I can picture writing paranormal and even a thriller at some time down the road.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My husband has been writing since high school.  He’s been a published author for over a decade and over the years I’ve always been his first reader.  I guess you could say I’ve become a writer out of osmosis.  After giving my input for so long, I finally decided I wanted to tackle my own stories.  While Glen mostly writes horror stories, I much prefer HEA (happily ever afters).

Write now I write because I enjoy it.  Even with indie publishing, I think selling the amount of books it would take to make writing a career is still a lot like winning the lottery.  Sure, some people win, but the odds are against it.

Have you developed a specific writing style?

My goal is to try to establish the characters’ emotions.  You can’t have a romance without an emphasis on emotions.  I figure, emotions + conflict = a recipe for a successful romance novel.

How much of the book is realistic?

Julia is set, as are all the books in the Good Life series, in Harmony Grove, Iowa.  These are stories about small town charm and hard-working people.  I don’t sugarcoat these aspects, even if some of the narrative is on the nostalgic end of the spectrum.

What are your goals as a writer?

I want to tell stories that I would like to read.  I figure if I can accomplish that, then readers will eventually find my work.

What contributes to making a writer successful?

Having a thick skin is important.  If you shy away at the slightest criticism, either in the critiquing phase or after your work is published, then writing might not be in the cards for you.  Writing is a hard and oftentimes lonely business.  One day a reader might call your book an all-favorite, while the next day someone might question your ability to string together coherent sentences.  Hard work and a thick skin will take you far.

Do you have any advice for writers?

Reading is just as important as writing.  I sometimes read about a writer who doesn’t read when they are in the middle of writing a novel.  Aren’t novelists always in the middle of writing a novel?  Does that mean that they don’t read at all?  I read for enjoyment, but I also read to learn about improving my craft.  You can learn as much from a poorly written novel as a literary masterpiece.  But you have to take the time to read, or you’ll lag behind those writers of equal talent who do.

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers?

My readers have been so supportive so far!  I love talking to readers, either about my work or books in general.  You can drop me an email at:  sarahkrisch@gmail.com

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Genre – Contemporary Romance

Rating – PG-13

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Who or what influenced your writing over the years?

Christopher Nola’s Inception influenced my writing a lot.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

Remembering stuff is the most challenging thing about writing, if you ask me. You have to memorize eye color, hairstyles, etc. So keep organized notes.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?

It taught me how to construct a better plot.

Do intend to make writing a career?

I most certainly do hope to make it a career.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Yes, I have had writer’s block and more than once. What do I do? I just write, until it makes sense, watch movies, read books, write again.

Can you tell us a little about your main character?

My main character is a seventeen-year-old boy who has a unique ability. That, in turn, makes him special. He is a usual boy, but due to his powers, he has no other option than to man up and save the world, otherwise mankind will perish.

How did you develop your plot and characters?

It took me years to develop the plot and characters; I just kept rewriting them and adding character traits as well as taking them away, until I was satisfied.

Who designed the cover?

Igor Lykyanov designed the cover. He is a great illustrator. I adore his work.

Who is your publisher?

I am my own publisher, as I’m an indie author.

Why did you choose to write this particular book?

Because, as a Harry Potter and Twilight fan, I felt that the market is lacking that special, magical touch to it. I asked myself, what would someone like me like to read, and I came up with the Peter Simmons series.

How do you promote this book?

I use social networks and ask book reviewers to check out my book.

Will you write others in the same genre?

Yes, I most definitely will write others in the same genre, which is young-adult. I’ve also got a lot of paranormal romance coming up.

Is there a message in your novel you want readers to grasp?

In my entire Peter Simmons series – yes. I want readers to understand that we, as sapient beings, have to have enough sense to support each other and concentrate on our similarities not differences. If we accomplish that, we will be much stronger and happier, as a global society.

How much of the book is realistic?

A lot of it is realistic, especially the ‘penultimate parts’.

Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot?

No, the book has very little to do with me and my personal life.

How important do you think villains are in a story?

I think villains make up fifty percent of the book. That’s exactly why I give so much attention and great detail to my main villain.

Who is your favorite author and why?

J.K. Rowling is my favorite author, because her Harry Potter books are exceptionally interesting.

Can we expect any more books from you in the future?

You can definitely expect a lot of books from me in the future. And I mean a lot!

Have you started another book yet?

I have started another three books.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I see myself writing, regardless of whether or not I achieve the readership I desire.

What are your current writing projects now?

My current writing projects are: A book about zombies with a teenage female protagonist, a book about vampires and sorcerers, also with a teenage girl protagonist, and a book entitled Antonia Bells, about dragonborns (magicians) and humanoid elves. The latter two are paranormal romance.

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment?

Unfortunately, I’m not reading anything right now, no.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?

Some of the best tools available for writers are online dictionaries, the thesaurus, Word and Google.

What contributes to a writer being successful?

Sticking with it no matter what. If you love writing and keep practicing it, sooner or later you will reach your audience.

Do you have any advice for writers?

Yes, my advice for writers is: Get a great book cover and write and read as often as you can. Try to read all genres, even if you don’t like them, and mix your authors. The more diversity, the better.

If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be?

My one bit of wisdom is the following: Be kind to each other, and one day, kindness will come your way.

When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have?

When I end my career, I’d like to look back on all of my work and think that I couldn’t have done it any better. But that, unfortunately, is an impossibility – as there’s always room for improvement.

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Peter Simmons thinks he is an ordinary boy, before he is abducted by a man with certain special abilities, learns of his inescapable destiny, befriends immortals and becomes famous worldwide. Why? Because Peter Simmons is mankind’s last hope for survival.

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Genre – Young Adult, Action and Adventure, Coming of Age, Sci-fi

Rating – PG-13

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What writing are you most proud of?

My most recent novel, Infernal Gates.  I’ve been writing since 1984 and it just seems like I finally hit my stride with this thriller.  I’m very excited about the sequel that I’m just finishing up as well.  I’ve fallen in love with the diversity and uniqueness of my characters and I’m trying to decide if there is a credible way to continue on with them once the second book is complete.

What books did you love growing up?

The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew when I was young, then anything Science Fiction from Junior High through College, especially Robert Heinlein, Phillip K. Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was a favorite), Isaac Asimov, Phillip Jose Farmer, Arthur C. Clarke (all the oldies, but goodies).  I read everything James Michener wrote, but my favorite was The Source. I also read a lot of books on biology, chemistry, astronomy, physics, metaphysics, and philosophy. Guess you can tell I was, and still am, an eclectic reader.

Who is your favorite author?

For some time now I have been following Daniel Silva and his protagonist, Gabriel Allon of the Israeli Mossad.  I love Silva’s writing style, his Middle Eastern theme, the way he weaves historical information into his stories, his powerful message about the Jews and Israel, the depth of his characters, and the incredible tension he generates in his plots.  I’m first in line at the library when one of his books comes out.  I do have to say, however, I read a lot of fiction and in a variety of genres, so it is very hard for me to pick a favorite author. I chose Silva because I’ve read all of his novels and he puts one out every year, so it’s a numbers thing.  Before him, it would probably have been Michael Crichton (before he died).

What book genre of books do you adore?

Thrillers–the same genre I love to write.

What book should everybody read at least once?

I’m going to cheat on this question, because I have three:  The Bible, Les Miserable’s, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Infernal Gates

Ethan Freeman, ex-Special Forces Ranger, wakes up to discover he is the sole survivor of a fiery commercial airline crash that killed his entire family. His nightmare is only beginning when he becomes the FBI’s prime suspect. Only Ethan knows he’s not a cold-hearted murderer, but he has no idea what happened to him–and why he alone survived.

He finds an unlikely ally in Sam Weaver, the NTSB Chief Investigator. An ex-military pilot, Sam senses Ethan is innocent. She tries to remain dispassionate in her investigation of the crash even as she finds herself attracted to the man who may be America=s worst homegrown mass-murderer.

Neither Ethan nor Sam realize that shadowy spiritual forces are at work which will alter their lives forever.

A monstrous evil, imprisoned since the time of the Pharaohs, has been released by The Nine, a sinister group of powerful men and women who believe they are the direct descendants of the Anunnaki, ancient Sumerian gods. The demon they have unleashed intends to free The Destroyer from The Abyss, the angelic prison referred to in the Book of Revelation, and unleash a worldwide reign of terror and annihilation.

Facing impossible odds, time is running out for Ethan and all of humanity as he is drawn into an ever-deeper conspiracy–millennia in the making–and learns that he is the key to stopping The Nine. Will he overcome his deepest fears and find reserves of strength he never knew he had as he confronts pure evil in order to save himself and an unsuspecting world?

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Genre – Christian Thriller, Fantasy, Adventure

Rating – PG-13

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Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why?

Apart from reading paperbacks I like to listen to audio books when I’m out driving. Alyssa Day isn’t a new author, but she has newly caught my attention. I am currently listening to her audio book The Cursed. It’s an interesting and different paranormal romance with great world building and steamy romance with a super sexy and intriguing wizard. The audio voice perfectly fits the story too, which is really important with audio books. Some really amazing books are ruined by bad narrators.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?

The Internet and social media are great tools. Finding and connecting with other writers is priceless for their personal experiences and advice. Plus there are plenty of writing courses available online, for example – Holly Lisle’s writing and revising courses. See http://howtothinksideways.com/writing-courses

What contributes to making a writer successful?

Hard work, determination, skill and passion are needed to make a writer successful. Contacts will always help you get there faster, but if you don’t put in the hard yards and don’t have the passion and skill to tell a rich story that matters, then beyond luck you won’t get far for too long.

Do you have any advice for writers?

If you love what you do and have something to share that will matter to other people, then go for it! Don’t listen to the people who tell you that you can’t. Listen to yourself and your supporters.

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers?

Anyone can write, we’re taught to from an early age. But writing with passion and love comes from the heart and soul, from your life experiences and the pain and triumphs you’ve gone through to get to where you are today. Being a writer means putting yourself out there and being vulnerable. It takes strength and determination, but when you’ve touched other people’s lives with your words, it’s worth every single thing you’ve put into it.

What Lies Inside

Amelia Lamont never asked to unleash her inner vampire

Amelia’s normal teen world is shattered when a terrifying nightmare awakens the monster inside her. A newfound, insatiable thirst for blood that leads her to drain the school quarterback is only the beginning; she’s horrified to discover that her family and best friend Kendrick have been harboring the secret all along. And is the strangely alluring boy who seems hell-bent on curbing her murderous, blood-filled desires a friend, or foe?

To escape detection Amelia and her twin brother Dorian are forced to move to a new town, and the challenge of a new, exclusive high school where nearly every classmate smells like prey. Including the irresistible Ty, who seems hauntingly familiar, yet darkly menacing …

Amelia’s disturbing dreams and entanglement in a web of forbidden romance render her increasingly powerless against the chilling lies and secrets of vampire power struggles. And, as she soon discovers, vampire politics mixed with outlawed love can be a lethal cocktail.

Falling in love may just cost Amelia everything: her friends, her family…even her life

Move over Twilight, True Blood and Underworld! J.L. Myers’ first book in the Blood Bound series will have you swooning for more!

Warning – This book contains some language and sexual situations.

YA/ Vampire/ Paranormal Fiction

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Genre – YA Paranormal Romance

Rating – PG-13+

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Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

My family and friends are very supportive, and help me with advance reading and initial proofreading.  I’m a shoddy editor.

Do you plan to publish more books?

Yes, I’m currently writing a civil war novel “Going Home,” based on a true story.

What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time…

I’m a litigation attorney and mediator.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

I have worked at a boat marina, as an editor for a small newspaper, as an apprentice funeral director and my first job was at Burger King!

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?

History, history, and if it was available—history.

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In 1453 Constantinople is the impregnable jewel of the East. It has stood as the greatest Christian city for a millennium as hordes have crashed fruitlessly against its walls.

But Mehmet II, the youthful Sultan of the Ottoman Turks, has besieged the city. His opponent is Constantine XI, the wise and capable ruler of the crumbling Eastern Roman Empire. Mehmet, distrusted by his people and hated by his Grand Vizer, must accomplish what all those before him have failed to do: capture Constantinople. To prove that he deserves the throne that his father once took from him, Mehmet, against all advice, storms the city. If he fails, he will not only have failed himself and his people, but he will surely lose his life.

On the other side of the city walls, the emperor Constantine must find a way to stop the greatest army in the medieval world. To finance his defenses, he becomes a beggar to the Pope, the Italian city-states, and the Hungarians. But the price for aid is high: The Pope demands the Greeks reunite the Eastern and Western churches and accept the Latin faith. If Constantine wants aid for his people he must choose between their lives and their souls.

Two leaders, two peoples, two faiths battle for their future before the mighty walls of Constantinople.

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Genre – Historical Fiction

Rating – PG

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