Thursday, February 23, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Coming Summer 2017
About the Author
Bryce Gibson writes Southern fiction that takes readers to charming and oftentimes sinister areas of the South, He has a degree in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina, works full-time as a farmer, and lives in South Caroline with his wife and their dog.
Bryce is the author of Young Adult thriller Perennials and the Southern mystery Unclaimed Acre. His next book The Reading Buddy will be available in 2017.
Q&A With Bryce
Tell us a little about your new book
The Reading Buddy is a YA horror/thriller that is reminiscent of the teen horror novels from the early 90s. It is also about someone overcoming social anxiety. The more I worked on it, the more I came to like the main character.
Where did you get the idea for The Reading Buddy?
I've wanted to write a book like this for a while. The initial idea for the book was that the main character would have a reading buddy that becomes obsessed with him. I then decided that Blake, the protagonist, would suffer from social anxiety. I took those two ideas and put them together. As I was writing it, the story went in directions that I hadn't planned on. The ending is pretty crazy.
Give us five words that describe your novel
I would say that the novel is fun, thrilling, surprising, scary, and I hope meaningful.
What makes you most excited about your book’s release?
I can't wait to see what people think of this book. It's different. I was shooting for a fun kind of horror novel combined with a more serious character study. I hope that I was able to pull it off.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Friday, December 23, 2016
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
I decided I needed to do a little holiday fun on my blog, and I've seen this "All I Want For Christmas" tag going around blogs and Booktube and it sounded fun to do, so I did it, even though, as usual, I cheated on some questions because I do that :P If you want to do it too, let me know!
1) What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas tree?
I’ve always wanted a Wesley Ayers from The Archived by Victoria Schwab J
2) What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?
Hmm, kinda weird because most of the books I read the characters are younger than me...o_O I guess I’m gonna go with Noah from The Raven Boys though because he’s just such an adorable ghost!
3) You write your Christmas list for Santa, what are the top 5 books on it?
Hmm, okay, I have so many books on my to buy list, I’m going to change this to books I need that are coming out in 2017
1. A Conjuring of Light (Darker Shades of Magic #3) by V E Schwab
2. Our Dark Duet (This Savage Song #2) (also Victoria Schwab)
3. Heart of the Storm (Undertow #3) by Michael Buckley
4. Wrath of the Storm (Mark of the Thief #3) by Jennifer A. Neilsen
5. The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud
4) It’s secret santa at Hogwarts, what do you most want to receive?
Um, one of those invisibility cloaks, please. (#notreallyaharrypotterfan)
5) You get to the spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?
So both the actual characters and the actors who play them?
Umm…so this isn’t a book adaption, nor is it a movie, but can I just pick Supernatural? Because not only would having Sam, Dean, Cas (and possibly even Crowley) around be incredibly awesome, but Jensen, Jared and the other fellas are really the only actors I care to meet and spend a significant amount of time with because they’re super awesome J And because Jared vs. Dean pie eating contest! :P And also Baby, because classic cars = yes.
6) What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?
Ooh, this is a hard one. For some reason, the first thing that came to my mind was Harry Dresden’s dog Mouse (who is huge and fluffy and adorable in case you don’t know) pulling the Blue Beatle around as an improvised sleigh. Jim Butcher needs to write a Christmas story!
7) You invite 10 fictional characters to your new years eve party, who do you pick?
Oh boy, this will be entertaining:
1. Harry Dresden (The Dresden Files)
2. Carswell Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles)
3 & 4. Jackaby and Abigail (The Jackaby Series)
5, 6& 7. Lockwood, Lucy and George (Lockwood and Co.)
8. Richard Gansey III (The Raven Boys)
9. Howell (Howell’s Moving Castle)
10. Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, duh)
8) What character would make a good santa (Doesn’t have to be appearance, personality counts too)?
Okay so the first idea that popped into my head for this was either Crowley or Gilan from the Rangers Apprentice series. I don’t know why, but either of them I could totally see :P
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
I once again welcome Daniel Ottalini back to my blog with the release of the newest book in his Steam Empire Chronicles!
Emperor Hadrian Appius is dead, and the man responsible is his own brother. Unable to prevent the assassination in IRON TRIBUNE, Senatora Octavia and her allies flee Rome, leaving the smoldering capital behind them, determined to fight on against their rebellious countrymen. In the east, rightful heir-to-the-throne Constantine Appius faces disaster at every turn, his forces stretched thin against invading Mongols and rebel Romans alike. With the help of new friends and old, a desperate plan is formed. But will it be enough to save the Empire and the throne in STEEL PRAETORIAN?
Steel Praetorian is the fourth book in the Steam Empire Chronicles a Roman Steampunk adventure series. Tell us a little about the series and the world for new readers.
In short, The Steam Empire Chronicles is a series all about the ‘what if’ factor of the Roman Empire - What if it had survived? What would it be like? Imagine the world without the Dark Ages? Without the Crusades? I explore this possibility in the series, starting with Brass Legionnaire. The series starts small, but quickly branches out with new characters, new plot lines, and new locales in subsequent novels!
What is the best part about writing an alternate historical story and what are some challenges?
Oh wow. I love reading about Alternate History, and writing about it is nearly as much fun. It’s fun because you can take so many real elements and tweak them just so, creating something entirely new.
Biggest challenge? Making that something new also something believable. The best alternate history writers are perfect at doing this. Your tweaks don’t need to be massive to have massive changes to history.
Who is your favorite character to write, and who is one that gives you problems?
Hmmm. My favorite character to write is actually Corbus, because his motives start very basic and pure (if not good intentioned) but get complicated very quickly. His progression from basic villain to arch villain to someone inhabiting a very dark grey zone between the other characters has been incredibly interesting to watch!
Right now, the hardest character to write is actually Julius, because while I have a great track of where he’s going/planning, it’s hard to make it fit into the flow of the story. Julius was, and still is, the main ‘introducer’ to the world. He’s the one who explains crazy things to us. In some way, I feel guilty that he’s gotten so complex it’s hard to write from his point of view!
What are you working on next?
Right now, I’m working on Laurel Emperor, the final novel in the Steam Empire Chronicles. I’m roughly 35 thousand words into the novel, so I’m a little over a third of the way through the book. I’ve been brainstorming some ideas to fill in some voids in the series using novellas. Eventually I’d love to create an anthology and get it into print!
What was your favorite book that you read this year?
Hmmm too many! If required to narrow it down, I’d say that I really enjoyed a book called the Sword of Summer, by Rick Riordan of Percy Jackson fame. Riordan writes great books, perfect for a lazy afternoon.
What book or movie release are you most looking forward to next year?
Was looking forward to Star Wars (which is this December, not next year) but I’m actually really looking forward to seeing the movie Dunkirk. Not only for it’s alternate history opportunities (imagine how the war would have gone if the Germans hadn’t stopped their tanks!) but also because all those scenes provide such great inspiration for writing.
What would you say to people who haven’t yet started the Steam Empire Chronicles to get them to try it out?
I mean, Romans with Airships, what more could you want?
But seriously, the novels grow in complexity, excitement, and intensity as we hurtle towards the last novel. My latest book, Steel Praetorian, was just released. You can grab Brass Legionnaire for only $1.99 in ebook form, so why not give it a try!
Check out more info on the Steam Empire books from Daniel’s Blog danielottalini.com and follow him on his facebook/twitter accounts
Links for Steel Praetorian
And Here's the links to Brass Legionnaire to start off the series!