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HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Melisse Aires

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Melisse Aires 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee! I LOVE coffee. Starting a day without it is unthinkable. I also like it for an evening treat if I don't have to be at work at the crack before dawn. 4. What else can you do besides write? I crochet. Went through a hat phase, but now I think l want to do shrugs (the little sweaters). Also, in real life I teach a developmental preschool--I fear no three year old with blocks! 5. Who are you reading right now? I'm rereading the Amanda Quick Arcane series but recently picked up several popular Ellora's Cave SFR authors. I haven't read any EC titles for a long time and wanted to see what they are doing now--research! 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? 9. Food you could eat everyday. 10. Are you into sports or other physical a

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Wayne Basta

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Wayne Basta 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? Hunger Games at the moment. I don't read a lot of YA, but the really good ones are fun, quick reads. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? The end scene. Always the ending. I usually have to scrap whatever I write originally and write a completely new ending. I'm working on book 3 of the series now, which I plan to make the last in this story arc, though there may be more arcs in the same universe. I have a feeling that one will take some time to get right. 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? In general, I just love telling a story. Historical evens often inspire a story idea. There is so much to history than most people realize. It's usually not as dry as people think (though, some writers really try

SFFS: Snippet from Fragger #2

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SFFS Snippet FRAGGER - BOOK TWO IN THE AMBASADORA SERIES Fragger , the second novel in the Ambasadora series, is coming soon. Since I don't have any art for it yet, I put together a Wordle from the first few chapters. There may be spoilers hidden within so scrutinize at your own risk. The following interaction between David Anlow and Sean Cryer , both prominent characters in the preceding books, hints at the dynamic of their relationship and Sean's struggle with drug abuse. -- READ SNIPPET #1 -- SNIPPET #2: "Do you need something to help you sleep, too?" Yul asked. "David seems to think so," Sean said, hoping that since it was the Armadan's idea to get some rest, it would cut off any impending lecture. "I said you needed sleep, not help getting there, so don't use me as an excuse to dose." Yul looked from one man to the other. Sean knew he was conflicted because technically Sean was his superior as a fragger nod

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: David Bain

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX David Bain 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? My favorite of my own characters is probably Mike Menger, a cantankerous, drug-dealing mystery wrapped in an enigma from my novel GRAY LAKE. Mike is a war vet, a burn victim, a twisted soul, a conflicted soul. He actually means well at times, but he also has … let’s just say he also has a nasty oral fixation. His current whereabouts are unknown, after the events chronicled at the end of GRAY LAKE, but I have a feeling we’ll be hearing from him again! 2. Tell me about your travels. I lived in Germany until I was four years old and, even though we lived in a house trailer, I got to go back there every summer while I was a kid - sometimes more than once a year. My mom was a travel agent when I was a kid and I got to go all over the place - Jamaica, all over the States. I think having a wide variety of experiences as a kid really colored my fiction. These days, however, driving three hours to Chicago is

SFFS: Snippet from Fragger #1

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SFFS Snippet FRAGGER - BOOK TWO IN THE AMBASADORA SERIES Fragger , the second novel in the Ambasadora series, will be coming soon. So here's a snippet from the beginning of the book where we drop in on Sean discussing Sara's recent, life-threatening seizures with Yul, a fragger doctor. The picture on the left is cropped from the cover of Ambasadora to show a close up of Sara's bio-lights, which will become the large arc in the the remaining books. Those little lights will change the world.... -- SNIPPET #1: "I believe the problem stems from her bio-lights," Yul said. Sean pictured the small lavender dots of the intra-tattoo swirling under the skin of Sara's arm. It had been too long since just his touch could send them racing and pulsing. Their mesmerizing effects had been as good as a drug during the one night they were intimate. He thought about that night ever since, wondering when they would have the opportunity to be that close again. Fe

SFFS: Snippet #4 from Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light

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AMBASADORA BOOK 1: Marked by Light DESCRIPTION: If everyone told you love wasn't real, would you still be willing to die for it? Sara Mendoza is captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason by the Embassy, but she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy's intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she's already in love with him. Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn't value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for. SNIPPET #1 SNIPPET #2 SNIPPET #3 -- The character which elicits more comments, questions, and interest than any other in the Ambasadora-verse is Rainer Varden . Here's an excerpt where Rainer is bl

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Kate Martin

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Kate Martin 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Tea. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and sophisticated. And little or no caffeine. I get...weird when caffeinated. 4. What else can you do besides write? I dance! Basically everything besides Tap, though I can tap a little. I teach ballet, jazz, lyric, and a turns and leaps technique class. I also teach toddler classes and pre-school combo class. Once upon a time, I even taught Hip Hop. 5. Who are you reading right now? Glenda Larke’s Watergivers trilogy. Absolutely loving it. I was craving a good adult fantasy novel and that’s exactly what she’s given me. Times three! Fascinating desert culture, too. The characters’ reactions to rivers and rain are absolutely brilliant. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? 9. Food you could eat ever

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Patrick Stutzman

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Patrick Stutzman 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? Where do I begin? In addition to writing, I can also act, voice acting and impersonations, sing, play a myriad of musical instruments, compose music, website programming (I program my own website using HTML and Javascript), home and auto repairs, and cook. I tried drawing, but my attempts didn’t turn out too well. I guess you can’t do everything! 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? I have a scene toward the end of my second book, Alone in Paradise, that involves an extremely harsh interaction between Anna and a group of space pirates. I don’t want to give too much away, but the scene makes me want to step in and save her. That doesn’t happen very often. 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? 9. Food you could e

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Pavarti K. Tyler

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Pavarti K Tyler 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Darya Yilmaz in Shadow is my favorite character. She's a complicated character full of ambition and strength, yet unable to reach her potential because of the culture she was born into. It's not that no one can, but the specific things Darya wants she simply can't have and that ambition and disappointment shape her personality. I think Darya is a character who will challenge readers and make them look at how they would function in her situation. 2. Tell me about your travels. I love to travel. I have been everywhere from California to Morocco. From Costa Rica to Denmark. Visiting new places and cultures is one of my favorite things to do. Oh that I had the money to away from home whenever I wanted to! One thing I always made sure to do was learn how to say "Please", "Thank You" and "I'm sorry" in the language of everywhere I visited. You