Z.R. Southcombe

IMG_20140812_214029Hm, my name should be an easy question, but it’s actually not! My name is Zenobia, most people know me as ‘Zee’, and I write under my initials, Z.R. Southcombe

What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Caretaker of Imagination was released on the 21st of March 2015. It’s a children’s chapter book, but it’s for grown-up kids as well, and fits in the adventure / fantasy genre. The book features pirates, a dragon, and (of course) cupcakes.

Quick description: Bored with his normal life, John Carroll runs away with his faithful cat in search of adventure. When he meets a real-life pirate, John realizes there is much more to the world than he’d ever thought possible – that magic is real, and in desperate need of a hero.

John must convince the (once fearsome) Captain Simon Peabody to join him on a fantastic and perilous quest to find the only person who can save magic from being lost forever: the Caretaker of Imagination.

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Brief biography:
Z.R. Southcombe is a children’s fantasy writer and surrealist painter. She is the author of recently released picture book What Stars Are Made Of and upcoming chapter book The Caretaker of Imagination.

She usually has a few creative projects on the go, including a personal blog, and is always inspired by the young people she meets in her teaching job. No matter what project she is currently working on, Z. R. is usually accompanied by a cup of tea.

Links to buy Z.R. Southcombe’s book:
Amazon
Kobo
Pt Chev Bookshop, New Zealand (print book)

Z.R. Southcombe’s promo links:
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Twitter
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Email: zeesouthcombe (at) gmail.com

What are you working on now?
In this series, I’ve got the second book with my illustrator and am working on the third book’s draft. I’m also working closely with author Anne Vrankovich to publish some of her children’s books, as well as doing some more personal paintings of my own.

Z.R. Southcombe’s reading recommendation:
One book I was introduced to this year and LOVED is an oldie: The Ship That Flew. It’s by Hilda Lewis, who was a novelist, and wrote this for her children so they wouldn’t get bored when they went on holiday and forgot to take books with them! It’s got a C.S. Lewis feel to the writing (though they’re not related as far as I know) and touches on Nordic mythology.

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TyCobbsTeeth

MugShotRobert A. Smith writing as TyCobbsTeeth

What is your latest release and what genre is it? Society for Supper
(Fiction – Action/Adventure, Thriller)

Quick description: Wide spread drought has gripped the planet and devastated food supplies around the world. Riots have started breaking out as chaos is tearing away at the fabric of society. Ben Donnelly, a former special weapons and tactics officer with the Boston police force, is in the fight of his life, trying to protect his family from the storm of inhumanity.

Society for Supper follows the Donnellys in their struggle to survive in the aftermath of the global food shortage and ultimately the collapse of society. The life they know is ripped away. They learn all too quickly, how we are all part of a precariously balanced community and when the balance is lost – society is devoured by the chaos of desperation.

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Brief biography:
I live in Eastern Canada with my wife, two daughters and 3 year old Tibetan-Terrier, Cheeky-Monkey. During the day I manage a small team of IT forensic investigators and at night I love a good book. Something that keeps me turning pages and staying up way too late.

Links to buy TyCobbsTeeth book:
Website

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TyCobbsTeeth promo links:
Blog
Goodreads
Twitter
Amazon Author Page

What are you working on now?
I’ve just started working on a new project that I’m excited about. It follows a killer around in the first person. I don’t want to give too many details away – plus it’s still only a few storyboard cards.

TyCobbsTeeth reading recommendation:
Recently I’ve been devouring the Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz. I love his sense of humor and writing style.

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P.S. Bartlett

Author_Photo P.S. Bartlett is my pen name but you may call me Peggy

What is your latest release and what genre is it? My most recent novel is The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge. It is the first installment in the Ivory Razor Adventures Series.

Quick description: If you can imagine a cross between Charlie’s Angels on the wrong side of the law and Pirates of The Caribbean, you’d be pretty close. However, this book is the story of Ivory Shepard, an unlikely pirate Captain who is captured by a rival pirate in order to collect the bounty on her head. Unfortunately for him, he ends up falling in love with her.

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Brief biography:
I was born on Valentine’s Day many moons ago in South Baltimore, Maryland, less than a mile from Fort McHenry and Federal Hill. I suppose growing up to write historical fiction was inevitable considering I grew up surrounded by history.

My first novel, Fireflies, was published with GMTA Publishing in 2013 and the prequel to Fireflies, entitled Hope From the Ocean, was published in March of 2014, followed by The Blue Diamond in October of 2014. I love history and historical fiction. I get my history fix via movies, television and of course books, although I enjoy reading almost every genre.

Links to buy Peggy’s book:
Amazon: Fireflies
Amazon: Hope From the Ocean
Amazon: The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge

Peggy’s promo links:
Twitter
Facebook
Website
YouTube
Pinterest
Google+
Amazon Author Page
Goodreads

What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the second book in the Ivory Razor Adventure series. I’m so excited to be back in the early 1700’s with these wild and crazy ladies!

Peggy’s reading recommendation:
Since it’s obvious I love historical fiction and pirates, I’ve been reading the Endless Horizon Pirate Stories by Cristi Taijeron. I’ve finished books one and two in the Uncharted Secrets series and I’m hooked! I’ve downloaded book three and I started it last night.

Pete Buckley

Pete Buckley Author Photo Pete Buckley

What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Colonel of Krasnoyarsk (adventure thriller)

Quick description: When Russian Agent Yuri Medev is dispatched to New York City from his Siberian base to track down an evil crime boss known only as Nikovich, a chance meeting with beautiful young dance student Juli Regan and the discovery of murdered FBI Agent Martin Eisel, begin a manhunt across four states that leads only to a new mystery and an unexpected alliance with Eisels’s former partner.

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Brief biography:
I’m Pete Buckley and I’m the UK based indie author of The Colonel of Krasnoyarsk which is my first novel. I am currently working on the next Yuri Medev adventure, provisionally titled The Kirov Conspiracy due for release early in 2015. Previously I wrote a couple of travel stories about various wonderful places such as New Zealand and the Swiss Alps. Aside from writing, travel has always been a big inspiration with hiking, biking and the outdoors taking up much of my time when I’m not looking after the kids.

Links to buy Pete’s book:
Amazon.com – eBook & paperback
Amazon UK – eBook & paperback
Smashwords – eBook
Barnes & Noble – Nook & paperback
Kobo – eBook

Pete’s promo links:
Website
Twitter
Amazon Author Central page

What are you working on now?
The Kirov Conspiracy which is Yuri’s next adventure

Pete’s reading recommendation:
The last book I read was The White Lioness by Henning Mankell – not current I know but I’ve always been a fan of Inspector Wallander.

Erik Martin Willén

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My latest release is the second volume in my debut story, Nastragull. Hunted is the second part in my debut series. Nastragull: Pirates was the first. Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Space Opera, Action, Adventure, Military, Romance, Strong Women

Quick description: Nastragull: Hunted (volume 2) – After escaping from pirates with an emperor’s ransom in loot in NASTRAGULL: Pirates, young Alec and friends take refuge in a roving collective of space stations and massive starships called New Frontier. Along with fleets from Nastasturus and the rival Florencian Federation, three massive pirate armadas descend like locusts upon New Frontier, triggering a cataclysmic battle. Crippled and flung deep into space by an explosion, Alec’s ship becomes the quarry of everyone.

Nastragull: Pirates (volume 1) – As a tight-knit group of human cadets heads home after eight years of military training, their interstellar transport, Bright Star, comes under attack by pirates and after a bloody battle, they’re taken prisoner. One of the cadets, Alec Horn, eventually manages to escape with the Bright Star’s captain and an emperor’s ransom in loot. Together, they set out on a harrowing adventure to rescue their friends and comrades.

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Brief biography:
My name is Erik Martin Willén, a first time author from Sweden who loves books and loves writing even more. I live in a small village in south Sweden and I received my education at an American Business University.
I recently published an original science fiction novel titled NASTRAGULL: Pirates, the first book in a projected series that combines the non-stop high-tech adventure of Star Wars with the awe-inspiring, complex cultural backdrop of Dune–with quite a bit of Quentin Tarantino thrown in for good measure. This action-packed novel includes elements of military SF, traditional space opera, dystopian SF, and the sociological explorations of writers such as Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. LeGuin. At heart, though, it’s a love story–the tale of two literally star-crossed lovers, and their Herculean efforts to move Heaven and Earth (sometimes literally) to find each other again and again as circumstances rip them apart.

How it all started: This is a story that I’ve kept coming back to since I was very young. Back then, a friend and I decided to create a cartoon. He was a great artist and could draw anything—and I was a bit crazy with my creative imagination. We decided I would come up with the story and he would handle the drawings. Boy, what a team we were! We produced a couple of pages, and then we got bored and went outside to play.

Through the years, I made notes on the topic … many notes. Several times I attempted to write a book based on those notes, but didn’t have the patience to complete it; after a few pages, I simply stopped. Years went by, and from time to time, whenever I faced difficulties in my life, I made more notes. Eventually I wrote the outline for the saga and turned it into several screenplays: Dawn Sets In Hell, Twenty-First, Nastragull, etc.

The turning point in my life, the one that made me an author, was when my younger sister Sofia was diagnosed with Lupus SLE—and died shortly thereafter at the young age of 24 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sofia’s death came as an incredible shock. It hit my family and me very hard, and made me re-evaluate my life. During my grief I started to write, and I wrote and wrote, and I held back nothing. Finally I had found my author’s voice, and the result is the saga called NASTRAGULL.

Links to buy Erik’s book:
Pirates – eBook & paperback

Hunted – eBook & paperback

Erik’s promo links:
Amazon Author Page
Blog
Goodreads
Twitter
Google+

What are you working on now?
Currently I’m working on part 3, Nastragull: Dawn Sets in Hell & also Section Twenty-One (4) They should both be published later on this year.

Erik’s reading recommendation:
Emperor, The Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden

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