Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
--Baron Manfred Von Richtofen

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

One Word Interview with Nicole Zoltak

Today we welcome fantasy author Nicole Zoltak, author Black Hellebore to the writing chair. Take it away, Nicole!

Stranded on a desert island! What's your must-have item?
 A fully loaded kindle that has a never ending battery 

A wise decision. Books are necessary for survival for sure.

You've been plunked down in a fairy tale. What character are you?
Snow - but only if she's the Snow in Once Upon a Time.

Yes, she's much better than the Disney version, isn't she?

You are having your characters over for dinner. What are you serving?
Chicken with pesto and wine and something chocolaty for dessert

Your characters must love you! Yum.

What historical figure would you most like to have lunch with?
Joan of Arc

This is always the question I look forward to most. So many interesting people to choose from. I would love to meet Joan of Arc too!

If you could time travel to any period in history, where would you go? 
Late Middle Ages / early Renaissance 

A fascinating time.

Thank you so much for being with us, Nicole!

Nicole Zoltack writes speculative stories for all ages. When she's not writing about knights or superheroes, she loves to spend time with her loving husband and three energetic young boys. She loves riding horses (pretending they're unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dress in garb. She'll also read anything she can get her hands on. Her favorite current TV show is The Walking Dead. To learn more about Nicole and her works, visit or

Black Hellebore: 

Once a year for the past decade, Nicholas Adams returns to Falledge and leaves a black hellebore on his

His girlfriend's twin, Julianna Paige, is Falledge's deputy, struggling to solve several murders. Nicholas, and his alter ego the Black Hellebore, helps her, even as she helps him move on and even start to love again.

Unfortunately, Nicholas wasn't the only one changed in the laboratory explosion, and now there's a supervillain bent on destroying Falledge, and killing the Black Hellebore. But falling in love might prove more dangerous than any supervillain.

girlfriend's grave. While departing Falledge, he chases after a man sneaking into the laboratory and dies for his trouble. A witch brings him back to life, but Nicholas soon realizes he's not the same man. Turns out, magic combined with a black hellebore in his pocket changed him into a kind of a super man.
Black Hellebore, first in a new superhero romance trilogy The Heroes of Falledge.
eBook release: October 2013
print release: January 2014
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
ISBN 10: 1-61252-363-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-61252-363-7

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

One Word Interview with Randy Lindsay

Today, we welcome Randy Lindsay, author of the LDS speculative novel, The Gathering. Welcome, Randy!

You've been set down in the middle of your latest book. Weapon of choice?

Amazing answer! I had never thought of faith as a weapon before, but yes.

What one trait do you have in common with your main character?

I think all our characters reflect the deepest parts of ourselves.
What historical figure would you most like to have lunch with?
William Shakespeare

Love it! Can I come too?
We are holding a banquet in honor of your awesomeness. What are we serving for dessert?
Ice Cream

A man after my own heart.
What fictional world would you most like to live in?

See? There you go again. Just what I would have chosen. :)

Thanks so much, Randy!

Randy Lindsay is a native of Arizona. From an early age, his mind traveled in new and unusual directions. His preoccupation with "what if" eventually led him to write speculative fiction. According to his wife, "everything is a story to Randy." And it is. The Gathering is his first novel, but he has been published in a variety of science-fiction and fantasy anthologies. He lives in Mesa with his wife and five of his nine children. If you want to find out more you can check out his website at

Robert Williams didn't expect an early honorable release from his mission, but upon his return home, he sees the reason for the surprise decision. Unemployment, rampant violence, and frequent food shortages have put the United States on the brink of another civil war. As the threads of society unravel, the Williams family must adapt to drastic changes as the long-foretold gathering begins to take place.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

One Word Interview with C. Michelle Jeffries

Today, I am pleased to welcome my good friend C. Michelle Jeffries, author of the futuristic suspense thriller, Emergence, to the writing chair. Take it away, Michelle!

Zombie apocalypse! What fictional character do you most want by your side?
Acheron Parthenopaeus from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters
Excellent! Sounds like a good guy to have your back.
You've been plunked down in the middle of your latest book. Weapon of choice?
British .338 sniper rifle
Efficient, accurate, and deadly!
You are having your characters over for dinner. What are you serving?
Takeout, I hope. Gives you more time to visit!
You've been transported into a fairy tale. What character are you?
The Snow Queen
Brrrrrr. I think I'd prefer a warmer character, personally. :)
What historical figure would you most like to have lunch with?
George Washington

I am always so interested to see what historical figures people choose. What a great lunch that would be! I wonder what he'd think of America today.

Thanks so much for being with us, Michelle!

C. Michelle Jefferies practically grew up in a library. The oldest daughter of four, she spent hours devouring books with her mother. When she was ten, she realized that she wanted to write stories like the science fiction books she loved to read. In high school, she met another writer that inspired her to write a novel instead of just short stories. She finished that 189 page handwritten novel the summer of her junior year.

A mother of seven, she put her writing on the back burner while she focused on raising her young children, and volunteering as a breastfeeding counselor in her community. When her children were old enough for her to spend a few hours on the computer, without them burning the house down, she returned to writing and hasn't stopped since. Often writing or editing with a baby in her arms or under her feet.

Married to the guy her high school boyfriend introduced her to; she claims the last 20 + years as her education and mission experience. With a love for natural mothering, and a passion for secret agents and all things Asian she writes about bad boys turned good and fantasy of the urban type. All while beating herself up three times a week in Karate class as she works toward her black belt in Tang Soo Do.

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A Hitman with a Conscience.

Assassin Antony Danic has never killed an innocent man. At least the corporation he works for has never given him a reason to think otherwise until now. Reeling from a series of demanding assignments, Antony is desperate for some downtime. As he sits on a beach in Tahiti watching his wife play in the ocean, a messenger from his employer delivers a death threat. Suddenly, the hunter has become the hunted. While Antony struggles to find a way out of his till death do us part contract, he's faced with the decision of a lifetime: kill another man who may be innocent, or do what's right even if it puts his family in jeopardy.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

One Word Interview with Fay Klingler

Today we have our first non-fiction writer in the writing chair. Welcome, Fay Klingler, author of numerous inspirational non-fiction books, including A Woman's Power, The LDS Grandparents' Idea Book, and Shattered: Six Steps from Betrayal to Recovery. She also has two new books coming out this March! We Are Strong! Mothers and Daughters Stand Together, and I Am Strong! I Am Smart! 

Stranded on a desert island! What's your must-have item?
A water purifier. (Of course that comes with a shaded oasis complete with an active spring in the middle! Oh, yes, and could there be a side pocket on that purifier that produces life-sustaining puree?)

A very practical answer! Especially the shady oasis part. 

If you could travel back in time, what ere would you visit?
You know, when I was younger, I thought I’d make a great pioneer during the 1800s or early 1900s. But lately, when my stomach is empty, I’ve wondered how some of my ancestors managed on little food and very scanty money. What era of the past to visit? No doubt one of the most wonderful times to visit would be the 1970s–1980s when my babies were young and active.

What a sweet answer. That sounds nice.
What historical figure would you most like to have lunch with?
Abraham Lincoln. I have several questions for him and would look forward to a frank conversation.

Ooooh. Wouldn't that be great?
You're performing on Broadway. What show are you in?
Mary Poppins. I can really relate with her character role . . .

Yes, I can see that in you. :)
What one character trait do you feel serves you best?
Organization and leadership. Oops! You said one character trait. Hmmmm. How about the trait of organizationaleadership?

An excellent trait to have! However you spell it.

Thanks so much for being with us today Fay!

Fay A. Klingler, author and illustrator, is an award-winning creative and technical writer, as well as a sought-after motivational speaker for women’s groups and radio and television audiences. Her expertise includes successful patterns for life, betrayal recovery, and effective grandparenting. Her newest publications to be released in March 2014 are I Am Strong! I Am Smart! and We Are Strong! Mothers and Daughters Stand Together. Fay’s previous publications include: A Woman’s Power: Threads that Bind Us to God; Shattered: Six Steps from Betrayal to Recovery; Daughters of God, You Have What It Takes; The LDS Grandparents’ Idea Book; My Magnificent Mountain; The Complete Guide to Woman’s Time; Our New Baby; and A Mother’s Journal.

Fay loves to hear from her readers. You can send her an email at, contact her on Facebook at, or visit her website at