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Vengeance of the Werewolf – sample

Enjoy this sample of Vengeance of the Werewolf:

 

When the beast reached the door it stood on its hind legs and grabbed the door handle and pulled. The bright light of the bathroom hurt its eyes until they adjusted. It ducked down and walked into the bathroom aiming for the handicapped stall at the other end. She was in there, it could smell her and the stupid dog. When the beast was about two stalls away from Harley, it heard her whispering to the dog and the rustle of clothing.

 

Skipper looked over his shoulder at Harley and she knew they were in very serious danger. The claws were close, so close the musky scent overwhelmed her. “Skip, I need you to scare the hell out of whoever that is. No biting, just bark and run. We have to get to the car.” She pulled her keys out of her pocket and reached for the door latch.

 

When the latch released the beast smashed the flat of its paw against the outside of the door. It ripped from its hinges revealing the girl. The beast almost smiled, forgetting about the dog.

 

Skipper lunged yanking the leash from Harley’s hand. Neither girl nor dog had ever seen anything like what stood in the open doorway. The thing facing them had to be over six feet tall and it was standing on its back legs. But it wasn’t a bear. It had the face of a wolf, but with more teeth.

Harley screamed when Skipper pulled away. Because of the slick floor, Skipper’s jump didn’t come as close to the neck as he would have liked. But no matter, his instinct was to attack and protect so he latched onto the first part of the monster he hit.

Harley watched in horror while Skipper clamped down on the monster’s groin. It screamed in rage and pain as Skipper shook his head from side to side.

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Meet Author Kim Padgett-Clarke

Halo me lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Kim Padgett-Clarke

Kim’s passion for writing began as a child. She wrote hundreds of short stories in little red notebooks, making her long suffering relatives read each one.

As an adult, Kim took a few years break from writing to travel and live abroad. On her return to the UK, she once again took up writing. Her short stories were published in many magazines and anthologies.

Kim eventually ventured into the world of novel writing and published her first book Pain in 2011. Made of Glass is her second novel.

Kim lives with her husband in Blackpool, a seaside resort in the North West of England.

Enjoy this sample of Made Of Glass – a dark romance

Emily and Clare are sisters who share a special bond. Clare is overweight, plain looking, and has epilepsy.

When Daniel comes into Clare’s life, all her dreams have come true. Daniel is handsome, successful, and to Clare’s amazement, is attracted to her. Clare finally has a man who will give her a loving relationship.

But Daniel is not all he seems to be. He is a control freak, who will do anything to keep Clare to himself. When Emily tells Daniel that she’s found out who he really is, he has to take drastic action to get Emily out of their lives, for good.

If you use a Pen Name why did you choose it?  I started writing short stories and sent them off to magazines. When the rejection letters started piling up I began to think maybe I just wasn’t a good enough writer to produce anything publishable. I visited a Medium who told me that I would never get published under my own name. She told me to put three specific letters into the name. I came up with Kim Padgett-Clarke and used it on a story which had been rejected many times. Amazingly it got published and I have never looked back!

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I try to structure my day around office hours. I write in the morning, break for lunch and carry on in the afternoon. When I lived alone I used to write in the evenings only because it took my mind off the fact that I was on my own. Now I have a wonderful husband and evenings are set aside for watching TV or films or getting together with friends.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  I was clearing out the loft recently and found a draft of my first attempt at a novel from fifteen years ago. At the time I thought it was going to be a bestseller! I think my writing has evolved enormously since then and I have learned a great deal about the art of writing a book. However I try to bear in mind that I will never stop learning how to improve my writing.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  I have to have complete silence when I write otherwise I become distracted and can’t concentrate. I have placed my desk facing the window as I find looking out on the garden relaxing and it helps to clear my mind and stay focused.

What have you written?  Hundreds of short stories most of which were published in small independent magazines and anthologies, and two novels. I also took part in a project where different writers each wrote a chapter of a book called The Heart Doctor. We were all given photographs of our character and an outline of the chapter plot. It was quite challenging but very rewarding. I hope to see the book in print in the near future.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  With my first novel Pain I had a plot outline but I let the characters take me on the journey and only had a vague idea what would happen in each chapter. With Made Of Glass I planned each chapter and what would happen in it. However after editing, the final version went in a slightly different direction to the first draft.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?  I used a company called 99 Designs for Made Of Glass. I gave them an outline of the story and designers submitted their ideas for the cover. It was incredibly hard narrowing it down to a winner as they were all excellent designs.

Any advice for aspiring authors?  Writing the book is only the start of the journey. Unless you want to limit sales to just family and friends it is important to research how to get your book noticed. If nobody knows it exists nobody will buy it.

Where do your ideas come from?  An idea can form by just reading a newspaper or magazine, watching TV, observing everyday life or just talking to people. I always have a notebook nearby or with me if I go out. I also seem to have thoughts and ideas whilst I am showering or in the bath. Maybe it’s because I am at my most relaxed in that environment.

What is the hardest thing about writing?  If you work the hardest thing is finding time to write. If you are committed you will somehow make time.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?  Going through the manuscript when I got it back from the copy-editor and making the recommended changes. It felt like being back at school!

What is your favorite movie or TV show?  One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is my favourite movie. When it first came out I went to see it twelve times at my local cinema until I could pretty much quote every line. I have it on DVD and still watch it every now and then. I love the dark humour of the TV show Six Feet Under.

What is the current book you are promoting? Made Of Glass.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?  I would say Clare is my favourite. At the beginning she is a shy and vulnerable young woman who just wants a normal life but is convinced it will never happen. As the book progresses she finds love, and her self-esteem grows. Unfortunately things don’t turn out the way she had hoped they would.

Who is your least favorite character and why? Daniel is quite evil but I enjoyed writing about him. He is a very complex character with some deep seated issues when it comes to women so it was quite scary getting into his head and seeing things from his warped perspective.

What is your next project? In 2017 I will be starting my third novel. The story will revolve around a man who develops Locked-In Syndrome.

.If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?  Abolish war.

Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasn’t yours? And if you did, what was it like? The first time I read Pain was quite surreal because a little time had elapsed between finishing it and getting it published so it almost felt like I was reading someone else’s work.

Do you ever feel self-conscious when writing love/sex scenes?  I would be very self-conscious about writing graphic sex scenes but when sex is part of the story I feel it is important to portray it as realistically to the storyline as possible. It was hard writing the sex scenes in Made Of Glass. Clare is a virgin so I had to bear that in mind. Daniel is an experienced lover but he can switch from being gentle to extremely rough depending on his frame of mind.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing?  I believe self-publishing gives the writer the freedom to write anything they want without having to worry about whether it is commercial enough to interest a traditional publisher.

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published?  I haven’t come across this attitude personally. The self-published market is now full of high quality books that look every bit as good as a book published through a major publisher.

 What do your fans mean to you?  Everything. Without them it would be like an actor playing to an empty theatre. Their kind words and encouragement are priceless.

Tell us something unique about you.  I love the idea of life after death so I visit a medium usually once a year. One lady told me that I had been a writer in each of my past lives so it explains why I just can’t imagine a life without writing.

Many thanks! For more about Kim and her work, follow the links below:

Goodreads / Amazon / Amazon

Meet Author Avery Michaels

Halo me lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Avery Michaels

Avery grew up in a small town on the outskirts of Birmingham, AL with her mom and World Series of Poker Champion step-dad.

She’s been married to Mr. Avery Michaels for ten years. She has a seven-year-old son and two teenage step-children. When she isn’t writing, she’s teaching Radiology at the local college.

In Avery’s spare time, she enjoys a good read. She’s also a car dancing enthusiast and a prankster.

Avery is very involved in her community as a special education advocate. Also an animal lover, she has a pit bull, a lab mix, and an Italian mastiff. It’s a full house.

Enjoy this same from Do No Harm Dr. Aubrey Drake Volume 1 Crime-Fiction/Mystery/Thriller

Dr. Aubrey Drake’s dream was to change the world. All she ever wanted to do was help people. As soon as she graduates medical school, she leaves her small town for the big city to practice medicine.

She’d never realized so much violence could exist in one place. When she finds herself treating a child killer, she takes justice into her own hands.

Feeling as though she did the right thing by exacting justice on a murderer, she decides to set her sights on a serial rapist who has eluded police for some time leaving countless victims in his wake. She knows she’s burning the candle at both ends as she gathers clues by day and works the emergency room by night until one day she realizes she’s the one being hunted.

Dr. Drake’s brand of justice will leave you wide-eyed and speechless.

Why do you write?  I just love it. Writing is something that I’m very passionate about. What started as an escape became a career choice and I’m grateful every day that I have the opportunity to be a part of the lives of strangers by giving them a world to escape into.

When did you decide to become a writer? I didn’t, really. I’ve been writing stories since I was in sixth grade. One day, about a year ago, I thought, “What if I sent this to a publisher? I wonder if anyone would enjoy my stories.” So I did just that.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  It depends on if the story is complete in my mind. If the characters are talking to me, between my day job and my kiddos, I can get it done in about a month. If it’s something new that I’m trying my hand at, it could take much longer.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  My mom died very suddenly. It was a very dark time for me and I started writing to occupy my mind. Eventually, the writing evolved into much lighter stories, thank goodness.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  *Laughs* Oh yes, this is the tricky part. I teach during the day and usually get off work about three in the afternoon. I write from 3pm-6pm. After that, it’s a blur of dinner, playing, bath time, bedtime, etc. Somewhere in there, I work in a shower for myself.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  I think writing is a career that is ever evolving. You have to be open to new ideas, even sometimes going to places, creatively, where you aren’t always the most comfortable. I’ve explored different genres. I’m most comfortable writing romance. I love a strong female lead and a sexy piece of man candy but I’ve most recently started writing crime fiction. I’m anxious to see how the world will receive my newest heroine, Aubrey Drake. She’s sort of a vigilante anti-hero with a good heart. That has been predominately a male market but I wanted to see how a girl would do it.

I’ve strayed from the question. I think I’ve evolved creatively by being open to new ideas/genres even if it’s outside of my comfort zone.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  No. I’m too easily distracted.

What have you written?

Love Reconnected: Hollywood Series Book 1

Love Ignited: Hollywood Series Book 2

Love United: Hollywood Series Book 3

Do No Harm: Dr. Aubrey Drake Volume 1

In Harm’s Way: Dr. Aubrey Drake Volume 2

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  I just like to see where the idea/characters take me. I do make notes but I wouldn’t say that I make an outline.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? My publisher, Coastal Escape Publishing, designs my book covers. Specifically Tomi Warnick.

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?  Giveaways. People love giveaways and I love to host them so that’s a win/win.

Any advice for aspiring authors?  Just go for it. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?  She’s so good yet bad as well and she isn’t ashamed of who she is. She owns it.

What is the hardest thing about writing?  Staying focused on one story when you have several ideas.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?  Fleshing out the mystery of it all without giving away the villain.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?  The Green Mile, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; Friends

Which writers inspire you?  Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Shirley Jackson, Nicholas Sparks, Diane Chamberlain

What is the current book you are promoting?  Do No Harm: Dr. Aubrey Drake Volume 1

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser?  Fresh out of medical school, Aubrey rushes off to the big city to practice emergency medicine. The city isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. She bears witness to victims of senseless crime coming through her ER on a daily basis. After she loses a patient in a heinous act of violence, she finds herself treating the killer…

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?  Aubrey, of course. She’s really strong and accepts that while she can’t help everyone, she puts her all into those she can help. I also very much enjoy Ben Bailey. He’s really fun.

Who is your least favorite character and why?  There are a few. You’ll have to read the book for that one.

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast?  Oh, I love this question! I like Emma Roberts or Cloe Moretz for Aubrey. For Ben, Alexander Ludwig or Zac Efron if I’m dreaming…

What is your next project?  I’ve just started working on something that tugs at the heartstrings. We’ll see where it goes.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?  Stop the hate! Somewhere we’ve lost compassion for our fellow man. We’re turning on each other. And for what? There’s no good reason. Love really does conquer all. We have to get back to that.

Do you have any fur babies to brag about? I have a thirteen year old blue Pit Bull named Bella, a chocolate lab named Brinkley and a new puppy that was just born, an Italian Mastiff named Jax.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn because that woman can write a mystery/thriller like no one else!

What do your fans mean to you?  There are no words to adequately describe the gratitude I feel towards a person who has taken time out of their day to enjoy my work.

Is there a book you love you’d like to recommend to others?  The Midwife’s Confession by Dianne Chamberlain is one of my favorites. I have so many!

Tell us something unique about you.  I’m a girl’s girl. I love my friends. I’ve had the same five best friends since I was a kid.

Many thanks! For more about Avery and her work, follow the links below:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Amazon

Meet Author David Liscio

Halo me lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author David Liscio

David Liscio is an award-winning journalist whose lengthy experience covering crime stories led to the writing of the Boston-based serial killer thriller Deadly Fare. An investigative reporter, David’s work has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers. The recipient of more than 20 journalism honors, he has reported extensively on organized crime in both the United States and abroad, in addition to writing about environmental and military subjects.
David is an avid sailor, outdoorsman and adjunct college professor. A father of two, he lives with his wife and dog on the Massachusetts coast, where he is a volunteer firefighter and Ocean Rescue team member. He’s currently at work on another novel.
You can contact him on his website: www.davidliscio.com.

Enjoy this same of Deadly Fare – A serial killer thriller. Crime fiction.

June 1985, Boston, Massachusetts

Rainy nights at Logan Airport were usually best, the women eager to get inside his cab, not paying much attention to whether it was licensed or why the roof TAXI sign barely glowed.

For Luddy Pugano, this particular curbside pickup seemed as though it would work out much like two others earlier in the year – one during a January snowstorm and another amid an early-March cold snap that brought sleet and plunged Boston temperatures to below freezing. He had put the young woman’s two suitcases in the trunk. Fake packages wrapped in brown paper filled the back seat so the fare was invited to sit up front, relax and pick a radio station. Once she appeared at ease, he’d slammed her head against the dashboard, then poked her menacingly with the tip of a clamming knife while driving to a deserted industrial lot in Eastie within earshot of the runways. But somehow this one had managed to squiggle out of his beefy arms. His leather belt was still cinched around her neck as she cast aside her thin trenchcoat and clawed her way up the muddy embankment to the highway.

The woman couldn’t believe this was happening to her. She was a sophisticated sales rep flying into Boston to sell medical devices at three hospitals and heading home the next day – at least that was the plan. Abduction by a weirdo cabbie who clearly was trying to kill her was something that happened to other people. She didn’t dare look back. The mud was slippery but she was determined to get away. This wasn’t how she would allow herself to die, so she climbed, yanking clumps of weedy grass as she put every last bit of energy into reaching the highway. Her gray pinstriped dress was torn at the neckline and she was shoeless, her hair disheveled, her bruised and muddied face a mask of sheer terror as she flagged down passing cars for help. She waved wildly at three drivers who kept on going, their tires hissing on the rain-soaked roadway.  “What the hell? Why doesn’t anybody stop? Am I some sort of Kitty Genovese? A tragic headline in the making?”

She thought her heart would burst through her chest as a fourth vehicle – which in the dark resembled a police cruiser with a driver-side spotlight — switched on its directional signals and pulled over onto the road shoulder. Her face showed relief for a fraction of a second until she realized the worst had happened. It was him.

The woman tried to scream but no sound came out, her vocal cords compressed by the leather belt that flapped from her neck. The rain spattered her face and mixed with the coppery taste of blood on her lips as she stepped back against the metal guardrail. The driver’s door opened and a large, barrel-chested man got out. The woman noticed he wore a dark hooded sweatshirt and knit watch cap. Despite her willingness not to die along the shoulder of a highway, she felt a paralyzing wave of fear wash over her from throat to toes.

The cabbie rushed toward her and reached for her arms, raised in self-defense. He’d grabbed her just as a BMW sedan pulled alongside the cab. A silver-haired man in business suit and necktie rolled down the passenger-side window and shouted over the sound of a plane taking off, asking if everything was all right. The woman felt the grip on her arms loosen as the cabbie turned and bolted. She watched in disbelief as he clumsily folded himself back into the driver’s seat, spinning the rear tires on the wet pavement as he roared away into the night. She saw the red taillights getting smaller as she leaned her weight against the guardrail and sobbed uncontrollably.

The woman’s suitcases were mostly filled with medical device samples, branded coffee cups, pens and notepads. Luddy tossed them into a dumpster behind a gas station. During the following week, he scoured the newspapers for any reference to an attempted abduction at Logan Airport, just as he had done after the other two grabs, but there were no stories. An attempted abduction wasn’t exactly news in Boston, not like a murder. The police had previously recorded two similar incidents at the airport as missing person cases. To the news reporters who covered the city’s crime beat, none seemed worth the airtime or page space, so the public remained unaware of the danger. Only State Police Detective Lt. Hannah Summers, after interviewing the woman who had escaped, theorized the three cases might be related. She wrote a report that was read by her commanding officer with great amusement and summarily tossed aside.

Why do you write? I write because it makes me happy. Some people golf.

When did you decide to become a writer? I’ve been writing professionally since I graduated from college.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? It took a year to write Deadly Fare.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I felt I had a story to tell.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I wish that were the case. Right now I have several jobs that keep me hopping – magazine photojournalist, college professor, EMT on a 911 ambulance. Maybe someday I’ll write full time.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? No. I like quiet when I’m writing.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? Both. I initially create an outline that is more like one of those charts people make to show their family tree, but once I start writing the characters lead the way and seldom follow my plan.

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures? Not really. It has been mostly word of mouth.

Any advice for aspiring authors? Don’t write to make money. I think that creates an unhealthy pressure. Write because you love doing it, knowing that others will read and perhaps truly enjoy your work.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special? The main character is a serial killer. That he kills is no surprise. Lots of people kill. What’s more interesting to me is how he became a psychopath. It’s that mental journey and transformation I find intriguing.

Where do your ideas come from? Everywhere. Music. The web. The news. Conversations with friends. Reading other authors – fiction and non-fiction. Taking time out to simply think.

What is the hardest thing about writing? To keep on going when you hit a block, knowing that once the flow is reestablished, you’ll be just fine.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Finding uninterrupted time to do all the necessary research in addition to the actual writing. Deadly Fare is very detailed when it comes to Boston. It has, in my opinion, a real sense of place. It’s a Boston crime book.

What is your favorite movie or TV show? Lately I’ve watched the first season of Westworld. I love Dolores.

Which writers inspire you? So many. John Steinbeck comes quickly to mind.

What is the current book you are promoting? Deadly Fare.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser? The plot pits the investigative skills of Emmett Decker and Hannah Summers against a band of misguided eco-terrorists bent on inflicting harm in order to save the world from exploitation.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why? Celeste. She has a rich history. If you understand her, you understand the serial killer.

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast? Jennifer Lawrence or Kristen Bell as the girl-next-door police detective. Bradley Cooper or Ben Affleck as the serial killer, since both of these talented actors are fortysomething and the part would take them outside their usual roles. Maybe someone like Jake Gyllenhaal to play the ex-Special Forces soldier. There are scenes in this book that I imagine Tarantino would enjoy filming.

What is your next project? A crime novel that involves eco-terrorism.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? To make everyone, everywhere, understand that if we destroy the environment, make the planet uninhabitable, we become extinct.

Where do you come up with your stories? I have spent most of my adult life writing newspaper and magazine articles, many of them crime related. Now I have a surplus of stories that I can tap and turn into fiction.

Do you have any fur babies to brag about? I have an 80-pound golden doodle named Scout who still gets excited to see me even if I’ve only been gone a few hours.

Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasn’t yours? And if you did, what was it like? Yes. It was exciting to receive the proof in the mail and later an entire box of paperbacks. I started reading one of them and at some points forgot I was reading my own book.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? Do what works for you. Don’t try to copy another writer’s methods. Hemingway insisted writing could only be done in early morning, with eight sharpened lead pencils set in a row beside his writing tablet. I wouldn’t recommend it

Do have a favorite car or truck model? I like Jeeps and BMWs.

Do you ever feel self-conscious when writing love/sex scenes? Nah. Most of the time I’m envious of my characters because they’re having such great sex.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing? If you look at YA and contemporary romance, you’ll see the indie authors are having great success without having to rely on traditional publishers. I think that trend will soon find its way to other genres, such as crime fiction.

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published? It seems to have lessened over the past few years, at least that’s what I’ve been told by other indie authors.

What book are you currently reading or just finished? I recently binged on Nelson DeMille, reading Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Lion’s Game, and The Lion. I read constantly. Lots of crime fiction, history, military, action/adventure, and an occasional romance.

What do your fans mean to you? When readers review my work or write to me to say they liked a certain scene or phrase, it makes my day. Five stars on Amazon or Goodreads is a warm feeling.

Tell us something unique about you. I grew up in the woods of upstate New York and didn’t see the ocean until I was twenty. Now I live next to it and get out sailing as much as possible.

Is there anything else you would like to add? Thanks to everyone who has read Deadly Fare and supported my efforts to write a worthwhile book.

How can readers discover more about you and you work? I’m a Goodreads Author, an Amazon Author, a public figure Author David Liscio on Facebook, on Linkedin, and there’s information on my website, www.davidliscio.com.

Thanks so much! For more about David and his work, follow the links below:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Goodreads / Amazon / Instagram

New Book Release: The Maid and The Footman: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Howdy lovelies! I’m thrilled to announce two new book releases from an author I had the great opportunity to interview right here on Interview FoxSeat.

Don released two Jane Austen Fan Fiction (JAFF) works that are tied together…
A Novella of about 29,000 words…”Of Fortune’s Reversal” and its companion novel “The Maid and the Footman.”

Author’s Note:
Both look at the events that swirled around Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice Variations that assume a universe where Mr. Bennet dies before the Netherfield Ball.  “Of Fortune’s Reversal” presents the narrative from the traditional point-of-view—the gentry.  “The Maid and the Footman” considers the same events but as seen from the world below stairs. These are romances, to be sure, but ones immersed in the historical background of the time which gives them context and depth.
I never intended to write the second book.  I thought “Of Fortune’s Reversal” was a one-off.  I was focusing on developing the second book in the Bennet Wardrobe Series…The Exile.  As a result, I wrote “Henry Fitzwilliam’s War” during August in order to get a better handle on that character. MF: I speak for the readers when I say, I’m glad you did write the next book.
I will weave characters from other fiction into my work as I am a believer in Robert A. Heinlein’s “World as Myth” model in which authors, through the act of writing fiction, create the universes within which the actors exist.  I like to believe that Patrick O’Brien’s Stephen Maturin or Wilson Graham’s Jeremy Poldark (or for that matter Doctor Who’s Centurion) existed in Regency England. However, as Ms Austen did not know them, she did not write about them. See my “Author’s Note” at the end of the book. Look Don up on Goodreads.

Of Fortune’s Reversal (Released July 28, 2016)

A brisk early November Hyde Park morning is shattered by a child’s scream. How two adults react in those next few desperate moments sets the plot in motion in this “Pride & Prejudice” alternative focusing on twenty-one year old Kitty Bennet.

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“Of Fortune’s Reversal” is a novella-length tale based upon an inversion of Mrs. Bennet’s exclamation that with one good marriage, the other girls will be thrown in front of rich men. For more than two centuries, the Jane/Bingley: Lizzy/Darcy tetrarchy has been portrayed as the solution to Mary and Kitty’s marriage difficulties, not to mention Mrs. Bennet’s housing requirements. But, what if that was not the case?

What if Mr. Bennet dies just as Jane is receiving the Bingley sisters’ invitation to dinner?

No rainy day horseback ride. No cold for Jane. No Elizabeth coming to Netherfield to nurse her elder sister…so no links forged in any way with Bingley (beyond what he felt for Miss Bennet at the Assembly) and Darcy (no fine eyes, no walk around the library, etc).

No Netherfield Ball.

No proposal from Collins because he was already wed to a shrew who convinced him to evict the Bennet women. So no trip to Hunsford cottage for Lizzy because Charlotte remains a spinster at Lucas Lodge.

Rather, the Bennet women are forced out of Longbourn—the older girls to Gracechurch Street and ultimately taking up employment away from the city.  The two younger girls remain in Meryton with their mother, to be sent away to seminary for some much-needed formal education.  But, the death of Thomas Bennet has changed more than the family’s financial fortunes.  It has also bent the arc of the P&P universe.


The Maid and The Footman (Released 12/1/2016)

There are two sides to every great story.  The tale of how General Sir Richard Fitzwilliam, Baron St. Jean, fell in love with a governess, Kitty Bennet, after she was terribly injured while protecting the Cecil heiress is well known. Now discover how an unbreakable bond between a footman and a maid grew in the face of that same tragedy and a developing international intrigue.

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The Maid and The Footman explores the increasing affection between a young lady’s maid and a retired Army sergeant which was as great as any love written about by the immortals. In the Jane Austen universe, the celebrated novels are written from the point-of-view of the landed gentry. Servants are rarely seen except to open doors, serve dinner or fetch smelling salts. The Maid and The Footman asserts that class is an imaginary distinction conferring no better manners on the “haves” and no lesser nobility on the “have-nots” and that the deepest human emotions are universal.

 The Maid and The Footman also reveals how Annie Reynolds and Henry Wilson teamed up with General Fitzwilliam to fight the nefarious plot that had penetrated to the heart of the British government after Napoleon’s fall. The hidden motive driving the attack on Kitty Bennet in Hyde Park is gradually revealed.  Throughout it all, Annie and Henry circle around one another finding remarkable depths of love in spite of the great forces tossing them about.

The Maid and The Footman is a companion and simultaneous novel to the popular novella Of Fortune’s Reversal. Readers may find that revisiting Of Fortune’s Reversal will make for a broader and more rewarding experience.

Meet Author Nick C. Brady

Hola lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Nick C. Brady

Enjoy this sample of: Night Ghost, Genre: Young Adult Suspense/Thriller

Every day they see the cemetery standing alone on the block. Thirteen-year-old Suellen Blanchard, her two friends Sabrina “Slim” Morrison and Brandon Dowell, and her twelve-year-old brother Andre never really thought much of it. Until Suellen notices the shadow of someone walking around inside the decrepit funeral home building. When the friends arenight-ghost-book-cover later told a brief history of the funeral home and an ominous ghost story that has spread throughout their town over many years, they decide to delve deeper into the town’s urban legend by entering the graveyard the following night.

But during their late night trespassing, they’re caught up in some unexpected trouble and are forced to escape. However, once they leave the cemetery, the real terror begins. A mysterious knock on the door after they return home that night. An intruder breaking in. And a strange vehicle trailing one of them home after school. What could possibly be behind these odd occurrences? Is it a curse for not allowing the dead to rest in peace…or is it something more?
They’ve trespassed upon more than just the lonely graves of the dead. And other secrets dwell within an old, abandoned graveyard.

Why do you write? I write because I love being able to create a world full of interesting, dynamic characters that are suddenly faced with a conflict that they may or may not overcome. I always strive to make each of my characters unique to keep the audience engaged. And doing so makes the reader care about them. During my writing process, I often tune everything out and get lost in my own story, and I really enjoy it. Creating unique characters, giving them actions, and using words to paint a picture and bring the story to life is very fulfilling to me.

When did you decide to become a writer? I was about 13. I started writing in a journal about my all that happened throughout my day. And that soon shifted into writing stories.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? Usually it takes about two and a half years. But my newest Night Ghost took me over five years to complete.

What have you written? I am the published author of three books. Danger in the House in 2007, Strangers in the Swamp a year later. And Night Ghost in 2016.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I mainly just see where an idea takes me. As I write I come up with more ideas to carry-on throughout the story. In the beginning, I almost never know how my stories will end, I just allow them to write themselves and it always works out.

Any advice for aspiring authors? For anyone and everyone who wants to be a writer I would say start WRITING NOW!! You’re never too young or too old to start writing. Whatever’s been on your mind that you feel you want to make into a story, get started on it. Even if it’s just a sentence every day and you’re not sure how to organize everything. Write what comes to mind and then start brainstorming on organization. It can be an exciting process bringing a story to life but it’s important to take your time with it and not move too fast.

Where do your ideas come from? I have no idea where my ideas come from. I have so many story ideas just waiting to be written down and I can’t say where they all come from. But if I had to guess, I would say me growing up as only child allowed my imagination to really expand since I often had to find or make up games to play by myself. So I think that may have helped a bit.

What is the hardest thing about writing? For me the hardest thing is translating a scene into words. When I’m describing something, I can often picture it in my mind but have trouble putting it in words. When this happens, I just get my notebook and start brainstorming on the different descriptive ways to phrase the scene so the readers know what’s happening.

Which writers inspire you? Christopher Paul Curtis, Stephen King, R.L. Stine, Mildred Taylor, Donald Goines, and Jamesnick-c-brady-photo Baldwin just to name a few.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser? My next book is called ‘Sabayon Parish’. College sisters Cassandra and Arielle are spending the last month of their summer vacation with their absentee father at his large estate in the bayous of southern Mississippi. Bounded by swamp, humidity, and horror, the girls soon realize their lives may be in jeopardy as neighbors and other residents end up missing, hurt, or dead. And all the signs point to their father being the prime suspect.

Do you have any formal education in creative writing? If not are you planning to go to school? I took many creative writing courses during my years as an undergraduate and that really helped honed my skills. I plan on returning to school to earn my Masters and eventually become a college professor in creative writing.

What is your next project? I’m currently working on my next book titled ‘Sabayon Parish’.

What book are you currently reading or just finished? I just finished reading The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis and I loved it!

Many thanks! For more about Nick and his work, follow the links below:

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