D. F. Krieger

Monday, August 27, 2012

Must Read Monday: Virtual Code: Infinity Love

Because, occasionally, I am allowed to toot my own horn!

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Zayda, mourning the death of her husband, creates a virtual reality program that will allow you to make and interact with models that walk, talk, and appear like any one you want. There's one thing she can't tell anyone—the data she used to create her husband came from his personal data chip. Data chips are installed at birth in every person and are considered the center of the soul. Use of data chips in programming is forbidden.

When Meric is activated, he exhibits behaviors unlike any of the test models that lead her to question reality and whether some laws are worth being broken. Or perhaps it's all just programming...

Virtual Code: Infinity Love is about the price that we sometimes pay for those we love. It's about conquering realities by forging our own. It is pain, love, and happiness. Sometimes the happiness that works for us does not suit everyone else, but our happiness is what matters. ~ D. F. Krieger

Friday, August 3, 2012

Ravaged Antho Release and Hop!

Ravaged Promo Blog Hop - 5 blogs, 10 authors, 10 copies to be won!

Welcome to the Ravaged Author Blog Hop
To celebrate the release of Ravaged this weekend the authors have done a little Q&A hosted by five of the authors on their blogs.

Each blog features two interviews and if you comment you have a chance to win one of 10 PDF copies of Ravaged kindly donated by all the authors.
The blog links can be found here so please go and check out all the interviews.

Interviews with SJ Thomas and Erin O'Riordan

SJ Thomas

About the Story

Title of your story, main characters and what it is about?

Pleasure Bound
Caught up in a secret war between shifters and a human army lion shifter Logan has been held prisoner for years, kept in isolation and periodically tortured for information. When Logan find himself handed over to Celeste, the daughter of the man who captured him, he is dismayed to find she is his mate. Though they are enemies, and though Celeste continues to oversee Logan's torture, their attraction to each other is undeniable and when Celeste comes to him one night he does not deny her. I would point out at this point that Logan is chained up so they have to quite creative but I'm not saying anymore than that!

Where did you get the inspiration for your story?

I just had this really strong image of a man of unknown paranormal origin chained in a dark cell come into my mind and the story evolved from there. Most of my stories start with an image and the why and what creates the story.

Favorite line:

"That was sex. A kiss is different." She forced herself to look up at him. "A kiss is...personal."
Logan's eyes narrowed, his head tilting to the side as he weighed her words. Celeste didn't know if he would understand, could only wait to see what he would do. Suddenly he pressed her even tighter against the wall, his expression becoming predatory as his hand moved from her face to grasp the back of her neck.
"Well then, you and I are about to get a lot more personal."

About the Author

How long have you been writing and how did you become a writer?

I’ve always been an avid reader and had an active imagination and I did toy with writing when I was about 16, but I honestly didn’t think I could come up with anything original so I stopped. I didn’t write for years but reading interviews by authors about the inklings they had for their stories, I remembered the ideas I’d had when I was 16 and started writing again. I got more focused with the 2011 Mills and Boon New Voices competition and then came across a paranormal horror contest on Facebook. That helped me get really focused and having my story accepted gave me the confidence to keep writing and submitting.  I have been very, very lucky that I’ve had so much success so quickly.

Have you got anything else out/due out?

I have stories out in three other anthologies (The Withering Darkness, The Dark Hunger and Dark Light) as well as a free short story An Angel's Kiss that’s just come out as part of Breathless Press’s birthday.  At the moment I have three other anthologies and novellas due out later this year, though I’m still waiting to hear on a few so fingers crossed it will be more. My first stand alone releases will be two more shifter stories coming October, also from Breathless Press.

Top tip for writing/publishing?

When you're starting out go for short stories and anthology calls. Its great practice, its more achievable, and its a really good way to get your first publications.

Just for Fun

If you were a shifter what animal would you change into?

A bird of prey because I'd love to be able to fly or a horse because I have always loved horses and used to ride and love the idea of running fast across a beach.

Favorite food and drink?

Ice cream and barcardi and coke and yes they can both be at the same time.

Favorite movie?

My husband and I are huge film buffs so it's hard to narrow it down but I'd go for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, especially The Two Towers, 300, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Thor.

Boxers or Briefs?

Definitely boxers

Finish this sentence: I have never...

I have never swam with sharks.

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Erin O’Riordan

About the Story

Title of your story, main characters and what it is about?

“Sheep Shifter” features a grown-up Alice (of Wonderland fame) in a new adventure with the White Queen and a shapeshifter sometimes known as the Cheshire Cat.

Where did you get the inspiration for your story?

I honestly can’t remember, but I am a big fan of big-cat shapeshifter stories.

Favorite line:

“The simple gesture caused a curious burning sensation in Alice’s stomach, as if she’d sipped her tea while it was still too hot...yet the feeling was not entirely unpleasant. “

About the Author

How long have you been writing and how did you become a writer?

I’ve always been a writer; I became a professional in 2006. My husband/fellow writer/editor Tit Elingtin has been self-employed for years, and that was when I decided it was time for me to have my own business.

Have you got anything else out/due out? I’m wrapping up the third book in my Pagan Spirits novel series.

Top tip for writing/publishing? Be persistent.

Just for Fun

If you were a shifter what animal would you change into? I can think of lots of good choices. Wolf. Python. Unicorn. Griffin. I can’t make up my mind.

Favorite food and drink?

Apple slices with peanut butter – boring but true. And coffee.

Favorite movie? Narrowing it down to one is too tough on my little brain at the moment

Boxers or Briefs? On me? Boy-cut briefs are cute. On Christian Bale? Either one, as long as they’re crumbled up in the corner of the bedroom floor.

Finish this sentence: I have never...
 …seen the Pacific Ocean.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Writer Wednesday: Bulk it Up!

Your too thin when I look back. It makes me wary of you, or disappointed. I don't even know who you are. Never heard of you before this. 

Ah yes, the dreaded back list. How we authors loathe it. When will it ever be big enough to carry our weight for us? I've heard many authors complaining about a lack of sales, especially only months after their big release that they celebrated with fireworks and blog tours.

Here's the problem, so many people are publishing these days that unless you stand out from the crowd, no one is going to see you who isn't looking for you. How do you solve that? You make them want to look for you. The more books you release, and the quicker the succession, the longer your sales will last.

A lot of authors think they should make it big with one book. I'm sorry honey, but that kind of stuff doesn't usually happen. It takes hard work and building a reader base. You aren't going to build a reader base off of one book. How many people were singing the praises of J. K. Rowling with just her first Harry Potter book? I'd say she had to write about four before the reader base began to really build (let me state now I'm guessing before some die-hard fan rips my head off for being wrong.) Stephen King? Any writer worth their quill knows the up-hill climb he had to make before he hit it big.

 Releasing one book a year isn't going to do it either. If you to be taken seriously as a writer, you need to take writing seriously. Readers tend to read a lot of books, which means they read a lot of authors. If you aren't releasing frequently, they will forget you. Nothing against you, it's just the way the world works.

Even I have suffered from the dreaded back list. Sail My Oceans quickly became miniscule in the big picture. Maybe Baby consistently sells, but my name didn't make any awards lists. It was The Submission that put me on the map and, within two months, I released To Honor. To Honor, almost a month later, is still sitting in the top 50k on Amazon's ranking list. I'm not finished yet! This month I have two releases coming out; The Ravaged Anthology and Virtual Code: Infinity Love. Let's just say I pretty well have a release for every month this year and currently every two months next year.

"But I don't have time to write that much!"

I hate to be cruel but if you don't want the world to treat your writing like a hobby, don't treat it like one yourself. Many writers work day jobs, and they either make the time or use every spare moment to type at least a little on that next big novel.

Now get to writing! ~ D. F. Krieger