Author Q&A May Freighter | Annalise Storm Chronicles Book Tour | Silver Dagger Book Tours Presents Dystopian, Mystery, Romantic Suspense

May Freighter, author of the Annalise Storm Chronicles, is visiting Readeropolis today! We are pleased to share an interview with her. 

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What is something unique/quirky about you?
I love watching horror movies. Most of the time, they make me laugh. In a way, they can be funnier than comedies. My friends, for some reason, don’t seem to share the same ideas when it comes to horror flicks. But, at least, they say that they can watch them with me because I make the films funny for them.

Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
When I was in my 2nd year of university, studying Genetics and Cell & Molecular Biology, on the day we received the result of our 1st term’s exams. I sat there, on the plush brown chair near the Biology labs and stared at my grades on my laptop screen. It was like looking into the pit of Cs and Bs that made me question whether I was meant to be in Genetics to begin with. So, I got up, shook off the feelings of worthlessness and marched into the office of the Head of Computer Science.

Joe was a nice man who asked me a bunch of questions as to why I wanted to change majors to CS and whether or not I had enough Mathematics and Programming modules in my previous course. Apparently, I managed to get most of the prerequisites from my electives in the previous year. At the time, I wasn’t sure if I was suited for Biology or computers, which is why I wanted to make sure I could transfer at any time. By the end of it, I had to take the second term off and start my second year again in September as a CS student with fifty-eight other guys and three girls.

At the end of university, I became a writer…

Who is your hero and why?
My hero is my mother. She is a doctor with fifteen years of experience in A&E and as a family doctor.  When she moved to another country where she had to learn a new language, she had worked as a cleaner, a veterinary nurse, a homoeopathy practitioner, basically almost everything to support her family. My brother has been sickly when he was little and up until he was ten. She had spent many nights by his side, looking after him and never complaining once. She made our meals, helped me study for my finals in school, and told me to follow my dreams when I was at a crossroad in my life, which is why I was able to pursue writing as a career path.

What book do you think everyone should read?
Probably the dictionary.

What kind of world ruler would you be?
This question made me laugh. I learned that when I play games like Democracy or Civilisation, I am a good, kind ruler or president until someone starts marching their armies my way. Then, I build my military to the point where I can eliminate my enemy. So, I guess I would be a normal one? *evil laugh*

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Only the main and secondary characters come to me before I start writing a series or a book. The rest, they tend to pop up and say, “I’m such and such. I do this because of this.”

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I do research as I write a book rather than before starting it (unless it’s historical). I can never know where my characters will go and what they’ll do. So, I tend to have to pause a lot and read up on history and lore when those times come.

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Cake-loving introvert.

Do you have any advice to give aspiring writers?
Never give up, don’t be afraid to try out new things, and believe in yourself. I don’t mean become self-absorbed or narcissistic when it comes to your work. Feedback is important, and you must take it in with an open mind. I mean that when you become an author, you are faced with a lot of uncertainty. Writing a book takes months, sometimes years. You are writing in a bubble, not knowing what people will like or think until you hand over the draft to your beta readers. Even those select few are a limited pool who have already seen your works and are used to them. So, there remains a lot of fret in the heart of a writer that shakes their confidence in their work from time to time. I don’t think there is an author who hasn’t experienced slight panic when sending ARCs of their books to reviewers and beta readers.

Case: 0
Annalise Storm Chronicles Book 1
by May Freighter
Genre: Dystopian Mystery, Romantic Suspense  

It’s the year 2330. At the end of the twenty-second century, the human race has divided into two distinct groups—purebloods and the ‘modded’. Those who are unfortunate enough to be genetically modified are now nothing but servants for their pureblooded masters.

Living in this time, you know your place, and you do not cross the line. So, when a violent death occurs in the Bronze District, Annalise is ordered to take this as her trial run at Divinity PD to prove that she can do the job as a member of the Human Possession Department. 

To defy her father’s wish to marry her off, and keep her Chief happy, she is determined to solve this murder by any means necessary—even if it means going to districts she has only read about in textbooks and fighting her forbidden feelings for her servant.

With internal battles, dirty politics, and sinister secrets, just how exactly will Annalise solve her Case: 0? And more importantly, will she live to see her next one?

Case: 1
Annalise Storm Chronicles Book 2

It’s official, Devlin is Annalise’s new partner. He’s charming, caring—a perfect gentleman who caters to her every need. That is until he starts to mix work with pleasure to convince her to marry him as per agreement with her father.

With her servant, Mavel, gone from her side, the cracks in the wall she created around her begin to come undone. To take her mind off the torment her heart is going through, she takes on another possession case in her old school, Montgomery Institute. But, what starts off as a simple case full of bad memories twists into a web of deception and lies involving everyone she cares about.

May Freighter is an internationally bestselling author from Dublin, Ireland. She writes Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Sci-Fi mysteries that will keep you entertained, mystified, and hopefully craving more. Her only pets are cacti. They're the only things that survived. It may be too dangerous to entrust her with an animal while she's engrossed in writing.

On sunny, rainy, and overcast days, she spends her time with her fictional friends, putting them through dangerous adventures while wishing them the best of luck. Her hobbies are photography, drawing, and plotting different ways of a characters' demise. 

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Author Q&A ft @skye_mackinnon | HEART OF TIME Book Tour & #Giveaway | @SDSXXTours Presents #Fantasy #Lesbian #Romance

Sky MacKinnon, author of HEART OF TIME (Ruined Heart, book 1), tells all today at Readeropolis. Check out her author questions and answers set below.

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What can we expect from you in the future?
I’ve got so much going on at the moment! In the past two months, I’ve been publishing my Winter Princess serial, a paranormal reverse harem romance. It’s been extremely popular (all four episodes have become instant bestsellers on Amazon) and I’m looking forward to publish the final instalment, Arrival of Winter, on the 7th October. If you’re not a fan of serials, you can get the omnibus edition on the 21st. Then, on the 4th November I’ve got a book coming out called A Little Crazy, which is the first book I ever wrote. It’s quite a dark tale about a young girl dealing with grief, but it’s very close to my heart. I’m currently editing and rewriting it, but you can already pre-order it.
Then there are several anthologies that I’m part of, including one about fairy tales and one featuring contemporary reverse harem. You can subscribe to my newsletter to find out about upcoming releases:

What kind of world ruler would you be?
I’d hope I’d be fair, generous and wise. But I guess many rulers start out with high ideals and then end up turning evil. Muahahaaa (tries to hide evil lough – guess you better don’t make me world ruler).

What do you do to unwind and relax?
Is it really sad to say that I write? I have a full time job, and I write in my lunch breaks and in the evening, so it’s a nice change from working. But there are so many other things that go into being an author, like covers, editing, marketing, so I also spend a lot of time doing that. Interacting with readers on social media is one of the most amazing and relaxing things I can imagine.

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision? 
Writing is like an addiction. I was on holiday for two weeks this month, and because I was backpacking, I didn’t take my laptop with me. I got so many story ideas during that time, and was devastated I couldn’t write them all. Of course I made notes, but I missed writing a lot. Usually I write every day so this was like going cold turkey. My head is full of the stories, and I’d probably go crazy if I couldn’t get rid of them by putting them on paper.
I’m not a full time writer yet, I’m still having a day job. And I’m glad that I do – it gives me the security to try if I can make my living with writing alone, while still having a monthly income. I could live from my current book sales, but I want to give it a few more months to see if it stays this way before quitting my job to become a full time author. I’d recommend this to all aspiring authors – try it first while having a regular income, I’ve seen too many others fail and use up all their savings while trying to write full time.

A day in the life of the author?
That’s easy as most of the day is taken up by my job. I work in communications at a science institute, telling people about the research we do and how it can help patients. But every lunch break, I write for at least half an hour. Something that’s helped a lot is so-called sprinting, where you write as fast and as much as you can in 25 minutes. Most of the time I do it at the same time as a friend, so we race against each other. It’s very motivating and keeps the inner editor at bay, who usually slows me down when I try writing at a normal speed.
When I get back from work at about 6pm, I do another half hour or so of writing, then dinner and any household chores I have to do (don’t remind me, I need to do the washing tonight), then it’s time to go on social media. I’ve got some very active fans on Facebook, and I regularly take part in takeovers, Facebook parties and other fun stuff. In my group, I post teasers to show readers what I’m currently working on. They love that, and I love interacting with my readers. I still can’t believe how many people seem to love my books.
I’ve got a cover designer, but I sometimes like to do my own covers or some other graphics on Photoshop, so I try to do some of that every few days. And then of course there’s editing…
At weekends, I like to go to a café, switch off the wifi and write for a few hours. Every 1,000 words, I get a treat – not good for my waistline, good for my word count.
I’m hoping to become a full time writer next year when my current work contract runs out.

What are you currently reading?
The My Winter Wolf serial by my good friend Arizona Tape. She was a beta reader for Heart of Time, and after she gave me a detailed analysis of my personality after reading it, I thought it would be a good idea to keep her close (I don’t want anyone to know how crazy I really am). Now we’re writing buddies and write together most days, and critique each other’s work. She’s just sent me her final draft, so I can’t wait to read it tonight.

How long have you been writing?
Ever since I could hold a pen, pretty much. When I turned 18, my mother gave me an album of stuff I had drawn and written over the years – and apparently, I wrote little stories (with terrible spelling) in my first year at primary school. I don’t think they were any good, but I’ve never stopped writing since then. I always wanted to be an author, but people told me that you can’t live from that, so I trained to become a journalist instead. After all, that’s writing as well, just a different kind. Then I went into communications, but my job there was so stressful that I stopped writing in my free time for two years (which is why Heart of Time took a total of four years to complete). I felt like all my creativity was drained during work hours, and I didn’t have any left in the evenings to write. But when I changed jobs earlier this year, I finally had the energy again, and managed to finish Heart of Time, another book called Winter Princess, and get started on several other writing projects. Now, I write every day after work, and at least one day during the weekends, and I hope to start writing full-time at some point next year.

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first? 
I start with the first sentence, I always find that really easy. I know other authors who start in the middle of the story, or who rework their first few paragraphs again and again, but somehow, mine always have to start at the very beginning. In fact, I’ve got tons of first sentences lying around that are still missing their story.
I write linear, one scene after the next. And no planning at all. Usually I know where I am at the beginning and where I want the characters to end up at the end, but that’s it. My characters are very vivid in my head and they run the show. They develop while I’m writing, and often come up with things that I could never have planned (for example, in my Winter Princess serial, I hadn’t planned to do any sex scenes until the end of the first story arch – but somehow, those pesky characters ended up having quite a steamy moment in the second instalment).
Heart of Time was never supposed to have a romantic aspect – it was planned as a high fantasy novel. Well, my main character Eona didn’t like that, and managed to get herself a female love interest. And towards the end of the book, she meets some guys that she’ll get very close to in book two.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Most of them come to me while I write. I usually have a picture of the main character formed in my head, and maybe one or two others, but the rest just happen to stroll into the book and demand to be heard. Those are actually the best ones, because they’re part of the natural flow of the story, and somehow create themselves. Sometimes, they don’t tell me their names at the start, so I just call them X for a few paragraphs or even chapters until I find out their name. This sounds slightly crazy, but these characters really have their own mind and don’t always do what I tell them to. Okay, make that almost never. Sometimes that can be quite annoying (recently, a character who I thought was Scottish suddenly told me that he was from Norway – so now I had to find someone who speaks Norwegian to tell me a few basic words I can use).

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Usually, I do my research while writing a book. I’m not much of a planner, I just go with the flow and write down what my characters tell me to. But when I come across a topic I need to know more about, I do my very best to research it. For example, in Heart of Time, Eona befriends a healer who specialises in herbs and candle making. I had some basic knowledge of healing herbs, but I did a lot of research to make sure that what was mentioned in the book was accurate. My other book, Winter Princess, is full of Scottish mythology – there’s not as much material on those Gods as there is on Greek or Roman ones, so it was interesting to find out what people used to believe in here in Scotland.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
This might be a bit cliché, but the idea for Heart of Time came from a dream. A nightmare, to be precise, in which I had my heart torn out. Not a pleasant feeling, I can assure you. And somehow I survived the heart-tearing and ended up becoming evil because I was missing empathy and love. So when I woke up, I wrote a little fairy tale featuring a woman who looses her heart (quite literally) to the devil. But that wasn’t the actual story – in the end, I wrote the story of the woman’s daughter, who grows up as an orphan, not knowing that her inheritance might be a very magical one.

Do you have any advice to give aspiring writers?
Never give up. Eona, my main character in Heart of Time, spent two years in a dungeon because I couldn’t figure out how she would escape. During that time, I wrote other stories and focussed on my career in journalism, but Eona was always at the back of my mind, nagging me to release her. And then, one morning at work, I suddenly knew the escape plan. It was so obvious that I’m ashamed how I never figured it out. Eona didn’t have to get out of the prison by herself – she was allowed to get help. And somehow she fell in love with the man who rescued her. Figures.
But yes, never give up. Even if a story evades you for a while, keep at it. Don’t let it go to waste. And nobody is saying that you can only ever work on one project at the same time (you do NOT want to see my spreadsheet where I track all the stories I’m currently writing).

Heart of Time
Ruined Heart, Book 1
by Sky MacKinnon
Genre: Fantasy, Lesbian Romance

For Eona, manipulating time is second nature. It gives her an edge in her dramatic circus performances, but it also separates her from the other artists in her troupe. She has always known that her unique kind of magic could make her a target, but she couldn’t have prepared for being kidnapped, manipulated and imprisoned by a megalomaniac sorcerer.
In order to figure out what he wants from her, she needs to explore her own magic, the bond she feels with a mythical creature, and the feelings she has for a certain beautiful elven woman.

There are about twenty illustrations in the book, drawn by artists from all over the world.

Skye MacKinnon is a bestselling author who tells stories about science for a living - but at night she writes fiction, mainly fantasy. When she's not writing, she's out and about with her camera, or spends time with mythical creatures and the odd vampire living in her kindle. Usually, there's tea and cake involved.

She lives in Scotland with her two overly spoilt house rabbits and a few hundred self-obsessed characters constantly asking her to tell their stories. One day she will. Promise.

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The Rememdium Series by Ashley Fontainne | Book Tour | Silver Dagger Book Tours Presents Post #Apocalyptic #SciFi

The Rememdium Series by Ashley Fontainne (post-apocalyptic, sci-fi) is on virtual book tour and stops here today!

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Tainted Cure
The Rememdium Series Book 1
by Ashley Fontainne
Genre: Post-apocalyptic, SciFi

Scientists attempted to find a cure for addiction. They failed.

Dr. Everett Berning, a leading researcher into the causes of addiction in the brain, spent ten years of his life dedicated to one thing: finding the cure. Recruited after a strange encounter with the enigmatic Dr. Roberta Flint, Director of Research on Code Name: Rememdium, Dr. Berning is sent to work in a secret lab as part of the research team.

When the moment the scientists waited on for years arrives, Dr. Flint and her team are ecstatic. 

Unfortunately, not everyone in the world feels the same way.

Benito San Nicholas isn't ready to give up his lucrative business. When the news of a cure arrives on his doorstep from a crooked informant, Benito enlists the help of other drug lords from around the world to stop the cure from hitting the streets and destroying their livelihoods.

What happens next ends up uniting the globe--just not the way society ever intended or hoped.

Tainted Cure is a huge success on different levels. First, the story is original, well thought-out, and brilliantly accomplished. It’s not unusual to read books with dangerous products falling into the wrong hands, but what happens when a good product falls into the wrong hands? The characters are lovely and engaging, and readers will feel inclined to connect with Dr. Everett Berning and the enigmatic Roberta Flint. Benito is the epitome of evil, a greedy character that readers will hate. Third, the pace is fast and there are so many surprises and twists to keep readers turning the pages. Ashley Fontainne has crafted an intriguing story that starts with a bang and ends on a very high note. You can’t help but fall for this author’s beautiful prose, her complex characters, and the oh-so-entertaining read.” - Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite

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Tainted Reality
The Rememdium Series Book 2

DR. EVERETT BERNING achieved his life’s work by discovering a cure for drug addiction. Unfortunately, the formula was stolen and fell into the hands of the enemy.

DRUG LORDS from around the world unknowingly released the altered, deadly formula into their supply, affecting millions across the globe.

WITHIN FORTY-EIGHT HOURS, the entire planet is thrown into chaos as the disease spreads.

REGINA PARKER, Chief of Police of the tiny town of Rockport, Arkansas, isn’t willing to let the military kill thousands of innocent people in a rush to contain the outbreak. She leads a small contingent of survivors on a dangerous quest to keep her town safe from the soldiers and the dead.

WILL DR. BERNING be able to isolate the contagion and find a way to reverse it, or is it too late to save humanity from the tainted cure? How far will Chief Parker go to save the lives of others as the world collapses around them?

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Tainted Future
The Rememdium Series Book 3

Everything they know is gone. The old world obliterated in less than forty-eight hours. They soon discover they aren’t alone, and other dangers besides the undead lurk in the forests. The new law of the land: kill or be killed.

Dr. Everett Berning and his team seek refuge in the underground lab in the Ozark Mountains. The first week after the collapse of civilization, those who made it out alive struggle against the odds to survive.

Only a handful escaped the devastation in their hometown of Malvern, Arkansas, and they grapple with the new reality. Tired, frightened, and mourning the loss of loved ones, they attempt to regroup and cope with the life-altering changes.

When one suffers a debilitating injury, they are thrust into a tenuous relationship with Dr. Berning’s group. Other survivors battle the odds as they flee treacherous cities destroyed by the government and crawling with reanimated corpses.

Unfortunately, they all are about to discover the roaming dead aren’t the only threat they face. As the world plummets into darkness, things will never be the same. Ever.

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Award-winning and International bestselling author Ashley Fontainne enjoys stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters lurking within each of us. She writes in numerous genres including mystery, suspense, horror, sci-fi and sometimes poetry.

Ashley lives in Arkansas with her husband and is the proud mother of one son and three daughters.

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