Spotlight & Excerpt: Called into Action + Author Interview

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Called Into Action

Called into Action
by Paris Wynters
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 25, 2021

Penelope Ramos has dreamed of being a K-9 search-and-rescue handler since she was a little girl. Armed with a quick mind and her German shepherd, Havoc, she rides into Maple Falls, Vermont, determined to get her certification. She isn’t expecting the gruff, unreadable park ranger assigned to evaluate her skills.

Park ranger Jay Gosling is a pro. It’s clear to him that neither Penelope nor her unpredictable canine has what it takes…although his boss feels otherwise. Whatever. Jay will never have to work with them and he has half a mind to escort them both right out of town. But when a young boy goes missing, he doesn’t have that luxury.

Working side by side tests their tentative peace, but Jay and Penelope are together on one thing: they’ll both do whatever it takes to find the missing child—before it’s too late.

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“You look like you sucked a lemon dipped in pickle juice.” Gramps leaned his cane against the table and lowered himself to his seat, left leg held straight by a brace. The kitchen was remodeled sometime in the late fifties and still sported a white table with a metal edge and old-time metal chairs with red vinyl seats. In the eighties Gramps updated and purchase a yellow fridge and white stove. And the place always smelled like pot roast.

“And you look like you should be in bed.”

Gramps nodded to the coffee maker. The coffee was hours old and probably as thick as tar, but Gramps could drink it day or night. “Pour me a cup of that and keep your opinions quiet.” When Jay handed him a mug of sludge, he took a sip. “Why is it that your coffee always tastes like you mixed it with gasoline and manure?” Gramps shrugged and took another sip, hand that held the cup shaking slightly. Neither of them made mention of it, or the increasing frequency of it. The cup came down hard on the tabletop. “Now, tell me what has your britches tangled.”

His britches were just fine, but he sat across from his grandfather and looked down into his own cup. Muddy and so brown it looked almost black, like his mood. “Your buddy, Carter, making deals and passing sentences that…” He could tell Gramps all of it or he could sulk. Right now, he wanted to sulk.

“That what, boy? You can’t take so long with your stories. I could keel over and miss the end.” His grandfather toyed with his cup but stared at Jay so hard his skin burned. “Spit it out. Passing sentences that…?”

“That mean I’m stuck working with the woman who burned down the check station.”

Gramps raised his eyebrows. “What’s wrong with that? Is she stupid? Does she wear her shoes on the wrong feet or pick her nose? What’s the problem with her? Just don’t leave the matches lying around, and you should be safe.”

Author Interview:

1. What inspired you to write this book?

My own experiences as a search and rescue canine handler as well as those teammates around me inspired this story. And of course my canine partners were a huge influence.

2. What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?

I had to really learn how to walk the line between fiction and telling a story with the actual technical information that is involved, especially when that information is something I work with daily.

3. What surprised you the most in writing it?

Gramps. He was soo much fun to write and I was surprised that I had that level of humor in me that made me laugh as I was writing his scenes.

5. Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?

Oh yes they all know. My teammates are hugely supportive.

6. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?

I think the book more showcases family, even how a town is considered family. It also showcases the special bond between a working canine and its handler (something many don’t understand). And I wanted it to showcase how shelter dogs have so much potential in them to become working dogs and that they should be looked by agencies who employ working dogs.

7. What is your favorite part of the book?

Gramps hands down.

About the Author:

Paris Wynters is a multi-racial author who writes steamy and sweet love East Coast stories that celebrate our diverse world. She is the author of Hearts Unleashed, The Navy SEALs of Little Creek series, Love On The Winter Steppes, and Called into Action. When she’s not dreaming up stories, she can be found assisting with disasters and helping to find missing people as a Search and Rescue K-9 handler. Paris resides on Long Island in New York along with her family and is also a graduate of Loyola University Chicago.

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Spotlight & Author Interview: Bullets and Bones, by R.S. Penny

Bullets and Bones

Bullets and Bones
Desa Kincaid, #2
by R.S. Penny
Next Chapter Publishing
Genre: sci-fi western

Desa Kincaid set out to save her world from the machinations of a madman.

She failed.

Now, she finds herself a prisoner in her own city, navigating a web of political intrigue. Hope beckons in the form of the mysterious Spear of Vengeance, a weapon forged by the gods.

To recover it, Desa will take a journey into the very heart of the ancient world and confront an enemy more powerful than any she has faced so far… Her own guilt.


Desa Kincaid Bounty Hunter

Desa Kincaid Bounty Hunter
Desa Kincaid, #1
by R.S. Penny
Next Chapter Publishing
Genre: sci-fi western

Desa Kincaid has spent the last ten years in pursuit of a man whose experiments have killed over a dozen people.

Blessed with the power to transform ordinary objects into devastating weapons, she journeys through trading ports, backwater towns, forests, deserts and the haunted remains of a dead city.

But can she stop her enemy before he unleashes something terrible on the world?


Author Interview:

⫸ What inspired you to write this book? OR Tell us a little about how this story first came to be. Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma or something else?

The Desa Kindcaid series started as a story on a website. It was sort of a protest against the plodding epic fantasy you got from authors like George Martin. I had three goals I wanted to accomplish.

Keep it exciting and fast-paced

Choose a setting other than Medieval England.

Start the characters in a dark place and have them move toward the light. (Too much fiction does the opposite).

⫸ What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?

It took me a while to figure out how to do combat with the magic system. It’s kind of a nuts-and-bolts thing. For instance, I discovered that in many cases, describing the effects of magic – “A blast of lightning erupted from Desa’s ring” – was more effective than using the magical jargon. “Desa triggered her Electric-Source.”

⫸ What surprised you the most in writing it?

How popular it became. I wasn’t expecting that.

⫸ What does the title mean?

If you’re referring to “Bullets and Bones,” I’m afraid that’s a spoiler. You’ll find out what it means by the end of the book. The third and final book in the series is called “Face of the Void.” That’s also a spoiler. But I’ll let you muse on what it might mean.

⫸ Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?

No. I don’t do that.

Except with Jeral Dusep (one of the villains of the Justice Keepers series). He’s a politician. I purposefully learned to imitate Donald Trump’s speaking style for his dialogue.

⫸ Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?

The series is kind of a denouncement of cynicism. You know, that attitude that says “All people are selfish; you can’t trust anyone?” Desa, in particular, starts off with a very cynical outlook and makes some poor decisions as a result. Over the course of the series, she learns to overcome that. I’m purposefully avoiding going into too much detail to avoid spoilers.

⫸ What is your favorite part of the book?

For Bullets and Bones, it’s got to be the train fight scene. That was so much fun to write. Though a lot of people like the haunted forest chapter.

⫸ Which character was most challenging to create? Why?

They all presented different challenges.

⫸ What are your immediate future plans?

I’m going to finish the third book in the series and then publish it.

Rich PennyAbout the Author:

I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario where I attended Saltfleet High School and McMaster University. I’ve spent most of my life fighting for the little guy in one form or another, advocating for the poor, for environmental sustainability, for minority rights.

Throughout my twenties, I wrote about five novels and threw them all out because they weren’t very good. But I improved and honed my skills with each new manuscript. About two years ago, I had an offer from a traditional publishing house, but I chose to go indie instead. Writing is my passion; if I could dedicate myself to one thing, it would be bringing the ideas in my head to life.

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Freebie Blitz & Excerpt: The Weeping Empress, by Sadie S. Forsythe

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The Weeping Empress
by Sadie S. Forsythe
Fantasy, Action Adventure

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She shifted her focus, concentrating on listening to the hushed conversation to her right. Even though their voices were low, it wasn’t difficult to follow since the camp was so quiet.

Three men sat with their heads lowered and close together for conversation. Their skin was tanned to the point of appearing leathered, and they all had the sinewed look of someone used to manual labor. They appeared comfortable in their environment, and Chiyo envied them for that.

“Muhjah says they’ll take us as far as the next town before leaving us to our own fates,” the first said.

“Hmph, our fates? That’s one way to put it I guess. I rather thought mine was going to be behind the walls of the Danbire Workhouse,” the second quipped acerbically.

He was ignored as the third nodded and noted, “Devi, I’ve been there. Big enough to get lost in.”

“And we all had better get lost. I’m as glad as the next man to miss out on conscripted service, but if we get caught, we might have been better off to just suffer through it,” said the first.

“Oh, come off it! How many people have ever come back to your village after service? In mine, I can think of one, and he wasn’t worth much after that. Why do you think villages send old women like Andela there? They’re no use to anyone anymore anyway,” snapped the second.

Chiyo followed his gaze as he indicated the woman she had spoken to earlier in the evening. The speaker flinched as a harmless clod of dirt hit him in the side of the head, and Andela made a withering face at him. Chiyo thought that Andela had been surprisingly quick for someone looking so frail. The man simply brushed it from his hair and continued.

“Me, I’m glad to be taking my chances out here. That said, I’ll be glad to part company with them.”

He looked over his shoulder as if by having spoken of Muhjah and his partner, they might suddenly materialize out of the night. There was a general agreement among the group. More than one shuddered.

Casting another furtive look over his shoulder the old man continued again, “They say he never should have been born at all, and if you ask me, that’s the same as being dead.”

“Well, no one asked you,” Andela interjected. “You should just shut up. There’s no cause for such ridiculous tales tonight.”

The men grumbled, but Chiyo noticed that there was no more talk. The men hunkered into themselves. Their fear was almost palpable. She heard similar stories around her and always the names Muhjah and Senka were mentioned. These, she supposed, were their two intrepid rescuers.

Though Sadie does write on occasion, she is predominantly a reader. She hails from the Southeastern United States, has twice lived in Northwestern England, now resides in the American Midwest. She holds degrees in Anthropology/Comparative Religion, International Criminology, and Social Change (big data stats and social policy), loves local coffee shops, geek culture, everything bookish, and tea (steaming with milk and sweet iced). She is married, with two daughters and two moderately neurotic border collie – Australian shepherd/cattle dog mixes.

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