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A Short Chat with Author Jerry Gerold

Checking in with my second interview during the Speculative Fiction Giveaway promotion, I’d like to introduce you to Jerry Gerold. He’s a diverse author, writing in various genres from science fiction to horror, mystery, and romance. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he moved to Sacramento, California, then eventually returned to Portland, where followers of Grimm know that it’s not safe. Why are you there, Jerry?

Seriously, Portland is a great city and really inspires authors and artists. Speaking of which, Jerry also draws anime characters. Truly a talented guy. So let’s get to the questions.

LW: First off, tell us about Strike Aura, the book you have up for grabs in this giveaway.

JG: Strike Aura starts out on Earth, with a young man named Cordell being visited by a young woman from another world, Haza, who presents him with a mysterious box. She opens the box and he falls instantly in love with her. Then her childhood friend Fia arrives and claims she is also in love with him, because of the box. The double planet these women come from, Versac-Nestantia, is nearly depleted of men and are forced to use this method of attracting mates. Versac-Nestantia is at war with the Uvii, a planet completely devoid of men. The Uvii are warlike and intent on taking men by force. Because of Haza and Fia, Earth moves to the top of their list. Haza and Fia now must defend Earth using their invention Strike Aura (the human aura weaponized) to stop the Uvii and put their war to an end. Cordell gets caught up in this conflict, not only between planets, but between Haza and Fia.

LW: Women from two worlds on the hunt for men? That sounds like a good read and one I plan to pick up. What triggered this idea for your novel?

JG: Strike Aura is the result of watching too much Japanese anime over the course of two years. I had a lot of ideas after watching them and wondered if anyone out there was writing novels in an anime-type style and decided I would do it. The plot of a single, uninteresting male being visited by females from outer space is common among anime plots and that’s how my story begins.

LW: Anime inspiration is great. What can potential readers expect from this novel?

JG: Space travel, alien planets, alternate universes, interesting situations, goofiness and sex.

LW: Sounds like fun to me. Speculative fiction often has unusual and alien-sounding names in it. How do you select the names for your characters?

JG: A lot of cases, they just come to me. The character will introduce themselves to me and tell me their name. In the cases where this doesn’t happen, I have to designate them one. I have changed names in the middle of a story on more than one occasion. For made-up, science fiction-like names, my fingers just tap out a few letters and I decide if I like it or not. Haza and Fia are the products of this method. Cordell introduced himself to me. Another character in the book, went from Christel to Crystal to Krystal.

LW: I know what you mean about names evolving and changing. Which authors do you like to read?

JG: I grew up reading and loving Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Piers Anthony, Dean Koontz, Robert Heinlein and Philip K. Dick. All of these authors drew on my imagination and made me view the world in a different way. They made me want to keep reading and eventually start writing. I wanted to create my own worlds for others to read and maybe tap their imaginations and make them view the world differently, too.

Thanks, Jerry! Check out the giveaway below to pick up Strike Aura and go to Jerry’s author page to see more novels to entice you, including mine, O’Ceagan’s Legacy, a sci-fi adventure novel.

Free Book: https://instafreebie.com/free/fwX0R
Author page: https://www.facebook.com/Jerry.Gerold.Author/

Meet Joshua Robertson, Dark Fantasy Author

As I mentioned in my blog yesterday, I have three short interviews with writers included in the current Speculative Fiction Giveaway to share with you. I think you’ll find them interesting as your learn a little more about the writers and the thoughts behind the books.

I’m starting off with Joshua Robertson. He hails from Kingman, Kansas and graduated from Wichita State University where he received his Masters in Social Work with minors in Psychology and Sociology. He is the CEO of Crimson Edge Press, the Goblin King from the Goblin Horde on YouTube, and a bestselling author in dark fantasy.

LW: You’ve got quite a few books and some short stories out. Tell us about them.

JR: I have written several things over the past several years, but I am most well known for the Thrice Nine Legends Saga. The saga consists of short stories, standalone novels, and trilogies in the fantastical world of Aenar, and the books will continue to grow in the future. Currently, readers can find several short stories on Amazon, including Strong Armed, When Blood Falls, and The Name of Death. The Name of Death has been on the short reads bestseller list for Science Fiction & Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, and Literature and Fiction for almost two months, frequently holding the number one spot.

Anaerfell is the first book in The Blood of Dragons series, and is typically the book I will direct readers to read before delving into the other stories. The Kaelandur Series chronologically takes place after Anaerfell, but readers may choose to start with the bestselling novel, Melkorka, too.

Melkorka, Dyndaer, and Maharia (Coming March 2017) are the three novels that make up The Kaelandur Series, telling the tale of a slave trying to save the Ash Tree by keeping a cursed dagger from demonic hands.

LW: That’s a very exciting body of work so far with stories that sound intriguing. You say they are dark fantasy. What can the reader expect from your novels?

JR: I often get asked why I categorize my books as dark fantasy instead of epic fantasy or high fantasy. Truth be told, you could use any of these genres interchangeably. Yet I would warn readers that my books do tend to lean toward some harsher, grittier scenes. Some have compared my themes to J.R.R. Tolkien but my tone to George R.R. Martin. My books are character-centered, eliminating the voice of an omniscient narrator. Readers should expect pained realities, strong moral lessons, epic wars, and theological undertones to keep them thinking when the last page has been turned.

LW: Some clever authors hide little bits in their books that their fans enjoy finding. Do you hide any secrets in your books that the more knowledgeable may find?

JR: I do like to trail little crumbs throughout my books to hint at larger truths, and then I sit back and wait for my e-mail box to overflow with fans guessing at what’s what. And then the next book is released, and I either receive exuberant, “I told you so’s”, or I get the flummoxed, “You clever bastard”. Melkorka was written so readers would receive one message, and after reading the sequel, Dyndaer, would find a second meaning in the tale, giving cause for a second reading. Maharia will toss them through another loop altogether. My intent is to write stories that readers would enjoy reading time and time again.

LW: I believe that writing is a continual learning process and writers grow with each piece they do. A first book is a milestone, so how did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I learned how to write smarter. Melkorka took me over a year to edit, even though I wrote the story in less than 30 days. My overuse of adverbs, adjectives, passive sentences, etc. could have broken any writer from ever laying pen to paper again. The manuscript had the pieces of a great story, but I felt like Dr. Frankenstein trying to reanimate the dead when attempting to give the book some life. Even today, I will find areas in the first novel where I think I could word something better, or change syntax, or give more description. Since that time, I have taken advice of those more successful than me; I have learned to successfully write and edit simultaneously. This takes some restraint and balance, but if you correct the little things, like passivity, while writing, you can write a much cleaner first draft.

LW: As a writer, I believe we are all inspired by the authors we prefer to read. Who are your favorite authors and why do you enjoy them?

I have a long list of authors I particularly enjoy, and most are the typical greats of fantasy literature. I like J.R.R. Tolkien for his themes and his world-building. I appreciate George R.R. Martin for his expression of realism in fantasy fiction. I admire R.A. Salvatore for his humanness, morals, and flow of story. I have long been a fan of Robert Jordan for his ability to paint a scene and strategically incorporate symbolism into the duality of his series. In modern times, I find several up and coming fantasy authors who mirror these same skillsets, ever eager to share their own tales.

My thanks to Josh Robertson for this mini-interview. You can find his short storyThe Name of Death in the giveaway. Visit his web site at http://www.robertsonwrites.com/ to learn more.

Last 2 Day to Nominate My Book!


First off, a big thank you to everyone who has already gone out to the Kindle Scout website and nominated “O’Ceagan’s Legacy” to be considered for a publishing contract.  I really appreciate it.  Unlike some of these “vote for me” things, you can only nominate once so if you’ve already done it, hurrah!  It means a lot to me.

If you haven’t yet nominated my book and would like to give me an assist toward publishing it, then please go to O’Ceagan’s Legacy and nominate my book.  You can read the first three chapters if you like.  If it is selected for publication, then you will receive a free Kindle download of the book.  But you need to do it before midnight on March 11.  This ends at 12:01 am on March 12!  So do it now while you’re thinking about.

Even if it is not selected by Amazon, I will still be publishing it on Kindle and I will have a free download day, which I’ll tell you about when it’s time, so that everyone who did vote for me (and some others) will have a chance to download it.

My New Book in a New Program

Hi, Guys!  I have a little news that is exciting for me and I am really going to need your help to pull it off.

Have you heard of the Kindle Scout program?  No?  Well, simply put, it allows the reader the opportunity to read a few chapters of a new, unpublished book and vote for the book if they enjoy it and want to read more.  If the book gets enough votes, then it might be considered for an Amazon publishing contract.  That’s a really attractive offer to me as a writer because I want to reach as many readers as possible.

legacy-72dpi-1500x2000So, I am delaying the publication of my new book, O’CEAGAN’S LEGACY in favor of submitting to the Scout program.  I have gotten notice that my book has been accepted and will be available for readers to preview and vote on as of February 11, this Thursday at 12:01 a.m. EST. Over the 30 days after it launches, you can cast a vote for the book, talk to your friends about it, encourage them to read it and vote, then pass it on to their friends.  Post the link on Facebook.  Tweet it!  Spread the word however you can.

If we’re successful and the book is selected by Amazon for publication, I will be an extremely happy writer.  What’s in it for you?  I heard you ask that.  Well, if my book wins a contract, you get a free Kindle copy of the book for voting for it.  You will also have my gratitude and I will happily say, “Best tribe ever!”

I will be posting the link for O’CEAGAN’S LEGACY when it goes live on Scout on February 11.

So I hope I can count on you to help me to have a successful launch by taking the time to do this, passing the information along to your friends and letting people know about the program.  It’s a win-win for all of us.

Adios to 2015 and Free Book Download


As we approach the end of another year, I want to wish all of my tribe the very best for the coming one.  I hope it brings good fortune, a renewal in spirit and good health to everyone.

Free Kindle Book

As a New Year’s special gift, I am making the Kindle copy of Funeral Singer: A Song for Marielle a free download for December 31st and January 1st, so if you haven’t gotten a copy yet, here’s your opportunity to get it FREE.  If you would kindly write an honest review after you read the book and submit it to Amazon, I would truly appreciate it.

Please feel free to share this offer with your friends and help me spread the word about my debut novel.  Thank you.

Visit my Amazon author page.

Book launch page for Funeral Singer