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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Seventh Star Press Trilogy Tour with Jackie Gamber and H. David Blalock + giveaway

Welcome to "I Smell Sheep" and the Seventh Star Press Trilogy Tour featuring myself, Jackie Gamber, and my longtime friend, H. David Blalock. It's an honor to share the trilogy stage with David; his stories of magic and wonder have delighted readers for such a long time, and it's great to see his "Angels" Trilogy out and about for even more reader pleasure. We're here today, together, to celebrate and discuss our recently-available trilogies, mine: "The Leland Dragon Series", and David, "The Angelkiller Triad", both available through Seventh Star Press.
So pull up a chair, and let's get this party started.

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JackieGamberBWAbout Jackie Gamber:
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As an award winning author, Jackie writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies such as Tales of Fantasy and Dragons Composed, as well as numerous periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, Mindflights Magazine, Necrotic Tissue, and Shroud.

She is the author of the fantasy novel Redheart and Sela, and writing an alternate history time travel novel. She blogs professionally for English Tea Store.com, where she reviews classic science fiction and fantasy novels and pairs them with the ideal tea-sipping companion. Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association.


She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is the winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction for her story The Freak Museum, a post-apocalyptic tale that looks closely at perceptions and outward appearances and how they affect the way we see ourselves. Jackie Gamber was co-founder and Executive Editor of Meadowhawk Press, a speculative fiction publisher based in Memphis. One of their novels, Terminal Mind by David Walton, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 2009. 


Jackie also edited the award winning benefit anthology, Touched By Wonder. She has been a guest lecturer at Memphis Options High Schools, and is a speaker at writers’ conferences from Michigan to Florida. Jackie is also the visionary behind the MidSouthCon Writers’ Conference, helping writers connect since 2008.



GamberBookOne_RedheartCoverEnter the lands of Leland Province, where dragon and human societies have long dwelled side by side. Superstitions rise sharply, as a severe drought strips the land of its bounty, providing fertile ground for the darker ambitions of Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon Council Leader, who seeks to subdue humans or wipe them off the face of the land. As the shadow of danger creeps across Leland Province, a young dragon named Kallon Redheart, who has turned his back on dragons and humans alike, comes into an unexpected friendship. Riza Diantus is a young woman whose dreams can no longer be contained by the narrow confines of her village, and when she finds herself in peril, Kallon is the only one with the power to save her. Yet to do so means he must confront his past, and embrace a future he stopped believing in. A tale of friendship, courage, and ultimate destiny, Redheart invites readers to a wondrous journey through the Leland Dragon Series.



HDavidBlalockBWAbout H. David Blalock
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Born in San Antonio, Texas, David spent the majority of his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida. At the age of 16, his family moved to the Panama Canal Zone where David finished school and entered employment with the Department of Defense as a Powerhouse Electrician. Hiring into the FAA, he returned with his wife and two daughters to the States and settled briefly in Gulfport, MS. A few years later, he moved to Memphis, TN, as an Air Traffic Controller for the Memphis ARTCC. There he remained until his retirement. David’s writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines, webzines, and writer’s sites. His work continues to appear on a regular basis through multiple publishing house


BlalockBookOne_AngelkillerCover H, David Blalock’s Angelkiller Book Synopsis: Why do bad things happen to good people? Simple. In the ancient war between the Angels of Light and Darkness, the Dark won. Now it is the job of an undercover force simply known as The Army to rectify that. Using every tool available, The Army has worked to liberate our world from The Enemy for thousands of years, slowly and painfully lifting Mankind out of the dark. On the front of the great Conflict are the Angelkillers, veterans of the fight with centuries of experience. Jonah Mason is an Angelkiller, and his cell is targeted as part of plot to unseat a very powerful Minion of The Enemy. Mason and his troop are drawn into a battle that stretches from real-time to virtual reality and back. The Conflict is about to expand into cyberspace, and if Mason is unable to stop it, The Enemy will have gained dominion over yet another realm. 




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Seventh Star Press is generously giving away a $100 amazon gift card to one commentor. You must ask a question about the the authors or their trilogies. Jackie will be hanging around to answer! 
You can ask about angels, dragons, young adult fantasy, or fantasy in general, trilogies, small presses, cover art, where they hid the cookies...

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93 comments:

  1. Wow, sounds like a great series. I love visiting new worlds.

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  2. Love those covers! I've been looking for a good darkish fantasy series to get into. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. I hope you enjoy the books as much as you like the covers. :)

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    2. I just love the Doom Angel cover. Seventh Star Press has some awesome artists :)

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  3. I love trilogies and was wondering if it is hard to meld one book into another while writing. And also do you prefer to write trilogies or single books.

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    1. As far as my trilogy, I had a story arc which is broken up into episodes which were outlined before the books were written. I not usually a "pantser", and in the case of a series I wouldn't feel comfortable without some kind of plan I could stick with. I prefer writing single pieces, having written two series now.

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    2. How do you outline? Do you make a sticky note board or just write a timeline on your computer?

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    3. I usually write a general outline of the story in shortened form first. A few paragraphs in the case of a short story, eight to ten pages for a novel or novella. This gives me a place to begin, then I use that as a skeletal framework for the rest of the manuscript, filling it in as I go. That way, I have the basis of the story predetermined and can stay faithful to the original idea all the way through. Also, if I get an idea in the middle of the work for another story, I don't lose my original train of thought.

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  4. Interesting covers that do not pander to the current vogue of men without heads or shirts, or girls in prom dresses.

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    1. As far as Angelkiller, when I worked with Matt Perry for them I asked him to take the gist of the book's theme into account. I think he did a great job.

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    2. Seventh Star Press works with some wonderful artists who tailor original work for each book they work on as well as some interior artwork. One of the things I like about SSP books is the inclusion of interior artwork.

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    3. So few books today have illustrations any longer. When the large publishing houses were established, some of the most beautiful work graced the flyleaves of their books. Internal illumination gives the reader a chance to find landmarks in the story and helps bring the words to life. I, too, enjoy SSP's policy of interior artwork.

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  5. Cookies? So where DID they hide them? lol

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    1. I would think in an alternate dimension...probably guarded by dragons or maybe an evil army...

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  6. Both series look amazing - I love fantasy so dragons and angels sound perfect! Thanks for sharing the information about them, giving us a chance to ask questions and the amazing giveaway! Mr. Blalock - I love that your series starts answering the question of why bad things happen to good people! My question for you is will there be more books in the series? If so, how many are you thinking? Jackie - why did you write about dragons? How long have you been interested in them?

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    1. hey Suz, thanks for stopping by. Both series are complete trilogies. So you don't have to worry about starting a series and waiting for the next book! That can drive me wild sometimes

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    2. *ducks head and sidles out of room* ;)

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  7. Thank you to everyone participating today! We love Jackie and David and if you like YA Fantasy or dystopian/urban fantasy/cross-genre stories, you will love their trilogies.

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  8. Thanks for the kudos on the covers. The Angelkiller covers were done by Matt Perry. I was very lucky to get him to do them. I think he got the essence of the series without being too explicit. As for more books in the series, the three novels have told the story I originally intended to tell. I have had requests to write more about the Angelkillers but truthfully I have so many other projects ongoing I don't think I could do it justice. Perhaps sometime in the future, when I get a chance, I will try my hand at some short fiction about Mason and his allies. As for the cookies, I'd like to know as well!

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  9. I love the covers and love the books. Looking forward to trading those third ones on both series.

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    1. Your characters all seem so real so here'sa question for both of you. Which comes first, how the character looks or how the character sounds?

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    2. I personally believe that the appearance of a character includes how they sound. I've spent a lot of time people-watching, learning the correlation between physical appearance and personality. I try to build characters that you might recognize if you met them on the street.

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  10. I hide my cookies in the fridge, mostly to keep them away from the ants taking over my kitchen this summer.

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    1. Ha, the cookies in my house aren't around long enough to attract ants

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  11. First, I really enjoy the cover art for both series. If I was browsing a bookstore, I would pick them up to see what the back cover held.

    For Ms. Gamber: What mythological beast would you avoid at all costs in the wild? Is there one you would risk getting a photoshot with? For Mr. Blalock: Do you think that changes in society are reflected in the heroes and villains portrayed in tv/movies/books? Do you think there are some heroes/villains that transcend time and social morals?

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance and for showcasing these books.

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    1. Great questions. I believe that not only does the media reflect reality, it has an impact and affects change on reality. In my work, I try to evoke emotion in the reader. I believe that as writers we have a responsibility to not only entertain but educate and provoke thought. There indeed are stereotypical heroes and villains recognizable across cultures. The terms are variable depending on viewpoint but I think motives can define them better than action.

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    2. I would (and frankly, do,) avoid any creature of any kind that can't be reasoned with. If I can't say "I'm just here for the scenery" and be left in safety, then I don't need to be hanging out in their hunting grounds! Fortunately, dragons are more curious than dangerous, even though they are introverts, and stumbling across one in the wild can end in a great conversation.

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    3. OMG, best question ever nrlymrtl. What creature would you risk taking a selfie with!

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    4. Thank you guys for your thoughtful answers. And Sharon - now I wonder what beast of the wild you want to capture in a selfie? :)

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    5. anything that shifted into a sexy man beast ;)

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  12. Sheila: It depends? :) Most often, I think, for me, what comes first is how the character feels. I discover a character from the inside out, so to speak. Then, likely, how the character sounds, because how she/he interacts with her world says so much about her/his life experience. How a character looks only matters in the same way: how the world perceives her/him and how it, in turn, affects them.

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  13. As someone who grew up on fantasy stories about dragons (Dragonlance has a lot to answer for :) ), suffered through the influx of almost-vampires (sparkly and/or morose), it is great to see a new take on dragons and angels out there.

    What do you guys think will be the 'next big thing' in terms of fantasy characters being featured?

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    1. Okay, this answer may upset some people. I've had this discussion with others. With the proliferation of fantasy and fabulous figures on the small and silver screen, it's really hard to tell. Of course, vampires will always hold a fascination, especially for women. Zombies will be big during hard times and wartime, a surrogate to release frustrations through vicarious killings. Werewolves will tag along as the male counterpart to the vampire. I think once the comic book movies have their run, we'll get a resurgence of horror animal monsters - giant insects, etc. It's already happening with the ridiculous Sharknado type films. Those will run for a couple of years before science fiction makes a significant return. I don't mean the odd high-profile cash cow like Star Trek or Star Wars. I mean serious scifi. I was delighted to see PK Dick's stories again considered for film, although I hope they aren't savaged as badly as they have been in the past.

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    2. hey! I love those ridiculous horror animal monsters on SyFy They've been doing those for years. It is about time people started taking notice :)

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  14. Hello! If... you had to choose... only one book of your own creation to represent you as an author/artist for the ages to come... Something folks would read in school or talk about 500 years from now... which of your own creations would you pick?

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    1. One book? I guess it would be the first Angelkiller. I do have a favorite novella of mine - "High Kings" from another publisher. For short fiction, I would love for people to remember "To Our Brothers", which appeared years ago online. It's odd that I should have favorites of my own work. It seems I shouldn't, that I should like it all equally. Then again, as we all grow as writers we come to grips with the truth that most of our own work isn't really that good and only a small percentage is worthy of memory.

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    2. Thanks for the answer! I write myself but haven't wrote too terribly much... but music on the other hand i've wrote for a while now... I have a song that was my first recording, the first song i ever completely wrote... and while i've done things which I think are better... that first one is still its my favorite for various reasons. As an artist of any nature, i think its essential we have a work that is our favorite. Its par of our quest to bring to life our very own Magnum opus.

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    3. That's a tough question to answer, only because I always want to believe that whatever story I'm writing at the time will be my legacy. A book is something I put my name on, I want it to be the best thing I've ever done. Each time. Also, I have a dream to write a book that one day gets on a "banned book" list. :)

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    4. Thanks for the answer! I especially like the "banned book" dream! gnarly!!

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  15. Wow these are both new to me authors and I'm not sure why but know that will now change because I LOVE Dragons and David's book AngelKiller is right up my fantasy alley. Thank you for bringing them to my attention!!!

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    1. I hope you enjoy the stories, Debbie, and don't forget to post your thoughts in a review. I welcome all reviews good, bad, and indifferent. I encourage and appreciate feedback. If you want to see more of my work, check my Author's page on Amazon or the bibliography page on my website.

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  16. Dragons, Dragons, dragons... Jackie m'dear, How long have you been 'feeling' this world of Dragons in your soul? Has it always been there or did it more recently surface?
    HDB Sir, I like your take on the Good vs Evil storyline. How long has it taken you to flesh out, from 1st thought to finish?

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    1. I was watching some movies and saw "Constantine" shortly after seeing the first Matrix film (the rest are not so good). I thought to myself that a mixture of those ideas would answer a lot of questions and pose some terrifying questions about the future of the world. From there, Angelkiller more or less wrote itself, three books over the course of the next three years. I appreciate that Stephen and Seventh Star Press gave me the opportunity to present it to the public and am gratified at its reception.

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    2. I guess I can say I have been "feeling" the worlds of characters for as long as I can remember (I thought everyone did!), and my Leland Dragon Series happens to have characters as dragons! I do have a soft spot for beasts, whether animal or human, and I like to explore stereotypes--and busting them. The Leland dragons came from my questions like, what if they are more like us than we think?

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    3. HDB~ Awesome! Do you see anymore this this story coming out...?

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    4. Miss Jackie~ Sometimes things just pop up in my head & decide to visit a while... others move in! Some of the things I envisioned as a child have gone to slumber and others have stayed with me on my journey. Maybe something will wake up my slumbering dreams... only time will tell!!

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    5. Coincidentally, Kallon Redheart first appeared in a dream! A lot of my story ideas show up there; I wake up with them and they wander around in my subconscious for a while, before I decide if they are visitors or keepers, much like your process.

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    6. I have had requests for more from the Angelkillers but I don't have any immediate plans for continuing or expanding the story due to a very busy schedule on other projects. Not to say I won't find some time soon to consider a story or two, but one or more novels on the theme are unlikely. Thanks for asking.

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  17. thanks for the awesome spotlight! Congrats to Jackie and H. David! Ummm... do you guys plot, fly by the seat of your pants when writing? And what is the one thing that you have to have/do while writing?

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    1. I seldom "pants" when I'm writing. Not that I never indulge in serendipity or spontaneous writing, I'm just uncomfortable not knowing where the story is going or how it will end. I've found that I can more easily avoid writer's block by planning. I like to have a clear idea of what I want to accomplish in the story before I begin. As to what I have to have or do while writing, nothing specific. I use pen and pencil rather than keyboard for my first draft in order to more closely connect to the work. I started out that way 40 years ago and am more comfortable with the actual paperwork than an ephemeral image on screen. Technology has never been my friend in my creative process, though it is essential in the publication and promotion phase. Even dinosaurs like myself have to learn new tricks.

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    2. I usually have a scene in my head, or an ending that I know has to happen, and I write toward that place. I have a general story frame before I begin, but most of what I write is discovered while I'm doing it. To me, it's less like "seat of my pants", and more like walking through my house in the dark. It's not a stranger's house, it's mine, and I know where the furniture is, how many steps it takes to walk the hall, find my toothbrush, etc. It's familiar and adventurous at the same time. I know where I'm going, I'm just exploring how to get there. And I use a keyboard! I love paper and pens and I have a weird fascination with the office product aisle in stores...but I can't write as fast as I think. My hand can't keep up. I have to type.

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  18. Thank you for sharing with us today. I will admit I was curious about how to cheat at Candy Crush, but I have been tempted to the tributary on the left - Jackie how do you come about pairing tea with a story. What an intriguing idea. I will hop over to check this site out, but in the meantime . . . I wonder if there is a coffee pairing that could come about as well. Scones with high fantasy and tea, cookies with the coffee and darker tales - BTW where are the cookies? :D

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    1. H. David, I was wondering (hit return before I got it all out LOL) . . . what sparked the concept of taking the fight to cyberspace? I am definitely curious how this will come about and looking forward to the read and will have to move this up in my queue and start reading. Umm I am still wondering where the cookies are, any clues here? Thank you for taking the time to share with us today!

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    2. Actually, the idea of taking the Great Conflict into cyberspace was generated initially by the coincidence of using the idea behind The Matrix films and the movie "Constantine". It dawned on me that our world is connected globally and invisibly through the internet and, if there would be a guerrilla movement against the Minions of the Dark forces, they could only be effective if they had the capability of immediate, secure, and secret communication. The perfect conduit for this I saw as internet games, or MMORPGs, which have their own communication networks generally unnoticed by hackers. Of course, once it was revealed that the Angelkillers and The Army in general were using this method, the Minions and their masters would take steps to conquer that realm as they had the rest of reality. That meant combat with the Minions would have to occur in both worlds, something I hope I related in an entertaining and reasonable manner.

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    3. What a wonderful brain thrust going on here H. David! Thank you for this treat of insight to your journey!

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  19. I was thinking...(yeah, I know) any way. Do you think men tend to be more planners and women more often pansters? It would make sense since men and women generally go about tasks differently and write fantasy differently as well. I've always be intrigued by the difference between male vs female written urban fantasy. I enjoy both for different reasons :)

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    1. As I don't really know much about other writer's writing process, I can't answer that intelligently. However, at the risk of sounding sexist, I believe it is true that women tend to be "pantsers". I think female writers and female readers are generally more open to emotional input when creating and when seeking entertainment. Males are, in general, more confused by emotions than inspired. Whether this is a product of social or anatomical influence I cannot say. And I could be mistaken. At least it should give the trolls some ammunition if they want it. ")

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    2. Yeah, every time I bring it up I have to say "in general" so people don't get all pissy, but I've never had anyone fuss at me . Men and women are different in many ways and the written word shows one aspect...it isn't good or bad...just different and interesting. :)

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    3. I also don't have broad enough knowledge (look, I made a pun) to address a male/female pantser/planner theory. I've read lots of books about method, though, and I can't say as I see a distinct sex line. I have a book in my "donate to the library" stack written by a woman that's so detailed in the planning process that I couldn't finish reading it.

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  20. Oh goodness, working as an air traffic controller? I've often wondered if that is an stressful as they portray it in the movies?

    Those are great covers. The covers are what attract me to a book first thing and a good cover helps a lot when picking up a book. Since I haven't read either series, I'm going to look into them further and add to my wish list. Thanks for sharing them with us today.

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    1. I personally found being an air traffic controller challenging. Someone once described a similar profession as hours of boredom interspersed with moments of terror. That's the most apt description I know that can apply to ATC. It's understandable that there is an age limit to the job. It's definitely a young person's job, demanding energy, stamina, and stability in crisis.

      Glad you like the covers. Hope you enjoy our books as much. Don't forget to leave your review. Feedback from the readers is critical to making us better writers.

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  21. I assume that because you're creating your own world for your books that you can do whatever you want, build it however you want but a few years ago I read a book by an author that did just that and it didn't really work out well. My question is, what challenges did/do you face when creating a world for your characters and how do you make sure that it has that believability that will not only catch a reader's attention but engage them as well?

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    1. I feel a world becomes believable as long as, once you establish the rules, you stick with them. People will invest in an alternate world than ours if they understand how it works, and the characters are bound to it, the way we are to ours. Limits are important, because what does a protagonist have to fight against, if there is no resistance?

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  22. What are David and Jackie planning next for us?

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    1. I currently have several projects running, including a story which (I hope) will appear in SSP's next Southern Haunts anthology. My work is scheduled to appear in a few magazines from other publishers between now and the end of the year. If you'd like to know more, stop by my website for further details. :)

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  23. Sounds like some awesome books!!! I want to know what is the best thing about dragons?

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    1. The best thing about dragons? They can fly! ...and they don't mind giving rides, if you ask politely.

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  24. I have a question for you both: If you used the same rating system as the movies do, what would YOU rate your books? Do YOU consider them YA or adult? Also, Jackie: do your dragons shift to human form? And H. David: How "religious" is your story? Did you just use the idea of Good vs. Evil or did you rely heavily on the stories from the Bible?

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    1. My books are around PG/PG-13. I didn't set out to write YA, didn't know that's what I was doing at the time, but since the age of the main protags are young adults, it makes sense. Some "coming of age" issues around finding identity and a place in the world, a first kiss in book two...that sort of thing. But I've found lots of folks of all ages find something to relate to. As far as dragons shifting to human form, there is some mythical reference to it in my Leland culture, and some magical influence that takes place at the time of my books. Don't want to give any spoilers, though. :)

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    2. Unlike many of my contemporaries, I don't use implicit sex to titillate the reader. So if you're looking for hot love scenes, my books will be disappointing. However, I don't consider them to be YA either, as they deal with issues typically handled by adults. Call them R-rated. None of the Angelkiller books draw from the Bible for their content. However, I do use the concepts of Light and Dark Angels for the background players, both sides headed by a Master. It may be an old idea but I hope the slant I give the theme gives it a new luster.

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  25. Adding my praise to the others regarding the covers. All of them are very eye-catching! Also nice to see another new take on angels...I've added your series to my TBR list, David, and I'm off to check out your website, Jackie!

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    1. Many thanks, Linda. I do hope you enjoy the story and look forward to your feedback.

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  26. So... I was going to ask about the cookies, but someone already beat me to it. I take it there aren't any cookies left at all??

    This sounds like a great series, and thank you for the giveaway. I'm a huge fan of dragons, to the point where my first tattoo was a dragon going up my forearm (much to my mother's dismay lol). I was wondering, what is your favourite species of dragon?

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  27. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has participated and especially to Sharon for hosting this event. It's been a privilege.

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    1. Thanks to you and Jackie for taking the time to answer all the questions :)

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  28. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOKS AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  29. Do dragons hide cookies?

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  30. What advise can you give a struggling short story writer? Where are good places to look for submitting? Do you focus on places that pay, or submit to everyone including those without compensation?

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    1. For my advice to up and coming writers, take a look at my post at http://armandrosamilia.com/2014/09/09/guest-post-david-blalock/. As far as good places to submit your work, it depends heavily on what you write so it's hard to advise you. I write mostly speculative fiction, so I like the listings at http://www.ralan.com. Nowadays I have a lot of projects to which I've been invited, but early on in my writing career I wrote to share stories and didn't concentrate on payment. I had a good day job, which met my financial needs. I suggest if you're struggling as a writer you find a decent paying job and write in what spare time you might have to build your career. That's just common sense.

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  31. I've always enjoyed the Seven Star Press stories and covers. These sound fantastic.

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  32. Sounds like a great story, and I'll be adding it to my TBR.

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  33. Sorry it took me so long to get her but you know how life can sometimes can get in the way... H.David, I read your comment about other how authors use "implicit sex to titillate the reader." I have seen that a lot lately. I would start reading a book that has that great YA fantasy feeling and all of sudden I get very graphic sex scenes that make me feel they just wanted to garner more readers by including such elements in the story and just feel very let down. I may continue reading the story if the storyline itself is good but I just wish they would see the appeal of a great adult tale without having to add the "steaminess" to make it an adult read. Now, don't take me wrong, I can appreciate a steamy, hot read as much as the next girl ;) but why do you think some readers accept the tendency of having to have graphic sex in their stories to be called fantasy adult reads?

    And Jackie, what's your opinion on the same question?

    Thanks guys! =D
    Joanna

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    1. I believe that the sexuality of movies and television has leaked over into the literary. A lot of modern writers believe now that they cannot be successful without combining sex and violence with their work, even if it's unnecessary to the story. Big hits like GRR Martin's "Game of Thrones" adaptations further this mindset. I think it's unfortunate, it slows down the story, and worse yet it cheapens the overall art form. Just IMHO

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  34. Out of all of the dragon breeds (?) which is your favorite? Ie: Celtic dragons, Chinese dragons, the different colors and the mythology behind them, your choice. :)

    and where did you hide the cookies?

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  35. This books sounds goods, great covers.

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  36. I prefer to read books that are a series sort. I think you get to know the characters better and they are more developed. Do you prefer to write series or singles?

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  37. I am eating cookies now xD LOL. I love reading sort books like Fault In Our Stars :) By the way I'd like to tell you that I love these covers!!!

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  38. Two trilogies! That's 6 more books for my TBR list... but what was that about..... cookies?

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  39. Amazing covers. Did you help with their creation? :)

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  40. Do you also infuse a bit of romance in your stories?

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