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YA Fiction Feature and Author Interview: Pirate Princess by Catherine Banks @catherineebanks


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YA Fiction, YA Action/Adventure


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As the daughter of the Pirate King, Tilia Swanson has an unusual upbringing learning skills that aren’t often available for women. As the heir apparent for the Kingdom of Crilan, her skills set her apart as she is trained by the best in the land and taught to harness her magic. However, piracy is in her blood, and draws danger to her in the way that treasure draws pirates. Some treasures are more valuable than others. Will this lesson be learned in time or will the betrayal of those around her be her undoing?

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Excerpt:

“You aren’t going to force me into an arranged marriage, are you?” I asked them.

Esmeralda looked like I had smacked her. “Of course not!”

“We haven’t done arranged marriages in a century,” Jared said.

I exhaled. “Well, my dad wasn’t sure and told me to be prepared just in case.”

“Does your dad do arranged marriages?” Esmeralda asked.

I shook my head. “No.”

“Well you don’t have to worry about that,” Jared said, “We aren’t going to force you to do anything.”

“Except not be a pirate,” I fake pouted.

Esmeralda laughed. “Except that.”

“Well, I guess I’m okay with that. Most pirates don’t have very long careers anyways,” I said.

“Speaking of marriage,” Esmeralda said, moving her horse closer to mine. “Technically we are supposed to have a ball for your seventeenth birthday so that all of the available men can come so you can start looking for a suitor.”

“WHAT?” I asked in an almost scream.

“You don’t want a boyfriend?” Faxon asked.

I blushed and said, “I just didn’t know it was a formal thing and, uh, hadn’t really thought about it yet.” That was a lie. I thought about boys like every teenage girl did, but my options were slim at the Capitol.

“Well, it’s a tradition and I thought I would let you know now that we’ll be having it while we are in Markleville,” Esmeralda said.

“I don’t have a dress,” I said, hoping that would cancel the plans until we returned home, “I didn’t bring one.”

“That’s fine. I will have one made for you,” Jared offered.

How generous. Ugh. “But if I find a guy I like in Markleville, I won’t even be able to see him when we return to the Capitol,” I said.

“That is where the true romance is supposed to begin,” Esmeralda said with a smile. “They have to try to keep you interested with letters and poems and gifts.”

“It’s very tedious,” Jared said.

“Only because you had to find others to write poems for you,” Faxon said.

“I knew you didn’t write that poem!” Esmeralda said with a triumphant shout.

“I’m going to skin you, Faxon,” Jared growled.

“It’s time she learned the truth,” Faxon said.

“I already knew,” Esmeralda said, “I just never had confirmation.”

“How did you know?” Jared asked.

“You haven’t written me a poem once since then. Every other guy who wrote me a poem continued to write them, not just one,” she said honestly.

“Who else wrote you poems?” Jared asked with crossed arms jealously.

“Yes, I’m really looking forward to this,” I muttered.

Griffin laughed.

“Not every man is like him,” Faxon said defensively.

“I can’t believe you helped him,” Esmeralda said.

“I’m a good friend,” he said with a shrug, “it’s a curse.”


About the Author:

Catherine banks

Catherine Banks is the author of the Artemis Lupine Series, Little Death Bringer Series, Ciara Steele Novella Series, and the novel Daughter of Lions. She began writing fiction stories when she was only four years old and finished her first full length novel at the age of fifteen. Catherine is a Northern California native and has lived within a twenty mile radius her entire life. She plans to travel to as many places as possible in her thirties to make up for her lack of traveling experience. She is married to her soulmate and best friend, Avery, who blessed her with two amazing children. After her full time job she reads books, plays video games and watches a lot of anime shows and movies with her family to relax.

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Interview with Catherine Banks:

When did you start to have a love for books? I’ve had a deep passion for books since I was a child. Both of my parents are avid readers and allowed me to stay up half an hour past my bedtime only if I was reading.

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager? As a child, Misty of Chincoteague. As a teenager, The Hobbit.

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer? In high school Anne Rice was very popular, but I wasn’t a huge vampire fan and instead had a deep love of werewolves. Since there were hardly any werewolf novels at the time, I decided to write my own.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you? Lyrics from songs, a vineyard, and even scenery have all inspired me and given me something to write about.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Pirate Princess has been my favorite book to write so far because it is so much fun and there is so much action that I didn’t want to stop writing it.

What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to? One of my favorites is Marin from my Little Death Bringer Series. She’s tough, kind, and a person that I would love to hang out with if she were real. Faxon is a character I think many of my readers will like because he is dark, mysterious, and yet funny, loyal, and protective.

So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career? My greatest moment has been seeing my name/book listed under a complete stranger’s top 5. It’s unreal and so amazing to see.
What can readers expect from you next? I’m working on book two of the Pirate Princess Series as well as book three of the Little Death Bringer Series. There are a few other projects that are new and not part of any other series, but those won’t be available until next year at least.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most? Readers of fantasy, young adult, action/adventure, and romance will love my books.

Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television shows? Movies? I can’t list a couple favorite books, but I can tell you that my favorite adult book series is the Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews and my favorite young adult book series currently is the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas. My favorite television shows list would take up a lot of time, but my current favorites are: Firefly, One Punch Man, One Piece, Game of Thrones, and Phineas & Ferb. My favorite movies are: Princess Bride, Army of Darkness, Godzilla, Tales from Earthsea, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Rustler’s Rhapsody.

If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about? Can I meet a team and meet the couple who makes up Ilona Andrews? I would talk about their knowledge of mythology and religions. They are so knowledgeable and it’s amazing.

How would you describe your life in ten words or under? Video Games, reading, writing, working, children, video games, anime, Netflix.

What is your favorite place to visit? Pismo Beach, CA.

What words do you live by? “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

Anything else you’d like to share with readers? Thank you for reading and giving my books a chance! I am eternally grateful and if you ever want to talk to me, please feel free to send me a message!

Thanks for letting us interview you, Catherine!


Young Adult Fiction Feature: Ndura. Son of the forest. by Javier Salazar Calle @Jsalazarcalle


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Chosen as best young adult fiction novel for 2014 in Spain!

When a common normal person, anyone of us, suddenly finds himself or herself in a life-and-death situation in the middle of the forest, would he or she know how to survive?

This is the simple dilemma that is offered to the protagonist of our story, who, returning from a relaxing holiday in Namibia on a typical photographic safari, is involved in an unexpected extreme survival situation in the Ituri forest, in the Republic of Congo in Africa when the plane he was in gets shot down by rebels. A place where Nature is not the only enemy and where survival is not the only problem.

A classic scented adventure which makes this book the perfect place to escape reality and feel within you, the anguish and despair of the hero while facing the challenges he is presented with. This book smoothly blends emotion and tension when faced with the challenge to survive, but also the psychological degradation of the protagonist throughout the story and an in-depth study on the environment, the animals, the plants as well as the people, that the author carried out. It also teaches us that our perception of where our limits lie are usually wrong, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse.

This novel comes highly recommended.

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About the Author:

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Javier Salazar Calle was born in Madrid on July 29, 1976. He is majored in Business Administration and Computer Engineering and has always worked in the banking world. When he was younger he mostly wrote short stories, but later moved on to the world of micro-stories, several of whom , including some poems , have been published in various contests.

“Ndura. Son of the forest” is his first book (voted best young adult fiction for 2014), his second book was “Use LinkedIn as if you were an expert” and he has just published his thrid book “Sumalee. Stories of Trakaul”, a drama one with detective and romantic plots.

He is characterized by the versatility of the topics he addresses and by the prior meticulous investigation labor he carries out before writing his books.

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Javier Salazar Calle nació en Madrid el 29 de julio de 1976. Licenciado en Administración y Dirección de Empresas e Ingeniero Informático, siempre ha trabajado en temas relacionados con la banca. De joven se dedicó a escribir sobre todo relatos cortos, pero pronto pasó al mundo de los microrrelatos, varios de los cuales, incluidas algunas poesías, han sido publicados en diversos concursos.

“Ndura. Hijo de la selva” es su primer libro (elegida mejor novela juvenil de 2014 por el periódico El Economista), el segundo es “Usa LinkedIn como si fueras un experto” y acaba de publicar su tercero, “Sumalee. Historias de Trakaul”, un drama con tintes policíacos y románticos.

Se caracteriza por la versatilidad de las temáticas que trata y por la cuidadosa labor de documentación previa que hace en sus obras.


Featured Action Book and Interview: The Vatican Knights by Rick Jones @Rikster7033


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The Vatican Knights Series Book 1

While on a visit to the United States, Pope Pius XIII is kidnapped by a terrorist cell calling itself the Soldiers of Islam. If the United States and its allies do not meet their demands, they will execute the pope. So when FBI Specialist Shari Cohen is called to duty to track down the terrorist cell responsible, she learns that she is not alone. Deep behind the Vatican walls a secret order dispatches a clandestine op group of elite commandos known as the Vatican Knights. Their mission: bring the pope back alive. As Cohen and the Knights work in tandem they uncover a White House conspiracy involving high-ranking members on Capitol Hill. When she begins to get too close to the truth about the pope’s kidnapping, she becomes the target of indigenous forces trying to keep the conspiracy safe. However, in order to get to her they must go through the Vatican Knights.

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About the Author:

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Rick Jones was born and raised in the Boston area and moved to Las Vegas in the early eighties where he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in English. He is retired from law enforcement and currently resides in Las Vegas where he writes fulltime. He is the bestselling author of the Vatican Knight series (THE VATICAN KNIGHTS (soon to be a major motion picture from Amber Entertainment), SHEPHERD ONE, THE ISCARIOT AGENDA, PANDORA’S ARK, THE BRIDGE OF BONES, CROSSES TO BEAR, THE LOST CATHEDRAL, DARK ADVENT, CABAL THE GOLGOTHA PURSUIT, and TARGETED KILLING); the psychological thriller, FAMILIAR STRANGER; and the bestselling action/adventure series, The Eden Saga (THE CRYPTS OF EDEN, THE MENAGERIE and THE THRONES OF EDEN); and CITY BENEATH THE SEA.

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Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? Been writing for more than 20 years—since 1980, actually. Though I’ve only found success starting in 2013, which continues to this day. So it took me 23 years of perseverance and determination to get me where I am today. Never give up on anything, whether it’s writing or something else. Eventually you will get there.

How many books do you currently have published? 18

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Pretty much the Vatican Knights books. Of that group I’d have to say The Iscariot Agenda because it outlines Kimball Hayden (main character) in great depth, such as his personal suffering and torment while working under the control of the Vatican. Though he can defeat anything external, he cannot defeat his own demons.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? Yes. The Black Key (Book #2 of the Hunter series).

What do you enjoy most about writing? Time to myself and the escape of going into new lands and situations.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? No. Not really. I have difficulty with the first few chapters, trying to get them right. After I feel comfortable with them, then I fly right through. I never write an outline. I don’t even know where the narrative’s heading. I just follow the logical path until story’s end. If you follow an outline, then there’s no surprises or enjoyment because you already know what’s going to happen. What’s the fun in that? Let the story take you away and follow its course. If you do, then writer’s block shouldn’t be a concern. At least it isn’t for me.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? All the time, which is why I never write an outline. As you write the story then you begin to see things that would deter from an outline and make the story better. Sometimes it hits you like an epiphany, so you add something which may change the direction of the entire story. But that’s what’s great about writing.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? Kimball Hayden, lead commando of the Vatican Knights. Every hero in every book has to be flawed; every writer knows this. And since all characters are flawed and no longer unique regarding this, then you have to find something additional to add to their character in order to make them unique. In Kimball’s case, he was a former government assassin who killed with impunity, including women and children if they compromised his position in the theater of operation. After having an epiphany, Kimball seeks redemption through the Vatican. Though he’s strong and powerful and can command or defeat any external situation, he’s so fragile underneath that he fails to overcome his personal demons.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? Any knife scene involving Kimball Hayden. Gunfights bore me sometimes because it’s done all the time, though I do have the use of firearms in all my books.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? As stated before, never give up. It took me 23 years and I couldn’t have been more blessed. The Vatican Knights is in (motion picture) development with Amber Entertainment (London) with Ileen Maisel (The Golden Compass and Dangerous Liaisons) acting as producer. I will also be acting as co-producer on the project. The plan right now is to franchise the series into several films, which is why I revised the first four editions. So for anyone who wants to write, my advice to you is to persevere. That’s my tip. Success will not come overnight. It may not come from the sales of your first few books, either. Remember, it took me 23 years. But in the day of the Indie writer, it would probably be far less. If you quit, you will lose everything. If you stay with it, then you have everything to gain.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? The Vatican Knights because it’s the start of the franchise, and hopefully the first movie in the series that will blaze a path for more movies to come.

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? Working on The Black Key; looking for a February release date.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? Anything from Vince Flynn, Clive Cussler, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon and a few others.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? Anything from Vince Flynn.

Thank you for the interview, it was a pleasure.




Action/Adventure Feature: Targeted Killing by Rick Jones @rikster7033


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Action/Adventure, Thriller


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Release Date: 10/18/16

The Vatican Knights Book 11

Long before Kimball Hayden became a Vatican Knight, he once served as an elite assassin for the United States government. After the ordered assassination on a United States senator by a cabal within the U.S. command, Kimball is set up for failure and is believed dead by the Pentagon Brass. But when a leading political principal involved with the senator’s murder discovers that Kimball Hayden is alive and under the protection of the Vatican, he’s immediately seen as a threat to a certain few on Capitol Hill regarding the sanctioned hit on the senator, and those involved.

In Malta, while on retreat, Kimball Hayden becomes the subject of a ‘targeted killing,’ and soon finds himself on the run from a CIA liquidation squad. As the Special Activities Division closes in to neutralize their target to keep secrets safe, the Vatican Knights are called upon to save one of their own.

But there’s another secret involved, a mission that was created to kill hundreds in order to promote a CIA agenda.

The clock is ticking.

Malta is on the brink of disaster.

And Kimball Hayden is running out of time, as an elite paramilitary unit hunts him down.

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About the Author:

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Rick Jones was born and raised in the Boston area and moved to Las Vegas in the early eighties where he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in English. He is retired from law enforcement and currently resides in Las Vegas where he writes fulltime. He is the bestselling author of the Vatican Knight series (THE VATICAN KNIGHTS (soon to be a major motion picture from Amber Entertainment), SHEPHERD ONE, THE ISCARIOT AGENDA, PANDORA’S ARK, THE BRIDGE OF BONES, CROSSES TO BEAR, THE LOST CATHEDRAL, DARK ADVENT, CABAL and THE GOLGOTHA PURSUIT); the psychological thriller, FAMILIAR STRANGER; and the bestselling action/adventure series, The Eden Saga (THE CRYPTS OF EDEN, THE MENAGERIE and THE THRONES OF EDEN); and CITY BENEATH THE SEA.

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Action Feature and Interview: City Beneath the Sea by Rick Jones @rikster7033


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The Quest for Atlantis Book 1

Release Date: 7/29/16

A Mythical Relic.
A Mythical City.
An Ancient Secret.

In 2014, an earthquake off the Florida Straits uncovers a city that had been hidden beneath the sea for centuries. It’s a land of magical wonder, and a place that harbors extraordinary secrets and deadly curiosities.

Months after their narrow escape from Eden, archeologists and symbologists John Savage and Alyssa Moore are called upon to examine archaic texts inside the presumed city of Atlantis. The writings are similar to those discovered in Eden, the symbols a roadmap to mankind’s destruction by the year 2026.

Along with a commando unit, John and Alyssa quickly discover the pitfalls that were created to keep a fabled relic safe. After deadly challenges and conquests within the structures, they eventually come across the Emerald Tablet—the legendary plaque that holds the secrets of the universe.

But is the Emerald Tablet truly a source of great power and knowledge? Or is it disguised as Pandora’s Box that once opened it would quickly mark the beginning of mankind’s end?

From the bestselling author of the Crypts of Eden and The Vatican Knights comes Book #4 of a John Savage and Alyssa Moore Adventure (The Crypts of Eden trilogy), and Book #1 in the “Quest for Atlantis” series, City Beneath the Sea.

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Rick Jones was born and raised in the Boston area and moved to Las Vegas in the early eighties where he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in English. He is retired from law enforcement and currently resides in Las Vegas where he writes fulltime. He is the bestselling author of the Vatican Knight series (THE VATICAN KNIGHTS (soon to be a major motion picture from Amber Entertainment), SHEPHERD ONE, THE ISCARIOT AGENDA, PANDORA’S ARK, THE BRIDGE OF BONES, CROSSES TO BEAR, THE LOST CATHEDRAL, DARK ADVENT, CABAL and THE GOLGOTHA PURSUIT); the psychological thriller, FAMILIAR STRANGER; and the bestselling action/adventure series, The Eden Saga (THE CRYPTS OF EDEN, THE MENAGERIE and THE THRONES OF EDEN); and CITY BENEATH THE SEA.

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Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? It took a while for success—thirty-two years, in fact—but it was all worth it. Perseverance and determination will get you there all the time.

How many books do you currently have published? 19

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? The Iscariot Agenda. It’s part of the Vatican Knights series which really spells out the lead character’s tortured life and how his past catches up with him. I also liked the way that City Beneath the Sea turned out as well. This one talks about mankind’s destructive path which is leading us into the Abyss.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I have four in my queue. A couple of Vatican Knights, a Hunter series project, and the second installment to the Atlantis line.

What do you enjoy most about writing? The end product.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Kimball Hayden of the Vatican Knights series. The man is seeking redemption from a violent past through the aid of church, but he’s incredibly volatile and unpredictable. Whenever he takes a step towards the Light of Salvation, he’ll always does something that sends him back two steps closer to the Darkness.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? Kimball Hayden, Shari Cohen and Alyssa Moore. They’re all spitfire characters. There is no least favorite. Wicked is wicked and good is good, elements necessary for all novels to work.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? Any knife-fight scenes in the Vatican Knights. I’m tired of the gun-slinging.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? It’s hard work paved with many failures along the way. But at the end the rewards are great. Keep going and never stop writing. Like I said before: perseverance and determination will get you there all the time.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? The Vatican Knights, which is about to become a major motion picture by Amber Entertainment, who wants to franchise the series.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I love political thrillers in the vein of (and my all-time favorite author) Vince Flynn, Ben Coes, Brad Thor and Brad Taylor. I also like action/adventure from Clive Cussler and James Rollins. From the horror/suspense line: Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Robert (Rick) McCammon.

What about television shows? Movies? Action and horrors. Not really a big fan of all these super-hero movies.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? Anything from Vince Flynn. Just a great writer who left us too early. The entire Vatican Knights series was inspired by his Mitch Rapp series.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? I’ve recently returned from a lot of traveling going to book conventions and such. Now I’m home relaxing and I’ll be doing this for a long time. My only traveling for the near future will only be to Los Angeles and London for movie production reasons, or back east to see close family and friends. Traveling became too exhausting.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? Well worth the hardship. Look at all the rejections as a learning process.