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#SIBA2016 - After Oil is in the running!

Greetings everyone!

I am really, really excited to share this short little post, and call to action...

After Oil, originally published by KCEditions in August 2014, has been nominated for the reader's choice style Summer Indie Book Award (SIBA) for 2016.  This is where you, the reader, gets to vote on your indie and small press published books for the prestigious SIBA2016 in the Dystopian category.

The last I checked I was sitting at #8 out of over 120 fantastic titles.

Wow... I have no idea what to say about that other than I love you all.

But I would love to win it, and to win means I need every single last vote you can give me.

Go now and vote.

(*After Oil sits in the top third of the list.  The list is by order of nomination, not alphabetical)

Summer Splash Book Blog Tour - Week 8 - Anna Kringle

Today on Kristan's Desk I feature Anna Kringle, author of The Rooftops of London, A Trivial Venture, Return to Masonry, and Masonry: Tales and Lore of the Old Kingdom.

Anna currently resides in Tacoma, Washington but is originally from Orland, California.

1) When did you first realize you were going to be a writer? 

When I was in junior high I think. I wanted to read all these stories that didn't exist, so decided to write them!

2) Describe your ultimate writing space. 

Oh dear... It has a kettle and a coffee maker, a comfy chair, and all the writing options I could want. After being on the move for so long, it's hard to think in finer details. But it will have plenty of pens and paper!

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Summer Splash Tour Week 7 - Leslie Conzatti

This week on Kristan's Desk I feature author Leslie Conzatti and her books.  Leslie describes herself as a manic writer and voracious reader, and her blog, the Upstream Writer, shows this to be very true as she reviews books as well as writes them.  Leslie doesn't have any books finished yet, but she is definitely getting there.  Her blog is definitely worth checking out for all the goodies and advice, as well as insights on various books she has read.

Definitely someone to keep an eye on!

I managed to slide in two questions for today's feature.

1) When did you first realize you were going to be a writer?
Probably the moment came way back when I was first getting into reading children's novels. I came across a book I distinctly recalled having read before... but as I read, I became confused because the story I remembered was NOT the story in the book! That's when I realized that, a few years prior, when I was just learning to read, I had "read" the pictur…

Summer Splash Book Blog Tour - Week 6 - M.J. Spickett

This week I sat down with author M.J. Spickett, a local author who is also from Northern Ontario (like me).  She currently resides in Massey, Ontario with her young son.  There is a video interview where I sat down with her for 45 minutes.  (I'll update this blog post when the upload completes).

M.J is the author of the hottest fiction around... and I don't just mean in the selling way... I mean in the way where you'll need either a cold shower or to find your partner for some sexy romps.

Her books, Fallen and Unspoken Oaths are character-driven urban fantasy thrillers... and thrills are not just the James Bond-esque action.

It's the hot... hot... HOT and steamy scenes her heroine, Selena Hawke, finds herself in between not one but two super hunks.

And in typical Selena fashion... why choose when you can have both?

Yeah, she went there.  And she left me needing some, er, time in a bedroom with my own partner.

When did you first realize you were going to be a writer?
I fi…

Summer Splash Book Blog Tour - Week 5: DR Perry

This week I sat down with D.R. Perry, author of Dragon My Heart Around, which is the latest book in her series, Providence Paranormal College.  She writes urban and paranormal fantasy set in or around Rhode Island, and her series is up to four books.  Perry has also written for a few popular anthologies, such as The Longest Night Watch (dedicated to the legendary Sir Terry Pratchett as well as awareness for Alzheimer's), Stardust Always (dedicated to David Bowie and Alan Rickman, both lost due to cancer this year), and Of Hexes and Hauntings. Perry is very elusive, so, while I have a picture of a table and her books, I have not been able to snap a picture of her. When did you first realize you were going to be a writer?I didn't even dare think I could try and make a go at it as a career until I was 39. Every time I start thinking about wasted years, I remember Alan Rickman. His first film role wasn't until age 42. And here I am now, about to have that birthday myself with …

Author Interview: Kat Caffee (Author of the Followers of Torment Series)

This is outside of the Book Blog Tour, but I had the opportunity to "sit down" (ie: chat online with) another talented author, and the only day I had was today.  Out of that chat came this fantastic interview with author Kat Caffee, author of the fantasy series, the Followers of Torment.  She has a new book coming out, and a brand spanking new website.

What better time than now to post this?

Exactly what I thought!

The Interview
1) When did you first discover your love for writing?
I’m actually an “accidental author” to be honest.  I’ve been a story teller from a very young age (somewhere back around 2nd or 3rd grade if memory serves), but I have always had trouble getting the stories down into some form of long-term form.  The current saga I’m working on, and the series that are lining up at the doors behind it, are the first stories that have come through the fires with any hope of completion.  I’ve had to take a brief detour right now, before I can honor the tone behind my …

Summer Splash Book Blog Tour - Week 4: Carol Ann King

Another week and another author on the book tour!  This time it's fellow Canuck Carol Ann King from Burlington, Ontario.  King and I have something else in common--we both had the same brain wave to give away our royalties for the Fort MacMurray wildfires.  King took it a step further, and not only challenged other authors but organized them into gathering for a fundraiser to raise support for the relief efforts in Alberta.

(Please give C.A. King a huge round of applause for that!  She thoroughly deserves it!)

So, when given the chance to finally talk to her and ask a few questions for the Summer Splash Book Blog Tour, I leapt at it.  I only managed two questions, but she does have a GoodReads profile accepting questions.  Give this Canadian Indie your support by flooding her page with attention.

When did you first realize you were going to be a writer?  

I don't think I ever have. I still write because it helps ease the pain of the loss of my loved ones. It's motivation to …