The Heir to Alexandria now available at all e-book retailers

In January, I released my novel, The Heir to Alexandria, on Amazon as part of their KDP Select program. That meant through the end of April, it was only available on Amazon. (See the results of my 3 month trial of KDP Select here.)

But now, you can buy The Heir to Alexandria for $2.99 at most e-book retailers.

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The Heir to Alexandria

HeirAlexandria_ebookcover Believed the descendants of the Gods themselves,

The Alexandria line ensured peace,

Until they were brutally murdered.

But rumor spread a maid escaped with the youngest daughter.

Now as the world rushes toward a period of unrest, the nations’ Kings continue their 200-year-long-search for the Heir to Alexandria – the one person who can bring peace and stability through divine power.

Alista has her own search – for the parents who abandoned her as a baby years ago. When her only lead proves to be a dead end, she heads to the capital with a reluctant escort. Grayson is just following his aunt’s order, but he would rather be on one of his solitary scouting missions for the Landra Guard. However, when Alista unintentionally curses a guard in front of the King’s court, everything changes for both of them.

Now forced to travel to Covington for testing, danger lurks at every turn as a secret society strives to prevent the return of the Alexandria line. Are Alista’s visions of the future enough to save herself and those traveling with her?

Excerpt – Chapter One

The rough hand pressed down over her mouth. Alista’s eyes flew open. With the moonlight behind the large figure, she couldn’t make out any details of the man hunched above her. But his foul breath washed over her making her stomach flop. He rolled her onto her back, pinning one arm to the ground.

The vision hit as Alista struggled to reach her knife hidden under her bedroll. She saw the man’s sinister smile as he attacked a woman. The images of his past came fast. She felt the fear of his victims, the pain he bestowed on them and his pleasure at his actions. Her stomach turned. A wave of nausea swept over her as the vision ended.

The man climbed on top of her, pinning her to the ground. He moved his hand away from her mouth, caressing her jaw with his coarse fingers. Alista heard movement in the camp, but the man didn’t turn. The sound of someone rifling through her bag reached her as her fingers found the cool handle of her dagger.

A scream pierced the cool night air.

The man on top of her twisted around to look behind him. Alista took the moment of distraction to pull out the knife. She jabbed it forward, sinking it into the man’s belly. He turned to face her, a gasp escaping his lips. Shaking, Alista wiggled out from under him. The man clutched at the blood gushing from his stomach. Her own stomach lurched at what she had done. She scooted away as the man staggered to his feet.

She tore her eyes from him to the large wolf standing on the other side of the dying fire. Its jaws were still clenched on the throat of a second intruder. The wolf’s yellow eyes briefly met hers and then flickered to the man beside her. The wolf released its hold on the dead man’s neck. It leapt toward the wounded man, knocking him to the ground.

Crack!

Alista gasped as she heard the wood break. The man pushed at the wolf as the beast sunk its teeth into his neck. She barely heard the gurgling sound as she reached forward and pulled the broken basket from beneath him. She cradled it in her arms. Tears streamed down her face. What once had been a beautiful, handcrafted basket was now nothing but a heap of wood fragments.

She looked up to see the wolf watching her. In the moonlight, she could see the two lifeless bodies. An image from her vision flashed before her eyes, and she knew she was lucky to be alive. The men had no intention of only robbing her camp. She shuddered. The wolf had saved her again.

“Thank you,” she murmured as the wolf disappeared into the forest.

She sat the basket down and reached for her bedroll. She began to roll it. There was no way she could stay here tonight. Quickly, she put away her supplies that had been dumped on the ground. She glanced at the body lying next to them. She couldn’t bring herself to look at his torn throat. She kicked dirt onto the dying fire until the flames disappeared. In the moonlight, she surveyed the camp one more time before hefting the pack onto her back. With one last glance at the bodies, she began walking.

In the back of her mind, she could hear Raynor warning her that traveling at night was never a good idea. It wasn’t because she couldn’t see the roots and rocks on the trail. It was the Night Stalkers. Alista shuddered. She was fortunate to never have seen one. But she couldn’t forget Raynor’s brush with the huge bug-like creatures. He told the story many times.

Raynor had been foolish enough to be traveling at night, believing the extraordinary clear evening with its bright moonlight would keep the Night Stalkers away. He had not seen the two black creatures until they were almost upon him. Their heads would have come up to the middle of his chest if he had stopped to allow one near him. As it was, he ran as soon as he saw them but with their long, thin legs, the Night Stalkers covered the ground quickly. He swore he felt one of them touch his back as he ran into the meadow. At the top of the hill, he had thought he had lost them but one of them sprang through the air. He barely escaped.

Fire was the only thing the Night Stalkers feared. Alista recalled hanging on Raynor’s every word as he described running toward the forest. He fumbled for his fire rod in his waist pouch. When he entered the woods, he paused to throw down the special mix of fire starter he carried. Scraping his knife across the fire rod, he ignited a branch. He used his torch to drive the Night Stalkers back. Even now, she felt the knot in the pit of her stomach at his narrow escape.

Her mind was so preoccupied by the thought of Night Stalkers that she was to the middle of the meadow before she saw the tiny winged figures. She stopped, her mouth dropping open. She hadn’t believed fairies existed.

Daintily, the small-winged men and women danced around in a circle. The women wore flower petals as dresses and swung little lanterns as their wings beat softly. Some men played pipes or harps while others clapped in time to the music. Then one of the fairies saw her and motioned her forward.

Without a thought, Alista obeyed. The fairies surrounded her. She knelt in the soft grass as the fairies began their dance again. They circled around her. In turn, they bowed or curtsied. She nodded to each. Her eyes grew heavy. She wiggled the pack off her back. Using it for a pillow, she laid down. The fairies continued to dance around her, their music lulling her to sleep.

Gift buying highlights differences in my kids’ generosity

5631e6e110ecb096bb2afa1d0c544ae0Last week, Lexie and I headed to the store to buy her brother a birthday present. She already knew what she wanted to get him – Stormfly, a stuffed dragon for How To Train Your Dragon 2. (She bought him a stuffed Toothless for Christmas.)

However, when we got to the store, they didn’t have what she wanted. I offered to order it online for her, but since we were at the store, she decided she would pick out something else. The problem was there were so many things…that she wanted for herself.

So suddenly, it went from her wanting to spend about $10 on a gift for her brother to spending less on him, so she could buy herself something too. You see this gift was coming out of her allowance, and she only had $13.

I insisted that she pick out something for Jase first. This caused a little whining as she wanted to look at all the enticing things for her. Finally, she picked out a $6 Nerf-type gun for him. That meant she didn’t have much for herself, but she did find a small doll and puppy set. She was happy.

But as we left, I reflected on how different it would have been if Jase was the one doing the purchasing. If he was buying her something, money would not be an option. And even if he wanted to buy himself something, it would not come before buying her a gift. With Jase, it is all about making the other person happy. He has always put her first. In Kindergarten, he would pick a prize from the treasure chest for his sister rather than himself. He would make sure to share his cupcake or donut from a class birthday.

But would Lexie do any of these things? Most likely not. Often her thoughts are on what she wants. That isn’t to say she won’t share, or that she doesn’t choose things to make her brother or others happy. (She gave our neighbor one of her stuffed animals when the neighbor moved away.) But most often it is just she seems to come first.

I guess the best lesson is to set an example, and we do every year with the Angel Tree from our school and other clothing or food drives. We talk about people having less than us, and how much they need what we can spare.

But I don’t want it always to be about mom and dad spending their money. We began giving our kids an allowance to teach them money management. I don’t want to force her to give part of it away. I would like it to come from the heart. I want her to realize that giving to others makes not only them happy but can make her happy too.

***Jase’s birthday was this weekend. He got some money for his birthday. When we went to spend it he spent a third of it on his sister. He bought her Legos. Such a sweet boy!

 

Today’s Featured Author: Kathryn Leigh Scott

Today, I want to welcome back author Kathryn Leigh Scott to my blog. Kathryn appeared on my blog during her Down and Out in Beverly Heels blog tour back in April 2013. Now she is back with her latest release, Jinxed, which came out in February.

Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an author/actor — twin pursuits my entire life. I draw on both, one informing the other in my work and both careers are important to me. I grew up on a farm in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. My earliest memories are writing and performing plays with neighborhood kids, often costume dramas since my dear aunt worked in a bridal shop and gave me the castoffs. How lucky can a little girl get! Velvet, tulle, chiffon and silk, with hats, gloves and shoes to match… it’s a wonder I don’t write historical romance! I’m blessed I had family and schoolteachers who encouraged me to write and act. Of course, I was on the school paper and performed in every school play. As a teen, I won a state award for an article I wrote after interviewing the poet Carl Sandburg, and also took first place in a state drama competition for a Strindberg monologue. I can’t imagine my life without writing and acting.

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born on a frigid morning in Minneapolis and have thrived in cold climes ever since. While I grew up in the country, I’m a city girl these days, living and working in both New York and Los Angeles. I also lived in Norway as a child, and for many years called London home… and lived a year each in Zurich and Paris. I refuse to make comparisons among these wonderful places; wherever I am is “home.”

What or who inspired you to start writing?

I’ve written since I could hold a pencil, but discovering my mother’s old Olympic typewriter when I was seven years old was a huge inspiration. She showed me how to use it and I slowly poked out one letter after another to write a play about George Washington for my second grade class… and gave all the good lines to Martha Washington, the role I set aside for myself.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The moment I first saw something I wrote in print, which happened to be a short story that appeared in a little mimeographed booklet when I was in grade school. But everyone in my family writes. My dad, who was a farmer, wrote a monthly humor column for several Norwegian newspapers, called “Brev Fra Amerika.” My mother and brothers are also excellent writers.

How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?

We write about what we know, of course, drawing on our acquaintance with all the arenas of life we experience. But I do love the jolt I get when I write something and wonder how I knew it or where it came from! We learn such a lot about ourselves by writing, which is particularly true in fiction where what we’ve experienced is simply the inspiration, the jumping off point for imagination.

Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?

Yes, I am about two-thirds along with a stand-alone novel I’m calling September Girl. It’s mainstream fiction, a considerable departure in style from my other books, which have been mystery, romance and paranormal novels. I’ve also completed a nonfiction book, Last Dance at the Savoy. The next title in the “Jinx Fogarty Mystery” series will be set in London.

What is the best thing about being a writer? The worst?

Frankly, the best thing about being a writer is seeing your work in print finding a readership. The worst thing is facing the blank page (screen), which is daunting and certainly inspires humility.

What fuels you as an author to continue to write?

There’s always another story to tell.

Please tell us about your current release.

Jinxed is the second installment in a story about actress Meg Barnes, who had it all and lost everything and ended up living on the streets of Beverly Hills in her “Ritz-Volvo.” She’s now finding redemption, rebuilding her life with work in a new television series… but also solving a crime involving the mysterious disappearance of her young co-star.

What inspired you to write this book?

Leslie Stahl did a “60 Minutes” segment years ago about once-wealthy, now destitute women living in their cars on the streets of upscale Bel-Air. I came to meet such women while working in a homeless program in Beverly Hills and imagined “what if” I were in such a situation… how would I handle it? Everything I write begins with “what if?”

Did you base any of your characters on real people?

Yes, but no character is based on any one single person. All my characters are a mixture of traits and personalities of people I know and observe, just as it is with roles that I play. The downside of knowing a writer is that you’ll eventually get written about, but I’ve never had anyone say, “You wrote about me!”

Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?

Too many favorites! They all become very real to me. I write about an elderly down-on-her-heels actress, who is so elegant and well-groomed you would never know she lives in her rusting El Dorado parked on a shady side street just close enough to Neiman-Marcus that she can use their public facilities… I love this woman!

Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

The blackest moment is when Meg realizes her own life is in jeopardy and that it’s because of her that other people have been harmed in her stead.

What was the most difficult thing/scene to write in this story?

Love scenes. One risks such terrible public exposure in writing scenes of intimacy!

Did the story turn out the way you planned from the beginning? If not, what change happened that you didn’t expect?

The villain! A motive became so clear to me and then I knew who the villain was. I really became the detective as a writer.

If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Meg Barnes. She’s funny, resourceful… and she blurts out exactly the right retort that in real life I would only come up with in the middle of the night when it’s way too late.

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.

I worked as a Playboy Bunny while going to school in New York, and took Bunny Training with Gloria Steinem. (Then wrote about the 25-year history of Playboy Bunnies in The Bunny Years.)

Book Blurb

Jinxed_finalcover_hirezIn Jinxed, Meg Barnes is back on the comeback trail. Beloved for her role as amateur sleuth Jinx Fogarty in a renowned detective show, Meg assumes she’ll star as Jinx in the revamped TV series, only to discover that a young ingénue has been cast instead. Meg swallows her pride for a paycheck to coach Chelsea Horne—until temperamental Chelsea goes missing before filming begins. Meg ignores the warnings from Jack, her FBI-agent boyfriend, not to do her “Jinx thing.” But when Jinx’s iconic top hat goes missing and someone from her past is murdered, it’s clear her life— and more— is in jeopardy. As in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Scott once again pulls back the curtain on the grit behind the Hollywood glamour, taking the reader on a wild ride in this mystery-suspense/romance novel.

About the Author

KathrynLeighScott_brownsuedeKathryn Leigh Scott, author, publisher and actress is probably best known for her star turn as Josette Du Pres, ingénue bride of reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins in the TV cult classic “Dark Shadows.” Her third novel, Jinxed: a Jinx Fogarty Mystery (Februrary 2015), is a standalone sequel to the successful Down and Out in Beverly Heels (Montlake Romance, 2013). While continuing her acting career, Kathryn launched Pomegranate Press to publish books about the entertainment industry, “Dark Shadows” fan books, and other nonfiction and fiction titles. She continues her acting career playing George Segal’s girlfriend Miriam in “The Goldbergs” and recently appeared in the 2015 mid-season launch of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

A native of Minnesota. Kathryn landed the ingénue lead in the classic Gothic daytime drama “Dark Shadows” (ABC, 1966-1971) upon graduation from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She also starred in the 1971 MGM feature, House of Dark Shadows. Kathryn played four roles in the series: Maggie Evans, Josette du Pres, Lady Kitty Hampshire, and Rachel Drummond. Kathryn wrote Dark Shadows Memories to coincide with its 20th anniversary and Dark Shadows Companion as a 25th 
anniversary tribute. Both were book club favorites.  Including her history of the Playboy Clubs and the various audio and digital editions of her work, Kathryn’s literary sales exceed 165,000 copies. Kathryn appeared in a cameo role in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp. Her latest nonfiction title is Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood.in the U.K. by Bloomsbury.

Kathryn’s theatrical credits include a lengthy run with James Stewart in Harvey in London’s West End. She has appeared in many television series and mini-series, including Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Voice of the Heart, Dan Travanti’s wife in Murrow, George C. Scott’s mistress in The Last Days of Patton, Philip Marlowe’s girlfriend in Chandlertown, and series regular with Brian Dennehy in Big Shamus, Little Shamus. Feature films include Providence, The Great Gatsby, Brannigan, The Greek Tycoon, Assassination, 187 and Parasomnia, Dr. Mabuse, and Dark Shadows.

You may find out more about Kathryn on her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

You can purchase Jinxed on Amazon.

Starting over…beginning a new novel

HeirAlexandria_ebookcoverIn January, I released my latest fantasy novel, The Heir to Alexandria. The months of February through April were packed with some non-writing projects so it is only now in May that I am finding time to work on my next new novel.

Sigh. It isn’t that I don’t want to start a new novel, but starting a fantasy novel is a lot of work. It goes beyond just deciding on a plot and building characters. I have a whole world to create. And that takes time.

And while I do enjoy developing a believable setting for my story, sometimes I would love to be able to skip the planning part and just begin writing. But I know that without some planning that I would be doing a lot of rewriting.

So first comes plot…I need a compelling story with a well-defined conflict before I can even worry about the world building. And I think I have the compelling story, but I still need to fine tune the exact nature of the conflict.

Once that is done, it will be time to develop the characters (and at least one from this new book will be a dragon).dragon This can be fun. You get to explore their backgrounds and discover their flaws as well as their strengths. Over the next few weeks, I will develop histories, descriptions, and motivations for all my characters. Knowing these details makes the characters more vivid and real.

But because once again I have been busy with travel and doctor’s appointments (see Monday’s post for details regarding the medical issue), I haven’t had as much time to anything. But with character building in mind, I have used my spare time to collect a list of names for some minor characters.

wizardAnd there is still a lot of world building to do. I need to decide on the political and religious beliefs as well as define how magic will be used and what limits there are to it. And yes, you do need to add limits or consequences to your use of magic so that it is believable and can add to the conflict of the story rather than be the supreme answer to all problems.

As part of my world building, I also usually create a map of my world so that I can refer to it as I am writing. This step is quite useful in knowing where your characters are, and how long it will take them to get to other locations. Readers might catch that it took two weeks to reach the seaside village but only two days to return home. Knowing where your characters are and what type of environment they are in will help create that believable world.

So here I am again…starting over. So much planning to do before I even begin writing. It sometimes feels overwhelming, but I know it is will be worth it.

The need for a follow-up mammogram

“We want you to come back in for another mammogram. There is a dense area that we would like additional views on.”

I heard the nurse speaking, but it took a few minutes to comprehend what she was saying. She did go on to say that they didn’t see a mass or anything like that. It was just a “dense” area.

As soon as I got off the phone with her, I turned to my husband and told him that they wanted to take another look at my left breast. (We had actually been getting ready to go to the movies – a daytime date while the kids were in school.)

“Don’t worry,” he said.

He knew exactly where my mind had gone. My friend Trish was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. She passed away this past August when the cancer spread to her brain.

I immediately called and made an appointment for a follow-up mammogram. The scheduler told me it could take up to an hour and a half and had to be done at a different facility. With that news, I knew I wouldn’t get in that day. We were going out of town the next day so the earliest appointment I could get would be the following Tuesday.

Even during the movie, my mind kept wandering back to what a dense area could mean. I sent a message to my Aunt who works in a radiology facility in California. She wrote back that this was very common and often was nothing serious. My mom and other aunt both echoed the same thing.

So I went off to the beach for the weekend and put it out of my mind. Tuesday came, and I went to the Women’s Imaging Center. As I sat in the waiting room, I checked my Facebook account. Trish’s husband posted how his kids’ teachers were planning on doing something special for the kids because that weekend would be the first Mother’s Day since Trish died.

After changing into my wonderful special blue top, I was taken to another waiting room where two other woman waited. It didn’t take long for me to realize that both of them had breast cancer.

I picked up a Reader’s Digest magazine to read one of their columns where people send in funny little antidotes. A headline caught my attention, and I started to read an article about a doctor who knew his wife was dying of cancer but didn’t tell her he knew the diagnosis was terminal. It was not the best article to read while waiting.

mammogramWhen I went in for the mammogram, the technician showed me the questionable area. It was close to my body at the top of my left breast. A mammogram is always uncomfortable, but I knew this one wouldn’t be fun because of the location they would be trying to view. And I was right.

After they took two views, the technician said they would do a sonogram of the area next and then the radiologist would review the scans. I think it was the combination of things, but I actually was getting quite concerned. I thought about Trish and the other women I have known who have or had breast cancer. Most of them survived it but there are no guarantees. Trish had the most positive attitude. She was sure she would beat cancer. And for a while, it seemed she had. And then cancer cells appeared in her spinal fluid. Within 8 months, she was gone.

As it turns out, my dense area is a cyst. It is a common thing, and as long as it is not causing me any problems, nothing needs to be done. I actually got into my car and cried with relief. I knew the odds were that it was nothing, but it still was close enough of a scare that had me thinking “what if.”

 

Today’s Featured Author: J. Edward Ritchie

Today I welcome author J. Edward Ritchie to my blog. His novel, Fall From Grace, was released last month.

Interview

Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

I worked the daily grind for many years, balancing writing with various full-time jobs. Eventually, some success in screenwriting (along with the loving support of my wife) allowed me to focus solely on my writing––a gift that I appreciate every day. If you have a significant other helping to support your dreams, try to alleviate the shared burden of chores. Wash those dishes and do the damn laundry!

I begin my typical routine with some coffee and gaming to get the creativity flowing. Depending on where I am in the writing process, I may either start a new chapter or polish one from the previous day. I like to go through each chapter twice before moving on to ensure that all my thoughts made it on the page. I’ll also shift gears and focus on social media or my website to build my author brand. Connecting with the online writing community should be part of every author’s day, whether you’re working on your debut novel or are an established superstar.

Due to the sedentary nature of writing, and my own predisposition for avoiding the outdoors, I’ve become accustomed to walking my dog before lunch. It’s good to step outside of your writing cave, stretch your legs, and get some fresh air. A change of scenery can do wonders, especially if you’re struggling with writer’s block.

When my wife comes home from work, my writing day is done (unless I’m facing deadlines). Family will always be the most important part of my life.

What is the best thing about being a writer? The worst?

My favorite part of being a writer is that I’m self-employed, but freedom also brings its own challenges. You have to set boundaries and goals while staying motivated. No one will hold your hand, especially if you’re self-publishing, but finding success through your own willpower and gumption is that much more rewarding.

The worst part of being a writer is putting so much time and energy into something that could never see the light of day. Thankfully, self-publishing has changed all of that and put the power back in the hands of the writer. If you have the courage and dedication, a rejection letter should never be the end of your creative journey.

What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Hands down the worst advice, or rather criticism, came many years ago from a sitcom TV writer that I really admired. He read an early draft of Fall From Grace and had the stones to say that it wasn’t even a story, that it was more like a video game. Forget the ignorance of that statement concerning stories and video games, what successful person goes out of his way to cut down a young writer? Shameful.

The most influential advice of my career came from my friend and mentor, Drew Yanno. In college, I was on track to be a lawyer until I took Drew’s screenwriting classes. He said to me, “If money wasn’t an option, what would you rather do? Practice law or write movies?” It was just the push I needed to follow my dreams. To this day, Drew continues to inspire and teach me as I’ve transitioned into novels.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I’m jealous of writers who can sit down at their computer and start typing with only a basic nugget of an idea. For the genres I choose to write, especially fantasy, I have to outline. I figure out the rules of the world, locations, themes, character arcs, and the basic story spine. From there, I write a detailed scene-by-scene outline, complete with spots of dialogue, that essentially acts like a first draft. When I actually begin the manuscript, everything goes much that much smoother.

Please tell us about your current release.

Fall From Grace is a fantasy epic rife with action. Told from the perspectives of angelic brothers Michael and Satanail, the story details the war in Heaven that annihilated a civilization. The first war in Creation. What pushes a people who have only ever known love and peace to wage war on one another? How do they respond to violence, death, and a plethora of other foreign sins?

Despite what may seem to be a religious story, I actually drew from numerous religions and mythologies to craft a tale with a universal message of faith and brotherhood. Not just religious faith, but faith in family, in community, and in oneself. My main challenge and goal with the story was to take these divine characters and connect their hardships to the human condition.

Did the story turn out the way you planned from the beginning? If not, what change happened that you didn’t expect?

Even with my excessive outlining, I’m always aware of potential new directions for the story and characters. Writing a novel is a very fluid process of constant change. Authors should allow themselves to be surprised. Some of the best moments in Fall From Grace came from listening to my intuition as the story evolved. Nothing is ever set in stone.

If this book is part of a series, what is the next book? Any details you can share?

This answer has spoilers! You’ve been warned.

Fall From Grace is the first book in a planned trilogy, and I’ve begun plotting Book 2. After the fall of Satan and his demons, Heaven is in a period of reconstruction. The Seraphim have stepped out of the spotlight as a new society is built from the ground up with new leaders. The Host tries to understand the purpose of their new powers and connection to each other via the halos. What does it mean to be a guardian angel? How much, or how little, should they be interacting with humanity?

Of course, Satan cannot stay chained up forever. He inevitably escapes and reclaims his leadership over Demonkind, constructing a twisted kingdom in Hell outside of the Creator’s control. Michael and Gabriel have to enter Hell to stop Satan from stealing the very souls of humanity that they’ve vowed to protect. The concept of the human soul will be the core focus and theme of Book 2.

Is there a specific place in the house (or out of the house) that you like to write?

I write at my desk, surrounded by things that inspire me. A statue of Michael defeating Satan, a globe, and a Lego X-Men jet sit atop my desk underneath my framed college degree. Maybe it’s clichéd, but I’m proud of my time at Boston College. Bookshelves are within sight, loaded with classic literature, contemporary novels, and tons of comics. My dog’s bed is also nearby since he acts as my daily muse. Funny how the snores of a Golden Retriever can free your mind…

I am very much an introvert and prefer to write in relative solitude. I never understood how some people could write in public. I can’t deal with distractions. No TV or video games within reach. The Internet is bad enough!

What book are you reading right now?

I always try to be reading at least one novel and comic at a time. I just finished Marvel’s Original Sin event and its massive companion hardcover. That was a solid 1300+ pages of superhero murder mystery goodness. I am also working through the six volumes of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood to brush up on my short story skills.

If you could meet two authors, who would you pick and why?

It’s the obvious answer, but I’d love to pick Tolkien’s brain. I don’t even want to talk to him about writing; I just want to hear him ramble on about his life experiences. He was so intelligent and educated, far more than myself, and I imagine it would be similar to spending an evening with Gandalf. Sitting by a fireplace with some brandy, shooting the shit with Tolkien…that’s what I’m talking about.

Coming from screenwriting, I have to say Steven S. DeKnight as well. His work on Buffy and Angel is legendary, and Spartacus is probably the sole piece of entertainment tailored exactly to my tastes. I think we’d hit it off and geek out over pop culture.

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.

I have to admit, my handwriting is abysmal and my cursive is unintelligible. I am terrified of signing books because my scrawl looks like a child’s doodle. It’s really terrible. I’m part of the newer generations that rarely have to handwrite, so I really let my skills go. Is that a fact…or a secret shame? I’ve said too much!

Book Blurb

FallFromGraceFrontCover(web)Heaven: a paradise of all that is pure in Creation. Led by brothers Michael and Satanail, the Angelic Host is a testament to cosmic harmony and love. When an unprecedented revelation threatens to uproot their peace, a schism splits the Host’s loyalties. Every angel has to make a choice: faith or freedom. Good or evil.

Salvation or damnation.

War consumes Heaven in the first and most destructive loss of life that Creation will ever know. As brother turns on brother, the fate of both Heaven and Earth rests in the hands of the Creator’s chosen son, Michael. How far will he go, what will he sacrifice in the name of their Father, to protect his family?

About the Author

JRitchieNewHeadshotEdward Ritchie is a novelist/screenwriter specializing in world creation and action epics. A fan of all things genre from films to comics to video games, his work explores the intricate, primal balance between good and evil. He is dedicated to writing stories that embody the fantastical and uncompromising entertainment that has inspired his career.

To learn more about J. Edward, visit his website.

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