Monday, September 28, 2015

Author Interview: Jason Greensides

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created?
Nathan Dawes from The Distant Sound of Violence. He doesn’t fit in with regular society, has a philosophic turn of mind, and is helpless when it comes to the opposite sex. His heart is in the right place, but he has a need to submit to higher principles. This makes him sacrifice himself, and sometimes those around him, for the sake of a noble cause.

Everyone likes to compare. What book, TV show, or movie would you say has the most similarity to your books?
 Any book or film featuring ‘outsider’ types, particularly the novels of Paul Auster. I also love the New Hollywood films of the 1970’s.

What made you decide to publish your first book?
The real need I had was to simply write it. Publishing, at least for me, was merely a consequence and end point of that process.

Your favorite book and why? (Not written by you)
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. It has compelling characters, a world to get lost in and, most of all, it is beautifully – stunningly – written. Everybody should read it.

Best writing advice for newbie authors?
Write what you love. Have something to say about the world and say it. You must have a point of view, as this will be the key to developing your authorial voice. Read different genres, including non-fiction. Read plenty of guides on the basics of writing, then take on board the primary advice they all agree on: Write. Read. Write. Read. Write…

Do you have children? I’m sure you have an abundance of embarrassing moments if you do. Shout out the most embarrassing one you’re willing to share.
No kids yet ;)

Best mode of transportation: Unicorn or Dragon?

Favorite movie of all time?
Mulholland Drive by David Lynch.

Favorite song or artist/band?
I can’t answer that, but my favourite genres are Classical, jazz, and…er… Norwegian Black metal…? *Coughs and hangs head in shame*

Night or Day?
Day. I know people love to party on a Friday and Saturday night, but if I had my way, people would be partying on a Monday afternoon.

Gremlins or Goonies:
Gremlins. I rewatched The Goonies recently and I was not impressed.

Superman or Batman:
I’m sorry, neither. I can’t be dealing with all this superhero stuff. Erggh! OK! Superman! He can at least fly…

Silence while writing or music blasting:
When writing a first draft I can just about cope with instrumental music low in the background. Editing, however – forget it! Silence!

Coffee or Tea:
Coffee. Black. And not the posh stuff, either. The cheap instant crap. The kind they’d serve to a trucker in some cheap and sleazy diner.

Stephen King or Dean Koontz:

I know this is going to be hard…. share only three sentences from any of your books.
All three are from The Distant Sound of Violence:

- He was like the positive curvature of space: begin with him, keep moving in a straight line, and you’ll always end up at the same point from which you began.

- If she’d come into the living room and peeked through the velvet curtains, she’d have seen a young man, half-hidden by rosebushes, staring up at the house with yearning and hope; this boy now cradling his head in the moonlight, hair ruffled by the midnight breeze, so consumed by solitude he was willing to die for her.

- As it was, the last thing Fahad heard before the bags fell to his feet, Aniseed Balls spilling across the road, was the clattering rasp of a broken exhaust, the scream of tyres, and the unintelligible utterance of a teenage mind gone haywire.

Share the opening line from up to three of your books.
Opening line from The Distant Sound of Violence: ‘You can’t change the size of fire.’

What are you currently working on?
My second novel. It’s another literary coming-of-age mystery about the investigation into a boy’s suicide.

When do you anticipate another release?
Around the middle of 2016.


Jason Greensides has a degree in Video Production and Film Studies and has made several short films, two of which have been broadcast on television – but writing fiction is his real passion.

He’s interested in ‘outsider’ types, people operating on the edge of society. This inspired him to write his first novel, The Distant Sound of Violence. It’s about a group of kids, one in particular, Nathan Dawes, whose philosophical obsessions and criminal connections have made him an outcast at school.

Jason is now working on his second novel, another coming-of-age mystery, but on coffee breaks he blogs and tweets about writing, and throws in the occasional book review.

His debut novel, The Distant Sound of Violence, will be on $0.99 / £0.99 Amazon Kindle promotion between Tuesday 29th September and Sun 4th October.

Amazon link for The Distant Sound of Violence
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Cover Reveal: Ground Rules, The Lovers Trilogy, book 1


Cover Reveal

Title: Ground Rules
Author: Renée Swann
Series: the Lovers trilogy, #1
Genre: Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense
Cover Design by: Double J Book Graphics
Release Date: 15th of December 2015


As best friends, Bec and Rob support each other through choppy times; are each other’s confidants and allies. As lovers, they have maintained a steady friends-with-benefits relationship for eleven months, without a hitch. But then Bec’s psycho BDSM-wannabe ex returns, and he will stop at nothing to destroy her perfect little world. 

After several failed attempts of trying to win back her heart, Martin’s true colors bleed through. But who is he really after?

Bec and Rob’s friendship is changing—can they keep their benefitted friendship from morphing into something else, something they both desire? 

Life is never easy for Bec, but it’s about to become considerably worse. And only one person can stop it all. Find out who on 12/15/15.

*This book was previously published in 2014 as Friends Lovers Chaos, and has been repacked with a new cover and fully edited.


 I flop down face first on the bed with a groan. “Please tell me it’s Sunday again.”
“Monday,” he says.
“Hoping for a Groundhog Day situation?”
I blow a stream of breath through my lips, “Yep,” and bury my head under a pillow. As much as I like working with Dom—my boss and longtime friend—I like weekends more.
Rob leads a trail of kisses up my spine, pausing at the nape of my neck. Combs my hair to one side, his tongue teasing, tasting my neck and shoulder.
“Mmm.” I clamp my eyes shut, calling sleep back, wanting it to curl me in its grasp and fog my brain again. I’d love to stay here a little while longer.
When his tongue travels back down my spine, lips imparting kisses vertebra by vertebra, I peek out from my pillow-burrow to watch him move lower and lower until his fingers smooth over the small of my back. Tendrils of warmth are slithering through me like liquid gold. My eyes drift closed, and just as I think I could go back to sleep—
Wisps of orange and pink peek through my eyelids, and I sit up with a start. No. “Wh—what time is it?” As I squint at my Mickey Mouse clock on my nightstand, the face smears in my vision.
Nibbling on my ear, Rob says, “Seven-thirty.”
“No!” Shit! I leap out of bed and just out of reach as he makes a grab for me. “I’m late—my meeting with Dom.” Just because my boss is one of my oldest friends doesn’t mean he likes to be kept waiting. My eyes scour the room for yesterday’s clothes. If my butt isn’t in his office in five minutes, I’m likely to get a verbal spanking.
“Stay. He won’t mind.” Arms coil around my waist and drag me back to bed.
“I doubt that.”
“I’ll make it worthwhile...” Fingers creep down my stomach, venturing past my belly button and sending pleasurable shivers down my spine.
“Hm. Tempting.” But since the store is closing down soon, this meeting probably means I’m being let go, and being late is just adding fuel to the fire. Who knows where Dom will send me next? I stoop down to kiss him before saying, “Rain check? Tonight?”
He reels me in for another kiss, holding me tight against him, and then releases me. “Go,” he groans and rolls over.
I catch his lips quirking into a smile as he does. “Tonight, yeah? Mine? Yours?” I locate my bra first before grabbing a fresh pair of underwear from my closet.
“Here. I’ll bring the handcuffs and paddle,” he teases.
I ball my shirt and pitch it at him.
It clocks his temple and he chuckles. “Blindfold and candle wax?”
“Shut up. And gimme my shirt.”
He peels back the blankets, strides over. Naked. A ripple of desire splashes through me. Maybe I do have a few minutes to spare…
His smile widens as he hands it to me. “Here you go.”
“That’s a dirty trick, mister.” I swivel away from him and tug the Runaways band tee on.
“Not all is fair in terms of pleasure, Bec.”
If I don’t go now, I’m not going to leave. Twenty seconds, Bec. Find some pants. Put on some damn shoes. Brush your hair and go!
A hand skims over my hip.
Fifteen seconds!
A thumb hooks into my panties.
Lips and teeth devour my ear lobe.
Oh, screw it.

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About the Author:

Renée Swann is a full-time writer who lives in Sydney, Australia, with a crazy pooch named Abbey and a boisterous, somersaulting rescue budgie named Kaleb. Her days are spent living in her fictional worlds and consuming way too much caffeine. She has an (unhealthy?) obsession with all things cupcake- and coffee-related plus Kerouac and YA dystopia/fantasy books. Renée can often be found surrounded by books, marathoning crime shows and munching on vegan goodies, on Twitter, Pinterest, or dancing in a rainstorm.

Renée hopes to one day visit Rio and is currently learning Brazilian Portuguese.

Renée Swann is a pen name for Renée Shearer, who also writes young adult fiction as C.J. Hart.

Find Renée on-- Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Tumblr | Website | Amazon

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Just in Time for Halloween

I love to be creeped out. By books and movies. The scarier the better. I'm part of two anthologies this fall. One with my Chicken Soup ladies and the other with the awesome Awethors group - both anthologies are releasing in October and both of my stories are on the creepy side. I'm super excited to share the teaser for I Couldn't Help but Notice your Pain. This short story is part of the Tales of the Night anthology and I can't wait until everyone reads it because it's my first attempt at adult horror.

And for your viewing pleasure, I ran across this spooktacular trailer for a new movie. The movie, Goodnight Mommy, looks positively horrifying. Can't wait to check this out and report back. Here's the trailer for you to decide if its your type of scary.

Have a great day. Read a book and laugh!