Tuesday, April 22, 2014

COME MEET AUTHOR, TEGON MAUS



Please help me welcome TegonMaus, a SCi-Fi author publishing with Tirgearr Publishing. Tegon, tell us a little about yourself.

Hi… my name is Tegon Maus. So, where to begin ? I suppose you would like to know a little about me and or my book. My wife, Dearheart and I have been married for a little over 44 years.  As fate would have it we are very private people… home bodies as it were… neither of us are comfortable in large groups of people. That would be 5 or more so for the sake of personal comfort this will be just between you and me… right?  One on one just so no one freaks out.
I write SCi-Fi and Action / Adventure books… love stories if you like… not romance mind you, just love stories. Not the kind you’re thinking of… not the kind about a guy that brings flowers and  falls in love with a girl that turns out to be his high school girlfriend, now 100 lbs thinner. Oh no. My stories are about real love.  I know how that sounds. As an example I can come home with a dead body in my trunk and once I show it to my wife her reaction would be “I’ll get the shovels.”   No questions, no concerns, no fear just true love, taking my side with blind faith. She would however, ask as we finished, patting the last of the dirt on the grave “Bad day at work?”   Now that’s love or least that’s the kind of love I write about. Love is a continuous proposition, it’s never easy but it’s always fun! 
In my new soft Sci-Fi series – The Eve Project that kind of love is tested to its limits over a 3 book story arc.  The first in the series, out April 22,  is Machines of the Little People. It’s a love story told from the prospective of our hero Ben Harris.  Ben is afflicted with a rare biological adversity… B.C.E.D.  Bio-Chemical Electric Discharge that makes his life a solitary journey, his only connection to the outside world is his sister… Kate.   
Three years ago she died of cervical cancer, his best friend and her husband, Roger Keswick, disappeared the day before her funeral…  not just disappeared but disappeared for 6 full months and then returns as if nothing had happened at all.
In Ben’s eyes Roger died that day as well and shuts himself off from the world at large.
Now by the purest of chances Ben is unwillingly brought back into Roger’s life and discovers his friend has remarried. His new wife, Jessica, just happens to look, sound, and behaves exactly like his dead sister. 
Making it more uncomfortable is Roger’s constant insistence that his home, his car, his life is infested with hundreds of tiny elf like people that he calls the Katoy and that they run massive machines day and night under his house.    He’s convinced that they follow him everywhere and watch his every move… every move that is until Jessica is found dead… beaten to death in Roger’s living room and our friend Roger is nowhere to be found… again.
So, as you can see, Love can be a very continuous proposition and I have to ask… what would you be willing to do for the person you love?  Lie? Cheat? Steal? Murder?  Where do we draw the line? How far is too far?  And what do you do about the Katoy? What if Roger is right and they are running massive machines under his house? What then?  To what end? 
            I know what you thinking, but how do we know for sure?  There have always been bumps in the night… the sound of scurrying little feet in the attic, car keys not where you left them, milk missing from the fridge… the five cookies you left on your desk next to the computer are now only three and your better half denies any wrong doing.  Proof?  Maybe not… but there is one curious thing that points inexorably to their existence… the dryer only holds one sock and you know full well I put both in at its start!   

Thanks for the read and I’ll tell you what I tell my wife everyday as she has to go her way and I mine…  Talk to you in a while… Be good and if you can’t be good be funny!


Tegon Maus


Excerpt

"When Roger and I first met, he was unbelievably attentive and charming. He did little magic tricks, sleight of hand, to make me laugh.  He spoke of wondrous things so far over my head it took my breath away. It was like he spoke another language. He told me about his inventions and designs for machines the likes of which have never been seen before. We talked about the future, two futures really; one sounded like heaven and the other seemed unimaginable. I thought he was teasing me, flirting with me with his brilliance." Jessica said softly. "Now, I'm afraid I only resemble someone he once loved."
I understood how she felt. Her words touched me far deeper than I cared to admit. This went on far longer than I expected. It was the push I needed to see for myself what was in the tree and who Roger was talking to.
"I'll go," I said softly.
"No. Just watch a moment," Jessica said. She crossed the room, shutting off the lights before returning to the sink. We waited for our eyes to adjust. Roger walked around the tree, first in one direction and then in the other as Tilley continued to sit up and beg.
The light he carried flashed into the window and then in and out of the upper branches of the tree.
Slowly, silently, Jessica leaned forward and slid open the window.
It took a moment for Roger to come around to our side of the tree so we could hear him.
"Yes, I agree. He's here now." He spoke hoarsely at the tree, trying not to be too loud. "No. I won't. He's not ready. He wouldn't understand."
"Who's he talking about?" Audry whispered.
"More importantly, who's he talking to?" I added.
"Shush, just watch," Jessica whispered 
Roger wandered around the tree once more before returning to the same spot.
We waited.
 From somewhere in the yard, or maybe the house, a low dull drone began. Barely audible, it seemed to vibrate the floor before I actually heard it, like a washing machine on spin in another room. The tone deepened until it seemed to be coming from the center of my chest.
Outside Roger threw his arms wide and yelled, "Hit me, Bob."
Suddenly, a thin beam of bright blue light appeared, a laser for lack of a better description, from somewhere in the upper part of the tree. He arched his back, standing on his toes as if lifted by the light. It struck him dead center in his chest, holding him there for a moment or two.
"Oh, Momma," he cried with excitement and the light vanished. He crumpled to the ground on his hands and knees…  laughing like a madman.
"That's the fourth time. I've asked, but he won't tell me," Jessica said flatly and crossed the room to turn the light back on. "You ask him, Ben."




Author Bio:
            I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else... devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn't friendly, I just wasn't "people orientated". Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.
         The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can't remember what it was about... something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after inventing games and prototypes for a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.
         It wasn't a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. "Be as detailed as you can," we were told.
         I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it's making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mine you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn't be sure if it were true or not.  When I write, I always write with the effort of "it could happen" very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

COME MEET JEFF GARDINER, AUTHOR


Jeff, welcome to my Chatterblog, and thank  you for letting me interview you. I'm sure my readers are as interested as I am in getting to know you better. I sent Jeff some questions which he kindly answered for us:


          How did your writing career come about?

I won a few competitions and had a nonfiction title published, adapted from my MPhil thesis. I then found some success with short stories, and Eibonvale Press published my collection called ‘A Glimpse of the Numinous’. Crooked Cat Books accepted my YA novel ‘Myopia’ (which is a finalist in The People’s Book Prize) and my historical romance, ‘Igboland’. Then Tirgearr published ‘Treading On Dreams’, a novel about obsession and unrequited love.

2.       What are your working conditions like?

I have one day a week that I commit to writing, plus evenings. I usually write straight onto my pc, although recently I’ve rediscovered the joy and freedom of using a pen and paper.

3.       Who is your greatest supporter?

My Mum! She’s completely biased and very enthusiastic about my writing, which helps me in my darker moments. My kids get very excited about having a dad who’s a writer, although the fact that I’m not as famous as Roald Dahl yet is something of a disappointment to them. My niece, who lives in New Zealand, recently contacted me to say that she has to present a project to her class about an author – and has chosen … me! I’m honoured, to say the least.

4.       What was your greatest challenge in writing your book?

With ‘Treading On Dreams’ I went through a number of drafts, edits and rewrites, even before being accepted by Tirgearr. I made a number of changes to the beginning few chapters, deleting quite a few thousand words. I struggled with it structurally and changed an entire subplot before being completely happy. I learnt a great deal about planning and structuring through this process.

5.       What do you enjoy most about writing?

I love the chance to be able to focus on one thing and cut out everything else. It’s my chance to be creative and in charge of my own destiny. I enjoy creating characters who begin to evolve and take on their own personalities. I also enjoy the discipline of writing in a number of genres.

6.       What do you like least?

Marketing and publicity is a very important part of the writer’s life, but it doesn’t come easily to me. I’m happy to try things out, but I need to get tougher and be prepared to push myself and my ‘product’ a little bit more.

7.       Are you working on something new?

I’ve just completed a steamy novella and some short stories will be appearing soon in anthologies. I’m presently working on another YA novel with a fantasy element.

8.       What genres do you like most to read?

I like a wide range of literature and I’m willing to try any style or genre. I particularly love the works of Haruki Murakami, Graham Joyce, Michael Moorcock and Mervyn Peake.

9.       What are your hobbies?

I listen to a lot of rock music, particularly prog rock – classic and new. Prog is making a big come back. Films also excite me. I watch films from all cultures and decades. My favourite film is probably ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’.

1      Where can readers find your book?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

ANNOUNCING -- The Winner of the hat pin holder

TA DAH! The winner of the hat pin holder is

Quiltlady

Congratulations. I'll be contacting you.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The History of Ladies Hat Pins, Giveaway, And This Week's Schedule at SAHN

Today's blog at Stilettos At High Noon
writing as Jennetta Dodge

Collecting old hat pins is a fun and addictive hobby I have greatly enjoyed for a long time. The trick is in knowing which are truly old and which are actually reproductions. I'll talk more about this later. For more, go to Stilettos at High Noon (link above).

 


Jennetta will be giving away this hatpin holder, which is likely a repro, but still a pretty little piece of china. If you'd like a chance to win, be sure to leave a comment and include your email address.  











Tomorrow,  McKenna Gebhard will be blogging about The Bandit Queen.

On Wednesday, Margaret Tanner tells us What's On Her Western Nightstand.

Thursday, McKenna shares An Abenaki Legend : Rabbit Calls A Truce

Friday, we have Lindsey Brookes as our Guest Author

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SAHN WESTERN PRE MADE BOOK COVER FACEBOOK PAGE ANNOUNCEMENT

Stilettos At High Noon now has a Facebook page for its pre-made western themed book covers at https://www.facebook.com/westernbookcoversbysahn. Check it out, give us a "like," leave a comment, join our friends, and peruse our book covers like these below.












Monday, April 7, 2014

Blog Schedule on Stilettos At High Noon for This Week

Today I'm blogging at Stilettos At High Noon (as Jennetta Dodge) about cooking with herbs in the 1800s. Check it out.

arnica - for pain
I'll be doing other blogs about herbs and wildflowers, how they were used by Native Americans and pioneers, on the second Monday of each month at SAHN (Stilettos at High Noon). Keep an eye out for the next installment.

Join in tomorrow on SAHN when Cait Braxton posts part 3 of Winds of Destiny.

On Wednesday, April 9, drop in and see what western Ginger Simpson has on her nightstand.

Thursday, McKenna Gebhard is blogging about Patsy Cline.

Friday we have a guest author, Amber Bently.

All in all, sounds like a great week at Stilettos At High Noon.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SASSAFRAS AND SPURS BLOG HOP





Stilettos At High Noon is pleased to invite YOU to our first blog hop:


Where: Hosted at Stilettos At High Noon under the Blog Hop tab

When: July 3rd through July 8th 2014

Who: All Western Fiction and Western Romance Writers Invited!

How:
1) Sign up at the link below and grab our Sassafras and Spurs logo for your site (above).

2) Post your excerpt on your blog with a link back to this page so readers can see the main linky list.

3) Your excerpt and/or post must be live by midnight July 2nd in order to participate.

4) Please promote all writers on the blog hop on Twitter, FB and other media sites by using the #hashtag #sassafrasandspurs. Then search for the hashtag on twitter and retweet all who are using it.

5) Please donate $5.00 to the blog hop so we can award Amazon GC to followers (send $5.00 to stilettosathighnoon@gmail.com through your pay pal account)

Thanks so much for participating in our first Blog Hop. If you have any questions contact mckennagebhard@gmail.com or ketadiablo@yahoo.com (writing western as Cait Braxton).

Have fun!