Won’t You Join Me on Tour?

Hello, everyone! It’s Jessica, and I have some exciting news to share. The trailer for my latest fantasy novel, Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One, has been completed.

You know what that means: I’m packing my bags and going on tour to premiere the video!

Where, exactly, am I going, you ask?

That’s a good question. Give me a minute. Let me think.

Hmm…I’ve got an idea! How about I visit you?

Oh, that would be marvelous, wouldn’t it? Now we need only set a date. How does October 7th sound? That’s the very same day that Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One is set to be released.

Let’s do this: if you THINK that you MIGHT be interested in featuring my book trailer on your blog (or in sharing it through social media), simply fill out the form below and I’ll send you a link to the video. That way, you can watch it and let me know whether you’d like to participate in my little tour of sorts and help me launch it. Please know that requesting to view the video places you under no obligation to actually feature or share it should you not feel that it’s a good fit for your site.

I hope to hear from you all soon. I’d love for nothing more than to fill my schedule with tons of stops for this virtual tour. 😀

Wishing you all the best!

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Book Trailer: She Watches

Last month, author David Kummer launched the book trailer for his soon-to-be-released novel, She Watches. I had the privilege of getting to craft said video, and I’m super excited to share it with you all today. Without further ado…tada!

Looks like an intriguing story, doesn’t it? She Watches is set to be released on 8 November 2017. If you’d like to pre-order a copy and have it automatically delivered to your kindle on release day, please click here. To learn more about David Kummer’s other titles, please click here. (In addition to works of horror, he writes fantasy novels and has a short story collection.)

Want to learn more about David Kummer?  I invite you to click here and watch an interview that I conducted with him last year.

As you may have ascertained from the trailer, She Watches is a sequel. The first novel in this series, She, is available for just $0.99 on Amazon. If you’re interested in a copy of that title, please click here.

That’s all for now, everyone. Wishing you all a safe weekend!

Author Interview: Catharine Glen

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Elite soldier Marian serves and protects the royal family—a responsibility she does not take lightly. But when she thwarts an assassination attempt on the king, she unwittingly becomes a prime suspect. Worse, she is left with a terrible, pulsing wound and vile, intrusive thoughts that are not her own. Now, the mysterious cult behind the attack has targeted her, and Marian soon learns of their goal to restore a devastating relic: the legendary Rose Crown.

Former mercenary Henryk has vowed to prevent the restoration of the Rose Crown at any cost. When he encounters Marian, he discovers the terrifying truth of her involvement—and the mortal danger they both face. Drawn together by the very thing that could destroy them, Henryk and Marian must forge a bond of trust—before it’s too late.

Can Marian battle against the ancient darkness consuming her soul, or will it utterly destroy them both?

Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for the author of The Rose Crown, Catharine Glen!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a Massachusettsian, born and raised. I’m really attached to this part of the country (especially when autumn rolls around), and could not picture myself living anywhere else. I am a psychologist by education, but pursued other interests in the health and medical device field (incidentally, that required a lot of writing).

Many of my hobbies stem from my childhood and continue to be things that I enjoy. I am a long-time gamer (first system was the NES) and fan of Lego (still have my sets from the 80’s). I also have a deep interest in Japan: its culture, language, music, video games, anime, and of course food. I’ve visited there twice and can easily say Tokyo is my favorite city. Reading and writing are a given, and I also play the piano.

2. Using five words or less, describe the protagonist in The Rose Crown.
Loyal, independent, stubborn, proud.

3. What does a typical writing session look like for you?
My writing sessions tend to be either midday or late at night. I can write anywhere, really. I wrote my first novel, THE ROSE CROWN, at the local Starbucks, the library, on my couch, and in my home office. Music is a must. I typically listen to instrumental music to help set the mood and to separate myself from the rest of the world. Genres include video game / anime soundtracks, classical crossover, techno and electronic, new age, and Renaissance.

Each writing session has a goal, set at the end of the previous session so I can dive right in when I start the next. I am a very process-oriented person and setting small goals is important to keeping things moving and staying positive. I track word count but do not set hard and fast goals. It’s more important that I address whatever needs attention (writing or finishing a scene, editing a certain chapter, etc.).

4. What is your favorite book genre?
Fantasy has long been my favorite genre to read, and it is what I primarily write as well.

5. What is currently on your to-be-read shelf?
Hoo boy, my TBR list has grown quite large. I read a lot of self-published work, and have been reading several books of my fellow SPFBO (Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off) participants. However, right now I am reading Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (who also facilitates the SPFBO).

6. Any project in the works?
My next fantasy novel is in development and I will have more details in early 2018. I can say that this upcoming book will not be related to THE ROSE CROWN, but rather something entirely new.

7. In your opinion, what makes a story ‘good’?
An interesting premise, fleshed-out world, or intriguing magic system is all well and good, but without believable characters a story just won’t work for me. A ‘good’ story must have characters with clear motivations and goals who act and react realistically (in line with their personality). I know when an author has achieved this when I actually care about the characters and want to know what happens next. I strive to do this in my own writing.

And now for a game of “Which Do/Would You Prefer?”
1. Summer or winter?
Summer. It always brings out the nostalgia for childhood.

2. Cake or ice-cream?
Ice cream most definitely.

3. Nights out or nights in?
Nights in. I’m a homebody, what can I say?

4. Living in the city or living in the country?
Country – I prefer the quiet.

5. Having telepathy or having telekinesis?
Telekinesis. Much more practical.

6. Being able to speak and understand every language known to humankind or being able to speak and understand every language known to animals?
Every human language.

7. Going without internet access for a week or going without watching any movies/television shows for a week?
Easy – no movies/TV. I rarely watch TV anyway!

8. Losing your ability to speak or losing your ability to hear?
I’d rather keep my hearing and not be able to speak. I could always communicate via writing or sign language.

9. To never read another book or to never watch another film?
I would give up films before books any day.

10. To never again eat a piece of chocolate or to never again drink a cup of coffee?
Tough one. I would have to give up the chocolate!

Thank you for joining us, Catharine!
Readers: want to connect with Catharine? You can find her on Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook. Also, be sure to check out her author website. The Rose Crown is available on Amazon.

New Novel–ARCs Available!

Hello, everyone! It’s Jessica, the creator and operator of Coffee with Architects of Worlds Afar. I am excited to announce that a release date has been set for my third novel, Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One, and the cover has officially been revealed. Mark your calendars because on 7 October 2017, my newest book hits virtual shelves everywhere! (Print copies will likely become available in December.) Like my first two titles, this one is a work of fantasy, as far as genres are concerned.

For those of you who haven’t seen the cover for Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One…voila!

Also, here’s the accompanying blurb:

Fifty-three families looking for a new beginning board a ship and sail to an uninhabited island. Happily they live for well over two decades. Homes are built and the past is forgotten. Paradise, however, is no more after the adults suddenly vanish one night. For three years, the teens and children rule the island of Oridd. For three years, they survive. When an old woman unexpectedly appears on Oridd, all is cast into disarray as the strange and awful threaten to become commonplace. The old woman wants something, and she won’t leave until she gets it.

If you’re thinking that this sounds like something you’d be interested in reading, I invite you to click down below and add it to your shelf on Goodreads!

Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One
 
I’m also handing out a limited number of ARCs, so if you’d like to be a reviewer, please do fill out the contact form at the end of this post. Here are a few pertinent facts for potential reviewers:
  • At the moment, I only have PDF copies available, but I’m told that said format is compatible with all Kindle devices. Yay!
  • Since Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One already has a page on Goodreads, readers are free to post their reviews on there before the release date. (Click here to be taken to the aforementioned page.) Otherwise, it would be greatly appreciated if reviews be posted within three days of publication.
  • I also kindly request that readers consider posting their reviews on Amazon within three days of publication. (Click here to be taken to the corresponding page.) I make this request because there are a number of promotional opportunities that authors are unable to take advantage of until they receive a certain number of reviews on Amazon. Hence, any help in this respect would be greatly appreciated and would prove a tremendous help in allowing me to spread the word about my book.

If you’ve read this far, I’d like to thank you. Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One is a very special project to me, and I look forward to sharing it with readers.

Wishing you all a marvelous day!

– Jessica

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Book Trailer Reveal — Emerald Green

I recently had the opportunity to work with author Lindsay Marie Miller and compose a trailer for one of her novels, Emerald Green. Today, I’m thrilled to share said video with you all!

Currently, Emerald Green is available on Amazon for free. That’s right, free! Click here to head on over there and grab your copy today.

To learn more about Lindsay Marie Miller (and to check out what she’s up to) feel free to click here and visit her website.

Author Interview: Nick Abdilla

“Why did they kidnap me? I’m not rich. I don’t have a lot of family to extort. I have certainly not been a police officer long enough to make any enemies. But instead of waking to the incessant ringing of my alarm clock back in my small city apartment, I awoke in the dirt. In the jungle. Naked. What is happening? Where are their demands?

Then I found her; beautiful and graceful, without a mark to show for her life trapped here. Wherever here is. How did she survive in this jungle? In fact, how is she keeping me alive? 14 days now, she has hunted, caught, cooked and provided without ever saying a word. She has listened to everything I’ve said, but never responds. Is she in on it? Am I in some weird experiment, or is it all a dream? But it can’t be a dream, because I keep having terrible nightmares. About bright lights, and pain, and figures at my door their voices in my head. Of jumping off cliffs, being eaten by monsters and hanging myself. How can you have such vivid nightmares inside a dream?

Then there is the X, tattooed on my head. Who kidnaps someone and then tattoos an X on their forehead? What’s it all mean? I’ve had enough! Tomorrow I’m taking control and repaying my debt to this girl. Tomorrow I escape.”

Coffee with Architects of Worlds Afar is delighted to announce that joining us in the virtual studio today is the author of Adam Exitus, Nick Abdilla!

1. When did you start writing?
I originally wanted to be a comic book artist AND writer and I can remember creating my own comics as young as four. Although I imagine the writing was probably not very good back then. It’s fair to say I can remember writing always being a big part of my life. The Game Guy comic strip that was featured in Gameinformer each month was my first published work and that’s when I started to consider writing as an actual career.

2. Why did you start writing?
As I mentioned previously I was interested in drawing as well as writing. The drawing side was clearly from my dad who is an amazing artist, but the interest in writing was uniquely mine. For some reason drawing a single picture was never enough for me. My pictures had to tell a story. I think what is boils down to, is I enjoy entertaining people and imagining new worlds.

3. Do you recall the moment you first conceived the idea for your novel?
I can remember the exact day I created Adam. It was June 6th 2006 which is weird that I remember that because I don’t remember the exact date of any of my other creations. It was originally a comic book, which I decided to turn into a novel ten years later as the story still resonated with me so strongly. My editor Chris Stead helped me flesh out a lot of the concepts for the novel but I’m proud to say the book remains very true to the original.

4. Tell us a little bit about your book’s title.
The original name I was running with for the book was Adam Exodus. But when I was close to completing my first draft, I discovered there was already a book out there with a very similar title. So began a mad search for a new name with me eventually settling on the now preferred Adam Exitus. Exitus: which is latin for “a passage from which one may depart” holds far more significance to the overall story, then the aforementioned exodus. So I guess it all worked out for the best in the end.

5. Does your story have a moral?
The book has a lot of themes but if I had to pick one moral to the story it would be “to never give up”. Adam faces many trials throughout his journey and considers giving in many times, but these hardships ultimately make him a better person and I think that is the point I’m trying to get across to the reader. That the hard times make us better people in the long run.

6. Of the characters you’ve created, which one is your favorite?
That’s easy. Anne is my favorite character and judging by most of the feedback I’m receiving a bit of a fan favorite as well. Problem is I can’t really tell you why without spoiling what makes her special. Sorry:)

7. Using five words or less, describe the protagonist in Adam Exitus.
Adam starts of his adventure very unsure, inexperienced and maybe even a little naive. But at his core he is brave, kind and always puts the welfare of others before his own.

8. What does a typical writing session look like for you?
I like quiet when I’m writing so I mostly do it late at night when the wife and kids have all gone to bed. I have a little corner alcove at home where I do all my writing and drawing.

9. How do you feel about outlines? Are you for or against them?
Not a big fan. I like to work at my own pace.

10. What is your favorite book genre?
Another easy one. Science fiction fantasy. Maybe one day I might explore other genres but for now I’m happy writing books under that category.

11. What are you currently reading?
Star Wars Thrawn by one of my long time favorite writers Timothy Zahn.

12. What is your favorite book?
Too hard. There are so many books I love I can’t narrow it down to just one. The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks springs to mind of the top of my head though.

13. Any project in the works?
Been super busy working on Adam Exiled, which is the sequel to Adam Exitus.

14. How long does it usually take you to write a book?
A good year for a first draft, with another year of fine tuning.

15. In your opinion, what makes a story ‘good’?
Being able to see aspects of yourself in the character you are reading.

16. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Never give up. There’s a lot of rejection before you get that big break.

And now for a game of “Which Do/Would You Prefer?”
1. Books or movies?
Books

2. Dogs or cats?
Cats

3. Summer or winter?
Winter

4. Cake or ice-cream?
Cake

5. Car or motorcycle?
Car

6. Ebook or physical book?
Physical book

7. Nights out or nights in?
Night in

8. Living in the city or living in the country?
City

9. Having telepathy or having telekinesis?
Telekinesis

10. Being able to travel to the past or being able to travel to the future?
Past

11. Making a phone call or sending a text?
Text

12. Travelling by car or travelling by airplane?
Car

13. Staying in a hotel or going camping?
Hotel

14. Working in a group or working alone?
Alone

15. Losing all of your money or losing every picture you’ve ever taken and every picture that has ever been taken of you?
Money

16. To find true love or to win the lottery?
Love

17. Being Spider-Man for a day or being Batman for a day?
Spider-Man

18. Reading or writing?
Writing

Thank you for joining us, Nick!
Readers: want to connect with Nick? You can find him on Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook.

Book Trailer Reveal — Cyberhawks Versus Storm Troopers

I recently had the pleasure of working with author Mark Logie to create a trailer for his novel Cyberhawks Versus Storm Troopers. I am excited to share with you all the finished product.

Tada!

If you’re an author in want of a trailer like this one, I encourage you to visit Stellar Book Trailers in order to view my portfolio and learn more about my packages!

To learn more about Mark Logie’s works, please click here.