Friday, 23 January 2015

Based On The... by Everett Robert: Interview + Giveaway

Based On The...
by Everett Robert
Paperback, 62 pages
Published February 5th 2014 by Black Box Theatre Publishing

Four classic stories told in a unique and exciting way forms the basis of this collection featuring duets and monodramas. Join two women, reunited years after their HS graduation, and examine the changes in their lives for the better and the worst in "The Reunion" based on the classic poem "A Ruined Maid" by Thomas Hardy. Meet Kid Blink, a union leader who led one of the most successful and infamous strikes in history, all at the age of 13, in "Blink" based on the true story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike. Based on "Lot 249" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Mysterious Case of Lot 249" is the story of a detective, on the trail of a mysterious killer, who doggedly interrogates a witness, who knows more then he's telling. Finally, a young teenager tells the story of her unexpected pregnancy in "Miriam and Isa" based on the Biblical story.

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The Black Box Theatre Publishing Company is an independent publisher of new plays founded in 1995 by a group of young Playwrights to promote their work and that of other Playwrights to Schools and Theatres worldwide. They are located at

Everett Robert is a Hays, KS resident and Colby, KS native who graduated from Colby High School in 1995 and from Colby Community College in 1999 where he studied Radio and Television Communications in addition to English and Drama. He is currently a student at Fort Hays University. Everett is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Playwright's Center, the Kansas Writer's Association, and the Oklahoma Writer's Federation, Fringe Theater Company of Fort Hays State, and Hays Community Theater.

Everett has written and performed in Colby, KS; Hoxie, KS; Hill City, KS; Meade, KS; Cincinnati, OH; Davao City, Philippines and as part of the radio drama series, SHERRI'S PLAYHOUSE heard on the blogtalkradio show CHATTING WITH SHERRI. His works have also been performed by Mind The Gap Theatre in New York City, NY; Stage Left Theatre in Spokane, WA; at the Cambria-Friesland school district in Cambria, WI. BASED ON THE... is his third published play. His previous plays, ALLIE IN WONDERLAND and THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE STORY OF TOM SAWYER AS TOLD BY BECKY THATCHER, were published by Heartland Play Publishers in 2012 and 2013. In addition, Everett was published in April 2013 by High Hill Press in their CACTUS COUNTRY III anthology and has won numerous awards from the Kansas Writers Association (KWA) and the Oklahoma Writer's Federation, Inc (OWFI).

Everett can be found at:

Q & A with Author Everett Robert

Q:  Can you tell us a little bit about your book.
BASED ON THE... is a collection of four short plays based on stories from classic literature or from history told in new and exciting ways. Included in this collection is THE REUNION based on Thomas Hardy's "A Ruined Maid", THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF LOT 249 based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Lot No. 249", BLINK based on the Newsboys Strike of 1899, and MIRIAM AND ISA which is based on the nativity story from The Bible.

Q:  How long have you been writing, and when did you first consider yourself an author?
I have been writing novels, short stories and plays since I was probably 10 years old. However in 2005 I wrote a non-fiction book (that I trunked) and started calling myself an author around then. I followed that with my first original full length play and was published in 2012 with a play I wrote in 2010. I called myself an author for almost 5 years before I really believed that I was one and ktwo more years before I really had something to show for it.

  Q:  What is the best advice you have been given?
A couple of years ago, I was writing a play about gun control for a contest. I was so proud of what I had written until I sent it off to my first readers. They both wrote back to me and said "this isn't you or your voice Everett." That's something that I've strived to do since then, to write in my voice and not try to write in someone elses. My sense of drama and my sense of humor is unique to me and when I try and stray from my voice the writing isn't as good

  Q:  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I read a lot of Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown books growing up and really wanted to be either a writer or a private detective.

Q:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
London! Although I've traveled quite a bit out of the United States, I've never been to Europe. Also London has such a rich theater history (from Marlowe and Shakespeare to Andrew Lloyd Webber) that I feel I would just absorb everything. Although, as someone who loves to eat, Italy would be a tempting option as well.

  Q:  If you could have any superpower, what would you choose? 

A:  Flight or teleportation that way I could afford to go to Italy or London or Paris whenever I wanted.

Q:  Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks? 

A:  To me books aren't about the vessel they are contained in but the content within. It's about the words and the language, so I don't really have a preference. I love them both.

Q:  What book are you reading now? 

A:  I'm always reading a number of books. Right now including Lisa Mantchev's Ticker and Micheal Chabon's The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
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Monday, 3 November 2014

Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged by Sarah J. Pepper - Giveaway + Interview

Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged
by Sarah J. Pepper

Rapunzel isn’t the stereotypical Damsel in Distress. Her Bad-Boy Prince Charming is a renowned mercenary, and their Happy Ending plays out like a bad movie. However, she is determined to breakout from her tower prison—love be damned—and do it in a fabulous pair of heels.

Gunned down by the Mercenary, the deadliest assassin in The Badass Archives, isn’t exactly Rapunzel’s end-game. Falling for him isn’t either, but his Rated-R demeanor is strangely charming. Even though most girls wouldn’t fall for their captors, Rapunzel isn’t like most dames. Her major girl-boner for the Mercenary is so pathetic it verges on cliché. Yet, in spite of his appeal, Rapunzel must escape before she’s locked away in the Château de Immortelle’s highest tower—forever. 
Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published June 30th 2014

I specialize in dark, paranormal romance - think "happy ever after" but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn't only filled with hugs, kisses, bunnies, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It's in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of - both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn't always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn't mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?



Q & A with Author Sarah J. Pepper

Can you tell us a little bit about your main characters?
Rapunzel isn't your stereotypical damsel in distress. She's a bad-ass cookie with a chip on her shoulder. Of course there is the wicked hair and lover boy prince charming.... but no one is what it seems. 

How long have you been writing, and when did you first consider yourself an author?

I've been scribbling my thoughts for a few years now (anything to procrastinate, lol) I never really consider myself an author per se (my grammar and spelling is too terrible for that, lol) (that's why I have a great team of editors!!!) but I can tell a good story.

What is the best advice you have been given?
I don't know about best, but in the "book biz" I tell others and have been told myself, repetitively and usually with chocolate, not to take anything too hard. People will either love or hate your book. Sales will suck at times. Reviews can kill a novel. Don't read reviews. Read every review but don't take them personally. And most of all, don't talk to your imaginary friends in public ;)

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I didn't know what I wanted to be, and still don't. I don't want to be just one person. As a child (and still now) I wanted to change the world.... I guess I do that one page at a time. :)

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Greece. I have a bit of an obsession with classical mythology.

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose? 
Mind reading- but only if I could turn it off at times. 

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
Depends on the occasion. For vaca, I like ebooks. I buy Hardies for novels I LOVE and Paperbacks for series I follow.

What book are you reading now? 
Just finished A Broken Us by Amy Daws. It's not my normal ready style but the author is funny as hell and the bugger made me cry!!!

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Giveaway: Eden Forest (Saskia Trilogy #1) by Aoife Marie Sheridan

 Four banished Angels, 
A world created by the hands of God,
A Kingdom on its knees,
A secret protected for centuries,
And one mortal can save them all. 

 Step into Saskia. 

Eden Forest (Saskia Trilogy #1)
by Aoife Marie Sheridan 
Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty-one year old with family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a parallel world to earth. When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world that she is stepping into- a world where magical abilities are in everyone's possession. She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief, a guardian who captures her heart; and a darkness that wants to take it. On her journey, Sarajane discovers her magical abilities, and realizes too that they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested as her own loved ones are put at risk- the ultimate question she is forced to ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?
Kindle Edition, 175 pages
Published December 20th 2013 by SynergEbooks (first published September 28th 2012)

You can find Eden Forest here:  

Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon's books, given to her by her grandmother, her love for romance grew, by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.

Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at a young age of just nineteen. Realising she needed to get a real job (What writing isn't) she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V Snyder. Poison study one of her favourite books has been read and re-read countless times.

Aoife's first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book for the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.

To contact Aoife you can email her at
Goodreads: Aoife Marie Sheridan
Twitter: aoifesheri
Q & A with Author Aoife Marie Sheridan
Can you tell us a little bit about your main characters?

The main character in Eden Forest is Sarajane Anderson. She is raised in the mortal world with no idea that she is from Saskia a parallel world to earth. Taken as an infant by her mother to earth she grows into a normal girl unaware of her heritage or why she has been hidden amongst mortals. It’s not until she is taken to Saskia by force, that she soon realises who she is and what she must do. Her journey through Saskia changes her in so many ways. First she must believe in another world and also in creatures that shouldn’t exist and she also discovers love.

Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
The designer was Terry Quinlan I told him what I wanted and he delivered perfectly. The waiting to see the book cover was nerve wrecking but when I did I cried, it was exactly as I had pictured it. He designed all the three book covers for the Saskia Trilogy. Here is his website if anyone wishes to check him out:

What is the best advice you have been given?
I don’t recall who said this but it was something that has always stayed with me. “If you can’t find a book that you want to read, then write it” like I said it’s something that has always stayed with me.

Describe your ideal writing spot.
O I want a mahogany table with the green leather J must be green and a large cushioned swivel chair, situated right under a window that looks out into a forest. I would have to be surrounded by bookshelves from floor to ceiling. That to me would be ideal. Maybe one day. J

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

To Egypt to see the pyramids, since school I have always been fascinated with them, and what secrets they hold, now I am thirty and still hold the same fascination so I always swore that before I die I will see them.

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose? 

What a cool questions but straight off the bat, I would love to be a mind reader, I think it would be awesome to hear everyone’s thoughts, but I would really like and on off button for it, or it could get really complicated. J

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks? 

I always loved paperback and when I first heard the word e-book I wasn’t sure what it was. At Christmas my boyfriend bought me a kindle and I wouldn’t part with it, it’s as precious as my laptop and phone. So e-books.

What book are you reading now?
Right now I am reading touch by Melissa Haag, a great book, one that I am enjoying so much. I love all her work.

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