Enter To Win One of Three Signed Copies of Made Safe

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Goodreads Book Giveaway Made Safe by Francis Sparks Giveaway ends May 10, 2017. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway

Debut Author Survival Tips

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There are lots of types of crazy in the world. The type of crazy I’m going to focus on today can only be described in terms of a jittery mess of emotions I’ve only experienced in one other circumstance. That time was at the three-week mark the final time I quit(successfully) smoking cigarettes. In that […]

Two Months of Dreams Fulfilled

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We are fast approaching two months since my debut novel MADE SAFE launched into the world, fulfilling my childhood dream of being a published author. In that time there have been a few other firsts: My novel has shown up on library shelves in my area.   I participated in my first author fair and made […]

Interview with Jessica Dainty Author of The Shape of the Atmosphere

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Today I got the chance to interview the incredibly talented author, Jessica Dainty. Some of what I found out was just how far Jessica is willing to go for her art (think torture) and the amount of research and detail she put into her portrayal of troubled youth, Gertie in Jessica’s novel THE SHAPE OF THE […]

Made Safe Has Launched!

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This is a day late but Made Safe officially launched on 1/17/2017. Thanks to Heather Gudenkauf for the incredible blurb: “Francis Sparks’ MADE SAFE is a gripping, fast-paced and hard hitting thriller. Sparks’ depiction of the gritty underbelly of the heartland will grab you by the throat and not let go. Hold on tight for […]

Author Interview: Sarah K. Stephens ~ A Flash of Red

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Sarah K. Stephens’ debut novel A Flash of Red debuted earlier in December from Pandamoon Publishing. It is a fantasticly gritty and dark psychological thriller. Sarah is a trained psychologist, professor, writer, fellow Crime Writers’ Association member and friend. We recently discussed her debut novel. Find the interview below. A Flash of Red is such […]

Interview with Brian Cohn, Author of The Last Detective

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Brian Cohn the author of The Last Detective an interesting take on the classic police procedural. Here is the back of the book: Two years since the slicks came to our planet and herded humanity together like cattle, placing us under constant watch in the few cities that remain. […]

A Writer’s Retreat, Pneumonia, Surgery and the Edit Letter

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  The last few weeks have been insanely good and bad. I participated in my first ever writer’s retreat put on by Des Moines Writer’s Workshop which I am a part of. It was a great experience AND I got my edit letter from my publisher on the opening day of the weekend giving me […]

Michelle Hauck’s new book is out. Checkout Faithful!

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  Michelle Hauck’s next volume in the Birth of Saints series is available now! Following Grudging–and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall–religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints series!   A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it. Colina […]

Write On – With Sci-Fi/Fantasy Editor Josephine Hao

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We had the great opportunity today to pick the brain of  editor Josephine Hao as we discuss editing and science fiction/fantasy, one of her specialties. As we find out below there are no magic bullets when it comes to editing a manuscript. Because of your profession, I feel an enormous amount of pressure to produce […]