Cover Reveal: The Blue Diamond: Razor’s Edge by PS Bartlett

GMTA PUBLISHING/LIBERTINE PRESS IS SO VERY HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THE COVER REVEAL OF AUTHOR, P.S. BARTLETT’S NEWEST NOVEL!

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C Michael Powers

 

is an author from GMTA Publishing is re-releasing his novel Mirror Images

David R Bennett: C. Michael Powers is that your real name? Or a pen name? (if so, why?)

C. Michael Powers: My real name is Christopher Powers. Michael is my middle name. I started using C. Michael Powers because my mother-in-law, for some reason, gets a kick out of calling me Michael. When I was designing my book cover, I decided to Google my name and it turns out there are a ton of people out there with the name Christopher Powers (from dentists to doctors to male prostitutes). How could I compete with that? I typed in C. Michael Powers and came up with nothing. It just kind of stuck. I use Christopher Powers when I’m writing about Panama and other non fiction articles and stories (or when I want to pull a tooth, cure someone, or pimp myself out).

 

DRB: Tell the readers a bit about yourself.

CMP: I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and grew up a country boy. Having divorced parents is what whisked me into the whirlwind of cross-country travel. I moved back and forth, from one state to the other, until finally settling down in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A trip back to Oklahoma, when I was about 16, is what lead to my writing. My dad was out fishing with one of my brothers on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma. I decided to stay behind that day and watch TV with Grandpa. When Grandpa’s snoring drowned out the sound of the movie we were watching, I decided to take a stab at the old typewriter I’d seen on his bedroom desk. Once I started writing, I never stopped. I punched out a few chapters of my first book on that old machine. Thank God I didn’t go fishing.

DRB: How long have you been writing?
CMP: Since that old typewriter when I was 16. That would mean I’ve been writing about 18 years now. After that vacation to Oklahoma, I started handwriting novels. For anyone who doesn’t own a computer, that’s the solution. For many many years I wrote everything down in notebooks. It got to the point that my wife finally said, “That’s it. I can’t take it anymore. Get rid of these notebooks.” Having a notebook and a pen around means that you never have an excuse not to write.
DRB: What genre do you write?
CMP: That’s a tough question to answer. Right now my focus is on the dark fantasy/action horror genre (does that even exist?). I’ve dabbled in all kinds of genres though from a romantic comedy screenplay to short horror stories. It depends on the mood I’m in and what song is playing. I’ve gotten tons of novel and screenplay ideas from music. Hell, I’ve even written a musical screenplay. Oh and a line of children’s stories.
DRB: What genre do you personally read?
CMP: I’ve been trying to find books in my genre, but it’s difficult. I love the George R.R. Martin books in the Game of Thrones series (Song of Ice and Fire). However, I’m not really a regular fantasy kind of guy. I like the Lord of the Rings movies, but I don’t usually read that kind of fantasy. Same with horror. I love Bentley Little, but I can’t get through most horror novels. One of my favorite books is Battle Royale, which of course will lead to the discussion, which is better, Battle Royale or Hunger Games. I like any book in any genre that keeps the action moving.
DRB: Who’s your favorite author, right now?
CMP: I have two favorite authors. I already mentioned George R.R. Martin. I don’t know if character development gets any better than what that guy has done. I’ve learned a lot just reading his books. As far as pure enjoyment goes, I’m a huge Stephen Hunter fan. Something about a bad ass redneck getting revenge just quenches my thirst. I love it. I love all of the Swagger novels. If you’ve never read a Stephen Hunter book, do yourself a favor and pick one up.
DRB: What challenges do you face when writing? I find that, myself, that my other characters want their attention when writing.
CMP: I think my biggest challenge is trying to stay focused on one idea. I don’t suffer from writer’s block. I suffer from writer’s bombardment. It’s nuts. I’ll be really into one idea, and then I’ll get a crazy idea for another, and suddenly I’m just itching to start working on a totally different story line. I feel like my mind is a great big rottweiler and I’m constantly struggling to hold it back on the leash.
DRB: What was the inspiration for your book?
CMP: I think the idea first came to me when I was watching a prison movie. Actually, I think I was watching the TV show, Oz. I started thinking, what if all of the people in prison who claim to be innocent, really were? What if there was a violent doppleganger of sorts who did the dirty deed and left these dudes rotting away in prison, guilty as can be? Then, I thought, what if that doppleganger was the reflection in the mirror, just dying to break free from his/her world and come into ours where they can do what they do best, kill or cause destruction?
DRB: Is there any message in the book you want your readers to know about?
CMP: I think overall, after all of the books in the series have come out, there might be a message relayed, but I try not to deal with messages. I just want to produce a kick ass joyride where people can lose themselves in the action and excitement going on.
DRB: What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
CMP: Just write. If you’re always thinking about what you’re going to write and how you’re going to get published, you’ll never get it started and therefore, will never get it done. Just do it. Things have changed. Back in the day, you really had to be super lucky to break into one of the top publishing houses. Really, you still do. However, you don’t have to worry about those big publishing houses. Just write and then self publish or go through one of the smaller publishing houses. If nothing else, just write the book. You’ll feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment when you reach the last page and you say to yourself, “The End.”
DRB: What’s next on your plate?
CMP: Ha. Like I said, I have a hard time holding back that rottweiler. I’m working on book 2 of the Mirror Images stories, but also working on two other books, in the same kick ass dark fantasy genre, but different from Mirror Images. I’m crazy excited about all of this. I’ve just got so much to put down on virtual ink and real paper. I can’t wait.
That was C Michael Powers. Check out his novel, Mirror Images, due out April 15th from GMTA Publishing

Check out his new site at
cmichaelpowers.com

See you on the flipside of the screen – DRB

Stephen C Ormsby

Today, I’m here with Stephen C Ormsby who is promoting his new book, Pendant

Stephen C

David R Bennett:   Stephen C Ormsby  is that your real name? Or a pen name? (if so, why?)

Stephen C Ormsby: Stephen C. Ormsby is my pen name and I go by Stephen Ormsby, though the C. does belong to my middle name.

DRB: Tell the readers a bit about yourself.

SCO: During a 20 year career in IT, I had written whether it was some short stories or novels, but I have always done it.  Recently, I found a script for a Claymation piece I did in high school.  I haven’t got the courage yet to read it!  I like looking over all the little bits I’ve written when I’m starting a new book.  There is always some snippet within them that adds that new element I haven’t considered, which keeps the writing interesting for me.

DRB: How long have you been writing?

SCO: It seems since I was a young tacker.  If I work on the basis of that first script, it is close to thirty years, but I claim twenty years as that was the first earnest start at a real novel.  Having the chance to write full time now feels as though I’m writing years of backed-up work in such a small space.

DRB: What genre do you write?

SCO: Mmmm.  Great question.  If you find out, can you tell me?  I thought it was soft science fiction, but now I have a horror novel coming out on April 5 and a fantasy novel just completed.  Now I’ve gone back to writing a sequel for Long Lost Song, which is urban fantasy with apocalyptic and supernatural elements.

The short answer – no idea!

DRB: What genre do you personally read?

SCO: I suppose this answer will explain some of the above answer.  I read science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, graphic novels and sometimes multiple books covering all those genres.  It may explain why no idea of mine wants to fit in just one genre.  There are just too many authors out there to limit yourself to just one genre.

DRB: Who’s your favorite author, right now?

SCO: Having just finished editing, I find it hard to read.  It takes time for me to take off the editing glasses.  Right now, my favourite author would be Jack Dann and some of his older books.

DRB:  What challenges do you face when writing? I find that, myself, my other characters want my attention when in the midst writing.

SCO: The horror series protagonist rides me, infects me, drives me nuts.  He turns me into such an awful person for the time I’m writing him that it makes me wonder why I would want to TUDHBTwrite the next books.  Inasmuch, I wrote Pendent (the upcoming horror novel) in 22 days for the first draft.  The intensity of him makes me write quickly, though I’m not a slow writer anyway.  But, with writing, you don’t always get the choice.

DRB: What was the inspiration for your book?

SCO: I’m going to mention the sequel to Long Lost Song here, as I’m working on three different projects currently.  Long Lost Song is my first published novel and means a lot to me.  When my wife read a piece of it to me in the car once, I asked her who wrote it?  Boy, did I get a strange look for that.

The reason I asked is that ideas were popping into my head almost immediately.  I could feel the characters talking to me just from a couple of paragraphs.  The wonderful thing is I will also be able to expand on some reader feedback with the next.  For a book I never considered as more than one book, the structure of the new story come very easily to me.

DRB:  Is there any message in the book you want your readers to know about?

SCO: Long Lost Song is a warning about believing in the false gods put in front of us – the major one being money.  Money is not the end and be all of everything.  That, and do not be a sheep.

DRB:  What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

SCO: Always write and always try to get better at writing.  Listen to the right people if they are willing to help.

DRB: What’s next on your plate?

SCO: I have Pendant:  The Undead Hunters Book 1 coming out on April 5.

Long Lost Song is being reprinted by my new publisher on May 30 (I think).

Tales of Terra Australia Book 1, which I contributed and edited, will be released on August 30.  Book 2 will follow shortly after.

Then there are the two novels I have just started, which are New Born Soul, the sequel to Long Lost Song and Book 1 of the Circles of Hell trilogy (which will be called Books 2, 3 and 4) set in The Undead Hunters world.

I think that’s enough for now!

Thanks for the opportunity David, and I hope your book does very well.

Stephen C. Ormsby

Author of Long Lost Song

Blog:  http://IdeasCaptured.com/blog

Twitter:  @IdeasCaptured

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/quietnoise

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PS Bartlett

PS Bartlett

PS Bartlett

 

PS Bartlett

is an author from GMTA Publishing
and just released her first novel, Fireflies
David R Bennett: PS Bartlett  is that your real name? Or a pen name? (if so, why?)
PS Bartlett: PS Bartlett is my pen name. The reason I decided to use it is because when I was a child, whenever I wrote or drew or painted anything, I would always sign it that way. It also helps that it’s pretty easy for people to remember.
DRB:  Tell the readers a bit about yourself.
PSB: I’m an extremely busy woman. I work full time as an office manager, I’m a wife, a mother of three and a grandmother of one beautiful little girl who is almost three. I’m also an artist so when I have time, I love to draw and paint. I still have a seventeen year old at home so cooking, cleaning and being a Mom is still a full time job as well. I have some wonderful friends who are also family and extended family and I enjoy our time together. I love to read but I also enjoy a good movie and a select few television shows as well. My number one priority has always been my family. My dream is to be able to quit my day job and be a full time writer. I’m normally as fearless as a lion but I’ll admit, putting myself out here in front of the world is scary as hell.
DRB: How long have you been writing?
PSB: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Poetry and short stories were always my favorite as a child and I enjoyed doing all of my own illustrations as well.
DRB: What genre do you write?
PSB: Since I’ve just finished my first novel and it is historical fiction with a paranormal twist, I could say that is

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what I write. However, I’m almost half way through my second novel and this one is completely different and will most likely be categorized as Fantasy/Commercial fiction. My answer I suppose

for now is, I write fiction.
DRB: What genre do you personally read?
PSB: I read everything from biographies to romance. If something interests me I read it and almost everything is interesting to me.
DRB: Who’s your favorite author, right now?
PSB: That is a difficult question because I’ve been writing almost continuously for 6 months and haven’t really taken the time off to enjoy the works of any new authors. I have at least ten new books downloaded on my Kindle and have barely touched them. I’m looking forward to my vacation so that I can finally catch up. May I answer you in June? 🙂
DRB: What challenges do you face when writing? I find that, myself, that my other characters want their attention when writing.
PSB: When I can find complete peace and quiet and a few hours to dive into my writing, the only challenge I find is when my characters seem to want to go on and on about themselves. I get so caught up in wanting to define who they are that I have to force myself to hold back and allow their true personalities to emerge gradually and not all at once in the first chapter. My biggest challenges are external; just finding time alone to write.
DRB: What was the inspiration for your book?
PSB: I was interested in the area where my mother grew up and have always wanted to explore the whole immigration process. She would go on and on about how wonderful that part of the country is and how simple life was. I had originally outlined the story to take place in the here and now but then found myself being pulled back to another place and time and it was there that the story seemed to fit perfectly.
DRB: Is there any message in the book you want your readers to know about?
PSB: I’d rather let them read it and whatever message they take away from the story is fine with me.
DRB: What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
PSB: I know it’s been said thousands of times but it is so true that you should write what you know and if you don’t know, research. The only other thing I would advise is that it doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s never too late to follow your dream.
DRB: What’s next on your plate?
PSB: Finishing the novel I am currently working on is very important but what is on my plate currently is promoting the launch of “Fireflies” and trying to be a successful writer, so that when my new book comes out, I may actually have some readers who are looking forward to it. Either way, I’m doing something that makes me happy and allows me to be creative and express myself. Success, however is relative to how you define it. I define it as completeing a project that I’ve always longed to do and seeing it to fruition. Holding my first novel in my hands will be my own personal triumph, no matter how it all turns out.