Welcome Authors Shelly M. Burrows & Michael S. Stewart and Their Book – BLOOD MOON!


Title: Blood Moon: The Dark Moon Series
Author: Shelly M. Burrows & Michael S. Stewart
Genre: Dark Supernatural/Paranormal
Length: 354 pages
Release Date: October 2014
ISBN-13: 978-06922918560
SYNOPSIS: In book one, Blood Moon Werewolf witches, Conri Olcan and Saoirse MacKay are on the hunt for the bones of the original Alpha of the Blood Moon Pack, Panteon. Cronus, the leader of the Vampire Coven will stop at nothing to prevent that from happening. Mike Hardy and Bentley Britt are caught in between these powerful beings. Will they become casualties of war? Or will they be more important than they even realize? Will Conri and Saoirse survive? Will Cronus succeed in stopping them? Follow this thrilling tale and enter the Variant World.


Shelly: I’ve loved reading since I was a girl. My favorites were Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Now I enjoy Kresley Cole, Gena Showaller, Stacia Kane, and Charlaine Harris.

I also, enjoy spending time with my son, affectionately called ‘Bug’.

I was born in Michigan, but raised in Youngstown, Ohio and now reside in North Carolina.

WEBSITE: http://darkmoonseries.wordpress.com/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/scribeshelly
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dark-Moon-Series/1383292888619153

Michael: A lifelong fan of stories involving the supernatural, I grew up in Los Angeles and still reside there. I love animals, sports and anything from the 80’s.

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/lakersgold

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Meet the Authors!







What were you like at school?

Shelly: I was a goofball. When I lived in Michigan I played volleyball and basketball, but when I moved to Ohio, I got out of sports.

Mike: I was shy, introverted, a bit of a dreamer, I suppose.
Were you good at English?

Shelly: I LOVED English…well the writing aspect. I hated grammar.

Mike: Yes, I did. My favorite subject was history.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Shelly: I’ve always wanted to write, but never really considered doing it full time. That is what I’d love to do, be a writer full time.

Mike: To produce books that people enjoy, with characters that are entertaining. I would love to be a novelist full time.

Which writers inspire you?

Shelly: I read a lot of Stephen King, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Dean Koontz and thanks to Michael, Stuart Woods.

Mike: Dean Koontz, Jim Butcher, V.C. Andrews, Lawrence Sanders, Stuart Woods, Sidney Sheldon and Jackie Collins. Yes, you read that right, Jackie Collins! Her novels are wildly entertaining.

So, what have you written?

Shelly: Blood Moon is our first novel, but I’ve written short stories through our role playing.

Mike: This is my first published work. I wrote a novel in the early 90’s, but it was raw, to say the least.

Where can we buy or see them?

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OJQ0WL8

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00OJQ0WL8?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Shelly: Well, we have a few. Bentley has had a rough life. She grew up in a crack house, but managed to get through school and into college. Life had other ideas for her though. She’s definitely a fighter. Saoirse on the other hand is tough, kind when needed but has a deep hatred for vampires. Though, I’d say she is fair. She has a lot to think about at the end of the book.

Mike: Yes, we have a few. Mike Hardy is a good man, a shape shifter, who is estranged from his family. He chafes at conformity which puts him at odds with his rigid father. He’s never had someone see the best in him until he meets Bentley.

What are you working on at the minute?

Shelly: We’re nearly through with the second installment of the Dark Moon Series. It’s entitled Dark Harvest.

What’s it about?

Shelly: It’s a continuation of the story started with Blood Moon, but you’ll get to meet more characters in the Variant world. It’s about reaping what you sow.

Mike: It’s also about the domino effect, showing how all actions, no matter how well intentioned, have consequences.

What genre are your books?

Shelly: Paranormal, Supernatural, Action/Adventure with some Romance up in there.

What draws you to this genre?

Shelly: I have always loved the supernatural and horror type stories. It seemed natural to write about it.

Mike: Yes, I agree with Shelly, it’s a love for the genre. I grew up watching Christopher Lee as Dracula and Lon Chaney, Jr. as the wolfman. When I got older and discovered the works of Koontz and King, I was hooked.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

Shelly: For Bentley I would love to see Laura Vandervoort and for Saoirse Rachel Weisz

Mike: Taylor Kitsch for Mike Hardy and the Bond era Sean Connery for Conri. As for a current actor for Conri, perhaps Clive Owen or Kyle Chandler.

How much research do you do?

Shelly: It depends on what the story calls for. For example, part of Blood Moon takes place in North Carolina, so I wanted to make sure I got the folklore right, even though I’m a transplant to North Carolina.

Mike: Yes, it really depends.

When did you decide to become a writer?

Shelly: We were actually encouraged to write.

Mike: This year, after receiving encouragement from someone who had taken the plunge.

Why do you write?

Shelly: Because I love seeing people engage in the world that Michael and I have created. It’s like letting your child grow up and go into the world for the first time. It’s exciting.

Mike: It’s cathartic, exciting, frustrating, funny and many other things. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Shelly: Oh, it’s a part-time thing for now. Hopefully it will blossom into a full time career.

Mike: Part time, with never ending dreams of doing it full time.

Where do the your ideas come from?

Shelly: Most of our characters come from role-playing, but then there are some new characters in our books as well.

Mike: From our depraved imaginations and I love it!

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

Shelly: We have an idea of how a book will turn out, but we’re up to changing it if we feel it being pulled in a new direction.

Mike: I like to think we have a skeleton to work with, so all the bones and structure are in place, but how the flesh of it will fill out is not determined until we get in the heat of writing.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

Shelly: I’m learning that sometimes less is more, but you need to know when to use that.

Mike: I’m hopeful that each day we’re getting better than the day before, but I think that’s how all writers feel, constantly striving to improve.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Shelly: I find that I have a harder time writing for the all dark characters. It’s hard for me to get into that frame of mind… which you will see one of those characters in our next book.

Mike: For me, it’s having to stop when we have a good rhythm going, due to the real world intruding. Even though that is not something that can be avoided by anyone.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

Shelly: For me, it’s playing off of Michael. He is such a skillful story teller and he makes it easy to get on board.

Mike: Playing off Shelly with characters we know so well. I don’t have to think “What would Mike do or say here to Bentley?” I know it sounds strange, but the characters think for themselves and that makes writing so much easier.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Shelly: Blood Moon was done fairly quickly. A couple of months, but those characters we are very familiar with and knew intimately.

Mike: Dark Harvest, we’ve been working on since June and it’s not done yet, so I guess it depends.

What are your thoughts on writing a book series.

Shelly: It’s exciting, though we have a few characters that are screaming for attention!

Mike: It’s fun and exciting, we have so much more to get out there!

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.

Shelly: I love reading. When I find a series, I dive right in. I love Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Stacia Kane, Karen Marie Moning, and Stephen King. Though to be fair, there are many, many more.

Mike: Not as much as I’d like, but I hop on any of Jim Butcher’s “Dresden Files” novels that come out. I also love reading.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

ShelIy: I prefer to have the book in hand, but I do have ebooks. I’ll use my ereader while waiting in line for my son at school.

Mike: I have a ton of paperbacks, some I’ve had since my army days in the 80’s, but for convenience, I’m building a library of ebooks that I can read on my tablet.

What book/s are you reading at present?

Shelly: Necromancer Awakening by Nat Russo and I just finished Demonically Yours by Lauren Peyton.

Mike: I just finished reading “Ghost Story” by Jim Butcher again. I love his imagination.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

Shelly: We do that on our own. But it’s not something we enjoy. One day I’d love for someone else to do that!

Mike: Ditto!

Who designed your book cover/s?

Shelly: A very talented woman by the name Cris Palomino. She is fantastic.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Shelly: Absolutely! If the cover doesn’t pull you in, you’re less likely to pick it up.

Mike: I agree with Shelly on this.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Shelly: Well we love our good reviews, I mean who doesn’t. But we also learn from constructive criticism.

Mike: It’s something that goes with putting your work out there. We love and appreciate the good reviews and consider any negative ones. If it’s something we feel we should work on or change, we try to do so.

What’s your views on social media for marketing?

Shelly: I think it’s important. You can reach more people through social media.

Mike: In this day and age, I don’t know how you can not use it to help you, especially when you are trying to get established and don’t have an automatic huge fan base.

Which social network worked best for you?

Shelly: I’m a fan of twitter. I like being able to interact with people. Facebook is a close second

Mike: Shelly is really the one who handles this area and she’s fantastic at it.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do?

Shelly: Never give up. You may encounter rejection, but then again that’s what makes you better.

Mike: Believe in yourself, your work, no matter what.

What do you think of “trailers” for books?

Shelly: I think they’re fun. We have a dream cast video for our books.

Mike: I enjoy them and they are a good way to promote your work.

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?

Yes we do. http://youtu.be/IwDjZaGw21k

Do you think that giving books away free works and why?

Shelly: I think it’s a necessary thing. You can’t underestimate the power of word of mouth carries.

How do you relax?

Shelly: Watching tv, reading and spending time with my kiddo.

Mike: Watching TV and movies, reading and playing video games, especially Grand Theft Auto 5!

What is your favorite positive saying?

Shelly: After every storm, the sun is waiting to shine.

Mike: It’s by Michael Jordan. “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. What I can’t accept is not trying.”

What is your favorite quote?

Shelly: “Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable.”

Mike: “We do not look for allies when we love. Indeed, we often look upon those who love with us as rivals and trespassers. But we always look for allies when we hate.” ~~Eric Hoffer~~

What is your favorite film and why?

Shelly: True Romance. It has everything. Action, adventure, romance….

Mike: Its almost impossible for a film nerd like me to pick just one, but I’ll go with “The Long Hot Summer” because I love the misunderstood character of Ben Quick, played by Paul Newman and his interaction with the repressed Clara Varner, played by Joanne Woodward.

Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?

Shelly: Sitting on a beach somewhere sipping a fruity drink.

Mike: Sitting in the owner’s box of a Lakers game!

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Shelly: Don’t listen to the negativity. You are beautiful just the way you are.

Mike: Believe in yourself.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

Shelly: Alice Paul. She was one of the key figures in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. I’d like to pick her brain. What life was like, the struggles she endured and what she would think of our world today.

Mike: Martin Luther King, Jr. I’d like to hear what he would do to continue the great work he started.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Shelly: Never give up. Even if it’s writing for yourself, you never know where it can lead.

Mike: Keep writing and believe in yourself, you have something unique to share with the world.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: darkmoonseries.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dark-Moon-Series/1383292888619153?ref=hl
Twitter: @ScribeShelly @LakersGold and @DarkMoonSeries

Welcome Author Aaron C. Richards and SPIES VS MONSTERS!


Title: Spies Vs. Monsters         

Author: Aaron C. Richards

Genre: Horror/Paranormal/Supernatural

Length: 328 pages

Release Date: October 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0692278383



SYNOPSIS: What can humans do in a secret world where they are sorely overpowered and outmatched? How do they stand up against the things that bump in the night? The answer is simple: they cheat. And in a world of shadows where might makes right, humans must rely on their ingenuity to survive.

The hero, humanity’s champion for light and order, is dead. The Supernatural and Paranormal Defense Organization, an international covert ops agency assembled to fight against the powers of darkness, just lost their field commander against the forces of Satan. Now, their former Special Projects Director, the angelic Jayda Marie Lafayette, must spearhead the search for the hero’s killer: his brother, a newly turned and blood-thirsty vampire named Frederico. And if she doesn’t get to him first, the Devil will turn him into a weapon capable of single-handedly destroying the human world.


A1 When I was in 3rd grade, the other kids were trying to decide whether to be actors, racecar drivers, or astronauts. I decided that I wanted to be an author. My answer to the age-old question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was always the same. I wanted to write books. When I wasn’t trying my hand at writing, I was watching movies. I was always trying to satisfy that primal urge: storytelling. Almost 15 years later, I decided to try to sit down and write a full-length novel for myself, just like all of the people that I idolized. Spies vs. Monsters is the culmination of a childhood’s worth of dreaming.

Now, at 25, I live in my own dream world that is conveniently packaged in one bedroom of the house that I share with my sister.

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Why Spies Vs. Monsters?

By Aaron C. Richards

            The idea for my own book series came to me as these things usually do: through the observation of various works of other authors. It usually happens that while I’m looking at the work of some publicized creator, whether reading or watching, a question occurs to me. I take my viewing very seriously…perhaps overly so. I understand that there are movies that the viewer isn’t mean to over-analyze, but I can’t help myself. That tendency has only increased as I’ve gotten more serious about my own writing. And when you find a number of films or books approaching the same idea from the same direction and having the same problems, you find yourself a niche to fill. That’s where Spies Vs. Monsters came in.

There are a number of popular series out there about secret government agencies that fight monsters. The idea in itself is nothing new. But one thing that I noticed, whether they be fighting super villains, monsters, demons, or something else, the agency in question tends to have a corresponding monster of their own that does the fighting for them. They recruit similarly powered individuals to make a stand, instead of humans. It makes sense, from a brute force standpoint. If you’re not physically strong enough to take on your enemy, recruit someone who is. But the idea never sat well with me.

I never liked the idea of a “neighborhood watch” agency. The agency that presses the panic button and then waits for the real heroes to show up has always struck me as very nearly useless. As if the heroes wouldn’t notice the enormous car-throwing bully wreaking havoc in their cities. At best, the secret agents are there to escort the good monster or superhero, and they are likely to die as nothing more than glorified luggage-handlers. The mundane everymen are swept aside in favor of the far more interesting lantern-jawed supermen. They’re discouraged, even chastised, for trying to fight outside their league. Nothing for us normal folks to do when Superman shows up except pull up a chair and watch the freaks do battle. Nevermind the fact that now there are now two enormous car-throwing brutes rampaging around the city instead of just one, and they’ve found a reason to fight each other. The possibility of collateral damage is completely ignored, in favor of watching the awesome grudge match.

The idea for my own book came to me when I considered what would happen in my hometown if a hostile alien shoved his way amongst us with plans to conquer the world. If Superman showed up to defend my tiny little town and told us to stand back, he’s got this, the people here would be outraged. And every one would show up to do something, even if there was nothing they could do. Because the bottom line is this: if something is that important to you, you find a way to fight back, even if the best you can do is spit on the tyrant‘s shoes as they walk by. And Spies vs. Monsters is exactly that: humans doing the best they can to find a way to fight back.

Super powerful characters are often interesting, but only if there is a reason for them to be there. There are also characters like Batman, Iron Man, and the men from Independence Day, that had no superpowers. They just did whatever they could with what they had. Spies Vs. Monsters is a story about humans, for humans, by a human. And if the monsters have anything to say about that, they should know: humans fight dirty.

Welcome Back Author Reece Bridger on His Tour With BUAN THE PERFECT MORTALS!


Title: BUAN: The Perfect Mortals
Author: Reece Bridger
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Length: 458 pages
Release Date: September 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1909482029

SYNOPSIS: During a ceasefire of a war that has taken more lives than could be considered just, there are shadows of betrayal and deceit lurking in the rays of the morning sun. Something is lingering on the horizon, and it’s hell-bent on destruction, despair and death.

Whatever it may be, it’s driven the Goddess to some very desperate measures.

Life for the Harmon siblings has been hard enough, but now they face responsibilities that they never asked for. They never asked for power. They never asked for a world of monsters. They never asked to come face-to-face with demons, the corrupted of their own people, or their own mortality.

But that is just what they will have to do. They are the chosen heroes of Cornelia, the final hope for order and sanity, the last line of defence against the darkness.

They are the Buan.



Reece Bridger is a firm believer in not letting the little things hold you back; conquering both his young age and his Aspergers, he wrote ‘The Perfect Mortals’ as a firm first step in the direction of his dreams. With another nineteen books already planned and no foreseeable social life, he has a lot of work ahead of him. In his downtime, he dabbles in voice acting and the bass guitar. He’s also not very good at writing short descriptions of himself.

WEBSITE: http://www.reecebridger.com/ReeceBridger.com/Home.html
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7052852.Reece_Bridger
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ReeceBridgerAuthor
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Reece_Bridger
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Welcome Author Bob Dixon and His New Book – Mouch and Company: The Dream Psychic!


Title: Mouch and Company: The Dream Psychic
Author: Bob Dixon
Genre: Horror/Psychological Thriller/Dark Fantasy
Length: 308 pages
Release Date: September 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0692284537
SYNOPSIS: Being a teenager is tough enough,
but try it when you have schizophrenia and
psychic abilities that make all of your imaginary
friends real…

The odds are against Mouch—he’s locked up in
Talsom Mental Asylum; his only friends are a
sock puppet and his shadow. Worst of all, he
suffers from amnesia; his earliest memory is of
being found alone in a mall wearing nothing but a pair of polka-dotted boxer shorts, a pair of fluffy white bunny slippers, and a hat made from a newspaper.… and covered in a generous amount of blood. When an elderly gentleman visits him and reveals that Mouch is not crazy but is actually a psychic, Mouch does what any rational person would do—he runs for the door. Once outside of Talsom, Mouch soon finds himself thrust into a battle against a sinister movement of dark psychics who threaten to destroy the entire psychic community.


Bob Dixon is a a two-time Guinness World Record holder for the world’s longest cartoon strip. He has created and written a number of comic book titles for Pocket Change Comics, including Assassinette: The Mind Stalker, Psyco Duck, Jester’s Dead, The Holy Knight, Riplash, Shadow Slasher, and Warzone 3719.
He has written two children books, Rooty the  Tree Troll and Holiday Bunny. In addition, Bob is a certified special education teacher who works with children with intellectual delays and

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Wonderful Review of Fireflies and A Guest Post with Read Around Sue!

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it 1,000 times…Book Bloggers Rock!

This week, Susan of Read Around Sue reviewed my first novel, Fireflies and also gave me a spot on her blog for a guest post, to talk about my new novel, The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge.


Here is a little bit of that post but please hop on over to sue’s book blog and check it out there.

Thank you Sue!

Guest Post P.S. Bartlett

Today I want to welcome the author of Fireflies, P. S. Bartlett. She captivated me with this book so I asked her to share with all of us today.

A Long Summer’s Journey into the Past

The idea for my newest novel, The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge, began back in October of 2013. One night I was toying with the idea of venturing a bit off of the path that I had previously travelled in historical fiction and striking out on a new adventure. I love pirate stories. There’s something about them that has always intrigued me. I enlisted the assistance of my online Facebook friends to help me name the male protagonist and the rest as they say, is history. As of this evening, my third novel is on its way through cyberspace to my publisher.
To be honest, I was nervous when I started writing this novel. I’ve read it can be career suicide if you change genres as a new writer. In my opinion, I haven’t really changed but rather slid to the side a bit. I’m still writing historical fiction but in this novel, I’ve added the elements of romance, action and adventure. After all, how can you write a pirate novel without those elements?
The Blue Diamond is about four young women who were orphaned at a young age during a Spanish raid in Charles Towne, South Carolina and they are left to fend for themselves. Through a horrible twist of fate, their small farm along the Ashley River is once again raided but this time, by Pirates. However, they aren’t children anymore. They are brave, capable young women who aren’t afraid to defend their land and their lives against invasion.


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Douglas and Querilla spend the day together in harmony. But that is not to be. The princess gets abducted. Douglas has to save her. That is only the beginning of a journey that takes them to other planets and finding out familial history. 
Meanwhile, a revolution is happening on Varia where the Varians are trying to free themselves from the tyranny of the Coaltion.


My name is Brien O’Raighne and I hail from Houston, Texas. I love to write. It is a passion of mine. Some would say an obsession, but those don’t really support me when they call it an obsession. 
My writing usually combines my influences of Epic Fantasy, Sci-Fi Sagas, Paranormal, Classic Horror monsters, Superheroes and more. With what I like movie wise it would be hard for most people to understand some of my major influences in writing. 
My influences include: J.K. Rowling, E.B. White, Homer, William Shakespeare, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Chris Claremont, Lara Hama, Margaret Weis, Tracey Hickman, J Michael Strasczynski, Todd McFarlane, Scott Lobdell, Timothy Zahn, Roald Dahl, amongst others.


Welcome G.D. Tinnams – Author of “Hunter No More.”

A Comment on Characterisation
First of all, and what many people have noted, I tend to give my characters ‘normal’ names such as Roger, Keith, Anna,
Sam, Alicia. This was a conscious choice because when I’ve read books in the past I find it hard to get my head around weird alien names and lose track of who is who. I didn’t want my readers to have the same problem so I’d just rather keep it simple and direct. Even so a few slightly different names did creep in, like Kristof and Skylar. Again not alien names, but just a little unusual.
I probably couldn’t walk down the street and meet a Kristof or Skylar, but I could probably bump into a Keith.
Names notwithstanding, once a character has a name, what do you do with them? Well in any story you have a protagonist, a
character whose experiences the story is built around. Sometimes but not all the time you have an antagonist in direct opposition to the protagonist. Their conflict creates the story. Actually it’s not quite that simple, but that is a starting point. In my novels I tend to have more than one protagonist, allowing multiple points of view and multiple antagonists as well. It mixes things up more, and sometimes a protagonist can change roles and so can the antagonist.
Their roles are not set, but are dictated by how each character progresses in the story.
It’s never as cut and dried as good versus evil. Good people sometimes do bad things and bad people do good things.
Characters are not consistent, and may make a good decision one day and a bad the next, even when confronted with the same circumstances. Why? Is this bad writing? No, in real life people are equally inconsistent, I’m inconsistent. We live, we change, we make mistakes and sometimes we don’t. Characters follow suit.
I also believe that characters shouldn’t necessarily get on, even if they are on the same side, they have different interpretations of what that side is. For instance, the characters Keith and Roger in ‘Hunter No More’ actively despise each other. Keith sees Roger as
small minded, Roger sees Keith as alien and arrogant. But that doesn’t mean they can’t work together, it doesn’t mean they can’t love the same people. But they are at odds, and that conflict helps to define who they are and make them more interesting as people. If they liked each other, and did everything without argument, that would make them the same person. Superficially the description would be different, but the characters would be duplicates of each
other. People are all unique and different and no-one is exactly the same. In life we are all the stars of own shows, for the characters it’s no different.
Even a minor character doesn’t know they are a minor character. In their own life they are the protagonist and they have to be written that way.
So we have names, conflict, descriptions.
Someone is tall, someone is fat, someone is a man, someone is a woman. Gender stereotypes: the man should be strong, the woman should be weak. That is rubbish, a woman can be stronger than a man, both physically and mentally. A woman shows more emotion than a man? Maybe in feature films, but in a story we
are interested in the inner voice. A man and woman can be equally afraid, equally grief-stricken, equally brave, and equally hysterical. Characters react and feel, man or woman, it shouldn’t matter. I’m not saying they should be written the same, but a writer should avoid being influenced by preconceptions about gender as much as possible. Why, as much as possible? Because we are all influenced by our upbringing, and every independent thought is tinged by that.
I have no doubt that some stereotypes creep into my writing, but the trick is to avoid those stereotypes as much as you possibly can.
Finally it’s all about the layers; layers of behaviour, layers of reaction, layers of internal and external argument, layers of action. After injecting a character with enough layers, plot no longer dictates their actions, rather their actions dictate the plot. Keith
isn’t going to say to Kristof, let’s blow up this place and go home. It’s not in his character. So plot hinges on how a character would act, and you can’t just throw in plot twists which don’t fit with a character’s actions. You have to write the character’s actions based on their developed traits and let the story play out as honestly as possible. That’s when it gets interesting for a writer, really interesting, because as you’re writing you don’t know exactly
what is going to happen next.


The Hunter Class Spacecraft designated ‘The Amberjack’
disappeared during a routine mission to Seek, Locate and Destroy the enemy Machine Mind contingent known as ‘The Ochre’. Conclusion: It was either destroyed by the Ochre or went rogue for reasons unknown. If sighted, approach with extreme caution.
On the planet Borealis, a violent revolution forces
Samantha Marriot and her parents to flee their home for the relative safety of ‘The Rainbow Islands’. Once there, Sam discovers a secret her father has been keeping from her all her life, a secret that will change everything.
Meanwhile, The Machine Mind Hierarchy of Earth dispatches a ship to rid themselves of the planet’s troublesome human population. The only hope of a defence lies with a damaged binary Hunter unit that has long since abandoned both its programming and weaponry.
In order for the unit to succeed it must call upon the aid of an ancient enemy, and prove, once and for all, that it is a Hunter no more.


G.D. Tinnams has worked as a barman, a call centre
operator, an IT support analyst, and a software tester. But during all this time he was also an insatiable reader of science fiction and fantasy books like Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, Robert Charles Wilson’s Blind Lake and Greg Egan’s Permutation City. He is very
fond of weird, mind-bending stories and decided quite early on to try writing some. ‘Surface Tension’ is his second novel.