Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents (Book #3 in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga) by B.A. Vonsik

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Author B.A. Vonsik is taking his latest book Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents (Book #3 in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga), on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow B.A. to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for B.A.’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, B.A. was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents (Book #3 in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga).

OP: Tell us a little bit about Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents (Book #3 in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga). What is it about?

B.A.: A Science Fantasy tale revealing mankind’s origins and the creation of the Four Horsemen of humanity’s final judgment. Experienced through the eyes and mind of Nikki, a paleo-archeologist graduate student, whose life is turned upside down during a field expedition and is now on the run with an enigmatic group of companions fleeing and seeking refuge from the relentless and deadly forces of humanity and their guiding masters known from our shrouded deep past, answering the question…”What if all our myths and legends are true?”

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

B.A.: Curious about the similarities between our many myths and legends, I embarked on a three decades long study of our mythological tales, ancient characters and creatures of legends, and our many religions. I discovered the similarities were indeed real, building a common story of mankind’s origins rich in interactions with our mythological gods as living alien beings…also being known to us as the fallen angels…the Watchers of the Bible and Qur’an. I wanted to provide to the curious an integrated story of our conceivable past and origins in what has become known as Ancient Alien Theory in a story told through a unique perspective filled with thought-provoking characters and creatures and events discovering the meaning and purpose of our mortal lives and the nature of our human souls.

OP: How did you get your book published?

B.A.: Self-published through my company Celestial Fury Publishing. The complete story will be told through the main storyline of the published books of the Primeval Origins Epic Saga, with supplementary tales published through an in-development role-playing game. Planned are releases of the story in different formats to reach fans of all ilk’s. Formats planned include: Audio books, graphics novels, and the role-playing game both pen-and-paper and then as a computer game series.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

B.A.: Cross-genre Science Fiction and Fantasy…Science Fantasy fans, Epic Fantasy fans, fans enjoying epic adventures with realistic characters and scientifically accurate settings, fans desiring dystopian settings with a cyberpunk theme, young adult fans, and Christian Fantasy fans.

OP: What is special about your book?

B.A.: A very interesting story with characters you will love and those you will love to hate that will end in the Book of Revelations. Books #1 (Paths of Anguish) and #2 (Light of Honor) have already won 16 awards and honors between them.

Paths of Anguish

  • Young Adult Book of the Year, 2014/2015 Reader Views Literary Awards
  • Finalist, Fantasy Book of the Year, Readers Favorite 2016 Book Awards
  • Finalist, Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 International Book Awards
  • Distinguished Favorite, Epic Fantasy Book of the Year, 2017 Independent Press Awards
  • Fantasy Book of the Year, 2017 NYC Big Book Award
  • Winner, Science Fantasy, National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) Winter 2018 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Light of Honor

  • Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 Reader Views Literary Awards
  • Finalist, Fiction/Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 CIPA EVVY Award
  • Merit, Fiction/Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 CIPA EVVY Award
  • Finalist, Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 International Book Awards
  • Finalist, E-Book Fiction Book of the Year, 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award
  • Finalist, Science Fiction, 2016 Best Book Award
  • Epic Fantasy Book of the Year, 2017 Independent Press Awards
  • Fantasy Best Books, NABE Summer 2018 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards
  • Fantasy Book of the Year, 2018 New York City Big Book Award
  • Epic Fantasy Book of the Year, 2018 New York City Big Book Award

Early reviews of Rise of Serpents are even stronger than those received by Paths of Anguish and Light of Honor. Things are looking good for more awards and honors blessing the Primeval Origins Epic Saga. Each book is written to allow readers to enjoy the book and become new fans without the need to read the previous books. Difficult to do, but successful so far.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

B.A.: I know of no other books…or stories integrating all our major myths and legends spanning 65 million years, our religious stories and accounts, all the disciplines of the sciences, engineering and emerging technologies of the 21st century, and our contemporary human history into one tale of mystery in a Science Fantasy “What if…” setting, exploring the our morality and existence.

OP: Have you published any other books?

B.A.: Three books of the Primeval Origins Epic Saga…

  • Paths of Anguish
  • Light of Honor
  • Rise of Serpents

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

B.A.: Book #4 of the Primeval Origins Epic Saga is in the works, as is the master rule book for the role-playing game. Please visit the Primeval Origins website at www.primevalorigns.com for more information on all of the above, the encyclopedia and lexicon, the happenings and research blog, and the research source reference material. For the curious, you will be able to spend months, even years going through all the available material…or you can just enjoy the compelling multiple award-winning story filled with terrible tyrannies, deadly dinosaurs, brutal beasts, ancient gods, and heroic hearts of our undiscovered history and the telling of our End Times.

OP: Thanks for your time, B.A.! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Multiple award-winning B.A. Vonsik graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and served as an USAF Special Operations aviator. Currently, B.A. Vonsik works in the training and simulation industry by day while at night and all other times detailing the world of Primeval Origins with new discoveries and research in ancient mythologies, creation myths, religions, sciences and technologies. Starting with a curiosity about why many of our mythologic pantheons seemed very similar, B.A. created the Primeval Origins story based on more than 25 years of research integrating our mythologies, ancient alien theory, history, the sciences, and with the stories of the Bible, Qur’an, and Hindu religions. B.A. Vonsik lives with his extraordinary wife in Florida.

For more information and to purchase or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/primevalorigins_riseofserpents

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Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson

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Author Lance Anderson is taking his latest book Life in the Morgue, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Lance to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Lance’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Lance was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Life in the Morgue.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Life in the Morgue. What is it about?

Lance: The best way I can describe this book is it’s not what you think it is. It is not a horror or gross, it is more focused on the people that actually work in the morgue, and their quirks and about the things that they had to deal with. The office itself and how things were run, the inter office politics and even some state and local government shenanigans. There was another saying at the office “dead people don’t vote” so sometimes things could get out of hand. With that being said the people that I worked with in real life always treated the deceased with the same respect whether they were famous or well connected with lots of money or a drug overdose found in an alley. The doctors there were all top notch and knew what they were doing. Greg the main character is just a normal blue-collar guy who managed to get this job and it so much more than he expected it to be. It becomes an all-consuming life for him, he sees and experiences things he or most people never thought about in his normal regular life.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Lance: I wrote the book because no matter where I go, once people find out where I worked they all want to hear stories about what happens there, or specific cases, and some of the types of things that I had to deal with. I was at a friend’s backyard cook out a few weeks ago. A young married couple had arrived, and the husband walked right past the hosts and came and sat next to me and started talking. His wife came over and told him it was pretty rude to not say hi to the hosts first. He responded the only reason I came is because Lance was going to be here, he is going to make this an interesting day.. A woman that had recently started dating one of my other friends was sitting next to me. I had only met her on one other occasion chimed in with “what’s going to make it more interesting?” He looked at her and said, “go ahead, ask him where he used to work!” She did, so I told her, and spent most the rest of the afternoon telling morgue stories and talking about cases. It only took a few minutes when I noticed most everyone in the back yard was now standing around the table I was sitting at listening to the stories. People find the stories intriguing, funny, sad and dramatic, and are always asking for more. I had been asked by countless people to write about it over the past several years, so I think it will appeal to lots of people.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Lance: I did a lot of internet research on going to a major publisher vs. self-publishing and decided that Outskirts Press seemed to offer everything I was going to need to turn this into a book. Outskirts made it very easy to go through the whole process.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Lance: The book is written as a fiction, but I think it will appeal to anyone that enjoys the inner working of what happens at a morgue or specifically the medical examiner’s office. The story has drama, humor, some office politics and action. I think the story crosses several genres and will appeal to many different types of people.

OP: What is special about your book?

Lance: Well I think it is written from a perspective that hasn’t been seen before. Greg Benson is just an ordinary guy getting through life as best he can. He suddenly finds himself dealing with things and situations that never would have entered his mind that this stuff could happen. The book is written as a fiction but, I used the basis of real situations in the storyline. Some of the situations are twisted around a bit and I did not use real names or locations. I used a Steven king quote in the beginning of the book “Fiction is just the truth wrapped in lies” and I think there is a lot of validity in that statement.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Lance: I did a lot of research trying to find a book to compare it to and really did not find one that I could match it with. Most of the other books I have seen about Morgues or Medical Examiners seemed to be non-fiction case studies or were highlighting the deceased and what brought them into the morgue. This is a good story about a few years in the life of someone who was not really trained or equipped to deal with what he saw, but he managed to excel anyway. Everyday people never think about this stuff and what can and does happen on a daily basis.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Lance: I have co-written a movie script with a friend and it was shopped around and picked up by a major production company and they asked if I could write a sequel, so I did, and they loved that as well. Currently they are sitting in a holding pattern, but we are still in contact and they say they are going to produce them but won’t put a date on when.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Lance: Well I am an active paranormal investigator as well and have plans to write about a particular ghost hunt, I was on as well as another book that covers many other investigations I have done over the years. Who knows, if Life in the Morgue does well. I have enough stories and scenarios to write a sequel to that, maybe even a third.

OP: Thanks for your time, Lance! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lance Anderson spent most of his life as an ironworker until he decided it was time for a change. He took a job at the medical examiner’s office, where he worked for six years and assisted in more than two thousand cases until he was forced to retire due to vision problems. Life in the Morgue is his debut novel, but he has also written two movie scripts that are in the process of being produced.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/lifeinthemorgue

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The Bad Angel: Redemption by Dee Rose

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Author Dee Rose is taking his latest book The Bad Angel: Redemption, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Dee to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Dee’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Dee was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of The Bad Angel: Redemption.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Bad Angel: Redemption. What is it about?

Dee: The book is about an angel, Artherial, who is charged with guarding purgatory as a punishment for centuries of mistakes. He is given a mission from the archangel Gabriel that would relieve him of those duties if he completes it. The archangel Michael is missing and BA has to find him and the makers of the drug TAAB, which uses Michael’s blood in the formula. The drug is being sold by a being known only as the Peddler. However, other supernaturals are drawn into the story, some of which are from BA’s past. BA enlists the help of Jericho Caine, the vampire slayer, Father Tom Padilla, the demon hunter, and Alexander Merryweather, the Grand Librarian and wizard. Together, they use their skills to do battle with the Underworld and the Peddler in an epic showdown.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Dee: I wrote this novella because it is part of the Hangman Universe (HMU) and is the last part of Stage II. Stage III picks up where The Bad Angel leaves off with The Hangman Returns.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Dee: I self-published my books through Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Dee: The types of readers that will be interested in this book are readers of fiction, fantasy, and supernatural thrillers.

OP: What is special about your book?

Dee: What’s special about this book is that it challenges the reader to go beyond what they already believe about angels, vampires and demons.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Dee: Yes. The HMU as I’ve stated, so far, is in three stages. Stage I: The Hangman. Stage II: The Grand Librarian: Life of an Immortal, Father Tom Padilla: Curse of the Demon Priest, Jericho Caine Vampire Slayer: Dakota Rises, The Bad Angel: Redemption. I have published two other books unrelated to the HMU. They are: Forbidden Love and Cloning Around.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Dee: Yes, I plan to publish more. Stage III of the HMU starts out with The Hangman Returns. I am also working on a space opera entitled, Travel Through the Stars.

OP: Thanks for your time, Dee! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dee Rose was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He has two beautiful daughters, Nadia and Nicole, who are his life and inspiration. He resides in Denver, CO, where he attended Metropolitan State University and majored in Political Science. He considers the HMU his baby that he has nurtured quickly, but with extreme patience. He says, “Along with my kids, the HMU will be my legacy. Hopefully they all endure long after I’m gone.”

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/TheBadAngel

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The Nature of Kindness by Stephanie N. Prountzos

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Author Stephanie N. Prountzos is taking her book The Nature of Kindness, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Stephanie to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Stephanie’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Stephanie was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of The Nature of Kindness.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Nature of Kindness. What is it about?

Stephanie: The Jovie series starts with The Nature of Kindness, which allows the reader to learn that daily actions on a local level can make a helpful impact. It promotes a sustainable, imaginative and respectful lifestyle for kids.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Stephanie: My entire life has revolved around caring for animals and our natural world. My vocation/career is animal care and advocacy, and with that, daily compassion fatigue ensues. Writing has always been an outlet of mine, so I decided why not put my love of animals, children, and our environment together in hopes to educate about respecting our surroundings.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Stephanie: It was a long journey of rejection, so I decided to self-publish with the help of Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Stephanie: It is geared for children, but all ages can love Jovie!

OP: What is special about your book?

Stephanie: It teaches the reader to find their inner advocate and know that with respect and kindness, you alone can make a difference.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Stephanie: It’s honest and relatable. It has whimsical illustrations, and the poetry narrative is fun to read.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Stephanie: I have not.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Stephanie: I hope so! If readers like The Nature of Kindness, Jovie has endless possibilities.

OP: Thanks for your time, Stephanie! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Stephanie N. Prountzos is from the San Francisco Bay Area, and her entire life has revolved around caring for animals and our planet. With a degree in Geography focusing on Environmental Studies from SFSU, Stephanie is a former Wildlife Rehab Technician and is currently the Practice Manager at a Veterinary Hospital in the North Bay. With years of working with both domestic and wild animals, it became evident that the love and respect for animals and our natural world was lacking unto her. With compassion fatigue being her driving force, Stephanie decided to put her outlet of writing, love for children, our planet, and wildlife together, in hopes to make a helpful impact on the youth for our future. With the love and support from her husband, Noti, and rescue dog, Whiskey, Stephanie hopes to teach every individual (both young and old) to find their inner advocate and know that with kindness, and respect, you alone can make a difference.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/thenatureofjovie

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Glorious Garlic. Enjoy. Feel Good and Live Long by Valerie Lull

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Author Valerie Lull is taking her latest book Glorious Garlic. Enjoy. Feel Good and Live Long, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Valerie to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Valerie’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Valerie was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Glorious Garlic. Enjoy. Feel Good and Live Long.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Glorious Garlic. Enjoy. Feel Good and Live Long. What is it about?

Valerie: The use of garlic for both health and culinary purposes.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Valerie: I am interested in anything having to do with good health and longevity.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Valerie: I self-published.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Valerie: People who are interested in good health and cooking with garlic.

OP: What is special about your book?

Valerie: It is written so that the lay person can read and benefit from it. It is NOT a scientific treatise.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Valerie: The interesting chapter on the history of garlic use, and a chapter on garlic and sex, and the recipes.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Valerie: Yes, Ten Healthy Teas and Ten Spices for Health and Longevity

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Valerie: Yes, I’m starting a book of vegetarian recipes.

OP: Thanks for your time, Valerie! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Valerie is a Master Herbalist and writes a blog called Simple Ways to stay healthy. Valerie writes about herbs, teas, spices and nutrition. Valerie lives in Florida and writes books about health with the help of her cats, British drama and comedy, and her love of vegetarian cooking. She is currently working on a vegetarian cookbook.

For more information or to contact the author, visit http://www.valerielull.com/

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Marbles – Eye of the Tiger by Myrna Doreen White

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Author Myrna Doreen White is taking her latest book Marbles – Eye of the Tiger, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Myrna to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Myrna’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Myrna was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Marbles – Eye of the Tiger.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Marbles – Eye of the Tiger. What is it about?

Myrna: When Kyle, his mother and cat, move from San Francisco to India, Kyle’s life changes – a lot. And not just because his new city is so different from what he’s used to. Kyle’s life changes because of the people he meets, the mystery of the marbles, and the mystical events that happen. Finding a marble with special powers sends Kyle on a quest across his new city, and deep below it, where animals talk. Kyle and his new friend end up in a jungle that is filled with these animals and one who has lost his eyesight, which only a special marble can repair.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Myrna: I find that boys, especially, are less able to ‘find something to do’ on their down time, Whereas, girls have an array of activities, like doing things with their hair, making fancy girly things with friends, or of course, reading. Boys do read as well, however, it appeared to me; not as much. They seek adventure and look for an outlet, which I felt could be given through a book that had adventure, along with mystery, as well as friendships and values. A place where they can focus their energy on.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Myrna: I decided to self-publish so looked into different publishing outlets. I wanted and needed someone to help me to get it published and marketed as I’m not in a position to do all of that. After reading through various publishing firms, I felt that Outskirts Press showed that they had the ideas and help which could meet my needs the best at this point of publishing, for the first time.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Myrna: Readers between the ages nine to twelve are at the level of reading my book. Both boys and girls could be interested in the type of story line I have written.

OP: What is special about your book?

Myrna: My book is easy to read and is not overly long as well as has short chapters that will allow a new reader to set it down comfortably and go back after each chapter, if needed, making it easier for them to read.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Myrna: I believe that the story itself is more interesting and relatable to both, boys and girls but boys especially; along with the mystery, spirit and adventure.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Myrna: I have written short stories but this is the first book I’ve published.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Myrna: Yes. I hope to do a sequel as well.

OP: Thanks for your time, Myrna! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Myrna White’s gift for listening and her interest in people’s life stories led her naturally to a career in mental health. Now retired, she enjoys the company of her three children and six grandchildren, whose imagination inspires her lifelong love of writing. Myrna also enjoys gardening, watercolors, photography, and gatherings of friends and family.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/marbles

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Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider by Ellen C. Maze

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Author Ellen C. Maze is taking her latest book Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Ellen to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Elle’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Ellen was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider. What is it about?
Ellen: Author Beth Rider’s Christian Fantasy novel is a best seller, but the plot is leading real-life vampires — the Rakum — down a path their leaders cannot abide. She must be stopped, and senior-Elder Jack Dawn takes it upon himself to ensure her demise. He did not expect his most ruthless lieutenant, Michael Stone, would choose to help the woman escape. Beth goes on the run, joining forces with Rakum sympathizers along the way, but will their contributions be enough to protect her from Jack Dawn’s rage? Ancient and wise as the ages, the powerful entity that created the Rakum, High Father Abroghia, will face off with the power inside Beth Rider and in the battle between light and dark, there can only be one victor. Vampires are fiction, but the Rakum are real, and they guard their power zealously.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Ellen: Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider began as a writing exercise to work on as I shopped my first novel — The Judging to publishers. The Judging is about a 15th-Century priest who is transformed into a vampire while unconscious. He spends the novel-time in the modern era justifying his bloodthirst, certain that he is killing for God. I started Rabbit after asking myself, what if real vampires read The Judging? Would it lead them to God? The more I played with it, the more it grew. Characters developed and the plot flowed on its own accord. Before I knew it, a novel had been born. When it was completed, a second popped out, seamlessly continuing the work done in Book One. When Two (Rabbit Legacy) was complete, a third book also poured out (Rabbit Redemption), and then a fourth (Anomaly: Beyond the Rabbit). When Book Four was nearly done, I realized the series would have six installments, each one more exciting than the previous and each one will dig deeper and deeper into the psyche of the Rakum. This 2019 edition reads “Special Anniversary Edition” because it has been ten years since Rabbit was first published, garnering hundreds of reviews and enticing readers across the globe to join the chase. It is my hope that this special edition will enable an entirely new generation of readers to dive in and enjoy this trip down the rabbit hole.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Ellen: Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider was first published by Treasureline Press in 2009, a traditional publisher that has since gone out of business. The book never stopped bringing fun to new readers, so in 2019 it was accepted and re-released by Outskirts Press, with additional material and a brand-new chapter.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Ellen: I love this question because I am a reader, too. My work has been compared to that of Frank Peretti and Bill Myers. My influences as a young writer were Stephen King and Anne Rice, so many readers find a creep-factor in my work not present in most Christian fiction. Readers who enjoy vampire fiction and wonder what it might look like from a biblical perspective will enjoy this book and readers of paranormal and supernatural secular novels will enjoy it, too, as even though the main character is a Christian, the writing is not preachy. Does this mean my books are kid-friendly? Yes, if your child watches PG-13 movies or TV-MA television programming. My novels contain violence, mild profanity, (non-graphic) sexual situations, and adult themes, yet people can be edified by the messages hidden inside the fiction.

OP: What is special about your book?

Ellen: If one reads the reviews for this book, you find that readers are amazed at the messages intertwined with the plot. Anyone who enjoys vampire or paranormal tales will be entertained and edified (or provoked, as the case may be). Christian authors are often afraid to write of violence and horror, but isn’t the Bible peppered with such things? One reader said to me, “The Bible is often violent, and mankind suffers violence on the path to purity. God sharpens and cleanses us with trials and the Rabbit book puts its protags through the worst!”

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Ellen: Along with the oddness of writing “horror” or “vampires” from a biblical perspective, which is extremely rare, this book has another bizarre oddity. The main plot of Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider revolves around Beth’s bestselling novel, The Judging. In real life, The Judging is published and available, penned by Ellen C Maze. The Judging is Book One of The Corescu Chronicles, two of four are published already, so my readers can dive into that series when they finish Rabbit!

OP: Have you published any other books?

Ellen: Besides those mentioned above (the first four books of the Rabbit Saga and first two books of The Corescu Chronicles), I have also published a collection of short stories, 22 Sideways: Twenty-Two Bloodthirsty Tales, a dozen digital short stories, and edited and contributed to an anthology of Christian fantasy writers entitled, Feckless Tales of Supernatural, Paranormal, and Downright Presumptuous Ilk. Outside of this genre, I have published non-fiction, a dozen equestrian coloring books, and illustrated children’s books under the names Ellen C Maze and Ellen Sallas.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Ellen: Oh, yes! I am currently completing Book Five and Six of the Rabbit Saga (Conundrum: The Lost Rabbit and The Vestige: Final Chapter), and I am simultaneously writing stand-alone novel of spiritual warfare, pitting Old Testament gods against biblically-accurate angels, and deal with the mortals caught in the cross-hairs. This will be my first “young adult” novel with the main characters being aged 16 to 21.

OP: Thanks for your time, Ellen! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Raised on Bram Stoker and Stephen King, Ellen read Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness in 2000, and has never been the same. Now she takes the horror/ paranormal/vampire genre directly into the heart of spiritual matters, pitting good against evil within the confines of biblical truth. Scripture is often bloody and the struggle to escape the claws of evil is real and personal. With writing as her passion and her main hobby, Ellen lives in Alabama with her family and does NOT have holes in her neck.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/ellencmaze or www.ellencmaze.com

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