REVIEW: RISE OF THE IRON EAGLE BY DR. ROY A. TEEL, JR.


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Rise of the Iron Eagle by Dr. Roy A. Teel, Jr.
Roy A. Teel, Jr. writes for those of us who love well-written crime fiction. If you are like me, and have longed dreamed of finding an author who could write crime fiction as gritty and realistic as true crime, but that also included the detail and information known to true crime, including the knowledge and insight of crime, the research necessary to understand the type of criminal, the ability to understand the technical aspects of the scene, and so forth, then search no more. Roy A. Teel, Jr. is your man. His writing is gritty, hard-hitting and pulls no punches.
Now, I’m going to be brutally honest here. If you prefer cozy mysteries, romances with long-lusty sighs, and heart-felt pleas of ever-lasting love, Teel is NOT for you. If you want clean, tidy, and prudish, Teel is none of those things, and you will probably not like his work. His writing smacks of the real world. It is violent and hard-hitting. When he writes of death, the pages bleed, the book screams in agony, and less hardened readers may want to flinch in horror.
His protagonist, the Iron Eagle, is a killer of serial killers. This guy isn’t “Dexter” of TV fame. The Iron Eagle is a man who believes in an “eye for an eye” in the most vivid and delicious interpretation of the phrase. The serial killers he pursues are despicable; Teel describes how they kill, bit by bit. If you don’t want details, real crime writing probably isn’t your genre. It isn’t pretty. Crime never is.
Teel is a man who knows his crime. He comes from a life molded by murder, so he understands the long-term effects of the violent death of a loved one. He also believes in exhaustive research. He understands serial killers and what they really do to their victims. So when it comes to writing about the commission of a violent crime, Teel tells it like it is. Death by dismemberment? Teel is going to discuss the commission of the crime in great detail. This is NOT gratuitous detail, the detail is extremely important to the plot of the book.
Teel writes with purpose and clarity, leading the reader on an exciting journey that begins with the first page and continues until the exciting, highly unexpected conclusion.
Teel’s characters are true-to-life, with flaws, deficiencies, and sometimes morally questionable decision-making processes. He has created an original team of characters to hunt the Iron Eagle, a team made of great men, supported by strong women, who (if hints are any indication) may be taking even greater roles in books to come. These characters are unlike any others readers are likely to meet.
The heroes aren’t the stereotypical tall, dark, buff, exceedingly handsome knights in shining armor found in so much of today’s fashionable literature. These characters seem to be based more on humanity: one chubby, one tall, one well-built, all perhaps a bit depraved in one way or another.
Teel is an outstanding author who is added to my slim rank of favorites. If you like realistic crime fiction, believe in writing that mirrors reality – at least where your crime fiction is concerned – and are ready and able to read about vicious killers and their very violent crimes (in detail), the far more vicious hunter known as the Iron Eagle searching for and ruthlessly killing them, and the cadre of law enforcement officers tracking both killers and Iron Eagle, grab a copy of The Rise of the Iron Eagle. You will NOT be sorry.
I was provided a copy of this book by the author for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.
This book is rated FIVE EXHILERATING HEART-POUNDING STARS!!


Roy A. Teel Jr. is the author of several scholarly biblical books as well as works of fiction. He is an ordained minister through ULC Ministries; he earned his Ministerial Studies degree from Global University of the Assemblies of God in Springfield, Missouri. He holds PhDs in Divinity and Biblical Studies from ULC Ministries.
He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1995, at the age of 30. He became disabled in 2010 due to his MS becoming relapsing progressive. He lives with his wife Tracy, their Springer Spaniel Sandy, and their tabby cat Oscar in Lake Arrowhead, California.
Teel discussed his wonderful new series, The Iron Eagle. I am one of the privileged who has reviewed this great book.
Teel has been pondering this series for more than 30 years. The Iron Eagle series will span ten books over the next two years. This crime novel series is based in Los Angeles, California and Los Angeles County. This novel series is a great departure from his previous novels; they take the reader into the dark regions of the minds of serial killers.
What makes this novel series different from others is what happens to the victims in these books can happen in real life to any one of us, and HAS most probably happened to someone. The terror is in the reality of the cruelty of man to his fellow man. The Iron Eagle moves quickly to exact his own brand of justice on those who would do the people of Los Angeles harm. It’s up to the reader to decide: Is the Iron Eagle a hero or a brutal serial killer?

Reflection, Reinvention, Flowering, and an Announcement

Reflection, Reinvention, Flowering, and an Announcement

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Sarah Daltry, one of my favorite authors, has made a very important announcement that affects her FLOWERING books.

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An actual conversation with my mother-in-law:

Her: “I still think it’s funny you write romance.”

Me: “I don’t write romance.”

Her: “But aren’t your books romance?”

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SARAH DALTRY: DUST COVER REVEAL W/GIVEAWAY

Sarah Daltry is one of the most talented authors I’ve had the fortune of “meeting” in my work as a blogger. Her work is beautiful and always manages to touch a part of my soul. Today, I am pleased to be a part of the cover reveal for her newest work, DUST. I’m one of the lucky few who had the opportunity to read this work. There are few books I award five stars. DUST is a five star read. Please take a moment and look at this absolutely gorgeous cover. I love it and hope you do, too.


SARAH DALTRY: ‘DUST’


Release Date: Friday November 7th 2014

Publisher: Little Bird Publishing http://www.thelittlebirdbookstore.com


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“I was once the type of person who was impressed by starlight; the type of person who would dance beneath glass ceilings and let the world swim in its loveliness. The sky reminds me of the parties we used to throw – parties like the one last night. The memories bring back the trill of harps and endless ripples of satisfied laughter. Now, though, when I try to recall what I felt, all I hear is screaming.”

In a world ravaged by war and oppressive forces of evil, a princess must fight to claim her bloodright and save her people.

When the princess, Alondra falls for the beautiful, blue eyes of a hooded stranger, it awakens in her a taste for freedom and an escape from her duty.

But her parents have other plans; they have a Kingdom to protect and Alondra must marry to ensure the peace between nations. Only what happens when your parents choose a cold-hearted assassin as your betrothed?

As lies, illusions and long hidden vendettas surface, the princess has to confront a very secret history. One that makes her realize that she not only risks losing her liberty, but of everything she has known and loved.


AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY.

Sarah Daltry is a varied author, known best for the contemporary New Adult series, ‘Flowering’, a six-title series that explores the complexities of relationships, including how we survive the damage from our pasts with the support of those who love us.

As a former English teacher and YA librarian, Sarah has always loved Young Adult literature and ‘Dust’, an epic fantasy novel where romance blends with the blood and grit of war, is her second official foray into YA, following the gamer geek romantic comedy, ‘Backward Compatible’. Most of Sarah’s work is about teens and college students, as it’s what she knows well.


Sarah’s passion in life is writing; weaving tales of magic and beauty. The modern and vast social networking world is an alternative universe that she makes infrequent trips too, but when she does, readers will find her attentive, friendly and happy to discuss the magic of stories and reading. Please stop by and say hi @SarahDaltry.

Sarah has moved back and forth between independent and traditional publishing. Her first novel, ‘Bitter Fruits’, is with Escape, an imprint of Harlequin Australia, and she signed with Little Bird Publishing in the spring of 2014.

Author’s website: http://sarahdaltry.com

Author’s Twitter handle: @SarahDaltry

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KERI LAKE: RICHOCHET COVER REVEAL W/GIVEAWAY

Keri Lake, author of the Sons of Wrath series, and one of my favorite authors is stepping outside of paranormal romance for a standalone contemporary romance, set in her hometown of Detroit. Keri is a special person who takes great care of her readers. There have been times we’ve had the opportunity to select her cover models. She involves us in her books in ways many others do not. She appreciates her readers and wants them to be viscerally involved in her writing. If you haven’t read Keri Lake, please take a bit of your time and taste her work. I think you’ll feel the time is well spent. Now, here is your first glimpse at the cover for her newest work and its blurb! Add it to your Goodreads shelf and be sure to enter the rafflecopter below!

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The only sure way to destroy a man is to take what he cannot live without.

Three years ago, I had everything.

A beautiful wife.

A son.

A reason for living.

Until a ruthless task force, assembled under Mayor Michael Culling, with a brutal strategy to make the streets of Detroit ‘safe’, ripped away everything I loved in a deadly hunt called The Culling.

They tried to kill me, too. I wish they had. Now I’m cursed by the memories of that night, and the words I whispered to my dying wife.

A promise—to avenge the wrong and set it right.

I’m no longer Nick Ryder. I’m a masked vigilante. Faceless. Loveless. Fearless. A man with nothing left to lose—one who’s seen the dark and violent truth behind the city’s flawless veneer.

Michael Culling doesn’t know who I am. Or what I want. All he knows is that I’ve kidnapped his beautiful wife.

An eye for an eye—isn’t that how the saying goes? And Aubree Culling is the perfect pawn to destroy him.

If she doesn’t destroy me first.

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PAULINE CREEDEN’S SANCTUARY: COVER REVEAL

Pauline Creeden is an excellent author and a great friend. I’ve read Sanctuary and it’s unlike anything I’ve read before. I think you’ll enjoy it greatly. I’ll post my review soon, so you can see exactly what I thought about it. Pauline has a new cover for this wonderful book and it is extraordinary. This cover more accurately reflects the tone and setting of the book, though the old cover was lovely and matched some internal aspects of the story line quite well. I hope you like this new cover as much as I do:

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Left Behind for the Hunger Games generation


In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meet The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…

When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going? SanctuaryeBook  

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Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

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Hi all you wonderful people! I found the most wonderful giveaway while I was reading my emails yesterday and I simply HAD to share this with you. Take a moment and check this out: ________________________________________

To coincide with the theatrical release of the breathtaking thriller The Calling, author Inger Ash Wolfe is donating three signed copies of the book (signed by the author and members of the film’s cast and crew).

The Calling releases in theatres on August 29th.

UK Release Date: October 10th, 2014.


Who’s in it:
Susan Sarandon, Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, Donald Sutherland

What’s it all about (book blurb from Goodreads):
There were thirteen crime-scene pictures. Dead faces set in grimaces and shouts. Faces howling, whistling, moaning, crying, hissing. Hazel pinned them to the wall and stood back. It was a silent opera of ghosts.

Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef has lived all her days in the small town of Port Dundas and is now making her way toward retirement with something less than grace. Hobbled by a bad back and a dependence on painkillers, and feeling blindsided by divorce after nearly four decades of marriage, sixty-one-year-old Hazel has only the constructive criticism of her old goat of a mother and her own sharp tongue to buoy her. But when a terminally ill Port Dundas woman is gruesomely murdered in her own home, Hazel and her understaffed department must spring to life. And as one terminally ill victim after another is found—their bodies drained of blood, their mouths sculpted into strange shapes—Hazel finds herself tracking a truly terrifying serial killer across the country while everything she was barely holding together begins to spin out of control.

Through the cacophony of her bickering staff, her unsupportive superiors, a clamoring press, the town’s rumor mill, and her own nagging doubts, Hazel can sense the dead trying to call out. But what secret do they have to share? And will she hear it before it’s too late?

In The Calling, Inger Ash Wolfe brings a compelling new voice and an irresistible new heroine to the mystery world.

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About the Author
Inger Ash Wolfe is the pseudonym of the Canadian fiction writer Michael Redhill.

Michael Redhill is an American-born Canadian poet, playwright and novelist.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Redhill was raised in the metropolitan Toronto, Ontario area. He pursued one year of study at Indiana University, and then returned to Canada, completing his education at York University and the University of Toronto. He was on the editorial board of Coach House Press from 1993 to 1996, and is currently the publisher and editor of the Canadian literary magazine Brick. His first novel, Martin Sloane (2001), won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, and was also nominated for the Giller Prize, the City of Toronto Book Award, and the Trillium Book Award. His most recent novel, Consolation (2006), won the City of Toronto Book Award and was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has acted as an editorial board member for Coach House Press, and is one of the editors, and former publisher, of Brick Magazine.

His play, Building Jerusalem, depicts a meeting between Karl Pearson, Augusta Stowe-Gullen, Adelaide Hoodless, and Silas Tertius Rand on New Year’s Eve night just prior to the 20th century. The play garnered him the Dora Award, the Chalmers Award, and a nomination for the Governor General’s award.



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SOMETHING FOREVER BY MARY TING

Something Forever by Mary Ting released Monday, August 25. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading this series, but I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about it. Mary Ting is an outstanding author, and a wonderful lady, to boot. She’s kind to those around her, and has been so great to work with during the days leading up to this release. I’ve had so much fun working on this release and it’s been an honor spending time with all those other people who’ve worked to make Mary’s book a success. I hope you enjoy SOMETHING FOREVER. Mary Ting put her heart and soul into this book. Here is SOMETHING FOREVER:

Something Forever by M. Clarke
Series: Something Great #3
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 25th, 2014

A heated moment.

Desperate decision.

Life altering choices.

Max and Jenna are forced to test their relationship. Will they be able to embrace the challenges life throws their way?

Secrets can ruin the foundation of a relationship. Will Matthew choose to withhold vital information from Becky that could consume her with doubt about their future?

When it comes to love, Something Great can turn into Something Wonderful, but can it be Something Forever?




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Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.


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Something Forever by M. Clarke
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Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 25th, 2014

A heated moment.

Desperate decision.

Life altering choices.

Max and Jenna are forced to test their relationship. Will they be able to embrace the challenges life throws their way?

Secrets can ruin the foundation of a relationship. Will Matthew choose to withhold vital information from Becky that could consume her with doubt about their future?

When it comes to love, Something Great can turn into Something Wonderful, but can it be Something Forever?



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Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.


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REVIEW: SURVIVAL COLONY 9 BY JOSHUA DAVID BELLIN

Hello, All! Today, I’m featuring a review of Survival Colony 9 by Joshua David Bellin. I really, really enjoyed this book. It was wonderfully creative and very well written. Here’s the information from Goodreads about the book:

Survival Colony 9 by Joshual David Bellin:

In a future world of dust and ruin, fourteen-year-old Querry Genn struggles to recover the lost memory that might save the human race.

Querry is a member of Survival Colony Nine, one of the small, roving groups of people who outlived the wars and environmental catastrophes that destroyed the old world. The commander of Survival Colony Nine is his father, Laman Genn, who runs the camp with an iron will. He has to—because heat, dust, and starvation aren’t the only threats in this ruined world.

There are also the Skaldi.

Monsters with the ability to infect and mimic human hosts, the Skaldi appeared on the planet shortly after the wars of destruction. No one knows where they came from or what they are. But if they’re not stopped, it might mean the end of humanity.

Six months ago, Querry had an encounter with the Skaldi—and now he can’t remember anything that happened before then. If he can recall his past, he might be able to find the key to defeat the Skaldi.

If he can’t, he’s their next victim.


Now, here’s my review:

Querry Genn is a teenager living in HSC-9 or Human Survival Colony 9. The survival colonies are small bands of humans scrabbling to survive on all that’s left of the world after the massive wars destroyed most of civilization. Of course, it wasn’t just the war that had destroyed the world. As soon as people began to band together, trying to recover after the devastation, the Skaldi appeared, leaving death in their wake.

Querry Genn lost his memory after an attack more than six months ago. He’s had to work to relearn the people around him, as well as the history of the colony. His father, Laman, keeps Querry close, trying to protect him as he also drills him, attempting to force the memories to return. This constant closeness makes Querry the butt of many jokes made by the other teenagers. Querry knows there is something he’s missing, but without those memories, there’s no way he’ll be able to solve the mystery.


Joshua David Bellin has created an unforgiving world, where one mistake can kill a person. Within this world, he has introduced a creature so insidious it might even creep into readers’ dreams. These creatures, the Skaldi, are called “soul suckers” by the colonists and are truly a work of art.

There are several strong characters within the story. Bellin develops each character carefully, sculpting the person from the first scene, layering complexity upon complexity in each successive scene. There are only a few key characters, so it’s easy for the reader to keep everything straight with minimal confusion.

Bellin grabs the reader’s attention in the first scene of the book. He knows how to hook the reader immediately and intensely. He maintains this high attention level virtually throughout the entire novel. The reader is so focused on watching the action, s/he is rather surprised to discover the end has approached. The pages dissolved in a blur.

The one issue I had with the book is that the conflict resolution was rather abrupt, though this is understandable given the nature of the beast. I cannot explain this further without a major spoiler. Suffice it to say that Bellin has created a world that is unfriendly, peopled with harsh, sometimes bitter characters, struggling to survive on a planet that may no longer want them.

I rate this book a fabulous 4 and ½ (rounded up to 5) gloriously glittering stars!!


I received a copy of this book from the author for purposes of review. All opinions in this review are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very, very short). A Pittsburgh native, Josh graduated from Wesleyan University and went on to earn his PhD. in English at the University of Pennsylvannia. He has taught English, published three nonfiction books (one about monsters!), and taken part in the movement to protect the environment. SURVIVAL COLONY 9 is Josh’s debut novel, and the sequel is already in the works! Check out his website at www.joshuadavidbellin.com.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: JOSHUA DAVID BELLIN, SURVIVAL COLONY 9

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today, I am fortunate to have Joshua David Bellin, author of Survival Colony 9, on the blog with me to reveal some of his deep, dark writing secrets. He’s also going to talk with us about his newest book. Josh kindly provided me with a review copy of Survival Colony 9. I have to admit, this is one of the most compelling books I’ve read this year. I’ll have my review featured on Friday. Now, here’s Joshua David Bellin:


1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’m in my mid to late forties (oh, okay, I’m forty-nine!), and I teach English at a college in Pittsburgh, PA. I’m married with two children, a teenage girl and a pre-teen boy. I’ve published a number of academic books and articles, but Survival Colony 9 is my debut novel!

2. How did you get interested in writing? When did you first start writing?

I can’t really remember a time I didn’t love to write. I’ve kept some very old books I wrote (and illustrated) when I was around five years old, and I also have the first page of a novel I started (but couldn’t finish) when I was eight. I completed my first novel—a fantasy in the Tolkien tradition—when I was sixteen, and my next—a Young Adult story about friendship and death—when I was eighteen. So for forty-plus years, I’ve been a writer, even if it’s only now that I’ve become a published novelist.

3. Is there any particular genre that you love more than the others? Why is that?

I’ve always loved science fiction and fantasy the best. This goes way back to when I was a kid, watching films like Star Wars, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and reading books like The Hobbit. Probably my continued love for these genres reflects the fact that I’ve never grown up—I still collect action figures and build Lego models with my son. But at a deeper level, I suppose I love fantasy and science fiction because I’m a dreamer, someone who believes there’s always more to life than meets the eye. All literature is about wishes and dreams, but speculative fiction taps into the human desire for transcendence more than any other.

4. Where did you get the idea for Survival Colony 9? What was hardest about writing this book?

Years and years ago, when I was in my teens, I jotted down ideas for novels that I never ended up having the time or the perseverance to complete. In one of them, there was a teenage narrator who suffered from memory loss and who was pursued by some evil force. That was the germ of Survival Colony 9, but I didn’t realize it until several years ago, when I woke from a dream that involved a small group of people in camouflage uniforms—a survival colony—traveling across a desert wasteland. My brain put that character into that setting, and Survival Colony 9 was born. The hardest thing for me at that point was figuring out how the world had become the way I saw it in my dream, and how my protagonist’s memory loss connected to his experiences in that world.

5. How is this story original for the genre?

I’d say it’s original in a couple ways. For one, it mingles a variety of genres: you’ll find elements of sci-fi, mystery, thriller, family drama, and horror in Survival Colony 9. That probably comes out of the fact that as a reader, I’m never satisfied with books that stick too closely to genre conventions. Which brings me to the other utterly unique aspect of the story: the monsters. I created monstrous antagonists called the Skaldi, creatures that consume and mimic human hosts. They’re unlike anything you’ll ever read about, and (if I do say so myself) they’re scary as hell. But don’t take my word for it—lots of readers have said the same thing!

6. Tell about your favorite character in the book. What are his/her strengths and weaknesses?

I love my main character, Querry Genn, a fourteen-year-old who suffers from traumatic memory loss. He tries really hard to fit into his survival colony, which can be a strength in the sense that he’s loyal and reliable, but also a weakness in that he has to learn to think critically and act on his own. One of the adult characters who helps him develop is my other favorite, Aleka, the colony’s second-in-command. She’s a very reserved person, hard to get close to, but with incredible strength and concern for others. Some male authors struggle to do justice to female characters, but I feel that creating well-rounded, believable female characters has always been a strength of mine. In fact, when I was in college, one of my writing teachers commented that I was “good on women—I mean, on imagining them!”

7. Do you have a favorite quote from the book you’d like to share with us?

Survival Colony 9 has a lot to do with memory and forgetting: not only Querry’s personal memory loss, but the troubled memories people have of the past world, which was swept away by war and environmental catastrophe. So there’s one point where Korah, a sixteen-year-old girl in the colony, says to Querry, “You’re lucky. My mom always tells me I have to remember. But sometimes all I want to do is forget.” She’s talking about how hard it is to free yourself from traumatic events, how they can shape—or misshape—a person for years to come. I think that line’s at the heart of the book, emphasizing how complex and painful it can be to remember the past.

8. How do you keep minute character details such as eye color, height, and other small details straight? Do you keep a binder or is there some other writer’s secret you’d like to share with us?

I don’t know if this counts as a secret, but my trick for keeping these details straight is to use them in a way that matters. In other words, I don’t simply assign someone a particular eye or hair color for the heck of it—I make sure that physical features and other details are relevant to the character or to the plot. Aleka, for example, has gray eyes, which Querry often likens to the moon or to stone, and those comparisons tell us something about her as a person, both her distance and her strength. As long as character traits are pertinent to the story, it’s not a challenge to keep them straight.

9. Do you have a certain writing schedule that you try to follow?

I wish! Lots of writers will tell you it’s important to write every day, but I find that’s just not practical with a full-time job and a family. I used to feel guilty about not writing every day, but now I just relax and write when I can. Mostly that means Fridays (when I don’t teach), summers, and over winter break. And I’m usually best around mid-morning to early afternoon—before then, my brain hasn’t woken up yet, and after then, everyone’s home from school or work or camp and it’s family time!

10. What are your personal hobbies/interests (besides writing)?

I’m a huge movie buff (one of the books I wrote before I turned to fiction has to do with monster movies), and fortunately my children are too, so we watch a lot of movies together. I also love to read, mostly YA, sci-fi, and fantasy. And I’m deeply invested in the environment, both as a person who enjoys the outdoors and as an activist working to preserve the natural world for future generations.

11. What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

I’ve completed a sequel to Survival Colony 9 titled Scavenger of Souls. It takes Querry into different parts of his world, with new challenges and antagonists and stakes, and with lots of revelations about his own and his people’s past. I’m also wrapping up a final book in the series, with the working title Skaldi City. After that, though it’ll be hard to leave Querry behind, I’m planning a YA alt-history about John Brown and the events leading up to the Civil War. Lots of research, but also lots of room for my imagination to run wild!

12. Do you like hearing from your fans? If so, how can they reach you?

I love to hear from fans, and I make it a practice to respond to every one! The best way to reach me is via my website, www.joshudavidbellin.com. From there, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, my blog, and other places around the web.

Quick fire round:
If you would, please answer these questions as quickly as possible, without giving them a lot of thought. I want the first thought that pops into your head. This is an 18+ site, so first thoughts really are okay.


1. Spring or fall? Definitely fall—it’s my favorite season!
2. Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla
3. Favorite food? Pizza (from Aiello’s Pizzeria in Pittsburgh)
4. Favorite movie; or at least a favorite recently? King Kong (1933 original)
5. Favorite TV show; or at least recent favorite, if you don’t have an all-time favorite? Either Northern Exposure or Seinfeld
6. Champagne/beer/wine or other beverage? Just soda, thanks!
7. Cat or dog? Cat
8. Depending on your sex, pick one: boxer/brief or lace/silk? Boxer
9. Vampire or zombie? Vampire (as long as they’re scary and not sexy)
10. Coffee or tea? Neither—except the occasional cup of tea at a Chinese restaurant

If you’d like to follow Joshua David Bellin, here is his contact information:
www.joshuadavidbellin.com
Twitter: @TheYAGuy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joshuadavidbellin
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7393959.Joshua_David_Bellin


Thank you, Joshua for visiting with us today! Readers, feel free to ask Joshua any questions you might have. Or, leave him some author love. Please check back on Friday for my review of Survival Colony 9.