Tea with the Dragon and Francis Guenette

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The tea kettle hisses in the Dragon’s kitchen and a scaly claw reaches for the pot. Dragon sized trays are laden with delicious treasures and cups far too small and delicate for dragon form are set out in preparation. Soon it will be tea time and I am expecting a victim visitor…
With a loud roar I am pleased to announce my mouth watering guest Francis Guenette, author of The Light Never Lies.
Tea is ready and the Dragon has many questions–

1.Dragon: How did you choose the title for “The Light Never Lies?”
Francis–The title came fairly early in the writing process. I’m not sure how this titling thing works for other authors, but I like to have it squarely in place before too many words are down on paper. The title acts as a compass – keeping me on track. The whole tone of this second book in the Crater Lake Series was meant to be light – not necessarily light subject matter but aspects of light, the play of light, the ability to see light in a certain way. Two new characters particularly embody the light – a man on the outer edge of his time who has devoted his life to the way light plays a vital role in photography and a young boy who has an innate ability to see light in a special way, gaining insights into the people around him.

The dragon pauses a moment to consider light in a world of darkness.
The Light Never Lies - ebook cover - Francis L. Guenette
2.Dragon–This is an immediate continuation of the story line from “Disappearing in Plain Sight.” What was the driving force that made you want to continue the story?
Francis–When I started Disappearing in Plain Sight, I had no idea the book would end up being the first in a series. Somewhere between the final draft and the editing for final submission process, I realized I wasn’t done with the characters or their storylines. I’d get to the end of a bout of editing and questions would come to mind – what if this or that happens next? I was sure Lisa-Marie wasn’t finished with her feelings for Justin, that there had to be some aftermath of a near death experience for Bethany, and it didn’t seem enough to say Liam and Izzy were now going to live happily ever after.

3.Dragon–Explain for us what in your opinion makes a single read into a series. I find it difficult to discuss the plot of book 2 without divulging too much of the story line. Let me just ask how you determined where story 1 ended and 2 began? Will there be a book 3?
Francis–Since Disappearing in Plain Sight had come to its natural conclusion before I decided on the sequel, that was an easy choice. I think the story determines the ending – not some sense of being part of a series. One thing I wanted to accomplish in The Light Never Lies was a book that is clearly a continuation but can also stand on its own. One reviewer, who hadn’t read Disappearing in Plain Sight, has said I succeeded. There is definitely a book three in the works. The title will be Chasing Down the Night and will pick up again with the same characters (and of course a few new ones – because what would be the fun of same old, same old?) a year later. Since Liam struggles along in The Light Never Lies the next book will find Izzy getting shook-up a bit. There will also be an expanded role for Robbie and a bit more on the wildlife scene.

For just a moment the Dragon lick his lips and considered tasty wildlife…

4.Dragon–Crater Lake gives us a vivid back drop for all of the interactions. What made you pick this location aside from it being your home? Tell us something about how this connects you personally to the story plots.
Francis–Write what you know – right? It’s enough work dealing with all the characters I’ve made up without having to create their world as well. I have nothing but admiration for you authors who manage to create whole new worlds. I am deeply influenced by living where I live and I suppose it only makes sense that the location will seep into my writing. I also find much fascination in the realities of rural life, the unique personalities and stories that seem to be everywhere when one peers down the rural well.

Guenette - Inspiration for Chasing Down the Night

5.Dragin–By the time I finished the book, I felt like I knew the characters intimately. Do you draw from people you have known in your life?
Francis–Not from particular people, but definitely from types of people. Any one character is a healthy dose of me plus a rounding out of a conglomerate of others. Like a collage, really – bits and pieces of one thing covering another. A little mannerism or scrap of conversation can become a whole personality with a bit of imagination and coaxing on my part. A character’s physical appearance may be about one person I’ve known, while the personality is someone else and the background is someone else again.

6.Dragon–You’ve made a journey to being a self-published author. If you could give us some advice about the trip, what would it be?
Francis–Doing most of the self-publishing work on your own can seem daunting at the outset, but it is far preferable to paying a big chunk of money to an assisted self-publisher who will basically leave all the really hard stuff to you anyway. Keep control of the process – that means owning your own ISBN numbers, creating your own accounts to load books up to Amazon or other sources. Scour your local network of people to see who you can bring on board to help with various parts of the process. My son is a talented graphics guy in his spare time – I got him to design my imprint logo. My husband is a wonderful photographer (http://throughtheluminarylens.wordpress.com) and picky enough over details to be an excellent cover designer. He did my cover for The Light Never Lies and has recently finished up the cover for a novel entitled, The Good Luck Highway by Mark Anderson. (http://cortlandwriter.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/the-good-luck-highway-cover-ready-to-go/ ) I made myself learn how to format for the Createspace softcover edition of my book. The one thing I didn’t tackle (yet – maybe next time) was the e-book formatting. I checked out a few places before I settled on Doug Heatherly over at Lighthouse24. (http://lighthouse24.com/index.shtml ) He did a great job for me and the price was reasonable.
My advice would be to keep production overhead down as much as possible and get prepared to stay in the promotion and marketing game for the long haul. Find a way to make the time this takes manageable because, from what I hear, things don’t really take off until you have four or five books out there. Writing the next book needs to be a top priority. And keep the purse strings tight on your social media promotion budget. There seem to be a million sites that will part you from your money and, at the end of the day, there may not be much to show in the way of sales.

The Dragon gives a plaintiff roar–sadly tea time is over and his guest has escaped!
(I will let her go…this time. I want to read her next book!!!)

Please have a look at the Light Never Lies. The Dragon says: YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPPOINTED!

Francis Guenette - author photo
Francis Guenette has spent most of her life on the west coast of British Columbia. She lives with her husband and finds inspiration for writing in the beauty and drama of their lakeshore cabin and garden. She has a graduate degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She has worked as an educator, trauma counsellor and researcher. The Light Never Lies is her second novel. Francis blogs over at http://disappearinginplainsight.com and maintains a Facebook author page. Please stop by and say hello.

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Read It Or eat It!

Always hungry, the Dragon searches his lair for a treat. He roars and the book shelves rattle and shake depositing one title near the cook pot. Obtrusion, a science fiction book by Anastacia Moore lies close by the fire… SHOULD HE READ IT…OR EAT IT?
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Let’s digest a little of the contents…
The book finds people caught up in a government plot to hide alien contact and the conspiracy goes way beyond expected interactions. they are among us…and they have been here quite a while.

Pros and cons of cooking:

Pros–

  1. The story is clear and well written.
  2. the plot is well thought out.
  3. the characters are engaging and well drawn.
  4. this is a good read for all sci-fi fans.

Cons–

  1. There are no dragons in the story.
  2. alien food might taste bad.

The Dragon says save this book for reading. Although a tasty treat, it will be much better consumed by the mind. This is an entertaining novel. Buy it! !!!!ROAR!!!!  It can be found at Amazon and where all alien trading posts books are sold.

Anastacia can be located in her nest on facebook, blog.and twitter,.

Read It Or Eat IT!

Always hungry, the Dragon searches his lair for a treat. He roars and the book shelves rattle and shake depositing one title near the cook pot. Sage, Book 1 Fall of Onagros— a recent released by Marian Allen lies within reach of sharp claws. SHOULD HE READ IT…OR EAT IT?
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Let’s digest a little of the contents…
The book is staged in a fantasy world where myths and belief systems are very different from the Dragon’s own. A medieval world is controlled by a matriarchal society. The kingdom is at risk, but there is still an heir loose to regain the throne. The ruling woman is routed by her male consort. By sheer accident or the demands of unknown fate, her offspring survives the man’s conniving plans and the intrigue begins.

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Pros and Cons of Cooking—

Pros-

  1. There are DRAGONS in the story!!!
  2. The book is well written and flows at a smooth rhythm.
  3. There are descriptions of breakfast.
  4. The unique world is well developed and described.
  5. The characters are interesting.

Cons-

  1. There are many many characters with their own system of names and the Dragon is not sure who to consider eating.
  2. There is a tortoise that might make good soup, but the Dragon is not all that fond of soup.

The Dragon says save this book for reading. Although a tasty treat, it will be much better consumed by the mind. This is an entertaining novel. Buy it! !!!!ROAR!!!!  It can be found at Amazon and where all matriarchal worlds  books are sold.

Marian can be located in her castle on facebook, twitter or blog.

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You will find an excerpt here from Book 3 on her blog!

Read It Or Eat It!

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The Dragon is hungry and he considers the possibility of food – Disappearing in Plain Sight by Francis Guenette lies out a little too near to the cook pot to go unnoticed… Should he read it or Eat it? Loud noises from his belly indicate his interest.

Let’s consider the tasty contents. The setting is rural Crater Lake in Canada. There is a bakery owned by two of the characters that supplies many mouths. Lisa Marie is a troubled teen who goes to live with her aunt. The descriptions of the area give vivid backdrops to a difficult story of the
young girl’s growth. The people who inhabit the tight-knit social climate all
change during the summer. The devastating loss two years ago of Caleb, a central figure to the inhabitant’s circle of friends, finally plays out as his closest
associates emerge from their grief to deal with their lives.

PROS and CONS of Cooking –

Pros-

  1. The characters are amazing and very real
  2. the story flows smoothly
  3. the plot holds the reader’s interest throughout
  4. the relationships are detailed and well developed
  5. there is a bakery filled with yummy breads
  6. there is a garden filled with yummy flowers and vegetables

Cons-

  1. There are no dragons in the story…
  2. while the main characters seem tasty, the Dragon is too caught up in the plot top eat them

The Dragon says save this book for reading. Although a tasty treat, it will be much better consumed by the mind. This is an entertaining novel. Buy it! !!!!ROAR!!!!  It can be found at Amazon and where all delicious towns  books are sold.

You can find Francis at all her usual island rendezvous, facebook, twitter and blog.

Read It or Eat It!

Having devoured several apple trees and a few pilfered delights from the farm, the Dragon would like dessert. There are always books he could devour.  Pie: An Old Brown Horse by Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo is positioned within reach. A loud noise  from the Dragon’s belly indicates his appetite. The Dragon considers his options. Should he read it or eat it?

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Let’s consider the more savory aspects of the story. The book takes a horse-eye-view of humans and life. Pie is a skilled cattle horse who survives near death injuries while corralling a bull. He finds himself discarded by the cowboys that have been the corner stones of his world to be stabled and sold. However, this is by no means the end of his story but rather the beginning as he finds his human and continues to have adventures.

The book has many horses…and the Dragon thinks they might be tasty, but he knows there is a social stigma attached to eating horse meat…

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Besides…they are very pretty.

Cooking Pros and Cons-

Pros-

  1. There are many animals in the story.
  2. The horses point of view gives a unique perspective reminiscent of Black Beauty.
  3. The complexity of the story rests on small adjunct stories within the body of the big picture.
  4. The language is readable and appropriate to the horse point of view.

Cons-

  1. There are no dragons in the story.
  2. Many parts of Pie’s life seem very real and very sad.

Animal and horse lovers will consider this tale a treasure. The Dragon says save this book for reading. Although a tasty treat, it will be much better consumed by the heart. Buy it! !!!!ROAR!!!!  It can be found at Amazon and where large animals books are sold.

You can locate Kandy at all the usual stables facebook and twitter and her blog. To copy a phrase she likes to use: Happy Trails!

Read It or Eat It!

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The Dragon rubs his empty belly and considers his well stocked book shelf. No he is not desperate…but some of the titles look very tasty. The Curse of the Salute a thriller by Anastacia Moore has fallen near the cook pot. Should he read it or eat it?
A loud growl from his belly indicates his interest.

Let’s digest the story a little. The Salute is a small fishing boat owned by a man named Charles Frank and his son Dick. They hire a friend of the old man’s named Pete during tuna season…and the scary begins. The characters are very real and the descriptions of the fishing are amazing. Although the Dragon is a fire dragon…
What’s on the menu…
Tuna has many possibilities!!

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The story  takes us down a path of evil that threatens to take everything from Dick including his sanity.

—Cooking Pros and Cons—-

Pros–

  1. the descriptions of the vessel and the fishing are amazing.
  2. the language is simple and totally in keeping with the story, the prose is readable
  3. the characters are well developed
  4. the relationship between the father and son is nicely detailed
  5. the tension builds well
  6. the plot keeps the reader’s interest throughout

Cons—

  1.  there are no dragons in the story…
  2. there is ocean everywhere

The Dragon says save this book for reading. Although a tasty treat, it will be much better consumed by the mind. This is an entertaining novel. Buy it! !!!!ROAR!!!! It can be found at amazon and wherever fine seafood books are sold.

You can find Anastacia underwater in all of the usual aquariums – facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, and blog.