Book Reviews, Spotlight on Writing

Author Discovery ~ Mini Interview with Author Sandra Sookoo

Please welcome USA Today bestselling author, Sandra Sookoo. Be sure to add all of her books it to your Goodreads list!

What author do you compare your book(s)/writing style to the most?

I never compare my writing style to anyone if I can help it. I’m not the “next” someone else. I’m the “only” me.

What is your favorite book genre? Why?

I love reading historical mysteries and romantic suspense. It’s my favorite above everything else, mostly because it helps keep my brain active and sharp. It’s also why I embarked on writing in the genre a few years ago.

What is your favorite television show? Why?

I absolutely love Josh Gates’ Expedition Unknown. It’s one of the reasons I love writing adventure romance. I also watch Carnival Eats on the Cooking Channel, mostly because I can’t believe the host will eat all sorts of fried foods that gross me out. And if we’re talking reruns in order to relax, I watch Big Bang Theory. Even though it’s off the air now, I still haven’t caught up. LOL

If you could have written a popular, well-known book, what would it have been and why?

That’s like comparing myself to another author. If I had written any of those books, I wouldn’t be writing as me, would I? If, or when, my books take off like wildfire, it will be because of what I write and how I write and how well-loved my characters are. I’ve written over 87 books to date in my career, so I’ve fit into my own groove pretty well.

 

Using your most recent book, who would play your main character(s) in a movie?

Maybe Colin Farrell or Henry Cavill.

Why should your readers pick your book over a well-known author’s book?

Because I provide a big-time emotional payoff. My characters are very relatable. And who doesn’t wish to go on adventures all over the world? Especially when you can travel within one of my stories without needing a passport! I like that my characters overcome not only trauma from their past and emotional angst, but the differences between each couple. Plus, my style of writing has a tendency to put the reader right there into the action and keeps them there. I do hope readers take a chance on my books. My stories are like Pringles, you can’t stop at just one.

What is your go-to snack?

Usually some sort of raw nut I can munch on while I write. It’s a low-carb alternative to chips. Although, when I do feel the need for carbs, I reach for sour gummy bears.

 

You can visit Sandra’s website. Or find her on Facebook.

She has a Facebook Author page and group as well.

Sandra is also on Pinterest, Instagram, and you can visit her Amazon Author Page.

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Book Reviews, Spotlight on Writing

Author Discovery ~ Mini Interview with R.D. Kardon

Please welcome the author of Flygirl. Be sure and add it to your Goodreads list!

What author do you compare your book(s)/writing style to the most?  

There are a few authors whose books resonate. I’ve modeled my heroine, Tris Miles, after Katniss Everdeen and there is a ton of action in my book, so I’d say The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins is comparable. There are also quite a few characters pursuing their own agendas, unbeknownst to the heroine in Flygirl, so people who enjoyed Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn should like reading it. Finally, Paula McLain wrote Circling the Sun about a woman whose love life ultimately disappoints, and then becomes a pilot who takes on a daring flight. There are similarities between that story and Flygirl’s.

What is your favorite book genre? Why? 

Tough question. I write mainstream fiction with a strong action and adventure theme, but I mostly read—believe it or not—crime and detective series. I love Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch) and Louise Penny’s (Armand Gamache) books.

What is your favorite television show?

Currently, it’s Grace & Frankie on Netflix, with Ozark coming in a close second.

If you could have written a popular, well-known book, what would it have been and why?

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I can’t believe how good that book is, how well-developed, flawed yet engaging her characters are. And the story. Superb.

Using your most recent book, who would play your main character(s) in a movie? 

Jennifer Lawrence.

Why should your readers pick your book over a well-known author’s book? 

They will be surprised, engaged, angry, filled with compassion, and unable to put it down.

What is your go-to snack? 

Pizza. What else?

 

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Website: https://www.rdkardonauthor.com/

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What’s With All the Christmas Movies?

I know what you’re thinking…Hallmark (not to mention Lifetime) has already started in on their Christmas movies before Halloween is even here. How can they do that? Well, they can and did and I’d like to tell you why it’s wonderful.

Hallmark and Lifetime have put out a increased number of movies throughout the year and while they are great, nothing beats a Hallmark Christmas movie. There is something to be said about the magic they create. It wraps you up in a cozy blanket and puts a smile on your face.

And the reason why they do it is also the reason why we watch, because we need these types of movies.

Christmas represents family, love, hope, friendship, joy and comfort, but not everyone is able to experience that in their day-to-day lives. Yet, thanks to Hallmark and Lifetime we can. All of us. And what is so wrong with being happy?

Nothing, nothing at all.

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Author Discovery ~ Mini Interview with Krishna Udayasankar

Please welcome author Krishna Udayasankar to the blog. Her latest book, Beast, was released at the beginning of the year.

Which author do you compare your book(s)/writing style to the most?

If you mean who it is I want to be when I grow up – I suppose it’s a mix of Neil Gaiman, Isaac Asimov, Kalki Krishnamurthy…and many others. So yeah, I just named some of my favourite authors…I guess these are the authors I want to be like, there are elements of writing that I aspire to. As for who I can compare myself to – no one really. Not because I’m all that unique, but because I’m not sure I can put myself alongside giants. I’ll just stay right here and look up to them, thanks! J

What is your favorite book genre? Why?

Science Fiction and Fantasy. Because it is the most powerful genre there is, a means of questioning past, future and the status quo. Now, more than ever, with what’s going on politically and socially in many countries, SFF remains a powerful tool, a voice of dissent that needs to grow.

What is your favorite television show? Why?

I binge watch many shows (depending on who I’m crushing on at the time) and could swear by the flavor of the day. But coming to an eternal favourite, it would have to be the “Yes Minister” series, simply for its wit and wordplay.

If you could have written a popular, well-known book, what would it have been and why?

Don Quixote. Apparently, (I could be wrong) it has sold the most copies in history till date, not counting books like the Bible and The Red Book. If only I had written it, in the here and now. Imagine a book that contributes not just words but also metaphors to a language –what a powerful influence.

Having said all that, I’m not sure it’s the kind of story I’d enjoy writing or could write, so…

Using your most recent book, who would play your main character(s) in a movie?

So, my latest book is Beast – an urban fantasy thriller set in Mumbai (warning: Werelion nudity). It has been picked up by Disney/Hotstar to be made into a streaming series, so the question of who might play the main character Prithvi is all too real. And honestly, I don’t know who I’d want for the role…Hmm…Jason Momoa as werelion turned werelion hunter, anyone?

Why should your readers pick your book over a well-known author’s book?

Many reasons, but I’ll list the top three:  1. Once upon a time, well-known authors weren’t well-known; they became so because people still picked up their books. 2. Because there’s no point reading the same kind of stuff over and over and raging about why can’t books be fun and well-written at the same time, because such books do exist, along with the many invisible authors behind them. 3. It’s a good book. Since when do good books need justification? 4. Because I said three reasons, but I obviously didn’t listen. Neither do my characters. You might just enjoy meeting some of them.

What is your go-to snack?

Ummm…whiskey? Unless it’s too hot or too early in the day, in which case it’s beer. (Kids, please don’t try this at home or anywhere, really.)

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Bio: Krishna Udayasankar is the author of The Aryavarta Chronicles series (Govinda, Kaurava, Kurukshetra), 3, Immortal, Objects of Affection and Beast. She lives in Singapore with her family, which includes three bookish canine children, Boozo, Zana and Maya, who are often to be found at her laptop, trying in vain to make her writing better. Krishna can be found online in the following places:

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Book Reviews, Spotlight on Writing

Author Discovery ~ Mini Interview with Crystal King

Please welcome the author of The Chef’s Secret. Be sure and add it to your Goodreads list!

What author do you compare your book(s)/writing style to the most?

Madeleine Miller. I strive to bring the lost history of food to life in the way that she brings the ancient myths to life.

What is your favorite book genre? Why?

I read very widely across a bunch of different genres. I really want a wonderful story to grab me, overall. But I do tend to drift toward magical realism and fantasy quite often. I love the idea of escaping into different worlds, which is also why historical fiction is so fun for me to write.

What is your favorite television show? Why?

I don’t watch much television, to be honest! When I  do,  I could fall way too easily into the world of binging, and I have books to write! But I do watch Dr. Who, The Magicians, and I love Stranger Things.

If you could have written a popular, well-known book, what would it have been and why?

I don’t find myself envious or jealous of books or authors like that, so this is a hard question. We can only write the books inside of us. But I would love it if my novels eventually find the success and love of say, M.F.K. Fisher’s food writing, or the fandom of Phillipa Gregory, or the popularity of books that find themselves on Reese Witherspoon’s nightstand.

Using your most recent book, who would play your main character(s) in a movie?

Kit Harrington has the look closest to what I had in mind for Giovanni in The Chef’s Secret, although he’d need to acquire an Italian accent to pull it off, I’m thinking.

Why should your readers pick your book over a well-known author’s book?

So many factors go into how publishers decide to promote their books and readers don’t realize that only 5-10% of a publisher’s catalog gets any real promotion. So many incredible books are published, even by the big houses, but don’t get the same love on the shelf as those books. By only going with what is popular, a reader is missing out on some fantastic stories that might appeal to them even more.

My books are about the unsung heroes of culinary Italy. My latest novel, The Chef’s Secret, is about the world’s first celebrity chef, Bartolomeo Scappi, whose 1570 cookbook L’Opera di Bartolomeo Scappi, was a bestselling cookbook for almost 200 years after its publication. We don’t know much about Scappi’s life, so I had a lot of fun making some of that up. It’s a mystery and a love story. Feast of Sorrow is the tale of the world’s first gourmand, Apicius, whose name is on the oldest known cookbook. He died in a totally crazy way and I wanted to tell the story of how he got there.

If a reader loves diving into the historical past, loves Italy, or loves food, they will likely find some kinship with one of my novels. The trick is to not read one when you are hungry!

What is your go-to snack?

Snack? Hmm. I don’t snack much, actually. But if I could, I’d down a bit of gelato or ice cream, every day. My go-to flavor is something with chocolate and peanut butter!

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Special Sale!

This is just a quick post to let y’all know that Grounded in January is on sale for only $2.99 for Kindle and Nook.

Plus, it’s a finalist in the romance genre for the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards (winner announced on November 9th)

What readers are saying:

I’m not a romance reader, but I could not put this story down! ~ April on Amazon

Grounded in January is a heartwarming, down-to-earth tale that will convince you that two people, no matter how imperfect, can still find a perfect love. – Cassidy Carter, author of Love on Location from Hallmark Publishing.

I devoured this book so fast. It is so beautiful. ~ Briana on Goodreads

This fast-paced novel grabs your attention at page one and keeps it all the way to the end. This page-turner will have you flying through the pages. I highly recommend this book and I assure you that you won’t be disappointed. ~ Caroline on Goodreads

Here is the book trailer!