Reflections by Kevin Cooper

Kev:

Thank you so much, Sharmishtha!

Originally posted on Check Out Our Books:

It is a beautiful collection of poems. If you have a lover you truly love, with your heart and want to grow old with him or her, check out this book, read it and you will often feel that Kevin has spoken your heart.

I am not much into romantic poetry and that is why I loved these poems, because they don’t speak of romance, they speak of love.

curious? true lovers don’t need valentine day to celebrate love, check out the details in kevin’s blog:

http://kevs-domain.net/reflections

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KAI Presents… Olga Godim!

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents…

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Olga Godim!

Short Bio:

I’m a writer and journalist from Vancouver, Canada. My articles appear regularly in local newspapers, but my passion is fantasy fiction. I write it and I read it. My short stories have been published in multiple internet and print magazines. My high fantasy novels Almost Adept and Eagle En Garde were released in 2014 by Champagne/Burst. In 2015, Eagle En Garde won EPIC eBook Award in the Fantasy category. I also self-published an anthology of my urban fantasy short stories Squirrel of Magic.

Besides writing and reading, I like knitting and I collect toy monkeys. I have about 300 monkeys in my collection. They have already taken over one large bookcase and they’re spilling out to my other bookcases. One day, I might write a story about my monkeys. BTW: in my apartment, I have five other proper bookcases filled with books.

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Kev: What is your latest book about?

Eagle En Garde is a story of a mercenary officer Darin Barclay and his fight against Cleaners, a sect of homicidal anti-magic fanatics, during one memorable summer. It’s also a story about the freedom of choices, both social and religious. In the current political situation, I think it’s important to explore such a theme, even in the imaginary fantasy world, although I have to admit I didn’t think of that when I wrote the novel. I wrote an adventure story.

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The protagonist Darin lives in Talaria, a kingdom surrounded by a magic-resistant spell. While the king wishes to break the spell and invite magic back into the country, the fanatical sect of Cleaners resists the return of magic. Darin doesn’t agree with the Cleaners’ doctrine but he doesn’t dispute it either. He is a soldier, not a philosopher. Then he accidentally overhears the Cleaners’ hidden agenda to destroy all magic workers in Talaria, including witches and elves, and his orderly life turns upside down. His sweetheart is a witch, his daughter is a half-elf, and he has many elven friends. He can’t allow the Cleaners’ murderous scheme to succeed, can’t allow innocents to suffer, but what can a lone mercenary do against a horde of rabid zealots? His only choice lies in trickery and deceit to outsmart his enemies. And the anti-magic spell on the border suddenly becomes his only ally.

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The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English

Kev:

Some brilliant words here folks! Thanks for sharing, Zoe!

Originally posted on Just English:

Ailurophile A cat-lover.
Assemblage A gathering.
Becoming Attractive.
Beleaguer To exhaust with attacks.
Brood To think alone.
Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.
Bungalow A small, cozy cottage.
Chatoyant Like a cat’s eye.
Comely Attractive.
Conflate To blend together.
Cynosure A focal point of admiration.
Dalliance A brief love affair.
Demesne Dominion, territory.
Demure Shy and reserved.
Denouement The resolution of a mystery.
Desuetude Disuse.
Desultory Slow, sluggish.
Diaphanous Filmy.
Dissemble Deceive.
Dulcet Sweet, sugary.
Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm.
Effervescent Bubbly.
Efflorescence Flowering, blooming.
Elision Dropping a sound or syllable in a word.
Elixir A good potion.
Eloquence Beauty and persuasion in speech.
Embrocation Rubbing on a lotion.
Emollient A softener.
Ephemeral Short-lived.
Epiphany A sudden revelation.
Erstwhile At one time, for a time.
Ethereal Gaseous, invisible but detectable.
Evanescent Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.
Evocative Suggestive.
Fetching Pretty.
Felicity Pleasantness.
Forbearance Withholding response to provocation.
Fugacious Fleeting.
Furtive

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The wizard, the girl and the unicorn’s horn by Kevin Cooper

Kev:

Thank you, Sharmishtha!

Originally posted on Check Out Our Books:

This one is a fantasy adventure. Join the wizard as he searches for his people who have mysteriously disappeared. Who is the girl he meets on his journey and can she help him defeat the shadow? What part does the unicorn’s horn play?

Sounds like a very interesting story, right? Check out the rest in Kevin’s blog:

http://kevs-domain.net/the-wizard-the-girl-and-the-unicorns-horn/

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bookcatsI’m back folks! Got my Mac (good thing too, started raining yesterday… Col, did you know something, I didn’t ;) ) Anyway, I managed to download a pretty good prog to replace ms office… NeoOffice or something to that effect. Now I’ll be able to open my files that I have on my portable HD and flash drives. Gotta look into a couple of safety and backup programs that you folks were kind enough to make me aware of. Oh, I’ve downloaded Kindle on my Mac so I can finish reading your book, Lorna. ;)

Pat has taken over the i-pad. (Hmpt!) Aragorn and Rico have taken over playing with pens and pointers. They’re learning to write like daddy and have taken to showing me how to hold a pen properly. I will try to take a pic when I get the chance… Never a dull moment. Aragorn has turned the mousepad into a cat’s pad. He knocks the mouse off and sits on the pad when he wants attention. (Grr!)

Oh and thank you, thank you, thank you all for your wonderful support. A special thank you to Susan for promoting me on her blog in what has to have been the best timing in history and to Sharmishtha, a very special thank you for making what started out as the most hellish week into one of the most uplifting of weeks I could never even have dreamed of. :) Thanks to all the folks that shared posts about me across the social networks and made very supportive comments, likes, reblogs and all the wonderful supportive emails.  Sincerely, Thank you, all of you.

These acts remind me of why I care so much about my WordPress Community. They are the most caring, loving, genuine, high-spirited, and beautiful people I have ever known. What I aim to do on this blog, for indie authors and other folk that visit here is nothing compared to what they do for me.

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Anyway, moving on: First day with the Mac and wa-da-ye-fink? Bloody Love It! Seriously, when I got it and turned it on, I knew I would have to set things up… the usual… wi-fi, printer, internet connection… I automatically thought, here we go. I couldn’t believe it: Found, found, found… I didn’t have to do a damn thing, Mac did it all for me! This was me: :D :D :D :D :D Like a slobbering dog. (Don’t tell the cats, I said that!) :D  I went absolutely bananas… hey, I should tell Chris, that’ll make the great ape jealous! ;) Sh. Best not. He’ll be thinking I sneaked off with some of his and send those chimps after me.

I managed to contact all the folks who had recently sent completed interviews to me, just hope they can resend and don’t find it too inconvenient. Kev Morris already sent me his again as soon as he saw my post on my computer woes… sharp as a tac, that one, I tell ye! No flies on Kev. :D Hope you enjoyed his interview: post previous to this one. ;)

M2KI’m working two longs days over the weekend, so you won’t see much of me, if at all. Just a reminder, the promo on Miedo is over. Finished today folks. However, Easter is around the corner and I have a special treat in store starting from Good Friday: I will have my sequel, Miedo 2 (that’s right, the new one) on countdown special… for only 99c or 99p! I’ll  do a post giving all the details nearer the day. So watch out for it folks! :D

KAI Presents… Kevin Morris!

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents…

K. Morris

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United Kingdom

Short Bio

I was born in Liverpool on 6 January 1969, a year best known of course for my birth. Well no actually it is better known for the moon landings which certain peculiar conspiracy theorists still maintain never took place (the moon landings that is, not my birth!).

On Saturdays my grandfather and I would invariably pop into W H Smiths and buy a book. Often he bought Enid Blighton books and I’ve happy memories of him reading to me about the adventures of Julian, Dick and Ann – not forgetting Timmy the Dog (who could!) It was from my grandfather that I derived my love of literature.

I attended school in Liverpool and later went on to read history and politics at university. Since 1994 I have lived and worked in London. I live in Crystal Palace. I’m lucky that my home overlooks a large garden and a historic park.

I began to write seriously in mid 2012. All of my writing takes place in my spare room surrounded by books. Being blind I use a standard laptop with Jaws (software which converts text into speech and braille allowing me to access my computer’s screen).

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Kev: What is your latest book about?

My latest book: ‘Dalliance; a collection of poetry and prose’ explores the intimate connections between the natural world and humanity, while a number of pieces are of a humorous nature.

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Kev: Who or what influenced you to write it?

As far back as I can remember poetry has been my passion. I have always wanted to write poetry and began doing so back in 2010/11. In order to share my work with a wider audience I compiled ‘Dalliance’, which draws many of my poems together with some of my short stories and essays.

Kev: Did you do any specialised research for your story?

I have doubtless been influenced by other poets. However, any such influence is at an unconscious level, and I have not undertaken specialised research for ‘Dalliance’.

Kev: What challenges did you face while writing the story?

Balancing my full-time job and friendships with the need to write.

Kev: Could you provide a short passage from your book to give us a taster?

dalliance‘In this world where nothing really exists, I kiss your cold, dead lips.

Meaningless dalliance in this land of the dead, no words spoken, there is nothing to be said.

Emotions stifled, frozen in ice, held in death’s stone grip.’

 

Kev: Favourite author’s book… What lured you to it?

I have several favourite books, one of which is ‘Wuthering Heights’. I love Bronte’s descriptions of the dark and brooding Heathcliff, which are perfectly complimented by the sometimes sinister and dark moors. ‘Wuthering Heights’ is a wonderfully atmospheric work of fiction.

Kev: When you write, do write off-the-cuff or do you use some kind of formula?

In general I write off-the-cuff. Ideas come to me and find their way onto the blank page.

Kev: How do you deal with writers-block?

Fortunately, I don’t often suffer from writers-block. On those rare occasions when it does strike, I do something which takes me away from writing, for example go for a walk or listen to music.

Kev: Preference for writing: Day or Night? Most of my writing takes place during the day, due to me being more mentally alert during daylight hours.

Kev: What is your process for editing your work?

I read through my manuscript. A friend then reads my manuscript out loud and I make amendments before publishing.

Kev: How do you come up with your book covers?

Most of my book covers have been chosen from those freely available in the Kindle store. I choose an image which I feel fits the book.

Kev: Do you think the book cover is important?

Yes, because it is often what first attracts the reader to a book. It can make the difference between a potential reader buying or not purchasing a book.

Kev: Which publishing platform do you prefer and why?

I use Amazon Kindle as publishing is straightforward. Additionally KDP Select enables me to promote my books free for up to 5 days in any 90 day period.

Kev: Do you face any daunting obstacles during the publishing process?

Thankfully, no!

Kev: What methods do you use to promote your work?

My blog (newauthoronline.com), KDP Select, and Twitter.

Kev: Do you have any advice for new authors?

Don’t become disheartened. Believe in yourself and keep writing.

Kev: Which social media platforms do you use the most?

https://twitter.com/drewdog2060

Kev: Do you have a blog or dedicated website for your books?

http://newauthoronline.com

Kev: Is there anything else you would like to add?

For reviews of my books please visit the below web pages or go to: http://newauthoronline.com/reviews-of-my-books/ For my Amazon author page please go to http://www.amazon.co.uk/K.-Morris/e/B00CEECWHY for the UK or http://www.amazon.com/K.-Morris/e/B00CEECWHY for the US.

My other published works are:

The Suspect: Tales of the unexpected, ranging from stories of crime and vengeance through to ghostly happenings in an ancient mansion.

For the UK please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/Suspect-other-tales-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00PKPTQ0U/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 or http://www.amazon.com/Suspect-other-tales-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00PKPTQ0U/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 for the US

Samantha: Samantha tells a story of a young girl forced into prostitution in the city of Liverpool. Can Sam’s love for Peter, a man she meets in a nightclub, save her? Or will Sam end her life in the murky waters of Liverpool’s Albert Dock?

For the UK please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samantha-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00BL3CNHI or http://www.amazon.com/Samantha-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00BL3CNHI for the US

An Act of Mercy: A collection of dark and intriguing tales encompassing blackmail, murder and sex.

For the UK please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/act-mercy-other-stories-ebook/dp/B00EHS74CS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 or http://www.amazon.com/act-mercy-other-stories-ebook/dp/B00EHS74CS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 for the US

Streetwalker: In this collection of flash fiction we meet a variety of characters, many of whom have been deeply damaged by life. The stories range from a young prostitute who walks the dangerous streets of London to tales of vengeance and comeuppance. Serious issues of abuse of power are touched upon. Anyone who is looking for a comfortable read should avoid this book.

For the UK please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/Street-Walker-other-stories-Morris-ebook/dp/B00HLRNDP4/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 or http://www.amazon.com/Street-Walker-other-stories-Morris-ebook/dp/B00HLRNDP4/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 for the US

Kevin Morris, Everyone!

Review: The Charons is dark but brilliantly weaved

Kev:

A great review and introduction to Sharmishtha’s work

Originally posted on Vishal Bheeroo:

Book Review: The Charons

Rating: Four Stars

Credit: Sharmistha Basu

Sharmistha’s Basu The Charons is no candy floss story where everything falls in place at the end of the day but one that paints the bad and the ugly. Reality can be damaging and this is what the author explores in her take of the dark side of life. The Charons is a story of a small town girl, Urna in Calcutta who moves for better life in Raajsthan but witness the deception of her loved ones. It’s the story of her struggle in a world ridden by corruption and treachery by the ones she considers close to her.

 Blurb:

The Charons is not just a story but a sad and dark reality that many of us faces in some far off corner in the world. The system is infested with vultures who conspire to destroy lives. At one glance:…

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Miedo 2

Kev:

Thank you, my empress musie! 😊

Originally posted on Check Out Our Books:

Second part of Kevin’s supernatural story Miedo has just been published, check it out a bit in his blog,

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to add up, it is included into his countdown too, so don’t wait, buy it!

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