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Author J. Cafesin interview

My thanks to J. Cafesin for agreeing to an interview. Reverb is her novel a romantic suspense psychological thriller.




James Micheal Whren is brilliant, beautiful, rich, and taken—with his genius for creating music. He’s desired by many, yet commits to no one but his muse. Just twenty-eight, and at the pinnacle of his career, on the eve of his brother’s funeral his father shatters his life, and James is left abandoned in hell with no one real to save him.

His odyssey to freedom takes him beyond the looking glass, to the reflection of friends and lovers. Humbled and alone, James escapes to the Greek island of Corfu. But instead of finding solace there, loneliness almost consumes him.

Until Elisabeth, and her son, Cameron.


Please tell me about yourself

I’m J. Cafesin, author of Reverb, and the fantasy series Fractured Fairytales of the Twilight Zone. I’m also a mom of two, a tween and teen, and BFF with my DH of 17 yrs. Live a digital life; virtually never on the phone but almost always online. We have a 7 yr old Shepard pound hound who thinks I’m the leader of the pack and hangs with me loyally, except when someone is eating. She’ll leave my caress for mooching, every time.

What is something about you that no one knows?

There are many, and, in fact, must stay with me to preserve my freedoms…

Who or what is your muse?

Ahh…never been asked before. Good one. Have to think about it while I go pick up my teen son from his guitar lesson (on electric for 7 yrs now…and he’s pretty good!). Be right back with an answer… Hi! Sorry, to my muse mostly, who often gets left at home while I chauffeur the kids. My imagination—my musings rarely get priority over kids needs, but when I’m engaged in writing fiction (during the hours they’re supposed to be in school and such, but aren’t, from budget cuts!), they are sworn to leave me alone in my Tuffshed/office, upon pain of losing electronics time.

What do you do when the creative juices put on the breaks and you go through a dry spell if that dreaded writers block moment has ever even happened for you?

Never not had a story or five floating in my head. Just watch people, the news, at the school yard, the gym, and there’s a story there. Ever see someone at the store and think what their life must be like? I do, all the time. My muse threads a story together, and I take its hand, and follow. My issue has always been the time, and I mean a block of time, to write down the stories my muse tells me.

What is your work space and writing routine like?

I recently got a 8 x 12′ TuffShed and it’s taken the last year to build out the interior. It’s still not finished, but I work out there daily. My own private space. Cheap, compared to an add-on room or office, but tons of building and work finishing it!! I write fiction when I can, whenever I can, which isn’t all the time. Marketing is a huge percentage of the writing process if I want to be read by anyone but my DH.

What do you enjoy doing when not writing?

I’m a recluse by nature. Like watching people, but not so much interacting with most. I say all the wrong things. Ask wayto personal questions because small talk bores me. So I don’t hang out much. I work mostly, designing, writing, building something, except when I’m with my family, my pack. My DH and spectacular kids are the best things that’s ever happened to me, point blank. If I’m lucky enough to be read by masses, a dream for as long as I can remember since I write to be read, it won’t touch what I share daily with my family.

Some favorite books and authors?

Big into scifi— Bradbury; Arthur Clark. Like some contemporary. Just finished The Revisionists, which was weird, spec fiction. Good read. Love spec! Rod Serling is probably one of my favorite writers. Almost every present, b-days, mom’s day, the kids buy me books, contemporary fiction mostly. I’ll read anything if I like the writing…

Please tell me about Reverb

It’s romantic suspense, about a beautiful, rich, master musician who learns to love someone other than himself. Creatives, like James, the lead in Reverb, often are so into creating they neglect the rest of their world. Love is an action. We need to show love, which sometimes means giving more attention to others than ourselves, or our career/muse. Reverb is a fast-paced, psychological thriller, but at its foundation—a love story, about a man who learns to love someone other than himself.

The novel breaks down into three books. Book One, Entropy, pulls James from his life and into hell, with no one to save him. Book Two, Recovery, follows James on his journey to freedom, discovering the man he was to many along the way, a man obsessed with his career, and little else. James finally understands that listening, sharing, caring for others is richer, more rewarding than music alone ever was, and in Book Three, Balance, James learns to love. Reverb is like nothing you’ve ever read, guaranteed.

What do readers have to look forward to next?

A Possible Future—Top Gun Meets ET, kind of thing…Have a sequel for Reverb–Resonance. Write it down the line if I get enough interest in Reverb…


Traitor Angel by H. David Blalock book tour interview

It is with great pleasure that I take part in the Traitor Angel book tour. H. David Blalock is the only Seventh Star Press author yet to be featured on Jess resides here so when the chance to take part in the tour presented itself I jumped at the chance.

Angelkiller was a book I loved. What a brilliant and original idea. I highly recommend trying out the series. A talented author and great read should be on every book lovers must read list.

Seventh Star Press has a weekend long Black Friday event going where all SSP products are on sale. Get your fix now!

Synopsis of Traitor Angel:

In Traitor Angel, the second book of the Angelkiller Triad, the war between The Army of Light and The Enemy continues behind the scenes. Unknown to the general population, the battle for control of humanity is heating up.

Jonah Mason, called Angelkiller, faces more than one decision. His Army resistance cell is wounded physically and emotionally, on the brink of falling apart. The mysterious allies calling themselves Knights are pressuring him to abandon his people. Meanwhile, the world outside draws closer to Armageddon.

As Mason and his friends pursue their campaign against Dorian Azrael’s global megacorporation, Andlat Enterprises, the stakes get higher with each desperate foray into the enemy’s computers. They are fated to lose one of their number and gain an unlikely ally, but any advantage they gain could be fleeting at best.

If they fail, it could mean the end of The Army and all resistance to the forces of Darkness.

About the Author:

H. David Blalock has been writing speculative fiction for nearly 40 years. His work has appeared in print and online in over three dozen publications, spanning every format from short stories to novels, non-fiction articles to screenplays. He is also editor of _parABnormal Digest_ for Sam’s Dot Publishing. To find out more visit his website at www.thrankeep.com.








Please tell me about yourself –

I am what I laughingly refer to as a “writer”. This is someone who spends most of their time sitting in front of a computer, but looking out the nearest window at nothing in particular hoping for inspiration. This works intermittently, but if you miss it when it does happen, it may take twice as long to come back around. I live on the corner of Idea and Confusion, just off Writer’s Block.

Can you share something about you that no one knows? –

Hmmm…. let me see. I once owned a shrunken head I bought in the Republic of Panama. Strange, though. It seems to have disappeared.

What are you reading now? –

I haven’t been indulging recently, as there have been too many writing projects to give me the time. My TBR stack has grown ferociously in the last three months. I may have to actually buy another bookshelf.

Who are your favorite authors? –

The genre and pulp writers of the first half of the 20th century. Most are not well known today, having fallen out of favor today with the proliferation of sparkling vampires and angst-ridden werewolves. Robert Heinlein, Jack Vance, Edmond Hamilton, Robert E. Howard, AE Van Vogt, Murray Leinster…. that kind of writer.

And favorite books? –

Avoiding the obvious reference to my own, I would have to say Howard and Lovecraft. I especially like Howard’s collection of Solomon Kane stories. As far as novels go, I would have to say “The Squares of the City” by John Brunner is near the top. I also enjoyed Harry Harrison’s “Stainless Steel Rat” series and, of course, anything by Robert Asprin.

What is your work space and writing routine like? –

In good weather, my work space is my front porch and my writing routine is whenever the weather is good enough for me to sit on my front porch. In winter, the kitchen table serves as proxy. No, I don’t usually keep a computer on my kitchen table or even on my front porch. I write longhand and transfer the finished work to computer after it is complete.

How did you become involved with Seventh Star Press? –

I had met Stephen Zimmer and was impressed by his energy and enthusiasm. When I got the opportunity to grab his coattails, I jumped at it. There are so few small presses that really care enough about their writers to spend time and money promoting their books. SSP is right out front of that very tiny group.

Your bio page says you’ve been writing speculative fiction for 35 years what are you thoughts on the changes that have happened in the publishing industry in that time? –

I had to delete my first answer to that question. It was entirely too vitriolic and snarky. Suffice it to say, I believe that the publishing industry has become more run by popular demand than critical determination.

I love the premise of Angelkiller – good is bad, bad is good what inspired such a unique story? –

It was an attempt to answer the question “why do bad things happen to good people?” We see so much suffering in the world, and yet there remains so much beauty in the human spirit. The odd juxtaposition of these two needed an explanation. I figured this would be the best way to do that.

What do you have planned after the Angelkiller Triad is all published? If you’ve planned that far ahead of course –

I have quite a lot yet to do before The End. Right now the queue has two novels and five short stories in it. That’s pretty common. As I finish one, at least one other gets started. It’s my intention to write two novels a year until I die, then one a year thereafter.

Can you tell me about the new book in the series Traitor Angel? –

It continues the story begun in Angelkiller, but expands on the characters and broadens the scope of the tale itself. I intend all three books to be stand alone tales with a story arc across all the volumes. Not episodic, but not so interdependent they can’t be read by themselves as separate adventures. Traitor Angel ups the ante in the struggle of Jonah Mason and his troop to stop The Enemy from taking mankind to the brink of destruction. They are afraid they have lost one of their number as they gain what might be an ally or might be nothing more than a self-interested turncoat. The action gets cranked up while the situations The Army faces become more critical to the outcome of the Greater Conflict between the forces of Light and Darkness.