Monday, December 2, 2013

Debut Author Giveaway Hop!


I am so very excited to be involved in the Debut Author Giveaway Hop!! For my stop I am going to feature an Author that made his debut this year and that I read and really enjoyed. One winner will win an eBook copy of The God Killers By John Allen.  Thanks to our wonderful hosts Bookhounds and I am a reader not a writer.

Book Synopsis: In The God Killers, the first book of The God Killers Legacy, former professional art thief Ivory Blaque is hired to procure a pair of antique pistols and gets much more than she bargained for when several attempts are made on her life.
Her client turns out to be a shadowy government agent who reveals that she is descended from a race of immortals, and that the pistols are linked to her unique heritage and the special psychic gifts she possesses. He uses the memory of her father to guilt her into working for him.
Ivory eventually gives in to his request, and in return, he presents her with her father's journal, which was written in an unbreakable code. Bishop believes that she is the only one capable of breaking the code and unlocking the plans of the vampire hierarchy. But when the city's top vampire is a sexy incubus with an attraction for her and she's assigned a hot new lycan enforcer to protect her, she finds herself caught between two sets of rock hard abs.

To regain her autonomy, clear her name, unlock the secrets of her past, and protect the lives of those closest to her, Ivory must play along with the forces trying to manipulate her. Ivory's life is rapidly spiraling out of control and headed for an explosive conclusion which she just might not survive.

About John F. Allen:  John F. Allen is an American writer born in Indianapolis, IN.  John began writing stories as early as the second grade and pursued all forms of writing at some point, throughout his career. John studied Liberal Arts at IUPUI with a focus in Creative Writing, received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force and is a current member of the American Legion. John's debut novel, The God Killers was released in 2013 with Seventh Star Press.
John currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, son and daughter.

Mr. Allen was nice enough to do an interview for the blog as well. So please keep reading for a brief interview with the author of The God Killers.

How did you start your writing career?
I began reading at early age, everything from comic books to classical adventure stories and eventually speculative fiction novels. As I read these spine-tingling stories, I attempted to create my own, both through written stories and artwork. After some time spent living life and maturing, I felt the calling to develop and expand on my written stories and it led me to submit them and eventually get them published.
Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?
Most of the time my wife and children are my muses, depending on the situation and/or writing project. That said, I’d have to say that one person above all has proven to have been very important to me both as a writing inspiration and as a friend, fellow author R.J. Sullivan. He is one of the people in the writing business who I admire and have learned a lot from.

Who is your favorite author?
There are far too many to make a complete list, but here are several of them: Robert B. Parker, Walter Mosley, L.A. Banks, Faith Hunter, George R.R. Martin, Eric Jerome Dickey, Stephen King and Ben Bova.

Where do you research for your books?

I use the local library system, the internet and I work in a bookstore, so I’m never at a disadvantage when it comes to reference materials.

What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
My family is very supportive of my writing career. My wife is very understanding of my time spent locked in my writing area, affectionately called The Ivory Tower. She’s also very patient when I at times talk her ear off about an exciting project or ask her to proofread some of my work. My children largely give me my space when necessary, although I make it a point to devote Sundays as family time no matter what.

Who are your books published with?
My debut novel, The God Killers, is the first in a series and published through Seventh Star Press. I also have short story projects with Seventh Star Press, Mocha Memoirs and hopefully a few others I can’t mention at this time. Stay tuned!

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
I do listen to music as I’m writing. I have a very eclectic playlist on my MP3 player including Light Rock, Pop, R & B, Blues, Jazz, Classical, Old School Hip Hop and music from the 1940’s through 2000.

Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?

The names I choose for my characters are very important and chosen very carefully. I always layer in a deep meaning to the names of my characters that resonates with their personalities and also their careers, motives and values. Sometimes it may not be readily apparent to anyone else but me and that’s okay because all will be revealed in time.

Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.
Challenging, Rewarding and Inspiring.

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
There are actually two quotes by two of my favorite authors that have always stood out to me.
“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
~ Toni Morrison

There’s way too much pain in this business (writing) for anyone who doesn’t have to write. I always tell beginning writers, “If you can quit, then quit. If you can’t quit, you’re a writer.”
~ R.A. Salvatore

Tell us about your next release.

My next major release will be the 2nd novel in the Ivory Blaque series titled The Conclave. It picks up right after The God Killers ends and doesn’t stop moving forward. Here is the synopsis:
Reeling from the aftermath of The God Killers, Ivory Blaque travels to Monaco to face a special tribunal of The Conclave—the ruling body of the vampires—for crimes she didn’t commit. Even as she attempts to prove her innocence, more vampires turn up murdered, with Ivory the most likely suspect.
A mysterious government agent named Bishop reveals more intriguing secrets about her family’s past, and a vampire lord and a werewolf alpha compete for her affection and offer conflicting advice. With her fate hanging in the balance and time running out, who can Ivory trust?”

My Thoughts:

I was instantly drawn to this book. I love books with strong female main characters. And this one came through. It was very action packed and fast moving and for sure left you begging for book two.  It had Vampires, Lycan, incubus oh my!! Ivory is smart, clever and willing to do what it takes to get to the bottom of things. Allen writes well rounded characters with rich detail and solid histories. Which I found amazing. These were characters you really got to know along the way. I really enjoyed this book and truly look forward to book two. Congrats Mr. Allen you put out one heck of a debut novel.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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