Posts tagged ‘Connor’

December 3, 2013

It’s a book giveaway!

And its my first book giveaway thanks to Dormaine G!

Last week Dormaine G told us about how she came to publish her book Connor and this week I’m sharing with you her holiday book giveaway for Connor. She is giving away five paperback copies and you could win a copy for yourself or feel the Christmas cheer and share it with a loved one.  To sign-up for the book giveaway just follow the link at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

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We heard Scott’s name announced by a man holding a microphone, so we made our way back to the commotion. The mention of his name made the crowd grow louder and become more hostile, if possible. Two guys were getting mobbed with bets; they could barely keep up.
Wanting to see him in action, we walked closer to the cage. If he was scared, he didn’t show it. He walked in, standing still unlike his opponent, who kept hopping
around, boxing and kicking the air.

The opponent was almost twice Scott’s size, so I don’t know how they matched the fighters. That and the fact he was a teen, even though he appeared older, and everyone else were adults. Then again, this is not legal fighting. Scott was maybe five ten with lean muscle, while this guy was at least six feet and stacked with muscles.

There was a referee in the middle, brave man, making them keep their distance until the bell rang. Once the referee stepped out the gate, it locked; a bell went off,
commencing the fight. I didn’t want to admit it, but something inside me secretly rooted for Scott. What’s wrong with me?

They walked around and around the cage until the opponent went for Scott, and that’s when things got ugly. Scott dodged his advance and punched him right in the nose, causing blood to spew into the air and onto the floor. The man went down. Scott waited patiently off to the side as he recovered.

Scott’s opponent got back up, shaking it off, danced around a bit, then swung at Scott, who grabbed his arm and punched him in the gut, causing the guy to crumble
to his knees to catch his breath. Once again, Scott politely stood to the side while his opponent recovered. I don’t think Scott broke a sweat yet.

The crowd was getting insanely rowdy that the bouncers—I had not even noticed before now—were trying to contain them.

His opponent managed to get back up, holding on to the cage for support. This time Scott charged first, causing his opponent to backpedal, then the opponent charged, and Scott backpedaled. It went on like that for a while until Scott kicked his opponent in the face, knocking him cross-eyed. The guy hit the ground, and Scott was on top of him, pounding his face in until all you saw was blood.

The poor man didn’t even stand a chance. I swore Scott was enjoying this way too much. A bell rang, and two referees came running in to pull Scott off the guy as he lay there limp. Both refs grabbed Scott and yanked him off the bloody guy, but not before Scott kicked his opponent in the face and spat on him.

The crowd was booing and cheering at the same time. It was a madhouse in here. Two more referees came in to carry the guy who was barely breathing out. His face was unrecognizable. Tony was right—he did go easy on me.

After the referees carried Scott’s opponent completely out, they announced him the winner, but instead of him taking it all in, he immediately left the gate, collected his winnings, and headed toward the exit. We ran after him, but after fighting through the crowd, we lost him outside. He was nowhere we could see.

We decided to search for him by car in case he cut through a path somewhere by foot. While cutting across the lot, two black SUVs with tinted windows blocked us, driving around and around in a circle until we stopped moving. We huddled together.

The vehicles stopped, but only one driver, a male, got out. “You may reveal yourselves now,” and said each of our names. He was a tall muscular man with a bald head, not from old age, but done purposely. He looked familiar to me, but I couldn’t place from where.

“Excuse me, my name is Shak, and I assure you that you will not be harmed unless absolutely necessary.” We did as ordered.

“Shak, as in one of the names on the folders, Shak. What do you want?” Tony asked.

“Better question, how could you see us? Who are you?” Cheyenne asked.

Ignoring both questions, Shak told us to get in either vehicle.

“No way, buddy, not on your life,” I said. “I’m not hopping into a car with a stranger.”

Tony grabbed my arm and said, “We know you. You’re….

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November 29, 2013

Meet Dormaine G author of “Connor”

Today I want to introduce Dormaine G a contemporary fantasy writer who has recently published her first book. Dormaine didn’t come to writing in the traditional way, nor did she choose to take a traditional way to publish her first book. It’s an impressive story that I’m exited to share with you.

A.H.: Tell me about yourself.Dormaine G.

D.G.: I was born in New York and lived there until I was eight then we moved to Mississippi.  Ten years later, I went to college at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana for about two years then moved to Massachusetts for a new life experience.  Eventually, I moved back to New York where I became a registered nurse and studied forensic nursing.  After working some years in New York as a nurse, I started doing travel nursing and loved it.  I decided to stop traveling while in Colorado to stay close to family and shortly after, I met my wonderful husband and have been here ever since. Even as a child, I have always had a love for science fiction and enjoyed it through books, movies and comics.  I have dabbled in writing throughout the years, and decided it was time to let my true self free.  I took some time off from work to pursue a career in writing and recently published my first book Connor which will be a series. My goal is to be finished with the second book by the middle of 2014.

A.H.: What author has influenced your current style of writing?

D.G.: I have two that have influenced me, the late L. A. Banks and Kelley Armstrong. As a child, I have always loved science fiction but never really saw any characters, superheroes or actors that looked like me and that was somewhat upsetting. Even now, it has not really changed and I know there are more people out there, like me, who love science fiction.  Banks opened up my eyes to the fact that I am right, people of color can be special too and we can write about them. Armstrong’s style and comedy flare is so like me it is amazing and her sarcasm and making light of a serious situation hits home for me.

A.H.: What’s your take on being a women and minority in science fiction? What challenges have you faced? And how did you deal with them?

D.G.: That’s a hard question but I realized that only people of color, ranging from Filipino, Black and Hispanic, have reviewed my book. I know because I made connections with these people on author sites. Whenever I have submitted my book for review to a site, of nonspecific color, it never gets chosen. Yes, my book has only been out for seven weeks but still that is a bit noticeable. So far, I have had some wonderful reviews which make me feel better about myself. You can get very discouraged in this industry but I look to the reviews that I have received for support, believe in work, and stay determined to never give up.

A.H.: Where and when do you like to write?

D.G.: I write at my kitchen table by the television where I have a fiction movie or TV show on in the background, volume on low.

A.H.: Before you published your novel, did you publish any short fiction? If so where?

D.G.: I did not. I have had people read my stories before but never submitted anything for publication. I have been told in the past that I should submit but never did.

A.H.: Tell me about your current book, Connor?

D.G.: The book is about a fifteen year old girl named Connor who discovers she has abilities. There are five other teenagers like her and they are faced with danger and are forced to grow up fast in order to protect themselves from beings that want to harm them.  Unfortunately, everything does not work out with a happy picture book ending especially when everyone doesn’t want to face the truth. Lastly, we start to see the beginning of a possible dysfunctional love triangle.

A.H.: I know personally, that sometimes my original idea isn’t necessarily what the story turns out to be in the end. Did that happen for you with this book?

D.G.: I didn’t really have a plan other than I knew it was going to be a fictitious story about a female having certain abilities. I wrote what felt right and what made the most sense to me.  I never had a beginning or end planned. I just wanted certain aspects in the story and made them work to my satisfaction.

A.H.: Of all the characters in this book who is your favorite and why?

D.G.: Connor, of course, because she is sarcastic, already had a super power called denial and she is a Science Fiction geek like me.  She is not me or what I want to be but just a small fragment of my personality.

A.H.: Let’s talk about creating worlds because as fantasy writer that can make or break a story.  What’s your process for creating worlds? Do you have a book where you write it down or on a poster board?

D.G.: This book is not so much about another world, only characters from it, but the next one will be. It will take place in a fictitious world that I think about almost every day. I see the world in my mind, some of the characters there and what it feels and smells like. That is how I always wrote even when I was young and probably will continue to do so for the most part. With that being said, I have never created an altered universe before either. I have a feeling I will most definitely need to plot things out in a file for the next book.

A.H.: Who’s the publisher?

D.G.: I went through Xlibris self publishing company.

A.H.: Why did you choose to go with self-publishing?

D.G.: I chose to go with self publishing because, as a black female author writing about diverse characters, I knew it would not be readily accepted so instead of seeking approval I took a chance on myself.

A.H.: Where can people buy your book?

D.G.: I am on print with Xlibris publishing company, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Nook, Alibris, Powells, and Better World Books. You can walk into most book stores and order my book. My ebook is with Amazon Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords and Xlibris.

A.H.: Just for fun if you lived in a dystopian world, what would you hoard?

D.G.: Besides making sure my family including my dog is with me, I would take clothes, water, canned food, a lot of chocolate and three of my favorite books, ‘Connor’, ‘Bitten’ by Kelley Armstrong and ‘Kindred’ by Octavia Butler.

A.H.: Where can people learn more about you and your work?

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A YoungCover for "Connor" Adult Urban Fantasy story filled with lies, secrets, and betrayal. Don’t expect this to be your typical picture-book ending.

Connor Esquibel recently discovers she has the gift of invisibility among other gifts. She doesn’t realize how her life is about to change for the worse. She is 15, sarcastically funny, at least she thinks so, and doesn’t always like to face reality. She meets five other teenagers who have abilities similar to hers and they try to figure out how or why this is happening to them but not everyone is so excited about finding out the truth.

Connor, sensing their lives are in danger, is determined to figure out the truth by any means necessary. She is forced to grow up fast after she is slapped with the cold, hard, fact that the people around her are not who she thought they were and all human beings are not what they appear to be.

Through all of this, Connor and Tony, one other with abilities, start to develop feelings for each other causing jealousy in more ways than one. That is where Ronin comes in, he is beautiful, smart, and ruthless. He too has eyes for Connor but not in the way one may think.