The Nature of Cruelty – Book Promo

I can’t wait to tell you about a super HOT book that just became available! It’s called “The Nature of Cruelty” by L.H. Cosway.

Its got so much chemistry its ready to explode off the pages. This is a definite MUST read. Its not your typical romance, but the characters are so raw and real they leave you begging for more.

Nature of Cruelty

 

Her name is Lana. She wasn’t dealt the easiest cards in life. She wasn’t dealt the hardest. She has an illness, but she doesn’t let it rule her. The first time she laid eyes on her best friend’s twin brother she fell in love at first sight. It didn’t last very long. He was a hateful boy who made her miserable. The happiest day of her life was when he moved away to London six years ago.

His name is Robert. He breaks the ones who love him. He’s always liked to play games with Lana, see how far he could push her. He once thrived on her pain, but no more. Now she’s coming to London to live with his sister for the summer and this time he plans on being her friend instead of her tormentor. But Lana is scarred by his past bullying. She doesn’t trust him, nor does she have any reason to.

When the two find themselves living under the same roof, they call a truce. This summer will change both of their lives, as they put their history aside and learn one another from scratch.

When fear takes over, we use cruelty as a mask. Robert and Lana’s story will see their masks slip away as the love they felt on the inside shows its true face.

**Not suitable for younger readers. Contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.**

**This is a full-length standalone novel.**

The Nature of Cruelty – Get it today!

Also available on Smashwords

 

 

When Life Throws You Curve Balls – An Interview with Matt Cavallo

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Matt, his son Mason and their dog Ted

Most of us have plans for our lives; dreams that we hope will come true.  Even so, unexpected things happen to all of us along the way, some good and some bad. Just like tossing a pebble into a pond, it causes a ripple effect; and we are never quite the same again. It changes us, sometimes for a few moments and other times forever. These unexpected things are the curve balls. They come flying at you, just when things seem to be going straight and true.

Matt Cavallo is no stranger to curve balls. Life threw him a very big one at the age of 28, when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. He went from a young man with a bright future to the disabled victim of a terrifying disease with a questionable fate. Thanks to the loving support of his wife and his own spirit of strength, he has overcome many of the challenges associated with his disease. Since then, he has become a symbol of hope to others.

Matt now offers his services as an inspirational speaker and chronic illness coach. His blog, “Living My Best Life With A Chronic Illness” is a source of support, guidance, and a directory of resources for others in need. The story of his own diagnosis, and subsequent struggle, has been recorded in his book “The Dog Story: A Journey into a New Life with Multiple Sclerosis.

When I found out about Matt’s story, I couldn’t wait to interview him and help spread the word about his story.

KLT: Before your diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis, what were some of the things about your life that you took for granted, which you now can deeply appreciate?

Matt: The thing I took most for granted was my health. I was twenty eight years old, in good shape and had never been sick a day in my life. I felt like I was coming into the prime of my life. Never, in my wildest dreams, would I have thought that I was about to experience what it was like to lose functionality from the waist down. When I couldn’’t walk, I would lay in my bed and think back to the times when I turned down things like a weekend ski trip with friends because I didn’’t want to take Friday off from work. In that moment, I would have traded anything in the world for one last run down the mountain. Not only did I think I wouldn’’t be able to do things like ski again, but I was unsure that I was ever going to be able to walk again.

While walking was my main concern, I had also lost functionality of everything from the waist down. Things like going to bathroom by myself I totally took for granted, as I never had a reason to think I would need assistance in that area. The other concern was intimacy with my wife. We had always wanted to have children, and as I lay in my hospital bed, I thought those dreams were over.

When I was discharged from the hospital, I still wasn’’t walking and needed assistance to go to the bathroom. However, little by little with medicine and physical therapy, I was able to regain my ability to walk. My wife wanted to ensure that I would continue walking every day, so she got me a dog for my birthday that year. I promised her on that day that no matter what my MS was doing, I would walk the dog once before work and once after work. It has been almost eight years now and I have not missed a day or broken that promise. No matter how fatigued I feel, I force myself to get up and walk so that I will never take for granted another step I am given.

While walking is wonderful, I feel my biggest victory occurred two years later when my wife gave birth to our first son, Mason. When I was in my darkest hours in dealing with my diagnosis, I thought that the dream of ever having a family was over. Now, I have two beautiful boys that I can run and play with like I always wanted too and will never take a moment I get to spend with them for granted.

KLT: What job did you dream of having when you were a kid? What were your career goals before your diagnosis?

Matt: Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to be in construction. My dad was in construction and I used to like going to his job sites and climbing all over the big trucks. Before my diagnosis, I realized my childhood dream and was working as an analyst for a real estate development firm in Boston. In my book, I talk about how scared I was to approach my boss or tell anyone in my company what was going on with me. I was afraid that they would look at me differently and that I they would eventually find some way to let me go. Much to my surprise, my company valued my contributions and let me stay on despite my diagnosis. A down economy in 2008 eventually led to the company shutting down and me losing my job. However, at that time I decided that my true calling was in health care and helping people like me navigate the course of chronic illness.

KLT: Since the onset of your MS, obviously many things have changed for you. What are the best things that have happened to you since then?

Matt: The best thing that happened to me is the sense of urgency that was created by my diagnosis. When I was in my twenties and healthy, I was focused on work and not much else. I wasn’’t living for myself or accomplishing the things I really wanted to. Once I was diagnosed, I felt a sense of urgency to do something to make a difference. So, I sat down to write my memoir. Finishing The Dog Story and having it published is something I never knew I could accomplish in life. The big surprise is how well my story is being received. People are writing me from all over the world saying how my story has touched them and given them the strength to know they are not alone.

KLT: What opportunities have you been presented with because of your MS, that you would not likely have had otherwise?

Matt: I never would have guessed the opportunities that my MS has presented me. After I finished the book, I started motivational speaking and to date have spoken at over fifty venues all over the US to thousands of people. I participated in an MS Yoga DVD with Baron Bapiste that was featured on Good Morning America. I also got to meet Ann Romney during the filming of the Future of MS documentary. However, the most meaningful experiences have been all of the one on one interaction that I get with patients like myself.

KLT: It goes without saying, that your work to help others with MS in dealing with their own challenges has been life altering for a great many people. Were it not for your own struggle with MS, they would never have been able to get that influence from you. Do you care to share any personal story from an interaction with someone you met, who may also have influenced your life or touched your heart as well?

Matt: I got an email from a woman whose husband had been diagnosed with MS. She said that he did manual labor and did not know how to talk about what he was going through. Instead he shut her out and became reclusive and depressed. It was getting to the point where the way he was handling his illness was pushing his wife away. She feared that the marriage may end.

Then, a friend of hers had recommended my book to her. She said in her email that they both read my book. They laughed, they cried and he began to relate parts of my story to her that he could not talk about. She said that once he read my story he began to change. He started to be less depressed and started opening up to wife about what he was going through.

It was humbling to know that my story could have that kind of affect not only another person, but a relationship. This email inspired me to keep writing and I am currently working on second book. I want to thank everyone out there for all of the wonderful feedback. I never knew my writing would be so well received. I write because you inspire me!

KLT: If you could give any piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Matt: The advice that I would give to myself is to never give up. In my darkest hours with my diagnosis, I would stay depressed in my house for days at a time. I had given up on myself and any semblance of a normal life. I spent a lot of time feeling sorry for myself and feeling that life was over. Little did I know that life was just beginning and that I could accomplish anything I put my mind to. Before I set out and accomplished anything, I had to start believing in myself and realize that my life was not over. Once I did that, I went on to accomplish things I had never dreamed of before getting sick like obtaining my Master’s and publishing my memoir. Just remember that if I can do it, you can too!

KLT: What is one little known fact about you?

Matt: The little known fact about me is that I love to cook! There is a strong correlation to chronic illness and diet. Since being diagnosed with MS, my wife and I have been researching diet and supplement options that are considered good for a person living with MS. While there are hundreds of diet books out there, one thing is consistent with all of them. Try to shop on the outside aisles of the grocery store. The inside aisles all contain processed foods containing tons of sodium and sugar. Living with small children makes it especially hard to maintain a good diet. I will tell you that I definitely feel a difference in my fatigue levels when I don’t follow my own advice!

KLT: As a person with a MS, how has your life been enriched by the challenges you have had to overcome? What are the positive effects your diagnosis has had on your family?

Matt: The challenges that we have had to overcome have been the positive effects on my family. When I was twenty eight, I lost functionality from the waist down. When I was twenty nine, I went blind in my right eye. When I was thirty, I had a cognitive relapse that zapped my short term memory and speech. During this time, our vows of “in sickness and in health” were truly tested and tried to the fullest. This has made our relationship stronger and though it continues to be tested, having gone through all these struggles early in our marriage have prepared us to overcome any challenges in the future.

K. L., I want to thank you for your support and for featuring me on your blog. I really appreciate the opportunity chat about MS, overcoming adversity and living well despite the challenges of chronic illness. If any of your readers want to learn more about me they can find me on Facebook, Twitter or www.mattcavallo.com. If you are interested in purchasing my book it is available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble or in any E-Reader format. Thank you again K.L. and thank you to all your readers.

Free Book Promotion – Dragon Badge

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Free today and tomorrow is crime thriller and urban fantasy Dragon Badge by Scott Moon.

How many cops does it take to stop a soul reaving sorcerer?

MICHAEL PRIM
Michael Prim is a hard charging beat cop soon to be thrust into a world of dark magic. He has always been a bit of a freak: different, strange, and always needing to prove himself. His last memories of his father were of bedtime stories—the mercenary war, dragon slaying, and demon fighting variety. He knows how to come down hard on wife beaters, pedophiles, and cop killing drug lords, but nothing has prepared him for the sorcerer who is coming for his soul.

KEITH MARIN
Keith Marin takes a new prostitute under his wing and tries to protect her, because she continually winds up in the gutter raped, tortured, and clutching a strange jar with a preternatural magnetism. He begins a dangerous dance with the sorcerer who has found his way to Blue Point, and discovers people from all walks of life who are slaves to the soul jars and little more than zombies. When two homeless layabouts who frequent his beat turn up driving a BMW, wearing tailored silk suits, and carrying serious firepower, Marin takes his investigation to the next level.

NICOLE SIMMONS
Nicole Simmons has come out of hiding and reinvented herself—as a rookie cop. She begins to doubt her choice as soon as she is assigned to a training officer who is the archenemy of her kind. She should kill him and disappear again, but she had hoped this time would be different.

DRAGON BADGE
Michael Prim does what any good cop would do after discovering a soul reaving sorcerer is hunting on his beat, he goes to war, even as hellhounds and Rashfellen warriors come after him. He gets a little help from his friends—a tough as nails veteran and a zombie like prostitute who holds a soul trapped in a magical jar—but when the apocalypse comes, there is only his most hated enemy, the gang member who murdered his partner, to stand against Travass Isegurad and his demons.

About the Author
Scott Moon has sixteen years of law enforcement experience and has been a member of various special teams, task forces, and homicide investigations. He began writing fantasy and science fiction at an early age. Many years and millions of words later, he has combined fantasy, suspense, and police procedural genres into something truly unique.

Get Dragon Badge today!

Your “Must-Read” Book List For The Summer!

Summer days are upon once again. For many of you that means vacations, sunny days at the beach, and walks through the park.

What could be more blissful than a sunny day,  a cozy spot, and a great book? That brings us to today’s post which is chalked full of great reads to suit practically every preference.

So without further ado, let me introduce you to your “must-read” list for the summer:

“Enemy of Man” by Scott Moon.

Earth Fleet never forgave Kin Roland’s failure at Hellsbreach. Changed by captivity and torture, hunted by the Reapers of Hellsbreach and wanted by the Fleet, Kin hides on a lost planet near an unstable wormhole. When a distant space battle propels a ravaged Earth Fleet Armada through the same wormhole, a Reaper follows, hunting for the man who burned his home world. Kin fights to save a mysterious native of Crashdown from the Reaper and learns there are worse things in the galaxy than his hunters. The end is coming and he is about to pay for a sin that will change the galaxy forever. Get it here!

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“Blood Land: A James Pruett Mystery” by R.S. Guthrie.

Crime’s an ugly constant in the big city. L.A. Chicago. New York. But when a savage murder brutalizes a small town and neighbor turns on neighbor, a tough-as-nails cop is essential to restoring order. Blood Land is a gritty, emotional saga set in the Wyoming badlands with both greed and vengeance at its core. When billions of dollars in natural gas rights hang in the balance and the town’s top law officer’s wife is slain by her own blood, a reluctant hero is forced to battle his own demons and ultimately choose between justice, revenge, and duty. In the tradition of Dennis LehaneTony Hillerman and James Lee Burke, Guthrie’s sparse, haunting storytelling compliments his talent for creating richly-drawn, unflinching law officers with human frailties and a sense of justice.  Get it here!

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“Painted Faces” by L.H. Cosway.

Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love.. Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn’t have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbor Nicholas takes a shine to her. Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of color when she’s around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a travelling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn’t know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night. She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer. In this story of passion and sexual discovery, Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy, emotional highs and lows, and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime. **Not suitable for younger readers. Contains some strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.**  Get it here!

***Hot Tip – L.H. Cosway is releasing a new book at the end of this month called, “The Nature of Cruelty”. It is a sizzling new romance that will keep you hooked from page one. Get the latest information here.

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“Hold On Tight” by Maria Monteiro.

After suffering a great loss, Emma is ready to get her life back to normal. She is spending her summer, before her junior year, with her new boyfriend Court. They are both working at Fairland Park alongside her best friend Britney. Emma is spending all her time with Court and is really falling for him. But things change when she meets Nash. She begins to question her feelings for Court. Is Court the right choice? Or is Nash the right choice? Emma will fall in love this summer. But will it lead her to happiness or a broken heart? It will be a summer full of romance, music, and moments Emma will never forget.  Get it here!

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The Desolate Garden” by Daniel Kemp.

The Desolate Garden is the story of a secret Royal and Ancient Government Bank, established in the fourteenth century, located in London, England, near what would become Queen Anne’s Gate, and a stones throw from a more recent edifice, Buckingham Palace. Since its inauguration, only one family has ruled over the Bank; the Paterson’s, Earls of Harrogate, hereditary Lords of the Realm. Down through centuries the Bank’s capital has grown in many surreptitious ways, but upon the election of a Socialist Government in 1945 at the end of the Second World War, the Bank’s chief executive officer, Lord Maudlin Paterson, sensing the winds of change, offers the bank’s services exclusively to the Secret Intelligence Services, a move that ensures the Bank will endure the forces of a Britain fast descending into grasping Socialism.
It is now the year 2003. And, Lord Elliot Paterson takes over the custodianship of the Bank and begins the task of converting the Bank’s hand-written ledgers into digital form and discovers in a hidden ledger, dated 1936, a vast quantity of money erased from the accounts. He digs deeper into the mystery, and comes across some initials along with an address in Leningrad, a major port in Stalin’s Soviet Union, in the margins of another ledger. Lord Elliot suspects that his grandfather, Lord Maudlin, was funding a Russia spy but stays silent until in 2012. In his waning days, he telephones his eldest son, Harry, to pass on the fears behind his suspicions.  Get it here!
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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE LIKE A FRUIT FLY? Fruit flies are born, begin attending to their fruit-fly agendas almost immediately, then succumb to old age before witnessing a single change of season. Likewise, we live and die in the virtual blink of an eye. Unfortunately, we often ignore our own mortality and simply coast through our days without ever checking out the bowl of fruit on the other side of the kitchen. The life we hoped for can wait for another day, we think. But another day often slips through our grasp, and we learn that we can’t wait another day . . . that if we are to live consciously, we must learn to live like a fruit fly, not tomorrow but at this very moment, the one we are experiencing now. We are responsible for creating our own destiny. Our gut, our instincts–the GPS we’re all born with–will never lead us astray if we trust it. Silver linings–more fruit to feast on–will always be within reach if only we’re willing to explore.Live Like a Fruit Fly is a call to action. Through anecdotes, insightful musings, candid stories, and hopeful messages, it emphasizes the importance of following your passions as well as being grateful through Active Appreciation (the gentle but concentrated art of meditating on ‘thank you’ for everything that has happened, is happening, and is about to happen) with just enough quirkiness to stand apart from the crowd.  Get it here! 
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Matt Veal, the owner of a small timber mill in Georgia, has vanished from family and friends without a trace. When his brother, Chuck, asks for help from local law enforcement, he instead gets a royal
run around and cold reaction to his concerns. Unable to trust everything the local Sheriff is telling him, Chuck asks his love interest and co-worker, Gail, to daringly go with him to Georgia and start a search. When she surprisingly agrees to go and help, the two walk right into a hornet’s nest of trouble. Everything from crooked land deals to the unsolved murder of his Grandfather almost a century earlier
comes into play with each new clue dropping them deeper into unseen dangers.With the help of Gail’s psychic abilities, Chuck starts tracking clue one at his family’s old Veal Cemetery, the last known
place his brother had gone. From there the dominoes fall, tripping circuit breakers on all the wealthy in West Creek County. The crooked forces send out their army of “Cops in their pocket” fighters to meet the threat of exposure from Chuck’s search, head on, and the rest of the story is breathless
action to the conclusion.  Get it here!
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Set in a caged habitat, where supernatural beings have been trapped by humans, the dark fantasy Habitat series follows Lanore as she solves mysteries while struggling for equality in the face of prejudice among supernaturals.

Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans. Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds; second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment. Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend Meshack and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat’s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help as they fight for her attention. While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: Will she find the psycho or die trying?  Get it here! 

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“Snow Escape” by Roberta Goodman.

Set against the backdrop of a historic snowstorm, Snow Escape is the story of one woman’s innocent foray into the world of online dating turned deadly.

Allegra Maxwell is a 30-year old, single school teacher looking for love. Having chosen to use the Internet to meet the opposite sex, she encounters an articulate, prospective beau on the night the biggest blizzard in history is blanketing the Big Apple. Their pleasant conversation soon turns sinister when she discovers that “Charles” has been stalking her for weeks and claims he lives in her building. With threats of destroying her little by little are made, Allegra must stay one step ahead of the mind games. Turning to neighbors for help, tragic consequences ensue.

When her sanity is questioned, because the online evidence her stalker exists disappears, Allegra must prove he does exist and she isn’t losing her mind. When a power outage thrusts her into darkness, will she be able to overcome the helplessness she feels? Placed in a situation that’s spiraling totally out of her control, while trapped in her apartment building with no escape, will she survive until the authorities can reach her?  Get it here!

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“My Prison Without Bars: The Journey Of A Damaged Woman To Someplace Normal” by Taylor Fulks.

Sometimes the strongest manacles in this life are the bonds forged from painful memories of a past so horrific, that they shackle and incarcerate the very essence of one’s soul…inevitably, the constraint is a life sentence.
It’s storming outside—I’m talkin’ the kind of storm that produces the little red stripe at the bottom of the TV, flashing warnings of impending doom and destruction on a scale of Armageddon. Yet, aside from the frequent bomb blasts of thunder and techno-flashes of lightning, my hotel room is eerily quiet—almost deafeningly so. I lay prostrate on one of the two queen-size beds, arms and hands paralyzed from being trapped under my limp, heavy carcass, hypnotized and mesmerized by the slow seepage of blood spreading into the fibers of the duvet…it’s my blood. This fact does not alarm me—yet, which that, in and of itself, tells me that all my pistons aren’t firing correctly. My vision is impaired by half…meaning my right eye is swollen shut, and I don’t really remember why or how it got that way at the moment. I am, on the other hand, well aware of the difficulty I’m having drawing a deep breath. With what little strength I have—God, my whole body hurts—I shift to my back and gasp! My clothes are torn and mutilated, draped across me in shreds like curtains in an old abandoned house—weathered and forgotten. For a moment that seems to stretch on forever, I am numb, taking in the macabre scenery that is my body—bites and bruises, blood and scratches, a hand-print on my hip, and a…Christ, what did he do to my breast? My brain begins to come back online, circuits flying through my head, some firing at random (work conference, restaurant, too much wine, storm…) while others are more concrete ( walking alone, man in the corridor by the stairwell, tied to the bed, hands on my throat…hands on me). Then the dream—my whole life in Technicolor flashing before my eyes. Was it a dream, or reality? Oh God…I’m either dead, or I will be soon. And what about the man? It’s all becoming clearer now as my brain begins to re-boot. A ghost from my past—the bogey man, Frankenstein, and the monster from under my bed all rolled into my living, breathing, nightmare. Where is he? Did I kill him? Is he still in this room? Futilely, I try to rise up from the bed—oh God, I’m gonna be sick—then I think better of it. Surely he’s gone now. There’s no one in the room but me. I’m trying diligently to convince myself of this before full out hysterics kicks in. I carefully still my aching head, my single eye heavy with weariness and fatigue, scans the shadows on the walls and ceiling as they dance with the strobe beat of the lightning. I just need to rest for a minute, just a minute, then I’ll have the strength to get up and call the police. Darkness surrounds me like a warm blanket in winter. My body is stiff and still as though the bed has been poured around me. The pain in my head and body has changed from a nauseating throb to a dull ache all over. I feel my whole body begin to succumb to sleep, the soothing abyss just waiting for me to fall over the edge into nothingness—that’s when I feel the mattress dip violently and the vise-like hand grip my throat. This is going to get ugly.  Get it here!

Enjoy!!

Written In The Stars (An Interview with Thomas Watson)

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On a clear night you can gaze up at the stars and gape in wonder at the multitude of beauty to behold. Even among the millions of stars, each one is unique and incredible in its own right. Together they make up something magical and inspiring.

It is my belief that this is also true of people. This belief is what gave rise to the “Slices of Life” portion of this blog and all the personal interviews with the incredible people featured there. This latest interview is no exception.

Today’s interview features one of my favorite science fiction authors, Thomas Watson! Thomas is one of those lucky people who seems to be in touch with the Earth and attuned to the skies. His written works include: “The Luck of Han’anga”; “Founders’ Effect”; “Mr. Olcott’s Skies”; “Long Time Passing”; and “Second Chance”.

KL: Thomas, you describe yourself as an amateur astronomer; and as I understand it, your book “Mr. Olcott’s Skies: An Old Book and A Youthful Obsession” was born from your love of astronomy. So I have to ask the obvious question, how did your fascination with astronomy get started?

TW: As I tell it in Mr. Olcott’s Skies, there isn’t a single thing or event I can point to that explains how I became a stargazer. It was an accidental confluence of many events and experiences that, over a number of years, turned my eyes to the Moon and stars. I was fascinated by all of science and nature as a youngster, but somehow the night sky caught my imagination, and held it most firmly. It never really let go, although I stepped away from star gazing for a regrettable number of years.

KL: I love that you took your passion for the stars and turned it into written form so you could share it with the world. Since then you have written a number of other projects as well. Of all your writing projects, which one are you most proud?

TW: That’s too much like deciding which of our four cats I like best! But if I had to pick, it would be the big guy, Linus. No, wait, you were talking about writing. In that case, I’d have to pick Mr. Olcott’s Skies, my brief memoir regarding star gazing. It was intended for the amateur astronomy niche market but has found a readership beyond that niche. That pleases me to no end!

KL: Rightly so. It’s an incredible feeling to have your heartfelt work appreciated by others. In a similar track as the previous question, please think for a moment about the characters you have written. If you could ‘walk in the shoes’ of one of them for a day, who would it be?

TW: Probably Robert MacGregor, the POV character of The Luck of Han’anga and one of the POV’s in Founders’ Effect. We share a love of horticulture and music, though unlike Robert, I’m no musician. Of course, in a way I’ve lived every day of his life, when you think about it.

KL: Being a science fiction fan as you are, what is your favorite sci-fi book, movie, or tv show?

TW: Its an answer given by many, but I’d pick The Lord of the Rings. Its message of hope when things seem most hopeless has brought me through some dark times. I’m not a big movie-goer, but the film made from Sagan’s novel Contact immediately comes to mind. The scenes at the end where faith and science prove themselves compatible were amazing. I don’t watch a lot of television, outside of the baseball season, but I did enjoy Stargate SG-1. The ability of that show to depict a plausible alternate reality was simply outstanding.

KL: Excellent choices! What about authors? Are there any authors you have a soft spot or special respect for?

TW: Isaac Asimov, for one. His anthology The Early Asimov or Eleven Years of Trying made me take short story writing seriously, and inspired me to try to write science fiction of my own. After that, well, this could quickly become an intimidating list! C.J. Cherryh, Ray Bradbury, and Kim Stanley Robinson stand out for science fiction, with Annie Dillard, Edwin Way Teale, and John McPhee as authors I follow in the realm of nonfiction.

KL: If you could go back in time and give advice to your younger self, what would it be?

TW: Ignore the practical advice of your elders and write. Write a lot. And when you aren’t writing, live. Take chances. Travel. Risk getting your feelings hurt. Life sometimes sucks, but you absolutely must take the risks that come of being fully alive. And I’m not talking thrill-seeking, here (I’ll never be a skydiver!), but real-life matters such as relationships, jobs, and the like. I was far too timid in my younger days, when it came to life experiences. So much easier to hide behind books and, later, a typewriter. And having just written that, I wonder if I would listen to myself giving that advice? The younger man I used to be eh, probably not.

KL: Let’s lighten the mood here with one of my favorite interview questions, what is one little known fact about you?

TW: All facts about me are little known. Okay, I was once thoroughly buffaloed in the middle of the night by a bullfrog. It was, however, a very large bullfrog.

KL: I would love to expand on that a bit (as I sense an interesting story in the making), but we are running out of time. So one last question, just for fun. If you could have any superpower, which one would it be?

TW: I’d go for the ability to fly. Just to be able to get away from it all, from time to time.

KL: Nice! I like the way you think.

Well, there you have it, the low-down on Thomas Watson (author, astronomer, and more). For more information on Thomas, please check out the links below.

Under Desert Stars (the blog of Thomas Watson)

Thomas Watson’s Author Page at Amazon.com

Thomas on Twitter

Apologies to my readers but life happens…

I just want to post a quick apology here to my readers/followers. This blog is very important to me, but sometimes life happens. That is what occurred this month. I had my oldest graduating with special honors. It was an endless roller coaster this entire month of events, banquets, award ceremonies, parties, planning, financial obligations, college preparations and more. Though I am an immensely proud parent, I am hopeful now that the madness has passed for the most part, and I can get back down to the writing business. Thanks for your patience everyone (and not giving up on me). 🙂