Interview with YA Author Shannon Thompson

Shannon Thompson

Shannon Thompson is a young, upcoming author with a bright future. She’s beautiful, talented, intelligent, perceptive and in touch with today’s young/new adults in a way that truly explains and assures her success. As you’ll be able to tell from her responses below, she is truly an amazing person. This young woman has her priorities straight and is definitely going places!

1. You wrote your first novel at sixteen. Had it been brewing inside your for a while or did it come upon you as a rush of inspiration?

My first novel was inspired by a dream I had, but I turned it into a novel after my mother died. Her sudden death had a profound effect on me. I knew I wanted to live doing what I loved, and I already knew how much I loved writing, so I began pursuing my dreams of writing right away.

2. How did you find time to write when you were in high school? Did you participate in extracurricular activities or did you shun them for writing?

I always find time, no matter what’s going in my life. In high school, I had a full-time job, and I was in tennis, Goal O, and yearbook on top of writing my novels. If you want to find time, you can. It just takes sacrifice. You might have to use that Friday night for writing instead of seeing friends. For me, it is always worth it because I love writing.

3. What did your friends think of your writing? Were they excited for you and supportive or did they think you were a little weird?

When I was in high school, most of my friends were very supportive, but I also believe most of them thought it was a “just for fun” thing I did after school. It wasn’t until I got older that I began hearing, “Are you still trying that book thing?” and other lines that were underlined with negativity, but I try not to keep negative people in my life, so my friends today are just as supportive as anyone could hope for.

4. You’ve developed a world with shades and light. Is there a deliberate metaphor operating or did it just come to you that way?

The Timely Death Trilogy is a deliberate attempt to challenge traditional archetypes and stereotypes in literature. For instance, the trilogy revolves around the Dark and the Light, but the Dark is good and the Light is evil. (Or so we are told at the beginning.)

5. It takes a lot of discipline to write a novel. Did you have to develop it or was it more of an obsession?

Both! It begins as an obsession, but it becomes reality with careful discipline, focus, and the passionate belief that you cannot give up.

6. Who is your favorite character from your books?

Choosing a favorite character is impossible because I love so many of them, but I tend to fall in love with my protagonists’ best friends. (Probably because I’m in the protagonists’ heads so often.) In that instance, I always enjoy Pierce (a.k.a. Jonathon Stone) in The Timely Death Trilogy.

7. You are a whiz at social media and are the social media marketing manager for your publisher. Did this come easily as part of your tech-savvy generation or did you have to learn how to manage it?

A lot of it came easily, but I had to learn a lot, too! I’ve spent hours researching social media marketing, and it is a constant learning process considering how fast the environment changes.

8. Every writer dreams of being “discovered.” How did you feel when your publisher found you? Tell us about how that contact came and your reaction.

This is fantastic. Okay. So originally, I was going to self-publish Minutes Before Sunset as I pursued finding a traditional publisher for Take Me Tomorrow, so I started a website for my social media platform. A few months later, AEC Stellar Publishing saw me through Twitter. (Yes, Twitter.) And we started speaking about whether or not I wanted a representative for Minutes Before Sunset. A few months later, we had a contract, and now I’m also releasing Take Me Tomorrow with them soon. Funny how things work out.

9. Was there one particular author, story or movie that inspired you more than others? Which are your favorites?

I’ve looked up to so many authors and writers overtime, but I found that I was simply inspired by words – how the different combinations of words can render a reader speechless. My favorite authors are endless, but I particularly like Meg Cabot, Billy Collins, Cassandra Clare, and Lynne Ewing.

10. What part of writing is easiest for you and which is the most difficult?

The easiest part is coming up with the story and the characters, but the hardest part is letting them be completely true to themselves when controversial topics come up. For instance, my upcoming novel – Take Me Tomorrow – revolves around a clairvoyant drug. But it took me months to decide if I wanted to share such a piece with the world.

11. Where do you want to be as an author in ten years?

I just want to be an author. If I could be helping young writers more, that would be perfect.

12. What advice do you have for aspiring young writers?

My mantra has always been “write with passion; succeed with self-discipline.” Loving what you do will make every painful moment easier, and you will be more likely to embrace the pain in order to continue to grow. You will always grow. Art is a never-ending adventure.

Shannon’s Links:

Website: http://www.ShannonAThompson.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorShannonAThompson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShanAshleeT23

Blog: http://shannonathompson.tumblr.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6880615.Shannon_A_Thompson

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Shannon-A.-Thompson/e/B00AXANG76/

Minutes Before SunsetMinutes Before Sunset: http://www.amazon.com/Minutes-Before-Sunset-Timely-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00CKN4RFE/

secondsbeforesunriseSeconds Before Sunrise: http://www.amazon.com/Seconds-Before-Sunrise-Timely-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00KX6FN4E/

November Snow: http://www.amazon.com/November-Snow-Shannon-Thompson/dp/0979556511/

Meet the Other 8 Authors of the 15 who comprise the “Dreams, Fantasies, Nightmares & Visions” Facebook Group

(Chris Birdy, Ditter Kellen, A.L. Kessler, Elle Klass, Khalid Muhammad,

Shannon Thompson, Jason Wallace, P.S. Winn)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1439009819683643/

Event Dates: June 18 – 22, 2014

Chris Birdy

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Saturday, June 21, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sunday, June 22, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For almost twenty-five years, I did investigative work for small law firms conducting business in rough housing projects and crack house neighborhoods. I met with clients in every jail in the area even the now defunct Charles Street Jail and Deer Island House of Corrections. On good days, I got to take the .25 caliber handgun out of my pocket and the 9mm out of my purse and go to court. Then the real show began!
Several years ago, while sitting in a courtroom with a client, I watched as a police officer was lambasted by an attorney. The attorney was defending a young woman who crashed her car into two other vehicles before she passed out drunk behind the wheel. The occupants of the other cars were seriously hurt and the cop, a former EMT, tried to assist the injured while waiting for ambulances to arrive. The attorney questioned the cop’s every move, shredded his testimony and made him seem inept.
Embarrassed, the cop returned to his seat beside me and muttered, “Everybody lies. The judges lie, the lawyers lie, the witnesses lie…” I wanted to tell him not to worry that in about five years he’d be just as good a liar as they were.
The seeds for The Girl in White Pajamas were planted in that courtroom.

Connect with Chris:

Website: http://www.chrisbirdy.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CHRISBIRDY1 @chrisbirdy1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CHRIS-BIRDY/143255175852695

 

The Girl in White Pajamas

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Bogie McGruder returns to Boston after his brother, a cop, is gunned down on the street. Since the Boston police are investigating the death of one of their own, Bogie believes his trip will be a short condolence visit and a chance to meet his secret love child.
Although Bogie wants to contact his ex-lover, Bailey Hampfield, he’s reluctant to do so since Bailey dumped him four years earlier. Knowing that Bailey had his child after she cut him loose, Bogie thinks it’s time to establish a relationship with the three year old daughter he’s never met. While he considers his options, Bailey gets in touch with him and asks for protection. Someone is trying to kill her.
Bogie doesn’t want to get involved in the BPD investigation into his brother’s death, but he continues to be drawn into it while trying to discover who is attempting to kill Bailey Hampfield. The investigations seem to parallel each other, then intersect and become intertwined. As the story develops, Isabella, a precocious child obsessed with martial arts, slowly becomes the focus.
The underlying theme of this fast-paced mystery is lies. Everyone seems to be running on lies and half truths. The only true character is The Girl in White Pajamas.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-White-Pajamas-Chris-Birdy-ebook/dp/B00JEHQ75M/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-girl-in-white-pajamas-chris-birdy/1115417678

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17994253-the-girl-in-white-pajamas

Alibris: http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?browse=0&keyword=the+girl+in+white+pajamas&mtype=B&hs.x=0&hs.y=0&hs=Submit

Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-The-Girl-in-White-Pajamas-Birdy-Chris-AUTOGRAPHED-COPY-/161108945402?pt=US_Fiction_Books&hash=item2582d769fa

 

Ditter Kellen

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Wednesday, June 18, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A former 911 dispatcher turned author, Ditter Kellen has been in love with romance for over twenty years. To say she’s addicted to reading is an understatement. Her ebook reader is an extension of her and holds many of her fantasies and secrets. It’s filled with dragons, shifters, vampires, ghosts and many more jaw-dropping characters who keep her entertained on a daily basis.
Ditter’s love of paranormal and outrageous imagination have conspired together to bring her where she is today…sitting in front of her computer allowing them free rein. Writing is her passion, what she was born to do. I hope you will enjoy reading her stories as much as she loves spinning them. Ditter resides in Florida with a guinea pig named Shadow. She adores French fries and her phone is permanently attached to her ear.

Connect with Ditter:

email: ditterthegreat@hotmail.com

Ember Burns

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USA Today recommended series of erotic suspense.

Love Romance Cafe’s Best of 2013 nominee.

Ember Wells knows the fear of having a serial killer set his sites on you. For one horrible year she became the target of one man’s twisted game. But with the killer convicted and behind bars, Ember’s life as a photojournalist has finally returned to normal. That is, until Angelo Dimitrov moves in next door.

http://www.amazon.com/Ember-Burns-Seeker-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00H8BP5BS/

Ember Learns

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Ember is quickly falling for the mysterious Angel who entered her life only days before. He possesses her body, but she’s guarding her heart. With so many questions unanswered and a serial killer on the loose, her trust isn’t something she’s willing to give.

Even without her trust, Angelo has sworn to protect Ember. But she’s determined to go after the Seeker. With her stubborn disposition and quick wit, she foils Angelo’s plans again and again.

http://www.amazon.com/Ember-Learns-The-Seeker-Book-ebook/dp/B00IIYY510/

Ember Yearns

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After a night of incredible passion in the arms of Angelo Dimitrov, Ember betrays his trust to save a young woman from the serial killer known as the Seeker. With determination as her guide, Ember faces her biggest fear and runs headlong into the killer’s path, but things aren’t always as they seem.

Angel has never been more frustrated with another person than he is with Ember Wells. The beautiful vixen captured his heart, even as her reckless behavior spawns his rage. Amidst the lies and confusion, one thing is clear: Ember’s in danger. Now Angel must become the hunter and pray he’s not too late.

http://www.amazon.com/Ember-Yearns-The-Seeker-Book-ebook/dp/B00KH11JG6/

 

A.L. Kessler

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Sunday, June 22, 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A.L. Kessler is a paranormal romance author residing in beautiful Colorado Springs, Co. Since she was a teenager she has loved spinning tales. She can easily be won over with gifts of coffee or chocolate.

Connect with A.L.:

Facebook Author Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/alkesslerauthor

Facebook Series Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/darkwarchronicles

Website: https://www.amylkessler.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/A.-L.-Kessler/e/B009SVG9RK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1389554823&sr=8-3

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/a.-l.-kessler

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/alkessler

In the Light of the Moon

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A shifter with no control…

As a panther shifter stripped of her control Kassity has no choice but to be a killer for Lucius. Obeying the vampire was simply her way of life. Until Jaxon comes to town, bring trouble with him. When she recognizes Jaxon as her fated mate, Kassity must deal with betrayal, secrets and Lucius in order to be with him.

A war rages on…

Jaxon must decide who he is fighting for and against. What started as a simple job turns into a complicated game of hearts when he meets Kassity, the woman he thought he was rescuing.

But not everything is as it seems in Lucius’ territory…

http://www.amazon.com/Light-Moon-Dark-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B00DAN29TY/

Dance in the Moonlight

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Renee’s life had been normal until the shadows reappeared and the legendary stone was sent to her. As the arrival drags her further into the paranormal world, the last thing Renee expects is to be swept off her feet by a brooding werewolf.

Yet Coran captures her heart and attention. Small problem—he doesn’t want a mate. Coran still suffers from the loss of his first mate, but when Renee is attacked by shifters he is forced to protect her at all costs. Things heat up when he realizes fate has wickedly granted him a second chance at love. With the war causing the body count to rise, now is not the ideal time to find a mate.

The Circle is becoming desperate and something has Lucius worried which means trouble for his followers. It’s a dance between danger and fate in this second installment of the Dark War Chronicles.

http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Moonlight-Dark-War-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00IXB6E30

Midnight Symphony

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It starts with a legend…

The legend of the Gypsy Lady had been passed down for centuries, and now it is Cora’s turn. Giving people hope and taunting the Demon King is what she lives for, until she catches the attention of Darius, prince of the demons.

Add a secret…

Hidden behind her mask, she keeps her identity from him until the king captures her. With her magic on the verge of waking and the village on the brink of war can Cora tame Prince Darius’ heart before it’s too late?

An obsession

The night Darius kissed the Gypsy Lady became his undoing. When his father captures the woman people believed to be a spirit, Darius takes the chance to observe her. His obsession with her grows into something more.

http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Symphony-L-Kessler-ebook/dp/B00BEJDH6U/

Elle Klass

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Wednesday, June 18, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Thursday, June 19, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

I was born in Redwood City California sometime in the late 20th century. Since I have lived in various states including Virginia and Florida. I graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in education and have spent over a decade teaching junior high. Writing has been my passion since about as long as I can remember. It is an outlet for my overactive imagination. I enjoy creating and sharing with others. I also love to read. As Snow Falls is my first publication but it won’t be my last as I have many more tales to share.

Connect with Elle:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElleKlass

Website: http://elleklass.weebly.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ElleKlass @elleklass

Blog: http://thetroubledoyster.blogspot.com

As Snow Falls

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It is the 20th century in California and the main character, a woman, has lived her life to the fullest. Nestled in her favorite spot during a snow storm she recalls the events of her life from her earliest memories of resisting birth and losing that futile battle to finding her true love and their beautiful family. There are monkey wrenches thrown in at every turn as she struggles to find her place; demonic teachers, cliquish students, her nightmare job, a love lost, and an earthquake that threatens her family. Life continues to dismay her until she can’t take it anymore and sets off on a journey. She is a lost soul with no destination, a wandering heart until something happens, something so incredible she could have never imagined it! Through her harrowing and dark story she finds light, justice and true love. She is a humble and lovable character who is quite ordinarily extraordinary. Her story is anyone’s story.

http://www.amazon.com/As-Snow-Falls-Elle-Klass/dp/1482779706/

Baby Girl Book 1: In the Beginning

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Baby Girl Book 1: In the Beginning is the first book in this series.
Follow Cleo on her epic saga which begins when she abandoned by her mom at twelve. She has no other family which she is aware of, and in order to survive she leaves her home and lives on the streets. She meets some interesting characters and gets into some amusing predicaments all in the name of survival, such as jumping trains, being chased through the woods by a crazy man with a loaded shotgun and witnessing an unspeakable crime. After a few months on the streets she runs into another group of kids, Einstein is the oldest and a leader in the group, and they form a family of sorts. For survival and money they lean towards a life a crime which inevitably breaks up their family and sends Cleo and Einstein spiraling into their own adventure. Eventually they settle into a “normal” life however their pasts can’t be hushed forever …

http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Girl-Book-1-Beginning-ebook/dp/B00GYP1DXS/

 

Khalid Muhammed

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Friday, June 20, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Born in Pakistan’s troubled Swat Valley, educated and raised in the United States, Khalid returned to Pakistan almost 17 years ago and fell in love with his country. His debut novel, Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office, is a journey behind the headlines about Pakistan, the world’s most dangerous place, to deliver an intense story that will challenge the reader to question what they have been told.

Connect with Khalid:

Website: http://agencyrules.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AgencyRulesPK @AgencyRulesPK

Facebook: http://facebook.com/AgencyRulesPK

Agency Rules: Never an Easy Day at the Office

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Celebrated as a ragtag force that defeated and broke the Soviet Union, no one predicted the Mujahideen would bring with them a plague that would spread like wildfire through Pakistan in the years to follow. When the battle-worn fighters returned with no enemy or war to fight, they turned their sights on the country that had been their creator and benefactor.

From the same battlegrounds that birthed the Mujahideen, a young Kamal Khan emerges as a different breed of warrior. Discarding his wealthy family comforts, Kamal becomes a precision sniper, an invincible commando and a clandestine operative bringing intimidation, dominance and death with him to the battlefield. Ending the plague is his prime directive.

Shrouded in political expediency, hampered by internal power struggles, international espionage and doublespeak that makes Washington’s spin doctors proud, Kamal’s mission is a nightmare of rampant militant fundamentalism that threatens to choke and take Pakistan hostage. For him, the fight is not just for freedom, but the survival of a nation.

http://www.amazon.com/Agency-Rules-Never-Easy-Office-ebook/dp/B00HUZOED2/

 

Shannon Thompson

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Saturday, June 21, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

I’m a 22-year-old author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox. In 2007, I was 16 when I published my first YA dystopian novel, November Snow. In 2012, I was featured in a poetry collection, and in 2013, I signed The Timely Death Trilogy with AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. After releasing the first installment, my young-adult, paranormal romance, Minutes Before Sunset, became Goodreads Book of the Month. My life changed. Since then, my first short story, Sean’s Bullet, was also published in an anthology, and my poem was featured in a Norwegian magazine. My latest novel, Seconds Before Sunrise, released on March 27, 2014. Writing is what I do, and I love it more and more everyday.

Outside of my publications, I graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing. This little fact also means I live in Lawrence, Kansas–home of the Jayhawks. Rock Chalk! After also working for my publisher as a Social Media Marketing Manager, I became the C.O.O. While most define a C.O.O. as the Chief Operating Officer, my fellow AEC author, Ryan Attard, redefined it as the Cognitive Operations Overlord. I think I prefer his creative definition.

Connect with Shannon:

Website: http://shannonathompson.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorShannonAThompson?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6880615.Shannon_A_Thompson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShanAshleeT23

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/AuthorShannonT/

Minutes Before Sunset

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AWARD WINNING NOVEL! – GOODREADS.COM BOOK OF THE MONTH IN GENERAL FICTION FOR JULY 2013

Two destinies. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates…”

Eric has less than a year left before his fated battle when he meets her. She’s a shade like him, but separated from the Dark – and with more power than she should have. And he can’t stay away.

Jessica is new to town and desperate to figure out who, or what, her birth parents were. But she can’t find them without overcoming Eric, and she won’t let him stop her.

Minutes Before Sunset happens through the minds of two young adults as they struggle to survive their paranormal realities and find balance in their human lives.

http://www.amazon.com/Minutes-Before-Sunset-Timely-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00CKN4RFE

Seconds Before Sunrise

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Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

http://www.amazon.com/Seconds-Before-Sunrise-Shannon-Thompson/dp/1940820030

 

Jason Wallace

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Friday, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Jason Wallace is an Indie author from the Midwest, aspiring to bring his works to the masses and through this, bring joy into their lives. He has been writing for more than 20 years, mostly poetry, but since 2011, he has been writing novels and short stories, in various genres.

Connect with Jason:

Website: http://korndawg8.wix.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepageofauthorjasonwallace

Website related to this Facebook Event: http://korndawg8.wix.com/hot-books-boutique#!dfnv-5-day-mega-multi-author-event/cla1

Shattered: On the Edge of Insanity

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Attorney Richard Ratner awakes in a mental institution, accused of killing his only child. Unable to cope, unable to understand, Richard escapes and sets out to discover who really committed the murder, how, and why is there much more going on than Richard understands, much more in his own mind? If it were a movie, imagine Edge of Darkness meets Identity meets Shutter Island.

http://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Edge-Insanity-Jason-Wallace-ebook/dp/B00JFLTN3U/

 

P.S. Winn

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Saturday, June 21, 10:00 pm – Midnight

Help! The thoughts are spinning!I write because I have to. I cannot fall asleep without thoughts for a book going through my head. They also invade my dreams, so I have to put them on paper. I have to do this long hand. I always write my books first with pen and paper. If I just try and type them for some strange reason,the flow of words is interrupted. So, I am always carrying around my pen and notepad. Which I am more than glad to do, because of my love for it. I will continue writing, even if my books don’t sell, but I hope they do and I hope the readers will love them and want more. I’m not sure how to classify my books. Although the supernatural plays a big part and a bit of the spiritual without being religious. I hope when the readers out there pick up my books they will enjoy my stories. I also have my short stories on Story Star all with great ratings, and poems on All Poetry. Here’s to happy reading for years to come!

Connect with Pam:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pswinnauthor  @pswinnauthor

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pswinnbooks

Tunnels

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What do we actually know about traveling through something like a wormhole? Is it possible to travel to another world instantly? How about an alternate world? If it was possible would they tell us. Where could we go and what would we discover?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tunnels-P-S-Winn-ebook/dp/B00FAS3HIY/

Paperback:  http://www.amazon.com/Tunnels-P-S-Winn/dp/1492764213/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/P-S-Winn-?store=ebook&keyword=P.S.+Winn+

[NOTE:–If you read the first installment of this blog you may remember that I originally said there were 16 authors. I goofed, there are 15, but there is another person associated with this event, our promoter, Ashley Haines. Many thanks for all your efforts, Ashley!]

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Connect with Ashley:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashley.haines.52