[Author Interview] T.K. Lawyer | Nightfall

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T.K. Lawyer

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

T.K. Lawyer: I have always had an interest in the strange and unusual and I’m a romantic by heart. So how did I come into writing, you ask? Well, I stumbled into it. Yeah, that’s pretty much what happened. I never pictured myself as a writer but sometime in 2011, craving some kind of excitement and adventure in my life; I jotted down a few notes for a book idea and never looked back. Funny part is, the notes I wrote never became a book, instead I took on subjects as wolf-shifters and angels and created their worlds and I have loved every minute of it.

I write passion-filled paranormal romance- weaving tales of alpha males willing to do anything for the one feisty, curvaceous, strong-willed woman who has won their heart. They will go to any length to please their mate, in and out of the bed.

I invite readers to enter my world, relax in an easy-chair, sip a soothing beverage, and be entertained. And, if you love my books, let me know, leave a review and tell others. After all, I write for you.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

T.K. Lawyer: My first book, Nightfall was published in October of 2014 but I have been writing since 2012. My best subjects in school were English and Literature and I guess I was always weird in the sense that I looked forward to writing essays when many of my friends different. I love any format where you can voice your opinion and I have a lot to say (wide smile).

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

T.K. Lawyer: Nightfall was just re-released July 17, 2017. Nightfall is a Paranormal Erotic Romance, wolf-shifter novel with a unique story. Nightfall is drawn to a house, nightly, but doesn’t realize the house belongs to his mate. He approaches his mate as a canine but he is actually a shifter. She takes him in as a pet and he has to figure out a way out of this strange situation.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

T.K. Lawyer: The creativity and the freedom to create whatever you want in a format to entertain.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

T.K. Lawyer: I have so many personal responsibilities and I work a day job too that juggling it all is really cumbersome at times. It leaves very little time for me to write much less marketing and promoting my current books.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

T.K. Lawyer: From everywhere. My muse sends me ideas in all kinds of places and wakes me from my sleep sometimes. I also get ideas and subjects to explore from my own experiences or, occasionally, from funny stories from my friends.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

T.K. Lawyer: I am told I am a Pantser (smiles). I do not work off an outline but instead write what I think and feel at the moment. This is best because my characters tend to go in directions different than what I planned when I started writing the scene; however, the ending makes for a fun conclusion and an even better story than what I was attempting.

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

I write strictly fiction but yes, this happens to me. I will have an idea in my head for a scene but by the time I am writing it out, detailing the dialogue and the movements of the characters in the scene, one of the characters, if not several will say something different or do something I didn’t expect and turn the scene in a different direction. It’s funny but it works and it actually makes the scene better than I had planned, in the beginning.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

T.K. Lawyer: I love the romantic parts. The small gestures, the kind words, the extra care or attention that one character gives another when they are interested and courting the other. These heart-fluttering scenes are the best part of a book, I believe. They break up my sometimes overwhelming days and they warm my heart, reminding me of what’s important in life. They are the sweetest part of a book, allowing readers to grow closer to the characters as the story unfolds.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

T.K. Lawyer: I am currently working on writing the fifth and final book in the Guardian League Series: Orion.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

https://www.amazon.com/T.K.-Lawyer/e/B00OXD3CR8/
https://twitter.com/tklawyerauthor
https://www.facebook.com/tklawyerauthor
www.tklawyerauthor.wordpress.com
https://www.instagram.com/authortklawyerfanpage/
https://www.pinterest.com/tklawyerauthor/
https://plus.google.com/u/0/109094672467230073885
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12764640.T_K_Lawyer
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/t-k-lawyer
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/tklawyer

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

T.K. Lawyer: Thank you so much for this opportunity. I love to connect with my readers and I love to hear from them. For my readers, I will be starting a quarterly newsletter soon so please let me know if you are interested in subscribing. The first issue will start with a giveaway. In the meantime, please enjoy my books and keep any eye out for future ones.


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The Baby Chronicles – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Beatrice Bruno

Beatrice Bruno’s The Baby Chronicles follows the spiritual journey of four “pre-born” babies: Beverly, Emmaline, Joyce, and Margarette Ann. Before they are born, they are allowed a glimpse of what their human lives will be like. Some of them don’t like what they see: lives full of difficulty, sorrow, and darkness. They would rather stay in Heaven with God, but to do so will mean abandoning the destinies God has selected for them. Each pre-born girl must come to terms with her own destiny and faith in order to discover the ultimate gift: God’s purpose for them.

In the beginning, The Baby Chronicles seems to spend too much time reiterating biblical stories many already know, like God’s creation of Earth and man. Then, it skips ahead to what seems like centuries later with little warning or expression of time passed. This odd style of pacing continues for much of the book, which can be a bit confusing. Also, some of the details surrounding the spiritual world the pre-born babies live in before their human births are vague and unclear; expansion on these interesting topics would benefit this book incredibly.

However, The Baby Chronicles certainly has a fascinating premise. The concept of pre-born spirits seeing their entire human lives, then forgetting it so that they can learn grand lessons about faith along their journeys is a wonderfully intriguing one. Beatrice Bruno expertly blends religious truths and masterful fiction in The Baby Chronicles, making for one captivating read. No matter your religion, The Baby Chronicles provokes deep thought and introspection about who we are before and after our lives, and what our higher purposes are in this life and the next.

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Apollo – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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TK Lawyer

Apollo is the third installment of TK Lawyer’s The Guardian League series. In this entry, Apollo has been tasked with watching over a woman named Lauren. He’s done his duty and loved her from afar for her entire life, but it’s been a difficult one for her to endure. Lauren only wants to end that precious life, but Apollo can’t let that happen. He reveals himself to her and does all he can to convince Lauren that her life is worth living, but she’s not sure if she can believe him. Meanwhile, she finds herself more and more drawn to Apollo and his charming ways, but she struggles with finding the path to love and life.

Apollo is an interesting read, full of sexual tension and creativity abound. However, it could benefit from some additional development; the rushed pacing, sudden shifts in perspective, awkward dialogue, and occasional grammatical errors take away from its appeal. It is also, perhaps, a bit too sexually-driven, seeming to ignore the potential to focus on deeper themes. Apollo often toes the line of how much sexually explicit content is too much. This book is certainly dripping with it, which may not appeal to some readers.

However, Apollo is redeemed by its creative and unique plot, as well as its descriptive writing. TK Lawyer writes phenomenal scenes and characters, full of emotion and vivid detail. Because of this, despite its few flaws, Apollo is an incredibly entertaining novel. Also, despite it being the third in a series, it functions quite well as a standalone book; reading the other books is not a prerequisite to enjoying this one. Apollo is entertaining and intriguing; if you’re looking for something sexy, captivating, and entirely unique, Apollo is where you’ll find it.

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Miller’s View – The Alley Rat – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

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Marlene W. Potts

In Marlene W. Potts’s Miller’s View: The Alley Rat, seventeen-year-old Birdy witnesses a brutal murder in a dark alley. Deacon Ashton Bradley is beat to death, and now, the thug who did it is hunting for Birdy, too. His boss, millionaire Cranston Turner, wants him to get rid of “the rat” at any cost. Detective Miller is searching for the answers, but he’s in a race against the clock to crack the case before Birdy meets her demise. With the help of some mysterious rose-colored glasses, he might just find the clues he needs to finally end Cranston Turner’s brutal rampage.

Developmentally, The Alley Rat is a difficult book to get through. It’s nearly impossible to follow references to events in previous books in the Miller’s View series without having read those previous books; new readers who choose to start with this one are going to be in for a bumpy ride. Also, much of The Alley Rat reads more like a rough outline than a fully developed novel. Sudden shifts in perspective and inconsistent timelines are to blame for much of this, as are seemingly incomplete scenes. The Alley Rat’s potential is certainly there, but expansion of several scenes and some thorough editing would improve its readability tenfold.

Despite this, The Alley Rat proved to be a most interesting novel. At first glance, it seems like an ordinary detective mystery, but it turns out to be more than that. The inclusion of the mystical glasses and its curious abilities give The Alley Rat a faint paranormal flavor. Marlene W. Potts’s story is intriguing and different, as are her characters. It certainly piques readers’ interest about the other books in the series, too. Miller’s View: The Alley Rat could benefit from a bit of work, but is an enjoyable mystery nonetheless.

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Elicit My Heart – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Shauna Pendleton

A highly unique book, Elicit My Heart is the second book in the Kiss Me Deadly series. Author, Shauna Pendleton continues Marjolaine’s story of tumultuous experiences as she faces life-threatening choices. The excruciatingly destructive consequences she faces if she gives in and makes the wrong choices nearly rip her demon heart in two. Marjolaine’s lost love is in danger and engaged to another woman. Whether or not she’ll be able to save him from the invisible and unknown danger -let alone save him from the danger she herself is- courses throughout Pendletons’s Elicit My Heart. Marjolaine has believed she is utter evil, but in this second book she faces demonic forces stronger and far worse than her own kind. Pendleton keeps readers wondering page after page as to whom will still be standing in the end.

On some levels, Elicit My Heart could be read as a stand alone novel, but it would be easier for readers to relish in the story sooner if they have read the fist book in the series, Kiss Me Deadly. Pendleton doesn’t appear to give much background when it comes to who or what Marjolaine (Len) is. The tale is gripping early on, but it takes a good bit of reading to piece together Marjolaine’s relationship to Jared and her relationship with Durante. Being better prepared to understand the intricacies of these relationships could help readers get into the story a bit quicker, but that is the only real drawback to Elicit My Heart. Shauna Pendleton has written a fascinating, paranormal tale that will not only keep readers turning pages, but Elicit My Heart will have them craving the next book in the Kiss Me Deadly series.

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The Everett File – Entered in the 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Steven A. Moore

Steven A. Moore has crafted a fabulously interesting fictional novel in The Everett File: The Gooey Gospel of Truthy Goodness. It is unlike a normal fiction story as it brings to light paranormal spiritual occurrences surrounding catholicism. Told from the perspective of Raymond, the main character, he is shocked to discover, well into his adult life, that two of his closest friends hold deep secrets. The paranormal events that begin to occur blow him away at first until he can no longer deny that they are truly happening. The spiritual and paranormal abilities that he encounters are often mentioned within catholicism, but they are typically rejected in modern times. Raymond and his friends are being called upon to help protect a very powerful individual along with the secrets that they themselves hold. That request from beyond forces them to make life changing decisions.

The Everett File moves quickly, but the pacing is pretty well maintained throughout. Moore does an excellent job keeping the reader entertained and urged to turn the page. Readers can easily become wrapped up in this story no matter what their spiritual beliefs are. What if the Shroud of Turin really exists? What if one could get their hands on a piece of the cross Jesus was said to be crucified on? Would these items give special powers to the one who holds said item? Moore offers readers an opportunity to be quite entertained while developing fascinating spiritual questions in their minds. The mysteries keep coming from start to finish in The Everett File, but Moore wraps it all up in a very tidy way that still has readers turning pages all the way through the epilogue. Well done.

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Chrysalis and Clan – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Jae Mazer

In Jae Mazer’s Chrysalis and Clan, Beth thinks she’s on her way to a normal, albeit distressing, visit with her aging mother. However, one cryptic speech and a murder-suicide later, Beth wakes up in a hospital, full of fear and doubt. Who is she? What is she? She’s not so sure anymore. Meanwhile, her daughter, Etta, is caught in a tragedy of her own. A “boogeyman” has ravaged their family, and now, he’s relentlessly hunting her. Etta and Beth must find each other and band together to survive a devastating whirlwind of death, horrifying creatures, and the dark unknown.

Chrysalis and Clan is certainly not a book for the faint-hearted. It is a unique and seamless blend of traditional and modern horror stories, the paranormal, and science-fiction that, although done well, may be a bit too graphic for certain readers. Fans of the horror genre in general, though, are going to love this one. There are a few small plot holes here and there (such as the finer details of the otherworldly beings represented in this book), but none are so gravely detrimental as to ruin the overall reading experience. Rather, Chrysalis and Clan was immediately captivating, and never slowed down from there.

There are two main aspects about this book that make it such a winner for the horror genre, the first of which is Jae Mazer’s impeccable pacing. Chrysalis and Clan’s plot unravels in a manner that is simultaneously methodically mysterious and on-the-edge-of-your-seat exciting. The second winning aspect is the phenomenal use of description. From basic character descriptions to unraveling scenes of carnage and horror, Jae Mazer consistently delivers a vivid, enthralling image with her well-chosen words. Frankly, it is so clearly portrayed that it could make an excellent transition to film, one day. Chrysalis and Clan is a truly thrilling horror novel, one that does justice to its genre while still maintaining its own bone-chilling, expertly concocted individuality.

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Anima: Uncharted Souls – Entered in 2017 Book Award Contest

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Dudley Ellis

Dudley Ellis’ Anima: Uncharted Souls is a paranormal novel in which Melissa Apeeza finds herself in an awakening in an institution with little recognition of how she got there. However, Melissa is no ordinary 10-year-old girl; she posses the astral gift of telekinesis through sight, earning her the name ‘Melissa, Anima of Sight.’ She learns that she’s now a part of the ‘Knights of the Anima: Guardians who posses’ astral gifts.’ Melissa also learns she is not the only one with astral gifts, but that there is a community of people with outstanding astral gifts such as cloning, controlling and reversing feelings and incidents. After one of the older children in the institution rebels and uses his gift of fire to take down most of the institution, Melissa unites with four others who’ve survived the massacre and are now on the hunt for the devil-child who stirred up all of the trouble.

Anima: Uncharted Souls is a rather unsatisfactory ride through the imaginative mind of Dudley Ellis. While it is an interesting genre, Ellis’ execution fell completely flat with incomplete thoughts and poorly described scenes and characters. The poor writing style does very little to grasp the reader’s attention and draw them into what could have been a thrilling paranormal novel. There are some very wide gaps and far too unbelievable storylines in the novel which can become confusing- such as a fairly incomplete background story of the main characters, the fast forwarding to years ahead within a matter of sentences, and the conveniently solved mysteries in the midst of chaos. While the genre is interesting, especially with the “Stranger Things” sensation at play, this book just doesn’t seem to do the genre justice.

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The Passer – Entered in 2017 Romance Novel Contest

4 Stars

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Robin Christophersen

In Robin Christophersen’s The Passer, Eleanor has a strange dream on the anniversary of her boyfriend’s death, in which a glowing figure tells her to “help him believe.” Mysterious things start to happen to her after she wakes up; she now has a strange gift that she doesn’t quite understand and faces a whirlwind of details that just don’t seem to add up. Soon, her path crosses with that of an ex-lover, who is also recently widowed. Together, Eleanor, Daniel, and his stepdaughter, Amelia, must band together to unravel the haunting circumstances behind why they were all brought together in the first place. 

Reading The Passer felt a bit like riding a rollercoaster, in some ways. Its narrative felt rather jumpy, going from interesting and well-developed scenes to long bouts of small talk, and back again. Its general plot development could be amended to flow a bit more smoothly. It doesn’t take much away from the overall story, but is still noticeable during the several slower portions. 

Despite this minor drawback, however, The Passer is an incredible novel. It seamlessly blends several different genres, most notably romance and mystery, into a unique and captivating tale. Robin Christophersen’s use of vivid imagery and well-developed, believable characters helped balance out the winding, intriguing mystery surrounding the plot. The Passer was a page-turner from the very first chapter; this captivating story from a promising debut author is a most worthwhile read, enjoyable from beginning to end.

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The Rose Within – Entered in Romance Novel Contest

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Sana Pirzada

In Sana Pirzada’s The Rose Within, Jonathan Malcolm is a lonely man living in 1920s’ London, aching for love. He’s been having strange dreams about a mysterious woman, but has no explanation for them. A chance encounter with an elderly lady leads him to take up residence at Winter Grange House, which is rumored to be haunted. There, Jonathan meets the love of his life, Selina Selwyn. However, there is more to Selina- and Winter Grange House- than meets the eye, leaving Jonathan to navigate a web of secrecy and paranormal happenings in order to be with the woman he loves.

The Rose Within tends to be somewhat draining. It is written in the style of diary entries (which is a bit cliché), but each passage is so long-winded and rambling that the entire narrative comes across as outlandish. It would have fared better had it not been structured as a diary, and had the exposition not delved so far into unnecessary background details. 

Beyond that, The Rose Within was a decent novel. Sana Pirzada’s use of imagery and detail is fantastic (albeit a bit overdone in some instances). The dynamic between certain characters was very interesting, and the suspense surrounding Winter Grange House and its inhabitants was written wonderfully. The Rose Within could certainly use a bit of cleaning up, but nevertheless, it is a unique and lovely Gothic romance that lends a pleasant (though eerie) reading experience.

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