Monday, June 18, 2018

Two Questions with . . . author Ken Schrader

Thank you, Pat, for hosting me on your blog today as part of our “Two questions with...” series.
For those of you that don’t know, my name is Ken Schrader. I write Science Fiction, Fantasy, Weird Westerns (though, not necessarily in that order). 

And here are my Two Questions...

Question 1. What is the hardest part about writing?

Beginning. Hands down. I have the most trouble with beginning. Now, when I say “Beginning,” I don’t mean beginnings, as in the start of the story. I mean Beginning. Sitting down to write, making that commitment, shutting yourself away from family, friends, the dogs, TV, games, the internet, dishes, that bit of laundry you’ve got to—
Stop it.
Go write.
That’s the hardest part for me. I won’t say that the rest is easy. Writing is hard work, no matter how you go about it. But it’s also fun work. Once I get started, I can fall so deeply into it that I’ll lose time. And it doesn’t matter what part of the process I’m in. Drafting, editing, revising (yes, there’s a difference), or any other part of it.

Beginning, though, is a hurdle that I’ve got to jump every time. 

Question 2. What is your "Go-to" thing that you treat yourself to when you finish a first draft?

The thing I go for when I finish a draft is a grilled steak. Where I go depends on the time of year it is. If it’s not near freezing (or raining), I’ll happily bundle up and get the charcoal grill going. In the event that’s not a viable thing, then there are a couple of places around that I could go to.

Pizza from one of the local places is a good “Plan B”  


I am a science fiction and fantasy writer, a shameless Geek, a fan of the Oxford comma, and I make housing decisions based on the space available for bookshelves. I collect books, movies, and music.

I sing out loud when I think there's no one around, and try to get a blog post up once a week--One of which I have done consistently for the last few years.

I love music of all kinds, books, the big sky off my front porch, Star Wars, Firefly, Blind Guardian (to which, I write almost exclusively), Rugby, star gazing, jasmine tea, and the smell of rain on the air.

My favorite flavor of ice cream is chocolate. My favorite food is grilled steak, and I can suspend disbelief embarrassingly quickly.

I live in Michigan, am co-owned by several dogs (especially the Border Collie), and I ma one of the rare breed of folk that enjoys mowing the lawn. 

I am represented by Dorian Maffei of Kimberley Cameron & Associates. ( 

ually only on the weekends, and not for very long at that.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Giveaway e-ARC of PLAYING HER SECRET CRUSH by Casey Griffin


Today, I’m giving away an e-ARCs of PLAYING HER SECRET CRUSH by Casey Griffin. Leave a comment here for a chance to win (include your email).

 For a bonus chance Tweet about the giveaway and include @PatEsden and @CaseyGriffin in your Tweet. You can also RT my tweets. For another bonus chance, follow @CaseyGriffin on Twitter. Winner will be chosen randomly tonight at midnight Eastern Standard Time. 


All her life, Katie has been chosen last for everything: the last picked on the playground,
the last picked by her absent father, and definitely the last picked by boys—
even her secret crush, Alex, friend-zoned her. This senior year, Katie is determined to
come first.

But then Alex asks her to help him find a date?!

Alex has been living life in the fast lane, but he's ready to slow down—with a girlfriend.
The last person on earth he’d consider? The girl his brother developed serious
feelings for before he died: Katie. The only way Alex is going to get over Katie is
by falling for someone new. And who better to help him find his new crush than the
girl he can’t stop thinking about?

What can possibly go wrong?

Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving a 400 ton dump truck in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion, and she is currently busy writing every moment she can.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Two Questions with . . . author Anne Raven

Thank you, Pat, for hosting me on your blog today as part of our “Two questions with...” series. I’m Anne Raven, and I write romance, anything from suspense to paranormal.

Q. Why do you write?
I discovered my love of books very late, we’re talking early 20s—I know, it’s terrible, and you can all throw virtual tomatoes. I’ll wait.

Okay, that’s enough.

No, really. Please stop.


I spent my childhood outdoors, playing pretend and creating my own stories. I was a real water-baby and would splash in the pool for hours, imagining a world of mermaids and sea creatures. Somehow it never occurred to me that I could put those stories down onto paper. At least not until I found my love of books.

Once I did, it was only natural for me to switch from reading to writing. It happened in a very organic sort of way when an idea hit me on the head, and I just HAD to write it—even if it happened to be about 1am at the time. Of course, this presented a whole new learning curve—actually crafting the words. It took many manuscripts and a lot of words before I found my rhythm. I’m still learning, but writing has become an obsession.

I write because I love stories. I love characters. I love exploring their lives and figuring them out, discovering how they’d react in certain situations. Most of all, I write to purge the characters from my head that demand their stories to be told. I write because I’m essentially still that little girl in the pool, playing with imaginary characters in made-up worlds.

Q. What is the hardest part about writing?
There’s a lot of craft aspects that I think will always be challenging. Starting the first draft of a shiny new idea is daunting, but also thrilling. Often deciding where to begin and end can be tough. Revising can either be great fun or difficult if major re-writes are needed. I’m a pantster (which means I “fly by the seat of my pants”), so sometimes I write myself into a sticky situation I need to fix. Although, since my last manuscript, I’ve begun plotting as much as I can beforehand, and learning how to do that has been interesting, to say the least.

Each book also presents its own set of obstacles. Sometimes that can be the content or the research required for a particular plot or character. Sometimes they can be emotionally draining if you’re tackling a difficult subject. And for me, the absolute hardest part, is getting the emotions on the page.

This is something I struggle with in my day to day life—showing emotions—so I find it particularly difficult to express them in my writing. On top of that, it’s such a vital piece of the puzzle, especially in romance, that you really have to get it right so readers can relate to your characters and want to read about them. Nobody wants to read about cardboard cut-outs with the emotional range of a fish (no offense fishies!). That would be no fun. It’s something I’m constantly trying to get better at, and will likely continue far into the future.

Anne Raven was born and raised along the windy coast of South Africa, and can assure everyone there are no lions roaming the streets—unless you count the feral cat next door. When not reading or writing, you’ll find her being bossed around by her adorable niece, taking freshly baked goods from the oven, or drinking too much coffee. Her romantic suspense IN THE NAME OF THE MOTHER was showcased in Pitch Wars 2017. Anne is represented by Amanda Jain at BookEnds Literary Agency.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

New Adult Scavenger Hunt!

Hello Everyone! Hope you are excited as I am, because we have less than three weeks until the Summer 2018 New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins! Here are the Summer 2018 #NewASH teams:



The New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins at Noon Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 27th and runs through Sunday, July 1st. For more information, visit

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Newsletter Update!

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Fresh Fiction Guest Post: Witches, Genies, and Men with Magic. Oh my!

I'm on Fresh Fiction's blog today talking about men with magic, or more specifically the guys in my series. Check it out and leave a comment telling me what swoon-worthy magic talent you'd like your lover to have? READ HERE.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Totally thrilled to see my upcoming novel, HIS DARK MAGIC, is up for pre-order. There isn't a blurb, cover, or print option availble at this point, but I didn't expect for it to go live this soon. The price may go up later on, so if you want an e-copy this is a great time to order. 


Its power is legendary. It can fulfill every impossible magical desire. But for one young witch seeking redemption, the Northern Circle coven will challenge her skills-and her heart-beyond measure.
One tragic impulsive mistake made Chloe Winslow an outcast to her influential magic family. As a medical student, she wants to combine science with sorcery to heal those she hurt and right her wrongs. But brilliant, charismatic Devlin Marsh re-routes her plans with a once-in-eternity offer: membership in the exclusive Northern Circle, a mysterious Vermont coven known for pushing the limits.
Enthralled by Devlin and their mesmerizing mutual attraction, Chloe makes a dangerous sacrifice to help the Circle's high priestess awaken Merlin himself-and learn his timeless cures. But a foreshadowing soon causes Chloe to doubt the Circle's real motives, as well as Devlin's . . .
Now Merlin's demonic shade is loose in the human world, while Chloe and Devlin's uneasy alliance will pit them against ancient enemies, malevolent illusions, and shattering betrayal. And with the fate of two realms in the balance, Chloe must risk her untried power against a force she can't defeat-and a passion that could
destroy her.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Release Date for Northern Circle Coven Series

I'm so excited to announce I have a release date for 
Northern Circle Coven! 
HIS DARK MAGIC, the first book in the series will be coming December 18th. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Special Price

A HOLD ON ME. On special today 2.99!