Questions that Matter with Shari Sakurai


Demon's Life (Demon's Blood) by [Shari Sakurai]

I asked the questions that matter of Shari Sakurai! But first, the book:

Now, the questions!

Welcome, Shari! What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it?

When I was six my friend shut my left ring finger in her front door and it nearly cut the entire tip of my finger off! Luckily it hung on and all healed up just fine but I have a circular scar running almost all the way around the end of it!

Ouch! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

‘We told her that wasn’t a good idea!’

That’s fantastic! What’s your biggest screw up in the kitchen?

I’m always getting teaspoons and tablespoons abbreviations mixed up and once I was making a red sauce and the recipe said 1tsp of sugar so I put in 1tbsp! The sauce turned out so horribly sweet! I…

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Featured Author: WIP

Poster 2 copyWIP: Demon’s Blood Sequel

My current work in progress is the sequel to my debut novel Demon’s Blood. Determined to save his lover from the demon Kurai’s possession, Thane returns to Japan and begins his search for Takata Koji; Taku’s sire and the only vampire who has the knowledge to save him.

Demon’s Blood was my debut novel and was originally written for the NaNoWriMo challenge.




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Featured Author: Perfect World series

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Perfect World series

Perfect World began life as a side project to my novel Demon’s Blood which I was writing at the time. My preferred method of writing is to have a couple of projects on the go at once, this helps prevent me from getting writer’s block and if I do get it I can jump from one to another rather than not get any writing done at all. To begin with it was meant to be a standalone novel, but as I began to write it started to take on a life of its own and became the Perfect World series.

There are many themes running throughout the series. There are warnings over the manipulation of human genetics, the impact of climate change and what isolation can do to a nation. There is also the developing relationship between protagonist Eric Rawlins and Book 1 antagonist Adam Larimore. Eric worries that Adam is only using him whilst Adam, recognising that his feelings for Eric are genuine, fears that they’ll get in the way of his plans for revenge.

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Author Spotlight: M.A Robbins

This month’s Author Spotlight features M.A Robbins.

Interview with M.A Robbins

1. Please tell us a little about yourself?

I’ve lived in Anchorage, Alaska with my family for the past 33 years. I came up with the Air Force, which I separated from in 1991. Since then, I’ve had many different creative and non-creative jobs, including computer programming, project management, IT management, training, magician, comedian, mentalist, and singer-songwriter.

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Author Spotlight: Mercedes Fox

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This month’s Author Spotlight features Mercedes Fox.

Interview with Mercedes Fox

1. Please tell us a little about yourself?
I’m just a girl with a dream, married to the best man in the world and proud mom to 3 dogs.

2. When did you first start writing?
I’ve been writing since childhood but didn’t become serious about it until about 4 years ago.

3. Do you outline your novel before you start writing or do you prefer to just begin and see where your ideas take you?
I’ve still not grasped the concept of outlining. I have a good idea and then as things come up I make notes but mostly I’m a pantser.

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Featured Author: A.S. Johnson

This week’s Featured Author on the Goodreads Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Readers, Writers and Reviewers is A.S. Johnson.

About A.S.Johnson


I’m, A.S. Johnson, disabled veteran turned romance novel writer. Published my first romance novel “Orion” December 2010 with a small press publisher and it’s been non-stop fun ever since! I write a little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy. 😉

I love to read, write romance novels and poetry, cook, history, sightseeing, funny movies, travel, and spend time with family. Moved to Cancun, Mexcio in June 2015 and looking forward to a new chapter in my life with my husband.

I write Fiction: Genre: Romance
For who? Teen/YA to Adult
Everything from Paranormal/Alien/Demon to Altered-History/Western-Historical/Native-American-Historical to Contemporary/Futuristic/Sci-Fi. Sweet-heart Romance to naughty Erotica and everything in between; all with female self-empowerment to boot.
I’m living the dream by turning all my wild dreams into novels!

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Commander Susan Davis, pilot of the space shuttle Orion, is a widow who isn’t looking for love. But it finds her anyway, and in a most unusual place: space. Astronaut Chance Walker has been waiting five years for his time to shine, and the moment when he can tell the woman he loves about his undying affection. In the course of one night, both their lives will be changed forever. In each other’s arms, their ultimate soul-searching journey begins. The novel Orion has it all. In addition to a second chance at love, this galactic romance is filled with joy, passion, tears, and a near-death experience. Join in this epic journey that travels around the world – and then some – to see if love conquers all.

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Author Spotlight: Quoleena Sbrocca


This month’s Author Spotlight features Quoleena Sbrocca whose novel Rayne: Luminescence (Rayne Trilogy #1) is released today!

Interview with Quoleena Sbrocca

1. Please tell us a little about yourself?
I am a Denver native. I live in the city with my husband and our two boys, age 10 and 2. I went to San Diego State University where I was a dance major. 10 years later, I earned an MFA in photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I’ve always loved creative writing. By the time I was a senior in college, I knew I wanted to write a book. It was sort of on my bucket list, because I never had a idea for one until the summer of 2014. Now I’ve published my third!

2. When did you first start writing?
The first creative writing I did was an illustrated book in 4th grade. It won a school prize, and they had it professionally bound for me. I still have it.

3. Do you outline your novel before you start writing or do you prefer to just begin and see where your ideas take you?
For this one, I had the basic concept and world building in notes, just to make those ideas tangible. I knew how the book was going to start and end. I also had a couple plot points planned. Beyond that, I just sat down and typed and let it flow wherever it wanted. My original ideas and the first draft are very different from the finished product, and I love that. Since this was fantasy, I thought that writing it free like this and let the story go where it wanted fit perfectly. For my first two novels, in addition to all the historical research, I knew how it would begin and end. I also plotted each chapter as I went along, hitting some plot ideas along the way. I think I prefer the freedom of writing it and seeing where it goes. I’ll definitely do it this way again for the second book in the Rayne trilogy.

4. Do you set aside a specific time to write each day?
I’m usually able to devote time each day to writing. Some days I spend a few hours, others I only have time to write a few pages. If a day passes without working on my book, it means I’m either super busy or super exhausted.

5. Tell us a little about Rayne: Luminescence?
This is the first book in a true trilogy. It covers one week of Rayne’s life. When we first meet her, she has no community purpose in life, because she has no higher ability. In their society, everyone’s job relates to what their ability is, whether they use it directly or not. Since she has no ability, her colony has no idea what to do with her. In actuality, it wouldn’t be too difficult for them to figure it out; it’s really a matter of her being so incredibly different that they choose to ostracize her instead of embracing her. To them, she’s more like the Homo sapiens. They consider themselves a more advanced species because they have these abilities. Since she doesn’t, she’s beneath them, and they don’t want anything to do with her. Of course, not everyone in her colony thinks this way.

So the book is all about Rayne discovering a new reality for herself and needing answers as to why it’s all happening 15 years late. We learn about her world as she goes from place to place. I think teenagers have a tendency to experience their world in terms of their surroundings or learning about it in school. I wanted to play on that, so the world opens up as she goes from one place to another.

By the end, she knows what she needs to do to learn the reasons for all this. Whether her path to do so is direct or not, I suppose is a good question. By the end of the book, we’ll have a good idea of where book two will go. It’ll be a completely different book than Luminescence, and I can’t wait to get cracking.

6. How long did it take you to write Rayne: Luminescence?
I started writing it in August 2015, and I completed the final version in February. My first book took 6 months as well. Once I start writing, I’m obsessed, and I spend all my free time on it. The first two drafts take the longest of all the rounds of revisions/editing – around six week each.

7. Who is your favourite character?
My favourite Luminescence character to write was Rayne’s dad, Roman. I didn’t want him to be just distant with her. I wanted to hint at layers and good intentions beneath his attitude and to show that perhaps he’s distant with her because someone else tends to get in the way of him bonding with her (her only friend, Rafe). My favourite character overall might be Sir Theo. I’d love to have a sort of mentor like that. Diamond was fun to write, too. I wonder what secret she’s keeping!

8. What can we look forward to next from you?
I will begin working on book 2 of the Rayne Trilogy, “OuterSphere,” this spring. I hope to have it published by the end of the year. After that, I will either complete the trilogy or revisit my time travel series. There’s one book left in that one. I put it on the back burner, because I had an idea for this YA futuristic utopian world. Once both series are complete, who knows what I’ll write next. I stop myself whenever I start thinking too far ahead, because I don’t want to put these on hold for something new.

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Twitter: @QJSbrocca


Rayne: Luminescence Excerpt:

As its path circles above me. I sense its essence—his essence. He must be scouting his meal. I imagine stroking the silky feathers and soaring through the clouds, far above everyone I know. Though I know he will not hear me, I close my eyes. A smile creeps to my lips, and I whisper, “Fly to me, Master Eagle. Carry me from this place.”

When I open my eyes, his beak is pointed downward. He appears to fly toward me. I imagine he has heard me.

He must be searching for prey. I sink lower on the branches. He is closer now. His eyes seem to be fixed upon me. I hold my breath and remain still. He dives closer. He grows larger. I am encompassed in the shadow of his greatness.

He dives closer still, and I descend to a lower branch. He flies straight to me as if I am his prey. I hear the sound of my shriek ringing in my ears. I scramble down a few branches. Suddenly, I am terrified.

I hold my breath. He levels his path. A mighty wind parts the leaves, forcing the branches to bow in the wake of his massive, flapping wings.

I am exposed.

His piercing, golden eyes stare down at me. His talons hover above me. I think he means to grab me. I force myself to remain still. Descending will only give him further cause for pursuit.

He lowers himself, flapping his wings to hover in the clearing. His body and wings devour the open space. He stares at me, tilting his head up and down…almost as if he is nodding.

He drifts closer. He is within my reach. My fright shifts to wonder. I do not think. I act.

I lift a wondering hand and graze his silky feathers. He lowers himself further, and I extend my arm. I stroke his plumy chest, and he ruffles his neck feathers. I catch his scent. He smells of the winds and the Earth. He smells of solitude and freedom.

My lips part, and I whisper, “Salvē, Master Eagle. You heard me?”

He ruffles his feathers and dips his head as if he is motioning, yes.

“May I stroke your beak?”

He flaps his wings and lowers himself so his beak meets my extended hand. As I offer a few strokes, I confess my yearning. “I long to soar with you, Master Eagle.”

The tip of his beak grazes my hand when he turns from me. He does not depart. He presents his back, spreads his wings, and jerks his beak to the sky. I understand him. He is granting my wish.

I do not think.

I climb onto his broad back and wrap my arms around him. I close my eyes, and then I drink the wind.


10792088About Quoleena Sbrocca
My name is Quoleena Sbrocca. (If you try to pronounce it too fast, you’ll likely get a brain freeze. Kwo-LEE-nuh Su-BROH-kuh). I’m a Denver native. I went to San Diego State University as a dance major then earned an MFA in Photography from The Academy of Art University. If you’re interested in checking out my photography, you can visit my website:

I’ve always loved creative writing. I realized I wanted to write a book during my senior year in college. It only took 14 years for me to try. Truth is, I never had an idea for one until August 2014. Before I even completed that first draft, I “knew” I only had one story to tell. Then that story became a series, and now I can’t stop writing. The ideas just keep coming.

The obsession is real.