The Temple of the Forgotten

I had the pleasure of being included in The Bennett Witch Chronicles, a set of sixteen books about Mystic Falls baddest good witch, Bonnie.  After the final season of The Vampire Diaries, Bonnie heads out on her own to see the world, and these are her stories. All the books will be released on October 31, 2017. I had such a good time working with these authors that I wanted to introduce a couple of them to you.

 

For those readers who are not familiar with you, tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Alex H. Singh.  I am easy-going & youthful writer devoted to creating the best experiences for my readers by letting my imagination paint a picture step by step which then gets translated into words, worlds & wonder.

I have been writing since the age of 18 & I am interested in all genres, especially Horror, Thrillers & Sci-Fi.  I am in hopes that everyone will enjoy my “Nubara” series,

Upcoming for 2017 are the following “The Second Husband”, “Fallen Kingdoms Book 2: “Shield of Reflection”, “Fallen Kingdoms Book 3: Sail of Enchanted Threads” Marked, Something Sinister, Fayeted and much more.

2017 brings a plethora of novels releasing within the year on a variety of platforms & Print

Tell us about your Bonnie book. How did you come up with the idea for the story?

First and foremost, I love Bonnie Bennett, always have and always will.  I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be cool if she ended up in India? There are so many myths and legends around the world but I thought why not my home and native land.  So I chose India to be the place where Bonnie’s adventure occurs.

What was the most fun part about writing this book?

The most fun element was introducing new and fresh characters to this Bonnieverse.  I enjoyed creating a story for her. It felt like an episode of The Vampire Diaries but only staring Bonnie of course.

What did you like or dislike about working on a collaborative series?

I LOVE the fact everyone was involved and everyone had each other’s backs. It was nice to meet new creative people. I enjoyed that part greatly.

Tell us about some of your other titles.

Nubara (A Sci Fi Fantasy) series about Atlantis, a Fallen Kingdom & a calamity set in motion to destroy the world!  A group of individuals unknown to one another are brought together by fate only to discover that they are linked by a destiny to thwart an evil that is about to rise once more. A heart pounding series, will the heroes prevail? Will Earth be destroyed?  Read Book One: Destiny Awaits to start your journey.

Welcome to the world of a lonely single mother who is trying to make sense of her life after divorce. With an acting career and a caring sister by her side Demure searches for what she truly desires, what she finds is FINN; a young man who loves for her, or could this be a simple infatuation from a one night stand. Will Demure give in to her feelings? OR will poor Finn pine over DESIRING DEMURE?

 Graphic, a story that features an angry spirit, a town full of occultists, a curious girl and a handsome police officer.

Daniela Savan is a young woman trying to start over in a town that hides a terrible secret. As Daniela uncovers a truth that could lead to solving a mystery she is also trailed by an evil spirit of a girl who just does not know how to let go.

Will Daniela survive what’s coming for her or will curiosity kill the girl?

What do you think is the most difficult part of writing in general? What’s the most fun?

I think the most difficult part of writing is trying to tune out all the other wondrous ideas out of your mind and only focus on the idea at hand.

The most fun is getting to create your own world. Similar to the computer game we all love “The Sims”.  You are basically GOD of your world. What happens is your creations therefore it is fun.

Do you draw inspiration from other media (movies, tv, video games, music, etc?)

Inspiration for me comes from life experiences however there are times when I see a move or a TV show and think to myself “This could be so much better if it happened like…”  So yes, inspiration comes from all avenues.

If you had a chance to make any fictional character real, who would it be and why?

I think the fictional character of choosing would be Bonnie herself and not because of this project.  She seems like the type of person I would love to be friends with and seriously who would not want a witchtastical friend? I think it would be fun to go on some adventures with her and battle evil.

What are some of your favorite books or movies?

My favorite film of all times is Stardust based on Neil Gaiman’s novel.  I am very much into my horror films so The Conjuring 1 & 2, Insidious 1, 2, 3 and Lights Out are a few that I love.

What kind of stories would you like to see more of?

I really enjoy dark fairy tales and to be honest I don’t mind much of that genre. It would be nice to have more of those out.

Over the last year or so, what has writing taught you about yourself?

Writing has taught me how to be patient with myself and learn from my mistakes.  It is not an easy task to balance an everyday life and be a full time writer. So I need to learn not to be too hard on myself and take it easy and have fun doing what I enjoy doing the most.

Other than your Bonnie Bennett book, what else do you have coming out soon?

My anticipated novel trilogy Fallen Kingdoms Chronicles Book 1: Lamp of Light, Book 2: Shield of Reflection & Book 3: Sail of Enchanted Threads which is based on my DARK version of Snow White.   Book 1 will be part of a multi author boxed set releasing this November 2017.

Fayeted, another dark fairy tale releases in a Multi Author Boxed set this November 2017!

I am also excited for my Action Thriller “The Second Husband” & my horror novel “Obsecura” both release shortly.

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 © 2017 Lori Titus

 

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October brings the Horrors

It’s a busy time of year! Most horror authors are doing their best push for the Halloween season. While I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog as much as I like, I wanted to stop by and drop some links.

Right now, I have an Instafreebie out for a new boxed set that includes my story, The Culling:

https://www.instafreebie.com/free/04t6S

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Sigils and Spells features Hunnting in Closed Spaces, along with 23 other urban fantasy novels. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon:

 

On  October 31st, I will have a new book out, part of The Bennett Witch Chronicles. It will be available on Amazon Kindle Worlds.

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Why Diversity Matters

 

A lot of people can tell you about diversity and why it’s important. There’s easy ways to explain it. Everyone likes to see a reflection of people that look like they do, love like they do, or share similar experiences and challenges. And when you show only a narrow cross section of people, the consequence is erasure of whole segments of that population. But it goes beyond even that.

Stories are important. They carry our vision for how we see the world, not only as it is, but how it could be. We dream of what could be accomplished, what could go wrong, and who would fight the good fight. We want that good guys to drive back the monsters, the aliens, the demons that are trying to claim us. We want to imagine a world where good can win—and that even if the heroes and heroines do lose, they go down valiantly.

Over the years we have seen movies and television shows slowly begin to change their ideas about writing and casting roles. In the literary world, one of the last corners of genre fiction to reflect diversity has been the paranormal, urban fantasy, and dystopian categories.

In the 1990’s, there was a slew of female kick ass heroines. Buffy, anyone? I loved La Femme Nikita and its television re-imaginings, Nikita and Alias. It’s worth mentioning that a reboot of the television show Nikita came out in the 2000’s starring Asian American actress Maggie Q.

Other than Maggie, most of these action femmes were white. Any women of color who appeared on television in these shows didn’t have a very long shelf life. If they lasted maybe two episodes, you considered yourself and the actress both lucky to have had a chance to even see a woman of color in the role.

Inspired by these stories, I set out to create my own heroine, and a world of characters for her to live with. My story is centered on a young black teenaged girl named Marradith Ryder. She has the power to hunt and kill monsters because of her complicated bloodline. Drawn into the Sojourners for her own protection, she soon finds out that working for the good guys comes with strings. There is action and romance, and bad things to be killed. But at its heart, Hunting in Closed Spaces is about family, those we’re born from and those we make our own through shared experiences and loyalty. The Sojourners are made up of people of all kinds, but they work together to accomplish their goals.

My story is peopled with vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters. I also endeavored to make these characters look like us: Black, White, Latino, and Asian. I wanted to create a story with people who looked like the ones I grew up with in Los Angeles.

Sigils and Spells is a collection of stories which features diverse characters. Our goal of course is to entertain you. And while we do it, we hope to show you stories which contain all kinds of people. We want you to dream big, and to see some part of your experience reflected in the pages of these stories.

It’s both an honor and a pleasure to have my book included with my colleagues in this collection. I hope you’ll pick up a copy, and that we can give you new worlds to explore for a while.

Sigils and Spells

Sigils are symbols used in magic. If you have seen a few episodes of Supernatural, you’ve probably seen the symbols drawn on walls or floors, often used to banish the bad guys.

This month, I am involved in a new boxed set, featuring 24 authors who have come together to thrill you with urban fantasy, paranormal and dystopian landscapes. Expect all manner of bad things that go bump in the night, and the heroes/heroines who are brave enough to face them.

Urban Fantasy and Paranormal are booming business right now. What makes this set special is that the characters are diverse. You get to see people you don’t often find in the the genre. I’m very proud to have one of my stories included.

You can get your pre-order here:

 

Blood Relations

Blood Relations is out and doing well!

Take a listen to my interview with Sapphire J Blue right here! She asked me some great questions about the nitty gritty of the story:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sapphirejblue/2017/04/14/conversations-with-sapphire-jblue-welcome-author-lori-titus

And in case you’re curious, the book is on Amazon: