Duplicity of Power

Wild Heritance Book 1

S. Lynn Helton’s debut novel in the Wild Hertiance series is an epic, action and adventure fantasy novel.  Here’s a brief synopsis:

Namid is a leader within the Shadowers, a select guild of rogues in the decrepit city of Rhadanthus. While she has not always been a Shadower, among them she has found a refuge of sorts from darker times. By chance, she rescues a stranger from the brink of death, only to be plunged into chaos and adventure when a long-forgotten threat upends her hard-won haven and sends her fleeing for her life.

Caught up in the stranger’s quest, Namid and her unusual allies find themselves cast across the Six Realms of the Monarch and beyond. Antiquity and present clash, entangling the unlikely band in power struggles, the machinations of gods, and the dangers of a past thought left behind.

What at first seemed a fool’s errand to restore a legendary artifact of Power becomes a gambit for the Six Realms’ fate – and her own. And Namid doesn’t even believe in fate!

You can find out more about this action and adventure author on her website, at All Author, or on Facebook. You may ask her questions at Goodreads Author S. Lynn Helton.

Lynn’s Interview

What is your (1) most favorite thing to do OR (2) least favorite thing to do?

My most favorite thing to do is read. I’ve been reading since I was four – one of the earliest pictures of me shows me with a book in my hand. I love reading because I can experience other places and other people’s views at very little expense and without having to pack a bag and run off somewhere. (Although I do love to visit new places, too!) I can discover new worlds from reading, both real and imaginary, or learn more about our world. Give me a book and I’m happy! 🙂

Book lover extraordinaire!

Do you prefer to read (1) an audiobook OR (2) a paperback?

I prefer to read a physical book, paperback or hardcover doesn’t matter. I like holding the book in my hands, turning the pages. While I’ve listened to a couple of audiobooks—and they were excellent—I’m more of a visual person and so get more from the story when I’m actually reading the words. And I like how it’s just me and the writer, with no one else’s interpretations involved.

Total immersion in an actual book for you!

Can you name just one favorite novel OR (2) you love too many to just pick one?

I definitely love too many to pick just one. Although, at any given time I might have one that’s my favorite at that moment. I do have some all-time favorite authors, C. S. Friedman and Roger Zelazny to name a couple of them. But even among their books, I can’t always pick a favorite. I love discovering new-to-me writers with novels that join my too-many-to-just-pick-one list.

A true bibliophile!

You prefer (1) to people watch OR (2) bird watch?

Can I say both? 😀 I enjoy people-watching – it’s a great source of ideas for characterizations of people for stories. I can get ideas from how I see people interacting, perhaps mannerisms they have, different ways of holding themselves and dressing and wearing the adornments they’ve chosen for themselves. I do also enjoy watching birds, though, especially little birds. I love how they flutter and flit about, always seeming to be in motion.

Yes, you may!

Do you write when the mood takes you or at a set time?

While it’s definitely easiest to write when I’m in the mood for it, I’ve learned that it’s not required. Having a family doesn’t always give me the option of writing when I want, so I’ve adapted to writing when I can. With our various schedules, I seem to have most of most weekday mornings for my stuff, so that time has become my default “set writing time”. Although it’s also sometimes my editing time, my marketing time, my research time…. I try to keep it all writing related! I do still sneak in other times for writing, especially when I’ve got an idea I just have to get written down.

Primarily when she can slot the time!

Thanks for being interviewed, Lynn!

Duplicity of Power book cover
Duplicity of Power


Sorty Makin’ a Doctor

Brutally Honest, Wildly Entertaining

Memoir author J. Douglas Smith has published his debut novel which is a combination of memoir, sports, and spirituality. Here is a synopsis:

A memoir that follows one man from lower middle class in the midwestern United States through medical school, thirty years of practicing medicine to his transition into coaching high school basketball. The statement that true life is stranger than fiction is no more accurate than when we look at the world through a lenses of a physician, especially one who spent a lot of time in the Emergency Department. You’ve never met a doctor who got help from a convict, had a pepper eating contest with a man called “Fat Whore,” participated in American Ninja Warrior, and took a canoe trip down river with a nude Intensive Care doctor. The story is told with humor, humility, and brutal honesty that stirs all of the emotions.

You can find out more about this memoir author on his website. You may send him a Tweet at @SortofaDoctor1, an Instagram at sortofadoctor1, or find him on LinkedIn. See what he’s reading or ask him questions at Goodreads Author J Douglas Smith.

Doug’s Interview

You prefer (1) to eat a home-cooked meal with family and friends OR (2) to eat in a big-name restaurant?

Home with family and friends hands down. Everyone can be himself, unafraid of spills, and nobody has to be concerned about the cost of the meal. For three years running after my dad had a stroke, we have had my parents over weekly for Sunday dinner. It is definitely time that we all cherish.

Family meals for you!

Do you (1) buy an item on impulse OR (2) save up to buy the item?

Your joking, right? Save. I can’t say I’ve never bought anything on impulse, but I’m usually the guy who can walk in the store and leave with the one item he has planned to purchase. That planning usually takes a fair amount of time.

Controllable shopping!

What provides more inspiration to you: (1) art OR (2) nature?

I think I’m equally inspired by both. I live on a small farm and enjoy seeing life constantly evolving and regenerating there. I love the last visible rays of sunlight as Old Sol says so long for the night. I’m also deeply moved by art–music, literature, and movies in particular.

Balanced mix!

Your significant other or child asked you to do something you don’t like to do. Do you (1) grin and bear it OR (2) mumble to yourself while doing the task?

Most times I grin and bear it. My love language is acts of service. In turn, I feel like I best show love when serving others. When I do stumble with a grumble, I am comforted to know that God provided me with a resource that lets me know that it’s ok to be human. (Matthew 21:28-32)

Tries not to ever grumble!

What is your favorite (1) song OR (2) book?

It’s much easier for me to say with certainty what my favorite song is than I am able to single out one book, movie, or tv show. If I have any friends or family left when I cross-over, Roll with the Changes by REO Speedwagon will undoubtedly be played at my celebration of life. Every time I hear the first two notes of that song, I’m instantly transported back to the insouciance of youth and to fantastic memories of shared experiences with my family and closest friends. Besides, no matter what life throws at you, what else can you do but Roll with the Changes?

Turn some pages!

Thanks for being interviewed, Doug!

Sorty Makin' a Doctor book cover
Sorty Makin’ a Doctor