Today’s Guest: Ali Cross

Author, Ali Cross

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Please give a warm welcome to Ali Cross. Aspiring ninja, writer and turtle wrangler, she does it all. Enjoy!


aliauthorpiclowresAli Cross grew up watching Bruce Lee movies and dreamed of being a kick-butt martial artist like Cynthia Rothrock. Well, she never became the kind of ninja she envisioned, but she does hold a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin’ husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, one sumo dog and four zen turtles. And a cache of nunchucks, staffs, kamas and other dangerous ninja-weapons.

Ali moonlights as Alex Banks where she writes wild middle grade adventures set in the faraway places of her imagination.


ali books2 - CopyBecome (Desolation #1): It’s never too late to choose.

Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil…

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Featured Author: Melissa Barker-Simpson

Author, Melissa Barker-Simpson

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Solstice TourEnjoy this month-long tour featuring authors of all fantasy genres.  Maybe among them you will find a new favorite! (Note that I have not read all of these works, and their appearance here is not necessarily a personal endorsement.)

Melissa Barker-Simpson is today’s featured author from the Magic of Solstice Fantasy Writers’ Tour.

Help us get to know you better!  What do you write, and how do you describe yourself as an author?

I write in different genres; paranormal, crime, science fiction, fantasy – all have an element of romance. I would describe myself as versatile in terms of writing, because I enjoy to try new things. I’m a pantser, so I usually go wherever my characters decide to take me!

Of all the characters you’ve created, which one do you wish you could hang out with in real life and why?

I hang out with them all most days! But if I…

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Magic of Solstice – Allison D. Reid

Author Allison D. Reid

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Today on the Magic of Solstice blog tour we welcome Allison D. Reid.

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Allison answered a few questions about herself and her writing.

Tell me a little about your books:

Journey to Aviad is the first book in a Christian fantasy series that was originally inspired by the characters I brought to life for an online multi-player roleplaying game.  Since those days they have become so much more, and their story has grown to take on new life and meaning.

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When young Elowyn finds a mysterious looking coin in her favorite woodland stream, the simple life she knows is forever changed.  The discovery sets a series of events in motion that take Elowyn and her older sister, Morganne, on a remarkable physical and spiritual journey.  Dark clouds and unnatural storms begin to threaten their home city of Tyroc with growing frequency and ferocity.  Creatures that were once believed to be…

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