Interview and Spotlight - Bitter Harvest by Ann Gimpel: Breaking the world is a hard act to follow.
Print Length: 259 pages
Publisher: Ann Gimpel Books, LLC
Publication Date: February 5, 2018
Breaking the world is a hard act to follow. Releasing February 5, 2018
Karin’s watched magic ebb and flow over her long life. A healer by nature, as well as a wolf Shifter, she fixes what she can and buries her personal needs deep. In a race against time, she and a small group of Shifters and humans are sailing toward a gateway in the Arctic. If they can’t close it, Earth will be doomed, but getting that far is proving tricky.
Daide’s a scientist, first and foremost. Once a world-renowned expert on treating cetaceans, his skills are rusty. Ten years as a Vampire altered a whole lot, and he’s still exploring his brand-new Shifter magic. Karin caught his eye before they left Ushuaia, but she seems to be in love with a dolphin Shifter. Immersed in jealousy, Daide considers walking away, but he can’t give up. The only woman he’s ever loved is worth fighting for. Consequences be damned.
Vampires, Witches, high-handed gods, Kelpies, and a host of others all want either the ship or the Shifters’ magic. Even the simplest tasks develop thorny edges, and misunderstandings threaten to destroy everything.
An Interview with Author Ann Gimpbel
Welcome to JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder (or Character Madness and Musings)
Thank you so much for inviting me back to your blog. I very much appreciate the support.
My newest book, Grit is a 4-Letter Word is actually a nonfiction book that blends my psychology background with my love of the wilderness.
Writing isn’t easy. What was the most difficult thing you dealt with when writing your newest book?
Oh my goodness, writing a nonfiction book was far harder than I anticipated. From planning it out so it made sense, to including stories from other backcountry travelers, to formatting a book with photographs in it, to setting up a new vendor account on Ingram Spark since Create Space is not a good blend for books with photos. Nothing was easy, but it’s done and releasing on 3/27.
Tell us a little bit about your writing career.
They say Hind-sight is 20/20. If you could give advice to the writer you were the first time you sat down to write, what would it be?
What was your most difficult scene to write?
Are themes a big part of your stories, or not so much?
I’m not sure what you’re asking here, but dystopian, end of the world we know, themes loom large in many of my books.
What are you working on now?
I just finished the last of the five Bitter Harvest books. Redeemed will release in the middle of April. I’m working on book related things, like marketing and moving my paperbacks to Ingram-Spark at the moment. I’ll start writing again soon.
Is there a release date planned?
Who is your favorite character from your own stories, and why?
Most writers were readers as children. What was your favorite book in grade school?
What are your plans for future projects?
I honestly do not know. I will start a new series soon. I really enjoyed writing Since We Fell, my first contemporary romance, so I may write more in that genre.
Is there anything you would like to add before we finish?
Print Length: 292 pages
Publisher: Ann Gimpel Books, LLC
Publication Date: December 18, 2017
Breaking the world is a hard act to follow.
Provocative. Engaging. The wild, supernatural ride continues.
A handful of Shifters. A hardy ship. An upside-down world where evil runs rampant and none of the old rules apply. Taking a stand against the Cataclysm solved a few problems, but others rushed in to fill in the void.
Recco misses his cozy lab and well-organized veterinary clinic, but ten years as a Vampire stripped him of any illusions. Life is done handing him everything he wants. He could rail against fate—which never bought him much—or suck it up and keep going. Defeating the Cataclysm broke Vampirism’s hold on him, though. Even better, it threw Zoe square in his path.
When Zoe left Ireland for a visiting professorship in Wyoming, she assumed she’d be home in a year, but her assumption swung around and bit her in the ass. The Cataclysm, a spell trapping her in Ushuaia for a decade may be gone, but it left a hell of a legacy. One that’s far from done chasing her.
Darkness stalks the ship. Evil that will stop at nothing to protect itself.
A small group of Shifters sails south from Ushuaia, determined to assess what’s left of the world. A Vampire attack, a possessed priest, and a gateway to Hell mean fallout from the spell gone bad that pinned them in Ushuaia for years is far from gone.
Back on a ship again, Juan reconstructs what’s always been a comfort zone. The sea is the only life he’s ever known—if you don’t count the ten years he spent as a Vampire. His new magic, fueled by a bond with a mountain cat, brings its own set of challenges, but they pale in comparison with the white-hot need knifing through him whenever Aura is anywhere close.
A historian by trade, Aura deals in prophecies for her Shifter pack. Attraction for Juan ignited when they fought the Cataclysm, but she figures he left a string of broken hearts during his years as chief navigator on cruise ships. They have to work together. A self-indulgent affair could ruin everything. She does her damnedest to keep distance between them, but the ship’s not big enough to escape yearning for a future together.
Magic shattered the world, but the worst is yet to come.
“Provocative and engaging. A fast-paced, supernatural ride.” Michelle Fox, NYT Bestselling Author
The sea may have been a harsh mistress, but Viktor longs for the challenges of wind and weather, for the sound of waves crashing over his hull. Turned by a Master Vampire, he hates what he’s become, but there’s no escape. Not from Ushuaia that’s turned into a city of bones, or from the Vampire who rules him.
Ketha and eleven other Shifters traveled to Ushuaia to harness the power of an eclipse and were trapped there when the world turned upside down. Ten years later, they’re staying one step ahead of Vampires who blame them for the cataclysm.
With her luck running low, Ketha turns her badly depleted magic on the Vampire assigned to lock her away and gets sucked in by her own spell. Maybe magic can’t save the world, but love might be able to salvage what’s left.
About the Author
Around that time, a friend of hers suggested she try her hand at short stories. It didn’t take long before that first story found its way into print and they’ve been accepted pretty regularly since then. One of Ann’s passions has always been ecology, so her tales often have a green twist.
In addition to writing, Ann enjoys wilderness photography. She lugs pounds of camera equipment in her backpack to distant locales every year. A standing joke is that over ten percent of her pack weight is camera gear which means someone else has to carry the food! That someone is her husband. They’ve shared a life together for a very long time. Children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out their family.