Things You Didn’t Know About #Author Ramz Artso @RamzArtso #SciFi

Things You Didn’t Know About Ramz Artso

I was raised in a small, fairytale-like village in the Swiss Alps, which is why I love camping and skiing, both mountain and cross-country. I’ve always wanted to try snowboarding, but somehow never got around to doing it. Snowblades look very promising, too. The sheer speed gets my blood moving. I love hot chocolate and sliced bread with Nutella scraped all over it for breakfast. Also, I cannot live without pain au chocolat, cup noodles, sushi and Chinese cuisine. I think Red Bull is the best drink on Earth, followed by Powerade.  Inferno chips – best snack known to humanity, and Haribo gummies, particularly the bears, Smurfs and frogs, are to die for. I used to work out and lift weights a lot, but I don’t anymore.

My favorite movies are Inception, all of the Jurassic Parks, Back to the Future films, 1998 Godzilla, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and many, many others. I think the best books I’ve read so far are the Harry Potter, Twilight, Millennium Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings books. I also really like reading classics, like Dostoyevsky, Bulgakov and Charles Dickens, as well as Jane Austen. I prefer dogs over cats, and want to get myself a Norfolk Terrier sometime in the future. If I could be anyone, I’d become a genius inventor and put together a flying broomstick, then fly around racing against sports cars. I imagine broomsticks aren’t exactly comfortable, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re awesome.

I love all types of music, but Lana Del Rey, Pink and Mozart, as well as many other classical composers, have a special place in my heart.  Fall is probably the most beautiful time of year, what with all the multicolored leaves. I love writing most during autumn and winter, of course spring and summer are just as great. But the former two carry some sort of magic in the air that the other seasons lack.

I’ve watched a lot of series in my life. Family Guy, Southpark, Futurama, American Dad, The Simpsons, Friends, How I Met Your Mother and The Sopranos are by far the best ones I’ve seen so far. People often recommend Rome, so I think I’ll give it a try when my schedule allows it.

In my opinion, Batman and Ironman are the two best superheroes. My favorite villains are of course Bane and the Joker.

My favorite games of all time are all the Elder Scrolls, Sims and Uncharted.  I play my games on PS3, Nintendo Wii and on an Alienware laptop – if you can call it that, ‘cause it’s so huge, it’s crazy.

I really enjoy anything with vampires, werewolves, fairies, wizards, dragons, giants, elves, dwarves and trolls. Norse mythology is my most favorite. The reason being I like Thor and other creatures mentioned in their myths. I’m also very fond of the Viking attire.

Tigers and bears, as well as monkeys, wolves and lions, are the most interesting animals. I could watch their lives on TV for hours on end.


Peter Simmons thinks he is an ordinary boy, before he is abducted by a man with certain special abilities, learns of his inescapable destiny, befriends immortals and becomes famous worldwide. Why? Because Peter Simmons is mankind’s last hope for survival.

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Genre – Young Adult, Action and Adventure, Coming of Age, Sci-fi

Rating – PG-13

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J.L. Myers On Why #Book Covers are So Important @BloodBoundJLM #YA #PNR

Why Book Covers are So Important

Book covers are so important because they are they first thing a prospective reader will see. When someone is perusing bookshelves or searching on Amazon the first thing they see, along with the heading, is they cover. This is your first chance to show a potential reader what your book is about, and more importantly why they have to read YOUR book.

A book cover should give a feel for the world in which your story takes place, and for the characters that will live their lives through your words. A book cover should also display the genre clearly, whether it’s romance, paranormal, fantasy, crime or many of the non-fiction categories out there. Can you imagine buying a paranormal romance that had a cover resembling a true-crime novel? Or a dark fantasy book that actually looked like an erotic fiction? Probably not, and even if you did find miss-covered books like this from an unknown author or even a known one, I’m sure you wouldn’t give them a go.

As well as representing your genre correctly your cover should also indicate the tone of your writing. A bright and colourful cover would indicate a more light-hearted tale, maybe a comedic drama or an entertaining ‘how to’ fit with funny experiences that address self-growth and development. A paranormal or fantasy book, where the characters face death due to circumstance or their own actions, would herald a more serious and dark cover that depicts the book’s darker themes.

Of course there are all areas in between, and some life and death novels do have comedic characters or events that lend themselves to somewhat lighter covers. But whatever your genre, you as the author knows your story, your characters and how you want people to anticipate your book. Your cover is your first chance to illustrate exactly that.

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Genre – YA Paranormal Romance

Rating – PG-13+

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