Godhunter by Amy Sumida

My life has never been normal.
I was born a witch. I know about the power of Nature and how to harness it. I know about a lot of supernatural things but I never believed in god… not any of them. Until the day one tried to kill me.
That was the day I became the Godhunter, though I didn’t know it at the time. Back then, I didn’t know about the God War. I didn’t know about the gods who fight for humans, even though we don’t believe in them anymore. And I certainly didn’t know that I would become the greatest weapon in their arsenal.
But that was before I kicked Thor in his godly man bits.

Targeted Audience: 20-55

Author Bio:
Amy Sumida lives on a little island in the middle of the Pacific ocean with her two gravity-defying felines. She sleeps in a fairy bed, lifted high in the air, and upon waking, she enjoys stabbing people with tiny needles, over and over, under the guise of making pretty pictures on their skin. She paints dark images on canvases in a cave-like studio carved out of the side of a cliff, and fantasy murals on the walls of her home directly above. She's happiest with her nose buried in a book, or in her laptop as she brings her imaginary worlds to life.
She is the author of several books, including the award winning Godhunter series, the Twilight Court Series, the Beyond the Godhunter Series, the Spellsinger Series, Feeding the Lwas, The Magic of Fabric, and Enchantress. She's been writing since she was a little girl, but first decided to pursue it as a career when she gave her High School English teacher one of her books to critique, and, unbeknownst to her, that teacher passed her book around to all of her friends. A month later, Amy was accosted in the halls by a woman she didn't know, begging her to write a sequel. She's been writing novels ever since.
Amy enjoys serious, kick-ass heroines in her literature. "Nothing is more empowering than a woman who faces every challenge with strength and an unfaltering sense of humor, even when she's losing. A heroine who will crack a joke as she bleeds, then get back on her feet, and show the world that nothing can hold her down except for death itself… and even death may not hold her," she says. "Who wouldn't want to be that woman? I want to be that woman. So that's who I write about, the woman I want to be and the men I want to be with." Amy's main characters are strong, witty women, who, in the midst of trauma, will find the nerve to sass a villain, even when they know it may prove fatal to do so. Add to that strong male characters who aren't intimidated or emasculated by the heroine's strength, and you have a dynamic partnership that works well with her ceaseless adventures. Amy's books aren't about women being more powerful than men, or subjugating men in any way, they're about women who can be strong, and yet want their men to have their own strengths as well. More importantly, her heroines have humility and weaknesses that make them not only believable but easy to relate to.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wondered what gods would be like if they existed, and what they would do to keep power after receiving it for so long.

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Author Amy Sumida Shares Their Story

createspaceAbout the Author
Amy Sumida lives on a little island in the middle of the Pacific ocean with her two gravity-defying felines. She sleeps in a fairy bed, lifted high in the air, and upon waking, she enjoys stabbing people with tiny needles, over and over, under the guise of making pretty pictures on their skin. She paints dark images on canvases in a cave-like studio carved out of the side of a cliff, and beautiful murals on the walls of her home directly above. She’s happiest with her nose buried in a book, or in her laptop as she writes her novels.
She is the author of several books, including the Godhunter series, Feeding the Lwas, The Magic of Fabric, Enchantress, and Bargains of the Heart. She’s been writing since she was a little girl but first decided to pursue writing as a career when she gave her High School English teacher one of her books to critique and unbeknownst to her, that teacher passed her book around to all of her friends. A month later she was accosted in the halls by a teacher she didn’t know, begging her to write a sequel. She’s been writing novels ever since.
She enjoys serious, kick-ass heroines in her literature. “Nothing is more endearing than a woman who goes up against overwhelming supernatural odds with a sense of humor,” she says. “Who wouldn’t want to be that woman? I want to be that woman. So that’s who I write about, the woman I want to be and the men I want to be with.” Her main characters are strong, witty women, who in the midst of trauma will crack a joke, or find the nerve to sass a villain even when they know it’s not in their best interest. Add to that, strong male characters who aren’t intimidated or emasculated by the main heroine’s strength and you have a dynamic partnership. Amy’s books aren’t about women being more powerful than men or subjugating men in any way, they’re about women who can be strong and yet want their men to have their own strengths as well. More importantly, her heroines have humility and weaknesses that make them not only believable but easy to relate to.
She’s also an artist and you can find her paintings for sale on Etsy.com. She paints a series of “Living Voodou Dolls” and also scenes inspired by Hawaii. She enjoys the unusually beautiful as well as the obviously beautiful. It’s hard to ignore paradise when you’re living in it.

What inspires you to write romance books?
Reality just isn’t good enough. I’m happiest when I’m submerged into my world of gods, goddesses, witches, shapeshifters, and faeries. Why have a normal man when you could have a god?

Tell us about how you write:
I just start typing with a general idea and the characters start speaking in my head. It can feel a little crazy, especially when the characters do something unexpected or head in a direction I hadn’t intended.
I’ve started using an outline process including index cards on which I write every scene I’d like to put in the book. Then I can look at them all spread out and rearrange them if need be. As far as the characters, I sometimes find pictures of people online who resemble them but I always have index cards with every character’s name and description on them so I can refer back.

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters speak in my head all the time. Sometimes it gets hard to turn it off and my friends will catch me zoning out during dinner. When I’m writing, they just take over and do their thing while I try to write fast enough to keep up. Like I mentioned before, sometimes I’m shocked by what they say or do.

What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing and keep trying. Don’t let negative reviews get to you, everyone gets them and some people just enjoy being mean. You can’t please everyone so just write to please yourself and you will attract readers like yourself.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I played the agent game for many years and finally got tired of it. One publisher(Llewellyn) strung me along for a year before finally telling me no. That was the last straw. I decided to look into self-publishing and I’m so glad I did. Now I get most of the profits and I can write whatever I want. It’s so freeing.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-published authors are going to start taking over the industry. Ebooks are the new rage and even well established authors are having to change things up and offer free ebooks on occasion. I think they’re going to get tired of sharing their profits with their publishers and realize how much better it is to just publish yourself.

What genres do you write?
Paranormal Romance, Fantasy

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

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Author Home Page Link
Link To Author Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7200339.Amy_Sumida
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Godhunter-Series/323778160998617
https://twitter.com/VervainLavine

Godhunter by Amy Sumida

IndiaGodhunterYou think you’ve got some bad date stories? My last date ended with me almost being sacrificed to a Hawaiian war god. Then I found out that all the gods are real. Only they aren’t really gods, they’re Atlanteans. Yep, that Atlantis.
They screwed up their perfect island(and sank it) and then had the nerve to move in on our territory. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they told us normal humans that they were gods. And we believed them. Why? Cause they did really cool things. So we sacrificed to them and they took that energy and used it to make themselves even more powerful.
Then a little thing called Science came along and we stopped believing in the supernatural. We stopped sacrificing to the gods. They lost their power source and that pissed them off royally. So they started thinking up new ways to get sacrifice from us. Like starting wars. They manipulate us into killing each other and guess who gets that energy? That’s right, they do. They get stronger with each one of us who dies.
You think I’m crazy, right? Yeah, that’s pretty much why I don’t go shouting it from the rooftops. It’s also why I’ve taken it upon myself to stop them in any way I can. I may not be some kick ass superhero but I happen to be a witch, so at least I’ve got magic on my side. I promise you, I won’t stop fighting until I free us from the manipulations of the gods. Not even for a hot Viking god who wields a big hammer. No matter how good he looks in his leather pants.
My name is Vervain Lavine and I hunt the gods.

Targeted Audience: 25-50

Author Bio:
Amy Sumida lives on a little island in the middle of the Pacific ocean with her two gravity-defying felines. She sleeps in a fairy bed, lifted high in the air, and upon waking, she enjoys stabbing people with tiny needles, over and over, under the guise of making pretty pictures on their skin. She paints dark images on canvases in a cave-like studio carved out of the side of a cliff, and beautiful murals on the walls of her home directly above. She’s happiest with her nose buried in a book, or in her laptop as she writes her novels.
She is the author of several books, including the Godhunter series, Feeding the Lwas, The Magic of Fabric, Enchantress, and Bargains of the Heart. She’s been writing since she was a little girl but first decided to pursue writing as a career when she gave her High School English teacher one of her books to critique and unbeknownst to her, that teacher passed her book around to all of her friends. A month later she was accosted in the halls by a teacher she didn’t know, begging her to write a sequel. She’s been writing novels ever since.
She enjoys serious, kick-ass heroines in her literature. “Nothing is more endearing than a woman who goes up against overwhelming supernatural odds with a sense of humor,” she says. “Who wouldn’t want to be that woman? I want to be that woman. So that’s who I write about, the woman I want to be and the men I want to be with.” Her main characters are strong, witty women, who in the midst of trauma will crack a joke, or find the nerve to sass a villain even when they know it’s not in their best interest. Add to that, strong male characters who aren’t intimidated or emasculated by the main heroine’s strength and you have a dynamic partnership. Amy’s books aren’t about women being more powerful than men or subjugating men in any way, they’re about women who can be strong and yet want their men to have their own strengths as well. More importantly, her heroines have humility and weaknesses that make them not only believable but easy to relate to.
She’s also an artist and you can find her paintings for sale on Etsy.com. She paints a series of “Living Voodou Dolls” and also scenes inspired by Hawaii. She enjoys the unusually beautiful as well as the obviously beautiful. It’s hard to ignore paradise when you’re living in it.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always been fascinated with world religions. Then one day I started wondering what these gods would be like if they were just people with extraordinary gifts. The story went from there.

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