Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Outlaw Trigger by Lee Stephen Giveaway, Interview & Review

Book Description for Dawn of Destiny:

Some men go to war for the glory. Some men go to war to escape. For Scott Remington, war is entirely different. It is a belief. It is a calling. It is a destiny. Leaving everything behind—his fiancĂ©e, his future, his life—he embarks on a mission of faith into a battle he can barely understand. This is his story. This is his war. This is only the beginning.

Book Description for Dawn of Destiny Audiobook:

The Dawn of Destiny audiobook project is a full adaptation of the first book in the Epic series. It's not your typical “audiobook,” even though technically that's what it is. When people hear “audiobook,” there’s a certain type of thing that usually comes to mind. Most likely it’s the thought of someone reading a book to them, occasionally with music playing in the background. This isn't that.

What you’re going to hear in this project, is more of an audio “experience,” the audio equivalent of a summer blockbuster movie. Over thirty voice actors played a role in this. This is ear-splitting sound effects, bombastic music, and characters shouting back and forth in the middle of a war zone. This is unlike anything you've ever heard.

Book Description for Outlaw Trigger:

They say every man has a breaking point-every man can be pushed off the edge. Scott Remington entered EDEN with the heart of a lion. He forged glory in the furnace of war. But on the heels of dawn, darkness awaits. Only when stretched to the limit will a man truly learn who he is. That limit is about to be breached. Lines will be crossed. Sides will be chosen. And faith will be put to the test. Will the righteous prevail?

Author's Bio:

Born and raised in Cajun country, Lee Stephen spent his childhood paddling pirogues through the marshes of South Louisiana. When he wasn’t catching bullfrogs or playing with alligators in the bathtub (both true), he was escaping to the world of the imagination, creating worlds in his mind filled with strange creatures and epic journeys. This hasn’t stopped.

Now a resident of Luling, Louisiana, Lee spends time every day delving into the world of Epic, the science-fiction series that has come to define him as a writer and producer. Alongside his wife, Lindsey, their sons, Levi and Lawson, and their dog, Jake, Lee has made it a mission to create a series that is unique in its genre—one unafraid to address the human condition while staying grounded in elements of faith.


1.    When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I probably didn't start taking the idea seriously until my late years in high school, but writing was something I always enjoyed. I remember making books, complete with illustrations and yarn spine binding, back in elementary school. That was always my favorite time of the year. It's really been a lifelong passion.

2.    How long does it take you to write a book?

Hardly any time at all, haha! My readers know better. I'm a notoriously slow writer. It might take me three years to get a finished novel ready. Quality over quantity, right? I am trying to get faster, though, so the long droughts of no new novels should be coming to an end.

3.    What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I work full-time and I have family life that's priority-one to me, so I write whenever I get some free moments. I hold myself to 500 words per day, so on a good day, I can knock that out in 20-30 minutes.

4.    What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I honestly think my personality. What you see is what you get with me. There's not a whole lot of that to go around in writing circles. I'm not out to impress anyone, I just do my thing and let it do what it does. I guess that's a quirk?

5.    How do books get published?

It's a process that begins with book creation - hiring someone to do editing, to do designing, to create cover art, etc.. The books are then submitted to Lightning Source for printing and Amazon for distribution. It only sounds simple!

6.    Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Though the internet has a wealth of knowledge, it's always been my preference to talk to a person when I need information. It's just a better experience and you get better information. I reach out to a lot of experts in the research process.

7.    When did you write your first book and how old were you?

That was in third grade, so I couldn't have been older than seven or eight!

8.    What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I really just have a jam-packed schedule even when I'm not writing. My job with Homeland Security keeps me busy, as does my family life. My life is very much a "no rest for the weary" one! I wouldn't trade it for the world, though.

9.    What does your family think of your writing?

My wife has been ultra-supportive. She's a huge sounding board for my ideas, and she won't hesitate to tell me when one of them isn't good. That's a big deal! My sons are too young to really understand what daddy does, but hopefully someday they'll think it's pretty cool!

10.    What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I think just how much goes into it. Writing is only half the battle, and maybe not even that. There's a whole crew responsible for each Epic book being in the market. It really is a production.

11.    How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I've written four novels and one novella, which was for a video game company. I think, of all the books in Epic, Hero is probably my favorite. It was the first book that really incorporated the aspects of the first two novels in equal capacity, so it kind of "became" what Epic is today.

12.    Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

The only thing you can really do is give it a try. Everyone has a God-given talent. Find out what yours is, then go do it. You might discover that you have a natural ability for writing, and you might not. But you'll never know if you don't take a stab at it.

13.    Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

I do! I have an awesome fan base that communicates to me through email, Facebook, and Twitter (@epicuniverse). They usually want to know when my next book is out! This is a patient group.

14.    Do you like to create books for adults?

Absolutely, but the challenge is making some accessible for all ages. You can approach adult situations in ways that are kid friendly, so that's usually what I aim for.

15.    What do you think makes a good story?

Anything that's relatable. That's really the key. Readers have to be able to put themselves in a situation or in a character's mind.

16.    As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Probably a actor, but I'll take writing! It ended up being my real passion.

17.    What Would you like my readers to know?

Be true to the abilities that you have, and don't waste them or take them for granted. You never know how far they'll take you.

Tour Schedule for OUTLAW TRIGGER
Connect with Lee:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

Where to buy the book:
Barnes & Noble


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 Win one of 3 sets of books in the Epic series, Dawn of Destiny and Outlaw Trigger (Open to USA & Canada) Ends July 4

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My review;

I just finished reading "Outlaw Trigger" by Lee Stephen and I really enjoyed this novel. I also read "Dawn of Destiny" by him and I also liked that novel. This is part of the Epic series. The book contained action and suspense that gripped your imagination. I was unable to put it down until I got to the last page. I cannot wait to get another book from this author. Will Scott Remington find out what kind of man he is? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for the purpose of a review and all opinions a re my own.

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