Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Necromancer's Candle by Randy McCharles

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The Necromancer Candle: And Two Additional Tales of Contemporary Fantasy

Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Paperback, 212 pages Expected publication: September 15th 2014 by EDGE 0 ISBN:1770530665 (ISBN13: 9781770530669)
Publisher: Hades Publications (EDGE Publishing)

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A collection of three new novellas by Canadian Speculative Fiction author Randy McCharles.

The collection includes:

  • The Necromancer Candle
  • Full House
  • Merlin’s Silver

Story outlines: The Necromancer Candle Cassidy’s family has a secret. An ancient, ugly candle passed down through the generations until it is has been all but forgotten. But now someone is looking for it, or so Cassidy thinks. A victim of terminal brain cancer, Cassidy no longer trusts what she sees. But real or imagined, the upheaval of her life is moving quickly toward an end where Cassidy's greatest wish is to die on her own terms. But is that long enough to solve the mystery of the necromancer candle? Full House When Jonas loses his job on the same day a neighbor is murdered, he finds his days at home more challenging yet rewarding than he ever imagined. Against a backdrop of healing family relationships and expounding upon life with his poker buddies, Jonas finds himself pressured to solve the murder. But the more he learns, the more Jonas sees that this is no simple murder, but a mystery that has spanned centuries. Merlin’s Silver Joan gets more than she bargained for when she buys an expensive tea service at auction to shake up a lackluster marriage. It seems the tea service is sought by black magicians who will stop at nothing to get it, with only a peculiar little man named Odds Bodkins standing in their way. But who can Joan trust? The mysterious voice on the phone offering to buy the tea service? Her best friend Sally who offers to take it off her hands? Or Odds Bodkins, whose designs grow more unfathomable by the hour?  

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Randy McCharles is active in Calgary, Alberta's writing community with a focus on speculative fiction, usually of the wickedly humorous variety. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards (Canada's most prestigious award for speculative fiction), for works including the novella Ringing in the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta which appeared in Tesseracts 12 (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) and was also reprinted in Year's Best Fantasy 9 (David Hartwell and Kathryn Kramer, ed). Additional short stories and novellas are available in various publications from Edge Press, Anansi Press, and Reality Skimming Press, including the 2014 Aurora Award shortlisted titles: The Puzzle Box and Urban Green Man. Randy's first full length novel, Capone's Chicago, will be available in May 2014.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
The Necromancer’s Candle is a collection of 3 novellas, each with its own inspiration. These were all stories that I wanted to write long before I started them. For the first story, for which the collection is named, I wanted to write a story with a Job-like protagonist where everything that could go wrong, does. To bring it to our current century, I gave a 16-year old girl terminal brain cancer, had her father run away, and her mother murdered. And that’s just how the story starts. Have no fear; like the story of Job, it has a happy ending. For the second story, Full House, I’d always wanted to write a story where the protagonist spends his evenings playing poker with his buddies, just to see what they would talk about. To give them things to talk about, I include lots of family issues and a murder down the street. For the third story, Merlin’s Silver, I wanted to write a story about an innocuous, everyday item that causes all Hell to break loose. I achieved this by following a bored housewife who buys a silver tea service at auction hoping that the frivolous purchase will get a rise out of her husband. What she gets is her house transformed into a hole in the ground and the story continues from there.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
I am a relatively fast writer, but because I am also a very busy person I binge write, Before this year I only wrote on 3 or 4 long weekends a year. Various drafts of The Necromancer’s Candle were written over 2001-2005. Full House was written over 2006-2008. Merlin’s Silver was written over 2009-2011. This may seem slow, but I was also writing dozens of short stories over the same period. I didn’t decide to do anything with the novellas until 2012, when I pitched the collection the Edge Publishing. 2 years later the book is in print.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The ability to create something that is truly my own. Every story comes from the heart and soul of the writer, just as a painting comes from the essence of the artist. A story is a reflection of the writer.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?

Not enough time to write. J Life always seems to get in the way.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’m not interested in being someone else, but if I had to, it would be an actor performing action/adventure scenes for a movie. It doesn’t matter who the actor is. It would be like bringing a story to life.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Well, you made me get out of my seat and go look. I discovered and emptied some cans of pop from 2012 (a flavor I don’t drink). The rest of the fridge looked fairly safe. No new life forms growing or anything like that.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Longer fiction, most of which will continue to be contemporary fantasy. I retired from my day job in January and now spend considerably more time writing. In the past year I wrote my first full-length novel, which will be available from Tyche books in August, 2015 – Much Ado About Macbeth. When drama teacher Paul Samson decides to put on a High School production of Macbeth, he forgets that it isn’t just The Scottish Play, it is The Cursed Play. And Paul soon learns just how cursed. After grappling with his principal, the PTA, his family, and his students, he must contend with witches, ghosts, and skeletons from his past. The show is destined from the outset to end badly, but no matter how desperate or dangerous circumstances become, Paul cannot cancel the play. Theater has but one rule and one rule only: the show must go on.

Warrior by Cara Bristol‏


Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently calls Missouri home. She has a husband and two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling the world.

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A female yearning for freedom. A male armed with determination. Can they save their people?

As a despotic Qalin marches through Parseon intent on conquering every province, Commander Marlix pledges his sister to another Alpha to protect her. Desperate to decide her own fate, Anika flees and finds refuge with the guerilla resistance movement against Qalin. Marlix’s beta Urazi, a male of lesser status, tracks her intending to bring her home to fulfill her duty.

But when love blossoms between them, and provinces fall to Qalin, Anika and Urazi realize home has ceased to exist and they alone are all that stand between the people of Parseon and the end of the world.


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Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
Warrior is third in the Breeder science fiction romance series. But I also write a lot of erotic romance about dominant heroes. The Breeder series takes that to nth degree. The books are set on a planet in which men rule with absolute authority and women have no rights—but in the third book the women rebel.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
Warrior took three months. Two to complete the first draft and another month to revise.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
Being able to let my imagination run wild. I’ve had a lot of different writing jobs (newspaper reporter, PR manager), but being an author is the first job in which I’ve been able to write exactly what I want to write—and not what other people wanted me to write.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Truly, it’s my dream job. There isn’t anything about it I don’t like.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
The President of the United States. I would like to know what’s really going on. Of course, then I probably wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
A bottle of Teriyaki sauce. I think it’s about a year old.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
Warrior is the last in the Breeder series, but I am considering a spin-off that would occur in the future featuring the grown children of the existing characters. I am also writing a fantasy/ sci-fi romance called the Goddess’s Curse, inspired by the mythological Amazons. That will release early in 2015.

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Dark Genesis by A. D. Koboah‏


I am the author of The Darkling Trilogy, an unconventional and epic love story between a vampire and a slave girl. The trilogy was inspired by my thoughts on dehumanization.

I was fascinated by the ways in which people are able to dehumanize others, the impact it has on the psyche and whether it is possible for people to find their way back from being dehumanized.

This led me to a slave called Luna and the ruins of a haunted chapel deep in the heart of Mississippi.

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Life for a female slave is one of hardship and unspeakable sorrow, something Luna knows only too well. But not even she could have foreseen the terror that would befall her one sultry Mississippi evening in the summer of 1807.

On her way back from a visit to see the African woman, a witch who has the herbs Luna needs to rid her of her abusive master’s child, she attracts the attention of a deadly being that lusts for blood. Forcibly removed from everything she knows by this tormented otherworldly creature, she is sure she will be dead by sunrise.

Dark Genesis is a love story set against the savage world of slavery in which a young woman who has been dehumanized by its horrors finds the courage to love, and in doing so, reclaims her humanity.


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I was thinking a lot about dehumanisation at the time I started to write this story—about the ways people dehumanise others and the effect it can have on the psyche. At that time vampires had become really popular in books and films and I suppose the two different themes came together in my head. From then on I began day dreaming about a vampire who had become dehumanised as a result of having had his humanity stolen from him and who had existed on his own on the margins of society for years. I wondered what kind of woman could understand and come to love this vampire, and since I have always been fascinated by the subject of slavery, it made sense that this woman would be a slave called Luna.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took only a few months to write the first draft as the novel seemed to write itself. But it took much longer to perfect the prose and to build a world that would become very vivid for my readers.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The escapism it gives me. I like the fact that I can immerse myself in a fantasy world of my own creation.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Those days when the words I need to create the vivid image in my mind just aren’t there or don’t adequately describe what I can imagine.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
It would be Toni Morrison as I would love to achieve the level of excellence she achieves with all her work and to have the command of language she has.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I’ve had to knuckle down over the past few months to get the 3rd book in The Darkling Trilogy finished and so I’ve barely been aware of anything around me. So everything in my fridge is really old and I can barely see inside it for all the mould lol.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m thinking of writing a vampire origins novel. I would also like to write a novel with a completely imaginary world, like that of The Lord of the Rings or The Dark Tower series.

Naliyah by Shauna Kelley


Shauna Kelley lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and beloved mutts. Dedicated aunt, adventurous baker, and action movie fanatic, she spends her days writing, teaching, and crocheting. Kelley’s first novel, Max and Menna, was a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award finalist for Young Adult Fiction in 2010. Naliyah is her third novel. Kelley delights in the opportunity to interact with readers. Find her online at www.mmshaunakelley.blogspot.com.
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Lenora Scheid can tell you much of human nature. After more than a century of traveling from warzone to warzone, she has experienced more than she can handle of mankind’s thirst for blood and power…she cannot, however, tell you what she is. Not exactly human, but not precisely vampire either, Lenora’s whole life has been spent under the watchful eye of her father. With only her dreams of a mysterious blue‐eyed man as company, she has little choice but to follow her father across the world despite his refusal to help her understand her true nature. As Lenora reaches the end of her tolerance with their life of travel and death, she comes face to face with her blue‐eyed man and everything changes. Can this man save her from a life of brutality? Or will the secrets kept from her for so long destroy them both? 

“Highly imaginative, captivating, and rich in characters and story… a must read.” --Tia Bach, author of The Tala Prophecies

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
This book had been brewing for years, and then suddenly I just sat down and started writing.

I had two disparate ideas. One was about an immortal girl who witnesses all manner of human brutality as well as the most intense of friendships and loves. The second was around the question ‘what if a vampire isn’t really a vampire?’

At some point, those ideas fused and Naliyah was born.

Q) How long did it take you to write?

This is the totally strange part of this book. Max and Menna, my first novel, took me ten years to write. Don’t Wake Up, my second novel, took about four years. Naliyah took about six weeks. Once I got going, I was so excited about the story that it just flowed. Having a few weeks off work during that time for the holidays helped, but the story really insisted on getting on paper fast.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?

I love it when I get ‘possessed’ by something, like I did with this book. I was so excited about what I was writing that I would just get into the zone and keep going. My husband kept having to interrupt me to remind me to eat (and trust me, I am not a person that often forgets about food).

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Talking about my writing, which is very odd. I have no problem telling anyone about something I baked, my latest crochet project, what I did over the weekend, or my opinion on anything. However, when people ask me about my writing, I find it so uncomfortable to answer. I really have to push myself not to clam up!

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Hmmm…. I would either be Katee Sackhoff, because she is gorgeous and talented and totally fierce or Emma Watson, largely for the same reasons.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Victory! I cleaned out my fridge yesterday so I don’t have to be honest about what was growing in there. So currently, the oldest thing is a brick of 16 year Gouda that my husband has been slowly savoring (I am allergic to cheese, so none for me).

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More books, I hope! I am almost halfway through the second novel in the series Naliyah is kicking off. I have some ideas for a zombie book following that, and from there… well, who knows!

The Silver Pear by Michelle Diener‏







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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sex, Love, and Aliens

IMOGENE NIX

Imogene is a mother of two, compulsive reader, and bookstore owner. She lives in regional Queensland, Australia with her husband, two daughters, dog, cats, guinea pigs, and chooks. She has a particular fondness for vampires, star ship captains, and things that go bump in the night (especially vampire types).

Imogene has tried many varied roles in her working life including kindergarten assistant, teacher, principal, and kindergarten and child care director, but rates owning a bookstore and writing her own novels as the absolute highlight.

In her mother and wife alter ego, she has traveled widely and lived in some very unique places including Far Western Queensland, Cape York, and even Tasmania. She loves to travel and rates China and Hong Kong among her favorite destinations.

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ASHLYNN MONROE

Ashlynn Monroe is a busy working mom. She loves her kids and family. Her greatest joy is creating stories to entertain others, and she hopes they bring a little more romance into the world. She’s been writing since her teens, for her own enjoyment, but decided in her thirties to share her imagination with readers. Ashlynn enjoys biking, camping, reading, video games, and filling her home and life with love. If she’s not working or chasing her children, you can find her daydreaming up her next tale of romance.

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JAYE SHIELDS

Jaye Shields is a flight attendant by day and romance author by night. Her addictions include reading, travel, and other activities not even a romance writer will confess to. She’s in a committed love affair with her readers, so don’t be shy!

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BETH D. CARTER

Beth likes writing about the very ordinary girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, so her heroines will probably never be lawyers, doctors, or corporate highrollers. She tries to write characters who aren’t cookie-cutter and pushes herself to write complicated situations that she has no idea how to resolve, forcing herself to think outside the box. She loves writing characters who are real, complex, and full of flaws, heroes and heroines who find redemption through love.

Beth has been pretty fortunate in life to experience some amazing things. She’s lived in France and traveled throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She’s a mom to an amazing little boy, and she’s surrounded by friends and family. She hates washing dishes but loves cooking, hates washing clothes but loves wearing them. Her favorite color is red, but she looks best in black (it’s slimming). She hates people who don’t pick up their dog’s crap in public places, people who don’t use turn signals, and people who are rude and condescending. She especially hates discrimination in all and every form. And although she loves holding a book in her hand, she absolutely adores her ereader, whom she’s named Ruby.

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TANGLED WEBS by Imogene Nix

In the course of a single day Gia Montgomery loses her job and discovers that her boyfriend—now ex-boyfriend—is a two-timing sleaze. After downing a bottle of wine, she catches sight of Cedun in her backyard. He’s the Ba’Tua heir who has been living on Earth for several years. Gia struggles to ignore the strong attraction between them, because she’s sure he’s seeing someone else. Someone very close to her, in fact.

When the situation with her ex turns nasty, Cedun finally has a chance to set things straight between himself and Gia, but nothing is as simple as it seems. Cedun must protect Gia and sort out an impossible love-life tangle before it’s too late.

Content Warning: this title contains sexy aliens and feisty heroines, together with enough action—of every kind—to keep readers on the edge of their seats

THE SPACESHIP CAPTAIN’S Wife by Ashlynn Monroe

Some treasures are the hardest to see.

On a dying planet, treasure waits for an honorable man to claim it. Captain Ric Julius believes the cargo of gems is what he’s come for, but there is one jewel he never expected. Her name is Kateri, and she changes everything.

Saving the woman’s life, and making a fortune in the process, requires only one thing of Ric—his freedom. In order to obtain the gems he has to agree to take Kateri to safety…and to make her his wife. Every man has a price, but is Ric willing to pay in full on a debt he owes to a dead man on a decomposing world?

Content Warning: contains sensual sex scenes

HIS HUMAN by Jaye Shields

Can a human clone trained to kill also learn to love?

Elara Roberts is the captain of a space shuttle sent to retrieve a group of cloned soldiers from the planet US-2. As soon as she lands, the shuttle is overtaken and all of her men killed.

Svarog aka Rogue, is the leader of a rebel group of clones who desire freedom. He’s been trained his entire life for one thing—to kill. But when he lays eyes on Elara, the only woman he’s ever seen, his first instinct is to love. Taking her for himself, his new mission becomes exploring the body of the creature, and punishing any other clone male who dares come close.

Elara witnessed how easily Rogue killed her men and fears she is next. But instead, the beast seems curious and more lustful than anything else. Her best survival strategy is to play along. But when she gets a chance to escape she realizes she may not be ready to leave Rogue behind.

Content Warning: this story includes a deadly, devastatingly sexy clone who isn’t above foul language and dirty sex

GRAVITATION by Beth D. Carter

Can Bree and Niah’s love overcome their species being at war with one another?

Bree has spent her whole life hiding from the aliens who destroyed what was once Earth. When she stumbles across a wounded alien, common sense tells her to kill him before he can kill her, but her compassionate side refuses to obey. Instead, she helps him.

The two forge a temporary truce when they’re forced to band together for protection. But as the days slip by, the alien Niah won’t leave her, and as friendship gives way to something more, she can’t help but wonder when, or if, them being on opposite sides will break the fragile bonds of love forming between them.

Content Warning: contains sexual content, strong language, and some violence

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Strigoi: The Blood Bond by Ron D. Voigts


Originally from the Midwest, Ron D. Voigts now call North Carolina home where he and his wife have a small house off the Neuse River. Ron’s writing credits include the Penelope Mystery Series for middle-grade readers and the dark mystery thriller, Claws of the Griffin. His reading taste is eclectic and depends if the first sentence captures his interest. When not writing and reading, he enjoys watching gritty movies, cooking gourmet food, and playing games on his PC.

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On the verge of suicide after his wife leaves him, Alex Regal learns he has inherited property located in a small town deep within the mountains. Putting things on hold, he heads to Glade, hoping for something positive in his life. Getting there is easy but leaving proves to be impossible. A spell exists, keeping everyone captive in this hidden place.

The town of Glade is run by a Shapeshifter called the Strigoi. The creature needs to drink human blood to survive. In folklore, taking the form of a man or an animal, the Strigoi became the basis of stories about vampires or werewolves. Now Alex must discover a dark secret before he becomes the vampire's next meal.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I took a walk one evening, staring at the mountains surrounding me, thinking about my next story. It struck me that people live in the hills who go unnoticed for possibly their whole life. If people can remain obscure the world, what about a whole settlement of souls, living for hundreds of years? The bigger questions was why? Then the idea hit me. What if a vampire created a secret town, hidden for centuries? What if he filled his village with people who offered him blood on a regular basis and he in return gave them eternal life. The premise for Strigoi: The Blood Bond was born.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
My goal has always been to write a book in a year. I’ve done it faster and sometimes have taken longer. This one came in at about a year. The first six month went slow, feeling my way along, developing the lore behind the shape shifter. When everything came together I cranked out a chapter a week.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love beginnings. The first few words, the first chapter excite me. I don’t always know where I’m going so it is the start of an adventure.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Can I be Captain Kirk? He wasn’t real but quite famous. How cool would it be to be in charge of the starship USS Enterprise? Warp speed and fighting aliens. “Set phasers to stun…Beam me up, Scotty.”

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Deep in the back of the meat keeper drawer in my refrigerator is American cheese, the type wrapped in cellophane that peels away when you are ready to use. I’d guess the stuff is at least four years old, though the original package with the freshness date is long gone. What amazes me is the stuff doesn’t seem to get old. The color is the same. No mold. No smell. I’ve taken a slice out and examined it, amazed how it doesn’t change. Perhaps it’s not real food but a synthetic made from plastic. I toss the slice back in the drawer and remind myself to check it again next year.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
My next book is due out in March of 2015. A paranormal mystery follows an investigative reporter, mentally disturbed psychic, and Goth witch on a cold case. I have a sequel planned for Strigoi: The Blood Bond. And I was working on a steampunk murder mystery. So much to do! Perhaps I can clone myself.