Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mind's Eye by Rebecca A. Rogers‏


Rebecca expressed her creative side at an early age and hasn’t stopped since. She won’t hesitate to tell you that she lives inside her imagination, and it’s better than reality.

She’d insert something here along the lines of living in the Northeast, USA, or Europe, with her wonderful husband and their dogs, but these things haven’t happened yet. Instead, she’ll tell you she’s an avid gamer, chocoholic, coffee addict, animal lover, and owns way too many books and shoes.

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Seventeen-year-old Kearly Ashling can travel anywhere her mind takes her—literally. Becoming Empress of the planet Cyeor and battling monstrous, otherworldly creatures isn’t a problem. Living among the elves on the Plains of Glasslyn has yet to be an issue, as well. Even touring normal places like Paris, London, Tokyo, and the Amazon Rainforest isn’t difficult.

But traveling through her imagination isn’t just fun and games—it has consequences. Following a battle on the planet Cyeor, she’s visited by a guy who’s unimagined. He warns her to stop using her gift or they will find her. Kearly doesn’t heed the messenger’s advice and soon wishes she had. When the messenger finds her again, he transports her to the M.I.N.D., a corporation which specializes in “healing the psyche.” Once she’s inside the M.I.N.D.’s doors, however, Kearly realizes escaping is nearly impossible.

Now, she must figure out the M.I.N.D.’s true intent, try not to fall for the irritating-yet-handsome messenger, and find a way to outsmart the organization before they stop her from ever imagining again.


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
After a long day at my old nine-to-five job, I came home and collapsed on my couch. It was just one of those days where I wished I was anywhere but there at that moment—sailing on a cruise, lounging on a beach, etc. I imagined sipping on a piƱa colada, with a miniature pink umbrella poking out of my glass. Then I thought, How awesome would it be to travel anywhere my imagination takes me? Whether it was this world or one that didn’t exist, the idea that I could escape to another time and place, be whoever I wanted to be, sounded like so much fun—and so did turning that concept into a story.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
The original first draft was written way back in 2009, and it took me about three months to write. This time around, though, it only took a couple of months, because the book was written. I just had to do some major editing and change the plot, so it could be converted from a standalone novel to a full-blown trilogy.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
For me, it’s the escapism. It’s the same rush I get when I’m reading. I’m lost in incredible worlds, living lives I’ve only dreamed of. The outside world—the real world—doesn’t exist anymore; it’s just the story and me.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Getting the first draft written. I know a lot of authors say this is the easiest step for them, but it’s not for me. Even though I outline like crazy, and know everything that’s going to happen, the first draft is always the slowest process.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Probably J.K. Rowling. I’d love to step inside her imagination.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Oh, wow. Um… I think there are some leftovers from a couple of weeks ago. I’m sure they’re growing a new species by now.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I plan on finishing the Mind’s Eye trilogy this year, and then I’ll be moving on to an epic fantasy series about four queens battling for a powerful, yet sacred, crystal.

Dumah's Demons by Ami Blackwelder


Ami Blackwelder is a Paranormal and SciFi author. Her stories range from Tween & YA to Adult. Growing up in Florida, she graduated UCF and in 1997 received her BA in English and additional teaching credentials. Then she packed her bags and travelled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand in her thirties.

Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University), her short fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the USA. Later, she achieved the semi-finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.

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Dumah ran away from the orphanage with her brother Kian, but what they found on the streets separated them forever. Follow the life of Dumah and find out the motivation behind Dameon's advancements for Ali Maney.

This is an accompaniment novella to She Speaks to Angels and Falling Angels, and Angel Codes from the AngelFire Chronicles.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
Good Question. I finished She Speaks to Angels and wanted to do Falling angels next, but something kept bugging me —another character. My mind kept spinning around this character Dumah who turns out to be Kian’s sister and Dameon’s lover. I thought I had to tell her story before I go into Falling Angels and introduce her to readers. She just seemed so central to the story and motivations of both Dameon and Kian.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
I wrote the story in about a few night. Each night after work with the darkness visible outside my window.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
I love story telling and developing characters as well as worlds. They allow us to peak inside of ourselves, inside of the human condition and explore.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Ummm, I used to say editing but now I kinda like it too. I’d have to say promoting actually.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
Another good question! I think I’d be Albert Einstein and see how he saw the world or Cleopatra with all her dominance and strength. If I could be anything though, I’d choose to be a Bonobo for a day, and come back knowing what they actually think and feel.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
Gosh, I throw out stuff all the time. I don’t like old food. Bread seems to get old fast and moldy, but it is not in my fridge. I’d have to say vegetables tend to wither uneaten.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
Falling Angels very soon followed by Angel Codes a few months later and it completes the AngelFire Chronicles. Finally Mers, the last book in the Mer Chronicles. Mers is only comprised of two books. We find out about Ethan, his mum and sister and all their intentions. One confusing family. LOL.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Earthen: A Dragon's Keep Story by Raelynn Blue

RaeLynn Blue is the author of numerous tales of erotic interracial romance and speculative romance. With an imagination that's varied and diverse, her tales explores love in all its many shades, situations and scenarios. She fell into romance stories at the ripe age of eleven and has been writing stories ever since. A humble scribbler of tales, RaeLynn is actively writing another story of lust, love, and romance.

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Sonya Gou has a major issue. Her guardian keeps her safe from threats against her life and his heart. How can she survive being so close to the one man she cannot have?

Zihao Liang. Guardian. Warrior. Earthen. Blood sworn to protect the Gou's treasure, Sonya, he has put his love for her beneath a sacred vow to protect her at all cost.

Zihao and Sonya must put their love to the test when a powerful enemy threatens all they hold dear.


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
RB: The story is the third story in the Dragon’s Keep series. I wanted to tell a story about dragon shifters already in the keep and expand the world of the dragon shifters. Moreover, Zihao’s plight, being a guardian to a woman he loves but cannot have, presented a writing challenge. I wanted to explore his mindset, the conditions for that situation and how—if possible—would it be resolved.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
RB: Earthen took roughly four months to write.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
RB: My favorite thing about writing is world-building and tossing characters into situations and watching what happens next. Sometimes they surprise me.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
RB: My least favorite thing about writing is surprisingly writing the first paragraph. Those are the toughest lines and they are the most important when setting the tone of the story.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
RB: If I could be a famous person for one day, I would love to Oprah Winfrey. She affects so many people’s lives, and brings so much joy. I would really enjoy the opportunity to be that person for a day.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
RB: The oldest thing in my fridge is a bottle of blackberry wine. It has been there since Thanksgiving.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
RB: In the future, readers can expect a bear shifter story I’m currently writing and another paranormal story that includes a psychic.

Complication by K.A. Salidas‏


Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, I can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons. I can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, I still find time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). I can do all of this and still have time to write my novels.

Sorry… I can’t even write that with a straight face.

Lies all lies.

Here’s the reality. I’m a sleep-deprived, overworked, mom who just doesn’t know the meaning of the word balance. I try so hard to do it all, (be super mom, wife, & author) and at the end of the day I fall face forward into the couch.

Yes, you read that right, I tend to sleep on the couch. It’s a point of frustration for my hubby and a thing of comedy for my daughter. Imagine waking up to your little child yelling, “Mom slept on the couch again!!!”

Because being supermom (or trying to) means a lot of time devoted to family, writing is often done when said family is peacefully snoozing away. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen asleep with my laptop, on the couch. It just happens. Then, bright and early at 7am either my hubby (on his way to work) or my daughter (getting ready for school) wakes me up.

Writing is my passion. It’s a part of me. More than just a hobby, it’s a compulsion. I have to do it. If I don’t do at least one writing related thing each day I get cranky.

Hopefully, my passion can be your entertainment!

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Narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Magistrate, Mira travels west, toward the coast. With three weakened human fugitives accompanying her, she searches for the mythical land of Sanctuary.

After encountering a pack of wolf shifters, headed by the charismatic—and brazen—Stryker, Mira learns that Sanctuary is real after all. Caldera Grove: home of the Otherkin. Hidden in the mouth of a dormant volcano, it has protected its residents from humans since the early days following the great cataclysm. For Mira— a vampire— Caldera Grove is a land of peace; an escape from the relentless persecution of the humans who once enslaved her, and an end to the daily struggle and bloodshed of being a gladiator.

For the humans accompanying her, Caldera Grove means death. Humans, greedy and untrustworthy creatures, are destroyed before they can penetrate its borders.

To plead her case for entry into Caldera, Mira must abandon her companions, albeit temporarily, and follow Stryker into the heart of the city. What she finds within Caldera Grove presents her with an unenviable decision between her own desires for freedom and peace, or honor and the human companions who risked it all for her.


Q) What inspired you to write this story?
The idea came to me while chatting with my husband. We were talking about what was hot in current books and what had always been a favorite among readers. As we mentioned the different things like: Star-crossed lovers and love triangles, post-apocalyptic worlds, kick-ass heroines, and vampires, Mira began to form. Her character came first. Then she told me what she was and did. Rather than be top of the food chain as a vampire, she was a slave. Mistreated, abused, and forced to kill her own kind for blood sport, she was an unlikely heroine. She was perfect. And then the story formed around her. Mira’s world is gritty and I love writing about it. I hope you will love reading her story too.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Technically speaking, I am still working on it. This series is set for 3 books but there is so much more I can expand on and I do plan on expanding it as long as readers are enjoying.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Writing is very freeing. You can create new worlds. You can play puppet master with characters. You control the fates within your stories. Sometimes, after an especially trying day where nothing goes right, it’s nice to be able to sit down at the computer and work on my story, where I know everything will go according to my design!

That is… as long as my characters cooperate.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Well, characters do not always play nicely. When you write yourself into a corner, or characters don’t interact the way they are supposed to, there is some backtracking and deleting that needs to be done. There is a little bit of helplessness there, feeling like your story will not work out, and not knowing where to go from there. Sometimes it means cutting out whole scenes that you took hours to write in order to get back to a place where you can move forward again. Never fun. Nope. Not at all. But often necessary.

Eventually it works out, but that’s the biggest stress in writing, making sure it does work.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’m really not big on celebrities. I’d rather be myself. Can I be famous for a day? That would be pretty neat. But then, being the shy wallflower that I am, I’d probably freak out at the attention. LoL.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Oh man. I made a casserole about a week and a half ago. It was tasty and my kids gobbled it up, but there was a little left. I had every intention of getting to it, but I didn’t. I have a three day rule in my house and won’t eat anything leftover after three days. I can still see it in there. It looks tempting but it’s past expiration and I haven’t had the heart to throw it out. I’m a weirdo.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Next in the lineup is Revolution. I don’t want to give too much away, but Mira is going to have some serious choices to make and there is a major war brewing. New Haven and the Magistrate vs. Caldera Grove and the Otherkin. It will be epic!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Paranormal Pleasures II


Story strumpet, tome loving tart, eccentric night owl...these words describe book publicist and erotic romance author Roxanne Rhoads.

When not fulfilling one the many roles being a wife and mother of three require, Roxanne's world revolves around words...reading them, writing them, editing them, and talking about them. In addition to writing her own stories she loves to read, promote and review what others write.

Roxanne is the owner of Bewitching Book Tours and operates Fang-tastic Books, a book blog dedicated to paranormal and urban fantasy books.

When not reading, writing, or promoting Roxanne loves to hang out with her family, craft, garden and search for unique vintage finds.

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Award winning author Roxanne Rhoads brings you ten more tales of supernatural seduction featuring demonic desires, wanton witches, voluptuous vampires, and ghosts with grave needs…

Four brand new, never published short stories have been combined with six previously published, freshly edited tales to give you a collection of hot paranormal erotica you can really sink your fangs into.

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Scent of a Vampire
Aidan has searched several human lifetimes for his perfect mate. Now that he’s found her, he refuses to let go. He must make Gabrielle see they were destined to be together.

Immortal Flame
An off duty fire fighter encounters a sexy vampire in what he thought was an abandoned house.

The flames that ignite will leave them both scorched…and aching for more.

An Unexpected Evening
Samuel is a centuries-old vampire who prefers to be a recluse. He is always afraid of losing control and becoming the monster he once was. Falling in love with a young witch has pushed his boundaries and pulled him out of his comfort zone.

Katerina always encourages Samuel to be more open, to let loose, and to really "live" instead of only existing in the shadows.

One night, he finally grants her wish . . . in ways she never imagined.

Underneath the Fangs
Samuel is being framed for murder. Katerina knows he is not guilty but she has to convince Samuel that he is not a monster and that he is worthy of her love.

Cemetery Seduction
Abby, a half witch, half vampire whose powers go awry in a club, has to run, afraid that the Others, who are policing all human/magick interaction, might put her in jail. She ends up in a cemetery, jumps behind a bush and lands right on top of a very sexy ghost hunter.

No Place I'd Rather Be
Sonora is torn between a human and a vampire. How can she choose between the man who makes her feel safe and the vampire that makes her blood race? Sonora prays to the Goddess for guidance while harboring secret desires that her broody vampire, Brom, and her brawny human, Avery, can get past their jealousy and be willing to do more than just share the witch in the middle.

Can the Goddess grant Sonora's wish, or will she be stuck making an impossible choice?

Blood, Lust and Shadows
Vampire/succubus hybrid Allana is on the prowl looking for a bloody snack and a sexy energy boost. While strutting her stuff in a dark parking lot she encounters a yummy Latino who makes a lovely meal. She also encounters something else that puts her senses into overdrive.

Complete Circle
Lissette is a vampire who has lived with her succubus girlfriend, Cassandra, for a long time. She swore off relationships with men after being viciously raped by the vampire hunters who killed the love of her life and left her for dead.

Lissette and Cassandra only use men to get what they need, blood for Lissette and sexual energy for Cassandra. They are completely satisfied with their lives- until a mysterious stranger comes along.

For the first time in centuries Lissette wants a man. Why is she so drawn to him? What is he?

Much more than a mere mortal, Gabriel has been searching for Lissette and Cassandra for a very long time. They have what he needs, what no one else can give him.

But will they be willing to share?

A Package Deal
Chloe needs to get out of the city- fast. So she buys an old farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere- with one stipulation. The caretaker gets to stay. She readily agrees thinking it’s an old man that won’t give her any trouble.

Ash is definitely not what she expected.

My Demon Valentine
Elita wants to give her demon boyfriend a Valentine’s Day to remember. Connor was built for giving pleasure but Elita wants to turn the tables on that.

This time the pleasure will be all his.

Rising Shadows by Bridget Blackwood‏


Bridget Blackwood is a hopeless romantic and a fan of happily ever after. She grew up in East Texas where she met and married her high school sweetheart. Together they moved to Southern Illinois, it's been home for over a decade now. Bridget began telling stories at an early age, she writes in self-defense because the characters in her head are loud and bossy. A social butterfly by nature, Bridget loves to talk and laugh. When she isn't writing she enjoys watching horror movies, playing video games, and not cooking.

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Rachel Ryan wakes up with no knowledge of where she is or how she got there. Thrown into a world she thought only existed in myths, she finds more questions than answers.

Shape shifters, faeries, and vampires hide in plain sight among humans. There’s a war quietly brewing in the shadows. Rachel stands between mankind and those creatures that live in the darkness.

Enhanced with power she doesn’t understand, she’ll tip the scales, but who is the real enemy?


Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A daydream I had about waking up with no memory.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Rising Shadows took five years. What?! Well, I was pregnant when I started writing it and my husband was deployed with the USAF. I stopped writing when he came home, then I had a baby, we moved houses, got pregnant again…life was too busy. Now, I’m at a stage when I have free time again to write. Currently it takes me around four to six months from beginning to publish to finish a book.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Letting the characters out of my head to play. They get really noisy and it’s nice to exercise them into submission.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Waiting for responses is rough. I have my beta readers and the editor who all provide feedback about changes I need to make. Waiting for a reader response makes me a little nervous, I really want people to enjoy their time with my book.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Elsa Pataky, she’s married to Chris Hemsworth. All day with Thor? Yes, please!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Eek, A bottle of oyster sauce. Why do I even own a bottle of oyster sauce? I loathe to cook. The bottle is over three years old. Every one avoids it but no one has thrown it away.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m writing more World in Shadows books! Winter’s Kiss, a 39 page short is book 1.5 and it released on March 21. Anyone who emails me or messages me on Facebook can request a copy for free through May 31 (5/31/14).

Book 2, A Scarlet Fury, is coming this summer and Book 3, untitled, should release next winter. I always put them out sooner if they get done ahead of schedule.

The Shade by Matthew Tallman‏


I am currently a part time writer and full time government employee. Reading and writing books is one of my favorite hobbies as I enjoy every part of the story telling process. I have been working on three full-length novels for the last three years. I grew up all around the world because my father was in the United States Air Force, the past ten years I have lived just outside of Dayton, Ohio, which is where I now reside with my wife and stepson.

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James Langley's life is over. After an automobile accident leaves him comatose, James' body lies vulnerable in a hospital bed. However, his mind is lost, drifting between life and death, into The Shade.

Trapped in a world shrouded by the unknown, he meets Virgil, a mysterious stranger that informs him that his car wreck was no accident; that the man responsible has imprisoned them both, intent on keeping them there. Together they must race against time to get James back to his body in the real world before he becomes the next victim of a malevolent psychopath.

Enter the world of The Shade, where the boundaries of the human psyche are pushed to their limits and survival is not guaranteed. A place where death isn't the end, but only the beginning.


Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A) The Shade was inspired by a multitude of different things, first and foremost being Dante Alighieri's The Inferno. If you don't know the story I would suggest reading it, it's written in cantos instead of chapters but if you find a good translation it's a pretty easy read. Originally, this book was going to be an ode to Dante, so to speak, a modern day retelling of his classic story. However, that is not how things worked out. As I wrote the story, it began to morph from what I had originally wanted into what I've published now. Seeing this I adapted the story to give nods to The Inferno whenever I could. While The inferno didn't totally inspire me to write The Shade I attribute my first pen to paper, or in my case finger to keys, on the fact that I wanted to tell a story similar to Dante.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
A) It took me around three years to write The Shade. I took a year sabbatical from the book but it went through many drafts and versions before I published it.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
A) My favorite thing about writing is creating something that someone else may want to read. I created The Shade to entertain people, when readers let me know that they liked a scene or character it lets me know I did my job correctly.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
A) Editing. I really enjoy The Shade and I enjoy writing, but after reading the book repeatedly for mistakes and sentence structure, I can say that I don't ever want to read it again. That's a joke but editing is a very mindless but important task involved with writing.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
A) Alive or dead? If it can be alive or dead, I would choose Virgil, the Roman poet who wrote The Aeneid. He was the inspiration for Dante to write The Inferno just like Dante was my inspiration. I suppose being that spark for someone is one of the greatest things we can do in life. I am also a huge history buff so being in Rome during that era would be fascinating.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A) There is a curious bottle of rum sitting at the back of my refrigerator at the moment. It's about two years old, not sure why I still have it, my wife swears rum doesn't go bad, but I've never seen her drink it—odd.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A) The Shade is the first book in a trilogy; the other two have been written but have not been edited yet. If you enjoy reading The Shade you'll really like what the second and third books are all about. In addition, when I'm completely done with my trilogy I may begin writing some mystery/detective type novels.