Monday, July 28, 2014

Demons of Desire by Debra Dunbar‏

Debra Dunbar lives on a farm in the northeast United States with her husband, three boys, and a Noah’s ark of four legged family members. Her fantasy novels feature supernatural elements in local settings. In addition to her Imp Series, and Half-Breed Series, she has also published a short story erotica series titled Naughty Mom.


Amber’s succubus desires are driving her, as well as every man within a five mile radius, crazy – and, Irix, the sexy incubus sent to tutor her, isn’t helping one bit. Determined to find some balance in her life as well as get away from his tempting presence, she escapes to visit a college friend in New Orleans.

But the Big Easy is anything but peaceful. Two powerful witch covens are battling for control of the mighty river and the potent ley lines that run through the city. Amber discovers her half-elven heritage may just resolve their differences, but the covens have other, more lethal, ideas. She knows she can restore the elemental energy to balance, but it’s not easy to play peacemaker when her succubus side wants to drown the whole city in a tide of lust.

The tensions between the covens aren’t her only trouble. There’s nowhere Amber can run to escape the siren-call of her demon nature, and nowhere she can run to escape the seductive incubus who won’t seem to take “no” for an answer.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Amber was a secondary character in the Imp Series, and I found myself intrigued by the idea of a half-succubus/half-elf. How could she reconcile two very different parts of herself, and what ethical compromises would she need to make? Throw in a sex demon love interest, and I just had to write it!

Q) How long did it take you to write?
I started Demons of Desire in March, so three and a half months from outline to publication. That includes four weeks for editing and coding, so the actual writing went quickly!

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
Seeing all the imaginary worlds and characters in my head come to life, and sharing all of that with others.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
The effect it has on my rear end! My day-job involves sitting at a computer, and so does writing, so it’s been impossible for me to keep fit. I’m thinking I need to look into one of those treadmill desks.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Mae West. Snappy and sassy as an actor, she also wrote risqué plays and was once incarcerated for corrupting the morals of youth. What a crazy fun life!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I had to go look. It was a half-empty jar of salsa that was wedged far in the back. Expiration date was four months ago. Ick! It’s now in the trash.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m currently working on book 6 of the Imp Series – titled Angel of Chaos. This winter I hope to complete and release a spin-off novel to the series called Three Wishes. There will be more of Amber’s story coming in 2015 – book two (release date late spring) is titled Sins of the Flesh.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Let's Play a Zombie Game, Week 4

I am going to give you a list of 4 items.  You will need to put these in order of importance and defend your order (this can be done in the comments here or on Facebook).  I will reveal the proper order and why at 6:00 pm MST Monday.

Anyone who participates in the game will have a chance to win a pdf copy of Life After the UndeadDeath to the Undead, or Finding Eden.  You will also be put into the drawing for the grand prize of a Zombie Survival Kit.  This particular game will be played on five separate Sundays.

Good luck!  Have fun!

The 4 items:

Water Filtration System
Container of Fuel

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Surviving Zombies Workshop

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to go to the Platte County Library in Wheatland, Wyoming, to present my zombie workshop to the teens.  It was a blast!  I had a lot of fun hanging out with them.  There were 14 kids there, and from what I could tell, they enjoyed me being there also.

As part of my presentation, I show various clips of films to highlight survival techniques.  One of them happens to be a clip from Night of the Living Dead when Ben and Barbara are barricading the house.  Well, mainly Ben because Barbara has completely lost her mind.

Anyway, I explained to the teens what the movie was, then mentioned it was in black and white.  One of them immediately says, "Are you serious?"  Like they couldn't believe a movie would be in black and white.  It was hilarious!  Night of the Living Dead was before my time too, but it was never shocking to me that it wasn't in color.  It must be a generational thing.

Again, I have to say how enjoyable it was hanging out with the kids.  They had some great comments and ideas about the zombie apocalypse.  A big thanks to the library for having me!

The photos are courtesy of the Platte County Library.  Thank you!

The teens engrossed in filling out their order of importance supply worksheets.

Me signing books for the library.

Deciding what books to get.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Temptation Road by Kimball Lee

Kimball Lee had break out success with Surrendering Charlotte Chronicles in the 2013 and hasn’t looked back. The topics of her novels and novella-series will vary, but her style of writing remains the same. Kimball doesn’t write 700 page books padded with useless words that take three pages to describe a doorknob. She does write funny, interesting, happy, sad, romantic, often titillating, and always thought provoking books that pack a lot good reading into just the right number of pages. Lee’s first novella, Legal Action, changed her life over night with more than 200,000 downloads in the first 90 days of publication. Kimball writes twelve to fifteen hours a day and she loves ALMOST every minute of it! Kimball Lee is represented by Joyce Holland at D4EO Literary Agency. Connect with Kimball via her social media networks, she actively engages her readers and shares some really great content!
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What if you had to choose between a life of fame and luxury or finding your truest love while restoring a house overflowing with magic and enchantment in the Blue Ridge Mountains?

Reagan Hart is the DeLuca Girl, hers is the world famous face of a generation. Her husband has directed five of the highest grossing movies of all time, and her ex is a hunky detective who can't get her out of his heart. She has all that glitters, but it isn't at all what she bargained for. Beguiled by the story of a mystical old house in the Blue Ridge Mountains, she walks out on her past and into her future.

In the village of Seven Devils, North Carolina she is drawn to and enchanted by The Mary's House and comes face to face and heart to heart with breathtakingly handsome and reclusive Fletcher Green. Fletcher steals Reagan's heart in an instant but there are secrets to be told and he hasn't uttered a single word in twenty years. Only his brother Teddy has discovered the mysterious truth that sets Fletcher apart from all others.

The two brothers will rebuild The Mary's House for Reagan and along with a town full of eccentric's she just might find her place among the charms and bits of magic, both good and evil. Fate, destiny, passion and a touch of the divine will change her forever as she becomes a part of all that exists on Temptation Road.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I had taken a road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway and just imagined how wonderful it would be to start a whole new fairytale life in one of the amazing old Victorian homes, with some mysterious and sexy guy like Johnny Depp!

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took me about a month to write and polish, it wasn’t the only thing I was working on. I just went to it when I was inspired. I never forced it.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
It lets me create an actual world filled with characters that my readers can connect with, and it allows me a fun escape from reality.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Actually making my fingers type out what is already a complete story inside of my head!

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Albert Einstein, because to live inside of that brain for any amount of time would have be amazing, to know what he knew, to see things the way he saw them.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A bottle of wine, that probably isn’t the kind that gets better with age! Its been there longer than I can remember, that’s all I will say!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
They can expect that my writing and characters will get better and better. I constantly have characters chattering in my head and they are just dying to get out and tell their stories. So I will be busy!
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The Spirit and The Shadow by Thomas Lavalle‏

I have been advised against announcing that I am a first-time author – that it is basically asking a reader to take a chance in my book even though I have no track record. I have no history in fiction writing, never won any awards, and never took a literature or writing class (outside of basic 101 level college courses). While not advised, it is the truth, and as honest as this bio is, so is my writing. My name is Thomas Lavalle. I am a first time writer. I also surf, read comics, and I’m a dedicated father and husband. If you’re interested in paranormal suspense - take a chance and check out my book, it’s awesome!

A fast-paced, paranormal suspense thriller from a new creative team that keeps you on the edge of your seat as you are pulled into the chase for a vampire by those who want his secret, others who are out for justice, and one man seeking revenge.

In a world where vampires and humans coexist, Detectives Aiden Lawson and Robert Garrison are after a vampire wanted for murder. This accused vampire is also hunted by the murder victim's brother, an assassin gone rogue from his clandestine agency. What these men will learn, is that this vampire has a secret – a secret that very powerful men and vampire alike will go to great lengths to acquire. The story follows the paths of these individuals as they uncover the truth. THE SPIRIT AND THE SHADOW is a mash-up of conspiracy and paranormal genres with suspense, vengeance, and BLOOD!

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Thomas: Brandon and I were looking for a creative outlet. We both have interests and hobbies that we had not been able to play with due to responsibilities to family and careers. So we decided to make time and try something new. I have seen Brandon’s art and I showed him some of my writing and pitched him with the idea of creating our own illustrated book. We did not want to make a traditional graphic novel, but something else – something that more evenly balances the words with the art. Brandon had never drawn serial art before and I had never attempted writing something this “big”. But we set our sights high, and the result in our first book!

Brandon: When Tommy told he was writing a book, and would like to add an artistic component to it – I was immediately interested. Even more so after reading the initial draft.

Thomas: In terms of the story itself, I guess at the time we were both caught up as much as everyone with the vampire craze. But we were each left unsatisfied with a lot of the emphasis on vampire romance and vampire teenage angst. We wanted to tell a more adult story and something suspense driven. Also, I didn’t want to write a story “about vampires”. It actually started as a murder / mystery ... adding vampires (with all their mythology) along with other supernatural elements helped raise the stakes of a story that would be small in a normal world, and turn it epic in our supernatural universe!

Brandon: Building on what Tommy speaks to above, we wanted to create a world and mythology that, for me, held more true to the dark overtones in more original stories such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula. After first reading Stoker’s book in middle school I was very interested in the historical figure, Vlad the Impaler, and I think his brutality and carnage shine through in some of the art.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Thomas: I’m the type of writer that has to story-map my entire work beginning to end. So I probably cranked out the entire first draft of the series (we have planned a trilogy) in about 6 months. This first draft, admittedly, is not very good. What it does is hit all the beats and layout the progression of the story. Brandon then starts providing the illustrations for me to add to the story. I then revise my story and characters based on the art. The integration of all the art took about 12 months. We then spent 6 months in editing, illustration revisions, review/feedback, and final edits. So two years overall ... and that while working 9-5 (if we’re lucky) and keeping our families happy!

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Thomas: Writing is only one part of the creative process for me. I enjoy the entirety of the process. Everything from the first days of brainstorming and ideas to the last days of final edit. I love the collaboration with Brandon and Jenna (our editor). To me, that is what makes the experience. Writing, for me is a lonely exercise. That is the one part that is totally mine, and done by myself. I need that and enjoy it, but the part that is exhilarating is taking those pages and giving them to Brandon and Jenna to illustrate, revise, develop, enhance and publish!

Brandon: It is a creative release that adds another facet to my life which I don’t have through my day job.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Thomas: Proofreading. I absolutely have no patience or interest in this part of the process ... but am totally aware of the importance.

Brandon: When the image/idea in your mind does not translate how you want on paper.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Brandon: Any professional big wave surfer. I’ve been an avid surfer for over half my life, but restrict my surfing to waves that fall into the more mortal realm. It would be awesome for a day to experience one of those XXL days pushing 100’.

Thomas: Taylor Swift. Why not? Lol ... I don’t know …How about George RR Martin, so I can find out how Game of Thrones will end – at his writing pace, winter is never coming.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Brandon: A 2008 bottle of Stone Arrogant Bastard.

Thomas: I just found an old bag of shredded cheese in the fridge this afternoon that my 18 month old daughter pulled out and was running around with – so gross – and now my garbage smells like a dead cow.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Thomas: In an unexpected twist, Taylor Swift appears at the end of our next book carrying a bag of rotten cheese to fend off a vampire attack!

Brandon: Books 2 and 3 of the Spirit and the Shadow. The next two installments move away from the more detective thriller in the first book and dives more into the details of the vampire lore and mythology – adding another unknown element (See last page of the book 1) that will be nothing short of epic!

Thomas: I’m about half-way through the rewrite of the Book 2 script and Brandon is working on the initial sketches of some new characters. He also has some new software that he is playing with to help advance the art and style of the book to be in line with where the story is going and the bigger world our characters are entering!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Profile of Terror by Alexa Grace‏

USA Today Bestselling Author, Alexa Grace began her writing journey in March 2011 when the Sr. Director of Training & Development position she'd held for thirteen years was eliminated. A door closed but another one opened. She finally had the time to pursue her childhood dream of writing books. Her focus is now on writing riveting romantic suspense novels.

Alexa Grace is consistently listed in top twenty of Amazon's Top 100 Most Popular Authors in the categories Romantic Suspense and Police Procedural. In 2013, she was named one of the top 100 Indie authors by Kindle Review. A chapter is devoted to her in the book Interviews with Indie Authors by C. Ridgway and T. Ridgway.

Her books Deadly Offerings, Deadly Deception, and Deadly Relations are listed in e-retailer's Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Suspense and Police Procedural Books. Deadly Offerings has not left the top ten bestselling free mystery romance and police procedural books since 2011.

Deadly Holiday, published in November 2012, is her holiday-themed romantic suspense novella, featuring all her Deadly Trilogy characters.

Alexa Grace's book Deadly Relations is included in the bestselling book set The Perfect Ten along with Dianna Love, Norah Wilson, Nancy Naigle, Andrienne Giordano, Misty Evans, Sandy Blair, Mary Buckham, Tonya Kappes and Micah Caipa.

Profile of Evil, the first book of the Profile Series was published in May 2013. Profile of Terror was released in May 2014 and Profile of Fear will be released in 2015.

Earning two degrees from Indiana State University, Alexa currently lives in Florida. She's a member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Her writing support team includes five Miniature Schnauzers, three of which are rescues. As a writer, she is fueled by Starbucks lattes, chocolate and emails from readers.

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A missing coed named Abby Reece.

Two clever thrill killers are committing the most brutal, public, and horrifying abductions and murders in the county’s history. The killers, known as the Gamers, have done this before, and are now upping their evil game to a new level. The question is — can they be stopped before they kill again?

Things get complicated.

When an ex-girlfriend goes missing, Private Investigator Gabe Chase is obsessed with finding her. But once her naked and posed body is discovered, the investigator becomes the investigated. His passion for the victim’s beautiful sister is a complication he doesn't need, as he helps solve the county’s most baffling, terrifying murder cases ever.

Add a sociopathic serial killer who calls himself the Master.

A serial killer so deadly, the FBI’s behavioral analysts want to know when and why he began killing, as well as the identification and location of additional victims. He will speak only to former federal agent, Carly Stone, a woman he blames for his capture. When the profiler finds herself at the mercy of this ruthless killer, his becomes the most terrifying profile of all.

Profile of Terror

Three chilling villains, two passionate love stories, and pulse-racing suspense with startling plot twists keep readers on the edge of their seats from page one of this heart-pounding and unforgettable romantic suspense.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I wanted to tell the story of the terror a community would experience if two teenaged thrill killers and an escape serial killer were abducting innocent victims and killing them at will. In addition, there were two tender romance stories that needed to be told.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
I started PROFILE OF TERROR (Book Two of the Profile Series) in the summer of 2013, right after I released PROFILE OF EVIL (Book One). But life got in the way and I was diagnosed with thymic cancer in August of that year. Fast forward after surgery, chemo, and radiation and I was able to complete and release the book in May 2014.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love when plot and characterization comes easily and creates a flow. This doesn't always happen, but when it does, it feels amazing.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
My least favorite thing about writing is when I find I'm spending more time on marketing my books than on actually writing them.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Singer Tina Turner! I've always been a huge fan. How cool would it be to sing and dance like she does?!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
You're outing me and I hope my daughter doesn't read this. LOL. I just found a storage container of pasta with sauce that had furry, green mold growing on top. Ick! I'm notorious for forgetting what is in the fridge.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I am in the research phase of my next book PROFILE OF FEAR (Book #3 of the Profile Series), which will be released in 2015. The book involves human trafficking so I am reading a lot of information on how traffickers operate. The information is interesting but terrifying at the same time.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Let's Play a Zombie Game, Week 3: Answers

The list was:

Running Shoes
Duct Tape
Pocket Knife

The answers are:

1.  Running Shoes - if you have a good pair of running shoes, you can outmaneuver and outpace your opponent.  It's hard to do much of anything if you're feet hurt, so make sure your shoes fit right and offer support.

2.  Duct Tape - what can't this do?  In addition to using it in a myriad of ways, it can be used as body armor.  Wrap this around your exposed limbs to protect yourself from bites.  Just make sure to attach it to your clothes.  It'll take your skin off if applied directly.

3.  Backpack - a good way to store and carry all your supplies. It would make moving from one place to another more convenient.

4.  Pocket Knife - while it seems that this should be higher on the list because it's a weapon, it's not a very effective weapon.  You would have to get awfully close to a zombie to make this effective, increasing your chance of getting bit.  It could be helpful in sharpening sticks into weapons, but the other items on this list are more helpful in ensuring survival than this one.