Friday, October 24, 2014

The Noru by Lola StVil

Lola was seven when she first came to this country from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She attended Columbia College in Chicago, where her main focus was creative writing. In addition to plays, she also writes screenplays and short stories.

She has been commissioned to write for ABC, CBS and Princeton University. She won the NAACP award for her play "The Bones of Lesser Men". In addition to being nominated for LA Weekly awards. Her work has also received positive reviews from The LA Times, Variety and LA Weekly.
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"After speaking to the other angels on the team, I hang up my cell and sigh. No one's heard from Aaden in months. This bothers me not only as the leader but as his girl--well if I was his girl--which I'm not. 
Great. Now on top of being grounded, I'm sitting here acting girly and needy. Argh!!!

Screw this! I start to head downstairs to plead my case to my parents again, when something out the window catches my eye. I lean in closer to get a good look. What I see astounds me: soundlessly and without hesitation, the humans line up and jump off the roof one at a time..."

PLEASE NOTE: This book contains a scene in chapter 12 that is for mature audiences only. Readers can skip this chapter without missing any info vital to the plot.

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The King's Mistress by S.D. Grady‏

S.D. Grady is a lover of men, music, movies and fast machines. A beautiful gown stirs her blood as quickly as a NASCAR race. An author of historical and fantasy romance, she never hesitates to switch gears and plunge into the real world of sports commentary.

She lives in her house on the hill with her husband of 20 years and their cats. During work hours she runs a movie theatre and, when not writing, enjoys crocheting yet another colorful afghan. Several times a year you can find them at the track in their RV.
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Bethina Lydia Fortescue, the Lady Godwin, adored her king as no other for twenty years. But the king is dead, and as his mere mistress she is no longer welcome at court.

Sir Arthur Jeffries, newly appointed to Princess Meredith's Regency Council, needs help. He begs the legendary Lady Godwin to return to the palace as the princess' tutor, hopefully to lead the gawky teenager through the political and romantic minefield of suitors and hidden assassins invited to attend her Debutante Ball.

Bethina and Arthur fight the undeniable surge of attraction between them. Bethina cannot bring herself to put aside the love she had for her king, and now concern for his heir. Arthur knows that he will only be able to serve the princess if he continues his life of solitude. Now is no time to take a courtesan to bed.

Brought together as servants to Rushton's crown, but joined through a lifetime of bitter and shrewd experiences, Bethina and Arthur discover that when the princess finally takes a husband, and all the enemies of the land are vanquished, they will have only one thing left to live for: love.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
The heroine Lady Godwin was inspired by Madame du Barry, the mistress to King Louis XV. After spending years being loyal to your king and he passes away, what happens to you?

Q) How long did it take you to write?
About a year.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I get to tell a story the way I want to tell it.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Sometimes the characters aren't happy with my way of telling the story.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I'm pretty happy being myself. If I wanted to BE somebody else, I'd be out there doing it.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?

There's a couple bottles of wine that are about 10 years old.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
The Darkness in Her Tears, a short paranormal romance, is releasing in the Spring. I have a ghostie story for youngsters I'm finishing up and I'm starting a sequel to The King's Mistress, tentatively titled Lady Martina's Jewels.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Necromancer's Candle by Randy McCharles


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)


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?  



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.


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.


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
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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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