Thursday, October 31, 2013

Portents by Shanyn Hosier‏


Born and raised in small-town, rural Indiana, I now live in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona with an intimidatingly smart and devastatingly handsome husband and two hyperactively cute and talented sons who will one day be Earth's Overlords (never underestimate the power of Legos). I enjoy cooking, traveling, gardening, sewing, quilting, and embroidery but only when I'm in the right mood and seldom concurrently (I'm kind of streaky when it comes to hobbies). I adore reading and writing in the same way that I love breathing and eating, gaining a similar nourishment from each.

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When all signs point to trouble, can Amanda steer clear of disaster?

Amanda Ryder's determined never to fail her coven again. Next time, she won't hesitate to pull the trigger to defend her friends. If only they'd trust her enough to let her set foot outside the Academy…

Frustrated and itching to prove herself, Amanda snags her first Academy mission: she and Toby Laboyteaux, fellow teen witch who "kinda sorta sees the future," must work together to track down a local swamp monster stirring up trouble in the sticks. But overturned suburban garbage cans and blurry tabloid pictures aren't the only problems—strained relationships with her new colleagues, a growing guilt-complex, and the waxing moon all add to Amanda's stress. Add to that the pressure of being hunted by a psychic psychopath, and Amanda's got plenty on her mind.

Meanwhile, Hamilton Nash swears Marian Dupree and her Academy of bumbling do-gooders have thwarted his plans for the last time. Convinced Amanda's the subject of his mother's recent prophecy and the key to his future success, he redoubles his efforts to obtain the mystery girl. But when Amanda proves too slippery a quarry, Nash sets his sights on the next best thing. When a valuable member of the Academy coven is kidnapped, Amanda and her friends are in a race against time. Is a tragic future destined to come to pass?

BirthMarked by Maria Violante‏

Well-traveled and uncoordinated, Maria Violante is the best-selling author of several books in the realm of speculative fiction--all of them crossovers that require hyphens in the genre description (see:
gladiator-dystopia-rom-sci-fi, shifter-western-historical, or gunslinger-mercenary-urban fantasy.)

She enjoys a well-roasted coffee, Bell's Winter White Ale, and lives in Michigan with her Chihuahua, Beau, also known as “Piggy Wiggy”.

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Charlie Kale knows life isn't easy. But for the first time, this truck driver might have finally found her little piece of happiness. She's got it all—her big rig, friends, a great mentor, and a man about to join her on the road.

That is, until the good things in Charlie's life all fall apart, and she finds herself at the mercy of a sexy but mysterious gunman who claims to be a member of a secret order dedicated to fighting the supernatural monsters that filter over into our world.

She's given a choice—join up or die, and while the gunman might be insane, Charlie’s hell-bent on not dying.

Too bad it looks like that might not be an option.


Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
I was actually living on a semi-truck at the time. We would do a lot of runs at night, and for long stretches of the highway, the only vehicles you’d see were semis. Most of them are marked with the names of different companies, but some of them would have blank trucks and trailers, and I’d just think--I wonder what’s in there? They’re so much inspiration for the brain--truckers are mobile, isolated, discreet, and mostly travel at night--and it helps that they’ve long been called “knights of the road”. A secret order of monster-fighters could totally blend into that culture and not even be noticed.

I knew I wanted to write about a female protagonist, and one that was human, that I could actually relate to--and I really love Charlie for that reason. She’s normal--a little chubby, she’s had her share of man problems, and she doesn’t have her life all figured out yet, even though she’s in her late twenties. It’s a story about finding herself and her spine in the middle of an environment that is just choking with rigid rules and testosterone.

BirthMarked is also a homage to Jeff Malone, a real guy that went out of his way to make me feel welcome as soon as we met at a truckstop in Ontario. Right after I got off the truck and returned to “normal” life, I tried working on a few manuscripts that just weren’t working and just getting really frustrated. I was broke and had just gotten this job waitressing for this boss that was just really rude--and then I found out that my friend Jeff had had a heart attack and died behind the wheel, and I wasn’t going to able to go to his funeral. I just went into the kitchen, and I was trying to fill these peanut butter cups with this ice cream scoop, only I started crying--and they fired me on the spot.

I went home, and the book just stopped swirling around in thinky-space and settled into my fingers, and I knew I was ready. There are parts when I was writing it where I cried so hard--and then after it was done, I had to contact his widow for permission to use his name, and I was just petrified, but she was really touched and gave me her blessing and we cried for a while together. I think that’s why there’s so much feeling in the manuscript--tears and love and all sort of things that just seep out of the page, because they were real while I was writing them.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
I keep records of my daily word count for each manuscript. It’s the only way for me to know I’m getting somewhere--especially as I have this habit of getting halfway through a manuscript, walking away, coming back six months later, and finishing it. So I can give you some exact numbers. The initial draft took roughly two months. First round of edits took another month. Second round of edits took three weeks. It was sent out to various publishers, most rejected, but one sent back a request for revisions. Those revisions took another three weeks. It was rejected again, but with a very nice letter. The revised version (admittedly much improved over the original version) was sent to another publisher, and immediately placed for publication (I think I heard back in three days.)

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
I spent my whole life as an avid reader. When I was a kid, my mom would just drop me off at the library with some fabric shopping bags, and I’d come back with more books than I could carry. I hit the limit for books checked out at once a few times, and I’d take some out of the bag--always heartbreaking! Each book would last me two days at most. I imagine that was the easiest thing about raising me--library visits were free, easy, unlimited, and I was always happy to go.

The idea that I might be giving someone else even a fraction of that experience is profoundly moving. Even if I take one crappy hour of somebody’s day--say on a plane, a dentist’s office, stuck waiting for a bus that has broken down--and make it better--I mean, that’s enough to make you want to keep doing it forever.

With this most recent book, there was the chance to actually honor someone that has passed away. I’ve never been able to do something like that.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
There are days when it’s really hard--when I just hate it. I’m a profoundly lazy person by nature, and one with a lot of insecurities. Those two qualities can combine to make a snowstorm of doubt and self-loathing that make me just want to quit, but I’ve learned to just write through it. If I keep chipping away, word by word, eventually I’ll tunnel myself through to the surface and write something that I love or figure out something that has been stumping me. If I don’t, it’s time to turn to a new project for a while and let the current one simmer--and a lot of times, it just fixes itself when I’m not watching it.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’d be Emily Deschanel, so that I could play Dr. Temperance Brennan on Bones. I imagine that has to be the most fun, ever. (Plus, you know, Booth. Yep.)

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
Gimme a second here. *rifles around a bit.* Okay, I think the oldest thing is a triple pack of brewer’s yeast. A while back, I got the idea in my head that I was going to make Amish friendship bread after seeing it on the internet. It’s this bread with this dough called a starter than you can “feed” with sugar and other stuff and it makes a bunch more dough that you give to friends, and then they feed it and distribute, etc. etc. When I actually mentioned to a bunch of my friends that I’d be doing this, all of them declined the bread--a lot of them having done it before. Apparently, it grows pretty fast, to the point of where eating it as a single person kind of becomes a burden.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’ve got the rough draft for the sequel to BirthMarked just about finished (I mean, I think, but I pants stuff so who really knows--it feels almost done, though) and will be pounding through on that series until it’s done. Charlie is just such a great character that she’s kind of got a stranglehold on my attention, and I really want to see who she hooks up with in the end. (Yeah, I don’t really know either, although I’ve got my guess.)

I’ve got a fantasy series in the works that I’ve been calling the Bad Moon series about a girl that finds out she’s the Morrigan (Celtic battle goddess) incarnate and she’s got to deal with all of this fallout from that. I plan to publish the self-publish the entire series at once when it is finished (kind of a netflix experiment) so that one may be a while.

My novel Gambler’s Luck is currently over at Liquid Silver Books. It’s a historical western, but with shifters, and it didn't sell too well--I think mostly because the cover and the blurb came out without any mention of shifters, and so people were buying it, thinking it was a western, and then holy crap werewolf--the werewolves are having sex, help help!--and people that like shifter novels basically couldn’t find it. I was just going to give up on the whole series, but I've got this great idea for a novel that won’t leave me a lone--a Native American woman whose “husband” gets stuck after he shifts into this evil spirit form, and she’s got to track him down and shoot him . . . rambles incoherently for another half hour.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dearhart Clan Series by Eri Nelson‏


Eri Nelson born Erica Walcott is a Indie Author and the youngest of three in a family of five. Erica became Eri (airy) from her mother who called her that for as long as she could remember. The short take on her name took on a more solid base with the love of her life and husband, Jeff Nelson.

Together they have been for the past twenty years. Within that time they were able to raise one daughter and endless amount of pets.

Eri Nelson is a nontraditional indie author who manages all areas of her fiction, fantasy, paranormal, action, adventure and sometimes-erotic writing. Eri handles all the groundwork of her books, even the editing. Because of this Eri strives to improve her abilities along with trying to explain to readers her far from traditional sentence structures. However, she will openly admit that typos follow her.

Writing is a passion for her and an abundance of never ending joy. Only one thing tops that for Eri... and that is when a reader enjoys the read......

Join Eri and her shadowy side of writing as she takes you along to explore new desire hunger filled worlds where your mind can share in the heat of the read.

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Dearhart Clan is a series of fast paced books that dabble in the world of paranormal and remain in the erotic pulse of what can only be classified as a primal fantasy. If it’s a typical romance you’re looking for you won’t find it in this series.

Eri Nelson writes in a darker world where heat and need are the forefront for a slipping existence. There is not time for all the tenderness love deserves but if you’re imprinted to another you are far beyond those mortal requirements.

Our author is driven by swift action packed intrigues that often leave you wanting more. As she writes each new book into the series the number of pages might increase but the action never lets you feel the increasing distance to the final page.

The Call From Within is Eri Nelson’s first look into this series. It is here that we meet Owen our Pack’s clan leader. He has been driven by what is expected of an alpha. Facts that were told through the decades all but look like fiction to him now. So he never dared to believe in fate and only let duty push him forth. Although now his resolves make no sense and it took little to no time at all in showing him through the lust he feels for another.

Kristen Still bares the imprinted mark to our handsome alpha. However he wasn’t the first to notice what she was and it’s that bedding of prior passions that control her new weakness. Yes, Owen is pushed by jealousy to possess what his four footed insight tells him is his.

A former distraction wanted more than heated moments with Kristen. In her he saw a stronger life force for his young and if Brinston Drake must he would take what he needs from her. He just did not foresee another finding her as well.

While the rest of Eri Nelson’s cast of characters find their selves caught up in furthering personal existences. Another by the name of Wash seeks to use their distractions as his gain. A rogue sent to track and update, Wash is tested by his hatred and desire for revenge. He’ll have it but not as quickly as he would like. But soon enough Owen will slip farther into his madness over a bitch in heat. Then Wash perhaps can use the heated vixen to distract both her and the alpha into their future demise.


The DHC, Dearhart Clan Series, is a continuing saga that borders on several genres to create what I like to class as dark primal adult paranormal fantasies. In my opinion, the DHC is very erotic but does not fully go into erotica for there are many more aspects I like to let the reader discover from the characters.

Once again, you will encounter Owen Dearhart and his mate Kristen who for a second time find themselves facing obstacles that not only intervene but take away what Owen now finds worth more than the pack itself.

As per request Thomas Dearhart is sent by Owen to track down what they think is a rogue Werewolf. All the while unbeknownst to him, one of their own is taken from the pack. However with knowledge not known a mission at hand takes Thomas finding himself discovering more than what they assumed was a wolf gone astray. It will be this newly discovered venture that will put heat in his loins and a refusal to fully except what is in front of him.

With what seems like destiny fulfilling before him, Wash withers in revenge’s control and takes it upon himself to go further in the mouth of evil for support. So with vengeance as his goal Wash goes back to Opts where Yvone fully intends to arbitrate his ruthless control over not only the situation but Wash as well.

As a cast of characters emerge fighting not only their inner turmoil but those wishing to take them down it should be of no surprise that a few extra faces are now tossed into this dark and desperate world of the unknowns, where the urges of the beast weigh even heavier on their still looming demise.


This third book is far darker than its predecessors, venturing down a path that will ultimately have readers at the door to another series, INK.

Owen and Kristen wage the war of captivities' control and fight all obstacles to find their ways back to each other. However, neither will ever be the same and brink on the lines of death to see each other once again.

Julia caught in loss will form a bond with an unexpected new life now swaddled around her. While Thomas resolves his needs and wants, to having it all with his mate.

From Forest's winter attire, comes a new face that hides well and kills even better. But she will not hide as her destiny arrives on the back of a wolf named Bry. For she and he were destined to carry the upcoming change of the werewolves world.

As revenge smolders still in the mind of Wash, he will be faced with the battle of his life and more importantly the man who will soon control all the werewolves’ fates.


Q) What inspired you to write this story?
It came on a call out from a publisher after I wrote my very first book that was around 40,000 words. Although they were asking for a story of only 15,000 words and eventually rejected it, something still sparked within in me to continue on with this short fast paced action packed books that gained in length with each new book.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Since I was writing two other series as well it rolled out to these past two years and possibly further since I am writing the next book.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The endless possibilities.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
How the books and I may be perceived.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Honestly, I can see myself more than I am today. I am ok with that for riches and fame are not everything. Besides with each reader who has enjoyed my books and the read… I am already rich in knowing that my work was enjoyed.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Since I am far from an role model (she smiles with pride) I can honestly say a malt whiskey. That is being saved for a special day.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Hopefully if life is not to cruel to me (she smirks), the next in the DHC series and a follow up to the Isabella (Izzy) Tulley & Aiden Black Series.

Thank you so much for allowing me this time with you and your readers.

Best Wishes,
Eri Nelson

Broken Dolls by BR Kingsolver‏

I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school, with one broken leg and one torn ACL to show for it. I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. I was in Paris and Iceland this summer.

I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I’m currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico.

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Private investigator RB Kendrick makes her living nailing cheating spouses, digging up other dirt to help in a divorce, finding long-lost relatives, and occasionally sniffing out criminal activity and fraud.

When she takes a job to find a missing girl, she has no idea she is headed for the most dangerous case of her career. Usually, her ability to read minds gives her an edge. But when the people she’s hunting are also telepaths, that advantage is limited.

The search takes her into the dark underbelly of telepathic society, where anything, and anyone, is for sale. She discovers that telepathic women and girls are being trafficked as the ultimate sex slaves.

With people trying to kill her, she’s on the run, not knowing who she can trust. Will she find the missing girl, or become a victim herself?


Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I had the character, but wasn’t sure what to do with her. A friend had been after me to write a mystery. I also wanted to write something about the issue of human trafficking. It just all came together.

Q) How long did it take you to write it?
I started writing it about a year and a half ago, then put it aside to work on the books in my Telepathic Clans series. I picked it up again after Succubus Rising was published and almost completely re-wrote the main character. Once I really started working on it, it took about three or four months to complete it. It’s been in revisions and editing now for about another four months.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
That’s easy. Having people tell me they liked the book.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Promoting the book. It takes so much time and effort to let people know a book exists and get them to try it. There are millions of other books they could be reading. Except for a few hundred authors, it’s pretty much up to authors themselves to promote their books.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Someone rich, so I could loot their bank accounts. :)

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I assume you don’t mean the cheese that aged for four years before I bought it. Probably some apples from last fall. Apples keep for a long time.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I have a short story, a romance about a jaguar shape shifter, in an anthology that’s just been published. It’s called Here Kitty, Kitty and the editor is Mia Darien, who also did the cover for Broken Dolls.

I’m working on the fourth book in the Telepathic Clans series. It will be the last installment, and I’m hoping to have it ready to publish next spring. I’ve also been working on a YA/NA paranormal romance about a Valkyrie who’s attending Oxford University, and it should be out next year also.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Reflection of the Gods by Lisa Llamrei‏


Lisa Llamrei was born in Toronto. She studied languages at York University. At various times, she has been an actor, professional belly dancer and holistic nutritionist. She presently lives in Durham region with her four daughters, and she works at a school of holistic nutrition. Reflection of the Gods is her first novel.

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Newly divorced Das MacDermott longs for a fresh start. As he packs up and prepares to move out of the city, he spots a young woman being held at gunpoint by three men. Despite being outnumbered and unarmed, Das does his best to intervene. Once liberated, the victim seems oddly ungrateful, but on an apparent whim decides to join Das in his new life in rural Ontario. Aislinn, as she is called, returns the favour; with her encouragement and support, his start-up photography business takes off, and more importantly, Das is saved from loneliness and self-doubt.

Das, however, is never quite able to fully dismiss the contrary aspects of Aislinn’s nature, and is strictly forbidden from asking about Aislinn’s past. All seems too good to be true, and indeed it is. Aislinn’s unusual talents and odd Behaviour, unbeknownst to Das, come from her demigod status. Aislinn is half-Sidhe, daughter of Fionvarra, Ireland’s fairy king, and a human woman. Sidhe wars have so disrupted the mortal world that Aislinn has joined with other immortals in an effort to permanently separate it from Tir N’a Nog, the fairy realm.

Born in ancient Ireland, Aislinn spends millennia as the plaything of the cruel and narcissistic gods. The pain of being neither human nor Sidhe is offset by her relationship to the Fir Bolg, another race of fair folk who take pity on her lonely state; and the refuge she takes in being Das’s lover and protector. As Das comes to accept the possibility that Aislinn belongs to a supernatural world, he discovers that the two worlds are set to collide in a way that may mean the destruction of all humanity.


Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
A) Old Irish folktales about fairies. As I was reading, I noticed there were quite a number of stories about fairy women marrying mortal men. There were a lot of variations, but generally the fairy women were tricked into it, and the mortal men paid a high price for their deception. I began to wonder how such a story would play out in the modern world, and it grew from there.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
A) About four years, including a full year of research before I even started writing.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
A) Creating the story. Getting to know the characters, establishing a plot line, fleshing it out, adding layers. It’s like a giant word puzzle that I both create and solve.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
A) Staring at a blank screen. Getting started can be sheer agony. And I’m not just talking about starting a new project. The same thing happens with each new scene.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
A) K.D. Lang. When I was a kid, I desperately wanted to be a singer. The only thing that stopped me was a complete and total lack of talent. I’d love to know what it feels like to sing like she does.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
A) A jar of tahini, circa 2003. For some reason, I decided I was going to start making my own hummus. Then I realized I can buy it ready-made. The jar is still unopened. I wonder if tahini goes bad.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A) I’m currently working on a second novel, tentatively titled The Divine Measure. It follows a deaf woman as she tries to unravel an ancient secret about the origins of humanity. My goal is to have it published early in 2015.

A Story of River by Lana Axe‏


Lana Axe lives in Missouri near the edge of the woods. She is inspired by her love of nature to write about elves, magic, and adventure. Growing up in Mark Twain's backyard inspired her love of fiction from an early age. She grew up an avid reader and went on to study literature in college.

After eight years of jotting notes and building a fantasy world, she has finally begun releasing novels in her Tales from Nōl'Deron series. They will feature many of the same characters, but each novel will stand alone.

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Aelryk’s kingdom is under attack by monsters conjured by a dark sorcerer. His only hope lies far to the west, where a powerful water elemental is rumored to dwell. Along the way, he joins forces with the Wild Elves, who were once his enemy. They alone can lead him through the dangers of the Wildlands. Together, they must journey to a mysterious land of eternal spring and return before the kingdom is overrun by evil.

Effie’s Outlaw by Karen Lopp‏


Steeped in a rich family history, Karen Lopp has always been drawn to the courageous lives of the women who lived through the hardships of the past and triumphed.

A transplant from Oklahoma where she grew up on a farm just one mile away from where her great-grandparents settled in the land run, Karen now lives in the enchanted land of New Mexico and has a running competition with her dad on who can grow the tallest hollyhocks. Books and tales of ancestors were staples in her life and she fell in love with history. Enthralled with the short stories her grandmother wrote and passed down, she took the plunge (with encouragement from hubby and kids) into the world of writing. Her inspiration comes from research into her family tree and their interesting lives.

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Boston heiress, Effie Sheridan, takes matters into her own hands when her fortune is being stolen. The last thing she expects is to be kidnapped by a gang of train robbers. Forced to pretend to be an outlaw's lover to stay alive, she questions her sanity when she is drawn to the gruff, yet charming bandit who risks everything to save her.

U.S. Deputy, Alex Marshall is mad enough to spit nails when the beautiful, city-bred girl lands in his arms. Unable to abandon her to the cruelties of the gang, he searches for a way out of the responsibility. But her courage and sweet kisses begin to chip away at the bitterness inside his heart and he must choose between revenge on the gang that slaughtered everyone he loved or redemption for saving a women he can never have.


Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
I am lucky enough to have had several great (and great-great!) grandparents who wrote down their stories and the stories of their parent’s struggles as they made a life in the West. It is such a huge inspiration to see what they had to overcome that has led to my life now! Also, all the drives my husband and I took while we lived in Arizona really gave me some great ideas with all the scenery that just begs to be filled with rugged cowboys and outlaw hideouts.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
Around six months – after I figured out who Effie was going to be.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
Honestly, being able to live in a different time or see the world through my character’s eyes is my favorite part. It can be challenging at times, especially when I write I character that comes from a different background than me. Effie was at times difficult because she has always been VERY wealthy – I haven’t made my fortune and bought my own island yet ;)

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
The marketing side is not something I enjoy. Talking about myself feels like it must be far less interesting for my readers, especially when I try to fill my books full of adventure! I would far rather learn about other people.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
I think Neil Armstrong… It must have been one of the most frightening and awe-inspiring moments ever felt by a human when he stepped out onto the moon for the first time. I wonder what it was like when he realized his footprints would never blow away?

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
I hate to admit it but I just checked and it is a carton of Yoplait that expired on Aug 16th. I do try to clean the fridge out once a week on trash day. But I missed this one. Can I blame it on being wrapped up in writing my latest story?

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
I have my next Western 75% written and am also branching out with a romantic suspense that I hope to have finished soon.

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Bad Cop by Angela McCallister‏


Angela McCallister has always wanted to grow up to be someone who would never grow up, and lucky her, that’s exactly what she’s done. Nothing says adventurous more than being a career US Navy Sailor with an imagination wild enough to create stories and characters with a paranormal bite. A mother of five, she’s gained plenty of story ideas from her family as well as her military experience.

Angela is very laid-back and happy to try just about anything once, from skydiving, sailing, slacklining, Aikido, and even hang-gliding--as long as she doesn't have to subject anyone to her "singing" or make an appearance in a bikini. Like all authors, she's crazy for books, especially Romance, and will talk about them for days. She's currently stationed at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu in California where she can be spoiled with some of the best weather in the country. With such platforms as an aircraft carrier, an amphibious ship, and an Aegis destroyer, and duty stations in Illinois, Washington, Hawaii, and California, her experiences vary widely. She's visited Thailand (a favorite), Bahrain, Dubai, Jebel Ali, Hong Kong, Guam, Canada, Mexico, and Singapore. She's a member of RWA San Diego, From the Heart Romance Writers, and Rose City Romance Writers and especially loves to hear from and meet readers and fellow authors.

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A cop who tosses the rulebooks to get his way…

Vampire Ian McCready doesn’t care for Alice Capshaw’s opinions about his version of justice. Her humanity makes her off-limits, but that does nothing to lessen his overwhelming desire for her. To Alice, Ian is just another bad cop as detestable as the one who destroyed her family. She’s attracted to him, yes, but he threatened his way into her agency’s murder case and has too many secrets.

When a new case resurrects ghosts Ian believed long dead and buried, his law-bending ways might result in his execution. The second Alice becomes a target, his cold heart flares into blinding existence. But following the law for her sake may end with devastating results. 


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The Curse of Malenfer Manor by Iain McChesney‏


Iain is a writer of gothic mysteries.

He was born and raised in Scotland. He studied History and Geography at the University of Glasgow.

The World Wars left Iain’s family with generations of widows. As a result, Iain has always been interested in the tangible effects of history on family dynamics and in the power of narrative to awaken those long dead. For the characters in The Curse of Malenfer Manor, he drew on childhood reminiscences and verbal family history—though he hastens to add that his family had barely a penny, far less a manor, and any ghosts dwell only in memory.

He lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his wife and two children.

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Those in line to the Malenfer estate are succumbing to terrible ends –is a supernatural legacy at work, or something entirely more human?

Young Irish mercenary Dermot Ward retreats to Paris at the close of World War I where he drinks to forget his experiences, especially the death of his comrade, Arthur Malenfer. But Arthur has not forgotten Dermot. Dead but not departed, Arthur has unfinished business and needs the help of the living.

Upon his arrival at Malenfer Manor, Dermot finds himself embroiled in a mystery of murder, succession, and ambition. Dermot falls in love with the youngest Malenfer, the beautiful fey Simonne, but in his way are Simonne’s mismatched fiancé, her own connections to the spirit world, Dermot’s guilt over the circumstances of Arthur’s death…and the curse.


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I had always been taken with old mysteries and gothic literature. They were at once civilized and macabre. I read nearly all of Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allen Poe, and the weird short stories of H.P. Lovecraft. I loved how Bram Stoker could bring vampires to life by writing them into existence. These books did not all contain the supernatural, but they were smart, and there was an element of the bizarre in them all. That was the cauldron into which I dropped my World War I soldier and from which The Curse evolved.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
First time through? Six months. I took a new approach when I wrote The Curse of Malenfer Manor. A lesson I had learned from earlier work was to keep going and sort things out later. It didn’t quite work out like that, but I would term the decision a success. With the revising and editing and re-writing, the whole thing took a good year.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
I set up my chapters as goal posts. I give them a starting place and a finishing place – the hero must get to this location by this time and have a discussion about motive with so-and-so along the way. Then I let it roll. Seeing what the character does, how they handle this manipulation, what ends up coming out, never ceases to amaze me. The mind is a wondrous strange land.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
It is not the hours, or the sore backside, or the pay, or distress at re-reading what you thought was good in the clear light of next morning. I think writers, as a breed, are the sort that cherish cold showers – take a Spartan pride in enduring. No, what annoys me the most is a necessary part of historical writing – the experts. I am of a generalist mind. It does not matter to me that a certain car is a mark ‘C’ and not a mark ‘D’, but it clearly matters to some people! Proofreading for minutiae is to be dragged across tacks.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I would be Marilyn Monroe and I’d sneak out of filming Some Like it Hot for a few hours. And if you can’t figure out why, then you are almost as lost as I.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
I have two boys. Their appetites are like those of the supporting cast of Jurassic Park. I don’t think we have a thing in the fridge that is over 6 hours old.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
More of the same? Perhaps with a twist or two? I don’t have a title yet, but there is a book already in the oven of which I can share a bit. It takes place on a remote Scottish island in the 1920’s owned by a reclusive industrialist. A cast of curious characters arrive, invited, and pretty soon start to be murdered. The supernatural element remains – the sulfuric whiff of satanic worship – and there may be a cameo or two from some of the Malenfer Manor cast. One can’t write mysteries and not be influenced by the late great Agatha Christie.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

The Hag of the Wind by Laura J. Underwood‏

Laura J. Underwood has been writing and publishing as far back as she can remember. Her earliest stories were selected by Marion Zimmer Bradley for the SWORD AND SORCERESS anthologies, and her first novel ARD MAGISTER came out in 2002 from Yard Dog Press. Since then she has seen the publication of nearly 300 short stories, novels, novellas and other stuff. She currently lives in East Tennessee where she works as a librarian.

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Ginny Ni’Cooley just wants a peaceful, quiet life. But quiet is hard to maintain when one’s mentor is a ghost who died a lush and a lech. And peace isn’t to be found when the locals expect their local mageborn to banish monsters and help infertile couples conceive.

It’s that last bit that is posing the most trouble for Ginny of late. Marman the pig-herder--once an unwelcome suitor--now wants Ginny to help him and his wife conceive, and doesn’t believe her when she says it’s beyond her powers.

When the couple try to solve their problem on their own, they manage to unleash a demon imprisoned years ago. Now, their actions have placed all of Connorscroft in danger and no matter how much peace and quiet Ginny wants, she’s got to find a way to defeat the demon before it destroys her village, the villagers and makes good on its threat to kill her.

Realm Walker by Kathleen Collins‏


Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about monsters and the people who play with them.

The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband.

She is currently hard at work on her next book.

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An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name…

As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That's only the first of her secrets.

Most people don't know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don't know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don't know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her…

Even as Juliana pursues the demon, it goes after all she holds dear—including Thomas, who is back to claim her for his own. But if she can't reconcile her past and learn to trust herself again, she will lose him forever.



Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
A Daughtry song believe it or not. I was listening to a song and a whole scene formed in my head and from that scene came a book which ended up being book two.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
Including all the various revisions and everything else, two years give or take.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love creating worlds. I love making the rules for those worlds. It’s fun to get to decide what a universe will be like.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Writing is hard. Getting the story down is the easy part, at least for me. Polishing that story and making it better is hard. The business stuff behind the writing is harder. I just want to create.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’d be the president for just one day. Though I’m not sure that’s enough time to fix the things that need fixing. And with my luck that would probably be the day someone decided to go nuclear on us.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
I just cleaned it a couple of weeks ago so probably my salad dressing. It hasn’t expired yet, but it’s close. I’m the only one that eats it so it takes me forever to use it up.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Death’s Daughter is book 2 of the Realm Walker series and it comes out March 31, 2014. There are five books and one novella total in the series and they’ll all be out at some point in some format. Also I have a fantasy my agent currently has out on submission. And I’m always working on something new so you never know what will pop up.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Windfall of Good News

Last night, my spouse and I were helping the boys carve their pumpkins (and by helping I mean that we did the actual carving, but they had to clean out the guts).  In the middle, he received a call.  The news was exciting and something we'd been waiting to hear for a while (nothing exciting for you guys, just something we are selling).  When he hung up, he couldn't help but smile.  And neither could I.  It was another piece of good news to add to all of the other good news that we've been receiving for the past couple of weeks.

It really has been a great few weeks.  I feel like everything is coming up Pembroke.  My next YA novel is progressing nicely through the publishing process (I still don't have a firm date of when it will be out, but I'll let you know when it comes out), I got my new job, I might have an agent interested in my nonfiction book, I actually had a chance to get some writing done this week, and I scheduled my first presentation for the Wyoming Humanities Forum.  Things have been incredibly exciting.

I'm riding this wave for as long as I can and looking forward to the future, no matter what it might bring.  I hope that things are going well for all of you out there also.  I'll share my good vibes through the computer!

And to end the post, here's the pumpkins we carved for the kids!

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Newfoundland Vampire Book II: Killer on the Road by Charles O’Keefe‏


Charles O’Keefe lives in the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada, with his wife and two feline ‘children,’ Jude and Esther.

He works in IT support and enjoys many hobbies and activities that include writing, reading, watching fantasy/science-fiction movies and television shows, gaming, poker, walking, Pilates, and of course fantasizing about vampires.

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Joseph O’Reily is still adjusting to the lifestyle and the dangers that come with being a new vampire. He and Cassandra recently fought to the death with Cassandra’s estranged husband John Snow, and now Joseph has experienced his first ménage a trios, as only a vampire can. As if all of this was not complicated enough, he and Cassandra have been tasked with hunting down and killing a rogue vampire, Donald Rathmore.

Another of John Snow’s creations, Donald is an evil misogynistic killer in his own right. Donald has no interest in avenging his creator’s death, but killing Cassandra is at the top of his list.

While Donald continues his murderous spree, Joseph and Cassandra always seem to be one step behind him. The chase is further complicated as they encounter other vampires and learn more about the mysterious nature of the Vampire Council and the coming war between good and evil.

Joseph is only now beginning to trust Cassandra, and this trust will be shaken when he discovers she has even more secrets than he imagined. Her idea of justice and morality is at complete odds with his own. Despite all his powers and growing skill, Joseph is tested physically as a vampire and emotionally by Cassandra. This time the answers and challenges may be too much for the young vampire to handle.


Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
Hi Pembroke, thanks for being a part of my blog tour. Onto your questions…

“Killer on the Road” is a direct sequel to “The Newfoundland Vampire” so it’s hard to explain one without mentioning the other. For a long time (at least 8 years) I had an idea to write a vampire novel set in Newfoundland with the main character based on myself. I loved the idea of exploring what would happen in my life if I made different choices, met different people and of course, vampires were real. So once book 1 was over I just kept writing. For book 2 I was inspired by the success of book 1 (sold about 2300 copies) and had a moment of inspiration on vacation. I just had this notion that my characters had more so say, more to do. Also I should mention that I’ve been fortunate to have traveled a lot in life and I wanted to write a book to show some of the great places I’ve been to and others I hope to visit someday.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
Book 2 the ideas were flowing well. It took me about four and a half months to do the rough draft. Then about another 3 weeks of editing before it was reading for print.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The creating of my own characters, my own world, having things turn out the way I want. There’s so many things in the world I have no control over and this is one small thing that I do. I also should say a tie would be getting positive attention for my writing, I know that makes me sound a little egotistical but it’s a wonderful feeling to be appreciated for something you love.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Editing! For book 1 there was 3 months of it and it was rough. For book 2 it was much shorter but I hate having to fix grammatical issues, it’s just boring and tedious but necessary I know.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
What a great question! Hmm…my first response would be William Shatner (I assume during that day he wouldn’t die, as he’s no spring chicken). It’s because when I was young he was my hero, I know in real life he’s not the friendliest guy but he’s Captain Kirk! Kirk was so much a part of my childhood and as an adult I appreciated his (I believe) much improved acting ability. If meeting your hero is a thrill, I think being your hero even for one day would be tremendous. Plus I could give all sorts of money to charity and tell the fans how much I appreciated their support.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
Another great one! I’ve never been asked this question, let me go check. I found some Honey Dijon mustard that’s been there since 2004! I smelled (and looked at it) and I’m not sure if it’s gone bad or not, now that I know how old it is I don’t think I’ll eat it.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’ve already started work on an unnamed Newfoundland Vampire book 3. Also I’ll have a short story called “Robots” appear at the back of Walter Knight’s America’s Galactic Foreign Legion Book 20: Time Machine (by Penumbra Publishing same great bunch who publish my books) hopefully sometime late this year.

Thanks for the interview, great questions! I had a lot of fun answering them.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fire And Shadow by Susan J McLeod‏


Susan Jane McLeod has been writing since she was seven years old. At age eleven she won a county-wide essay contest and her professional career was launched. By the time she was nineteen, her poetry had appeared in several magazines, including American Girl and Seventeen. She also won an honorable mention in The Writer.

She grew up in Rochester, New York, with three sisters and one brother. In her early thirties she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and given a 50-50 chance to live. After two surgeries and chemotherapy, she is cancer free today.

She has worked at several jobs ranging from a baby store to a research consultant, but her favorite was managing a bookstore, surrounded by her passion: literature. She is currently employed by a non-profit foundation that runs Zara’s Center, a home for AIDS-impacted orphans in Zimbabwe.

Susan has published several short stories and two novels. The first, Soul and Shadow, is an award-winning paranormal historical romance. The second, Fire and Shadow, is classified as paranormal suspense. Both books have been in Amazon Top 100 bestseller categories.

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“When the dead need to speak, she must listen…

Artist and Egyptologist Lily Evans struggles with her newly discovered psychic talents, while trying to get her life back to normal now that her mother is in a mental institution and the man Lily loves is far away in England. But "normal" is the last thing she finds.

When her best friend Katy takes her to a Celtic Faire, Lily meets a druid fortune-teller, who warns her that she can “never escape the Other.” Frightened and angry, Lily ignores his dire warning and stumbles across an eerie old portrait of a beautiful woman, who has something to tell her.

With the help of the enigmatic druid and his gifted friends, Lily embarks on a dangerous journey to unravel the mysteries of the portrait, the tarot card reader, an ancient book and whispers of witchcraft. She must discover the truth behind them all…or risk losing her very soul.


Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
Stories grow from the smallest seeds. I was looking out my window and suddenly I got an image in my head of a jewelry box with a pop-out ballerina inside. I had one when I was small and I loved to watch her “dance.” The whole book came out of that vision. I wrote it because people who liked Soul and Shadow kept asking for a sequel. I wanted them to be happy.

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

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
Being sucked into another dimension where nothing but the story exists. I experience so many emotions through my characters that it’s like living infinite lives. It’s almost as if I have my own TARDIS!

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I think most writers would agree with me-editing!

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
Now that is a very hard question. I know for certain that I’d be someone super-rich, so I could give as much away as possible. That would make me happier than anything. I guess I’d be someone super-rich who got to spend the day with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Mison helping me give it away!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
I don’t even want to tell you. It’s too embarrassing. There’s an entire ecosystem living in there and I think intelligent life is evolving, so how could I clean it?

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’ve just finished Shell and Shadow, a novella in the Lily Evans series. All the profits from it are going to Zara’s Center, a home in Zimbabwe for AIDS-impacted orphans. I’m about half-way through Storm and Shadow. After that it’ll be time for a change, I’m just not sure what yet!

Tigress by J.E. Taylor


J.E. Taylor is a writer, a publisher, an editor, a manuscript formatter, a mother, a wife and a business analyst, not necessarily in that order. She first sat down to seriously write in February of 2007 after her daughter asked:

“Mom, if you could do anything, what would you do?”

From that moment on, she hasn’t looked back and now her writing resume includes a more than a dozen published novels along with several short stories on the virtual shelves including a few within eXcessica anthologies.

In addition to being co-owner of Novel Concept Publishing (www.novelconceptpublishing), Ms. Taylor also moonlights as a Senior Editor of Allegory (www.allegoryezine.com), an online venue for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. She has been known to edit a book or two and also offers her services judging writing contests for various RWA chapters.

She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children and during the summer months enjoys her weekends on the shore in southern Maine.

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Night Hawk Series:
Night Hawk
Tigress
Trinity Rising (November 2013)

Steve Williams Series:
Dark Reckoning
Vengeance
Hunting Season
Georgia Reign
Crystal Illusions
Saving Face
The Steve Williams Series (all six books in a box e-book set)

The Death Chronicles Series:
Don’t Fear the Reaper
Highway to Hell (November 2013)

The Games Series:
Survival Games
Mind Games
End Game
The Games Trilogy

Other titles: 
Steam – Anthology
Glimpses – Anthology
Dome Warriors

Short Stories by J.E. Taylor
Miami Heat
Mile High
Office Games
The Raising
The Seduction of Sir Galahad
Armageddon
Harvest Moon
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Grayson House
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Naomi's immortality is nullified, making her vulnerable to the ones who consider her their conquest. If she wasn't already walking over the hot coals of misfortune she would be obsessed with the next ambush. The shadow vaccine is hell in a syringe, the antidote turning Naomi’s blood into a lethal elixir, rendering her toxic to all vampires, including Damian.

Archangel Michael reveals a long buried secret of her heritage and cautions Naomi against personally triggering the apocalypse. If Lucifer discovers just how unique she is, death at his hands will become her most appealing escape.


Q) What inspired you to write this story?
When I started Night Hawk, I knew it was going to be at least a three book series and after the release of Night Hawk there were some questions that readers consistently asked that needed to be answered in Tigress, so my readers inspired some of the direction this story took.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
Three months elapsed time, during which I also worked full time at a day job and participated in a month long blog tour for Night Hawk.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
Creating new and interesting characters and messing with their world to see how they react.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Finding the time. Also, when I run into a wall in a story – what folks call writer’s block – that isn’t fun at all. Working through that can be quite painful.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Elsa Pataky. You probably don’t need to ask why – but here it is...Thor.

Yeah, I got me a serious crush on Chris Hemsworth and think he would be the perfect man to play the main character in my Games series.

If you folks don’t know who Elsa is (Fast Five / Fast & Furious 6), she’s married to the man.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
I have no clue and honestly, I’m a bit too lazy to look. I’m very comfortable in my comfy chair right now (http://www.jetaylor75.com/id30.html).

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Trinity Rising in the Night Hawk Series (NA Paranormal Romance December 2013)

Knocking on Heaven’s Door in The Death Chronicles Series (YA Fantasy 2014)

Fallen – Prequel to The Games Series (YA/NA Suspense 2014)

Victim – (YA coming of age 2014)

I’m also formulating ideas for a spin off from The Steve Williams series as well. 

Angler Series Book 3 by Annie Nicholas


Annie Nicholas writes paranormal romance with a twist. She has courted vampires, hunted with shifters, and slain a dragon’s ego all with the might of her pen. Riding the wind of her imagination, she travels beyond the restraints of reality and shares them with anyone wanting to read her stories. Mother, daughter, and wife are some of the other hats she wears while hiking through the hills and dales of her adopted state of Vermont.

Annie writes for Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, and Lyrical Press.

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Nosferatu rule from the shadow and keep order over their blood-thirsty people. Bald with pointed ears, they give vampires something to fear. If a law is broken, they have only one punishment. Death. They are the most powerful clan in the Vampire Nation and the most monstrous. Only a male vampire can be transformed into a Nosferatu, but not all survive.

Connie Bence is on the run with her two lovers, Rurik and Tane. As leader of the Nosferatu, Tane’s only threat is his own clansmen, and they want all three of them dead. When Rurik began to lose his hair, rumors spread, and the Nosferatu accuse Tane of trying to transform Rurik into one of them illegally.
With the Nosferatu on their heels, Connie tries to figure out what’s changing Rurik and cure him before she loses him to blood lust.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cover Reveal Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak


Melanie Karsak grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania where there was an abysmal lack of entertainment, so she turned to reading and hiking. Apparently, rambling around the woods with a head full of fantasy worlds and characters will inspire you to become an author. Be warned. Melanie wrote her first novel, a gripping piece about a 1920s stage actress, when she was 12. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and caffeine junkie, the author now resides in Florida with her husband and two children. Melanie is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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An opium-addicted beauty.

An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.

An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.

Melanie Karsak’s “Chasing the Star Garden” takes the reader on an exciting adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem-colored waters of the ancient world, introducing us Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and a shattered past.

Lily Stargazer is having a bad day. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower.

What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium.

Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Temple of Indra’s Jewel by Rachael Stapleton‏


Rachael Stapleton grew up in a small town, writing as a hobby until the age of sixteen when she was given the opportunity to pen a column for the Orono Weekly Times. Today she is a dedicated writer who contributes to a weekly writer’s circle and is also a proud member of the Writer’s Community of Durham Region.

Rachael lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and two children.

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Sophia Marcil awakens from a snorkeling accident in the Lérins Islands to find herself in the chambers—and the body—of a nineteenth-century princess.

In a confused state and with no idea of her whereabouts, Sophia embarks on a desperate quest for answers, hoping she can find her way back to her fiancé, Nick, and her true identity.

After she finds a diary in an antique desk, Sophia follows a clue that leads her to a questionable alchemist, who relays the history and magic of the mysterious amethyst she inherited from her greatgrandmother— the only possession that made the leap through time with her and perhaps the only thing that can prevent her from becoming a pawn in a murderous plot for the throne.

Using her inheritance, Sophia races through time to the twenty-first century to solve the mystery of her family’s past.

But once she is there, she unearths a dire warning about a curse that clings to her heirloom, leading her down a dangerous path involving two men from different times and ultimately puts her life at risk.

In this tale of obsession, greed and passion, a woman on a journey through time struggles to regain a family heirloom and control its magic, hoping to break the curse before it breaks her.



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Monday, October 21, 2013

In a Wolf’s Eyes by A. Katie Rose‏


A. Katie Rose is a Colorado native, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. She enjoys riding, teaching and learning from horses, likes camping, reading novels, watching movies and, of course, lives to write fantasy books. She currently works as a photographer in San Antonio, Texas, and is a slave to her six cats and four horses. “In a Wolf’s Eyes” is her first novel.

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Raine is a slave, a gladiator. Known as the Bloody Wolf, he is the champion of all champions in the Empire of Khalid. Ly’Tana is a warrior princess of Kel’Halla and is set to wed the heir to Khalid’s throne, Crown Prince Broughton. When Raine and his new wizard pal, Rygel, accidentally murder the High King, they set in motion events rapidly spiraling out of control. Ly’Tana discovers the true, and violent, nature of her betrothed, a man nicknamed Prince Brutal for his vicious nature, and escapes her marriage.

But Brutal will stop at nothing to have her for his wife. To entice his runaway bride into a trap, he brings down and captures her griffin bodyguard, Bar. Ly’Tana vows to have Bar back or die trying. She seeks the help of Raine and Rygel, and frees Bar from Brutal’s clutches. Yet, in doing so, Raine and Ly’Tana are forced to flee for their lives, hunted by Brutal’s secretive assassins.

Can they escape the hunters and their silent, evil hounds? Can Ly’Tana evade Brutal’s hungry need to marry her and seize her beloved country? Can Raine keep Ly’Tana alive and still save himself from capture and torture? Can they stop themselves from falling in love? 


Thus begins the first novel of The Saga of the Black Wolf series.

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Suffering of a Witch by Suza Kates‏


Suza Kates writes the Savannah Coven Series along with other romantic suspense novels. She lives in Savannah with her family and three truly imperialistic cats.

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SHE WON’T GIVE UP

Kylie Worthington is in love with a man who doesn’t return the sentiment. She’s thrown away her pride and all attempts at pretense, yet Quinn St. Germaine still pushes her away. With the arrival of her trial, she will go where Fate dictates, to fight the vicious group, the Amara, and the demon that they serve. She’s also destined to fall in love, so at least she’ll finally find the man she was meant for. Whether she likes it or not.

HE WON’T GIVE IN 


Quinn has spent his life preparing for his family’s prophecy, but no spell or book could have ever prepared him for Kylie. Her passion for him is strong—and persistent—but he must deny what she makes him feel. Too many years have passed him by and too many sacrifices have been made. Though he’s drawn to her beauty and vitality, deep inside he fears her. Quinn already knows what he wants, and accepting her means giving up on himself.

THEY BOTH WILL HURT

United in their battle against evil, Quinn and Kylie can’t see what’s right in front of them. And they never suspected what destiny had in store. Only the worst can bring them together, but will they be forever bound by love? Or by loss?


Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
“Suffering of a Witch” is the seventh book in the Savannah Coven Series. The main characters have been bouncing off of each other since book one, and readers seem very excited that Kylie and Quinn are finally getting their story!

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Yikes. Well, I usually allow myself three months for a book, but I’ve had a lot of personal changes and traveling that needed to occur, so I ended up taking all three months.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The plotting phase and then the end phase of seeing it become real. I’m never at a loss for new ideas, I just can’t write as quickly as I think of new stories! The learning aspect has actually been fun too. I can never go back to previous books and make changes, but it’s exciting to see how my writing has evolved since my first book “Whisper of a Witch” was released.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
The physical issues. That’s not a fun answer, I know, but I’ve been dealing with some musculoskeletal problems from sitting with my head down and my arm up for so many hours each day. Beware the mouse! It can get your shoulder in a crunch! : ) But I’m working on getting my desk and keyboard into better ergonomic shape. The second answer would be, editing.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I would be Florence from Florence and the Machine. I’d love to sing and put on a huge concert just once in my life, and I love their music. Or Evanescence. Those are great “belting out” songs.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
Darn. I just cleaned it out last night. But it was some bow-tie pasta with tomatoes, garlic, peas, and other goodies that my husband made. He’s a great cook, and I am so lucky for that!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I have two other paranormal series planned. The first is an apocalyptic series with magical elements and will have a lot of action and world-building. The other is another series with witches. Right now, it’s plotted to be four books. I also love adventure books, and I may one day turn that into a series that isn’t romance but has a strong female lead. If I ever get the time!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pacific Rim

The spouse and I watched Pacific Rim last night.  When I first watched the preview, I thought it looked like Power Rangers on steroids.



After watching the film, I still think that.  Think about it:  in the Power Rangers, four kids have to learn to work together in a giant robot to fight monsters.  In Pacific Rim, two people have to learn to fight together in a giant robot to fight monsters.

Thankfully, the acting and the special effects were a bit better in Pacific Rim than they are in Power Rangers.  And there wasn't that weird scene cut where they are fighting a monster in the woods, then it grows large and suddenly they are in the city.  That happens quite a lot in Power Rangers.

The film had some issues, but on the whole, it was fun.  The Kaiju were freaking awesome!  The flying one was my absolute favorite, although the others had some endearing qualities.  I love films that have great aliens.  I'll even watch horrible films if the aliens are cool.  For example, the Species movies.  They weren't very good, but the aliens rocked!

After the day I had yesterday, it was really nice to unwind with a film full of fights and awesome creatures.  It was pretty predictable, but there is nothing wrong with mindless entertainment full of eye candy.  It's my favorite kind of film!

I'm still trying to figure out why the movie was over two hours long.  I'm not really sure it needed to be.  I know they were trying to play up the fragile human emotion side, but I wanted more monsters and fights.  Bring on the bad asses!  I also think Charlie Hunnam should have taken his shirt off more.

It would also be a lot of fun to deconstruct the film. The main thing that stuck out to me was the fact that it was a global fight, yet the only one who could actually save the world was the American with the outdated nuclear power.  Perhaps I'll find some time to write an article about that.

Pacific Rim was a lot of fun and full of action.  It had really cool monsters and a fairly decent story line.  I really enjoyed it.  I would own it!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Putting Yourself Out There

Yesterday, I got onto Amazon to check something .  Turns out, my second children's picture book is available in print.  You can find it here.


And no, the book is not about pregnancy, it's about being hungry and having a growly tummy.

Anyway, while I was there, I had to go to The Ifs page to get publication information.  As you can imagine, I cringed when I scrolled past the review section.  Even though most of them are positive, that one is still there.  Every author gets at least one in their career, I'm sure of it.  There's not a lot we can do to change it, and the reader is definitely entitled to their opinion.  In this day and age, it's so easy for anyone and everyone to have an opinion, and they voice it loudly and freely.

Putting myself out there as an author means I'm going to face criticism.  Not everyone is going to like what I write.  There are those who are just bitter and mean and make it their mission to destroy others.  I don't let that stop me.  I can't.  I can't be afraid of what others are going to think and let it dictate what I write.  I have to do what I want to do.

Don't get me wrong, it affects me.  There's no way it can't.  But at the same time, it doesn't control me.  It tried at one point.  I got so disheartened and upset about rejections, I was ready to throw in the towel.  I vowed I was never going to write another word.  I was done.  The world was going to have to live without my genius.  But it didn't last.  Obviously.  The world could care less if I succeed or fail.  The only one I was hurting was myself.  Not writing made me miserable and grumpy--even more so than the rejections.  At least if I was getting rejections I was trying.  That felt better than giving up.

The world is harsh and people can be cruel, but at the same time, there are always those who love what you do and can't get enough of your stories.  Their words and loyalty are worth everything.  They are the ones who keep you writing.  I am so grateful for my fans and readers.  I couldn't do it without you!  You're the reason I keep putting myself out there!