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Weather Child by Philippa Ballantine

New Zealand born fantasy writer and podcaster Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order and the Shifted World series. She is also the co-author with her husband Tee Morris of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels. Her awards include an Airship, a Parsec, the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice, and a Sir Julius Vogel. She currently resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and a furry clowder of cats.

Twitter: @PhilippaJane

Never alone. Never apart.

They are the Awakened, a unique breed of people in a remote corner of the world. Faith is one of these gifted carriers of the Seraphim; and in return of her unconditional love, her Seraphim grants her powers of incredible potential.

But not all carriers embrace their blessing.

Jack loathes being an Awakened. He never asked for it, his Seraphim keeping him alive even in spite of his desire to die. Not even a great war could rid him of this curse.

Now a magician of incredible ability and a walking dead man must find a way to work together to save the Seraphim. Someone covets the power of the Awakened, and will not stop until that power belongs to him.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
This story is all about my family, a love song if you will. My great-aunt who took over the role of my grandmother when she passed away, was a strong yet wonderfully kind woman. She led a life that just seemed to make everyone around hers better. All the stories of my grandmothers’ and Aunt Ruth ended up in Weather Child in some way. I only wish they were around to read this book.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Weather Child took about a year to write, but it has been through many iterations. It was initially podcast, and then got edited many times. Finally, after being told by New York publishing that no American reader was interested in reading a book set in New Zealand, I decided I was going to indie publish the book, and prove them wrong. It was what my relatives would have done.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love living inside other people’s heads and making up worlds where only my imagination is the limit.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
When I get too many ideas, and I have to shove some back since I only have so much time to do things.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’d love to be Queen Elizabeth I…just for a day, and that day would have to be when she was just on the throne, having fun and dancing.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Oh gosh, I have some parmesan cheese in there from October. I am waiting for it to achieve sentience.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I have a steampunk YA series that I am working on, a spinoff of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Then I am working on an epic fantasy, but I also have more ideas for the Awakened series.

Uncovering You by Scarlett Edwards‏

I live near beautiful Seattle, Washington. I grew up reading all types of fantasy books before discovering the wonderful world of romances in high school. Now, I spend most of my time writing about sexy men and the women who love them.


When I wake up in a dark, unfamiliar room, I have no idea what's waiting for me in the shadows. My imagination conjures up demons of the worst kind. 

Reality is much worse:

A collar with no leash. A prison with no walls. And a life stripped of meaning.

I am presented with a vile contract and asked to sign. It outlines the terms of my servitude. The only information I have about my captor are the two small letters inked at the bottom:


Armed with only my memories, I must do everything I can to avoid becoming ensnared in his twisted mind games. But in the end, it all comes down to one choice:

Resist and die.

Or submit, and sign my life away

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At Death It Begins by Elle Jefferson‏

Elle Jefferson lives up in northern Arizona with her two beautiful sons, wonderful husband and her German Shepard Dorrie. When she's not reading or writing she's painting or enjoying the great outdoors.

She is currently working on her follow-up to At Death it Begins, In Death's Shadow, and hopes to have it released in early December.

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Lendyn Hughes' grandmother has kept a secret from her for over thirty-one years, who Lendyn's parents are. A devastating break-up following her grandmother's death leaves Lendyn alone, confused and determined to find answers. Armed with only a name Lendyn attempts to unfurl the branches of her family tree never guessing it would put her life in danger.

For over two hundred years Englishman Callum Scott lived a life surrounded by beauty. A life free from all those annoying human emotions. That is until the American showed up. Lendyn flipped his world upside down and put him in the worst sort of jeopardy. He's starting to feel things and a murderer can't afford to feel.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
It started with a dream, nope just kidding the story was inspired by my love of vampires and True Blood. Since I was a kid I wondered if vampires were real, what they would be like. What if they were actually aliens from another planet? And thus the At Death It Begins seers was born.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
The first book took three years, the second took about a year and half so I'm hoping the third book will only take a year.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
My favorite thing about writing is the escape. Getting lost in another world is exciting.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
The worst thing about writing is laundry. For some reason it never gets done when I'm in writer mode … you know come to think of it neither does the dusting, vacuuming or any cleaning for that matter. And apparently, (according to the hubs at least) you really shouldn't go more than three days without a shower either.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
I would love to be David Gandy. If I got to be him I'd just stand in front of mirror staring at myself all day. Seriously, how does that man get anything done? He reminds me of a Zoolander quote "Is there anything more important in life than being really, really, good looking?" (PS totally love that movie, if you haven't watched it you should)

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
I couldn't tell you because the mold covering it makes it indiscernible. (Did I mention writer mode?)

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
More love stories with a paranormal twist.

Recent Happenings

A while ago, before I had a contract with Booktrope, I entered The Appeal of Evil into The Dante Rossetti Awards 2013 for YA.  I didn't win, but I was a finalist.  That was incredibly exciting to me.  My heartfelt congratulations go out to all of those who did win.  Hooray!  I was honored to be in the presence of such great writers.

In addition, in the next three days, my friend Tamara and I will be heading to the AWP conference in Seattle.  I am so very excited for this.  I've been to conferences before, but small ones, so going to this prestigious and incredibly large one is going to be a new experience.  I get to meet my amazing book manager Wendy in person, and I will be at the Booktrope table to sell some books and meet the other authors.  It's going to be awesome!

When I get home, I have an appointment with my local Big Brothers Big Sisters to read my children's books to an after school program.  That should be a lot of fun.  I'm looking forward to that.

Then, in April, I will be giving my presentation about Women and Horror at the Rock Springs Library.  This is my hometown, so I'm excited to go back and speak to them.  I also get to hang out with my parents, so that's a bonus.

There may be some other opportunities that come up this year, but I think I'm starting out strong.  I'm excited to see where 2014 takes me.  So far, it's promising to be a great year.

In addition to these appearances, I am continuing to write.  I'm finishing up my nonfiction zombie book, as well as working on the sequel to The Appeal of Evil, which is called Dealing with the Devil.  Stay tuned for more exciting happenings!

Corporate Ties by E. L. Loraine‏

E. L. Loraine resides in Florida with her best friend and husband. She enjoys cooking, gardening and traveling the world looking for places to make a novel come to life.


Corporate Ties the latest title by Best Selling Author E. L. Loraine

Olivia Grayson, smart, beautiful and rising star of the corporate world of Dolby, Inc.

Olivia is determined to be successful. She’s smart, beautiful and driven. While working her way up the corporate ranks in her first job out of Grad School at Dolby Incorporated, Olivia finally has a chance to prove just how talented she is.

The client she’s been given is Matasuki International, but when she starts reading through the files on the company she finds something disturbing. There are convenient deaths associated with their acquisitions division. The man behind this company is Isamu Matasuki, a powerful and ruthless chairman. Yet there seems to be only generic press release type information on him. When she asks her longtime friend and co-worker in the legal department to get her more information from his former job at the FBI, he disappears and Olivia knows it’s because of Matasuki and his shadowy companion.

Determined to find out what happened to her friend Paul, and keep her boss, Tyson Grant and Dolby protected, she enlists the help of new neighbor and lover, corporate security specialist, and private investigator, Brian. Olivia knows she can use Matasuki’s interest in Dolby and her to get close enough to stop him, but is the risk worth it? Even if she saves Dolby, he’ll just move on to the next, and that company is Dolby’s chief rival, Stein Brothers. Can she just sit back and let that happen or is Olivia willing to lose everyone and everything she loves in order to take Matasuki down?

E.L. Loraine’s Corporate Ties, is a sizzling hot, mystery romance set among the concrete and steel jungle of New York City and the corporate ties that bind it. Another multi level plot keeps you turning pages as Olivia finds she’s caught right in the very middle of this world of love, lust, and greed as the players fight for power on the corporate battle field.

Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
I was challenging myself to write something different, and this is very different from what I usually write, but I’m very proud of how it turned out.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
It takes me three and half months to four months on average to write a book.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
The plot, along with building characters and a world for them to live in. Always so much fun.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Editing and marketing.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
Queen Elizabeth. Don’t you want to know what’s in her purse?

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
I have a packaged salad that I think is two weeks old.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
Many more romances, and fantasy novels. Several Silken Ties novels. So many ideas, so little time. I love asking my readers what they’d like to read.

Vampire Most Wanted by Lynsay Sands

Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there’s occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. For more information, go to www.lynsaysands.net.


Take a road trip with the undead . . . in this latest in the argeneau series by New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands

For Basha Argeneau, anything is better than facing her estranged family. Even hiding out in sweltering southern California. But when a sexy immortal in black shows up determined to bring her back to the clan, she'll do anything to keep far, far away from the past she can't outrun.

Marcus Notte isn't here to play games—especially not with someone as crazy as the infamous blonde. Asked by Lucian Argeneau to bring her back for questioning, Marcus is determined to carry out Lucian's request—no matter how the seductive little mind-reading vamp feels about it.

Basha doesn't mind fighting fire with fire, especially with a hot immortal involved. But if he wants to take her away, he'll have to catch her first . . .

Launching Sisters to WitchCamp by LRS‏

LRS has a master’s degree in psychology. For more than ten years she pretended to be working while she was on the floor enjoying playtime with kids.

She has lived on the eastern and western coasts of the U.S.A, as well as abroad, and currently resides in Canada with her family. Wherever she is, she can’t pass by a toy store without going inside.

When she's not writing, she can usually be found in her kitchen, where she’s either baking (and sampling) cookies or stirring a pot. (Unfortunately, she has yet to find a magical spoon.)


Sixth-grader J.J. learns there are no easy breaks in life.

When J.J. discovers the opportunity to send his maddening sisters off to WitchCamp, he has fantasies of a delightful summer. However, J.J. and his friend are soon off on a ride they didn't anticipate -- one that lands them in a chilling mess of witch hunts and creature feasts.

With his creative ideas, J.J. utilizes their risky escapades to escape. But making deals with superhuman creatures just lands them in hotter water.

Now it’s up to J.J. to save them all from certain death by being more imaginative and daring than ever before.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
My daughter’s grotesquely long nails.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
From its first muse to its submission, it took six months.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The surprises that come along with it. Often, I have the same feeling when I have to break from writing as I do when I get stopped in the middle of a book —I need to resume ASAP to discover what happens. The suspense kills me.

On that note, I particularly enjoy creating characters, throwing them into complex situations, and seeing how they surprise me.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Writing up synopses is a chore for me, and all the technical stuff, like searching for spacing or minor formatting errors, is a real bore.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I would hate to be famous, even for a day, but if I had to succumb to this torture, I’d pick HRH Prince George’s place. Too young to realize what all the fuss is about, but old enough to enjoy fun toys (I hope), and a great grandmother with class to boot!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Mustard, that most be approaching its birthday. There’s not much old food in my fridge — I have two teen boys. Good thing they don’t like the yellow condiment, at least I have something to name.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I have a YA fantasy being released soon, but that’s under a different pen name. It’s the first in a series and I will be wrapped up in this project for awhile. But eventually I would like to write another MG fantasy featuring the characters from Launching Sisters to WitchCamp, just for fun. I’ve enjoyed my time with them, and would hate to say a final goodbye.

Thank you for having me,


The Celibate Succubus by Barton Paul Levenson‏

Barton Paul Levenson’s novels include Max & Me, Year of the Human, Ella the Vampire, I Will and Parole. Mr. Levenson’s short fiction has appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, ChiZine, Cricket, Cicada, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and many other publications. An original member of the Pittsburgh Worldwright’s writing workshop created by Mary Soon Lee, Barton has published more than 60 short stories, poems, and essays. He is also a two-time winner of the Parsec Short Story Contest.

Levenson holds a degree in physics and writes prolifically about everything from fictional works to radiative-convective models of planetary atmospheres. He has also learned to speak French, Spanish, Russian, German, New Testament Greek, and Japanese (though, he confesses, not well enough to converse with native speakers). Mr. Levenson is married to genre poet Elizabeth Penrose and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he confuses everybody by being both a born-again Christian and a liberal Democrat.

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“Team Packer” is a covert Catholic strike team against supernatural evil with a secret weapon in its arsenal: 16-year-old Delilah Vincentio—the world’s only Christian succubus. Trained by demons to despise humanity and lead them into sin, her unprecedented capacity for mercy caused her to renounce her place in Hell—and gain an angelic referral to Team Packer.

Delilah is assigned to infiltrate the Order of the Lightbringer, a Satanic cult that plans to make Pittsburgh a test site for the Apocalypse. After Delilah’s identity is almost discovered, Team Packer sends her to high school to hide out until things cool down.

But while Delilah may be reformed from her beguiling ways, she’s still very much a demon—and she hasn’t learned how to play well with others. In fact, trying to fit in and keep a low profile at high school may prove to be a tougher battle than bringing down the Order of the Lightbringer.

“The demons in Hell are secretly defecting and pushing their infernal realm towards Heaven in a handcart! This story kept me riveted from start to finish—a ride and a half !”—Adele Abbot, author, Postponing Armageddon and Of Machines & Magics

“His name is almost like mine, he’s no relation, and he writes a kind of YA Fantasy all his own. Fast-moving, knowledgeable, historical, spiritual, heroic, Barton Paul Levenson’s Celibate Succubus is good reading at any age.” —Paul Levinson, author, The Plot to Save Socrates and Unburning Alexandria

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Speculation about what it would be like if a demon could be saved. Also, the manga Rosario + Vampire, which has a succubus as a major character (though she's nothing like my protagonist).

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

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The feeling of triumph on finishing.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Revising. But it has to be done. "Anyone can write. A writer can rewrite."

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
President Obama. I'd issue some executive orders to get things done I'd like to see done.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Probably some of the dried-out vegetables in the bottom drawer. I think some may date back to the Cambrian period.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I'm working on an epic high fantasy called The Key to the World. I'm aiming at 2,000 pages, which is insane, but it might be publishable if broken up into a series.

The Plague Legacy: Acquisitions by Christine Haggerty‏

Christine Nielson Haggerty grew up in rural Utah with three brothers, a sister, several chickens, a goat, and an outhouse. She always loved the escape of science fiction and fantasy and the art of writing, and her passion is to craft stories of strength and survival.

Christine taught high school language arts for several years, encouraging perfection of the language in her young adult students. Now she appreciates her background in classic literature and history as she draws on the past to write about the present and the future.

Her favorite genres to write are young adult dystopian fiction and young adult urban fantasy.

You can follow her news and mental wanderings at www.christinehaggertyauthor.com

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Half a century after the world was decimated by a bio-engineered plague, military scouts are acquisitioning a new supply of exports—slaves.

With his family dead, sixteen-year-old Cameron Landry is a reluctant survivor, haunted by nightmares and bound by promises. When he and his worst enemy, Devon, are both selected for shipment to a civilization called Salvation, Cam suddenly has nowhere to run. Devon is a mutant, stronger and faster, and his hatred for Cam grows with each passing day. As Cam makes friends, and finds a surprising ally in Devon’s twin sister, Tara, he learns a secret that could change everything.

But Devon is on the hunt, and Cam is running out of places to hide.

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Portal Soundtrack by Imogen Rose

About a year ago, when Imogen Rose, author of the cult bestselling series, the Portal Chronicles, was surfing YouTube she stumbled upon a song, “If We Fall” by SHE SAID SAVE ME, and instantly fell in love with both the lyrics and the male vocal. She put the song on her writing playlist and looked up the Toronto-based band on Facebook… and liked their page. A while later, Imogen received a PM from Joe Vercillo, saying that if her books were ever adapted for film or TV she should feel free to use his music. She had no idea who he was, but looked him up. Imagine her fan girl sqee moment when she discovered that he was the lead vocalist for SHE SAID SAVE ME! Imogen and Joe have been Facebook friends ever since.

The Portal Chronicles starts off with a serendipitous meeting in a London pub, which propels the lives of the characters into a time warp of what-ifs. During the prologue, which is the key to the story, Rupert is humming a song in that London pub where Olivia and he seal their fate. Imogen Rose always wondered what he was singing. Until late one night, when she closed her eyes and “heard” it. Imogen wrote the lyrics and SHE SAID SAVE ME put it to music. What better day than Valentine’s Day to release this song that defines the romance that is PORTAL?

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Horror Artist Jerrod Brown is awesome about getting my books pictured with famous people.  He travels to a TON of conventions in the south.  Maybe I need to move down there...

This is Carl from The Walking Dead.  How freaking cool is that?

Catching Heat by Alison Packard‏

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Alison now lives in Southern Nevada where she’s still getting used to the blistering summers and slot machines in every grocery store.

When not working at the day job that pays the bills, keeps a roof over her head, and supports her book and chocolate habits, she spends most of her free time writing. But when she takes a break, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.


Life has taught Angie DeMarco that all baseball players are womanizers, and her incredible one-night stand with sexy San Francisco Blaze back-up catcher J.T. Sawyer seemed to prove it. Determined not to give in to their sizzling chemistry a second time, she’s kept her distance ever since, focusing on her accounting job with the team. But now she’s laid off…and pregnant.

J.T. was hurt by Angie’s rejection, but with one more year with the Blaze, he has no time for love. He needs to spend the off season training hard so he can negotiate a better contract with a new team at the end of the year. But when Angie shows up on his doorstep, he‘s overwhelmed by wanting to not just do right by her but pursue a relationship with her. Hoping for a second chance, he proposes.

Angie agrees to marry J.T. on one condition: the marriage will be purely a business arrangement. But as Angie spends time with him and his family, and J.T. neglects his training to spend time with her, what begins as a union in name only slowly grows into something more—something that looks a whole lot like love and friendship.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I’ve always been a huge fan of marriage of convenience stories and although I knew it would be a challenge to write one in a contemporary setting, I felt that I had a good set-up for it with Angie and J.T., so I gave it a shot.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Although it seemed like forever because Catching Heat was much more difficult to write than the first two books in the series, the first draft was completed in about six to seven months.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The one thing that makes writing a true joy is being able to take a seedling of an idea and grow a story from it. It’s often scary and a little intimidating, but it’s the greatest feeling in the world when it’s all said and done and I’m hear from readers who have enjoyed the story.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Looking at the blank page and wondering what the heck to write next. It seems like it happens with every single chapter.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Tina Fey because I think she’s brilliantly funny and I’d like to know what that feels like for a day.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Wow…so many possibilities. lol. If I had to narrow it down, I’d say it’s a toss-up between a squeeze bottle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup, which has been in there for almost two years, and a jar of dill pickle relish that has been there just about as long.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More in my Feeling the Heat series for sure. I’m currently working on a novella featuring J.T.’s brother, Jake, and a full-length novel featuring two characters other characters from my second novel, The Winning Season.

The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III‏

Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psy- choanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.

SoulCare, his professional consultation practice is devoted to the tending of the soul. One of the few therapists writing fiction with a healing emphasis, Dr. DeBlassie has been deeply influenced by the surreal beauty and natural magic of the mestizo myth of Aztlan.

The Unholy is his first novel.


A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, the Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.


Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
Over thirty years of treating patients who have suffered from the dark side of religion inspired The Unholy. The travails and dramatic life stories ushered my imagination into a phantasmagoric realm in which a young medicine woman engages in a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Dreams, such as ones experienced in therapy, and synchronous events, natural magical happenings, inform the healing process just as they guided Claire in her battle against evil!

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
The book was in process for ten years. After years of rejection from other publishing houses, Jim Smith of Sunstone Press in Santa Fe, New Mexico saw it and claimed it. The actual writing took two to three years with edits. The Unholy was its own journey of discovery and natural magical happenings!

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
Listening to the unconscious mind unfold creatively in the form of story, dramatic narrative is fascinating. The characters come alive, speak to you, tell you what to write, what they suffer, their challenges, and their outcome. The Unholy filtered through my waking life, dreams, and ongoing musings during the three years in which it was written. I totally enjoy the life of the story felt within the context of my daily life and inspiration and then taken to paper.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Waiting to hit the page running is my least favorite thing about writing. The anticipation of pouring words out onto paper can be painful. You want to get to it and do it. The pain is in the waiting. The Unholy would allow me to write only so much at a time, pause, let days pass, wait, write more….painful in the waiting…a pregnancy of sorts.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
No fame for me. The mystics of old would flee the thing. They felt it compromised them. I believe that. Archbishop William Anarch in The Unholy craved the power and prestige of fame, among other things. When you read the story, you’ll see where it got him.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
Old memories are the oldest thing in my fridge. They’ve been there metaphorically for a good, long time. Funny thing, when I open up the fridge, things from the past pop to mind. So often, the stored memories of pleasant encounters and painful occurrences usher forward. In The Unholy, a young woman is haunted by the past, things stored in her mental fridge, and needs to come to terms with them, to face the past, deal with it, or forever be haunted.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
The Dark Goddess is rolling out. It’s another psychological thriller set in the mythopoeic realm of Aztlan, same region as The Unholy. It’s a novel asking is bad love better than no love? This and other psychospiritual thrillers will be coming on down the pike over the next few years.

Know When to Run by Connie Flynn

Award-winning, bestselling author Connie Flynn writes both long and short fiction and is published in multiple genres, including paranormal romance, romantic comedy, mystery and suspense and contemporary fantasy/sci-fi. She lives in Arizona on a lush green park where she walks her dog and escapes from the hot desert sun. Her latest release is the twists-and-turns romantic suspense, KNOW WHEN TO RUN.

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She woke up one morning on a Mississippi riverboat casino with a huge headache and no clue to who she was.

With the help of new friends she rebuilt her life. Now, nearly two years later, a tall dark man with killer good looks comes after her. A bounty hunter, who claims she killed her father then ran out on her bail. She says he's got the wrong woman. He says she's guilty as sin. One of them is right . . .

Suddenly so many people are after her, she can't tell the good guys from the bad guys. But one thing she can do is KNOW WHEN TO RUN.

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Temptation in a Bottle by Shona Husk

Three time ARRA finalist Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold—sometimes literally.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she is published with Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Sourcebooks.

You can find out more at www.shonahusk.com

His only wish is to be free…

For centuries Gage has existed only to fulfill the most intimate desires of the woman who holds his bottle. Now Gage has a wish of his own—to be a real man and a have a real life even though he knows it’s an impossible dream. This time he plans to take his bottle and break it just to see what will happen.

Paramedic Sasha Watts has seen the damage falling in love does to people and she has no intention of being another of Cupid’s victims. She accidentally frees Gage without knowing what he is. After one kiss he walks away and she never expects to see him again, but the goddess Inanna has other ideas.

As punishment for breaking his bottle she erases Gage’s memory of everything but Sasha. Only Sasha can give him the life he longs for and only Gage can be the man she’s always dreamed of, but first she’ll have to open her heart and he’ll have to finish the job Inanna gave him. If he fails, he’ll cease to exist.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Temptation in a Bottle is the second In a Bottle story. While the first one was about a woman getting her dream boyfriend and the genie falling in love, Temptation in a Bottle is a little darker. The genie is prepared to risk death by breaking his bottle to be free. It’s always an interesting idea to see how far characters can be pushed and see what they are willing to give up.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
The first draft didn’t take me long, but after that it sat around for a couple of years as I was too busy working on other things to clean it up and give it the attention it needed.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love making up new worlds and I love the happily ever afters. Creating something that readers can believe in is a lot of fun. I think my love of world building comes from growing up reading fantasy novels.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
It depends on the day. Sometimes the words don’t flow, or the edits seem impossible. But it’s always different the next day so I just keep going. Overall it’s a great job J

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’d want to be someone really rich, then I’d donate a pile of money to charity. Or I could be Deborra-Lee Furness so I could kiss Hugh Jackman. I imagine that would also be fun ;)

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I think the oldest thing would be my hubby’s left over tinned beetroot (gag). It’s in a tub at the back. I refuse to touch it.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I have two sci-fi romances coming out (one in a few days!) Lunar Reunion and Lunar Dancer and two more fairy books this year, The Changeling Soldier and To Love a King. There is more exciting news to come but I can’t say yet (I know, I’m evil).

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Perfect Opposite by Zoya Tessi‏

A teenager in an adult’s body. A rebel in the guise of an ordinary citizen. A lady with very unladylike language. A dreamer with a rational mind. A woman born into the wrong era, she still believes that chivalry’s a feat to define the perfect man.

Zoya spent years doing volunteering work all across Europe, from cleaning school basements in Northern Russia to excavating Stone Age artifacts in Euskadi (the Basque country) and renovating castles from the middle ages in Southern France. She always dreamed of working with ‘Doctors without borders’ somewhere out in Africa, but ended up doing an ‘ordinary job’.

Her greatest passion is devouring each and every book that comes within her reach.

Their wishes were simple and modest. Fate had other things in store though, and she can be a real bitch sometimes.

- All he wanted was to get the job done and somehow to endure those long months playing nanny to a spoiled little rich girl. Without strangling her with his bare hands in the process. Well, it is going to be much easier said than done.

- All she wanted was to escape the past and live like any other nineteen-year-old girl. Her plan definitely didn’t include the arrogant, tattooed savage, with his awful mohawk hair and lack of social graces, whose only mission was to stick real close and mess up her life.

But, people aren't always what they seem to be, are they?

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
To be honest, I have no idea where that inspiration came from. I’d had the idea for the story rolling around in my head for some time, but at the start I didn’t plan to write it in book form. In fact, when I started writing, I was doing it for myself and wasn’t planning to publish it. Writing the story was mainly for my personal satisfaction. And when I started – I just couldn’t stop.

Before I started to put words on paper, I had more than half of their story in my head. A bunch of situations and dialogues were already there in my mind, sitting and waiting to be written down. The other part, the one I didn’t have in my head, came along while writing up the story, mostly the aspects connected to Alex’s and Sasha’s thoughts and their dialogue. The only factor I didn’t ‘have’ when I started writing was the ending, which came to me while I was developing the flow of the story.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Well, I’m not quite sure. About one year, I guess.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Not knowing how the story will end. Funny, I know, since I was the one writing it, but I had more than twelve chapters under my belt before the ending came fully formed to my mind. It was really exciting, writing a book without even knowing what would happen in the end.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
There isn’t really ‘least favorite’ thing. I loved it all. But, the hardest part was choosing the title. I suppose a title like ‘Summer’s Day’ or ‘Blue Sweater’ wouldn’t raise much interest, right? I had some ideas, but the real challenge was choosing the best from all of them. It had to be interesting, catchy, and above all it had to make people want to read a book. Also, it had to be short and to give readers some insight into what goes on in the story. At one point, I had a list of thirty titles that met all those requirements. I thought about the title for months, discussed options with my editor, thought of pro and cons for each one on the list, but in the end I took the list and just threw it in a trash can. The thing is, just as the story formed like magic in my mind (I was traveling home from work one day, and poof, there it was), the title just came to me.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
A rocks star. Any popular male rock star. I would love to know what’s going on inside their heads.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Well, it is, or better said – was, a bottle of wine I bought in Moscow ten years ago. I was keeping it for some special occasion ( like my wedding, hah). I opened it last week when ‘Perfect opposite’ hit #4 in NA and YA Kindle Free store during 3 day free book promo and got 10.000 downloads in those 3 days. That wine was disgusting, by the way. Now I have only some old carrots in there.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?

Well, I do have some future adventures in store for Sasha and Alex, but I’m not sure that would mean sequel in the sense of picking up the story where we left off. Maybe it’ll be a story from Alex’s point of view. I’m not sure yet, because for now I’m working on another book which will be a bit different to ‘Perfect Opposite’. It’ll be a paranormal YA novel, in which the main story’s set in the present, but flashbacks are going to take us back a few centuries. The story is, once more, about a far from ordinary young couple, unique in their own very special way. I’ll admit to being a little concerned about how readers will accept the main hero in this book, when they learn about his very troubled and, let’s say, bloody past. But, we’ll see. That’s all I can say for now.

How to Be a Man by Tamara Linse‏

Tamara Linse grew up on a ranch in northern Wyoming with her farmer/rancher rock-hound ex-GI father, her artistic musician mother from small-town middle America, and her four sisters and two brothers. She jokes that she was raised in the 1880s because they did things old-style—she learned how to bake bread, break horses, irrigate, change tires, and be alone, skills she’s been thankful for ever since. The ranch was a partnership between her father and her uncle, and in the 80s and 90s the two families had a Hatfields and McCoys-style feud.

She worked her way through the University of Wyoming as a bartender, waitress, and editor. At UW, she was officially in almost every college on campus until she settled on English and after 15 years earned her bachelor’s and master’s in English. While there, she taught writing, including a course called Literature and the Land, where students read Wordsworth and Donner Party diaries during the week and hiked in the mountains on weekends. She also worked as a technical editor for an environmental consulting firm.

She still lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with her husband Steve and their twin son and daughter. She writes fiction around her job as an editor for a foundation. She is also a photographer, and when she can she posts a photo a day for a Project 365. Please stop by Tamara’s website, www.tamaralinse.com, and her blog, Writer, Cogitator, Recovering Ranch Girl, at tamara-linse.blogspot.com. You can find an extended bio there with lots of juicy details. Also friend her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter, and if you see her in person, please say hi.


“Never acknowledge the fact that you’re a girl, and take pride when your guy friends say, ‘You’re one of the guys.’ Tell yourself, ‘I am one of the guys,’ even though, in the back of your mind, a little voice says, ‘But you’ve got girl parts.’” – Birdie, in “How to Be a Man”

A girl whose self-worth revolves around masculinity, a bartender who loses her sense of safety, a woman who compares men to plants, and a boy who shoots his cranked-out father.

These are a few of the hard-scrabble characters in Tamara Linse’s debut short story collection, How to Be a Man. Set in contemporary Wyoming—the myth of the West taking its toll—these stories reveal the lives of tough-minded girls and boys, self-reliant women and men, struggling to break out of their lonely lives and the emotional havoc of their families to make a connection, to build a life despite the odds. How to Be a Man falls within the tradition of Maile Meloy, Tom McGuane, and Annie Proulx.

The author Tamara Linse—writer, cogitator, recovering ranch girl—broke her collarbone when she was three, her leg when she was four, a horse when she was twelve, and her heart ever since. Raised on a ranch in northern Wyoming, she earned her master’s in English from the University of Wyoming, where she taught writing. Her work appears in the Georgetown Review, South Dakota Review, and Talking River, among others, and she was a finalist for an Arts & Letters and Glimmer Train contests, as well as the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize for a book of short stories. She works as an editor for a foundation and a freelancer. Find her online at tamaralinse.com and tamara-linse.blogspot.com

I am so honored to be visiting Pembroke Sinclair’s blog today! She is one of my oldest and dearest writing friends, and when her name appeared on the list of blogs I was visiting, I was stoked. I hope you all have friends like her in your life ~ they support you when you’re down and then they’re there to celebrate with you when you’re winning. And they also gently call you on your sh*t. The best kind of friends.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Because How to Be a Man is a collection of stories, there were many inspirations that encompass why I write in general, which is to try to make something meaningful and aesthetically pleasing out of the confusing bits of lived experience. Sometimes I’m inspired by a specific incident that happened to me or someone else, and other times I’ll start with nothing more than a line or an idea. I’m also inspired by things I read, and sometimes I’ll think, that’s an amazing story. I want to try to write something like that. The first type of inspiration was “A Dangerous Shine,” which was inspired by an incident that happened when I was getting my undergrad and bartending at the Buckhorn Bar. The second type, “Control Erosion,” started with the conceit of trying to get into the mind and language of an engineer and how he would see the nonprofessional parts of his life. The third, “How to Be a Man,” is inspired by Junot Diaz’s great story “How to Date a Brown Girl (Black Girl, White Girl, or Halfie).” It’s a second-person story, and I’d always said to myself that I’d never do one of those, but one day that’s the way my muse drug me. Those muses ~ they’re pretty bossy sometimes.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
These stories were written ~ and rewritten and rewritten ~ over 15 years. I would get an idea and write a story over a couple of days. I tend to revise extensively as I go along, and so when I get to the end of a story it’s usually fairly complete, unless I go back and totally rework it. Then out it would go with a batch of short stories to literary magazines. When I’m actively submitting, I tend to send batches of stories out every three to six months so that I always have something out there. And so most of these stories have been published in litmags or been runners up in a contest. (Thank you so much, all you editors doing it just for the love!) I sent this collection in a different iteration out to a couple of contests, and it placed in one (the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize), but I never sent it out to a publisher. Word on the street is that short story collections don’t sell, and my agent wasn’t interested. Finally, I decided I would put it out myself, and it’s been an amazing process. I edited through it again and in some cases majorly rewrote and reorganized stories. So you might say each story was written in a couple of days and over fifteen years.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Having written? I’m only half joking ~ eh, Pembroke? Seriously, getting started writing is the hardest part. You procrastinate. You clean your bathroom with a toothbrush. You check the internet. God, you check the internet and check and check and check. But once you apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair ~ plumbers don’t get plumbers’ block ~ and start, this magical thing happens. You get swept up and your critic goes away and your writer kid comes out to play and it starts flowing, more often than not. Sure, there are days when the critic is firmly planted on your shoulder, but luckily for me once I get going I can usually send her to her room. My favorite part is when I’m into a project and the real world goes away and the world I’m creating becomes more real than the real world. It’s like the real world goes black and white and recedes and the world I’m creating goes Technicolor. It’s amazing. It’s like your best reading experience only better. Just saying this makes me want to drop this writing and go write a novel.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Getting started. Isn’t it ironic when the thing you want to do the most is also the thing you sometimes dread the most? But in the broad scope of things, this is a small part, and there’s so much to love about writing. The positives far outweigh the negatives.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
You know what? I’ve never thought about this before. Not really. I tend to be fairly pragmatic, and if I’m daydreaming it’s about something I can actually do. So instead of dreaming about being a rock star, I think obsessively about how I’m going to construct my new website or what steps I need to get my chores done so that I can get to my writing. I’m a huge fangirl about people who have smart things to say or who create amazing art. And so if I’m admiring anyone ~ if I wanted to be anyone ~ it’d be someone like Virginia Woolf or the street artist Banksy or Adele with her amazing voice or a bunch of people who’ve given TED talks. But that doesn’t answer your question. Hmmm. Okay, if I was going to choose I’d say Hemingway in his villa Finca Vigia in Cuba, hanging out with friends, eating good food, drinking, and talking writing.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Confession: I don’t pay attention to expiration dates. On the plus side, I regularly purge things out of the fridge and out of closets because I like to keep things organized. You may want to take that into consideration next time you come over for a book club.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Great question! I have a novel coming out in July and another coming out next January. The one in July is called Deep Down Things. Set in contemporary Colorado, it’s about a young woman who falls in love with an idealistic young writer. They get pregnant, and he blames her, but because he’s idealistic he “does the right thing” and marries her. Then they have a darling baby boy with a severe birth defect, and she tries to save her child and her marriage. A point of interest: this book is told from four points of view, so you get not only her and his POV but also her brother’s and sister’s POVs, and they all have their own arcs. The book coming out in January is historical fiction called Earth’s Imagined Corners, the first book in a trilogy. Set in 1885 Iowa and Kansas City, it’s about a young woman whose father tries to force her to marry his grasping younger partner, and so she elopes with a kind man she just met who has a troubled past.

Thank you so much, Pembroke! Write on!

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Cover Reveal: The Serpent's Fate by J.K. Hogan

J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them. J.K. is hoping to one day have a little something for everyone, so she’s branched out from m/f paranormal romance and added m/m contemporary romance. Who knows what’s next?

J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she in the country with her husband and young son, a cat, and two champion agility dogs. If she isn’t on the agility field, J.K. can often be found chasing waterfalls in the mountains with her husband, or down in front at a blues concert. In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visit www.jkhogan.com.


Can a traumatized veteran-turned-mercenary who is tormented by voices in his head be saved by the love of a wayward single mother with demons of her own? Afflicted by PTSD from serving in Afghanistan, and tormented by a childhood trauma, transient veteran Matthieu Rousseau struggles with the choices he's made in his life. Estranged from his family, Matthieu drifts from one mercenary job to the next, until one thing stops him. Fate.

In hiding from her abusive ex-husband, musician Fate Callahan lives in New Orleans with her seven-year-old daughter. She remains in constant fear of being found, and her worst nightmare comes alive when a dark, dangerous stranger tells her he’s been hired to locate and kill her—but wants to save her instead.

Fate and Matthieu find themselves on the run together, fleeing from the hitmen and an unseen evil worse than anything else they’ll face. While just trying to stay alive, they become entangled in the battle between the Vigilati and the Lochrim; an archaic sect of witches and the evil creatures they are bred to fight. Unbeknownst to Fate and Matthieu, they are more deeply connected to the Vigilati than either of them could ever imagine.

They must join family and allies of the Vigilati to help save the human world, possibly saving each other along the way. Matthieu teaches Fate how to trust in love again, while she gives him back the one thing he never thought he deserved—family.

Coven of the Courtesan by Yolanda Shoshana‏

Yolanda Shoshana ("Shoshi") is a BadAss Bruja, Celebrity Clairvoyant, Courtesan Curator, and Author. She helps people have amazing love, toe curling sex, and unleash their magick.

Shoshi is the creatrix of Bruja Bespoke, an apothecary for bodacious and sensuous women. When not creating, conjuring, or interviewing, she can be found officiating wedding ceremonies around New York.


Coven of the Courtesan follows a coven of witches in New York City who bring back the magick and art of the courtesan. Come on the adventures of Bast, Lola, and Pixie as they take you on a journey that looks like Charmed meets Sex in the City.

Coven of the Courtesan, Book 1- The Courtesan Chronicles Series

Bast Buchanan is about to become CEO of Spellbound Entertainment until the Ewing family swoops down and buys the company. She never saw this coming.

Ramennis Ewing expects to run his father’s new conquest and take over the family media empire. He is ready to prove there is more to him than what is in the press.

When Bast is asked to work side by side with roving playboy, Ramennis, can she continue to keep her guard up with this new enemy, one of the sexiest men she has ever met or does her coven have to open up a can of power of three on him. Just who will seduce whom?

*The mixed media novelette series contains real magick and spells.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
What inspired me to write Coven of the Courtesan was the need for real witches and magick in books. Most things show witches as dark and evil, which is not true. My books are my way to write something sexy, plus show off real magick and spells. I channel all of the spells so they can be used in daily life.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It all depends. If I am on a good writing groove where the words are flowing it is within a few hours that I can finish something. If my mind is having a bout of “creative ADD” I get distracted for a bit, normally for a day or two then I bring myself back to writing.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing about writing is bringing characters to life and people identifying with them. It is s thrill when people come up to me to talk about my characters. Makes all the long hours on the laptop totally worth it.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
My least favorite thing would be wanting to have story completed even though I am no where near the end of completion. It is like having a finished story in my head but it’s not done on paper.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I would be Pink, because she is the bomb. She speaks her mind and is wicked talented. I also would love to hang from the ceiling like that and sing my heart out. She also not a bad actress.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
The oldest thing in my fridge is some chocolate that I found left over from Christmas time. Normally chocolate doesn’t stand a chance in my fridge, this piece got lucky and survived.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Readers can expect more from The Courtesan Chronicles and a new series about rich and famous witches on the Upper East Side plus a sexy self help book about blowjobs. I will also keep creating magickal perfume potions products inspired by my characters.                                                                                                
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Complete Surrender by Ju Ephraime

Ju Ephraime began writing professionally at the age of 19, but her love of romantic literature developed when she was a teenager, where she often found herself dallying with her own tales of love and romance.

Two decades later, Ju decided to write novels for women who enjoy a quick spicy-themed read that includes pure pleasure and escape from the real world. With nine romantic novels to her credit, Ju admits her books are part fact, part imagination – but only she knows what’s what. After writing Temptation to Sin, her fans didn’t want to let go of Jayden’s character, so she wrote a sequel to his story – and Against All Odds was effortlessly created in Ju’s mind. Without spoiling the tale for her fans, she firmly believes her readers will enjoy the twists and turns that Jayden and his new love Genna deal with to achieve insatiable undying love. Ju lives in Connecticut with her husband, who blushingly reads every loving tale that she publishes.

She has now released her third in her LaCasse series, Complete Surrender. Set in the beautiful French Caribbean of Martinique, the story of Raymond Lacasse and Gabrielle Descotte sizzles with a level of heat that only the French is reportedly able to achieve. Check it out for yourself, and then you decide.


Raymond LaCasse had just completed his studies in Paris and was on his way home, to the French Caribbean island of Martinique, little did he know sharing a taxi with a beautiful stranger would change his life in ways he could have never imagined. His couldn’t get the beautiful woman out of his mind, long after she had collected her belongs and left the taxi they’d shared on the way to the airport. Who was this gorgeous woman? He wish the drive had been longer, so he could have spent a longer time in her company. He’d get his wish, but not in the way he’d imagined.

Gabrielle Descotte, a model by profession, had agreed to assist her brother in carrying out an illegal feat. She loved her brother dearly and would do anything for him, but when she met his intended target, Raymond LaCasse, she swiftly had a change of heart. She now had to choose, her brother or the man who occupies her every waking moment, to the exclusion of all else.

Divided by loyalties and bound by a desire that drives them into each other’s arms, Raymond and Gabrielle find themselves in a convoluted web of deceit and danger that almost destroy their new-found love and tear them apart…

Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
This book is the third installment a series and there was no getting away from writing it. I wrote the series after an experience I had while visiting the French Caribbean island of Martinique.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
I wrote this book in less than 30 days as part of my NaNo challenge in November.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
My favorite thing about writing is going over the edits from my editor. I like when she draws my attention to some things that are way out of place.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Having to do the heavy marketing and soliciting reviews.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
I’ve never allowed myself to aspire to this.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
A bottle of olives. It’s old, so old, I threw it out yesterday.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
More steamy reads, and a murder mystery.

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Drake Steng had it all: a professional football career, money, and looks. Finding women wasn't a problem, having a relationship was. He thought he found true love when he was 12, but as a boy, how was he to know? He never had the courage to find out, and she slipped from his grasp. When Evie walks back into his life years later, he gets a second chance to discover true love, but are Evie and Drake fated to be together or will he lose his courage and lose her again?

Stone Angels by Laurie Olerich

Laurie Olerich is the author of the new Primani series. Part romance, part paranormal, part adventure...Three things she can’t live without! Laurie spent most of her life in the Northeastern United States and in Western Europe. She now lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her son and Dalmatian duo, Domino and Rambo. Desperate to escape the heat, she lives vicariously through Mica and her Primani by setting their adventures in the mountain coolness of New England and the rainy days of London. Before throwing caution to the wind and diving into a writing career, Laurie dedicated 20 years to her country by serving in the United States Air Force. Much of her time was spent around men with guns and cool toys...this explains her obsession with both.


"The path to immortality is not a simple one. You will face both crossroads and dead ends. Each choice changes destiny. Choose well." Raphael, Archangel.

3,000 years is a long time to wait. Killian is a patient Primani. He knows the prize is worth it. He watches, he hopes, but he never interferes. The terms are clear on that--say anything at all, the promise is broken. Everything’s going according to plan until...

Sean loses his mind. Tortured by guilt, Sean walks a tightrope between two worlds. After a woman dies, he will pay the ultimate price unless someone can save him.

Mica is still Sean’s anchor. Their physical connection can’t be denied, but what of their love? Desperate to save him from falling, she risks everything she has, including Killian. How far will she go to pull him back? Every step she takes moves her farther away from Killian’s plan.

Two paths. Two destinies. One choice.

The Darkness and the Light by Tammy Farrell

Tammy Farrell grew up in Orangeville, Ontario Canada where she discovered her love of writing, and all things related to Edgar Allan Poe. She now lives with her husband and four fur babies in Greenville, South Carolina, where she teaches pre-GED English and attempts to learn French when she isn’t busy writing.


The world has long forgotten them, but their descendants live on, not wholly mortal or god, but something in between…

At the dawn of the sixth century, in the aftermath of her mother’s brutal execution, Mara Black is forced to flee the only life she has ever known.

Mara can tell she’s different, but isn't sure why. After she encounters two mysterious strangers, she discovers her secret is but a drop in an ocean of many. She is a Dia, a descendant of ancient gods, and her mother sacrificed herself to protect Mara from their past.

Summoned by an uncle she didn't know existed, Mara thinks she’s found the family she’s always wanted, and Corbin, a love she never thought possible. But not everything is as it seems. Her uncle has other motives for protecting her, and her mentor, Malcolm, becomes so jealous, he’ll do anything to get what he wants.

When tragedy strikes, and the true darkness among them comes to light, Mara discovers that sometimes love can give you everything, and obsession can take it all away. With her powers gone, and destiny calling, she has to look deep within to find the courage to save herself. Mara, along with Corbin and her newfound family, must fight to get back what was taken, or die trying.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I developed my main characters and the dynamic between them long before I really knew their stories. I wrote many versions of this story, but after doing a lot of study on mythology, I decided to make them the descendants of the Tuatha Dé Danann. I loved the story of those half-man/half-god type of beings.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
The most recent version took me 2 months to write the first draft and then another 3-ish months to complete revisions and re-writes. I did take some time away from it in order to get some perspective on the story. I think that’s really important when writing a novel.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I really love doing the research. I write historical fantasy, so I have to do a lot of studying in order to get as many accurate historical details in as possible.

I also really love revising. I see a lot of writers get stressed out and frustrated with revisions. I definitely understand that, but I get excited knowing I have a story to work with. Even if I have to rewrite it 3 more times, at least I know where the story is going. It’s a very exciting part of the process for me.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
My least favorite part would be the marketing. It’s a full time job in itself. I’m very active on twitter and I blog a lot. While I enjoy doing those things and I’ve met so many wonderful people along the way, I sometimes feel anchored to it. If I don’t tweet for a while or if I don’t update my blog, I feel like people will forget about me.

Trying to navigate the marketing aspect of being an author is tough. There are so many options to choose from and it’s important to find a balance between promoting your book and being a spammer. I could do without all that. I wish I could just write.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’d want to be Angelina Jolie just so I could make out with Brad Pitt for a day...one can dream…

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Well it certainly isn’t the beer. ;). Right now the oldest thing in my fridge is some hummus that expires in 2 days. I don’t think I’m going to chance it by eating it.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Right now I’m working on the sequel to The Darkness of Light. It’s the second book in The Dia Chronicles. I don’t have a set title just yet, but the story will continue with the same characters, only this time the story will focus on Malcolm (the antagonist in the first book), and his journey. It’s a bit darker than the first novel, but there’s still a lot of action and suspense. It should be out mid 2014.