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Claim by Sierra Cartwright

Hi, Pembroke! Thanks for hosting me at your site. Congratulations on your own writing success! Non-fiction and fiction? Wow. I appreciate your opening your blog to give other author's a voice.

I enjoyed the article you wrote for Emma Lai's blog. It's fun to learn about other writers' rituals.

Again, thanks for having me. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

About Sierra Cartwright:


Sierra Cartwright was born in Manchester, England and raised in Colorado. Moving to the United States was nothing like her young imagination had concocted. She expected to see cowboys everywhere, and a covered wagon or two would have been really nice!

Now she writes novels as untamed as the Rockies, while spending a fair amount of time in Texas…where, it turns out, the Texas Rangers law officers don't ride horses to roundup the bad guys, or have six-shooters strapped to their sexy thighs as she expected. And she's yet to see a poster that says Wanted: Dead or Alive. (Can you tell she has a vivid imagination?)

Sierra wrote her first book at age nine, a fanfic episode of Star Trek when she was fifteen, and she completed her first romance novel at nineteen. She actually kissed William Shatner (Captain Kirk) on the cheek once, and she says that's her biggest claim to fame. Her adventure through the turmoil of trust has taught her that love is the greatest gift. Like her image of the Old West, her writing is untamed, and nothing is off-limits.

She invites you to take a walk on the wild side…but only if you dare.

You can find Sierra on Facebook, follow her on twitter and check out her page on Tumblr.

Blurb for Claim:

This is book two in the Bonds series, see the full series listing here

It had to be her. He won’t be satisfied until he claims her.

Kennedy Aldrich has perfected the art of dodging any romantic entanglement that will lead to marriage. That is until he sees Mackenzie Farrell at a BDSM gathering.

When they meet, he’s entranced by her intelligence and submission, not to mention her stunning good looks. For the first time, he has met a woman who captivates his interest on every level, someone he wants to share his life with.

Mackenzie is overwhelmed by Kennedy’s attentions. A failed marriage taught her to distrust men, and she’s vowed never to walk down the aisle again.

It takes all her resolve to resist the devilishly handsome Dominant. After all, the whole world knows of his legendary reputation with women. Every feminine instinct warns that this man will demand more than she can offer.

But she hasn’t counted on Kennedy’s determination to claim her and prove that love is worth any risk.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal play.

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Food, Glorious Food!

Sierra Cartwright

An unusual thing happens to me when I write. My eating habits change.

There’s only one thing that is constant: coffee. Two to three cups per day, with organic half and half.

Beyond that… The closer I get to a deadline, the more likely I am to reach for licorice. I normally don’t eat it at any other time. I’m not sure what it has in it, but when the bags of strawberry Twizzlers pile up in the grocery cart, it’s fairly certain a deadline is looming.

As I’m about a week away from finishing a book, I’ll go to one type of food. With Claim, my latest book from Totally Bound, it was pepperoni pizza. Seriously. I ordered it from Mario’s, went and picked it up, brought it back and ate it for two meals a day.

Another time, I made a gigantic lasagna, and I had it for lunch and dinner.

I think that, because I’m so focused on the book, I don’t want to spend time thinking about food or cooking. I want to stay in the zone and put all my energy into my characters.

When I’m just starting a book, I would never eat pizza for breakfast. And I sure wouldn’t eat it cold. But, yep, that last week, open box, grab a slice and nosh down.

But the first thing I do after I finish a book and get a good night’s sleep? Yep, head for a restaurant where I can have something complex and delicious…and because I just finished writing about Boston and because it’s a cold and damp day, maybe I’ll go find some clam chowder. Anyone in?'

Enter Totally Bound’s competition for the chance to win a copy of Claim and two books from Sierra’s backlist:

The Necromancer’s Betrayal by Mimi Sebastian‏

Mimi Sebastian raised herself on books and the strange and unusual, and an unhealthy dose of comics and movies. When a career as a punk guitarist failed to materialize, she completed her degree in urban planning, spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps, and another three years in Brazil. By day, she debates the merits of transport oriented development, by night she writes about necromancers and pirates. She’s convinced she could live off coffee, ice cream, and comic books, but is sure only one of those is good for her health.

She's a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Mimi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.

Her powers have been hobbled. Her enemies are growing stronger.

Old loves challenge her. And her worst betrayer may be herself.

Necromancer Ruby Montagne is battling for her life in the realm of demons. Unfairly branded for the death of a fellow necromancer, she’s got to prove her innocence without the full use of her magic. And the real culprit is still on the loose.

While someone is stalking her friends among the witches, Ruby searches for answers inside the dark intrigues of both the demon and necromancer worlds. Ruby must confront this new, sinister threat while reconciling her feelings for her former lover, a demon warrior. Only it’s difficult . . . because a sexy vampire is making it clear that he’d like to be a lot more than just friends.

The competition for Ruby’s trust heats up as the enemy pushes her toward a dark side that could threaten the entire realm. Yet what can Ruby do when she’s not even sure what she is? With the fabric separating the realms at stake, she must decide whom to trust. But will the ultimate betrayal be her own?

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Blog Hop Giveaway

I'm participating in the Black Friday Book Bonanza.

Black Friday Book Bonanza

I will be giving away two copies of Undead Obsessed, open to U.S. shipping only.  For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me what your favorite zombie movie is (or show or book, whatever, just make it zombie related), and your name will be placed in the drawing.  Daily entries are not allowed.  No matter how many comments you leave, your name will only go into the drawing once.

Good luck!  Have fun!

Here are the other blogs participating in the hop:

Christmas in Dogtown by Suzanne Johnson‏

Suzanne Johnson writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance (under the name Susannah Sandlin) from Auburn, Alabama, on top of a career in educational publishing that has thus far spanned five states and six universities—including both Alabama and Auburn, which makes her bilingual. She grew up in Winfield, Alabama, halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis' birthplace, but was also a longtime resident of New Orleans, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football, cheap Mardi Gras trinkets, and fried gator on a stick. She’s the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series and, as Susannah Sandlin, the Penton Legacy paranormal romance series.

Website and blog

A woman who spent years escaping her rural past learns that Dogtown, Louisiana, hides more family secrets than just the recipe for boudin blanc…..

Resa Madere’s on the verge of losing it all. The boyfriend’s gone. The job’s history. Her beloved house is on the brink of foreclosure. She’ll do anything to save it—even spend a long Christmas holiday working in St. James Parish, Louisiana, helping her uncle run the family meat business. But the community of Dogtown, which has been home for seven generations of the Madere and Caillou families, has deep roots and deeper secrets. For Resa, going home is one thing.

Getting out might not be so easy.

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Mistress for Hire by Letty James

Letty James has been devouring romance novels ever since she hid under the covers reading Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers. And, yes, searching for all the sexy parts. She completed her first novel participating in National Novel Writing Month in 2005 and has been writing furiously ever since, fueled by chocolate and multiple cups of tea.

Along with writing, she enjoys reading, painting, watching movies featuring studly men, and listening in on other people’s conversations.


Stranded in Paris, Nikki Sommers is desperate for a job, willing to sweep the floors of a local bakery. But Gérard Beauvais knows where Nikki needs to be – not in the bakery, but in his bed. Offering her a job as his personal assistant, Gérard introduces Nikki to the workings of international business, along with the romance and beauty of Paris.

Nikki falls under Gérard’s magnetic spell, only to get a nasty surprise when she discovers she is merely a pawn in an international scandal involving her own sister. Her heart is torn between family and a love she had only fantasized about.

Will she win Gérard’s heart or only be his Mistress for Hire?

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A wonderful month long trip to Paris with my best friend from high school. We were able to stay for free because of a house-sitting gig, which I highly recommend! We walked all over the city, having picnics, and soaking in the romance that is in the very air of Paris.

Q) How long did it take you to write? From germ idea to completion, about a year. You would not believe all the variations this book has gone through. I guess I’ll save those other versions for new characters. Never throw anything away.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love seeing how characters evolve. I must admit I have fallen in love with every single one of my heroes. It would be very tough to choose if they all sprang to life. Tee hee.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I hate editing! Just ask my critique group. Things are flowing, sounding so wonderful, then I hit a brick wall because I realize there is no way on God’s green earth the hero/heroine would do such a thing and I have to cut it.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Lois McMaster Bujold. I know she’s not “famous” in the celebrity arena per se, but she sure is famous to me. I would love to be able to tap into her brain and write as beautifully (and funny) as she does. Plus, I would use the power of her name and go meet some other wonderful authors like Marian Keyes, Alexander McCall Smith and Eloisa James. I like to read authors who can touch on the serious while still being lighthearted and throw in a belly laugh for good measure.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A bottle of Galway Bay Irish Eggnog. It’s a year old. It was a gift from last Christmas. I received three of them! Are my friends trying to tell me something? I thought I would save one to have early this year. Sure hope I get some more this season. Hint, hint.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A follow-up to Nikki’s story! I had to tell her sister Jessica’s story. Jessica is rather unlikeable in Mistress for Hire, so I had to figure out why and give her a love story of her own. And, of course, it’s set in Scotland because every woman needs at least one Highlander in her life, right? You can also check out my erotica line The Hot Shoppe series from Soul Mate Publishing. So many yummy men, so little time.

Karma by Donna Augustine‏

Donna Augustine’s lifelong ambition was to become the crazy cat lady. Unfortunately, when family allergies cut short her dream of living in a house full of furries, she turned her ambitions toward writing. Combining her love of fantasy, scifi, horror and romance, she tries to string together interesting twists on urban fantasy.

A native of New Jersey, when she isn’t writing, or overdosing on caffeine, she can occasionally be spotted in disguise at the local dog park.


People say karma's a...well, you know. Personally, I don't think I'm that bad. It's not like I wanted this job. I wasn't even in my right mind when I accepted it. 

Now, I'm surrounded by crazy coworkers like Lady Luck, who's a bit of a tramp, and Murphy's Law, who's a bumbling oaf.

But the worst is Fate. He's got a problem with transfers like myself and I have to see him constantly. It's unavoidable, since we're hunting the same man, my murderer.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
 Horrible people getting away with lousy things

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
That’s difficult to nail down exactly. I started writing down notes and formulating the premise of the book a year before I actually started it. I also have the worst sense of timing. Things I think happened a couple of weeks ago could be a couple of months ago.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
Being able to do everything I want in it.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Having to do everything in it. Having full control of what happens cuts both ways. As much as I enjoy having full control of the story, it would be nice if someone could read my mind, put it down and hand it back to me so I could enjoy it purely as a reader.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
If we could go back in time, it would be Einstein. I’d love to know what it’s like to possess that type of genius for one day.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
Grated parmesan cheese. I couldn’t find a date on it but that stuff lasts a while!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
After The Karma Series wraps up, I’m thinking of dabbling in some PNR.

Thanks for having me!
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Strange Occurrences and Plausible Explanations

I’ve always been fascinated with ghosts. When I was in junior high, I bought a Ouija board. I own two packs of Tarot cards (although my favorite deck is my starter kit, but I don’t remember where I got them from). I absolutely love Ghost Hunters on SyFy, and I’ve actually been on a ghost hunt.

I’ve even had some crazy things happen to me. Let me give you some examples.

In high school, on Halloween, a few of us girls from the swim team were playing with the Ouija board. We asked the spirit to give us a sign if it was in the room, and the indicator pointed to a spider at the corner of the board.

One time in college, a group of friends and I were playing with the Ouija and asked the spirit to give us a sign it was in the room. A plant that was hanging over the window crashed onto the floor, and handprints were smudged on the blind.

Another time playing with the Ouija board on Halloween, we again asked the spirit to give us a sign, and a transformer blew on the telephone pole in the backyard and knocked out the power.

Whenever I stayed in the house of my ex-boyfriend, I would always have these horrific nightmares about corpses coming after me. He bought a dream-catcher to stave off the nightmares, which worked as long as I was sleeping under it. More often than not, he would pass out under it, leaving me on the unprotected side of the bed.

One night, he got up to go to the bathroom (I was already awake because I had a horrible dream), and on the way, he passed by a shadow figure about his height. He did a double take, then proceeded to do his business. I was freaking out, and closed my eyes, hoping that when I opened them, it would be gone. Nope. It was crouched right next to the bed, staring at me.

Despite my fascination and interest and the crazy things I’ve experienced, I’m actually quite skeptical about the existence of ghosts. People who want to see these experiences as paranormal will see them as such.  Personally, they were just coincidence to me.  I need more proof/evidence to explain it as paranormal.

The spider? He may have just happened to be there. The plant and the handprints. The hook was affixed to the wall with a sticky back. They don’t hold forever. And the handprints? It’s possible they were there the whole time and we never noticed. I mean, during the day, the blinds were usually pulled up to let in light. At night, it was dark, so we wouldn’t have been able to see them.

The transformer probably just got overloaded at that exact moment and decided to blow. It was Halloween. There were tons of parties happening that night, it might have just been it’s time.

I know there are those of you out there who would argue the other side of this. And that’s totally fine. It would be awesome to know these things were paranormal and get proof. And there are those who would freak out that I own a Ouija board. Which, yes, I still have and it’s in the closet with the other games. Because that’s all it is: a game. Parker Bros. put it out.

 Aside from these strange happenings, my friends and I also used to think it was funny to think “Pat” for every answer the “spirit” would give us, and that’s all the indicator would spell. If it was really a spirit, I would like to believe it could spell whatever it wanted, not what we were thinking.

But I’m not going to argue about the validity of a game. It entertained us, which was what it was created to do, and none of my friends became possessed with demons. On a side note, any horror movie that uses a Ouija board as the scary object that creates problems for the characters automatically loses points in my book.

The shadow is a little harder to explain, so I’m not going to try.

Even recently we had a strange occurrence happen in our house. My hubby and I had gone to bed about 10:15, and an hour later, I woke up to the TV on in the other room. I assumed that my husband had just left it on, not remembering in my half-asleep brain that we went to bed together, and told him to turn it off. He was out of it, so I had to get up and do it. The only thing I could think was that one of the pets accidentally hit the remote while jumping on/off the couch.

These things don’t usually scare me (with the exception of the shadow—stupid, creepy shadow), and more often than not they DO have a plausible explanation. I would LOVE for something else to happen to me that I couldn’t explain, but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting. And I would absolutely LOVE to go on another ghost hunt.

I’m fascinated with ghosts because I don’t really understand them, but I want to understand them. However, until I get more concrete examples or have more experiences, I will continue to remain skeptical.

What about you? What’s your thoughts on ghosts?

How Would You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

You know you've thought about it. You know you've planned it out. How would you survive the zombie apocalypse? I’m un-dying to know! Send your essays (500 words or less) or videos to pembrokesinclair[@]hotmail[.]com or use the contact form in the right hand column. Please don’t send attachments. I won’t open them. Please paste your story or link directly in the body of the email or the contact form. Thanks!

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Dragon and Flame by Zoe Perdita‏

Zoe Perdita writes gay shifter romance because the only thing better than one hot shifter dude is two hot shifter dudes making out.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with a fluffy orange cat and a lively roommate. When she's not writing, Zoe likes to travel, read and play video games.


Rory Sullivan thinks he has it all, until his boyfriend breaks his heart and the new landlord raises the rent on his bar. A chance meeting with Jin Yue, a rich dragon, gives Rory hope. Jin promises Rory he can save the bar and get even with his ex – for a price.

All Rory has to do is pretend to be in a relationship with Jin. Rory’s bad boy nature, and the desire for some no-strings-attached sex make the idea way too intriguing. Even if Rory’s brain thinks it’s a bad idea, his cock heartily disagrees.

Problem is, Jin Yue might be all kinds of hot, but he’s also Haven City’s one and only crime boss – sexy, powerful and deadly. Now Rory is tied to Jin until the dragon’s mission is complete, regardless of assassination attempts, hunters or the cops.

Jin Yue won the gang war, but the battle for Haven City isn’t over.

Enter Rory Sullivan – the tatted up fire mage who can help Jin lay claim to his rightful territory. However, things don’t turn out the way Jin plans. Rory pushes all the right buttons and riles up Jin’s dragon instincts. The fire mage is the farthest thing from Jin’s type, but the heat between them sets Jin’s blood on fire.

They’re playing a dangerous game that puts both of their hearts and lives on the line. While the passion between Jin and Rory sizzles, can a relationship built on deceit grow into something more?

Warning: contains violence and graphic gay sex scenes.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Jin Yue was a popular character from the previous book in the Haven City Series (Tiger’s Den), and I wanted to tell a story about him and his sexy mate. Also, I wanted to know how Jin would react if someone didn’t fear him.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
About 5 weeks. I write fulltime and have a set word count per day, about 3000 to 4000 words, so it’s pretty easy to write a book quickly.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Everything! I get to work at home in pajamas! Also, I get to write the sort of books I want to read, filled with characters I love. It’s great!

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
That it makes my hands hurt. Seriously. That part is no fun.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Tom Hiddleston because I totes want to stare in the mirror and be like “holy crap, I’m Tom Hiddleston!” Then I’d go hang out with Benedict Cumberbatch and take selfies of us together all day.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Salad dressing. Way too old to consume. Probably over a year. Eww!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More books! I’m working on Omega’s Destiny (Lost Wolves Book 3) which will be out on December 29, 2014, and Alpha’s Gamble (Haven City Series # 7) which will be out in March 2015.

Heart of a Rocky by Kelsey Jordan

Kelsey Jordan is the author of The Gardinian World novels. Though she has a preference for all things paranormal and romantic, Kelsey admits she just writes what her muse demands of her. It’s less painful that way. When she isn’t enjoying the momentary benefits of playing god to the many characters that live in her head, she can usually be found curled up with a book, killing something in a video game, or spending time with her family. At some point in the day she is probably drinking more than her recommended dose of coffee, but don’t tell her that. She doesn’t care about recommended servings.

As a Texas native and self-described Air Force brat, Kelsey now lives in Georgia with her husband and their tutu-wearing minion.


Tor Omar James, King of the North African pride, needs one woman if he has any hope of keeping his sanity – Anise, his Soul’s Mate. There’s only one problem: she’s pregnant by Derrick, Tor of the United States pride. Anise is caught between the love that every Lycan covets and the motherly devotion to the son she would sacrifice so much for. Can Omar survive the takeover of the US pride and convince Anise that he is more man than lion?

The Defender

Asim Tyson, the Defender of the Hafiz, is fighting off the insanity of his longing after losing his Soul’s Mate in battle. Unfortunately, his self-centered existence results in the gross neglect of his people when they need him the most. When Harmony appears in his life, he is forced to make a choice. Should he resist the lure of Harmony’s caustic melody or embrace his weakness in order to keep her safe?

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Beyond the Bio: About Kelsey

Every author has their bio that details any number of things. Generally it's a list of accomplishments and hints to their backlists, but bios rarely say much about the person writing the books.

Since sharing is caring, here is a short list about me, the author behind the Gardinian World Novels.


*90% of my identity is wrapped up in writing.

*I like to read. A lot. I have a budget specifically for books.

*I like to do research. Most of the time its writing related, but I love doing it. #Learning

*Yes, I just used a hashtag.

*I wrote my own holy book, with holy days, prayers and ceremonies.

*I'm not arrogant enough to want people to follow my religion. It's world building related, so relax.

*I'm a gamer, mostly MMO's. Current games of choice: Elder Scrolls Online and Guild Wars 2.

*I probably should be embarrassed by the excitement I have when it comes to watching Disney/Pixar movies. I'm not, but I probably should be. I can't wait to go see the new Penguins movie!

*I don't typically watch chick flicks...with one exception. P.S. I Love You.

*I only spend money at the theater for Disney/Pixar movies and action movies.

*I'm incredibly forgiving, with the exception of three things: hurting my family and friends, lying, and cheating.

*I want to be cremated when I die.

*I've planned said "funeral". I plan on being late as usual.

*My dream vacation is to Bora Bora.

*I'm allergic to sand and scared of the ocean's occupants...namely anything that can eat me.

*I find nature terrifying and beautiful.

*I'm allergic to most of that ( ^ ) too. :)

*I genuinely believe that you can't go wrong with Asian or Mexican food (real Asian or Mexican).

*I have an unhealthy attachment to chips and salsa.

*Finally, I'm a touch OCD and ADD, hence the list and it's randomness. You're welcome. #Squirrel Yes, another hashtag.

So tell me: What is a fun/weird fact about you?

Dorianna by Catherine Stine

Catherine Stine’s novels span the range from science fiction to paranormal to contemporary. Her futuristic thriller, Fireseed One won finalist spots in YA and Sci-Fi in the 2013 USA News International Book Awards and an Indie Reader Approved notable seal. Its companion novel, Ruby’s Fire was a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Awards. Her paranormal YA, Dorianna launches with Evernight Teen in October. She also writes new adult fiction as Kitsy Clare. Her new adult Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She loves all things spooky, exotic and edgy, including travel to unusual locations. She also loves hearing from readers.

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Internet followers, beauty, power. It all sounded good.

Until it transformed into a terrifying reality Dorianna couldn’t stop

Dorianna is a dark twist for the Internet generation on A Picture of Dorian Gray.

When her father is jailed, her mother ships lonely, plain Dorianna to her aunt’s. There, Dorianna yearns to build a new identity, but the popular Lacey bullies her—mostly for getting attention from her ex, Ander.

Ander takes Dorianna to Coney Island where Wilson, a videographer, creates a stunning compilation of her. She dreams of being an online sensation, as she’s never even had a birthday party, and vows she’d give anything to go viral. Wilson claims he’s the Prince of Darkness and warns her the pledge has downsides.

Dorianna thinks he’s joking. She has no idea of how dire the consequences might be.

Q) What inspired you to write Dorianna?
I’m fascinated with the themes of hunger—for more friends and popularity, and the corrupting nature of power. In Dorianna’s case, it’s the longing for more and more followers—on Facebook, Instagram and You Tube. It takes her down a very treacherous path that she can no longer control. I wanted to follow her story to find out how she’d get out of it! Or if she would…

Dorianna is a new twist on two of my favorite novels: Christopher Marlow's Doctor Faustus, and Oscar Wilde’s A Picture of Dorian Gray. Faustus is a brilliant college professor who, after earning what is equivalent to a PhD, is bored and asks the medieval version of "Is this all there is?" He has noble ideas: to find cures for dreadful diseases—even raise the dead. But you need superpowers for that! So, he falls into temptation and calls up Mephistopheles to grant him powers. Faustus doesn't believe in the devil, or hell. He's a modern man of science. Damnation, piffle! He makes a vow with the devil's messenger and signs it in blood. Soon, he regrets it, but there's no taking it back. In Dorian Gray, Dorian is awed by his own image in the portrait his uncle paints of him. He makes a dark wish: to stay always as young and handsome and only have the painting age. The painting becomes hideous because it shows the ugliness growing in his soul. There are even more versions of this trope because other authors through the years have loved it, too. I wanted to create one for our time.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
I wrote the first draft of Dorianna during Nano a few years ago. It went through additional drafts, and a switch from third to first person. It took three years.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Dreaming up characters, figuring out their relationships, their unique narratives, how it all weaves together. I like getting to the emotional heart in a scene. Editing too, oddly enough.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
That first draft is brutal, and takes an enormous amount of heart, energy, and stamina. The hubby can attest to my distracted, unsettled state when I’m in mid-draft.

Q) If you could be any famous person for a day, who would you be and why?
Either the princess, Catherine of Aragon so I could experience extreme pampering, or the pirate-ess, Anne Bonny, so I could sail and act like a beguiling terror.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Ack! Maybe a frozen TV dinner? You’re reminding me to clean out my freezer.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More and more, I like writing about supernatural elements: witches, modern demons, and all of that good scary stuff. I may do a sequel to Dorianna from Wilson’s point of view. He’s the modern prince of darkness (a videographer) who lures her to the dark side. But the novel I’m working on right now is a historical paranormal romance set in 1932 on the Jersey shore. It’s called Beach Witch and it’s about a pretty young lady named Fiera, who has no idea she’s a powerful witch, at least at first. Want more hints? Take a peek at my Beach Witch Pinterest board here: http://www.pinterest.com/kitsy84557/images-of-the-30s-for-beach-witch/

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Sinful Cravings, book 2 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.


After spending twenty years trapped in her civil body, Kele can finally shift into feral form. By tooth and claw, she’s determined to climb the Payami pack hierarchy.

Her parents plan to mate her with a hunter from a rival pack, but her heart’s already been stolen by the most unsuitable wolf possible—Peder, an omega male. She’d gladly give him her body except he’s disappeared from her life. Maybe into the thieving arms of another female.

Peder has spent every moment of their forced separation training to be a hunter. When he hears of her arranged marriage, he fears he’s waited too long to trespass back onto Payami lands to fight for her hand—but he damned well isn’t giving up.

On his journey to confront Kele, Peder is attacked and wakes in a cage, helpless as a band of vampires attack Kele’s mating party. Separated by social standing, thrown together by tragedy, they must work together to survive. And find out if their attraction is merely puppy love, or a bond that’s stronger than time.

Warning: This book contains an omega male who’s done submitting and a hunter female who isn’t used to needing anyone to come to her rescue. Violence ensues, not for the faint of heart.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I’ve always love princess and pauper stories, like Disney’s Aladdin. This is my version with shifters in alternate Earth where humans don’t exist.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
I wrote this book fast. Well, fast for me. It took me 2 ½ months. I was really into this story and had been dying to write it ever since I wrote book one, Scent of Salvation.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love meeting my characters and creating worlds for them. I love the way I feel when the book is finished. It’s a huge sense of accomplishment each time.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
The final set of edits called galleys when you have to read it for any typos. OMG, by then I’ve read the book a zillion times and I just don’t want to do it again. LOL

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
The president of the United States, so I can go visit area 51 and read all the ‘secret’ files.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
As of this morning, it was a tub of Activia coconut yogurt. It was three weeks old and had expired last week. :b

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I have a retelling of the Ugly Duckling releasing on Valentine’s day.

Also, next year I’ll be working on book 3 of the Chronicles of Eorthe series and book four of the Angler series.
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The Hoodoo Detective by Kirsten Weiss‏

Kirsten Weiss is the author of the Riga Hayworth paranormal mystery series: The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, The Shamanic Detective, The Infernal Detective, and The Elemental Detective. She’s also the author of a steampunk novel, Steam and Sensibility.

Kirsten worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.

Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.

Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns and drinking good wine.

You can connect with Kirsten through the social media sites below

Twitter: @RigaHayworth

Hoodoo, haunts, and horror.

Riga Hayworth just wants to wrap up her supernatural TV series exploring the magic of New Orleans. But when she stumbles across a corpse, she becomes a police consultant on a series of occult murders, murders that quickly become all too personal.

Book six in the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
New Orleans! I love the city, and all the magical legends and activity – hoodoo, voodoo, werewolves, vampires… It’s got it all.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It feels like this one went more slowly, I’m not sure why. But probably about two months to write, another two to edit.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love getting the stories out of my head and onto paper. There’s something almost magical about hearing other people talk about my stories, and knowing that now the stories are in their heads.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
The solitary aspect is sort of love/hate for me. I really prefer to have someplace to go, rather than to just sit in my home office.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I can’t think of anyone I’d like to be, but I’d love to spend a day (or even an hour) chatting with the economist, Thomas Sowell. (Yeah, I’m an economics geek too).

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
There’s a jar of mayonnaise that’s at least a year old. I hardly ever use the stuff and should probably throw it out.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
My agent is trying to sell a paranormal cozy mystery I wrote – The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum. And I’m working on a sequel to my proto-steampunk novel, Steam and Sensibility. And I think there’s at least one more Riga Hayworth in me.

Destiny by Celia Breslin‏

Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires, werewolves, and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.

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In HAVEN, San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli survives a vicious attack by her vampire family’s longtime archenemies. Several weeks later, as she struggles with PTSD and survivor’s guilt, supervillain Dixon resurfaces and kidnaps two of her best friends. To save them, Carina must comply with the evil bastard’s unusual demands. The kicker? She must tell no one what she is up to.

Meanwhile, she has a new dance club to open for the preternatural community, a fated soul mate acting secretive and distant, and a sexy, new, undead friend who’d love to take Alexander’s place in her heart and bed.

Blackmailed, betrayed, tempted…sometimes destiny has a wicked sense of humor.

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The Vampires of the Tranquilli Bloodline Series

Hi Everyone!

Nice to be here on Pembroke Sinclair’s blog during my DESTINY book tour. :-)

Let’s talk vampires, shall we?

As a reader and writer of vampire fiction, I love that every writer has her own unique spin on our fangy friends. Some vampires sparkle in the sun while others disintegrate or burst into flames. Some are alive and aging while others are immortal and/or undead. Some fight for Team Awesome and others for Team Horrible.

Here’s the lowdown on my vampires, the inhabitants of The Tranquilli Bloodline Series...

* My vampires are undead. If they choose, they can make their hearts beat and their lungs breathe. It amuses them to play human every once in a while.

* They’re nocturnal creatures, sensitive to sunlight. Prolonged exposure results in true death. Most older vamps can tolerate some sun but you’ll never find them frolicking on a sunny beach.

* They’re “allergic” to silver. Silver bullets can temporarily knock out young vampires, but older ones will shake it off in a heartbeat and eviscerate you where you stand. Consider yourself warned. ;-)

* My vampires survive on human blood only (no animal blood), straight from a living host or stored. They can also consume alcohol.

* All my vamps are equipped with a basic set of vamp-y skills including heightened senses and super strength. They can glamour and compel most humans and some vampires. Some ancients possess unique skills not necessarily associated with vampirism. Older vamps can hurt/kill/torture with power alone, though they do love to get physical. For example, Stella (Carina’s bodyguard) and Jonas (Carina’s mentor) are both quite fond of swords.

* Most vampires in my world run in gangs. The Tranquilli vampire cosca (Italian for “gang” or “clan”) is the most powerful of them all.

* Lastly, whether they sport the label Good or Evil, my vampires are passionate, fiercely protective, possessive, and loyal. They’ll do whatever it takes to protect the ones they love.

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Braving Fate by Linsey Hall‏

Linsey Hall is the author of the Mythean Arcana, a sexy paranormal romance series. Before becoming a romance novelist, Linsey was an underwater archaeologist who studied shipwrecks in all kinds of water, from the tropics to muddy rivers (and she has a distinct preference for one over the other). Her books draw upon her love of history, travel, and the paranormal elements that she can't help but include.

Several of her books may or may not feature her cats.


As chaos looms, a warrior queen is reborn

Bookish academic Diana Laughton has been having terrible dreams. Dreams of battle, dreams of blood... dreams so vivid she's living them day and night. When demons invade her quiet life, she wonders if she's going mad. Or if perhaps she's remembering a past life she had no idea existed...

In the midst of betrayal, he must protect her

Mythean Guardian Cadan Trinovante loved and betrayed Britain's warrior queen Boudica two millennia ago. Now he's tasked with protecting mortals whose lives affect the fate of humanity. His latest assignment is Boudica herself, reincarnated as a woman with no idea of her past or her fated future. Though in the irresistible form of Diana Laughton, it's possible Cadan has once again met his match...

To succumb to seduction could prove fatal

Thrown together in a shadowy world that exists alongside our own, Diana and Cadan must fight not only the demonic forces that want Diana dead, but a past and a passion that have lasted centuries. Their desire could be deadly. But as evil from the underworld unites against them, their only hope could be each other.

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Hi! Thank you so much for having me on your blog! Here are my answers! Have a great day!
Linsey Hall

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I was an archaeologist before I was a writer, so I’ve always loved history. At the time I started writing this story, I was living and working in England (looking for shipwrecks in Plymouth sound). I’d always loved the story of Britain’s Celtic warrior queen Boudica, but it wasn’t until I lived there that I finally wanted to write her story. She’s the heroine of the first book in the series, Braving Fate. Her hero, Cadan, is also a Celt, and both of them find themselves in present day Scotland where the story is set. Edinburgh is my favorite city, so it was only natural to star the series there. There’s just something so magical about it.

Once I’d written that book, I just loved it so much that I wrote two more in the world I’d created. Both of those books feature characters who appeared in book one, so they were part of that inspiration

Q) How long did it take you to write?
The first book, Braving Fate, took me about two years to write because I was working full time. It also went through many phases of editing to make sure it was as perfect as possible. The next two books, Soulceress and Rogue Soul, which released at the same time as Braving Fate, took about 4-6 months each because I was able to write full time. Also, I was more familiar with the world that I had created, which sped up the process.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Getting to create a world and stories that are exciting and fun and make people happy. I can count on romances novels to make me happy when I’m down or just be a bit of fun. I love the idea of writing stories that do that for other people. Also, it’s just super fun to make up stories and see where they go.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Revisions. They are totally necessary, but they can be really difficult to make. There are often a lot of loose threads to tie up, and that can be really tough.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
This is so hard, but I’m going to have to say Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Maybe it’s a silly answer (“I want to be a princess!”) and that if I thought of it for longer, I could probably pick someone that made me look way more intelligent – but I just really want to know what her life is like. It’s got to be crazy, joining the royal family. Alternately, if we’re talking historical person, probably Boudica, the Celtic warrior queen who is the heroine of my first book (in her reincarnated form of a modern-day history professor).

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? I don’t even want to know. You can’t make me look!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Well, books 1, 2, and 3 in the Mythean Arcana are out now. Book 4 in the series, Stolen Fate, will come out on December 8th. I love the world that I’ve created and will continue writing in it. I’ve already got 4 books on the schedule for 2015, so those should be coming out about 3-4 months apart (which might push one of those books into 2016). Also, you can expect me to be hanging out on Facebook and Twitter and posting pictures of my cats (it’s a sickness – I can’t seem to stop:-).
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Plight of the Highlander by Sky Purington

Sky Purington is the best-selling author of thirteen novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and bred, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books.

Purington loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at Sky@SkyPurington.com

Interested in keeping up with Sky's latest news and releases? Visit Sky's website, http://www.skypurington.com to download her free App on iTunes and Android or sign up for her quarterly newsletter.

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With the dragon blood of her Viking ancestors coursing through her veins, Torra MacLomain has long tried to keep her Scottish clan safe. But a ruthless enemy has been watching...waiting. As Keir Hamilton launches his plan to possess her, many secrets come to light including her passion for a certain highlander.

When Colin MacLeod's undying love for Torra is discovered, he's given an ultimatum. Watch his lass die a brutal death or defect from his clan to lead the Hamilton armies. Four winters later and in charge of Keir's warriors, Colin battles in an ongoing war against the MacLomains. Yet now the worst has come to pass. His ill-found chieftain has finally trapped Torra.

In a castle siege unlike any other and because of time travel, the modern day Brouns and medieval MacLomains join together in a final stand-off against their merciless enemy. Battles rage. Mysteries are revealed. Freedom is found. But most importantly, a love long repressed at last rises up determined to conquer all in Plight of the Highlander.

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From start to finish, The MacLomain Series: Next Generation has been a romantic adventure that managed to surprise me on several occasions. By the time I made it to Plight of the Highlander, I was more than eager to share Torra and Colin’s story.

I’ve never written about characters that fell in love then were torn apart for four long years. Bringing them back together allowed me to better appreciate the sacrifices made for love. Hence, this became a story not only about the strength of true love but all the mistakes that can be made along the way. Mistakes, in this case, that must be forgiven if good can ultimately conquer evil.

So rather than delve too much into the plot, I thought instead to share three unknown facts about the heroic couple in this tale.

Torra MacLomain…

- Has spoken telepathically with two ancestors, deceased kings, for years: King Erc of the Dalriada clan and Viking King Naðr Véurr.

- She loved another man before she met Colin MacLeod.

- She struck a deal with Viking seers to keep her dragon blood repressed.

Colin MacLeod…

- Secretly met with Torra nearly a year before being forced to lead Keir Hamiton’s armies.

- He visited Torra on rare occasion but only through the fire on the hearth in her chamber. Never in person.

- He was once close friends with Valan, Keir Hamilton’s son and the man Torra loved before she met Colin.

*Thanks so much for hosting me! *

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The Underminers by A.C. Thompson‏

A.C. Thompson lives in Southern California with her husband, a pooka in the form of a white bunny rabbit, and two feline overlords. When she isn’t writing, she subtitles and captions movies and TV shows, putting her degree in English literature to some use.

The Underminers is her first novel.


In an alien galaxy, two dangerous criminals are sentenced to a remote prison planet known for its savage brutality and low life expectancy. The planet is Earth. Many years later, a mysterious substitute math teacher arrives at a suburban Southern California high school. A wave of inexplicable vandalism begins. High school senior, Tory, and her bullied brother, Jason, find themselves caught up in the conflict as the entire population of the school, student and staff alike, are affected by random acts of maliciousness. Although she hates him at first, Tory becomes increasingly drawn to her very handsome, but oddly vindictive math teacher who seems to be connected to what is going on.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Sitting in an empty office building alone on the night shift at a job that was about to go away and deciding it was time to give my true passion a chance.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
From start to finish, it took about 2 years. A lot of that was time where I didn’t write at all, however.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love being totally immersed in the story and seeing what comes up next as I write. I lose track of time and become caught up in the flow of it unfolding.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Disciplining myself to sit down and get it done. I really struggle with that.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
After 47 years on the planet, I figured out the best person to be at all times is yourself.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Probably a jar of pickled peppers someone gave my husband for Christmas about 3 years ago. I really should get rid of that.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
There is a sequel planned for “The Underminers”. I also have a new project started that I like to describe as a cross between “Alice In Wonderland” and “Game of Thrones”. I can’t say much more than that about it yet.

I'm Not Worthy

I suffer from many different neurosis, which includes both anxiety and paranoia.  That can become problematic for an author, and let me explain why.

I love creating stories.  The voices in my head refuse to shut up until I've put their story onto paper.  I also really enjoy researching things and putting my findings onto paper.  I love sharing those stories/observations with other people, but it also scares me to death to think that people will actually read it.

Earlier this week, I gave the people who helped me with Undead Obsessed copies of the book.  And I had an internal freak out about them reading it.  I started to panic.  What if they don't like it?  What if I didn't edit their parts the way I was supposed to?  What if they want me to change something?

I talked myself down, telling myself everything was going to be all right.  Later in the day, I delivered a couple of the books, and the professors seemed excited to get them.  As I left, I had second thoughts about giving them copies.  I had to fight every urge to run back into the buildings and take them back.

Again, I calmed myself down.  I spent the night and this morning thinking about the situation and trying to figure out why it was bothering me so much.  After all, these people knew from the beginning that I was interviewing them for a book.  I gave them the courtesy of reviewing their chapters before finalizing the chapters, and I made the vast majority of the edits they suggested.  So why was I still freaking out about it?

As I thought about it more, I realized it was because I didn't think I was worthy to have written it.  I had convinced myself that all the hard work I had done was worthless.  No one was going to like it, least of all the people who helped me with it, and they were going to be angry at me for associating them with the project.

And the truth of the matter is: they could.  They could hate it.  They could be upset to be associated with it, but you know what?  That's their prerogative.  They were given the opportunity before it came out to make changes, and they did.  But at the end of the day, I'm still the author.  I did the best I could.  I wrote what I wanted to write.  I don't need anyone's permission to research and find answers to questions I want answers to.  I'm allowed to write anything that strikes my fancy.

It would be incredibly naive of me to think that everyone in the world is going to like my work, but I can't let that stop me.  I can't be afraid to do what I want to do because someone in the world might not like it.  I can't continue to believe I'm not good enough.

Putting my writing out there is scary, and it opens me up to criticism.  I know that, and I have to be able to deal with it.  For the most part, I can, but the illogical part of my brain, the neurosis, can make it incredibly difficult.  However, there is no reward without risk, and I'm willing to take the chance.  I hope the rest of you are too.

A Space of One’s Own

Earlier this week, I put together a cat tree for my cat. We’ve never had enough space for her to have one before, but now that we do, I thought she would really enjoy it.

After putting it together, I had my doubts about whether or not she would actually use it. My husband commented that I probably needed to put catnip on it so she would like it. That concerned me because I wasn’t exactly sure where I had put the catnip. But I wasn’t going to be overly worried about it until later. Alia never ventures out of her hiding space until after the kids go to bed, so I had a while to wait.

She didn’t need any encouragement. From the moment she spotted it, she jumped up on it, curled up in the house, played with the mouse toy, and stared down at the dogs with contempt. She seemed so excited and happy, which, in turn, made me ecstatic. 

Watching her on her tree made me think about how we all need a space that makes us feel totally safe and happy. We can always adapt and make do, but when we find that place where we can let go and become totally vulnerable, without having to worry about being vulnerable, that’s amazing. That’s when you get to be yourself. That’s when you get to let everything go.
These moments and having this space is so important. Without it, the world is just an awful place. For me, my haven (my cat tree) is at home. It’s where I can finally unwind from a busy day, pull my hair up, and put on my sweats. I don’t have to be “on.” I don’t have to worry about work. Granted, it’s not always a paradise, but it’s where I feel safe. And, like the cat, it gives me a perfect perch to look upon the world.

Holly Gets Darkly by Kay Dee Royal‏

Kay Dee Royal writes paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary erotic romance—maybe because they’re also her favorite genres to read! She pens tales with wild, rugged heroes and strong, intelligent heroines. She'll give them both a few shadowy secrets, making her stories intriguing and fun.

She resides in Southern Michigan with her family (her dog, her cats, her caged husband... you get the idea).

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Holly Preston, freelance nature photographer, gets lost in the dark and stranded in the forest on a mission to locate the elusive cougar for the shot of a lifetime.

Keyt Darkly, Forest Ranger, tracks her with more in mind than rescue.

She discovers cougars are nothing compared to what awaits her in a cabin hidden deep in the darkness…

Warning: Sizzling Hot, M/F, F/F, M/M, M/F/M, multiple partners, anal play, and ultra-arousing sex.

Paranormal Worlds and Secret Societies

My favorite genre to read and to write is erotic paranormal romance. There’s so much opportunity to turning a human world upside down, especially when humans are clueless to the possibility or probability there’s something more than their “kind” living and breathing among them.

I love creating a society / world unknown to the humans, but one that is always in plain sight if a person only focused. As busy as our world is today and as programmed as we are, and don’t forget committed to our sometimes crazy habits, who has time to notice anything out of the norm? Seriously, what are the chances?

The TV series, Grimm, is a good one for relating “other” worlds of beings living inside the human world…and humans aren’t in tuned enough to see them.

Creating these secret beings with their own unique abilities, rules / laws, hierarchies, ways of procreating, and ways of living with their own kind, along with living among human-kind, is almost like playing a “God-like” role.

Holly Gets Darkly is an erotic paranormal short, a secret society living within the human race. I enjoyed researching the kindred beast / elusive creatures in my story as it helped in the development of the “paranormal beings.” Sort of like sitting around a witch’s caldron and throwing in a little of this and dash of that to come out with…Walla, a new kind of sexy shifter.

So, what’s your favorite shifter – or paranormal being – and why?
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Sinner Repent by Morgan Kelley

Morgan Kelley lives in the beautiful Pocono Mountains with her husband and two children. After attending college at Penn State University and studying Criminal Justice, Morgan knew her only true passion in life would be murder and books.

She put them both together and began her career as a writer. Other than books and writing, you can find Morgan hanging out in her garden and digging in the dirt.

Her other works include: The Junction, Serial Sins, The Blood Betrayal, The Killing Times (1), Sacred Burial Grounds (2), True Love Lost (3), Deep Dark Mire (4), Fire Burns Hot (5), Darkness of Truth (6), Devil Hath Come (7), Consumed by Wrath (8), Redemption is Here (9), Dead Shall Speak (10), Blood Red Rage (1) Lost & Broken (2), Unthinkable Games (3), Celestia is Falling (1), Vegas is Dying (2), Christmas is Killing (3), Love is Bleeding (4), Heaven is Weeping (5), Dangerous Revelations (1), Illegal Fantasies (Anthology 1), Romance Under Arrest (Anthology 2), and Holiday Reinforcements (Anthology 3)

Please feel free to visit Morgan at her website: www.morgankelley.com
or visit her blog at www.morgankelley.blogspot.com

Doctor Callista Carter only wants to heal. Running from a near life destroying case, she’s licking her wounds in a small town and off everyone’s radar.

Only, she’s drawn quite a bit of attention.

Someone’s taking lives, disguised behind the Seven Deadly Sins. It’s stirring up the small town, making waves.

The killers want her eliminated.

And the sheriff just wants her.

When Quinton Gaines is handed a slew of killings, he’s at a loss. He, too, has escaped to sleepy Myrtle Springs to regroup. Now, he’s reminded that death has no qualms with nipping at his heels. Yet, this may be the perfect opportunity to snag the elusive doctor, who has stolen his heart.

Or so he hopes…

When the killer gets personal, Quinn wishes he didn't drag Callie into the mess. Now, not only is she in danger for helping him, she’s marked to die.

Time’s running out.

Can love beat back the vicious claws of hate?

One truth is crystal clear. Quinton Gaines has to stop running in order to save his home and woman.

It’s not going to be easy with a madman hell bent on getting one thing…


The killers won’t stop at anything. It’s time to get ready, and like any good Sinner... Repent.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Sinner Repent was always an idea percolating in my head. Then, one day, I started writing my FBI series and saw a way to tie it in with the characters crossing over. I made it happen. With 95% of my books (not the vampyre ones) I cross over all the characters. So, if you love Elizabeth, you’ll see her again. It’s the same with Doctor Callista Carter. I like to think that I’ve created a whole world inside FBI West. You’ll watch them all fall in love, get hurt, get healed, and form lasting bonds.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Generally, each of my books are no less than 400 pages each. So, that takes me about 10 days to get the first draft down. Then I do one read through to add all the details. If you count that, 15 days start to finish before it heads off to my editing team.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
That I can be home for my kids. They’re only young once, and I like that I didn't miss anything. First steps. First tooth. Buying my daughter her first bra (Right now, she’d be mortified that I just wrote that.--also a first!) Being able to have writing as my career has given me so many more opportunities to be a mom.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
How brutal it is on my body. After a 16 hour day, my body is sore from not moving and my hands ache from typing nonstop. Other than that, it’s an AWESOME job.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Mary Shelly. I find it fascinating that in the early 1800’s she managed to write a book so amazing that it has withstood time. Without Frankenstein, where would our scary monsters be? I would love to go back to that time, live her life for a while, just to see what it was like. She got to hang out with Lord Byron… how cool would that be?

Her life was like a great novel. She ran off with a married man, experienced hardship, and traveled the world. I might need more than one day as her!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
The grape jelly. It’s probably 3 months old. My kids hate grape jelly, but I love it. So, I’m the only one who eats it. Now… I’m thinking I won’t be. It’s too damn old!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Readers can expect a lot. I have a full schedule slotted for 2015. Right now, there are 11 mega novels on the schedule. One will max out at 800 pages. That’s going to be my Christmas reunion book, where everyone’s favorite characters return to solve one hell of a crime. In the FBI series, there will be three new books. Dead Shall Speak (book 10), Pledging to Die (book 11) and Sleigh Bells Ring (book 12)

In the Littlemoon series, (my paranormal one) you’ll have Unthinkable Games (book 3) and Truth is Found (book 4)

In my Harcourte Vampyre series, you’ll have Dangerous Misery (book 3) and Dangerous Retaliation (book 4)

In the Sinner Trilogy, you’ll have the final book. First, there is Sinner Repent. Then, Sinner Realized (which is out now) and finally, Sinner Reborn. Once I release the final one, the trilogy is rolling into a series titled ; ORACLE. It’s all hush-hush right now J Don’t tell anyone I mentioned it! It has to be our secret…

In my Croft & Croft series, you’ll have Heaven is Weeping (book 5) and Hell is Burning (book 6) That series is ending and morphing into a new one called the Justice series. It’s going to be darker and edgier, but with all the same characters. (I’m super excited about this one!!!)

I am also releasing my last anthology (Holiday Reinforcements) in the wildly popular Behind Closed Doors trilogy. (Illegal Fantasies and Romance Under Arrest). If you like sexy short stories, they’re the ones for you. I’ve removed all the thriller and crime out of them. They’re pure erotica but with a sweet storyline.

That’s only a few. I have so much more planned for this upcoming year. I hope you’ll all join me!!!

Snow Blood Season 1 by Carol McKibben‏

Carol McKibben graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Secondary Education and a minor in Journalism. She went on to earn a Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Rollins College. After teaching English and Journalism for a decade, she was offered the opportunity to join Miramar Communications, the 8th largest publishing house west of the Mississippi in Los Angeles.

Working her way up from editorial and then as Director of Market Development, she became the publisher of Special Events magazine (a trade publication for all those working in the events industry) that she helped launch in 1984. In addition, she created a companion trade show, The Special Event, for which she was also the director for a decade, planning every aspect – from exhibits to educational conferences and events.

During that time, she earned her Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation and helped found the International Special Events Society (ISES) of which she was international president from 1999-2000. She co-authored The Dictionary of Event Management for ISES and helped write the study guides for the CSEP exam.

She was a magazine publisher for both consumer and trade magazines for 20+ years. She has written numerous articles and conducted a myriad of seminars, often speaking to large audiences for both The Special Event and ISES. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the special events industry in 1999.

In 2007, she began a freelance writing and editing career, working with other authors to help them realize their dreams. She has published Luke’s Tale, Riding Through It and Snow Blood Season 1. Luke’s Tale and Snow Blood are targeted to a YA market. Luke’s Tale was included in the Summer Solstice Top 12 Book Pick List. Carol writes from the heart of a dog’s eyes. Her books help support her dog rescue efforts and focus on unconditional love.

Carol is married to Mark McKibben, a broadcast engineering sales professional and experienced airplane pilot, and they have two grown children, Rett and Stephanie, and three grandchildren, Lauren, Diesel and Slater. Their current “babies” are Neo, their 117-lb. Labradoodle, a trained therapy dog, and Binks, a black Labrador Retriever rescue. Together Mark and Carol work with the Los Angeles Animal Rescue and Wings of Rescue to save the precious lives of endangered dogs.

Carol is a firm believer in Maya Angelou’s quote:” I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” She believes that angels were her inspiration for Luke’s Tale – a Story of Unconditional Love and feels that even though the Snow Blood Series is about the original vampire and his kindred dog, that theme carries through. “There’s a method to my madness,” she states. “The world is waiting for love to overcome hate. I feel that my purpose is to show others how to love unconditionally, just as dogs love us we should love each other.”

Carol’s other favorite quote is one that her husband taught her. “I love myself more when I am with you.”

Carol, Neo and Binks are currently working on Snow Blood Season 2.

To learn even more about Carol, go to http://www.carolmckibben.com
Luke’s Tale

Snow Blood Season 1 by Carol McKibben is the first in a series of short novels retelling the modern day adventures of the first vampire.

When Brogio must turn Snow, a beautiful white husky, in order to save the dog, a series of events is unleashed that reveal a sinister plot against the father of all vampires.

As life and true death experiences bond the master vampire and his newly transformed vampire canine together, they unravel a conspiracy that when resolved may return Selene, the love of Brogio’s life, back to him and set him free from the lonely existence that has plagued him for thousands of years! From the author of Luke’s Tale, follow Snow Blood, an epic story of the first vampire as told through the eyes of his kindred dog.

Episode One - reveals how Snow first meets Brogio, the original vampire, and follows the white husky through his transformation to the Kindred world.

Episode Two - uncovers a sinister plot to destroy the father of all vampires, and we meet Kane, Brogio’s first blood child. This episode traces Snow’s efforts to discover Brogio’s history.

Episode Three - introduces Selene, a nurse who is identical to the love of Brogio’s existence. Is she merely a doppelganger or his love returned to him? Is she part of the threat to his destruction? More threats are made not just against the lives of Brogio and Snow but against Selene, forcing them to reveal their true identities to her. Struggling with her acceptance of Brogio, Snow and Kane, Selene is brought into their fold for her protection.

Episode Four and Five - let the reader know more about Brogio and the original Selene’s past while Brogio attempts to protect those he loves from inevitable destruction by leading the threatening dark forces away from them. Snow intercedes after Selene’s plea for help to reunite her to Brogio. United again, destruction follows the four of them wherever they go. Hounded by ancient gods and goddesses, monsters, werewolves and a number of disasters, they battle to protect each other. In his effort to protect his master and those he loves, Snow must make a promise that will end his life as he knows it. The true source bent on destroying Brogio is finally revealed and culminates in an epic battle where Snow offers up his life to save Brogio, Selene and Kane.

Episode Six – Snow prepares to keep the promise that he made, but Kane intervenes for his “blood brother,” leaving us to wonder about both their fates. Tension grows between Brogio and Selene as he attempts to make her his wife for eternity and defy the gods. The reader discovers if Selene is his love returned to him.

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“A real surprise find for me. Being a dog person I was tempted but I only reluctantly ventured out to read this book about a white husky who becomes vampire. To my relief and joy the concept really worked! … The drama, the suspense and the perspective are excellent, and I no doubt will make my way through this canine paranormal series. Well done!” ~Christoph Fischer

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I had just published Luke’s Tale – A Story of Unconditional Love. I wanted to show loyalty and unconditional love in the most dire of circumstances. I’ve always loved vampire novels. Because I write through the eyes of a dog, my publisher suggested I write a vampire novel. I decided it had to be about the first, the original vampire as told through the eyes of his kindred dog. I wanted it to be a love story and a mystery, and that was my inspiration!

Q) How long did it take you to write?
One year from the day I began writing it until it was published. So about 8 months to write and the rest editing back and forth with my editor, Lonnie, every day.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
It makes me happy. I am thrilled that I love what I do for a living. I enjoy working with other authors, which I do often, In all honesty, writing is a lot of work, but, because I love it so much, it’s pure pleasure.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Disappointing my readers.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Oh, I’d be John Irving. It would be wonderful to be a multi-best-selling author and just feel that glow. If I could be inside his great brain, I could memorize all of that genius and steal it away to use in my writing!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
You know, my husband does all the cooking! And, he’s one of these guys who throws all the old stuff out as soon as he gets a replacement. Half the time I have to ask him what’s in the fridge because I have no idea! If I had to guess, I’d say mayo, and it wouldn’t be more than two weeks old.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Right now, I am working on Snow Blood Season 2. In Season 1, I purposely made Selene a rather weak-willed character. In Season 2, she transforms into this very strong character. I love doing that. In addition, I’m adding more flavor to all the characters, more depth. And, I’m giving Snow a love interest. Multiple reviewers said this is a vampire story … love story … mystery with lots of twists and turns. That’s still all there, but I want the characters to be even richer.

After that, my publisher is pushing for Snow Blood Season 3. Beyond that, something very quirky. I want to create a quirky, funny, unforgettable character. Am fiddling with it … but something that would make John Irving proud of me.