Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween and Happy Release Day!

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love watching my kids get excited about costumes and going trick-or-treating and seeing them try to be brave while the world becomes scary.

But this Halloween is even more special for me.  Undead Obsessed:  Finding Meaning in Zombies is now available for you reading pleasure!  You can find it on Amazon both in print and on Kindle.  I hope you enjoy it.  I had a blast writing it!


Jessica Robinson's obsession with zombie films started when she was in junior high. Horror films are a great lens to examine concerns society has about modern science. Let’s face it, when it comes to horror movies, science has a bad reputation. Blind ambition, experimental serums, and genetic experiments are often blamed for the giant monster terrorizing the city or the reason aliens are taking human prisoners or the cause of the dead rising from the grave to consume living flesh.

Using film, literature, and interviews with experts, Robinson examines how zombies portray real-world fears such as epidemics, mind control, what may or may not exist in space, the repercussions of playing God, and the science behind the fears. Robinson's goal is to explore how zombies become a metaphor for our fears of science and what could happen if science gets out of hand.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey


Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.

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Gretchen is struggling with her newfound gift as a Whisperer; the constant buzzing in her ears from detecting spells is more frustrating than fun, especially when she is spending time with one of the Order of Iron Nail’s Keepers, the icy but strikingly handsome Tobias Lawless.

But while Gretchen tries to hide the truth and resolve her feelings for him, London fades from beautiful and bustling to deathly silent …Something evil is once again menacing Mayfair, and Gretchen and her cousins must use their powers to prevent a horrible sacrifice. 


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1- What inspired you to write this story?
I love Pride and Prejudice and the Regency era and I love stories about magic and witches. Putting them together just seemed like the best combination: cake *and* ice cream! Plus, women were very constrained in the early 1800's, I kind of love giving them magic as a secret weapon.

2- How long did it take you to write?
Whisper the Dead took me about a year to write. I rewrote it about 7 times. It was a tricky one, constantly shifting!

3-What is your favourite thing about writing?
I love that I can travel anywhere, from back in time to worlds that don't exist! The best moments are when I get lost in a story and I look up and hours have passed and I had no idea. Time stops for stories.

4-What is your least favourite thing about writing?
I used to dislike the editing process but now that I've got the hang of it, I like to see the book getting polished and becoming better with every little tweak (or massive overhaul! that happens too). I still don't like having to give up my Canadian spelling of words like "neighbour" and "honour" though.

5-If you could be any famous person, who would you be and why?
That's a great question! I'm not sure I'd want to be anyone famous, but I would love to be invisible for a wee bit to visit The Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, Robin Hood, Marie Antoinette... And to kick Henry VIII in the shins!

6-What is the oldest thing in your fridge?
I've recently cleaned out the fridge so it's nice and bare...but the way lettuce turns to slimy swamp matter in the back of the crisper when you forget it's there, is rather gross.

7- What can readers expect from you in the future?
Always more books! More kissing and more snark and more ass kicking! Also, a new young adult paranormal novel with with Entangled Publishing! Details coming soon on my website www.alyxandraharvey.com

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Claim by 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.


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 public sex and anal play.

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"An intense love story..."

"A sizzling read..."

"Fascinating and hooked me from the start..."

Plover Landing by Marie Zhuikov‏

Marie Zhuikov has had a long interest in environmental issues and helped with efforts to restore piping plovers to Wisconsin Point on Lake Superior. A nonfiction writer for a water research program, Zhuikov is also a poet and is active in the writing community of Duluth, Minn., which she calls home.

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This sequel to “Eye of the Wolf” finds Melora St. James working to restore an endangered shorebird to the coast of Lake Superior. Melora’s peace and her focus on the piping plover are interrupted when Drew Tamsen, the boyfriend she thought she lost to another woman and another way of life eleven years ago, shows up on her office doorstep. He wants her back. They have a few things to work out first: Drew chose life as a werewolf over being with Melora, and after a painful divorce, Melora is in no hurry to trust or give her heart to another man -- even if he’s one she never quite got over.

Their story is interwoven with that of the plovers, who are threatened by foxes, loggers and the Federal Aviation Administration. Then there’s Demetri, a mysterious boy Melora and Drew find lost on the beach. In helping Demetri discover who he is and make his first real friends, Melora and Drew learn secrets about themselves, building community, and coming to terms with the past.


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
My publisher requested a sequel to “Eye of the Wolf.” Since it took me 17 years to write that novel, I was worried about how long it would take to write a sequel. So I started writing “Plover Landing,” with hopes that I had learned a few things along the way that would make the writing process faster this time.

I got the idea for the story from work and research I did to write a grant to restore an endangered shorebird (the piping plover) to the shores of Lake Superior. But I also wanted to call attention to climate change, and to give Melora, the main character from “Eye of the Wolf,” the happy ending she deserved.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Turns out, I did learn a thing or two that made the writing process faster. It only took me two-and-a-half years to write “Plover Landing.” That’s on top of having a full-time job, no husband, two children, and a needy dog.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I enjoy using my imagination to fictionalize real issues and places. My day job involves writing nonfiction stories about science, so I feel that novel writing balances me out by allowing for a different type of creativity.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
All the work it takes to ensure your writing is understandable to the reader. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it all came out perfectly the first time?

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Bono from U2, because I think he is so awesomely cool. His life is totally different from mine and I’m sure I’d learn a lot if I were Bono for a day.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A tube of Bengay-like muscle ointment left by my ex-husband. It must be about five years old now. But I keep it there because my youngest son is an athlete, and he uses it sometimes.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I just finished my first short story. It’s a rather dark paranormal tale set in the Great Lakes. I’m not sure what I will do with it, but it makes me want to write more short stories before I settle into another novel. I do intend to write a sequel to Plover Landing. I’d like to show readers what happens in Melora’s life. There’s also the mysterious Demetri, a boy with special powers, and I could do a lot with him.

Conceiving Evil by Jenna Fox‏


Jenna Fox is a civilized hillbilly, mother, author and wife residing in Eastern Tennessee. She enjoys reading and jotting down poetry in her spare time. Besides juggling a busy family life, Fox reviews and critiques for other authors and crafts her own dark erotic tales. Stories always feature a mysterious alpha male with unexpected twists to shock the reader. She believes in HFN and HEA endings, although not always in a romantic or conventional way.

Her work is born from real life experiences, an overactive imagination and a consuming caffeine addiction. Sometimes she finds herself writing sex scenes on fast food napkins and store receipts while waiting in traffic, but she’s always guilty of keeping her mind in the gutter. Fox is a listener of hard rock music and a watcher of classic slasher films. In short, she’s a writer, a storyteller, able to make a boo-boo all better with just one kiss and a proud, world class expert at screwing up recipes and scaring away closet monsters. She believes in ghosts and God and is absolutely convinced chocolate soothes the savage beast.

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Like everyone else after the economic crash, Abby Torrance was struggling financially. But then Dorian Lincoln, a political and business icon, sweeps her off her feet and into a life of promise. He’s a man who has enough power to change the world for the better, a man who can give hope to the masses, a man who can give Abby a baby.

But the road to Hell is paved with good intentions and Abby is having strange dreams that seem both a warning and a prophecy.

How can she give the evil undertones of her dreams any notice when she’s busy focusing on conceiving?


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
First, thank you for having me!

When I sat down and began drafting, the story was to be included in a free Halloween anthology with some well known authors. After the draft was complete, I sent it to my CP. She loved it and recommended it should be a stand alone.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
About four weeks start to finish. That includes the first draft, a harsh critique and a rewrite.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Being able to entertain people with my imagination. It’s pretty cool.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Definitely drafting. It’s easier to throw my computer against the wall. For me drafting is the preliminary blueprint or ‘fleshing out’ of a story. I tend to dump information too early or not early enough. Sometimes it raises new questions: How long should a sex scene be? What do the characters need to say to each other? It’s pretty frustrating.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I don’t think I’d enjoy being famous. People in the public eye tend to have a lot of issues and immense stress. I think I’d rather be happily un-famous.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Wine. Whenever I buy a bottle, one glass is all I can stand. The rest sits in the fridge or gets poured down the drain a year later.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Hopefully more of the same. Erotica with subtle horror.

Soulfire by Juliette Cross‏


Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories.

She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school.

Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance--brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes.

Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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In a world divided by prejudice and hatred, only love can bridge the chasm.

Tensions are rising in the Gladium Province. The boundary between humans and Morgons has begun to blur. While the human aristocracy strives to maintain distance between their daughters and the dragon-hybrid race, fate has other plans.

As the daughter of the corporate king, Jessen Cade is duty-bound to honor her arranged marriage to a man she detests. Feeling trapped by family duty and a loveless future, she longs for more, straying to the Morgon side of the city.

Lucius Nightwing is the eldest son of the powerful Morgon clan, and the greatest enemy of Jessen’s father. When a bar-room brawl thrusts Jessen into his arms, his dragon roars to the surface, craving to sate his carnal hunger in the brown-eyed beauty. The beast in Lucius recognizes her as his own, even if the man refuses to admit the truth.


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
JC: I’d decided I wanted to write a story set in a completely new fantasy world, particularly with dragons, as they hold such a mystical allure. I searched dragon images and was flipping through different paintings when one stopped me dead in my tracks. It was a beautiful, dark-haired woman with magnificent dragon wings standing next to a dragon. That’s when I got the spark of the idea of a dragon-hybrid race. I mused about how it would be cool if this race lived alongside humans, then I started considering plotlines. I realized racism between the two species would make for a good conflict, and the perfect setting for star-crossed lovers. That’s when Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet popped to mind, so I molded the story to fit the classic tragedy, but of course changing it to a happily-ever-after.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
JC: About a month. It’s novella length, about 32K, but even so the story poured out of me as did the next two. I don’t know. I opened up a door into the Morgon world and, fortunately, the ideas keep coming. J

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
JC: When my muse hits me strong and a story fills my imagination till it’s on the page. The excitement of a new, fresh idea being born is one of the greatest feelings.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
JC: Editing. Editing is the hardest part, because you sometimes must work and rework the same scene or paragraph or even sentence over and over until it’s right. I love and adore my editor, Corinne Demaagd, for making me edit till it’s the best I can do. The hard work pays off in the end, because I produce something I’m proud of, even if it’s never perfect.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
JC: Hmmm. J. K. Rowling, I think. I’d love to see the world with her imagination. I also love that she’s become so famous and managed to maintain a somewhat private life. I’d also just love to live in England. Haha!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
JC: I think it would be a bottle of raspberry vinaigrette dressing. It’s probably four-six months old. It sounded good when I bought it, but I tend to stick to my Caesar or Ranch dressings. (Word to the wise: don’t go shopping when you’re having weird cravings. And no, I wasn’t pregnant when I bought it.) Thanks for the reminder. I think it’s time to toss it.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
JC: Well, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year. I’ll be releasing the next two Nightwing novellas—Windburn (Feb. 2015) and Nightbloom (Sept. 2015). I’ll also be releasing my first book in a spin-off series called Vale of Stars. Waking the Dragon (June 2015) will be the first novel of many to delve deeper into rising conflicts and ultimately war in the Morgon world. I also have a demon hunter series, The Vessel Trilogy, coming out in 2015—Forged in Fire in January, Sealed in Sin in April, and Bound in Black in July. One thing I’m really looking forward to is attending the RT Convention in Dallas in May. I can’t wait to hang out with so many of my friends in the book world. Hope to see some of you there!


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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.

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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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My Voodoo Connections

In my second necromancer book, The Necromancer’s Betrayal, I explore a little bit of voodoo albeit a more fictional approach. I debated whether to include voodoo in my books because my representation of necromancers and their power over the dead is very different than that of a fictional voodoo practitioner, but once I started writing about my voodoo priest or Bokor, I realized the interaction between Ruby, the necromancer, and the Bokor created some interesting fodder for comparing how the different supernatural characters manipulate and control the dead.

But real voodoo isn’t about raising the dead and is often misrepresented in movies and literature. Sure I loved The Skeleton Key, Serpent and the Rainbow and a multitude of books, including a great read, Darkfall, by Dean Koontz. How did voodoo become so maligned? An unfortunate book was published and widely disseminated in 1884 called Haiti or the Black Republic (it was published after a Haitian uprising against the French in which it was perpetrated that voodoo gave the Haitians power to win the uprising). The book described voodoo as evil and influenced some of the beliefs held today

In reality, voodoo is a complex cultural practice, a religion, and still practiced around the world. Most of the voodoo practiced in Haiti and New Orleans are syncretic religions that evolved from the West and Central African Vodun traditions. The slaves brought to the new world had to hide their religions and used the Catholic and Christian religions to disguise their practices and their deities.

When I was in the Peace Corps in West Africa, my fellow volunteer and I took a whirlwind trip on cramped mini-vans from the Ivory Coast, through Ghana and Togo to Benin. While wandering around Ouidah, the spiritual center of voodoo, we stumbled upon a Vodun dance. While unsure exactly the nature of the ceremony, we likened it to some of the mask dances we’d become familiar with in the Ivory Coast. The dancers wore brilliant costumes with intricate beadwork. We also walked the slave route to a beach captured Africans took where they were imprisoned on slave ships. Called La Porte du Non Retour, or the path or door of no return, the four mile stretch is lined with amazing statues, Vodun symbols, like the one pictured here. 


My parents are Brazilian and I lived in Salvador, Brazil. Salvador is a beautiful coastal city heavily influenced by the Portuguese settlers and African slaves they brought over. The slaves and their ancestors developed their own version of Vodun called Candomblé. The slaves came from different parts of Africa, including Benin, Togo and Angola, and blended their different gods to create the polytheistic Candomblé. You see a lot of reference to the Orishas (or Orixas), the dieties, in Brazilian music and art. In December, in Salvador, people gather at the beaches and make offerings to Yemaya or Yemanja or Iemanjá, the Orisha, or diety representing the essence of ocean. Iemanjá was born from a syncretic blend of the Catholic Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes (Our Lady of the Seafaring) and West African Vodun and is often represented in Salvador as a mermaid. I was fortunate to observe the ceremony as people loaded boats with flowers and candles and set them afloat in the ocean.

Music and dance are important parts of Candomblé ceremonies and heavily influence Brazilian Carnival. I experienced three carnivals during my time in Brazil and unlike the parade spectacle in Rio, Carnival in the Northeastern cities are more like huge streets parties. Sure in many instances you feel like a human sardine, but the energy, the music and food and alcohol…there’s nothing quite like it. One important Carnival troupe is the afoxé, a group that draws upon Candomblé percussion rhythms and song. One famous afoxé, The Filhos de Ghandhy, or Sons of Ghandhy, formed in 1949 in Salvador to promote peace and fight discrimination. They appear during Carnaval dressed in white flowing robes and sing songs with multiple references to the Orishas, sometimes in in the Yoruban language.


So while I can still enjoy my zombie scares, I can rest assured and appreciate the beauty of voodoo and its influence across cultures without worrying about said zombie rising from the grave. Have a great Halloween!
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Christmas in Transylvania By Sandra Hill


Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories.

She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons.

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For the first time ever the leader of the Viking Vampire Angels, Vikar Sigurdsson, has been talked into celebrating a traditional Christmas! The tree has been decorated, the gifts have been wrapped and the stockings have been hung. And that’s mistletoe, not cobwebs hanging from the ceiling of the creepy castle full of vangels…really!

The icing on the vampire cookie comes when vangel Karl Mortensen rescues Faith Larson, a battered young waitress, from her abusive boyfriend and hides her in the castle amidst the Christmas chaos. But what Karl thought was a frail young teenager is actually a very tempting woman. And she thinks his fangs are sexy!

But a strange “Christmas visitor” at the castle and demon vampires up to their old tricks could threaten the budding romance between Karl and Faith. It’s an impossible match: a human and a vangel, but Christmas is a time for magic.

Karl and Faith don’t stand a chance…


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War-N-Wit, Inc. by Gail Roughton‏


Gail Roughton is a native of small town Georgia whose Deep South heritage features prominently in much of her work. She’s worked in a law office for close to forty years, during which time she’s raised three children and quite a few attorneys. She’s kept herself more or less sane by writing novels and tossing the completed manuscripts into her closet.

A cross-genre writer, she’s produced books ranging from humor to romance to thriller to horror and is never quite sure herself what to expect when she sits down at the keyboard. Now multi-published by Books We Love, Ltd., her credits include the War-N-Wit, Inc. series, The Color of Seven, Vanished, and Country Justice. Currently, she’s working on Black Turkey Walk, the second in the Country Justice series, as well as the Sisters of Prophecy series, co-written with Jude Pittman.

Another War-N-Wit plot always seems to be brewing on the back burner, too, whether she’s actually trying to brew one or not, and usually boils quicker when she’s trying not to brew one at all.

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Ariel Anson thinks she has her life in order. She’s young, smart, and beautiful, even if she doesn’t believe the beautiful part. She’s a paralegal with a great career and a fiancé who’s a CPA. You just can’t get any steadier than that. Then she meets private investigator, bounty hunter, process server Chad Garrett.

What does War-N-Wit, Inc. stand for anyway?

Warlock and Witch? For real? Oh, yes! For real.

Her life as she knows it is over! Instead of organizing corporate documents and pleadings, she’s chasing bail jumpers and taking down serial killers. And investigating secret societies. Like Resurrection.

Not everyone can join, just the elite few who remember their past lives. Only the Seer knows if those memories are truth or fabrication. There’s just one problem. The new Seer is missing in action. War-N-Wit’s new assignment is a blast from the past! But whose past?


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Back in the days before I ever published a word, when only a small group of office friends even knew I wrote, one of those readers asked if she could let her mother read my books. “Of course!” I said. I wasn’t sure anybody’s mother would be remotely interested in any of them, you understand, but I figured my friend knew her mother better than I did. And thankfully, she did. Miss Louise enjoyed them immensely and sent me a message. “Tell Gail to write something funny on purpose, ‘cause she’s frequently so funny when she’s not even trying to be.”

And thus was born the War-N-Wit series.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Well, there’s kind of a back story there. The War-N-Wit novels started life as four short novellas, each published independently. This summer my publisher, Books We Love, Ltd., wanted to combine the first and second novella into one book and the third and fourth novella into one book, so as to make two full-length novels for print purposes. This actually worked perfectly as all the novellas start right where the last one ended. The first War novella, The Witch, which is the first part of what’s now Witch Resurrected took maybe three, four months to write. It just took off on its own. The second novella, Resurrection, which is the second half of Witch Resurrected, took a bit longer, six to eight months. The third novella, The Coven, now the first part of MeanStreets, took about eight months, too. But the fourth novella, MeanStreet, LLC, now the second half of MeanStreets, took off on its own just as the first novella did, and it probably took four months. Now, combining them smoothly together into the two full-length novels? Maybe a week. I really enjoyed doing it, too, it gave me a chance to re-read and re-visit old friends, not to mention helped me with the next War-N-Wit plot brewing back in back of my brain.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Actually writing, as opposed to trying to write. There’s a difference. See, sometimes, when I sit down at the keyboard, I’m not actually the one writing. (Ssssh. Don’t tell anybody, they’ll think I’m crazy.) By that I mean something coming from somewhere else seems to have taken control over my fingers and my brain, such that I’m not actually doing the writing, I’m just doing the transcribing. Imagine watching a movie playing on a screen inside your brain rather than in front of you, and just typing out the lines and action as you watch. That’s the closest I can come to describing those moments. They’re Christmas, Nirvana, and Shangri-La all rolled into one. I think every writer I know agrees we all have “golden” moments, though I doubt we all describe it the same way.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Trying to write. That’s when those moments just described above, the “golden” moments, decide to go on vacation. That doesn’t mean those times aren’t productive, or that writers just stop working till the gold decides to flow again. Digging through such moments frequently lead to another gold strike. I’ll probably end up revising everything I write during such periods, but that’s okay. Just as long as the drudgery eventually leads to another gold rush.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
You know, I truly wouldn’t want to be any famous person. Or anybody else at all. It’s hard enough being me and I’ve had years of practice at it. I’d really hate to have to acclimate to anybody else’s “me-ness” in the space of 24 hours.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I wouldn’t swear with one-hundred percent certainty, but I’m guessing it’s a little jar of grated garlic, the “bought-ready-made” kind from the vegetable department coolers. And I’d guess it’s about two years old. Doesn’t get a lot of use, obviously.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Their guess is as good as mine. I’m pretty eclectic. I’ve written everything from humor to romance to thriller to horror. Right this minute, I’m working on a paranormal thriller. A rather dark one. I have another War-N-Wit plot brewing over on the side, and the Wars are paranormal humor-thriller-adventure stories, heavy emphasis on the humor. The one thing that tends to remain constant in my work is the paranormal thread. I’d (almost) be willing to guarantee that every book I write will have some thread of the paranormal running through it, some a lot more than others.
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In Your Dreams by John Swan


John Swan has been an independent fiction writer since 2003, with the Aldaya Series being his first published work to date. During that time, he attended Southern Illinois University and graduated with two degrees, both with high honors. He has an Associates in the Sciences and a Bachelors in Meteorology and Climate sciences, with emphasis on research and written dictations.

He spent several years during school helping to open and manage a French Bistro before moving to Honolulu, HI, where he worked for the local Parks and Wildlife service and was finally able to give his writing career the full attention it needed.

His love for writing began at an early age, never passing up chances to submit his works to young writers’ forums through school and his local community. He grew up on a small farm in southern Illinois, but spent his summers in an enchanted little blue cottage on the banks of the Mississippi River. In this valley is where he wandered beneath the trees along the bluffs with his best friends, and where tales of hobbits, mages, boy wizards, enchanted wardrobes and Native American folk lore shaped his writing style and drove him to create an entire universe all his own.

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On an ancient planet within our galaxy, a dark and fearsome terror has awoken from its long slumber. Its task is to work quietly from the unseen, spreading dissent through the vulnerable territories of the free races; weakening them for its master. By a chance meeting, it comes across a young girl in the swampy and mist choked lands of Endmoor.

Her name is Mim, and the pairing of her platinum hair and violet eyes has not been seen since the Great War 1,000 years earlier; and has attracted unwanted attention. Knowing it hunts her, Mim flees and starts on a journey that takes her far across the Great Isle of Aldaya; the only landmass that now sits above the waves.

Unbeknownst to her, she is the key to unraveling the darkness that is falling over the Great Isle; an emptiness that threatens to swallow not only Aldaya, but the Sphere as well, and all its futures to come.


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
My friends, family, and other fiction writers. I always wanted to create my own world with maps and cultures. So that drove me to keep up my writing.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
The actual manuscript for book one, beginning drafts to end edits, took two years. But I was working on the Aldaya universe for almost ten years before that.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The freedom and creativity. No one can tell me what I can and can’t do, and that’s very liberating. It’s also another reason art is so beautiful; no constraints.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
All of the madness that happens after your book is done. I’m not huge on social media, and I don’t like posting my stuff all over the place because I don’t believe anyone would find it interesting. But my agent tells me fans like that stuff, so I oblige.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
You know what, I’ve thought about this for almost ten minutes and I’m having real trouble coming up with someone. Maybe Patrick Stewart? Odds are I’d be hanging out with Ian McKellan, piloting the Enterprise, or kicking some ass with the X-Men. It seems like the odds would be in my favor for experiencing an awesome day. Hahaha!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
What an awesome question! Currently it’s a jar of moonshine cherries. They’ve been in there since June, but aren’t bad due to the crazy amount of alcohol. I’m saving them for my upcoming Halloween Party and serving them. Other than that I’m a real stickler for expiration dates. Dairy is not to be trusted.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Tons of stuff. I’m working on my first Aldaya themed short story and then pushing directly into book two. And I have more plans for books upon books after that is finished. So hopefully years worth of material.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Laying Low in Paradise by Kristy K. James


Kristy K. James' first goal in life was to work in law enforcement, until the night she called the police to check out a scary noise in her yard. Realizing that she might someday have to investigate scary noises in yards just as dark as hers if she continued on that path, she turned to her other favorite love...writing. Since then her days have been filled with being a mom and reluctant zookeeper (7 pets), creating stories, and looking for trouble in her kitchen.

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He's hiding out because someone wants him dead...

Cameron Rafferty is keeping secrets. Dangerous secrets that could endanger the lives of everyone around him. His plan was simple...keep a low profile until the would-be-killer was found. And it was working - until an accident changed everything. Before he knows it, he finds himself becoming more involved with the family next door, and wishing for things he shouldn't. Things that will put their lives in jeopardy, too.

Her summer plans didn't include secrets and danger...

Spending summers on Bois Blanc Island was a tradition for author Laura Keane and her young son. Filled with special memories of the husband she'd lost to war, she looked forward to days of reminiscing, playing, and working on her newest novel. She didn't expect this year to be any different - but that was before their sexy neighbor came to her rescue like a knight in shining armor. Will that armor be tarnished when she finds out what he is and why he's living next door?


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Six years ago, a man ran a red light and totaled my van. I wound up with physical injuries requiring nine months of physical therapy to correct, as well as a mild head injury. For a long time, I couldn’t write anything. I had two works-in-progress, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t finish them. Someone suggested trying something new so, with no plot or plans to finish the story, I wrote the first chapter – just to see if I could write anything at all. And I liked it so well, I later figured out a plot, rounded out the characters, and Laying Low in Paradise was born.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
I wrote the first chapter during the summer of 2010, but never got back to it until late winter 2013. At that point, it took me about six weeks to finish.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The fact that I get to spend a large portion of each day with people who aren’t real – and no one is making reservations for me in a padded room.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Editing. I’m not really big on reruns, and even my favorite books need at least a year before I feel the need to read them again. But when you’re the author, you have no choice but to go through a manuscript however many times you need to in order to get it right. By the time a book is published, I’m past ready to move on to the next story.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Wow. That’s a tough question. I guess I’d want to be Nora Roberts. As of 2012, she’d put out two-hundred books in three decades. That averages out to more than six – every single year. I’d like to live her life for one day to see how she manages to be so productive.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I think it’s probably a jug of aloe juice. Hopefully, it never expires because at the rate I’m drinking it, it may take another few months to finish it.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
For Christmas, I’m hoping to put out a novella for Ed Winslow. He was a secondary character (but an important one) in my Coach’s Boys series that readers fell in love with. I’ve received so many requests to do a story for him that I’m going to give it a shot.

In 2015, I’ll be putting out the third – and final – installment in the Casteloria series, writing a prequel and sequel to Enza, getting the first installment of my Civil War/time travel newsletter series out, and starting a new series about normal, everyday kinds of people.
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Beacon of Sound by R.M. Garry


R.M. Garry lives with her three male children a.k.a the wolf pack and her husband of 12 years.

Writing allows her to maintain her sanity while juggling her world.

Her goal is to give readers a brief escape from the realities of their world.

When she isn’t writing, R.M. is reading and keeping up with her favorite authors.

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There is no way to fight desire and destiny. Marie is going to learn that the only way to win is to give in.

Marie DeLou has everything a successful counselor could ever want. Her mental health practice is thriving and she can help most clients without trying. In addition to a great career, she’s married to a sexy, doting neurologist. Marie has convinced herself that her perfect life is quiet and nothing will change it. Little does she know that a freight train of a man named Patrick Alvang is about to tear right through her quiet existence and turn the world as she knows it upside down.

Prince Patrick Alvang of the Noir Dera has one job to do. His mission is to reveal the truth to Marie and save her from the danger lurking within her walls. The plan is simple that is, until he gets to know the damsel in distress and decides he wants to devour her instead. Saying that Marie is stubborn would be an understatement, so he’ll have to play dirty if he wants to save the damsel and claim Marie as his Na-Ou. Saving a reluctant woman is hard work, but Patrick is sure to enjoy every last erotic second of his undertaking.


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I was inspired by my small hometown and cultural background. I grew up in Immokalee Florida. It is a small migrant community outside of Naples Florida. Immokalee is a town full of diverse cultures and hidden treasures. My Haitian and French background played a significant role in the development of the story and characters.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
The story was in the works for over two years. I had to juggle being a mom, wife, employee, full time Mater’s student and writing. I finally dug in and finished this year. Honestly the idea of finally giving my work to the world was terrifying.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love losing myself in the world I create. It is a world without maps and I am the only one who knows the destination of the story.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
It breaks my heart when the story I am writing ends. The endings are always very hard for me.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I would be Oprah. I would have enough money to write full time and still provide for my family.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
The oldest thing in my fridge is a 5-month-old box of Magnum ice cream. Technically it is being held in suspended animation in my freezer. I refuse to throw good ice cream away. Besides I will eat it when my first not nice review rolls in.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Beacon of Sound is part of a five-book series for now. Beacon Holiday is a novella that will give a little more information about the Beacons and tie into the next full novel. The Novella is due out this December and Foster of Dark book two of The Noir Dera will be out in the spring of 2015.

I am aiming to publish Hearts Unbound by December of this year. It is a story about reclaiming love when it is tragically ripped from you. Ramon Sifuentes and Sophia Griffin take an emotional journey in hopes of reclaiming love. The help of nosey friends, family members, and a ghost lead to some hilarious and heartwarming moments.

Burn For Me By Ilona Andrews


“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him.

They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) They have co-authored two New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and the romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and are working on the next volumes for both.

They live in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

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Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career-a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan-a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fear of Failure...and Fame

As Friday and the release of Undead Obsessed approaches, I can't help but be nervous and excited at the same time.  It's exciting and wonderful to see my labors come to fruition, but it's frightening to think about how people are going to react to it.

I realize that not everyone is going to like it.  And that's OK.  It's not for everyone.  But my fear is that EVERYONE is going to hate it.  And let me know about it.  It's a thin, strange line between wanting readers to read and enjoy my book and being afraid for them to.  I think some people call that neurotic.

But then there's the other side of that coin too.  What if everyone LOVES it and this is the book that launches me into the stratosphere.  As much as I dream of that happening, that frightens me also.  Don't get me wrong, I love to talk about my work and be the center of attention, but I'm not sure I would even know HOW to handle it!

These are the types of things that always run through my head when a book comes out.  Yes, I'm well aware of my shortcomings and my psychosis.  I can't speak for every author, but a few of my close friends also have the same fears and concerns.  So far, none of us have had to worry about what would happen if we made it big.  But maybe one day...

It's hard putting myself out like this.  I never know how the world is going to react.  I put a lot of work into my books, and I really enjoyed writing them, and my only hope is that others can see how much fun it is  for me.  But if they don't, they don't.  I can't control other people.  I can only take things one day at a time.

Here's to hoping for the best!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mad House

The last few months in my house have been crazy.  We've moved into a new office building, moved into a new house, and then had a grand opening for new office building.   We also got a new puppy.  All of this on top of all the regular duties I must take care of in life.


Things are finally starting to settle down and get back to normal.  I'm very excited about that.  But I'm also super exhausted.  If I could just sleep for an entire day, that would be awesome.  I think it would help so much.  Sadly, that's not going to happen.

But it's all good.  Everything will be all right.  It may have been super busy, but I also got Undead Obsessed ready for publication, and that comes out next week!  I'm super excited about that, but also really nervous.  It will turn out awesome (I hope).


Friday, October 24, 2014

The Noru by Lola StVil


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

She has been commissioned to write for ABC, CBS and Princeton University. She won the NAACP award for her play "The Bones of Lesser Men". In addition to being nominated for LA Weekly awards. Her work has also received positive reviews from The LA Times, Variety and LA Weekly.

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"After speaking to the other angels on the team, I hang up my cell and sigh. No one's heard from Aaden in months. This bothers me not only as the leader but as his girl--well if I was his girl--which I'm not. 
Great. Now on top of being grounded, I'm sitting here acting girly and needy. Argh!!!

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


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The King's Mistress by S.D. Grady‏


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

She lives in her house on the hill with her husband of 20 years and their cats. During work hours she runs a movie theatre and, when not writing, enjoys crocheting yet another colorful afghan. Several times a year you can find them at the track in their RV.

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Bethina Lydia Fortescue, the Lady Godwin, adored her king as no other for twenty years. But the king is dead, and as his mere mistress she is no longer welcome at court.

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

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

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


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Follow S.D. Grady along on her Bewitched Blog Book Tour during the month of October to help her celebrate the release of her historical fantasy romance The King's Mistress.

Answer correctly 5 of the 6 questions provided on this page: http://www.sdgrady.info/s.d.-grady-s-treasure-hunt.html

Email the answers to: sdgradytreasurehunt@gmail.com by November 8th, 2014

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All the answers will be found on the blog tour.

The first four people to email S.D. Grady with the correct answers will win a free e-copy of The King's Mistress.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for joining me on my Bewitched Book Blog Tour! S.D. Grady is celebrating the release of her latest novel "The King's Mistress."

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Necromancer's Candle by Randy McCharles

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The Necromancer Candle: And Two Additional Tales of Contemporary Fantasy

Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Paperback, 212 pages Expected publication: September 15th 2014 by EDGE 0 ISBN:1770530665 (ISBN13: 9781770530669)
Publisher: Hades Publications (EDGE Publishing)

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A collection of three new novellas by Canadian Speculative Fiction author Randy McCharles.

The collection includes:

  • The Necromancer Candle
  • Full House
  • Merlin’s Silver

Story outlines: The Necromancer Candle Cassidy’s family has a secret. An ancient, ugly candle passed down through the generations until it is has been all but forgotten. But now someone is looking for it, or so Cassidy thinks. A victim of terminal brain cancer, Cassidy no longer trusts what she sees. But real or imagined, the upheaval of her life is moving quickly toward an end where Cassidy's greatest wish is to die on her own terms. But is that long enough to solve the mystery of the necromancer candle? Full House When Jonas loses his job on the same day a neighbor is murdered, he finds his days at home more challenging yet rewarding than he ever imagined. Against a backdrop of healing family relationships and expounding upon life with his poker buddies, Jonas finds himself pressured to solve the murder. But the more he learns, the more Jonas sees that this is no simple murder, but a mystery that has spanned centuries. Merlin’s Silver Joan gets more than she bargained for when she buys an expensive tea service at auction to shake up a lackluster marriage. It seems the tea service is sought by black magicians who will stop at nothing to get it, with only a peculiar little man named Odds Bodkins standing in their way. But who can Joan trust? The mysterious voice on the phone offering to buy the tea service? Her best friend Sally who offers to take it off her hands? Or Odds Bodkins, whose designs grow more unfathomable by the hour?  

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Randy McCharles is active in Calgary, Alberta's writing community with a focus on speculative fiction, usually of the wickedly humorous variety. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards (Canada's most prestigious award for speculative fiction), for works including the novella Ringing in the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta which appeared in Tesseracts 12 (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) and was also reprinted in Year's Best Fantasy 9 (David Hartwell and Kathryn Kramer, ed). Additional short stories and novellas are available in various publications from Edge Press, Anansi Press, and Reality Skimming Press, including the 2014 Aurora Award shortlisted titles: The Puzzle Box and Urban Green Man. Randy's first full length novel, Capone's Chicago, will be available in May 2014.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
The Necromancer’s Candle is a collection of 3 novellas, each with its own inspiration. These were all stories that I wanted to write long before I started them. For the first story, for which the collection is named, I wanted to write a story with a Job-like protagonist where everything that could go wrong, does. To bring it to our current century, I gave a 16-year old girl terminal brain cancer, had her father run away, and her mother murdered. And that’s just how the story starts. Have no fear; like the story of Job, it has a happy ending. For the second story, Full House, I’d always wanted to write a story where the protagonist spends his evenings playing poker with his buddies, just to see what they would talk about. To give them things to talk about, I include lots of family issues and a murder down the street. For the third story, Merlin’s Silver, I wanted to write a story about an innocuous, everyday item that causes all Hell to break loose. I achieved this by following a bored housewife who buys a silver tea service at auction hoping that the frivolous purchase will get a rise out of her husband. What she gets is her house transformed into a hole in the ground and the story continues from there.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
I am a relatively fast writer, but because I am also a very busy person I binge write, Before this year I only wrote on 3 or 4 long weekends a year. Various drafts of The Necromancer’s Candle were written over 2001-2005. Full House was written over 2006-2008. Merlin’s Silver was written over 2009-2011. This may seem slow, but I was also writing dozens of short stories over the same period. I didn’t decide to do anything with the novellas until 2012, when I pitched the collection the Edge Publishing. 2 years later the book is in print.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The ability to create something that is truly my own. Every story comes from the heart and soul of the writer, just as a painting comes from the essence of the artist. A story is a reflection of the writer.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?

Not enough time to write. J Life always seems to get in the way.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’m not interested in being someone else, but if I had to, it would be an actor performing action/adventure scenes for a movie. It doesn’t matter who the actor is. It would be like bringing a story to life.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Well, you made me get out of my seat and go look. I discovered and emptied some cans of pop from 2012 (a flavor I don’t drink). The rest of the fridge looked fairly safe. No new life forms growing or anything like that.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Longer fiction, most of which will continue to be contemporary fantasy. I retired from my day job in January and now spend considerably more time writing. In the past year I wrote my first full-length novel, which will be available from Tyche books in August, 2015 – Much Ado About Macbeth. When drama teacher Paul Samson decides to put on a High School production of Macbeth, he forgets that it isn’t just The Scottish Play, it is The Cursed Play. And Paul soon learns just how cursed. After grappling with his principal, the PTA, his family, and his students, he must contend with witches, ghosts, and skeletons from his past. The show is destined from the outset to end badly, but no matter how desperate or dangerous circumstances become, Paul cannot cancel the play. Theater has but one rule and one rule only: the show must go on.

Warrior by Cara Bristol‏


Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently calls Missouri home. She has a husband and two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling the world.

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A female yearning for freedom. A male armed with determination. Can they save their people?

As a despotic Qalin marches through Parseon intent on conquering every province, Commander Marlix pledges his sister to another Alpha to protect her. Desperate to decide her own fate, Anika flees and finds refuge with the guerilla resistance movement against Qalin. Marlix’s beta Urazi, a male of lesser status, tracks her intending to bring her home to fulfill her duty.

But when love blossoms between them, and provinces fall to Qalin, Anika and Urazi realize home has ceased to exist and they alone are all that stand between the people of Parseon and the end of the world.


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Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
Warrior is third in the Breeder science fiction romance series. But I also write a lot of erotic romance about dominant heroes. The Breeder series takes that to nth degree. The books are set on a planet in which men rule with absolute authority and women have no rights—but in the third book the women rebel.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
Warrior took three months. Two to complete the first draft and another month to revise.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
Being able to let my imagination run wild. I’ve had a lot of different writing jobs (newspaper reporter, PR manager), but being an author is the first job in which I’ve been able to write exactly what I want to write—and not what other people wanted me to write.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Truly, it’s my dream job. There isn’t anything about it I don’t like.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
The President of the United States. I would like to know what’s really going on. Of course, then I probably wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
A bottle of Teriyaki sauce. I think it’s about a year old.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
Warrior is the last in the Breeder series, but I am considering a spin-off that would occur in the future featuring the grown children of the existing characters. I am also writing a fantasy/ sci-fi romance called the Goddess’s Curse, inspired by the mythological Amazons. That will release early in 2015.

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Dark Genesis by A. D. Koboah‏


I am the author of The Darkling Trilogy, an unconventional and epic love story between a vampire and a slave girl. The trilogy was inspired by my thoughts on dehumanization.

I was fascinated by the ways in which people are able to dehumanize others, the impact it has on the psyche and whether it is possible for people to find their way back from being dehumanized.

This led me to a slave called Luna and the ruins of a haunted chapel deep in the heart of Mississippi.

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Life for a female slave is one of hardship and unspeakable sorrow, something Luna knows only too well. But not even she could have foreseen the terror that would befall her one sultry Mississippi evening in the summer of 1807.

On her way back from a visit to see the African woman, a witch who has the herbs Luna needs to rid her of her abusive master’s child, she attracts the attention of a deadly being that lusts for blood. Forcibly removed from everything she knows by this tormented otherworldly creature, she is sure she will be dead by sunrise.

Dark Genesis is a love story set against the savage world of slavery in which a young woman who has been dehumanized by its horrors finds the courage to love, and in doing so, reclaims her humanity.


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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I was thinking a lot about dehumanisation at the time I started to write this story—about the ways people dehumanise others and the effect it can have on the psyche. At that time vampires had become really popular in books and films and I suppose the two different themes came together in my head. From then on I began day dreaming about a vampire who had become dehumanised as a result of having had his humanity stolen from him and who had existed on his own on the margins of society for years. I wondered what kind of woman could understand and come to love this vampire, and since I have always been fascinated by the subject of slavery, it made sense that this woman would be a slave called Luna.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took only a few months to write the first draft as the novel seemed to write itself. But it took much longer to perfect the prose and to build a world that would become very vivid for my readers.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The escapism it gives me. I like the fact that I can immerse myself in a fantasy world of my own creation.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Those days when the words I need to create the vivid image in my mind just aren’t there or don’t adequately describe what I can imagine.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
It would be Toni Morrison as I would love to achieve the level of excellence she achieves with all her work and to have the command of language she has.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I’ve had to knuckle down over the past few months to get the 3rd book in The Darkling Trilogy finished and so I’ve barely been aware of anything around me. So everything in my fridge is really old and I can barely see inside it for all the mould lol.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m thinking of writing a vampire origins novel. I would also like to write a novel with a completely imaginary world, like that of The Lord of the Rings or The Dark Tower series.

Naliyah by Shauna Kelley


Shauna Kelley lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and beloved mutts. Dedicated aunt, adventurous baker, and action movie fanatic, she spends her days writing, teaching, and crocheting. Kelley’s first novel, Max and Menna, was a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award finalist for Young Adult Fiction in 2010. Naliyah is her third novel. Kelley delights in the opportunity to interact with readers. Find her online at www.mmshaunakelley.blogspot.com.
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Lenora Scheid can tell you much of human nature. After more than a century of traveling from warzone to warzone, she has experienced more than she can handle of mankind’s thirst for blood and power…she cannot, however, tell you what she is. Not exactly human, but not precisely vampire either, Lenora’s whole life has been spent under the watchful eye of her father. With only her dreams of a mysterious blue‐eyed man as company, she has little choice but to follow her father across the world despite his refusal to help her understand her true nature. As Lenora reaches the end of her tolerance with their life of travel and death, she comes face to face with her blue‐eyed man and everything changes. Can this man save her from a life of brutality? Or will the secrets kept from her for so long destroy them both? 

“Highly imaginative, captivating, and rich in characters and story… a must read.” --Tia Bach, author of The Tala Prophecies

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
This book had been brewing for years, and then suddenly I just sat down and started writing.

I had two disparate ideas. One was about an immortal girl who witnesses all manner of human brutality as well as the most intense of friendships and loves. The second was around the question ‘what if a vampire isn’t really a vampire?’

At some point, those ideas fused and Naliyah was born.

Q) How long did it take you to write?

This is the totally strange part of this book. Max and Menna, my first novel, took me ten years to write. Don’t Wake Up, my second novel, took about four years. Naliyah took about six weeks. Once I got going, I was so excited about the story that it just flowed. Having a few weeks off work during that time for the holidays helped, but the story really insisted on getting on paper fast.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?

I love it when I get ‘possessed’ by something, like I did with this book. I was so excited about what I was writing that I would just get into the zone and keep going. My husband kept having to interrupt me to remind me to eat (and trust me, I am not a person that often forgets about food).

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Talking about my writing, which is very odd. I have no problem telling anyone about something I baked, my latest crochet project, what I did over the weekend, or my opinion on anything. However, when people ask me about my writing, I find it so uncomfortable to answer. I really have to push myself not to clam up!

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Hmmm…. I would either be Katee Sackhoff, because she is gorgeous and talented and totally fierce or Emma Watson, largely for the same reasons.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Victory! I cleaned out my fridge yesterday so I don’t have to be honest about what was growing in there. So currently, the oldest thing is a brick of 16 year Gouda that my husband has been slowly savoring (I am allergic to cheese, so none for me).

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More books, I hope! I am almost halfway through the second novel in the series Naliyah is kicking off. I have some ideas for a zombie book following that, and from there… well, who knows!