Giveaway & Excerpt: Cry Wolf by Greta Stone

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Greta will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC, 3 character-inspired mugs and Elderstone keys to randomly drawn winners during the tour.

Genre: M/M Urban fantasy

Everything you know is a lie.

Sly fox, misanthrope, and resident comic nerd, Peter, has earned his nickname as the Boy Who Cried Wolf. He’s surrounded by chaos.  It doesn’t matter if Peter has angelic intentions or diabolical plans—mass pandemonium will ensue. When he mimics the howl of a long-lost friend, the consequences are disastrous.

With no recollection of his past, the wolf, Luca, remains hidden in the shadows.  Otherwise, he’ll have no future.  But when someone steals Luca’s howl and forces him to investigate, he ends up stranded with a mouthy fox who insists they were friends once upon a time.

The Underwood is a dangerous place.

They have two choices: work together or die.

Experience the timeless story of friendship, love, and loss in a Gothic, realistic retelling of your favorite childhood classics, Aesop’s fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf and David P. Mannix’s classic novel The Fox and the Hound.

 

 

“Cry Wolf” Excerpt

Cry Wolf“What do you want to do to me?”

The question seemed to shock Luca somehow, the top of his sharp cheeks taking on the barest hint of cherry red. He seemed to give it some thought in the darkness of the dripping tunnel, “This time, when we do whatever we’re going to do, can you pretend…to love me.”

Peter halted. “What?”

“Don’t make it weird.”

Peter latched on to Luca’s arm and halted his purposeful march through the main chamber. “I’m not trying to make it weird. What did you say?”

“Pretend to love me this time. Despite being a shitty liar, you’re good at pretending. It shouldn’t be that hard for you to make me believe it.”

Peter squeezed his shoulder and turned him around so he could see his face, his stark features illuminated by the glowing blue pool of liquid. “You want to believe that I love you?”

“I want to know what it feels like…” His eyebrows knitted. “I keep thinking about Avaline. How much she must’ve loved him to turn her afterlife into this forest. A tree for every tear. I want to know what she was crying over.” Something about Peter’s expression triggered Luca’s defenses, and he spun around. “Forget it.”

“Stop,” Peter snapped with a vehemence that left his voice echoing in surrounding caverns.

Luca halted, but didn’t face him, head tilted to the side. “What?”

“Didn’t Lydia love you? Didn’t Chief love you?”

“I don’t think that’s the right kind of love.”

“What you asked for…” I don’t have to pretend. “Stay here. I’ll be back.”

 “Where are you going?”

“To get rope.”

 

Author Bio

Greta is the unruly offspring of a tiger and a dragon. She spends most of her time reading, stalking Goodreads, and harassing other authors with pranks.

Links

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005652079391

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4561635.Greta_Stone (Author Profile)

https://www.facebook.com/GothamGremlins/ (World Fan Page)

https://www.pinterest.com/gothamgremlins/

https://twitter.com/gothamgremlins

Website link for Greta – http://thebrimstonepub.com/

 

Greta will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC, 3 character-inspired mugs and Elderstone keys to randomly drawn winners during the tour.

How to Win a Free e-Book Copy of Cry Wolf

The first 5 people to comment on one of Greta Stone’s tour post will automatically win a free e-book copy of Cry Wolf. Available formats include: mobi, pdf, epub, and prc. Interested parties should email newgotham1@gmail.com with their e-book format preference for their prizes. Greta will submit prizes at the end of each tour day.

Get a book and cozy up on the couch with a rude mug!

Nothing beats reading with a warm cup of coffee or tea. This is precisely a horde of gremlins ransacked Granny’s kitchen and stole all her mugs.  Each one is inspired by a different character in the book, and signed by the character.

 

Get a book and cozy up on the couch with a rude mug!

Nothing beats reading with a warm cup of coffee or tea. This is precisely a horde of gremlins ransacked Granny’s kitchen and stole all her mugs.  Each one is inspired by a different character in the book, and signed by the character.

Granny Sole’s Mug:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.”

Peter’s Mug:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Oh, for ‘fox’ sake.”

Luca’s Mug:

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“Keep calm and demand trial by combat.”

 

Elderstone Keys – What’s the big deal?

There is a house in New Gotham that is rumored to be haunted. No one has lived in it since the Great Depression, and no one can recall what its last occupants looked like, what they did for a living or where they went. Only one is fated to enter and learn its secrets. Anytime I host a contest, I give away keys to Elderstone. The person who collects ten of them is fated to own the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credits

  • That’s What I Mug – Fred & Lavine
  • Fox Mug – Vivid Giftworks
  • Keep Calm Mug – Penny Lane Gifts

 

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Your Heroine’s Journey is Your Reader’s Journey

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It’s probably safe to say that most writers are familiar with the Hero’s Journey, or some variation, of it.

 

Years ago, I read “The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers” by Christopher Vogler, which is based on Joseph Campbell’s work (and described in his book, “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”). What I didn’t know at the time is that there’s also a Heroine’s Journey.

 

The Heroine’s journey is not so much about taking a quest to slay the dragon, but rather, as it is a journey within to face her deepest fears. By addressing her own needs and desires, she can come to terms with herself and her place in the larger community. Her internal growth is the center of the story.

 

Both the Heroine and Hero’s Journeys are based on what Joseph Campbell called the “monomyth.” It’s the structure of how stories have been told across cultures (and centuries). The path also echoes our own life experiences, which is obviously why it continues to resonate.

 

I’ve used the structure in my own novels, and I’ve found there are five important points that stand out. The five points I want to emphasize are: Awakening, Taking the Risk, Dark Night, Learning to Trust, and Transformation.

 

Awakening

Usually the Heroine is being called to step up and deal with a situation. Or she’s invited into a new adventure. She might not be sure if it’s the right thing to do, but at some point she’ll be forced to move forward.

More than likely she’s being called to something bigger than what she has found in her everyday world. Just as with Dorothy who wants to know about the world outside of Kansas, the Heroine is about to head down a different path than she has been used to. More than likely at the end of it, she’ll find the thing she’s always desired.

 

Taking the Risk

Once the heroine realizes she has to answer the call, she has to take a leap of faith. The actions she takes from this point on will set all the subsequent events in motion. She can’t stay safe anymore or be comfortable with the status quo.

 

Dark Night

This is the tough part. It may seem like everything is falling apart, but it’s really falling together. Unfortunately the Heroine doesn’t know that yet. Her beliefs are being put to the test, and she has to come to terms with her situation.

 

Learning to Trust

Will the Heroine trust the support that’s offered, or will she reject it? If she wants to move forward towards her desires, she has to be willing to let others help her.

 

Transformation

Stories start out with a character wanting something. The Heroine has to get from where she is to where she desires to be. All along her journey there will be challenges and conflicts (which is what makes a great story) but she must follow her path. At the end of the path (and the story), she’ll be transformed by her experiences.

 

The Three-Act Structure

What really makes the Heroine’s Journey helpful for writers is that it fits into the three-act structure. It’s a roadmap to get your character through the twists and turns that will ultimately lead her to the story’s conclusion. When you’re stuck, the next step in the journey will guide you to the next right action for your Heroine to take.

 

The Heroine’s and the Hero’s Journey

Even though it’s called the Heroine’s Journey, it really isn’t gender-specific. Your Hero can also take this journey when it comes to his emotional transformation. By the same token, female characters can take the Hero’s Journey.

One good example that comes to mind is the Xena, Warrior Princess character from the TV show. Throughout the series she was certainly on a quest to fight against the forces of evil, but she also took an emotional journey. Her evolving relationship with Gabrielle is one important example of how she was on both journeys simultaneously.

 

Stories are Powerful

Simply put, humans need stories. It’s been said that the need for them is actually hard-wired into us. We organize information in a way that we create narratives about our experiences. Stories are a way for us to explain how things work, how human beings interact, and how we can make our way in the world.

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These narratives allow us to relate our own experiences to the stories that have been told over the centuries. I’ll give you an example. The story of Cinderella has origins dating back to China in the year 860. Versions of the story were known in Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, East Asia, as well as Britain and the Middle East.

 

As many Star Wars fans know, George Lucas was heavily influenced by the work of Joseph Campbell. He created a mythic story which draws on similar tales that have been told over and over.

 

Life Lessons

Readers want to be pulled into your story’s world in order to experience something new and exciting. But they also will respond to the life lessons that are in those pages. What happens when you follow your heart? When you answer the call of adventure, where will that road lead you? What will it feel like to get through the dark night and have your dreams come true?

 

Sure, life can have a lot of challenges and disappointments. Stories can teach us how to deal with those hard knocks. But they can also allow us to feel the exhilaration when we finally win out over adversity. The reader takes the journey as well, experiencing all of the highs and lows. She can experience her own quest and her own sense of self-actualization at the conclusion.

 

That’s why writers draw on the structures that storytellers have used ever since the first stories were told. These are tales of the human experience told across the centuries, the civilizations, the cultures.

 

Yes, even so-called fairy tales are part of the world’s story. As authors, we are telling the world’s story, in our own words, through our experiences. No matter how minor they may seem, they really are powerful. Somewhere, a reader is waiting for you to tell a story to entertain them, to inform them, or to give them a life lesson.

 

Your stories can take readers on a journey that has been taken before by countless others. Stories about Heroines and Heroes taking risks to follow their passions and ultimately slay the dragon or fall in love – or both. As your characters explore their worlds, your readers will be right with them. By using mythic structures, you’ll create stories that your readers will find impossible to put down.

This post originally appeared at Savvy Authors.

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Saksham Gangwar

Kevar Whilby

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Book Blast: The Goddess’s Choice by Jamie Marchant

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Jamie will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

GENRE: Fantasy (epic)

The Goddess’s Choice Description

In a world where the corrupt church hides the truth about magic, the fate of the joined kingdom falls on the shoulders of two young people from opposite ends of the social hierarchy.

 

Crown Princess Samantha’s life begins to fall apart when she starts seeing strange colors around her potential suitors. She fears that she’s going insane–or worse that she’s defying the Goddess’s will. Robrek is a lowly farmboy with incredible magical powers. He has been biding his time waiting to get revenge on those who call him a demon.

 

Thrown together by chance, they must overcome their differences to fight their common enemy Duke Argblutal, who, with dark magic, is slowly poisoning the king’s mind and turning him against his own daughter.  Time is running out for those chosen by the Goddess to prevent the power mad duke from usurping the throne and plunging the joined kingdoms into civil war.

 

The Goddess’s Choice Excerpt

Since the lady didn’t care, Robbie didn’t feel the slightest bit embarrassed that he couldn’t dance. She whirled away from him, and he swung her into his arms. She laughed, and he wished the night could last forever, but far too soon the lady stumbled and caught hold of his arm. “Should we sit one out, Milady?”

 

Breathing heavily, the lady nodded. “I guess I’m more tired than I thought.”

 

As Robbie led her back to her retainers, he noticed the grim looks on their faces. The scarred man had joined the two younger ones who’d been following them around. Scarface bowed to the lady. “Milady, we have a long ride back. We truly must leave.”

 

The lady sighed. “I guess you’re right.” She turned to Robbie. “I had a good time. It was fun.”

 

It was the best day of my life! Please don’t leave! Please say you’ll come again! “Yes, Milady. It was fun.”

 

“I truly wish I could stay longer, but we do have a long ride, and it isn’t fair to keep my men longer,” she said. Robbie cursed her men into the seven hells. The lady, however, let go of his hand. She kissed him on the cheek, caressing his face with her soft lips. “Goodbye, Robbie. Remember me,” she said, then followed the scarred man off into the darkness.

 

How could she think he’d ever forget her? Robbie touched his cheek, feeling as if he’d just lost the most precious thing in the world. He hurried away from the dance floor before anyone could see him crying. He wiped his eyes as he threaded his way through the now deserted stalls toward Wild Thing.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jamie began writing stories about the man from Mars when she was six, and she never remembers wanting to be anything other than a writer. Everyone told her she needed a back up plan, so she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. One day in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized she’d put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. The literary article went into the trash, and she began the book that was to become The Goddess’s Choice. She is now releasing an expanded edition of the novel.

 

Her other novels include The Soul Stone and The Ghost in Exile. In addition, she has published a novella, Demons in the Big Easy, and a collection of short stories, Blood Cursed and Other Tales of the Fantastic. Her short fiction has also appeared in the anthologies–Urban Fantasy and Of Dragons & Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds—and in Bards & Sages, The World of Myth, A Writer’s Haven, and Short-story.me. She claims she writes about the fantastic . . . and the tortured soul. Her poor characters have hard lives. She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and four cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She is the mother of a grown son.

Links

Website: http://jamie-marchant.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jamieofkorthlundia/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamieMarchantSF

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5258855.Jamie_Marchant

Newsletter Sign up: http://jamie-marchant.com/newsletter/

Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Goddesss-Choice-Book-Kronicles-Korthlundia-ebook/dp/B071RQ786T/

 and it will be .99 on release day only. 

Jamie will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 
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“My Fantasy World” by Joni Parker Author of Gossamer: The Chronicles of Eledon Book 3

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by Joni Parker

World building is the greatest challenge for any fantasy writer. Instead of writing a single book that was over 500,000 words, I broke my down into four series, each with three or four books each.

 

Creating my fantasy world took a lot of research and time. My world had to be realistic or no one would believe to it, least of all me. So I looked up islands; I drew islands (even though I can’t draw very well); I researched volcanoes; I investigated storms. The name Seaward Isle came quickly as I understood why the people on the island would come up with it—they wanted to be seaward bound on their way home to the mortal world.

 

I developed a plausible explanation to explain why the island was in danger. It was part of Eledon, a larger world created for the Elves by the Mentors, but it had separated from the main body and was being held using entry points. But what were entry points? After considerable research, I determined they were wormholes. No one really knows what wormholes are or what they can do, but the Mentors can make them to form a grid on which Eledon is built. Wormholes can also impact time, which was important for the plot. I even ran my idea by a Ph.d student in physics who was part of my writing group and he didn’t laugh. It was really possible.

 

Even as I wrote, my world developed. At first, Seaward Isle and its larger counterpart, Eledon, were floating in space without any confines. I likened it to the City in the Clouds from “Star Wars.” But that didn’t make sense. It had to have boundaries to keep all of the air and oceans contained. So each entity sits inside a ‘bubble,’ like a fish bowl, but made of a clear metal, not glass.

 

My fantasy world will be revealed in four stages. The first stage, already published in “The Seaward Isle Saga,” established the island and its situation. The next step makes a connection between the island and Eledon in the series, “The Chronicles of Eledon.” The first book, “Spell Breaker,” (2016 Book Excellence Award Finalist) enabled the residents of the island to experience the Elf world, known as Eledon. The second book, “The Blue Witch,” (2017 International Book Award Finalist) enhances that experience by comparing it to the mortal world during the time of King Arthur.

 

“Gossamer” is the third book and introduces Lady Opaline, who is a key figure to resolving the problem of Seaward Isle even if she doesn’t know it. The fourth and final book of the series, “Noble Magic,” will be released later this year. As of this moment, there are two more series to complete my fantasy world. There is a method to my madness.

 

Gossamer: The Chronicles of Eledon Book 3

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Lady Alexin, Eledon’s Keeper of the Keys must continue to prove her powers when her grandmother, Lady Lestin and her friend, Lady Opaline of the Gossamer Elves are kidnapped by rebels and held for ransom. Alex attempts a daring rescue, only to discover that there is far more to this plot that she immediately suspected and the betrayal extends to the highest levels of the High Council of Elders.

 

Threatened by rebel factions, suspected by Council members and under attack by deadly spiders, the young warrior has only her wits, her fighting skills and the powers of the Keys to help her. But will they be enough to save them all?

 

Book Excerpt

Alex knew the mines.  She’d been taught how to navigate through them by the Dwarf Sarina when she was a child.  However, weaving around large rocks and broken steps proved to be an unexpected challenge for two ladies unaccustomed to such physical activity.  At the next level, Alex urged them on until she found another Dwarf village where they could rest.  She checked her bag of food and pulled out some dried apricots.  She handed them out and they ate slowly, savoring each bite with a drink of water.

“These are my favorite, Alex.”  Her grandmother closed her eyes.  “They remind me of your cousins’ farm.  They just planted an entire orchard of apricots.”

Alex leaned back against the wall and smiled at her grandmother.  Then she looked up.  “Do you hear that?”  She glanced around.

“No, what?”  Grandmother Lestin paused and inhaled sharply.  “Footsteps…they’re coming.”  She stopped eating.

Alex furrowed her brow.  “How…?”

“We should leave,” Lady Opaline said.  “Get us out of here.”

Alex helped her grandmother to her feet and led the way—she picked up speed and looked behind to make certain the others were still close.  But soon, the two women fell behind once more, forcing Alex and Riv to stop.

Alex needed to delay the Elves behind them.  She left the women to rest in the next Dwarf village, leaving Riv to stand guard.  Then, she turned back to set up an ambush for their pursuers.  She smelled the odor of their torches and saw them coming in her direction, taking the correct path.  How did they know what path to follow?

To her left, Alex saw a security block.  It was simply a large boulder propped to the side that could be rolled into the middle of the path to block it.  The Dwarves used it to guard a village.  The problem for Alex was freeing it from its mooring.  She removed the wooden pin holding the boulder in place, but nothing happened.  The Red Elves took the last turn before the village and the boulder remained in place.  Alex tried pushing against it, but it didn’t budge.  She gritted her teeth; she’d have to fight them.  She drew her sword and hid behind a corner.  As she prepared to attack, the boulder rolled forward and crushed one of the Red Elves against the wall.  Alex was relieved, but the force of the boulder hitting the wall caused the ceiling to collapse.

 

Author Joni Parker

When I was younger, I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. Part of my reason for dropping out of college was because I didn’t know what to major in. I was envious of my sister who knew from an early age, she was going to major in math. Good for her, but math was the last subject on my mind. I joined the Navy and found a track I liked. I became a photographer. I covered local news items, accidents, and even shot portraits. It was fun, but not a career path.

 

When I got out of the Navy, I wanted to finish college but I was lost again. What to major in? I chose accounting because all businesses needed it and I went on to get my Bachelor’s and an MBA. After working in the field for a year, I went back in the Navy and asked for any assignment other than accounting. It worked. After 22 years in the Navy, I retired. My husband and I moved into our motorhome and hit the road. Unfortunately, he passed away and I went back to work at a government job. Then I found writing. I hadn’t written a thing since I was 14 but I was smitten by the bug and have been writing ever since.

 

“Gossamer” is the sixth book I’ve had published and is the third book in a four book series, “The Chronicles of Eledon.” Hope you enjoy it. I had fun writing it.

Links

Website/blog:  http://www.theblackelf.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJoniParker

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ParkerJoni

Google Plus:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JoniParker/posts

Amazon link for “Gossamer”:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6EBZGA/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_UVwsybYR21TW9

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A Visit with Rothgar from “The Viking’s Witch”

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The Viking's Witchby Kelli A. Wilkins

www.KelliWilkins.com

Hi everyone!

Today we’re chatting with Rothgar, the hero from The Viking’s Witch, a Gold IPPY Award winning historical romance from Kelli A. Wilkins. Before Rothgar answers our questions, let’s learn a bit about the book.

 

The Viking’s Witch

About to be burned at the stake by her fellow villagers, Odaria does what any betrayed witch facing certain death would do. She calls down a curse. Within seconds, rampaging Norsemen raid the village, capturing everyone except her.

But her reprieve is short-lived, and Odaria lands in the clutches of the Norse leader Rothgar. Can she remain true to herself and fight her growing attraction to this domineering man, or will she fall under his influence and be used for his ambitions?

After Rothgar witnesses Odaria’s powers firsthand, he strikes a bargain with her. The raven-haired beauty will use her magical abilities to help him with his quest in exchange for safe passage off the isle. But can this cunning woman be trusted, or is she using him to exact vengeance on her village?

Together they must fight bloodthirsty villagers, battle a mutinous band of Norsemen, find a missing Norse ship, and learn to trust each other…before time is up.

 

Welcome Rothgar. Can you tell us how you came to the Orkney Islands in Scotland and met Odaria, the heroine in The Viking’s Witch?
Ja. I was sent there to look for my cousin, Orvind. His ship had vanished and my uncle wanted me to find him. After we came ashore, I found Odaria hiding in a gathering hall and I rescued her from a vile attack. To repay my kindness, she hit me! It was a very unusual first-meeting.

 

You sound very noble. How would you describe yourself?

A strong warrior who does not tolerate disloyalty or fools. I’ll fight for a cause I believe in, but I cannot stomach excess violence or abuse toward women. I’m a disciplined man who stands by my word, and I expect the same from others.

 

What was your first impression of Odaria?

I had never known a woman like her before—soft and tender one minute, then feisty and fighting the next. I was impressed by her inner strength (she had just been tied to a stake and nearly burned to death), and her ability to cope with tragic situations. Later, when she wept like a frightened girl, I saw how vulnerable she was deep down, and my heart melted.

 

What is it about Odaria that makes you crazy in a good way?

She’s very strong-willed and opinionated and likes to do things her own way, no matter what. When I first met her, this was very frustrating and drove me crazy, because I knew what was best for her, and yet, she fought me at every turn. Only later did I come to realize that all these traits made me love her even more.

 

Tell us one thing you had to overcome to win Odaria’s love.

Winning her love wasn’t easy. When we first met, she didn’t trust me at all, and after the way she had been treated in the past, I could see why. But after a little while, we grew to trust (and love) each other, but she always worried that I would betray her. In a way, I did, but I did it for a good cause. Naturally, she didn’t see things my way and I had to earn her trust all over again.

 

What was the sweetest romantic gesture you ever did for her?

When we were in Scotland, I gave her flowers and a gold brooch that made her happy. (I also did some rather naughty things with her in the bedchamber that I would not dare repeat here!) Now that we’re home, I’ll surprise her with flowers, jewelry, or a very romantic night spent under the stars.

 

What is your most important goal in life?

Now that Odaria and I have settled into a peaceful home life, my main goal is to provide for her and keep her safe. Odaria likes adventure, so I also strive to keep our lives interesting and make sure we never grow bored.

 

Who is the one person you respect and trust the most?

A man must trust his wife. Odaria has proven that she’s unlike any other woman, and I trust her with my life. I have the utmost respect for her and know that she will fight with me, and for me, if necessary. I also have great respect for my berserkr friend, Nordskog. His great courage and loyalty saved Odaria and me from certain death.

 

What is your greatest fear?

Losing Odaria. I lost my first wife and son in a fire, and I would never be able to live through something like that again.

 

What is your greatest hope?

That Odaria and I have several healthy, strong children who make us proud.

 

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome?

I had to overcome many obstacles in my life, and a major one was learning how to carry on after my first wife died. For a few years after that terrible tragedy, I gave up raiding and traveling and was considered “soft” by many warriors. (Laughs). I’ve certainly overcome any reluctance to show them my stronger side—and many of them still have the bruises and scars to prove it! Sailing to Scotland and meeting Odaria renewed my strength and self-confidence and gave me a second chance at a happy life.

 

If Odaria could describe you in one word, what would it be?

Sexy? Strong? Virile? Brave? Bold? (Laughs.) Although all of those are true, knowing Odaria the way I do, if you asked her the question, she’d tell you: “Mine.”

 

Do you sometimes want to strangle your writer? Thrash her to within an inch of her life for what she put you through in the book?

Yes! Over the course of the book, Kelli put me through several very emotional trials. I had to discipline (and battle) fellow Norsemen, contend with the local villagers, protect Odaria, and still look for my cousin. It was a very exhausting few days, but I know that Kelli did it all for a good reason. She brought Odaria and I together and changed our lives forever. We’re both very happy now and quite indebted to Kelli for all she’s done for us. (Although she could have made things a little easier!) I’m also proud to tell everyone that The Viking’s Witch won a Gold IPPY Award for best romance ebook, so Kelli did an excellent job telling my story.
Thank you for your time, Rothgar. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Yes. On Kelli’s behalf, I’d like to invite everyone to visit her website and social media pages to catch up on her latest romances and other news. She has written several other great books in all genres (historical, paranormal, gay, erotica, and contemporary) that readers will enjoy. Thank you for letting me share my thoughts today.

 

Now here’s an excerpt from The Viking’s Witch:

Odaria scanned the cookroom and spotted a large table piled high with food. Brennan must have been planning a feast to celebrate her death. There would be plenty of meat and beer in the underground storage area. Men liked to eat. The Norsemen must be hungry from their long journey. Mayhap she could offer Rothgar a meal and strike a bargain with him.

“Are you hungry?” she asked, cocking her head. “I know where to find food and drink, wood for the fire, clean water, and—”

“Hvat ist das plass?”

She scowled at him, trying to decipher his words. A few seconds later, she understood. “This is a cookroom. Women in the village prepare meals here. See?” She waved at the iron pots, wooden pitchers, and other cookery items stacked on the shelves around the room. “They make food.”

Rothgar rolled his eyes. “Ja. Vat ist dat?” He pointed to the door behind her.

“The gathering hall. The men conduct business here. There is a room upstairs for sleeping. The larder, the food and drink, is below,” she said slowly, hoping he’d understand.

He nodded and inched closer to her. She tried to move away, but she had nowhere to go. Her back was pressed against the door. Rothgar grinned and cupped her chin in his wide hand. Her heart fluttered. What was he doing? She stared into his eyes as he bowed his head. His rough beard grazed her cheek as his lips lightly brushed against hers.

Her body tingled, and a wave of dizziness washed over her. The room spun and seemed to grow dim. As everything faded, she had a clear vision of wrapping her arms around Rothgar’s neck and eagerly pulling him close for a kiss. Dizzy, she pitched forward. Rothgar caught her and clutched her to his chest.

“Shh,” he soothed, running his hand through her loose hair. “I will not harm you, Odaria.”

She relaxed against his broad chest, letting him support her weight. His touch was calming, and she felt safe here, leaning against Rothgar as she would rest against a thick tree. She inhaled deep. Rothgar didn’t stink of rancid sweat like the other men. He smelled clean and salty, like the sea. The scent comforted her. She could almost fall asleep where she stood.

Rothgar curled his arms around her ribs. She didn’t protest. In spite of everything, he hadn’t harmed her and he had saved her from that horrible Norseman in the red tunic.

After a few moments, her dizzy spell passed, and she gazed at him. “You are not like the others. You are different, Rothgar.”

He smiled. “Ja, in some ways. But fear not, Odaria. I will not share you with the others. I wish to have you all to myself.” Rothgar chuckled and winked at her. “Now, show me this food.”

“Aye.” She had no choice but to obey Rothgar’s wishes—for now.

 

Order The Viking’s Witch here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Vikings-Witch-ebook/dp/B008R5185G/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375813873&sr=1-1&keywords=Kelli+A.+Wilkins

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Medallion Press: http://medallionmediagroup.com/books/the-vikings-witch/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels.

Her trilogy of erotic romance novellas, Midsummer Night’s Delights, Midwinter Night’s Delights, and Ultimate Night’s Delights was released in spring 2017.

Loving a Wild Stranger was published in January 2017. This historical/pioneer romance is set in the wilds of the Michigan Territory and blends tender romance with adventure.

Kelli’s third Medallion Press romance, Lies, Love & Redemption was released in September 2016. This spicy historical western is set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877.

Her writing book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a fun and informative guide filled with writing exercises and helpful tips all authors can use.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.

She also writes a weekly blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/.

Visit her website, www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all of her writings, read book excerpts, reviews, and more. Readers can sign up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb.

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Here are a few links to find Kelli & her writings on the web

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Website: http://www.KelliWilkins.com

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Book Spotlight: Forgotten by Krista Street

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forgotten by krista street

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Description

forgotten by krista streetI thought I was alone. Nobody else had a forgotten past, mysterious tattooed symbol and extrasensory ability. Then I found others like me in a small Colorado town – others with broken memories and strange gifts.

Among them the dark eyed man I’m inexplicably drawn to. When I’m with him, my body remembers what my mind cannot, but as much as I crave his touch and presence, there’s a restlessness inside me I can’t ignore.

I need to know what happened to me.

Author Bio

Krista Street is a Minnesota native but has lived throughout the U.S. and in another country or two. She loves to travel, read, and spend time in the great outdoors. When not writing, Krista is either spending time with her family, sipping a cup of tea, or enjoying the hidden gems of beauty that Minnesota has to offer.

Links

https://www.kristastreet.com/

 

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The Start Reading Diverse Free Book Giveaway – 6/1 to 6/30

- book promotions, Family Pride, Hathor Legacy

read diverse books giveaway

Find your free read here: http://lcmawson.com/srdgiveaway/

The Start Reading Diverse Giveaway features over fifty books, all of which have diverse  protagonists, from PoC, to LGBTQ+, to disabled characters.

Both Hathor Legacy: Outcast and Family Pride: Love and Challenges are available as part of the giveaway.

Hathor Legacy: Outcast

Family Pride: Love and Challenges by Deborah A Bailey

All of these books are available for free and span multiple genres. Just click the covers to download your free books via Instafreebie.

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Spotlight & Excerpt: City of Ghosts and The Girl Who Talks To Ghosts by J.H. Moncrieff

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About City of Ghosts and The Girl Who Talks to Ghosts

City of Ghosts

On the day the villagers were forced to flee Hensu, not everyone got out alive.

Jackson Stone is touring the abandoned Chinese city when he slips away from the group to spend the night, determined to publish an account of his ghostly experiences there.

?Then he meets Yuèhai, a strange, soft-spoken woman who can tell him the city’s secrets-secrets the Chinese government would kill to keep hidden.

As Jackson uncovers the truth about Yuèhai and the ghost city, he’s drawn into a web of conspiracy, betrayal, and murder. He must risk everything to save himself and bring honor back to Yuèhai and her family.

 

The Girl Who Talks to Ghosts

Would you risk everything to save a stranger?

Off the coast of Venice lurks Poveglia, the world’s most haunted isle, steeped in centuries of innocent blood. A deranged doctor who took great joy in torturing his patients in life continues to rule his abandoned asylum after death.

Few go to Poveglia willingly, but medium Kate Carlsson has no choice. It’s her job.

While struggling to retrieve a young girl’s soul, Kate uncovers some shocking truths about the evil on the island that challenges her own convictions and morals-and even her life.

Is saving Lily worth making a deal with the infamous Doctor of Death, or is the price too high to pay?

It was easier than I thought.

All I had to do was bide my time in one of the less popular temples, crouching behind a weird-ass statue while the guides checked for stragglers. Thankfully, they didn’t do a thorough search, just popped their bobbed heads in and glanced around before returning to their cozy cruise ships.

Guess I couldn’t blame them. It seemed like it was always pissing down rain in this part of the country—at least, it had been since we’d been here—and even though it was mid-September, it was freaking cold.

As I stepped over the temple’s sacred threshold and hurried to the place I’d chosen to camp for the night, I grinned, unable to resist pumping my fist in the air. I’d done it. What would the group say when they realized I wasn’t on the ship?

Only the terminally stupid got left behind on a tour, so they’d probably figure I was hung over again, and in that, they’d be partially right. It takes skill to get a decent buzz on the watery crap they call beer in China, which is why I switched to the rice wine. Doesn’t take much to feel it, but you pay for it the following day.

It was only six o’clock, but the sun was already setting. Flipping up the hood of my jacket against the drizzling rain, I whistled to keep myself company, careful not to slip on the wet path. The place where I’d decided to spend the night was perfect. Even though it had fallen into ruin, this particular temple still had a bit of roof left, so I’d be able to get dry. Since it was open to the air, I wouldn’t have to worry about my campfire burning it down. There was enough junk in there to keep a decent fire going—not that I was worried.

It wasn’t like I believed in ghosts.

City of Ghosts Excerpt

It was easier than I thought.

All I had to do was bide my time in one of the less popular temples, crouching behind a weird-ass statue while the guides checked for stragglers. Thankfully, they didn’t do a thorough search, just popped their bobbed heads in and glanced around before returning to their cozy cruise ships.

Guess I couldn’t blame them. It seemed like it was always pissing down rain in this part of the country—at least, it had been since we’d been here—and even though it was mid-September, it was freaking cold.

As I stepped over the temple’s sacred threshold and hurried to the place I’d chosen to camp for the night, I grinned, unable to resist pumping my fist in the air. I’d done it. What would the group say when they realized I wasn’t on the ship?

Only the terminally stupid got left behind on a tour, so they’d probably figure I was hung over again, and in that, they’d be partially right. It takes skill to get a decent buzz on the watery crap they call beer in China, which is why I switched to the rice wine. Doesn’t take much to feel it, but you pay for it the following day.

It was only six o’clock, but the sun was already setting. Flipping up the hood of my jacket against the drizzling rain, I whistled to keep myself company, careful not to slip on the wet path. The place where I’d decided to spend the night was perfect. Even though it had fallen into ruin, this particular temple still had a bit of roof left, so I’d be able to get dry. Since it was open to the air, I wouldn’t have to worry about my campfire burning it down. There was enough junk in there to keep a decent fire going—not that I was worried.

It wasn’t like I believed in ghosts.

About J.H. Moncrieff

J.H. Moncrieff’s work has been described as early Gillian Flynn with a little Ray Bradbury and Stephen King thrown in for good measure.

She won Harlequin’s search for the next Gillian Flynn in 2016.

Her first published novella, The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave, was featured in Samhain’s Childhood Fears collection and stayed on its horror bestsellers list for over a year.

When not writing, she loves exploring the world’s most haunted places, advocating for animal rights, and summoning her inner ninja in muay thai class.

To get free eBooks and a new spooky story every week, go to http://bit.ly/MoncrieffLibrary.

Connect with J.H.: Website | Twitter | Facebook

 

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Book Spotlight & Excerpt: Riversnow by Tess Thompson

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Genre: Romantic Supsense

Riversnow Description

Genevieve Banks is beautiful and successful – and one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses.

While filming opposite Hollywood’s heartthrob Stefan Spencer in River Valley, Genevieve and Stefan form a deep friendship. He wants to take their relationship to the next level, but a violent incident from Genevieve’s past has made her feel intimacy is an impossibility.

When her closely guarded secret is revealed, Genevieve is forced into a decision: Stay silent and let others suffer or bravely confront her violent past and the man who hurt her.

In this fourth installment of the bestselling River Valley Series, author Tess Thompson explores themes of community, friendship and love.

 

Riversnow Excerpt

He caressed the side of her face with his fingertips. “About two years after my father’s death, my mom came home from church on a Sunday morning. I was in the other room when she came in, but I could tell she was angry by the way she stomped around the kitchen and slammed pots and pans.

I figured she was mad at me because I wouldn’t get up for church. I didn’t want to, but I went in there and asked her what was wrong. She told me the preacher had given a sermon that morning about thankfulness. He said that if you approach your life from a position of thankfulness, it’s more likely a miracle will come.”

“Why did it make her mad? Did she think it was a lie?”

He nodded. “She said it was all good and well for a person like fat Preacher Robinson to talk about miracles with his perfect wife and perfect daughters sitting in the front pew, but where was our miracle? We’d been given nothing but hard times, she said. Nothing but hard men who hurt us. She sat down at the kitchen table and cried. I stood there, just watching her, wishing I were dead. Finally, she looked up at me and said, ‘Why has God forsaken us?’”

Why indeed? Where were you, God? Then and that day in Murphy’s office?

“It ripped at my heart to see how broken she was. I vowed in that moment to never let her feel forsaken by God or me ever again. That desire has driven every moment of my life since. It drove me during the early years when I could barely pay my rent. I worked harder than anyone in class, on my body, on my craft, all so I could give her a few miracles. After I had made it, I bought her the house she’d always wanted and a fancy car and a full-time housekeeper. Anything she wants, I give her. I take her places she could only dream of when I was young. The drive I have? It’s all for her.”

“Has it changed her? Does she believe in miracles now?”

“Maybe. I don’t know. She’s like you. There’s a sadness in her eyes that I can’t seem to remedy.”

She’s sad, like me.

“But I am thankful, every day, for everything. I’m thankful I’m the guy who gets to be here for you.”

“Oh, Stefan. I’m glad it’s you. It couldn’t be anyone else.” Tears leaked from the corners of her eyes. I don’t deserve you, but I am so thankful. “I do believe in miracles, Stefan. In spite of everything.”

“Tell me why,” he said, gently.

“That night, afterward, when I was blindfolded and tied, he shoved me into his car and we drove for what seemed like hours.” She stopped, suddenly remembering a detail she’d forgotten. “He played the radio. Pop songs. Loud, like a teenager. I’d forgotten that part.”

Stefan took her hand. “No wonder you hate nineties music.”

 

About Tess Thompson

Tess Thompson is a bestselling novelist of romantic suspense. She’s also a Zumba dancing queen, though the wearing of the crown is reserved for invitation-only appearances. Recently she’s participated in obstacle course races, the hardest of which was the Spartan Beast in Sun Peaks, British Columbia. It was an awful experience that will soon be included in a novel. There was running. And climbing a mountain. And obstacles, like walls and crawling under barbed wire. She is not the running or obstacle queen.

Like her characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess hails from a small town in southern Oregon, and will always feel like a small town girl, despite the fact she’s lived in Seattle for over twenty-five years. She loves music and dancing, books and bubble baths, cooking and wine, movies and snuggling. She cries at sappy commercials and thinks kissing in the rain should be done whenever possible. Although she tries to act like a lady, there may or may not have been a few times in the last several years when she’s gotten slightly carried away watching the Seattle Seahawks play, but that could also just be a nasty rumor.

She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her brand new husband, the hero of her own love story, and their Brady Bunch clan of two sons, two daughters and five cats, all of whom keep her too busy, often confused, but always amazed. Yes, that’s four kids, three of whom are teenagers, and five cats. Pray for her.

Tess loves to hear from you. Drop her a line, or visit her Facebook Fan Page, or follow her on Pinterest and Twitter.

Links

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Tess-Thompson/e/B004W3WOTG

Website: http://tesswrites.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTessThompson/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tesswrites

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tesswrites/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Riversnow-River-Valley-Book-4-ebook/dp/B071D5J2JH

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Worldbuilding for the Family Pride Paranormal Romance Series

- Family Pride, worldbuilding

Family Pride: Love and Challenges by Deborah A BaileyWhen I got the idea for my paranormal romance series, Family Pride, I was inspired by the TV show, Bewitched. Looking back on it now, I realize I didn’t get all the subtexts.

Here’s Samantha, a witch with the power to appear and disappear, fly, travel from one place to another in a literal blink of an eye. She’s lived for hundreds of years and will most likely live for hundreds more. She falls in love with an average guy and decided to live as a housewife in the suburbs.

Samantha gives up her status for love—though in spite of her husband Darrin’s desire that she give up using witchcraft, she never completely lives a normal, mundane life. Relatives and friends pop in and out, and eventually the children are born with powers as well.

When I wrote Family Pride: Love and Challenges (book 1), I wanted to flip the script. What would happen if a human started dating a lion shapeshifter? She would have to learn to navigate his world, instead of the other way around. But in this world, the shifters are living the regular, suburban life. They have their own customs and conventions, but they’re also under the radar as far as the rest of the world is concerned. Like Samantha, they have powers and rituals, but they have to keep everything under wraps so that the human population doesn’t discover that they exist.

I did some research on lions and their behavior, then added a few twists for the shifter version. For instance, there are challenges for domination and control—which figure into the plot of book 1. The shifters group themselves into prides, which are made up of extended families. So there is a normal world on one side, and the paranormal world on the other and Mac and Zora have to balance between the two.

In Family Pride: Blood Fever, Mac hints that other magical creatures exist in the everyday world (in addition to shapeshifters).

Family Pride: Blood FeverOf course she was going to ask the very thing he wanted to hold back. “I didn’t run into another shifter. There was something out there. I saw a shape in the darkness, like another lion. But it moved so fast…I felt the claws and my instinct took over. I fought, but it was like fighting air. My claws went through the thing.”

Zora shivered against him. “Is that possible? That’s unbelievable.”

“Most people think shifters are unbelievable. But here you are mated to one.”

“Yeah, you’re right.” She ran her fingers along his chest. “Some-times that’s hard to believe too. All the things I thought were just stories and fairy tales are real.”

Mac chuckled. “Let’s not get the fairies involved. They can be fierce when they’re pissed off.”

“You mean-” She lifted her head up again like she’d been yanked. “They’re real too?”

“Zora, baby. You’ve got so much to learn.” Mac leaned in for a kiss.

What really interested me about creating the series, was to show how what appears to be normal depends on how you define it. There are all kinds of worlds intersecting all the time, and what you see on the surface doesn’t tell the whole story.

Coming in June: Family Pride: Love in Legacy

Family Pride: Love and Challenges Buy Link: books2read.com/u/49xepk
Family Pride: Blood Fever Buy Link: books2read.com/u/b6Q9yW