Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Ki’s Redemption by Keri Kruspe

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Book Description

 

Sexy Aliens/Sassy Dragons

Earth’s fate rests in the hands of shape-shifting dragons, studly aliens, and a determined woman who demands a say in her own fate. In this exciting finale of the An Alien Exchange trilogy, follow their adventures across the galaxy to a tale that features mounting action, stimulating passion, and heart-pounding emotions.

 

Sherrilyn Marie Cantor firmly believes success doesn’t come to those who sit around and wait for it to show up; it takes determination, discipline, and hard work. At thirty-four, she has it all – a successful business and more money than she can spend until a jealous partner sets her up and frames her for stealing trade secrets. She loses everything and faces a twenty-year federal prison sentence. When an unexpected offer to find “love among the stars” comes her way, she doesn’t hesitate to escape her unjust fate and leaves Earth forever.

 

A Zerin descended from a secretive line of dragon shapeshifters, M’alalu (Ki) Ki E’eur ignores the fact he’s living a half-life. Broken from childhood guilt for the murder of his parents and six year-old sister, he silently goes through the motions of everyday life. A former mercenary and friend of the crown prince of Zerin, Ki absorbs a debt his prince intended to take. He’s expendable; the prince isn’t. Now he’s in the crosshairs of a power-hungry despot determined to overthrow the current democratic galactic government.

 

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Being possessed sucked.

Yep, she, Sherrilyn Marie Cantor, was possessed—like “demon taking over your body” type of possessed. Instead of housing a spitting-pea-soup demon, Sherri endured an unwanted galactic gangster fighting for domination of her body and mind. From the moment the bubble housing the Dread Pirate Maynwaring popped over her face and his essence entered her, she’d been fighting for control. So far she’d kept a tight lid on things, but the whole situation was turning out to be a huge pain in the ass.

 

But, bright side, she had help from her Zerin shipmate, Ki. He’d taught her how to access the memories of her unwanted guest while at the same time keeping him locked away. Jeez, the spirit called himself Dread Pirate. What kind of name was that? Apparently, that wasn’t his original name, but something he’d adopted after hearing the story of The Princess Bride from a human slave. He’d become so enamored of the dread pirate character he changed his title.

 

What a snowflake.

 

What’sss a sssnowflake, human? He asked it in his normal, hissy tone.

 

How a disembodied entity had a tone was a mystery to her. He sounded like a snake with a speech impediment. She created a visual of sticking his stupid forked tongue between his teeth and clamping his mouth shut then taping it closed. And, if he called her human in that derogatory manner one more time….

 

Ki’s training kicked in. Instead of imagining the pain she’d rather give, she created a dark, dank pit to throw his happy ass in.

 

No…no, don’t ssssnd me there again!

 

Sherri imagined throwing his bright orb down a bottomless cavern before rolling an avalanche of sharp, heavy rocks to cover the hole. Dust billowed up and down before it settled in a thick layer to create a mountain to contain him. Then she pictured the mountain folding upon itself, repeatedly, until it was a speck of light flashing out of her thoughts.

 

Unfortunately, this exercise never held him for long. One minute he’d be gone (treasured silence), and the next, he’d be right back butting in and making snarky comments every chance he got. You’d think he’d be smart enough to keep his mouth shut so she didn’t know he was there.

 

Whoa…where’d that creepy idea come from? Sometimes the hair on the back of her neck broke out in chill bumps as if someone looked over her shoulder. What if…what if she wasn’t aware when he wormed his way out? Was he spying on private intimate things she was obsessed with…like say, a certain tall, well-built, sexy-as-sin Zerin named Ki…

 

Damn it! She shook her head to get rid of that image. She didn’t trust people outside of her body, much less the asshole inside. Only constant vigilance on her part would keep the alien in the hole she’d put it in. Shit, no wonder she was tired all the time.

 

Sherri sat with her feet over the side of the comfortable bed she’d slept in. She had to admit, she was happy enough with the accommodations aboard the organic AI ship called “Elemi.” Still, she could do without the snarky attitude the female contraption gave her all the time. The sleek 11-15 ship apparently came with a load of baggage, and not the kind Sherri liked to use on vacations.

 

About the Author:

 

A native Nevadan, Keri resides with her family in the wilds of Northwest Michigan where she enjoys the stark change in seasons and the pleasures each one brings. An avid reader, Keri loves an enjoyable bottle of red wine, a variety of delicious foods and watching action/adventure movies…usually at the same time. You can find her most days immersed in her fantasy world on her latest novel while foot tappin’ to classic rock. When not absorbed in her writing, Keri works alongside her husband in building their dream home or discovering intelligent life in America in their RV.

 

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Interview with Kaitlynzq, Author of Legend of Song de Light

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Kaitlynzq pictureAbout Kaitlynzq

 

My fictional stories are written from the inside view

of a character’s interior heart-that

 

beautiful, vulnerable, intimate space

feelings, desires, needs, dreams

 

a blend of

 

delicate feather ripples of heart waves

needs, feelings, dreams, desires

quiet, gentle heart strings

tender, continuous

soft, vulnerable air mist

circles, weaves to caress

a sonic sea of heart’s breath

 

Woven into audio books that are recorded in my voice with a medley of music as a heart’s wave into downloadable mp3 files; audio plays adapted from the audio books, and layered into pdf files like a heart’s song; audio poems that are multiple poems designed to connect to form a story as a heart’s breath; and audio sets that are sets of these interconnected stories with elements from each story that interweave in one another as heart’s wave, heart’s song, heart’s breath.

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Author Interview

 

What inspired you to come up with the idea for your book?

 

Within my books, I include delicate symmetry of colors, music, and flowers. Sometimes as symbolic metaphors, and other times as literal connections, within a character’s experiences that at times, link with another character’s experience. Moment by moment, layer by layer, that become a story.

 

My inspirations come from the interior spaces within my heart, within other people, and within precious natural elements like the layers inside of a tree.

 

For my first series, Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu, a continual prompt from my heart told me to begin, and the stories revealed themselves the more I wrote. One emotion filled layer after another. Instead of a chronological set, the books included in the series are inter-connected, meaning interior connected.

 

Interior tender chords connect in sonic literature in Legend of Song de Light audio play, to soft touches in poetic stanzas in Ancient Script of Lovecontu audio poem, to continue with hearts in love in Legend of Song de Light audio book with leaps of “Yes” from the tender chords within the rhythm of two.

 

Within these intricate notes inside of Legend of Song de Light audio play songs occur that bloom in love with gentle, light touches, including for one of my favorite lead characters, Rquhwy, whose birthday is December 13th. She has a flower artist’s beautiful way of bringing together the intricate details of flowers into bouquets of expressions that extend from the heart.

 

Her favorite coordinating colors are lavender and amethyst, and are significant colors that weave to caress in the time signature of lovecontu, to touch the center of Rquhwy’s heart.

 

And, shared in this audio streams

https://soundcloud.com/kaitlynzq/rhythmic-notes-in-love-by-the-character-rquhwy-in-legend-of-song-de-light

 

Do you have a favorite scene? If so, what was it?

 

I have many favorite scenes, and one in Legend of Song de Light audio play includes moments when Rquhwy sings notes of love a cappella in unison with a gentleman. Their words in harmony to become a melody that hums in their hearts.

 

Do you have a favorite writing environment?

 

To sit by the ocean, and hear its waves; being near a tree to hear their interior whisper in the breeze are some of my favorite writing environments.

 

And, quiet is always helpful, and yet, I find that some part of me is continually writing in any environment that I’m in what my imagination springs. Lines and rows of notebooks build the prose and poetry,and breathing space between paragraphs often helps me too.

 

What other books have you written?

 

As mentioned earlier, Legend of Song de Light audio play is included in a series. A series with Ancient Script of Lovecontu audio poem, Legend of Song de Light audio book, and Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set to all create the series Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu that is held in the depths of the realms of lovecontu.

The next series that I’m currently writing is Tru’adreyam Whispers Tru’adreyam.

 

How long have you been a writer?

 

I don’t know exactly when I started writing. It’s always been an internal, external expression of me. Writing feels like it’s what breathes inside of me. Creating stories, layers of poetry, are the touch and feel of the fabric of me.

 

Favorite time of day & why?

 

One of my favorite times of day is when morning light and the depth of the night sky meet in the horizon. The sky’s elements held gently at that connection point, and felt within like velvet.

Sometimes, I can feel the fabric of me breathe in tune with this beauty of nature.

 

What genres do you prefer to write in?

 

The genres I write in are adult literary fiction, poetry and romance.

 

Any additional information you would like to provide?

 

My audio plays are adapted from my audio books of the same name, and layered into pdf files as a heart’s song.
And, written in how my imagination envisions an audio play

The characters are heard
Their interior hearts speak
The volumes of their depth
In the airwaves that float around you
While in attendance in a public venue
The actors are unseen but heard
Their lyrical voices like a heart’s song

The audio plays are available for everyone to read the stories. And, for someone who is involved in the production of public performances, and creates a beautiful environment for an audience to hear a story unfold, my audio plays are written for these types of performances. If interested, the licensing terms are available, and I would be honored to get to discuss further with you.

And, for more information about the characters in Legend of Song de Light, and the series it is held within Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu this link will guide you to the curated pages on my blog

https://kaitlynzq.com/blog?tag=Lovecontu%20Song%20de%20Light%20Lovecontu

 

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Lacewood by Jessica James

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Book Description

 

Thrust together by chance. Bound together by destiny. A disillusioned socialite and a special operations veteran find a way to save a small town while healing themselves. A haunting read about the journey to restore an abandoned 200-year-old mansion and the secrets it reveals about a long-lost love.

 

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Will watched Katie move easily around the kitchen, as if she’d lived in this house for years, not mere weeks. As usual, her long blond hair was braided in a single pigtail—but there was no ball cap today. She seemed somehow elegant and refined despite the blue jeans and tank top.

 

She turned and held a mug toward him. “Here you go.”

 

Without thinking, Will reached out and touched a tendril of hair that had come loose and lay spiraled near her cheek. “You have paint in your hair.”

 

She stood perfectly still, her deep brown—almost black—eyes gazing into his with an expression he couldn’t quite read. Slowly, she reached up and ran her fingers through the strands in an effort to remove the hardened glob. “I probably look a mess.”

 

Will knew he should make a comment, but he didn’t know what it should be. Yes, she looked a mess—but he had a feeling her interpretation of the word didn’t correspond with his. Even though her expensive jeans were marred with paint, and her white tank top was streaked with what might be walnut wood stain, she exuded the type of beauty that could both daze and haunt.

 

“Do you take sugar or cream?”

 

It took Will a moment to realize she was speaking to him. She nodded toward the mug that had somehow been transferred into his hand.

 

 

 

About the Author

 

Jessica James believes in honor, duty, and true love—and that’s what she writes about in her award-winning novels that span the ages from the Revolutionary War to modern day.

 

She is a two-time winner of the John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, and has won more than a dozen other literary awards, including a Readers’ Favorite International Book Award and a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. Her novels have been used in schools and are available in hundreds of libraries including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

James is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

 

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Piper Robbin and the American Oz Maker by Warwick Gleeson

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GENRE:  Fantasy (Epic)

 

Book Description

 

WORLD WAR OZ from coast to coast.

 

An adult fantasy that takes one of America’s favorite tales and transforms it into a dark and epic landscape few can escape much less understand. Imagine Potter meets Avengers in Emerald city and you’re getting close.

 

After a homicidal alien from Orion arrives on Earth intent on annihilating human life, the 21st century’s greatest sorcerers create a network of seven Oz-like city worlds designed to harbor the human race in a newly formed utopia while also protecting it from the alien entity. But the alien is far more magically powerful than anyone suspected. Piper Robbin, ancient daughter of the Earth’s greatest sorcerer inventor, Edison Godfellow, must sacrifice all to defeat the implacable force that calls itself “The Witch Queen of Oz,” and quickly, before Earth becomes only a cold cinder floating among the stars.

 

Excerpt

 

Suddenly outside on the street, she stood facing in the direction of the Cambodian take-out, her entire nervous system tingling and parts shaking as if with Parkinson’s due to the abrupt teleportation against her will. The night fell black and splattered with garish light. She looked up to see the Wall Street corpse directly above her, and she swore he was staring down with an oafish mocking expression as if he knew something she did not. Then the ground quaked, and like balloons filled with molten glass, every window in her apartment building exploded. The shrieks of burning people next. How many she did not know, but she knew she must save them.

 

Before Piper could act, a whip of turbulent energy uncoiled like a sun flare from her living room window eight stories above. She observed the Wall Street corpse nearby disintegrate into a memory of burning sparks. She immediately recognized the nature of the force—a Tao magical wavelength strong as a thunderstorm yet contained, compressed to a small vortex, and potent enough to kidnap half of Brooklyn.

 

Author Interview with Warwick Gleeson

 

book coverWhat are four things you can’t live without?

Jamesons Irish Whiskey, Peking Duck, the Toto Flush bidet, and time to write.

 

What is your favorite television show?

Gotham or Last Kingdom.

 

If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?

Pass on this one.

 

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?

Book II

THE THUNDER CHILD OF OZ

 

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

H.G. Wells, Gabriel Marquez, Manuel Puig, Octavio Paz, Borges, Emily Bronte, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Jules Verne, Robert E. Howard, Joe Haldeman, Brandon Sanderson, Jayne Anne Phillips, Flannery O’Connor, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ken Kesey.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links

 

author photoWarwick Gleeson is a dedicated writer of screenplays, short stories, novels, and poetry. He has lived in both LA and NYC and worked many different jobs in his life, everything from roofer to waiter to small business owner to government analyst. He was the major writer, creator, and senior story editor for another project published by Del Sol Press called “War of the World Makers” that debuted in 2017. The novel has since won four national novel awards (two first place and two place) for SFF. Warwick is a big fan of great SFF television writing, like the kind you find in Emerald City, Gotham, The Expanse, and Umbrella Academy. He now lives in Tuscon, AZ, with a fat lazy cat and his most wonderful wife who is also a writer.

 

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Meet the Character Interview: Chatting with Ashton Bailey from Dangerous Indenture

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Dangerous IndentureToday, author Kelli A. Wilkins is sharing something a little different—an interview with Ashton Bailey, the hero from her latest historical romance, Dangerous Indenture.

 

Q: Greetings, Ashton. Before we get started, could you tell our readers about the book?

Certainly. Dangerous Indenture is a historical romance novel set in Colonial Pennsylvania. It blends romance with mystery and suspense. The heroine (Shauna) is an Irish indentured servant, and the hero (me) is a dashing gentleman… with more than a few problems. Here’s the official book summary:

 

Dangerous Indenture

Indentured for five years… how long can Shauna resist her master’s son?

 

Desperate to escape her past in Ireland, Shauna Farrow signs on to become an indentured servant to Joshua Stewart, a wealthy man in Pennsylvania Colony. But a life of servitude quickly turns to drudgery, and Shauna’s hopes for starting over and creating a better life for herself are waning—until she meets her master’s roguish son, Ashton.

Ashton needs to redeem himself in his father’s eyes and earn the respect he has always longed for. Meeting Shauna turns his life around, and he sets out to win her heart. Torn between propriety and passion, Shauna struggles against her growing attraction to Ashton as long as she can.

But amidst their flirting, something dark stirs. Shauna soon discovers why no other servants wanted to work for the strange Stewart family. Stewart House has an unsavory reputation: a previous servant died there under mysterious circumstances. When another servant goes missing in the middle of the night, Shauna is convinced that a member of the family is responsible.

Shauna’s investigation leads her close to the truth, and yet, she’s not sure who she can trust. Events take a deadly turn when she confronts the murderer and discovers the mystery of the Stewart family.

 

Will Shauna be rescued before time runs out, or will she meet with the same fate as the other servants?

 

 

Q: So tell us about yourself, Ashton. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?

Where do I start? I’ve been described as “a bit of a rogue” by people: I’m opinioned, have a biting wit, tend to be a bit sarcastic… and yet, I’m utterly charming… when I haven’t been drinking too much at the local tavern. (Laughs.) Of course, these “good qualities” have driven members of my stuffy family utterly mad. They referred to me as the “drunken whoremonger with no sense of responsibility”—but I had my reasons.

 

When Kelli was writing about me, she was kind enough to see past all of my so-called faults and realized that deep down I’m a sensitive, caring individual who just needed to find my way in the world. Meeting Shauna, the love of my life, changed me for the better.

 

Q: What was it that drew you to Shauna?

Shauna Farrow is feisty, clever, and pretty. Most women I’ve dealt with were dimwitted or not terribly interesting. I was intrigued by Shauna’s spirit—she came all the way from Ireland to the Colonies on her own. That takes courage and an internal strength you don’t find in many young ladies in the 1700s. Of course, Shauna did all she could to resist my charms, which made her even more endearing to me. I do love a challenge!

 

Q: A little naughty fun, where was the wildest place you seduced Shauna?

One night, Shauna and I had a lot of “naughty fun” on my father’s desk in his study. I was trying to do paperwork and Shauna seduced me. I didn’t resist her advances, however, and took her right then and there. My papers went flying everywhere!

 

We’ve also been known to take our lovemaking outside. Some nights we’ll go into the garden and make love under the stars. It’s very romantic. And once, we went on a picnic and our lust got the better of us. A group of travelers nearly caught us in the act. We do try to behave… (Sighs) but sometimes it’s much more fun not to!

 

Q: Dangerous Indenture features several interesting secondary characters. What can you tell us about them?

Although everyone’s family has issues, the Stewart clan is probably more dysfunctional than most. The house is always filled with conflict or some sort of drama. My father, Joshua, is rather stern and has high standards. We don’t get along very well, and he sees me as a failure. My half-brother, Colin, is a vile beast, and his long-suffering wife, Minerva, is a little off balance (to put it politely). Adding Lila (a new servant) to the mix really stirs up things around the house and sets people on edge. Kelli has created quite a unique group of individuals! (And one of them might be a killer.)

 

Q: What was one of the most embarrassing things Kelli did to you in Dangerous Indenture?

You mean aside from waking up hung over in bed with a whore, throwing up, and crying like a little girl? Hmm… I think that might have covered it. Kelli put me through my paces and made me stronger for it—but at the time, I didn’t appreciate it much. But I trust her, and she knows what she’s doing.

 

Q: Kelli has written a lot of romances in all genres in all heat levels. How does she switch back and forth so easily?

I’ve been curious about this myself, so I asked some of her other characters. Basically, each book comes to her in a different form. Sometimes an entire story “jumps” into her head, and she’ll know everything that happens to the characters. (That happened with A Deceptive Match, A Most Unusual Princess, Loving a Wild Stranger, and Four Days with Jack.)

Other times, she gets bits of the story and parts of the characters. Once in a while, she’ll have a character come first and then the other pieces of the book fall into place, like a puzzle. (That happened with Redemption from a Dark Past, Trust with Hearts, and A Secret Match.)

Before Kelli starts a book, she says she needs to know who the characters are and what’s going to happen to them. After that, she outlines the scenes and starts writing. As Kelli writes, she explores things she hadn’t considered in her outline and might add entire scenes or write scenes that are later omitted. Writing a new book is always an adventure, and she never knows where the characters or stories will take her.

 

Q: Tell us a little more about Kelli’s writing style. 

Here’s something surprising in this day and age: Kelli writes everything in longhand with paper and pen. When she gets an idea for a story, she writes an outline, lets the ideas for the characters and plot marinate for a while, and then starts writing on paper. After the first draft is complete, she types up the book, adds details, and makes edits along the way.

 

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

Did I mention murder? Dangerous Indenture isn’t just about Shauna and me falling in love and satisfying our lusty desires. A previous servant at Stewart House was murdered and Shauna got it in her head to solve the mystery. Of course, along the way, her life was in danger and another servant mysteriously vanished. Oh, and I was nearly killed!

 

Kelli did an excellent job of blending romance, mystery, and even a bit of humor into this anything-but-boring historical novel. I’d recommend it to readers everywhere. I’ve also heard that her other historical romances, such as Redemption from a Dark Past, and Loving a Wild Stranger (just to mention two), are excellent reads, as well.

 

Links to order the book are below.

 

Cheers!

Ashton Bailey

 

Order Dangerous Indenture here:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, 5 non-fiction books, and 2 online writing courses. Her romances span many genres and heat levels, and she’s also been known to scare readers with her horror stories.

Her historical romance, Dangerous Indenture, was released in March 2019. This full-length novel is set in Pennsylvania Colony and blends a sensual romance with mystery and suspense.

She published the second half of her flash fiction series, Cupid’s Schemes, in early 2019. These two volumes of lighthearted mini-romances are perfect reads for a quick lunchtime escape or an after-work indulgence.

 

Kelli released her latest Teachable mini-course, Fiction Basics: Finding Ideas in February 2019. She authored Fiction Writing for Beginners through Teachable in 2018. These courses are perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to write. Visit: https://kelliwilkins.teachable.com/ for more details.

If you like horror fiction, don’t miss her latest novella, Nightmare in the North.

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

Visit her NEW website www.KelliWilkins.com and blog http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/ to learn more about all of her writings.

 

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Ravens Cove by Mary Ann Poll

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GENRE:   Supernatural Thriller

 

Description

 

Welcome to Ravens Cove, Alaska, a tiny town nestled in a small hollow on the majestic Cook Inlet. A town familiar with storytelling—after all, Alaska abounds in rich legends. In Ravens Cove, though, legends have a tendency to come to life.

Meet Josiah Williams, the peculiar stranger whose warning to lifetime residents Kat Tovslosky and her cousin, Sheriff Bart Andersen, raises more questions than answers; a man whose dark past and knowledge of the murders make him a suspect more than an ally. Join Kat and Bart as an unlikely troop forms (including a very unwelcome FBI agent) to discover the identity of a killer. The unearthing of which will throw the reluctant warriors into a battle for their very lives and the lives of all who call Ravens Cove home.

 

Interview with Author Mary Ann Poll

 

Do you have a favorite scene? If so, what was it?

Mary Ann: I have several favorite scenes. Here is one of them:

 

Gambogian materialized in front of the cave opening. He opened

his leathery wings and flew at Alese Bricken. The crack shattered

the ravine’s silence.

“She is ours!” his razor-sharp claws snapped open and he lunged

at Alese’s neck.

“Surround Alese Bricken!” Uriel commanded his angel army.

The angel army rushed to Alese Bricken and created a wall of light

around her.

Each angel pointed a fiery sword toward the starless night sky.

Gambogian floated to the ground and snapped his wings shut.

“You do not belong here!” he roared.

“We belong where the Almighty God sends us!” Uriel replied.

He leveled his sword at Gambogian.

Gambogian extended his arm toward the sky. Crimson red sparks

flew from his hand. An ebony sword materialized.

The deafening clang of ethereal swords filled the ravine.

Gambogian and Uriel shot up into the night sky, thunder and

lightning danced above the group as the battle continued.

“You are scaring me!” Kat said.

She stepped backward toward

the arch.

Josiah yelled. “God, help us!”

 

When you’re not writing, what are you up to?

Mary Ann: I swim, garden and play PC games. My husband and I are both busy people. I treasure spending time with him and our two Shelties, especially in the morning, drinking coffee on the patio and chatting about our dreams and ideas.

 

What do you love most about writing?

Mary Ann: I love where writing takes me. By this I mean: I never know where my stories are going to go. I have a rough outline, but my characters take on a life of their own and surprise me, at times, with the decisions they make. It is a thrill to see how the story is enhanced and/or changed by those decisions.

 

Any tips to share with someone who wants to be published?

Mary Ann: Getting published these days can be extremely easy. There are so many people out there in the publishing business. There are some frightening scams, too. It is extremely important to do research on a publisher. Before I decided to either self-publish or go through a publishing house I did the following:

 

I debated sending out query letters to the ‘big houses.’ I heard stories of books that were tied up for months, even a year or more, by those ‘big houses’ who initially accepted the author’s work and left them hanging forever. I debated the self-publishing houses and again read and heard of the horror stories of authors that were taken financially to the point it wasn’t worthwhile to pursue marketing their books. I decided I wanted to be able to look a publisher in the eye. That’s how I met my publisher.

 

Before I saw him, I reviewed his website and the different contracts available to an author. They all seemed above board and fair. I reviewed what authors said about them and it sounded good. I have been with the same publishing house for almost ten years. I have not been disappointed.

 

Do you have a favorite writing environment?

Mary Ann: Yes. My favorite writing environment is on the Kenai Peninsula in Southcentral Alaska. The scenery is awe-inspiring. I used to spend summers writing in Anchor Point, Alaska—a small town about twenty miles north of Homer, Alaska. I had a view of active volcanoes across the Cook Inlet, access to the beach, sightings of moose, eagles and other wildlife. Some of this is described in my books.

 

How do you go about choosing the names for your characters?

Mary Ann: My antagonist, and all but one of his minions are named in archaic language which describes what and who they are: Iconoclast is named such because the definition is, “Destroyer of religious beliefs and symbols.” Atramentous, his second in command, is named such because Atramentous means dark, or black. It is the same with the others in this evil army. The readers may enjoy Googling the different names to see the definition. Some of them are hard to find. But, they are out there.

Other than these, my protagonist is named Kat. It fits her personality. The rest of my character names were intuitive. It is funny how the subconscious works.

 

Do you have a favorite genre you like to read (other than the ones you write in)?

Mary Ann: I enjoy reading murder mysteries and suspense novels.

 

What other books have you written?

Mary Ann: I have written three additional books which comprise the Iconoclast series: Ingress, Gorgon and Dullahan

 

How long have you been a writer?

Mary Ann: I’ve been writing almost my entire life. I have been writing novels since 1999.

 

Print or e-books–do you have a preference?

Mary Ann: I definitely prefer a print book. I enjoy holding the book in my hands and the smell of the paper.

 

Favorite time of day & why?

Mary Ann: Just before the sun comes up. I love watching the dark turn to light and hearing the birds start singing. I am inspired by the different colors of the morning sky.

 

Read an Excerpt

 

ravens cove book cover“This is Agent Melbourne again. If you hang up, I will call back as many times as it takes. This is urgent. Tell your boss to pick up the phone, and do it now!”

 

Kat-fight mode sounded the first bell in the back of her brain. She knew her orders, and she would enforce them.

 

“With all due respect, Agent, no.” She dropped the phone into the cradle.

 

Ten minutes and several Melbourne calls later, Kat stomped to Bart’s office, angry at being ordered by the know-it-all FBI agent to get her “boss.”

 

Bart looked up to blazing eyes and a flushed face. He leaned back in his chair, linking his hands behind his head, and hoping his body language would diffuse the onslaught of emotion. It didn’t.

 

“There is an Agent Melbourne who keeps calling. He insists on talking to you.”

 

“Told you my policy on nosy outsiders.”

 

Being reprimanded brought the stew of frustration, weariness and hunger to a boil.

 

“Yes,” her voice rose, “yes you have. And, I told him, too. And I hung up. And he called back again, and again, and again. I hung up again, and again and AGAIN. He is now ordering me, under threat of interfering with FBI business, to put my ‘boss’ on the phone. He is on hold.”

 

Bart knew Kat. No matter who paid her, she did not have a “boss.” She had been, and always would be, a freethinker and free spirit. He could not control the grin creeping across his mouth.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links

 

ravens cove authorI’m Mary Ann Poll, America’s Lady of Supernatural Thrillers and charter member of Author Masterminds. The first question most people ask is, “What is an Iconoclast?” Iconoclast means, “The destroyer of religious beliefs or symbols.” I took this definition and applied it to the supernatural realm, which is how the Iconoclast Thriller series was born. My books revolve around the battle between good and evil. They also revolve around the heroic acts of ordinary people who must face extraordinary, even unbelievable, circumstances.

I draw from real-life experiences, as well as my imagination, to create these supernatural thrillers. My love for a creepy, goosebump-creating ghost story and my love for Christ come together in these books.

I am a proud pet lover, which is also reflected in my writing. In my off time, I enjoy gardening, swimming and spending time with beloved family.

I pray you enjoy reading Ravens Cove as much as I enjoyed writing it. Blessings in Christ!

 

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Rings of Faolan-Rubies by Kristal Dawn Harris

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Description

 

From the first, Michael Faolan and Natalie Terrence knew they were destined to be Lycan mates, but constant danger in Michael’s life keeps them separated. They are stalked by the hunters, a group of men who plan to eradicate all Lycan as vermin. Natalie refuses to acknowledge the bond that she has with Michael until hunters burn down his barn and he is gravely injured. She cannot resist his call, even with the threat hanging over his head. Michael Faolan has secrets of his own, but he is happy to accept Natalie’s ministrations. Their attraction ignites into flames of passion as they continue to fight the hunters. Could his secrets dampen the hunger Natalie feels for her mate, or can they use that desire to build a family and forge a love so strong no man, woman, or beast can tear them apart?

 

 

Read an Excerpt:

 

Michael had that stupid grin on his face, again, as Natalie led four children up the stairs, single file, to their new bedrooms. Natalie glanced over her shoulder at him and winked. His hand absently rubbed the spot over his heart as it swelled with pride. She was everything he ever wanted and more. She moved graceful and with purpose, a woman full of compassion, her head held high as the children followed behind her. She was a shining beacon to his soul, the children, and his home.

Love found him. It didn’t just find him, it knocked him down with the force of a boulder, set him back on his feet, and created a new man. He was a man driven to protect, care, and love his mate with everything in his soul. He would kill for her. He would die for her.

Natalie peered down at him from the landing at the top of the steps one last time before disappearing into the hallway. A sarcastic look crossed over her face as her eyebrow raised. She teased him and, at the same time, let him know who was in charge, who the real alpha in the pack was, and he loved it. A dangerous smile spread across his face. The game was on. Natalie no longer pretended to be the docile female but became his equal. She challenged him here in his own home, and damn if it didn’t turn him on.

 

About the Author:

 

Kristal Dawn Harris is an American author, born in Middletown, Ohio, on August 16, 1970. She currently resides in Ohio with her husband. Kristal has been married for 27 years and has two children. She graduated from Carlisle High School in 1988, then furthered her education at Miami University. She has a business degree in Accounting Technology. Kristal spent twenty years working as an Office Coordinator in the hospital until she released her debut novel, “The Rings of Faolan-Emeralds,” through The Wild Rose Press.

 

In 1999, Kristal suffered a debilitating disease called “Guillain-Barre Syndrome.” This rare disease damaged the nerves in her body requiring the use of drop-foot braces in order to walk. Kristal considers herself a survivor and encourages anyone with a disability to follow their dreams.

 

Kristal has one more book contracted with The Wild Rose Press which will release in 2019. She is considered a hybrid author since she published “Hand-Carved Wolf” on her own. Kristal is an avid reader who enjoys romance from all genres, but paranormal is her favorite.

CURRENT BOOKS BY KRISTAL DAWN HARRIS

The Rings of Faolan-Emeralds
Hand-Carved Wolf
The Rings of Faolan-Rubies
The Burn
The Red Heart

UPCOMING RELEASES

Red Snowflakes

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Astraeus by Haley Cavanagh

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of the audio version of ASTRAEUS. Haley Cavanagh will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Description

 

One pre-apocalyptic Earth. One desperate space mission to find a solution. One unexpected alien.

 

When Dr. Sakota Thorell signed onto the mission to scout out a new, habitable planet, she knew discovering extraterrestrial life was always a possibility. But she never expected to find an alien adrift in space, nor for that alien to be so intriguing. Sakota feels an instant and undeniable attraction to Astraeus, but he represents a million possibilities, and just as many threats.

 

There are others hunting Astraeus, and his rescue may cost Earth its last hope.

 

Read an excerpt:

She moved to pull away, but the man’s fingers closed over her wrist.

“Let me go.” She jerked her arm, but he wouldn’t release his grip. She gave him a cautionary look, and he loosened his fingers, though he still held her. Warning bells went off. What if he’s not here in peace? But his eyes sparkled impishly. He seemed to enjoy her skin pressed against his. Maybe he hadn’t been touched in a while. Or maybe he had a crush. Who knew.

Before she could extricate herself, the intercom chimed. “Sakota, are you okay?”

“Yeah, I’m fine. He’s just being friendly—”

The man’s forefinger trailed along her arm again. She sucked in a breath and shut her eyes as a series of images flashed through her mind. A high wall made of stacked stones. A hand spread out to touch the tips of tall, golden wheat of a field. Multihued buildings in the distance under a purple sky. Children’s laughter and then screams. She jerked when the images changed. Strange rain, like metal. Black ships attacking from the sky, horrible screams which rent the air, death. A gentle brush against her hand again. She inhaled and opened her eyes. The man searched her, calm and patient. She struggled to see straight, but her mind spun.

“W-was that your—”

The isolation walls shot up. Rutledge burst into the room and advanced like an angry bear, brutish, immaculate, and combat ready in his black Oceanstone fatigues. “Let her go,” he snarled.

Rutledge yanked the man’s hand off her and pushed her aside. She fell to the floor on her back in a dizzy haze, reeling from the vision. She turned her head. The man bellowed and tore loose from his restraints. His and Rutledge’s images faded into one as they collided and fought. Rutledge’s weapon whirred as he strained to activate it. The rifle propelled over her head and hit the wall.

“Stop.” Her pleas fell on deaf ears. She closed her eyes.

The men barged into the room with heavy footfalls and angry shouts. She opened her eyes, but her vision swirled. The blurred image of the alien lifted Rutledge’s lieutenant like a kitchen chair and catapulted him in the same direction as the weapon. “Stop,” she hollered to the men. “Don’t shoot him. He wasn’t attacking me.”

Another soldier fell to the floor with a sick thud, holding his stomach. “Yeah? Well, he’s attacking me.”

The alien pounced over her, crouching low. He caged her with his body and made a guttural rumble in his throat, a warning to the men. She turned her head to the marines, who zeroed their weapons in on them.

 

About the Author:

Haley Cavanagh is a military veteran, wife, and mother. She is an alumna of Columbia College, a musical theater nut, and she loves to dive into any book that crosses her path. Haley resides with her family in the United States and enjoys spending time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. She loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

 

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Til Death Do Us Part by K.S. David

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Book Description

 

 

Quinn McGuire is settling into her new life just fine. She’s moving beyond the trauma of her past. She’s fallen in love with her best friend, Jack Lassiter, and slowly rebuilding the career she’d once abandoned. Then her old nemesis is arrested for murdering her husband. To the surprise of everyone, Glenda Penderherst wants Quinn to represent her as legal counsel. Quinn doesn’t do criminal defense anymore. Nope, she’s focusing on areas a little more refined – less drama.

 

Naomi Banker, the resident vibrational therapist, asks Quinn to look into an intellectual property rights claim. The request seems innocent enough – but boring. Things soon spice up when Quinn discovers that Naomi was romantically linked to Glenda’s murdered husband. Soon, more bodies start to surface and like it or not, Quinn finds herself caught in a whirlwind of broken hearts and private alliances, all while trying to manage a few special secrets of her own. She’s convinced of Naomi’s innocence and starts to dig for answers. But if she’s not careful, she’ll end up being added to the body count.

 

 

Read an Excerpt:

 

The day before, I’d told Jack about my disappointment in meeting Naomi. I wanted no part of her case. He didn’t push me to explain. I sensed that he wasn’t surprised.

“She said something about hearing noises and seeing strange lights behind her home.”

Jack straightened. “What kind of noises? What kind of lights?”

“She doesn’t describe it well. She just says that she sees eerie lights come from the trees behind her house and sometimes she hears voices. So, I thought if I went back there I could find a practical explanation. There’s a footpath just beyond the edge of her property. You won’t believe what I found. And, you won’t believe whose house sits on the opposite end of those woods.”

Jack’s brow narrowed. He’d reached in his pocket and withdrew a red and white peppermint, popped it into his mouth and stared off into the distance, thoughtful. He’d grown up in the Hills and knew every street.

“I’ll be damned,” he huffed. “It has to be the Penderherst home.” I nodded when he looked at me for confirmation.

“Exactly. There’s more, Jack. You have to see the place for yourself.” I could tell him about the tents. I could tell him about the heaps of trash and the footsteps that danced way too close to Naomi’s house but there was no substitute for a first-hand experience.

Instead of driving straight to Naomi’s house, Jack parked in front of the Penderherst home. Yellow and black police tape still covered the drive and stretched over the doorway. Jack and I followed the stone path around the house. The Penderhersts’ lawn needed to be cut. The edges were overgrown, and the grass could use a good dosing of fertilizer. Brown spots were peaking up through the weeds. Jack and I walked up on the patio. The wooden slats were warped. A few looked gnawed away by wear and age. After a moment, we descended the steps and headed into the woods. We’d barely walked a hundred yards when Jack turned and looked back at the house.

“They sure didn’t overspend on curtains,” he noted as we peered through the crossed arms of branches. “Someone standing here can see straight through the entire house at nightfall,” he said.

I tugged at Jack’s hand. “Come on, you have to see the rest.”

There was no way I ever would have gone back alone. My skin started to prickle just thinking about the sense of foreboding that had washed over me earlier.

We had started moving deeper into the woods again when Jack asked, “Did you seriously come back here alone?” The foliage was growing dense and the unruly branches darkened the space around us.

“Yes.” I sighed, knowing the complaint that was going to follow once Jack saw what waited inside the clearing.

A low growl escaped him.

 

About the Author:

K. S. David lives in the Mid-Atlantic with her husband, their three children and a menagerie of pets. New storylines are constantly running through her head. She keeps notebooks tucked in pockets of the car, the nightstand and makes voice recordings just about all day long. She’s addicted to true life mysteries and crime shows, both of which marry well with a great romance. Some of her favorite things are long walks, reading in bed, baking and of course, writing her next novel.

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3 Branding Lessons That Authors Can Teach Bloggers About Branding

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notebook and penby Emmanuel Nataf

One is painstakingly brainstorming a bank of catchy post titles and content.

The other is agonizingly working out a plot twist that could be spectacular, but isn’t yet.

One is seen trying to untangle HTML and make sense of SEO.

The other is busy buying thirty notebooks in the space of one year.

As you might’ve guessed by now, one is a blogger and the other is an author. And, despite these surface differences, the two have more in common than you might think. Both are striving to perfect a word-based craft — and both can be found banging their foreheads on their keyboards when writer’s block strikes!

Perhaps more importantly, both bloggers and authors must survive in two incredibly competitive and saturated markets. To thrive, branding is key. So let’s take a page from an author’s book and find out 3 things that authors can teach bloggers about branding.

 

1. Niche and brand go hand-in-hand

 

Somewhere between 600,000 to 1,000,000 books are published every year in the U.S. alone. Any author who enters this market must compete with countless other stories clamoring for readers’ attentions! So if you’re wondering how an author can stand out and stand a chance of actually selling anything, a big part of the answer lies in one thing: the niche.

 

Knowing one’s niche is absolutely imperative to a writer’s success. The more popular and bestselling books that they read in their genre, the more they understand the patterns and tropes that made those works successful — as well as how to subvert them. Let’s say a writer is aiming to write a science fiction novel. They might first check out a list of the greatest science fiction books of all time, and start by reading some of the classics.

 

This goes for bloggers as well. The Internet is saturated with blogs these days. A simple search for “cooking blogs,” for instance, returns millions of results. Instead of wading into the thick of it and attempting to appeal to “anyone who wants to cook,” an aspiring cookbook blogger would be smart to determine a niche and narrow their brand down to that space. For instance: quick and easy recipes. Or Asian food. Or gluten-free recipes. The point is to clearly define it so that you can answer easily if someone asks you, “So what exactly is your blog about?” Then focus on owning that niche and becoming the go-to expert in it, so you can grow even more from there.

 

2. Voice is key to communicating brand

 

Once you’ve figured out what you want your identity to be online and which kind of niche will become your abode, you’ll need to develop a consistent and compelling voice to convey that to your audience.

 

This means neatly packaging your personality into your writing and all communications — and making sure that it’s uniform across your platforms. For instance, do you want your voice to be authoritative? Fun? Playful? Educational? It might be tougher than you think to nail down something that feels true to yourself. Even writers, who work with words every day, can take years to perfect voice. In this case, P.D. James advises aspiring writers and bloggers: “It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.”

 

In other words: start writing and practicing now! Gather inspiration from other bloggers in your niche. Trust your gut. And when you’ve perfected your voice, remember to stick to it. This is another important bit from the writer’s toolbox: you won’t find Stephen King, the undisputed king of horror, suddenly publishing a romance book. Likewise, you won’t find romance authors writing grimdark stories. (In fact, an author’s brand is so important that prominent authors in certain romance subgenres need to use pseudonyms in order to publish in other romance subgenres. Just take paranormal romance author J.R. Ward, who publishes contemporary romance under the name of Jessica Bird.)

 

Ultimately, brand coherence is important to retaining your audience and keeping your brand strong — and that goes for both blogging and writing.

 

3. Your audience will definitely judge your website by its design

 

At Reedsy, we tell authors over and over again that their book covers are one of their best marketing tools. For authors, an eye-catching, high-quality book cover is absolutely vital if they want the book to sell.

 

Why is that? Well, mostly because the book cover is the reader’s first impression of the book. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” may be a cliché, but as with many clichés, it’s totally rooted in truth. Like how your fashion style represents you, the vast majority of readers will see a book cover and decide in an instant if it’s interesting enough for them to actually read it.

 

This goes for your blog, too. Your blog is going to be the first point of contact for your audience, so you want to make sure that it’s presented cleanly and effectively. Your goal should be to make it an extension of the brand that you’ve created. From the color scheme to the overall presentation, it should make your audience want to linger, just as a book cover will encourage readers to actually reach out and read it.

 

But more than that, your blog is going to be a culmination of all the points that we discussed above. It should present your story, exemplify your niche, and incorporate your brand voice. Once you’ve nailed down these elements, you’re a step ahead of the crowd in perfecting your brand as a blogger.

 

About the Author: Emmanuel Nataf is a co-founder of Reedsy, a marketplace that connects authors and publishers with the world’s best editors, designers, and marketers. Emmanuel dedicates most of his time to building Reedsy’s product and is interested in how technology can transform cultural industries.

 

This post originally appeared on the Secrets of Success blog