Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Blitz: The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester




The Funeral Flower
by Michelle Jester
Genre: NA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: June 20th 2017

Devastated by the death of her grandfather, six-year-old Kelly Rodgers barely manages to cope with the profound loss. Already facing issues at school, she finds herself spiraling deeper into despair, when a fateful interaction through the fence in her backyard gives her hope. In the years following, Kelly realizes that life’s tragedies can be dealt with through acceptance; until another series of agonizing events leaves her heart in pieces.

Finding herself thrown into new surroundings, Kelly embraces her life and resolves to never fall in love. That decision is easy to keep until her junior year when she is drawn by an unavoidable attraction to the new guy, tormented James Delaney. The moment he looks up at her and smiles, her body betrays her. And he notices. She is determined to avoid him, but soon Kelly is forced to face the inevitable truth: She doesn’t want to avoid James... and he won’t let her.

Even though tragedy always follows love.

Due to critical subject matter recommended for Ages 17+





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I am a hopeless romantic (I think this is the most important thing to know about me). In addition, I live in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with my husband and high school sweetheart. Together we have a son and daughter. Throughout my life writing and photography have been my main creative outlets.


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Book Tour: The Night of Elisa by Author Isis Sousa




The Night of Elisa
Illustrated Gothic Novel
Book One
Isis Sousa
Genre: Gothic, Paranormal, Horror
Publisher: Tragic Books
Date of Publication: February 2016
ISBN: 9781519169945
ISBN: 9781367510418
ASIN: B00LMM3CMI
Number of pages: 220
Word Count: 60k words + illustrations
Cover Artist: Isis Sousa

~ The Corpse Bride meets Penny Dreadful ~


"Sometimes, life and love can follow the most obscure paths, just as they did for Elisa."

Her life becomes a dark, cold, lonely cage the day the devil takes her as his wife. He robs her of almost everything she holds dear: her health, her wealth and what is left of her family.

Trapped between the nuances of life and beyond-life, Elisa finds herself struggling for a better tomorrow. With her health deteriorating, how will she summon the courage and strength to stand her ground? And how far will she go in the pursuit of a dream?

Embark with Elisa on this puzzling Gothic adventure set in the late Victorian era, between the world of the Living and the picturesque, melancholic Duskland.


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The Night of Elisa is first and furthermost Victorian Gothic, but can also fit within other genres such as Dark Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery and Occult.

Parental guidance: for 16+ Contains blood, nudity and dark themes.


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‘Elisa’ woke up slowly on the crimson pillows of the adorned wooden couch. Her vision was blurry and her head was spinning. How is this possible? Her heavy eyes resisted her will to see the world, yet little by little the figure of a gentleman formed, sitting on a chair by her side. He was a tall, slender, slightly athletic type of man, well-dressed and, she could tell, of noble manners. He had pale skin, a sculpted nose and a wide forehead embraced by fiery curls.

“W... where am I? What happened?”

“You are safe in my house.” His voice was calm, poised and sounded somehow familiar. There was a long pause. “I don’t know what happened to you, but hopefully we are going to find out...”

He looked at her intently. She was weak, slightly frightened and her countenance was as delicate as a white rose. Her hair had a mahogany nuance and was curled and tied back. She was dressed in a fine, dark violet dress and boots. Her grey eyes, as beautiful as the sea on a stormy day, were wide open and her voice was pleasant to the ear, like a mermaid’s song.

“I found you hurt in the woods last evening and brought you here. You’ve been mostly asleep since then. I’m glad you woke up.” A slight smile formed on his face as he devoured her neck with his eyes.

‘Elisa’ was reading the large room, looking at the faded colors of the wooden ceiling and walls. The fancy furniture, ornaments and expensive portraits were all covered with a thin layer of dust, but were otherwise in perfect order. The house was as old as everything inside. It had the smell of the past.

In a long moment of complete silence they could hear each other’s breath. Slowly and carefully she sat up in the middle of the couch, without deviating from the stranger’s grim, blue eyes. She looked up at the second floor and spotted a taller figure standing in the darkness. She thought he looked as obscure as a ghost. Who is that strange man watching us? She looked back at Leonhard, who was also staring at the figure.

“What is your name, sir?”

“I’m Leonhard, madame. What is your name?” He turned his gaze back to the fragile and confused lady. When his eyes met hers he almost stopped breathing, as if he had seen the eyes of an angel.

“I can’t remember... I can’t remember anything!” ‘Elisa’ rubbed her eyes, frustrated. “Who is that man upstairs?”

The figure drew closer to the polished handrail. He was a thin man in his mid-fifties, with bits of grey hair and a pale countenance, dressed in a suit jacket. He looked down at her for a second, examining her, and then he walked away hurriedly like the devil escaping from the cross.

“That is Dr. Charles,” Leonhard said, interrupting the moment of silence. “He medicated you when I brought you home. He is... not much used to foreigners. We share this house since neither of us has a family. He will get used to you, I hope.”

‘Elisa’ gave Leonhard a weak smile. She was obviously uncomfortable and becoming more and more impatient. Where am I? What happened to me? Who are these people? I need to find a way to get out of here! She crossed her arms, twisted her lips and looked around the finely arranged living room, thinking a thousand things at once.

Leonhard could hear, feel that her heartbeat was accelerating. He was growing impatient, wondering what sorts of things were passing through her head. Many questions appeared in the corners of his mind too.

Just as he was about to speak, the young lady extended her silky hand to him. She was hesitant but gathered enough courage to look deep into his eyes.

“Can you take me somewhere open... sir? I just need... some fresh air.”

Leonhard was hesitant. He was sure she needed more rest; after all she had been through since he found her it was hard to believe she felt well now. Dr. Charles, you are amazing! What kind of miraculous drug did you give to her? Leonhard wanted to protect and take care of her, hold her... He felt the urge to reach for her neck. Old habits die hard! Hold yourself, Leonhard! Concerned as he was, he thought some fresh air would indeed do her good, and it was better for him to go and watch out for her.

“Do you want something to eat first?”

“No! Sorry, sir! I have no appetite. Please...” There was a note of desperation in her voice.

“You need to drink some water. It’s important for your health. I will bring a glass for you and then I can show you my garden.”

“Thank you so much for your kindness!” Why do I have the impression that deep inside every kind man there is a fearsome demon? I need to keep calm or I will ruin everything.

Leonhard sensed she was afraid. Perhaps she might run, escape. But escape from what? Does she see me as a threat? He came back from the kitchen with a glass of fresh water.

Once she had finished drinking he put the glass on a nearby sideboard. He took her delicate hand gently under his left arm and they walked slowly, through the main doorway and out into the well-maintained garden. ‘Elisa’ was secretly grateful that the gentleman was helping her walk so she wouldn’t crumble.

The plants had been grown in geometric patterns. The bigger bushes were rounded and the smaller ones were cut flat on the top and sides, forming natural fences alongside the pathways. There were many different flowers, but all were shades of purple, white and crimson. A big fountain stood in the center of the garden and a couple of smaller ones aligned with it towards the garden’s edges. Each of the fountains was topped with a sculpture of a nude dancing angel. There was the smell of grass, flowers and afternoon, and the sunset was glooming on the horizon, as it mostly does in Duskland.




About the Author:

I am an artist, illustrator and graphic designer who writes on my free time. But with all the imagination I have running lose, there came some stories… And there came some books!

I am born and grown up in Brazil, however I live in Mid-Norway with my beloved husband, in a tiny valley surrounded by mountains and with very few neighbours.

When I’m not doing artwork and illustration for clients, I’m doing woodcarving, painting ornaments, painting artworks for myself, and so on. Love Arts, History, Heavy Metal and Dark things.



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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cover Reveal! Damaged by Krys Fenner



Damaged
by Krys Fenner
(Dark Road Series, #2)
Publication date: November 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Hope springs eternal for everyone except Bella Kynaston. She survived the rape, but the aftermath is a whole other story. She struggles to figure out who she really is as more truths are revealed about her heritage. With no real anchor, sometimes ending it all seems like the only way out.

David has loved Bella for three years. Too bad he feels as if he no longer deserves a chance with her. Much to his surprise that’s exactly what he gets, but she’s far more damaged than he ever imagined. Still, he’ll do anything to help her even if it means losing himself in the process. Any transgression can be forgiven. Or so he thinks.

Will Bella find the peace she so desperately seeks if the pain permanently ended? Is there someone who can get to her in time? Or will the damage she’s suffered prove too much to bear?






About the Author

Krys Fenner has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. To date, she has published two books, numerous poems, and is now avidly working on a fantasy series. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology and is currently working on her B.A.

To find out more about Krys Fenner and her upcoming book releases, visit her official website.


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Covens of Misty Haven






Covens of Misty Haven Chapter Nine was added to the website today.

Also available now is the Covens of Misty Haven 2017 Halloween edition.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

YA Bound Book Tours Presents: Hunter's Moon by Tess Grant


Hunter's Moon
by Tess Grant
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: January 17th 2017
Books We Love Ltd.


Kitty Irish has heard all the rumors swirling around Daniel Phinney. Most of them involve a gun, a flask, and a temper. One chance encounter with the WWII veteran over a grisly find in the woods pulls the cover off the dark secrets of their small town, and Kitty is drawn into an unlikely partnership.

Armed with an antique rifle and a handful of homemade silver bullets, the two form an efficient team. Unfortunately, their game is werewolf hunting, and disaster is only a bite away.


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The tang of old pennies hung in the air. Kitty was smart enough to know she hadn’t stumbled on some stash of long-buried loot. No self-respecting pirate would be caught dead in the middle of the Michigan woods.
That coppery smell was blood.
Maddie had the scent too. The golden retriever pressed forward, nose scuffling through the mulch. Her fluffy tail hung inactive. A wiggly rear end might divert too much energy from her nose.
Somewhere high above, a cloud ghosted over the sun, and the forest light grew dark green and cool. Kitty moved forward slowly. It would be just perfect to step into the middle of something completely nasty. Her shoes still looked mostly decent after a winter indoors. A big smear of muck across the toes would really round out her look.
Maddie suddenly growled, stopping dead. One paw hung suspended in the air and her body tensed.
“Maddie? What’s the problem?”
The retriever lowered her head to the ground, slowly pacing a circle. Kitty leaned over the spot that had thrown the dog off. Maybe it was a coyote. Maddie hated them.
A paw had indented the soft ground right where the aging dog had spooked. Kitty nodded—positive it was a coyote—and crouched down next to it to get a better look. Maddie circled around her, chest rumbling. Kitty knew a little about prints. Her dad had been pointing them out to her since she could walk. Deer and rabbit marks were everywhere, but this didn’t belong to one of the gentle guys. It had the four toes and pads of a predator, and it was big. Laying her hand over top of it, she could spread her fingers and barely cover it. Deep claw marks dug into the leaf mold ahead of the pads. Cats sheathed their claws when they walked; this was some sort of huge canine.
If this was a coyote, it was mutant. What sort of a thing made a print like that?
Kitty moved forward into the deep shadows under the trees. Something dead was in there. Flies buzzed and whirled under the trees. Maddie stayed where she was, guarding the print.
The carcass lay half-hidden under some ferns at the base of a broad oak. It was a deer, or what was left of one anyway. Its soft tan hide lay torn; its white stomach stained brown with dried blood. Great gashes ran the length of it, shoulder to haunches. Kitty’s stomach churned. This was about killing to kill; not one bite was missing. Sickened, she turned to leave, halting at the sight of the head. She had assumed it was at the end of the neck tucked away unseen under the bracken. She was wrong.
Completely detached, it lay under the next tree.
Whatever had done this was no dog.

From Author Tess Grant

My Dream Cast


The question for the day is what would my dream cast look like for the movie version of Hunter’s Moon. I thought this was going to be a piece of cake, but when I actually sat down to write it, it was way tougher than I thought it would be. I feel like I really only need to fill three slots: Phinney, Kitty, and Joe. The rest of the characters are less important—unless we’re talking about Maddie, the dog—but Phinney, Kitty, and Joe need to be just right.
 
Clint Eastwood, LA Times

Phinney: I’ve got three options on this one. Clint Eastwood, Ed Harris, and Morgan Freeman. Clint was always my first choice when I was writing. He’s tough, but I’ve come to appreciate the softer presences of both Harris and Freeman. Harris is a little young, but I love his face. Freeman fills the shoes of the mentor. So I need a mix of the three—the toughness of Eastwood, the expressiveness of Harris, with the advice of Freeman.   

Ed Harris, UPTv.com

Morgan Freeman, Business 2 Community

Bridgit Mendler, Alchetron

Kitty: I wrestled with this one. Five years ago, it was Jennifer Lawrence, but now the girl who played Katniss has moved on… to different movies, different age groups, different interests. So, I’m a bit stuck with this one. I need a girl who can be tough with a heart of gold. I’m still not sure I’ve found the right actress. I don’t know many in the older teen age group. So far I’ve come up with Bridgit Mendler, she of Lemonade Mouth fame, and Georgie Henley, who played Lucy in the Narnia films. Bridget looks a bit old and Georgie a big English. I’ll take suggestions on this one.  

Georgie Henley, AllMovie

Joe: This one should be easy, right? Cute, dependable Joe. The perfect school friend who wants to be just a little more to Kitty. Of course he does come with that baggage…the convoluted family history with that strange death out in the Manistee National Forest, the overprotective parents as a result. Still, should be easy, right? I just need the All-American boy. Unfortunately, the best boy I could come up with was British. And he needs longer hair. 

Drum roll, please…I give you Tom Holland. Everyone’s favorite Spiderman could totally be everybody’s favorite boy next door, Joe Zubowicz.   
Tom Holland by Gage Skidmore

About the Author

After nearly ten years as a forensic anthropologist, Tess Grant semi-retired to a farmette in the backwoods of Michigan. She lives at the edge of the Manistee National Forest with her husband, children, and a number of strange critters, none of whom are  werewolves.


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Book Blitz: The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr






The Cutting Room Floor
by Dawn Klehr
Publication date: October 13th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

Behind-the-scenes secrets could turn deadly for Desmond and Riley

Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she’s publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn.

Riley turns to her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, for help. What she doesn’t know is that Dez has been secretly directing her life, blackmailing her friends, and hoping his manipulations will make her love him. When his schemes go too far, Dez’s web of lies threatens to destroy both of their lives.







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Dawn Klehr is the author of the young adult thrillers: The Cutting Room Floor and If You Wrong Us.

She began her career in TV news and though she’s been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories –in film, the theater, or on the page – and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She’s currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.

Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and naughty dog.


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Book Blitz: The Beautiful Dead by Jun Prince - Excerpt



The Beautiful Dead
by Jun Prince
Publication date: September 22nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal
Warning: Strong language

Yubin knows she’s different than the other girls in the pop group SIITY. Yes, they all got sucked into the same machine, giving up schooling and signing ridiculously long contracts before anyone knew if they’d be successful, but that’s how pop stars are made in Korea. Yubin is supposed to be thankful for that, but she isn’t. She doesn’t even like the girls she performs with.

She’s more connected to her former schoolmate Jieun, even though all they ever do is text. Over the last two months, Jieun has become her confidant and best friend, connecting Yubin to the real world in a way she desperately needs. Now that SIITY is going to appear on the reality show The Incredible Race: Asia, Yubin will need that connection more than ever, which is why she’s devastated to discover Jieun has been dead five years and is actually haunting her.

If that weren’t enough, Yubin’s not the only SIITY member with issues. Rena’s father is emotionally abusive. Somi has a learning disability, and after a near death experience, Tae-eun becomes a nine-tailed fox woman. The only way they’ll survive the show, each other, and the supernatural currents buffeting them is to work together and win the hearts of their fans. Because if they don’t, they have nothing to go back to even if they survive what’s trying to kill them.
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Tae-eun

She pulled her long sleeved t-shirt over the top of her head and cast it to the ground. She stood in the moonlight, stripped to her bare feet and her chest as uncovered as the day she was born. The air was cold. Her body shivered. Once again, a human thought intruded. What if someone sees me?

“Fuck it” she said aloud, and pushed herself through the transformation. It was as if nature required her to pass through a blacksmith's fire each time she changed, although the process was no more painful to her than it must be for a nugget of iron which lacked a proper nervous system when forged into something useful. Waves of transforming muscle formed lumps beneath her skin that flattened into steady plateaus with thick veins that bulged at their ridges. As with the spirits of such objects that no doubt felt disoriented when their material bodies were given new form, Tae-eun felt dizziness as the pulses of red feverish heat gushed through her veins. For just a moment she thought she was going to sick up. Her pink pajama bottoms ripped as her waist became thicker, and fluffy bushy tails punched through the seat of her bottoms. 

"Crap!" she said but the sound was a guttural fusion of speech and snarl. If anyone had seen her, her wide gaping mouth would have seemed a contortion of hell spawned agony. There was none. The horrid face that distorted her usually enchanting features was a completely involuntary manifestation of her flesh stretching to accommodate a much larger skeleton, and human teeth elongating into a muzzle full of vulpine fangs. 

Now, standing almost two and a half meters tall, the first stage of transformation was complete. She gripped the side of the outhouse with a massive clawed hand that had doubled in size. Fur covered her from head to toe, in shades that blended from white, to red, to gold and black. She thought she should try to stabilize herself, but then realized that she no longer felt feverish or dizzy. She'd like to know why it was necessary to change into the fox woman before the fox.


About the Author

Jun has lived in Asia for the better part of the last decade. During his years in Korea, he made a point of learning about and getting as close to the Korean entertainment industry as possible while writing his first novel "The Beautiful Dead." He enjoys telling stories about monstrous humans and humanized monsters.

He has a MFA from the University of California: Riverside, graduated with a BA in English Cum Laude from the University of Washington Seattle, and attended Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea as an exchange student.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

A Delightfully Witchy Character Interview with Emerson from Delightfully Witchy by Acacia K. Parker - Excerpt - Teasers



Delightfully Witchy
A Delightfully Witchy Novel
Book One
Acacia K. Parker
Genre: Paranormal Romance /
Action and Adventure
Publisher: Parker Publishing
Date of Publication: 9/14/2017
ISBN: 978-0-9989444-4-9
ASIN: B071SLRNVS
Number of pages: 417
Word Count: 135,000
Cover Artist: Acacia K. Parker
Tagline: Not everyone is good at being a witch.


Looking for true love? Having dreams you need to recall more clearly? How about that pesky curse that just won’t go away? Let Delightfully Witchy Herbal Shop conjure up the perfect charm for you!

Meet Emerson Harper—herbalist, shop owner, witch—exceptional at the first two, not so much on the last. She finds there are perks to living a quiet life, especially when those perks involve Lincoln Summers walking into her shop asking for a rare Stone. Powerful, wealthy, and famous, she finds it hard to resist selling him what he seeks when those dazzling blue eyes of his linger a little too long.

What Lincoln failed to mention, however, is someone evil is looking for the Stone; a witch who now has Emmie in his sights. Luckily, Emmie made more of an impression on the sexy stranger than she realized, and when he comes to her rescue she finds herself suddenly pulled into Lincoln’s world of dark magic and buried secrets.

In the fight to reclaim their lives—and save the world from a deranged witch hell-bent on destruction—Emmie is thrust into a journey of mystery, peril, and self-discovery, only to learn that sometimes . . .

All magic needs is a little push.




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A Character Interview with Witch Emerson Harper from
Delightfully Witchy


Thank you for Interviewing with me today.
No, thank you for having me! I’m super excited to be here!

When did you become a witch, or were you born that way?
I was definitely born a witch, just like my older sister, Adelaide. I actually come from a long line of witches – my parents were extremely powerful, and their parents before them, and . . . well, you get the idea!

What was your first spell?
Honestly, I don’t know if I even remember! That’s so terrible of me! But if I had to guess, I’d say it had to do something with the gateways my father would hide toys in for me and my sister to break through. In a nutshell, a gateway is another world where witches can keep artifacts and personal things, and you have to understand the magic to “break in” to it, or whatever’s inside will be destroyed. I’d like to think that was probably one of the first times I really used magic to do anything, though I have to admit, I wasn’t very good at it!

That sounds like so much fun.
Please, tell us a little bit about your story.
Well, I’m a witch (obviously), but the magic doesn’t quite speak to me the same way it does for many others, including my sister. I own an herbal shop in Upstate New York that caters to both humans and witches, and I absolutely love creating potions and charms to help people with ailments, or to cure curses, or whatever else happens to be asked of me! So, needless to say, my life is pretty quiet, which I rather enjoy!  

Then of course Lincoln Summers walks into my door – I know you don’t know who that is, but he’s a famous witch that everyone in my community knows! Or . . . sees, rather, he’s all over the news and such. Anyway, he comes strutting into my shop one day asking for a rare Stone that I just so happen to have (that’s a nice coincidence, huh?). He’s so nice too, and handsome . . . like, wow . . . (ugh, sorry, can’t help it!)

What Lincoln forgot to tell me is that someone else is looking for this Stone, too . . . so, when these other three witches come asking about him and the same Stone, I sort of kind of . . . lie. Which seemed like a really good idea at the time, but as it turns out, it wasn’t. So, the next thing I know, I’m . . . well, you know what? You’re going to have to read my story to find out!

Sounds interesting. I hope you didn't get hurt.
Where did your Author come up with this idea?
My author came up with the idea because she loves witches and anything to do with the paranormal, and since she normally writes darker stories without a lot of humor, she thought she’d try my story out! Plus, she really enjoys writing about flawed characters, and I’m literally the perfect person to write about, since I’m a witch who’s not very good at being a witch.

Do you feel like she portrayed you well?
I think she did! I mean, she knows my entire life so, if she didn’t, I’d be having some words with her!

Anything you would change?
No! Well, other than the awkward moments she liked to put me in (not cool, author, not cool)

Have you ever tried to curse her? (If no) Not even for practice?
I would never! Cursing someone is a pretty major deal, and I’d have to hate someone something fierce to want to curse them . . . and even if I hated them, I think I’d have a hard time doing it! So, no, I’ve never tried to curse her, even for practice (even though sometimes I probably sort of want to)

Who’s your best friend?
My sister, Adelaide, of course.

Your worst enemy?
Probably that one guy in grade school who made fun of my silver hair . . . I don’t remember his name, but he was a jerk!

(Shakes head). Little boys are always into some kind of mischief. 
Was there a learning curve when dealing with charms, spells, or potions?
I’ve had a learning curve my whole life with this stuff! While I can do a lot of the simple ones (like love spells and potions, fertility charms, things like that), the harder stuff is difficult for me to understand. If I really took the time to figure them out, I might actually get somewhere with them, but in my 34 years I’ve learned I rather enjoy not having to deal with all that stuff, so I guess it kind of works out for me.

(A devious grin). Have you ever cursed anyone besides your Author?
Nope, never!

Are you part of a coven?
No – covens of witches in my world often equal bad things. There have been some good ones, I guess – like the Council, which creates our laws and helps to keep us in line with our human counterparts – that’s about it.

What is the best part about being a witch?
I would say being in tune with the Earth! Understanding it’s qualities and what it can offer on a deeper level is quite wonderful, if I do say so myself.

Are there things, besides spells, you can do that regular humans can’t?
I can hear voices sometimes! They come and go, but if I focus I can normally hear who I’m focused on. 

That sounds fun, but could be scary too. They might be talking about your silver hair like those boys did.

Have you seen any forthcoming stories bouncing around in your Author’s mind?
There’s too many, and I don’t think she knows what to do with them!!

Will you be in them?
I think she’s got me planned to show up in a few of the next books in the Delightfully Witchy Universe! I’m especially excited to see my sister’s story . . . she definitely needs it!

What’s the hardest part of being a fantasy character?
Not being real! (hardy har har). Sorry, I couldn’t help myself, but that’s probably number one on the list! It’d also be nice to be perfect, you know? Kind of like how my sister is, but I know that’s not how real life is, so it’s good that I’m not (sort of).

What is your darkest secret?
Oh man! My deepest, darkest secret, huh? I’d have to say it was that I stole a candy from this shop once . . . just kidding.

It’s probably that I get a little jealous of my sister every once in a while. It doesn’t happen often, but I mean, she’s like perfect and gorgeous and beautiful, and every once in a while when things happen to me and I remember that I’m such a terrible witch, I get a little . . . upset, and then I get upset that I’m upset about it, and I feel terrible, because I love my sister. She’s my world, but every once in a while, the feeling’s just can’t be helped! I’ve learned to deal with them so they will pass easier, and it helps!

You're beautiful too.
Thank you for joining us today.
Well, thank you for having me! I appreciate it!





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I awoke screaming and scared, feeling like I was locked in that trunk again, bound and unsure of the outcome. I was dazed. I knew I was awake, but it was still hard to tell what was real. I felt the mattress underneath me, and the clothes that smelled of spices and were faintly musky and sweaty. There was a light beside the bed I could turn on to show that I was perfectly safe. None of that mattered, though, because I was frantic, tears falling down my face, trying to get out of the confined space that had me caged in.
Someone was talking to me, calmly and evenly. Whoever it was grabbed my arms and lifted them, moving me so my back was to a chest, clearly not my sister’s. I yanked my arms to get free, but whoever had me was too strong, the voice continuing to speak, telling me I was all right, that I was safe, and there wasn’t anything to be worried about.
“Emmie, it’s just a dream, there’s nothing to be afraid of.”
Lincoln. It was Lincoln’s voice that finally trickled through, and I realized where I was. He had his arms wrapped around me, holding me still so I wouldn’t hurt myself—or him, for that matter. My head was somewhere near the crook of his neck as I craned it back, looking up at the black ceiling, its endless depths forbidding and ominous. Tears fell, my breathing was labored, and my heart raced. He never moved, even as my legs kicked the blankets away, hating myself for allowing this to happen.
When I finally got myself to calm down, Lincoln turned me and without a word pulled me into a hug. I wrapped my arms around his waist, listening to his heartbeat as it hammered violently in his chest. With his head resting on mine, I barely felt the stubble scratching at my forehead, abrasive but welcome.
“You scared me.” His voice was throaty, like he’d just woken up himself. “Are you okay?”
“I think so,” I managed to say, pulling back, noticing the light on the nightstand was on, dim in the darkness. “I’m so, so sorry. That was—”
“Expected . . . considering.” He shrugged, his hand on my shoulder as I wiped the tears off my face.
“I guess it’s a good thing I don’t sleep naked,” I giggled, trying to lighten the mood.
“I think that depends on who you’re asking.” He smirked.
And I blushed, of course. I was feeling all warm and cozy with his hand still on my shoulder and then I noticed he wasn’t wearing a shirt. Good Lord. Trust me, it was everything I ever thought it would be. No, it was definitely better. He was perfect; chiseled chest, washboard abs, thick arms, and a dark line of hair leading from his belly button until it disappeared underneath his pajama pants. I’m pretty sure if I kept looking I was going to start drooling, literally, and that would be . . . just no.
“What are you thinking about?”
“Nothing! It’s nothing.”
“It doesn’t look like nothing,” he said, raising his brows.
“It’s not important,” I answered nervously, biting my lower lip.
“Are you sure?”
“Yep.” I nodded. “I’m sure.”
“Ok.” He squeezed my shoulder lightly.





About the Author

Acacia has been what some may call a "gypsy" for most of her life. With her father serving in the Air Force for twenty years, she's enjoyed many different homes in many different states, with a decent portion of her life lived overseas in Germany. Always one to be creative, she has been drawing since she could write, and writing has become a passion of hers since her teenage years where she discovered she loved telling stories and creating eccentric characters.

Currently residing in Phoenix, AZ with her husband Shawn and their two golden retrievers, Boomer and Sookie, the duo find any excuse to enjoy the weather (when it's permitted), and you can often find the them scuba diving (their favorite place is the Florida Keys), hiking, visiting one of the many beautiful lakes Arizona has to offer or finding winding, dirt roads to discover. Unfortunately, it's not all fun and games. A good chunk of Acacia's time is taken up to complete her Bachelors in Business Management at Grand Canyon University - although procrastination does ensue.

In her writing adventures, Acacia hopes that one day her stories may inspire others to follow their dreams - no matter how crazy they may seem.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Character Interview with Riley Payne from Premonition: The Division Series by Leigh Walker



Premonition
by Leigh Walker
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Romance
Release Date: July 19th 2017


For fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent...this exciting new science-fiction romance series, filled with twists and turns, will take you for a wild ride!

When Riley heads off to boarding school for a summer work-study program, she knows it'll be demanding. What she doesn't expect? To be thrust into an intense physical training program described as special, exclusive and worst of all--top-secret. She signed up for tuition assistance, not to be held in a secret government facility for boot camp...

Welcome to The Division, the government agency that's so classified, most United States senators have never heard of it.

The Division wants Riley bad, but she can't figure out why. Skeptical of what she's being told, Riley's determined to uncover the truth. Boot camp is intense, physically and mentally draining. The upside? One of her new teammates is the cutest boy ever. Watching Finn hit the gym wearing a tank top doesn't suck--although sometimes his brooding attitude does. But when training forces Riley to confront her tragic past, even Finn's big biceps aren't enough to make her want to stay...

Beware: The Division isn't something you just walk away from. You better run.

Riley realizes her capabilities and strengths are greater than she'd ever imagined. But she also learns she wasn't just chosen for this special program...

She was made for it.



Premonition Character Interview

Today we’re having coffee with Riley Payne. The star of Premonition, The Division Series, by Leigh Walker.


Welcome Riley, it’s good to see you here.
Thanks! It’s great to be here. I’m happy I’ve made it this far!

I read the summary of your story. It says you’re sent off to boarding school for a work-study program. What kind of program is it?
It’s a position with the summer-grounds crew for the boarding school. It’s for tuition assistance.

When you arrive, it seems it’s not what you expected. What happened, if you’re able to elaborate without spoilers?
It turns out my work-study crew is not what they seemed. They want to train me, and not for shrubbery shaping.  It’s all very secretive, and no one will tell me what’s going on, except that staying with the team is extremely important!

You signed up for tuition assistance. Schools are so expensive these days, Are they going to help with that?
Yes, lol, you read my mind! See my answer above.

Why didn’t you turn around and go home, or, what made you stay?
They told me that I needed to stay…also, I needed to get away from my mom. She was driving me nuts!

More than a few of us can relate to that.
It seems there’s a boy that might be a bit of a distraction. Tell me a little about him.
Ah, Finn. He’s tall, dark, handsome, and completely arrogant. He also has a dimple I can’t help but stare at. 

Any romance involved?
It seemed to be heading that way by the end of Book 1!

Can you tell us more about this program you joined?
It’s called The Division, and it’s a secret agency so off-the-books, most U.S. Senators have never heard of it.

Do you feel like the Author portrayed you fairly?
I’m pretty sure I don’t complain as much as she said I did. And there’s no way I stare at Finn’s biceps that much—no way.

What would you change if you had your way?
Oh, probably a lot. The biggest thing is the accident that killed my father and sister…I would do anything, give anything, to change that.

Characters always peruse the Author’s mind. How many more books are there in the series, and what can we look forward to?
Leigh has six books planned for the series right now! She’s making us work, lol!

Authors like to do that.
Are there any other books she’s written?

This is the first YA series she’s ever written. 

How about books for the future.
I know she has another series planned for next year! She’s crazy!

I know you need to get back to work if you’re going to get things done. Thank you so much for spending time with us this morning, Riley. Maybe we’ll get to see you again in book 2.
Thanks for having me!



About the Author

Leigh Walker lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. She has a degree in Journalism and a law degree.
She's never been to the Naval Shipyard prison in Kittery, ME, but she's driven by it...and boy, is it creepy!

Leigh has lots of books planned for The Division Series. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to email her at leigh@leighwalkerbooks.com.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Blog Tour: From the Sky by J.E. Nicassio


From the Sky (Beyond Moondust Trilogy #1)
by J.E. Niccasio
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Romance

From the Sky from best-selling author J.E. Nicassio writes the kind of close encounter that will leave readers spellbound.

When high school junior, Samantha Hunter, and her father move to New Mexico, it’s a chance to leave tragedy behind and start over. However, the arrival of a dark-haired stranger changes everything. Lucien introduces Sam to the prospect of enjoying life again, and to the hidden world of aliens. But crazier than that, Lucien doesn’t feel entirely like a stranger. Redemption and romance follow Sam in her new life as she works to understand the alien-human romance she’s developing—a romance that feels beyond her control. There’s something bigger happening around her, and to her, too, and this is just the beginning….

—J. E. Nicassio packs in the action like a superhero movie— From the Sky has all the hallmarks of a Hollywood blockbuster—ready to light up the sky like a fleet of UFOs. “A must read! It had me from the very beginning to the last word. Every page had a plot twist and turn to make my imagination run wild.”  —Online Book Club.org Nicassio is a freelance writer and MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) Field Investigator in Pittsburgh, PA, where she resides with her mother, two sons, and German Shepherd, Ava. She loves writing and is passionate about creating stories that entertain and comes straight from the heart. Her Children’s book, Rocky (About Rockefeller Center and a tiny Christmas tree named Rocky) made the Amazon Top Ten Christmas Book List in 2016.
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Equinox (Beyond Moondust Trilogy # 2)
by J.E. Niccasio


"Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe, or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” Author C. Clarke.

From the Sky Saga Continues! The day after the winter solstice, Samantha Hunter is found naked and bleeding in a remote cabin in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico. As Sam works to understand what’s happened to her, she is whisked into the Underground—a secret community of scientists, civilians, and aliens that are connected to her story and to the alien boy she’s in love with—Lucien. This is where the fight begins, and Sam must decide what price she’s willing to pay for life and love.

“Equinox gives the reader a totally different way of thinking about extraterrestrials. Anyone with interest in the possibility of life outside this planet—and for those who love a great romance—this book for you. It is exceptionally written and will leave you wanting more!” —Kelly Fait Goodreads “American teenagers have to grow up fast because dark forces are out to get them—J.E. Nicassio gives us a fast-paced and exciting tale full of car chases, close calls, and the angst of star-crossed love. Teens and even older readers will love From the Sky." —Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite



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J. E. is the bestselling author of the From The Sky series and was listed as one of the top 1000 authors on Amazon in 2015, and was Amazon all-star top ten-holiday children books for Rocky: The Rockefeller Christmas in 2016. She is a freelance writer and MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) Field Investigator in Pittsburgh, PA where she resides with her mother, two sons, and German Shepherd Ava. She loves writing and is passionate about creating stories that entertain and comes straight from the heart.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Cover Reveal: Of Bells and Thorns (The Rose Master 2) by Valentina Cano




Of Bells and Thorns (The Rose Master #2)
by Valentina Cano
Genre: YA Gothic
Release Date: November 28th 2017
REUTS Publications, LLC

“In this Gothic fantasy, Cano evokes both Beauty and the Beast and Jane Eyre while creating something new and strange. Cano does a beautiful job of setting mood and atmosphere, and her characters dance around one another with relentless industry and brooding allure, fighting their inevitable attraction. This is a strong, satisfying effort.” ~Publishers Weekly on THE ROSE MASTER

Readers fell in love with Anne Tinning, a maid in 19th century London, and Lord Grey, the master of a haunted manor. THE ROSE MASTER sequel continues their journey in another hauntingly beautiful tale.






The Rose Master

The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky. But that's hardly the most upsetting news. She's being dismissed from the home she's served at since she was a child, and shipped off to become the newly hired parlor maid for a place she's never heard of. And when she sees the run-down, isolated house, she instantly knows why:

There's something wrong with Rosewood Manor.

Staffed with only three other servants, all gripped by icy silence and inexplicable bruises, and inhabited by a young master who is as cold as the place itself, the house is shrouded in neglect and thick with fear. Her questions are met with hushed whispers, and she soon finds herself alone in the empty halls, left to tidy and clean rooms no one visits.

As the feeling of being watched grows, she begins to realize there is something else in the house with them--some creature that stalks the frozen halls and claws at her door. A creature that seems intent on harming her.

When a fire leaves Anne trapped in the manor with its Master, she finally demands to know why. But as she forces the truth about what haunts the grounds from Lord Grey, she learns secrets she isn't prepared for. The creature is very real, and she's the only one who can help him stop it.

Now, Anne must either risk her life for the young man she's grown to admire, or abandon her post while she still can.

About the Author

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. She also watches over a veritable army of pets. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Of the Web.


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