New Release of Ashley Uzzell’s Once Upon a Pastry

Hello Fellow Book Lovers!

It’s been a while, but I wanted to tell you about a new book coming out today, Ashley’s Once Upon a Pastry.

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You can find it February 1st on Amazon in ebook and paperback.

Book Blurb:

Gertrude wants to be the best baker and pastry chef in the city so she makes a deal with Mona the witch: one spell in exchange for her first-born child. The problem is, Gertrude doesn’t have a husband. Or a boyfriend. Or much interest in dating at all.

As the overly dramatic Mona occasionally stops by the flourishing bakery to see about Gertrude keeping up her end of the bargain, both women begin to realize that maybe the deal isn’t what will bring them true happiness. Soon, something more than friendship begins to blossom.

When tragedy strikes, Gertrude finds that she may lose the only family she has left. Is Mona a powerful enough witch to save the city and help the girl she is falling for? Can she let go of her regrets so she can move on to find her happily ever after?

 

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About Ashley Uzzell:

She’s an avid reader and mother of four, who enjoys writing poetry, short stories, and novels of varying genres. When she’s not writing, she loves to write, sew, make jewelry, and watch anime. Most days are spent chasing the kids and cats around, snuggling with a book, or yelling at her computer screen.

 

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Reblogged from Plaisted Publishing: How to Write a Press Release for a Book – The Happy Self-Publisher — Plaisted Publishing

Originally posted on CKBooks Publishing: “You’ve just published or are about to publish a book and you want the world to know about it, right? A press release is an effective way to capture the attention of the media and other organization…” Lois Hoffman “An effective way to capture media attention”? I’m not so sure.…

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Julie Nicholls is on Kindle Scout!!

Hello, fellow book lovers!

Today I have a special announcement. My friend and talented author, Julie Nicholls, got her book, Dragon Moon, accepted into the Kindle Scout Program. She wanted to send out a special message and I’m giving her the blog for the day. Check out her book and if it appeals to you… VOTE!!!

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As an indie author, I can tell you it’s hard work trying to get noticed. Between spending hours on social media and paying for advertisements, it can be time consuming and costly. So you can image how excited I am that my latest Young Adult Fantasy, Dragon Moon, has been admitted into Amazon’s fabulous program, Kindle Scout. I can hear you asking…what’s that?

How It Works

Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing.

Browse new, never-before-published books.

Every book has 30 days to earn your nomination. Authors are submitting new books all the time so check back often.

Nominate your favorites.

When you discover a book that you think is great, nominate it and the book will be added to Your Nominations panel. Keep up to three books nominated at a time, and update your nominations whenever you want

Published!

When a book’s 30-day campaign ends while in Your Nominations panel, your nomination is tallied and removed from your panel – freeing up that nomination for another book. You will receive an email to let you know whether your book has been selected for publication.

Enjoy free books.

As a thank you from us and the authors you support, you will receive an early, free copy of all the Kindle Scout books you nominated that are published. Continue to champion the books and authors you helped bring to life by leaving reviews and sharing with friends.

So this is where you can really make a difference to an indie author…by nominating their book.

Click the link to Dragon Moon on kindle scout…read the first 5k… and if you think this is a boo you’d like to read in full… click nominate. EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY!

In case you need a little encouragement to click the link…here are some details about Dragon Moon

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/28UY3TSTYZACT

DRAGON MOON – Young Adult Fantasy

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Synopsis

I’m nineteen and wish I had a clue about my future. Instead of my own bed, this morning I woke in the strange land of Lur Neval. My name is Scarlett, but the Nevalese call me Dragon Mage. Seems it’s my job to preserve the all-important dragons and oh, while I’m here, bring peace to the warring clans. Piece of cake if I can outwit Madoc, the manipulative, evil seer who wants every dragon destroyed. Whatever it takes, I’m here to fulfill my destiny under the light of the Dragon Moon.

Thank you so much for your time♥

Review of Busted Lip Anthology by Fat Lip Press

Greetings, fellow book lovers!

It is time for another book review! This review will cover the Busted Lip Anthology put out by the new publisher, Fat Lip Press. Today, however, I’m going to do things a little different. I feel it only fitting to have a horror author critique this book, so I’m going to bring in horror author Gina Moray to present her critique of Busted Lip Anthology.

*****

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Hello, everyone! I excited about having the opportunity to share my review of Busted Lip Anthology by Fat Lip Press with you. I think before I get to it, I should explain a little about how I go about rating horror books in particular. I hold the horror I read to a pretty high standard so a five-star rating from me has to be well earned. I break down my ratings into six areas, making sure to leave out frivolous comments that have nothing to do with the quality of the story:

Atmosphere – the overall setting and feel of the story. Was I immersed in the plot? Could I feel like I was right there in the story?

Pacing – Did the plot flow at the appropriate pace?

Gore – Depending on the intent of the story, the gore factor may be irrelevant. Was it gratuitous or too light on the raspberry jam?

Fright – I’m extremely hard to scare when it comes to the written word. If I was able to go to sleep right after reading the book, automatic four stars. If I had problems sleeping or I had to glance over my shoulder one too many times, then you may just be in for a five-star rating.

Suspense – Did I get goosebumps while I was reading the book?

Subject – Was the subject matter overdone? Was it a new twist on an old trope? Was it something new entirely? Remember twist endings always give you brownie points!

For an anthology, I usually rate each story on its own merit and then the anthology as a whole. This helps to ensure that an anthology isn’t disregarded based on only one or two bad apples in the bunch.

Now, with that out of the way, let’s dive in, shall we?

The busted Lip Anthology consists of the following stories:

“The Choking Cat” by Cory Cline

“Trash Bag Whore” by Essel & Peyton Pratt

“Mamma N” by Michael Noe

“Gaebler’s Asylum of the Damned” by Kasey Hill

“Death Ray” by James Harper

“The Green Tea Heist” by Donald Armfield

“Ghouls” – A.T. King

“Lovely Malice” – Anthony R. Vidal

“He Doesn’t Know” – Xtina Marie

I was excited about reading this book and had high expectations for its contributors. (In full disclosure, I do know many of the contributors, but that doesn’t save them from an honest review)!

The first story up was a rather necrotic tale about a beloved house pet gone bad, called “The Choking Cat.” The pacing and atmosphere were good. The entire story takes place in a house, but there was plenty of detail to give you a sense of place without dwelling too much on the flowery descriptions. The story had a sensible amount of the gore given the subject matter, which pleased me greatly. Unfortunately, this story failed the fright factor for me, and while there was some suspense leading up to what I thought was a predictable finish, I was delighted by the small twist at the end. Bravo! The subject matter of bad house pets has become a bit more popular, but still one of my favorites to read. The Choking Cat – 4 stars

The next story was entitled “Trash Bag Whore,” which dealt with schizophrenic delusions. This was an interesting piece in which the setting fluctuated in a manner that made you feel as though you were in the midst of a delusion. In some cases, this would be bad for a book, but it worked for this story and added to the madness of the main character. This story ended with a twist that I couldn’t have predicted which always makes me happy. The pacing was great but the atmosphere wasn’t really addressed too much. I would’ve liked to have seen more attention to developing the atmosphere to enhance the “madness” aspect of the story. As far as the suspense factor, it wasn’t so much suspense as constantly trying to figure out where the story was going. There were no goosebumps, but I definitely wanted to see how this story ended. I was intrigued, but not frightened. The subject matter is fairly common but written in a unique enough way that I enjoyed it none the less. Trash Bag Whore – 3.5 stars

The story “Mamma N” was next in line and it was a tale of the ugly side of post- zombie apocalypse life. The atmosphere was great and the descriptions of the scenes were vivid enough that I was able to imagine the surroundings. This was definitely intended to be a gore fest, and it delivered. The story paced rather well moving the story along to its conclusion, which was a rather unexpected one. The story started off as a typical zombie apocalypse, but took an interesting turn on during the last few pages, saving it from the “another zombie story syndrome.” Well done. The story had moments of suspense, but… I wasn’t scared.  Mamma N – 4 stars

Next up was “Gaebler’s Asylum of the Damned.” I personally love asylum stories and the insanity that purportedly happened in those institutions, so naturally I was excited to read this one. This one grabbed me from the first few paragraphs and drug me by my throat through the entire story. The pacing was great and the atmosphere was adequate for the story. This story held a higher suspense level than the other before it and the storyline was quite original. Nothing like what I was expecting. There was an excellent amount of gore and as for the fright factor, this story came the closest so far. I actually felt my blood pressure rise while I read it. Gaebler’s Asylum of the Damned – 4.5 stars

The story, “Death Ray,” was by far my least favorite. It felt more like I was reading a James Bond story rather than a horror story. The setting was fairly well described and the pacing was a little slow in the beginning. I do have to say that the story went in an entirely different direction from where I was expecting and the death scene was rather creative. The suspense level was low, but I was curious to see where the story was headed, and the fright factor was not there for me. Death Ray – 3 stars

The next story, “The Green Tea Heist,” was an all-out bizarre horror gore fest. With that said the gore level was high and graphic, and the pacing and storyline were a punch in the face compared to the stories other companions in the anthology. The subject was an interesting twist on the zombie story infused with a bit of gory horror erotica. I was a little disappointed with how the story ended, expecting one last “turn of the screw” for the reader. The story wasn’t really scary so much as it delivered on the shock factor that is required in this subgenre. To be fair to this story, I rated it based on how I believe it performs within the bizarre horror subgenre since it is a very niche subject matter. If you are not into this type of horror I would advise skipping this story unless you have a morbid curiosity for the bizarre. The Green Tea Heist – 4 stars

“Ghoul” was a wonderfully chilling cemetery tale. The atmosphere was excellently detailed and made you feel like you were right in the story. The suspense level was high and the storyline and pacing were great. The gore level was on point for this type of story and appropriately placed. The fright factor was the best I’ve experienced so far, raising my blood pressure a little while I read. Overall this was a well-done story. Ghoul – 4.5 stars

The story, “Lovely Malice” was an intriguing story that immediately grabbed my interest. The pacing and atmosphere were great, but the shift from the past to referring to the future was a little awkward for me. the gore was graphic but fitting to the story and the suspense level was fairly high. The subject matter was one that I personally enjoy, however, I believe disclosing it would spoil the story, so just suffice it to say the story had an interesting perspective on this particular topic. Now, on the matter of fright factor. I actually read this story right before turning out the light to go to sleep and I have to say, this story stuck with me. I had a hard time getting to sleep. Well done! Lovely Malice – 5 stars

The last story, “He Doesn’t Know,” is actually a taste of dark free form poetry. As it isn’t a story, I can’t rate it as I have the others, but I will say that the poem was well imagined and portrayed the subject’s obsession rather well. The flow was smooth for the most part, although there were one or two spots where it was interrupted. Overall, I enjoyed the poem. He Doesn’t Know – 4 stars

Now for the anthology overall, I would have to say it did a great job of bringing together a plethora of contemporary writers from a wide spectrum of subgenres into a collection that was enjoyable to read. It had something for everyone, which pleased me greatly as I enjoy getting to sample many types of writings. I had a couple of minor criticisms. The first is that there were a few typos, however, at the time of this posting, the editorial staff had already been notified of these errors and were in the process of correcting them. Therefore, I consider this a moot point. The other was that I would have personally liked for the whole anthology to be in the same font to make it look more cohesive. While some of the stories didn’t scare me, I am interested in reading more from these authors. I’m very interested to see what magic they can work when not bound by the constraints of the short story. Overall, I would have to say that the Busted Lip Anthology was worth the read and contained many new authors to watch out for. Busted Lip Anthology – 4 stars

Interview with Author A.R. Vidal

Greetings, book lovers!

Today I’m excited to  give you my interview with author A.R Vidal. I’ve gotten to know him quite well over the past couple of months and he’s definitely someone to follow and get to know. He’s a horror author and owner of Fat Lip Press, a brand new publishing company. His book, Sin-dicate, will be out April 28, 2016, from Fat Lip Press.

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What is your name? A.R. Vidal

Do you have any pen name(s)? I have been called a lot things just not to my face.

What genres do you write in? Horror, Dark Erotica, Gore

Where in the world are you? Not in Kansas. Alamogordo, New Mexico

Where is your favorite place to write? In the dark ruins of my office.

How long have you been writing? 2 great years.

What does your writing playlist look like? Pantera, Megadeth, Deftones, and Johnny Cash

Where do you look for inspiration? My own demented thoughts seem to be the most influential.

What project are you working on now? I have some good ones- Thread And Flesh- Saliva- Refund and Cotton with Xtina Marie. Not including Fat Lip Press top secrete stuff.

Of all the characters you’ve created, who is your favorite and why? Oh, that one is hard, I love them all its hard to pick one but if I had to chose it would be an unnamed man in Saliva. The great thing about Saliva is the two main characters have no names until the end.

What is one thing that you’d never write about? Is there anything that’s off-limits? Romance I cant do the gushy mushy stuff unless the mussy gushy stuff is brains.

What do you hope your readers will take away from reading your books? That for a sick twisted mofo, he is talented and my characters haunt them after the book is used for a table leg.

If you could have any career, other than writing, what would it be? Pot Grower, I love gardening and to be stoned too, that is a bonus.

When you’re not writing, what do you do with your time? There is never a time I’m not writing but between those seconds when I’m not I have Fat Lip Press.

Who is the greatest influence in your writing career? Clive Barker hands down.

If you could spend one hour with anyone, who would it be and what would you talk about or do? It would be Jimi Hendrix

Where did you get the inspiration for your latest novel? My wife and son pushed me to put my evil thoughts onto paper

Describe your latest book in ten words or less. Mind F**K, intense, thrilling, sick, and twisted.

List your links

https://www.facebook.com/Fat-Lip-Press-1570136769968929/ https://www.facebook.com/Author-A-R-Vidal-1453869658276556/

List your books A HEAVENLY HELL-SINDICATE-THREAD AND FLESH-SALIVA- THE UNGODLY NUN

 

Interview with Author Michael Noe

Greetings book lovers!

Today, I’m featuring an interview with author Michael Noe. He’s a writer of horror and his book, The Darkness of the Soul, will be available May 1, 2016, from Fat Lip Press.

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  1. What is your name? Michael Noe
  2. Do you have any pen name(s)? I don’t. I thought about it though. I think everyone has at some point. You always want a better name than the one you’re stuck with.
  3. What genres do you write in? I’m horror and splatterpunk. Those are my roots.
  4. Being a writer of gore myself, I’ve encountered strange looks and comments about my writing choices. Have you had similar encounters? People, for the most part, have been pretty receptive. There are a few that may be shocked by how dark my material is but once they meet me and talk to me they see how normal I am so that helps.
  5. Where in the world are you? I’m in Barberton Ohio. We’re known for fried chicken which isn’t healthy but man is it good.
  6. Where is your favorite place to write? Right now it’s in my library/computer room. In the summer, you’ll find me on my front porch
  7. How long have you been writing? I started when I was thirteen. I had been reading Pet Sematary and a light bulb went off and I just knew that I wanted to write. Had no idea how to do it, but that didn’t matter. We were starting to do stories in English class and I remember taking it way more seriously than everyone else. Spider Man Vs. The Aliens from Mars, and a story based on a Quiet Riot song called Twilight Hotel. I did take several years off because I was married and had a child and there just wasn’t enough time to do all three.
  8. What does your writing playlist look like? It’s all over the place. It all goes by mood. I have been known to listen to Barry Manilow and Taylor Swift. Those are interesting days. Some days it’s Yes or Kiss.
  9. Where do you look for inspiration? As a writer, I find inspiration everywhere. I actually had an interesting interaction with a lady who was rather drunk or crazy, but I plan on using her as a character. The beautiful thing is that inspiration always finds me when I least expect it.
  10. What project are you working on now? Working on the edits for The Darkness of the Soul which is coming out May 1st from Fat Lip Press. I also have a story in their Fat Lip anthology coming out soon. There’s also a new book that I’m working on. That should be done sometime this summer.
  11. Of all the characters you’ve created, who is your favorite and why? Kevin from my first novella Legacy. He was a lot of fun to create because I really had to tap into the darkest part of my soul for that one.
  12. What is one thing that you’d never write about? Is there anything that’s off-limits? I don’t kill kids, dogs and cats in my work. It’s just not something I’m comfortable with. It’s funny because my writing is so dark and violent you wouldn’t imagine that those are two lines that I won’t cross, but as a father and a pet owner those are two things that I have way too much respect for. I love my kids and I love my dogs and cats.
  13. What do you hope your readers will take away from reading your books? I hope that they see how much I love horror. There’s no lessons in my work or some kind of hope for humanity. It’s all about the love for horror and keeping this genre alive.
  14. If you could have any career, other than writing, what would it be? Surprisingly there isn’t anything.
  15. When you’re not writing, what do you do with your time? I do a lot of reading. I also collect records and when I have time I try and watch Shudder and Netflix.
  16. Who is the greatest influence in your writing career? Influence wise Richard Laymon because the guy was a master at breaking every rule he could in the horror genre. There is no one greater than Laymon.
  17. I love Richard Laymon as well! What would you say is your favorite book by him and why? There are so many great Laymon books, but the one that I always go back to is Come Out Tonight. It was one of those books that just stuck with me. That had the perfect villain and the violence was all a part of the story. It had to be that brutal to be effective. Laymon really opened up my eyes to how great horror can be. You didn’t need rules or boundaries. Come Out Tonight proved that.
  18. If you could spend one hour with anyone, who would it be and what would you talk about or do? Just one? I would say Laymon. I would love to talk to him about writing, and how he was able to create such great villains. When he passed the horror genre lost an icon.
  19. Where did you get the inspiration for your latest novel? The main inspiration was loss and alienation. It was a chance for me to grow as a writer and test myself. Taking everything that everyone tells you about love doesn’t always turn out that way. There’s always a dark side.
  20. Describe your latest book in ten words or less. William Taylor’s characters have manifested themselves through his computer to exact their revenge while Nick is on a collision course destroy the woman he loves. Too many?
  21. List your links I have an author page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/michaelnoeslegacy/And my Amazon page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NJG34BO
  22. List your books

Solo stuff I have Legacy and The Darkness Of The Soul. I’ve been in quite a few anthologies. I’ve been very fortunate in the last couple of years to be able to hone my craft and get my work seen.

 

Cover Reveal and Upcoming New Release! Mistral Dawn’s Rainbow Dreams

Hello, fellow book lovers!

Today, I’m excited to bring you wonderful news from a friend and excellent writer, Mistral Dawn! She is attempting her first foray into the Sci-Fi genre and has created what looks to be an amazing story. Her new book, Rainbow Dreams, will release April 19th, but it’s available for pre-order now from the following merchants!

Amazon

iTunes

Smashwords

Kobo

If that’s not exciting enough, get a load of the cover!!! It’s courtesy of the FANTABULOUS Julie Nicholls!!  If you’d like to see more of her incredible work, check out her website here:

Artwork by Julie Nicholls

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What’s it about?  I’m glad you asked!  Here’s a little blurb:

Have you ever had a terrible secret you didn’t want anyone to know? Petri does and it may get her killed. Life is hard on Upworld, especially for the residents of Under City, and it’s even harder for those who don’t fit in. Petri has alway been different and now those differences may cost her life. Her one hope is to leave the only home she’s ever known while evading the mob that’s calling for her blood. But Petri has never been outside of her sector of Under City, never mind off the planet. And the laws of Upworld forbid people like her from leaving. Will Petri overcome the odds and make good her escape? Maybe…with a little help from her friends.

Sound interesting?  Great!

I also want to let you know about an Amazon Giveaway she’s running for Captivated By The Winter King.  It’s free to enter!  Since Rainbow Dreams won’t be released until April 19th, in the meantime, you can get your sexy romance fix with some dreamy Fae!

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Enter Amazon Giveaway

Okay, okay, I know, enough stalling.  If you’re as excited as I am about this story, I know you’re all ready for a peek:

Rainbow Dreams Chapter One Excerpt

Lightning bolts of fire and ice shot up and down Petri’s spine as she moved over the human man on the bed. Her short, slender body bowed with the sensations that washed over her. His lust was like a fountain of cold water on a hot day, and she was parched. It had been too long; she needed this. Desperately.

Looking down at him as she slid her body onto his straining cock, she smiled. This client had wanted to be blindfolded; he said he enjoyed the mystery. There was more mystery in Petri than most humans would know what to do with, so that was fine with her. With him blindfolded, she didn’t need to be careful to keep her own eyes shut. This was going to be a good feed, and there was no way she could have kept her eyes from glowing.

The man moaned in pleasure. Being fed upon felt as good for humans as feeding did for Petri. None of her clients knew she sipped from their energy, their life force, when she fucked them. All they knew was that she was one hell of a talented dolly. A win-win for all involved.

This client was a regular; Petri had shown him many times how good it could be with her. Some of her regulars came to crave her, almost like the dream dust that was sold in the club below. They were guaranteed repeat business, and she always made sure to show them a good time. After all, that was her job.

The energy of the man’s lust filled Petri as she glided up and down on top of him. She shivered. It was renewing, rejuvenating. She couldn’t get enough. A few grains of dust remained on his upper lip as evidence of his earlier indulgence in some of the chemical delights that were available at Abracadabra.

It was clear her client was high long before Petri started feeding. Before she blindfolded him, she had noted the man’s dilated pupils and the flush of pleasure on his face. She had no doubt the management of Abracadabra would go to great lengths to make sure he received the maximum enjoyment possible during his visit. There was a reason it was the hottest nightclub in this part of Under City.

The club specialized in hedonism in all its forms. Drugs of every description, games, gambling, and other, darker pleasures could be found within its walls. House dollies, little more than sex slaves, waited to fulfill the customers’ every desire. Freelance dollies, like Petri, rented space to ply their trade as well. The house allowed it because the dollies offered the club’s clientele more variety and were motivated to attract business. Once a patron had satisfied their lust, they often wandered downstairs in search of other entertainments.

Leaning down, Petri pressed her cat-like mouth to her client’s lips in a sizzling kiss. Their tongues tangled as he responded, and she undulated her hips against his, faster and faster. The drugs he had consumed tainted his energy, giving Petri a pleasant buzz. She never took dust herself since it interfered with her ability to control her power, but she enjoyed the effect when one of her johns indulged. As their sex intensified, Petri drank deeper, swallowing down the man’s whimpers and sighs of ecstasy as she swallowed his desire.

Lost in the haze of feeding for the first time in days, Petri didn’t realize it at first when the man suddenly went still underneath her. His penis remained stiff and eager inside her, and she continued to ride it, draining his energy. It was only when the cold, clamminess of his skin penetrated the pleasurable trance she often sank into when feeding that she realized that she had gone too far. Her heart skipped a beat.

Swinging her leg over him, she clambered off his body and knelt beside him on the bed. She grabbed his shoulder, shaking him, but there was no response. He was as still and cold as death.

Petri’s breath froze in her chest as she tried to suppress her rising panic. She slapped him, hard, across his face, trying to provoke a response. There was nothing. Leaning down, she put her ear against his chest, listening for something, anything. Any sign that a spark of life remained in the man. She wasn’t sure, but she thought she might have heard a faint fluttering within.

Taking a deep breath, she closed her eyes and put her hands on his chest, fingers splayed. She had never done this before, but her instincts said it might work. The process of drawing energy from others had come automatically when she reached physical maturity. It was as natural as breathing to her. But reversing the flow of energy… That was something else altogether. She forced herself to focus; all she could do was try.

Reaching down into the well of energy within her, Petri tried to snag a wisp of it. It was like trying to catch fog. Gritting her teeth, she concentrated and managed to grab a small piece of the mist and tease it up, out of herself and back into the man. It flowed at a slow trickle, but it did flow. The man took a deep breath and Petri slumped in relief.

Before she could stop him, or even turn away, the man reached up and snatched the blindfold from his face. When he saw her glowing eyes, he shrieked, “Mgeni!”

Petri swore. She knew she didn’t have much time. Sitting up, she sucker-punched her client hard in his stomach. The man folded over, clutching his gut, just like she knew he would. As her former client coughed and wheezed, Petri scrambled into her tight, red mini-dress and stiletto pumps and clambered out the window. She couldn’t risk trying to make it through the crowded club below; she needed to be gone before the man recovered enough to sound the alarm.

*****

Whoo! I guess she’s in some trouble!  Want to find out what happens next?  Reserve your copy today so you’ll get it without delay on the 19th!

 

 

Interview with Author A.T. King

Greetings book lovers!

Today, I’m featuring an interview with author A.T. King. He’s a writer of the dark arts and his book, Rayven’s Redemption, will be available May 21, 2016, from Fat Lip Press.

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  1. What’s your real name? Arnie Tij King
  2. Do you have any pen names besides A.T. King? No
  3. What genres do you write in? I write poetry about anything and everything, but in horror/thriller for my stories. Although my newest story is an erotic thriller one, my first and maybe last one.
  4. Ok, I have to ask. Why might this be your last erotic thriller? I say that this would be my last erotic thriller because I am not comfortable with writing erotica. I was weary of taking on this project, but I must say that I have gotten some pretty good feedback. I don’t plan on writing more erotic thrillers, but if Ivy and Marcy, my PAs, have their way then I’ll be writing more.
  5. Where in the world are you? I am currently in Deep South Texas, a city by the name of Mission, Texas.
  6. Where is your favorite place to write? My favorite place to write is on my bed when I’m home alone.
  7. How long have you been writing? I have been writing for a little over 7 years.
  8. What was that pivotal moment when you decided to start writing? The pivotal moment that I decided to start writing was when I was having a rough patch of life. I felt like I had nobody to talk to and started writing poetry. I kept it to myself though, it was just an outlet for my emotions. A year after that I toyed with the idea of actually writing full-blown stories and I tried it for fun. I just let my imagination run wild. I showed very few people my story and they loved it. Since that day, I began to look at writing as a viable option for me.
  9. What does your writing playlist look like? For my playlist, I will turn on the Pandora radio and listen to the Rob Zombie Radio. It has a mix of Rob Zombie, Rammstein, Metallica, Saliva, Evanescence, and other bands in that genre.
  10. Where do you look for inspiration? My inspiration comes from pretty much everything that happens around me. The stories are usually a product of my overactive imagination and me always asking “what if”.
  11. What project are you working on now? Right now I have a few things in the works. I have two short stories for an anthology plus I have five novellas brewing. Two of them are part of my new story and the other three is a new series that I want to begin as soon as possible.
  12. Of all the characters you’ve created, who is your favorite and why? Of all the characters I have created my favorite is Zeus Trimpl. He is my favorite because he is someone who plays by his own rules and makes people choose their words wisely. He comes off as a bad guy, but he isn’t quite the villain that everyone says he is.
  13. What is one thing that you’d never write about? Is there anything that’s off-limits? One thing I won’t write about is a love story. I don’t think I’d be able to write in that genre so for me Romance is the one genre that is off limits.
  14. What do you hope your readers will take away from reading your books? I want them to be entertained by my stories first of all. I would also hope that after reading my books my readers will look at things differently. I try to take some normal everyday things and twist them around and present them in a new light. I like showing that there is always a different way that things can be seen or interpreted.
  15. If you could have any career, other than writing, what would it be? If I could have any other career I would love be a coach in the NFL. I love the game and I think it would be fun to strategize and try to get into your opponents head and try to figure out what they are going to do.
  16. When you’re not writing, what do you do with your time? When I’m not writing I will be reading, watching tv, or just hanging out with my family and friends. I also spend a lot of time on facebook messenger chatting with friends.
  17. Who is the greatest influence in your writing career? The greatest influence in my writing career Is Stephen King. I remember reading his books and thinking how easy he took something sweet and unassuming like a St, Bernard and turning it into a killing machine. When I started writing I thought back on how Mr. King turned things that were sweet and innocent into something dark and twisted and tried to do the same thing.
  18. If you could spend one hour with anyone, who would it be and what would you talk about or do? If I could spend an hour with anyone I’d choose either Stephen King or Sandra Bullock. I would love to just talk about them and who they are in their private life. I would like to get to know the real people behind the fame and hopefully build a friendship with either one of them.
  19. Where did you get the inspiration for your latest novel? My latest novel was inspired by all the strong and independent women I know. I realized that most of the main characters in a horror novel were men and the women were always the victims, so I decided to flip the script and switch things up.
  20. Describe your latest book in ten words or less. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” –William Congreve-

Find A.T. King at:

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/atking33

Twitter Handle: @ATKING33

 Amazon Author Page: Amazon.com/author/atking

 Instagram: http://instagram.com/atking33

 Website: Atking77.weebly.com

 YOUTUBE Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/wathch?v=iV3E3MgqMfw

  1. List your books My books are the following

CUPID; HIGHWAY 187; TRIMPL; DEPRESSION THROUGH THE EYES OF A SURVIVOR (SELF-HELP BOOK ABOUT MY BOUT WITH DEPRESSION); RAYVEN’S REDEMPTION (SET TO BE RELEASED 5-21-2016);

 

 

Interview with Author Xtina Marie

Greetings book lovers!

Today, I’m featuring an interview with author Xtina Marie. She writes dark poetry and is collaborating with author A.R.Vidal on a couple of projects. I’ve gotten to know her in the past few weeks and she is a talented, hilarious woman who really hates mornings and loves teddy bears. Her new poetry collection, Dark Musings, will be available May 8, 2016 from Fat Lip Press.

xtina

  1. So, Xtina, what is your actual name? Xtina..short for Christina 🙂
  2. Is Xtina Marie your only pen name? Yes
  3. What genres do you write in? I am a jack of all trades…horror, rom/com, erotica, whatever tickles my fancy at the moment.
  4. Sounds great, but what’s your favorite genre to write in? For my poetry, the darker the better. I especially love writing about dark, consuming, obsessive love – it seems to be a reoccurring theme.
  5. Where in the world are you? Oh the Carmen Sandiego comebacks….LOL…I am in Tennessee. I just moved here last year from Florida and I am absolutely loving the weather.
  6. Where is your favorite place to write? Not so sure about the where, because I always have some way to write at all times, no matter where I am. It’s more of a time, I suppose. I need alone time, quiet time.
  7. How long have you been writing? I was writing back in middle school..horror stories that I was passing around to my classmates when we should have been doing work.
  8. What was your first initiation into horror? I have always been a horror movie fan, and when I found my love of reading, it was horror. I remember the first book I bought with my own money was a YA horror novel. Writing horror was just a natural progression.
  9. What does your writing playlist look like? Depends on what I am writing. I’m working on a story right now that starts in the year 1962 and I pull up hits from that year to get me in that time. Music plays a huge part in my writing. Another playlist I use fairly often consists of In This Moment, Halestorm and Johnny Hollow. However, I need silence for my poetry.
  10. Where do you look for inspiration? With my poetry, my life events are what inspire me. I have a tendency to feel HARD and DEEP (haha, that sounds a tad dirty, but I swear it isn’t…much…totally). I get hurt way too much and I channel that hurt into anger, which produces some rather dark works *smiles sweetly…
  11. What is the darkest topic or situation you’ve written about? Tough question. I wrote a few poems where the main character is or has committed suicide. I’ve written a poem on domestic violence, and, although it may not be blatant, I write about severe mental illness, and being that my poetry comes from within me, and is not fiction to me. Those are pretty dark topics.
  12. What project are you working on now? I’m always writing poetry. I have 2 projects that I am co-writing with A.R. Vidal, and a romance story that has been nagging to be written for a few months now.
  13. Of all the characters you’ve created, who is your favorite and why? Hmmm….since the book I am releasing is poetry, and being that 98% of the poems are inspired by my own feelings, the characters are pretty much all me. That being said, I love the voice of the Oh So Completely series- there was something very emotional and consuming about that storyline. As for my fiction, I have an unfinished novel, a comedy about a gay guy named Wes, and he will always hold a special place in my heart.
  14. What is one thing that you’d never write about? Is there anything that’s off-limits? I have no problem pushing the envelope. I am not a fan of historical romance, so that is definitely not a genre I would ever go in the direction of, and I would always shy away from incest.
  15. What do you hope your readers will take away from reading your books? I want to evoke emotion. From my poetry, I want them to shudder, gasp, maybe even hurt or shed a tear. With my fiction, I want to be able to pull the reader into the story, I want them to feel the grass beneath the character’s feet, feel the breeze on their skin.
  16. If you could have any career, other than writing, what would it be? Is this assuming I have talent in said career? LOL! I have always loved music. It’s always playing and I absolutely cannot stand it when people turn my fucking music down. I would love to be musically inclined, to play an instrument, or to be able to sing well.
  17. When you’re not writing, what do you do with your time? I am a stay at home mother of a pre-teen son *flips hair, how glamorous, I know. I also moonlight as a book blogger and I am an avid reader.
  18. Who is the greatest influence in your writing career? When I was in high school, I was hanging out with a bad crowd and kind of starting to get into trouble, and I had this one study hall teacher who really disliked me because I was always disrupting the class. Anyhow, the next year, I got this same teacher for English, which, of course was my favorite subject, and I was like FUCK! LOL! However, she believed that I had talent, and she pushed me to work harder at refining said talent. Part 2 of this question (yes there is a part 2, I can be long winded at times…LOL) I read a book called Here’s To Falling, by Christine Zolendz, and it brought me to my knees. I had never been moved so passionately by a book. Not only did I cry, but I cried fat, ugly tears and I reached out to her on Facebook to tell her just that, and we became friends. One day while we were chatting, I asked what she was up to, and she told me that she was proofreading a book of poetry for a friend, and this light bulb went off in my head. Up till this point, I rarely shared my poetry- they were just a way to purge my heart when it needed to bleed. Well, I made some lame joke about author/fan etiquette and how there was this unspoken rule that you weren’t to ask your author friends to read your shit, and I followed that with, “Wanna read my shit?” LOL! To make a long story – well I was gonna say short, but I’ve already blew that one – she loved my poems, and it was her that encouraged me to actually give putting together a book of poetry a shot.
  19. If you could spend one hour with anyone, who would it be and what would you talk about or do? This is not an easy question at all. There are so many different sorts of answers for this. I could go all intellectual and tell you Socrates or the Dali Lama or some shit, but I will tell ya a little story. I read The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx a few years ago. I was never a huge Crue fan, I thought they were okay, but no big deal,b ut the book caught my attention. I read it and I think I fell a little in love with the man during the read. It was that emotional, that compelling, and after I closed the last page, I could just as easily opened it back up to the beginning and start it all over again. It moved me in a very profound way.
  20. Where did you get the inspiration for your latest work? The collection of poetry is this volume was directly inspired by raw emotions – hurt, despair, loss, anger, malice, evil- to name a few.
  21. Describe your latest book in ten words or less. Dark, consuming, intense, unhealthy at times, love LOL

Find Xtina Marie
Author page ➜ http://tinyurl.com/qhzr7py
Friend me ➜ http://tinyurl.com/zmdx7cd
Twitter ➜ http://tinyurl.com/hbnpqfx
Goodreads ➜ http://tinyurl.com/z928djo

 

 

The Aftermath of A.R. Vidal’s Sin-dicate Pre Release Party

I had the honor of attending, and participating in, A.R. Vidal’s Sin-dicate Pre-Release Event, which was probably the craziest Facebook release party ever. I found myself surrounded, metaphorically, by so many great authors and publishers while we celebrated his upcoming release of Sin-dicate. It was a wild ride and I came out with some very awesome friends and books for my TBR list. If you know my pen name, you know my genre of choice is horror, and this party was chock full of it.

There are some awesome horror authors out there and I’m excited about what they’re bringing to the genre. While most people run from the dark, these talented minds run head-long into its depths and wrestle the monsters hidden inside. I’m planning reviews of their books and interviews for some so that you too can get to know the real people behind the writers. However, for now, here’s a huge shout-out to all the authors and the like, who were present at that amazing party and their links, starting with the man of the hour. They rocked my socks off and all have some very exciting books to discover. Feel free to check them out, like them, support them, and find a new great read, or ten! 

A.R. Vidal/Fat Lip Press

Vidal

Genre: Horror, Gore

Sin-dicate coming April 28, 2016, from Fat Lip Press

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Author-A-R-Vidal-1453869658276556/

Website: www.fatlippress.com

 

Gina Moray

Moray

Genre: Horror, Thriller, SciFi Horror, Dark Comedy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GinaMoray

Blog: www.moraysnightmares.wordpress.com

Twitter: @GinaMoray

Website: www.ginamoray.com (under construction, check back later)

The Guardians coming April 23, 2016

 

Sisters of Slaughter, Michelle Garza and Melissa Larson

Slaughter

Genres: Horror

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sistersofhorror

Contributions in:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B015DNQ4JE

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B016RH95OG

 

Salice Rodgers

Genres: Paranormal, Erotica, Mystery/Suspense, Romance

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author-Salice-Rodgers-324479111032995

 

Xtina Marie

Marie

Genres: Poetry, Horror, Romantic Comedy, Erotica

Author page: http://tinyurl.com/qhzr7py

Friend me: http://tinyurl.com/zmdx7cd

Twitter: http://tinyurl.com/hbnpqfx

Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/z928djo

Dark Musings to be released May 8, 2016, from Fat Lip Press

 

Kindra Sowder

Sowder

Genres: SciFi, Horror, Erotic Horror, Dark Fantasy, Dystopian Fiction

Chasing Shadows: Mehphistopheles Chronicles Book 0 coming April

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kmkinnaman

 

F.A. Carroll

Genres: Thrillers

Dead Flowers coming June 1st

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fredd.carroll

Twitter: @CtScreenwriter

Pinterest: ctscreenwriter

Instagram: @author_fredd_carroll

Website: www.facarroll.com

 

Dale Reierson/S.E. Rise

Rise

Genres: Erotica, Horror, SciFi Dark Fantasy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/S.E.RisewriterEroticThriller

Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/S.E.%20Rise/e/B00KZAMBPW

Morning Star: The Book of Lucifer coming May 1, 2016

 

Robert Pruneda

Pruneda

Genres: Horror

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorRobertPruneda

 

Lisa Vasquez/Stitched Smile Publications

Vasquez

Author and Publisher of horror

Genres: Horror

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

Website: www.unsaintly.com

Author Page: www.amazon.com/Lisa-Vasquez/e/B00MF34PFQ

www.stitchedsmilepublications.com

Twitter: @unsaintly

The Unfleshed coming May 2016

 

Bryce Calderwood

Genres: Erotica

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/eroticmenagerie

Facebook: www.facebook.com/brycecalderwooderotica

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/brycecalderwood/

Blog: http://brycecalderwood.blogspot.com

Tumbler: http://brycecalderwood.tumblr.com/

Revenant: Futanari Vampires 2 coming soon

 

Shanta Nicole

Nicole

Genres: Romantic suspense, Paranormal Romance, Horror

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shantanicole.author

Chasing Her Shadow coming May 2016

 

Toneye Eyenot

Eyenot

Genres: Horror, Dark Fantasy

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Toneye-Eyenot-Dark-Author-Musician-1128293857187537

 

Kasey Dawn Hill

Hill

Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kasey.hill.author

Twitter: www.twitter.com/kdt02201988

Website: www.kaseyhillauthor.com

Blog: www.kaseyhillauthor.tumblr.com

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/kdt21/

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/11075849.Kasey_Hill

Google +: www.plus.google.com/112169881236347952709/posts

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kaseyhill02201988

Wastelands of Oz coming June 2016

 

Douglas Vaughan

Vaughan

Genres: Poetry, Erotic Horror

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

 

David Blackthorn

Blackthorne

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

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

Website: http://davidblackthorn.wix.com/davidblackthorn

Twitter: @DBlackthorn

 

Krystal Wanta Novitzke

Novitzke

Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/K.L.-Novitzke/e/B0193UC97O

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/14742222.K_L_Novitzke

Wattpad: www.wattpad.com/user/KrystalBay

Facebook: www.facebook.com/klnovitzkeauthor/

Twitter: twitter.com/KL_Novitzke

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/blondedaydreams/

Tumblr: www.vampirebrideseries.tumblr.com/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/knovitzke/

Blog: www.magicbetweenpages.wordpress.com/

 

N. Nieto

Nieto

Genres: Romance, Suspense,

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authornnieto

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Nnieto25

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/14232993.N_Nieto

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/nnieto

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authornnieto/

Secrets of a Shattered Heart: Unforseen Secrets Book 3 coming soon

 

Alana Melos

Melos

Genres: Thriller, Fantasy, Erotica

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AlanaMelosErotica

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alana_Melos

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Alana-Melos/e/B00U2L1VNC

Blog: www.alanamelos.blogspot.com

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/alanamelos

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/13649212.Alana_Melos

Google+: www.plus.google.com/u/1/103955838706935482966/posts

Naughty Book Snitch: http://naughtybooksnitch.com/

 

Yolanda Olson

Olsen

Genres: Horror, Erotica, Thriller, Dark Fantasy,

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

One Hundred Saints coming out April 9, 2016

 

Arnie Tij King

King

Genres: Horror, Thriller, Erotic Thriller, Poetry

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/atking33

Twitter Handle: @ATKING33

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/atking

Instagram: www.instagram.com/atking33

Website: www.Atking77.weebly.com

YOUTUBE Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/wathch?v=iV3E3MgqMfw

Rayven’s Redemption set to be released May 21, 2016, from Fat Lip Press

 

Michael Noe

Noe

Genres: Dark Fiction, Horror, Gore

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

Amazon page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NJG34BO

The Darkness of the Soul coming out May 1s, 2016 from Fat Lip Press