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.

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  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

 

 

Blog Tour for Karina Kantas’ Illusional Reality

Greetings, Fellow Book Lovers!

Today I’m featuring author Karina Kantas who has just released her eighth book, Illusional Reality.

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Karina Kantas is from the UK but has lived in Greece most of her life. It’s the perfect setting for writing and she has publish eight books while living on the island of Corfu.

As part of her blog tour, Karina has provided us with some interesting facts about her, so make sure you pay attention! There may be a quiz.

 
1. If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
I would be singing in a band again. I loved that. I feel so free when I sing.

2. What is your favorite word?
Confidence

3 What is your least favorite word?
Fibromyalgia (a chronic pain condition that affects the nervous system.)

4. What turns you on, as in grabs your interest?
Listening to songs that bring back awesome memories

5. What turns you off or bores you senseless?
Liars and people who are too up on themselves.

6. What sound do you love?
Thunder

7. What sound do you hate?
Crying babies

8. What’s your favorite smell?
Fresh baked bread

9. What’s your least favorite smell?
Garbage

Please check out Karina’s latest book, Illusional Reality. A new adult romantic fantasy. It’s a magical read without your normal stereotype characters.

Kantas Promo

myBook.to/IR
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/621367

New and Upcoming Book Releases

Greetings, fellow book lovers!

Well, it’s that time again to highlight new and upcoming releases. What better way to start a weekend than with a new book, right? So without further ado, I present today’s list of releases!

Upcoming Releases

A. R. Vidal

Sin-Dicate

Releasing April 28th

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Genre: Horror

In a small town in Louisiana, smothered in swamps and dark secrets, rookie officer, Ruthless Downs, finds himself in the middle of a war and seven unsolved murders. Nothing is what it seems. Werewolfs and voodoo curses that he was told were only myths, Ruthless will find himself face to face with both- in the flesh. Moving to the quaint little town of Junction City, he becomes a part of the nightmare. Every ten years, when the night sky is lit up with an orange moon, the hidden truths become alive in the graveyard. Ruthless will walk through hell and brimstone to realize his purpose. It was no mere coincidence that he was assigned to Junction City Police Department. He must find out on his own who he really is. But, the biggest question still lies: Will he survive his first night of duty?

Where to get it? On Amazon, of course!

Recently Released

Karina Kantas

Illusional Reality

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Genre: New-adult romantic fantasy

Tsinia, a magical world on the brink of destruction. Nobody expects to stare death in the face only to find out your entire life is a lie. Rescued by Salco, marketing executive Becky finds herself in an unknown magical world filled with happy people that try to forget the threat that looms over them. Becky will soon learn none of this was an accident, and the council of Tsinia is certain her union with Darthorn’s son, Kovon, will create peace. And although her future has been planned out, she gives her heart to another. “llusional Reality was definitely one huge ride. The story is very unique, you won’t find any stereotypical fantasy plots in this novel! Karina Kantas has managed to do the almost impossible by weaving a thrilling story with romantic twists that will have you turning pages all night, and most probably give you quite a large book hangover.

Where to buy:

E-book Amazon
myBook.to/RI

Paperback
http://www.lulu.com/shop/karina-kantas/illusional-reality/paperback/product-22597966.html

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BSM Stoneking

**Celebrating the release of this BDSM romance, I’ve set it up for the reader to Save $1.00 when they order it through Amazon before this coming Saturday, March 13th.

Capture’s Temperance

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Genre: Erotica BDSM (see warning below)

Temperance LaHeaven is a famous rock star with a horrific past and she’s found a disturbing way of coping with the memories that haunt her day and night.

When her old band falls apart, she joins an all-girl rock band, The Crimson Sinister Sisters. Temperance’s new bandmates seem to be exactly what she needs to get her life back in order, but her friends are into something she’s never experienced; BDSM.

After a lot of persuasion, they convince Temperance to join them in an underground BDSM club, where she meets the gorgeous, blue-eyed Dom named Capture.

With one look, Capture instantly knows he must have Temperance kneeling at his feet.

Too bad Temperance is a strong-headed, independent woman; no man could ever own her.

When Temperance’s past comes back to haunt her, the dominant side of Capture flares high. He must help her realize, he’s the only one who can save her, not only from her past but also from herself.

Where to buy:

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Captures-Temperance-BSM-Stoneking-ebook/dp/B01BHDZGNO/

Smashwords link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/621252

WARNING!!!

 

Disclaimer: Capture’s Temperance contains RACK edge play, which may bring overwhelming, alarming feelings, and may be too frightening for some readers. Although it is all FICTION, please keep in mind my character is a masochist, and no matter how much pain is inflicted on her, she always has the right to use her safeword.

This BDSM novel is for readers 18 and over, but this book is not for everyone!

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

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Thanna Setliff

Defying Darkness

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Máire is being stalked by her Sire, a serial killer unequaled who is using new, otherworldly powers. She, and her former pack, is also being hunted by Vahmpyr ranger, Dorian, whom she mistakenly thinks is an Archangel sent to punish them. Dorian is rapidly attracted to and perplexed by Máire; how does a Master damned retain its soul?–or is it a ploy to capture him? When she leads Dorian into an ambush, he thinks he has his answer, but then the starving vampire uses precious energy to save him. Now she won’t survive teleporting, necessary to elude her Sire, unless Dorian feeds her. Could that make him damned? She’ll die if he doesn’t.

Where to buy:

Amazon: myBook.to/DefyingDarkness
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/611219

The Inalienable Truths of Writing

Hello, Fellow Book Lovers!

The last time I blogged about my new life as a writer, I described the chaotic world of being a newly minted self-published author. Stress out and self-conscious, I pulled my first published short story out of me, kicking and screaming. I’m proud of it, as my first published attempt at writing, but I must confess, I regard it as a ghost, a shade of what I once was. It is a testament to my fledgling talent, a benchmark from where I constantly propel myself higher up the entangled ladder of aptitude. It is during this arduous climb that I discovered ten tenants, which I’ve termed inalienable truths, which exist in writing.

  1. Writing isn’t a habit; it’s a compulsion

Our lives are ruled by habits. Some people exercise, smoke, bite their nails, or follow a set sequence of events every morning. Well, writers are no different. We have those little things we do, eat, or drink that allow us to focus on writing, things that if we forego, our creative process fails us. These little routines act as a kick starter for our brains, to get them into the mindset and open proverbial floodgates. I developed the habit of bringing out my laptop every time I woke up or got home from work. On weekdays, I changed out of my work clothes and grabbed my phone, computer, and lap pad, and dumped them off at my recliner before going to help with dinner. On the weekends, I did the same thing, and after breakfast, I refilled my coffee and sat down to write. It was a habit that developed rather unexpectedly. You hear it all the time, “Writing is a habit.” What they fail to tell you is when you least expect it, writing turns into a full-blown compulsion.

I couldn’t tell you the exact moment when my writing habit turned into a compulsory observance of literary meditation, but I undoubtedly knew it had, when, in my idle moments, writing became a mandatory as breathing. When I didn’t, I got antsy, which only subsided when I pulled out pen and paper, or my laptop, and wrote. I couldn’t sleep if I hadn’t written anything that day, the heavy feeling of failure weighing me down. The same feeling of failure that comes from neglecting to exercise, or feed your cat, or play with your kids. Every time I sat down, I was either writing my book or a blog post. I can’t remember the last time I’ve sat through a movie of TV show and did nothing but watch the TV. If I didn’t have my computer near me, I had a notebook and pen, always jotting down ideas, scenes, or blog posts. When I was waiting for an appointment or meeting to start, I was writing or reading. As a result, this compulsion forced me to acquire a couple of new talents.

The first one I acquired was the ability to write in a noisy environment. I’m no longer disturbed by the usual amount of noise that plagues my house and can fall into a writing trance quite easily with the TV on or my kids gabbing about this game or that. The second one is that I focus my attention quicker and make the most of every pocket of time I allot for writing. It may only yield a few hundred words, but it’s progress, and it just may be enough to break writer’s block, or spark a turn in the story.

  1. Writers do bleed

Earnest Hemingway once said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”  While most authors don’t bleed in the literal sense, unless you’re one of those who prefers to write using pen and notebook. (No shame, I do plenty of writing in this fashion and do occasionally bleed from papercuts.) All authors do, however, hemorrhage metaphorically. On every page and draft is the evidence of our energy and creativity. Hours of research, writing, editing, agonizing, and self-loathing grace each page. Our souls weave through each and every word, painstakingly chosen to tell our story. Can you imagine, if all of those elements were a different color, what a fantastic visual representation it would be? I believe writers see these hues, remembering every effort that went into each scene or dialogue. While we may not all see them as colors, we do see them, and they are all but invisible to our readers. So much mental exertion goes into writing a story that when one is finally complete, we are so exhausted that simple tasks, like having conversations or doing simple math, escape us. Writing is hard work, period. You will bleed. Don’t fool yourself into thinking otherwise.

  1. Deadlines are concrete, except when they’re not.

There is one aspect of self-publishing that is truly unique – you have complete control over the writing process, particularly your deadlines. It’s an excellent tool to have up your sleeve, but don’t let it make you lazy. It’s essential to impose deadlines on yourself if you are serious about completing a book. However, you also need to accept that sometimes it’s okay to break them. There are many reasons to push back a deadline, some of them are unavoidable, and it’s your prerogative as a self-published writer. However, you should make sure it’s a good reason before you tell your readers that you’re delaying the release of a book, especially if it’s a highly anticipated one. The rule of thumb, for me, is if it’s not an unavoidable circumstance, and the delay will provide the reader with a better reading experience, then it’s acceptable.

Here is a case in point. I currently have a book out for editing and beta reading, with a projected publishing date. I’m also under the mentorship of a more experienced writer, and she agreed to look at my book and give me her thoughts, but she has her deadlines and wouldn’t be able to get to it right away. Since I respect her deadlines as an author, and I also value her opinion, as she has helped me improve my writing so much just in the last few weeks, I’ve decided to push back the publish date, if need be. Why? In my opinion, it’s better to issue your publication in its best form the first time, rather than issuing multiple revisions and editions. You always risk some readers missing out on the new revisions, and it may make people skittish to run out and buy your book immediately if you are always reissuing the book soon after. (That is our goal, right?) I am focusing on quality over quantity, and I believe that her input will significantly improve the quality of my story, and my readers will appreciate it.

  1. Characters and muses don’t have a watch

I started writing to create an outlet for my creativity. I never thought that the choice would enable my mind to run wild with ideas… at 2 am. When someone chooses to become a writer, they doomed themselves to never sleeping again. If you’re a writer, I’m sure you’re familiar with these two common scenarios. The first, you’re fast asleep having a great dream, when all of a sudden, the perfect story idea/character comes into your head. Your mind is weaving the story, developing awesome dialogue (we all know how difficult that is to create). You’re in awe, so you wake yourself up, grabbing the first writing instrument found (usually eyeliner) and the nearest piece of paper, and scribble down what you just created. Afterward, if you’re lucky, you fall back asleep, excited that you saved another great idea from floating away into the ether. This interruption has happened to me many times. My nightmares are brainstorming sessions for new book ideas, and much of my better writing comes to me at night. I have taken to sleeping with a pad and pen on my bedside table for such emergencies.

In the second situation, you are sleeping, and one of your pushy characters starts poking at your brain with a stick, wanting to tell their story. You try to ignore them, so they start reading the phone book so you can’t get back to sleep. What do you do? You get up, in the middle of the night, and you write, because you know that is the only way this character will shut up. I’ve had one, in particular, do this to me, whom incidentally, scares the crap out of me (see the next section). In my situation, I ultimately confine him away until I was able to deal mentally with the story he wanted to tell me. I could still hear him, but he wasn’t loose to wreak havoc with my other dreams (again, see the next section).

  1. People who don’t write will think you’re insane

I know you’ve heard it many times, but I believe it’s something that needs to be reiterated: Characters are real people to a writer. It’s true some are created using a character interview to develop a well-rounded character. Unfortunately, you can always tell those kinds of characters from the one’s that I’m speaking about now. These are the characters that drive that pivotal transition from story maker to storyteller. There are no character interviews for these entities. They are telling us the story, so they will tell us how they’d react. We don’t have to guess. We converse with them as if they were flesh and blood. We laugh at them, cry with them, and fear them like they’re real. At the same time, they talk to us regularly, telling us the stories we need to write, because, after all, that’s what we are – storytellers. They are entities, developed in our minds over months or years, molds that we attempt to manipulate, but ultimately settle on their forms and personalities without help from us. They are who they are, unyielding and unapologetic.

When I talk about my characters to my husband or other non-writers, they look at me like I’ve lost my mind. When I got frustrated because one had scrapped my first draft of the story, and I tried to explain my despair to my husband, he couldn’t understand. He thought I had rejected the draft. He doesn’t know that my characters are real, and they do as they please, and we are only there for the ride. Many authors have the same experience, and it can get frustrating at times because, while we may joke about being crazy, on some level, we are just a little. There are always voices in our heads. Our characters are the reason writing is such an isolating process and drives us to friend other authors, people who know and understand our madness. People we can discuss and gripe about our characters with like you would have your children with your other friends.

I have one such character that formed in my subconscious, the one I referred to in the last section. His name is Jack Casey, and he is the antagonist in my upcoming thriller trilogy. The problem with Jack is that he is pure evil. There is nothing he wouldn’t do to get his way, and frankly, he’s terrifying. I had several chapters of a draft written, which he came through and tore it to pieces. It wasn’t the story I was going to tell. I had to tell HIS story, which meant I had to go into his mind, a frightening place to be. For a while, I couldn’t deal with him. I needed to prepare mentally to write that kind of story, so I put Jack in a cage and locked him in a dark closet in the back of my mind. He still screamed at me from time to time, and I hated him, but he was my monster and sooner or later I would have to tell his story. Eventually, I was ready to write it, and I committed to draft it during NaNoWriMo. When I reached out to inform him it was his turn, the closet was open, and the cage was empty – I’d let the monster out.

  1. You’re always honing your craft, or you should be

Writing is a skill that acts like a muscle, getting stronger the more practice. Simply put, the more you write, the less crap you put down. When I first started, I ended up tossing an entire first draft to start a story over. It was nothing but a dreadful collection of words. Now, I just have to add to and tweak it. My rough drafts are less rough and more of a draft now. Likewise, your individual style of writing is fluid and always evolving, influenced by new writing styles, rules, and genres. A writer should always be on a mission to refine their work, searching for perfection in their writing. There are many ways to develop your writing muscle: read a book, attend a class or workshop, find a mentor, talk to other authors, whatever it takes to make your next book better than your last. Never be ashamed to reach out to those you admire and ask for help or advice, and seek out strangers to read your books because they will tell you the unbiased truth about your writing. We love our friends, but they do come with a pre-existing element of bias. There’s something about a stranger reading your book and providing their opinion that really hits home.

You should also review other books, making sure you go outside your preferred genres or comfort zone. The better critic you become, the better writer you’ll be, learning to anticipate those things that readers dislike, and avoiding them. Don’t just give glancing reviews, though. Sit down and think about what’s great about a book and what are its flaws, making sure you point out both. Remember, always use constructive criticism. Don’t say you hate something and move on. Say why. Tell the author what about the character or plot rubbed you the wrong way, and have a legitimate reason. Train your eyes to weed out irrelevant opinions and zero in on those elements that make or break the story. Don’t bash a character just because he’s gay and you don’t believe in homosexuality. That’s just like saying you don’t like a character because he’s Russian. It doesn’t lend anything valuable to the further development of the writer’s abilities. Will the author be a better writer if their character wasn’t gay? No, so don’t mention it. That’s a reader’s personal preference and not every book is written for everyone. Now, if the gay character has an unrealistic character arch, brought on by the author leaving out essential elements that make the transition reasonable, then that’s something to point out. All of these things will help you hone your writing skills, as well as provide valuable feedback to others.

  1. Have goals, no matter how small, and for goodness sakes, meet them

Whether you’re a novice writer or a seasoned veteran, goals are useful. They can help you fight writer’s block and keep you on track. Your goals don’t have to be lofty; just little daily ones will go a long way towards helping you complete your book. Sometimes your goal could be a word count, such as writing two thousand words a day. Some throw word counts to the wind and focus on completing one chapter or scene a day, while others aim to spend an hour a day on writing. However you’re motivated, set your goals and make sure you meet them, without fail. If you do this long enough, you will become more efficient in your writing and will soon be more productive. If you’re feeling particularly industrious, try participating in NaNoWriMo. The simple act of being accountable for your daily word count works wonders and if you’re doubtful of your ability to write 50,000, much less in a month, give it a try. You may surprise yourself. I did. Before NaNo, I only wrote short stories because I couldn’t get in the headspace to formulate enough material for a novel. I participated in NaNo and won, reaching my 50,000-word goal. The book I just finished, not my NaNo book, is pushing 71,000 words. You see, all it took was one time forcing myself, to break that barrier. Now I can write 250-300 page novels with ease. The great thing about the whole “NaNo effect” is that you can do this any time of year. There are Facebook groups that push these goals year-round, so you can always be productive and accountable with group support.

  1. Your ability to create new story ideas isn’t a limited resource

When I first started writing, I wrote down every idea that came into my head out of fear that one day I would wake up and be unable to come up with a new story idea. As I started looking at the world with a writer’s eye, I realized that I could find a story in anything. The simplest thing, a picture, or a comment someone says, can kick my mind into writing mode, filtering the small input through all of my filters and manipulations to yield another story. As it stands now, if I release two books a year, which isn’t entirely impossible, my writing calendar is booked up for the next twelve years. Yikes! Not to mention there will be other ideas that come up and will inevitably cut in line. I still write down everything, but not out of fear that I’ll run out of ideas. I jot them down so my mind can begin to chew on them subconsciously for a while. It’s my way of telling my brain that I believe this is something worth pursuing.

  1. Failure is inevitable

There, I said it. You will fail. Some will have small setbacks, and others will have epic fails. It comes with the territory. One type of failure is the bomb. You may write a few good books, and everyone loves you, and then you write the one. The awful brain fart of the literary world. The one that makes all your fans scream, “What were they thinking?” It even happens to NY Times Bestsellers, and I’ve read plenty of their literary bombs. On the other hand, some writers don’t sell a single book, at first, and then book number four takes off, and people can’t get enough of them. Failure will happen, and it can occur at any time, so if you haven’t had a failure yet in your career, mentally prepare yourself for when it does come. Know that you will not always be awesome, and push past it. Don’t get hung up on the failure and stall, fight through it and keep writing. Sometimes books are written out of time. Just because it fails now, doesn’t necessarily mean it was an actual failure. Twenty years down the line, readers may love it. It just means that your book wasn’t written for the people of today, but it was written for someone.

Another type of failure is in meeting your goals. One way to minimize goal failure is to have realistic objectives. I don’t mean mediocre ones like sell five books in a year, but reasonable goals that do push you to work hard, but aren’t so outlandish that you crawl under a rock and cry when you don’t meet them. If you’re not selling as many books as you’d like, then reassess your marketing strategy and turn it over with a critical eye, weeding out the unproductive elements and trying new combinations. Don’t have a marketing strategy? Get with someone who does and get some pointers. Everyone needs a plan, and the same one won’t work for everyone. Different genres require diverse types of marketing because their target audiences don’t hang out in the same places or respond the same way to promotion parties and such. Know your audience and their tendencies and go after them.

  1. Never deprive your work of the necessities

Now I’m not one to tout purchasing anything, as I’m a tightwad myself, but there are a couple of things that I have put my foot down on and open my wallet for – editing and book covers. While there are many things you can spend money on for writing, most of them aren’t a necessity. You don’t need a fancy computer or printers, or writing software, etc., but you do need an editor and a great cover. There is no getting around that.

Let’s put your book into perspective for a minute. You spend hours a day, for months, maybe even a year, to write the perfect story. You’re proud of it, and you see it as the one that will springboard your career. Everyone will love it!  So you run your spell check one more time, and you even run a grammar program through it for a triple check. Then you slap a cover on it and post it. Fast forward a few months and you’re receiving reviews about plot holes, inconsistencies, and errors in grammar. You triple checked everything and ran all the programs to catch problems, so where did you go wrong? You deprived your book of the necessity of a good sound edit. No matter how many programs you run, nothing replaces a human eye, or two or three. You didn’t let someone else read your book. You had no editor or beta reader to catch those inconsistencies.  Editing is a necessity that you should make concessions for. Why spend all that time creating a work, and don’t put its best foot forward? The good news about this is that there are plenty of affordable editors out there, and often you can get beta readers for free if you just ask. If you can’t afford any editor, then seek out someone you know who has excellent grammar skills or a college student studying English or Journalism and pay them a small amount for their assistance.

Now, in this same scenario, you also notice that very few people are reading your book. The other thing you need to consider is your book cover. Did you use one of the free images available that won’t let your book stand out from the thousands of others a reader has to search through to find you? If so, that could be a problem. There is a debate going on over whether book covers matter. Well, like it or not, they do. Unless you’re Stephen King or JD Robb who can sell books based on their name alone, you must, absolutely must have a cover that will make your masterpiece stand out from the others. Readers don’t have time to read every synopsis for every book to find one to read. They have to narrow down their search first. They do this by selecting a genre, then scrolling through until a cover catches their attention. Then they read the synopsis. It’s an ugly fact of life, but it’s true. Think about it, would you go to a job interview all psyched up, having done your research on the company and practiced answering interview questions, then dress in sweatpants? No, of course not! Putting a mediocre cover on a great book is like you going to that interview in your sweats. It’s a no-no.

There are many places online that will provide you with decent covers at a reasonable price, and you can also find them floating around on Facebook. Just find an author who’s cover you like and ask them who did it. I get my covers from a site called Fiverr.com. You can often find graphic designers on there that will do an excellent cover for $25 or less. However, it doesn’t matter where you go, just make sure that your cover doesn’t look like a hundred others out there, and it’s one that you would pick up and read.

 

 

 

 

 

New Release of Lu Whitley’s BloodLoss

Hello, fellow book lovers!

I just wanted to take a moment to let you in on some exciting news. Today, Lu Whitley’s BloodLoss is available! This novella is a prequel to the Fraktioneer Series. For those of you who read BloodMarked, this is a must read!

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Blurb:

Join your favorite Book Boyfriends, Jaromir Ragnarsson & the ever-wonderful Stein, nearly 400 years before the events of BloodMarked (The Fraktioneers #1) in this all new prequel novella! Cursed to live in the shadows, Jaromir Ragnarsson wanders the world, searching for a sign. What he finds wasn’t exactly what he had in mind. Nearly four hundred-fifty years after a fateful meeting with a Wyrd woman changes his life, Jaromir is no longer alone. His adoptive son is the light of his long life, and he believes he will do anything to keep him safe. When that belief is tested, will he have the strength to do what is necessary? Even if, no matter what he chooses, he loses?

Sounds great, right! Well, it’s available in paperback on Amazon!

http://www.amazon.com/BloodLoss-Fraktioneer-Fraktioneers-Lu-Whitley/dp/1523417161/

If you’re interested in starting a new Paranormal Fantast series, grab BloodLoss, and follow it up with BloodMarked!

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Blurb:

Her nightmares are real, and they’re out for blood.

Greta Brandt’s life is run of the mill, except for the nightmares – violent dreams of creatures that wear the skin of the people around her… and him, the man with the golden hair and incandescent red eyes.

After 800 cursed years, Jaromir Ragnarsson has finally found the violet-eyed woman with the star-shaped birthmark of the BloodMarked: Greta Brandt. But he’s not the only one who’s been searching for her.

When terror strikes close to home, Greta must finally accept her role in a world she thought only existed in her fevered dreams, putting her wavering trust in the one man who knows the full truth about her fate.

Available on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/BloodMarked-Fraktioneers-Book-Lu-Whitley-ebook/dp/B00U5BQA58/

 

An Interview with Glorie Townson to Celebrate Her Release of “It’s Like the Full Moon”

Hello, fellow book lovers!

Today we have a special treat. Glorie Townson is releasing It’s Like a Full Moon, Saying Series Book 1, on February 1, 2016. To promote this special occasion, I interviewed Glorie so we could get to know her and a little about her book.

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Interview with Glorie Townson

What genres do you write in? Contemporary Fiction and Romance

Where do you get your inspiration for your books? For my current release, It’s Like the Full Moon, romantic comedy films were a major influence. I will admit that this is a new genre for me, so in preparation for this project I read a few romances and dove head first into chick flicks.

Do you have one character who would be your best friend if they were real? From what will become my Saying Series, particularly book one, It’s Like the Full Moon, I’d say that Lisa would be my best friend. Her story only begins in the book one, as do many other characters, but she definitely leaves an impression.

Which one of your characters do you dislike the most? It’s difficult for me to write characters that I don’t like. Even my villains tend to have some appeal that you either sympathize with or respect on some level. In, It’s Like the Full Moon, the only character that I could possibly do without is the absent father… but of course there’s more to the story.

If you could have your readers take away one thing from your writing, what would it be? Most of what I write is meant to purely entertain, but as a human being expressing oneself through an art form, it is difficult not include tidbits of life lessons or matters of social concern. For my Saying Series, family – traditional and non-traditional – will be a running theme, where friends are closer than siblings and love can be found anywhere.

Is there something that you know now, that you wish you’d known when you started writing? Oh yes, but if I start telling you about it now, I’ll have to write another book. For this particular project, I learned that while there are some basic style and techniques for creative writing, each genre really does have its own set of specific rules and motifs that will and won’t make for a good story.

What do you do when you’re not writing? When I’m not writing I’m probably reading or listening to an audio book. I like to listen to books because it frees my hands up to paint and bake, two other activities I thoroughly enjoy. I’m also quite the movie buff.

When did you start writing? Publish your first book? I’ve actually been publishing for some time now (about 5 years) under the name Toi Thomas, but only recently took on the pen name Glorie Townson. As Toi, I write in the speculative genres and have dabbled in romance associated with that. It’s Like the Full Moon will be the first Glorie Townson publication. It is my first foray into contemporary fiction. In that respect, I guess you could say that I’m a new or debut author.

What is that one thing you want to accomplish, more than anything, in your writing career? I think like many authors that I’d like an opportunity to write full time, but I sometimes worry that if my writing were my sole source of income, I might grow to resent it and become less creative over time. I don’t think I really have an ultimate goal as a writer. I just want to be able to keep writing and publish when the timing and finances will allow it.

What pushed you in the direction of writing romance? I wanted to write a romance simply to prove that I could. Toi Thomas has always been a tomboy and, like many geek girls (not all), never really thought much about romance. I received a reality check one day. It was then I decided I would rid myself of romance stereotypes, not by doing it my way, but by doing it the right way and hoping that a bit of my voice tagged along. In the process, I developed Glorie Townson as a muse and decided to let her shine.

Awe us with one fantastic quote that sums up your writing career. An ever evolving scribe not bound by genre when telling the tales readers never knew they were waiting to read.

Explain your newest release in ten words or less. You can’t predict or prepare for a love triangle.

If you could meet one writer alive or deceased, who would it be? Right now, this question is so easy. I want to me Stacey Rourke. She writes YA and New Adult Comedic Fantasy and seems like a real down to earth and super silly person.

Who is your biggest influence? When it comes to my journey of romance and contemporary fiction, my major influence has been my dear friend and author, M.C.V. Egan. She’s the one who delivered my reality check and in some ways started this whole thing.

What do you read in your spare time? I used to only read in the speculative genres but I’ve been expanding my horizons. I now enjoy mystery, crime fiction, contemporary fiction, some romance, and some historical fiction.

 

Now a little on Glorie’s debut novel, It’s Like a Full Moon, Saying Series, Book 1

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Book Title: It’s Like the Full Moon

Series: Saying Series 1

Tagline: You know what they say about love? It’s like the full moon and makes you do crazy things.

Author: Glorie Townson

Publisher: Amazon, Createspace, and The ToiBox of Words

Release Date: February 1, 2016

Reading Level: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Content Rating: PG-13

Available Formats: paperback and ebook

Number of Pages: 235

Themes (also suggested tags): love triangle, friendship, family drama, travel, romance, love,

Purchase Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0174BTT9A

Createspace: coming soon

B & N: coming soon

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26837549-it-s-like-the-full-moon

It’s Like the Full Moon, blurb

Rebecca has just turned thirty. She’s happy living a perfectly comfortable and predictable life. She’s even ready to marry her long-time boyfriend whenever he finally gets around to asking her. But all that changes when her best friend whisks her away to Italy for a much-needed vacation.

In the midst of site seeing and finally letting loose, Rebecca manages to catch the eye of a young English tourist but doesn’t let it go to her head. By the time she’s back in the States and back in the arms of her long-time beau, Rebecca has already forgotten about Peter, Paten, Paul…whatever his name was, that is until he shows up at her brother’s cabin in the woods.

A life of normalcy, routine, and stability gets turned upside down as Rebecca decides whether or not she’s truly ready to get married. And if so, who is the one she’s really meant to be with?

 

Social Media:

-Toi Thomas Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/ToiThomasAuthor

eToiThomas.com with accompanying ToiBox blog

-Toinette “Toi” Thomas Google+: https://plus.google.com/+ToinetteThomas

-Twitter: https://twitter.com/ToiThomas @toithomas, #cursescanbebroken, #thetoiboxofwords

-Amazon Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/toithomas

-Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6012241.Toi_Thomas

-Pinterest Profile: http://pinterest.com/toinette_thomas/

-LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/toithomas

-Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/1ooking4ha99iness

-Email: primary: author@etoithomas.com

secondary: toijenthomas@gmail.com

 

A.J. James Promotion and Drawing for The Weight of Light

Greetings fellow book lovers!

Today I am doing a feature on A.J. James. Her digital book, The Weight of Light, Book 1 of The Grigori Celestials, is on special and everyone that buys a digital copy will be entered into a prize drawing, for two unique swag packs and an Amazon gift card! How sweet is that? Okay, okay, I’ve told you the great news, now let me tell you about the book…

 

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Blurb:

The carnal appetites of the disgraced Watcher Angels have devastated the fledgling human race – carving a bloody, brutal stain of perversion and depravity into pre-antediluvian history.

Arma’ros is one of these first Celestials to defy draconian Divine Law, becoming obsessed by his unique human charge and the possibilities offered by a different, wondrous and sensual new existence.

Zoe, an antiquities scholar obsessed with the last Key of Enoch, is afflicted with a bizarre talent that no other being on Earth possesses – the ability to detect and track down the Nephilim, the dangerous and unstable hybrid offspring of humans and Watchers.

Arma’ros desperately needs to rally the Watchers and Nephilim for the imminent prophesied battle of the End of Days, but Zoe’s gift and her own self-doubt makes her a target for Bar’zek, second to the diabolical Master, who has orchestrated and manipulated events since the Beginning.

Can Zoe and Arma’ros overcome their crippling past to rally the remaining Grigori and Nephilim, and, even more importantly, can they prevent the last Enochian Key – which will obliterate the gateway between the Heavenly and Earthly Realms – from falling into the grasp of the Master? Will they unlock a new age of unlimited Divine potential for humans – or unleash the total Apocalyptic annihilation of our Earth?

 

Excerpt:

“He stared, eyes wide for a moment, then tilted his head to the side with a chuckle. “Oh? Is it sweet words you’re wanting from me then… a wooing?” When she would have protested she’d been teasing, simply on principle alone, he reached for her and gently pulled her close to him. He slowly folded his large body so that he ended up on his knees at her feet. It brought his eyes just below her own. Curious, she allowed him to take her hands and drape her arms loosely about his neck, resting on his massive shoulders. She waited in this position, a blush still suffusing her features and feeling awkward. His hands and forearms cradled her to him, snuggling her up full length along his body, fitting her exactly to his form.

He brought his lips closer to her ear. “Just what exactly are you needing to convince you, carum, with me on my knees before you, beseeching you? Words, verse, melody….?” Gooseflesh sprung up instantly where he crooned softly in her ear, racing the full length of her body, and she quivered inside.

She shook her head in negation, suddenly feeling very embarrassed. Uncertain. “No? How then would you have me pledge myself to you? My heart, my soul, my body?” His breath feathered and shivered through her, teasing across the sensitive spot just behind her earlobe. She shuddered, as, against her will, she felt her knees turn to water, her legs becoming boneless.

“Hmm? To hear that I have waited endless eternities, full of anguish just for you? That I have endured centuries of misery yearning just for you? Forsaken all heavenly and earthly pleasures for naught but the memory of you; craving, hungering for the taste of you only on my tongue, the fragrance of you only in my nostrils, my lungs, the exquisite silk of your skin only on mine, the breathtaking feel of your mouth only on mine? Your addictive, haunting voice, the music that shimmers and floats and lingers around you and teases my senses into a frenzy of divine madness? For all of those eternities that I have waited, and for all eternities yet to come? All for you?”

 

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Still not sure you want to grab it just yet? Not into the mushy stuff? Well, how about another peek from a different angle?

 

Excerpt 2:

ENORMOUS NIGHT SHADOWS SUDDENLY CAME ALIVE around them, writhing, twisting, slashing, snarling. Zo’ana heard the sounds of Y’saak and Fek’dar engaged in a clash; reverberations of metal and bone and flesh and wood being struck. In the same instant, she felt the sickening shock of a massive body thudding into her and seizing her from behind; hard hands grasping her roughly, painfully, one around the bottom of her ribcage and one around her neck. Pain cut into her, thieving her breath. She dropped and twisted at the same time, which had little effect. She became flailing feet, knees, whirling fists and elbows; kicking, biting, scratching at the hands and striking hard upwards with both fists at where she guessed a face might be, her fear suffusing her with greater than usual strength. It was higher up than she thought, though; he was taller than she’d supposed but felt one of her blows connect. Felt the crunch of cartilage giving way.

She felt his grasp loosen, and kicked again, trying to wrench away. He savagely spat out what she took as a curse in a language she’d never heard, and then, before she could flee, felt her hair seized and twisted by the roots as she was lifted high off the ground. A strangled, high-pitched shriek jarred from her throat, she realized then, with a paralyzing shock, that by the height and the ease that he lifted her with his one fist that it was not possible that this was a normal man. It was an unnatural strength and height that grasped her, shook her. She desperately grabbed hold of his forearm to try to lift, relieve some of her own body weight from the agony of her scalp, and he gave her another vicious shake, like a dog might shake a rat. Her teeth rattled together, piercing her gut with fear. The pain forced her belly up into her mouth. Her shriek had become an involuntary whimper of distress, caught and fluttering frantically in her throat to escape in a tiny, strangled squeak. Her eyes teared and rolled back in her head, but she obstinately battled to keep from relinquishing her hold on consciousness. As if through a fog, she helplessly registered the sounds of Fek’dar and Y’saak being dispatched gleefully by the other two monsters, both hopelessly outclassed in both size and strength.

And suddenly, incredibly, she was airborne. In slow motion, and then far too swiftly, the ground was coming up towards her. She hit hard, her head making resounding contact as her neck snapped.

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About the Author:

A.J. James is a resident of Canada, currently devotedly working on the continuation of the Watcher Angels’ narratives. Her hobbies include photography, poetry, illustration, yoga, archery, dressage, energy work, recording music, target shooting, and practicing balance with her four extra-large rescue dogs. She also plans to become more adept at axe and knife-throwing, longsword wielding and riding dragons… er, motorcycles.

Writer, reader, creator, seeker, warrior, rider, dreamer, rebel, teacher, trainer, listener, feminist, philosopher, procrastinator, animal lover… A. J. James enjoys researching and conversing subjects many people studiously avoid; interested in annihilating taboos and shameful silences and advocating for those in need whose voice has traditionally been silenced.
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To read reviews up to date news and excerpts from Book 2 please visit A.J.James website.

www.ajjames.com

 

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Remember!!! Everyone who buys a digital copy of The Weight of Light will be entered into a prize drawing, for two unique swag packs and an Amazon gift card!  Good luck!

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New Release of Judith Anderson’s, Nadja’s Choice

Hello, fellow book lovers!

Tomorrow, January 12th, is release day for Judith Anderson’s Nadja’s Choice, a hot new BDSM erotica.

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Curious? Well, here’s the book blurb and a little snippet whet your appetite!

Blurb:

“Nadja’s Choice” is the story of Jack Avery, a computer technician and recent transplant from the big city to small town Flaxville, where he meets Nadja Koenig, the town librarian. Jack moved to get away from the city, but there are other things he hopes also to have left behind…

Nadja, a voluptuous woman with charming simple beauty, just wants her library—her sanctuary away from home—to remain the familiar place she grew up knowing and loving. But when she sees all the technological changes coming, will it be the same place for her? She feels threatened by Jack’s plans to install a computerized checkout system but is intrigued by his air of command and self-assured confidence.

The two can’t deny their chemistry, even though they’re both from different worlds and want different things, but as they begin to date, more and more obstacles seem to spring up.

Larry Billings dated Nadja for a while in the past, and his interest in her has never waned. He wants to rekindle the flame, but now Jack, a suspicious city boy, is in his way. What lengths will Larry go to, to claim what he thinks is his?

As for Jack and Nadja; will his dark secrets from the past drive her away? And how will she react when he offers to introduce her to the BDSM toy box under his bed?

Snippet:

The soft rain was coming down steadily, landing on the tree-lined streets and running in rivulets down the side of the curb. Children raced from the stickball game they were playing in the middle of the road, hoping the rain would stop soon. Mothers came out to their porches to check and make sure children were all present and accounted for. The precipitation the children complained about put a smile on the farmers’ faces. It had been a dry season in the flat Great Plains, and they hoped the downpour would be enough to put some moisture in their crops.

Dark clouds brooded through the Midwestern sky; she could see them from her vantage point on his bed. She could hear the rain ping against the window, the sound was hypnotic. She always loved how the drops would fall against the glass and then run down in random paths, repetitive but different, soothing, like watching a campfire. The sky was all she could see outside his window since her wrists were tied to the headboard. He had just finished restraining her and double checked his knots to make sure she was secure without being tight enough to cut off her circulation. Once satisfied, he turned to the dresser to choose which clamps and clothespins he wanted to apply to her body.

This was the worst part. The waiting. And he knew it. She was naked, tied up and vulnerable on his bed, and all she could do was wait in delicious suspense. Wait while he picked out what he was going to torture her with.

He came back with some clothespins. “We’ll start off with these today,” he said and gently pinched some skin above her nipple. He opened the clothespin and applied it to the pinched flesh. The initial ‘ow’ subsided and her nipple hardened in anticipation. He licked his lips and did the same to her other breast.

“Oh for heaven’s sake,” he said and walked back to the dresser, returning with a blindfold. “I forgot how much you love this.”

She lifted her head to let him put the blindfold on her. Now, in complete darkness, she could relax and relinquish control. She loved the mystery and the trust that existed for this to happen. She took a few deep breaths and waited for the remainder of the clothespins to be put on her body.

He savored the sight of her there and knew that things were going to get much better.

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Ready to buy it? Well, here’s where you can get it!

Amazon: amazon.com/author/judithandersonauthor

Judith’s Juicy Bio:

Judith Anderson lives in the Midwest and has been living the BDSM lifestyle since 2000. She has attended munches and BDSM events for several years and is well versed in impact play (spanking, paddling, caning, etc), fire play and rope. She has also taught classes on aspects of the BDSM lifestyle within her local community.

In February 2015, she self-published “Pretty When You Cry”, an anthology of her short stories, available on Amazon. “Pretty When You Cry” was nominated for a Golden Flogger award by BDSM Writers Con for Best BDSM book in the ‘Anthology’ category. She also had a short story included in Riverdale Ave Books “The First Annual Geeky Kink Anthology”. Her debut novel, “Nadja’s Choice’ will be published by Blushing Books in January 2016. She enjoys going for walks, reading mysteries, listening to music and begging.  She particularly enjoys the begging. Especially accompanied by tears.

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

Blog: http://judithanderson.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @JAndersonspank

email: judithandersonauthor@gmail.com

 

The Release of Elizabeth York’s Water Wishes

Hello, fellow book lovers!

January 6, 2016, was a bittersweet day for Elizabeth York. She finished The Water Series and released the highly anticipated Water Wishes, concluding Candice and Jaxson’s story. How did this heart wrenching, hot book boyfriend having, suspenseful thriller end? You have to get your own copy to find out. And you can do it while it’s on sale for $0.99.

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How about a little blurb to remind you of what you’re missing?

Candice Carson, was a best-selling author, who thought she had found her happily ever after. She found a great guy in, Jaxson Monroe, and married him. But her deceased fiancé, who was never dead, walked into the church and ruined her plans.

Jaxson Monroe, a NYPD detective, knew that Candice was the love of his life, but when his best friend returns from the grave to take his new wife all bets are off.

Will their new love survive the old familiar love?
Will best friends make amends or will it end six feet under?

“If stars can’t hold your wishes and water only drowns them, then who do you turn to when your faith loses its way?”

Where to buy, where to buy…

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Google Play: https://goo.gl/KNDrrt

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iBooks: https://goo.gl/VC4CN5

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Scribd: https://goo.gl/rRdBzD

 

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Wishing on the Water: https://goo.gl/ThKoJE

Water Wishes: https://goo.gl/HEfopZ

For those of you who haven’t read the first book Wishing on the Water yet, go grab a copy and find out how Candice and Jaxson’s story began.

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Blurb:

“I was always told never to wish on the first star at night. If everyone wishes on one star, how will the star keep up? A star with too many wishes will just fall out of the sky. Rain drops are plentiful, and there are thousands. They wash away the filth and carry it to a better place. So when you make a wish, wish on the water and let it carry your problems away.”

Candice-Leigh Carson, a New York City best-selling author, was engaged to one of NYPD’s finest. She was living the dream until she lost her fiancé, quit her job and moved, leaving behind the only family she ever knew. She left her best friend Jaxson, without saying goodbye. In her quest to find herself, would she ever find love again? 

Jaxson Monroe, one of NYPD’s finest, lost his partner when an undercover job went south. After spending a night with his partner’s lover, Candice, she flees into the night. He loved Candice and had promised his partner he would protect her. It was his fault she ran, but he quickly found himself in the arms of another. Would Jaxson ever convince Candice to come home or did he prefer another woman? Would their love survive his betrayal and her abandonment?

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Kobo: https://goo.gl/SJktQF

BAM: http://goo.gl/Nsvk4N

You can also check out the official book trailer for Wishing On the Water:

https://youtu.be/b4W9hAel86M

“I was always told never to wish on the first star at night. If everyone wishes on the first star, how can the star keep up? Rain drops are plentiful and the…

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