Month: November 2015

RISE OF THE DRAGONS: (THE SEELIE PRINCESS TRILOGY, BOOK TWO) BY AUTHOR JILL TURNER

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Rise of the Dragons

Clary Ferrie has escaped the clutches of the terrifying Unseelie and fled to the safety of the Seelie Empire.

The merciless Unseelie, enraged by her flight to freedom, go after her best friend, Sam, in a bid to lure her back to Earth.

Meanwhile, on Earth, all Sam wants is to find out if his best friend is alive. With the help of a couple of most unlikely allies, he has come up with a plan to enable him to both find Clary and keep out of the way of the evil ones.

Will the strange rock he picks up in their old teacher’s house be able to help him? Or will it unleash a force that could cause the deaths of thousands?

In Unseelie, only one person knows the truth: the dragons are not extinct…

About The Author:

Jill Turner

Jill Turner currently lives with her youngest child and a slightly…

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You can’t stand here, Eleanora!” Toby points to the dust cloud rising in the western sky. “Dozens of armed riders are almost here.”
Eleanora, restringing her bow, spares the young man a glance. “The villagers need time to escape.” She sticks arrows into the ground. “I will buy them that time.”
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Author Interview – Megan Linski

My Writer's Journey

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How would you describe your story in one sentence?

Fallen From Ashes is a mixture of Aladdin and 1001 Arabian Nights, with themes such as equality for women and staying faithful to your true love, no matter what the cost.

What inspired you to write your story/characters/theme?

Fallen From Ashes is the sequel to Kingdom From Ashes, #1 in the Kingdom Saga. WhenKingdom from Ashes came out, I got such a high demand for a sequel that I knew I had to get right on making another story in The Kingdom Saga for my readers to explore.

Which authors have influenced you?

J.K. Rowling (that’s a given) Peter S. Beagle, C.S. Lewis, and David Clement-Davies. As you can see, what I like is really specific.

Which are your favorite literary genres?

I particularly love fantasy and issue-novels, focused on young adults (which is the main genre’s I write in).

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Cover reveal for The Coming Darkness by Eric Swett

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Justin is a fallen Angel. He just happens to be one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the Grim Reaper himself, Death. A year has passed since he remembered who he was and what he is. He is regaining some of the abilities and memories he lost when he chose to fall to earth and live amongst humans, but he has a long way to go before he can fully reclaim his title. When Justin comes across a young girl being chased by a monster, he does what he can to save her, but he soon discovers this is no normal girl, and failing to save her will change the world forever.

EXCERPT:

Something tells me this is the place,” said Samantha.

I think you’re right.” Justin felt the Power emanating from the place; the origin or intent of the magic cast upon the little building remained elusive.

Justin opened the door and Samantha strode inside. Her sharp business attire and well-manicured look terribly out of place in the shop filled with countless shelves filled with books and dark little trinkets and charms that hung from hooks throughout the room. She sniffed and wrinkled her nose. “It smells like a tomb in here,” she said as she picked up the desiccated corpse of a chameleon from a nearby shelf.

I’ve smelled worse,” Justin said as he entered the room and shut the door behind him. He stopped when he stood behind her and whispered, “Human magic often requires these sort of physical components, at least until the wizard is powerful enough to eschew such trappings.”

How…uncivilized,” Samantha said as she placed the dead lizard back on its shelf.

So true.”

The Angels turned to see a man entering the shop through a doorway behind a broad wooden counter. He was tall for a human, though he fell well short of Justin’s six and a half feet. He wore a dark purple button down shirt that nearly concealed the tattoos that covered his biceps and upper chest. Thick black and grey stuble covered his shaved head. His eyes caught Justin’s attention. He saw that sort of dark fire burning within the eyes of men before. Monuments carved in their likeness and tomes filled with tails of heroism and infamy contained their names.

Welcome to The Curious Cat. My name is Mathew Finitz, and this is my shop.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Eric Swett is the husband of Tracy and the father of Zachary, Connor, and Kaitlyn, and could not be prouder of his family.

EricSwettHe lives in Statesville, North Carolina, spends his daylight hours working in IT and has done so for the past six years.
Being a fan of all things geek, he has spent most of his life reading science fiction and fantasy. He started writing in high school, but it wasn’t until he moved to North Carolina that writing became anything more than a hobby.

You can find Eric online at Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and My Writer’s Cramp.

“I’m a kid that’s my job.”

“I’m a kid that’s my job.”

Uncle Buck!

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We watched this next one as a family.  Everyone except my sister.  She was a very busy high school student, had a lot of after school activities, and then came home and studied (she graduated in the top 10 in her class–nerd alert!)

This was one of those movies that I wish she could’ve been there with us to see for the first time.  Her perspective would’ve gone a long way.

I always like to call it the forgotten John Hughes gem.

This was another of our “fall back” movies.  My dad and I probably watched this movie together over 10 times.  He was always game for it.

I don’t think anyone would meet a bigger John Candy fan than my father, and “Uncle Buck” was probably his favorite “Candy Movie.”

The gist: There is a family “health emergency” and the parents of the family have to go and attend…

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SPOTLIGHT: TAMING SHADOWS, REVELATIONS TRILOGY, BOOK ONE BY AUTHOR FIONA SKYE

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Four years ago, crime beat reporter Riley O’Rourke changed the world. To be fair, it wasn’t entirely her fault.

Her mentor, a 3,000-year-old vampire, destroyed Tucson police headquarters during a fight with a sorcerer. Footage of the fight went viral on the internet, and the existence of Preternaturals—vampires, witches, and other were-animals like Riley—was revealed. Humans went a little crazy. The Cats—and Wolves—were out of the bag, and only an act of Congress stopped the chaos.

But not all the Preternaturals are happy with this new world order, however. The Queen of the Winter Faeries worries that exposing her hidden world will destroy it, and sends the nastiest storybook characters imaginable to kill Riley before she can out the Fair Folk, too.

The Summer Queen, Winter’s arch-rival, promises to protect Riley if she does her a teeny-weeny favor: break into Winter’s castle, sneak past creatures straight out of Riley’s nightmares…

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Introducing the High King’s Will by M.A. Ray

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we’re celebrating the release of a brand new novel by M.A. Ray, The High King’s Will. Want to read a preview? Of course you do!

EXCERPT

The void in the side of his favorite mountain: the yawning hole that led down into the Worm’s cave. Four days ago, and a lifetime. He didn’t know why he’d come when he’d meant to visit Vercingetorix, when it was all so clear in his mind, written in red glow and gold flashes, darkness and fire. Shivering, he hugged himself, rubbing his upper arm. “Wormsbane” seemed so empty compared to that drowning, dragging fear.
He gazed at the cave mouth as he retreated; he wouldn’t put his back to it any more than he would to Beagar. When the night trees swallowed it, he turned and ran with the ancient reptile stench imagined in his nose. He would…

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Not A Number

Not A Number

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Not a rant about word counts! My number obsession today involves sales and readership–and it isn’t even a rant. Merely some random thoughts about success and expectations and so on. That’s it. Totally safe. Stick around for paragraph two.

The people who advise authors to “not look at sales” and say, “the numbers don’t mean anything,” are ignoring a critical point: sales are in fact a measure of audience reach. Not all buyers read what they download, especially if you’ve offered a full novel at a steep discount, but all readers had to get your book somewhere. So, not all buyers read, but all readers buy. (For the sake of simplicity, I’m counting free promotions as sales, dangit.)

The usual addendum to the advice is an interesting one: there’s no point in trying to measure success by numbers because as soon as one goal gets met, the craving for the next will begin. It’s a slippery-slope…

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FORBIDDEN: THE BRETHREN OF EREBUS REVIEW

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A Review on Amazon:

on November 19, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
L.M. David has done it again with this remarkable romantic tale! Her characters are realistic while her supernatural world is brought to life. She doesn’t use the traditional vampires but puts an interesting spin on them. I think my favorite thing about this book is that it has the Old European world in it. I liked everything about this book, and since the chapters are short, it’s a wonderful read before bed! I recommend this book to anyone who is into vampires or the supernatural.

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Reaping What’s Sown – short story to listen to

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For those who are interested, here’s a link to the Story Friday – Harvest evening at Burdall’s Yard in Bath. My story, under my married name, Rose Senior is the third one – Reaping What’s Sown. I didn’t read it myself because of the whooping cough aftermath. Enjoy!http://www.awordinyourear.org.uk/storyfridayarchive/story-fridays-harvest/
Here’s Black Sheep again too: http://www.awordinyourear.org.uk/storyfridayarchive/black-sheep-2/
Enjoy!

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