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Paulyanna International Rent Boy by Paul Douglas Lovell

Today I am happily introducing an awesome book to the world. Check it out!

 

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Author: Paul Douglas Lovell

 

Publisher: Self Published

 

Formats Available In: Digital

 

Released: September 2013

 

Blurb: Paulyanna: International Rent-boy is an honest and frank portrayal of a working-class male prostitute’s life.

 

paulyanna posterMany factors contribute in delivering the main character onto the streets. Some very typical such as early abandonment, poverty, lack of education and sexual abuse. But Paul does not dwell too much on the past and refuses to allow these events to mar his ambition.

 

At eighteen a lost train ticket leaves him stranded in the city after a job interview. He uses his questionable wits to make a quick decision that steers him down a rather dodgy path.

 

Without added glamour or grit, Paul shares the raw accounts of his life as a rent-boy in the 90s, from London to Los Angeles. It may not have been pretty, and there was risk and danger as well as fun and thrills, but Paul had the audacity to succeed in his quest to obtain happiness, security and wealth.

 

This is not an erotic tale. It is an ordinary account of day-to-day life as viewed from a unique perspective. A peek into what really goes on behind the glassy-eyed smile of a male street worker. Read about his life in this optimistic and fascinating roadbook adventure.

 

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A Black Country Lad who now lives in the Black Boy Land or Schwarzbubenland as it is called in Switzerland. Life started off badly and after spending a big part of it on the margins of society working as a rent-boy (gay male prostitute) I eventually found my husband (civil partner) in 2000 and a new chapter in my life began.

 

pauly photoYears on and we are still very happily married, or at least I am. He kept every single one of his promises and didn’t tire or change his attitude towards me. Never once have I felt cold, hungry or scared.

 

I now live in a detached property with a large garden in a small hamlet of 895 residence. Set in the foothills of the Jura mountains. I am surrounded on all sides by hilly forests, a small stream runs through it’s centre. It really is a proper piece of paradise. When I’m feeling extra spiritual it is easy to imagine. We are nestled in the palms of an almighty giant. God if you like. Whom, despite all I had done saw fit to watch over me and guide me to a life worth living. I have a beautiful black cat called Darcy and also a Gordon Setter girl-dog name Asherah. We live an idyllic existence.

 

I now enjoy the small pleasures in life, gone are the pressures of Big City Life nowadays, I can see sky out of my windows. I experience every season. In the Spring and Summer, whilst out walking in the woods we often make a fire to cook a jumbo sausage. My dog likes sausage walks. Autumn is spend harvesting our homegrown and raking up leaves. I spend a lot of my time gardening. Chopping and stacking wood for the log burner that heats our home throughout the Winter season. I’m a Glippy a glamourous hippy. We are extremely green and energy efficient, I’m a recycling master.

 

I wear what I call my doggy clothes mostly, saving my glad rags for when visiting the city. I like to pretend I’m living in the olden days and going to town is a really big event. So that is the new improved me. I must admit I do still enjoy cannabis but now, I drink red wine also.

 

“I always had a dream to become a writer and although not quite there yet am doing

everything I can to make it a reality.”

 

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Killer on the Road by Charles O’Keefe

 

Halloween is almost here and I have an awesome thriller by Charles O’Keefe to add to the fun of this season. If you like bloody paranormal  romances about vampires, this is your book. :)

 

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Title: Killer On The Road

Series: The Newfoundland Vampire

Author: Charles O’Keefe

Genre: Horror / Paranormal / Romance / Vampire

Publisher: Penumbra Publishing

Formats Available In: All eBook formats and Print

Release Date: January, 2011

 

 

 

Blurb: Joseph O’Reily is still adjusting to the lifestyle and the dangers that come with being a new vampire. He and Cassandra recently fought to the Killer on the road posterdeath with Cassandra’s estranged husband John Snow, and now Joseph has experienced his first ménage a trios, as only a vampire can. As if all of this was not complicated enough, he and Cassandra have been tasked with hunting down and killing a rogue vampire, Donald Rathmore.
Another of John Snow’s creations, Donald is an evil misogynistic killer in his own right. Donald has no interest in avenging his creator’s death, but killing Cassandra is at the top of his list.
While Donald continues his murderous spree, Joseph and Cassandra always seem to be one step behind him. The chase is further complicated as they encounter other vampires and learn more about the mysterious nature of the Vampire Council and the coming war between good and evil.
Joseph is only now beginning to trust Cassandra, and this trust will be shaken when he discovers she has even more secrets than he imagined. Her idea of justice and morality is at complete odds with his own. Despite all his powers and growing skill, Joseph is tested physically as a vampire and emotionally by Cassandra. This time the answers and challenges may be too much for the young vampire to handle.

 

 

 

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About Charles O’Keefe:

 

Charles O’Keefe lives in the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada, with his wife and two feline ‘children,’ Jude and Esther. He works as an I.T. support guy and enjoys many hobbies and activities that include writing, reading, watching fantasy/science-fiction movies and television shows, gaming, poker, walking, acting, martial arts and of course fantasizing about vampires.

He currently has two novels out, books 1 and 2 of “The Newfoundland Vampire” series.

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Dina Rae

Hello,

I am very proud to say that I accepted a job proofreading for SCIENCE magazine. It’s a temp to hire position, but I am confident that I will be hired for this position in a month or two. SCIENCE Magazine has been in business since 1878. Yes, the 1800s. I feel very lucky to be able to work for them and further my career. I will be sure to keep everyone posted on my progress.

Now, enough about me. Today, I will be interviewing Dina Rae about her novel, Bad Juju.  Dina was gracious enough to stop by my site on her virtual book tour. 

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J. S. Council – Hi Dina. Thank you for being here on The Council Blog. When did you know that you were a writer?

Dina Rae – When I got laid off in 2010-I made lemonade out of some lemons.  I’m back to working full-time and wish I had the freedom to write all day. Maybe once I’m retired.

J. S. Council – Yes. Writing at home all day is a writer’s dream. I know it is mine. Tell me about your writing process. Any quirks?

Dina Rae - I like to write long-hand.  Once I type what I’ve written into the computer, it’s somewhat decent. Another rewrite (or two or three) later, and I can see where the story is going.

J. S. Council – Interesting, I like to write my ideas out long-head, as well. I think it brings a writer closer to the story.  Did you go to school for writing or were you born with the skill?  

 Dina Rae - No, but I’m an English/Reading teacher which helps.

J. S. Council – That does help! What is the most difficult part about writing?

Dina Rae - Writing.  Books don’t write themselves.  I just cringe when I hear an author being interviewed and then saying something like, “oh, this book just wrote itself.”  That’s a bunch of bullshit.

J. S. Council – Haha! That’s true. A novel can not be written without someone putting in the work. But I do think that stories can take on a life of its own and, before you know it, you have written 100K words. What do you like best about writing?  

Dina Rae - I love the story that plays inside of my mind.

J. S. Council ­– Some stories can play like movies in your head. Who inspires you the most?

Dina Rae - A great novel or TV series or movie.  I’m a sucker for a terrific plot and unforgettable characters.

J. S. Council ­– That’s awesome. Who is your favorite historical figure?

Dina Rae - Jesus Christ, but have always found John of Patmos intriguing.  Some say his body was never found and he never died.  Plus, Revelation fascinates me.  I believe the End of Days is near.

J. S. Council ­– That is very interesting. I heard that about John of Patmos but I haven’t done extensive research on him. I will have to do that. What animal do you think represents you the most and why?  

 Dina Rae - Sometimes I feel like a worker bee who wants to be a sloth, but never getting the chance.  Other times I feel like a mule-stubborn and not wanting to do what is expected.

J. S. Council ­– I have asked that question quite a few times and this is the most interesting answer I have ever heard. Has your writing style changed much other the years?   

Dina Rae - I’m still a new writer so I can’t really say.  I like to write in 3rd person limited, but hope to write a novel in first person.

J. S. Council ­– Good luck with writing a first person novel. It can be difficult. Do you write one book at a time for do you have multiple projects going on at once?  

 Dina Rae - I can only do one book at a time.

J. S. Council ­– That’s understandable. Do you have a favorite place to write? If so, where?

Dina Rae - I like to write at a secondhand Queen Anne desk that I bought for $25, but will grab a notebook and write anywhere.

J. S. Council ­– Very nice. If you could pick any time in history to live, when would it be and why?  

 Dina Rae - As a woman, I think the present day is the best deal.  I could not fathom what it was like when women were stuck in marriages because of no opportunity or had to put up with half the pay while getting sexually harassed.

J. S. Council ­– I think you are absolutely right. What is your favorite quote and who said it?  

 Dina Rae - “I give it my body and mind, but have kept my soul.” Phil Jackson

J. S. Council ­– That’s beautiful. How attached do you become to your characters?  

 Dina Rae - Very.  I can almost see them inside of my mind.  It’s sad to see them go once the book is done.

J. S. Council ­– I totally get that. Where did you get the inspiration for your novel?  

 Dina Rae - For Bad Juju, I took my passion for research (Voodoo) and combined it with my experience with kids-a book about teens who get used by a Haitian bokor.

J. S. Council ­– Wow, very cool. What is the best advice you can give to a new writer?

Dina Rae - Write, no excuses, no waiting for the “right” moment.  Like the Nike people say, “Just Do It.”

J. S. Council ­– That is great advice. If you want to be a writer, then write. What is the weirdest interview question, if any, you have ever been asked and what was your answer?  

 Dina Rae - This one-LOL.  Actually, I have been asked if I have participated in similar sex scenes that were described in the book.  My answer was “none of your biz.”

J. S. Council ­– HAHA! Wow, that is an awesome answer. Do you have plans for a future novel?  

 Dina Rae - I’m writing a nonfiction conspiracy book about GMOs and Big Pharma.

J. S. Council ­– Wow, those are deep subjects. You will have to keep me posted on your progress. Where can fans contact you?

Dina Rae - FB: https://www.facebook.com/DinaRaeBooks?ref=hl Twitter: @haloofthedamned web:http://dinarae.co blog: http://dinaraeswritestuff.blogspot.com/

J. S. Council ­– Great! Where can fans buy your book? 

Dina Rae - http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Juju-ebook/dp/B0097L9FHW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380764270&sr=8-1&keywords=bad+juju

J. S. Council ­– Awesome. Thank you so much for talking to me today. I had a great time talking with you and I hope you did, too. 

Be sure to check out more about Bad Juju by Dina Rae below.

 

BadJuju_Draft2Title: Bad Juju

Author: Dina Rae

Genre: Horror

Publisher: Self Published

Formats Available In: Digital

Release Date: September, 2o12

Blurb: Two teens turn to a Voodoo bokor to right a wrong. Their curiosity with the dark arts backfires into obsession.
Lucien Nazaire flees his Haitian homeland and settles in a Wisconsin trailer park filled with elderly tenants. He hires sixteen year old Jake for odd household jobs. The boy proves to be the perfect candidate to pass on his Voodoo legacy.
Jake LaRue lives in foster care with his abusive uncle. The Voodoo gives him a sense of power within an otherwise helpless situation. Despite his loner status, he instantly connects with Henry, his only friend in high school.
Henry Novak has Asperger’s Syndrome. He fixates on historical events, most recently the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Like Jake, he becomes passionate about the dark side of Voodoo. They learn how to cast spells on those they hate and lust.
Months after the Haitian earthquake, Henry convinces his family to volunteer for the island’s reconstruction. Their mission turns into a nightmare when he mysteriously walks off of the campsite and returns in a catatonic state.
Bad Juju is a balance of horror, romance, and literary fiction intended for adults and mature teens. The plot uses research involving the Voodoo religion.

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Dina Rae is a new author that is here to stay. As a teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her research on the Yezidi religion and love of art inspired her story telling for Halo of the Damned. Halo of the Nephilim and Halo of the Madonna are new to the angel series.

Her second novel, The Last Degree, is a fictionalized account of the Freemason’s role in the New World Order. Dina’s grandfather was the Most Worshipful of his lodge. The subject has always held a personal interest.

Bad Juju, is about an old Haitian bokor who mentors two teens in the dark arts. A unique blend of horror, romance, and literary fiction meant for adults and mature teens.

Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is an avid reader, tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on conspiracy theories. She has appeared in several literary blogs, newspapers, e-zines, and radio shows as a guest.

 

 

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Blessings and Demons – Mathew Bridle Speaks Out

Today, we will be hearing from Mathew Bridle, author of Young Warlock, an exciting Young Adult Fantasy novel on the selves now. Mathew was nice enough to chat with me about his writing process and the blessings and demons within. 

 

J. S. Council - Hi Mathew. Thank you so much for coming to The Council Blog. So tell me about your writing process. Do you ever get writer’s block? What are some quirks you have in your writing process?

 

Mathew Bridle - Good questions, I’ll try and fit both in.

I guess in some ways I am very fortunate. I can honestly say that when it comes to writing my novels I never get writers block. What I do get, is a rest. For a start, I only begin a book when I can see the end in my mind. I then sit down and write toward it. Often the first chapter will end up deleted, or it will be moved. For me, first chapters serve as a catalyst, kind of like lighting the blue touch paper on a firework. There’s the initial soft glow, then a rush of sparks before the crescendo of excitement, all which will need filtering and reigning in at some stage. As I write I see more and more possibilities, all of which end up as a source of frustration.

However, writer’s block can become an issue when I need to write a short story or poem with a word limit. Now my wonderful over-active imagination struggles to cope. Such restrictions are difficult for me to adhere to. I want to explain and expound. I want to tell you everything about everyone. I want to show you the world inside my head, but no, there are limits, constraints and I flounder.

When it comes to preparation and rituals I have, strangely, a solitary demon to fight – procrastination. Every time I set myself up for frustration. I want to write, have to write, but I procrastinate: I check the download totals, visit Facebook, Twitter, IGN. Ah, that old demon called Internet – the swine.

 

J. S. Council - Oh yes… Procrastination is the nemesis to us all. I find myself doing battle with this foe more often than I would like to admit. 

This is the second to last stop on Mathew’s virtual book tour. It was great chatting with you, Mathew. Hope everyone enjoyed reading this guest post and don’t forget to check out Young Warlock by Mathew Bridle below.

 

Young WarlockTitle: Young Warlock

Author: Mathew Bridle

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Independently Published

Formats Available In: All eBook formats and Print

Release Date: 27th September 2013

 

Blurb: Compelled by his lust for the flame the young warlock is driven on a trail of destruction. Running from those he once trusted, he befriends a tattlejack, Icthus, whose gift of extracting the truth could become his greatest strength. Now all he needs to do is defeat his lust and prove his worth to all those who doubt him, including the young girl who is carrying his child. Only the old priest believes the boy, Dekor, to be something more than just another warlock.

The dogs of war are gathering. The undead seek allies among the enemy horde in the north in their bid to rout the mages, break the control of the Council of Twelve and take the land for themselves. Together the goblins and the undead set out to scourge the lands of Alzear of all who stand in their way.

The pieces of the prophecy are slowly cohering. The gods have chosen their warriors and the people have chosen their gods. War is coming, a war whose like we have never seen. The fate of an entire people may rest in the hands of a headstrong young man and his unborn child.

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Mathew BridleAbout Mathew Bridle:

 

Mathew Bridle (born 1963) heralds from the south of England where he lives with his wife of 17 years and his three house monkeys (children). He began writing novels in the late 1990′s with The Rising, an 80′s style horror novel. A second novel quickly followed, 3 Phaze, a science fiction story set in the last days of the Earth. His third, Lagoon, inspired by the X-files is a sci-fi horror, brutal and sexual.
Nowadays he spends his time writing fantasy with Young Warlock as the first full instalment of this epic saga. When not writing he likes to relax with his Kindle, most likely reading either a classic fantasy or something from a new indie author. Either that or wrestling the controls for the Xbox from one of children.

 

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Guest Post by Azure’s Chrystalla Thoma

After such a relaxing weekend, today is pretty exciting. I will be speaking with Chrystalla Thoma (A very interesting name, by the way). She is the author of Azure, a new adult romance novel that is sure to pull you in and never let you go.

J. S. Council – Chrystalla, what is your favorite source of inspiration?

Chrystalla Thoma - Favorite source of  inspiration… *goes cross-eyed* It’s so hard to pinpoint where exactly inspiration comes from. If we look at sources of information, such as non-fiction books, internet, TV or real life experiences, then I’d say internet and books are my favorite sources. I don’t trust my real life experience – much – because I haven’t lived a crazy life. It’s all relative, of course. For instance, for Azure, my latest release, I drew heavily on my being Greek (the novel is set on Crete) and on my visits to Greece in the past.

Otherwise, until recently, I’ve relied a lot on books. I have countless books on folklore and ancient religions – for my paranormal books – but also on archaeology, paleontology and general science. The internet has become my main source of information lately, not only google but also specialized sites and forums where I can pose questions to experts.

Now as to actual inspiration… I often get inspiration from myths and legends, even fairytales. Elements from these are often found in my stories. I think my writing is especially influenced by Greek and Middle-eastern mythology, while Nordic mythology is also seeping into my ideas lately.

Another source of inspiration is science, and not only for my science-fiction stories. Science facts are crazier than any fantastic idea. I realized that when I was reading up on parasites for my series “Elei’s Chronicles”. You need amazing superhuman abilities? You need unusual magic transformations? American Scientist, Focus, New Scientist – that’s where you should turn.

Finally, I get inspired by pictures. I need to confess something: I love making my own covers. I know that going to a professional cover artist is the best way to go, and that my skills at Photoshop are not the best around, but I find that creating the cover art helps with my inspiration. More than that: it’s a creativity loop. I find the images I want for the cover, I get ideas for the story from them, then I return to the images and get inspired to create the cover, and back to the story. It’s very interactive somehow, and what is cool is that, while I look for images to fit my characters’ description, my description of these characters changes subtly when I find the image I want, so that, in the end, the characters on the covers fit perfectly the characters in the story. Win-win.

What this also means is that I lurk a lot on stock image sites, sifting through pictures, and I get inspiration from those, as well.

J. S. Council – I think it’s very interesting that you choose your cover art before you write your story. Most writer’s, including myself, do it the other way around. I also like to create my own cover art, but I would never be able to create my cover before writing my story. I think that’s quite a remarkable skill. Thank you for sharing your sources of inspiration with us. I’m sure I am not the only one who learned something from this.


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Title: Azure (Drowning In You)

Author: Chrystalla Thoma

Genre: New Adult Romance

Publisher: Self Published

Formats Available In: Digital

 

Blurb: A terrible mistake haunts college student Olivia Spencer. To escape the past, she travels to the Mediterranean island of Crete, hoping for the courage to start anew.

By the sea, she meets sexy and enigmatic Kai. But there’s more to Kai than meets the eye — and nobody wants to talk about it. The locals shun him, accusing him of magic. Kai, apparently, belongs to the sea, no matter how crazy that sounds.

Kai isn’t free to be with her or live his own life, and this is how he will stay, unless Olivia can break his curse and save him — in doing so atoning for those she failed in the past

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Kai marched up to her table and whipped out his notepad, not looking at her. He stared at it as if it held all the secrets in the universe. “Why aren’t your friends with you?”

His cold tone was like a slap. “Do I have to answer the question or will you get me something to drink anyway?”

He glanced up, brows arching, and swallowed hard. “I’m sorry. I was just… When I saw how far you swam…” He shook his head and lowered his gaze. “Never mind.”

Hell. He’d been really worried about her. The anger left her as fast as it had come. “Markus had a heatstroke. He’ll be fine. Kirsten is nursing him back to health.”

He nodded, a jerky movement. “What can I get you?”

“A lemonade, please.” She waited but he didn’t look up, only nodded again and turned to go. “So you’re Panos’ little cousin.”

He stopped, his broad back to her, muscles bunching across his shoulders. “What did he tell you?”

“That I should hook up with him because he’s a man and you’re still a boy.”

His stance relaxed and he shook his head. “He’s an idiot.”

She snorted. “He’s very funny.” Damn, she felt weird, talking to his back. And ass. His cute ass. “And he’s nice. Like you.”

“You don’t know me.”

“Sure I do. You help me. Look out for me. You seem nice.” And hot. And kinda sad.

He turned around, his pretty lips pressed tight. “Appearances can deceive.”

“Then yours is particularly deceptive.”

A smile flickered at the corners of his mouth and she took it as a good sign. “Look, I know appearances aren’t everything. That all that shines isn’t gold and all that.”

“Is that why you threw your gold ring into the sea? Was it a fake?”

She bit her lip and shook her head. The ring had come from a true place, a true feeling — only not hers. At least she thought so. “It’s a long story.” And she didn’t feel much like talking about Justin, especially to Kai.

He took a step toward her, his gaze intense. “I have to work.”

“Oh? Sorry I’m keeping you.” She glanced around at the other tables. Nobody seemed to be looking for a waiter. “You’d better go, then.”

“I finish my shift at four.”

Was that what she thought it sounded like? “So you wanna go for a coffee afterward?”

“Yeah, sure.” He tapped his pen on the notebook, head cocked to the side, his eyes gleaming. “I want to hear the story. Will you be here?”

“I’ll come back,” she promised and watched him go, biting her lip nervously.

Holy hells, was that a date?

 

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Chrystalla is Greek Cypriot (hence the strange name) and likes writing about bratty, angsty boys and spunky girls in fantasy and science-fiction worlds. She writes mainly for a young adult public but not only (heed the warnings!)
She’s currently preparing a non-fiction book about dragons, because the truth must out, and is juggling two series (“Elei’s Chronicles” and “Boreal and John Grey”).

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An Interview with Karyn Pearson’s Spark

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Hello everyone, I hope everyone is having a great morning. The weather is a bit humid here on America’s east side.

Today, I had the pleasure speaking with Karyn Pearson, author of the new book Spark. This is such an amazing book and I am honored to be able to ask Karyn a few questions about her process.

 

Hi Karyn. Thank you for being here and having a conversation with me. When did you know that you were a writer?

I knew I was a writer back when I was eleven years old and writing Harry Potter fanfiction. I used to post my story on the Harry Potter forum there and I started to gain a following. The fact that people actually liked what I was writing and that they were telling me to write more of it made me realize that writing was something I really wanted to do. So back then I knew I wanted to share my stories with the world, and that’s what I’ve done ever since.

 

That’s great! The Harry Potter  series was one of the novels that truly gave me a love for reading. Tell me about your writing process. Any quirks?

Oh god, yes. For the most part my writing process is pretty normal. I’ll sit and brainstorm or I’ll pass a few hours doing research before “getting in the zone” and hunkering down to get some work done. But then there are the times where I have trouble putting what I’m imagining down on a page and things can look pretty weird to the outside observer. In those times, you’ll find me doing one of two things, each of them equally bizarre.

 

The first thing I might be doing is carrying on conversations with my characters. I visualize my headspace as a giant manor where every character I’ve ever created lives. Each story has their own wing of the manor, but when I’m working with a particular universe, the cast of that story exits their wing and joins me in the downstairs sitting room and we all have a chat about what will happen next. During these conversations I can appear as either myself, the author, or as a character from the story I’m working on. I embody that character and interact with the story’s universe and its characters. Naturally, when having these conversations, I end up doing character voices, which I’m sure if anyone were to watch me doing it would find to be very strange.

 

And if that wasn’t weird enough, the second thing I might be doing is acting out scenes. Mostly I do this for action sequences, but sometimes I do it for key plot points as well. For some reason my brain processes better if I can visualize the scene in action. Translating physical action into words just works somehow. For me, I’d say it’s just a matter of acting out what I want to happen and then trying to figure out the words to describe the action.

 

That’s very interesting! Did you go to school for writing or were you born with the skill?

I don’t want to say I was born with the skill because that sounds a bit presumptuous. More accurately, I would say I was nurtured by culture to become a great writer. From a very young age I loved to read. My favorite days in elementary school were the Scholastic Book Fairs. And then of course, I read the Harry Potter books as I grew up, starting at eight years old, so I had some very excellent examples of good writing. When it came time for me to write my own stories, the forms and styles I had read before were ingrained in me. So I did my best to emulate the styles of great authors until I eventually found my own voice through writing my own novels.

 

Harry Potter was an inspiration to most of our generation. It is amazing how many young writers were inspired by J. K. Rowling.  What is the most difficult part about writing?

The most difficult part about writing is the struggle of transferring ideas to the page. I can envision the most extraordinary thing and when it comes time to write it down, I find myself unable to find the words to describe it.

 

I think that is a universal issue in the writer’s world. What do you like best about writing?

I like the freedom to create whatever I want. I can write whatever fits my fancy and I don’t have to worry about it sounding ridiculous or strange. My only limitation is my imagination.

 

Who inspires you the most?

Probably J.K. Rowling. Her rags-to-riches story of success inspired me to become a writer and to keep persevering no matter what. She struggled so much before she became the worldwide icon she is today, and the fact that she triumphed despite those circumstances showed me to keep pushing forward, no matter what life throws my way.

 

That’s great and so true. No one should ever give up on their dreams, no matter how hard times get. Who is your favorite historical figure?

Sally Ride.

 

Nice! What animal do you think represents you the most and why?

Probably a cat, which is ironic as I’m a dog-owner, because I’m keen and intelligent like a cat and I’m small, as far as height’s concerned. And I’m pretty quiet and very introverted, also a cat-like trait.

 

Has your writing style changed much other the years?

Yes, definitely. When I first started writing, I mostly emulated the writing styles of other authors. I had yet to find my own unique author’s voice. But over time as I got older and more experienced, I started branching out and began writing original works and my own voice began to emerge. I’ve noticed recently though that my voice changes depending on what I’m working on. I make different stylistic choices for different stories.

 

That’s cool. Do you write one book at a time for do you have multiple projects going on at once?

I have multiple projects going on at once, but I try to work on one at a time. However, there have been times where I have two word documents open and I’m going between the two. Currently, I have revisions for the sequel to Spark that I’m working on, an original science-fiction story, an Inuyasha fanfiction, a Naruto fanfiction, and a planned original horror story involving ghosts and shadow people.

 

Wow, I am a huge anime fan and Inuyasha and Naruto is one of my favorite. I usually write a cafe, Do you have a favorite place to write? If so, where?

Not really. I tend to write at my desk in the living room.

 

If you could pick any time in history to live, when would it be and why?

Feudal Japan during the Sengoku (Warring States) Period, because I love the history and culture of the whole era. I’ve always been fascinated by samurai and the shogun and the court ladies of Japan with their ornate kimonos.

 

Wow, that’s great! I lived in Japan for two and a half years. It is an amazing place to live and write! What is your favorite quote and who said it?

I have so many favorites, but one I can think of offhand was said by Neil Gaiman: “Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story.”

 

I’ve never heard of that quote but I will definitely look him up. How attached do you become to your characters?

I become very highly attached to my characters. I see each of my characters as an embodiment of one trait or quality I personally possess, or someone close to me in real life possesses. So when bad things happen to my characters, I can empathize with them and I feel their pain. I laugh with them, cry with them, and I rage with them.

 

That’s awesome! Where did you get the inspiration for your novel?

Inspiration comes from many different sources. Sometimes it’s from TV, sometimes it’s from reading books. Other times, it hits me out of the blue. It really just depends where my mind is at when inspiration strikes.

 

What is the best advice you can give to a new writer?

I would say that no matter what happens, if writing is what you want to do, then do it. Don’t give up, no matter what people say. They might laugh or roll their eyes at your dream to be a writer or they might ridicule you and tell you your dreams are foolish. But don’t listen to them. Prove the naysayers wrong and set out to accomplish everything you promised yourself you would do. Just don’t give up because it seems like the rest of the world who just doesn’t “get it” wants to see you fail. Because I guarantee that as long as you keep pushing forward, that dream will come true.

 

That is great advice, thank you! What is the weirdest interview question, if any, you have ever been asked and what was your answer?

I have yet to encounter a weird question. Perhaps someone should ask me one.

 

Haha! I will think of one next time we talk. Do you have plans for a future novel?

Yes. For this November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I will be writing the final book in the Hellfire Trilogy.

 

NaNoWriMo is a great motivator for writers! I was recommend all writers to get involved. Where can fans contact you?

I can be found on Twitter @kp_writes and on my Facebook fan page here: https://www.facebook.com/KPWrites

 

Great! Where can fans buy your book?

My book is available for purchase on Amazon, Amazon.co.uk, B&N Nook, Smashwords, and Kobo.

 

Thank you so much for speaking to me today. I had a blast and I hope you did, too. 

spark posterTitle: Spark

 

Series: The Hellfire Series

 

Author: Karyn Pearson

 

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

 

Publisher: The Writing Network

 

Formats Available In: Digital

 

Release Date: June 23, 2013

 

Blurb: For centuries, the powers of Heaven and Hell have been at war, locked in a perpetual stalemate. Fifty years ago, the war spilled out on Earth and the last modern age of man ended. Humanity now finds itself at the brink of annihilation, barely surviving in small pockets of civilization scattered across the globe. But even in the direst of circumstances, the human spirit lives on.

 

Now, in this post-apocalypse, humanity has but one choice: resist or die. In order to combat the forces of Hell, man has learned to fight, training from their youth to hunt the demons that threaten their very existence.

 

Twenty-five years ago, a demon hunter dared rise against an ancient demon family, the Saligia—the Seven Deadly Sins—and was cursed for her defiance. The curse appeared in the guise of an innocent: the huntress’s own daughter, Ardentia, who had been born with a demon soul attached to her own.

 

In the present day, Ardentia, now grown, seeks to free her mother from her curse by hunting down the demons responsible. But the road ahead will be difficult now that the demon within her has awakened. Trusting him is dangerous, especially when he can turn on her at a moment’s notice. Others have warned her that succumbing to the demon will be her own downfall.

 

Now Ardentia must decide what she’s willing to lose: her mother’s freedom or herself.

 

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The demon snapped his fingers and the daemonis igni behind Ardentia grew blindingly bright and white-hot, the flames reaching over forty feet high and surging straight toward her. She froze with fear, knowing that in a few seconds she was about to die, burned alive in the fires of Hell.

“Ardentia!” Noxius was shouting. “Run! Run now!”

She was too scared to move. She could not even muster up the strength to take that first step. Somehow, even if she did run away, she knew that the flames or Gula would end up devouring her anyway.

Distantly, she could hear the voices of her comrades, yelling for her to run, to find higher ground, but still, she could not move.

Noxius snarled with irritation, muttering a stream of curses in lingua daemon.

“Idiot girl!” he hissed at her. “I’ve no other choice. I simply cannot allow us both to die here.”

And then an indescribable force slammed against the inside of Ardentia’s skull. She saw bright lights pop in front of her eyes, nearly blinded with pain, and dropped to her knees in a daze. Dimly, she could feel Noxius seizing control; his power coursed through her, flooding her with an unimaginable strength and power that she was incapable of using. Her hand started to reach for the reliquary dangling from her belt, only to feel an invisible hand within her snatching it away.

“What are you doing?” she asked weakly.

“You’ll thank me in a moment,” Noxius answered her.

Ardentia’s eyes fell shut and she thought she could hear the sound of wings being spread then close around her. If she leant to the side ever so slightly, she swore she could feel the leathery velvet of the wing brush against her cheek.

An intense heat passed over her; she realized that it was probably the demonic fire, having reached her at last. She inhaled sharply, preparing to scream as she burned in the hellish pyre, only to find that she did not need to. There was only heat but no flames. She was not burned.

 

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Karyn Pearson is a post-grad university student with a B.A. in Anthropology, currently living in California with her two dogs. Over the years, she has created many worlds, characters, and series, which naturally makes her head a very crowded place to be.

 

When she’s not writing, she can be found curled up with a book, playing video games, doing research for her books on the web, or attempting to not burn the house down with another kitchen experiment, a hobby otherwise known as cooking.

 

 

 

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A Ranger Spotlight

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Hello All! I hope everyone is having a great day today. It has been a very busy few days for me. I live in Washington D.C. where I’m sure you know that our government is, once again, trying to shut down. I’m hoping that everyone can start to work together and get our government back on track. Or, at least, those who are creating the issues can move aside and let the government run without them.

In the mean time I really want to introduce a book that I am very excited about and make a personal apology to Mysti Parker for my tardiness in getting this exciting book tour started.

Title: A Ranger’s Tale

 

Series: Tallenmere

 

Author: Mysti Parker

 

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

 

Publisher: Melange Books

 

Formats Available In: All eBook formats and Print

 

Release Date: January, 2011

 

RangersTale PosterBlurb: In the fantasy world of Tallenmere, an elven noblewoman longed to leave her gilded cage. A half-breed former pirate wanted nothing more than to escape his guilty past. Easier said than done…

High elf Caliphany Aranea leads an enviable life as King Leopold’s niece and daughter of Sirius, Leogard’s most famous wizard. Yet, being forced to follow in her father’s footsteps and being betrothed to a man she doesn’t even like makes her want a taste of life outside the city walls.

As a young boy, half-elf Galadin Trudeaux witnessed his parents’ death at the hands of pirates. After being raised by those same murderers and forced to do their bidding, he escaped and now lives an honest life as a sea merchant and ranger.

When two brutes at Leogard Harbor attempt to kidnap Caliphany while she dreams of faraway lands, Galadin comes to her rescue. Impressed by his skills, she asks him to train her as a ranger. Though he is hesitant at first to train a woman of her class, Caliphany’s hefty sack of gold finally persuades him. Unfortunately, her father is not amused, and the two must escape before Caliphany faces a forced marriage and Galadin faces a noose.

From that moment on she and Galadin embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Only if they can survive the trials ahead, will they find a love that stands the test of time.

 

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Caliphany lowered her hood and smoothed out her robes. She smiled. I admit I’d held a vague hope we would cross each other’s paths again, but I’d also told myself a woman of her class and a man of mine had no business being seen with one another.

Even though I didn’t know who she was exactly, the clothes she wore told me she didn’t mingle regularly with us working classes.

 

She tucked some hair behind her ear and blushed. “Captain Trudeaux.”

 

I bowed. “My lady.”

 

“Please don’t bow.” She avoided my gaze and clenched her robe. “You weren’t at the docks this morning. I thought you had gone.”

 

Razor had started tearing into the rabbit, so I held up my finger. “One moment, please.” I knelt to retrieve him and the carcass before it was gone.

 

Razor eyed Caliphany when I returned to her side. “I sent my men on to Faewood. They’ll be back by the week’s end. We had some Tilliyan coffee beans to deliver.”

 

Her shoulders slumped. “I’ve read a lot about Tilliya Island.” Her eyes focused somewhere in the distance, and then rested on me again. “So, you’re a falconer?”

 

“I’m a ranger. Razor accompanies me from time to time. We sell what we hunt and gather. Sometimes I help thin out wildlife. It’s just my job.”

 

The words rolled off her tongue. “A ranger.”

 

I nodded, a bit annoyed she found my profession so curious. I killed things for a living. It was a hard, dirty job, one I was sure she could never understand. I cleared my throat. “I’m glad to see you’re in one piece, though still unescorted. Would you like me to walk you back to Leogard?”

 

She held up a satchel. “I’m gathering plant specimens.”

 

“As you wish. Well, good day then. I’ve got work to do.” I began to walk away.

 

“Wait,” she said.

 

I turned, and Caliphany approached me, opened her mouth, shut it again, and finally spoke. “I wanted to thank you for rescuing me.”

 

If she was any other woman, from the lower end of society, I might have thought she was flirting. “You already did, I believe, and it’s not necessary. Good day.” I tried to walk away again.

 

“Wait.”

 

Razor screeched and puffed his feathers when I turned back around. “Easy, now. Look, Caliphany, it’s really not necessary—”

 

“I want you to train me.”

 

I stepped closer. She blushed. I wrinkled my brow and asked, “Pardon?”

 

The words tumbled from her mouth. “You know how to handle yourself, handle weapons. I want to learn that as well. Will you train me?”

 

I puffed out my cheeks and exhaled.

 

Should have known she wasn’t interested in me, just in what I could do for her. “I’m not sure what you think I am, my lady, but I’m no trainer. I’ve got work to do. Forgive me, but I can’t waste precious hours teaching you to handle a bow.”

 

She reached into her cloak and pulled out a sack. From the jingle inside, I estimated a month’s wages in gold. She got my attention.

 

“I’ll pay you. If this isn’t enough, I’ll pay more.”

 

That definitely got my attention. “My men will have to take up the slack. I’ve got orders to fill. But, why would you want to do…” I pulled out a bloody, limp rabbit carcass. “…this?”

 

“My reasons are personal. So, are you willing to train me or not?”

 

I scratched my chin. “When can you start?”

 

A smile flashed across her lips. “My father leaves for Mirrochet citadel in two days. He’ll be gone for a month. I can train with you every day for a few hours during that time. After that…” She frowned and turned her head, then met my eyes again. “After that, I don’t know. I can meet you at the ranger outpost just east of here. My family should not know about this.”

 

Desperation settled in her eyes, and I had a strong urge to take her in my arms and kiss her until we both had to come up for air. But she stood waiting for my reply.

 

“L-Look, I don’t know if I should be skirting trouble. Being caught out here in the woods with you wouldn’t look good for either of us.”

 

She stepped a little closer, reached out as though she would touch me, but withdrew her hand. “Believe me; they would know it was my idea. And with my father gone, they don’t pay as much attention to my whereabouts. So, is it a deal?”

 

She held out her sack of coin with one hand, and the other for me to shake. I took the gold and shook her hand. Her skin was warm and soft. Damn shame it would be to mar those pretty fingers.

 

Profile Pic 2013_ (2)About Mysti Parker:

 

Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger’s Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya’s Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, has already received some great reviews. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind’s ‘Sword of Truth’ series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.

 

Mysti’s other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She has also served as a class mentor in Writers Village University’s six week free course, F2K.

 

Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder’s Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.

 

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A Ranger’s Tale, Tallenmere #1

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The Twisted Mosaic

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Today I am hosting yet another great author on her book tour. Although this isn’t the normal type of book that I promote, I am very happy to host this awesome book!

The_Twisted_Mosaic_Omnibus_300dpi_200x300Title: The Twisted Mosaic

Author: Amelia James

Genre: Erotica

Publisher: Evolved Publishing

Formats Available In: All eBook formats and Print

Release Date: 23rd September 2013

 

Blurb: All three Twisted Mosaic books (Her Twisted Pleasures, Their Twisted Love, and His Twisted Choice) in one volume, plus a deleted scene, and three exclusive bonus stories!

 

Dirty little secrets.

Talia indulges her sexual pleasures, turning her life into a twisted mess. Sleeping with Alex is dangerous and reckless, and she craves that excitement. Loving Will is comforting and safe, and she needs that stability. Why can’t she get everything she wants from one man?

 

All the wrong reasons.

Alex has everything he wants. He loves the power that comes with his job, and fooling around with his boss provides the illicit kink he needs. He’s in charge and trusts no one.

When Alex’s case forces them back together, Talia discovers she still craves both her former lovers. Can only one love her enough to satisfy her twisted desires and provide the stability she needs?

 

Love takes an unexpected twist.

Will loves Talia, and he’s willing to give up everything to be with her. Their future hinges on her answer to one simple question. But when he leaves his life behind to pursue her, he’s confronted with choices he didn’t expect.

 

No more secrets. No more lies. Old love? New love? Or do they have a third option?

 

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Amelia James started reading steamy romance novels in junior high, but her mom took them away from her, so she started daydreaming instead. After she got married, she wrote some of her naughtier daydreams down and sent them to Playgirl magazine. Two of them got published. She kept daydreaming and writing stories until her dirty stories turned into trashy books.

She lives in Colorado, but she’ll always be a loyal Wisconsin Cheesehead. When she’s not lusting after her next bad boy hero, she looks for inspiration in sci-fi and action movies, football players, bloodsucking lawyers, muscle cars, and kick-butt chicks.

 

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Check out this new book for an AWESOME writer Jordan K Rose.

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What’s a girl to do when she discovers her husband, who happens to be the Master Vampire for the New England Region, has been lying to her for, oh, say a hundred and eighty years?

 

Well, it all depends. If she’s accidentally released forty demons from some creepy old book, unintentionally announced the existence of vampires on The Internet, kidnapped a werewolf, enraged a lovesick vampire by stealing his approved mate, and attracted the attention of The High Commander for The Vampire Federation, not to mention gotten stoned and mastered the forbidden art of demon calling, she might be willing to call it even.

 

Or, she might plead her case at an Inquisition and hope like all hell, she isn’t staked before sunrise. Eh, a slightly busier night than usual, but nothing Eva Prim can’t handle.

 

Jordan loves vampires. But if you know anything about Jordan, you already knew that detail. What you didn’t know was it wasn’t long ago that she began writing about them.

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A few years back Jordan received a copy of Twilight from her husband as part of her anniversary gift. By the end of that week she’d read the entire series and moved onto Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Eight weeks and eighteen vampire books later the idea for her first book, Perpetual Light came to her followed very quickly by Eva Prim.

 

In October of 2013 The Demon Mistress, the first Eva Prim Novel is available along with four short stories. For continual updates on Eva please join the Snack Of The Week Club at www.evaprim.com.

 

Coming November 2013 Black Magic Rose, Book One of The Alliance Series. Join Jordan’s newsletter for updates.

 

Jordan is a member of the national Romance Writers of America organization and several chapters.

 

When she’s not writing about one vampire or another Jordan enjoys spending time with her husband, Ken and their lovable Labrador, Dino on the beautiful beaches of New England.

 

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Find Jordan on her website at www.jordankrose.com.

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