Wild Fire (Guardian Witch #6) coming soon!
I want to share the official blurb... hot off the press:
A vision. A lost talisman. A dangerous journey through time...
A month after their bonding, Ari and Andreas are still adjusting to married life
when they learn the hard way that the O-Seven, the terrifying and brutal vampire
elders, still have them in their sights. A three million dollar bounty hangs over each of their heads, and there’s no lack of assassins eager to collect.
When the local seer has a terrifying vision of the destruction of Riverdale, it’s up to Ari—as usual—to keep everyone safe. Only this time, an enemy from the past has bound her fire powers, and the city’s string of arsons seems connected.
Daron, the vampire prince in Toronto, has information that two of the vampire elders are on their way to Riverdale. Which can’t be good. Only a risky and unprecedented journey through time can provide the help they need. But that will leave Andreas to face the O-Seven alone...
Hey, booklovers! Welcome to today's chat.
Laura Diamond, an author of young adult fiction, has a pending new release she's eager to tell us about. But I'll quiz her about a few other things too!
How do you take your coffee, Laura?
LAURA: I like to change things up a bit. I’ll drink iced coffee or hot coffee. I prefer cream, but use skim most days. I like plain, but also flavors—french vanilla, butter pecan, cookie dough…I like lattes too.
Ally: Then I'll surprise you! :) Can you tell people about your background?
Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, and horror. She’s a lucid dreamer, meaning she can direct her dreams while they’re happening. When she’s awake, she pens stories from her dreams and shares them with her readers. Laura has many published titles including the Pride Series (New Pride, Shifting Pride, and Tsavo Pride), the Endure Series (Endure and Evoke), The Zodiac Collector, a novella Sunset Moon in the Lore anthology, and several shorts stories. When she’s not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond--Lucid Dreamer, and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion.
If you’re interested in reading more about me, or interacting with me on the web check out the following links:
Author Laura Diamond: www.authorlauradiamond.com
Ally: I understand you have a new release to show us. What type of book is it, and what inspired you to write it?
LAURA: The Zodiac Collector is a young adult fantasy about twin sisters who invoke magick from their zodiac sign. In the process, they attract the attention of a witch who wants the entire zodiac power for herself. It’s a clean read that can appeal to middle grade readers as well as young adults, and it’s for grown ups who are young at heart.
Much of the action takes place at a Renaissance Faire because that’s where the inspiration for the story came from. I love visiting Ren Faires and getting absorbed in the costumes, the lingo, the fantasy, the jousts…all of it!
Ally: What is your current work in progress? Why are you writing it?
I’ve just finished a YA contemporary, BEAT, about a boy who gets a heart transplant and his struggles with accepting the fact that someone has to die so he can live. I’m currently querying this manuscript to agents—keep your fingers crossed for me!
As I wait, I’m drafting a YA contemporary with dueling point of views. One main character is a runaway who becomes a drug addict to drown out flashbacks of sexual abuse and the other is a boy who’s being raised by a defrocked priest with his own brand of righteousness. When the two characters meet, they will have to decide how to reconcile their pasts and find acceptance.
Ally: What is your favorite form of social media and why?
LAURA: I use Facebook and Twitter the most, but lately I’ve been on them sparingly. I like social media to connect with folks and offer (and get) support to keep going. Writing can be solitary and it’s important for writers and authors to keep up a good support network. It’s also super rewarding to connect with bloggers and readers.
Ally: If you won a huge lottery tomorrow, would you continue writing? What would you do with all that lovely money?
LAURA: I’d definitely continue writing. I might even cut back the day job to part time so I could write more, LOL!
I’d probably pay off my mortgage and student loans and do a lot of traveling (like for a year or so, at least). I’d also like to donate a lot money to various charities.
Ally: Now a few quick answer questions:
Ally: As usual, it was a pleasure chatting with you. Now for that new that's coming in September...
- Where were you at midnight last New Year's Eve? Sleeping in bed, lol
- How many times have you read 50 Shades of Grey? Um…I got about 1/3 through the fist book and quit.
- Do you like broccoli? Sometimes.
- How many different countries have you visited? 13
- What is your typical breakfast? Yogurt and fruit.
THE ZODIAC COLLECTOR
Young Adult Fantasy
Spencer Hill Press
Coming September 23, 2014
For almost-16 year-old Anne Devans, the annual Renaissance Faire means three things--her dad spending weeks in the smithy, her bipolar mom doing some manic costume making, and another ruined birthday for her and her twin sister, Mary.
This year, Anne wants things to be different, and she's going to do things her way. On the eve of the Faire, Anne, along with a reluctant Mary, conjures up a spell that will make their 16th birthday party a whirlwind event. Little do they know that it's a literal request.
After the mini tornado in their room subsides, the girls realize they've invoked the power of the Gemini Twins, Castor and Pollux. That's the good news. The bad news is they also caught the attention of a sorceress named Zeena who has been collecting children born under each Zodiac Sign to enhance her power. Once she captures Anne and Mary, Gemini twins, the entire Zodiac, and the world, will be hers.
Anne leads the fight against Zeena, but her one-sided decisions could throw them into a world so far from home, even the Renaissance Faire would seem like a brilliant vacation. Between managing their new Zodiac powers, dodging their manic mother and trying to stop Zeena, they'll get a 16th birthday they'll never forget.
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Sylvia Donovan is emotionally wounded from the unexpected death of her husband and still haunted by their last conversation: his request for a divorce and his confession of love for another woman. Her husband gone, her only daughter off to college, Sylvia faces the challenges of learning to live alone and move on with her life.
Vince Wilshire, enchanted with Sylvia, is more than willing to do what it takes to capture the heart of the hurting and untrusting Sylvia.
Can he help her forget the past and make her believe in love again?
A knock sounded on the window beside her and she jumped. Her head swiveled around and she stared at the man looking at her through the window.
Vince Wilshire's handsome face could make any woman melt with desire. With it so close to hers—the glass being the only thing separating them—a rush of adrenaline swept into her system. She leaned sideways in her seat and knocked her hand against the steering wheel. The horn beeped and she muttered, "Damn it, Knox, why did you..."
The sound of his laughter sent anger flooding through her, the muscles in her arms tightening with the need to strike out. She lowered the phone and clicked the disconnect button in retaliation to his attempt to manipulate her.
Vince opened the driver's side door and cold air rushed into the car. "Hey, beautiful, are you heading inside?"
"What is this? Are you guys ganging up on me?" Sylvia ignored the man beside her and glanced in the rear view mirror, checking to make sure her tears hadn't caused any lasting effect.
A warm hand landed on her shoulder and Vince toyed with her hair. "Not at all, I like the idea of entering the building with a gorgeous woman on my arm."
"Right," she protested and stuffed her phone into her purse before turning to stare into his bedroom-brown eyes. The spark in their depths had her reevaluating her impression of the man. Yes, he had the face and body to rival every other Casanova in the world, but he also had a sense of humor. That alone sent a shiver of awareness through her.
She fought the desire gathering in her stomach and waved her hand at him so he'd move out of the way, letting her exit the car. "Did Knox make you wait out here in the parking lot to make sure I would come inside?"
Vince grinned and held her door open while she stepped onto the asphalt. His gaze fell to her legs.
She stared at her new, high-heel, red pumps and silently prayed she wouldn't land face first in the dirt when she tried to walk across the pitted parking lot in them.
A low whistled sounded beside her. "Man, are you ever hot."
She ignored the comment and didn't turn until she heard the car door slamming closed. "And there's not a woman you've ever met you haven't wanted."
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Tina Gayle is currently working on two different series. The last book in the Executive Wives’ Club series will be coming out 2014. This series combines elements of women fiction with the passion of romance.
The Family Tree series has two books out with Fallen Leaves release in April of 2014. A paranormal romantic suspense series, the books follow the keeper of the Winston manor and the trials she has to overcome to remain in the house of her ancestors.
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It's Wednesday, and time for book talk!
Grab your coffee (or other beverage of choice) and join us! (Be sure to stick around to hear about the giveaway!)
Today I'm please to welcome romantic suspense and mystery writer Richard Brawer.
Since he tells me he doesn't drink coffee or tea, we'll move straight to his bio.
Richard Brawer writes mystery, suspense and historical fiction novels. When not writing, he spends his time sailing and exploring local history. He has two married daughters and lives in New Jersey with his wife. Read more about Richard and his books at his website: www.silklegacy.com
A unique fact about yourself: I have been growing roses since I moved into my house in 1968. I have 30 bushes and the house is filled with the aroma of roses from the end of May until early October. My wife loves them.
Ally: I know you write mysteries and suspense, but can you be more specific about your sub-genre or genres? How did you get started writing in this area? RICHARD: The first four books I wrote were mysteries because that was my favorite genre to read although I also read suspense novels. Despite those mysteries receiving decent reviews, they were not widely received. However, they gave me excellent practice in honing my writing skills. Excellence in writing like most things in life comes from practice.
For my fifth book I changed venues and wrote a suspense novel. Actually it was a fluke that I shifted into that genre. My daughter is a lawyer in the entertainment business. As a sideline she writes scripts. It seems that is a sideline for everyone in Hollywood. Anyway she wrote a script about an African-American male wrongly convicted of a murder and sentenced to death. Despite her numerous contacts in TV and movie industry and winning a number of awards including $1000.00 from a “Writer’s Digest” contest she was not able to generate interest in her story.
I said to her, “Let me write it as a book with an African-American female protagonist as there are many black actresses looking for a leading role.” Thus The Nano Experiment was born. However, in the process the book took on a life of its own and dramatically deviated from the screen play.
Although I liked creating a mystery and solving it, I learned from writing a thriller/suspense novel that I can develop more conflicted characters. The more conflicts a character has and how the character gets out of those conflicts, the more depth the character will have. Based on the reviews for The Nano Experiment, that first suspense novel, I leaned that characters in conflict and how they resolve their conflicts keep the readers turning the pages.
For example many of the 71 reviews on Amazon for The Nano Experiment talk about the characters: “Complex Characters” “Excellent Characters” “A Very Resourceful Character” “A Sympathetic, engaging Character” “Characters are Uncomfortably Realistic” “A Strong Female Protagonist” “A Tortured Soul”
Conversely, this is what can happen if your characters are not conflicted: My wife was having a weekly Mah Jongg game at our house. I overheard the ladies talking about a book. One said the characters bored me so I stopped reading after 100 pages.
My daughter is now working on the screenplay for The Nano Experiment.
I stayed with writing thrillers for my latest book, Love’s Sweet Sorrow, a romantic suspense novel.
Ally: Describe your writing day. Do you have a writer's cave?
RICHARD: I write every morning from eight to twelve. Then if it’s summer, it’s off to the beach. In the winter it’s off to explore local history. Yes I have a writer’s cave. It’s my daughter’s old bedroom redesigned as an office.
Ally: What has been your most effective marketing strategy? What social media do you find to be the most fun? Why?
RICHARD: I find two marketing strategies effective. Joining a lot of groups on Yahoo, Facebook, Linkedin and Goodreads. I also find interviews on blogs as a good place to get your name out. I advertise the interviews on the above groups. Advertising works by repetition. Keep repeating your name and website over and over again, and sooner or later people will say I should try one of his books.
Ally: Was there a particular writer or perhaps a single book that inspired/influenced your own writing? Why and how?
RICHARD: I read all the Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer books and Bret Halliday Mike Shane books. I guess I’m showing my age here. I like the fast paced stories and short chapters. That is the technique I use in both my mysteries and suspense novels.
Ally: Try these quick answer questions.
Ally: Richard, it has been a pleasure visiting with you today. Before you go, let's take a look at your latest book and tell readers about your giveaway...
- Favorite hobby or non-writing interest: Growing roses in the summer, exploring local history in the winter.
- Last place you went on vacation: I’m retired so I am on perpetual vacation. I go to California a few times a year to visit my daughter and grandchildren.
- Would you rather hike a mountain or visit a museum: Hike a mountain
- An item on your bucket list: Owning a 35 foot sailboat that I can live on in the summer. Probably will never happen unless I win the lottery.
- Favorite cologne: None
It is said opposites attract. There can’t be two people more opposite than Ariel and Jason. Ariel is a traditional Quaker with an absolute aversion to war. Jason is the lead council for America's largest weapons manufacturer.
Their budding romance is thrown into turmoil when Jason uncovers evidence linking his employer to international arms deals that could devastate America. His determination to stop the treason puts Ariel in the middle of dangerous territory.
As the chases to retrieve the evidence intensify, Ariel is forced to kill to save Jason’s life. She withdraws into a battle raging inside her, unable to reconcile whom she has been to whom she has become. Delving deeply into her and Jason’s long-held opposing convictions she questions whether they are truly meant to be together.
Imagine the conflicts.
Love’s Sweet Sorrow is available in a trade paperback and e-book wherever books are sold.
Trade Paperback: $11.99
A couple of the more popular links:
B & N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1119960392?ean=2940149824779
Can be ordered from any bookstore by title or ISBN: 978-0-9890632-7-2
Love’s Sweet Sorrow is published by Vinspire Publishing, a well respected mid-size publisher.
***Book Giveaway: If you have a Kindle or a Nook, I will send Love’s Sweet Sorrow in either Mobi format for Kindle or epub for Nook to the first 10 readers who respond to this blog and would like to review this book.
The only thing I ask is you read it as soon as you get it and post a review on Amazon, B & N, and if you belong, to Goodreads. I do not expect anyone to compromise their ethics because I gifted you the book. Please write what you think.
You can contact me at rich1braw(at)aol(dot)com. Please put―Lss giveaway Ally’s blog― in the subject line so I do not delete your message as spam. Please include the e-mail address you want to use to receive the attachment and which format you need. ***
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Today we're spotlighting two of AJ Locke's paranormals!
A deadly curse, a deadly assassin, and one shot to save everyone she loves…
Malachi Erami can’t fall in love. After she’s caught with Knave, the witch Queen’s favorite lover, she’s cursed to savagely butcher any man she falls for. Exiled to live among humans, Malachi runs a bar that serves magic-laced drinks, but since her curse labels her high risk, she’s also closely monitored. Julian Vira is her latest babysitter, but he’s also the first man since Knave that she’s been attracted to. Good-looking and nonjudgmental of her horrible curse? Yeah, he’s hard to resist.
But when Malachi finds a body behind her bar, she knows she’s in trouble. If the Witches Control Council gets wind of it, she’ll be accused of murder and sent to her death. And when her friends start getting framed for murder, she realizes she’s not the only target. Malachi and Julian dig into the evidence to clear her name, but the closer they get to answers, the closer the curse comes to taking over. So when Malachi uncovers a plot to kill the witch Queen, she finds herself suddenly recruited into service, with the promise of having her curse lifted and a reunion with Knave as well. But if she fails, Knave will die. And she and Julian might not live long enough to see that happen.
Today was the anniversary of the worst day of my life, and I’d been trying to forget about it by consuming a vast amount of booze. The fact that I owned a bar greatly helped with that endeavor, and the fact that I was drunk was an accomplishment, since witches weren’t easily susceptible to alcohol. Humans were onto something with this whole drinking-to-forget-one’s-crappy-life thing.
Behind the bar, I poured a shot for an eager customer. Amaretto, Southern Comfort peach liqueur, and sweet-and-sour mix went into the glass, then I held my hand over the drink and let a stream of purple magic, the same color as my eyes, flow into it. The drink glowed purple for a few seconds, then I handed it to the customer, who drank it with no hesitation. After slamming the glass down, he grabbed the tipsy woman who’d been hanging on him and gave her a sloppy kiss, then led her out of the bar. I smiled and shook my head. The magic I’d put into the shot, aptly named Piece of Ass, would ensure they didn’t leave the bedroom tonight.
Somewhere in the room I heard riotous laughter, and above that the voice eliciting that laughter. Xiune was having a good night for a change and wasn’t holed up in my office. Though since she was just a head inside a clear acrylic box, it was understandable that sometimes all she wanted to do was hide.
“Malachi, darling!” Xiune called. “Seven handsome young men have requested the Challenge!” I smiled slyly. I loved administering the Challenge.
“It’s time for the Seven Deadly Sins Challenge!” I announced, filling up eight shot glasses with vodka, one of which I downed. “Which sin will it be and what will its victim do?” People shouted their guesses while I sent tendrils of magic into the shots. My magic sparked like tiny bolts of lightning, and like the shot I had just made, the liquid briefly glowed purple. I focused on one of the glasses and started whispering a spell, channeling the essence of one of the seven deadly sins through my body. For a brief moment, my body became flushed with a feeling of ravenous desire, then it flowed out of me into the shot glass. I felt rather charged and wondered if this had been the right sin to choose tonight. But hey, I was drunk, and I kind of wanted to see someone suffer. Misery loves company right?
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Help ghosts, stop a thief, and try not to die…
Necromancer Selene Vanream helps ghosts settle their affairs so they can move on. But when breaking the rules gets her in trouble, she’s bumped down to tracking ghosts trying to avoid the afterlife. Ghosts like Ethan Lance, who claims he was kicked out of his body when someone else jumped in. Which might be plausible—if such a thing were possible. And if Micah, Selene’s partner, didn’t pull her into an investigation of brutal murders that lead directly back to Ethan.
But when the whole mess puts Selene’s life in danger, she suddenly has very personal reasons to get Ethan’s body back. Between her uncomfortable relationship with Micah, and problems with her boss, Selene learns just how much trouble it can be when you don’t follow the rules…
I was in a strip club trying to help a ghost get laid, which was challenging, but not impossible. It was just extremely taxing on the necromancer extraordinaire (me) who had to channel energy into the ghost to make her corporeal enough to entice one of the stripper boys. Technically what I was doing was illegal, but it was my job to help ghosts settle their affairs so they could move on to eternally ever after, and Julia’s unfinished business was that she’d died a virgin. I’d made it as easy as I could for her by starting at a strip club; if she couldn’t get some here, I wasn’t sure how much lower I could scrape the barrel.
Julia’s prolonged virginity was an enigma to me, even though she told me that she’d been waiting for her soul mate. I just didn’t understand why that meant she couldn’t hit up a bar, get drunk, and have a fun, regret-filled weekend that included the walk of shame. At least she’d have been in better shape once soul mate came around.
“What do you think about him?” I asked, pointing to one of the three oiled up men who were gyrating for the benefit of all the screaming women. He had blond hair and green eyes, and wasn’t overly muscular. Julia looked at him then quickly looked away. I took that as a sign of approval.
“I think this was a bad idea,” she stammered.
“This was a fantastic idea,” I said. “And it will work, don’t worry.”
“No, I mean, I don’t think I can do this. I waited my whole life for my soul mate and now you want me to just—” she stole another quick look at the stripper, “I don’t think I can do this with some random…stripper man. It’s so indecent.”
I rolled my eyes. “Julia, you’re a ghost; you no longer have the option of being discerning. And if you don’t wrap up what’s keeping you around, you run the risk of turning into a monster. Then it’s an even bigger pain in the ass to get rid of you. So let’s call our efforts here at Bump and Moan choice A, and murderous monster choice B. Which choice would you like to make?”
“A,” Julia said, but she didn’t sound happy about it. I smiled, and grabbed a couple drinks off the tray of a passing waitress. I set them down in front of Julia.
“Drink,” I said. “This will help.”
“I’m a ghost,” she said. “I thought I was unable to eat or drink.”
“You can feel the effects of the alcohol since you’ll be working off my energy, so drink up. I’ve pegged you as a light weight so I think two drinks will be enough.”
“But how is this supposed to help?” she asked, frowning.
“Because its job is to help,” I said.
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Author Tina Gayle has a new cover for this spicy romance, and the book's on sale!
It's Wednesday! Time for our weekly book chat. Today's guest is author Tianna Holley. Welcome, Tianna! What can I get you to drink?
TIANNA: I'm a hot tea addict and drink it straight.
Ally: Coming right up. While I fix our drinks, tell us something about yourself and include something you don't usually put in your bio.
Ally: Every writer's journey to publication is a little different. Would you tell us about yours?
TIANNA: Although I wrote poetry during my teenage years as a way to express my emotions, I eventually stopped writing. A few years ago my family had a lot to deal with, and once again, I found myself filled with many emotions I could not express. One day I woke up with Alissia’s story in my head, and it wouldn’t leave me alone. In fact, I started typing Unexpected Metamorphosis while at a women’s retreat in the mountains. I was there to meet and have fun with other women, but I was too distracted by Alissia’s story. It was rather frustrating at the time, and I had no choice but to sit down at my laptop and start typing—not for publication, but for myself. However, my friend and I soon realized that it was an amazing story, which was a complete surprise to me.
I am very blessed to live near Jera Publishing, and after some classes and a lot of help from Kimberly over there, I learned how the publishing industry worked. They took care of all the editing, formatting, and designing, and after a lot of hard work, I was soon holding my first novel in my hands.
When I started writing, I was a homeschooling mother. My children now go to school outside of the home, and I write full time. Now I can’t imagine my life without writing. It’s a strong part of who I am, and it still amazes me how none of it was planned. It just happened.
Ally: What kind of book launches do you do? Blog tours, twitter parties, FB releases, something else?
TIANNA: With the release of Unexpected Metamorphosis, I immediately went to a conference in Las Vegas and did a book signing. I also had a book release party and other book signings around Alissia’s hometown in South Georgia. At that time, I was still learning a lot about social media, but I did some interviews, guest posts, and book spotlights on various blogs. Unexpected Entrapment just came out about a month ago, and I’ve done some book signings and a lot more social media. I immediately set the price of Unexpected Metamorphosis to free on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. However, I haven’t been able to go below 99 cents on Amazon. I’ve decided to join Amazon’s KDP Select program, and hopefully, by the time this post comes out, Unexpected Metamorphosis will be free on Amazon. That should pull in more reviews and get the series noticed more. I haven’t focused on Twitter or FB parties. Instead, I set up Pinterest boards for each of the novels and have been doing giveaways through my newsletter, FB, and Goodreads. I’ve also started a Guiltless/Clean Reads board (along with one for teens) on Pinterest and have been focused on getting a list of clean authors together for future blog hops, tours, and sales.
Ally: You mentioned that you are a member of Clean Indie Reads. Although the name is somewhat explanatory, could you give our readers an idea of what they can expect from that label?
TIANNA: The expectations are none to mild cursing and no explicit sexual content. It also means no heavy descriptive violence. I like to think of it as a PG-13 movie rating. Some of the novels deal with tough subjects such as murder, abuse, rape, and addictions, but the writers agree to handle those topics in a delicate manner—try not to make the reader visualize graphic content.
Ally: Can you tell us about your current WIP ?
TIANNA: Right now I’m working on Unexpected Peril, the third book in the Alissia Roswell Series. In Unexpected Metamorphosis, Alissia was thrown into an alternate reality, and since she had a very abusive childhood, she has a hard time when it comes to trust. Many dangers and mysteries in her new surroundings force her to rely upon others, and there is a great emotional struggle, along with new physical changes her body endures.
Each book in the series has a different theme, and with this third novel, I will be bringing in more creatures. It starts off at a fast pace, and as the title implies, there will be many unexpected dangers.
Ally: Quick answer questions:
Ally: A pleasure to have you, Tianna. I believe you brought two books for our readers to see...
- pantser or plotter – Panster all the way. I’ve always hated outlines.
- car you drive vs car you'd like to drive – Happy with my SUV.
- what one characteristic can turn a male character into a reader's book boyfriend? He’s got to be able to handle a strong woman’s personality.
- an item on your bucket list – Long visit to Scotland.
- Do you believe in love at first sight? Ugh! No! I just can’t relate—at all.
| | Unexpected Metamorphosis Blurb:
Alissia Roswell had worked hard to overcome her past, and she took immense pride in her independence. Just when she thought she was truly satisfied with her life, she wakes up to find herself in another reality. As she searches for answers, her body begins to change in mysterious ways, and for the first time in her life, she is forced to rely upon others. As everything spins out of her control and danger lurks around every corner, her heart begins to betray her, and her mind haunts her with memories of her past.
Join Alissia on her perilous quest full of adventure, magic, and romance as she travels the challenging road of finding one self, maybe even love along the way.
Amazon.com: Unexpected Metamorphosis (Alissia Roswell Book 1) eBook: Tianna Holley: Kindle Store
| | Unexpected Entrapment Blurb:
Alissia Roswell is far, far from home, and she won't be going back any time soon. After having been sucked through a wormhole, spat out half-dead in an alternate reality, and revived by Lamians-an ancient, magical people who trigger a profound metamorphosis in Alissia, giving her powers she never thought possible-Alissia becomes the subject of Alrik Durst's manipulation. Alrik has already usurped power in the city of Pallen, and with Alissia's arrival, he sees his opportunity to exploit the power of the Lamians to his bidding as well, driving the land ever closer to civil war. Held prisoner in the luxurious confines of the Eldership castle in Pallen, Alissia is forced to feign memory loss to protect herself and her friends while fending off the romantic overtures of Ian Durst-Alrik's all-too-charming son.
Will the loves of her life, Grady Bolair and Luke Harrison, be able to help her escape? When she finally chooses between the two--Grady, the statesman, or Luke, the assassin--will it rip her alliances to shreds, casting uncertainty on her future?
Join Alissia as she learns to reign in her fiery personality, tries to accept her past, and struggles with the one thing that scares her most: vulnerability.
Have a great week! Thank you for having coffee with us!
Castle Verdammung (Castle Doom)
The fictional Castle Verdammung or Castle Doom, the vampire elders' stronghold in the Black Forest of Germany, commands an important role in the Guardian Witch books. I thought it might be interesting to take a look at a few of the real castles that still exist in Germany today.
Probably the most famous place for castle watching is along what's known as the middle Rhine River from Koblenz to Mainz. Most of the nearly forty preserved castles or ruins along the river banks were built by robber barons to collect a toll from those using the waterway. Whether you look to the right or the left of your boat, you'll see castles. Pfalzgrafenstein, Rheinfels, Marksburg.
Daily Rhine River cruises take you past these edifices of the past, and a few castles are open to the public as restaurants, museums or for guided tours. A video of the area can be found here: http://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/video/tv-show/germanys-romantic-rhine-and-rothenburg
Another German schloss (castle) and town that first became popular in the United States is Heidelberg. American author Mark Twain included the castle in his 1880 travel book, A Tramp Abroad, and it served as the setting for the musical The Student Prince in its many incarnations on film and stage from the 1920s to the 1990s. The town is an established tourist destination.
I would definitely be remiss if I talked about Germany and didn't mention Rothenburg on the Tauber River. While the castle is interesting, the medieval city itself and the ancient walls that surround it are unforgettable. Visitors were still allowed to climb the narrow stone stairs unescorted and walk the walls where guards had tread a thousand years ago.
An awesome experience, especially at dusk when the crowds thin and you can begin to imagine what it was once like.
(See Rick Steves video above on the Rhine Tour which also includes Rothenburg)
I hope you've enjoyed this brief visit to the castles of Germany, but the preserved and restored structures mentioned above are only one part of the castles' story. If you have the good fortune to travel the countryside by private car, as I did, you will find ruins along the roads. Some are locally preserved, many are not, often peeking out from unrestrained foliage. You can walk through them. Touch them. They all contain a strong sense of ancient history, and dare I use the word? Magic.
He left home to escape. She made a new life out of guilt. Neither one expected to find love—but not even the Arctic can cool this steamy romance.
Maya knows she’s doing the right thing by moving to Alaska with her parents, but that doesn’t mean she has to be happy about it. Forced to give up a scholarship to a prestigious art school, she relocates to a Podunk town with one college the size of her high school cafeteria, all to help hold her family together after the death of her little sister. But a fresh start can only do so much.
Jake doesn’t like handouts and he certainly doesn’t need any distractions. Working on a salmon boat in Kodiak, Alaska is the only way to pay for his mother’s surgery back in the lower forty-eight. Juggling college courses and constant worry about his mother’s health, Jake couldn’t imagine anything else fitting into his life. That is, until he meets Maya, the sexy Californian artist who tints his world in technicolor.
But when Maya’s family starts to crumble and Jake’s mom takes a turn for the worse, will they drag each other down, or can they find what they were missing all along?
In this new adult romance, Theresa DaLayne paints a swoon-worthy story about life under the midnight sun, following your heart, and learning to live on the edge.
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It's coffee chat time!
A big welcome to Kay LaLone, an author of middle grade paranormal. Before we start with the questions, please tell me how you take your coffee, Kay, and show our readers your bio.
KAY: Happy to do that. I take my coffee black.
I’m Kay LaLone. Ghostly Clues is my first middle grade novel published by MuseItUp. I live in Michigan with my husband and teenage son (two older sons and a daughter-in-law live near by) and two dogs and a cat. I love to get up every morning and write about ghosts, the paranormal, and anything that goes bump in the night. Or anything that interests my characters. Making my characters come to life for readers is important to a good story. I’m an avid reader of just about any type of book. I do reviews on the books I read and post them on my website and blog.
And something extra? I love to collect books. If I could, I would live in a library or a book story.
Blog link: www.kaylalone.blogspot.com
Ally: Have you always wanted to be a writer? Are you a natural or did you attend workshops and classes?
KAY: Yes, I have always wanted to be a writer. As a young girl in grade school, I remember sitting at the kitchen table writing a story and asking my mother how to spell words that I couldn’t spell. I actually got started by taking a writing course with the Institute of Children Literature about fifteen years ago. It opened my eyes on how to get published and I had several short stories published because of that course.
Ally: What is your daily writing schedule? Do you have a writers cave?
KAY: I like to get up in the morning and write for a couple of hours. Sometime more. Sometimes less. But I try to write something every day. I wish I did have a writer’s cave, maybe I wouldn’t be interrupted all the time.
Ally: What social media are your favorites? Are they personal accounts or can fans contact you there?
KAY: My favorite is Facebook. I got started on Facebook to keep track of what my adult and teenage kids were up to. Now it’s a great way to connect with old friends, family, and meet new people. My fans and readers can contact me there. Just look for Kay LaLone or check out my author page www.facebook.com/#!/ghostlyclues.
Ally: Who is your favorite character in Ghostly Clues?
KAY: The main character, Sarah Kay is my favorite. I think I like her the best because she is a lot like me. There is a scene in the book with a ghost hand that actually happened to me when I was about Sarah Kay’s age.
Ally: Try these quick answer questions:
Ally: Thanks for joining the chat today. Now, we'd love to see your book.
- a. an item on your bucket list: To travel to all 50 states
- b. favorite after five drink: wine cooler
- c. a living author you'd love to take to lunch: Nora Roberts
- d. a recent favorite song: The River by Grath Brooks
- e. a favorite childhood story: Goldie Locks and the Three Bears
KAY: Thank you, Ally, for hosting me on your blog. It was fun.
The sweet scent of lilacs permeates the air around Grandma’s gravesite. Only Sarah Kay can smell Grandma’s favorite flower, and they’re not even in bloom.
Sarah Kay and her best friend, Mary Jane, believe the lilacs are a sign from Grandma’s ghost. The girls follow one ghostly clue after another, uncovering a secret that Mom never wanted Sarah Kay to know.
Grandma makes sure Sarah Kay gets the message even from the grave.
The house was blanketed in a quiet slumber. I snuggled under the sleeping bag with Allison, trying not to think about ghosts, as I drifted to sleep.
Random pictures floated in my mind like ghostly images.
I tiptoed among tombstones and my heart ached as if I had lost something or someone. He had to be here, somewhere. The gravestones rose like stone walls. No names engraved on them. No dates. No R.I.P. Nothing. Just smooth, flat stones. Ghosts—grayish, smoky forms with black eyes—floated over the tombstones. I shivered, suddenly cold, freezing. My breath visible like a little ghost. I didn’t want to look at the ghost anymore so I looked down at my feet. A tombstone with Grandma’s name appeared out of nowhere. The earth moved. The dirt around the headstone broke away and gnarled fingers clawed their way into the air, searching, grasping. Shriveled fingers clutched my leg.
Something grabbed at my leg—the hand, I screamed and frantically wiggled out of my sleeping bag, bumping MJ as I tried to get away from the hand I thought I felt grab at my leg.
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