Lindsey R. Loucks

Author of Romance and Other Scary Things

The Grave Winner Trilogy #coverreveal #petthecover

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on the ol’ blog. (I’m so sorry, blog. I still love you.) Hopefully this post will more than make up for that!

I’m gearing up to re-release The Grave Winner books one and two (book three is on the way!), so naturally I need brand new covers to do that. You remember the amazing covers I had before? These new ones needed to be even better, which is a tall order for a potential cover designer. I put my complete trust in Rebecca Hamilton, USA Today bestselling author, editor, and, you guessed it, cover designer.

And OMG, look what she did!

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I can’t stop drooling over them!

Books 1 and 2 will hopefully be ready for re-release in the fall, and if I cross my fingers, toes, and eyes, book 3 should be ready by the winter!

Would you like to add them to Goodreads? Here you go:

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Fellow #Firefly Fan Right Here!: 13 Questions With @KJFogleman

Hey, everyone! Author Kathryn Fogleman is here for 13 Questions! I met her at an author book fair a few months back and found her absolutely delightful! Plus, she’s a fan of Firefly, so you know she has good taste and can be trusted. Here we go!

 

Me: Did you learn anything today? If so, what?
Kathryn: Well, a friend sent me a recorded podcast for an author’s class, and I learned that all of your social media should run back to your BLOG. Not your website. The reason for this is because your blog has all the fresh content and people can subscribe to your blog. Your website – not so much.

Me: This makes perfect sense! Where did the idea for Tales of the Wovlen: The Dragon’s Son come from?
Kathryn: The movie “Dragonheart” was the primary inspiration for The Dragon’s Son, along with “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, “First Knight”, and a few other medieval movies that my mother obsessed over when I was little.

When the first Lord of the Rings movie came out, it set a blaze to my imagination and I knew right then that I wanted to write a fantasy story, set in a fantasy/medieval world, with little fantasy characters that went on fantastic adventures, and, of course, I wanted a dragon as a good guy throughout the entire thing. Nobody had a dragon as a good guy in their story until Dragonheart (and Anne McCaffrey’s books… if you want to call those real dragons). So, I HAD to have a dragon as a good guy.

Me: Awesome! What’s something about yourself that really annoys you?
Kathryn: Weeeeeell… three things, primarily:
Number one is “X” rated.
Number two is “R” rated.
Sorry kids… no show for them today!

But, number three is okay for all audiences. It is this: I am a couch potato. I don’t like it and I don’t know how it really happened, but it is true.

When I was a little kid, I was very active (mom won’t let me use the word “Hyper”). I wanted to be a horse trainer and a dancer when I grew up.

When I was in my teens, I was active. I trained my own horse successfully, I did a lot of cowboy work, and I was a pretty stinking good archer (lost the dancing somewhere).

Then I graduated high school, got in an accident that messed up my knee, hip, and hearing, and had two HUGE falling outs with family and friends… AHEM…

Needless to say, so many blows all in ONE year kind of messes with a person’s motivational button and happy dial.

Slowly – but surely – I am forcing myself to be less of a lounging starch tuber: get up and work out, go outside and work, exercise my dog, play ball, ride a bike, smile at someone, tell a joke… no cake… no cake… no chocolate milk… no cake… and NO sitting down unless it is to write. And no pity parties either. *squints at self*

Me: Being active is a good thing, but no cake?! I’m so sorry. What’s the name of the book you’re reading?
Kathryn: Right now it is The Arrival by Dakota Kemp. He has basically taken something from just about every geek-dom in existence, thrown it all into a blender, and made awesome-sauce from it… in another word, it seems to be a pretty good book.

Me: Cool! What scares you?
Kathryn: Very few things scare me.

*Glances around suspiciously and leans in closer*

However, I have this thing about snakes… okay, I have a really BIG thing about snakes. Snakes bug me. Pictures, stories, drawings, or the real thing: it all makes my poor little heart go “Ka-tunk, Ka-tunk!

People in bunny suites – *Eye-twitch* – Can’t handle it.

And Peter Pan. There is just something about that dude that makes my brain fart helium.

Me: That’s so interesting! Pop or soda or soda pop or Coke?
Kathryn: If it has sugar, I’ll take it.

It it’s Root Beer or Cream Soda, I will rule the world with it!

Me: Yes! Why do you write?
Kathryn: Because the cranial explosion that would occur as a result of clogged cerebral-to-fingers filters would destroy the world.

I would die.

You would die.

We would all die.

The Dinosaurs would rule the earth again.

Me: HA! What’s the last song you listened to on purpose?
Kathryn: “Song of Durin” written by J.R.R. Tolkien and performed by Eurielle on YouTube. It is SO beautiful. And yes, I am a huge Tolkienite. I like listening to any music and reading anything that relates to any of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work.

Me: I’ll have to give that one a listen! What is your favorite salty treat?
Kathryn: Popcorn or Frito Corn Chips… I make kettle corn at home all the time, so I would really go for some corn chips right now. The scoops are the best.

Me: Yummmm. What makes you laugh?
Kathryn: Nearly anything. Myself especially. I can literally sit alone and crack myself up all day long.

Me: I’m so glad you answered that way! I find myself pretty entertaining, but a lot of people would disagree. Anyway, what’s your favorite planet?
Kathryn: Well, my mother would like me to say Earth, but I’m originally from Mars, and there is just no place like home. HOWEVER, in all honesty, I would have to say that Saturn is my favorite planet. I used to stare at it from my Martian bedroom window, and, after visiting that lovely planet, I have to say that they have the BEST gas weenies (Hot Dogs cooked over a gas fire… LONG story for another time).

So, in a word, Saturn rules.

Me: Yay for Saturn! You just walked in the door after a long day. What do you do first?
Kathryn: Moccasins go up in the shoe holder. Purse on the hook. Then I grab a cup of something to drink (tea, coffee, or water… maybe chocolate milk), walk into the living room, and talk about my day to my mom (or whoever is listening). I make my day into something exciting and funny, even if it was boring. It keeps my imagination and storytelling skills lubricated. Besides, who wants to hear about a boring day? I don’t.

Me: Writers never have boring days! Here’s a free plane ticket! Where would you like to go?
Kathryn: Scotland! Or New Zealand? Tough choice! Scotland has a lot of really rich history that I am interested in, and it has Loch Ness. I might see Nessie! Plus, some of my father’s family originated from Scotland (Clan Campbell… verm, verm!). But, New Zealand has Hobbiton, Rivendell, and sheep. Lots of sheep.

I don’t know… Australia would be pretty cool to visit too. Or Ohio… or Alaska…

Ack. Whatever! I’ll just stop at Albuquerque when Bugs Bunny makes a left there.

 

I’ll see you in Alubuquerque! Thanks for stopping by!

 

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BIO: Kathryn Fogleman is a self published Amazon author of family friendly Fantasy and good humor. She also happens to be a Science Fiction nerd with a dash of crazy fangirl.

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Girl on Her *Own* Horse: A Guest Post by @ineswrites

Girl On Her Own Horse: A Guest Post by Ines Johnson

 

Have you been paying attention to the evolution of the Cinderella story? If you’ve watched the Disney blockbuster, Frozen, then you have. Young girls and women are no longer waiting around for a man to come by on his horse, sweep them off their feet, and give them shoes.

Okay, I doubt any of us would turn down the shoes!

My point is that women are now taking the reins of their own stories and rejecting the Cinderella trope of changing themselves into someone new. In many, dare I say most, of these stories the prince doesn’t pay attention to the Cinderella character in her ordinary world of working 9-5pm with grime under her nails and threadbare clothes. He doesn’t look her way until she gets magicked into expertly applied makeup, a binding, shape-shifting corset, and brand new shoes.

My first notice of this was in the film Working Girl. This 80’s retelling of the Cinderella story featured a bright secretary who had dreams of entering the boardroom with a briefcase instead of coffee. When her wicked boss steals her idea, the secretary seizes an opportunity to steal into a high profile business meeting by pretending that she’s her boss, while also wearing her boss’s dress and shoes. Melanie Griffith, as the secretary, uses Harrison Ford’s charming character to get her into the board room’s door. When the business deal goes south, Griffith doesn’t wait for the knight in a business suite to rescue her. Instead, she shows off her ‘head for business and bod for sin’ in order to win a business deal, thwart her boss, and get her man.

A decade later Drew Barrymore retold the Cinderella story in Ever After. In a pivotal scene when Barrymore’s character, Danielle, has been taken prisoner by the evil Pierre Le Pieu, the audience holds their breath as the prince leaps onto his horse and heads off to rescue her. But Danielle picks up not one, but two swords, and swashbuckles her way to an escape. As she’s walking out of the castle a free woman, the prince arrives moments too late with her shoe in hand.

Nearly another decade later came another retelling with Penelope. Penelope is an heiress born under a curse that can only be broken in the face of true love. The problem? Penelope’s face doesn’t inspire sonnets and poems as much as it does a hankering for breakfast meats. Penelope’s snout nose has caused her to be rejected her whole life, including rejection from her own mother. When she finally finds a man willing to tolerate her looks and break the curse, she comes to the realization that she likes herself just the way she is. And just like that, the curse is broken and Penelope’s outside matches her glowing inside.

In today’s stories, women don’t wait around for men on horses. They take the reins, defend themselves, and declare love to their own reflections. They’re now even qualified to deliver true love’s kiss to their own sisters as we saw in the blockbuster Frozen.

In my fairytale retelling, Pumpkin: a Cindermama Story, my heroine has given up on fairytale love. Single mother Malika “Pumpkin” Tavares lost faith in fairytales after she fell for a toad. Town royalty Armand “Manny” Charmayne has been searching for his soulmate all his life, whom he’ll recognize at first sight by a golden aura, that only he can see, surrounding her person. Manny doesn’t see gold when he meets Pumpkin, but the more he gets to know her the more he considers defying fate, if only he can convince her to take a chance on love again.

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Blurb

Single mother Malika “Pumpkin” Tavares lost faith in fairytales after she fell for a toad. Now she believes she’s not cut from the storybook, heroine cloth and searches for Mr. Good Enough amongst the sidekicks and supporting men of the town.

Love at first sight isn’t a cliche for town royalty Armand “Manny” Charmayne. For generations the Charmaynes have spotted their soulmates by seeing a golden aura the first time they laid eyes on The One.

When Manny meets Pumpkin he sees…nothing, but sparks fly off the richter scale. The more he gets to know her the more he considers defying fate, if only he can convince her to take a chance on love again.

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Author Bio

Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!

Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.

Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.

Heart Song by Kansas Native @SamLaFantasie

heartsongebookusatodayRelena wants freedom, depending on herself and not having to answer to anyone, but a betrayal takes that away. The last thing she expected was the incredibly handsome Marren to free her.

The catch?

She has to fall in love with him, fulfill a prophecy involving their heart song, and rejoin the two realms. But Jiren, the last Ancient of his kind, isn’t convinced and will stop at nothing to maintain his throne, even if it means breaking their most sacred law.

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Excerpt

 

Chapter 5, scene 2

“Spring is definitely in the air.” I giggled to myself as Marren’s arm tightened around my hand.

“It is, indeed.”

He led me down a path that forked to the right and opened into a small field of the most beautiful, tallest, red tulips bordered by trees, as if he had cut out a place for these flowers, and they grew with the magic that had won over my heart. I held my breath for fear that letting it out would make them fade.

“By the Gods, this is beautiful!”

“I thought you would like it. Go on.” He motioned toward the field.

I looked into his eyes, as if to make sure he wasn’t joking, and then stepped tentatively into the field of flowers. Their light scent danced in the air. It was sweet and mild.  At about the halfway point, I looked over my shoulder at Marren, still standing on the path. I smiled, facing him and cocked my head to the side. I wondered what was taking him so long to join me. He nodded toward me a smirk pulling at the corner of his lips. I turned back around taking another step, finding a rock that rolled underneath my foot. I fell to the ground and started laughing.

I was pulled up by Marren so fast it took my breath away. “Are you okay?”

I nodded.

Slowly, he placed my hands on his shoulders then slid his down the side of my arms, along my back, and coming to a rest at my waist. He pulled me into him, pressing our bodies together. I took in a deep breath as a rush pulsed through my veins. The woods became silent, and the wind stopped blowing, as if the world stilled for us. We started to sway, slowly, from side to side. It was awkward, like he was nervous, which made a giggle bubble out of me, shaking my frame against his. He chuckled in response and started spinning me as we glided through the flowers, twirling one way and the other in motions that were graceful, magnificent, and magical. My feet barely touched the ground, like we floated in the air.

We dance in circles, through every inch of the flower field as we gazed into each other’s eyes, looking into forever. Eventually, we slowed, returning to the center of the field and shifting back into the sway before stopping completely.

“I want you to promise me something . . .” Marren said. I worried that there was something on his mind, a weight that burdened him.

“What?” I asked.

“Promise you’ll remember this day, no matter what decision you make.” His voice was sad and fearful.

“What decision am I to make?” I asked, twirling a strand of his hair around my finger and losing myself in his eyes.

He pressed his lips to mine. The sweetness in his kiss filled me, but his lips were almost too soft. “You’ll see . . . just promise me you’ll remember today.”

About the Author

IMG_3842.33A Kansas native, Samantha LaFantasie spends her free time with her spouse and three kids. Writing has always been a passion of hers, forgoing all other desires to devote to this one obsession, even though she often finds herself arguing with her characters through much of the process. She’s primarily a fantasy writer but often feels pulled to genres such as sci-fi, romance, and others.

Samantha became a bestselling author with the Pandora Boxed Set (which includes Made to Forget: Nepherium Novella series–Part One) on both Amazon and USA Today.

Samantha loves to take time to enjoy other activities such as photography and playing her favorite game of all time, Guild Wars 2.

 

 

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Book Trailer Love Fest! Voting Begins…NOW!

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Show your support of over 30 authors including USA Today bestsellers by voting in the first ever Book Trailer Love Fest. Watch the trailers, vote in the polls, and share the contest with your friends! The voting is live from February 15th to February 22nd. Winner will be selected on the February 23rd. This is a fun, free contest made to support all authors! So hop on over to booktrailerlovefest.com and get your vote on!

Here is a list of authors participating in the contest:

USA TODAY Bestselling Authors:

DelSheree Gladden

Noree Cosper

Rainy Kaye

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Amazon Bestselling Authors:

Devorah Fox

Alesha Escobar

Emerald Barnes

Fiona Skye

Frank E. Bittinger

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J. Andersen

Jennifer Chase

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J.R. Smith

Lindsey R. Loucks

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Quick! Remove Your Shoes From Under Your Bed!: Angel Dreams by @JodyAKessler

New Release from Jody A. Kessler – Blog Tour & Giveaway! Both novels in this award-winning series will be on sale for only .99 cents for a limited time.

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Supernatural boundaries will be crossed as Angel of Death, Nathaniel Evans, risks his eternal soul to save the one he loves, the paranormally gifted and nature-loving, Juliana Crowson.

While working with a new client, Nathaniel finds out that pissing off a demon-wielding warlock in order to help a suicidal teen with misplaced sexual tendencies may be the last thing he ever does as an angel. Unable to stand aside, Juliana’s involvement in Nathaniel’s new case quickly develops into a misadventure with gun-toting bikers, table dancing, and a shamanic exorcism performed by her temperamental Native American friend, Chris Abeyta.

Can Nathaniel and Juliana’s love endure blood-letting rituals in the forest while helping a terrified teen find the will to live, or will fate and the rules of the afterlife tear them eternally apart?

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“Are you sure I shouldn’t be worried about something?” she asks again, her green eyes penetrating my soul, looking for some clue.

I sigh heavily. “Only death, Mom. It comes around for everyone, you know.”

“Not funny, Jules.” She scowls at my bad joke. “I’m going upstairs. Nice to meet you, Nathaniel.”

I wish I was being funny. I walk into the kitchen, not really caring if Nathaniel follows or not. Mine and Jared’s survival seem like the only important thing in the world at the moment.

As soon as I hear Mom’s bedroom door close, Nathaniel steps up close. So close we are almost touching.

He whispers, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry about Travis, and for causing you any pain. You’ve done everything. You saved Corrine, Juliana, and I wouldn’t be back to normal — if you call this normal — without you. You’re amazing. I don’t deserve to be here with you. And you still let me in.”

His face is a mask of torture and I want to erase all the terrible things we have been through, but I can’t. All I can do is stand here, surrounded by his warmth, his smell, and his caressing voice. It’s the most comfortable place I’ve ever known, and the most agonizing. I have to work at forming any words at all.

“I had to do something. If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have been killed in the first place.”

“I don’t want to start arguing again, Juliana. I shouldn’t even be here now. You should run away from me.”

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Nice excerpt! Now it’s time for a character interview! Welcome Juliana Crowson from Angel Dreams!

 

Me: So, Juliana, tell us a little about yourself.

J: Umm…first of all. I’m not that comfortable being interviewed. (She says this and bites at her lower lip as if it’s stressful sitting here with me.) Don’t get me wrong or anything, I really appreciate you having me here. I’m just not the type to stand out in a crowd. That role has always been taken by my rock star brother, Jared, and I like staying in the background.

So let me start with the basics – I’m 19. I work in my grandma’s herb shop. I like the job a lot and Grandma is pretty flexible with my schedule, which has been great since I haven’t been going to work very much lately. I’m having the most obscure and wildest summer that I could ever dream of – and that probably sounds way better than it is. Apparently I’m really adept at all things related to the paranormal – like seeing ghosts, demons, and angels. This hasn’t been a fun experience, but the good news is I’ve also fallen head-over-heels for a guy named Nathaniel. Unfortunately, he’s not exactly alive. I just found out and I’m not totally sure how this is going to work between us.

Me: If you’re into the paranormal, do you have any special routines or rituals related to the supernatural?

J: I’m really not that thrilled about my recently discovered “abilities.” In fact, it’s been a freaky burden to bear. But, if you put aside the scary bits, then yes. I have a zillion routines and rituals. Maybe my life-long collection of superstitions came from the fact that I’ve always been so sensitive, but here are some that come to mind:

If your right ear rings, someone is saying bad things about you

Never sweep over a threshold or you risk sweeping all the luck out of a room

Tying a bunch or mint around the wrist cures stomach ails and wards off infection & disease

If a broom falls a spirit is in the house

Never step on someone’s shadow – you’re stepping on their spirit

Pinpricks on the back of the neck mean someone on the other side is trying to protect you

3 time’s a charm – Do not ignore the universe on this!

And a personal favorite of mine is…

When you see ravens:  One for sorrow, two for joy, 3 for a girl, 4 for a boy, 5 for silver, 6 for gold, 7 for a secret never to be told

 

Me: Interesting! What would we find under your bed?

J:  Hahaha. This question is directly related to the previous question. You won’t find anything under my bed — especially shoes. It causes nightmares and I definitely don’t need any more bad dreams disturbing my sleep.

Me: *Removes shoes from under my bed* What was the scariest moment of your life?

J: This just happened recently. Please excuse me, it’s sort of hard to talk about still. (She drops her gaze to the floor and takes a couple of deep breaths. When she looks back up at me, her vivid green eyes are piercing, but a little weary.) Not too long ago, I discovered that I can see and talk to spirits and other members of the spiritual realm. It’s been a huge challenge to accept this part of my personality. Then I was assaulted by a “not-so-friendly” ghost. The ghost entered a drug dealer’s body and they came after me as one freakishly warped being. They got their hands around my neck and I blacked out. Yeah, that had to be the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.

Me: I can see why that upsets you, so let’s switch subjects. What makes you happy?

J:  Music, concerts, rock climbing, and wild crafting for medicinal plants. And I should probably mention my family, and Nathaniel’s eyes – probably his biceps too.

Me: :) If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?

J: I don’t think anyone has ever described me as a chirpy bird in the morning or at any time of the day. I’m might be a bit of a grumpy bear before 9 am, but I’m not nearly as bad as my brother Jared. He’s a bear with a toothache and a stubbed toe if it’s before noon. I guess if you stay up till the a.m. hours every night, which he usually does, it’s understandable. I just like to have my cup of tea in the morning before I have to speak to anyone.

Me: What one word best describes you?

J:  Enigmatic

 

Awesome! Thanks for being here, Juliana!

 

 

About the Author

When Jody isn’t navigating the terrain of her imagination and writing it down, she can be found exploring the wilderness of Colorado with her family, or in the kitchen baking 032cookies & brownies – and then trying not to eat them all. She’s passionate about continuing to learn and reads anything and everything that catches her interest. Jody is a full time mom, a Reiki Master, and has taught Hatha yoga for over a decade.

Jody’s debut novel, Death Lies Between Us, is the winner of RomCon’s Readers’ Crown award for best Paranormal Romance in 2014. She is currently working on a historical time travel series set in Montana in the 1860’s. The first book in the series, The Night Medicine, will be published in March 2015.

Jody A. Kessler invites you to visit with her at: www.JodyAKessler.com, or on Facebook & Twitter

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.@huntershea1 Talks #IslandoftheForbidden & Cats (Maybe He’s a Fellow Cat Whisker Collector!)

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Hunter Shea is quickly climbing the ranks of not only one of my favorite horror authors but also one of my favorite people. Period. Not only does he write spine-chilling books with bad ass heroines that I’m always making grabby hands at, but he also likes cats. You already know how I feel about felines. So Hunter, like I always whisper to my own cat, “You’re my favorite.”

Now that everyone’s thoroughly creeped out, I have all sorts of goodies in this blog post: First a guest post from Hunter on, you guessed it, cats! Second, information on his newest release, Island of the Forbidden, including a giveaway!!! And third, my review of IOTF!

Let’s go!

Cats

 

I dig cats.

And not because Hemingway was a cat person. I’ve just always liked them. They can be affectionate and funny to watch, but independent enough to walk away when fun time is over. They are the very opposite of the clinging, needy ex that made your life a living hell.

As they get older and settle into lap cat status (if you’re lucky), they keep you warm in winter. Or they could morph into the under-the-bed type cat, in which case you see them at feeding time and when they do their litter box soft shoe.

We have two cats. One is eight, a rescue cat that we brought home 7 years ago. Iris spent the first few years attacking us like a damn Predator, leaving our legs battle scarred. Now that she’s older, she loves being around people and is a soft, furry lump on the chair.

We recently brought home a kitten from the shelter, a black cat my daughter named Salem. This cat is nuts. He’s skittish, but he loves people. We truly believe Salem is turning the clock back for Iris, who has become livelier than ever, though she attacks Salem now instead of us.

I enjoy watching them. Iris is regal, self-assured and in charge. Salem is scatter brained, clumsy and bursting with energy.

My favorite moments are the ones that give me pause. Like when Iris will be plodding along into the dark kitchen and suddenly stops and stares at a blank space on the wall. Her hackles rise and she crouches into a fighting stance. I look and there’s nothing there. What the hell is she seeing?

Or when Salem is running around at full speed and suddenly slams the brakes. His wide, orange eyes see something we can’t. Sometimes it keeps him frozen in wonder, other times it literally flips him out. He can’t run away fast enough after his initial back flip.

I like to think cats have the ability to see other dimensions. It might be something with the construction of their eyes or the wiring of their brains. A day doesn’t go by when Iris or Salem don’t stop to peer at the unknown. What I wouldn’t give to plug into their little minds and read their thoughts, feel their emotions.

If they can see what’s in our house, can it see them too? Do the cats keep the ‘bad man’ away as much as they do the mice? Dogs are great for keeping out physical intruders, but cats, I think they hold sway over something much bigger, and at times, darker.

It’s too bad that Hemingway’s felines couldn’t keep the madness from claiming him. Perhaps they protected him from something much worse.

So I surround myself with cats, sleek sentinels that watch over me as I write stories that sometimes even give me the goose bumps.

 

I loooove this post! When my cat gets the crazies, we call them Vietnam flashbacks. Unfortunately, I don’t live somewhere haunted like Hunter does, so my cat doesn’t appear to see things I can’t.

 

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Island of the Forbidden by Hunter Shea continues the story of Jessica Bockman, the ghost-hunting heroine who has appeared in Forest of Shadows, The Graveyard Speaks and Sinister Entity, all published by Samhain Horror.

To read more about the series and Jessica Bockman, read Hunter’s recent article.

Island of the Forbidden Synopsis

Sometimes, the dead are best left in peace.

Jessica Backman has been called to help a strange family living on a haunted island in Charleston Harbor. Ormsby Island was the site of a brutal massacre two decades ago, and now the mysterious Harper family needs someone to exorcise the ghosts that still call it home. The phantoms of over one hundred children cannot rest.

But something far more insidious is living on the island. When the living and the dead guard their true intentions, how can Jessica discover just what sort of evil lurks on Ormsby Island? And why is Jessica the only one who can plumb its dark depths?

 

Giveaway

Enter to win one of five Hunter Shea books being given away! Two signed copies of Montauk Monster, one signed copy of Sinister Entity, and two e-books of choice of his titles are up for grabs! One book to each winner, given in order of random drawing. Enter to win at the Rafflecopter link. Must use valid email that winners can be contacted by. Print books are U.S. residents only. Contest ends Feb. 28, 2015. Any questions, contact Erin Al-Mehairi, Publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com.

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Purchase Links

GoodReads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23622071-island-of-the-forbidden

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Island-Forbidden-Hunter-Shea-ebook/dp/B00PDJV156/

Samhain Horror:

https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5298/island-of-the-forbidden

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/island-of-the-forbidden-hunter-shea/1120724210?ean=9781619226906

Raves for Hunter Shea

Forest of Shadows

“A frightening, gripping story that left me too frightened to sleep with the lights off. This novel scared the hell out of me and it is definitely a creepy ghost story I won’t soon forget.” —Night Owl Reviews

Sinister Entity

“This is the real deal. The fear is palpable. Horror novels don’t get much better than this.” —Literal Remains

“. . .Culminates in a climactic showdown between human and spirit that keeps you glued to the pages!” —Horror Novel Reviews

Evil Eternal

“Hunter Shea has crafted another knockout. At turns epic and intimate, both savage and elegant. . .a harrowing, blood-soaked nightmare.” –Jonathan Janz, author of The Sorrows

Swamp Monster Massacre

“If you’re craving an old-school creature-feature that has excessive gore. . .B-horror movie fans rejoice, Hunter Shea is here to bring you the ultimate tale of terror!” —Horror Novel Reviews

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Hunter Shea, Biography

Hunter Shea is the author of paranormal and horror novels Forest of Shadows, Swamp Monster Massacre, Evil Eternal, Sinister Entity,  HellHole and Island of the Forbidden, which are all published by Samhain Horror.

The June 3, 2014 release of his horrifying thriller Montauk Monster was published by Kensington/Pinnacle. His second Kensington novel, Tortures of the Damned, will be published later this year.

He has also written a short story to be read prior to Sinister Entity, called The Graveyard Speaks (it’s free, go download!), and a book of stories called Asylum Scrawls.

His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales, and the upcoming anthology, Shocklines : Fresh Voices in Terror. His obsession with all things horrific has led him to real life exploration of the paranormal, interviews with exorcists, and other things that would keep most people awake with the lights on.

He is also half of the two men show, Monster Men, which is a video podcast that takes a fun look at the world of horror. You can read about his latest travails and communicate with him at www.huntershea.com, on Twitter @HunterShea1, Facebook fan page at Hunter Shea or the Monster Men 13 channel on YouTube.

 

My Review:

I was salivating to get my hands on this book, and it sure didn’t take me long to tear through it!

After the events in Sinister Entity, it makes sense that Jessica and Eddie have a lot to work through in terms of their own mental well-being and relationships with others. It’s a struggle for both of them, which paints this book a darker color. But when Hunter Shea throws these two in a haunted house on a deserted island, the book gets super creepy.

I loved the character arcs of both Jessica and Eddie. Hunter writes these characters with such intelligence and heart (not to mention a large dose of kick-ass) that they leap off the pages.

While not as scary as Sinister Entity, the story still gave me chills in some parts. Even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the very, very end (it was so abrupt!), I’ll continue to stalk Hunter Shea across the interwebs.

Happy Book Birthday to Come, the Dark by Rebecca Hamilton! #pnr #urbanfantasy

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Thanks for stopping by to view this quick announcement on Rebecca Hamilton’s latest release, COME, THE DARK, book 2 in the Forever Girl series. Although this book is the second in the series, it is a complete standalone following a completely new set of characters. And you can grab your copy today for only $0.99! Still apprehensive about reading the second book in a series? Well, you can grab the prequel, HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL, off kindle–Always Free–and on January 9th, THE FOREVER GIRL will be free also, for the first time ever! Worried you might forget the date? Join the mailing list using the option on the Rafflecopter below and you’ll receive a reminder on January 9th to download your free copy anytime between January 9th and 13th!

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COME, THE DARK

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton

Come, the Dark 2Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.

The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.

Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.

A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.

TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.

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THE FOREVER GIRL

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton

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Beautiful blonde with dandelionsAt twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.

Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she’d settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor’s hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.

The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampires, ghosts, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.

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About the Author

BeccaRebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on twitter @InkMuse

What is a Forever Girl?

Being a Forever Girl Means

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January Black by @wendysrusso & Touch of Frost by @Rush_Monroe Release Par-tay!

Books! Giveaways! Parties! Read on!

 

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Wendy S. Russo is re-releasing January Black in print on the 15th, and Kindle on the 25th. Purchasers of the print copy will be able to pick up a Kindle copy for $0.99, and members of Amazon Prime will be able to read the book for free via Kindle Unlimited until March 25, 2015.

 

January Black Blurb:
Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn is the son of The Hill’s commandant. As such, he’s expected to conform to a strict, unspoken code of conduct. Small acts of defiance over years—such as walking on the grass—have earned him a reputation for being unruly. When sarcastic test answers finally get Matty expelled from school, King Hadrian offers him a diploma if he can answer a deceptively simple question, and then dismisses the only answer.

To prove his worth to society, Matty wrestles with the king’s word games, the kingdom’s historical record, and laws that don’t make sense. He meets Iris Locke, a street smart gardener, along the way. After enchanting him at a glance, Iris helps his research, keeps him out of trouble, and finally breaks his heart.

 

Alone again, Matty finds himself on collision course with a deadly law, one he will have to break to answer the king’s question. Was Hadrian challenging him, or teaching him a lesson? Without Iris, it won’t matter, because Matty won’t stand down for anyone else.

 

January Black is the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal winner for YA-Coming of Age.

 

Book Links:

Kindle USA: http://bit.ly/januaryblack

Amazon Print: http://bit.ly/januaryblack-print

Kindle UK: http://bit.ly/januaryblack-UK

Kindle CA: http://bit.ly/januaryblack-CA

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/januaryblack-GR

 

Wendy’s Bio

Wendy S. Russo got her start writing in the sixth grade. That story involved a talisman with crystals that had to be found and assembled before bad things happened, and dialog that read like classroom roll call. Since then, she’s majored in journalism (for one semester), published poetry, taken a course on short novels, and watched most everything ever filmed by Quentin Tarantino. A Wyoming native transplanted in Baton Rouge, Wendy works for Louisiana State University as an IT analyst. She’s a wife, a mom, a Tiger, a Who Dat, and she falls asleep on her couch at 8:30 on weeknights.

 

Connect with Wendy on Facebook (http://facebook.com/wendysrusso) and Twitter (@wendysrusso).

 

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LYNN’s INFO:

I have three novels releasing on the 15th–The Touch of Frost Trilogy. Originally they were released Amazon (digital) Only. But now, it’s everywhere, **including print**. So, since three books can be overwhelming, feel free to just focus on the Frostbite cover if that works for you. I’ll send a graphic that has all three covers on it.  :)  

 

BOOK BLURBS:

Frostbite (Touch of Frost #1)  

–Book Trailer here: http://youtu.be/azsucCVtXL4?list=UUjjm2Iqo7D67gGnKG17tv2g

Amanda gives a whole new meaning to cool…

Amanda Smith is sick of getting chased from town-to-town. So when she lands in tiny Trifle, Arizona, she hopes it’s her last move for a long time. Despite hating the smallness of the town, she settles in and finds a best friend, and even a boyfriend. Normality at its finest.

But for a girl who can shoot snow from her hands and lift a two-ton truck over her head like a bag of feathers—normal is not an option.

The scientists who murdered her mother come barreling into Amanda’s quiet life. She must decide if she’ll run again or stay and fight. The price of either choice might be her life or the lives of those she’s come to love…

Absolute Zero (Touch of Frost #2):

Death may be the only way I can live…

The Center is destroyed. Mandy and Georgia have their own place near campus and are ready to start their new lives as college students. All that’s missing is Mandy’s steamy relationship with Zach. His sudden distance and irritability has Mandy wondering…and possibly wandering.

Nate Ashcroft, a beautiful, but mysterious, guy literally falls into Mandy’s life, shattering her already unstable relationship with Zach. When an unknown agency sets its targets on Mandy and Georgia, ugly truths of Mandy’s powers, her parents’ deaths and the people she’s chosen to trust send her life into a tailspin.

One only her death can stop.

Cryostorm (Touch of Frost #3):

They made his body, she’ll awaken his soul…

 

Three months ago, my twin sister, Georgia, and I had to die so our loved ones would be safe from the scientists hunting us. After months of searching, we’re close to finding the one person who can help us find closure, Georgia’s adoptive mother, Lois.

 

Snowstorms and an unexpected run-in with GenCorp, the latest entity charged with capturing us, delay our mission and break our spirits. The only light in my supernaturally chaotic life is Nate. He’s given up everything to protect and take care of me, and each minute I’m with him confirms how much I love him. Finally ready to share my heart again, I take the next step, admitting my true feelings.

 

The mad scientists who want to tear me apart and use my body for a freak show, once again taint my happiness with a disturbing technology that rips Nate from my arms. As I battle GenCorp’s warped technology to save my soulmate, I’m faced with the vivid reality: the Nate I knew and fell in love with may be lost forever.

 

And if I get him back, will I still be able to say those three precious words?

 

LINKS FOR TOUCH OF FROST BOOKS:

Frostbite:

Kindle USA: http://bit.ly/FrostbiteAMZN

Amazon Print: http://bit.ly/FrostbiteAMZNPrint

Kindle UK: http://bit.ly/FrostbiteAMZUK

Kindle CA: http://bit.ly/FrostbiteAMZCA

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/FrostbiteBN

Barnes & Noble Print: http://bit.ly/FrostbiteBNPrint

Kobo: http://bit.ly/FrostbiteKobo

iBooks: http://bit.ly/FrostbiteiTunes

 

Absolute Zero:

Kindle USA: http://bit.ly/AbsoluteZeroAMZN

Amazon Print: http://bit.ly/AbsoluteZeroAMZNPrint

Kindle UK: http://bit.ly/AbsoluteZeroAMZUK

Kindle CA: http://bit.ly/AbsoluteZeroAMZCA

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/AbsoluteZeroBN

Barnes & Noble Print: http://bit.ly/AbsoluteZeroBNPrint

Kobo: http://bit.ly/AbsoluteZeroKobo

iBooks: http://bit.ly/AbsoluteZeroiTunes

 

Cryostorm:

Kindle USA: http://bit.ly/CryostormAMZN

Amazon Print: http://bit.ly/CryostormAMZNPrint

Kindle UK: http://bit.ly/CryostormAMZNUK

Kindle CA: http://bit.ly/CryostormAMZNCA

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/CryostormBN

Barnes & Noble Print: http://bit.ly/CryostormBNPrint

Kobo: http://bit.ly/CryostormKobo

iBooks: http://bit.ly/CryostormiTunes

 

LYNN’S BIO:

Growing up in the land of 10,000 lakes and cold, snowy winters, Lynn Rush has been known  to weave a little of that cool Minnesota climate into her stories, but these days, she much prefers desert living. She resides in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, and when she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training for her next endurance event.

Connect with Lynn on Twitter (@Rush_Monroe), through Facebook (Facebook.com/LynnRushWrites), or her website LynnRush.com.

 

Don’t forget to enter the giveaways! Prizes are: #1: $25 e card, #2: Magical Swag Pack from Wendy Russo; #3: Frosty Swag Pack from Lynn Rush.  GIVEAWAY is Open 12/15-12/31/14.

 

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And don’t forget to join the Facebook party tomorrow! I’ll be there, too! Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/743540915729689/

Dec 15th FB Release Party

 

Normal Is a Relative Term: Portals by @MaerWilson

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Portals

For supernatural detectives Thulu and La Fi, “normal” is a relative term. La Fi is a medium, Thulu is a finder, and their usual clients are already dead.

But when their friend Reo is shot, and a group of stranded angels shows up at their house for help finding a missing child, things are striking too close to home.

And the portals that let the magical races return to Earth are opening on their own.

With trips off-world, a kidnapped psychic and changes to their own abilities, Thulu and La Fi are hit with a lot more than they usually handle. Of course, their magical friends are there to help, but even they may not be enough to save an increasingly unstable Earth.

Portals is the cross genre (Sci Fi/Urban Fantasy) sequel to Relics and is Book 2 in the Modern Magics series.

 

Portals can be found at these retailers:

Amazon – Kindle     |     Amazon – Paperback

Barnes & Noble – Nook     |     iTunes

 

Excerpt from Portals:

It took a while to make our way through the chaos, doing our best to avoid the slashes from swords and daggers. I could barely breathe from fear. A daemon appeared before us, his sword raised to strike down at us. Thulu moved closer to me, doing his best to shield us with his backpack. The blow never came, as the tip of a sword grew from the daemon’s chest. His body crashed to the floor, and we skirted it on our way forward once more. Our heavy backpacks caused some issues as we traveled across the room, but after that episode neither of us was willing to drop them.

The screams of the injured and dying tore at my heart, but we finally saw glimpses of the portal. The portal was still ours. Dhavenbahtek and a few guards were fighting off the other daemons, as they tried to pull people closer and shove them through the portal.

As we made it to the platform, Dhavenbahtek saw us and immediately moved to pull us forward. I took a quick look around the room and saw that most of the fighting was now between daemons. I saw no Light Ones standing and hoped most had gotten through. A few elves were moving toward the portal. I caught sight of wings in their midst and realized they were guarding a Light One child.

More daemons appeared, but whose side they were on, I had no idea. Since the number of people had greatly thinned out as they’d gone through the portal, visibility became much easier.

I heard an unearthly scream again as Satorah saw she had a clear path to Dhavenbahtek. She held a dagger in her hand and flew toward him. He held a sword so big I couldn’t have lifted it. Her hatred blazed through her eyes. Dhavenbahtek spared a moment to sweep Thulu and me through the portal. My last glimpse was Dhavenbahtek blocking the portal, just as Satorah reached him.

Thulu and I tumbled out onto hot sand, our heavy backpacks dragging us off balance. Hands quickly reached to help us up, and we were still sorting ourselves out when the group of elves came through with the Light One child. They fell through the portal, and we scrambled to get out of the way. The heat was incredible, and the light from the sun was weird, but I didn’t have time to do more than note it.

We waited for several long moments. At last, Dhavenbahtek came through, bloody sword in one hand. My relief at his appearance was short-lived.

Two things happened almost simultaneously that cause me to cry out.

I stared in horror as I saw the dagger protruding from his chest, just as the portal behind him flickered several times and disappeared. Yeah, that same portal that supposedly never closed.

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