#CoverReveal for BROWNLOW BABY by Katie Hamstead

Here is the cover reveal for Katie Hamstead’s latest novel; Brownlow Baby! Set in Australia and following hot Aussie Rules players, you don’t want to miss this romance.

Julia Saxon has been in love with her best friend since the moment she met him. The problem is, Lachlan Daniels was already in love with his model girlfriend. But she just dumped him, and the night of the Brownlow medal ceremony–the most prestigious award in Australian Rules Football–Julia is determined to win him over.
For one night, she believes she has succeeded, until in the morning he runs out in a panic, apparently regretting their passionate time together.
With the support of her friends, she tries to move on, and even manages to snag herself a boyfriend. Then, the vomiting starts.
When the pregnancy test shows up positive, Julia knows exactly who the father is; Lachlan. But that is all kinds of complicated as he continues to pine after his ex, who has moved on, although, she still toys with him.
When Julia makes the decision to keep the baby, her boyfriend leaves, unable to watch her carry his team mate’s child.
As the following months ensue, Lachie discovers the pregnancy and vows to stand by Julia. The pair struggle through a tumultuous and complicated relationship. When it comes down to it, Lachie will have to choose between Julia and their baby, or his ex. But Julia won’t go down without a fight for her happy ending, whether it’s with Lachie or not.
 


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About the Author:

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush” and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughters and their dogs.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.

When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.


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Check out the newest release by Katie Hamstead Dancing in the Athenian Rain

 
Title: Dancing in the Athenian Rain
Author: Katie Hamstead
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: New Adult Time Travel Romance
Blurb:
When Donna is sent back in time to Classical Athens, she’s
furious at Dr. Stephens for sending her against her wishes. Then a Greek
soldier purchases her to be his wife.She’s forced to learn a new language and culture, and faces her fears of never
returning to her own time. The society hates her, especially because they think
she’s an Amazon, which forces her to confront her issues—being compared to her
genius brother, borderline abusive friends, and a cheating boyfriend.

But her husband, Peleus, is kind and patient. Although against her best
judgment, she allows him into her heart. He counters all the negative voices from
her past, but those voices drive a wedge between them. She must let go of her
fears, her inhibitions, and insecurities, and admit her feelings, or she could
lose him and the life they’ve built.

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About the Author:
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day
dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories,
inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she
met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona
with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She
currently works as an Acquisitions Editor with Curiosity Quills Press to help
support her family.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife
and mother. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to
work on her novels.

Stop by and see the gorgeous cover to LINK by Summer Wier

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For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars.

Or at least, it used to.

Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that’s missing—her father.

Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.

If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves.
Dreamy, fluid, and beautiful, LINK pairs the mystery of science fiction with the minor-key melody of a dark fantasy, creating a tale that is as human as it is out of this world.

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Summer Wier Author PhotoAbout The Author:

Summer Wier grew up spending Saturdays with a maxed out library card and her nose in a book. But as much as she loved reading, and even writing, both took the back seat when it came to career choices. With her sights set on law school, corporate greatness, and even a hankering to become the first female president, she set off to conquer the world. As life would have it, though, she didn’t attend law school, nor did she become president (although, one day, your vote may be appreciated), finding her strengths, instead, in accounting and business management. After finishing her MBA, she revived her love for reading and began writing with dreams of finishing a book of her own. When Summer isn’t working, reading, or writing, she’s trying to keep up with two energetic girls and her husband, and dreaming of the mountains of Montana.

LINK is her debut young adult sci-fi novel, the first in THE SHADOW OF LIGHT trilogy.

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Check out my interview with the talented Melody Winter, author of Sachael Dreams

Melody Winter Author PhotoMelody Winter’s debut novel Sachael Dream was just released. I was lucky enough to score a bit of her time to ask a few questions about her writing process, critique partners, and new projects.

 Are you a panster or a plotter? How do you approach a new idea?

I’m more a plotter. I tend to have an idea and run with it from start to finish. I even outline each chapter of a book with what needs to happen. Having said that, I tend to be a panster while writing within my outline. Many times my writing wavers from the original outline, and I love it when it happens, it usually means my characters are leading the way. It’s a wonderful feeling.

For example, with Sachael Dreams, I had a quite detailed outline of the story, but as I planned the chapters it became apparent that there was too much material for one book. So it became two books. And, as I wrote the words, more and more ideas came into my head. I got to know my characters even more than I originally did, and realised that the full story was going to take even more than 2 books. Hence I ended with a rough outline of chapters and events for 4 books. I like knowing where I’m aiming with a book. It keeps me focused even though my characters like to lead me astray at times.

So, even though I plan, I wander from the outline many times.

I approach a new idea by letting my mind wander. I listen to music, look at images and write copious amounts of notes around my idea. Gradually a clearer outline emerges and it’s only then that I start to plot. I’m currently pulling together ideas and information for a new book, The Ascent, after the Sachael books. It has a pinterest board and I already have a chapter breakdown—28 chapters, but it’s looking as if this could turn into more than one book. I’m still exploring ideas within the main thrust of the story and they could have a dramatic effect on what’s already there.

 

Do you have the same critique partners for all your work or do you have different sets? And why?

I have a small group of people who I can really rely on. I’m not one of these people who send my MS out to loads of people for feedback—I keep my manuscripts very close to me. I have a pre-reader who also doubles as a ‘google junky’, a friend who does the first edit—she’s very blunt! And then I have a CP whose advice is incredibly valuable to me. I have two other great people who read for me, but my initial three are the ones who really dig deep and give me so much of their time. So I sort of have a little Melody Winter team who love my work but aren’t afraid to tell me when it’s no good or a really bad idea! I’m hoping to have the same team working with me on The Ascent which is a dark romantic fantasy. My pre-reader and first edit person are very excited about it. But again, I’ll keep things pretty quiet until I need to start shouting about it.

I suppose the reason I keep the same team is because I trust them and their advice. I’m very lucky to have found people who love my writing and feel as attached to my characters as much as I do.

 

What is the most difficult aspect about being a writer? 

For me, without a doubt, it’s time. I work, have two teenage boys, and a husband to split my time between. Life can get pretty hectic and at times I want to just shut myself away from them all and forget what’s outside the door and concentrate on writing. It’s been hard, as my writing has always been seen as a hobby and not to be taken seriously by my family. That is gradually changing now I’m published. I’ve seen the looks passing between the three males in the house, and the willingness to cook tea so I can write. But I’m not sure how long it will last.

 

Do you have any suggestions for editing drafts?

I don’t necessarily think there is a right or a wrong way to edit drafts. Some people write a very clean first draft, other just want to get the story down. But I can tell you the way I work:

My first draft is usually pretty much how I’d like my final version to be in terms of plot and story. My pre-reader see’s each chapter as it’s written so I’m alerted to anything major while writing. My first edit person tightens things up. We go through each chapter and she tells me what works, what doesn’t, where my characters aren’t reacting strongly enough or where things get boring (Yes I’ve deleted whole pages due to her critique) After this I go through a full 2nd edit by myself. I tweak the original MS with the feedback and suggestions from the edit. I remove ‘dead words’ and then send the whole document to my kindle. It reads very differently to on the screen on my laptop. I tweak sentences, see areas to expand/alter and I read straight through marking what needs to change. I’ll then do all the alterations back in my word document. Then I leave it alone for about a month. I write something else, do meme’s, or plan another book. But I leave my current MS alone. After that magic month I give the whole MS another read through and tweak before sending it to my CP. Once back from my CP, I attack it again taking into account her comments. After that it’s another full read, then it’s as ready as it can be. It’s a long process getting from that first draft to the version I’m eventually happy with, but I see each step as getting nearer that published version.

For me, I also have the expertise of Kisa Whipkey, my editor with Reuts, but if I didn’t have her and was looking to self-publish, I would definitely have my MS professionally edited. I want my words to shine as much as possible.

 

Do you have other stories in the works?

As mentioned earlier, I have a dark romantic fantasy planned—‘The Ascent’. I’m really excited about this one as it’s completely different from the Mine Series. I keep drafting little scenes that come into my head because the characters are already speaking to me, but I refuse to spend any large amount of time on it before I’ve finished writing the Mine series.

Sachael Dreams is finished. SD2—Sachael Desires is going through its final edit and then it’s ready for Reuts with publication later this year. SD3—Sachael Delusions is written and is currently undergoing its first edit with my friend. And SD4—Sachael Destiny is being written – I’m 2 chapters in, but a few of the later chapters are already drafted. So there’s plenty going on. At times it feels weird jumping through different stages in Estelle’s head (my main character). But it’s also interesting to see how much her character had grown during the series.

 

 If someone wrote a book about your life, who would star as you in the movie version?

Ohhhh, heck, let me think. Firstly I think it’d be a pretty boring book so this would never happen, but the person who I think could play me would be Rene Zellweger. I’m thinking mainly about the character Bridget Jones that she so famously played. Perhaps that’s because I see myself more of a Bridget Jones character, daft at times, but with a heart of gold. And let’s face it – who wouldn’t want to kiss Colin Firth!!!!

 

Please check out Melody’s new release Sachael Dreams.

Grab your copy here: 

Signed copies available from her website: www.melodywinyter.com
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And here’s an excerpt from Sachael Dreams

 

Jumping to my feet, I took in the scene. Azariah was standing completely still, like a beautiful statue—the skin along his spine and the back of his arms raised in spikes as he faced the strangers, silently daring them to come closer. I wanted him to run. I wanted to run, but I couldn’t turn away. I backed up the beach, my breathing short, shallow, and hurried. One of the pebbles, slipped from my hand as the men charged at Azariah.

Three against one—he didn’t stand a chance. Why hadn’t we run into the sea? Surely, it was the safest place for us?

I turned away, not wanting to witness what I was sure was about to happen. If everything Azariah told me was true, these men would kill him. They wanted him dead.

Scrambling footsteps, the sound of pebbles being dislodged, shouts, and cries for help echoed across the beach, and as I hesitantly turned to where I had last seen Azariah, I saw one of his attackers lying motionless on the sand. Azariah was dragging the other two by their feet, heading to the sea. They were kicking ferociously with their free legs, shouting and swearing at him. He didn’t register the blows of their feet as they made contact with his body. One of them pleaded for him to let go, and the other cursed loudly. The sight of Azariah, the man whose arms I’d been lying in only a few minutes ago, dragging two big, muscular men into the sea, pulling them as if they weighed practically nothing, was a shocking scene to witness. His skin, raised in tiny silver scale like spikes, caught the bright light from the rising sun, but I could easily remember its softness, the way he had quivered under my touch, and how his eyes sparkled with pleasure. It was difficult to reconcile this angry, beautiful man with the one I had lovingly spent the past two nights with.

I glanced at the dead man lying on the beach. Two others would be joining him soon. Strangely, the fact didn’t scare or shock me the way his admittance had the other night. If Azariah didn’t kill them, they would kill him. This is what he had warned me about.

The two men he was dragging into the sea thrashed wildly. They were helpless against Azariah’s strength as he held their heads under the surface of the water. I was so intent on watching the calm, controlled way he stood looking out to sea as he willingly drowned his opponents, I was unaware of anyone else on the beach. But hearing the sudden crunch of pebbles behind me, I spun around.

There stood another man, smirking at me.

I screamed at his menacing appearance, and turned to run. But I moved too quickly. My foot slipped on the damp pebbles and my ankle buckled beneath me. I stumbled. The man grabbed me from behind, lifting me off the ground. I kicked my legs, trying to hurt him. I scratched at his arms. Nails raked flesh, but nothing made him release his hold.

“Let me go!” I cried, continuing to struggle, trying to hit him with the pebble in my hand.

“You are coming with me,” he growled, managing to hold me with only one arm. Wriggling with determination, I managed to free my arm and swung it through the air, aiming for his head. The pebble made contact with the side of his face before dropping to the sand. Unfortunately, the blow had no effect on his hold, and as I took in a ragged, desperate breath, preparing to scream for Azariah, a cloth was placed over my mouth and nose. Within seconds, I slumped against my captor.

My head spun, and my vision became distorted. My heart beat fast, rapidly thumping in my chest. I drew in a panicked breath, realizing too late that whatever was on the cloth had now been inhaled deeply into my system. As my body was dragged backward across the pebbles, the cloth was held against my nose and mouth. My limbs wouldn’t react; they ached with a forced weightlessness, unresponsive to any demands from me.

Pain jabbed at my eyes, and I screwed them shut. Whatever was on the cloth was having a dramatic effect on my body. Desperate to catch sight of Azariah, I managed to open my eyes. My view was blocked by a hooded, cloaked figure. Jerked upright from my slumped position, the cloth was removed from my face. Free from the suffocating substance, I took several deep, lung-filling breaths of air. Bony fingers grabbed my chin, and I was forced to meet the eyes of the cloaked figure. Haunted dark brown eyes stared at me. It was the woman who had passed Azariah and me the other morning, the woman from the farm shop a few weeks ago.

“Well done, Pactolus.” Her words were angry and short. “Take her back. Orontes wants her.”

The thudding of my erratically beating heart filled my head. I tried to force a scream from my lungs, but it wouldn’t come.

The woman released my face, pushing it sideways, and the cloth was shoved onto my mouth again. I held my breath, not wanting to take in any more of the substance.

As the woman moved away, my vision became increasingly blurred, but I saw Azariah. He stood in the water, the bodies of the two men floating motionless next to him. He was safe. It was all I could ask for.

Spots sprang onto my eyelids, grainy specks of darkness that slowly increased. My sight disappeared.

“Estelle!” A tremendous, angry roar rang out across the beach.

My world was plunged into darkness. I had no control over my lifeless limbs, my aching chest, or my shallow breaths. The cloth was removed from my face before I was lifted by my captor and thrown onto his shoulder. I concentrated on the names I’d overheard—Orontes and Pactolus. They were ones I never wanted to hear again.

 

Stop by and see the cover reveal for Golden by Melinda Michaels

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High school senior Hanna Loch just suffered a blackout in front of her entire homeroom class. She hasn’t had one in over ten years, and she’s terrified—the last time she blacked out, she woke up with no memory of her life before. To make matters worse, no one can explain why it happens. For Hanna, bad things tend to come in threes.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover it . . .

When she learns she could be a descendant of someone who lived once upon a time, Hanna must put her trust in William Vann, a descendant of one of the most hated villains ever known. Their histories are intertwined in more ways than she expected, and he has answers about her past, answers even her family won’t share.

But is it safe to put her trust in someone who appears to be danger reincarnate, while trying to escape the darkness that tried to kill her ten years ago?

A loose fairytale retelling, GOLDEN is a story that’s just right, weaving together lost secrets, vengeful enemies, and what happens when fiction becomes reality.

 

Melinda Michaels Author PhotoMelinda Michaels is the author of Golden and currently lives in Milford, Pennsylvania. A self-proclaimed historian with a rare sense of humor, Melinda finds an immense amount of joy in knowing useless facts, exploring historical places and drinking copious amounts of coffee. When she’s not writing she can be found researching obscured time periods for her own amusement or refurbishing old furniture.

Melinda loves Philadelphia and visits often to enjoy the city with her husband Andrew. Together they have three rambunctious pets. Archie the Beagle, Winston the Boston Terrier and Beatrice the cat.

Golden is the first in a Young Adult magic realism series. Find more now on facebook, twitter, or her website.

Walking Shadow… Book Two in The Darkworld Series is here.

Walking Shadow promo banner-2The lovely and talented Emma Adams took time out of her hectic writing and editing schedule to answer a few questions about her writing process, her demons and her upcoming work. Book Two of the Darkworld Series was just released and I’m excited to share this interview and links to her book with you. So without further adieu, here’s my interview with Emma 🙂

 Are you a panster or a plotter? How do you approach a new idea?

I’m a mixture of both, but I do a lot of planning in the beginning. I write fantasy, so I start with research and figuring out the “rules” of the world I’m writing about. I also write a plot summary and character arcs, and eventually that develops into an outline. But I don’t pre-plan every scene – just a general overarching outline that I adapt as I go along.

What is the most difficult aspect about being a writer? How do you stay organized between writing and working as an editor?

Balancing is something I struggle with. I’m a workaholic, and my workday never seems to end! I try to designate certain hours for writing (usually in the morning) and others for editing, and leave time in between for answering emails, blog posts… the list goes on!

What are your top three nuggets of wisdom you would like to share with unpublished writers?

  1. Write the book you want to read.
  2. Persistence is key.
  3. Every setback is a learning experience.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

I love drafting when I’m inspired and the words are just flowing. But then, there are days where it’s like repeatedly running into a wall. The ups and downs of writing!

Do you have other stories in the works?

I’m working on an adult contemporary fantasy series I’m really excited about! – Emma shared info about this upcoming series yesterday and it looks fabulous. Stop by her website and read more!!

I wrote a blog about self-doubt being a new demon I encountered. Do you have any writing demons?

Self-doubt is definitely a persistent one! Also, the deadly Comparison Demon always makes an appearance on bad days.

If someone wrote a book about your life, who would star as you in the movie version?

Oh wow… I’ve no idea! I’d say Emma Watson, though she’s far prettier than I am, haha.

Favorite recipe or story you’d like to share

Recipe? Hmm… I did have a recipe for awesome chocolate chip cookies, but I’m not sure what I did with it! But I do have a story: I used to do bake sales for fundraising when I was at university (and sold chocolate chip cookies), and I almost set the kitchen on fire when a cake… kind of exploded all over the oven. I still have no idea how that happened! (Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only time, which probably says a lot about my cooking skills. :P)

 

 And now… check out Emma’s latest book… Walking Shadow.


When you have a connection to the Darkworld, nowhere is truly safe.

Ashlyn has found a new home in Blackstone, but
when a spate of grave robberies across the country spark fears that someone is
practicing illegal sorcery, she comes under the radar of the Venantium, the
protectors of the Barrier between her world and the Darkworld, who are
suspicious of any sorcerer unaware of their origins.

The trouble is, what Ash does know might just
get her killed.
Sufferers of the dangerous condition known as
the vampire’s curse are being brutally killed, and the latest victim is Leo’s
guardian, the ex-head of the Venantium. Ash determines to help Leo find out
what’s really going on, but it isn’t long before events are spiralling out of
control. The dead are rising from their graves, and the barriers around
Blackstone are threatened by a demon which looks exactly like Ash herself…

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first in the series, Darkness Watching
(Darkworld #1)
Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one
interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s
losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into
the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.
Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the
small town of Blackstone  – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that
led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain
the barrier keeping demons from crossing from theDarkworld into our own world.All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all
part of the package of student life – but demons never give up, and their focus
on Ash has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is
soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a
connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The
demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her
before she can find out what it is.

In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they
appear to be…

Reviews“In the vein of Buffy and Supernatural, DARKNESS WATCHING found that perfect
balance between the freaky and the fun.” 
– YA author Jen Estes“Demons, Sorcerers, evil, and secrets. Could you ask for a better
supernatural suspense set-up?…It’s full of suspense, danger, evil and dark
humor. The plot is original, and completely gripping. From the first page, this
book had me hooked.” – Rose at 

Desert Rose Reviews“A suspenseful first part to an intriguing new fantasy
series.” – 

Sharon Stevenson, supernatural
author
“The story is extremely well-written with effortless, flowing prose, and the
original magic-user mythology and Darkworld creatures are very entertaining.
The author took what might have been over-done premise and twisted it into
something very fresh and exciting.” – 
Lexa Cain, author of Soul
Cutter

“This is a wildly different story than any I have read about demons…I
loved it!” – Kathy at 

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Happily-Ever-Afters

 

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Fear’s Touch:
A Darkworld Novella 
is also available now!

 

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This is a standalone novella, intended as a prequel to the Darkworld series. As
it takes place one year before the events of Darkness Watching, it
doesn’t contain any spoilers (although it does hint at things which will come
into play later in the series).

Freakish powers and staring demon eyes
aren’t part of Claudia’s plans for the future – and neither is ending up stuck
at the gloomy, isolated University of Blackstone. But bad life decisions are
the least of her problems, when a split-second decision to help out another
magic-user puts her in the crossfire of both the shadow-beasts and the creepy
organisation which hunt them down.
Claudia’s never had to worry about
making the right choice before, but every decision matters when you have a
Darkworld connection. Soon, she’s going to have to make a choice: turn her back
on the crazy and try to live a normal life, or take the monsters down.
But in a world where everyone seems to
have secrets, can she really trust her fellow magic-users – or even herself?

 

Emma spent her
childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average
reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing bizarre, fantastical
stories. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first
opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three
years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured
a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She
also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by
submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to
workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian
piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will
never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not
embarking on wild excursions, she edits and proofreads novels for various
publishing houses and reads an insane number of books. At the age of 21, she
signed a publishing contract with Curiosity Quills Press for the first book in
her creepy urban fantasy Darkworld series. DARKNESS WATCHING was published in
October 2013, the first in a five-book series.

Emma’s books tend to contain monsters,
magic, and wildly inappropriate humour.

Fall Into Fantasy Week 15: Destruction by Sharon Bayliss

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Week 15: The December People series
Book 1: Destruction
Book 2: Watch Me Burn
By Sharon Bayliss



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David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.
Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without. 

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.  

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.



Destruction (Book One of The December People Series)

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Watch Me Burn
The December People Series 
Book Two

David Vandergraff lost his home, his job, and contact with his oldest son, but remains determined to be a good husband and father despite being a dark winter wizard. 

His resolve is tested when a flyer for a missing girl–who happens to be a summer witch–begins to haunt him. David believes a spell needs to use him to save her, so he follows the magic’s command and looks into her disappearance. His teenage daughter Emmy resents him for caring so much about a random stranger. But when she uncovers some disturbing evidence close to home, she begins an investigation of her own.
David and Emmy quickly learn that the mystery is not only about a missing girl they barely know, but a deeply personal story that impacts everyone they care about. As their world crumbles, they fear the warning may be true—never mess with summer wizards, because the good guys always win.
Coming January 2015 from Curiosity Quills Press!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.



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Check out The Expatriates by Corinne O’Flynn

ExpatriatesBlitzBannerThe Expatriates #1 by Corinne O’Flynn 
(Song of the Sending) 
Publication date: October 15th 2014 
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Synopsis:

They told him his world was destroyed.
And they were the last to escape.
They thought he was safe.
They were wrong.

Jim Wales can communicate with animals, but that’s not why he lives with a traveling carnival. Turns out his family’s been hiding him there since he was little, since someone started hunting all the scholars. Jim is a scholar—someone who can manipulate energy using magic—and he has no idea.

When a message arrives from Jim’s father—who supposedly died twelve years ago—Jim’s whereabouts are discovered, their carnival is attacked, and his mother is kidnapped. On the run with a strange glass map and a single coin, Jim finds himself racing to reclaim the father he thought he’d lost, plotting to save his mother, and discovering the truth about who he is.

But going home isn’t the same as being safe, and trust is everything.

What readers are saying:

“Told in a beautiful, flowing style full of colorful images and adrenaline-pumping action.”

“Pop some popcorn, sit back … and enjoy the thrill ride, right up to the end, which leaves you begging for more.”

“Captures your attention from the start and then guides you through a roller coaster of adventure, drama, mystery, magic and young love.”

 
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Corinne O’Flynn is a native New Yorker who now lives in Colorado and wouldn’t trade life in the Rockies for anything. She loves writing flash and experimenting with short fiction. Her novel, THE EXPATRIATES (Oct. 2014) is a YA fantasy adventure with magic and creatures and lots of creepy stuff. She is a scone aficionado, has an entire section of her kitchen devoted to tea, and is always on the lookout for the elusive Peanut Chews candy.

When she isn’t writing or hanging with her family, Corinne works as the executive director of a nonprofit. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. You can find her online at her website, Facebook, or Twitter @CorinneOFlynn.

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Book Blitz for Loving Angel by J.L. Weil

 

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Loving Angel (The Divisa Series, #4)

Author: J.L. Weil

Release date: October 2, 2014

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Loving Angel isn’t easy. Actually, it’s downright exhausting, but somehow she weaseled her way into my life. She has become my everything—my reason for existing—my reason for breathing. I love the ever-loving crap out of Angel Eyes. There is nothing I wouldn’t endure for her—even college.

College. Ugh.

I hope the frat boys, the jocks, and the nerds are prepared for what is about to embark on their school this fall. Half-demons. Hunters. And um, the Keystone? Yeah, that is going to take getting used to.

We aren’t exactly your average freshman. And somehow I find myself stuck with a bunch of troublesome females to look after. Angel. Emma. Lexi. Pretty sure I got the raw end of the stick.

But that isn’t the worst of it. There is someone lurking in the shadows—spying and stalking my girlfriend. He is a dead man. How many people am I going to have to kill for this girl? A better question would be how many people wouldn’t I kill for her?

As many as it took.

Angel is about to experience betrayal of the worst kind. And this time, it’s not entirely my fault—shocker.

 

Don’t miss Saving Angel, book one in J.L. Weil’s The Divisa Series!

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Excerpt from Loving Angel:

 

For anyone who thought love was easy, well, I’d say they haven’t met Angel.

Loving Angel…it’s not easy. Actually, it’s downright exhausting.

I’d never met a single person who attracted as much trouble as she did. It was as if she oozed danger-stalk-me nectar. What was a guy to do?

Okay. I’ll admit that because of me and what I am, I had put her smack dab in the middle of a demon war, but I swear she does a bang-up job of getting herself in all kinds of gooey situations on her own.

How many people would I have to kill for this girl? Simple. As many as it took. In all honesty, a better question would be: How many people wouldn’t I kill for her?

Angel was my every thing—my reason for existing—my reason for breathing. I loved the ever-loving crap out of Angel Eyes.

Gawd. I think I might have vomited a little in my mouth.

Mushy thoughts weren’t my forte. Well, before Angel they weren’t. Not a single romantic thought had swirled in my brain. I wasn’t exactly an easy personscratch that, half-demon to love, but somehow Angel was able to see past my rocky and rough exterior.

God bless her.

Being a badass meant I was an asshole more times than not. I had a reputation to live up to, and everything you might have heard…it’s all a hundred percent true.

In case you’ve been living in a cave, the name’s Chase Winters, and I’m not your average incoming college freshman. Nope. I’m half demon.

It’s true. My so-called father is a demon with a mega power trip. I might be only part human, but my family is just as screwed up as the next.

That being said, I finally thought it was time you heard the story from my side. Lord knows Angel fabricates everything.

For once, it was not entirely my fault that Angel’s life was at stake.

What a mind-blowing concept.

 

 

Author Interview:

When did you start writing?

Oh gosh, that is like asking my age. I started writing in junior high, but nothing serious, just fun short stories here and there. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I sat down and began my first novel. My kids were older and I needed a hobby. That hobby turned into late nights at the computer, because I couldn’t get the characters out of my head. I knew from the moment I made the decision, I wanted to write Teen Romance.

What is your favorite writing style?

I am not an outline or a plotter. Plotting makes my eyes go cross. I do take a lot notes. A lot. Usually I have a general idea in my head of characters, settings, and motives. Then I let the story build as I write. Often I write the ending first, so that I have a goal to aim toward.

My favorite writing style is first person. I think my writing style is more of everyday talk. It is not filled with prose. I have a simpler writing style. It is what works for me.

What’s the best thing about writing?

The best thing about writing is the satisfaction when you finish a book and write those two words. The End. I also love getting emails and letters from readers who have read my books. It is my motivation to keep writing.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I spend time with my family, play video games, and am constantly thinking about my new characters and what kind of paranormal power/gift I could give them.

 

Do you like reading?

I love, love reading and miss it tremendously, because when I’m drafting, writing, or editing, I never have time to read. You should see my TBR list… *sigh*

 

JLWeilAbout the Author:

Award-winning and Bestselling author J.L. Weil writes Teen & New Adult Paranormal Romances about spunky, smart mouth girls who always wind up in dire situations. For every sassy girl, there is an equally mouthwatering, overprotective guy. Of course there is lots of kissing. And stuff.

Most of her books are for ages 16+. They usually have what she considers the good stuff – sexual content (oh yeah) and swearing. You have been warned 😉

An admitted addict to Love Pink clothes, raspberry mochas from Starbucks, (yum!) and Jensen Ackles (double yum!). She loves gushing about books and Supernatural with her readers.

 

Connect with J.L. Weil:

Blog: http://jlweil.blogspot.com/ : Website: www.jlweil.com : Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenniferlweil : Twitter: https://twitter.com/JLWeil

 

 

Check out H D. Lynn’s new release God’s Play

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Congratulations to H.D. Lynn, who just released her debut novel God’s Play. She found time to answer a few of my questions about her writing process, offer tips to unpublished writers, and share a story about hiking. After you check out her great (informative and honest) answers, read on to see more about her YA urban-fantasy that is available now.

So, my first question is about how you write. So, are you a panster or a plotter? How do you approach a new idea?

As Yoda says, outline you must. New works especially require at least a simple outline or else the story can get really tangled. That said, for writing sequels, the outlines can bog me down in a swamp of tedium because I know the characters pretty well by then; it’s fun to continue the adventure and heartache with them. If it’s a BIG new idea, I write it down. If it’s a small detail new idea, I might make a note of it

Do you have the same critique partners for all your work or do you have different sets? And why?

Different people, for sure. Not everyone likes everything, and people are busy. No one has time to read everything I write because, to pull a humble brag, I’m pretty prolific and quick when I write drafts. There’s a core group, though, who are generally helpful when I want to mull over ideas about writing and fiction.

 What is the most difficult aspect about being a writer?

Editing. Coming up with ideas—easy. Making an idea better—now that’s hard. (This is a great answer… Nathaniel Hawthorne — “Easy reading is damn hard writing.”)

 What are your top three nuggets of wisdom you would like to share with unpublished writers?

  • Don’t give up! You really never know what’s going to be the story that sells.
  • Write you. People respond to authentic voice. I had a beta who said they didn’t read YA…and then they read the first chapter of my story and asked to beta all of it because they liked it so much.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. I don’t mean kiss-asses who’ll give you an ego pat but people who can and will be there for you, aren’t self-destructive, or being critical to stoke their own egos. (great advice)

 What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Writing! I love the feeling of falling in love with the characters, their stories, and the world(s) they inhabit. There’s nothing like when you finish a first or second draft, too, and know that this story is all yours; you made it. For that sweet moment, it doesn’t matter how good or how marketable it is—it’s just your little story.

 Do you have any suggestions for editing drafts?

Anything that even feels a bit off usually is. I can power write, but I don’t even try to power edit; slow and steady wins the race during editing. The Golden Rule of Editing: If an editor says it, they’re probably right, and you’re probably wrong. This is not a bad thing, but it’s not a feel good process.

 What do you think is the most important element a story should have?

It should, above all, be a story. It doesn’t matter if you use 5 Act structure, 8 circle plot points, or the snowflake method—it has to be about a person, multiple people, or an amorphous entity wanting something, struggling to get it, and reaching some type of conclusion about their journey. Anything else is boring. Characters without motivation or agency are boring. Convoluted plots without realistic characters are pointless slogs. Cool worlds without coherent plots are just paintings. You’ve gotta catch ‘em all to make a story.

 Do you have other stories in the works?

I have the sequels to God’s Play outlined, and I’ve started to write the next book. I also am finishing a set of rough drafts for an adult urban fantasy trilogy.

 I wrote a blog about self-doubt being a new demon I encountered. Do you have any writing demons?

Imposter syndrome. It’s pernicious and jumps me like a mugger at the most inopportune moments. This might be because succeeding never feels like I think it will in my head.

 If someone wrote a book about your life, who would star as you in the movie version?

People in Hollywood are tan and pretty, and I am neither of these things. I’m a huge fan of Eva Green, though, so I’d pick her just so I could be like ‘EVA GREEN PLAYS ME IN A MOVIE.’ I mean, I’d put signs up on my house that’d say that.

 What led you to this genre?

I’ve loved fantasy for a long time. While I read across genres, I always come back to fantasy, and there was never a question of writing another genre. Urban and contemporary fantasy are great to write because they’re fantasy that asks questions about our world while looking towards the future. God’s Play happens to be YA, and there’s a part of me that’ll always relate to teens because I can’t seem to leave my ‘awkward and weird’ phase behind. I just embrace it better as an adult.

 Funniest hiking story 🙂

I got caught in a thunder-snowstorm over Memorial Day weekend on a mountain pass. When I got back to the car soaking wet and cold, I couldn’t stop laughing—it was super crazy. I’ve also played a game where, to save phone/ipod battery life, one person will put in a headphone and sing the songs that come up on their player and the person without the headphones will do their best to sing along. We’ve weirded out a lot day hikers with this game, especially because I’ve got a playlist loaded with Amanda Palmer songs. (This has the bonus benefit of warding off bears.)

 

This one isn’t mine, but a friend got stalked by this thing on the trail. He nick-named it the Demon Grouse because it hissed and stalked him. 🙂

 

And here is it… God’s Play. Read on and then go grab a copy.

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Genre: young-adult, urban-fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release­­: September 18, 2014

Cover Artist: Alexandria Thompson http://gothicfate.com/

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22895484-god-s-play

Available at Amazon

 

Description:

Sixteen-year old Toby was trained by a family of hunters to kill shape-shifters — but he has a unique weapon in his arsenal. With a touch of his hand, Toby can lift the magical protection shape-shifters use to disguise themselves as human. It’s an unusual skill for a hunter, and he prefers to kill monsters the old-fashioned way: with a blade.

Because of his special skill, Toby suspects he may be a monster himself. His suspicions deepen when William, a jackal-headed shape-shifter, saves him from an ambush where Toby’s the only survivor. And Toby doubts William helped him for purely altruistic reasons. With his list of allies running thin, Toby must reconcile his hatred of shifters and the damning truth that one saved his life. It’ll take both of them to track down the monster who ordered the ambush.

And Toby needs his unlikely alley because he has a vicious enemy — the infamous Circe, who has a vendetta to settle against the hunters. Toby has to unravel the mystery of his dual nature. And he has to do it on the run — before Circe finds him and twists him to her own ends.

 

boatAbout The Author:

H.D. Lynn is like Harry Potter in one way: she’s currently renting an apartment with a bedroom under her building’s stairs. Other than this, she explores fantasy worlds through storytelling like anyone else. She loves books with a mix of humor, adventure, and horror, and especially enjoys the urban fantasy genre. GOD’S PLAY is her first published novel.

When not writing, she enjoys hiking, climbing, and running. She’s a voracious reader, and has found listening to audiobooks while backpacking to be a perfect mix of two of her favorite things. She currently lives in Connecticut, but finds herself on the road often.

Find H.D. Lynn Online: @HeatherLynn117 on Twitter   |   godsplaybook.tumblr.com   |   captainheatherlynn117.tumblr.com