"When it comes to authors,we may hide ourselves from others but within our pages, our true souls emerge." - Nicole Hill
"I want a Vampite of my very own. Until I find him, I'll just keep writing him into existence." -Nicole Hill
" I write like people talk. It may not be perfect but it's damn entertaining." - Nicole Hill
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Exile on Peachtree Street: Hunter S. Jones - The Next Big Thing: Let’s start off today’s by giving a big shout out to Lucy Pireel http://lucypireel.wordpress.com/ for nominating me as The Next Big Thin...
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The Title of her work or Group:
Elijah's Conquest (Book One)
Where she creates:
The genre that gets to claim her:
Romance mostly paranormal
The meat and potatoes:
It is about a young boy who is
pushed around by his step-dad until one day a mysterious woman turnsup, and turns him. He must find out how to survive among the undead. He goes in search of his true love, if she even exists.
June just lets her muse take over:
My fingers do the talking. I never have an
outline and when I do try to go that rout, I end up writing something totally different.
Has she ever written anything and thought; " The world has got to
see this!" ?
My memoir, it hits home with a lot of people. "My Hero is My Monster"
Does she have an editor and Cover Designer or does she do this
I do the cover myself, editing, I leave to the pros.
Who can we thank for inspiring June to write?
P. C. Cast, Jane Austin
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your
Love scenes, I am terrible at writing about something I have
never truly experienced.
Does June write her characters or do they write themselves through
Depends on my state of mind. I always use the characteristics of
a long lost boyfriend in most of my books.
Does she ever write herself into the characters?
yes, one has to take herself out of the real world once in a while.
Is writing June's full time job or is she "Keeping her day job"?
So to speak.
I was recently laid off, so yes, for now, writing is all there is.
If she could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be?
The real Rose Dawson from Titanic.
There are millions of new books released every year. What in her mind makes Elijah's Conquest stand out from all those millions in her genre?
Pure raw talent, raw emotion, there's nothing like it in the world.
When a traditional book is published, it is edited so much, it takes
the writers voice away. But with Indie Authors, what you are reading,
is truly their writing.
In the world of Indie, marketing is very difficult, especially if
you don't have the funds to pay for it. Has she found a great free
way to market her work that she think's other Indies will benefit from?
Social Media, it is the greatest marketing for me. There are tons of
twitter handles, and facebook pages that will list your books for you.
Not to mentions the tons of bloggers who host interviews as such and
reviews. The number one thing I would say is blog tours. I can not
stress that enough.
Follow June's career:
Grab your copy here:
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Think you know your fairytales? Think again. These aren’t your normal happily-ever-after. Within these pages, a murderous Little Mermaid gets her revenge, the Cinderella doesn’t really want to wear the slipper, Snow White is up to her eyes in industrial experiments, and the Beauty is in fact the Beast.
This collection of four novellas will surprise you, make you gasp in horror, sigh with relief, and sit on the edge of your seat. And most of all…they will make you rethink everything you think you know about dark fairytales…
Song of the Abyss
Princess Nerissa had envisioned a perfect wedding to a handsome prince. Instead, she fell into a nightmare. When her new husband tries to murder her just hours after pledging his life to her, she must flee towards the sea. Caught in transition from woman to selkie, she is trapped by the dark waters she hoped would be her salvation. Now her destiny becomes that of luring young men to their death…until one comes along that reignites the spark of love inside her. However to ensure her future, she must first face her past. Revenge must be taken…for both her life, and the life of the young man she now loves.
Miss Cavendish and the Spark of Salvation
In a city toiling under the iron fist of the Spiegel Syndicate and its monopoly on coal, Miss Georgina "George" Cavendish is on the brink of a breakthrough that could change the world forever. There's just one thing standing in her way, her aunt - Xenobia Cavendish. Threatened by her efforts, the Syndicate procures the services of a notorious assassin with a past tied to her own, known as The Huntsman, to dispatch the brilliant scientist. But once he gets a glimpse of the headstrong beauty, will he be able to do the job, or will Georgina sway him to The Cause? And will George find the breakthrough she needs in time, or is New London Town doomed to forever lie under the dark shadow of her aunt's factories?
Hawke and the Beast
Some curses last forever, and some can be broken with the whisper of three little words. Isabella Rose Woodward fell in love with a witch's son over a century ago. Her punishment for breaking the young man's heart was a beastly one. Every month she turns into a different creature, aging on the full moon when her curse allows for a brief return to her human form. Her only salvation is to find a man that will love her as she is…be it adorned in feathers, fur or scales. Has she found this love with the handsome Jasper Hawke? Or will a mysteriously determined Hunter find her first, and snuff out the life she so desperately seeks? A life of normalcy, where she loves and is loved in return… just as she is.
Nyx has one mission in life; bring down the brainwashing of New Omsk’s citizens, and release them from their mundane lives of toil. The year is 2355, and the world is a new place. A Governor is in charge of every city in the world, and humanity is attempting to rebuild itself after recovering from a war that nearly killed it. But this Governor has set his eyes on the intrepid little hacker, Nyx, and he will stop at nothing to get her. But perhaps he needs her more than he ever dreamed he would…as do his citizens.
See the book trailer.
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MoonRosePublishing
Miranda Stork https://www.facebook.com/authormirandastork
Tara S. Wood https://www.facebook.com/twoodwriter
Lindsay Avalon https://www.facebook.com/author.lindsay.avalon
Trish M. Dawson https://www.facebook.com/WriterTrishMarieDawson
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
After a millennia apart, can two vampires rekindle their love, or will the line between right and wrong keep them apart?
Hunted by the demon who imprisoned her for hundreds of years, Ashlyn MacDougal is fleeing with a secret which could destroy her soul. When she runs into her lost love, Connor Gregory, life twists upside down.
Connor has spent the last thousand years as a Judge for the Magic Council, tracking and destroying demons. Especially the abominations--those part demon, part vampire. When he discovers his long ago lover is not only alive, but protecting a half-breed, his confusion knows no bounds.
Thrown together by circumstance, they must resolve their past. With demons after them, Ashlyn and Connor come to find their love still burns. Yet, the secrets she hides, and his duty to his job, might just keep them apart for another eternity.
"Ms. Kallyn delivers a whirlwind of magic & intrigue that will have your heart racing for more" ~ Jami Gray, author of Shadow's Edge
After centuries alone, can a vampire king trust the woman who's woken his heart?
Jordan MacDougal, laird and King of his vampire clan, walks a thin line of civility between his clan and the local shifter pack. When his vampires began to disappear and the wolves accuse the intriguing woman who's touched his heart of being evil, he discovers that the traitor in his midst may be closer than he thinks.
A newly turned vampire, Dalia Jensen wakes to an unusual and frightening new world with no memory of the past year of her life. Accused of working with the Master Vampire who held her prisoner, her inability to remember the truth leaves her reeling under the allegations of vicious past actions. Uncertain of her culpability, she's unable to trust her own instincts as the reigning Vampire King turns her world upside down.
When the wolves call for her trial, demanding her life for those killed and tortured during that blank year, Jordan and Dalia must work together to find the truth, and save the love blooming between them.
"Loved It! Wonderfully written and with a fascinating plot, Bloodstorm will keep you wanting more" ~ Crystal
Book 1 Is Free for a limited time!!!!
When duty forces a shaman to stop a vampire from her revenge, love doesn't just burn... it bites.
For two hundred years, Niki DeVeraux has been tracking the monster who murdered her family and made her a vampire. She finally catches up to him only to face more than she bargained for in a too-sexy sheriff who makes her remember she's still a woman. With duties as Keeper of the peace and Sheriff, Shane Spencer must protect humanity and stop the friction between the local Arcaine races before it turns into an all out blood war.
When wolves start turning up dead, the tension between the races grows and suspicion falls on Niki. Shane knows she's not to blame, and it has nothing to do with the primal urges she stirs within him. Working together, they must stop the hostilities from going over the edge. Trouble is, the desires raging between them might prove more dangerous than the surrounding threats.
"if it is at all possible for a dragon to become stronger or more alpha in general then Ms Kallyn has managed it..." ~ The Romance Studio
Follow Amber's career:
Monday, October 29, 2012
Final days of 31 Days of the Paranormal! Join me as I celebrate the fact that I survived by giving Legacy Forgotten away #FREE!!!!!!
Wow. This has been one crazy month! I really did not know what I was getting myself into, the day I decided it was a good idea to feature a different paranormal book everyday and cal it 31 Days of the Paranormal. A blog post a day on top of my already busy schedule was a very daunting task. but I managed to squeeze it in and have fun while doing it. I met really awesome paranormal authors and discovered loads of great books. A huge Thank You to every author who participated. My blog had no less than 400 views per day this entire month, thanks to you guys. LOL. Seriously, it was so much fun. I'll probably do it again next year. There are two more days left in the month and two awesome book features left so be sure to take a look. Go back and view the previous posts this month. Any paranormal fan would not want to miss out on these great stories. To celebrate the success of my first month long paranormal blog celebration, I am offering the first installment of The Avalon Legacies, free 10/30 and 10/31!
Legacy Forgotten will be free 10/30 and 10/31 for Halloween! Have added 12,000 words!!!! Grab your copy and don't forget to review if you like it. I am an Indie Author who does everything by myself. Every review helps me to see how I'm doing and what I may need to change.
Ailis has spent her entire life pretending that she did not have powers because her mother deemed them UN normal and therefore bad. Her grandmother spent the first years of Ailis’ life teaching her, preparing her for a great destiny. When her mother found out she moved them to California and away from her grandmother and teacher. So she decided to spend her life on the side of law enforcement. She is still doing great things. Her only problem now is that she is pretty sure that the serial murders her homicide unit is investigating are not being committed by a human. In walks the most gorgeous man she has ever seen. What’s wrong with that? Ailis not only knows that he is a vampire but she also knows that he is the one who’s been draining child molesters and murderers and leaving an empty carcass for her to find. Still, he does not seem like a bad guy to her. During her investigation she unearths secrets about her families past that takes her half way across the world to right a wrong that occurred hundreds of years ago. Can she trust this vampire to help her solve a mystery that could very well end up with her being life challenged herself?
Dangerously attractive vampire, Kenneth has been around long enough to know that there are no such things as coincidences. That’s why, when he meets the undeniably strong willed homicide detective Ailis, he knows that there is a good explanation as to why she looks identical to his long dead fiance He just has to figure out what that would be. He decides to look into it and quickly discovers that she may look like his fiance but she is independent and don’t take any crap. It doesn't take long for her to remind him that he has a heart and what it feels like when it is breaking. When his one hundred year nemesis shows up in Miami and tries to force Ailis to join him, he realizes that her powers are worth something to even the worst of his kind. He pledges to protect her from any danger as long as he is still breathing. If those trying to keep her from fulfilling her destiny have anything to do about it, that won’t be long at all.
“Its one of those books that is difficult to put down once you start. ”
P.J. Storm | 1 reviewer made a similar statement
P.J. Storm | 1 reviewer made a similar statement
“It has romance,suspense,mystery,and action,a little bit of everything that makes a book good. ”Mama Dukes | 2 reviewers made a similar statement
US & India Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005WL8EAA
UK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005WL8EAA
DE Link: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B005WL8EAA
FR Link: https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B005WL8EAA
ES Link: https://www.amazon.es/dp/B005WL8EAA
IT Link: https://www.amazon.it/dp/B005WL8EAA
JP Link: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B005WL8EAA
Rachael J. Thorne
The title of her book:
Where she creates:
Originally I’m from Yorkshire in the North of England, I moved to Suffolk when I was 16 (many moons ago), and my husband and I moved here to Essex just over a year ago.
The genre that gets to claim her:
I usually write in the supernatural/paranormal genre.
In her words, her book is about:
I would say it’s about a paranormal investigator who thinks she’s got everything figured out until something comes along that she can’t explain away with logic.
Her muse always follows a set plan:
I’m extremely ordered when I write, outlines, to do lists, chapter plans galore. It takes me almost as long to plan the first draft as it does to write the first draft!
He she ever written anything and thought: " The world has got to see this!" ?
No, I’m terribly shy about letting people see my work. It’s taken me years to pluck up the courage to actually take the leap and publish my first book, now I just need to keep it going.
Who can we thank for helping to bring Last Regress to perfection?
I have a couple of independent proof readers, but apart from that so far I’ve done it all myself. I think as my work progresses in the future I would like to work with an editor and a professional cover designer, but starting out completely on my own with no financial backing at all, as many other indies know, was very hard.
Has one author inspired her more than any other?
Goodness, I honestly don’t think there’s only one author who has made me feel that way. Since I was very young I’ve been such a voracious reader and therefore so many authors have influenced me throughout my life. I have wanted to write since I was a teenager though.
Is there anything she has found particularly challenging in her writing?
I think what I find the most challenging is keeping myself structured. Despite my constant use of lists I still find it easy to get distracted. I might start the day intending to finish a chapter, I find I need to quickly research something, then I get distracted by something else that I think of, before I know it the day has passed and the chapter still hasn’t been written but I’ve done fifteen other things and created several different tasks for myself.
Does Rachel write her characters or do they write themselves through her?
I definitely write them, as in I know what their personalities will be when I begin the writing process, but they do develop as the story unfolds.
Does Rachel ever write herself into the characters?
Never, I’m far too boring for that!
Is writing her full time job or is she "Keeping her day job"? So to speak.
Technically I’m keeping my day job, but unfortunately at the moment I’m too sick to do my day job. I have an autoimmune disease which has more or less forced me to become housebound, so you could say I’m also writing full time.
If Rachel could go back in time, she'd want to solve an age old mystery.
It sounds so clichéd but it would be Jack the Ripper (not at close quarters though!), just because I would love to see who it actually was.
There are millions of new books released every year. What in her mind makes Last Regress stand out from all those millions in it's genre?
(Here you are asking a shy person that question :) Well I think a lot of people will identify with my main character, Alyssa. She’s not a super strong/immortal/paranormal heroine, she just a normal woman like any of us, a bit bogged down with self doubt, and she doesn’t always do the washing up!
In the world of Indie, marketing is very difficult, especially if you don't have the funds to pay for it. Has she found a great free way to market her work that she thinks other Indies will benefit from?
I’m sure that most indies are doing the same. Of course social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook are valuable marketing tools, but the network of fellow indie authors and bloggers who support indies is absolutely amazing. Interviews, spotlight posts, reviews are so valuable to an author promoting their book and there are lots of fantastic sites.
Links to Follow Rachel's Career:
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/LastRegress
Links to purchase Last Regress:
Links to purchase Last Regress:
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Title: Wanderlust Love & Hate
Author: Madasin Mayfair
Publisher: Westland Park Press
Genre: Speculative- Paranormal and Suspense Elements
On a muggy summer’s evening in rural Osnaburg Township, Ohio, Autumn Marseille meets the mysteriously beautiful and angelic David Huntsman, and her life takes a terrifying and thrilling turn. Plagued with a ghastly omen of her impending death and battling the impediments of an abusive and volatile relationship and the dark secret that binds her to it, Autumn struggles to understand her reality which has transformed into a tantalizing nightmare. As the visceral obsession with David consumes her life, she finds herself entwined in a vicious cycle of love and hate.
Determined to uncover the hidden intentions of The Reign, a powerful and vindictive clan that stalks her even in her sleep, Autumn seeks out the nature of David’s involvement with them…before it’s too late. One fateful decision will change the course of her life forever and ignite an in-depth investigation, headed by the vigilant, young Detective Spenser Gabriel, who will stop at nothing to unveil the mystery and discover the truth.
Will the dreadful prophesy be fulfilled…or will David and Autumn be lost in Wanderlust forever?
I was alone in the dark. David had instructed me to sit on a hard chair of sorts and had left. I had heard the tap of his shoes grow fainter and fainter until I heard them no more. “David! David…David…David,” I call out, my frightened words echo off the walls and bounce back to me. Running my fingers along the base of the chair, I find it to be porous, splintered, and uneven. The arm rests feel the same except for the very ends which are rounded, broad, and smooth. A thumping noise causes me to jump and grasp hold of the chair. Louder the thumping drones, growing more pronounced in my head. “Stop it!” I scream. It is hell within my hell.
“Give me the necklace,” a voice whispers. It is a familiar voice, the same voice that I hear every night in my sleep.
“David!” I belt out panicking.
“The necklace. Give it to me.” It crawls on top of me in the darkness, I can feel it- the prickly, itching sensation that molests my legs, arms, and chest- settling over me and crushing my ribs. “He will abandon you once he’s used you up. Once his need is met. You are nothing. Soon you will see your own insignificance. My masters have you now- at this very moment. Thanks to me. They will get inside you. They will weaken you. You won’t last long. Then it will be over. And the necklace. It is not yours to have. The Reign fears that things are different this time. The Dark Prince has never parted with it before. It is his statement to my masters’ and the others as well. You are his. You are not to be harmed. How it enrages them. He commands you. He commands us all.”
The silver necklace is ripped from my neck and the monster is gone. I wheeze heavily, trying to clear my airways, triggering a couching fit. I bend over, like any good track coach will advise against, and struggle to catch my breath. The sounds of approaching footsteps and muddled conversation quiet me as I strain to hear.
“I rule The Reign. I command and you all do as you are told.”
A creak of a door and shuffling feet mark his arrival. As he enters, the room is illuminated from the sparks of fire that glow beneath each of his angelic footsteps. The fire climbs the walls, which I can now discern are constructed entirely of glass, and billow and crackle above my head. David had brought me to an enclosure with limited egress, a vault, and I am trapped in it. My sweaty palms clamp the arms of the chair, and looking down I screamed at the sight of the dried human bones that had been fitted together and the skulls that were fashioned as the base and the hand rests.
“Don’t fret my love,” David said calmly. “It is merely my throne- perhaps one of suffrage- but is mine none-the-less.
I gasp at the change in his face, a face I had seen before, scarred and weathered and pitted with the slivering vessels- purple and engorged with blood, and the empty eye sockets that leaked, the scaly skin that chaffed and peeled around his hair line- the death and destruction that owned him. I tried to run.
“Stay awhile,” he smirks. “There really is no place for you to go, not in this place- not yet. Raising his arms, he sets fire to all that surrounds us, serpents of fire that coil and slither on every surface of ground, wall, and ceiling.
At first I had been ignorant to the breadth of space- infinity- that we hovered, suspended in guarded air- an all seeing cage, high above the pit of fire. I am cemented in place. I am a helpless observer.
“Now,” David said pacing around the perimeter of the glass dungeon. “Madam Therriot, dear oracle, I want to know what you see. What has changed? Something must have changed.”
“Yes my Prince,” the old gypsy said stepping forward. “I see your little girl is here. I’m amazed that she has made it this far. When I first met her at the festival, I underestimated her strength and mental stamina. It is not my place to judge, dear Prince, only to tell what is and what will be.”
“So you maintain your assertion then Madam? She will die…too soon?”
“Before her time, my Prince.”
“And to what end?”
“One that can’t be altered.”
“You dare to toy with me?” David said slamming his fist against the glass wall. “Speak it.”
The old women’s head sags and she drops to her knees. “My abilities only reach so far, my Prince, far inferior to what your eminence deserves. Forgive me.”
“Fool, forgiveness is not within my abilities!” David said looking out at the swells of fire beneath and the multitudes of tortured bodies that wallowed in it. “As for The Reign,” he said turning and facing me, “I believe you’ve met them all before.”
I swallow nervously as he approaches me. Again, I try to bolt. He snickers, showing me his mouth which is laden with thick black tar which coats his teeth and snake-like tongue. He strokes the back of my hair and slowly circles around me eyeing me deviously. “Why am I here?” I cry out in defeat.
“This is where you belong princess, seated right there on my throne, with me always.”
“Please David you are scaring me,” I sob as the reality of the matter settles in. I’m forever trapped.
He laughs, feeding my fear, “and now the introductions.” A wave of his mighty hand sends flames shooting into the scalding air. “Princess, may I present The Reign- my oldest and most trusted companions who work for me and restore the order above and manage the tyranny below. Stolas you know, or perhaps not in his human form, my keen night stalker- my fierce raven of death. “Tell me Stolas, how are you and your Legion managing to mold and influence the masses?”
“It is a simple task, eminence, as you always say. The jinn are weak minded and easily swayed.”
“Feeble and mindless,” David said squeezing the sleeves of Stolas’s leather jacket. “It is your duty to instruct the Legion to draw them to me, for you must be the one to look over my flock. You…all of you… have been preoccupied with that pretty thorn sitting over there- and why? You have lost sight of the goal. She is already a part of me. Forget her! Be fishers of men- the jinn- I want them all Stolas, every last one of them. I won’t be satisfied! Murmur, what have you to say?” he asks shooting the Captain a glare that cripples him and causes him to fall onto the glass floor.
“As always. Dark Prince, I strive to do your will.”
“And your three slaves, the Erinyes?” David asks walking behind the Captain and placing his foot forcefully on his back.
“The Kindly Ones ask no questions, eminence, they do as I instruct. They obediently collect the souls of the fallen jinn, or what’s left of their souls I should say. Neverending…she is a good soldier…dragging down all the habitual deceivers; Voice of Revenge…my sweet little school girl…captures those who never can let go; and my favorite warrior… Envious Anger…she is diligent in having those who lack contentment surrender. My innocent wretches, together they will bring in more debtors and transgressors than you could ever hope for.”
David drove his foot further into the back of the vulnerable Captain, “I’m relying on it Murmur.”
“Yes, my Lord.”
“I need you down here, all of my Reign, there is work to be done. Murmur, the Kindly Ones must handle the outside while you focus on the core. The time has come for the Eninyes to take control. Ensure that is being done- that they don’t disappoint me.”
“Yes, Great One.”
“Where is Mara and Lamia? Where is my Royal Pair?”
“When they are not preoccupied with themselves you can be assured that they are with someone else,” the oracle said with a toothless grin.
“They have no self-control,” David spat angrily. “Disobedient, gluttonous, slaves! Cerberus, seek them out,” he demanded. The loyal bas rouge, which I had not seen lurking behind the massive throne, emerged and stopping to flash his pointed teeth at The Reign trotted to the doorway and awaited his chance to follow the Master’s orders. “He is the only one that is truly loyal to me. The rest of you have turned against me,” David said lovingly stroking the regal canine.
“No Great One,” Stolas stammers. “What you fail to see is that we are trying to protect you…but your will is always what we strive to achieve.”
“Silence slave,” David hissed. “You have no opinions. You have no thoughts. You have no abilities to make decisions. That goes for all of you. All this time you have turned a deaf ear to my will. I’ve told you to follow the plan, to wander along beside me, but every last one of you has taken it upon yourself to meddle in affairs far above you. I told you to leave the princess to me, but you won’t and you will damn it, damn us all. We are already in it,” he screamed, fire shooting from his mouth. The Reign quivered in fear as David’s thunderous voice cracked the glass walls and quaked the floor beneath us. “Do what I command. I reign above all!” Madame Therriot shook and kept her eyes to the ground; Murmur and Stolas, on their knees, reached to kiss their Master’s hand as he passed. “Besides Cerberus, she is the only one that I can depend on and you all seek to destroy it- to take it away from me.”
He posed his last statement in an awkward sort of rhetorical question and no one dared speak another word. “Don’t you fear my princess,” he said kissing my cheek. “You have nothing to fear when I’m with you…and that is always.”
Madasin Mayfair is a published poet and essayist, debuting her first novel- Wanderlust: Love & Hate- from the highly anticipated Wanderlust series. A 2008 English graduate from Malone University, she is currently a graduate student at Northwestern State University pursuing a Language and Literature Master's degree. Madasin grew up in Osnaburg Township, and currently resides in Massillon, Ohio with her husband, daughter, and German Shepherd Dog.
Links to follow her career:
Publisher Website: www.westlandparkpress.com
Author Blog madasinmayfair.wordpress.com
Grab your copy here:
Create Space E Store: www.createspace.com/4004762