Authors

"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

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

4 #Free paranormal Romances for your Kindle


John Casey was ten years old when his mother was murdered…and ten when his father hid the truth from him. Without that knowledge, he has no idea of the enemies that lie in wait.

Now grown up, John lives a solitary life, in a world enslaved by ignorance and superstition, when anyone unusual is treated with distrust and even killed…and John has some very unusual gifts. When he is accused of witchcraft, John does the only thing he’s ever done—Run! That is, until he meets Jane, who lives in the bleak, imprisoned town of Marysvale. Life outside the safety of the town walls means certain death from the brutal monsters that hunt there. However, life inside, under the rule of a tyrannical leader, means no life at all. 

As the love between John and Jane grows, the dangers of Marysvale unfold; and for the first time in his life, John discovers that there is something worth dying for.





Paivi Anderson has it all—friends, a spot on the varsity basketball team, wonderful parents, and quite possibly, her first boyfriend. It was everything a freshman in high school could ask for. Her perfect life begins to crumble when she discovers her name on a list distributed by a power-hungry presidential candidate. How could anyone think of Paivi as an Enemy of the State? Could it be because of her special powers? No one was supposed to know about them, but the mysterious messages in her tater tots say otherwise. In INTO THE SHADOWS, Paivi quickly learns who her friends are and is forced into a reality she didn’t see coming.




Sixteen-year-old Janelle never thought the gray spiral birthmark on her arm meant anything special. But when gorgeous Gary materializes out of a hurricane right in front of her, that all changes, because he shares a marking exactly like hers. 

When Gary shows her the truth about the curse they share, it's only the start of their nightmare.





You can run from your destiny, but you can't hide.


If for no other reason than to help endure the hormonal rush of high school, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would trade her ability to feel her fellow students' emotions in a heartbeat, especially half the boys in class. 


When the beguiling Nicholas uses his superhuman strength to rescue Julia from the edge of a cliff before she's devoured by a bloodthirsty stalker, Julia is suddenly thrust into an underground world where people and animals are often one and the same. Fellow high school students disappear and only Julia and Nicholas know the truth. While Nicholas, a vampire hunter, is out stopping the ever-growing coven, an old friend entices Julia to join him on the dark side and a psychic tells Julia she alone is the key to stopping the madness, problem is it'll require Nicholas' life.



THE EMERALD TALISMAN is a page turning rollercoaster that will appeal to young adult women interested in a different take on the traditional teenage vampire love story. Instead, the readers are given a warm blooded, green-eyed, hot, day-walking hero who is there when you need him, but disappears when you want him.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Author interview of C. Marie Mosley Author of Reminiscence

              The Author
                C. Marie Mosley


The work of art:

Empyreal Warrior Series (Book One: Reminiscence)


Where she creates:

 Small Southern Town, USA


The genre that gets to claim her:

Mostly YA


In her own words, This book is about:

Reminiscence (EWSBK1) is about a teenage girl who just thinks that her life is normal … but 

wow, is she wrong … She’s actually this natural born heroine, but just doesn’t know it yet! 

She’s missing pieces to her memory, which obvious throws a wrench in remembering anything 

remotely important or cool, right? Then suddenly, some of those missing pieces start to slide 

back into place … and that’s when things get interesting!


Her muse let's her know where to go:

I usually do a lot of jotting … and then some sitting and writing or typing … when I get into my zone,

it’s on …*grins widely*


Has she ever written anything and thought; " The world

 has got to see this!" ? 

Yes … my current novel & the sequel is even better …


Does she have an editor and Cover Designer or does she

 do this herself?


The majority of the work, I do myself … though, I have had to break away from that a little bit for 

professional reasons … there’s nothing like an extra pair of eyes to catch all of your horrendous 

mistakes



Whose book did she read that made her suddenly know 

that if she didn't do this for the rest of her life then she 

would never be happy.

JANE AUSTEN …


Is there anything she finds particularly challenging in 

her writing?

Writing, for me, is not challenging, exactly … it comes second nature, almost as easy as breathing

 … the challenge itself is always there, though, and it continues to push me forward daily.


Does she write her characters or do they write

themselves through her?

They totally write themselves… they speak through me even when I’m without pen and paper … 


Does she ever write herself into the characters?

Sometimes, I guess … I write some things, later realizing that they are similar likes or dislikes … and

 certain mannerisms come through my characters, that if you know me very well, you can definitely 

see it. Do I do it intentionally … No! The characters made me do it … *smiles*


Is writing her full time job or is she "Keeping her day

job"? So to speak.

I love to write … it is my passion! But I still really enjoy my ‘day job’ …Would I like for writing

 to become my full-time job one day? Of course … but for now, I’m content dabbling in both 

worlds … but who’s to say what the future holds …


If she could go back in time and meet one famous person 

or legend in history, who would it be?

I could be so profound and pick some Great Leader or Queen, I could even go as far as to choose 

someone in Literature, like Jane Austen (which would be fabulous!), but I’m thinking of going total 

school-girl and choosing Elvis Presley… Oh, yes … I said it! And meant it! *smiles gleefully*


 What in her mind makes this book stand out from all 

those millions in it's genre?

The characters in the Empyreal Warrior Series are so relatable. They have real, raw emotions 

that come through the pages. The words paint such a picture for the reader that they feel as 

though they've already seen the movie version…very picturesque 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 other Indies will benefit from?

I wish that I could say that I have found the miracle marketing strategy … but the truth is, I am brand

 new to this game, like many others … but I have found that a great way to push your work is to just

 get your work out there and get your words heard …ifpeople start reading and liking your work, 

they will tell others. The literary world is pretty great that way … everyone loves to share! *smiles*


Links to find C. Marie Mosley
Twitter: @CMarieMosley



Links to purchase her book: 






Wednesday, August 15, 2012

5 Star review for The Witches Sleep by Kaitlyn Deann

The Witches' SleepThe Witches' Sleep by Kaitlyn Deann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book had me by the end of the first paragraph. Ella is a witch but she does not find out until she is murdered and her soul returns to her real body. She wakes up to a world full of pride, vanity and unfairness. She decides if she has to live there that it's her job to fix things. That doesn't sit well with those who currently rule. This is a story about how sometimes not even a curse or death will keep soul-mates from continuing to find one another.It's about standing up for what you believe in even if no one is standing beside you. The worlds and their problems the author have created are intricate and very well thought out. I recommend this book for anyone who loves being lost in someone else's world.

 

Indie Author Spotlight of Michael Edward Author of The Beginning of the end. One & Two

The Author:
Michael Edward
The works of art:
The Beginning Of The End: One and Two
Where he creates:
I am from a small town in the beautiful state of Kentucky.
The genre that gets to claim him:
Most of the stories that I have out right now are horror but I have upcoming stories that are Science fiction, fantasy, a story about my battle with epilepsy, I have a children’s story that I really want to write and last night I came up with a great love story. I really love writing screenplays though. I have had some adventures in Hollywood involving screenplays and I will continue them.
In his own words, This book is about?
I would say that it is a pretty good story…a different type of horror story if that sounds better. It has a lot of action and it is fast moving. You got to check it out. I mean it…it is really good.

His muse actually takes him there: 
My writing style… I don’t know. I sit in front of my computer then my vision blackens. It is like my consciousness is throughout the scene and I experience whatever is happening. I just type what I am experiencing with the words that I know.
Has he ever written anything and thought; “The world has got to see this!”? 
Yes, that is how I felt when I finished part six to The Beginning Of The End series. It is a six part epic story that I have been working on for more than half my life. It has affected my family and friends in ways that I am sometimes embarrassed by. It has affected my health mentally and physically, so when I wrote “THE END” it was a feeling that one rarely experiences. Like the birth of your children or the first time you meet the love of your life. It was an experience, an accomplishment.
Does he have an editor and Cover Designer or does he do this himself?
For anyone who has ever read my stories they know that I need an editor. We are a big family. I have six kids so time and money goes elsewhere. But we have a good group of people who give us the little time that they have and they are greatly appreciated. As for the covers of my stories, yes, I have designed them all. Being color blind does makes it a little challenging though. I’m not fully color blind, just many of the colors blend together and it’s hard to tell the difference. So having a big family helps a lot in that area as well.
How did he decide that he wanted to be a writer? 
For me writing starting when I was in a small hotel in Macon, GA. It was two in the morning and I couldn’t sleep. My dad and little brother were snoring so loud and it was all that I could focus on. I went into the bathroom with a pen and notebook. I started to write a friend who was a foreign exchange student. I was going to mess with him so I started writing ‘Nils Eric was’ then I stopped. I was going to write a bunch of foul language because he didn’t really understand it but I didn’t. This was the first time that I blacked out. Four hours and 24 pages later I had the beginning of my first story, and after that, it just continued.
Is there anything Michael finds particularly challenging in his writing?
I am thirty-nine years old and have six kids. Our oldest is 22 and our youngest is 11. So being a husband and father of six, time is a challenge. That, or my epilepsy, but I do not like to use that as a crutch. It does dictate a lot but I try to minimize it. I have Gran Mal seizures every two months and they wipe my short term memory out. It doesn’t matter how detailed of notes I have, if I am not done with a story before the big seizures, then I don’t get to finish it. It generally takes a week or two for me to regain just simple focus. I have small seizures in between but I am learning and adapting to them. So when I write, I write fast and it sometimes creates a race to beat the next seizure.
Does he write his characters or do they write themselves through him?
I don’t consciously think about anything when I write. I do afterwards when I am talking to others about what I have written, but when I am writing, I am not here.
Does he ever write himself into the characters? 
Of course. Everybody that I have ever encountered bleeds into all my characters. I don’t think that I have a choice in that.
Is writing his full time job or are you "Keeping his day job"? So to speak.
I have epilepsy and multiple types of seizures so work is hard. Nobody wants to hire you when you drop to the floor and flop around like a fish out of water. They do not let me drive. Being a husband and father is the full time job.
If Michael could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be? 

Edgar Allen Poe. He seems like a really tripped out guy and I would love to talk stories with him. I think that would be really cool.
There are millions of new books released every year. What in his mind makes this one stand out from all those millions in his genre?
 The Beginning Of The End is not like the typical horror story, if you count the whole story as one, because that is what it is, one long story broken up into six parts, there is nothing like it. In the movie world the closest thing that you have is Star Wars, Lord of the rings. I don’t know. There really is nothing like it.  It has only one negative and that is my lack of education.
In the world of Indie, marketing is very difficult, especially if you don't have the funds to pay for it. Has he found a great free way to market his work that he thinks other Indies will benefit from?
We are learning new things every day when it comes to promoting. The only thing that I can say is never give up and throw it all out on the table. When you lay your head down to take your last breath, you do not want to say I wish I would have done this or that. Just do everything that you can and learn as you go. I haven’t found the key to the door yet but when I do I will tell everybody. My advice, use everything that you can. If you think of it, do it. I will let you know how that works for me.
Thank you so much Michael for being a part of my Indie spotlight series. I loved the author pic that you sent. I felt that it was a very real and honest depiction of how a writer generally spends most of their time. I was especially touched by what you have to overcome everyday just to do what you love. It was an honor to include you Michael. 
Nikki
Finally here are the links to stalk Michael: 



Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Edward/e/B007OEH2SS/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0


Link to purchase The Beginning Of The End: One and Two:


5 Stars for Forbidden Touch By K.S. Haigwood @Kshaigwood

Forbidden TouchForbidden Touch by K.S. Haigwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the awesome story of Ciera. She's a vampire and also a finder. It is her job to hunt down rouge vampires and turn them over to the elders to be judged and punished for their crimes. This vampire society has tons of laws. They can't tell humans about their existence and it is death to any vampire that dares to fall in love with a human. So what do you think happens when Ciera meets Mitch, a human detective after the same rouge she is? That's right. She breaks vampire law number one and is forced to flee with Mitch from her family in order to survive while still trying to figure out who the rouge is. Throw in a second vampire who has been in love with Ciera for hundreds of years and a third who wants to use Mitch to overtake the elders and the stage is set. There is enough action and mystery to keep you turning the page just to see if Ciera can get herself out of this mess. I loved meeting Ciera and Mitch and following their struggles to see if they would make it out alive or not.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Indie Author Spotlight of S.L. Wallace Author of The Reliance on Citizens trilogy.

The Author
S.L. Wallace


The work of Art:
The Reliance on Citizens trilogy.

Where she creates:
The northern middle part of the United States of America, but on occasion, I've wished my ancestors had not decided to immigrate from Canada.


The genre that gets to claim her:
I would describe this series as a dystopian political thriller with romantic elements. The stand alone book I'm planning to write next is a dark fantasy with elements of historical fiction. I understand the need for classifying books, but it feels so restrictive!

In her own words, her series is about:
Price of a Bounty (book 1) is about a future society that has been intentionally split by an economic Divide. The Elite have all the money and power, leaving everyone else with...well...leftovers. We meet Keira and her sister and brother who have all responded to their life circumstances differently. Keira has become a Freelancer-think hired killer/thief/bounty hunter; Aimee works as a maid for one of the most ruthless members of the Elite; and Scott joined the military at the Age of Eligibility, a life sentence working for the Gov in this society. In the very beginning, Keira meets Guy, a member of the Elite who is trying to change society for the better. Keira has never met anyone like him before. He spins her world out of control.

The sequel, Canvas Skies, picks up right where Price of a Bounty left off. Aimee begins to heal emotionally from events that took place in the first book, and the Resistance becomes a more central part of the story. Past characters are still important, but some new characters move to the forefront as well, including a politician who doesn't like what he's seeing and hearing in session.

The third book, Heart of Humanity, due to be published later this year, focuses on the ramifications of past events. All three books are told through multiple points of view, and in the third book, we'll come to understand some of this world through the eyes of a child.

Her muse has a process:
I tend to begin with free writing. However, the story has already begun in my mind when I sit down to write. It's a matter of having these ideas that just need to be written down before I forget them. My first drafts are usually filled with a lot of action and dialogue, then I'll go back later and add more description. After I've written about a third of the story, I tend to stop and think about what I've done. That's when I'll create a loose outline so I'll have an idea of where my story is heading. Sometimes I'll skip ahead a chapter or two to write something that's on my mind. I think it's best to write it down while I'm excited about it, even if my story isn't quite there yet.

When she wrote it did she think: The world has got to see this?
Not exactly. Price of a Bounty grew out of a dream. When I woke, my first thought was, “Wow! I'd watch that on the big screen!” And later, after enough time had passed, when I should have been thinking, “No, that dream was actually pretty lame,” instead I found I was still thinking about it and wanting to see it in action. That's when I knew I needed to write it down. From there, it grew into a short story, and then into a novella. Eventually, I realized I would need to write a trilogy if I hoped to tell the full story.

Who helps her to get her series perfected?  
I edit my own books but ask plenty of people to act as beta readers. Some are friends, some are acquaintances and some I've only run into online. Some readers give me plenty of editing corrections while others read more for story or dialogue or description. Every piece of advice is welcome.

Carl Graves at www.ExtendedImagery.com has created all of my covers so far.


whose book did you read that made you suddenly know that if you didn't do this for the rest of your life then you would never be happy?
It wasn't a book that did that for me, although I do have many favorites. What made me know I needed to write? I guess I've always been a writer, yet these are the first novels I've ever published. Writing gives me a creative outlet. It's a way to relax and have fun. I guess I decided to publish this series because it felt timely due to political events over the past two years. What keeps me going? What urges me ever onward? It's the positive comments and reviews I've received and the questions people have asked me that let me know they're interested in my work.

Is there anything she finds particularly challenging in your writing?
For me, formatting is the most tedious part of the process. And editing sometimes makes me want to pull out my hair but only because I'm a perfectionist.

Does she write her characters, or do they write themselves through her?
I guess they write themselves through me. This series is told through multiple viewpoints. I'll literally spend days thinking about the next chapter before I write it. I take time to get into that character's head so that I can stay true to each character.

Does she ever write herself into the characters?
Not intentionally, but sometimes I'll find myself thinking, “Hey, I'm sort of like (insert character's name) when it comes to this or that.” Other times, I understand a character's motivations but know I would never react the way they do.

Is writing her full time job, or is she “keeping her day job,” so to speak?
I'm keeping my day job for now. If I'm ever successful enough as an author to quit teaching, I think I'd still volunteer at the very least. More likely, I'd sub on a regular basis. That would allow me the flexibility to take off a day here or there to focus on writing. But for now, I love teaching and writing equally.

If she could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be?
I would love to meet my distant ancestor, William Wallace. You know... “It's all for nothing if you don't have freedom.” (Braveheart) I think he has a lot in common with my protagonists.

There are millions of new books released every year. What, in her mind, makes hers stand out from all those millions in her genre?
The way I've written from multiple points of view isn't done often. That was intentional. It's important to this story in that it allows the reader to experience their world through many eyes.

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 sorry. Marketing is my greatest weakness. After publishing two novels, I finally decided to join Twitter last week! The Amazon KDP Select free days are what has helped readers notice my books. Other than that, I try to connect with readers and other Indie writers through Facebook, through my blog and by doing interviews. Really, I think the most important part of marketing is to write a good book and to try and find your niche audience. I also recommend connecting with other writers in any way possible.

Here are the links to follow and stalk her:
Twitter: @authorSLWallace

Here are the links to purchase her books: