Monday, December 21, 2015

Yuletide returns and plans

"Berry Snow Heart" by Tina Phillips
"Berry Snow Heart" by Tina Phillips/Freedigitalphotos.net

Checking in to say merry Yule, happy solstice, Merry Christmas to all my friends. I've been here, having a little Christmas sale. Yep. A select few of my paperbacks discounted at Amazon and Createspace. My witch-friendly paranormal fantasy The Artist's Inheritance, Celtic fantasy romance, Passion's Sacred Dance, the Christmas themed paranormal mystery Murder Upon a Midnight Clear are all on sale. So, if you have any fans of fantasy, Christmas  romances, or druids or witches on your last-minute list I'm sure you'll find something they'll love. :)

Behind the scenes, I've been waiting for some revisions on ye ole book, meanwhile, beta reading for a fantasy writer, and dear friend, Jolene Dawe  (a book I thoroughly enjoyed!). So, while we wait for Christmas and the new year to return, I'll be very busy with revisions in January. The cover for said-book is ready to go, at least, but I don't want  to reveal it too soon. Because with this manuscript, who knows? It's taken far more time to get out than I ever thought it would. So we shall see. In the meanwhile, Happy hunting ...er, Yule and have a great day!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Author interview on Other Worlds of Romance

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On another note, did you catch my interview with Other Worlds of Romance? If not, you can hear it here. I chat with the host, Linda Mooney, a bit and read a segment from my latest historical fantasy romance novel, Druid Warrior's Heart. I had a lot of fun! I hope you will enjoy it.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Short Update



Hi folks.

Sorry I've been so quiet lately. I've been neck deep in revising two books at once.... and writing a third. The good news is, one of those books is finally off to its final round. Once I get the notes back from the reader, and make all the necessary changes, that one, at least will be going live. *squee* I'm excited about this one; it's something I've been working on for a long time. I'll have a cover and blurb to share with you, probably sometime after the new year. Patience!

On another note, I did a little revamping of the look of the blog. But for some reason, the template won't show my favorite blogs. :( Not happy about that one. Not to worry, though. I still love y'all. :) Hopefully, I can get it figured out soon.

Anyway, that's my short update for now. Have a good one!

Druids speak--Other worlds of Romance #fantasyromance #interview

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"Old Vintage Radio" by tungphoto/ Freedigitalphotos.net



Hi folks.
Sorry I've been so quiet lately. I've been neck deep in revising two books at once.... and writing a third. Yes, I have not given up on the book that was my Antique Magic Nanowrimo project (before I bailed on Nanowrimo this year. Haven't bailed on the book, mind you. I just finally decided the insane pace of Nanowrimo is not my pace). So I've been busily typing...well, elsewhere. The good news is, one of those books is finally off to its final round. Once I get the notes back from the editor, and make all the necessary changes, that one, at least will be going live. *squee* I'm excited about this one; it's something I've been working on for a long time. I'll have a cover and blurb to share with you, probably sometime after the new year. Patience!


On another note, did you catch my interview with Other Worlds of Romance a week ago? If not, you can hear it here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/other_worlds_of_romance/2015/12/01/juli-d-revezzo-returns-as-my-guest-author-on-november-30th

We had fun chatting, and I read an excerpt from my latest historical fantasy romance novel, Druid Warrior's Heart. So grab a cup of coffee, and take a listen!



* with apologies to Linda Mooney for taking so long to post the link here.



Anyway, that's my short update for now. Have a good one!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mickie Sherwood--Christmas Crush #guestpost #romance

Wow, can you believe we are looking at Christmas already? Where did this year go? Well, since December is here I thought I'd invite a friend around, romance author Mickie Sherwood, to tell y'all a little bit about her family traditions and her latest release. Mickie, take it away!



Tradition

Decorating for Christmas is a tradition in my home. However, one aspect has changed. The Christmas candles display is no longer a feature. No, I don't mean the grownup-scented kind of candle. Let me show you what I mean.

picture copyright Mickie Sherwood

The menagerie pictured above was collected over many years. Back then, I used them as a decoy.

First, I would cover the coffee table with a festive tablecloth. Then, the Christmas candles were grouped to form holiday scenes. For instance, I would arrange a house, Christmas tree, and Teddy Bear Santa together. For snow on the ground, cotton balls did the trick. The scene was as pretty as a picture on a Christmas card.

Those candles were kiddie magnets. The kiddies loved to create different scenes and did so whenever they felt like it. I loved that the candles kept their grubby, little fingers off the other decorations. So, everybody was happy with that tradition.
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Christmas Crush is my sweet romance. Ashley Wagner allows her daughters to spend the holidays abroad, closing the door on one tradition. Yet, the chance to start a new tradition happens when another door opens and in wheels Craig Johnston.



Christmas Crush, Small town romance, Inspirational romance, author Mickie SherwoodBlurb:

Although Ashley Wagner feels more like Scrooge than Santa, she keeps her promise and accompanies her sister back home for a Christmas wedding. Her three-day weekend is off to a rocky start, thanks to the unexpected run-in with her womanizing ex-husband, and his very pregnant new wife. She manages to get away with her dignity intact, but later, with old wounds ripped open, the professional crisis manager ends up in the middle of her own life-altering predicament.

Then, sports journalist Craig Johnston, wheels to her rescue.

Will Ashley spend Christmas brooding over bitter memories? Or will Craig, a dynamic paraplegic, present the deserving divorcée with a gift she can't resist?



Scene: Ashley dances with Craig at a Christmas party.

Excerpt:

The melody playing affected her mood. First, she laid her hand in Craig's upturned palm. Ashley felt a burst of energy pass between them. She had no doubt the tingly sensation pricked him too. His fingers tightened around hers. Craig urged her into a clearing big enough for his wheelchair.

Ashley was set to do a side-to-side glide, when he wound his arm around her waist. Amusement in his eyes prepped her for what was to come. The next thing she knew, down she went. Her hiney was all too familiar with that warm spot.

"Trust me." His voice was gruff.

Craig's meaning was transparent. Fireworks burst behind her lids when she closed her eyes. "I do trust you." As proof, she draped her arms around his neck and let her head rest on his shoulder.





Visitors, what did Craig do next?

Buy links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Crush-Mickie-Sherwood-ebook/dp/B00QQFBW1Y/

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-crush-mickie-sherwood/1120899478?ean=2940149992225

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/christmas-crush-1

Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/5757645



Blogs:

Blog: http://www.mickiesherwood.com/blog

First Chapters Blog: http://www.bayouloveromances.blogspot.com



Social Media Links

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/MickieSherwood

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/MickieSherwood

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/Louisiana_Lady



Bio:

Mickie Sherwood is an author and a novice photographer. Using her backyard as the backdrop for her inspiration, she loves taking pictures of nature. Her love of photography incites her creativity for writing. Spending time with her family and cruise vacations, also stokes her imagination.

With all of her interest combined, fascinating characters and intriguing circumstances can develop.

Mickie also enjoys a good laugh. Revel in the humorous stories she shares about life, at her blog—Mickie's Mutterings.



Thank you for being with us, Mickie! Good luck with Christmas Crush. Folks, how about Mickie's question? What do you think Craig did next?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Just one more thing....

I wanted to also let you know that I'm going to be on Linda Mooney's Other Worlds of Romance blogtalk radio show tonight (November 30, 2015) at 11:00 pm (EST). I'll be discussing my latest release in the Celtic Stewards Chronicles, DRUID WARRIOR'S HEART. You can listen in here. Please stop by!

Final day of sale #Cybermonday

Celtic fantasy, Celtic romance, Urban fantasy romance, paranormal romance, Druids, Celtic gods, Irish romance, gift ideas,
Cover art by Boulevard Photografica


Hi, guys.

Just a reminder, PASSION'S SACRED DANCE will be on sale until tomorrow (December 1, 2015). So if y'all are interested in checking out how the series began, and you have not, now's the time!!


Available at Amazon(for Kindle), Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble, Itunes, Kobo and the paperback is also on sale at Createspace.

Synopsis:

Unless Stacy Macken can stave off her creditors, she may lose her renowned history center. Yet she knows in her heart that the center is sacred and what a catastrophe losing it would be. How much of a catastrophe, she hasn’t a clue.

Until Aaron Fielding arrives with his tales of magical guardians and the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors from Celtic legend who protect humanity from a wicked enemy seeking their destruction.

Is the end of the world imminent? What can she, a modern woman and her warrior lover, possibly have to offer when a long-prophesied druidic mythic battle explodes around them?

Bonus: Includes brand new flash fiction piece, “About A Warrior”



Click here to read a sample chapter of Passion’s Sacred Dance.


ROMCON READERS RATED Passion's Sacred Dance 7.9_romcom reader_rated_numbers

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Saturday snapshot fall flowers

West Metro Mommy Reads


Yes, I realize it's snowing some places already. Just pretend this was from summer. ;) Anyway, I spotted this while I was out and about and it just framed up so nice I thought I'd share it.


flower


The light just hit it in such a neat way, it's become one of my favorite. Back to the writing desk. Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals....ebooks.


For those lovely new "ssshhh" Kindles, nooks and Ipads you might be wrapping up. If you have any paranormal romance fans on your list. May I suggest my fantasy romance novel...

Passion’s Sacred Dance (2nd Edition) (Celtic Stewards Chronicles, Book 1)

Passion's Sacred Dance, (Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 1) by Juli D. Revezzo, Pagan Paranormal romance, fantasy romance, Borrow Free with Amazon Prime
PASSION’S SACRED DANCE is on sale for $.99, today and tomorrow--for Black Friday. The paperback is also on sale paperback at Createspace.


Synopsis:
 Unless Stacy Macken can stave off her creditors, she may lose her renowned history center. Yet she knows in her heart that the center is sacred and what a catastrophe losing it would be. How much of a catastrophe, she hasn't a clue.

Until Aaron Fielding arrives with his tales of magical guardians and the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors from Celtic legend who protect humanity from a wicked enemy seeking their destruction.

Is the end of the world imminent? What can she, a modern woman and her warrior lover, possibly have to offer when a long-prophesied druidic mythic battle explodes around them?

The Celts had their own harvest festivals, but mainly in early August (Lughnasadh) and (depending on what source you read) again at Mabon at the fall equinox. And let's not forget the big "New year" celebrations at Samhain. Thanks giving was a part of all those festivities, and friends, family, and ...well, celebrating. I think they would welcome this November holiday, as well.

So! To all my friends, enjoy this holiday (and the book!) and have a happy, thankful, safe weekend!
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Sources: Five Ways to Have a Pagan Thanksgiving
 30 Things we Forget to Say Thank you For.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fantasy author Erika M. Szabo--The Ancestors’ Secret

Please welcome epic fantasy author Erika M. Szabo...

The Ancestors’ Secret series is an epic fantasy, heroic romance series with magical powers, ancient legends, love triangle and time travel that is a great read for fantasy lovers and also suitable for young adults.
Available in eBook, print and audiobook at AMAZON
http://www.amazon.com/Protected-Falcon-Ancestors-Secrets-1/dp/B015RTS5OQ

Protected by the Falcon is the first book in the series:

Protected by the Falcon by Erika M. Szabo, fantasy, romance

Blurb:

Ilona is a doctor and is ruled by logic. When she starts to develop unusual powers, her beliefs change and she’s thrown into a world of mysteries, traditions and secrets. She doesn't know much about her heritage besides legends and rituals when begins to remember her mother’s instructions concealed as rhymes. The discovery of her healing power and ability to freeze time is exciting and frightening. A sinister man appears and Ilona connects his presence with the series of mysterious deaths around her. She has been in love with her unsuspecting best friend, when she meets a stranger. She is drawn to him and confused by the sudden magnetic feeling.

The readers said:
“This is so different from the usual fare churned out by ordinary writers.” -Valerie Byron
“Mystery, suspense, romance and well developed characters that hold reading interests from its beginning to end.” -J Faye
“Original, mystical and unique; in fact it's so original I have nothing to compare it with.” -Miss Devora
“I could feel and visualize what was happening as if I was right there.” -Lauren Sloan

Find out more about Erika and the Ancestor's Secrets series at her site and follow her on Facebook.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Mia Hoddell--Not Enough #YA #Newadult #contemporary #romance

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Author Mia Hoddell is releasing her latest contemporary romance today, so I invited her to my blog to share a little info about it. Do read on and enjoy.
Not Enough by Mia Hoddell

Not Enough
by Mia Hoddell

Genre: Upper YA/NA Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 16th 2015

Pages: 324

Blurb
Neve Colvin isn’t good enough. As an introvert, her life is a never-ending list of labels and criticism. Pressures to change come from everyone—including the one person she thought would love her unconditionally … her mother. All Neve wants is acceptance, but surrounded by extroverts it’s a wish that’s nearly impossible to fulfil.

For Neve there’s only one solution: anyone disapproving must go. Even if it means only one person will remain.

That person is her lifelong friend Blake Reynolds. He’s seen the fights with her mum, the breakdowns caused by attacks on her personality, and the battles for acceptance. Each time she is left shattered and questioning who she is, he’s the one to collect the pieces of her broken heart. Shielding her from the cruelty is his only concern. But how can he protect her when Neve is concealing a secret so dark?

Blake thinks he knows everything about her, and with their relationship developing, he assumes Neve trusts him fully. However, there is one memory Neve is too ashamed of to share. Revealing it will test Blake’s loyalty beyond what she could ever ask, and Blake is the only friend she can’t afford to lose. He’s the one person capable of dragging her from the darkness plaguing her, but with pressures to conform increasing, even Blake may not be enough to pull her back this time.



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What reviewers are saying:


"From the dedication at the beginning up to the end this was both a thought provoking and an emotional read for me and I loved it!" - Sandra @ JeanzBookReadNReview


"This story tugged at my heartstrings, played on my every emotion. It was a beautifully written story of how an introverted young girl blossoms into a beautiful young woman." - Keren Hughes, Author of Nothing Like The First Time


"A heartbreaking read that sometimes had me close to tears." - Susan @ Ladies Living in Bookland



"Heartbreaking. Powerful. Real ... I literally lived the pages, not read them ... It's so well and beautifully written, it is more than just another YA novel." - Cristina @ Crazy Beautiful 


Excerpt





 “What are
you doing?” I manage to get out around my laughs. She tenses at my words and
then tilts her head back to fix me with a glare, her eyes blazing with
irritation.

“I’m
sleeping in the bath like I said I would. Why, what did you think I was doing?
Teaching myself to swim?”

“I
know what you’re doing. I think that’s obvious. What I meant was why are you doing this?” I step into the
room and move in front of her so she doesn’t have to crane her neck to see me.

“You
know why.”

“You’re
not sleeping in here, Stripes.”

“Watch
me.”

I
cross my arms. There’s no way I’m going back to bed and allowing her to sleep
in a bath. The only problem is that it’s hard to maintain a frustrated
expression when everything about the situation is so damn funny. “Be back in a
second.”

She
mumbles something that sounds like “I’m not going anywhere” to my back as I
rush out of the bathroom. Rummaging in my drawer, I find what I’m looking for
then I’m back in the room with Neve in seconds.

Before
she can react, I have a camera in front of me.

“Smile,”
I tease, only it causes her glower to darken. Three lines appear on her
forehead as her face screws up.

“Delete
that now.”

“Nope.
Get out of the bath and I might let you.”

“I’m
not getting out. I told you I’m sleeping here.”

“Why
all the drama? We’ve slept in the same bed for ages now. It’s not a big deal.”
She rolls over, showing me her back, and ignores me. “Stripes, get out of the
bath.”

“Night,
Blake.”

If
she thinks I’m going to give up that easy, she’s got another surprise coming.
She should know by now that I don’t give up and people don’t say no to me. I
put the camera on the counter by the sink, needing both of my hands.

Carefully,
so as not to reveal my intentions, I lean over the bath and line up my hands.
With one swift motion, I grip her tightly, heaving her out of the tub and
throwing her over my shoulder as she screams, “Put me down, Blake!”

“I
told you, you’re not sleeping in a bath. Now shut up and stop hitting my back.”
My light and jovial words only serve to make her flail around even more. I
manage to pin her legs, but I’m powerless to do anything to stop her hands pounding
against my back. It’s not enough to hurt, that’s not her intention, but the
squirming is becoming increasingly frustrating.

When
I reach the bed, I drag her back over my shoulder and dump her on the mattress.
She bounces, not able to hide the laughter on her face while she stares at me
and hiccups. This is how I like to see her, carefree and happy. It’s rare
nowadays that I catch a glimpse of Neve when she’s truly happy, but in this
moment there isn’t a strained muscle in her body. It’s natural, and I can’t
stop myself from watching her. I’m still amazed that I’m the one who can bring
out her joy and it baffles me that she’s allowed herself to be mine.

We
remain gazing at each other with ridiculous grins for a minute. When I’m sure
she isn’t going to run, I move around to my of the bed side. Her head follows
me, and when I go to climb in beside her, she rolls over. She throws her arms
and legs out wide, taking up the entire mattress.

You’re in the bath then.” She points at
the door with the hand furthest away from me, a devilish twinkle in her eyes.
It takes me a while to respond. The sight of her body stretched out in her
skimpy pyjamas makes my throat dry, and I have to consciously remind myself to
swallow. My gaze focuses on her pale skin, which is exposed by her shirt riding
up and the top of her shorts lowering as a result of her actions.

“I
don’t think so.” My voice comes out more breathless than I expect as I watch
her spread out in front of me.

“Well,
you’re not sleeping in here with me.”


“My
bed, my rules.” I place one knee on the mattress and climb on. My arms support
most of my weight so my body is directly above hers. “So, I can either sleep on
the left … or on top of you.” My voice drops into a murmur and she gulps, her
lips parting as I hover over her. “Take your pick, Stripes.” 









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About the Author


#1 Amazon bestselling author Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.

Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder and Not Enough.

Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Suzanne G. Rogers introduces us to Meet Mr. & Mrs. Odin a/k/a The Bickersons

When Suzanne G. Rogers released her latest, Dani & the Immortals, I knew I had to come invite her to share a little about the book. So for your reading pleasure, I'm pleased to present her outtake from the novel....
Meet Mr. & Mrs. Odin a/k/a The Bickersons



You’ve heard of outtakes and cut scenes from the movies? If you sat through the credits of The Avengers, for example, you were rewarded by some special footage. The following is a bonus scene which falls somewhere in between Act I and Act II of Dani & the Immortals. No waiting, and the popcorn is optional. ~ Suzanne G. Rogers
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Dr. Sigmund peered at the couple on the couch before him. “Mr. and Mrs. Odin, after several days of intense therapy—”

“Doctor, the name is Friday,” the Nordic blonde interrupted. “It’s important to me to have my own identity.”

A muscle quivered in Odin’s jaw but he said nothing.

The doctor nodded. “All right, Friday. The way I see it, we have some enormous challenges to overcome in your marriage.”

Friday snorted and pointed at her husband. “For one thing, he doesn’t trust me.”

Odin bristled. “Adultery in a wife is never a desirable quality.”

“You’re one to talk!” she exclaimed. “They don’t call you The Wanderer for nothing, Odin. Thor is only your most visible indiscretion.”

Odin folded his well-muscled arms across his massive chest and stared straight ahead.

“To save your marriage, we must move past this blame game,” Dr. Sigmund said.

“I’ve been cooped up on Fensalir practically forever, thanks to him,” Friday said, flicking a glance at Odin. “I’d say our relationship has been shot to Helheim and back.”

“I understand that. Mr. Odin, I propose you give your wife a little freedom.”

“A lot of freedom and a lot of gold,” Friday said. “It’s my turn to visit to Midgard. I want to do some shopping.”

“Be sure to buy yourself another necklace,” Odin said through clenched teeth. “The last one went inexplicably missing.”

Friday gasped in outrage. “How dare you throw that in my face! Go hang yourself on Yggdrasil!”

The two immortals jumped to their feet and began to bicker. As the volume increased, the doctor rose from his chair, strode from the room, and slammed the door behind him. Odin and Friday exchanged a guilty glance.

“I guess we’re having our own personal Ragnarök,” she said.

Odin sighed. “Let’s hope it’s not the end of the world for our marriage.”
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Can Odin and Frigga save their relationship? Find out in Dani & the Immortals!

Blurb:

When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, a wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse—and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she'll have to defy Odin himself.

Buy Dani & The Immortals at Amazon


About Suzanne G. Rogers

Suzanne G. Rogers lives with her husband and son in romantic Savannah, Georgia, on an island populated by deer, exotic birds, and the occasional gator. She's owned by two Sphynx cats, Houdini and Nikita. Movies, books, and writing sweet young adult fiction are her passions. Check out her blog at https://childofyden.wordpress.com/.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Nanowrimo progress day 3

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Progress...progress... Well? I did some. But true to form, I've been distracted this last day with some work on  a different project that is so close to completion, I can't help but work on it. If you're a friend of mine Facebook, you've already seen me squee about my total word count output this year alone. Butt in chair is good, and doesn't matter what you work on, so long as you work on it!

I hope to get some more done soon. For my readers, that "close to completion" book (the new  Reign of Tarot title) is coming. :) It looks like early next year will see a couple releases. Stay tuned!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday news and reviews, #Halloween edition

Good morning, everyone. I hope y'all are well. Are ya ready for Halloween?

How about Nanowrimo? Are any of you,my readers, participating in the madness, this year? All right. i decided (despite what I said early) that I am throwing my hat in, again.

Anyway, I just wanted to share this fine review that showed up for my novelette, Bicycle Requiem:

Bicycle Requiem by Juli D. Revezzo, paranormal, zombie, pagan paranormal fiction


"'Bicycle Requiem' really took me on a ride of how one random act, however horrible you find it, can turn your life into a living nightmare.... This Novelette was a great quick read. Juli D. Revezzo created quite the creative story. I've always enjoyed her work. A great add to your tbr list." ~Denise. Read the full review at Amazon.

*Squee* Thank you, Denise!

Bicycle Requiem is available at Amazon and Smashwords

If you'd like to add this novelette to your Good Reads shelves you can do so here.

(Oh, and just another little note, for a friend. My friend Beth, who runs the fine etsy shop Beth Wodandis Designs and makes all sorts of cool pagan-themed jewelry and candles and more, is having a sale. (She's the lady who made my lovely ritual cord I showed y'all a while back. :) And some other oils and stuff that I've enjoyed.) Do go check out her blog for more details. Meanwhile, Halloween.... ready...and go! :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Igraine's Flight Release Party! (and a sale!)

My dear friend Jolene Dawe has a brand new book release: Igraine's Flight. Do pop by her website (Doo eet!) to check it out!

Her synopsis is as follows:

Igraine is being hunted, and it’s only a matter of time before she’s found. Enslaved and enchanted, trapped in her hellhound form by a powerful member of the Wild Hunt, Igraine has spent countless seasons leashed and trapped. When she manages to slip her master’s tether and disappear into the mortal realm, she knows time is against her. Summer is drawing to a close, and when the Hunt begins to gather to ride, she knows her master will force her to heel. If she can get enough distance between them, maybe he won’t have time to come seeking her. If she runs fast enough, far enough, maybe she’ll manage to break free.

Dog rescue and rehabilitation is hard, harrowing, often heartbreaking work, but there’s no denying that Marion is good at what she does. Her reputation for being able to help the hopeless cases is widely known throughout her county, so it’s no surprise when a local vet calls her in to help with the latest rescue. The large dog is unlike any breed Marion’s seen, but that doesn’t stop her from opening her home — and her heart — to the dog in need. Especially once her own pack readily accepts the creature.

Nothing could have prepared Marion for how her life was about to change. . .

. . . or for the naked woman suddenly in her shower.

Together, Marion and Igraine await the growing dark, counting off the days until Yule arrives, when the Wild Hunt runs free, and not even the power of Marion’s claim can keep Igraine safe. Will their commitment to one another be enough to keep Igraine free, or will she be forced to back onto the leash? Will they have found hope within each other only to lose everything?

See Jolene's site for more.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

My interviews today at…

Good day, everyone. I hope you're doing well. I have been. Editing like crazy. But, also, I have a couple interviews I wanted to let you know about. First, I'm over at Marsha A. Moore's Illusions of Intimacy, talking about my druids and their magic, in my latest Fantasy Romance, Druid Warrior's Heart. You can see that post here.

signpostAlso, I recently had a fun interview about DWH with paranormal historical romance author Mary Morgan. You can see that one here. I hope you enjoy them.

Thanks, ladies, for hosting me!

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For great reads, buy Juli's Books today!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dragon Song by Tara West Bewitching Book Tour and #giveaway

Dragon Song Blitz bannerWe're pleased to have historical fantasy romance author Tara West with us today. (With dragons, after all, what's not to love? :)) Tara is offering a giveaway with this tour. Do read on for that and some glimpses into her new book!

Dragon Song

Dawn of the Dragon Queen

Book One

Tara West

Genre: historical fantasy romance

Publisher: Shifting Sands Publishing

Date of Publication: October 20, 2015

Number of pages: 250

Word Count: 65,000

Cover Artist: Renee Barratt at The Cover Counts

Dragon Song by Tara West, historical fantasy romance, dragons

Book Description:

Duncan MacQuoid, dragon-slayer, is no more. In his place is a tortured man seeking solace for his sins. One fateful night he finds a woman he believes will be his salvation. Little does he know, his love for her could be his final undoing.

Fiona Firesblood, dragon-shifter and noble queen, will stop at nothing to protect her child, even if it means she must sever the bond with her mate, Duncan MacQuoid, the one man she loves above all others, and the one man whose past could destroy them all.

Safina Firesblood, daughter of a cursed union between dragon and dragon-slayer, has grown into a young woman, a powerful dragon princess in her own right. When she’s given one chance at true love, will she risk the dragon queen’s wrath or resign herself to an eternity of sorrow?

Tara West, Dragon Song, Fantasy Romance

Dragon Song by Tara West. Fantasy, Romance, novel

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About the Author:

Tara West writes books about dragons, witches, and handsome heroes while eating chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate. She's willing to share her dragons, witches and heroes. Keep your hands off her chocolate.

Tara West's young adult and new adult romances have been Kindle bestsellers. A former high school English teacher, Tara is now a full-time writer and graphic artist. She enjoys spending time with her family, interacting with her fans, and fishing the Texas coast.

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1731936.Tara_West

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$25 Amazon GC

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Thank you for being with us, Tara! Good luck with Dragon Song!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

J.J. (James) Dibenedetto, Dream Wedding Launch

Today I am pleased to once again welcome my friend and fellow paranormal author J.J. (James) Dibenedetto to my little cyber home. He's wrapping up his popular new adult paranormal series.... with none other than a wedding and so I invited him here to tell you all about it. Take it away, James!
Dream Wedding Launch

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J.J. (James) Dibenedetto

After nearly a million words written, it's time to conclude the Dream Series. Over nine books, we've followed Sara from a shy college student to a wife, mother and chief-of-staff at her hospital. And we've seen her wrestle with her supernatural gift - the ability to step into other people's dreams.

Sara's faced almost every kind of challenge, but in the upcoming book ten of the Dream Series, DREAM WEDDING, she's up against something every parent has to cope with: watching her children become adults and hoping she's prepared them for everything the world can throw at them.

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It ought to be a joyful time for Dr. Sara Alderson. Her daughter, Lizzie, is about to graduate college, and marry her longtime boyfriend. But the family’s happiness is shattered when a drunk driver seriously injures her teenage son in a hit-and-run accident.

Now, instead of planning her daughter’s wedding, Sara must fight to save her son’s life. And when she discovers who the drunk driver was – someone she thought was a colleague and a friend – she has to fight her desire for revenge. Because Sara knows she has the power to visit the driver’s dreams, and in those dreams, she holds the power of life and death.

Dream Wedding is the tenth and final book of the Dream Series

DREAM WEDDING will be released on October 20th, but it's available for pre-order right now at:

Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)

Smashwords

Barnes & Noble (Nook or Paperback)

Apple iBookstore

Kobo

DREAM WEDDING isn't the only Dream Series book out today. There's also DREAM FRAGMENTS - a collection of short stories filling in some of the gaps between books in the series...

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The novels don’t tell the whole story!

Readers of the Dream Series know that Sara and her family have a very busy life outside the pages of the ten Dream Series books, and here’s your chance to peek into it.

Twelve stories are included in this collection, and you’ll discover what happened on Sara’s final Spring Break of college; Lizzie’s first day of school; Betty and Howard’s first trip out of the country; and much more!

DREAM FRAGMENTS is also available for pre-order, and it, too, will release on October 20th:

Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)

Smashwords

Barnes & Noble (Nook or Paperback)

Apple iBookstore

All nine previous Dream Series books are available on Amazon, and the first eight novels as well as a short story are available as Audible Audiobooks, too!

Sounds great, James! Good luck with it and congrats on the finale. Folks, if you'd like to know more about James, you can check out his site at: http://www.writingdreams.net

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Review: Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price-- October Frights bloghop--#‎Octoberfrights‬ #giveaway #zombies #movies

I am participating in paranormal author Clarissa Johal's October Frights Blog hop.

2015 October Frights Blog Hop, #‎Octoberfrights‬ Vincent Price, The Last Man On Earth, 1964 movie posterAs I mentioned in my last post, Richard Mattheson's book I Am Legend has been made for the big screen more than once. The 1964 movie, The Last Man on Earth, starring Vincent Price, is just one. People around the world are dying from a mysterious illness.
 Though he and his colleagues at the CDC try, they can’t find a cure for it. Some three years later, the dead have been rising from the grave to return and walk the streets as vampire-like zombies. There's only one survivor of this catastrophe: Dr. Robert Morgan. He’s lost his wife, his child, and all his friends to the plague. The entire world’s population has been wiped out…or at least he hasn’t seen any other unaffected human in three years. Society has degenerated, and Robert lights his home with generators and forages the abandoned markets during the day, to stay alive. And when not doing that, he seeks out hives of the infected to destroy them before they come and destroy him.

Then one day, he finds a dog, and then a woman shows herself, clearly, like him, unaffected by the plague. Or is she? Whatever she is, he learns from her that the infected seek his death—for the crimes he’s committed against them. Crimes? He’d never thought of his hunts as any such thing.

So the question here becomes, are the creatures the monsters? Or is Morgan?

This version retains the Us vs. Them, feel, and Vincent Price is as ever, great, and one can see The Last Man on Earth DVD cover, Vincent Pricecomparisons between the zombies here and George Romero’s famous shambling zombies.

There are a couple scenes where they mis-edited things (it’s supposed to be night and Price turns a corner and it’s daylight, etc); the director also (in contrast to I Am Legend) included voice-overs so you get Morgan’s thoughts, but still, it’s intense and  enjoyable. If you'd like to check it out, it's available at Amazon.

(And yes, it too is an influence on my zombie story, Bicycle Requiem. You can check out the giveaway for it here.)

Have you seen this movie? If so, what'd you think of it?
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I Am Legend review--#‎Octoberfrights‬ #giveaway #zombieapocalypse

I_am_legend_teaserSo every time I think of Halloween this subject comes up. What books and movies can I talk about? Well, I realize I haven't done a review in a while. So, I pulled out my favorite of the last few years: I Am Legend. Yeah, yeah. I've heard a lot of people grumble about this movie, but I loved it. So! I thought why not. I'll probably review Vincent Price's 1964 movie version, The Last Man on Earth, later, so stay tuned.
The premise of Will Smith's version of I Am Legend, the movie is  pretty much the same. Sort of.

I Am Legend starts out with a newscaster interviewing a doctor (played by Emma Thompson) announcing the cure for Cancer has been found. YAA!!!

Well, not so fast. Three years later, we're shown a New York City that's completely abandoned and in ruins, overrun by wild animals, flora and fauna. Turns out, that so-called cure launched a virus that wiped out 90% of the world's population. Only 10% survive and, as far as our main character Dr. Neville knows, only one person has survived. Himself. The others have all turned into twisted, animalistic creatures, more zombie than human. Not to give any spoilers away but he works tirelessly to create a cure for this virus and distracts himself as he can, doing everything from working out, to watching every movie the local video stores have to offer (yes, this movie was made in 2007--before the collapse of the video stores!) and listening to cds, and scouting for supplies. On said-missions around NY Neville hopes to find survivors, but all he finds...are the infected. And
animal-er-zombie-like they see him as a possible food source. EEP!

Those scenes, particularly when he must go into a dark building where the zombies (or Darkseekers, as the movie calls them) are quite harrowing. The world itself, or what it has become with only one man left walking around tending to it, actually seems *snark* less far-fetched than most End of the World set pieces. But the story itself is just riveting in my opinion. Fans of Richard Mattheson's novel complained because the movie is different from the book, and those differences are probably why it got so many bad reviews. However,  I think Will Smith and crew did a fine job and despite the differences, I loved it. The message is just great, it's the end of the world as we know it, but we'll survive, we'll fix it, and be just fine.

*And yes, in case you're wondering, both I Am Legend/Last Man on Earth did have an influence on the little zombie story I'm giving away: Bicycle Requiem. Click here to find and fill out the Rafflecopter for said-giveaway.

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Introducing authors: #fantasy author Annie DouglassLima--#indie #interview

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting my friend and fellow fantasy author Annie Douglass Lima. Her most recent release is an alternative history YA novel, The Collar and the Cavvarach, and I invited her here to tell you all a little more about it.

How did you first come to write fantasy?

Annie Douglass Lima: I’ve been writing for as long as I can recall. When I was seven years old, I had a sudden inspiration for what I thought was an amazing science fiction story and decided then and there that I was going to write a book and be the world's youngest author. I ran to my room in great excitement, found an old notebook and a pencil, and started in. Well, that first novel was never actually finished, let alone published, but it got me started. After that, I can't remember a time that I wasn't working on at least one book. Prince of Alasia, which I started in college, was the first one I finished that I thought was worth trying to get published, and then two more (In the Enemy’s Service and Prince of Malorn) joined the series.

It’s hard to see myself writing anything other than speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, etc.). Nonfiction and realistic fiction just don’t give my imagination enough room to play! I like to be able to make the rules. Having said that, The Collar and the Cavvarach, my latest novel, isn’t really fantasy, at least not in the typical sense. It’s more of an alternate reality. If you were to step into that world, you would probably assume you were still in our own world – except for a few key details, like the prevalence of slavery.

The Collar & the Cavarach by Annie Douglass Lima, alternative historyThe story somehow puts me in mind of Gladiator. What inspired you to write The Collar and the Cavvarach?

Annie: I’ve had the idea growing in my mind for the last few years. It started as just a picture of the setting and its culture: a world almost exactly like ours, but with legalized slavery. The main characters, Bensin (a 14-year-old slave and martial artist) and Steene (his owner and coach) emerged gradually, along with the plot (Bensin’s struggle to protect and free his younger sister).

And for readers that might not understand, what is the Cavvarach?

Annie: A cavvarach is a sword-like weapon (pictured on the book cover) that is used in the martial art of cavvara shil. I wanted to create a challenging martial art for Bensin to compete in that was a combination of two or three different fighting styles, involving elements of unarmed combat as well as the use of a weapon. It took a few false starts before I had a fighting style I liked. At first I just pictured using a traditional sword, but I wanted something a little less stereotypical. The cavvarach, with a steel hook on the top edge of the blade, ended up being just right for what I had in mind. Combatants try to snag their opponent’s hook to tug the weapon out of the other person’s hand, which is one way to win a duel. (They can also knock it away with their own cavvarach, or kick it away.) Besides disarming an opponent, you can win by knocking them over and pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

By what authors would you say you are influenced?

Annie: C.S. Lewis provided my very first literary inspiration. More recently, I’ve enjoyed the works of inspirational fantasy author Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Her Tales of Goldstone Wood series is amazingly crafted. I love the way the time periods in some of the books overlap, focusing on different characters and sometimes different views of the same events. That storytelling style influenced my fantasy series, the Annals of Alasia, though not The Collar and the Cavvarach as much.



Lewis is a goodie. I've never heard of Stengl. I'll have to put her on my to be read list!

Any interesting stories to share about your road to publication?

Annie: As a teacher as well as an author, I've got a captive audience in my classroom.  I read all my books to my students before (and after) I publish them, and their feedback is tremendously helpful in improving my writing.  When the kids start yawning and playing with things in their desk as I read, I know I need to liven up that scene.  When they stare with wide eyes and don't even notice the recess bell, I know I've done something right.  And their questions and comments help me see what parts don't make sense or go over their heads.  So, I change what I need to and try to do more of what they respond well to.  I also have a club for middle schoolers that meets in my home after school once a week.  I read my books to them as well (but not the same ones those students heard when they were in 5th grade).  That way, after I've made changes after reading a book to my class, I can see how the new version works with my club, or vice versa. That has helped me SO much in my writing and publishing!



*lol* A captive audience. How fun! *fill in evil laugh here*

Now that The Collar and the Cavvarach is out, what can curious fans expect from you next?

Annie: I’m working on two more novels at the moment. King of Malorn will be the next one in the Annals of Alasia, and I’m hoping to have that published sometime this spring. The other one is The Gladiator and the Guard, which takes place four years after the events of The Collar and the Cavvarach. I drafted it last November (another NaNoWriMo project), but it still needs a lot of work. I hope to have it ready for publication by the end of this school year, but we’ll see.

(That always seems to happen with NanoWriMo projects). We will be looking forward to your new books! :)

If you weren’t a writer, what career might you have pursued instead?

Annie: I’m actually a fulltime teacher. While I love my day job, unfortunately it doesn’t leave me with nearly as much time for writing as I’d like. I mostly write on the weekends and on summer vacation, plus sometimes in the evenings if I don’t feel too brain-dead after a long day of teaching.

Do you have any advice for aspiring fantasy authors?

Annie: My advice is for any kind of writer. Don’t try to write a scene perfectly the first time or get frustrated if it doesn’t turn out the way you hoped. Just get your ideas on paper in whatever rough form you need to; never mind selecting just the right words or fixing any mistakes. Leave the scene alone for a few days, and when you come back to it, read through it and smooth out the obvious errors. Read through it again later and work on polishing it up a little more, and then a little more the next time, and so on. If possible, read it aloud to someone; that will help you hear errors or issues you may not notice otherwise. I’ve found that it usually takes lots of passes before I’m satisfied with something I’ve written. Trying to make it perfect the first time is stressful and next to impossible, at least for me.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Annie: If you like science fiction and fantasy, you might enjoy my “Realm Explorers” blog series. In this weekly series, different sci-fi and fantasy authors answer questions about the worlds their stories are set in. Examples of these questions include:

If we visit as tourists, what would you recommend we see or do?

What dangers should we avoid?

Is there a distinct or unusual type of food or meal that we might be served?

What types of sentient races might we encounter?

What types of weaponry or fighting styles are common there?

You can read recent Realm Explorers posts here. Feel free to subscribe to my blog to be alerted to the latest ones every Monday. It’s a fun way to find out much more about sci-fi and fantasy worlds than anyone could just by reading the book’s description on Amazon!



I second that.I always enjoy your Realm Explorers interviews, Annie!

Where can my readers find out more about you—and The Collar and the Cavvarach?

Annie: Anyone is welcome to visit my blog and social media pages (links below). In addition, I wrote a Realm Explorers post that describes the world that The Collar and the Cavvarach is set in, with interesting details about the culture (including food, weapons, transportation, entertainment, etc.). Click here to read that.



Blurb:

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire's most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie's escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?



The book itself is available through the following retailers:

Link to ebook on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/cavvarach

Link to ebook on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/539122

Link to ebook on Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-collar-and-the-cavvarach-1

Link to ebook (Nook) on Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-collar-and-the-cavvarach-annie-douglass-lima/1121847057?ean=2940151898997

Link to ebook on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Annie_Douglass_Lima_The_Collar_and_the_Cavvarach?id=tMfvCAAAQBAJ

Link to ebook on Apple iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-collar-and-the-cavvarach/id990745970?mt=11

Link to ebook on Google Books: https://books.google.com/books?isbn=1311045120

Link to ebook on Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/shop/annie-douglass-lima/the-collar-and-the-cavvarach/ebook/product-22157178.html

For More on Annie and her books see her social media links below:


Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnieDouglassLimaAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads

Google+: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGooglePlus

Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AnnieDouglassLima

LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnLinkedIn

About Annie:

Author Annie Douglass Lima; fantasy author; alternative history; Realm ExplorersAnnie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published six books (three YA action adventure/fantasy and three anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

 Thank you for being with us, Annie! I wish you all the best with, and look forward to reading, all your fine works. :)


Monday, October 5, 2015

Vampires in Pop Culture--Movies #‎Octoberfrights‬ #giveaway

2015 October Frights Blog Hop, #‎Octoberfrights‬




vampire doll made by Cyndi's Dollz


Vampires in pop culture

Silver-Screen Vampires
Hollywood has always been fascinated with vampires; from the early days of the industry with such classics as Nosferatu and Bela Lugosi's portrayal of the Undead Romanian Count right up to the present day and works such as Dracula 2000, Interview with the Vampire and the (tragically underrated) Queen of the Damned, these beings are constantly recurring film stars. The most notable portrayal of him would have to be Christopher Lee:

Dracula and Bram Stoker Today--Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee: Hammer Horror interview 2001

Christopher Lee: Masters of Horror
Short Bio and list of his movies to 1999

The Dracula Myth
From HH : the UNofficial Hammer Films Site

Christopher Lee talks about his stint with Hammer Films and his role as Dracula

http://youtu.be/XY-xzYbEocM

I'm not too impartial to Gary Oldman's portrayal of the Count either. Now, that's a rendition to swoon over, ladies but never forget...he's a monster!
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And the much maligned but actually quite good rendition of Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned starring Stuart Towsend, as Lestat de Lioncourt

And of course that giant of Pop Culture, Tom Cruise took his turn as Lestat de Lioncourt, and Brad Pitt took his as Louis... Or the creme de la creme Dracula portrayal by the inimitable Bela Lugosi.

They've all put some sort of stamp on the face of the vampire, and probably will continue to do so, for better or for worse! Some will no doubt fall flat on their faces (like USA/SF Channel's Dracula, Prince of Darkness--for all that they tried, bless their dark hearts. ;))

And then there's that paragon of teen angst, Twilight.

*cough* Well, I only saw the first one; honestly that was all I could stand. As bad as the novel is, the movie's worse. *shakes head* High school was never like that for me, and me? been there, done that. Don't remember it in quite that light, thanks.  But me, I prefer the "real" vampires. The ones that would rip a girl's throat out without worry about it. This whole, emasculated, "mooning love slave" vampire thing...*shrugs* eh.

Whatever.... It's done the author(s) well...For the moment. I always wonder what will be the thoughts on our "latest thing" a hundred years down the line. Will Twilight survive the test of time? We shall--or rather our descendants--see.

What's your favorite portrayal of the vampire?

Thanks for stopping by. You can see the rest of the participants in the hop by clicking the blue button below. Happy Halloween!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

October Frights blog hop--#‎Octoberfrights‬

Wait, what?? Is it October already?? You know what that means! Halloween and with it, Samhain! *pause to happy dance* :) I'm a early on decorating, this year, but bear with me. I am participating in paranormal author Clarissa Johal's October Frights Blog hop.

2015 October Frights Blog Hop, #‎Octoberfrights‬


I will however give you a peek into my newest release: a zombie pre-apocalypse (if you will) novelette, Bicycle Requiem and have a tiny giveaway.  So do read on... A little set up. the main character, Teddy, hit a girl (Mara) who was out early one morning, riding her bike. Teddy, most unadvisedly, didn't stop to help and the little girl died....or did she?
Teddy's not sure. She's been terrified to go to the police about the accident and now, she wonders if she's losing her mind. Because now, seeing the girl everywhere. Something like this:

What did that little girl on the bike have planned for her life? I wondered, ignoring the computer’s blinking cursor, staring out the window.

The child materialized in the mist. Her eyes sunken in, her cheeks dark and hollow. I narrowed my eyes watching her. She rode on the back of a huge sheepdog.

No, she wasn’t riding exactly; blood and something else dripped down her jaw and stained the dog’s fur. I realized she’d been gnawing at the animal’s head. She wiped her mouth on the back of her hand and waved at me.

What the hell was she? Dead? Alive? A ghoul? A zombie? What?

Hours later, the light of the full moon filling my room, I couldn’t sleep.

Strange nightmares plagued my sleep: little Mara on her red bike pursuing me through ancient battlefields, speeding her way around and through the legs of screaming warriors. The little girl lying in the street, her bicycle askew, her limp body bent in odd angles; her candy apple red eyes watching me accusingly. Sirens blaring, a police cruiser behind my car, inside which I sat transfixed, afraid to move, watching myself beg a ghost for mercy. A girl dressed in police blues, her triple pupils lit with some ethereal, accusing fire. I squinted to see the words on her shiny gold badge. Was she a junior G-man? Had she somehow joined the Florida State Troopers?

Did they allow zombies to join their squad?

Good question! Want to know a little more about Bicycle Requiem? Here's the blurb. bicyclereqcopy2(1)

On the way home from a draining night of work, Theodora (called Teddy by her friends) finds herself guilty of something she'd never dreamed: a hit and run that results in a child's death. Wracked with guilt, Teddy hides her secret, carrying on as if nothing happened, but when the victim's zombie returns, bringing along her own kind of disturbing justice, Teddy learns innocent little Mara isn't exactly what she seemed.

And Teddy wonders, would jail be better than eternity with the vengeful girl's accusing spectre.

Is it a small price to pay--and for what?

I will give one Smashwords coupon for the e-copy of choice of Bicycle Requiem to a lucky winner. Please leave me a comment below, do you believe restless spirits (or in this case a restless spirit's zombie?) can haunt the guilty? And also click here and do the  rafflecopter thing. :)

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If you'd like to check it out before the end of the giveaway, Bicycle Requiem is available at Amazon (worldwide) and other venues via Smashwords.

And for those fans of the Antique Magic series, you may find a little treat inside Teddy's story. :)

Thanks for stopping by. You can see the rest of the participants in the hop by clicking the blue button below. Happy Halloween!!



Greek Myth by author Stella McLeod

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I'm pleased to welcome paranormal romance author Stella McLeod, who has a topic I'm sure most of you will find interesting. Greek Myth and how it tied into her latest release, ALWAYS HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL and she tells us a little about herself too. So, grab some coffee or your beverage of choice :) and enjoy!
Author: Stella McLeod
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Title: Always Have and Always Will
New Release Date: 1/10/15

Have you ever read about the ancient Greek Gods and wondered where they came from? Well the new paranormal romance released this week, Always Have and Always Will has the answer. This luscious romance set in the Greek Islands unveils the secret to Immortality discovered in Antiquity, reveals a young ancient warrior who has waited for over 2000 years for his lover to return to him and a modern reincarnated woman who cannot remember her past-life or him. Throw in his sinister twin brother, her best friend Menander, some living Gods and the murderer and you have a plot to die for.


McLeod brings her experience as a psychologist to bear in the creation of her characters and story, making them challenging, flawed and deliciously vulnerable. Her hero is a warrior who wants to be a lover and her heroine, a lover who wants to be a warrior. With a past she cannot escape and a future he cannot accept does love find a way? Of course it does! This is a romance after all, and like all good therapists or romance writers, and despite a twisted plot, McLeod delivers that perfect happy ending.

We put some questions to Stella McLeod about her new book and being an author.

How did you become a writer?
Some people say authors are born not made, I think authors are just people who decide they want to write. I decided I wanted to write when I was a teenager, mainly because I was abysmal at Maths, Physics and Chemistry but good at English. I entered competitions, started winning awards and the positive reinforcement strengthened my behaviour. What I didn’t know and wasn’t to learn until I became a Clinical Psychologist was that intermittent reinforcement is the most powerful force in determining human behaviour and writers get plenty of that with rejections/acceptances, fans who love you and others not so much. Like the majority of writers I’ve managed to keep writing and getting published consistently, while being a mother and working in a full time occupation but a few years ago I decided to retire early from private full time practice as a Psychologist and that writing was going to be my full time, instead of part-time career. It wasn’t so much a leap of faith, rather just a reaching of a crossroad and deciding one path gave me more joy, more fulfillment. All the clues were all there anyway, like signposts, showing me which way to go; most of my friends were writers, I spent all my free time either writing, thinking about writing or reading other peoples writing.

What types of books do you like writing the best?
Over the years I’d written everything from Medico-legal reports for the courts, professional journal articles and conference papers for Psychologists, scripts for pre-school TV shows, children’s picture books and cook books, YA and teenage fiction, a series of technical cookbooks for The Culinary Library and novel length romances. When I committed to writing full time I knew, both consciously and subconsciously, it was Romance novels I wanted to focus on. One of the things I’d learned as a Psychologist was that, although every one’s stories and pain seem different there are common universal threads of humanity and we are more similar than we know. For most people it is the complexities of human relationships that they seek to unravel, understand and master. We may all start off on different roads but they are all heading in the same direction, hoping for the same destination. Romance writing is the genre that, to me, best explores the many facets of human relationship, but in the end it is the ONLY genre that absolutely delivers what most people are ultimately looking for throughout all stages of their life from childhood to death, acceptance, love and a place of peace and acceptance where they feel good about themselves and the world. (or as my heroine in Always Have and Always Will says, she just wants to feel beloved on the earth.)

Has being a Psychologist helped you become a better writer?
I could easily and legitimately draw an analogy between Psychological Therapy and Reading Romance books. They both involve a stepping away from and temporary suspension of the everyday world, trust and faith that the therapist or author can deliver what they advertise and promise and the goal of a happy ending that makes the participant feel better about themselves, more in control and more optimistic about the world. The difference is romance readers don’t need and aren't looking to be told anything because they’re not looking for therapy in that sense. What they are looking for, I believe, is entertainment, not just to be shown a different world from theirs, but to be taken there emotionally, to be immersed in it for a few hours and forget about everyday responsibilities. But it has to be interesting, exciting and peopled with characters that they can quickly learn to love (or hate) and care about and ones they hope and know are going to find happiness if they can only stay strong and courageous. Romance novels are a temporary escape from the pressures of everyday life and they immerse the thoughts and emotions of the reader, literally, into a different world, into lives and problems that are entertaining and interesting, and a story that guarantees those problems will ABSOLUTELY all be sorted by the last page, or in my case, the last word if necessary. (Never read the last pages of a book first, your subconscious will hate you for it because it wants the chance to work it out for you!)

So why paranormal? Always Have and Always Will is not about vampires, shape-shifter, werewolves or some of the other traditional paranormal species or human aberrations, it’s a paranormal in the sense that it introduces and normalizes the super-natural themes of Immortality, reincarnation, life after death and mind control. These concepts are not so unfamiliar that we can’t believe in them and empathize with the characters and an added bonus is the beautiful and exotic setting they allow for the action to unfold. Most paranormal characters require dark, gloomy and edgy setting to get about their bloody business. My ancient warriors, living Immortals who are alive today, are more likely to be found in the Greek Islands,(book 1) Egypt(book2) , Rome and Italy, Babylon (book 3) and the lands mentioned in the Bible. And the added plot benefit with Immortality is the complications it allows for relationships and love. Let’s face it, Immortality is shit if all the people you love are dead or if you keep making the same mistakes for centuries or if your love is unrequited. And it doesn’t matter how many decades, centuries or millennium you live there are times in your life when you are going to want to feel beloved on this earth.
My Hero: The fast-paced action and exotic settings don’t work if the characters aren't interesting. Mine are complex and flawed with rich inner psychological lives who are searching for, and trying to understand, love. I am particularly fond of my hero in Always Have and Always Will. Alexander is my kind of man, He’s handsome of course, and built as you would expect an ancient warrior to be built, he’s self sufficient, reliable and tough. But he wants to be softer, gentler and a better lover, he just doesn’t know how. He’s exasperating! But my heroine, after a rocky start, starts working him out, making excuses for him and making a plan! Her humor is a foil to his seriousness and her vulnerability counters his strength. There are plenty of clues to the core mystery along the way, plot twists you won’t see coming and a fully resolved but delicious ending.
The message ? Never give up on love, it’s worth every sacrifice.





Stella McLeod, stairs picture

Why is it called the Omega Series?

Because it’s about time the heroine told the story and whilst we all love strong and delicious alphas, Romance Writers, I believe, are the most supportive and inclusive group of Omegas in the world. (and that included the male authors as well.) Every romance reader knows the Greek alphabet begins with Alpha and it has been adopted and used to describe the first or strongest male, the hero, but did you know the Greek alphabet ends with Omega? The Omega symbol in classical Greece was associated with Birth and Creation, it symbolized the female or feminine and celebrated a woman’s ability to nurture a child thereby achieving immortality for both herself and her mate. So although man was symbolized by the first letter of the Greek alphabet, Alpha, women get the last word because it was the Omega symbol that was considered the most auspicious and most blessed by the ancient Greek Gods. Yaaaaaay!!!



"Omega uc lc" by Dcoetzee, F l a n k e r - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons -
"Omega uc lc" by Dcoetzee, F l a n k e r - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons -







Monemvasia provided by author Stella McLeod

Always Have and Always Will, paranormal romance, by Stella McLeodThe Cover: Designed by the wonderful Hang Le (USA) who does Kylie Scott’s, Anna Campbell and Elsa Holland’s covers. And the image of Anastasia holding her lituus is by Deanne Whitmore, a talented digital designer from New Zealand who’s work can be found as rgus at deviantart. The lituus plays an important role in the book. It was a perfectly straight shaft of wood, without knots or blemishes, with two intricately carved and curled golden ends. It was used by a cult of ancient diviners, priests & priestesses called augers who divined the will of the Gods. By moving the Lituus, the auger created a templum, a ritual or sacred space, either in the sky where birds, clouds or stars were read as portents or on the earth to create a place of power protected by the Gods. A templum on earth was for aligning Elysium with the four cardinal points on earth, each corner for different portents, North (divine approval), South (divine disapproval), West (the sacred entrance and altar) and East (sacrifices). Buildings, gardens, animals and people inside the templum were deemed sacred for eternity. The Roman historian Livy wrote, "who does not know that this city (Rome) was founded only after taking the auspices, that everything in war and in peace, at home and abroad, was done only after taking the auspices?"
In 300 BC there were 9 augers who could wield the lituus and who had the knowledge necessary to interpret auspices, the messages sent by the Gods.



Atlantis harbor courtesy of author Stella McLeod

The auger selected an elevated place, the lituus was moved to draw two straight lines intersecting at right angles one from north to south, one from east to west. Then two parallel lines were drawn at the ends of these lines to form an external square, divided into four by the first two lines. This templum intersection, in the centre, was the tabernaculum where the augur stood or sat, facing north and asked for the Gods’ assistance. A sign on the left was good, a sign on the right was bad; Greece was always north. In the observation of birds, the augur was not confined to noticing their flight, but used cries and entrails. Pre-Christian augers existed until the end of the 4th century AD but by then, when the multiple ancient Gods were usurped by the one single God, a modified lituus, with only a single scroll on one end, was renamed the ‘crosier’ by Christians. It is still carried by Bishops of the Roman Catholic church today and by the Pope who has replaced the scroll with a cross!
Thank you for having me as a guest today.
I hope you all love Alex and Anastasia and they inspire to greater love.

Kind Regards
Stella McLeod



You're most welcome, Stella! How can my readers learn more about you?

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Thanks so much for being my guest today, Stella! Good luck with Always Have and Always Will.

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