Thursday, October 31, 2013

Book Blitz: The Dream Slayer Series by Jill Cooper

The Dream Slayer

The Dream Slayer (The Dream Slayer #1) by Jill Cooper
Publication Date: May 1st 2012
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal


When your dreams come true, sometimes you get more than you bargained for...

Natalie Johnson has always dreamed she’s someone else; calm, beautiful, in control. A chosen warrior with a maniacal arch nemesis and a dreamy boyfriend, the type that can make your knees melt and your heart quiver.

Real life is much different. She’s tormented by a bully and endures the sharp tongue of her father, but finds solace in her dreams.

When her bully ends up dead, de ja vu from a dream hits her hard as everything around her begins to fall apart. Whatever killed Sarah in her dreams is now in reality, hunting her from the shadows. And it wants her dead.

Somehow as the lines between reality and nightmare blur, Natalie must discover hidden strength to pull her friends and family back from the brink of madness.

Demon Royale (The Dreamer Slayer Series, #2)

Demon Royale (The Dream Slayer #2) by Jill Cooper
Publication Date: October 7th 2012
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal


Since becoming employed by a supernatural protection agency, Natalie Johnson's life has been more interesting than ever. While most teens are working on their summer tans, Natalie works on slaughtering the undead lurking just outside her town's borders.

The workload takes more than just a toll on her love life, it dampens her spirit and her health, as the town is plagued by a mysterious murderer intent on stealing the residents' souls. Natalie's investigation is hampered by her declining health and the sicker she gets, the more inadequate she feels.

Guilt over her inability to act, weighs heavily on Natalie's shoulders during a time when her strength is needed more than ever. As some of those closest to her begin to lose faith, she must make the hardest stand yet to save the soul of the one person she can always count on:

The Slayer.

Dawning Apocolypse

Dawning Apocalypse (The Dream Slayer #3) by Jill Cooper
Publication Date: October 29th 2013
Genre: Young Adult


Protection, murder, deception....

No one can know Natalie works for a supernatural protection agency and is charged with protecting Meadow’s Creek from vampires. But as their numbers swell, their presence doesn't go unnoticed throwing her town under the microscope from the local government and the FBI.

Natalie’s job is pushed even further into the shadows where she must dodge the police, concerned citizens and even her own parents.

Meanwhile a deadly plague grips the town and Natalie suspects it’s more than just a hacking cough. While the stress of working overtime erodes her relationships she will race against time, illness, to face a familiar enemy, save an old friend, and stop an undead seize that wants nothing more than to suck Meadow’s Creek dry.

Purchase Link:

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Behind the backdrop of the moonlight she saw a human form moving, shadowing the movement of several officers on the west side of the building.

“Bob’s still here.” Natalie used their keyword for vampires since the media had dubbed the ‘serial killer’ Pinhole Bob thanks to the marks left on the victims’ necks. “He’s on the move.”

Her ear cleared of static. “Be careful,” Charles Buckle, her guide and old mentor said with a stern sharpness to his voice. She didn’t have a cover story if she got caught and the last thing she needed right now was having her parents awoken in the middle of the night by the police.

Natalie managed to skirt closer by ducking car to car. She reached down and gathered some small pebbles, but they were big enough to do what she needed them to do.

Reaching her arm back, Natalie propelled them toward the police cruisers and then ducked down low, her back against the tires and her knees bent to hide her frame. The flashlights from the officers changed direction and their footsteps moved to investigate the noise.

Natalie used that time to move around the side of the car and duck behind the other side of the apartment building. Using a drain pipe, she climbed the side of the house like she was Miss Piggy in the Great Muppet Caper, only with more skill and more comfortable shoes, and launched herself onto the roof.

She sailed through the air, her legs extended and the soles of her boots collided with the chest of a fangy vampire, his eyes glowing yellow like the rodent he was.  His back crunched against the roof and Natalie rolled onto her feet, reaching inside her pocket and retrieving her wooden stake.

She gave it a spin for bravado and took an offensive stance. The vampire launched an attack, swinging his mighty claws, but his eyes flashed recognition.

 He stopped. Recoiling away, he hissed a warning.

“Finish it.” Natalie taunted. “I’m just a girl. Come here and take me on.”

All vampires fought to the death, but not this one. He ran like he was afraid, like he was acting on more than just instinct. “Hey!” Natalie called and lunged; grabbing the hem of his jacket and yanking him backwards.

He growled, his nose against hers. There was no fight in him at all. He was the most non-vampire vampire she had ever fought. When Natalie pushed the wooden stake into his chest, it was too anticlimactic. Like the battle had to be fierce to be won, but he just dissolved.

Into a black puddle, like they always did.

And then there were a dozen small lights shining on her.

Crap, Natalie thought and dove to the ground, rolling against the flat roof. Voices ran out from downstairs. “Someone is on the roof!”

She scampered across the rooftop on all fours, keeping her belly low to the ground. When she reached the other side, footsteps charged the fire escape. Her heart galloped so fast in her chest, she could barely breathe. There was no time to think or plan, Natalie just had to react.

She jumped off the roof, landed in a squat on the dumpster below, and dove onto the grass. She fell into a rolling summersault and before she knew which way was up, Natalie was charging from the street. But she wasn’t alone, there were officers charging her and in the distance, a car engine reved to life. Sirens turned to full volume.

If ever Natalie needed an emergency super spy extraction, it was right then. But there was no one that could help her. Only she could get herself out of this. Heck, Natalie had created a dream dimension out of nothing where everyone she knew had an alter personality. She herself was the all-powerful slayer. What would the slayer do?

She couldn’t get caught. She couldn’t be arrested or let the secret out, not without WOMP being seriously pissed of at her. Natalie didn’t know if she was right or wrong, but she needed to hide.

And hide fast.

~About The Author~

Jill  Cooper

Author of the YA Dream Slayer series, Jill loves to blend horror, comedy, the supernatural, and love, through her novels. A fan of genre blending, her work strives to cross boundries, but most of all strives to entertain.

She loves soft cuddly cats, warm blankets, and paranormal romances.

Jill resides in Massachusetts, is constantly renovating her home that she shares with her husband, young daughter, and two skittish cats.

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Review: Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Publication Date: January 10 ,2010
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Pages: 313

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Okay, so this was kind of a hard review for me. It's not that I hated the book or there was a lot I wanted to say. It's just I'm not sure if I loved the book or just liked it. I'm going with somewhere in between.

The plot was nothing special. It was really carried by the writing and the characters. Even though I had an idea of how it was going to end, it was pretty easy to see it coming while reading from the start. And the dialogue was cliché at times. But I was smiling throughout the first half of the book. I never really laughed, but I did chuckle from time to time. And, yes, the story is sad. I didn't cry, but I don't really cry at things like this.

Hazel and Augustus were easily the best parts of the book. Augustus probably is my favorite part. Yeah, I didn't relate to either of them and they usually talked like adults, but I still really liked them as characters. And their parents actually cared and were present. Yeah, with their kids dying, you would hope they would be, but I've read a lot of books were the parents end up being after thoughts. And Isaac was a great support and something the book need.

All in all, I recommend it to everyone. Yes, it's not perfect, but I think should read it and I think they'll like. And it is extremely quotable and characters are memorable. So, in the end it gets a four out of five.


Halloween Freebie: Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Admans

~A note from Jaimie~
Afterlife Academy is going on a free promotion! To coincide with Halloween and the start of NaNoWriMo 2013, for which the first draft was written a few years ago, my first YA novel Afterlife Academy will be free to download for the next few days! It's a spooky, paranormal read so is perfect for this time of year, and from yesterday (October 30th) until Sunday (November 3rd) the Kindle version will be completely free to download from Amazon!
Afterlife Academy
Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Admans
Publication Date: March 15th 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of maths class.

Dying wasn't on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson's to-do list. And now, not only is she dead, but she's stuck in a perpetual high school nightmare. Worse still, she's stuck there with the geekiest, most annoying boy in the history of the world, ever.

In a school where the geeks are popular and just about everything is wrong, Riley has become an outcast. She begins a desperate quest to get back home, but her once-perfect life starts to unravel into something not nearly as great as she thought it was. And maybe death isn’t really that bad after all...

Welcome to Afterlife Academy, where horns are the norm, the microwave is more intelligent than the teachers, and the pumpkins have a taste for blood.
Afterlife Academy is a Young Adult paranormal romantic comedy, suitable for approximately ages 14 and up.
~Purchase Links~
Amazon UK:
It's free in all countries so you'll be able to get it from your local Amazon too!
Please pass the links on to anyone else who might be interested too! I'd be incredibly grateful if you would consider mentioning it on Twitter or Facebook too!
I read and enjoyed this book very much! Jaimie Admans writing is completely easy to read and it'll just pull you in!
To check out my review, click here!
~About The Author~
Jaimie Admans
Jaimie is a 27-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps.

She has been writing for years, but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people. She writes mostly chick-lit and young adult. Kismetology is her first novel and there are plenty more on the way!
Author Links:
You can now also get them in PAPERBACK! Look how gorgeous her books are!
Ugh, you're killing me Jaimie, I want them all! haha I want them all to sit pretty on my bookshelves too!
I absolutely love this girl and so happy to be able to call her my friend! So please, help me spread the word and support this awesome writer!
Thanks so much!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tour Sign Ups: The Bend-Bite-Shift Box Set by Olivia Hardin

The Bend-Bite-Shift Box Set
The Bend-Bite-Shift Box Set by Olivia Hardin
Publication Date: September 1st 2013
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Witch Way Bends (Book 1)

Devan Stowe has only one thing on her mind, shutting down her father’s child trafficking business. Her determination sets her on a journey to discover her true strength and the one man she was destined to love.

In his arms, she’ll learn the meaning of trust, honor, and courage. She will unlock an amazing gift that will free her from her past and open up a future full of magic, faeries and more things than she ever imagined possible.

But no good deed goes unpunished, and Devan’s quest may have deadly consequences not only for her, but for those she cares most about.

 Bitten Shame (Book 2)

Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan’s life. Throwing herself into Devan’s problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she’s ever loved.

Her life changed forever when she was hired to spend a week with Doc Massey. On the day she became a vampire her youthful innocence ended, but Doc’s love rescued her from being consumed by the darkness. The shadow of that former life continues to loom over her, keeping her from realizing her own self-worth. Running from her past only brings her closer to a destiny that is inextricably connected to what she is trying to escape. . .

Every gift has both a reward and a price, because All of it fits. . .

 Tell A Soul
(A Bend-Bite-Shift Story - Previously published in the Cupid Painted Blind Anthology)

He’s the dependable one. The strong and steadfast one. Still, there’s one woman who has always turned his firm resolve on end. Langston is surprised beyond belief to find Kristana again, and this time without a husband. Has fate finally given them the chance to be together? Kristana can’t escape her intense attraction for the strange giant Langston, but the murmuring voices in her head are threatening to drive her mad. Can she find a way to trade one torment for another and thereby find true love?

 Shifty Business (Book 3)

Gerry Hinton thought she had the perfect career as an operative for the Company. Her next assignment should have been another "mission accomplished", but hell was delivering hand baskets that day.

When a little girl gives a mysterious silver box to Gerry, her world self-destructs. Suddenly under constant mental attacks, the only person who can save her is her partner, Nicky--but nothing comes without a cost.

Secrets buried deep in the past begin to rise, threatening everything she holds dear.

 By Blood and Benevolence
(A NEW Bend-Bite-Shift Story)

Viktor has battled the darkness his entire vampire existence. His wife and the life they made together manage to keep him from the brink of despair, but it’s always near the surface.

A strange and dark encounter at a party unleashes his repressed past, overwhelming him with memories of his cruel maker and lost love. His sanity is challenged when a mysterious dhampir arrives on his doorstep with information that will cause him to question everything he thought he knew.
A short story that bridges the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy to the upcoming For Love of Fae Trilogy.
Purchase Link:

 Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords

~About The Author~

Olivia Hardin realized early on how strange she was to have complete movie-like character dreams as a child. Eventually she began putting those vivid dreams to paper and was rarely without her spiral notebooks full of those mental ramblings. Her forgotten vision of becoming an author was realized when she connected with a group of amazingly talented and fabulous writers who gave her lots of direction and encouragement. With a little extra push from family and friends, she hunkered down to get lost in the words. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and is sometimes accused of being artistic, though she's generally too much of a perfectionist to appreciate her own work. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband and their puppy Bonnie.

Author Links:

Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Google+ / Amazon Author Page / Goodreads

~The Tour~

I'm organizing a Two Week Reviews Only Tour for The Bend-Bite-Shift Box Set by Olivia Hardin. It'll run between November 18th- December 2nd. Review copies will be available in Mobi & ePub format.

Anyone can sign up! Bloggers and Authors, you also do not need to be a Tour Host for this Company to sign up! If you sign up, no matter what, I'll make sure there'll be room for you as there is no limit on the number of blogs! The only thing that matters is that we get at least 14 blogs to sign up!

I'm not asking you to read the whole box set, I'm just asking for you to review at least the first book Witch Way Bends by Olivia Hardin! It's only 200+pages and I've read from Olivia before, she's got very original storylines that'll just pull you in!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cover Reveal: Wasteland (Flight #2) by Lindsay Leggett

Wasteland (Flight #2) by Lindsay Leggett
Genre: YA Science Fiction
 Wasteland, the next book in the FLIGHT trilogy, takes place a few months after the ending of book one.

Trapped in a cell and experimented on, Piper Madden’s only hope is remembering Asher. Then, Elder Corp President Rupert Elder gives her new orders: to be a leader in a war against the Harpies. Without a choice, Piper must obey Rupert’s commands or suffer from paralyzing and painful Nanomachines. But the war is just beginning, and Asher has gone missing. The resistance is slowly building, and the upcoming war will be larger and bloodier than anything seen since the Devastation that ruined the earth. Throughout all of this, Piper remembers the time before she ran to Ichton, when David was alive and her hope in Elder Corp was still strong.
~Sequel To~
Flight (Flight #1)
~About The Author~
Lindsay Leggett
Nearly every writer struggles to put together information about themselves, perhaps because we’re so used to detailing the lives and ways of others. For the most part I am a writer, editor, photographer, and all-around artist living in the wilds north of Toronto, Ontario. I thrive on the juxtaposition of beauty and grit, enjoy urban crawls, indie everything, and time well-spent in the woods.

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The cover looks gorgeous!!
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Belated Cover Reveal Spotlight: Halfway Hidden by Carrie Elks

Halfway Hidden
Halfway Hidden by Carrie Elks
Publication Date: November 14th 2013
Genre: Erotica Romance
When fear mixes with desire, who can you trust?

Rachel Stone is stuck, contemplating that very question. Spending her time as a bartender in an isolated West Virginia town, she hides behind dark hair and an assumed name. She exists from day to day, trying not to let her past overwhelm her.

When a tall stranger walks into the bar at closing time, her attempts at hiding turn to dust. Muscled and intense, he is attractive enough for Rachel to ignore her instincts and listen to her baser desires. As a storm brews in the skies of West Virginia, confusion builds in Rachel’s mind. What begins as flirtation explodes into a darker, more primal passion, leading her to question everything she thought she knew.

While snow blankets the outside world, they are forced to remain inside, confronting their demons and the sizzling attraction between them. Submitting to their urges is easy; learning who to trust is anything but.

Advisory: This novella contains references to past abuse, and rough consensual sex.
Designed by Mayhem Cover Creations
~About The Author~
Carrie Elks
Carrie Elks lives near London, England and loves to write sexy stories with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK.

Nowadays, she spends her days sorting out people’s problems at work and her evenings glued to a computer keyboard. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters.

Her favorite authors include L.H. Cosway, Samantha Young, Cara McKenna and C.J. Roberts.

When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.

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I'm so sorry for being late! This email got lost and just today I found it, so sorry!
I usually am not late for these but sometimes it can happen on rare occasions haha.
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Review: Death's Hand (Descent #1) by S.M. Reine

Death's Hand (Descent, #1)
Death's Hand (Descent #1) by S.M. Reine
Publication Date: October 21st 2011
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Pages: 258
Format: Kindle
Source: Free on Amazon
Policing relations between Heaven, Hell, and Earth is messy and violent, but Elise Kavanagh and James Faulkner excelled at it—until coming across a job so brutal that even they couldn't stand to see one more dead body.

Now they've been pretending to be normal for five years, leaving their horrific history a dark secret. Elise works in an office. James owns a business. None of their friends realize they used to be one of the world's best killing teams.

After years of hiding, something stirs. Bodies are vanishing. Demons scurry in the shadows of the night. A child has been possessed.

Some enemies aren't willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead...
~My Thoughts~

I kind of had high expectations for this book which is why I wasn't totally blown away by it. I enjoyed it and can't wait to get back to the series though and hopefully soon. But there was just something missing. Maybe if I had a better connection to Elise I think that would have helped immensely.
From the beginning this felt like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, just with demons instead. And if you're a big fan of that show then you'll just love this book and no doubt this series! This book is action packed, spine chilling, and even humorous at times. There's even a small dose of romance, which I absolutely found adorable! Anthony is so sweet and completely brave to go after this tough gal Mrs. Reine has created for us.
Overall, this is a perfect tale for the upcoming holiday! It'll give you the creeps and if read at night, it'll definitely get your imagination going!
Beware that this can get graphic with loads of blood shed! Like I said, perfect for the holiday!
Will disturb your being

Sweet Readings Everybody!

Double the Cover Reveal: Queen of The Witches & Witch Won (Ovialell #2 + #3) by Tish Thawer

Queen of The Witches (Ovialell #2) by Tish Thawer
Publication Date: October 2014
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Aryiah has taken her rightful place as Queen of The Witches. She now faces the challenging task of helping the Goddess Diana find out who is behind the increased attacks in Ovialell.

With another war on the horizon, Aryiah and Damarius will have to face an old friend and a new that is close to Aryiah's heart.

Recently reborn, newly married, and suddenly in charge, Aryiah struggles to find a balance between her previous life and her present one
Witch Won (Ovialell #3) by Tish Thawer
Publication Date: June 2015
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
With enemies revealed and another Great Rift in progress, now is the time for Aryiah to use her powers to save all of Ovialell from destruction.

With the help of The Witches, Aryiah leads the fight using all her magick. But with her heart still in pain from her recent loss, will her magick be enough to win the war?

With enemies at the door and her world on the brink of ruin, Aryiah has to once again make a decision that could possibly lead to her own demise.
~About The Author~

Tish Thawer
Tish Thawer writes paranormal romances for all ages, including her new adult series The Rose Trilogy, and her adult paranormal romance, The Ovialell Series, as well as young adult short-stories. Her magickal elements and detailed world-building are a welcome constant in every novel.

Before becoming a writer she worked as a computer consultant, a photographer and a graphic designer. She also operates a custom glass etching business, in addition to being a wife and the mother of three wonderful children.

She's been a fan of the paranormal for as long as she can remember. Anything to do with superpowers, myth and magic has always held a special place in her heart. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the phenomenon that is Twilight, this genre has always been a part of her life.

You can find Tish on Facebook at

A common FAQ: "How do you pronounce her last name?"

Answer: Think "Bower" or "Thow-er". It's Persian!

Author Links:
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Book Blitz + Excerpt + Interview + Giveaway: Urban Harvest: Tales of the Paranormal in New York City Anthology

Urban Harvest: Tales of the Paranormal in New York City
Urban Harvest: Tales of the Paranormal in New York City Anthology
Publication Date: September 22nd 2013 
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
New York City–it’s home to 8 million people trying to make their way through the day–a crop of humanity seething with hopes and fears, dreams and nightmares. Autumn comes, and nine authors harvest nine tales from this unique setting and people. From stories of everyday life in an otherworldly light to nightmarish tales of human darkness, Urban Harvest has something for everyone.

Urban Harvest contains tales of the paranormal from Alex Shvartsman, Laurie Treacy, Donna Ansari, Tara Hill, Laura Wenham, Andrea Stanet, Don Corcoran, Saif Ansari, and Sean Sakamoto.

In keeping with the spirit of harvest, all proceeds from this anthology will go to support City Harvest, an organization that feeds NYC’s hungry.
Purchase Link: Amazon
I knew I had to have an excess of proof in order to not be seen as another Bigfoot or Loch Ness Monster hunter. I spent months, and then years, creating the most thorough maps of the NYC underground. During this time, I became increasingly oblivious to events on the surface. The friend whose apartment I had been using moved during one of my long periods underground. When I resurfaced to shower and pick up my unemployment checks, I was very surprised to knock on his door and meet a nice Asian couple who had no idea who I was. My belongings, and one of my few remaining connections to the surface world, were gone without a forwarding address.
I can’t explain the patterns I saw without my data, which the FBI confiscated when they arrested me. It’s probably collecting dust in an FBI basement now, but back in the spring of 2014 with everything right in front of me, I thought I had developed enough of an understanding of the markings that I was considering altering them to attempt communication with my theoretical life forms. Before I could do anything, however, the decision was taken away from me.
I was camping in a small open area formed by the intersection of two of the marked tunnels when I saw it. This was not a small tube worm or hydrogen-sulfide breathing scorpion. Emerging from the smaller tunnel was what I would best describe as an earth dragon. Not a winged creature like Toothless fromHow to Train Your Dragon, but instead similar to a large worm-snake with a scaly covering of rock in every earth-tone imaginable.
As the dragon stretched to pull itself out of the tunnel, I could do nothing but stare in awe. The tangled asbestos fibers were clearly from a pelt that covered the dragon’s ventral side. As it emerged fully into the room, I realized it had a “head” end which had circular shiny, almost polished areas, and a “mouth” area which had shiny white crystals inside, while its “tail” end came to a sharp point. It was, I would find out later, on the smaller side for a dragon—but at the time the fact that it was probably three feet around and six feet long was impressive enough. 
~The Authors~
Laura Wenham is one of the authors featured in Urban Harvest: Tales of the Paranormal in New York City.
Your story, Coexistence, is about dragons who live under NYC. What prompted you to write this story?
The idea for my story began when I got my first job in Manhattan and walked every day past manhole covers that were constantly emitting streams of steam and smoke.  At first I largely thought how inefficient the steam heating systems were to be losing so much heat. Then, as I kept walking past them, I thought all of that smoke would make a good cover for dragons hiding underground.  Then I began to wonder how much evidence you would need to support the idea of underground dragons and what the likely reaction of the rest of society would be if a scientist claimed to have discovered dragons under Manhattan.  I couldn’t figure out what might cause a scientist to seriously research this until the various steam pipe explosions began happening in Manhattan. Like the character in my story, I walked right past the hole left by the explosion  in front of NYU’s library, which made quite an impression on me. 
What other things have you written/are you writing?
I have folders full of stories and poems and songs on my computer. I am very good at coming up with interesting ideas and very bad at figuring out where the plot and characters want to go. I am currently working on two different short stories. One of them is based on the idea that we become able to communicate with our dark-matter doppelgangers and the new rich tourist activity is not traveling into space, but instead meeting their doppelgangers in a room sealed by plasma to keep the universe from exploding – until one of the dark-matter  doppelgangers is murdered after the meeting and the detectives on our side of the universe have to figure out the motive without access to any physical evidence. The other story is about these tiny kangaroo-like robots that are built to be used for surveillance of enemy terrain ( When the military figures out a way to also have them radiate to increase the enemy’s feelings of fear,  an anti-war group decides to make them broadcast feelings of peace, make them self-replicating, and releases them in the US, with wide-ranging results. I am also trying to write down the amusing anecdotes of my 2.5 year old son’s daily adventures. 
Do you have a writing mentor or inspiration?
I am extremely grateful to the members of the Mom’s Writer’s Group at the Midshore Mothers’ Center ( who, when I described my story idea to them, patiently encouraged me to actually finish and submit it. I would also like to thank my various friends who read the final draft for mistakes, particularly Preston Ray, whose edits were extremely helpful in decreasing my word count without losing content. 
What’s your writing schedule? Do you have a favorite place to write?
With a 2.5 year old, my writing time is limited – which is why I value the free write time we have as part of the Mothers’ Center group as well as late nights in bed typing (sometimes incoherent) story ideas on my iPad. 
What’s next?
Our Writer’s Group starts up again in early October, so I intend to keep working on the two stories I mentioned above (as well as the several ideas I will probably come up with between now and then). 
Anything else you’d like to add?
I love the idea of writing anthologies and donating the profits to charities, particularly when they are local, meaningful charities such as City Harvest. Not only am I now a published author, but as I encourage my friends and family to buy the anthology on Sunday because I want them to read what I wrote, I also do so knowing that they are helping out a great cause! (And I have to confess I am terribly curious about and anxiously waiting to read the other stories in the anthology!)


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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday Songs (34) Music Feels Better

"All I need is love
That’s what you give, I'm taking it tonight
All I need is touch
That’s what I feel when your skin’s on mine

And with you the music is better
Just want us to be together, 24/7
And now that the color’s brighter
Cause you set me up on fire"
This helped me cope Friday as I wasn't feeling much confidence, I was feeling the pressures of life and what not while missing my Marine. So this song helped me get back that smile.
Sweet Listening Everybody!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Book Spotlight: Armored Hearts (Armored Hearts #1) by Pauline Creeden & Melissa Turner Lee

Armored Hearts (Armored Hearts, #1)
Armored Hearts (Armored Hearts #1) by Pauline Creeden & Melissa Turner Lee
Publication Date: May 20th 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy Steampunk
Pages: 247
When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother's side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairy tales. Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park, left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair. Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.

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“You put up this steel armor around yourself in the form of hostility and disinterest—whichever works to shield you best at the moment, but that’s not who you are.”  
“You are a man with secrets...and I plan to know them all.”
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Review by Shadowplay (Amazon/Goodreads): Armored Hearts by Melissa Turner Lee & Pauline Creeden is a brilliantly measured and perfectly blended mix of romance, sci-fi, and fantasy. I was swept away into a world across the ocean and dazzled by the amazing story that played out before my eyes. My hunger for an original storyline, imaginative twists and turns, and an edge-of-your-seat page turner was far exceeded in this beautiful masterpiece.
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~About The Authors~
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In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

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Melissa Turner Lee is  a stay-at-home mom of three of the CRAZIEST boys ever. She’s also the wife to a wonderful man she met when at 17, who is also the inspiration behind her awesome Painter series. Melissa has a degree in Journalism and Marketing, which she has never used. One day her husband sent her to the local book store for a day to herself. Melissa picked up Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and her life changed. She remembered being 17, falling in love. But most of all she remembered herself. She’d become “Mommy” and forgotten all about Melissa, the girl who dreamed of being a writer, but suddenly she remembered and the writing started. And It hasn’t stopped.

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