Archive | December 2019

Review: Corpse & Crown

Title: Corpse & Crown

Author: Alisa Kwitney

Date of Publication: February 1st, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

From Alisa Kwitney comes a connected novel set in the same alternative Victorian England of Cadaver & Queen. Corpse & Crown follows the story of Agatha DeLacey, an Ingold nursing student who travels to London and uncovers a devastating secret about the country’s Bio-Mechanicals. Inspired by the classic story of Oliver Twist and complete with a dashing Artful Dodger-inspired male lead, this retelling is a satisfying follow-up to Kwitney’s clever and critically acclaimed young adult debut.

My Review:

This was a super fun companion! I love the whole Frankenstein concept, and this one added in Oliver Twist inspiration!

I wasn’t so sure if I was going to like Aggie based on the last book, but I loved her! And Dodger! The cute romance between them was adorable! And oh my heart, Will! I really enjoyed reading his chapters, too!

The historical fantasy stuff was just so cool here with the biochemical people! I seriously need to read more from this author, and I’d love even more from this world!

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Add Tin (Faeries of Oz, #1) to Goodreads!

Amber R. Duell and I have a fun announcement! We’ve been working on the start of a series, Tin (Faeries of Oz, #1)! We’ve been discussing the idea for a long time and finally started writing it! It will release toward the end of 2020, but you can totally add it to Goodreads here!

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Tin is a dark and intriguing romance with Dorothy’s return to the fae world of Oz.

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Author Interview: Audrey Grey

Author Interview with Audrey Grey:

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Tell us a little about your Kingdom of Runes series. What inspired you to write it?

The Kingdom of Runes saga first started as a gender swap Beauty and the Beast retelling with all the focus on the male Bell’s friend who saves him. From there it just grew until it became its own thing entirely.

Do you have a favorite book you’ve written and why?

That’s such a tough question! I think my favorite book would be Curse Breaker, book two in the Kingdom of Runes series. For me, that book was the most challenging to write because there were so many pieces I had to fit together to make the ending work. But I love the story arc, how the team gelled together despite their many differences to fight for what they believe in.

If you were stranded on an island, which character of yours would you take with you?

Um, I would absolutely, without a doubt take Stolas with me on an Island. Not only is he nice to look at, but his dark sarcasm makes me laugh. Plus he has wings so he could fly us to safety.

Can you tell us a little about Winter from your Evermore Academy? The cover is seriously so pretty!

I had so much fun writing book one of Evermore Academy! The story was in my head for a while but I wasn’t sure about writing an academy book since I hadn’t read many. When I talked about it to my PA, she laughed and said, “If you do an academy book, I want to see all the tropes thrown in.” She was kidding, but I definitely had a good time mixing tropes and making the book incredibly humorous, while keeping the dark elements my readers expect.

What made you decide to become a writer?

To be honest,  I’ve wanted to be an author since I was four or five. I did wait until after I received two degrees and had my first child before I started seriously pursuing publishing, but I regret not starting sooner.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Definitely a pantser! Sometimes out of desperation I’ll jot down a page of plot points, but I work better letting the story flow naturally.

What’s your favorite color and why?

I’ve always loved green. The color soothes me, plus green reminds me of nature.

What is a favorite book that you’ve read this year?

My favorite book is probably Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, but Laura Thalassa’s Pestilence is a close second, along with Feather by Olivia Wildenstein.

What do you find to be the hardest thing about writing?

Probably the not knowing. Because I don’t plot, I have no idea how the book will turn out. That’s a bit terrifying. I’ve slowly learned to trust that I’ll make the story as epic as it is inside my head, but I still always somewhat doubt myself until my PA, who reads all my books first, tells me it’s good.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

The most important thing I would tell other writers is to keep writing. I can’t tell you how many successful authors I know that almost quit before becoming successful. Being an author will always be hard; that’s the nature of the business. But I truly believe that, if you study the craft and the market and continue improving, you’ll find success doing what you love.

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Download Lullaby of Flames for Free!

Hey guys! I have a dark and fun novelette that you can download for free on Amazon from December 21st – December 25th, so check it out!

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Cori has always been a bit on the strange side, but when a gate to Hell—literally—pops up in her backyard, she tumbles down, down, down in to a place filled with beasts waiting to reap her soul for the Devil himself.

Lucky for Cori, she meets Rigel and his gang of misfits who have been trapped for quite a bit. Together, they must formulate a plan to escape, or risk remaining down below for all eternity and burning forevermore.

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Last to Love: Excerpt + Giveaway

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Today we’re celebrating the upcoming release of Last to Love by Alexa Whitewolf! Read on for an exclusive sneak peek, and a chance to win a signed copy of the book!

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Last to Love (Moonlight Rogues #4)

Expected Publication Date: December 31st, 2019

Genre: Paranormal/ Shapeshifter Romance

He’s the last one standing… So they sent the best one to break him.

Lucas

Love is for fools. I left all that wuss shit behind, and no fairy-like, smiling godmother will change my mind. I’ve got enough on my mind with a beta pushing my buttons and a town to keep safe. Never mind these urges inside me surfacing again, when I thought I’d buried them for good.

My wolves are falling in amore like bowling pins, and no amount of reasoning will make them stop. Now the third one’s gone over the moon, and they all expect me to be the last to love.

Only, they’ve got another thing coming. ‘Cause the only way I’m falling in love? Is over my dead body.

Monica

One more job, they said. One tiny thing I have to do, to bring the prodigal son back home in the warm arms of his beloved family. They said it would be easy. They gave me all the tools. But the minute I’m facing Lucas, I know all those plans have just failed. Burned, thrown out the window, type of failed. And I fully expect he’ll throw me out on my ass. So why is it he’s suddenly more interested in getting me in bed, rather than exiled? And what happens when I fall for it, but it’s too late to stop the events I’ve set into motion?

*Book IV in a paranormal shifter series filled with werewolves of all kinds, feisty females who stand up to them, and enough suspense to make it interesting. Can be read as a standalone for the romance, but for a better experience it’s suggested you read the full series first.*

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Monica

Damn it, but they could have warned me what to expect!

Luciano Conti is nothing like I pictured. He’s gorgeous, and fine as hell, sure. But he’s also cold, and unsettling. And in control. I didn’t miss the way his wolf responded, that flash of interest quickly squashed as soon as he realized who I am – nor did I miss the pack outside of here. Clearly, I’ve walked in the middle of a warzone.

The question is, how much more chaos can I cause before Luciano – or Lucas, as he calls himself now – throws me out of here? I bite my lower lip, noticing his gaze drop to it. My instructions were clear. Ruin the life he built here, and force him to come back home. If I do, I’d be free, and Alessandro Conti would ensure it.

Only problem is, as I’m standing opposite Luciano, it takes all my will to ignore the hum of electricity between us. I’ve always been the one in control – always. And yet his dark gaze does something to my insides that makes me feel almost…shy.

Basta! Don’t be a fool.

In an effort to distract myself, I look around. “You’ve done well for yourself, Luciano. Your parents will be proud.”

A noise escapes him, and I meet his unnerving gaze just in time to catch a glimpse of amusement. Then he schools his expression once more. I’ve known men who are good at that, but he makes it into an art. He is a piece of art.

Focus…

“What was so funny?” He clearly doesn’t like my question. But it’s his words that unsettle me more.

“What’s funny, cara, is you keep mentioning parents as if I have two of them. My mother died years ago. Matter of fact, she committed suicide after my brother died in a failed deal – all thanks to my father. But surely Alessandro Conti told you all this, before sending you into the wolf’s den?”

His grin is nothing short of predatory. And that dangerous glint in his onyx eyes causes a low tremor to start in me.

Merda! I’ve been had, that’s for sure. Only question is, how the heck do I get out of this now?

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About the Author

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Alexa Whitewolf is a fiction writer, newspaper columnist of daily issues and author of the critically acclaimed Moonlight Rogues shifter series.

Alexa has been a lifelong writer and first began creating other worlds and characters at the ripe age of 12. Growing up in the Transylvania region surrounded by epic mountains and a never ending stream of legends and stories was bound to create an overactive imagination. This shines through Ms. Whitewolf’s writing by creating worlds filled with unique folklore, life wisdom and plenty of furry creatures.

An avid traveler, Alexa writes under a penname and spends her days between an office job and writing, in Canada’s capital when she’s not flying somewhere with lush landscapes and plenty of hiking trails.

Her series focus on strong heroines, kind yet sexy men, fights of good and evil and the never-ending learning curve of humanity’s strong – and weak – points. Romanian folklore is intertwined with her writing, more notably in her shifter romance series, the Moonlight Rogues. Her other series draw on world mythology, such as the Avalon myth and Arthurian legend (the Avalon Chronicles) and Ancient Egypt (The Sage’s Legacy).

You can follow her blog at http://www.alexawhitewolf.com/blog or on social media. Her column in Observatorul also tackles various issues, including health, technology, and a writer’s life.

If you want up to date releases, make sure you sign up for her newsletter www.alexawhitewolf.com/contact

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As Much As I Ever Could: Cover Reveal + Excerpt

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Seventeen-year-old CJ Ainsworth doesn’t drive—not because she can’t, but because she won’t.

She’s been living with the guilt of being the sole survivor of the head-on
collision that claimed her mother’s and sister’s lives. It’s the reason she refuses to get behind the wheel. It’s the reason her father has nearly abandoned her. It’s the reason she’s sent to piddle the summer away at her estranged Memaw’s house in Edisto Beach.

All CJ wants to do is isolate herself and make it to the trial at summer’s end, where she’ll testify against the stranger who couldn’t keep his car in its own lane.
She doesn’t expect to fall for a boy, especially not Jett Ramsey, a hotshot racing champion destined for greatness on the NASCAR circuit.

CJ’s resolve crumbles when she loses a bet that puts her squarely in Jett’s
driver’s seat. While he patiently reintroduces her to driving, they confide in each other, and CJ learns she’s not the only one silently suffering through a loss.

As their connection deepens, Jett’s focus on the track is called into question. CJ can’t be the cause of another car crash, but her heart is broken either way. Can CJ learn to put her heart in drive? Or will she throw it in reverse?

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Excerpt:

CHAPTER 1

A summer away at Memaw’s can’t rectify everything that fell apart in a single minute, but that won’t stop my dad from forcing it on me.

My fingers wrench tighter around the handle grip of Dad’s Ford Explorer as he hugs the center line, tires thumping over golden reflectors in waves and shooting vibrations through my seat. I glance over my shoulder to make sure the door lock is crammed to its neck into the tan vinyl interior. Not that it’d make a difference if he were to flip this thing head-over-end into the muddy goop of tidal flats along either side of the road. If a body’s going to exit a car in a hurry, it sure as hell won’t wait for an unlocked door.

These kinds of thoughts never shoved their way into my brain before the accident. Now they circulate like a washing machine stuck on the spin cycle.

I sigh and yank my phone off the dashboard. 4:15 PM. Only ten more minutes to get my summer of hell underway.

A notification blinks on the home screen. One new email from Trent Casey and all I can see of it is “CJ, things have changed so much this last year that I think…” Inbox preview cruelty at its finest. A little sneak peek of my on-again, off-again boyfriend kicking me to the curb because I’ve been too screwed up to screw him the past year. Not that I’d screwed him before, or anyone else for that matter.

I toss the phone in the cup holder and stare over at my dad in the driver’s seat, his eyes fixed and hooded as if in a trance. He hasn’t spoken in over a hundred miles, but I’ve strategically coughed from time to time to make sure there’s at least a reaction to the noise, and he’s not comatose or something. Plus, it’s easier than actually talking, and it warrants no response from him. Win-win.

Dad flips on the blinker, its dink-doonk, dink-doonk, dink-doonk signaling a right turn. Into where I have no idea, and unless Memaw has taken up living in a dilapidated open-air shack, he’s seriously misguided. He pulls into one of the ten open parking slots, demarcated by rows of conch shells instead of actual painted-on lines. How beachy of them.

Dad lets the engine idle, sliding his phone from the pocket of his polo and pecking out a text message without so much as a word or glance in my direction. I unlatch my seatbelt and open the door, easing out onto the hot, gritty sand, which creeps into my sandals and scratches at the skin.

“Where are we?” When he doesn’t respond, I step beside the open door, banging my hand on the window. “Dad, where are we?”

“Edisto Island, of course,” he mumbles, never looking up from his phone, his fingers still moving furiously over the screen.

I point to the rectangular banner draped atop the entrance with what looks like a hand-stenciled Welcome to Edisto Beach, SC! in blue paint. “No shit. I mean, what is this place?”

“Watch your mouth, CJ. I’m still your father.” He finally looks up long enough to glare across his steering wheel at the banner, squinting as if it’s written in some foreign language before looking back at me. He waves his hand around. “We’re obviously at the market.”

The entrance isn’t a single open-close door but one of those garage-style deals that pulls down from the ceiling. Oyster shell wind chimes tinkle in the breeze. I take a deep breath, the briny air expanding in my lungs and coating my skin, and somehow start imagining myself as one of those slugs we used to find on the back porch at home and pour salt over. Almost immediately, their slimy little bodies would foam up and implode, turning into a dried-up crispie we’d flick off in the grass the next day. Maybe that’ll happen to me, and I can simply shrivel up and disappear.

Dad gets out and lifts the back hatch, and I walk to meet him, giving an extra foot shake on each step to loosen the stowaway sand from my sandals.

“But why are we here?”

“This is where Memaw’s picking you up.” He hauls out my two large suitcases and sets them under the overhang. “She’s running late, but she’ll be here within the next twenty minutes.”

“And you’re just gonna leave me here?” I thumb over my shoulder.

He stares at me as if I’ve just asked for an explanation on the meaning of life, standing like a statue except for the front flip of his thinning auburn hair that tousles with the breeze. That hair, along with his chocolate brown eyes and freckles, are the only things we even share anymore. Everything else is gone. Evaporated.

“Don’t be dramatic, CJ. I have a long drive home.” He slams the hatch, walks to his still-open driver door and slides in behind the wheel. The passenger window rolls down part-way. “I’ll see you at the end of summer. Bye.” The words scarcely exit his lips before the window’s rolled up and he’s peeling out of the parking lot on two wheels as if he’s off to a five-alarm fire.

Wow. Truly heartfelt. I think he might miss me. I lock my jaw, forcing my quivering stomach back in its rightful place. Part of me loathes him for just dumping me here. The other part understands, though. He hates me for what happened and wants me gone too.

I can’t blame him for that.

About Brandy Woods Snow:

Brandy Woods Snow is a Young Adult author, journalist, wife, mama of three, Christian, and proud Southerner. Born and raised in the area of Greenville, South Carolina, she still resides in the rolling foothills of the Upstate region, though she plans to one day retire to the state’s famous Grand Strand. Brandy has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing from Clemson University. While creative writing pursuits have always held her heart, she’s built a career as a journalist and editor. Brandy has more than 19 years’ experience and a strong platform that includes articles and columns published in Delta Sky Magazine, Greenville Business MagazineColumbia Business Monthly and Home Design & Décor Magazine (Charlotte and Raleigh). Currently, she also works as the Marketing Manager and an Acquisitions Editor for Filles Vertes Publishing.

Her first novel MEANT TO BE BROKEN was published by Filles Vertes Publishing in May 2018, and she has a short story featured in FVP’s LOVE ON MAIN anthology, forthcoming in February 2020.

When Brandy’s not writing, reading, spending time with her husband or driving carpool for her three kids, she enjoys kayaking, family hikes, yelling “Go Tigers!” as loud as she can, playing the piano and taking “naked” Jeep Wrangler cruises on twisty, country roads.

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Review: The Vanishing Deep

Title: The Vanishing Deep

Author: Astrid Scholte

Date of Publication: March 3rd, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, scavenging the ruins of a bygone era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isn’t food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sister’s life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn’t a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why.

But once revived, Elysea has other plans. She doesn’t want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didn’t commit. Elysea wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents’ death and mend their broken bond. But they’re pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea’s time is up–and before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed.

My Review:

What a unique and interesting world! I loved the whole world drowned by water concept! It had a tinge of Waterworld but a hundred times better!

These characters! I especially loved Lor. He had so much guilt going on and he just needed some love! Elysea was seriously a wonderful side character! She was sweet, genuine, and unselfish! Tempe, you couldn’t help but feel for her, especially after being alone for the past two years and struggling to survive!

I swear, Scholte has the coolest worlds, best twists, and excellent writing! I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve next!

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Cover Reveal: Masks

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For some, Mardi Gras is a celebration. For others, it’s a dangerous game.

Masks is a collection of 11 short stories by authors from various writing backgrounds. Each story takes a unique look at the celebration of Mardi Gras, from the bright and beautiful party culture to the dark and dangerous mysteries behind the fun. The collection includes stories in the historical fiction, romance, supernatural, and horror genres, all focused on the celebration of life, death, and all that happens in between.

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MASKS Authors

Author: Candace Robinson:

Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words and hoping to one day find her own DeLorean time machine. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, watching classic movies, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.

Title: The Celebration Game

It had begun as an innocent game, and then it became one that would end in blood.

Quote from story:

“It was all supposed to be a game in good and fun. Yet now it felt more than real, and that was because it was.”

Social Media:

Website: http://authorcandacerobinson.wordpress.com

Blog: https://literarydust.wordpress.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/literarydust

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/literarydust/

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16541001.Candace_Robinson

Author: R.J. Garcia:

R.J. Garcia is a wife, and proud mom of two smart kids. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces about teen issues. She has been writing short stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!

Title: The Axeman Among Us

Based on real and fictional events: In 1918, two teen boys live to tell about their encounter with the deadly serial killer, The Axeman of New Orleans, fear his return and implore the service of a voodoo priestess.

Quote from story:

“One thing for sure, the Axeman was here among the living. Just blending in with the rest of us in New Orleans. No one was beyond suspicion. I needed to turn to voodoo more than ever because I was losing my mind.”

Social Media:

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Author: Marlena Frank:

Marlena Frank is the author of young adult fantasy and horror novels and novellas, including the Amazon bestseller Stolen of the Stolen series. She has been writing and publishing short fiction since 2010.

Title: La Femme En Rouge

Josie is a trans woman struggling to embrace herself despite an abusive home life. When she encounters a strange woman in red one night, she finds herself drawn into a mystery and a discovery she never expected.

Quote from story:

“For the first time all week, I finally looked like myself, but I felt like an impostor. I always felt like an impostor on Friday nights.”

Social Media:

Website: http://marlenafrank.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorlenafrank/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarlenaFrankAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarlenaFrank
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbVSPu7yCB8FKIWeSJi2ddA
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lenaf007/

Author: M. Dalto:

  1. Dalto is a YA/NA author of adventurous romantic fantasy stories and her debut novel, Two Thousand Years, won one of Wattpad’s Watty Awards in 2016. She spends her days as a full-time residential real estate paralegal, using her evenings to pursue her literary agenda. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing video games, and drinking coffee. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their daughter, and their corgi named Loki.

Title: Epiphany

The self-proclaimed ‘Prince of Mardi Gras’ faces his greatest fear–being alone–while discovering the mystery behind his family’s untimely demise.

Quote from story:

“The price your family has paid is but a grain of sand within the hourglass of retribution I have planned for you.”

Social Media:

Website: https://authormdalto.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @MDalto421

Instagram: @author.mdalto

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

Author: C. Vonzale Lewis:

Short Bio:

Carla Vonzale Lewis likes her martini’s shaken…never stirred. Though she was born in Georgia, please don’t mistake her for a Georgia peach. She’s more like a prickly pear. Speaking of being born, someone asked her recently if she remembered her birth, and all she had to say was, “Yes, I do remember that handsy doctor pulling me out into the cold. Right Bastard!!!”

Despite being born in the South, she grew up in the North. California to be exact. And every once in a great while, she gets to experience all four seasons. But mostly, it’s just heat.

Her debut novel, LINEAGE, was released July 16, 2019 and she fully intends to ride that joy for the rest of her life. When she’s not concocting her next contemporary fantasy story, she enjoys reading, binge watching shows on Netflix, and trying to convince her husband that getting a dog is a wonderful idea.

Title: The Sin Exchange (Ginger root)

Mardi Gras is approaching and a serial killer is on the loose. Using an ancient ritual to try and save his soul. Will Detective Beatrice Monroe and her partner Raphael stop the sadistic man before he can strike again? Or will he succeed and get out of his bargain with Papa Sin—forcing a shift in the balance between good and evil.

Quote from story:

Blood roared in my ears. My heart pounded in my chest. I looked up and turned toward the shop on the corner. Fire and light intertwined around each other in a seductive dance. A pyramid, a Greek colosseum, a Roman temple all collided into one compact image, competing for space. Heat and cold bathed my skin. Stars dying and being reborn. All these images kept circling through my vision. Bile rose, and as I bent over again, streams of vomit poured out of my mouth. 

Social Media:

www.cvonzalelewis.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CVLauthor/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel&eid=ARDaFKc97pBY8XN_92H3r5X9NZIvqEiXHUpTT_U0Povv4DSl5Ec_-xJe_O8UZ_SuZF9Xh4QtuhHWRYgL

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cvonzalelewis

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carlavlewis/

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/430336351080997/?ref=bookmarks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18389491.C_Vonzale_Lewis

Author: Melissa Eskue Ousley:

Melissa Eskue Ousley is an award-winning author living in the Pacific Northwest with her family, a neurotic dog, and a piranha. Her suspense novel, Pitcher Plant, is set in the Oregon coast town of Seaside and features murder and restless spirits. It won a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award. Her short stories have appeared in the North Coast Squid, Rain Magazine, Flicker: Stories of Inner Flame, and various anthologies. She also volunteers for a wildlife center, helping injured hawks, owls, and other forest creatures.

Title: Spirits of Le Petit

A team of paranormal investigators gets more than they bargained for when a ghost hunting expedition in a haunted New Orleans theater goes horribly wrong.

Quote from story:

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw her. A shadowy, feminine figure in a red dress. There was something covering the upper half of her face. It looked like a Marti Gras mask. I turned to look at her straight on, but there was no one there. She had vanished.

Social Media:

Website: https://melissaeskueousley.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MEskueOusley

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

Author: Dave Wickenden:

After 31 years in the Fire Service and attaining the rank of Deputy Fire Chief, Dave retired to write thriller novels full time. He has been a member of the Sudbury Writer’s Guild since 2014, the Writer’s Union of Canada and the International Screenwriter Association. His works comprises IN DEFENSE OF INNOCENCE, 2018, HOMEGROWN 2018, and DEADLY HARVEST 2019 and he has signed with Black Rose Writing for MAD DOG, due out in July 2020. He has adapted screenplays for his first three titles. He is currently working on his first YA Fantasy.

Title: The Fickle Hand of Fortune

The luck of winning the lottery turns the tables and the Paxon family is on the line.

Quote from story:

“Some people have all the luck,” he leans forward, pulling away from the lamp at his side darkening his five o’clock shadow. “Me, I believe you have to make your own luck.”

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dave.Wickenden.Author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaveWickenden

Web Page: http://davewickenden.wixsite.com/dave-wickenden

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17708705.Dave_Wickenden?from_search=true

Author: Merry Jones:

Merry Jones is an award-winning author of twenty-one books of suspense, humor and non-fiction. She cohosts the Liars Club Oddcast, a weekly podcast focusing on writing and other creative endeavors, and the Writers Coffeehouse, a free, monthly event focusing on the business and craft of writing. Her work has been translated into seven languages, and she has appeared on national and local media to discuss it. Jones taught college-level writing for over a dozen years, is active in the Philadelphia Liars Club, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and The Authors Guild. She lives with her husband in Philadelphia.

Title: The Blackbird Mask

During Mardi Gras, DeLuca, a New Orleans college student picks up a mysterious woman dressed in a sleek black raven costume. Soon, everyone who’s scraped the mask’s sharp beak is dead. In a panic, the lone survivor, DeLuca’s roommate Logan tosses the deadly mask into the alley. When the police want to question him, he goes to retrieve it, but it’s gone. Has another reveler taken it? Will that person also die? And, without it, how will Logan explain the multiple deaths, let alone prove his innocence to the police?

Quote from story:

Here are a couple–choose what you like.

The clowns told me, point blank, that I should stay away, that the raven brings bad luck. One guy—the harlequin–said the raven is the symbol of death. And look–Oh God. He was right.

I picked up her left foot again. She had black polish on her toenails, a small chip on the big toe. Shit. Why did I know that? I had no business knowing the color of this girl’s toenail polish. I’d never even met her. And here I was touching legs, smelling her lavender body wash, seeing her toenails and everything else.

When I heard screams, I ran into the hall, but froze outside my door. The woman in the raven’s mask was on her feet, back from the dead, running in circles, squawking.

Social Media:

Website: http://www.merryjones.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MerryDDJones

Author: Sarah Lampkin:

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Sarah Lampkin is a 2015 graduate from Lynchburg

College [University of Lynchburg] with a master’s degree in English. Since graduation, Sarah now lives in Northern Virginia working in the IT field while continuing her research for her graduate school thesis. When she isn’t working, Sarah continues her Celtic mythology research and Gaelic studies, while working on the Dead Dreamer series. The first two installations in the Dead Dreamer series are available now.

Title: The Mobile Spirit (A Dead Dreamer Tale)

Folly runs for death as death waits for folly – Witness the rebirth of tradition

Quote from story:

“I heard no voice that day.

But I did discover one thing.

Death wore a mask.”

Social Media:

Twitter: @Lampkin_S
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.sarahlampkin/?ref=bookmarks
Instagram: Slampkin.author
Website: Dead-Dreamer.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6606968.Sarah_Lampkin

Author: Kristin Jacques:

Kristin Jacques is an award-winning speculative fiction author and content creator from New England.  Her contemporary fantasy Ragnarök Unwound was published with Sky Forest Press in January of 2019. Her YA dark fantasy Marrow Charm was released from Parliament House Press in October 2019, with an upcoming sequel in Summer 2020. When not writing, she is juggling two rambunctious boys, spoiling her cats, and catching up on a massive TBR pile. She is currently working on projects full of magic, mystery, and delight.

Title: Roll the Bones

Annoyed to be missing the biggest party of the year on baby-sitting duty, Josh convinces his younger sister to join him in Mardi Gras celebration. But when she is abducted by a spirit, Josh must brave the malevolent entities of another realm to bring his sister home, if he can convince her to come back at all.

Quote from story:

“A handful of misshapen dice fell to the ground. Josh swore he could feel the impact of each one through where his knees touched the ground. He stared at the innocuous dice. A dozen whispers fluttered over his skin, tugging at his clothes. He wanted to touch them; to roll their smooth corners against the pad of his thumb. They would clutter and clack against each other in the enclosed pit of his clasped hands until he let them spill forth across the ground. His fingertips brushed the closest one before he snatched his hand away, breathing hard.”

Social Media:

Wattpad:

https://www.wattpad.com/user/krazydiamond

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Krazydiamond07

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/krazydiamond_writes/

Website: http://www.kristinjacques.com/

Misc.

Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Kristin-Jacques/e/B01ERJJLPY

Bookbub Page: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kristin-jacques

Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14745520.Kristin_Jacques

AllAuthor: https://allauthor.com/profile/kristinjacques/

Author: Myra Fiacco:

Myra edits and publishes award-winning books for marvelous authors as the Owner and Editorial Director of Filles Vertes Publishing. With a peppered history in performing arts, illustration, and even tattooing, Myra brings an artistic savvy and ingenuity to the craft of storytelling. She writes motivational non-fiction (to keep it real) and historical fiction with dark whimsy (to keep life magical).

Her daydreams are full of circuses, amusement parks, magicians, and music.

Myra lives in the beautiful heart of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her three kids and husband. When she isn’t engrossed in a story, she can be found snowboarding or singing jazz while playing her ukulele.

Title: Ashes, Ashes

Mia has been working on this serial killer ghost tour for a year. It has earned her a nomination into a secret society, but her membership hinges on giving the perfect tour on Mardi Gras. It’s all blood and murder until the serial killer’s great-grandson crashes the tour to set the story straight. Burying the past isn’t in Mia’s job description, but some tales might be too dark to repeat.

Quote from story:

“She severed pieces of her husband with an ax and snuck them out of the house in her handbag until all that remained was a feather mattress caked in dried body fluids.”

Mia savored the group’s gasps. She grinned—being a historical tour guide just never got old.

Social Media:

Website: http://www.myrafiacco.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyraFiacco

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/myrafiacco/

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Cover Reveal: Love on Main

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Will you find your true love on Main Street? This collection of ten short stories explores the multitude of ways love can be lost and found, hidden and shared, come sunshine, snow, or rainy weather.

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Author: Deborah Maroulis:

Born and raised in a small town in Northern California, Deborah Maroulis is lucky enough to surround herself with the things and people she loves. She teaches English and mythology at her local community college, studies myth and depth psychology in her Ph.D. program, and writes contemporary Young Adult novels. She lives in a slightly bigger town than the one she grew up in with her husband, newly-adult children, and her daughter’s very spoiled, semi-retired service dog.

Story title: Star Crossed Lovers

When seventeen-year-old Tristan moves to the world’s smallest town, all he wants is to snap some pics for the local paper and make it through senior year. But when Leda, a girl in the middle of an impossible decision, literally crashes into his life, he realizes there’s more to this blink-and-you-miss-it place than what’s on Main Street. 

Quote from Star Crossed Lovers:

A new singer belts out another song, jolting me back into the moment—the weight of my camera in my hand reminding me why I’m here. And I realize I have zero pictures of the most interesting event of the evening.

“Well, shit,” I say. Though I’m not sure if it’s because I don’t have the pictures, or because all I want to do is chase after the girl.

(Another choice without the four-letter word…)

As I hang the photos to dry, I’m still thinking about the way Leda’s lips turned up ever so slightly before she left. My heart crashes against my ribs, and I nearly stop breathing as I realize something. I won’t be able to rest until I get to see her whole, beautiful smile.

Social Media:

Twitter @yaddathree

Facebook @byDebMaroulis

Instagram @deb.maroulis

Website www.deborahmaroulis.com

Author: Leanne Treese:

Leanne lives in New Jersey with her husband of twenty-five years and their three wonderful children.  When Leanne is not cheering her kids on in their activities, she can be found running, watching Philadelphia 76ers basketball games, or spoiling her two beloved dogs.  Favorite locations include the Jersey shore, Martha’s Vineyard, and any place that sells books or coffee, preferably both.  A passionate student, Leanne’s dream life would include going back to college and majoring in everything.  Leanne is a graduate of Lafayette College and The Dickinson School of Law.  A former attorney, she is now lucky enough to write full-time!  Her debut novel, The Language of Divorce, released in September 2019.

Story title: Love Locked

Reeling from a broken engagement, Sienna Dewey has been given an assignment to report on Pittsburgh’s famed love locks.  As she chases down a unique lead, she faces a romantic conundrum of her own.  Will Sienna find love, or just report on it?

Quote from Love Locked:

“I’ve spent a lifetime hiding from who I am, from who I love.  But no more.”  — Margot Peterson, Love-Locked on the Roberto Clemente Bridge

Social Media:

www.leannetreese.com

Twitter: @authorleanne

Facebook:  @authorleanne50

Goodreads:  Leanne Treese

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Instagram:  @leannetreese

Author: Shaila Patel:

An unabashed lover of happily-ever-afters, Shaila Patel is a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the author of the multiple award-winning, young adult paranormal romance trilogy called the Joining of Souls. She loves craft beer, tea, and reading in cozy window seats—but she’ll read anywhere. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or gushing about her favorite books online. Check her out at www.shailapatelauthor.com.

Story title: Culture Clash

While escaping a clingy ex, star quarterback Michael Bradford runs into the captivating newcomer Shreya Sanghani and can’t stop fumbling his words. After insulting her with his insensitive comments, he’s determined to make amends when they’re paired for a class assignment—even if their cultures aren’t the only things clashing.

Social Media:

www.shailapatelauthor.com

http://www.facebook.com/shailapatelwriter
http://twitter.com/shaila_writes
http://instagram.com/shailapatel94
http://www.goodreads.com/shailapatel94

Author: Melanie Hooyenga:

Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga writes books about strong girls who learn to navigate life despite its challenges. She first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. When not at her day job as Communications Director at a local nonprofit, you can find her wrangling her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.

Story title: Sunflowers and Lavender

One girl. One boy. One damaging lie. Will Emmy risk her heart for love?

Quote from Sunflowers and Lavender:

“I’ve spent so long hating him. Can I ever switch back to liking him?”

Social Media:

website: melaniehoo.com
Facebook: facebook.com/MelanieHooyenga
Twitter: @melaniehoo
Instagram: @melaniehoo

Author: Faydra Stratton:

Faydra Stratton is a writer, English teacher, wife, and mom to three boys. Faydra attended the University of Florida (Go, Gators!) for undergrad and UNC Wilmington where she received an MFA in creative writing. Her debut novel, DEVIL SPRINGS, a contemporary young adult which is set a few years later in the same town as this story, will be released in April 2020.

Story title: Valentines Not-A-Date

Paige Bellamy regrets agreeing to the church’s young adult scavenger hunt until Cole ends up on her team.

Quote from Valentines Not-A-Date:

Paige likes how casually Cole can say divorce. Like, it happens. Even at twenty-two. And she’s not damaged.

Social Media:

Website: www.faydrastratton.com

Twitter (@faydrastratton)

Facebook (@AuthorFaydra)

Instagram (@faydrastratton)

Author: Brandy Woods Snow:

Brandy Woods Snow is a Young Adult author, journalist, wife, mama of three, Christian, and proud Southerner. Born and raised in the area of Greenville, South Carolina, she still resides in the rolling foothills of the Upstate region, though she plans to one day retire to the state’s famous Grand Strand. Brandy has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing from Clemson University. While creative writing pursuits have always held her heart, she’s built a career as a journalist and editor. Brandy has more than 19 years’ experience and a strong platform that includes articles and columns published in Delta Sky Magazine, Greenville Business MagazineColumbia Business Monthly and Home Design & Décor Magazine (Charlotte and Raleigh). Currently, she also works as the Marketing Manager and an Acquisitions Editor for Filles Vertes Publishing.

When Brandy’s not writing, reading or driving carpool for her kids, she enjoys kayaking, family hikes, yelling “Go Tigers!” as loud as she can, playing the piano, and taking “naked” Jeep Wrangler cruises on twisty, country roads.

Brandy’s novels are Meant To Be Broken (2018) and As Much As I Ever Could (2020).

Story title: Intertextual Relations

When Ryleigh Anne Royce agrees to meet her crush-by-text in person, she’s surprised when her ex-boyfriend and his military school roommate crash the party.

Quote from Intertextual Relations:

Bing.

The sound stomps my lungs, forcing out all the air, and I slit my eyes, training them on the phone in his hand. The one lit up with a new text message with my name on it.

Our eyes lock, and his bottom lip trembles. “I’m Sam.”

Social Media:

http://www.brandywsnow.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brandy_snow

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snowbrandy/

Author: Jess Moore:

Originally hailing from the Midwest, you can always expect an “ope” from Jess or one of her characters. She moved to historic gold-country California ages ago and only looks back east when the leaves are wild with color. (Well, and also, for Cincinnati chili. Let’s keep it real.) She spent years building careers in both teaching and social work, but now, she writes in the very early morning while her family sometimes sleeps.

Story title: Jane & Austen’s

When an introverted store clerk is left an ownership stake in the curio shop where she works, she decides to make it her own against the will of the original owner’s family and her potential love interest.

Quote from Jane & Austen’s:

“I never expected my life to change. So when it did, I was kind of let down that it wasn’t way more dramatic than a trip to the mailbox.”

Social Media:

www.itwasjess.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/it_was_jess

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itwasjess/

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

Author: C.Vonzale Lewis:

Carla Vonzale Lewis likes her martini’s shaken…never stirred. Though she was born in Georgia, please don’t mistake her for a Georgia peach. She’s more like a prickly pear. Speaking of being born, someone asked her recently if she remembered her birth, and all she had to say was, “Yes, I do remember that handsy doctor pulling me out into the cold. Right Bastard!!!”

Despite being born in the South, she grew up in the North. California to be exact. And every once in a great while, she gets to experience all four seasons. But mostly, it’s just heat.

Her debut novel, LINEAGE, was released July 16, 2019 and she fully intends to ride that joy for the rest of her life.

When she’s not concocting her next contemporary fantasy story, she enjoys reading, binge watching shows on Netflix, and trying to convince her husband that getting a dog is a wonderful idea.

Story title: Chasing the Story

High School reporter Vicki Monroe is trying to uncover the reason why a sleazy nightclub owner was able to open his club on historic Main Street.

Her next door neighbor, Marcus—the boy she secretly loves—joins her in her quest for the truth.

In a night filled with antics, which one will Vicki get first, the story, or the boy?

Quote from Chasing the Story:

“Why did you kiss me?” Oh, that’s perfect. Why did you kiss me? I sounded pathetic.

Or

“Thank you.” I checked him out. “Didn’t you wear those jeans to school today?”

“You keep track of what I wear every day?”

Heat bloomed on my cheeks and I turned away.

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CVLauthor/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel&eid=ARDaFKc97pBY8XN_92H3r5X9NZIvqEiXHUpTT_U0Povv4DSl5Ec_-xJe_O8UZ_SuZF9Xh4QtuhHWRYgL

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cvonzalelewis

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carlavlewis/

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/430336351080997/?ref=bookmarks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18389491.C_Vonzale_Lewis

Website: cvonzalelewis.com

Author: Prerna Pickett:

Prerna Pickett believes in magic, fairytales, and unicorns. Writing was always her dream job and now she gets to live the dream. When Prerna isn’t writing, she can usually be found daydreaming about writing, or at the library helping her five kids choose books. Her debut novel, If You Only Knew, was published on February 11, 2020 by Swoon Reads/Macmillan.

Story title: Storm of the Decade

When the storm of the decade strands Priya at her job, Ollie is last person she expects to come to her rescue. While the snow piles on outside, Priya and Ollie are forced to acknowledge a past kiss, and their feelings for one another.

Quote from Storm of the Decade:

“You scare me because you’re exactly the kind of girl I could fall in love with, and I’m exactly the wrong guy for you.”

His words smack me right in the chest. I force myself to take even breaths, to stay calm, even though right now, that’s so far from what I am. My whole body is flushed. “Oh.”

Social Media:

Twitter: @prernapickett

Instagram: @watchprernawrite

Author: Patty Blount:

Patty Blount grew up quiet and invisible in Queens, NY, but found her superpower writing smart and strong characters willing to fight for what’s right. Today, she’s the award-winning author of edgy, emotional contemporary romance. Powered by way too much chocolate, Patty gives a voice to characters society would prefer to ignore…characters facing situations like rape (SOME BOYS, 2014, SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW, 2018), bullying (SEND, 2012), and grief (NOTHING LEFT TO BURN, 2015). She enjoys hearing from her readers so visit her website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Read…roar!…revel.

Story title: Silver for Gold

In The Hamptons, Long Island’s playground for the rich and entitled, a shy teen server who needs his job must decide just how much he’ll risk to protect his coworker after a customer’s behavior nearly gets her fired.

 Quote from Silver for Gold:

“Wishes were pointless. What I wanted, no one could give me. I wanted my parents to be proud of me whether I talked or didn’t talk. I wanted words to come easy and not get stuck in my throat, choking me with guilt and anxiety.”

Social Media:

http://www.pattyblount.com/

Twitter: @pattyblount3

Instagram: @pattyblount3

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PattyBlountNovels/?ref=bookmarks

Facebook readers’ group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2000753743272379/

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What’s your favorite love story?