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Cover Reveal: Link by Link: A Spirited Holiday Anthology

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“‘I wear the chain I forged in life,’ replied the Ghost. ‘I made it link by link…’”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Link by Link is a collection of 11 stories of ghosts, spirits, and creatures unnamed, all come to teach lessons we won’t soon forget. From sweet Christmas tales to terrifying holiday hauntings, these stories take a dive into the past in the hopes of creating a better—or at least different—future.

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The anthology features short stories from these authors: M. Dalto, Pam Dunn, Myra Fiacco, Marlena Frank, Kristin Jacques, C. Vonzale Lewis, Jess Moore, Candace Robinson, Leslie Rush, Lauren Emily Whalen, Beth Worsdell.

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Are you excited for this anthology?

Review: Masks

Title: Masks

Date of Publication: March 31st, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

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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My Review:

If you’re looking for a book full of mystery and intrigue, then this is it! I love reading anthologies because I can read the versatile stories between the authors with a common theme. This one being Mardi Gras! Which! I’ve never read a book centered around that so it was pretty cool!

Each tale had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how the story was going to end. There are murderers, there are ghosts, there are crimes, there are kisses, there’s a Louisiana setting, and there is lots and lots of awesomeness!

All the authors had a unique dip into the theme, and all of them had a wonderful atmosphere! Overall, seriously a fun collection!

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What’s your favorite thing about Mardi Gras?

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:

https://www.instagram.com/writer_rjgarcia/
https://twitter.com/rj_dreamer
https://www.facebook.com/writerr.j.garcia/?ref=bookmarks https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16515959.R_J_Garcia
https://rj-garcia-writer.com/about/

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

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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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What’s your favorite aspect of Mardi Gras?

 

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

Bookbub:  will set up

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:

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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.”

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Masks Anthology Announcement!

I’m going to be a part of this amazing anthology with other amazing authors! The theme is Mardi Gras and trust me, you’re going to want to add this one to your TBR!

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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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Author Interview: C. Vonzale Lewis

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Smart-mouthed Nicole Fontane has a way of getting herself into trouble. She’s been fired from every job she’s had but still refuses to work in her father’s apothecary shop because of his practice of Earth Magick. On Tulare Island where Nicole grew up, Magick has always been a way of life—one she’s determined to avoid at all costs.

With less than two hundred dollars in the bank and rent due, Nicole is forced to take a job at Tribec Insurance as a last resort. Little does she realize, the moment she sets foot inside the building, she becomes a pawn. A sinister force has set its sights on her and will stop at nothing to use her in a sadistic game.

Tribec’s proprietors, the Stewart family, are curiously preoccupied with the Naqada, the mysterious pre-dynastic Egyptian society. Nicole finds it creepy, but on the bright side, the job reconnects her with her estranged friend, Marta. Yet the eerie atmosphere, disappearing Magick wards, and the smell of blood inside Tribec bring Nicole to a startling conclusion—the Stewarts are practicing Blood Magick, the deadliest of the Five Principles. By the time Nicole uncovers the truth, Marta and her four children have gone missing, and all signs implicate the Stewarts and an archaic blood ritual to an Old One, a Naqada god imprisoned on Tulare Island.

Battling the evil of Blood Magick will demand Nicole to confront a hidden past and unlock the Magick buried within. But can she set aside her deep-rooted fears to work with a team of vigilante Mages? Or will the clock run out on Marta and her children—and on Nicole?

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Author Interview with C. Vonzale Lewis:

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What was the inspiration for your upcoming book?

I use to work in a call center. I don’t recommend this job for ANYONE! Once in a blue moon, the major players would come to our center for a center wide meeting. I use to wonder what they did all day. Like what exactly was their job. So in answer to that question, I wrote my first book based on a woman getting a job in a call center and learning her employers were sacrificing people. Morbid, I know. But I did warn you NOT to work in a call center.

Do you have a favorite character in your book? Who and why?

Yes, while I do LOVE my main character, Nicole. I am in awe of my side character, Rachel. She is just the right mix of crazy and sane and it was fun writing about her.

Do you usually outline or just go with it?

I just go with it! But I do find that in the midst of writing, scenes come to me. I keep a notepad near me so I can jot these gems down. So, no, I don’t outline, but I do follow some bullet points.

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

Sitting down and getting in the groove. If I spend my time thinking about writing and never take the step toward putting words on paper, then I will never do it. But once I do sit down, and take those first awkward steps, I can get into a real nice rhythm.

The best thing?

Creating characters! I love laughing with them, crying with them, and just going on adventures with them. I love digging into their stories and finding the roots of their existence.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When my mother bought me a typewriter when I was eight. I think I was amazed at how I could put words on paper. And, of course, I loved reading stories and having stories read to me. All those wonderful adventures in one book! I thought, I can do that!

What’s your favorite book you’ve read this year?

Circle of the Moon—by Faith Hunter. There is just something wonderful about her characters and the depth in which she writes them. And, of course, her plots are rich with history and lore. Mythology is my jam. I can get behind any fantasy story that has a really interesting backstory behind it. Kind of like your story, CLOUDED BY ENVY. I mean seriously, Candace, THAT WAS A VAMPIRE ORGIN STORY!!!

And what’s your favorite book ever?

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is the first book that came to mind when I read this question. But seriously, I’d have to say I have MANY favorite books. And this interview would turn into a thesis statement if I listed them all. LOL!

What future books do you have planned next?

I have seven books to write in my Blood and Sacrifice Chronicles series and I want to finish three others that are right there ready to be polished. So, the answer is…A LOT!

I know you’re also an editor, does this affect how you read books?

Yes and no. If the book is a little slow or hard to get into, yes, then I find myself finding ways to improve it. And if it’s interesting and holding me captive, then I just breeze right through without my internal editor ever showing its head.

As an editor, what kind of books are you interested in working on?

Since I’m an eclectic reader, I’d say I enjoy a few genres. Definitely contemporary fantasy with a strong backstory/mythology. I love mysteries and thrillers. And all these books have to have some romantic elements in them. I just love reading about people falling in love.

What’s your favorite color?

Green

If you were trapped on an island with one person, one object, and one food, what would they be?

My husband, a bookshelf full of books, and tacos!

Do you have any advice for other writers out there?

Never listen to advice that tells you how and what to write! Sit down, tell your story, and then go through it. Make sure you read in your genre and others as well. You never know what ideas you might come up with. Writing is an evolving process. You will stumble but it’s when you do stumble that you learn the most. I have found that most writing advice is really just another person’s pet peeves dressed up to look like law. IGNORE IT ALL AND WRITE!

About C. Vonzale Lewis:

My name is Carla Vonzale Lewis and I like my martini’s shaken…never stirred.

I was born in Georgia but please don’t mistake me for a Georgia peach. I’m more like a prickly pear. Speaking of being born, someone asked me recently if I remember my birth. And I have to say, yes, I do remember that handsy doctor pulling me out into the cold. Right Bastard!!!

Despite being born in the South, I grew up in the North. California to be exact. Every once in a great while we get to experience all four seasons. But mostly, it’s just heat. You should see our electric bill in the summer! I like the beaches, but not the sand. I enjoy being outside, but the sun gets on my nerves. Does it really need to send its death ray to a single spot on my skin! (I told you I was a prickly pear) And don’t get me started on the traffic.

The first part of my life, I worked in customer service. This line of work led to the discovery of my favorite drink, or, rather, several favorite drinks. I could list the many concoction but that would go on forever!

Needless to say, it wasn’t an easy job. But I did enjoy talking with people. And when it came time to develop my characters, I drew on those experiences.

I have a degree in Fashion Design. Don’t ask. The only thing I gained from those wasted two years of my life, is being introduced to the love of my life, Bobby. He is truly my rock.

So…why do I write?

Well my first book, LINEAGE, answered the question, “What does the big boss actually do all day?” I might have gone a little dark with my answer, but it was fun answering the question. But mainly, I love writing because it gives me power to create. And it also gives me the power to fix this broken world.

Truthfully, I’ve always loved the written word and the way a good book could take you to another place and time. Instead of hanging out in the lunchroom, I would go to the library and create stories or bury my head in a really good book.

I started writing my first novel in 2014 and 30 days later I had a collection of scenes that needed some serious revision. And that was where the fun came in. Over the course of several years my novel went through final draft after final draft until I finally came to…you guessed it, the final draft.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading, binge watching shows on Netflix, and trying to convince my husband that getting a dog is a wonderful idea.

And one day, I will discover how many licks it actually takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop.

Website: cvonzalelewis.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CVonzalelewis

Twitter: @cvonzalelewis

Instagram: www.instagram.com/carlavlewis

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