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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

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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What’s your favorite aspect of Mardi Gras?

 

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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Did you add Masks to your TBR on Goodreads?

Review: Stolen

Title: Stolen

Author: Marlena Frank

Date of Publication: January 22nd, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

It’s difficult taking care of a delusional father by yourself. Sixteen-year-old Shaleigh Mallet would rather explore and photograph dilapidated buildings than cater to her father’s dark episodes. But when she’s kidnapped by a creature who carries her atop a flying bicycle into another world, she realizes this wasn’t the escape she wanted.

In a kingdom known as the Garden, where minotaurs pull carriages and parties are held in hot air balloons, Madam Cloom and her faerie servant, Teagan, rule over the land with incredible but terrifying magic. Shaleigh must prove that she is the reincarnation of a long-dead ruler, not because she believes it, but because it’s her only chance to survive. With the help of a trespassing faerie, a stoatling, and a living statue, Shaleigh hopes to outwit everyone. She aims to break the bonds of servitude and finally make her way home. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that she’s playing right into the hands of a far worse enemy…

My Review:

First, I’ll start by saying what a cool and unique book! I mean, you get stone lions, flying bicycles, and a world like no other. This story takes me back to the time when there were actually good fantasy movies: Return to Oz, Labyrinth, Legend. You know what? Probably just go ahead and make this one a movie to bring some creativity back to the world!

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Shaleigh was a very strong protagonist. I felt she didn’t let getting sent to another strange world break her. In this new place, she grows as a character, figures herself out, and becomes a strong MC. Oh, and the side characters are equally amazing with distinct personalities to make them extremely fleshed out!

Beautiful writing, beautiful description, beautiful cover, and a beautiful story! Also it does end on a cliffhanger that leaves me holding out my hands saying, “give me book two.”

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What would you do if you woke up in a flying bicycle?

 

January Reads 2019

So many good books are coming out this month, but these are the ones I will be reading! Also have a Happy New Year, guys!

 

Other awesome releases for January!

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What are you reading this month?

Stolen: Cover Reveal + Author Interview with Marlena Frank

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About Stolen:

It’s difficult taking care of a delusional father by yourself. Sixteen-year-old Shaleigh Mallet would rather explore and photograph dilapidated buildings than cater to her father’s dark episodes. But when she’s kidnapped by a creature who carries her atop a flying bicycle into another world, she realizes this wasn’t the escape she wanted.

In a kingdom known as the Garden, where minotaurs pull carriages and parties are held in hot air balloons, Madam Cloom and her faerie servant, Teagan, rule over the land with incredible but terrifying magic. Shaleigh must prove that she is the reincarnation of a long-dead ruler, not because she believes it, but because it’s her only chance to survive. With the help of a trespassing faerie, a stoatling, and a living statue, Shaleigh hopes to outwit everyone. She aims to break the bonds of servitude and finally make her way home. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that she’s playing right into the hands of a far worse enemy…

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About The She-Wolf of Kanta:

“A pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked onto hers.”

Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.

Intro for The She-Wolf of Kanta:

The crickets were deafening as moonlight streamed down through the branches. Mercy’s pulse rang in her ears and her entire body was tense. Her left calf kept cramping up, but she ignored it. A moment’s delay when the beast showed its face could mean a gory death. She couldn’t fail tonight, not after months of practice. Behind her she knew Father was watching, and she wondered if he felt as nervous. The forest was deceptively peaceful, but Father said they were close, and that if she remembered her training, she could hear them, too.

She got into position in the middle of the clearing with her foot poised above the pedal switch. She tried to calm her mind and focus. The clamor of crickets surrounded them, but that was merely wrapping the noises beneath. She tried to listen closer. She heard an owl in a tree, her father’s raspy breaths, and the heavy, padding paws of the beast stalking her. Her mouth was dry and her body began to tremble. Father had said she would panic, that it was a normal reaction to facing one in the wild for the first time. That was the deciding moment, he had said. She needed to keep control of herself, but that was so much easier when she knew they weren’t near, when she knew it was safe.

Then she saw it. Through a thick patch of bushes, a pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked on to hers. Mercy froze. It was said when you looked into a werewolf’s eyes, you felt how easy it would be to become its prey. Facing one required both a strong mind and a strong body. It was as much a mind game as a physical one, and never had Mercy felt so small and insignificant. She had a very sensible and primal urge to run away. There was no way to prepare for that moment, Father had told her. That was the gamble of going trapping to begin with, whether or not you would be able to contain the urge to flee. She felt her legs shake but forced herself to stay rooted to the spot. If she ran, both she and her father could be torn apart.

When the werewolf lunged forward, the only thing Mercy could think of was how big it was.

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Author Interview:

How did you come up with the idea for She-Wolf of Kanta?

So people are usually surprised that research into the history of slavery led to the creation of Mercy’s story. In the novella, I focus on werewolves not only as monsters, but as metaphors for human trafficking. I thought of a city that depended on werewolves in order to survive, and the limping city of Kanta was born.

What did you love the best about the main character in She-Wolf of Kanta?

I love Mercy’s fearlessness. She has hurdle after hurdle thrown at her, and yet she refuses to give up. So many times in her story it would be easier just to stop fighting, but she doesn’t. She’s both inspiring and at times a little terrifying in her determination, and I love her for it.

Do you outline before writing or just go with it?

I try to outline at least the first few chapters before I hop in to start writing. That way if I struggle trying to get the storyline to start, I can fall back on the outline to remember my direction. Usually I already have in mind what beats I need to hit throughout the novel. I know where the characters need to go, but not always how to get them there. Toward the end of the book, I may go back to outline the ending as well, especially if it is a complex ending.

What made you decide to want to be a writer?

I was an avid reader as a kid. Once I got done with classwork, books were my reward, and I devoured so many of them. My passion for writing went in and out over the years, and then I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2010. It gave me such a confidence boost to finish the first draft of an original novel that I decided to try writing short stories. Now I’m writing novels on a regular basis.

You have a new book coming out next year titled, Stolen. Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Stolen is my debut novel that is coming January 22nd from The Parliament House. It’s about Shaleigh, a young, black urban explorer who prefers to investigate and photograph abandoned buildings instead of dealing with her delusional father. It tackles some pretty heavy topics of mental illness and what it’s like to be the child taking care of a parent. Then Shaleigh gets kidnapped by a creature that clearly isn’t human.

Taken away from her friends and family, Shaleigh finds herself in a land filled with dangerous creatures and untrustworthy people. She must navigate the tricky political world of the Garden and prove that she is the reincarnation of the previous Master of the Garden. Along the way she befriends a talking statue named Mawr, a stoatling named Colin, and a trespassing faerie. She plans to outwit the dangerous Madam Cloom to make her escape back home.

Stolen is book one of a three-part series, which I’m happy to say will all be released from The Parliament House. The cover is just fabulous and I can’t wait to introduce readers to this unique and fantastic world!

Who is your favorite character in Stolen and why?

That is a tough question because I love all of them so much! But if I had to choose, I think it would be Talek, the trespassing faerie. He’s quite the character and shows up just in the nick of time to help out. He works closely with Shaleigh to assist her on her journey. He’s sexy, determined, and charismatic – what’s not to like?

What other future books are you working on next?

I’m actually working on the sequel to Stolen, titled Broken. This will be a continuation of the Stolen Series and will be coming soon from The Parliament House – as soon as I finish them of course!

I’ve also recently finished another YA Horror novel titled The Seeking, about a young teen who must hide with her siblings once a year to keep from being captured by her hometown. I’m hoping to be shopping this book around soon, so expect to see more about this one!

What hobbies do you have besides writing?

Outside of writing, I love watching movies. Anything with fantasy, or even better dark fantasy, grabs my attention immediately. Horror movies that border the fantasy line like Pan’s Labyrinth for example are absolutely fantastic to me. I guess I grew up in the 80s and got exposed to some fantastic dark fantasy children’s films so I was a little spoiled!

I’m also an active member of the Atlanta cosplay community! I cosplay both anime and comic book characters – usually the villains. You can usually find me at the big conventions around Atlanta, including DragonCon, MomoCon, and AWA. I’ve also organized and presented fan panels at conventions, put together a Cosplay Music Video, and been a photographer for our cosplay troupe, Black Knight Productions Cosplay.

If you could be one other person for a day, past, present, or fictional, who would it be?

I would actually love to be Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Not only would I get to be sexy and sleuthing around the streets of Toon Town on a regular basis, but I also would get to be a jazzy lounge singer. That honestly sounds too cool!

What’s your favorite color?

I would just say green, but it’s a very specific green. It’s the color of the first leaves in spring, that light yellow-green color that signifies that winter is finally ending. I love it.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up. Being an author today is an uphill battle the whole way. Keep reading, keep writing, and keep learning about the industry. There are so many ways to get your works out there! Find what works best for you and figure out how to make your dreams come true.

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Marlena Frank has always been fascinated with monsters, and now gets to write about them. She has been writing spooky and fantastic stories since 2010 and has had her short stories published in a number of anthologies, from Heroic Fantasy Quarterly to The Sirens Call.
Her YA Dark Fantasy novella, The She-Wolf of Kanta, was released in April 2018 from Radiant Crown Publishing. Her debut novel, Stolen, book one of a three-part YA Fantasy series, is coming out January 2019 from The Parliament House. When she isn’t thinking up strange tales, she loves watching movies and she’s an active member in the Atlanta cosplay community.

Connect with Marlena:

Blog: http://marlenafrankauthor.com/

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

Instagram: http://instagram.com/authorlenafrank/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarlenaFrank

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lenaf007/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5258802.Marlena_Frank

Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/marlenafrank

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Review: The She-Wolf of Kanta

Title: The She-Wolf of Kanta

Author: Marlena Frank

Date of Publication: April 17th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

“A pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked onto hers.”

Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.

My Review:

Oh, I really liked this one! I loved the werewolf concept—it felt original and unique and all around cool!

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As characters go, Mercy was a strong and fierce thirteen-year-old girl. I mean, seriously, she was one tough cookie with extra chocolate chips! She was smart, quick thinking, and did what needed to be done.

This was a quick read with great writing that felt more developed than some of the six hundred page books I have read. It also had The Walking Dead type vibe of a setting, minus the whole zombie thing!

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