Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Magia Rising by Monique O'Connor James is FREE on Amazon 10/31-11/2

Welcome Everybody!!!!
One of my favorite people in the world and one of the main influences and inspirations behind what I do today is Monique O'Connor James and her latest release is FREE on Amazon for 3 days..
October 31, 2012 through November 2, 2012

New Orleans is teeming with warring witch clans. Their world goes unnoticed by the people of the city,unseen by the masses. Nixon was one of those people, oblivious to the battles brewing around him. That is, until his eighteenth birthday.

Abandoned and on his own after the deaths of his parents...he'd grown used to being alone. Now he's discovering strange powers, learning secrets about his ancestors, and falling for the wrong girl--or is she the right one? In this new world he can trust no one...even the dead tell lies. Friends are enemies,
and enemies hide the truth. Who can he trust? What's real and what's illusion?



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Cover Reveal: Emily Goodwin's The Guadian Legacies Series

Oh My Happy Halloween!!
I am So happy to be a part of the cover reveal for Emily Goodwin's The Guardian Legacies Book 2 ~ The Reaper! Awesomesauce. OH YES!! This is a Giveaway ~ the link is at the end of the post!!..  Good Luck!

Emily Goodwin resides in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, many four legged children and their much loved German Shepherd named Vader. Accused of being a day dreamer, Emily began writing at an early age, making use of her active imagination. She has a degree in psychology, is currently working on her second degree in nursing, likes anything paranormal, 80's rock, going on crazy adventures with her friends and is an animal rights activist.


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Reaper Cover Reveal!! 

REAPER Book 2 in The Guardian Legacies

After discovering her destiny as a witch, Anora is on a mission to find out everything she can about the magical world. Unbeknownst to her, the creatures of that world are trying to find out everything they can about her…and the people closest to her.

With Ethan and Hunter to protect her, Anora feels safe and happy with her new life. That is, until she begins to be plagued with terrifying visions that only she can see, leaving her full of fear and doubt. What if the hallucinations are real? What if there is something dark out there that can attack her from within?

If Anora can’t even trust herself, who can she turn to?

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*Released Halloween, 2012*

New Cover of Unbound

The world of ghosts and spirits is nothing new to eighteen year old Anora Benson; she’s spent her whole life trying to ignore them, trying to be normal. But when the Pricolici, a group of ancient bounty hunters, are sent after her, Anora realizes she is more than just a medium.

As a witch she has power, power she doesn’t know how to use, power that makes her vulnerable to the demons that desire her gifts. Anora is alone and scared, forced to face the darkness on her own. Then she meets Ethan, a mysterious boy who shows up in her life right along with the magic, and he seems to know quite a bit about her and her legacy Coven. Will she risk everything by trusting him or risk fighting alone?

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Coming Soon from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing and Hot Ink Press


Whether it is for retribution or for retaliation—be it from the guardian or the renegade—the primal urge to enforce a personal sense of justice lies with every being.

Neither man nor myth is free of this drive, and the lengths to which they’ll go are vast and astounding and plunge even the purest heart into the darkest depths of depravity.

The end result of the violence and mayhem is nothing if not destructive…

Nothing if not grim.

Welcome to the Grim Vengeance Anthology, a collection from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing featuring tales of cryptic and fury-filled efforts that show just how far one will go when there’s a vengeful vendetta.

Release Date October 31st 2012

Welcome to the world of Darkest Desires Where the eternal fires are stoked by sin. Lust and unfulfilled wanting. Demons in every incarnation are waiting to quench their own appetite and reclaim what is rightfully theirs.

Darkest Desires explores the most primal needs lurking in everyone.

This anthology from Hot Ink Press (an Erotic Imprint of Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing) features some of today’s cutting edge erotica romance authors.

With contributions by:

Kim Carmichael, Kassi Darq-Chylde, Ada McEwan, Gloria Dupree, DJ Shaw, Johnny Dahmer, Amanda R. Browning, Christina Moore, Chloe Glint, Robert West, Aydrain Noelle, Mark Davis and Lainy Lane

Release Date: October 30th 2012

Coming November 1, 2012 from GMTA Publishing

Welcome to I Love My Authors on this cold Fall Morning!!



Armies gather for war in the frozen land of Angrääl threatening to set the world ablaze. The elves are divided and scattered and humans fall prey to the dark influence of the Reborn King. Now, Gewey is faced with his greatest challenge yet. Unite the world of elf and human before it is too late...


Brian D. Anderson was born in 1971, and grew up in the small town of Spanish Fort, AL. He attended Fairhope High, then later Springhill College where his love for fantasy grew into a lifelong obsession. His hobbies include chess, history, and spending time with his son.

Jonathan Anderson was born in March of 2003. His creative spirit became evident by the age of three when he told his first original story. In 2010 he came up with the concept for The Godling Chronicles. It grew into an exciting collaboration between father and son. Jonathan enjoys sports, chess, music, games, and of course, telling stories.



Sunday, October 28, 2012

Author Interview with Howard Shapiro

Welcome to I Love My Authors Blog
Today's Author is  Howard Shapiro. Welcome to I Love My Authors Howard it is so wonderful to have you here today.You are such an Awesome Spirit and I have had the pleasure of getting to know you a little more in the process of preparing this post.

Meet Howard Shapiro

HOWARD SHAPIRO lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two sons. The Controller for the Pittsburgh-based Visual Effects firm, Animal Inc., he has also written four children’s books and The Stereotypical Freaks will be his debut Graphic Novel.  His 2008 book, Hockey Player for Life, has been the #1 downloaded children’s hockey e-book on Amazon’s Kindle chart since its arrival as an e-book in November of 2011.  His, Hockey Days book was the only book featured in the December 2007 Sporting News Annual Gift Guide as a Best Buy Gift for Children.  Through a corporate sponsorship program he set up (and maintains), since the 2010-11 season, both of his children’s hockey books have been given to NHL teams (over 2,500 copies to date) for use in their community and educational initiatives.  Since 2006 his annual charity raffle, which he matches dollar for dollar donated, has raised funds for several hockey-related charities including the Mario Lemieux Foundation, Hockey Fights Cancer and the Keith and Lisa Primeau Scholarship Fund.
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The Interview
When did you start writing?
Since I was about eight years old.  I loved the old Encylopedia Brown series and I wanted desperately to write stories like those as well as write about sports.  I had my little electric typewriter and I'd hack away as best I could!
What inspired you to do it?
 When I was very young, the inspiration came from the Encyclopedia Brown books as well as comic books, mostly Spiderman and Batman.  As I got into my teen years I tried my hand at songwriting as Bruce Springsteen and Pete Townshend were my favorite songwriters and these days I've been inspired by authors such as Neil Gaiman, Gipi and Neil Kleidd.

What projects have you done?
I've done four self published children's books - 2005's "Hanukkah Counts Too!", 2006's "Destructo Boy and Spillerella", 2007's "Hockey Days" and 2008's "Hockey Player For Life".  The two hockey books have been used extensively by NHL teams in their community and educational initiatives and "Hockey Player For Life" has been the on and off #1downloaded kids hockey book on the Kindle chart.  "The Stereotypical Freaks" is my first traditionally published book.

Any new projects coming up?
Yes, I am working on the sequel to "The Stereotypical Freaks", another graphic novel and I hope to have it out next Christmas but we'lll see how that works out.

 Are you an independent artist or are you represented by an agency?
I am an independent artist but I am seeking representation.

Any favorite bands? Do you use music to inspire you as you write?
Answering the second question first, yes, music is a huge inspiration on my writing.  It's easily the #1 inspiration!  So much so that at the beginning of each chapter of "Freaks" I listed recommended listening songs.  As far as favorite bands, there are so many but if I had to choose some favorites they would be (in no particular order)  - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Who, Big Country, U2, The Afghan Whigs, The Rolling Stones, Urge Overkill, Green Day, Van Halen and Soul Asylum.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field?
I think the num,ber one thing is to have a extremely thick skin because the rejection will come fast and furious.  You can almost turn it around and have the atittude that "I'll show you"  that is what I've developed.  And you can't let the rejection get to you, you have to roll with it and develop a never say die attitude.  You need that base and from there be open to criticism and work as incredibly hard as you can. 

Anything you would like to share with readers on a personal note that would allow them to get to know you better?
Well, I'm a married father of two sons (both 13 years old) and I live in Pittsburgh, PA.  Writing is not my full time job, I am an Accountant by trade for a visual effects studio.  I am more then happy, and would encourage anyone and everyone to get in otuch with me if they had any questions or would like more info!  My email addy is and my website is

Do you find it hard to share your work with others?
It's a good question because I am an extremely shy and quiet person but writing is actually my escape from that and a chance to "speak up" and be heard.  It can be tough to lay your emotions out because no matter what, as the writer, part of you is in the characters.  The character of Tom in all of the books I've done is mostly me or how I'd like to be or act.  My "Hockey Days" book was very personal in that it was about me and my dad and our relationship and how hockey brought us closer together.  He passed away in 2005 and so I did the book as a tribute to him and to give myself and my sons a great way to remember him in better times when he was still alive.  So, its difficult at times for me to read it, to this day, because I really would give anything tohave him still here.  So, putting those emotions out there is difficult when you are a very private person as I am.  But in the end, writing is a great outlet and if I didn't have it I would have a very large therapy bill!!

Did your writing come from just a need to express yourself or a particular experience that you had?
Excellent question!  It actually came from both!  First and foremost though it is the best way, at least for me, to express myself.  As I said in question #9, I am a very quiet and reserved person so to have an outlet to express myself is very important!  Some people do it by painting or through art, some via call in talk shows or letters to the editor etc.  For me, it is putting my deep emotions on paper through fictional characters as an outlet to get those thoughts out.  As an adult, one thing that got me back into writing in my twenties was seeing the movie "Reality Bites."  After seeing that at the theatre I was so angry that a movie that had potential could be so bad (sorry "Reality Bites" fans) that I thought, I can do better.  I'm not saying that I have done better but it is a challenge everyday to try and GET better and have my writing get to an A level.  Its what I strive to do every single day, get better!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Now available in Signed Hard Cover & Paperback Child of War-Rising Son by Lisa Beth Darling

Child of War-Rising Son
Novel #3 in the OF WAR Series

Excerpt------The Flaming Shades in the Sixth Circle of Hell grew brighter with the rush of air to feed them, stirring a long dead hunger within.  Fiery faces gnarled in anger and victory as they closed in. Raven took another full-circle sweep with the spear.  This time it went right through those closest to him, cutting them in half for a moment only to have them come back together to continue their approach with blazing hands outstretched.

Their burning souls quickly used up all of what passed for air in the Underworld until Raven couldn't get a single gasp of it.  The force that crashed down upon him wanting to bring him to his knees grew stronger as the air grew weaker, as the rushing roar of flames created a vacuum around him threatening to collapse his lungs even as it turned the remaining air in them to steam.  Gathering his fleeting strength, Raven stabbed out with the spear and watched it pass through the nearest attacker to no avail.  When he drew it back he noticed a curious thing; the six foot wood handle wasn't charred or burned in the slightest; neither was the razor sharp blade at the end.

"They're not real," he mumbled, taking in the sight of the unblistered spear.  "Get back!"  Lashing out again, he tried to hold onto the belief that what he was seeing had no power over him.  The strike hit a flaming shade in front of him.  When it passed through its burning body, he felt weight, as though he hit something more than air.  The shade stumbled backwards but the others continued their onslaught.  Raven knew the spear wouldn't be enough but he did have something else.  Dropping the spear to the hot soil, he yanked the stopper out of one of his wineskins.  He held up the skin like a gun, gave a good squeeze, and a good stream of water spurted it from it as he made another sweep.

The Flaming Shades screamed they stumbled backwards in retreat.  Raven hit them again. Again, they screeched in agony as their power, their heat, and their fire began to fade.   Another blast and those nearest him went out like candles in a rainstorm, leaving little wispy trails of smoke behind.

"You're DEAD.  You're NOTHING."  Raven let another spurt fly as he picked up the spear to holster it and then take a few steps forward.  Steps that quickly grew from hesitant to assured as the Flaming Shades backed up in horror.  "Get away from me, go back to the hell you're sentenced to and I won't send you to Oblivion."  To accentuate his point, Raven gave the skin another squeeze.  Most of the Flaming Shades already backed out of reach of the stream but a few brave defiant ones remained; when the water hit them they turned to steam, convincing their compatriots to turn fiery tail and run.

With his bare feet buried in the hot soil and the air around him returning to 'normal', Raven stood trying to catch his breath, watching the blazing army flee.  Wiping his forearm across his sweaty brow to clear the layer of glistening sweat, he listened to his heart thundering in his chest and felt the rush of adrenaline bolt through him.  This was his first real battle and he was victorious. Wherever he was, Raven hoped Ares was watching with pride.

Child of War-Rising Son
Now available in Signed Hard Cover & Paperback

Coming in E-Books November 22nd
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Author Spotlight: Interview with Andrea Norwich

Welcome to I Love My Authors Blog!!!
I have the amazing Andrea Norwich here with us. Welcome Andrea!! So nice to have you here. Andrea has graciously agreed to answer my questions. Thank you taking the time out of your busy schedule to be with us today. Before we get to the Interview I wanted to introduce you to Andrea and her debut release Turn of the Lykoi. 

Andrea Norwich is a freelance writer who has always been a fan of werewolves. After reading story after story of the beasts and feeling more and more let down on how most stories portrayed the werewolves, she decided to write her own "short story". Andrea has found it difficult to stop writing.

In addition to writing, Andrea is a photographer and a graphic artist. She is also a wife and a mother.

Sam Harris thought her life couldn't get any worse when she lost her parents at age five, but she never realized how wrong she could be. Sam drifted into adulthood and life finally seemed to settle down. That was until the nightmares began. Secrets that had been kept for so many years are finally revealed as they will be the ultimate key to her survival.
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The Interview

1. When did you start writing?
I have always written poems and short stories. It has been a hobby (or rather an escape) since I was a teen.
As for Turn of the Lykoi, I started writing the story back in 2004.  I shelved the story for about 6 years, with only 3 chapters left to go.  I just couldn't find the proper ending to the story.  I couldn't decide whether I wanted to continue the saga in another installment, or if I wanted to have an actual ending.

2. What inspired you to do it?
It started with the love of Laurell K Hamilton's "Anita Blake" series.  She's an amazing writer.  Her AB series focuses on vampires, werewolves, necromancers and s-e-x and gore.  I couldn't stop reading her novels. One after another, it continued to feed my addiction.  I did find, however, that how I thought about werewolves and how she wrote about werewolves, were just..........different.  It got to the point where it really bothered me that our views were so different. (Yes, I understand that I was having an imaginary disagreement with an author I have only met a couple of times at various book signing).  I just couldn't seem to let it go.  I talked about it to friends and family (well, really anyone who would listen), about my view of werewolves.  I guess people around me got tired of hearing me moan and gripe because I was suddenly flooded with request to "just write the visions down."  Oh gosh. Really?  WHAT A GREAT IDEA!
I started to write a short story about a woman, who was a werewolf, and well-the rest is history!

3. What projects have you done?
Beyond some short stories and poems (and the occasional term paper for pals, lol), Turn of the Lykoi is the first published work that I have.  Well, actually, there is a published short story about a Kender, on the Kencyclopedia website.  I had a run with the Dragon Lance series and Dungeons and Dragons genre.  I still enjoy the fantasy world and might continue the character I wrote about at that time.  But for now, I'm sticking to my beasties.

4. Any new projects coming up?
I'm working on the second installment to the Lykoi Series, called "Chains of the Turned".  It's the continuation of the story.  There will be one more after Chains of the Turned, that will finish the story, though I might actually do a few spin off stories about some of the flavorful characters I've introduced to everyone.

5. Are you an independent artist or are you represented by an agency?
I am an independent artist.  In more than one way.  I'm also a freelance photographer and graphic designer. I even designed my own book cover! Talk about a money saver. Between that and all of the promotional materials that I have created for the novel, I have saved tons!

6. Any favorite bands? Do you use music to inspire you as you write?
OH WOW! I LOVE ALL TYPES OF MUSIC!  Right now, some of my favs to listen to are The Black Keys, Adele, Skrillex, The Prodigy, Snow Patrol, and Alabama Shakes.  Some of my all-time faves are: Sarah McLachlan, Tool, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Neil Diamond (hey, don't judge. LOL), Bob Seger, Norah Jones, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Marilyn Manson, and AC/DC.  But I also listen to classical, jazz, new age/meditation music, and country music from the late 70's to the mid-90's.

7. What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field?
Anyone can write a book, but not everyone can write a book.  Simple as that.  I have seen them all / read only a few.  To be even halfway successful at it, you have to stay dedicated and focused.  You need pre-readers and reviewers as well as a good editor.  And either have the patience and the resilience to deal with multiple rejections by agents and/or publishers, or be able to work as hard as an agent and/or publisher would for you if you were accepted by them.  Just writing the story doesn't automatically gain you some respect in the writing community.

8. Anything you would like to share with readers on a personal note that would allow them to get to know you better?
I'm an open book.  I went through a lot during my childhood, and survived.  I am on my second pacemaker and am currently living with Sjogren's (which is a strain of Lupus).  I am on my second marriage.  The first one might not have worked as I had hoped, but the second one is a bit magical.  I met him on facebook, over the Mafia Wars game.  We will be married 3 years in January!  I have an 8 year old son who is my world.  I'm a lefty.  I'm a girl, as in I'm a big sap.  I can cry at commercials, if they are sweet enough (damn you Sarah McLachlan and your animal rescue commercial! damn you!).  I'm still a tomboy, which makes my relationship with my son that much more enjoyable.  We can sit on the sofa and have a farting/belching contest, or talk about poop and boogers. I hope our relationship will continue to be as close once he's older.  I am a big dreamer. I daydream all of the time.  I think because of that, I have been able to write such an expressive story!

9. Do you find it hard to share your work with others?
Not anymore. I used to.  I was always self-conscious about my work.  I always feared someone finding a mistake, or finding a better way of wording something I wrote.  Well, duh, of course they will.  BUT why is that a bad thing?  OK sure, too many mistakes (grammatically speaking) would kill any book, but even books that have gone through publishers have mistakes.  My story, my mistakes, they are all me.  My story wouldn't be the same without them.

10. Did your writing come from just a need to express yourself or a particular experience that you had?
I believe that I was writing about my own transformation at the time, and didn't know it.  And no, I do NOT believe that I'm a werewolf.  But the message of my story is that there is no monster greater than your own and that if you can conquer that beast, there isn't anything you can't do.  The message read loud and clear once the story was finished.
I feel that everyone has a bit of themselves in the story(ies) that they write.  At least the good ones do.

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Breathless by Scott Prussing Come and Get It for a CLICK 10/26 - 10/28, 2012

Howdy Everybody!!
Another one of my favorite series is a FREEBIE on Amazon...

October 26, 2012 through October 28, 2012

Breathless is the first book in the Blue Fire Saga, a paranormal romance series set at a small college in present day Connecticut. There are currently four books in the series.
Weston College freshman Leesa Nyland has been fascinated by vampires since she was three years old. That's when her mom started acting weird, insisting sunlight hurt her skin because she'd been bitten by a one-fanged vampire.
But fascinated doesn't mean Leesa believes. Any more than she believes in blue fire, people who live for centuries, and kisses that can kill. But when her beloved older brother suddenly disappears, she is forced to consider all these and more. She also has to figure out what to do about her mysterious new boyfriend. She knows Rave likes her a lot--so why won't he kiss her?
As Leesa draws closer to finding her brother, she faces some gut-wrenching decisions. Should she risk her mom's life trying to "cure" her? Should she continue seeing Rave, after he reveals his dangerous secret? And most terrifying of all, should she make the ultimate sacrifice-give up her humanity-to save her brother?

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

New From Vamptasy Publishing Halloween Reads!

Just In Time For Halloween.... from the mind of Sinead MacDughlas, author of Learn To Love Me, comes a tale that is creepy, full of  paranormal suspense, justice, murder, possession, vengeance, violence.

When thirty-eight year old Jess Green tries to start a new life in a tiny Ontario village, far away from the mad world, she learns that madness will always find her. Eleven spirits, most of them victims of one insidious murderer, inhabit the old house she bought. Until they have retribution for their deaths, they’re trapped between the mortal plane and the afterlife. Jess is their only hope.


and just a reminder, "Best served Bloody" is 100% charity driven and all proceeds go to the Lancashire Hospice in the UK.

From the mind of Rue Volley we have wolves and witches... an 18+ Read Only!!
Full of erotica, fantasy, paranormal romance, psychological thriller, sex, werewolf,

For David and Michelle acting is a passion. There is undeniable chemistry between them on the set of their new movie. They play Misha and Emerson, highly trained werewolf slayers. After a night of passion following a steamy love scene the fantasy they have been acting out over spills into reality, with dire consequences.

Guest Post: Phantom Dreams by T.K Harris Blog Tour 2012

I am so excited for T.K Harris, as an aspiring author myself, I can see just how much sacrifice and dedication it takes to fulfill one's dream. Congratulations on being PUBLISHED!!! T K Harris has graciously agreed to gift one lucky person an e-book copy of Phantom Dreams.

T.K. Harris, who currently lives in Colorado, is a Solutions Architect, teacher, and full-time mother. She has been a story teller since she could talk and has had several short stories purchased by professional magazines such as Woman's World. She is excited
 that her first novel - Phantom Dreams - has now been published.

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Do you have any writing tips, advice, or techniques for aspiring writers?

Writing Tips for "New" Writers (In 12 Easy Steps.  Ha!)

Whether you've been writing for years or just getting started, we can all use a little help.  Though I have sold several short stories and finally published a novel, I can't give you the same kind of tips as a pro.  I won't even try!  For that, I think one of the best books I've read is Stephen King's "On Writing".  It’s a weird mash of autobiographical information with a heaping dose of practical advice toward the end.  If you haven't read it, read it.  If you haven't bought it, buy it.  It's worth it.

OK, now for advice from a newbie published author.

I tried it all I think.  Outlines, free-form writing, story boarding, classes, articles, books, writing while upside down chanting yoga like prayers… OK, maybe not that last part.  But I may just have to try it the next time I'm staring at the screen with a "deer in the headlight" expression.  Everyone works differently.  But I really hate when an "advice" piece says something like that, or "just try it until you find something that works for you".  You can.  But, sometimes you want to say "Just tell me already!".
So, here goes:

Step 1)  Type up a character sheet on each character. Its ok if they change as you go.  But at least have the basics such as full name, age, hair and eye color, etc.  Do this for every character.

Step 2) Find a wall, a board, it doesn't matter.  Just find a place where you can put up your character profiles and a bunch of 3 x 5 cards and they can stay.  For months if need be.  (I used my dinning room for awhile and then my bedroom wall).  My suggestion is to use paint safe tape or thumb tacks (because both can be pulled off and reused numerous times – although the tape leaves no marks).   This wall should really be close to where you write, maybe across the room so you have to get up and stretch your legs and rest your eyes.  But not too far away.

Step 3)  Write.  Write until you finish your story or novel or opus magnum.  Don't stop, don't rethink.  Write.  With ONE exception.  When you've finished that paragraph, chapter, or even just your 7 words for the day, grab a 3 x 5 card, a pen, and highlighter(s) and write down the relevant pieces of information (by chapter or scene) that occurred.  For me this was the major points in the each chapter of Phantom Dreams such as who lead what scene, any deaths that occurred, how, and who died.  (You'd be surprised how quickly your dead bodies get mixed up!).  You can use the highlighter to highlight things like when a major turning point occurred.  In my case, I used red to highlight each killing and Kathy's escalating dreams.
NUMBER the cards sequentially.  Either by chapter or scene and try not to put too much information on these.  These note cards and character profiles are going to do a couple of things for you later on.

Step 4)  Use the cards as reference points to keep you on track and remembering things like what your character looks like and how old they are.  (Kathy changed age in my first draft 5 times! Obviously I didn't start out with Step 1. :/ )

Step 5)  You've finished your first draft!  Have a glass of wine, beer, or whatever.  Put your manuscript and your cards up.  Celebrate.  And then ignore that manuscript for at least a month.  Two months is better.  And find another project.  Try something new to help refill your creative well.  You're going to need it…

Because this is a blog and I'm supposed to keep it short, if you're interested in receiving the entire article and the next 7 steps, simply contact me at: and go to the contact page OR   my Phantom Dreams page on Facebook and leave a comment requesting the article.
You can also just stop by to say "hi"!

A scorned serial killer on an old vendetta.

An FBI agent who has been chasing monsters for too long.

A woman whose nightmares start invading her waking life.

FBI Special Agent Jack Matthews finds himself on yet another serial killer case, having barely recovered from the last disastrous hunt. Still stiff from a gun shot wound in his leg, under investigation for a botched job, and having lost his fiancée when she walked out on him, Jack is beginning to wonder if it isn’t time to move on to something new. But, for Jack, these cases are personal and he can’t say no.

Marketing specialist Kathy Gilliam leads a fairly boring life. If she’s not working or caring for her ailing father, then she is doing whatever it takes to avoid going anywhere near crowds of people. Her few distractions include her friend Margo Longfellow, occasional hiking trips, and her increasingly alarming dreams of women dying.

As her nightmares cause her to begin to doubt her sanity, the media releases news of the “Coast-to-Coast Killer” and Kathy discovers her dreams may be related. In a moment of panic, Kathy does something that places her on the FBI’s “persons of interest” list. Suddenly, her life is set on a collision course with Jack who must decide if Kathy is the killer or destined to become a victim.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kailin Gow Wicked Woods #6 Shifter Release Day!

Happy Release Day Kailin Gow!!!
The threat to Wicked and to Palisor forces Briony into the inevitable, an alliance with Josh, the Werewolf King. As Josh’s role becomes clearer in Palisor, and the people are demanding higher security, Briony is forced to make the most important decision in her life.

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Wicked Woods (Wicked Woods #1)

Shimmer (Wicked Woods #2)

Silver Wicked Woods #3

Silence (Wicked Woods #4)

Sight (Wicked Woods #5)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Charleston Vampire Chronicles by L.A. Freed Review and Blog Tour 2012

Welcome to The Charleston Vampire Chronicles by L.A. Freed Blog Tour 2012

I am so enthralled with this series, it is so different than anything else I have read out there. I was asked if I wanted to participate in this Blog Tour, of Course, it is VAMPIRES!! LOL I am so glad I did, if you like realistic vampire reads, then this is one for sure. 

Blood Thirst:

My heart slammed inside my chest as I fought him. My fear became anger; I knew I would die before I'd let him violate me. I squirmed beneath him and bucked violently, nearly knocking him off. He retaliated by driving his weight harder against me and shoving his knee into my belly. Vomit rose in my throat.
Cold pain pierced my neck, and I drew in a strangled gasp as I realized he must have a knife. Wet warmth slid across my throat. He pressed his face against me and locked his mouth over the source of my pain. 
Warmth spread through me and grew into the heat of need. I found myself pushing into him as my fear dissolved. My heart slowed and matched each pull as he drew the very life out of me. Pounding. Pounding. Pounding. It was ecstasy, and I wanted it to go on forever. Then the sound of my heart grew faint, and he pulled away from me.
He lifted his head and turned to look at me. Blood colored his lips like the grease paint smile of a clown, and ran in a jagged line from the corner of his mouth to the tip of his chin where it hung in a small, clotted drip. He smiled. The sight of the small, sharp fangs shocked me back into fear. THIS IS DEATH.

My Review:
Blood Thirst by L.A. Freed

My rating: 5 of 5 Hearts
ARC for Review. OMGosh Thanks for the opportunity to Read-N-Review this first Installment of Charleston Vampire Chronicles - Blood Thirst by L. A. Freed. It does NOT disappoint.

First off I went into this blind, not knowing what to expect. WOW! I was drawn in from the start when Angela Trenton is attacked and left for dead. As she wonders what is happening to her, Elijah, an older vampire enters her world and the story takes off into an amazing journey through Angela's vampiric transformation. Angela is dead and Ainjul is born, I think because Elijah is from a different time, his pronunciation is different, anyway, Ainjul is the name used for Angela from this point on.

As Ainjul goes through the 3 month transformation, the author's writing describes what is happening in detail making this story uniquely different from all others I have read.. She has even a canine vampire, now that is an awesome twist, the name of this canine is, well let's just say, fun. When Ainjul finally meets Matthew the story gets really intriguing, a real page turner for sure.

The world is very well described, consistent, full of intense emotions, mystery, suspense, terror, and a little of well placed humor. I enjoyed reading this immensely... The characters are well described bringing their victories and defeats to life.. Absolutely Amazing..

I would recommend this read for those 18+ and over due to its mature theme.

Blood Divided:
  Overwhelmed with guilt at the sin that was his undoing and the monster he's become, the vampire, Matthew Trenton, stows away on a ship bound for the New World in an attempt to start over.
     Through sheer perseverance, he survives the hardships and savagery of the untamed shores of Charles Town. Then, vampires begin to come to him to die, and he realizes what an enigma he is among them, but why? What makes him so different?
     He needs mortals for blood, but also depends on them for companionship and verification that his existence has reason.  He has an overwhelming need to guide them, protect them, and sway them with his ideas for the future of his new country.
     As his mortal companions die, and his country begins to tear itself apart in war, he faces despair so deep that he contemplates his own end … until he sees his sister's child on the docks.
    Filled with a new reason to exist, he watches his family grow.  Time comes full circle when Angela Trenton is born. She not only carries his family name, but is the very image of his beloved sister. He falls hopelessly in love with her. And he knows in order to keep her with him forever he will need to discover why his blood is divided.

Blood Feud:

Fifteen years ago, an auto accident killed Kate Delwen’s husband and son. In an instant, her life changed forever. Little did she know then, their deaths were no accident.
Tonight, her life will turn upside down again, just as the immortals intended so many years ago. She will die, be reborn and emerge as a reluctant hero amid a world of powerful vampires embroiled in an ancient Blood Feud.

Meet L. A. Freed

L.A. Freed, author of The Charleston Vampire Chronicles, is a true renaissance woman and lives, works, and plays in Charleston, SC. She is employed full time and works nights at The Post and Courier. It's highly unlikely that she sleeps in a coffin during the day because she's too busy training dogs to compete in AKC, USDAA and CPE agility and obedience. She also dabbles in photography and art, and has won numerous awards for her work. In a past life she trained, showed and boarded horses. She is a life member of the AQHA and owns two Quarter Horse mares.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

New From Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing and Hot Ink Press

Three New Releases and a Freebie!
Bella Morte is Free tomorrow!

LUNA(tic) Part Two (Crimson Shadow Series)

Xander is falling in love with his best friend, Estella...

And while it's difficult to believe after a life of loneliness and self-loathing, it's becoming hard to deny. But she's so innocent--so pure--and could never love a blood-sucking bringer-of-death like him that has made hunting out-of-control monsters a way of life. Though she may be a witch with extraordinary powers, there's no changing the obvious gaps between them.

He could never expect her to accept him as something more…

It's all enough to drive a vampire insane!

But, as certain as he is that their friendship will never evolve, he can't help but dwell on what their future may hold... and perhaps, in the shade of a Crimson Shadow, love can prevail.



When Fantasy becomes Reality…
Writer, Mike Sutcliff, is ready for an easy going night with his brother, Tim, but when the woman of his dreams, literally, walks through the door, Mike is suddenly making decisions that will change his life.
Jaden Alexander is everything he could ever have imagined his perfect woman would be, and Mike should know, he’s been writing about her for years. Now he just has to convince Jaden that he’s her perfect match.
A case of Déjà vu…
Jaden Alexander thought it was just another typical night at the Roundhouse Restaurant and Bar, until Mike Sutcliff sat down at her table. Soon Jaden is experiencing visions of the future, and they all revolve around the handsome cowboy sitting in her section. Meeting Mike is Kismet, and Jaden must follow her heart to find the perfect path to her future…
Come spend a night at the Roundhouse and watch the sparks fly!


An 18+ Read Only!

Jasmine is a woman with a history of bad relationships and an inability to find a man to satiate her needs. One day she receives an invitation to an exclusive private club. What the hell, might as well give something different a try before swearing off men all together…right?

Marcus is a two hundred year old vampire who owns The Black Lillie Club, a safe place for vampires to seek their mates and partake in their darkest desires. He has been searching for his soul mate since his turning.

Can the Vampire who created this haven finally find his true soul mate? Can Jasmine find bliss in the hands of a stranger?

Contains: spanking, whips, cuffs, and strong BDSM scenes


Coming Tomorrow From Vamptasy Publishing

Available at Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Reminder: Free this Weekend

Just a reminder that Emily Guido's Light Bearer Series Book #2 MACTUS is Free this weekend. If you Love a passionate, good -vs- evil read then this is my recommendation. Guaranteed to satisfy even the Hardcore Romantic like me. Chock full of action, mind blowing twists and turns. I LOVED IT..