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“No please don’t hurt me, I am sorry, I didn’t know they were
yours; I didn’t mean anything by moving them.
“Yeah right”, he said while picking his teeth. Then, he rose his
hand as if to strike me, but didn’t. I stood tall before him, looked him square
in his beautiful dark brown bedroom eyes, and asked, “I said I was sorry, why
you don’t believe me; are you alright, what is happening to you?”
He stared down at me and sighed, “I cannot hurt you, you are
part of me; the other half of my soul…… it would be as if I were hurting myself
and I will not allow that to happen at any cost.”
“Then why do you raise your hand as if to strike my face when
angered?” I scanned his face looking for that familiar spark of compassion and
saw only a trace.
Tearing up, he turned his eyes away from mine, looking out over
the ocean he said, “Leave me, leave me before I can no longer control myself, I
am changing in ways unknown to me; I fear myself losing control.
“It’s okay to be angry, look what they did to us; what’s
happening to you right now, we can’t go back there, they will try to kill you,
they always fear what they don’t understand.”
“I am becoming more and more unglued every day, the last thing I
want to do is bring harm to you or our unborn child, if that were to happen it
would be the death of my soul.”
“I can’t … I won’t. I refuse to raise our child without you, for
better or for worse, you are a part of me too.” What do I tell our child when
he asks where his father is? He abandoned us just like my father abandoned me?
We are stronger than this… you are strong, intelligent, we can get through
This is the part where you grab life by its ugly head, and rip
Hello Everybody! Today's "In the Spotlight"is an avid, award winning photographer and author, Jimi Iannizzotto.Jimi has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy stories since early childhood. How exciting!!
The Castle on the Golden Cloud by Jimi Iannizzotto
Young Katie Hastings is asked by her mother to deliver a small package to King Kayla, who resides on the other side of the kingdom of Adeena. The job is simple enough. She's made the trip so many times before. But, unforeseen obstacles keep her from completing her journey to the beautiful castle, which floats in the sky on a cloud of gold. What is in this particular package that is so important? Why is her mission interupted by strange beings? Will someone come to her rescue? Danger lurks at every curve of the forest, but that will not stop this brave young lady from her task.
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Jimi Iannizzotto has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy stories since early childhood. From the stories of "Sinbad" to the ever popular "Lord of the Rings", he has always enjoyed reading genres that demand great usage of imagination and place characters, both real and fictional, in mythical locations and situations.
As an avid and award winning photographer, Jimi continues his artistry and creativity, sharing his knowledge and experiences with fellow photographers. He continues to grow as an author as well in creating his second novel.
He thanks his wife, son and daughter for their support.
1975. A 15-year-old young woman. A small, dusty town. A family that worships the great American author Edgar Allan Poe, and carries his surname.
Poe's Mother is a startling new novel of dark family secrets, the lure of the supernatural, the claustrophobic isolation of a dying town and a cautionary tale of the power of words.
This is the story of Sissy Baxter and her strange relationship with Edgar and Madeline Poe - two people who claim they love her. What Sissy discovers will change her life forever, and love will never be the same.
Michael Meeske writes across genres, including romance, mystery, suspense, horror and gothic fiction, a genre that blends horror and romance, and has its roots in some of the earliest novels ever written. Poe’s Mother is his latest release available exclusively on Amazon. com.
From 2008 to 2010, he served as Vice President of Florida Romance Writers (FRW). He has been a member of FRW and the Romance Writers of America since 2002. He also was an active member of the Writers’ Room of Boston, a non-profit working space for novelists, poets and playwrights.
Michael’s writing credits include Frankenstein’s Daemon, a sequel to Frankenstein, offered through Usher Books. He also is the co-author of His Weekend Proposal, a tender category romance published in August 2009 by The Wild Rose Press under the pen name of Alexa Grayson (soon to be published in Greece); Zombieville, a short story included in a 2011 anthology by FRW writers, available at Amazon.com, and Tears, a short-story published in the Fall 2000 issue of Space & Time, a magazine of fantasy and science fiction. Usher Books will publish additional works by Michael in 2012 and 2013.
Some of his influences are Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Oscar Wilde, Daphne du Maurier, Richard Matheson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and any work by the exquisite Brontë sisters.
I am not sure just how long Facebook will be kind to Indies, be they, Authors, Reviewers, Artists, and the like, but making us pay for the posts on our pages, is ridiculous in my opinion.
I have decided to create a Goodreads Group to Combine both my Blogs in one placeI Love My Authors (on Goodreads).This will make it not only easier from an administration standpoint, it will also assist YOU, the Fans. Because now you can have all of my posts in one place.
How exciting! I was checking out the Tempting Blog Tours' Facebook Fan Page when this caught my eye. I had to do a double take just to be sure I read it correctly. I did! LOL
It takes organization, a positive attitude, clear communication, problem-solving, tenacity, and initiative to attain your best at whatever you do. Teamwork and Listening, are probably the most important characteristics when working with others. I come from a bookkeeping/office management background, I guess you could say these are ingrained, so to speak!
I want to acknowledge Jennifer Malone Wright for thinking of me when scheduling tour dates, if she had not have, this would not be possible. Thank You to My Authors, without you, this Blog would be non-existent. I Love My Authors! Thanks to you, the blog followers, without you, where would we be? Without a Blog to CELEBRATE!!!!!
Christie Silvers, author of Time for Death, stopped by the blog today. Welcome to I Love My Authors Christie, it is so wonderful to have you here today.
Christie Silvers is a wife, mother, and writer of urban fantasy with a touch of naughtiness. Creatures that go bump in the night inspire her. From time to time those creatures turn to the saucy side of things and that's when Christie dabbles in the paranormal erotic side of writing. She never knows what the characters will do until they're already doing it, which makes for some interesting late night writing sessions.
Christie lives in north Georgia with her husband of forever, three daughters, four dogs, nine chickens, and numerous outside cats. Aside from reading, writing, laundry, rushing her children to a variety of school functions and trying not to have a panic attack while teaching her 15 year old to drive, Christie spends her spare time wondering when she'll actually have spare time to spare.
I've always enjoyed writing, even from a very young age. My very first book was written by a 5 year old Christie and was about an Indian girl who wanted a dog. Luckily her parents were quite generous and she got her dog.
I got serious about writing back in 2006. I started out with web content articles, but soon realized they didn't hold the draw for me that fiction did. Later that year I started on my first novel, A Midnight Infatuation, and that kickstarted my life as "author." I haven't looked back since.
What inspired you to do it?
Inspiration comes in many forms. Article writing came to me as a way to bring in extra income. I was inspired to write novels by a deep desire to write something that entertained instead of informed. Information is everywhere; it bores me. Fantasy on the other hand is entertaining, exciting, it takes me to a different place in this world, or the next.
What projects have you done?
Currently I have 6 novels, 1 novella, 1 short story, and a hardbound book with the complete Alex & Fiona series in one.
A Midnight Infatuation (Alex & Fiona, book 1)
A Birth at Dawn (Alex & Fiona, book 2)
A Twilight Abduction (Alex & Fiona, book 2)
Alex & Fiona Forever (The Complete Series)
Dark Promises: A Novella
Time for Death (Liz Baker, book 1)
Kill Me Next Week (Liz Baker, book 2)
Killer Intentions (Liz Baker, book 3)
Death Reflected (Liz Baker short story)
Any new projects coming up?
I'm currently in edits on an erotic short, A Girl and Her Djinn, and will soon be starting the fourth Liz Baker book, yet untitled.
Are you an independent artist or are you represented by an agency?
Independent all the way, baby!
Any favorite bands? Do you use music to inspire you as you write?
Oh, gosh. This is one of those multi-tiered questions. Eek! Okay, here it goes: Yes, music does inspire me as I write, but--and it's a big BUT--sometimes it distracts me from my writing. First off, plugging my ears with music helps to block out the world around me as I work. Some lyrics remind me of my characters, help me set the tone of a scene, push a plot faster. However, on the flipside of the coin, I tend to get distracted singing along, doing the little dancing in the desk chair bit, and pushing the skip button on the MP3 player. I think the older I get the easier it is for music to distract me while I'm working.
As for favorite bands, I have a lot. It basically runs like this: Anything hard core, heavy metal, loud when I'm writing fight scenes; something sensual, erotic, naughty for the sex scenes; upbeat music for happy times; and angry-with-the-world music when Liz Baker is pissed off with something/someone. My playlist has everything from Pink, Tyga, Marilyn Manson, Corn, Blackeyed Peas, Disturbed, Papa Roach, Snoop Dogg, Rob Zombie, and even some Train, Three Days Grace, Usher, and Bitter Sweet. Plus many more! I enjoy all sorts of music.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field?
Be persistant! Persistance is key in this business. You have to keep writing, keep promoting, keep meeting new people, and keep yourself open to new experiences. Writers have a tendency to lock themselves away in their own little solitary worlds, but you have to get out there if you want to make a name for yourself and your work.
Anything you would like to share with readers on a personal note that would allow them to get to know you better?
Hmm, I'm pretty much an open book, as any of my Facebook friends know, but I guess if I had to pick something to share it would have to be that I have a take-charge personality. Some would consider it bossy, but I like take-charge better. LOL! If I say I'm going to do something, then by golly I'll do it. I have a love/hate relationship with deadlines. And lastly, I need to be pushed hard into something new and unknown (I like to have all the facts first). In the end, I'm fairly boring. . .at least in my mind I am.
Do you find it hard to share your work with others?
Not too much. I don't like to share my work with anyone until I'm finished with it, but even then it's not too bad because I have a select group of readers at that point. My beta readers always tell me where something is screwed up, or a story flow isn't quite right. After they go through it, and I fix everything they've pointed out, I just have to let it go. It's hard to watch your work enter the public world, but at some point I just let it go and move onto the next project.
Did your writing come from just a need to express yourself or a particular experience that you had?
Some people think that writing is a choice made by the writer. Sure, you get to pick when and where you write, but in the end writing is brought on by a deep need to write. A story idea will hit and won't stop pestering you until you've done it as much justice as you can. My writing comes from a need to get the stories out of my head, to make the voices stop yelling at me to take dictation for them. Once that's complete, the characters settle down for a little while. . .until they decide it's time for another adventure. All the readers out there will think it's insane, but the writers will understand completely. Yes, we can be quite the eccentric group of people. ;)
Time for Death by Christie Silvers
Liz Baker, a 32 year old small town bar owner, thought it would be a normal evening of sex in a cemetery with her longtime beau, until she spotted someone in the distance, and all normality in her world ceased to exist.
After several murders in her small town of Tremmel Crossing, Georgia, Liz comes to the realization that the murderer is coming after her, and he’s more dangerous than any human could possibly be.
With the help of her dead mother, bar bouncer, and cemetery lover, Liz learns that the murdering vampire was sent by her biological father to claim her as his own. Only then does she discover her real parentage and underlying special powers.
However, the vampire sent to claim her has powers of his own, most importantly the power to control her mind, emotions and desires. She wants him, needs him, her entire body aches for him, but she soon finds out that she must fight back to save the lives of her friends and loved ones. Only death will release her from Marcus’s powerful hold, but who will die first?
Oh MY! This does sound like an intriguing read. in fact, I just bought it!
Thanks to Wendy for inviting me to her blog! She recently won an “Inspiring Blog” award and it couldn’t go to a more deserving lady… How so?
Wendy loves books, but it goes even further than that… She loves authors! And there is nothing more inspiring to a writer than a reader who is “hungry for more”. She sends notes and posts asking about upcoming books, tweets about your characters, etc.
And it always makes me want to write something more for her! LOL Staring at a blank page can be daunting, but knowing there is someone who can’t wait to read it, really fires me up to write…
Ray Bradbury challenged me to write 52 stories in 52 weeks and while the process helped me improve my writing, nothing fired me up more to produce those stories than posting a new one on my blog and talking to readers who came by and commented.
Storytelling is nothing without a reader or a listener. None of us would know who the Vampire Lestat was, or Edward Cullen, or Calisto Terana without readers giving the characters life off of the page.
So thank you Wendy for reading my books and telling others about them!!! And thank you to all the other readers out there who support authors you love. Keep emailing notes and leaving facebook posts. It definitely inspires us to keep pounding the keyboard!
Lisa’s debut novel, Night Walker, is now available in Barnes & Noble stores nationwide, as well as in all the eBook formats. The novel is also a 2012 San Diego Book Award Finalist and a Double Finalist in the Book Seller’s Best for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.
A tender and twisted story line with emotionally intense characters and a world that is as much modern-day as it is historical. A truely heartfelt read. ~ Lovetiggi's Book Reviews
He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her...
Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life. She's haunted by dreams of her own death... After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she's drawn to him in ways she doesn't understand. They've waited in the shadows for centuries... Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he's ever loved again.
For one man--a man corrupted by power and driven by a lust to kill--the price of his pursuits for power has become both a reason and a means of destroying lives. As this madman quickly discovers, the potential for murder and maiming are almost infinite when a flick of the wrist or a blink of an eye can rip flesh and snap bones, and the creative means of slaughtering innocents is a blood-red and limitless sky.
With fragmented thoughts and distorted truths festering in the twisted mind of this magical maniac, a sadistic killing spree ensues. As his campaign of carnage takes its toll on a family there seems to be no end to the bloodshed in sight…
… until he finds himself bathed in a Crimson Shadow.
OMG! This is one sadistically twisted read! Tainted is putting it mildly, I could picture the scenes as they played out, my nurse showed up at about 81% through, leaving them to fully develop in my mind. Nathan Squiers is an awesome writer and this short proves just how deep ones imagination can get.
I am beginning to see that Xander Stryker aka Crimson Shadow is becoming a Hero, at least to me! I can not wait to read more Xander tales.
I recommend this to ADULT READERS, due to its graphic nature...
We have the lovely Ella James, author of the Stained Series on the blog today, Welcome Ella, so nice to have you here. Thank you for taking time to answer a few questions for us. Muah!
Without further ado: Ella James
Ella James is the author of Stained and Stolen, books one and two in the Stained Series; HERE, book one in an unusual sci-fi romance trilogy; and Before You Go, a one-shot YA romance beach read that tells the first meeting of Logan and Margo, who will be featured in her upcoming adult release, Over The Moon. She has a YA paranormal romance release scheduled for almost every month of 2012, including Chosen (Stained Book Three) in June and the second HERE book in July. Ella is inviting readers to help her write an adult romance shapeshifter novel, which is plotted via polls and questions on her blog and her Facebook page. Ella lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her wonderful husband, opinionated baby, and mopey dog. You can visit her blog at www.ellajamesbooks.blogspot.com, or friend her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ellajamesbooks. For a list of her award-winning YA romances, visit her Amazon page at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_tc_2_0?rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3AElla+James&keywords=Ella+James&ie=UTF8&qid=1336677919&sr=8-2-ent&field-contributor_id=B005OED2DE
STAINED: After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia's home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.
Listed as one of the Top 10 Books of 2011, Cayne voted one of 2011's Top 10 Book Boyfriends. Recipient of the Flamingnet Top Choice Award.
STOLEN (Stained Book 2): With Cayne's fate in the hands of his enemies and Julia spirited away to the covert Stained compound, the two are separated by impenetrable walls and a gulf of unanswered questions. Soon Julia learns the truth about the Stained and the plans they have for her, the compound is attacked, and a new group is running from an unwanted destiny, searching the globe in pursuit of the knowledge that just might save them all.
CHOSEN (Stained Book 3):
Julia has been chosen. While at the Stained compound, she was tapped as The one to win the war against the Nephilim and leashed with an illness that worsens each day she is away from The Three. Determined not to return to the frightening Chosen leaders and desperate to learn the fate of The One, Julia and Co. trek to the Swiss Alps, home of a rogue Chosen clan. In this snowy haven, all Hell breaks loose. Someone is a traitor… Someone changes sides… Someone is dragged to Hades… A new romance blossoms. An old romance is damned. And The Three will stop at nothing to recover the weapon that will help them regain power.
Milo Mitchell's life used to be charmed, but that was before her family dissolved, she went a little crazy, and her best friends started acting more like strangers. Spending Saturday morning in a treehouse with a stun gun for company and a herd of deer for friends is the only exciting thing in her life...until she shoots a fawn and finds her dart stuck in a guy.
Her gorgeous victim is dressed in a Brioni tux and armed with a hanky. He has no idea who or where he is. Afraid her dart caused his amnesia, Milo takes him in, names him Nick, and vows to help him solve his mystery. Soon the pair find Nick's face in a newspaper obituary, and Nick begins to have strange, ethereal memories of Milo--who is sure she's never met him. Suddenly Nick knows things he shouldn't know and is doing things he shouldn't do. When the Department of Defense shows up, Nick and Milo run--toward a shocking conclusion that could destroy both their worlds.
BEFORE YOU GO:
Margo Ford just became an heiress. Not the Paris Hilton kind. Her billions came after her father died and her insanely wealthy, insanely absent mother officially claimed her. Unfortunately, some terrorists noticed, and they hatched a plot to kidnap her. After a news report goes awry, reporting that Margo *has* been kidnapped, and her mother offers the humiliating sum of $500,000 for her return, Margo doesn't want anything to do with her *#$!@ of an egg donor. Then she is sentenced to a summer of "protection" on her mother's private island. Not the Oprah Winfrey kind. This one has an astronomical observatory filled with scientists, including Logan Greer, a super hot, super infuriating planet-hunter. Hiding out from kidnappers has never been so boring... until suddenly it isn't anymore.
When you started writing, were you inspired by music? I've always been inspired by music. I guess this is a really great question because now that I start thinking about it, I think I was more inspired by music – or used music more heavily to get inspired – when I first started than I am now. Now I know what kind of thinking to do to get ideas flowing; then, music really helped me get ‘there.’ But I still love putting songs with my books.
Do you have any particular networking groups you would like to share that have helped you move forward with your success? Really just Facebook book groups. There are so many good people who run those who help indie authors get started. Also, other authors and friends. DM McDaniel, author of a romance called Broken, was the first person who really gave me shout-outs on her page, and I remember being totally thrilled when I was learning the ropes on FB.
What is your opinion on people who post bad reviews? Ha. You must be a reporter for your day job. ;) This is a good one. And I’m not gonna lie. I don’t like two- and one-star reviews. I don’t think you can find an honest writer who does. I think if you disliked a book enough to go and leave a one- or two-star review, you probably REALLY disliked it… and too often those reviews get kind of hater-ish. I’m a really picky reader and I often read books that I would give one or two stars…but I don’t. I will leave a three-star review – maybe a two and a half if the book was just HORRIBLE – and I will list the things I liked about the book along with what I didn’t. I understand that some people feel that a very low review will serve to ‘warn’ other readers… but I guess that’s just not my way of doing things. And I’m definitely willing to admit that I have always known I would be a writer…so maybe this has always biased my opinion on low reviews. Skipping ahead to your next question, though, one of my pet peeves is when blogs participating in a blog tour leave a one- or two-star rating. In that situation I feel that just posting a blurb about the book and leaving no review is the kind and tactful thing to do. If a writer’s fans are going to stops on a blog tour…basically giving the blog traffic, and the blogger knows they are participating in a tour… I think leaving a two-star or lower review is just plain tacky. And that’s definitely not directed at anyone on my tour, lol. You guys have been beyond wonderful. Just something I’ve seen before.
Do you have any Pet Peeves you want to share with us? Hmm. I don’t like it when grocery cashiers put something cold in a bag with the warm stuff. I get those Yoplait whips, and they get hot fast and lose their whippiness. ;) I don’t like false sympathy or phony people in general. I really hate social posturing – and people who brag a lot. And I don’t like bigots. That’s about all I guess.
What animals do you have, if any? I've never been asked this. I have a one-year-old white German Shepherd. She’s awesome, and my baby son adores her.
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 the mother of a 10-month-old son who’s super independent but also totally sweet and snuggly. I’m married to my college sweetheart – also my editor. I love hiking and traveling. I read constantly. I prefer book worlds to the real world a lot of the time (but only if hubby, son, and doggie can be in them with me). ;) I consider myself very blessed to writing at a time when writers can so easily get their material into readers’ hands. I love York Peppermint Patties. I’m very friendly and also the stereotypical scatterbrained writer. Oh, and I’m going to UtopYA, so if you are, too, you better PM me!
Any websites you would like to share? Your own? Or one that has helped you as an artist? When I first started writing fiction hardcore, it was 2005 and there weren’t that many writer sites. I did read the original/live Miss Snark’s Blog posts…which was really cool. My blog address is http://www.ellajamesbooks.blogspot.com/.
What has been the hardest thing during the process of creating your art? Probably the non-writing aspects. Patience… Trying to get the books out. That kind of thing. Of course, it’s all worth it when someone leaves a good review.