Vampire Creed

Vampire Creed
by Author Rain Grey

Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Barnaby Blaine Rice was a Vampire born in the depression with a very special power to see who people truly were. After a long, empty existence of witnessing the darkest points of humanity, Blaine happens to encounter a beautiful married woman named Mary Slate. Unable to handle his love for the beautiful human, Blaine accidentally kills another Vampire over her and is put under a serious debt with the Vampire Council.

Blaine reluctantly forces himself to forget the woman and allows her to live her life without his intervention. It wasn’t until 50-years-later that the distant memories of the captivating Mary are brought back to the surface. Blaine has the pleasure to encounter the young Wendy Slate, granddaughter of Mary Slate after a criminal vampire keeps her hostage. Blaine got there in time to stop the criminal, but not to stop the beginning of Wendy’s transition into Vampirism.

As he was forced to sire her into this new world, he discovers that Wendy is the most amazing person he’d ever met. Wendy has to make a life-altering decision as Blaine has to deal with his blooming feelings for a woman who was identical to his first love. This modern love story introduces the most influential turning point of these lover’s lives.

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EXCERPT:

Wendy Slate

I got to the library minutes before nine thirty, Archer walking a few feet behind me.

“You don’t have to act like my vampire bodyguard,” I murmured as I caught a small group looking at him with scared gazes, knowing he could hear me.

“Of course I do. I’m a vampire and your bodyguard.”

Rolling my eyes, I paused, letting him catch up to me before wrapping my arm around his. “It wouldn’t hurt to smile. Next thing I know, someone is going to report you to campus security and have you kicked out. Then you won’t be much of a bodyguard, will you?”

This time he rolled his eyes, but he did relax his facial features.

Together we walked up the steps. My group was meeting in a study room on the third floor. When we arrived at the room, only Jason was there. Opening the door alerted him of our arrival and he looked up with a smile.

Wait a second. For a split second, it looked like he was glaring at Archer. His expression changed so fast I wasn’t too sure I saw right, even with my keener eyesight since becoming a vampire.

“Who’s this? New boyfriend already?” he asked, a smile on his lips.

Brushing away my suspicions, I shook my head. “He’s a friend. He goes to school here too. Engineering major. Fifth year.”

I was quite impressed with myself having come up with a lie on my toes. I was going to introduce Archer as a friend anyway, but Jason question kind of caught me off guard.

Jason nodded, accepting my words. “The other two said it will be a while before they get here. They wanted to stop by their dorm first,” he spared another glance at Archer. “Will he be staying?”

In response to that, Archer plopped himself into a chair in the corner of the room. “You won’t even know I’m here,” he said before taking out his cell phone.

I had a feeling that wouldn’t be the truth if he planned on continuing watching his wrestling show. Ignoring him, I sat at the table across from Jason.

“I started developing some samples for the project,” I stated as I took my notebook and laptop from my backpack.

I started to go over what I had so far with him briefly as well as sharing our other ideas. Though, honestly, I was ready to leave before I even got here. I still had yet to convince Archer to take me to where Theo had brought me. And by not convince, I meant not even approach to the subject. As soon as the thought crossed my mind, I was guarding my thoughts so Archer would be none the wiser.

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Squirrel Bait

About the book by Chip Davis (and see our mini-interview below)

Paranormal, Humor 89 Pages

At the time of posting, Chip is offering up this fun read for free!

Cover Squirrel BaitTonya has an unusual passion for books, even for a librarian. When her books are harmed she takes it personally. When people turn up dead over damaged books, there are questions to answer. When the killer is a weresquirrel, the questions become more confusing.

There is a certain pretentiousness in classical literature. Elegant writing filled with meaning both astounding and sublime. This is not that. Not horrific enough to be horror, nor humorous enough to be comedy, welcome to Chip’s Dollar Dreadfuls. There may not be any fundamental truths, but there will be blood…so much blood.

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Offering his work for free?  Why should Chip do such a thing from Thursday, July 21st through Monday July 25th

I think he dislikes odd numbers. That number thirty-three on the number of the book’s reviews is getting to him.  Why not take a read, and leave a review and put him out of his misery. Thirty-four sounds so much more, even.

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We asked Chip some tough questions, but he was up to the task.

What book do you have on your shelf that you go to over and over for help on writing technique/ craft. Why do you find this one so helpful?  

I have several books on writing and writing for YA, all gathering dust on my shelves. I get more from reading James Michener and Louis L’amour than anything else. They are different from each other, but they both are very true to historic people, events, and places within their fiction. I love that about them. If they say there is a well at some location in the desert, you could go there and find it, or where it was.

 

What book have you loved/ kept from your youth?  What made you fall in love with it?

I am not ashamed to admit this, it is Uhura’s Song by Janet Kagan. I’m a trekkie from the day Star Trek was born, and this is Star Trek and more.

 

What is the latest book you are reading?  What drew you to  it?

I have been reading several short stories by Steven King, to get me in the proper mindset for a few of my upcoming books.

 

What cookbook is your favorite and why?

I hate them, I hate them all. I’m not allowed in the kitchen unsupervised. I am not allowed to open a new can of coffee or new box of cereal, and I’m certainly not allowed to touch the cookbooks!

 

What other hobbies/interests do you enjoy (other than reading/writing)?

I love travel and photography. My dream is to travel for my Trail of the Raven books, and do my photography on those trips. I spent some time in Haiti researching my first book in the series, I’m not sure I can swing it for the next, but who knows?

 

What is your next book about?

I have an obnoxious number of books started, the second book of the Trail of the Raven series, Trail of the Raven, Brazil, the next Dollar Dreadful is about finding bigfoot, or more accurately Yowie in 1920’s Australia, but I have a short story I promised for an anthology, so that will have to be next. That one is a fact based fiction set in Suriname. I can only hope the other stories leave me alone long enough to write it. I have this fellow in my head, Stubby McGee, private eye, who keeps interrupting me.

 

About the Author

Chip discovered a passion for travel as a boy when his family moved from Arkansas to Kenya for two years as missionaries. He continued moving regularly as an adult, working construction jobs across several states, until having two school-aged sons dictated that he settle down. Fast forward through 15 years of structural design, the boys are grown and it is time to travel once again.

Chip’s dream is to become like Jack, the main character in his books. He will be traveling, learning new cultures and places, and looking for ways to help people along the way. This, in turn, will fuel the books to come.

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600 Second Saga!

600 Second LogoI’ve found a wonderful new place that readers and authors of sci-fi and fantasy alike are going to love.  Seriously, you all have to check this website out. Readers love discovering new authors.  This site is different in that there are flash fiction fantasy and science fiction readings.  600 Second goes to the notion that it could be a 10 minute long audio.

Here is the site’s main page.

I love this!  Hearing authors read from their work is so enjoyable, but all authors can’t travel to every town.  Some authors are shy and might feel they couldn’t do their writing justice.  Here, Mariah Avix does a professional level reading.  When they do their quality audio, they also share with readers a little about the authors.   One tip for readers, the heading for the post is usually referencing the content of the fiction they are going to hear.  Think of that as the short story title. However, they do have a link to the author’s recent book with the title and another to find out more about the author (their website or blog).

I’m going to share one of their readings right here (I have permission from Mariah).  I loved the title of this one, “You Sunk My Battleship…Again!” by Elise Abram.  I am also putting the link here for folks to get to the post to check it out.  Here.

 

P.S. for authors, they are taking submissions and they also have posts authors will find interesting.  In July they have one sharing helpful information on formatting books.  Subplots and complexities are discussed back in June.

 

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Crossroads

 

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A Camino Tale, is an easy-to-read, travel adventure, with a touch of suspense. As an unpublished manuscript it was the winner (in that category) at the Great Southwestern Book Festival.
Mountain ranges, Ocean Breezes, And Revenge
Seven women come together to journey across Spain. Unsuspected, one member arrives with hatred in her heart and revenge is her only mission.
Lives are threatened, emotions peaked, and miracles abound on this physically demanding hike over 550 miles of Spain’s most beautiful countryside.

 

About the Author
F. R. Merrill, author of the Straton Trilogy) The Final Act, Crossroads, and Murder in Mosaic, and storyteller since 1993 bases her stories on adventures from cycling across the U.S. in several directions, cycling the Almafi Coast, cycling from Vienna to Budapest, cycling the Himalayas in Bhutan, and more. She hiked the Camino Del Norte in Spain in 2006, and since childhood has always painted and sculpted. She’s devoted to studies relating to her Native American heritage, and spiritual understanding.

 

Merrill is married, lives in Melbourne, Fl., assists The Special Spotlight Theater, (helping the challenged build pride through dance), and is a member of the Florida Historical Society, Brevard Cultural Alliance, and Zonta International (fighting against human trafficking).
 
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Kaavl Conspiracy

About the Book by Jennette Green

Cover Kaavl ConspiracyFramed…

When eighteen-year-old Methusal Maahr is framed for the murder of her oldest friend, she will do anything to expose the true killer and clear her name, including team up with her arch rival in the Kaavl Games, Behran. But all clues point to her guilt…and appear to tie into a conspiracy regarding the new peace talks with their oldest enemies from Dehre.

While peace looms on the horizon, Methusal doesn’t trust it. Mentàll Solboshn, Chief of Dehre, is not what he appears to be. Her determination to discover the truth soon pits her against the formidable Chief. Not only is he the best kaavl player in the land, but he is determined that the peace plan will pass. Can Methusal’s rare kaavl skills possibly outmatch him, and stop him from succeeding with his devious plans?

Methusal is ready and willing to do anything to protect her community of Rolban–even put her own life on the line to expose and defeat a dangerous political foe. But little does she realize the true danger may lie within her own community…

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The Seventh Glitch

Cover Seventh GlitchAbout the Book by Ronel van Tonder

After a glitch brought on by a cyber-terrorism attack, a newbie player is trapped inside the online dreamscape of The Game. She must reach The Game’s seventh rift to escape, but with every passing rift the glitches brought on by the initial attack become more deadly.

An exhilarating cyberpunk adventure where reality is subjective, and playing to win could mean the difference between life and death.

Our Review by Felita Daniels, Pages 314

When I heard about this book, it reminded me a bit of the original Tron a movie from when I was younger. I do like Sci-fi, but I don’t really play video games.  I am familiar with them from my son.  There’s usually a quest or objective and you have to defeat monsters or obstacles along the way.  Sometimes the path you take isn’t straight forward.  There are times when you have to collect artifacts, tools or weapons that you will need later to level up.

That’s really about all you HAVE to know to enjoy this book. If your computer upgraded to Windows 10 without your permission, or your computer system has ever crashed you may understand the frustration these characters experience when they are caught up in a ‘glitch.’  Things definitely aren’t working the way they are supposed to.

They end up getting trapped in the program while their bodies are at home by themselves.  No one is there to unplug them or to get them ‘out’ of the game. So they aren’t just playing anymore. Their lives may depend on figuring out what has gone wrong.  Kitty and Will are the characters you are rooting for.  There are others that you wonder if they are really good guys trying to help them, or if they have their own agenda.  Each place that Kitty arrives at she has to figure out what is going on and how to make progress in finding Will (they got separated early on).

There is a ton of action in this book and you will keep turning pages to see what happens next. In a way it is a puzzle too, trying to figure out what went wrong, so they can make an escape plan.  I believe young adults and grown-ups alike that enjoy adventure stories will like this book even if they don’t play video games.  There are battles, clues, costumes and interesting characters.  One word of warning, there are some F words sprinkled though the book, if that is a deal- breaker for you.

 

Author Photo Ronel van TonderAbout the Author

Ronel van Tonder is a science fiction author from South Africa. Her works include a dark, dystopian sci-fi trilogy, The Corrupted SUN Script, and a standalone cyberpunk novel, The Seventh Glitch. When she’s not writing, Ronel spends her free time slaying rendered baddies in the form of robots, gangsters and aliens – with any weapon that happens to be at hand. She also runs her own website design company, and loves dabbling in graphic design, 3D modelling and animation.

 

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The Memory Painter

The Memory Painter coverAbout The Memory Painter

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Picador (July 5, 2016)

What if there was a drug that could help you remember past lives?

What if the lives you remembered could lead you to your one true love?

What if you learned that, for thousands of years, a deadly enemy had conspired to keep the two of you apart?

Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist, whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there’s a secret to Bryan’s success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. Bryan believes these dreams are really recollections?possibly even flashback from another life?and he has always hoped that his art will lead him to an answer. And when he meets Linz Jacobs, a neurogenticist who recognizes a recurring childhood nightmare in one Bryan’s paintings, he is convinced she holds the key.
Their meeting triggers Bryan’s most powerful dream yet? Visions of a team of scientists who, on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer’s, died in a lab explosion decades ago. As his visions intensify, Bryan and Linz start to discern a pattern. But a deadly enemy watches their every move, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that the past stays buried.

Praise

“hang on for a wild and entertaining ride around the world and through the centuries back to ancient Egypt”  Library Journal (starred review)

“Gwendolyn Womack’s tale dazzles.” US Weekly (Standout Spring Novels)

“A sweeping, mesmerizing feat of absolute magic…” M. J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of The Witch of Painted Sorrows

“The guy-meets-girl story as you’ve never heard it before…A mind-explosion of a journey ensues that involves time travel, mystery, love, and a whole lot of plot twists.” Refinery29

“A page turner that will keep readers up late into the night. Readers who love adventure, romance and fantasy will love this book”  The Vancouver Sun

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Gwendolyn Womack APAbout Gwendolyn Womack

Gwendolyn Womack began writing plays in college and majored in Theatre at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She received an MFA in Directing Theatre and Film from California Institute of the Arts and currently lives in Los Angeles with her family. The Memory Painter is her first novel.

Find out more about Gwendolyn at her website, connect with her on Facebook and Twitter, and see what she’s pinning on Pinterest.

 

Our Review by Felita Daniels / 332 Pages

This book packs so much into it, there’s something for everyone.  Some of the elements included: science, adventure, mystery, suspense, time travel, art, reincarnation, Steampunk, romance and history. This is the author’s first published novel and it is impressive.  The early chapters are captivating.

The middle may have suffered from including just one or two past lives too many.  I had accepted the premise of what Bryan as going through and learning or absorbing. So more examples slowed down the action of what happens now, in the present, to these two characters, Bryan and Linz.  The pace of the ending or wrap-up seemed rushed. It does have a lead in for a sequel.  Some readers may feel they were left hanging a little.  There are lots of novels that are structured this way in today’s book market, you probably already know your preference for closure or if you like being ‘teased’.

Overall, a very interesting of blending of romance and time travel with a bit of science on the side.

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Bound to Blackwood

IndiePrice PhotoJuly 1st 2016 marks #IndiePrideDay, a day when the Indie Authors of the world unite to to offer a real alternative for readers and lovers of books by offering special discounts on their books. There is a huge Indie Author community out there and they’re determined to take indie books mainstream. What does this mean for you? Well author, Sharon Lipman is offering her paranormal romance novel, Bound to Blackwood for free this weekend! Yes, that’s right, a great book, totally free. A proud indie author herself, she’ll be supporting the movement on July 1st, and you can too. Download your copy of Bound to Blackwood now and follow the #IndiePrideDay trend on twitter for some more amazing indie books and discover some new-to-you authors. You won’t regret it!

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