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Love, Trickery, Murder. All are abundant in the Jewel City. Ben is a schemer and a pickpocket. He knows the city well…and he is torn. Does he betray the woman he loves? Does he have a choice? Will he follow his heart, firmly in the grasp of the beautiful Athena, or give in to the unsavory life he knows?

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Review: Drama Queens and Adult Themes

Author Kevin Klehr / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 220 Pages

Cover Art Drama QueensFor me, the strongest emotional banter was between Ipan the guardian angel and Fabian, the warlock. Adam, Wade and Mannix were likeable enough. But they Adam and Wade seemed to not consider their infatuation with Mannix to be much to worry about. I realize that Fabian had put a spell or hex on them. But when not in Mannix’s presence, and when they were together in their home, I would think they might give a moment to worry about the potential damage this flirtation could cause to their long standing relationship.

The viewpoint changes from character to character, but it is identified with a chapter headings. There are really three differing settings.   There is the Medieval Sector where the angel, white witch, Fabian and others hang out. In the present on earth is where we share time with the three men and their work mates. Then there are also bits of memories from Adam’s past that we experience as he remembers his encounters with an angel in childhood dreams. The pacing of the work is even and the characters are all well drawn. There is some humor to the work. You really DO want to know what, exactly is going to be the outcome of this predicament. I won’t spoil it for you, you will have to pick up the book to find out for yourself.

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Adam’s about to discover how much drama a mid-life crisis can be. He’s obsessed with Mannix, the nude model in his art class. But Adam has been married to Wade for nearly two decades, and they don’t have an open relationship.

Little do they know that Fabien, a warlock from the Afterlife, has secretly cast a spell of lust on Adam and his potential toy-boy.

As things begin to heat up, Adam’s guardian angel, Guy, steps in. But what’s the best way to save the relationship? Should Guy subdue Adam’s wandering passions or instigate a steamy threesome?

About the Author

Kevin lives with his long-term partner in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

Author Photo Kevin KlehrFrom an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again. The result was Drama Queens with Love Scenes, the first in a series of Afterlife tales.

Kevin is looking forward to thumping the keys on his laptop and churning out stories until it’s time for him to gain firsthand experience of the hereafter.

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Review: Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro

Author J. L Hickey / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 220 Pages

Beast of Bladenboro Cover ARtI think this series has lots of potential. There were wonderful characters with a balance of emotions and character traits. I applaud that the adventure was mixed with intelligent discovery, mythology and science. There is certainly a great framework for future adventures. There is conflict with human adversaries, with the beasts and with the children dealing with the death of their parents. The arrival at a mysterious house with an unknown, busy godparent/care taker reminded me of the Chronicles of Narnia.

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A Dark Tyranny Excerpt & Contest

A Dark Tyanny CoverA Dark Tyranny chronicles the onset of the savage invasion of Altaris. Wolven beasts and gorgons ravage the four realms of man. Rumors of an ancient and greater evil lay in their wake. The rule of kings is at an end. The hierarchy of class and heritage are no more, as families are torn apart and lives are forever changed. A small few find their fates intertwined, as they fight for survival and for those they love.

An exiled commander is thrust back into a world he longed to forget.

A lone Nighteye finds his curse lifted and his true image restored.

A young noblewoman struggles to escape a gorgon caravan.

A former slave befriends an ancient and majestic creature.

The afflicted brother of a traitorous king discovers a secret that could cost him his life.

A Dark Tyranny is a thrilling epic that brings readers into a vivid world full of magic, adventure, and treachery. Discover the world of Ehlür and experience the beginning of a gripping saga.

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Review: Battle Cry

Author Melissa Snark / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 363 Pages

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Powerful writing in this novel! I have no doubt that one would love to read book one in this series before starting this one. However, I had no trouble following the plot or getting involved with the characters. Melissa uses all her senses when writing. The smells of battle and death are included here. The writing is descriptive, clear and polished.

It might be hard to find a person that hasn’t been exposed to a vampire or werewolf movie or book at some point in their life. Melissa doesn’t stop at the surface. She has built a multi-layered world and respects the lore and legends.

Battle Cry CoverI had never seen this concept and loved this:

“The lone hunter sprinted toward the pack of enormous wolves. He reached across his torso to claw at the stylized dagger inked on the back of his forearm: his tattoo weapon, indestructible and always with him. The intricate artwork had rough edges that overlaid scorched scar tissue like a brand. Dark tendrils of energy surrounded the knife arcing beneath the surface of his skin.”

I also liked the small bit of business about the books some of the characters were reading. Speaking of the characters, the banter of the hunters, the pack loyalty/mentality, and the evil of the vampires… could have easily been trite. Not so with Battle Cry, they are 100% believable. You wonder how good guys you are rooting for could be against odds with each other. But they are in a complicated situation, reeling from past tragedy and trying to untangle truth to find their ground. Anyone that appreciates paranormal storylines will enjoy this read.

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Fast Facts About Melissa Snark

  • Melissa Snark is published with The Wild Rose Press & as an Indie author with five unique titles: A CAT’S TALE, THE MATING GAME, LEARNING TO FLY, THE CHILD THIEF, and HUNGER MOON.
  • Her Loki’s Wolves series includes THE CHILD THIEF, HUNGER MOON and Melissa Snark PhotoBATTLE CRY.
  • She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, three children and a glaring of cats.
  • She is a professional cat herder and unrepentant satirist who blogs about books and writing on The Snarkology: http://melissasnark.blogspot.com/

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Tips for Writing a Series

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How do you keep track and store info and facts on the series? Character worksheets? World bible?
Back when I wrote The Dark-Hunter Companion for Sherrilyn Kenyon, I asked Sherri something very similar, though far less polite. I had a notebook full of handwritten notes, made several calls to several sources, and had a friend tour New Orleans on my behalf. I had a word document with thousands upon thousands of words compiled into a physical encyclopedia of the world of Sherri’s Dark-Hunters, and there were STILL SO MANY BOOKS LEFT TO WRITE. “How in the world do you keep all this crap in your head?” I asked. Sherri just laughed.Now, I get it.I know what it’s like, having an entire universe full of fully-formed people in your head, knowing where certain characters came from and where they’re going as if you had lived their lives yourself. I have some things written down for reference–every time I listen to Enchanted on audio I make notes–but so much of it is in my head. This world grows inside me more enormous every single day, creating more and more stories for me to write.

Things I use as reference:

The Excel Spreadsheet of Ages: During one of the copyedits of Enchanted–not the revision edits, but the copyedit, which comes after–the publisher decided that Prince Rumbold was too old to be the main character, especially is Sunday Woodcutter was “not quite 16” (the same age as Lydia Bennet). I called upon friend and fellow author Eric James Stone, who is much smarter about Excel spreadsheets than I am. He helped me set something up that would let me input various birth dates and calculate all the Woodcutter siblings’ ages at certain key events in history. I used this to massage the ages of my protagonists closer together without making certain scenes completely unbelievable. It was the toughest revision I had to do, but I’m glad it was set in stone before any of the other books were written.

The Woodcutter Siblings Scrivener File: Thanks to a great workshop led by Gwen Hernandez, I learned how to use Scrivener before writing Dearest. I certainly wouldn’t say I know everything about it, but I know enough to enjoy using it to write my books. I used this program to create a place where I could collect a basic profile page on each of the Woodcutters–things like: Age in Book, Hair and Eye Color, Character Inspired By, and the “base note” fairy tale for each of their books, as well as other fairy tales to pull upon for influence. I expect this file will eventually grow to include other characters in the world of Arilland as well.

The Arilland Easter Egg Page: I’ve always been a big fan of DVD extras, so I created a page on my website where I list handy links to essays, videos, stories, articles and the like that are some how connected to the series. You can find it here:

http://aletheakontis.com/about/arilland/

Pinterest Boards: During the Enchanted blog tour, a blogger asked me if I had a “dream cast” for the novel. I only had a couple of characters in mind (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Jolicoeur; Kenneth Branagh as the Evil King), but it lit the spark of inspiration. I began to make Pinterest boards for all of the Woodcutter novels. And then, as I was preparing to write Dearest, I actually cast the Swan brothers BEFORE I wrote them. I’m not sure I have ever fallen in love with characters so hard. It was one of the most amazing writing experiences I have ever had.

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Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Chris Smith‘s Angels without Wings series Book Blast January 5-30!

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Spotlight: War’s Passion

Author Lia Davis’s first in the Sons of War Fantasy Series

Fisrt Book in the Sons of War SeriesAfter losing her parents in a brutal attack from a monster straight out of her nightmares, Gwendolyn Preston tries to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. Along with her best friend, she moves to a small fishing village on the coast of Maine to find a new life away from the nightmares that haunt her. Just when she believes her life could go back to normal, the deliciously dark and handsome Markus Sullivan disrupts her hopes to grieve in peace.

Markus drew the short straw when it came to being the liaison between his father, Ares–God of War–and his brothers. When he discovers that the earth bound demi-gods, known as the descendants, have banded together to start another rebellion against the gods, it becomes his number one priority to stop them.

That is until he meets Gwen, the granddaughter of Aphrodite, and the next target of the descendants. Together, their path is rife with passion and danger. It might take more than the son of War to win this battle…Gwen herself.

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When did you start writing?

I started writing in 2008 after discovering paranormal and fantasy romance.

What inspires your writing?

Just about anything inspires me. Since I fell in love with paranormal as a reader, it’s like a whole new world of possibilities opened up. Ideas pop in my head all the time.

What is the best part about being a writer?

Being creative. I love the world building and the chance to discover new things.

Is there something special or unique about you or your book you’d like to tell us about?

War’s Passion is the first in a new series. It surrounds a group of warriors who can shape shift into dragons. They are also the sons of Ares, Greek god of war. The world of the Sons of War series is a mix of fantasy, dragon shifters, and Greek mythology all in a contemporary setting.

Photo of Lia DavisLia Davis is a mother to two young adults and three equally special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, and a lover of romance. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties. 

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Mini Interview with Robin Lythgoe

Robin Lythgoe is the author of As the Crow Flies

When did you start writing?

When I was a child—but I didn’t get serious about it until my second child was born. I suffered Bookus Interruptus until I kicked that sorry disease to the curb.

Author Robin LythgoeWhat inspires your writing?

What doesn’t? Music—yes, most especially—and chocolate, movies, books, the news, pictures, conversations… I love that inspiration is all around me, and all I have to do is open my eyes, pick something, and turn it over in my head until my imagination grabs it and runs like crazy.

What is the best part about being a writer?

Exercising my imagination and creativity. What a blast!

Is there something special or unique about you or your book you’d like to tell us about?

I am evidently fluid in the language of Snark. And so is Crow, the main character of my book!

About the Author

Robin Lythgoe was born in Maryland, but spent several years in Oregon and did a short stint in upstate New York before moving to Utah. She married an artist, and together they have four wonderful children. Reading and writing have always been a part of her life, and she is particularly drawn to fantasy. When she was growing up her mother often led expeditions to the library, from which the entire party invariably returned laden with a stack of books guaranteed to make the arms longer. Robin read everything voraciously, and when she finished her stack, she’d start on her mother’s… and then her sisters’. Today she writes tales about wizards and magic, fantastical places and extraordinary journeys.

Her novel, “As the Crow Flies,” was selected as a Kindle Book Review, 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semifinalist.

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Spotlight: Rebirth of the Seer


The Vampire Flynn #2

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Flynn’s quest for redemption continues in the second installment of The Vampire Flynn.

Condemned by the Supernatural Order and sentenced by their High Council to die, he and his watcher Monica must avoid capture while deciphering a riddle left by Lydia Davies. The mission takes them from Philadelphia to the Windy City of Chicago, with a master seer named Julian nipping at their heels. There, they are joined by wary allies and a cunning vampire who is bent upon exposing the full hypocrisy of the Order.

The hunter becomes the hunted. The villain transforms into a champion. But even as Peter begins to emerge from the crimson shroud of his alter ego as a newly-gifted seer, he finds himself placed on a game board he would have sooner avoided. A destiny trails him, but so does the realization that he has become a country without affiliation, about to be presented with an offer too enticing for him to simply refuse. And while the Order’s band of gifted humans might be misguided, are they beyond redemption themselves?

What remains to be seen is who might be right – the ones who remember the murderous assassin, or the few who believe in the heart of a hero nobody asked for.  Where would your wager lie?

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USA Today Bestselling Author. Writer of the Vampire Flynn Series and Deathspell books, published by the micro-press Crimson Melodies. While primarily a novelist, he has also contributed to the story cycle Red Phone Box, and the short story anthology, Nocturnal Embers. Always working on something new, Peter leaves it up to the reader to decide if it’s by sunlight or candlelight.

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