Archive for October, 2014

Presumed Crossed Over a Paranormal/ghost story by Ica Iova. An Interview

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in Romania, and I moved to Vancouver, Canada, in 1988.

Wow that is different. What makes you passionate about writing?

We are all passionate about something. Writing is no different than any other passion. Most people—myself included—take the path most traveled and work for a paycheque, but being passionate about something, it’s curiosity, stepping out of that comfort zone, pushing your limits, filling that void that you knew was there all along.

I’ve had many jobs before, and I might add that I was successful at all of them, but it is writing that lights my fire and that makes my heart beat faster. When I sit down to ponder a new story, I don’t just want to create a story; I want to travel with my characters and create worlds that I wish existed.     (more…)

Interview and Blog Tours Do’s and Don’ts

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

As authors we have the great opportunity to be interviewed, have someone highlight us, or do a blog tour for us. It amazes me how many authors have no idea of the proper etiquette for such occasions. That is why I wrote this article with some Do’s and Don’ts about it. It doesn’t look professional when you do not know what you are doing. It could also cut your chances to be invited back to that blog again. And thinking about it, who doesn’t need a bit of free promotion?


First lets talk about Do’s: (more…)

Mary Reason Theriot A kiss so Deadly a book highlight

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Mary Reason Theriot A kiss so Deadly


Back cover blurb:

Lightning flashed around her, thunder crackled in the night sky and suddenly she could hear women crying in the wind. They were moaning and pleading for help. She looked down at the water and saw the women’s faces staring up at her, their arms reaching for her to help.
Love…… Betrayal……. Murder……. Ghosts……… A Haunted Plantation……
After the tragic death of her parents, Bridgette turned the family plantation into a Bed and Breakfast. Now, if only she could keep the ghosts from scaring away her quests. In all her years of living here, they all seemed to commingle in peace. Were they possibly upset that she opened the family home to strangers?
Ever since her passing, Geneviève has wandered the plantation and watched her family grow. Lately, she has become afraid to wander the grounds. The beauty of the night was stolen from her. All that seemed to remain in the darkness of the night was (more…)

Majestic Hollow by Laurel Veil a Halloweeny highlight

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Majestic Hollow Paperback by Laurel Veil


Twelve-year-old Joe Sebastian feels depressingly average. His older brother Cameron, a football star, gets all his parents’ attention while Joe’s left babysitting his Van Helsing-obsessed little brother.

Maybe that’s why Joe likes Cole. Cole has no family responsibilities; he’s a runaway living in the local cemetery, surrounded by iron crosses forged by Joe’s great-great-grandfather, once a blacksmith for the sleepy harbor town of Majestic Hollow.

Cole has his own reasons for befriending Joe and social outcast Vidonia Finkle, reasons forced on him by Belzore, the powerful being known in local folklore as The Boogey Man. Belzore wants nothing less than total control of Majestic Hollow. With an army of vampires, werewolves, and witches at his command, he should be able to take over easily. So why does Belzore fear Joe and Vi, or need to manipulate an unwilling Cole?

The answer lies in a secret buried in both the town’s past and the cemetery—if Joe and his friends can uncover it. More than Majestic Hollow is at stake. If the town falls, Belzore’s infernal minions will infest all of North America. Joe’s going to have to be much more than average to stop this invasion.


Laurel Veil is a new and upcoming author with over five new books released just this year. And, her latest, Strong Like Me was just released this summer.She is a mom and former middle school teacher. She enjoys spending time with her family, likes reading for fun and loves writing when she gets the chance!



Echo of Time A Paranormal Time Travel by Karen Michelle Nutt

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Echo of Time A Paranormal Time Travel by Karen Michelle Nutt is a short Irish paranormal time travel romance –


Kendra O’Reilly felt a connection with the Blarney Castle as if the echoes of the past could still be heard. The guide tells her a story about the Blarney Stone being the ancient Lia Fáil, one of the magical gifts from the god-like race, the Tuatha Dé Danann. To wish upon it, one will see where his or her destiny lies. Kendra wishes to find her one true love. She never thought she’d be whisked back to fifteen-century Ireland to find him.
Cian MacCarthy, the Lord of Blarney not only possesses the gift of Irish eloquence but he also has visions of the future. He’s waited for Kendra’s arrival, knowing she is his soul mate. Now all he has to do is convince her she belongs at his side.





Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband, three fascinating children, and a houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena–falling in love.Visit the author at:
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Tami Rasel and her ghost stories are visiting my blog

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Tami, what is your typical day like?


If I’m working on a novel, I spend a great deal of the day writing. If I am not working on a current novel (I take breaks at times) I love to spend my time reading. Stephen King in his book, On Writing, stated the following: “If you don’t have time to read, then you don’t have time to write.” I agree—reading is a very important part of the writing process. Other than that, I’m a typical housewife and mother with many responsibilities.

Many of us do…Do you write with music or not?

I enjoy music, but I’m not talented in that area at all. I am a storyteller.

Good for you. Do you outline your manuscript first?

It depends on whether it is fiction or nonfiction. Though I rarely write nonfiction, I do use an outline. I used an outline to write “Spirits of Gettysburg, Tales of a Ghost Tour Guide” because it is a collection of short stories. When I’m writing fiction, I do not use an outline. I don’t like the constraints. I like to let the story take me where it wants to go. I of course have an idea of where it is headed, but I won’t tie myself down, often times along the way, the story takes a turn I didn’t expect.

Isn’t that fun? What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

Though I enjoy helping others, a lot of people approach me and want me to read their manuscript, or, they want to know how to get their book published. Reading their manuscript is time-consuming and I hate (more…)

Werewolf Academy #1 “Stray” #2 “Hunted” #3 ” Instinct” are published

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Werewolf Academy is the paranormal series by Cheree Alsop.

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Please instruct your readers to go to this link: SMASHWORDS. They can then add the books to their cart and use the coupon codes upon checkout.

Here is the code to used to get the books for free. I do please ask that you will do a review for Cheree in return. (more…)

Dead Medium by Peter John an interview

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Peter, tell us where you were born and where do you live now?


I was born in Bromley Kent, England and I now live only a few miles down the road in Sidcup, Kent.

What makes you passionate about writing?

I love watching a story grow. Tending the characters and seeing where they take me.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Dead Medium took about two years to write. I put it aside for months at at time on a few occasions but always found myself returning to it when the opportunity arose.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Initially it was just going to be a short story based on the premise of a reverse medium but May Trump was having none of it. There was no stopping her once she got going.

What is the title of your book?


Dead Medium.

Could you give us a back cover blurb?

The deathly silence is about (more…)

The Revenge of Thelma Hill, Halloween chills and thrills by Margot Finke

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Margot, is so nice to meet you. How long have you been writing?

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I have been writing forever—yet only with an eye to publication for about 20 years.
Tell us where you were born and where you live now.

I was born in Bendigo (a gold mining town) in Victoria, Australia, but I grew up in the tropics of Queensland. I married an American, and we came to live in Oregon USA with our three kids, many years ago.

Wow. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

If an idea come to me in the dark (more…)

A review, Anthology, Wandering Weeds: Tales of Rabid Vegetation

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Anthology, Wandering Weeds: Tales of Rabid Vegetation by 10 very imaginative authors.

Here is the blurb:

Adriane CeallaighAdriane Ceallaigh

They roll in from unknown places, mysterious and unexplained. They take root, take over, spread to all corners and refuse to be eradicated. no one can say why they came, but there’s no arguing that they’re up to no good.

David J. WestDavid J. West

These plants are out for blood, and getting rid of them will take a certain kind of hero – the best kind. Twenty-five tales of evil weeds to entertain, enthrall and change the way you look at the unwelcome invaders in your lawn.

Eric J. GuignardEric J. Guignard

From feral tumbleweeds to ravenous seaweed, from alien life forms to migrating asteroid fields, in these pages you will find fairy tales and weird westerns, space romps and chilling horror stories. Scary or silly, wicked or wily, these plants are here to stay.

Andrea TantilloAndrea Tantillo

My review:
Katherine SangerKatherine Sanger

This book contains some wild tales of all genres and kinds. They are some twenty-four far-fetched but very entertaining tales to please all tastes.

Louise MaskillLouise Maskill

You will find westerns tales, futuristic ones, a Sci-Fi poem and everything under the sun. They are well edited and they flow easily from the pen of each author.
Frances PauliFrances Pauli

I am amazed to see so many tales with only one word in common “Tumbleweeds.” I am also impressed at the way such a boring word can bring such an array of ideas to be set in the same book.

Rebecca L. BrownRebecca L. Brown

It only goes to say that these authors have great imaginations and they have spilled it over the pages of this book. It is certainly a different and completely wonderful set of tales.
Bryan Thomas SchmidtBryan Thomas Schmidt

This is a great book for a wintery day, or a next to the pool summer read. Awesome work.
Jaleta CleggJaleta Clegg

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Jennifer Chase Award Winning Author & Criminologist

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Jennifer, tell us where you were born.


I was born and raised in California. I still love living by the coast and I enjoy the wonderful outdoors.  It has been inspiring for me personally as well as with my writing.


Next to the ocean…love it. What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

I love writing and challenging myself to create new stories.  However, one of the most difficult aspects for me, as a writer, is staying motivated.  I find it easy to procrastinate.  I make special considerations to stay focused and motivated.


You and I too. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

Writing is difficult, but so rewarding.  My husband has been rock of support for me and I could not do what I do without him.


Good for you. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The book is a part of a series, but I have written all of the books to stand-alone.  The series and the heroine in particular were inspired by my true-life (more…)

Sara Fitzgerald author of Magic Within a book highlight

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Magic Within by Sara Fitzgerald


Back cover blurb:

Nancy, a purple-haired witch, has never fit in with the kids in town. She has always felt something was deeply wrong with her. When Josh, her best friend, is attacked by a werewolf, Nancy seeks a potion to save him from the werewolf curse within him. But Josh’s fate–werewolf or human–is his to decide, when the potion is injected during his transition at thefull of the moon.

Nancy, too, must make a choice. Her mother, her best friend, and a
steadfast young man all see the magic within her. Can she finally accept who she is and give love a chance?

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Magic Within published by
“With the full moon fast approaching Nancy must find the magic within her and save her best friend Josh from becoming a werewolf forever.”

Paranormal Properties by Tracy Lane a review

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Paranormal Properties by Tracy Lane a review for readers

Paranormal Properties is a very good ghost story. It is well done, entertaining and interesting. I enjoyed each page and was pleased with the pace of the tale. Tracy Lane did a very good job with the voice of this story. It will become a great favorite of pre-teens and such. This clean and innovative story would do great as a series.


Jake is a peculiar boy, no as much what he is, but who his parents are. His mom is the host, his father the cameraman of the Paranormal Properties online show. He wants his parents to see a ghost so they can become more successful in the show. He is worried that not one takes them seriously. This all changes when he meets Frank, the ghost (more…)

Patti Larsen and her paranormal series is here

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Hello, Patty. Tell us what makes you passionate about writing?PLarsen_049

The voices in my head. The stories they want to tell drive me almost constantly. I have to be very careful what I ask for—new ideas and new characters seem to appear out of nowhere when I let my guard down. Not that I’m complaining. I love what I do. And being able to write for a living, what I’ve always wanted, fires me up like nothing else.


Amen to that. Do you have a writing routine?

I’m a super organized person. Have to be or (more…)

Strange and Lovely: Ten Paranormal Tales of Thrills and Romance

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Cynthia Jane Savage Anaya talks about the Anthology  “Strange and Lovely: Ten Paranormal Tales of Thrills and Romance.”

Cynthia how did you came up with the idea for an anthology?

Rebecca Gage was the author involved in planning this anthology and specifically seeking out the other nine authors involved. She wanted to create a fun, clean, paranormal book filled with short stories for teens and up to read and enjoy.

Great idea. How did you find all the authors for it?

Rebecca and I met at an ANWA conference last February and hit it off immediately. When she contacted me a few months ago about her project idea she asked for author suggestions. I thought (more…)

Author Interview for Kim Williams-Justesen

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Kim, welcome to my YA Dark blog. What makes you passionate about writing?

I like that I’m the one in control of things, and that it isn’t done until I say it’s done (or until my editor says it’s done!).

Very nice…Do you have a writing routine?

I work full-time, so I write in the evenings and on weekends. I usually grab a handful of Chips-Ahoy cookies, a big glass of water, and head to my office. I reread the last few pages of where I left off, then I take a deep breath and dive in.

What a great scape. What is the title of your book?

My upcoming YA is called DEATH’S KISS. (more…)