K.M. Jenkins is a published speculative fiction author who writes epic battles, forbidden romance, and tales of fantasy and adventure. She released her first short story, “A Father’s Protection” in 2018, and plans to publish several more short stories before the year is out. When she is not writing, you will find her running her business as a cover artist at KJ Magical Designs, LLC and chasing her twin boys around the house. Between the three she has epic battles throughout the day and nothing ever gets boring.
Welcome back to another fun Progress Report. I’ve been busy with NaNo this month so been trying to get a head so I can post these on my blog. I’ve got two covers I want to show you for upcoming books in 2021.
The first is my Vampire Boss. This books is a Mafia Paranormal Romance that is scheduled to release on July 1, 2021. The next is my co-author project with my fiancé. Darkest Depths is our short story collection of camp fire horror stories. This one is scheduled to release on October 20, 2021. Check out the covers and blurbs below. I do have them up on goodreads right now, so please add them to your ‘Want to Read’ list. Thank you.
Vampire Boss The Morelli Family Duo Book 1 Cruisin’ Around Series
Nario Morelli is the most gorgeous creature Miya has ever seen. When her brother gets in way over his head with another crime lord, she takes extreme measures to save him. She accepts a job as a peacekeeper between rival crime bosses and finds herself a waitress on the OceanTides adults-only cruise line. Too late she realizes she’s walked into the viper’s pit and finds herself surrounded by monsters she never knew existed.
Nario has led the Morelli clan for over 300 years. In all his years of living, he has only ever loved one woman—his son’s mother. Grieving, he finds himself aboard the OceanTides cruiseliner falling fast for the beautiful waitress he meets on board. By the time he realizes she can’t be trusted, it’s too late. He craves her blood more than he wants money or power.
Will Miya and Nario find a way to come together despite the enemies surrounding them? Will she survive the OceanTides cruise unscathed, or will a werewolf clan take her away from the one she loves most?
In the shadows creatures lurk. Waiting to drag you into the depths. You can run. You can hide. But they will find you in the night. Scream. Cry. Just don’t give up because you might die. Monsters will hunt you even if you’re in the light.
Darkest Depths is filled with stories from your worst nightmares. You will see monsters that exist while you’re awake, pixies tricking you to a deadly fate, and water spirits bent on revenge.
Close your eyes, hold on tight, because this book will make you fear the night.
These two books are among four I am releasing in 2021. Please add them to your Want to Read list on goodreads. If you want to stay up to date on releases please subscribe to my newsletter. If you want regular sneak peeks join my Facebook group.
I know I said I wouldn’t be on my blog this much this month, but I had an announcement I had to share. I decided to join several other authors in the Cruisin’ Around series, put together by INDIE/pendent Book Services. This series is multi-genre with multi-authors with multiple books. Wow that is a mouth full.
I don’t plan to have mine publish until December 1, 2022. That is a long ways off but I do have a cover to show you all. The book is going to have vampires, witches, and werewolves throughout its pages. And this book is going to be my first attempt at a Christmas story romance. I’m super excited and can’t wait to start on it. But for now I will share with you the cover.
Greetings everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying the first few weeks of November. I’ve been hard at work writing for NaNoWriMo. I’m presently working on The Seeker’s Core. I’m hoping to get the book done or at least a good chunk of it. This book is part of the ‘Children of Chaos’ series. It also is a part of my Half-Blood Academy series.
I do usually have posts scheduled to go out on my blog throughout the month. Right now with my focus on NaNo I won’t probably make as many this month. I plan to get in the gear of doing more with this blog of mine starting in December. The plan is to try to write something on here every week.
Tuesdays – Sneak Peek Tuesdays (I feature one of my books or a fellow authors’ books).
Thursdays – Tarzinëa Revealed. I plan to do research and share how it influences my novels in process that I am working on in my world of Tarzinëa. I might switch this up with my other series in the works too.
Fridays – Spotlights. I won’t do these as regularly, but I will feature book spotlights and author spotlights on Fridays.
Progress Reports – This is a random post I will do monthly or bi-weekly here on my blog. I will update you all on writing projects and what’s going on with me. I also will try to share some sneak peeks into my current WIP if possible.
As for my current projects I am working on three. The first main one is The Seeker’s Core. The other two are stories. The first is ‘WildFire’. This story is in my Tales of Tarza series starting in May 2021. The other is a story in my Darkest Depths Short Story Collection. It features horror stories that will come alive on Oct. 2021.
I’ll keep you in the loop with my progress on my NaNo project throughout the month on my FB page or in my Street Team. If you want to see how I am doing those two places are the best. I hope you all have a good November and a Happy Thanksgiving. I’ll check in next time I’m able too.
Greetings everyone. We have another Sneak Peek Tuesday for you all. Today I am featuring International Bestselling Speculative Fiction Author Stephanie Ayers and her book “The Last Ryukyu Noro”. She was kind enough to let us see inside her book scheduled to go live at retailers on November 13th. Check it out below.
The Last Ryukyu Noro
“Have you made your decision?” the dragon answered.
“No. I’m not ready.”
“Will you ever be ready, child?”
“Maybe. Anmaa had more time.”
“Yes, she did, but even if she hadn’t, your mother still would have accepted her destiny. Why do you hesitate?”
“It’s a lot of things. It’s just…” Erity’s voice faded without finishing. She stared at the ground.
“I understand. It’s a commitment you can’t back out of once you agree.” The gentle tone of the dragon’s voice held no judgment.
“Yes. Well, sort of. It’s-it’s not really the commitment. It’s the finality of it. No kids, no marriage, no life beyond the court.”
“And if you could have that, you would have no issue with the commitment?”
Erity sighed. Azakai asked a valid question, but she couldn’t give an honest answer. Did she want the life of a royal noro?
“What would you do with your life if you had a choice?” the dragon asked.
Another valid question she didn’t have an answer for.
“Consider this: by accepting your destiny, the only change to your future you make is being the last of your line. You can do anything else you wish to do, even as you perform your duty.”
Erity hadn’t considered that. All of her training growing up was about her expected duties. There had never been any other plans for her beyond the life of a noro. Wakumi had lived a regular life for the most part, but there were times her position called her away from her family, sometimes for days. Erity always hated it when her mother was gone. If she had children, they faced the same circumstances. But could she live her life never experiencing motherhood? Would the children of the island be enough for her?
“Once you figure out these answers, you’ll know what you should do. I can’t make them for you, only offer advice that you might not want. You’re safe enough here, Erity. Stay as long as you need to.” The dragon looked at Erity for a moment before beckoning her to join her behind the waterfall. “Join me. No one can pass through the waterfall unless I let them.”
These last words convinced Erity, and she slipped behind the cascading water and disappeared.
Another awesome Tuesday is here and I got an awesome sneak peek for you. Today International Bestselling Speculative Fiction author Maria Vermisoglou is giving us the first chapter of her new release, “The Shifter’s Revenge”. This is the second book in her Eulogimenoi Series. Want to check out book 1 see to it here.
Chapter 1: La Rouge
Soon, the sun would set, and that made me feel sad.
School had started, and things had pretty much returned to normal, but no one remembered. Except me, I used to believe that only humans inhabited our world. I was wrong.
I quickly shifted my gaze toward the sound of my name. My best friend smirked. Kristy’s poppy colored hair rippled in the slight breeze. “Where are you running off to?”
“Nowhere.” I watched as the wind played with the leaves. The smell from a cherry pie reached my nose while a chestnut fell from the tree above me, cracking open its shell.
Kristy rolled her violet eyes and flapped her fairy wings. Until last year, I wouldn’t ever believe that seeing a fairy flutter her wings in amusement was something that would become a part of my day-to-day life.
“You just want to avoid talking about Halloween.” Kristy’s eyes twinkled at the revelation.
My face clouded at the mention of the worst celebration that existed in my opinion. Even if I knew the creatures were real, my feelings for the debauchery had not changed. “I don’t understand why you want to throw a Halloween party in the Blessed Realm. You creatures don’t believe in this nonsense of a celebration, nor do I.” I stomped my foot shaking the bench we were sitting on.
Halloween should be named the most ridiculous celebration ever existed. Coming from a town that celebrated it like there was no tomorrow, I had had more than enough of this. Fake costumes and food in shapes that terrified you? No, thanks. Of course, if they knew all the supernatural creatures and monsters were real, it wouldn’t be so funny. Would it?
The leaves in the forest had already started taking on an orange hue seducing the people inside but no one knew it better than me—dangers lurked in that forest. The last rays of sun painted the academy’s facade orange. All was calm now, but I still had nightmares about the night I faced our Headmaster, who turned out to be evil—
“If you want further incentive, Jacques will be there.”
I glared at her but I couldn’t stay mad at the mention of him. At the thought of Jacques, the whole world turned enchanted that no magic could compete. Jacques was a rabbit shifter. He was also my boyfriend. We’ve had our ups and downs but I haven’t seen him since our trip that summer and I longed to see him.
“And if you don’t come, he might show up here.”
I huffed the breath I was holding and rubbed my temple to relieve the tension that had gathered since the past months. I shot Kristy a withered look.
“Don’t look at me, you’re the one who made him stay behind. How did you manage that? I haven’t seen him back down from anything before.” Kristy shot me a look, and I raised my eyebrows.
“Isn’t that the reason you’re here? To keep an eye on me?” Heat rose in my cheeks, my inner turmoil threatening to swallow me whole.
“You know that’s not true. I love hanging out with you. Our shopping trips in the city are spectacular even though going to the library is not exactly my idea of having fun!” Kristy waved her hand, wrinkling her nose.
I tried to fight it but no one could resist a fairy’s joy and a smile bloomed on my lips. My gaze wandered to the dark forest and my grin disappeared faster than the vapors from a cauldron.
Ever since the events of the academy during the summer and Jacques’ resurrection, the fear of losing him didn’t leave my mind. The only reason I came to the academy was because it was far away from home. Only to discover it was the shifters’ hangout—the crazy kind—and there was a massive plot to take over the world with the humans as victims. Jacques was attacked and died. Everyone believes I am the stronger supernatural, yet I could not save him. He came back, but I still remembered the pain I felt when he left the world. “He’s safe there,” I mumbled, my eyes fixated on the colorful rug of leaves spread on my feet. The radiant kaleidoscope of the park faded and dark heavy clouds soared as my mind flew back to that horrid day.
Kristy folded her hand in mine and I felt the soft glow radiating from her body, filling my heart with a warm feeling. The flowers showed their petals, and the trees brought the fruits to the light. “He misses you. Come and we’ll have fun.”
I miss him too but I would never put him in danger even if that meant I could only see him a couple of times during the year.
“By the way, are you going to tell me how your holiday was?”
I let out an exasperated breath. “You’ve been asking me this question for so long now, and I have told you. What more do you want to know?”
Kristy widened her eyes. “What more? Everything! You only said Italy was magnificent, and that you had a wonderful time. You went there with your boyfriend for the first time without problems.” She banged her fist on her lap like an angry child. “Supernatural or otherwise. You need to tell me everything! It’s your duty as my best friend!”
A ringing bounced in the academy announcing the bad news. Kristy shook her head, pressing her fingers in her ears. “I know schools have bells, but this is worse than a Banshee’s cry!”
“It’s our curfew,” I said, relieved I was saved by the bell.
Kristy, like all the fairies, was a social character that wanted to know everything and sometimes, her mouth ran faster than her brain. However, my reluctance on telling her about my holiday with Jacques lay in the fact that my fairy friend might let it slip to someone and since I have lived in a small town, news spread faster than a flood. I didn’t want my holiday adventure to reach everyone’s ears in the Blessed Realm. My mind traveled to the golden beaches and the crystal waters under the brilliant summer sun. I wish I could have more of that precious time…
I turned away before Kristy noticed the change in my demeanor. “Ever since the previous Headmaster…left, the school administration has taken some strict measures.” My mouth tasted sour as I breathed the words. I rose and Kristy followed me, hovering above the ground.
“Why? He abandoned his post. That certainly is not a cause for alarm.”
“Abandoned?” Passing my fingers on my messy bun, I glared at her. I could not fathom how lightly she took the fact the Headmaster was dead. Gone. Killed by my own magic. Fair punishment, if you ask me, after he poisoned Jacques. He used shady means to achieve world domination, putting both worlds in danger. That could just not do. I still had nightmares that sometimes joined the living world and she spoke about it so nonchalantly about it, like it was a hair accessory!
Kristy shrugged unbothered.
I didn’t regret killing him, but I wouldn’t put it so lightly. “And actually, they found his body. I don’t know how because I saw him disintegrate, but his body turned up at the park and now, they think there’s a murderer on campus.”
I paused, a few feet from the gate where students entered in a sluggish way. A chilly breeze blew, mocking the sun’s effort to shine, reminding us fall was on its way.
“Oh, no. How did that happen?”
The bell sounded again, and I realized I was the only one left. “You tell me? So, they don’t let us stay out past dusk.” The Headmaster was evil when in life but even after his death, he still continued to cause problems. I released my breath slowly, dragging myself into a lighter direction. “I have to go.”
“Are you sure you don’t want me to come with?” Kristy asked the same question every time, but I declined.
“I’ll be fine. See you tomorrow.” Kristy nodded and hugged me, leaving fairy dust on my face. I went through the gate and took the stairs up to the apartment. I jumped back when I crossed paths with Raid, the prefect everyone did their best to avoid. However, I had more reasons to hate him. I couldn’t wait until he graduated at the end of the school year to get him off my back. Swiftly, I turned the key and shut the door, leaving him seething. I secured the door and sighed, placing my forehead on the warm wood. My heart was still humming when I heard footsteps from the kitchen.
“Hi, Violet!” Lena, my roommate chirped, and I put on a smile before turning.
I wiped my brow and I hoped she didn’t notice my cheeks had caught fire. “Hey. How are you?”
“How was your day?” Without waiting for my answer, she started chattering away about her day and also repeated things from her holidays again. I smiled as I endured her lengthy speech until I found an opening to escape.
“That sounds very exciting,” I said when she took a moment to breathe. “Tomorrow is a packed day, so it’s best not to be up too late though. Right?”
“Oh, right.” Lena faltered as she realized the reality of my words. The incoming phone call interrupted whatever she wanted to say, giving me the break I needed.
I took my cue to escape in the sanctuary of my bedroom, thinking she was lucky to be alive. If not for me, she would be still a casualty of the shifters.
Approaching my window, I grinned as I noticed Kristy glowing like a pink star in the park. I waved and switched into nightclothes before securing the door and windows. If it wasn’t humans, it would be creatures who caused havoc.
Clutching my necklace, I observed it before it’s glowing light lulled me to sleep.
Lena and I were late in the morning as she had trouble getting ready and as a result, we were racing against the clock. By some miracle, the door was still open, and we dropped inside exhausted.
“You made it.” I looked up to a red-haired woman I didn’t recognize. “I’m Headmistress La Rouge. Be seated.”
We walked to our seats as questions warred in my mind. Why did the new headmistress decide to show up only now, since the classes had already started? It had been a month now. Surely, she couldn’t be so busy as to not properly introduce herself.
Her red heels cracked on the marble floors while her voice dropped like a grenade.
“I’m Headmistress La Rouge. I shall be teaching you this lesson and before we dive into the deep stuff, I will let you know of my rules.”
She paced as she prepared her lecture, and I dared to steal a peek. Fiery hair tumbled over her shoulders as she walked. When she turned, I witnessed her dark complexion with the grey eyes. She seemed like a middle-aged woman, but I got the sense she was much older. With my powers fully awakened, I could read people and something was off about her.
“You need to be always on time or you’ll be marked absent.” The headmistress looked at me and Lena pointedly, but we remained silent. “You will attend every day or you’ll be marked absent and I will deduct points from your grade.” As her footfalls fell on the suffering marble floor, her stern voice announced more. “You will not leave the grounds during school hours or after. Not even for important matters. Your place is here.”
“What if we’re sick?” a girl dared to speak up, and the Headmistress glared at her, making her squirm.
“You shall not speak without raising your hand and you will not be sick.” The Headmistress stared at us with her round eyes, and I refrained from yelling.
Are we allowed to be human? I studied her and used my powers for spotting supernatural occurrences, and that’s when I noticed the strange thing that had been happening. Her aura exists, but at the same time, it does not. Like a candle, her red aura flared out to rise up behind her again. I had seen lots of things concerning auras and my heart told me this oddity was not natural. Even for the supernatural world.
“Without losing any more time, we’ll enter the field of Criminological Theory. For our first lesson, we will study the genders and how prone they are to criminal behavior.” Headmistress La Rouge tapped her long red nails on the board, and the torture started.
When the lesson ended, we hurried to Social Research Methodsand Techniques taught by Mr. Arsenio, a man in a wheelchair. He couldn’t be more than thirty but besides his condition, he made the lesson entertaining. His thick Italian accent reminded me of Jacques who stumbled over words from time to time. Navigating his wheelchair between the desks, he asked questions abruptly to the students on the opposite side of the room, taking us off guard.
Professor Alisha taught Social Politics dragging her voice over words, repeating the facts over and over again. A living torture. I sighed and turned my gaze to the paper ball some students were playing with during class. Any distraction was most welcome to keep me awake. Names, places, histories, and dates and my notebook was half filled by the end of the day.
The last bell rang, announcing our partial freedom.
“So, why couldn’t you come?” Kristy said when she entered my room and after I had secured all exits. When in the human world, Kristy put a glamour to mask the silver tattoos on her arms marking her as a fairy, pointy ears and wings. All the people saw was a girl with a pink dress and white black striped socks. The only thing my fairy friend didn’t change was her purple eyes but hey, teenagers dressed in a more funky way, anyway!
In light of the recent rules, the school had taken security measures, but they couldn’t stop the supernaturals. It only took a visit to the garden and a glow fairy as my messenger. They were so tiny no one could take them into account, much less realize they were not actual fireflies.
“Our new Headmistress is quite a piece of work and with an interesting aura.” That got Kristy’s attention, she had stayed silent during my explanation. My stomach gurgled since I had skipped dinner, but I ignored it. “She has an aura that blinks,” I continued as I went on with the rest of the story, trying not to think about the lasagna that smelled like heaven when I passed from the Dining Hall.
“A blinking aura, huh?” Kristy hovered cross-legged across the room and I was glad we were on a top floor so no one could witness my new acquired chandelier. “I’ve no idea what that could be.” Perplexed, she flapped her wings and lowered to the ground. “I’ll ask the witch tonight and tell you. Will you be all right?”
“Every floor is guarded as well as the gate. No one gets in.” I knew a lot of things could get in and out without notice, but I chose not to bring that up.
Kristy stood in front of the window and then turned. “So, that means no Halloween. Maybe I should do something.”
“As much as I would like to avoid that ridiculous celebration that for some reason you find fascinating, this school house arrest is even more annoying. Some students live in the city, so there might be hope yet. It wouldn’t be wise to meddle with human affairs.”
Kristy shot me a look but said nothing and flew out of the window. I watched her pink aura disappear in the horizon and I wished I had wings to fly away from unpleasant things. My stomach gurgled again, and I grabbed some cereal bars from my drawer and dug in hungrily. Laying on my bed, I stared at the shadows the moon created, peeking through the curtains.
The next morning, Lena and I were on time only because I had set my alarm way too early. I groaned internally, but I certainly didn’t want any trouble with that vixen. Especially if it turned out to be a supernatural in a bad mood and an axe or an evil mistress who woke up one day and wanted to take over the world. At this point, I’d expect anything.
“Fortunately, we’re not late.”
I shot Lena an irritated look, and she blushed. “Thank you.” She advanced with a hopping stride and I gritted my teeth. If she knew what I had saved her from, she would make it easier for me. Possibly.
Getting to my seat, I pulled my books and sensing the boiling atmosphere, I looked up. Glaring, the students shared stories about having been forbidden to leave the grounds and I listened. This was beyond normal and my hands sweated at the thought that trouble was brewing. Again. In this school. Maybe the school is haunted after all.
The door opened only to reveal Ade, the History professor, and everyone relaxed. I had been so tense about the matter that I had completely forgotten that first period was Historians and History.
“Good morning, everyone.” Professor Ade wore her usual colorful dress, a stark contrast to her espresso skin. Braided space buns of cherry hair intertwined with blue highlights crowned her head, accompanied by a pair of smart eyes. “I hope you slept well because we’ll be making a long trip in time.” The heavy atmosphere dissipated as laughter bounced on the walls.
After the classes, I skipped dinner, as I always seemed to do lately. I didn’t want another problem on my hands that had to do with the supernatural world. I ran up the stairs and found Kristy waiting for me.
“Nothing?” My face clouded at her somber expression.
“No. Nobody knows anything, but Jacques will look into it.” I looked at her, and she flapped her wings. “Don’t give me that look, he is always there when I get back. Honestly, I think he’s your best chance and if she’s a shapeshifter even more so.”
“But her aura is visible.” Shapeshifters usually had invisible auras until the moment they chose to be with someone. “I didn’t see her today but students are very upset so there’s hope that something will be done.”
“It could be the fact she has chosen a mate but shapeshifter auras don’t blink.” Kristy tapped her perfectly manicured hands on her chin. Pink fairydust rose from her fingers before a pot popped around her arms.
I watched as Kristy made the seeds grow and recognized it as a sign of her frustration. “You don’t use your powers much, do you?”
I blinked and looked down on the faint purple glow of my hands. “Not really. I can hardly do magic when people are afraid of it. I’ll get locked up in the loony bin, or worse.”
Kristy narrowed her eyes and shook her finger. “It’s not only that. It’s the summer’s events, isn’t it?”
“That and the dreams that make my necklace to go crazy. It glows at odd times. I have to say it’s broken or put a shading spell.” I pulled my hair from its knot and gazed at the window. Silence. After classes, the students usually relaxed outside on outdoor excursions near the school, but now, only the birds chirped. Even the corridors were silent. Everyone chose the gloomy atmosphere of their rooms over dealing with La Rouge’s wrath questioning their whereabouts.
“What dreams?” Kristy spread her pink light of her aura, and I envied her joy.
“I don’t know. They are too jumbled to make sense.”
I bit my lip, wishing the feeling to go away. It gnawed inside me, not leaving me in peace.
Something is coming, and it’s not good.”
Want to read more of this awesome YA paranormal romance? Check it out here.
I am in the process of doing research for my NaNo project, The Seeker’s Core. I plan to try my hand at Sci-fi fantasy this time around. It will still be in the young adult target audience. I’ve been struggling with the concept of technology when it comes to this series. I got all the cool gadgets and ships. I just need to figure out to incorporate it into my writing. I tend to focus a lot of characters and their main values. This won’t be any different here. I haven’t even decided if I am going to write in third person like I normally do or if I will try my hand at first person. Check out this article I found that helps break down five tips to writing about fictional technology.
5 Tips for Writing About Fictional Technology
Author Julie Hyzy uses examples from popular books and films that incorporate fictional technology to understand what makes for appealing, believable tech-dependent stories.
Have you ever walked through doors that whooshed open at your approach? Sent an email? Texted a friend? Had your temperature by a touchless thermometer? Going back a bit deeper, have you ever watched a movie on your TV? Listened to music on a record player? Driven a car? Flicked a switch to make the lights come on?
We’re living a sci-fi reality that our great-grandparents likely never imagined. We regularly interact with technology that, at some point in in history, was considered unattainable. Perhaps even foolish or absurd. The stuff of imaginative fiction.
But, as they often do, clever people came up with ways to bring these outlandish ideas to life.
Which is why I’m always surprised when readers—all of whom carry cell phones, own computers, and travel by air—shake their heads and say, “I don’t like science fiction.”
When I ask why not, they usually tell me that they don’t enjoy stories that they don’t understand, or that SF is too tech-y for their tastes. Continue reading…
Today I am going to talk about a special character that appears in one of my stories. It is an upcoming release but she will appear in many publications. She is by far one of the most important people in the queen’s life. I do have an article that shows some fun facts about hair in the medieval era and what it symbolized. Check it out below thanks to Modern Medievalism.
“Scissors or Sword?” Why medieval men might choose death over a haircut
The precise sentiments attached to hair have fluctuated over the medieval period; after all, we are talking about a thousand years and hundreds of cultures; but for the most part, a full head of hair was typically associated with privilege and power. We see that the Merovingian kings preferred to lose their heads rather than their hair, because a haircut was a sign of humiliation, even the loss of the claims to kingship. Very occasionally, I’m asked why I don’t get a haircut. Depending on the mood and context, I give a different answer. “I save money on haircuts” or “my girlfriend would be cross if I did” both work in a pinch, and both are true. But there’s a more reasoned motive as well. Four years of service in the U.S. Army forced me to rack up quite a bill on haircuts over time for the sake of a “neat, uniform appearance”. The idea of military service in the modern age involves a complete breakdown of a recruit’s personality in order to make him a dependable member of a cohesive unit in life-and-death situations. The original rationale for these ridiculously short haircuts came from preventative measures against lice in the trenches of the First World War. So many men of the western world served in the Great War that military fashion dictated style even among civilians. Trench warfare has long since slipped into irrelevance, but the haircuts remain to impose a uniformity among the ranks. I dare say it’s something like a mark of slavery, akin to the the letters SPQR tattooed on the arm of a soldier in the ancient Roman legions. Whether it’s a tattoo or a high-and-tight, it visibly marks you as property of the government. Continue Reading…
Mincy the Queen’s Hairdresser
Mincy is a shy easy going girl that spends most of her time in the queen’s chambers making sure the queen looks her best. Queen Sarah has know talent when it comes to making her hair look good so Mincy is a life saver. She also helps with Princess Kerowyné’s hair on special occasions.
However when it comes to the king’s/prince’s hair they have a young gentlemen due it from the town square. They don’t believe a woman touching the king or the princes so intimately is appropriate. And the queen gets jealous real easy. The only reason the queen gets a special hairdresser is because Mincy is Female.
As for hair styles. Mincy is key on keeping the queen happy. She keep her hair well oiled, brushed, and cleaned to perfection. She is always on call but tends to spend a lot of time coming up with different formulas that can create different effects on hair. In my upcoming release Masquerade Assassin she uses one of these concoctions to turn Kero’s hair black.
Oh Fun Fact: Men cut their hair short when they are in the military so they don’t have it as a liability.
Welcome back to another awesome Sneak Peek Tuesday. Today I am featuring Christian Fantasy Author Allison D. Reid‘s book, “Journey to Aviad.” This scene is by far one of my favorites from this book and can’t wait to share it with you.
Journey to Aviad
…A twig snapped somewhere in the underbrush behind him. The man lowered his hood and instinctively turned to peer back down the path. Cursing the darkness under his breath, he listened intently for a moment. Unable to see, and hearing nothing more, he continued on, walking at a faster pace than before. Another twig snapped, from somewhere to the right this time. He withdrew an arrow from his quiver and held it ready in his hand. His senses were all on edge now as he broke into a run, only to hear more sounds of movement from somewhere ahead of him. He was being surrounded, by what he could only guess. He veered to the left, off the footpath, running erratically in the direction of a small stream he had crossed earlier. Any hope to shake his pursuers was futile; the noose they had drawn around him had already tightened. The man was quickly surrounded by a pack of wild beasts, larger than wolves, with red glowing eyes and fiery breath. Leading them was an enormously tall figure with an antlered helm who carried a staff taller than himself.
The man raised his bow and released as many arrows as he could into their midst, unsure if such beasts could even be harmed by them. He screamed as they set upon him, their teeth and claws tearing through his leather armor and into his flesh. But there was more at stake than his life. That was the difficult message he had received in prayer the night before. Perhaps his demise was fated, yet there still might be hope if he could only get to the stream. In spite of the agonizing pain, he rammed his way through the beasts, pulling a small cloth-wrapped object from beneath his shirt. The rain stopped and the clouds thinned. His prayer had been answered after all. The sun had not yet risen, but the moon still shone bright enough to reflect off the surface of the stream. He could see it now, bubbling and flashing not much farther ahead of him.
The man dashed toward the stream with the last of his strength. He dropped his bow, and frantically unwrapped the object. He flung it into the rushing water just as the beasts brought him to the ground with such force that his helm flew off. For a brief instant the moonlight caught the object’s silvery surface, flashing so brightly that he was blinded by it. His last moment of awareness was filled with hope as the creatures around him shrieked in painful fear of its brilliance…
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During the medieval era, village stewards represented the lord, effectively controlling the town or city. They were answerable to the lord. In castles, stewards managed the castle’s finances, ran general household administration and organized large events. They were also referred to as seneschals.
Although medieval stewards were servants, they wielded a great deal of power. Particularly large estates, such as the king’s, sometimes divided the responsibilities between two stewards, with one overseeing the household and the other assigned to administrative duties. In villages, stewards might be called upon for judicial matters. When lords left, whether for business or pleasure, they left their stewards in charge, which emphasizes their role as trustworthy and loyal servants who acted in the best interests of their masters. Read more…
Castle life is crazy when it comes to being the King and Queen. So King Tyler appointed not only his most loyal of friends but his wife too. The head steward is Lord Tomas Masters and the Lady of Staff is Trilla Masters. She is also the number one Lady in waiting for the Queen.
Tomas – He is a cunning friend that keeps the King on his toes. When he isn’t required amongst the others in court he is off doing his King’s bidding. He does a great job keeping the castle together and keeping all staff happy. He works hand in hand with Demetri on a regular basis. Demetri is the King’s advisor.
Trilla – She is a strong independent woman that always needs to keep busy. Which is great for the Queen because she doesn’t want anything to do with managing the staff. Trilla keeps everyone working and sure supplies are kept maintained. She sees her husband on occasion but they both love what they do and pledged to their Queen and King.
Welcome to the first Sneak Peek Tuesday. Today I am providing a sneak peek of one of my short stories titled: “A Father’s Protection”. I just recently did a rewrite on this story and published it to the masses. This story is also included in the Tales of Ferrês bundle book.
A Father’s Protection
…DarkDeath looked around the lake and took in the magnificent scenery. Trees circled him and towered high into the sky. Flowers sprang up from the sides of boulders all around the lake. The waterfall was the centerpiece, cascading downward over moss-covered rocks. Mist flew up into the air, glittering in the sunlight. He thought about climbing to the top of the waterfall and wondered what it would feel like to jump into its dark depths. Fire sparked in his eyes. Yeah, a dip sounds nice right about now. In two giant leaps he stood on top of the cliff, looking down upon the water below. A scent familiar to him carried on the breeze. DarkDeath looked out to see a black wolf drawing closer to his location. The black wolf with a white moon crest across her chest stepped up to the pool of water. BlackMoon sat down and looked up at him in all his glory. She tilted her head to the side and cocked an ear. Looks like I get to have an audience.
He backed up a few yards, then crouched down with his rear end up in the air. His nails dug into the rock and he lunged forward. DarkDeath sped to the edge and leaped with all his strength, flying through the air until the water collided with his body. By the goddess this is ice-cold! It seeped into his fur and went up his nose. DarkDeath’s lungs burned as he fought his way towards the surface. He finally broke through, gasping for air then panting like crazy to bring his racing heart back to a steady speed. His head stayed above water as he treaded over to where his daughter sat. That wasn’t the best of decisions.
BlackMoon’s tail wagged as he approached. His paws hit the grass, and he dug his nails into the ground to pull himself free of the water. She stepped back to give him room. Probably a good idea since I need to do this. He smiled as he shook his entire body. Water sprayed everywhere, and BlackMoon was the victim of his assault. DarkDeath let loose a hearty laugh as BlackMoon crouched to her stomach and covered her head with her paws. “Why did you do that?”
Things have been hectic over on my end for months. I have been trying to build up my writing stamina to increase the amount I put out each month. I’ve been neglecting my blog and find that it is time I try to start posting again.
What has been happening:
First off, the boys started pre-school, so that means I get seven hours of free time. I’ve been using that time to write and do things around my apartment. I’ve even joined a gym to try to get myself healthy. I hurt my back the other week so I was unable to go, but lucky it didn’t stop me from writing.
If you are a member of my street team you know about my writing goals and accomplishments, because I share them with you as I complete them. The month before last, I decided to set my goal for 10k and managed to make it. I was so proud. That I decided to try for 15k in September. I was 2k shy of my goal but that is okay. This month I decreased my goal down to 10k because I have to outline and get “The Seeker’s Core” ready for NaNo, next month. I’m supper excited for this project.
What have I been writing?
I’ve been hard at work pushing through the chapters of “Gargoyle Sighted”. I managed to get far enough ahead I don’t have to worry about falling behind. In September I switched my focus over to the, Tales of Tarza series. I managed to write the first story within a month period. It was a total of 21k. I am still doing edits on it and plan to have that sent off to Allison to edit by the end of October. As for October I plan to switch back to “Gargoyle Sighted” for my writing. When I’m not doing that I will be working on the content for “The Seeker’s Core.”
I’m supper excited to start this new book. I’ve got the outline done just have to get it into my dabble writer software. Been kind of tricky because I am still learning how to use dabble’s plot grid. It was a learning process that turned into two hours of work the other night.
October is my birthday month. I am thinking about doing a sale on “Tales of Ferrês” or another giveaway. I will let you all know as my birthday draws near.
I hope everyone has been having a good show of things over the last few months. Please forgive me for going a-wall on all of you. I promise to update this blog more in the future. Hope you have a spectacular October with plenty of candy and spooky stories.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday. I got a special treat for you featuring YA Fantasy author M.K. Adams book, “Child of Destiny”. Check it out below and you might find you have a new book to enjoy this coming weekend.
Child of Destiny
The Rising Saga Book 1
by M.K. Adams
Genre: YA Fantasy
A young orphan on the run from the King. A warlock with the power to protect her. And, the fighter holding them together.
The Rive, a realm ruled by the iron grip of a war-hungry King, is on the brink of rebellion and Lyvanne, a young girl who has witnessed a vision of his downfall, is the key to victory, whether she wants to be involved or not.
Forced to leave her loved ones behind, her life becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse. With the King willing to stop at nothing if it means finding the one who threatens his reign. But when a defiant insurgent group known as The Spring takes her into their protection, Lyvanne is offered something she never could have dreamed of before. The chance to fight back, the chance to make a difference.
Embark on a journey of self-discovery and political upheaval as a common street rat takes the first steps of her great journey along the paths of love, magic, and war.
M.K.Adams is a new author within the fantasy genre. He works in politics by trade but writing is where the heart lies, and he’s been concocting worlds and stories since he was a child. He carried out his degree at the University of Kent, Canterbury, before moving into the private sector in London.
M.K. also has an unhealthy obsession with collecting Funko Pops and can often be found listening to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack when locked away working on his next novel. An avid reader of fantasy and all its sub-genres, M.K. is always on the lookout for the next great story.
Able to find inspiration in the smallest of details he is a firm believer that creating new worlds from scratch is one of the most fulfilling past-times. That belief also led him to the world of Dungeons and Dragons, a hobby that he believes perfectly compliments the creative outpouring of working on a new fantasy novel.
His favourite author is J.R.R.Tolkien, and he found great inspiration when he visited Tolkien’s hometown (and local pub!) in Oxford.
The finale is here to the Kiera Hudson Series Two. I have been dying to get to this point for a while now. Having ten books in a series is hard on a reader, hate to imagine how it is on the writer. As a reader, it gets to where you are dying to find out the ending. But, then you look at the list of books and think I can’t skip any or I won’t understand the ending. So, it drives the reader nuts and makes them hungry to finish each book. I would like to say it is a good thing I have Kindle Unlimited for these series of books or I would be bankrupt trying to keep up with all the books.
Kiera, Murphy and the other half-breeds are on the attack. They end up not fairing as well as they should. When Kiera faces off against an old foe, she comes to realize the choice the elders lay before her. Will she save her friends from the life they live? The final book in this series is by far the most climatic.
I loved this book to high heaven. Not only did Tim O’Rourke tie up all the loose ends with precise precision, he left you hungry for the next series. The ending is heart breaking but the story to get there is magnificent. I by far enjoyed watching each character evolve in this book and take the lead. It was especially refreshing to see Kayla take hold of her life and take revenge for a past event forced upon her. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an epic battle unfold—along with anyone eager to read a series for anyone eager to read books with a complexity to them.
Ranking: 5 out of 5 stars!
Fighting for her friends and fighting for her life, Kiera Hudson must finally unravel the pushed world and its secrets. But most of all, Kiera must make her choice. A choice that she fears will change everything and the lives of her friends forever.Does Kiera have the heart to choose them or choose for them?’Dead End’ – the heart pounding conclusion to ‘Kiera Hudson Series Two’.
Dead End is Book Ten of The Kiera Hudson Series Two. The finale to Series Two!
Happy Friday! Only 1 more day until fireworks to celebrate our countries independence. I thought I would start off the celebrating by sharing this awesome YA Fantasy Romance series by Sarah K.L. Wilson. If you didn’t have any plans for this weekend I bet you do now with these awesome books. Check them out below.
Tangled Fae Book 1
by Sarah K.L. Wilson
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
“You’re the most wicked thing I’ve ever met.”
From USA Today bestselling author Sarah K. L. Wilson comes a deliciously
trope-filled young adult romantic fantasy about a viciously funny
mortal girl and her quest to hunt, trap, and conquer powerful fae.
I was born to hunt. I was born to protect.
But this is the one creature I wasn’t trained to kill.
The fae are sneaking into our little town. They stole my sister. They
stole my sight. And now they’re going to steal everything else …
unless I stop them. Isn’t that so charming?
I don’t care that they’re pretty. I don’t care that to them lies
are truth, power is sustenance, and every action ripples into
violence. I’m not going to let their glamor fool me. I’m going to
use it to fuel me as I bring them down.
But the town is turning against me, and I’m losing allies one by one. I
need a secret weapon to use against them and I need to be brave
enough to use it … whatever the cost.
Can one mortal girl stop all of the Faewald?
I’m going to have to try.
For lovers of The Cruel Prince and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a world
of violent fae, trickery, and magic. Grab the first book of the
Tangled Fae series today!
From USA Today bestselling author Sarah K. L. Wilson comes the second book
in this stunning new fantasy series.
Allie Hunter thought all she had to do was make an exchange to buy back her
father’s life. She was wrong. Mortals are so often wrong about the
Faewald. Usually, that kills them, or mires them in bargains that
will suck their life out sip by sip.
With Allie caught in a cage and the Fae she had once tormented her new
captor, can she strike the right bargain to save everything she loves?
For lovers of The Cruel Prince and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a world
of violent fae royals, trickery, and magic. Grab the second book of
this hot new series today!
Allie Hunter is playing a dangerous game for mortals.
From USA Today bestselling author Sarah K. L. Wilson comes a deliciously
trope-filled young adult romantic fantasy about a viciously funny
mortal girl and her quest to hunt, trap, and conquer powerful fae.
Allie thought she was saving her own mortality and stopping the Fae
incursion when she killed the Balance – one of four Fae roles – and
took a particularly essential Fae as her captive.
But Allie didn’t think through the consequences. Now, she has one of the
four roles of the Faewald. A role she must fulfill by force of magic.
Worse, the Blood Moon has risen in the Faewald and that means it is the time
of the Wild Hunt.
Can Allie find a way to save her people while fleeing the Wild Hunt and
fighting against a magic that seeks to control her?
It’s still just one mortal girl against the Faewald, but now the stakes
couldn’t be higher.
For lovers of The Cruel Prince and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a world
of violent fae, trickery, and magic. Grab the fourth book of the
Tangled Fae series today!
From USA Today bestselling author Sarah K. L. Wilson comes this thrilling
conclusion to a deliciously trope-filled young adult romantic fantasy
series about a viciously funny mortal girl and her quest to hunt,
trap, and conquer powerful fae.
Allie had an army, allies, and a plan, but with all of those things
slipping through here fingers she is being driven further and further
toward a path she hadn’t planned to take and a choice she didn’t want
How selfless is Allie, really? Would she give her own life to save her
people … and her new husband?
Or will she have to carve out another way forward? And what might that
way cost her?
For lovers of The Cruel Prince and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a world
of violent fae, trickery, and magic. Grab the thrilling conclusion of
the Tangled Fae series today!
USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson writes young adult
fantasy books about little people in big worlds who face the darkness
and don’t back down.
Sarah hails from the rocky Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario – learning
patience and tenacity from the long months of icy cold – where she
lives with her husband and two small boys. You might find her
building fires in her woodstove and wishing she had a dragon handy to
light them for her.
Happy Monday everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying today. Today I am featuring my first Pirate book for you all and it is by Antoine Bandele. This Fantasy Adventure, Pirates book looks awesome and I hope you all enjoy this spotlight.
By Sea & Sky
The Sky Pirate Chronicles Book 1
by Antoine Bandele
Genre: Fantasy Adventure, Pirates
With no magic, no brawn, and no pirate crew, Zala seeks to steal back the one treasure that matters to her most: her husband.
To succeed she needs a ship—and not just any ship, but the latest, secret invention by the Vaaji Empire. An airship.
Zala will have to use her wits to overcome scoundrels and nobles alike on her journey through the clouds.
But if she’s smart enough, she may just have what it takes to save her husband—and go down in history as the first sky pirate.
Delve into a pirate fantasy inspired by the West Indies, The Swahili Coast, and Arabia, where Zala will encounter ruthless raiders, arrogant aristocrats, and imperial secrets.
By Sea & Sky is Antoine Bandele’s sophomore novel, the first in the Sky Pirate Chronicles trilogy, a pirate fantasy.
ANTOINE BANDELE IS AN AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR IN AFRICAN LITERATURE.
He lives in Los Angeles, CA with his girlfriend, where he produces work on YouTube for his own channel and others, such as JustKiddingFilms, Fanalysis, and more. During the summer he is a camp counselor. Whenever he has the time he’s writing his debut series: Tales from Esowon.