Book Spotlight: Untangled

It’s the start of another week and I got a book spotlight for you. Check out this awesome book by L. Loren titled: Untangled. Hope you enjoy and just think this book is FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Untangled 

Untangled cverBullied in her youth for being dark skinned and ugly, Gugu Brown is obsessed with beauty. Now the Queen of the cosmetics industry, she is a notorious boss. Her ageless beauty is unrivaled. A woman of 45, she looks no older than 23.  Beauty is life and without it she sees no value in living. And Gugu is living her best life! But she has a secret that could topple her empire and bring her to her knees. 

Sin Maddox is a silver fox who is enamored with Gugu’s beauty. He is determined to make her his. After dating her for a while, he sees the real her and finds her beauty pales in comparison to her true personality. When her world comes crashing down, will he be able to convince her that she is more beautiful on the inside than she is on the outside? How can she believe that when she was so damaged in her youth? Sin may be the one to convince her that pretty hurts, but true love heals. 

Each book in the Once Upon A Villain series is a standalone. This series does not have to be read in order.

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About the Author

IMG_1009L. Loren holds a Business Management Degree from the University of Mount Olive. As a former call center supervisor, her desire to write lay dormant for years, until she found the courage to live her dream. She is currently based in Birmingham, AL with her loving and supportive husband.
L. Loren created her own brand of erotic romance that she dubbed LoveRotica – Love stories with an edge of sexy. Her catalog of sexy stories is self-published and available on Amazon.
Her stories and poems have appeared in various anthologies, publications and literary journals. L. is also the curator of the Love is Color Anthology, available for free on Smashwords.

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Author Interview: Kenzie Macallan

Welcome to another wonderful Thursday. You want to know what the best thing about Thursdays are? They are followed by Fridays, which means the weekend is near. Now to start off this early weekend cheer I am sitting down with Kenzie Macallan in her very own author interview. Hope you will take the time to read and get to know this wonderful author. Happy reading everyone. 🙂

Author Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live with my husband in New England and we’re huge dog lover. We used to have two rescue pitbulls who ran our world and we loved every minute of it. Their loss was really hard to get over. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the world to place in Europe and Africa.

I used to paint portraits, take photographs, and I love to bake. You would think for all the creativity that I would know how to cook. But those skills elude me. Maybe it’s just not interesting enough. I remember as a kid being more interested in playing outside than eating. All of my experiences have added to my storytelling especially when writing about strong women and alpha men.

What genre do you write in? Why?
I write action adventure romance., romantic suspense. I love a good mystery or twist in a story. I want the plotline to suck me in and never let go. Deep characters with plenty of problems always adds to the plotline. These are the type of books I like to write. It’s engaging for me and for the reader. If I’m not moved or inspired in a scene, I change it.

What inspired you to become an author?
This is going to sound crazy but about five years ago, I had just finished reading several romance novels and woke up with these three sisters in my head with their stories. I knew where the story was going to go from beginning to end. For me romance is at the heart of a good story. It all falls in line with my desire to create. Writing is wonderfully manipulative. It can be changed easily to get across a feeling or plot point. I guess you could say I’m inspired by the characters I create.

Tell us about your latest release?
Masks is the last book in the Art of Eros series and probably the most powerful. All the questions are answered in this book. 

The youngest sister of the Luccenzo brood, Raquelle, gets to tell you her story with all her flaws and insecurities. Passion for painting is what drives her almost to the point of obsession. She becomes inspired by her creations and becomes consumed by them. 

Michael is a complex character. He appears to be powerful and in control but he may only be a puppet for someone else’s benefit. Underneath it all, he craves Raquelle and her creative spirit. I can’t give more away about him or I’ll spoil it for everyone!

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?
I never would have believed that you could wake up and have three books in your head but that is exactly what happened. As I got into each story, the characters tell you where to go and what they want out of it in the end. I get some of my story ideas straight out of the headlines of what’s happening day to day. 

Each of the three Luccenzo sisters is an artist in their own right. Marabella is a sculptor, Leigha is a photographer, and Raquelle paints. I have experience in two of those three areas. I have never been a sculptor. My artwork always inspired me because you can get lost in the experience of it.

When you write your books do you go straight for pencil and paper or a computer? Why?
I write an extensive outline that’s done on paper. I love writing with a really good pencil that way I can erase and add as I want to. Even with the extensive outline, things always change. 

When I get to the part where I dive in, I go for the computer. I also write on a tablet with a keyboard. Much of Masks got written on a long car ride to Gatlinburg, TN in the car. It all came to me and I just kept writing while my husband drove.

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?
Raquelle is a spitfire. She takes no prisoners with her bold attitude. She knows her way around men and doesn’t apologize for her passions. Titus is her pitbull rescue is an important part of her story. I wanted readers to know about how pits could really be through her eyes. 

She’s stubborn and a fighter. Tough on the outside, mush on the inside. She gives Michael a run for his money.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?
I love to write stories for an escape not only for me but for the readers. I strive to improve my writing with every book I publish. Readers shouldn’t be afraid to try a new author. You never know what you’ll find.

Are you Indie Published or Traditional? Why did you choose this route?
I’m strictly indie for a lot of reasons. The top reason is I have total control over how my covers look, editors I chose, and formatting. Often times a publisher can sign you and then drop you a year later but they own the rights to your books. Then you have to usually have to hire a lawyer to get them back. In either case, you are responsible for your own promotion. So I figured I might as well work for myself. I’m very happy with my decision.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
I’ll be working on the next book about Sean Knight. He’s ex-military and never got over a girl from his past but they have a lot to work through before they get together. My next three books will focus on the men who won MBK Global Security. They are very different and unique.


About the Author

KMgoldKenzie lives with her husband in New England and is a huge dog lover. She has been fortunate enough to travel all over the world to places like Africa, Greece, Switzerland, Holland, France, England and, of course, Scotland. Edinburgh is one of her favorite places. 

It’s all led to an overactive imagination. Creativity seems to be part of her soul as she paints portraits, takes photographs, and bakes. They have all added to her storytelling especially when writing about strong women and alpha men. She looks forward to adding to her adventures and her readers.

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Masks

Masks Kenzie Macallan - E-CoverBetrayal can be born from the deepest love and blind trust.

Raquelle struggles as an artist to escape the shadow of her famous father. After his mysterious death, she’s convinced she needs to play in a game of deceit. Spying on her powerful client, she paints a face of betrayal that leads to a chilling discovery.

Michael appears to run the investment firm but acts as his father’s pawn. When the company is investigated for fraud, his father goes missing. Left in charge, he uncovers the shocking truth, forcing him to make a life altering decision.

Lives collide on a course driven by fate. 

The tables turn on betrayal.

 Her deception pales in comparison…

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Wednesday Writing Tips: Writing Fantasy Races

Writing Fantasy Races
by: Andrew P. Miller and Daniel Clark

Any attempt to survey the multitude of races that exist in legend and imaginative literature is open to criticism of being incomplete in some areas and too inclusive in others. The obvious dilemma is the question of how one defines a “race” in fantastic literature and legend. In reference to humans, the term race is fraught with political and cultural implications; in general, it refers to similarities and differences in certain physical characteristics like skin color, facial form, or eye shape. Political and cultural affinity factor into the debate as well and are sometimes more important than an individual’s particular genetic heritage. But humans as a group are far more similar in appearance than the groups that populate the landscape of the imagination. Bushmen and Celts are virtually indistinguishable in comparison to the differences between merfolk and trolls. But just as with defining human races, there are considerations beyond the physical that enter into the issue. It’s not just a question of which arbitrary physical features to consider since the differences in these imaginative beings are long established; it’s really a question of what distinguishes a fantastic race from a fantastic creature.

The terms race and creature suggest differences, and one difference is in total population in a group. It’s easy to see that a unique being like the Hawaiian shark man is a creature and not a race. Or that rare beings like the rocs are creatures and do not constitute a race. But there is a qualitative difference between the way groups of beings, like elves and giant squids, are portrayed in fantastic stories that has to do with a metaphysical hierarchy. It’s not merely a question of humanoid shape; elves are obviously patterned on humans—often they are more diminutive and more beautiful than the average human—and giant squids are patterned on their smaller counterparts in the real animal kingdom, but what about the Yahoos and Houyhnhnms of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels? The Houyhnhnms, outwardly equine in shape, have a complex society and appreciate art and intellectual pursuits, whereas the Yahoos, outwardly human in shape, have no language and live in packs in the forest like wild dogs. Obviously, similarity to human shape is not the most important factor in determining the difference in race and creature.

As Gulliver’s Travels points out, we must not be too anthropomorphically bigoted when we determine where various groups rank on the Great Chain of Being in fantastic stories. Instead, we tend to be prejudiced by the nonphysical attributes and values of humans. For our purposes in this chapter—and this seems to hold generally true for the body of fantastic literature and legend—we define race using the following criteria:

  • Physical Similarity: This one is pretty obvious. Elves look like elves, dwarves like dwarves.
  • Population: It can’t be a unique being and still be called a member of a race. Now there can be exceptions to this; Tolkien, at the end of The Trilogy of the Ring, suggests that the fantastic races are slowly dying out and humans replacing them. A writer could create a scenario in which a being is the last of her kind, but the implication is that there once were many more.

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Wednesday Writing Tips: Magical Realism Short Stories

THIS IS WHERE TO START WITH MAGICAL REALISM SHORT STORIES

By: Mary Kay McBrayer

As with any genre categorization, the edges of magical realism short stories are blurry. The term “magical realism” itself seems to be an oxymoron: if it’s magical, how can it be real? The definition, however nebulous, depends on whom you ask.magical-realism-short-stories

HOW DO YOU DEFINE MAGICAL REALISM SHORT STORIES?

I tried to reduce the definition to its most simplistic qualities: the world of the story is realistic, just like this one, or maybe a little worse. Magical elements are introduced to the world of the story, and the characters in the world treat them as though they are real, a part of their crappy world. The characters are not astounded by the presence of what seems (to the reader) magical.

Naturally there are some dissenting opinions, and because humans like to categorize things, there are some distinct sub-genres. Surrealism is “concerned with upending accepted realities,” and fabulism “is known for putting fables and myths into a contemporary setting.” (For more on these topics, click here.)

For our purposes, we have another chunk of that genre to define as well: what is a short story? What qualifies as “short,” and what makes a “story.” Again, I tried to reduce this definition to its most simplistic qualities: if I can read it in one sitting, then it’s “short.” If I have to get up for snack breaks, to check my email, et cetera, it doesn’t qualify. As far as defining “story”: there needs to be a narrative. That means, to me, SOMETHING HAPPENS. Something happens after which nothing is the same, a new status quo is reached. Much of the time, the magical entering the realistic world works as the “something,” but not always.

With those VERY loose terms defined, here are some of the most impactful magical realism short stories, including magical realism short story collections and magical realism short story authors.

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Pre-Order Sale! Dare to Look

51puemCDRVLPre-Order Book Two in the Series between 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM EST on 31st December 2019, send proof of purchase to KyraFoxAuthor@gmail.com, and Get Book One Free on Release Day
(3 March 2020).

**Best friends, a decade of hidden desires, an irresistible attraction, an explosive outcome** Trista is a vibrant young woman who seems carefree and fearless, a mask she’s honed down to perfection. Brian, her best friend’s older brother, is no stranger to tragedy and quickly becomes one of her closest friends when she finds herself in need of someone to lean on. They spend years hiding their true feelings, but circumstances eventually force buried desires to the surface, revealing Brian as a lust-driven man with irresistible dominance, and Trista soon learns she craves the pleasures of submission as they discover a new heat-filled connection. A melt your screen friends-to-lovers romance novel, Dare to Look is the story of a boy and a girl, the harsh life realities they had to learn at too young an age, and how their friendship means so much, they’re afraid to let their love shine lest it ruins the one that saved them at their darkest hour.

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Kyra Fox

nogahazan 2Kyra Fox is the pen name of a self-published writer of Contemporary Erotic Romance (not necessarily in that order), reader of books, painter of whiskey, lover of food and general wanderlust.
I write women the way I would have liked to read myself if I were a character in a book, and men the way I want them to treat me in real life.

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How To Market Your Book In 2020

Nicholas C. Rossis

Ronita Mohan | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksHere’s another post from Ronita Mohan, one of this blog’s favorite guest bloggers. Book marketing is like building on quicksand: just when you think you know what’s what, everything changes. Thankfully, Ronita shares here some tips about the book marketing trends for the new year.

Ronita is a content marketer at Venngage, the online infographic and design platform. She is an avid reader with an interest in mystery fiction, history, graphic novels, marketing, and diversity. Twitter: @Venngage

How To Market Your Book In 2020

Book marketing in 2020 | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksPhoto by Jamie Street on Unsplash

The marketing world is in constant flux, and book marketing ends up being impacted by these changing trends.

In 2020, certain aspects of book marketing will remain the same. For example, social media and networking will be just as important as they’ve always been.

But you also need to know about the new ways you can use the digital…

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Book Review: Dead Angels

Book two in the Kiera Hudson Series Two took us away from the story line in book one. Now getting back on track we are back at Hallowed Manor with the injured Sam and the distraught group. In this book things start to get more complex into the series and takes you down a road not expected.

The Review

The group is back at Hallowed Manor recuperating from their ordeal in book one. Kiera is still heartsick over the decision Jack Seth forced on her. While Kayla tends to an injured Sam. Hoping to save their new friend they flee Hallowed Manor hoping to save Sam from becoming a skin-walker.

Along the road they find themselves hunted by the skin-walkers and fighting for their lives. A turn of events takes them to seek refuge in a railway station where Isidor spins a story from his past for his friends. The end of the book is a tearjerker and will leave your heart broken.

I was excited to get back to Kiera and the main story line. However, this book turned out to be more of a trip down memory lane for Isidor. This was a refreshing read and extremely interesting. I loved getting to know Isidor more and finding out more about the pushed world. The ending left me heart broken because someone dies. I will not say who but it will leave you devastated. Highly recommend this book to all the Kiera Hudson fans out there or someone looking for a fun twist on the vampire line of books. It is by far not the tradition vampire story but has awesome creatures called vampyrus.

Ranking: 5 out of 5 stars!


The Book

DEAD ANGELSDead Angels

Fleeing Hallowed Manor and being hunted by the Skinwalkers, Kiera and her friends take shelter from a storm in a deserted railway station set in a remote valley. As they spend the night hiding from those who are hunting them, Isidor tells his friends a story about how he had come across the word PUSH some years before on his first journeys above ground. But unknowingly, Isidor’s story will have devastating consequences for one of them.

Dead Angels is Book Three of The Kiera Hudson Series Two.

FREE on Kindle Unlimited or $2.99 to Purchase.

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About the Author

Tim O’Rourke is an obsessive writer, spending eight hours a day, five days a week hunched over his laptop, completely immersed in the worlds he has created in his own imagination.

In the real world, Tim lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife, three sons and a cat.

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Author Spotlight: Kenzie Macallan

KMgoldKenzie lives with her husband in New England and is a huge dog lover. She has been fortunate enough to travel all over the world to places like Africa, Greece, Switzerland, Holland, France, England and, of course, Scotland. Edinburgh is one of her favorite places. 

Her overactive imagination keeps going. Creativity seems to be part of her soul as she paints portraits, takes photographs, and bakes. Cooking seems to elude her. They have all added to her storytelling especially when writing about strong women and alpha men. She looks forward to adding to her adventures and her readers.

6 Fun Facts:

1. I lived in the Ivory Coast in West Africa for two years when I was a child. We moved to Greece after that for a year and a half. Both countries were beautiful and very unique.
2. When I was ten years old I was scouted by an Olympic ice skating coach who said, “You have raw talent.” I loved figure skating. However, my brother was three years younger and my mom didn’t want to take me to the ice skating rink at 5 am. I can’t blame her.
I continued to skate for many years after.
3.  In the last year, I have taken up knitting, something I never would have considered in the past. I’ve made a basket weave cowl, scarf, and a fleece-lined shawl for a friend. I made the cowl for me but after that I feel like I need to find them a home.
4. My husband and I are huge dog lovers especially pit bulls. We had two rescues, Nikko and Koda. They were so funny together and were inseparable. They lived long lives. Koda lived to thirteen and Nikko lived to almost fifteen. We miss them so much. My step son has a pit bull rescue, Roxie, who we adore. She’s our grand furbaby.
5. We love to travel. Last April we went to Tennesse and loved it. This year, we’re going to Washington D.C. after Christmas. Neither one of us has been there and I’m sure it won’t be our last trip.
6. At one time, I painted portraits mostly of children. I worked in oil. But I gave it up to write. I guess I just love to create things. Right now, my passion is writing and I will continue to write and publish.

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The Books

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How she deals with the pain from her past could save her life.

Mara is a survivor. She thought her twisted secret would stay buried behind the gates of her perfect life. When her husband dies under mysterious circumstances, she’s forced to face the truth. Captured in a web of lies, someone’s watching her ready to strike. 

Being MI-6 has taken its toll. Mac needs a break and an easy hook-up. His vacation gets sidetracked as the agency throws him another assignment and Mara complicates his plans. He encourages her to confide in him, earning her trust. When he reveals his true identity, she disappears without a trace. 

Someone has a secret more dangerous than hers. Trust becomes paramount as one secret turns into many. Her life depends on uncovering the truth. Can they outrun what lurks from her past?
 
*This is Book 1 in the Art of Eros trilogy. Edges and Masks are available now.

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A past she knew nothing about threatens to destroy her.

Leigha controls everything in her life so she thinks. Her father’s ominous words on his deathbed are only the beginning to her crumbling world. When someone from his past hunts her, it rips away layers of her security. Family sins reveal an entangled secret.

Dean attracts wounded souls. His own tragedy still haunts him. When he’s unable to erase his guilt, he looks to Leigha to save him. But his mission is to keep her safe. If history repeats itself, he won’t survive.

Control becomes an illusion splintered by reality. The curtain drops as one soul-shattering revelation leads to danger. Will they survive the sins of the past?

* This is Book 2 in the Art of Eros series. It’s best to read Truths first but can be read as a stand-alone. Masks is available now.

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Betrayal can be born from the deepest love and blind trust.

Raquelle struggles as an artist to escape the shadow of her famous father. After his mysterious death, she’s convinced she needs to play in a game of deceit. Spying on her powerful client, she paints a face of betrayal that leads to a chilling discovery.

Michael appears to run the investment firm but acts as his father’s pawn. When the company is investigated for fraud, his father goes missing. Left in charge, he uncovers the shocking truth, forcing him to make a life altering decision.

Lives collide on a course driven by fate. 

The tables turn on betrayal.

Her deception pales in comparison…

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Wednesday Writing Tips: 13 Tips for Writing Fantasy

13 Kick-Ass Tips For Writing Fantasy From Professional Fantasy Editors

By: Reedsy

Has there ever been a better time to be writing fantasy? Where once it was a fringe genre, now fantasy is everywhere in pop culture, from Harry Potter to the memes surrounding Jon Snow.

There’s also never been a more exciting time to write fantasy. The genre is changing daily, as authors such as Neil Gaiman, Susanna Clarke, and Patrick Rothfuss continue to interpret, subvert, and stretch it to attain new pinnacles. What’s more, the public can’t seem to get enough of it, proving that there is a market for fantasy — and it’s a big one.

So, if you’re an author, where can you find a place for yourself in today’s talent-rich terrain?

In our search for the finest writing tips in the realm, we spoke to seven of the top fantasy editors on our marketplace. They’ve worked with George R.R. Martin, James Dashner, Brandon Sanderson, and many more of the brilliant authors who are re-defining the genre. Here’s what they said.

1. Identify your market

If you don’t know your market, you’ve already made a mistake, says Erin Young, an agent for Dystel Goderich & Bourret, which represents authors such as James Dashner of Maze Runner fame.

“Oh, my market is fantasy,” you might say, waving your monthly subscription of Imagination And Me. But is your story steampunkurban, or grimdark fantasy? Is it for children or young adults? Are there elves or tech? Is it set in the modern world, or is it a re-imagining of an alternate past? Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, for instance, doesn’t target Discworld’s readers, and no-one would instinctively group Harry Potter and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower in the same category.

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Indeed, “fantasy” is such a broad genre that you’ll need to dig deeper to find your niche — but it’s important as your subgenre not only informs your characters and setting, it also allows you to identify your competition and audience. As Young says: “If your characters are younger, you should be writing YA or MG, not adult.”

To get a better picture of the various subgenres within fantasy, check out this guide as well as this post on the evolution of fantasy since the 1900s.

2. Develop your world through short stories

Did you know that JRR Tolkien wrote a gazillion short stories about Middle-Earth before ever starting The Hobbit?

He needed somewhere to begin. That’s exactly what Jenny Bowman, an editor who worked on Robert Beatty’s Serafina and the Black Cloak, advises: a good way to build your world is to write short stories that feature some of your characters. “Do this with the intention of excluding [these stories] from your book,” she says. “This gives you freedom to create a new universe with no boundaries.”

“Build your fantasy world through short stories that feature your characters,” and more tips inside

So if you can’t churn out the full-blown novel inside of you just yet, don’t sweat it. Dip your toe into the water through short stories, instead.

3. Plot out your story before you begin

Stories in the fantasy genre are often complex and epic — all the more reason to plot it out before. You don’t want to accidentally trip over all 99 of your storylines. And you don’t want to be that writer who gets to the end of the book and realizes they’ve forgotten to tie a knot in one part of the plot. Hello, darkness, my old friend.

That’s why Young says to get a general sense of your plot before you start writing. “You’ll know your world so much better if you know your story first,” she says. “Then, once your story is plotted out, you can use the plot structure as a skeleton to show where you want to build your world, scene by scene.”

For more food for plotting thought, you can read up on narrative arcs here.

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Author Interview with Cam Johns

It’s Tuesday again. Today I am sitting down with Erotica author Cam Johns in her very own interview. She has some interesting things to share. Hope you enjoy the read. She also has the first book in her, The Arousing Series, for FREE. Make sure to check it out below. Happy reading :).

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I mainly write erotic romance of all types (short stories, novels and poetry) and proofread/edit for others on the side. I’m married to a wonderful man who actually started me on this “writing path” and we have no children together…however we do have the most adorable toy poodle!

What genre do you write in? Why?
As I mentioned, I write erotica. My stories are almost always full of conflict, lots of romance (not just sex) and ends with a twist. I have absolutely no idea why my mind is so dirty…it just is! LOL

What inspired you to become an author?
Long story short, once my husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I just couldn’t put my pencil down. It started with just journaling, then poetry. But, one day I started writing chapters to what became a three-part series-Full of sex! I don’t know why or where it came from, but once those tumultuous sex scenes were written a love story was formed followed by some violence and that was that.

Tell us about your latest release?
I wish I could say I’ve had time to release a novel since the last installment of my series, Arousing Inferno, but between my husband’s illness and just life period, I haven’t. I am working on a book of short stories,a spinoff novel, and two stories for two collaborations. Release to be announced.

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?
I don’t have a definitive answer for that. Sometimes, I would dream of a concept and there you go.

When you write your books do you go straight for pencil and paper or a computer? Why?
I go for pencil and paper because it’s easiest.

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?
Jackson is the alpha male lead of my trilogy, the Arousing Series. He is far from the typical alpha because he genuinely wants to love and be loved. He just wants to control how that happens, of course. Karisma is my witty, no nonsense female lead. She is far from timid and has no problem putting my alpha in his place.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for supporting me and other indie authors.

Are you Indie Published or Traditional? Why did you choose this route?
Indie Author because I just wanted to do it for me and my own terms.


About the Author

CAM_LOGOCam Johns began her career as a published author in 2016 with the release of Arousing Consequences, the first book of her trilogy, The Arousing Series. However, actually publishing wasn’t part of her plan. After her husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she found that writing became a great way to relieve the tension, and mounted pressures that come with watching someone she loves suffer from such a harsh diagnosis. It was her husband that pushed her to share her voice, regardless of how erotic that voice would become.

Live. Love. Laugh. A well-known mantra that has become her way of living. Live, by accepting the things you cannot change. Love, the ones closest to you as if there’s no tomorrow. Laugh, each day because sadness will get you no where!

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Arousing Consequences

FB_IMG_1525710572443***** Warning- Explicit sexual scenes between consenting adults in a safe setting. *****

Exposing the truth…giving into explicit desire…finding love.

Book One introduces Karisma Washington who has just graduated college and looking forward to moving on with her life, following the untimely murder of her father Blair Washington. If it weren’t for the constant support of her boyfriend, Kevin Matthews, there’s no telling how deep her depression would have taken her. Support she thought she couldn’t live without, which, in turn, carried their relationship regardless of the discontent building between them.
Here it is, a few years later, and she’s now ready to start her career at the top Rehabilitation Center of Seattle. The place where characters come into play compelling rousing desires, carnal elation and amorous internal struggles. Karisma is finally impelled to realize her life is worth more than Mr. Right Now. But is her new crush really better for her? Lies told, truths withheld, and awakening sexual thoughts arise…where all choices are forced to face consequences.

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From dragons to wolf shifting creatures you will find magic around each corner. Life isn’t always what it seems when meddling goddesses get in the way and you’re pulled deep into the Forest of Ferrês. Read the first five stories in this spectacular bundle.

Stories included:

A Father’s Protection
The land beyond The Forest of Ferrês belongs to the kyres mortal enemies the twin-tailed foxes. Standing on the borders DarkDeath will have to plunge into the unknown to save his adventurous pup.

Will he be able to find Digger and make it out alive? The battle to protect his own will test his strength when DarkDeath faces off against an old rival. How far can he be pushed to protect one he loves dearly?

An Elf, a Dragon, and a God’s Intervention
Blake and Meisha spent years hunting down jewels and treasures throughout the realms of Tarzinëa. Placing these treasures upon a mural that adorns Meisha’s cave creating a masterpiece of magnificent art. Now on the verge of completing this quest they find themselves inside the Forest of Ferrês. What should seem like an easy task will end in disaster when a goddess intervenes with fate?

A choice made will change this dragon and her elven ryder’s fate forever. How far can greed push you before you give up everything to save the one you love most?

Bonds of Friendship
If you looked a creature in the eye believed to be a mindless beast that kills without thought, what do you do when you realize the truth is but a lie? Walk alongside Karigan as the Forest of Ferrês beacons her to a destiny she never wanted or expected. She knows now that the world is wrong, and the only way to change it is with Silvashi at her side.

Journey to a time before an empire was born, when dragons were wild and were seen as monstrous killers. Witness the moment everything changed—when one girl created a bond of friendship that forever altered her world, bringing forth the dawning of a new era.

The Assassin’s Prophecy
Jeremy is a mercenary for the Assassin’s Association. He has proven to himself and his superiors that he is worth keeping around. Now Jeremy faces the one mission that could break his career and ruin his father’s name. Jeremy has to kill the elven king, but when emotions get involved everything backfires. A chance encounter with a mysterious elven maiden secures his escape from imprisonment and certain death.

With her help, he finds solace among the trees only to realize he has become trapped inside the Forest of Ferrês. Trading one evil for another, Jeremy will face truths about himself he never knew.
Can he deny the words of fate spoken from a Unicorn’s mind? Join Jeremy in the fourth installment of the Tales of Ferrês to find out.

Nightmare of Ferrês
Aerigon has had a hard life. He never knew his parents and grew up on the generosity of others. As an orphan Aerigon has no true place to call home. When the Forest of Ferrês calls, he finds himself in a nightmare worse than the abyss. He will face evils and creatures man can only dream up in nightmares. Will there be a light at the end of the darkness or will he be lost to the shadows of Ferrês forever?

You have seen the light and a hint of darkness within the Forest of Ferrês. Now walk with Aerigon as he faces the horrors within. Journey to the dark side where Kyres fear to tread. Read and find out if Aerigon can face the world‘s darkest demons. Will he make it out alive? You will only find out in the 5th installment within the Tales of Ferrês story series.

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Wednesday Writing Tips: Selling by Not Telling

Selling a story by NOT telling a story

By: WrittenInsomnia.com

Here’s the thing with telling someone about your book – be it in person, or in an ad, or via the back cover copy you’ve spent arduous hours perfecting: almost every author is terrible at it. Because almost every author makes the horrible mistake of thinking that you sell someone on your story by telling them about your story. Nothing could be further from the truth.

You have to remember you have maybe two sentences before people get bored. So you don’t start off with your story, you start off with a BANG.

What I often tell new authors — or even old authors — is to imagine your sales pitch as pictures of your kids (if you don’t have kids, imagine you do — you’re a writer, it should be easy). Every single human above the age of 20 has had someone approach them with that person’s pictures of their kids. They start showing off the pictures and yammering on about things that matter incredibly to that person, but not at all to us.

Your story is your baby in some ways. Especially in that nobody else cares at all about it until you give them a REASON to care.

Now, if that person who can’t stop showing you their baby pictures walks up and says, “Timmy’s face caught fire yesterday,“ now you are in it for the long haul. They can actually take their time getting to the good part, because they have told you something in the first sentence that makes it clear the story is going to be worth your while.

Remember, also, that ad copy and back cover copy is NOT ABOUT TELLING THE STORY. It is about providing potential readers with an idea of the tone and genre of your book, and then the only other thing you are trying to do is pose a question in the reader’s mind that can ONLY be answered by reading the book.

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Wednesday Writing Tips: How to Write Fresh

Writing Fantasy: How to Write Fresh When Following a Recipe
by: Jeff Wheeler

When a reader falls in love with a new fantasy world, they can be skittish about trying something new. One of my heroes growing up (and the man who inspired me to write) was Terry Brooks and his Shannara books always outsold his other series. I was willing to follow him into the world of the Magic Kingdom series and his urban fantasy series, but like many others felt the recipe of Shannara to be the most enjoyable. I was always ready for another helping!

During my own writer’s journey, I did not want to be constrained to write in a single world. My imagination has always been like the opening credits of Star Trek, with a craving to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go—well, you get the drift.

But that leads to a problem. How do you entice readers to try out a new world when everyone already loves the old one? Why start from scratch when the recipe works?

In my view, the wonderful thing about ingredients is the variety of offerings. Whoever decided to crush Oreos into vanilla ice cream was a genius. Authors are inspired by a variety of sources and then mash-up different ideas to create interesting new concoctions. Some work, some don’t. We explore and play with many. I’ve always liked to push and test myself to do something nontraditional.

So how do I make it easy for readers to swallow?

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Book Review: Dead Night

The series is just getting interesting with book one being awesome as always. Now we move onto book two in the Kiera Hudson Series Two. This is an interesting twist to the story line for Potter has to face his first love, Sophie. Except this time he is facing her in a pushed world where she doesn’t know who he is.

The Review

Overall, this was an interesting book that took you down a path not expected. Having Potter face his first love once again but in a pushed world leaves him facing obstacles and secrets. Now being with Kiera he finds himself torn when Sophie shows interest in him and he has to make a choice. Not only that with skin-walkers hunting Sophie they both find themselves in a fight for their lives.

This was an interesting read. However, I see this book more as a way for the author to explain the way the world is than anything. Overall, that is the only reason I think it fits into the series itself. Potter always has a way of getting himself into trouble and find himself in situations that end up making him keep secrets from the one he loves, Kiera. This book is well written and enjoyable to read. Highly recommend it to those interested in this series or wanting to get to know Potter more in depth.

Ranking: 4 out of 5 stars!


The Book

DEAD NIGHTDead Night

When Potter disappears from Hallowed Manor for twenty-four hours, he goes in search of the only person he thinks will be able to give him answers as to why the world has been pushed. That person is his first love, Sophie. But Sophie has been pushed, too, and is running for her life. In a world where wolves live amongst humans, Potter must save Sophie while trying to search for answers. During his search, he discovers that some things are best left secret.

Dead Night is Book Two of The Kiera Hudson Series Two.

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About the Author

Tim O’Rourke is an obsessive writer, spending eight hours a day, five days a week hunched over his laptop, completely immersed in the worlds he has created in his own imagination.

In the real world, Tim lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife, three sons and a cat.

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Book Spotlight: Reecah’s Flight

Welcome to another Friday. This week has gone by faster than expected. To start off the weekend right I am featuring Richard H. Stephens’ book Reecah’s Flight. Check out the sneak peek down below and if you love it snatch this book up through Kindle Unlimited.


Excerpt

Reecah screamed as the old crone leaned in close, her breath rank. She remembered trying to escape Grimelda’s mystical shop and then a bright light and then…

   She found herself lying on her back atop a black marble slab in the middle of a small, candlelit cavern—its vaulted ceiling spiked with rock formations. She tried to push away from the vile woman but Grimelda’s stick-like hands pinned her to the stone.

   “What are you doing?” Reecah asked, frantically looking around and wondering why her ear lobes hurt. She forced an arm between herself and the witch and touched her right ear, shocked to feel a hard stone embedded there. She pulled her hand back—her fingertips red with blood. She checked her other ear and felt another hard stone.

   Her frightened gaze met Grimelda’s. “What have you done to me?”

   Grimelda’s expression made her shiver.

   “Relax child. Grimelda has done what Lizzy neglected.”

   Reecah frowned but didn’t want to waste time finding out what the crazy crone meant. She needed to get off the table and escape.

   A fount on a matching marble stand stood near her head—perched on the edge of a blood-letting trough surrounding the base of the table.

   She swallowed hard. Though not versed in the ways of the occult, Poppa had taught her to read at an early age. She had taken great joy in reading the tomes Poppa kept locked in an old trunk by his and Grammy’s pallet. If she wasn’t mistaken, she lay upon a sacrificial altar.

   Using every bit of strength she had, Reecah bucked her hips and arched her back, driving her shoulder blades and head against the table to escape Grimelda’s grasp.

   She landed on the floor with bare feet but Grimelda’s iron grip maintained control of her wrists.

   “Easy child, you’re going to ruin everything.”

   “Get your hands off me, you crazy witch!” Reecah shrieked, jerking her arms free and stepping backward. She bumped into a wooden table covered in crimson cloth. On top of the cloth, sat an array of knives. Some for slicing, some for chopping, one with a serrated edge for sawing, and another with a hooked tip—just like the one Grammy used to skin animals. “Where am I?”

   “You’re in Grimelda’s cellar.” Grimelda wiped her blood-stained fingers on her apron.

   The witch’s cellar? It looked like a cave devoted to demonic rituals. She swallowed a lump of fear and put the knife table between them, her eyes wildly darting about, searching for her boots and Poppa’s weapons. She reached up with both hands, rolling the stones in her earlobes between her thumb and forefinger. “What have you put in my ears?”

   “I have adorned you with your bloodstones.”

   “My what?” Her hands were wet and sticky with fresh blood. “Take them out!”

   Grimelda shook her head. “That I cannot do. Once the ritual has been performed it would be too dangerous to remove them.”

   “Ritual? What did you do?”

   “Something Lizzy should have had me do years ago if you wish to become a Windwalker.”

   “You’re mad! Leave me alone!” Reecah glanced at the stairs.

   “Calm yourself, poppet.”

   Poppa’s endearment snapped Reecah’s open-mouthed attention back to the witch.

   “Yes, child. Vili’s name for you.”

   “You know that because you’re a witch.”

   “Grimelda has been called many things.” Grimelda pursed her thin lips, her tone softening. “The people of Fishmonger Bay labelled me as such. At one time I might have been hurt by the name, but the villagers leave me alone so I live with it.”

   Reecah noted the witch had started referring to herself in the first person. Her eyes flicked between the woman and various pieces of ornate furniture lining the walls. Pieces that looked as if they belonged in a palace, according to the sketches in Poppa’s tomes.

   A sudden burst of flapping wings appeared from the curved doorway marking the flight of stone carved stairs climbing into darkness. The raven landed on the near rim of the fount and turned its head sideways, blinking at her.

   “Vili spoke fondly of his little poppet whenever he visited.”

   Reecah’s temper rose. “You’re a liar.”

   “You’re a liar! You’re a liar!”

   Grimelda gave the bird a dirty look. “My sister called you her flower bud. You called her Grammy.”

   The pain was too much. Reecah’s eyes misted up. “How do you know all this? Grammy doesn’t have a sister.”

   Grimelda stepped toward her but stopped when Reecah’s eyes honed in on the knives before her.

   “Lizzy was afraid of what I represent.”

   “A witch?”

   “A witch! A witch!”

   “Yes, child, if that helps you understand.”

   “Understand what? That if I hadn’t woken up when I did, you were about to send my spirit to your sick gods?”

   “Sick gods! Sick gods!”

   Grimelda didn’t deny it. Instead she picked up a carving knife and threw it at the raven.

   The bird rose in a flurry of feathers and winged its way back up the stairway.

   Grimelda shook her head. “Such a pest, that one. I should turn him into a toad.”

   Reecah’s eyes grew wider.

   “Witch humour. I can’t actually do that.”

   Reecah wasn’t so sure. Everything she had heard about Grimelda from the village children as a youngster attested to the fact that the witch was capable of performing many dastardly tricks.

   “Why did you put me on that…that sacrificial altar? Where’s my stuff?”

   “Your stuff?” Grimelda scratched her head. “Oh, your boots and weapons. I left them in the shop.”

   Reecah tried to casually step toward the doorway. “Why?”

   “Look at me? You may not consider yourself heavy, but it was all I could do to drag you down here without the extra weight.”

   “Even my boots?”

   “Well no, but—”

   “But nothing.” Reecah took another big step. “What else were you planning on doing to me?” Her eyes went to the knives again.

   “You were hurt. I healed you.”

   Reecah flexed her muscles and surveyed her outstretched arms. “That’s strange. I feel alright.”

   “Of course you do. I healed you after you tried to break my door.”

   Reecah swallowed. She backed farther away, not believing a word the old crone said.

   Grimelda followed with her eyes. “If you insist on leaving, I won’t stop you, but…” She let the word hang between them.

   Reecah stopped and waited for it.

   “You may never know if our family gift has passed down to you.”

   “What are you talking about?”

   “Whether you believe me or not, my child, once I’m gone, you’ll be the last in a line of magic that has been in this world for as long as the sun has risen. You’re the only one who can prevent our legacy from disappearing from the world.”

   Reecah adjusted her stance, jutting her hips to one side and leaning her head toward Grimelda. “Huh?”

   Grimelda nodded. “It is as I feared. Lizzy never told you, did she?”

   Grammy’s death had been hard on her. Reecah had been too heartbroken to remember everything Grammy had told her. Grimelda’s words triggered the painful memory.

   Your great-grandmother possessed the gift.

   The implication slammed into her. She hadn’t thought of it as anything more than a dying, old lady’s rambling.

   Grimelda nodded, a smile lifting the corners of her mouth.

   It skipped me, but your great-aunt was touched by it. I’ve been watching for it in you, afraid to see it foster. By keeping you secluded all these years, I have done you a disservice.

   Reecah didn’t care that her jaw dropped in disbelief. She stood in a witch’s cave staring at Grammy’s sister! Accepting Grimelda’s words, she noticed the startling resemblance between the sisters—Grimelda was much older in appearance but there could be no mistake—the witch of Fishmonger Bay was Reecah’s only living relative.


The Book

STEPHENS_2018_REECAHSFLIGHT_EBOOKAn epic fantasy, dragon series.

A young girl dreams of flying. Encouraged by her grandfather to follow her heart, Reecah grows up to form a forbidden relationship with a baby dragon.

Secretly opposing the mandate of her people, Reecah tests the boundaries of unconditional love as she and her enchanting accomplice battle the discriminating laws governing the land.

Together they confront the king’s men in a desperate attempt to save the dragons from extinction.

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The Author

AUTHORPICRichard began writing circa 1974, a bored child looking for something to do. ​As his reading horizons broadened, so did his writing.
A trip to a local bookstore saw the proprietor introduce him to Terry Brooks and Stephen R. Donaldson. His writing life was forever changed.
He worked in a warehouse for 22 years, supporting his family, before re-attending school to complete his education. Graduating with honours, he joined the local Police Service.
In 2017, he resigned from the Police Service to pursue writing full-time. With the support of his family, he has finally realized his boyhood dream.

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