NEW RELEASE! Bonds of Betrayal

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Today is the big day. Bonds of Betrayal has finally been released to the public. I can’t believe I just released the 8th installment into this short story series. It is getting down to the last story before the bundle book is released. If you didn’t get a chance to pre-order your copy you can purchase yours today for 99¢. Hope you enjoy this story that tells of the darkest day in this dragon ryder’s life.

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Since Queen Karigan’s death, the dragon ryders and their dragons have been labeled traitors. Bearing the burden of a crime they did not commit, Shogun and his dragon, Zeima, flee for their lives. They take refuge inside the Forest of Ferrês just as they are on the verge of collapsing from exhaustion. Once mighty hunters, they are now the prey.

Death takes on the face of a dark figure stalking them from the shadows. Will Shogun survive facing the greatest evil the world will ever know?

What is a ryder without a dragonis he even a ryder anymore? Find out in this 8th installment of the Tales of Ferrês story series.

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Author Interview: Krys Fenner

Hope you are having a good weekend. I got a treat for you. I’m featuring fantasy author Krys Fenner in an author interview. Take some time out of your busy weekend and check out what she has to say.

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Florida, which is where I fell in love with writing and creating alternate worlds. It started as anything fantastical or mythological, but when I was in my junior year of high school, my creative writing professor challenged me to write something different. I had to get ideas from my friends, but I accepted and excelled at his challenge. I wrote my first ever short story dealing with a traumatic event. Since then, I’ve had a knack for incorporating tragedies into my work, even in my fantasy novels.

What is the weirdest thing you ever put into your books?

Honestly, some of the creatures are pretty strange in my Urban Fantasy series. The one that jumps out at me the most are catalyncs. They serve as guides and have a unique form.

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write in two different genres: YA Urban Fantasy and YA/NA Social Issues. One is a story I have been building for over 8 years and it’s simply because I’ve always been attracted to the unusual. The other is because there are some dark things that people as young as thirteen (sometimes younger) face every day and I want them to know they aren’t alone. My intention is for my social issues books to be conversation starters.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

My mom. She is absolutely amazing! I probably couldn’t do half of what I do without her.

What inspired you to become an author?

I have these stories in my head that simply need to be told.

Tell us about your latest release?

This is the first book in the Guardhian Series and it starts with a thirteen-year-old girl who is just getting powers she knew nothing about. Niamh suddenly finds herself trying to figure out how to use these powers so she can save her loved ones from an unknown evil.

How did you come up with the story within your book? What inspired your creativity?

Believe it or not, this all started because I created a character (one of Niamh’s future children) for roleplaying purposes. I used to game online. Anyway, I came up with a full background for this character and a whole other world that her mother had been responsible for protecting. These characters and others served as a great way to escape and connect with people online who had a fascination with the other worldly like me.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

J.R. Ward, Colleen Hoover, and Janet Evanovich

What are you reading right now?

I’m currently working on my MFA, so I’m reading Build Your Author Platform for class.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

No dream is too small or too big. Go after what you want and don’t let anyone stop you.


The Author

ProfilePicKrys Fenner has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. Having already published five books, she avidly continues working on her Dark Road series and is in the process of releasing an urban fantasy series. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology, recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and continues working on a Master’s degree. When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her three fur babies, Bones, Luna and Lola.

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The Book

KFP9.1Niamh has always known she was a little different. Perhaps not as unique as her brother, but definitely not normal. Before she understands what’s happening, she begins seeing things she has never seen before and speaking with creatures she always assumed were regular house pets. Just as her powers are awakening, her parents find themselves in trouble. With only her catalync as a guide, can she learn how to use her new-found abilities to save her parents from the darkness trying to steal them away? Or is she doomed to fail and lose them forever?

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Nëyvia

Throughout my Demonic Embrace series you will here the name, Nëyvia alot. He is the supreme force in the world and is the ruler over the gods. His reign over the world has been since the dawn of time. Nëyvia has one true enemy and that is the Shadows. They have been at war since the beginning—created an eternal struggle between good and evil.

Nëyvia has fathered several hundred gods since the beginning. His favored son though was Vladkis. He was the golden child that Nëyvia put a lot of power in the hands of. But, the Shadows tricked Vladkis into betraying his father and killing his mother. This betrayal then leaves Nëyvia to punish his beloved son. Thrown from the celestial plain Vladkis is thrown into the underworld by his father. Cursed to look a beast and run the underworld Vladkis promised revenge. Little did Nëyvia know that he handed the Shadows the key to his downfall. All Vladkis has to do is find the forbidden child to create an unholy union that will bring forth the fall of Nëyvia’s reign and the end of the world.

Path to Redemption is a prequel story into my Demonic Embrace series featuring Kera. You will find out more about her but first you will see how Sage, her protector, faces darkness head on and finds the true path to Nëyvia’s healing embrace.

Book Spotlight: Souls and Shadows Box Set

Yippee it’s Friday! Thank the gods! It has been an interesting week for this girl. But this post isn’t about me and my life drama. No, it is about an awesome Paranormal Romance book that features well over 15 authors. You know the nice thing about this box set? You can snatch it up at your favorite retailer for 99¢. Limited time though so make sure to grab it while you can. Without droning on forever lets get into it and take a look at this book.


The Box Set

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Darkness has risen, and the shadows are calling.
Face haunting new worlds filled with paranormal creatures and breathtaking romance. Journey with beautiful beasts, sexy-as-sin vampires, soul-searing demigods, shadowy necromancers, and unlikely heroes as they fall in love and battle for good in this collection of fantasy adventures.
Will they survive the shadow’s call?
There’s only one way to find out.
Fans of Jim Butcher and Ilona Andrews will get lost in this heart-pounding magical collection of 25 tales from today’s USA Today bestsellers and talented new authors.
One-Click today to summon your copy and see if you can survive the night.67222050_10218075307567594_1185416247915839488_o

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The Authors

48167281_2025863547482939_4137965896071118848_nJulie Kramer is a young author who lives in small-town Ohio and loves to write YA Fantasy. She loves her heroines to be powerful and compassionate, and if there’s a magical creature in there somewhere, then more’s the better. When not writing she is taking college classes and works part-time at a restaurant.

Additional Authors Include:

USA Today bestselling author Heather Marie Adkins
USA Today bestselling author Lori Titus
USA Today bestselling author Normandie Alleman
USA Today bestselling author Nicole Morgan
USA Today bestelling author and RITA Award Winner Sharon Ashwood
Emerald Dodge
S.A. McClure
Anna Applegate
Tamar Sloan
Bella Andrews
Claire Davon
Robert Jeschonek
Candace Sams & Angelique Armae
McKayla Schutt
Julie Kramer
Jenny Foster
Michele Barrow-Belisle
Adrienne Blake
Dani René & Cora Kenborn
JT Lawrence
D.C. Gomez
Sabrina Ramoth
Stefan Lear & E.M. Whittaker
Calliope Bay
New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton

Book Review~ Aribelle: The First Female Alpha

DISCLAIMER: THIS BOOK REVIEW FEATURES A BOOK WITH ADULT CONTENT NOT SUITABLE FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18. PLEASE BE ADVISED.

Welcome to hump day and boy do I got a treat for you. Today I am featuring a review on McKayla Schutt’s latest release “Aribelle: The First Female Alpha.” This book was beyond amazing and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I actually sat down and read it only in a few hours, mainly because I couldn’t put it down. Check out my review below.

The Review

Aribelle is the first born of her family. She is first in line to take the alpha spot when wolves start showing up with their hearts cut out. Now with the burden of leadership things are even more complicated when she imprints with the rival packs second in command. Aribelle has to find out who is killing her pack mates and keep a level head while showing she has what it takes to be on top in a man’s job.

Nikolaj is the second in command to his feisty new mates rival pack. His pack mates have been coming up dead for weeks. The only course of action is to blame the rival pack alpha for the crimes. But, when he goes to confront the enemy alpha things get hairy. Now imprinted to the new she-alpha Nikolaj man pride is put to the test. Will he be able to find a balance to keep his mate?

McKayla Schutt switches the roles in this book of hers. Instead of the usual dominant male lead taking over the pack with a female trying to find her place, we find ourselves with a female alpha. She does a wonderful job showing the emotional struggle for both her main characters. Each faces their own obstacles while trying to keep a level head. Not only that you can see the strength the two pull off each other. Her world building is spot on and makes like-able characters that make you fall in love with them on page one. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a twist on the tradition male power role. It’s about time a female took the lead.

Stars: 5 out of 5 stars


The Book

Screen Shot 2019-07-17 at 4.54.13 PMMy eyes snap open and the memories from the night before flood into my hazy brain.
Drunk- check.
Imprinted- check.
Mated??
I glanced over at the sleeping wolf in the bed and my boy warms with excitement.
Mated- check.
Things just became complicated!

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*****

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Face haunting new worlds filled with paranormal creatures and breathtaking romance. Journey with beautiful beasts, sexy-as-sin vampires, soul-searing demigods, shadowy necromancers, and unlikely heroes as they fall in love and battle for good in this collection of fantasy adventures.
Will they survive the shadow’s call?
There’s only one way to find out.
Fans of Jim Butcher and Ilona Andrews will get lost in this heart-pounding magical collection of 25 tales from today’s USA Today bestsellers and talented new authors.

One-Click today to summon your copy and see if you can survive the night.

Featuring stories from…
USA Today bestselling author Heather Marie Adkins
USA Today bestselling author Lori Titus
USA Today bestselling author Normandie Alleman
USA Today bestselling author Nicole Morgan
USA Today bestelling author and RITA Award Winner Sharon Ashwood
Emerald Dodge
S.A. McClure
Anna Applegate
Tamar Sloan
Bella Andrews
Claire Davon
Robert Jeschonek
Candace Sams & Angelique Armae
McKayla Schutt
Julie Kramer
Jenny Foster
Michele Barrow-Belisle
Adrienne Blake
Dani René & Cora Kenborn
JT Lawrence
D.C. Gomez
Sabrina Ramoth
Stefan Lear & E.M. Whittaker
Calliope Bay
New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton


The Author

Screen Shot 2018-10-22 at 10.29.34 PMMcKayla loves to write books about sexy werewolves. She is a stay at home mom of two in the state of Wyoming. Born in California, she misses the hot weather all of the time. Her goal- to write as many sexy books as possible. However, being a mom of two little ones can take time but she is pushing to finish her work to get more books out for her lovely fans.

Ever since she was little she wanted to be a writer but doubters said that it would be impossible to make money at it. She is pushing herself hard to show them they are wrong.

She would like to remind everyone to review what you read, it’s important!

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Author Interview: Ariel Paiement

Heya everyone, today I have a special treat. I will be featuring fantasy author Ariel Paiement in a special author interview. Check it out below to get to know more about this author and her upcoming release.


The Interview

Please introduce yourself.

I’m Ariel Paiement, a fantasy author who dabbles occasionally in sci-fi or historical fiction. I’ve been writing since I was a little kid, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of the journey to get to where I am. Yes, even the moments when I was sitting there crying because a scene just wouldn’t work. I appreciated those moments more after they were over, of course.

What inspired your latest release?

It was inspired by a combination of world-building information from Pathway of the Moon–first in the companion series Annals of Alcardia–and a prompt from Wattpad’s Open Novella Contest. The prompt was called Myths of the Old World and had to do with the idea of truth being a lie and the lie becoming truth. The prompt really pulled together the idea with the other historical events I knew happened in Alcardia’s past. Those events tied into Pathway of the Moon, and so this story gave me a chance to “share the facts” while still pulling the reader into the world in a fun, immersive way. 

Tell us about your main character.

I have two. Kaidan and Zerua are a husband and wife Seeker team, and they work together on various historical sites around the world of Alcardia. They work for a historical and Seeker guild (their version of an archaeological society) known as the Society of the Learned or just the Society for short. The two of them get themselves into all kinds of trouble when they dug up a diary that belonged to Queen Bane of Ashkarith. Both of them are witty, though in different ways, and enjoy a good laugh. They don’t always agree on what constitutes a good laugh, but they definitely enjoy life. Zerua has a tendency to worry while Kaidan is usually the even-keeled one who calms her down. She’s also the fiestier of the two. But Kaidan is more impatient than she is. They balance each other out and work well together most of the time.

Why did you decide to become a writer?

You know, I don’t really know. I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and I’ve always loved stories. Whether reading, writing, or just daydreaming, I’ve always been one to immerse myself in other worlds and other lives, even when they were fictional. This just naturally spilled over into a desire to keep writing and to write stories that others like me could enjoy. I guess as time as gone on, I’ve stuck with it out of both enjoyment and a desire to share with children and young adults the same joy of reading that was imparted to me as a child. My hope is that my books will be something that even reticent readers will be able to enjoy.

What is your writing process like?

Very structured. I’m definitely a plotter. I like to use a combination of methods. Usually I start out with the Snowflake method from Randy Ingermanson and move on to using a mix of Rachel Aaron’s and Jordan Rosenfeld’s methods of planning for plotting out my scenes. I won’t start writing a chapter until I have all the scenes plotted out, and I rarely start a book unless I have everything from character charts to a synopsis done. The only thing that doesn’t have to be completely finished before I can start is that scene list.

Do you have any strange quarks you do while you write a book?

I talk to myself. Sometimes I can be loud about it too. My sister will be watching YouTube in the room, and I’ll just suddenly set the computer aside and start ranting about how annoyed I am at something a character did. She always laughs because it’s my book, so I did it to myself. But yeah… I definitely talk to myself a lot even if it’s incoherent mumbling. 

I’m also really particular about organization. I’m a plotter all the way, so everything needs to be in place for each scene before I start writing. Beyond that, I’m really particular about how my writing space is organized. Everything needs to be neat and uncluttered for me to work. If I’m sitting on my bed, it has to be made and straightened out regardless of whether I’m under the covers or not. Anywhere else, the surface has to be clean. I can’t think or focus on writing if it isn’t. It just makes me antsy.

What genre does your book fall into?

High fantasy in this case, though other books within the Alcardian universe could potentially be considered portal fantasy or alternate world fantasy since the universe is connected to ours and others. But for Bane of Ashkarith, it’s just high fantasy.

Why did you decide to write within that genre?

High fantasy and fantasy in general allows for a lot of freedom to create and build worlds. I really enjoy that. World-building, when done well, is one of my favorite parts about reading fantasy, and I love having the chance to bring what I’ve learned from reading well-written fantasy into my own work. Plus, fantasy is what I know the best. I’ve been reading it since I was seven or eight, and it’s remained my favorite genre to this day.

Who inspires you to write in your normal day life?

Honestly, I don’t know. I guess my youngest sister does. She reads anything that’s at her age level that I write. I think she’s read some of the books she’s allowed to read multiple times, in fact. Knowing that she’s waiting for an update and enjoys reading my work, and knowing that it inspires her to keep reading and writing herself, definitely encourages me to keep going.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?

Well, my roots for fantasy definitely go back to Tolkien. He was my first major exposure to high fantasy, and the things I took away from reading his work will go with me through the rest of my writing career. But the most obvious influence is Brandon Sanderson. I’ve read a good chunk of his writing, and the Stormlight Archives in particular have heavily influenced me as a writer. He’s inspired me to reach for more with my world-building and my characterization by showing that it’s entirely possible to have both. I’ve striven to have that balance in Bane of Ashkarith wherever possible, and it’s shown in other works of mine as well. Obviously, I’m nowhere near Sanderson’s level of expertise on this, but just seeing that it could be done inspired me to write Bane of Ashkarith the way I did.


About the Author

Ariel Paiement is a fantasy author who writes the occasional historical fiction or science fiction novel. She enjoys all ranges of books and writing when it comes to reading, though fantasy and science fiction are her favorites. She likes to spend time coming up with new ideas or in wild flights of imagination. If asked what she spends most of her time doing, she’d tell you that she spends most of it reading or writing one thing or another. She is the author of On the Narrow Way in the anthology Above and Beneath: The World of Angels and Demons and has also written and published In Darkness Lost, a stand-alone fantasy adventure novel. Her novel, Bane of Ashkarith, is coming out on July 31st and is the first in the Legends of Alcardia series.

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Upcoming Release

bane-of-ashkarithKaidan Tadegan is working on a new site trying to prove the myth that two armies of the gods clashed there. While on the dig site, he discovers the evidence he’s looking for, but he gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a woman’s bones in a section of the dig site where no other remains have been found.
As he digs the bones out, he discovers a journal with the woman’s body, which tells a story that, if true, will turn the myths of the old world and the established concepts of good and evil on their heads. Startled by the find, Kaidan sets out to discover whether the diary’s claims have any validity.
But when the diary leads to a city that’s supposedly long gone, Kaidan’s journey becomes more difficult than expected. Things become even more tangled when he discovers that the city isn’t gone, but it’s no place for the living.
Unable to give up on his quest, he forges ahead. What lies ahead is uncertain, and even more uncertain is whether Kaidan will survive this quest. He has only two questions in his mind. Will he find the truth in this city of the dead? And will the world accept the truth?

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Half the year is gone…

Hard to believe the 4th of July was just yesterday. I spent the day with the kids over at my sister’s house. Her and her husband were doing an all day barbecue for the family and some close friends. The boys got to jump in the kitty pool and scream their heads off with my youngest niece, Hope. They had a blast. I would have to say my favorite part about the day, as everyone would expect, were the fireworks. It is always fun looking up into the sky and watching the lights dance among the stars. What did you do for the 4th? Do you even celebrate this wonderful holiday? Share your comments below. Now for my writing update. I finished Bonds of Betrayal and got the promotional page up on Facebook for release day. You can check it out here. I have a large line-up of YA, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction authors to do takeovers all day long. They will talk about their own books and there will most likely have giveaways for free books and swag. Check out the page here. Besides Bonds of Betrayal, I finished writing the next story, A Forbidden Friendship. I got that sent over to my editor Allison just last week. When I wasn’t working on the Tales of Ferrês series, I was writing in my Vortex Series book, Gargoyle Sighted. I managed to get another two chapters written and sent over to Allison so that is a good headway to start. I was looking back at my writing the last few months and can’t believe I wrote over 30k. It’s hard to believe what you can accomplish when you set your mind to something.

GOALS FOR JULY

It time for the second Camp NaNoWriMo of the year. Once again I have a 20k word goal to reach before the final day of the month. What am I going to work on? The first project is to write, A Powerful Rivalry, story #10 in my Tales of Ferrês series. Then I plan to write a few more chapters probably around 2 or 3 in Gargoyle Sighted. After that the plan is to work on the bonus story for the bundle book and do rewrites in several of my published Tales of Ferrês stories. The last project is to write several blog posts for you all to enjoy over the next several months. Sounds like a lot to work on but it will be doable. Wish me luck and look forward to seeing you next month. ~K.M.

Book Review: Vampire Hunt

This series of Tim O’Rourke has me so captivated. I can’t put his books down, I’m so eager to find out the ending of this series. Now to continue this series of reviews I will feature Vampire Hunt.

The Review

Kiera is now standing in the ruins of Hallowed Manor with her old friends along with a new one. With visions plaguing her dreams she finds herself on the run. As time goes on distrust grows between her companions as a serial killer is brought into the mix.

Tim O’Rourke keeps you guessing about who you can trust throughout this book. You wonder about Isidor joining the ranks and if he is trustworthy. Then you got Murphy acting strand and keeping secrets from everyone including Potter.

When the Lycanthropes get involved shit hits the fan hard and fast. Will Luke survive? Will Kiera be able to deal with the changes taking over her body? Who can help her understand what she is and help prepare her for what is coming? Keep reading this series to find out how Kiera’s journey ends. Trust me this book ends with a heart breaking ending that rips your heart out of your chest.

Here are a few questions that rattled around in my head while reading this book:

Why is Potter such a dick most the time?

Does Kiera end up with Luke or Potter?

Is Kiera finally turning into the creature she fears?

And why are the lycanthrope such savage beasts?

Ranking: 5 out of 5 stars!



The Book

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In search of Kayla and on the run, Kiera and her friends make a race against time across the Cumbria Mountains. With vampires predicting their every move, the trust among Kiera and her friends starts to waver.

From the desolate monastery set high in the mountains, to the mysterious lake and the caves beneath the fountain, Kiera must discover the connection between the vampires and her mother, Isidor, and Kayla – all while trying to resolve her feelings for Potter and Luke.

In the midst of dealing with all of this, Kiera herself begins to change, and this frightens her. She turns to her friends for help, but soon realizes it is only her mother who can provide the truth and answers she needs. Kiera also has other questions she needs answered: Why did Isidor murder an innocent girl? Who is the person Murphy has been meeting with in secret? And above all, why have they put their lives and trust in the hands of a serial killer?

Vampire Hunt is Book Three of The Kiera Hudson Series One.

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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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The Vortex Series: Sects

JENKINS_2019_WB_BANNERThe Vortex Series is one of my many works in process. Throughout the world within this series you will find different sects. The sects are broken up by species and have their own world within the main world. The main world is the human realm, this realm is where they can all interact within. Each sect has rulers, warriors and a society all to themselves. The only way to enter one of these sects (worlds) is by the magical vortex separating the worlds.

The main sects focus on throughout my series are:

The Triad – Is a part of the witch realm. They are a hunter group created to hunt down supernatural beings and destroy them. The main philosophy of this group is that humans and witches/warlocks are the only creatures that can create a pure race. Anything outside these groups are considered abominations and should be destroyed.

Celestial Moon Coven – The mother coven. This coven of witches are the main sect and are all powerful. There are small covens throughout the world but they are build on this main one. In the Celestial Moon Coven there is one all powerful witch that leads the others, it is always a female. All warlocks get given up to the Triad when they come of age to learn magic.

Guardians of the Night – Is made up of the gargoyle race. They hide in the shadows and protect the innocent at night. This group of creatures are extremely secretive and don’t show themselves to humans for know reason. They have their own world where the gargoyles can escape too. The Guardians of the Night are a set of noble warriors sent to protect their kind and the world without from evil. They haven’t been seen in the human world for over 300 years since their king went missing.

The Cebar – The werewolf community makes up this sect. They live in the forest a vortex must open within a park or forest area to reach it. The Cebar is the werewolf elite warriors that get sent out to protect their kind when under attack. They don’t show themselves to the human realm and keep to themselves. The werewolf community is lead by an Alpha male and female, followed by a second in command. They work better as a pack than individually and many werewolves wander away from the sect to see the human world alone.

Each world is different. But, they all have the similarity that they feed off the human realm. Therefore, the human realm is considered neutral ground. The witches/warlocks live in the human realm so they protect their land with vigor.

 

1 Down-Way More to Go!

I can’t believe May is gone already. Actually, if I am thinking about it I was saying the same thing about April. This year is going by so fast and I have so many projects in the works. I will do a breakdown here soon. But, first I want to share what I accomplished this month.

Back at the beginning of the year I made a goal to write 20k a month. Then decided that was still too steep for me so I adjusted it to 10k a month. So far, I have only accomplished it in April thanks to Camp NaNo. Now I am happy to say I can add May to my list of months where I completed my goal. My word count for May is over 12k. I was hoping to hit 15k, but family and design projects got in the way. I am just extremely ecstatic about accomplishing it for this month and can’t wait to see if I can do it again in June. I will keep you updated.

As for my projects I finally put the final touches on Bonds of Betrayal. I have shipped it off to my editor and now I just sit back and wait. I finished chapter 3 in my Vortex Book and sent that out to all my members of my Dragon Ryder VIP Readers List. Now I have to work on getting chapter 4 done for June 25th. After I accomplish that project I plan to work on A Forbidden Friendship. The 9th installment into my Tales of Ferrês series. Right now that is what my month of June has for projects. Now lets talk about what I have planned for after the Tales of Ferrês is complete.

At the beginning of 2020 I plan to release book-length works. The first planned is my Path to Redemption book. It is a prequel to my Demonic Embrace series. Then I will release Cyber Fated a PNR book geared towards the New Adult crowd. After that I plan to release my first collection of horror stories around Halloween. Finally, my last project of the year will release the first book in my Legacy of the Silver Ryder series, Tarzinëa: Rise of the Varrin. If that isn’t enough I plan to write in an anthology as well.

My writing schedule is about to blow up big time. I plan to keep everyone updated and don’t forget to check in when I do my Worlds Beyond feature here on my blog. In this monthly feature I plan to do showcases from the worlds I am creating.

Hopefully, I am not biting off more than I can chew but here is too trying. Till next month I hope you all have a wonderful June.

~ K.M.

Book Review: Vampire Wake

Greetings everyone, welcome to my blog and hope you enjoy my latest review for Tim O’Rourke’s book, “Vampire Wake.” This is only the second book in his first series featuring Kiera Hudson and I couldn’t wait to start it. I hope you will enjoy my thoughts and snatch this book up for your next read.

The Review

They suspend Kiera Hudson from the police force after what happened in the small town of Ragged Cove. Now on her own with nothing to do she looks for work as a detective. She waits for signs of the horror that will come by watching the news like a hawk.

Then the day comes she meets Ms. Hunt and gets hired to protect her daughter, pretty much babysit her. Little does Kiera realize that her life has already begun to unravel. Life outside Hallowed Manor disappears while she sits behind its safe walls. With a strange man wrapped in bandages on the grounds she finds herself on the mission to find out his true identity.

Tim O’Rourke creates a puzzle of events that come together as he sews them together as one. I found myself so captivated by this book I read it in one sitting without realizing time passed. The ending still leaves me reeling and wanting more. The nice thing about this series is I don’t have to wait for the next book to come out. I can jump right into the next one and trust me this book just makes you hungry to keep going.

Some questions that ran through my head while reading this book:

Where is Murphy, Luke and Potter?

What happened to them?

Who is pulling the strings to bring Kiera to Hallowed Manor?

What secrets lay within the hidden wing of Hallowed Manor?

If you want to know the answers to these questions like I did, you must read “Vampire Wake” to get your answers.

Ranking: 5 out of 5 stars!


The Book

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Since escaping from The Ragged Cove and finding herself suspended from the police force, Kiera Hudson is hired by the mysterious Lady Hunt to protect her 16-year-old daughter from a stranger she believes is lurking on the moors. But little does Kiera know that it is she who will need protecting.
Arriving at the Hallowed Manor on the desolate Welsh Moors, Kiera soon realises that the vampires she has been seeing are not just the stuff of her nightmares, but are very real – and are closing in.
If Kiera is to escape the vampires who hunt her, she will have to discover the true identity of the bandaged man, the secret of the children’s graveyard beneath the weeping willows, and who, or what, is hiding in the “forbidden wing” of the Hallowed Manor.

Vampire Wake is Book Two of The Kiera Hudson Series One.

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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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DarkDeath

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Names DarkDeath and today K.M. is letting me take over for this feature. Normally, I would tend to the pack and try to keep the pups in line. But, I am using this as an excuse to get away. The pups are a pain in the ass and the duties of being the King suck.

What ever you do don’t tell SnowFire. If she finds out I am lagging on the job, she will have my head. She already knows I have been looking for excuses to get away. Love the pups to death but gods above they are little biters. I don’t know how much more my tail can take.

Anyway, I should probably tell you about myself instead of wallowing in self-pity. I’m a kyre, a shape shifting being that takes the form of a wolf. Our kind aren’t like normal wolves. Many of my kind have special abilities while others not so much. I don’t have any ability, but my mate SnowFire does.

SnowFire holds the power over ice and snow. She is a real cold bitch when she wants to be. I hate the snow with a passion, but she is one with it because of her power. I’ve seen her conjure up shards of ice and impale our enemies. Then turn around and create beautiful snowflakes to entertain our pups. Either way, the power she wields is formable.

I rather do the dirty work the hard way, with my claws. Nothing feels better than sinking my nails deep into the body of my enemy. Snow says I get carried away sometimes but who wouldn’t when the bloodlust sets in.

Weakness is not something I can afford since I’m the King of Beasts. The Forest of Ferrês is my home and kingdom. Even if the gods at be don’t want our kind in charge. But, till the day Nµtari comes into my land and takes over—I’m in charge. And, those twin-tailed foxes better stay the hell out. Hate them with a passion if you can’t tell. I would go into detail why but K.M. has a story coming out soon that will explain this to everyone.

Do you have any questions you would like me to answer feel free to comment below? I don’t want to bore you to death, so I plan to keep this post brief. Perhaps, I will stick my head in again sometime soon. I know a few playful stories about the pups you would die to hear.

Cover Reveal: Reecah’s Gift

It’s hump day! Another week is halfway over. I thought I would showcase another wonderful cover for author Richard H. Stephens today. This one was a custom one I did for him through KJ Magical Designs.

I was actually surprised with how fast I got this one done. It was like it fell together perfectly. Reecah’s Gift is by far one of my favorites I have done so far. And, without driving you all nuts with suspense here it is. You will have to wait for the full wrap release for there is still work to be done on it.

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REECAH’S GIFT

Fleeing from the only life she has ever known, Reecah Windwalker sets out to avert a terrible tragedy. One that will force the dragons to the edge of extinction. But first, Reecah must find herself.

Braving the perils of a cutthroat city, Reecah discovers that as bad as life may have seemed, nothing had prepared her for what her future had in store. Surviving hardships no one should ever have to endure, she finds herself face-to-face with those seeking her demise.

Without the intervention of an eclectic warrior, and the assistance of her dragon friends, Reecah might never realize the gift so many died to protect.

Scheduled for release July, 2019.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Richard 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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Cover Reveal: Reecah’s Flight

Heya everyone, I hope everyone is having a good Tuesday morning. I have been up with the kidos since 8am. So, far it looks like it is going to be a long day. Got so many things to do and so little time. I thought I would start things off with doing a cover reveal for you all today.

This cover is a pre-made cover I designed that author Richard H. Stephens bought through my design business KJ Magical Designs. This cover was customized to the authors wishes. Without drowning on forever here is Reecah’s Flight, Book 1 in the Legends of the Lurker Series.

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REECAH’S FLIGHT

To defy the king is to ask for death.

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.

Pre-order link: http://getbook.at/ReecahsFlight

Reecah’s Flight Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/xqYUYkXNKNo

Website: www.richardhstephens.com

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/richardhstephens

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/RichardHughStephens/


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AUTHOR BIO PIC

Richard 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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OWSCyCon Fantasy Blog Hop

About The OWSCyCon Fantasy Blog Tour

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As part of the OWS CyCon 2019, we asked our fantasy authors to write about what makes their world, or the world of another author unique. Each of them has come up with very different answers which reflect their writing processes, their research methods, and their views on world building.

We hope you find these insights interesting, and that they maybe give you some new things to think about when you pick up a new book, or even start writing your own.
After reading this interview, be sure to check out the responses from our other fantastic writers: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/fantasy-events-at-cycon/fantasy-blog-tour-what-makes-an-authors-world-unique/


What Makes My Fictional World Unique?

By Leslie Conzatti

Greetings! I am Leslie Conzatti, and my book is called Princess of Undersea. It’s a fantasy re-telling of “The Little Mermaid” and I am excited to share with you a little bit about the world it’s set in, as part of this blog hop! To get the full effect of the uniqueness of this story, I’ll be looking at three main world-building components: The Land, The Characters, with a narrower focus on specifically the non-human inhabitants of the world.

The Land

The world of Princess of Undersea is pretty typical at first glance, as far as fantasy worlds go. The majority of the setting consists of three main regions, all in close proximity to one another.

There is the island kingdom of Overcliff. The castle is situated on the high cliff at the southeastern part of the island, surrounded by the principal city, and below that, all around the northern part of the island, is the farmlands and a town or two. Just inside the city is a University, sponsored by the Crown, intended to provide a subsidized education for any who wished, with opportunities to travel to the mainland for work, since most of the work available in Overcliff would usually be something farm-related. There was once a thriving fishing business, but that has dwindled for a while.

Just across the Channel–a narrow waterway separating Overcliff from the mainland–is the kingdom of Crossway. Being a mainland kingdom, it’s a lot larger, more affluent and sprawling. While most of Overcliff’s subjects are farmhands and agrarian types, craftsmen and rural folk, Crossway does contain a more sizable social hierarchy, with gentry, upper-class, middle-class, and serving classes living alongside each other and not mixing much.

Below the surface of the Channel, bridging the space between the two human kingdoms, is the mer-kingdom of Undersea. The boundaries of this kingdom aren’t really at all like the boundaries of a land-based kingdom. It stretches from the very bed of the ocean to within a mile or so of the surface. After a terrible accident resulted in the Mer-Queen getting caught and dragged away in a fisherman’s net, King Davor established a line called the King’s Boundary, that no citizen of Undersea may cross at any time, lest they come too close to the humans. The merfolk live in towers built from huge coral colonies, and instead of doors, these colonies simply have large round openings in the walls to permit a merperson of any size through, and a system of smaller openings across the top to let in sunlight.

The Characters

Possibly the most unique factor in this book is the characters you meet along the way.

The first thing to note is that there was once a healthy trade relationship between the humans of Overcliff, the Merfolk of Undersea, and a group of fairies who migrated from the mainland to Overcliff and back during certain phases of the moon. The fairies acted as a sort of liaison between the Merfolk and the humans, since their magic allowed them to traverse in both air and water. The fairies would engage in trade themselves, with their ability to bestow special Gifts upon humans and Merfolk, such as the Gift of Magic, to create potions or work spells, or the Gift of Song, to influence others by the sound of one’s voice.

That peace was shattered one day, and when the fairies ceased traveling between the kingdoms, there was no longer a means through which the Merfolk and the humans could interact, so relations quickly soured and grew cold between them.

The kingdom of Overcliff is ruled by King Theodore. He is a fairly elderly king, and hasn’t done much in the way of ruling ever since the death of his wife, Queen Theresa. He lapsed into depression and allowed the Royal Council to pretty much run things. What is more, King Theodore blamed the fairies for the mysterious disease that killed his wife, because not a single doctor could devise a cure for her. Cutting off the fairies basically cut off Overcliff from the mainland, and the kingdom has slowly been withering away because of it.

The King’s Steward, Giles, has seen all of this happen, and he has stepped forward at the King’s behest to do his best to train the young Prince Nathan to ascend the throne when King Theodore finally decides to abdicate. Much hope has been placed on Prince Nathan to perhaps rekindle the economy, to find that missing element to be able to get Overcliff back to thriving again. So far, though, Prince Nathan hasn’t shown much willingness to give up his carefree life as a Prince who can do what he likes with his time.

Meanwhile, in Undersea, Princess Ylaine (pronounced Ee-lane) has plenty cause to be resentful of her father. King Davor (Dah-vor) blamed the humans when the fairies refused to leave the mainland and come out over the water as they once did. The fact that one irresponsible fisherman dropped his nets over the designated Undersea hunting grounds and happened to tangle his wife, Queen Yssandra (Ee-sand-rah) and drag her away, lost to them forever, was just the “barnacle that broke the ship’s hull,” as it were. King Davor desired to declare war on the humans, but his Royal Council objected, citing reason and feasibility as their reasons for not going to war. No one knew much about the humans anymore, and there wasn’t enough evidence that the Queen’s disappearance was intentional or malicious–and besides, war against the humans wasn’t possible if the Merfolk couldn’t survive more than a few minutes out of water. They would rise up just to die there on the shore. Davor didn’t listen, and insisted on marshalling a royal army anyway. When they still wouldn’t listen, the King had his daughter, Ylaine, sing for them. Her voice had been legendary, considering that the young princess had been the last Merperson to receive a Gift from the last fairy anyone ever saw: the Gift of Song. Once Ylaine sang, the Council fell under the thrall of her song, and they would listen to whatever Davor said. The Gift was supposed to aid the King in becoming a just and wise ruler; it could have been the answer to soothe his anger and help him reason clearly–but of all the Merfolk in Undersea, King Davor is the one who refuses to listen to his daughter’s voice. She sings for him but once, on the anniversary of Queen Yssandra’s disappearance, but not for too long, as he refuses to relinquish his bitterness.

Ylaine, having no one else to talk to, found a willing ear in her godmother, Nayidia. The merwoman came forward to offer her services in raising the young princess, and she has been a steady mother-figure for her. Nayidia has heaped on sympathy toward Ylaine and her feelings. According to Nayidia, Ylaine’s disappointment in not being able to help his father is well-justified, and King Davor certainly doesn’t seem to be in his right mind lately. She encourages the young princess to pursue the things that make her curious, in spite of her father’s restrictions. The two mermaids regularly meet on the fringes of Undersea, in a massive graveyard of human ships, exploring the man-made treasures and talking about life on the surface–something Davor refuses to discuss with his daughter. Nayidia seems to know quite a bit about the humans, as she was a young mermaid when the fairies were still trading, and according to her godmother, Ylaine is quite right in refusing to trust her father’s opinion on things.

The Non-Humans

The world I’ve created for my novella is also unique in the matter of the non-humans–the merfolk.

I diverted from the idea of merfolk being “humans with fishtails”, mostly because I knew that there were conditions of human skin that would make it impossible for a water-based creature to survive and live comfortably, such as the fact that human skin absorbs water, and tends to sag, creating an inordinate amount of drag when swimming–which would be the only way that a merperson could move about in the water.

Hence, merfolk, to me, became more sort of a hybrid between a human and a fish: too fish-like to be accepted as human, and too human to be dismissed as a very large fish.

The skin ranges in hue as much as human skin does, only instead of shades of brown, white, yellow, and red, merfolk skin comes in hues of grey, blue, or green. The hair, the eyes, and the tail can all be a multitude of colors. The hair keeps growing, and some merfolk opt to tie it back so it doesn’t get in the way while swimming, while others might be too impatient and choose to whack it off with a bone knife.

In Princess of Undersea, for example, King Davor has dark hair, amber eyes, and shark-grey skin. Princess Ylaine has purple hair, light-blue skin, aquamarine eyes, and a long black tail with irridescent flecks in the scales. Nayidia has long red hair she keeps in three thick braids, and a long blue tail.

On the face, the merperson has small gill slits under the eyes and above the mouth, serving as an initial respiratory filtration system, with a more substantial set of gills inside the throat for more thorough oxygen filtration.

One of the other things I chose to do when writing the merfolk is that when I would use metaphors and expressions, I would tailor them specifically to an underwater-based culture. Rather than “sighing” to vent frustration or annoyance, a merperson will flex the gills in their throat with a “pop” sound. The sharper the snap, the heavier the “sigh.” A long, drawn-out “sigh” sounds more like a “rattle”, as the water running through the gills is low-volume and sustained. Expressions like “take the bait like a tarpon”, or “stings like a sea urchin” also come up during the narrative.

Finally, the culture and tradition of the merfolk is reflected in the way King Davor and Princess Ylaine both wear gold-plated shells around their necks as a sign of their royal birthright. Davor’s is a sand dollar, and Ylaine wears a gold cowrie shell. Without the shell, they wouldn’t look any different than the average merperson, and they wouldn’t be allowed in the royal castle without invitation.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this small tour of the world of Princess of Undersea! If you’re interested in reading the whole adventure for yourself, you can find it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Princess-Undersea-Timeless-Leslie-Conzatti-ebook/dp/B01MSWZRUU

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Leslie Conzatti

Screen Shot 2019-05-08 at 5.00.13 PMLeslie Conzatti, a native of the Pacific Northwestern US, has been writing stories from a very young age. In 2013, she launched her writing blog, “The Upstream Writer.” In 2016, she published her first book, the novella “Princess of Undersea.” In the years since, she has had short stories published in a number of anthologies, all the while plugging away at her next novel. By day, Leslie works as an elementary school paraeducator, leading reading groups and investing in the lives of children as they learn to read and love books as much as she does.

Meet Leslie Online

OWSCyCon2019 Author Booth: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/forums/topic/leslie-conzatti-author-booth/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leslieconzattiwriter

Author Blog: https://www.upstreamwriter.blogspot.com


Learn More About the OWS CyCon 2019 Event

CyCon is the biggest online book event of the year, bringing together authors and readers from all over the world for an entire weekend of book-related fun. Between the organizers, and 230+ writers, you’ll be able to:

  • view live (and recorded discussions),
  • listen to samples of their stories,
  • vote in the various genre tournaments,
  • browse the author booths, and
  • discover some amazing books and writers.

We hope you enjoy this event as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. For more information, and links to all of the activities, visit us at: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/about-ows-cycon/

You never know, you may just find your next best read!