Archive for November, 2012

Q & A with Joel Mark Harris

Posted: November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

This week I get the privilege of interviewing another Canadian Indie like myself! Please welcome Joel Mark Harris!

 What would your bio say?

Joel Mark Harris is an award winning novelist, journalist, and producer. His debut novel A Thousand Bayonets is the winner of the Pinnacle Achievement Award and nominated for the Giller Prize Reader’s Choice Award. He produced and wrote the film Neutral Territory which has won over fifteen awards including best feature film and best cinematography. Joel is currently working on turning A Thousand Bayonets into a feature film.

 
 When did you start writing and why?
I started writing when I was very young for the simple reason I love stories. I find stories more interesting than reality. And no, I’m not crazy. In the movie Shadowlands C.S. Lewis, played by Anthony Hopkins, said we read to know we are not alone. I believe the same goes for writing.

 
Who is your favorite author and why?
I always find that is such a loaded question. I have many favorite authors. It’s hard to pick just one. My all-time favourite book is Lolita by Vladmir Nobokov, and to answer the inevitable next question it’s not because of kinky. My favorite all-time writer has to be Dostoevsky for his insight into the human condition.

 

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
I hope my readers realize the importance of journalism and how important reporters are, especially in today’s complex world. In North America we take freedom of the press for granted and we shouldn’t. I believe it is vitally important to establish freedom of the press in Afghanistan and Iraq so those people can live in a true democracy and not be afraid to voice their opinions for a better society. If the countries we invade fail to establish freedom of the press then we have failed and all those lives lost and all the billions of dollars we have spent have all been in vain. I don’t believe I’m exaggerating because democracy can’t function without true journalism.

 

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?
I am self-published with Author Solutions and I’ve had nothing but great experiences with them. I believe in the end it doesn’t matter if you go traditional or are self-published in today’s market so as long as you create a great product. Traditional publishes are less likely to take chances on new and experimental novels and if they do they probably won’t put the necessary marketing dollars behind your novel in order to really give it a fair run in the market place.
Adding to all that is the fact people are buying more ebooks and the books they do buy aren’t being bought in bookstores. The new J.K. Rowling novel is being pushed in places like Safeway, Walmart and convenience stores. As much as it pains me to say it, bookstores are become less relevant than they used to.

 

Tell us about your book (s)
A Thousand Bayonets is about a war correspondent who comes home after spending much of his life covering wars and living in war-torn countries. He is exhausted and is looking for some peace and quiet but in his next assignment he witnesses a murder that is gang related and as he tries to solve the murder he must use the skills he learned in Afghanistan and Iraq to outmaneuver the criminals while staying alive.

 

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

When I was in journalism school I was inspired by my teachers and some guest speakers to write about a war correspondent. I was fascinated by how a journalist is supposed to be neutral in war, especially when he or she is faced with the horrors and the atrocities of war and how they would effect a person and his or her perception of the world.

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?
John Webster is a very troubled character. He has just come back home from Afghanistan after seeing terrible things and he is thrown into a situation where witnesses a murder and he must face his demons or be destroyed by them. He has a strong belief in what is right and what is wrong and he haunted when he fails to uphold his moral code.

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

Great question. I’ve always loved music and it invariably seeps into my writing in one way or another. While I was writing the novel I was really into Fleetwood Mac and listened to them a lot. I love their dynamic sound. In A Thousand Bayonets there is an East Indian taxi driver who listens to Fleetwood Mac on the radio. One of my friends phoned me up and said an East Indian taxi driver would never listen to Fleetwood Mac. I would respectfully beg to differ.

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Thanks Joel for hanging out with us today!  To keep up with Joel and his book visit his website!

His book can be found where

Today I have the pleasure of having a wonderful Indie author fresh in from her Riven Blog Tour to talk to us about her experiences of being an Indie Author

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Being An Indie Author

Today I’m going to go against the grain. Instead of singing praises of how lovely and simple and laid-back being an indie author can be, I’m going to describe how it really is in one, easy word. 

Back-breaking. 

Synonyms might include; nerve-wracking, high-anxiety, frustrating, debilitating, mind-boggling, insulting, demanding, and my favorite, exhausting. 

Why would I come sounding so… rotten, you might ask? I might want to clear the air here- I’m definitely not being rotten about being an indie author. I love it. Absolutely, heartbreakingly love it. I wouldn’t trade anything, nothing in the world, for this. Everything I do, from the writing to the covers, the promo materials, it all comes from me. I get to control price and royalties. I get to say if I don’t like something and want it out, and want to keep a certain part in. That’s the beauty of being an indie author; it’s all you, baby. No one is looming over your shoulder, whining about deadlines and ‘meeting the market’ or anything maddening like that. Some of us, namely myself, can’t work with someone barking at you. After all, if you don’t do the work, why are you in this business to begin with? 

So then why the glum opening? Easy- being your boss as an indie author is a double- edged sword. Sure, you get to decide when you want to finish that novel, work on that cover, and factor in some fun time on Facebook. But if you don’t put your heart and soul into your work, people know. It can stand out like a sore thumb from the crowd in the worst way possible. You can always tell the difference between an indie author who gave thought to their work, and poured their heart and bits of themselves into the writing, versus an author who strung together some lines and tried to ride on the coattails of a famous trend. Being an indie author is 50% business, 50% soul-revealing. 

But I’ll tell you one thing; when you get it right, and you hit the nail on the head, it’s gold. The magic an indie author can create, when no one is pressuring them to write a special genre for a market, or follow a certain plot to satisfy the generic public, it’s amazing. 

When I started writing ILLUMINE, I wasn’t reading the angel and demon books to see what sold and what hadn’t. I wasn’t looking to make money- I was looking to tell a story. The minute I sat back and said, “Tell me how this plays out,” the characters sprang to life as if they had been merely inches from me. If I went off track, they let me know, as creepy as that sounds. Guess it’s too late to say I’m not crazy, huh? 

What’s back-breaking as an indie author is that you walk this delicate, rapidly unwinding tightrope, and either you risk saving yourself by running across it as fast you can, or fall down into the pit below. That’s why it’s back-breaking; so many are waiting for you to fall, to fail. 

But what’s nice about being an indie is that back-breaking is a double-edged word. Sure, you can look at it negative, but when you do back-breaking things and succeed where others waited for you to fail, the payoff is bigger than anything you can dream of. 

So go on, if you’re an indie, be proud to be a back-breaker. Someday you’ll be showing them all. 

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Alivia Anders was thirteen when she fell headfirst into the world of internet fanfic and RPG-forum board sites that showed her the ‘back door’ into the world of writing. Four years and many hours spent glued to a computer screen later she found her true calling in writing.
Alivia currently lives with her family in her hometown of Coopersburg, PA. She frequently admits that if she wasn’t so intolerant to dairy she’d live at her local ice cream shop called The Inside Scoop.

About Alivia’s Latest Book RIVEN;

Captured, imprisoned, and left to burn.
You know what they say- where there’s smoke there’s fire…

For the last two weeks, Essallie Hanley has been a prisoner, in more ways than one. Held hostage by the Queen, she is forced to endure the mind-numbing pain tearing her body- and soul -apart, killing her with every tick of the clock. It seems all hope is lost, until one chance moment gives Essallie a name, Rinae Decante, the final person needed for the Queen to unveil her master plan to end Essallie. Armed with this name, and with the help of Ari and Kayden, Essallie breaks free from her captivity and launches in a search for this mystery girl.

But their search doesn’t go as smoothly as planned, and the three soon find themselves fighting against an impenetrable course of fate aimed to destroy them all from the inside out. When Essallie falls victim to her altering soul, they all begin to wonder of there’s any chance at all to save themselves from the burning effects of their actions.

Love, lies, and betrayal.
No one is safe from the undoing of secrets surrounding Essallie.

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You can say hi to Alivia on her Facebook Fan Page- http://facebook.com/aliviaanders

Other Awesome Links;

Alivia Anders Author Page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Alivia-Anders/e/B006W0Y1C0
Twitter (@aliviaanders): https://twitter.com/AliviaAnders
RIVEN Official Blog Tour + RELEASE DAY PARTY Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/381073831961610/406625919406401
Alivia Anders Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/aliviaanders
The Illumine Series Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/TheIllumineSeries
The Illumine Series Official Website: http://www.theillumineseries.com

WIP Mondays ~ Dragon Twins

Posted: November 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Back over to Jade who is … somewhere… :)

Enjoy!

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Jade woke up again and this time she found herself sitting up bound to a chair in the middle of a comfortably decorated living room. There was a couch and a love seat along two of the walls. There was a large arm chair against the wall that she was facing. The coffee table, solid hardwood by the look of it, was between her chair and the arm chair.

She tried to look out the window, but all she could see was a bleak bit of daylight oozing in between the heavy dark curtains. It was the only amount of light that shined in the room.

She looked down to see what it was that she held to the chair with, now that her eyes had grown accustomed to the dim light. She found that she was tied to the chair by a thick braided rope. Try as she might she found that she could not loosen it even in the slightest.

As she struggled she almost gagged on the rag they had stuffed in her mouth.

The sounds of her retching must have gained the attention of her captors as a man suddenly appeared at the doorway. He was an Asian man short, certainly shorter than she was, maybe five foot six at most. His hair was neatly trimmed and he was pleated dress pants with a crisp white button down shirt.

“Ahh…So you are awake now.” The man had a quiet and soothing voice, unlike the harsh barking the other men had spat at her. Who was this guy anyway?

“I am sure you have a lot of questions. From what I have heard you are a very bright girl and bright girls always have questions.”

Jade just stared not daring to move even when the man approached her.

He was close enough now that she could smell the cologne he was wearing.

“If I remove this awful rag from your mouth will you promise not to scream?”

Jade nodded.

He reached out and took the gag out of her mouth. She just sat there not moving a muscle.

“There that’s better. Now we can have a quiet conversation, you and I.”

Jade still said nothing, just watched as he walked back around the coffee table and sat down in the big arm chair across from her.

“Now what questions do you have for me, bright child?”

Jane still remained silent, not fully trusting her voice. She did not want to show this man how afraid she was. She was afraid for her life and for the lives of her parents. She could almost imagine what her mother was doing right at that moment.

And her father would be enraging at anyone who would listen and even to those who wouldn’t. Hong Chu had a way of making people listen to him even no matter what.

“Oh come now child surely you are not a mute. You must have some questions for me.”

“Who are you? And why have you brought me here? What have I ever done to you?” she demanded, hoping her voice would not betray the knot of fear resting in the pit of her stomach.

The man laughed.

“Oh good so you do have a voice! And some very intelligent questions to go with it! Very good. I will make you a deal I will answer your questions one at a time, but for every question of yours I answer you will answer three of mine.

As I have many more questions for you than you have for me. Although I think that my answers will create more questions from you, but for now that is the way it will be, fair enough?”

Jade stared at him for a moment. Was this guy crazy or something? Was this all he wanted to play twenty questions with her? If that was the case then he could have just asked her out for coffee. No she decided.

There was something else. She also knew that the longer she played along with him the less of a chance there was for him to do something to hurt her. That meant there was a better chance that she would be found and rescued.

She nodded her agreement.

“Good shall we start with one of yours first? Or one of mine?”

“Who are you?” she demanded again.

“I am Ling Chong. A Chinese business man. Now my turn. I want to know about-“

“How do I know that you are telling me the truth? You could be lying to me for all I know.”

“That is another question but, for the sake of putting your mind at ease I will answer it. The simple answer is there is no way to know if I am telling you the truth or not. I could very well be lying to you as you say, but the only solution to this is that you will just have to trust me.”

Q & A with Shiralyn Lee

Posted: November 23, 2012 in Uncategorized
Here with some tales from the “naughtier” side of life is my next victim…. Ms. Shiralyn Lee! Big huge welcome to you darlin! 

What would your bio say?
I have a dirty mind!!! LOL. I write lesbian erotica and BDSM. My work varies from Victorian romance with light erotic scenes through to the dirtier darker side of sex with hardcore scenes and explicit language and BDSM with little boundaries.
When did you start writing and why?
I began writing a few years ago and it all started when my wife challenged me to write my lesbian drama because I was so frustrated at the lack of lesbian productions on the TV.
 If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?
I am pleased to say that this does not affect me. My children have now flown the coop. But my cat is very persuasive when she wants my attention.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Pat Califia, Suzie Bright. Both in the lesbian genre they are not afraid to write about the C (female anatomy) word. They are forward with their sexual input and basically know how to turn their audience on. Me included.  :)
What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

I want my audience to enjoy the work that comes from me. I have an imagination that is wild and sometimes (possibly) pushing the boundaries. There are like minded lesbians out there and I know personally that I have reached a few. I want to say that it’s alright to write/read this genre without feeling guilty. I’ve even made straight ladies blush.

 

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?
Self publishing. I feel that the indie author world is filled with writers who have a talent. The Traditional companies have gates so thick you’re lucky if your manuscript even reaches the desk of someone willing to open the envelope and read it. I have control over what I write, where I publish it and even my covers. I work for myself at my own pace. Who doesn’t want that.
 Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing
I published my first book Loving the Pink Kiss with a vanity publisher. $500 later I felt as though they were ripping customers off. I was an unknown author and they were pricing my books at a ridiculous price. So after the contract finished I claimed my book back and published it myself and offer it at a fraction of the price. I now have two full length novels and around ten shorts.
 Tell us about your book (s)
I have my Pink collection, I class these as my romantic drama stories with erotic scenes. Then there is my Sex collection, these are the BDSM and hardcore sex with explicit language. Then there are my various stories. Vampires, ghosts and soon to be published detective themed.
 What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?
Being a lesbian I wouldn’t write about anything else. It’s hard to get your mits on such raunchy books. My inspiration came from my wife. She encourages me to write.
Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?
My leading ladies start off raw, usually single, and not ready for a relationship but then that one girl seems to cross their path and almost instantly they are drawn into thinking about why they are attracted. They go through different scenarios but I take them to levels that they would have never experienced.
Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

No there are no soundtracks but I do have a few songs on my iPod…they would have to be played in private though as way to naughty for public.
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Thanks so much Shiralyn for spending time with us today! You can catch Shiralyn on her blog!
You can also get your hands on her hot books on Amazon and Smashwords!

Well folks we are into the home stretch. Basically one more solid week left before the last day. Its been a rough ride for me Ill admit. I have been playing catch up almost the entire time. I know it is possible to make the come back that I need to and I think that is why I am so lax this year aside from the millions of things that I have had to deal with this month on top of the normal stuff.

But in the end it really isnt the word count that truly matters it is the journey to get there. The triumph despite the odds. This month started with Sandy knocking out our servers at work (US based), then the internet being disrupted by a foolish carrier, a flood at one of the stores, a duel with my publisher which ended in the dissolution of our relationship, and a bunch of stuff started to get the second edition up, and then throw in the kids having me running every which way. Im not generally up for writing as of late.

I will prevail though. I have never not finished NaNo yet and I dont intend on making this year my first. So trudge on I shall and so shall you fellow writers!

How are you all doing by the way? How do you cope when life throws you a fastball? Leave me a message and let me know! Im sure Im not alone!

 

WIP Mondays ~ Dragon Twins

Posted: November 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Julians in trouble in this weeks snippet!

Enjoy!

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CRASH!

Julian opened his eyes laying there disorientated for a moment, what was that?

“Hellllllllpppppp m—!!!!” The cry for help was cut abruptly short.

Julian sat up and looked around for a moment. Was he still dreaming or did he really hear those noises?

He heard a shuffle in the hallway. He quickly rolled out of bed and into a crouch on the floor just as the door swung open and someone stepped into the room. His heart was pounding in his chest. He looked under the bed, in the darkness he could just make out the outline of a pair heavy black boots standing just inside his door.

“Come on out Julian, I don’t want to make this any harder on you than it has to be.” The voice was quiet with an accent that Julian couldn’t quite recognize. This person certainly wasn’t some one who wanted to pay them a polite social call. And how did this guy know his name?

Julian grabbed the baseball bat that he had stuffed left under his bed just as the fee wearing the boots started to move and walk around the edge of the bed. He waited for a moment, took a deep breath, and rose with a shout and swung his bat will all his might.

He caught the guy standing in the middle of his room by complete surprise. His bat’s arc hit the man square on his shoulder.

The man in the ski mask howled in pain and cursed in a Chinese dialect he didn’t understand. Then he dropped down on his knees. Another man wearing an identical ski mask as the first soon appeared at the door and started towards Julian.

Julian still held his bat aloft and used it to ward off any further attacks coming from the men. The other man stopped his beside his fallen comrade, who was still on the floor writhing in pain.

Who are these guys? Julian thought. And what in the hell were they doing in his house?

Julian tried to think of what he was going to do next when the man that had just entered spoke to him.

“Julian, you are coming with us one way or another, my dear boy.” The man’s accent was clearer that the others and Julian realized that they were both Chinese.

What in the hell was going on here?

“I am not going with you anywhere.” He said with as much of a threatening tone as he could muster.

“Oh but I think you are. And that bat you hold is not going to be able to protect you forever you know. You will get tired of fending us off soon and that is when you, my dear boy, will make a mistake and then we will have you.” His partner was already rising to his feet and shaking off the pain in his shoulder. So much for it being broken.

“Oh I don’t think so.” He was trying to sound confident. He thought maybe these guys would decide that they might be at a slight disadvantage and leave him be.

Where is Martha? Is she alright? The thoughts stuck him as he remembered the crash and the cry for help that had been cut short.

Q & A with John Palisano

Posted: November 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

Another wonderful Indie Gentleman has offered up to be my next victim! Please welcome John Palisano!

What would your bio say?

The writing of artist John Palisano began appearing in print a few years ago, with over a dozen short stories. His novel NERVES was released in April 2012 from Bad Moon Books, and he has a novella BiPOLAR EXPRESS due out from Dog Horn Publishing in 2013.

When did you start writing and why?

Stories came early. In the first grade, there was an exercise where we were given pictures and were asked to write a story. Mine was of a soldier climbing into the cockpit of an F-16. To me, it was the President off to fight aliens. From then on, there was trouble.

 If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

Yes. My son is six years old, and my everything. Of course it changes things—for the better. One wants to succeed and make your child proud of you. It also gives perspective and passion. He’s also inspired a ton of stories directly for or about him. It’s the greatest gift of all time, being a father.

Who is your favorite author and why?

God. He creates everything.

As far as mortals? There are so many favorites: Douglas Adams, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Clive Barker, Thomas Ligotti, Sarah Langan, Joe R. Lansdale, Deborah LeBlanc,William Peter Blatty, Michael Chabon, Lisa Morton, Brian Keene, John Skipp, Cody Goodfellow…the list goes on and on. So many great authors.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

Need to get the stories from driving me crazy, and the only way is to write ‘em down. The rest is all candy. It’s wonderful when people read the stories and really enjoy them. That’s one of life’s best pleasures.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

I self-published over ten years ago, right out of college. It was a disaster. The cover was terrible. No one bought it. The book was not fully cooked. Bad. Bad. Bad. For me, at least. Not closed to it in the future, and it’s fine for those who have got that bug, but not for me right now. We’ll see. Who knows? We might all be self-publishing and distributing sooner than later.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing

A few years back, I struggled painfully. I gathered hundreds of rejections without a sale. I was gunning for ‘sales’, though, and not just non-paying, website things. It was well worth it. I learned a great deal, and eventually found my writer’s voice through all those rejections. Well, the beginnings of an author’s voice, I should say, as it’s still developing rapidly.

Tell us about your book (s)

What if you could bring things back to life with the touch of your hand? Things that should stay dead. And what if, by your very presence, things die when they come close? That is the story of the two brothers in NERVES.

In BiPOLAR EXPRESS, the Boy wakes to find it is snowing happy pills. He soon gets a prescription to ride the BiPolar Express to the Middle Pole, where he is to meet Manic Clause. This is a riff on the children’s book, but is also a commentary on how over-medicated we’ve become. It’s definitely in the bizarre humor category. Pretty fun.

UNNATURAL TALES OF THE JACKALOPE is an anthology I edited, all stories concerning the mythic jackalope. At times tongue in cheek, and other times, deathly scary, this was a great experience. My first book from my publishing company WESTERN LEGENDS, and it’s value priced at only $7.95, so please go buy several copies. Or the King Jackalope? She’ll have it out for me!

 What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

Visions. Strange and powerful. They fill my thoughts. I write them down. Not sure where they originate, but it’s always been intriguing to me, the supernatural.

 Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

In NERVES, I think you’re going to feel both about Josiah and Horace at different times in the book, as they both do some amazing, powerful acts, but also some of the most heinous. Their villain, Ogam, is quite popular. He is a real bastard, but readers have told me they love him.

 Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

NERVES has its own. I went so far as to write six songs for a character in the book, which he sings, as he’s a down and out, formerly famous R & B star. Hopefully readers will hear the songs in the story. It was quite a bit of work to pull it all off. Hopefully it’s successful.

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One final note from John:

It was a pleasure speaking and writing with you. Thank you for this. I hope anyone interested will seek out some of my work (free sample chapters at Amazon!) and will like it enough to connect. Best wishes!

Reach out to John on his blog!

You can find his books through his Amazon page or his publishers website!

WIP Mondays ~ Dragon Twins

Posted: November 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

This week we have a look at how Stan and Jane interact with their boss…

Enjoy!

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Stan chuckled softly and then instantly regretted it. The Chief was giving him a look that said not to push his luck tonight.

“What is it that you find funny now Stan?”

“Sorry, Sir, It’s just that well its interesting how everyone pegs Jane for the details and me for the impressions. Just noticing right that right now. Its funny how when your brain is working on a bunch of different things how it will pick up on odd ball things like that out of nowhere.”

“Well if you can, can you please avoid letting your brain pick up on things not related to this case please? At least for the time being?”

“Yes sir, sorry I…”

“Don’t worry about it. What did your brain pick up on while it was there tonight?”

“Well we got the impression that these are very important people. And that has nothing to do with the mayor’s phone call either. They have a lot of money, and it shows in their appearance and in the appearance of their house.

They are very nice people from what I gathered. Not used to having misfortune rain down on their family. They have one child who is a daughter. They adopted here when they found out that they were unable to have children themselves.

Jade Lai Chu is a senior at her high school. She just turned eighteen at the end of the summer. She is a good kid who has excellent grades. Stays out of trouble and obeys her parents.”

“Alright, so she is the one that is missing?” Tony said accepting a picture of Jade from Jane and looking at it for a moment, before passing it back to her.

“Yes that seems to be the case sir. Both the parents were very adamant about the fact that she always tells them where she is going and when she will be back. Tonight they say that she was suppose to be staying in to study for her SAT’s and her entrance exam. She wouldn’t have left without telling any one.”

“Well if her parents were out? Wouldn’t she have told the housekeeper where she was going?”

“That is a possibility sir,” Jane piped up

“But….?”

“Well when I followed Mr. Chu to get a recent picture of Jade we went past her bedroom sir. And there I found her textbooks out and other evidence that she had been studying tonight.”

“Well it’s not unusual for a teenager to leave things lying about, now is it?”

“It is for her sir. I swear to you the room was as neat as a pin. No clothes lying about, no stacks of CDs and books all over the place. Nothing. It was almost as if she stood up from her desk and vanished. There were no signs of a struggle or anything amiss except for the text books and other studying materials lying open on the desk.”

“Do you agree Stan? That there is no way the girl left that house on her own behest?”

“No sir I don’t believe that she left under her own steam. I think she was taken by surprise and then removed from the premises. She does not strike me as being someone who would play tricks on her parents or try and pull a fast one over them.”

“So there is no chance of this just being a case of her sneaking off to see a boyfriend that her parents don’t approve of?”

“Again sir I don’t think that this is the case.”

“Alright, I’m inclined to believe you guys on this one. You are very rarely wrong when it comes to children. So where are you going from here?”

“Home? To my bed?” Stan knew he was pushing again, but he was tired and just wanted to get out of the office and get home to his bed. He could tell that Jane was feeling the same way as she didn’t even shoot him her usual look.

“Funny Stan, but I get the point. You guys are beat. Go home, rest, and come and see me tomorrow morning at some point. We can talk more about this then when you are fresh.”

They both stood up and said their good nights to the Chief and wearily walked out to their cars.

“You going to be alright to drive home Stan? I can give you a ride if you want” Jane said putting a hand on his shoulder.

“Naw I’m good, and besides you house is in the opposite direction to mine. You need to get home to the guys.”

“Alright if you are sure. You want me to give you a wake up call tomorrow morning?

With Deep Regret….

Posted: November 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

It is with deep regret that I announce that myself and Creative House International Press have decided not to continue working together at this time.

That being said the first edition of Sacrifice of Innocence will no longer be available for purchase in any format.

Fear not however! I am in the process of putting together a second edition that will be available for purchase in the new year!

Stay tuned folks! We will have the new cover for your enjoyment in a couple of weeks!

Thank you again for your continued support during this transition phase!

COVER REVEAL! Breaking the Nexus

Posted: November 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

So once again I have been blessed with the chance to do another cover reveal for another wonderful author! I am now going to turn my blog back over to my dear friend Lindsay Avalon!

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Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?

 

Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.

For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.

 

The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.

A Little bit about Ms. Avalon:

I am a wife, a mother to an adorable mini schnauzer, a programmer, and now an author. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.

My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.

When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading (of course!), baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.

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Congrats once again Lindsay! And dont forget to let us know when its due for release! :)