OFFICIAL RELEASE!!! Once Upon a Twisted Tale

Hi Everyone! I once again get the joys of sharing a special time with my good Indie buddies as today is the official release for their anthology called “Once Upon a Twisted Tale”.

So here they are once more to tell you about their brand new anthology out today!

This is the official release day of Once Upon A Twisted Time, the first anthology from Moon Rose Publishing! A collection of dark adult fairytales, these stories will turn your idea of what a fairytale should be on its head! From Steampunk to Fantasy, there is something for everyone in this fantastic collection of four novellas. The novellas are based upon The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast-see if you can work out which one is which! It is now available on the Moon Rose Publishing site, and from Amazon!

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Think you know your fairytales? Think again. These aren’t your normal happily-ever-after. Within these pages, a murderous Little Mermaid gets her revenge, the Cinderella doesn’t really want to wear the slipper, Snow White is up to her eyes in industrial experiments, and the Beauty is in fact the Beast.

This collection of four novellas will surprise you, make you gasp in horror, sigh with relief, and sit on the edge of your seat. And most of all…they will make you rethink everything you think you know about dark fairytales…

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Song of the Abyss
Princess Nerissa had envisioned a perfect wedding to a handsome prince. Instead, she fell into a nightmare. When her new husband tries to murder her just hours after pledging his life to her, she must flee towards the sea. Caught in transition from woman to selkie, she is trapped by the dark waters she hoped would be her salvation. Now her destiny becomes that of luring young men to their death…until one comes along that reignites the spark of love inside her. However to ensure her future, she must first face her past. Revenge must be taken…for both her life, and the life of the young man she now loves.
Miss Cavendish and the Spark of Salvation
In a city toiling under the iron fist of the Spiegel Syndicate and its monopoly on coal, Miss Georgina “George” Cavendish is on the brink of a breakthrough that could change the world forever. There’s just one thing standing in her way, her aunt – Xenobia Cavendish. Threatened by her efforts, the Syndicate procures the services of a notorious assassin with a past tied to her own, known as The Huntsman, to dispatch the brilliant scientist. But once he gets a glimpse of the headstrong beauty, will he be able to do the job, or will Georgina sway him to The Cause? And will George find the breakthrough she needs in time, or is New London Town doomed to forever lie under the dark shadow of her aunt’s factories?
Hawke and the Beast
Some curses last forever, and some can be broken with the whisper of three little words. Isabella Rose Woodward fell in love with a witch’s son over a century ago. Her punishment for breaking the young man’s heart was a beastly one. Every month she turns into a different creature, aging on the full moon when her curse allows for a brief return to her human form. Her only salvation is to find a man that will love her as she is…be it adorned in feathers, fur or scales. Has she found this love with the handsome Jasper Hawke? Or will a mysteriously determined Hunter find her first, and snuff out the life she so desperately seeks? A life of normalcy, where she loves and is loved in return… just as she is.
Reborn City
Nyx has one mission in life; bring down the brainwashing of New Omsk’s citizens, and release them from their mundane lives of toil. The year is 2355, and the world is a new place. A Governor is in charge of every city in the world, and humanity is attempting to rebuild itself after recovering from a war that nearly killed it. But this Governor has set his eyes on the intrepid little hacker, Nyx, and he will stop at nothing to get her. But perhaps he needs her more than he ever dreamed he would…as do his citizens.

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Author Links:

Lindsay Avalon Facebook Author page

Lindsay Avalon Amazon Author page (Not available yet, but I will let you know if she sets one up nearer the date)

Lindsay Avalon Moon Rose Publishing page

Tara Stogner Wood Facebook Author page

Tara Stogner Wood Amazon Author page

Tara Stogner Wood Moon Rose Publishing page

Trish Marie Dawson Facebook Author page

Trish Marie Dawson Amazon Author page

Trish Marie Dawson Moon Rose Publishing page

Miranda Stork Facebook Author page 

Miranda Stork Amazon Author page

Miranda Stork Moon Rose Publishing page

Other links
Moonrose Publishing Website and Facebook

CONTEST

Moon Rose Publishing, to celebrate its newest release, is also having a huge contest over on Facebook and their website!

One grand prize winner will win;

  • Five free ebooks, including a copy of the Once Upon A Twisted Time anthology
  • A personalised fairytale ring from http://www.etsy.com/shop/Coryographies
  • Once Upon A Twisted Time postcards and bookmarks
  • Exclusive charm necklace and bookmark from Tara Stogner Wood
  • Exclusive Once Upon A Twisted Time glossy poster.

And three runners up will win;

  • Five free ebooks, including a copy of the Once Upon A Twisted Time anthology
  • And bookmark and postcard swag!

You can enter by going to the link below, to the rafflecopter contest!

https://www.facebook.com/MoonRosePublishing?sk=app_228910107186452

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Thank you so much ladies for allowing me to be a part of this special day and I wish you all the best! 🙂 And to everyone else! Go pick yourself up a copy!

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WIP Mondays ~ Dragon Twins

Hi Again! Its WIP Monday again! Here were speaking with the parents of the first teen. Let me know what you think!

ENJOY!

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He checked his notes. “Mr Chu? I am Detective Brookshire and this is Detective Trinity. We are going to be the ones in charge of working on this case. We were wondering if we could ask you a few questions.”

The gentleman was a dark-haired man with a kindly face and dark brown eyes. He was dressed in a dark suit and tie and a crisp white shirt with a high collar. He looked up from his wife’s hands and answered softly, “Yes of course you can, Detective. Anything we can do to help we will.”

Stan looked over at Jane who gave him the go ahead to start with his questions.

“What can you tell us about what happened here tonight? Try and start at the beginning and work from there.”

“My wife and I went out around six o’clock. We had reservations at WooYangs for seven o’clock. We were meeting up with some of my business partners for dinner. You can check with the restaurant if you like to confirm what I am saying. I would be happy to get you the number to–“

“That’s alright Mr. Chu. We will have someone look into that later. Just continue on with what you are saying for now. Let us worry about details like that later. Go on.” Jane said interrupting him in an effort not to let him get sidetracked. The man was obviously disturbed by the night’s events, and rightfully so.

“We ate and returned home at about midnight. When we came in we called for Ms. Liu to bring us a night cap and when she didn’t respond to the call I went to try and find her. I thought maybe she had fallen asleep somewhere.

She was getting older and took frequent naps at odd hours of the day. When I walked into the kitchen I noticed a foul odor and saw the splashes of blood everywhere. I checked on Ms. Liu and when I realized that she was dead I called the police. That’s also around the time that I realized that my daughter was not in the house anymore either.”

“Does your daughter usually go out with her friends late at night? Maybe she decided to go over to one of her friends homes for the night?” Stan asked trying to make sense of what he was hearing.

“No Detective, we are very strict about that sort of thing. We don’t allow her to stay out overnight anywhere, and she usually calls us if she is going out in the evening with her friends. She had told us before we left that she was going to be home studying tonight. She is going to be taking an SAT entrance exam for college and university soon.”

“Alright. So where do you think she might have gone? Maybe a friend’s house and just didn’t call? Maybe she forgot?”  Jane asked. “I know my sons sometimes forget to call us when they go over to friend’s houses.”

“No Detective. It is not like her at all. She is very responsible. I believe that someone has taken her.”

“Who? Who do you think would take her?” Stan asked surprised that he would be so ready to accept that his daughter had been kidnapped, and would be able to put the idea across so bluntly.

“I don’t know Detective. If I did believe me I would tell you. My wife is beside herself with grief. Our daughter is precious to us, you understand. She is our only child.”

“I understand completely Mr. Chu. And you can rest assured that we are going to do everything possible to find her and bring her home safe and sound to you and your wife.” Stan said looking over the petit Mrs. Chu.

She was a slight woman maybe feet tall if that. It was hard to tell her height because she was sitting down. She had long straight black hair that fell just past her shoulders in layers.

She was wore a traditional bright aqua blue dress with gold embroidery of dragons on it. She sat there and stared at her hands, not even looking up to show that she was listening to the conversation.

“Do you have a picture of your daughter that we could have? A recent one if you have one. The most recent preferably.” Jane asked.

“If you want to come with me Detective …Trinity is it?… and I will get you what you need.” The man rose up and motioned to Jane to follow him.

Stan stood there for a moment before he sat down in the chair that Officer Demmin had vacated. When He sat there quietly as he watched her for a moment. Then he spoke softly.

“Mrs. Chu? I need to ask you a few questions about your daughter. I know you are upset. That’s alright. But it is best if we get this while it is fresh rather than to wait a while.”

The woman sat there for a moment and Stan was just about to say something more, when she raised her head and looked into his eyes. Her eyes we red rimmed and puffy. It was obvious she had cried quite a bit while the detectives spoke.

He could see oceans of pain in her eyes, but he saw something else there that shocked him. He also saw a well of strength that bore deep within her soul.

“Ask anything you want Detective. I will do my best to help you any way you can. I will do everything I can and I will not rest until our daughter is safe, home with us again and her captors are brought to justice.”

“You have my word that the Lake City police will not rest either until your daughter is safe at home. I can say also that I hope this is nothing more than a misunderstanding and that she is safe and sound somewhere with one of her friends. But if what your husband says is accurate, then there might be something else going on. So I would like to start with your daughter’s full name and birth date and we will work from there.”

 

Q & A with Christina Moore

And the next victim up is the lovely Christina Moore! Please give her a warm welcome!

What would your bio say?

The one I have on Amazon talks about how I’ve lived in Ohio all my life but dream of moving to a more temperate climate. It talks about how I love it when characters in books and movies are from Ohio and the stories are set in Ohio, and how I like inserting characters of Irish descent into my stories because of my own Irish roots. Oh, and I got my start in fan fiction, it mentions that as well.

When did you start writing and why?

I’ve been writing since I was a teenager—the first fanfic I recall writing I started (but never finished) when I was 14. Wrote my first teleplay when I was 19 (never submitted), and started a novel I never finished (but definitely want to; hopefully I can track down the notebook I was writing it in) when I was about 21. I write because it is something I enjoy doing, something I can be pretty passionate about. And because all the characters in my head are demanding that their voices be heard.

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

My only children right now have four legs and fur.

Who is your favorite author and why?

I have several, including (but not limited to) Erica Spindler, James Patterson, Nora Roberts and Michael Connelly. I like their books because they’re all exceptionally gifted writers. Their stories grab hold of you fast, suck you in, and keep you enthralled throughout.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

My hope is to write stories people enjoy reading. Stories they’ll not only want to read again, but will also recommend to their friends.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

Right now I am self-publishing. I tried the “traditional” route with no success, so decided to give self-publishing a try as I’d heard a lot of good things about it.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing.

I did some research about traditional publishing and learned all about querying agents and publishing houses (most of which won’t even look at your manuscript unless it is represented by an agent). I queried a number of agents and a publisher, and they all turned me down. Though I thought I had steeled myself against rejection, which I knew was a distinct possibility, it really depressed me. For a while I considered giving up on the dream. Then I learned about self-publishing through Amazon and Smashwords and thought I would give it a try, see what happened. I’ve sold a number of books—not a great many, but enough to keep me going. Plus, positive reviews from friends and fellow authors I’ve met through Facebook have been really encouraging.

Tell us about your book (s):

Chasing Shadows is the first book in the Shadow Chronicles series. It’s about a vampire-human hybrid who has all but given up her vampire heritage because she learned her father never loved the woman who gave birth to her. In this story, she meets her soulmate and has to deal with the fact that his own special nature is going to inevitably draw her back into the world she left behind. I’m currently working on the second book in the series, From the Shadows.

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

My main inspiration is simply the fact that I love to read paranormal romances. I’m intrigued by the nature of the relationships paranormals have with each other and with humans, and I wanted to explore that from my own perspective.

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

I think something that readers will like about Saphrona is that she starts out strong and stays strong. While there are moments in the story where her spirits are low, she nevertheless rallies and keeps on going.

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

I didn’t for the first book while I was writing it, though I have been trying to compile one. There’s definitely a moment toward the end which makes me think of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”. I’m also putting together a soundtrack for the second book. I think I’ll do that for all my books from now on!

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Thanks so much for your time Christina! If you want to follow Christina you can catch up with her on Facebook or her Blog. Her book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords!

 

It’s My Birthday! Presents for YOU!

Normally I do not go around announcing when I get older but this year is a little bit different for me! This year I get to give you all a present!

In celebration of my upcoming birthday I am giving all of you a present for being such wonderful fans! Today for one day only I am giving away the ebook edition of Sacrifice of Innocence!

Whats the catch? There is none! I just wanted to do something a little different this year!

So hop on over to Amazon and pick up your free copy today!

WIP Mondays ~ Dragon Twins

Hi Everyone!

Last Thursday I mentioned that I would be posting bits from Dragon Twins, the second book in my LCPD series. This weeks bit is where we meet the other teen in this book. Id love to hear your thoughts on this!

ENJOY!

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A red sports car roared down the road towards the housing complex at the end of the dead end street. It was a quiet night except for the loud music that emanated from the car. It was a mixture of hip hop and classic rock.  The car rocked and swayed as it went over the speed bumps that signaled the entrance to the complex.

Julian didn’t know why but every time his best friend Larry-or Lawrence M. Wallace as he was known to his parents-went over those speed bumps he always felt a wave of nausea. He supposed that it was a form of sea sickness, but he couldn’t be sure as he never had been on a boat before.

They pulled up in front of Julian’s house and sat there for a moment watching the peaceful street. It was almost twelve-thirty on a Friday night. The street was empty of cars and people alike. It was almost a picture perfect night. The moon shined brightly in the sky.

“Hey man that was a great movie wasn’t it? I loved the special effects they used!” Larry sudden exclaimed snapped Julian out of his revere.

“I know it was pretty amazing,” Julian agreed. “I think I want to learn how they do all that stuff, when I go to college next year.”

“Yeah that would be cool. It would definitely be something to look into, but do you think that is wise going into that kind of stuff? Unless you are really good at what you do it won’t make you a lot of money.”

“I know that, but I was thinking as a hobby or something. But I will study computer programming and just do that in my spare time. You never know I could be seen by someone and be the next big name in computer animatronics.”

“Yeah day dreams are nice aren’t they?” Larry said wistfully.

Julian punched his friend in the shoulder. “You ass!”

Larry burst into howls of laughter as he hunched over the steering wheel.

“You are coming to pick me up tomorrow right?” Julian said opening the door to get out. “We can’t be late for work again tomorrow. You know that right?”

“You never know Julian. Someone might ‘notice’ you tonight and you might not need your job anymore.”

“Oh go suck an egg would you!”, Julian said as he got out of the car and slammed the door. Before he left, he stuck his head in the window to say one last thing to Larry, “Don’t forget dude. Ten o’clock, and no later or we will never make it to work on time. The boss will really have our heads this time if we don’t.”

“Yeah, yeah I know I know already!”

“Alright then. Later dude.” Julian said. He started up the walkway to his house.

He watched from the front porch as his friend roared off down the road again. Shaking his head his pulled out his door keys and opened the door and let him self in. The house was dead quiet and blanketed in darkness.

Q & A with Laura Hunsaker

I put out an APB for some fresh victims to interview and this lovely lady volunteered her time! Please welcome Laura Hunsaker!

What would your bio say?

I am a writer who loves the idea of a hunky Highlander sweeping me off my feet. So I wrote about what I like. Luckily someone else liked it enough to publish it. I am both traditionally published and self-published. I am a member of Romance Writers of America® Cactus Rose Chapter.

After earning my degrees in English and German, with a specialty in British Literature, I taught for a few years. As of now, I try to squeeze in time to write as often as I can, and I wrangle my kids the rest of the time.

This Highland Hussy will keep writing about those hunky Highlanders as long as you guys keep reading.  Well, I’m not gonna lie to you, I’d probably write them anyways, I mean who doesn’t love a hot Scot?

When did you start writing and why?

I’ve been writing all my life, but I’ve only seriously been writing for the past four years or so. I started thinking about publishing my first book because I really had this awesome idea in my head, and I just knew that if I could get it down on the computer, if I could just make others see what I was seeing in my daydream, that everyone would love it. I think it was the best decision I’ve made in a long time.

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

Oh it does, I write mainly at night. I have young kids, so I’m either home or playing taxi all day long. With their various activities and school and everything, I only have time to write at night. Also, my smarty-pants 7 year old likes to read over my shoulder-with my books, that’s not always a good thing (I’m pretty sure I’ve convinced her that word was “coke” )

Who is your favorite author and why?

I think either Kresley Cole or Karen Marie Moning because they have such rich characters and world-building.

 What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

I hope to rule the world! Oh, er, I mean, I’d love to hit the NYT Bestselling list, but even if I never do, I just hope to keep writing about those Hunky Highlanders I love so much.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

Both. I’ve been traditionally published for a couple years and just this month I released Highlander Reborn as my first self-published work.

My Magic of the Highlands series will still be through my publisher, but this series called The Nightkind will be self-published as novellas. I think that the main reason I chose to self pub my Nightkind series is that I can control so much more of the process, and I can get the stories out sooner. That was a huge draw for me.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing

I think I was fairly lucky as far as getting published. I didn’t get more than a handful of rejections and all were slightly helpful or personalized in a small way. I did get two Revise and Resubmits, but I was contracted with New Concepts Publishing by that point.

 Tell us about your book (s)

Highland Destiny is a time travel romance where a modern-day girl, your average twenty-something woman is kidnapped through time. Not only does she have to deal with going back in time, but a girl who had nothing special about her in the 21st century, suddenly becomes Scotland’s Most Wanted in the 18th century.

Highland Games is releasing December 21st. It’s another Scottish time travel set in the same world, and in this one, we meet surfer girl Piper and Hot Scot Malcolm who needs her, but won’t tell her why. Will she choose to stay when she finds out?

In Highlander Reborn (which is out now), I mashed up vampires and Highlanders. I wanted something different, and I wanted it a bit darker than my Magic of the Highlands series Highlander Reborn begins in Scotland, many centuries ago, where a blacksmith fights for his life and his people. His life is forever changed when Amalia, one of the Nightkind, makes the choice to save his life. But first, he has to die…

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

I spend way too much time daydreaming, and I thought that if I wrote them out, it wouldn’t seem so ridiculous. I mean I would zone out thinking of these warriors in kilts who could swing a heavy broadsword with deadly precision, yet still be gentle and tender with his woman. Now instead of daydreaming, I call it “plotting.”  😉

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

You should love Nevin, because it takes him 7 centuries to really understand what he’s become. He was turned into a demon, into what he hunted, and that nearly broke him, What made it worse, was that he lusted after the vampire who turned him. In fact the next story coming up is called Broken Highlander because it’s about the dark days after he was turned.

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

Not one I’ve shared with anybody lol I do have certain songs I write to.

My favorites are “All Falls Down” by Adelita’s Way

“Breath” by Breaking Benjamin

“Echo” by Trapt

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Thank you so much for taking the time to show us the Highlands in your mind and good luck on your release in December!

You can follow The Highland Hussy on her website and you can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Fictionwise, Kobo and AllRomanceEbooks!

Work In Progress & Red Pencil Thursdays

Last week I had to honor of being a guest on Mia Marlowe’s Blog for a Red Pencil Thursday. If you are an author and havent swung by to check out her blog. Do so. Now.

Why you ask?

Because the advise that comes out of those blog posts are incredibly valuable. Not to mention the work she and her followers will put into your work in progress helps to get your mind working on what needs tightening up. Before she posts she will get your responses to her suggestions. It was a great experience.

I enjoyed the experience so much that I have thought that I would share not only that snippet with you folks but also a few more over the next few weeks to get your input.  So stay tuned every Monday for a new snippet of book two in the Stan Brookshire series–Dragon Twins!