OFFICIAL RELEASE!!! ~ Sacrifice of Innocence

ITS HERE! After the short delay! The day I have been waiting so very patiently for! There are not enough thank yous to express the gratitude I feel every time I look at the new edition. You know who you are folks. Thank you.

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Sacrifice of Innocence

A cult has been killing children for its rituals and only one cop knows who they are. Detective Stan Brookshire knows but his past keeps people from believing in him. Can he rise above the stigma that shrouds his past and stop a cult from taking yet another innocent child from her mother’s arms before its too late?

Be sure to pick up your copy on Amazon or Smashwords today!

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Sacrifice of Innocence ~ Teaser (Part Two)

Here is your final teaser before the release later this week! Enjoy!

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Sacrifice of Innocence

A cult has been killing children for its rituals and only one cop knows who they are. Detective Stan Brookshire knows but his past keeps people from believing in him. Can he rise above the stigma that shrouds his past and stop a cult from taking yet another innocent child from her mother’s arms before its too late?

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Rose watched the two walk back across the school yard and then headed in the opposite direction to the community center and library.

 When she got there they were just about ready to close up for the day. She managed to get the attention of one of the librarians.

 “Hello, may I help you?” he asked.

 “Actually, I was wondering if you had seen my daughter and her friend here today?” she said, giving the man a brief description of both girls.

 “I saw one of them here at closing time, just as I was getting ready to start locking up. But the other one, your daughter, I didn’t see her leave with her friend.”

 “Thanks so much for your help, she probably left just before Becca did. Have a nice evening!”

 Rose headed straight home, expecting to find her daughter there wondering where she had been. She could almost see the look on her daughter’s face now. The look that said, ‘Mom, you worry about me too much.’ In truth she did in some ways worry about Lily more than most parents. She tried to tell herself that it was because she was the only person that Rose had left in her life. Her parents died when she was in her early twenties and she had no siblings. The rest of her family was scattered across the country and they rarely spoke to one another, let alone her.

 When she walked in the house she automatically looked for her daughter’s running shoes and when she found that they were not there she called out, “Lily! Are you home?”

 Getting no reply, she went to the kitchen thinking that maybe Lily had gone out looking for her. Maybe she had left a note or something, Rose thought.

 But there was nothing on the kitchen table or by the phone where they usually left notes for each other. Rose looked at the phone and saw that the message light was flashing red. Without bothering to check the caller ID to see who it was that had called in the time she was out, she dialed her voice mail and played the first message. It was from Roxanne telling her that Becca was home, that Lily had not been with her this afternoon, and that Becca had gone to the library by herself. Lily had said she was headed home when they parted ways. Rose had to fight down the panic that was rising in her chest as she erased that message and played the last message, praying it was from Lily.

 The next message was very short. In fact there was only one word spoken. That word brought Rose crashing to her knees in the middle of the kitchen. Time became a blur but she somehow managed to hang up and dial 911. She tried to explain the situation to the operator the best she could.

 “My daughter is missing…” she stammered. “I think she’s been kidnapped… no…no…I don’t know by who. Please, help me! Please!”

 The operator told her to stay where she was and that someone would be sent out to see her shortly. After she hung up the phone she slumped into a chair to wait. She could not get the message out of her head no matter how hard she tried.

 The message had been left by a man and the only word he spoke was Lily.

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Only four more days! Stop by Jan 31 to pick up your copy!

Q & A with Daylin Eaton

This week we have Daylin Eaton joining us from the realm of the fantastical! Please give him a warm welcome!

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What would your bio say?

I am twenty-one years old and I live in Hayward, California. I have been writing since I was eight years old and have been in love with fantasy all my life, particularly superheroes and young heroes/heroines.

When did you start writing and why?

I started writing when I was eight years old. My friend was into reading and writing a lot of fantasy at the time as so I basically followed suit and tried to develop my own style of fantasy.

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

I am not a parent, but I would imagine having a child would always come before your writing.

Who is your favorite author and why?

J.K. Rowling is my favorite author. I have been a huge Harry Potter fan since I was a kid. Rowling opened up a whole new world for me and really got me to start reading.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

I hope to one day be in the ranks of J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Christopher Paolini, Rick Riordan, Richelle Mead, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and other great fantasy authors I love.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?ResizeImageHandler

I self published my book in February of 2011 because at the time I had an opportunity to do it and I wasn’t having any luck finding an agent.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing.

The first self publishing offer I got would have cost me eleven thousand dollars. I simply did not have the money. But a few years later I got a call from another self publishing company and they presented me with a great offer which was a little over three thousand dollars. About six months later I held my self published book in my hands. Currently, I am seeking an agent to help me publish my book commercially.

Tell us about your book

My book is called The Chronicles of Tyson Jenkins: the Witch Sisters. It is about a boy (the titular character) who lives in a world where everyone in it has a power such as laser vision or super strength or even energy absorption. Tyson is able to change into animals at will. One day before school, he learns that a group of witches are plotting to steal the Pendant of Power, which has the ability to take and give powers, and he becomes adamant about stopping them and bringing them to justice.

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

Harry Potter had a great influence on me writing the book. At the time I wanted to write something as good and epic as Harry Potter so I tried to come up with a story that people might love just as much some day. As far as writing fantasy, I have been in love with the genre all my life. It’s all I can really read.

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

I love my main character (Tyson) because he is very passionate about doing what he thinks is right and fair and the fact that he cares deeply about the wellbeing of people and animals.

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Thank you so much Daylin for joining us today! Be sure to follow Daylin on his website and pick up a copy of his debut novel on Amazon!

The Importance of Editing…

As an Indie author we have an up-hill battle to fight when it comes to breaking into the field and making an honest go at being an independently published author. When someone is deciding to purchase a book they are far more likely to grab a book that has been backed by one of the Big Six publishing houses as people know that they are getting quality writing (for the most part) and at the very least even if the content isn’t perfect the editors the Big Six have on staff surely will have caught most of the ghastly errors. So when we get the chance to impress a new reader we have to make sure our best foot goes forward.

Indies however, do not have any “editors on staff”. So we, for the most part, are left to our devices and have to make sure we get it right the first time.

I will be the first to admit that I am absolutely awful when it comes to all that editing stuff. I am still learning the part of an editor. Having said that I rely heavily on others to edit for me to make sure I’m not making any glaring errors. I am learning but it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks so it is taking me a bit longer to catch on.

As if it wasn’t hard enough to be taken seriously in the first place imagine being told that your first edition, that was supposed to have been edited by your publisher, is riddled with errors. That was my reality in November of 2012. The piece that I had been marketing; the piece that I thought had been edited properly, wasn’t.

I was lucky however. I had been doing my research and had joined more than one Indie Author group on Facebook and had met a lovely lady by the name of Joni. She my dear friends is a Godsend. It took her a little under two months to plow through the entire manuscript but the notes and edits she made were impressive. She not only showed me where I needed to make the corrections but helped with suggestions and some explanations as to why.

Could not be happier with the service she provided and will recommend her, and her company, to anyone who is looking for efficient quality.

In the end it will pay off in a huge way for you if you can find yourself a good editor, at a reasonable rate. An editor like Joni who will work with you and make sure you understand everything shes done is even more of a bonus.

Sacrifice of Innocence ~ Teaser (Part One)

Heres is the first of two teasers for the re-release of Sacrifice of Innocence! Enjoy!

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Sacrifice of Innocence

A cult has been killing children for its rituals and only one cop knows who they are. Detective Stan Brookshire knows but his past keeps people from believing in him. Can he rise above the stigma that shrouds his past and stop a cult from taking yet another innocent child from her mother’s arms before its too late?

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“…We believe that we have apprehended the individual responsible for the kidnapping, rape and torture of several area children,” Jane said.

 “Is the individual being held in connection with the case Joseph Watkins?” a tall, slender reporter with bright-red hair asked.

 Stan recoiled when the camera zoomed out to fit the reporter along with the images of Jane and the chief of police standing behind the podium. Bright-red hair and an orange power suit assaulted his eyes. He wasn’t much for fashion but he knew those two colors didn’t work together.

 “Yes, that is the person we have detained pending further investigation,” Chief Tony Di Organza answered stiffly. If Stan were to ask Tony the worst part of his job, he knew the answer would be the press conferences. He wasn’t comfortable in front of all those cameras.

 “Detective Trinity, is it true that the police found a number of pornographic items relating to the missing children in the suspect’s home?” another reporter asked. Stan recognized this one. She wasn’t very tall, perhaps five feet, and her brown hair was cut short. Debra Caren worked for The Mirror. She was a ruthless reporter with little feeling for anything but her career.

 “I can confirm such evidence was found. However, we cannot confirm that it is directly related to the case at this point in our investigation. Our lab techs are still going over every scrap, trying to substantiate it thoroughly before we release our findings.”

 “Chief Di Organza, is it true…”

 The latter half of the question was drowned out by Stan’s cellular phone ringing. Before even looking at the phone, Stan knew it was Jane. Her husband, the tech geek, set a distinctive ringtone for Jane. He hit the mute button on his remote, grabbed his phone and pressed the talk button.

 “Yeah, I’m awake. What do you want?” he said into the phone.

 “Nice to know you are in a good mood,” Jane answered sarcastically. She was as close to Stan as a sister. People who didn’t know them well often looked at them like they were the worst enemies but Stan wouldn’t trade her thick derision and sense of humor for anything. It brightened his life and made it worth living. 

 “Yeah, well, the one day I wanted to sleep in, I couldn’t. So what did you expect- me to be happy about it?”

 “Oh, did I wake the sleeping giant?” she asked innocently.

 “No, I’ve been awake since five-thirty, but up since eight-thirty, catching up on the local news. You looked good up there yesterday, by the way.”

 “Yeah, sure. I looked like hell.”

 “You looked a hell of a lot better than I would have standing there beside the chief. After the first three questions, I would have probably told them to screw off and wait for the trial and you know it.”

 “True,” she laughed. “However, I wish I’d been in your shoes. You got to go home and start to unwind. I had to be in the center of a three-ring circus.”

 “Yeah, but you looked good doing it.”

 “Whatever! Look, I got a call from the chief about twenty minutes ago. He wants us in his office ASAP.”

 “Oh, come on!” Stan groaned, rubbing at the sleep that still crusted his eyes. “This was supposed to be my day off.”

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Dont forget to pop by next week for the next teaser and then come back on Jan 31st for the link to purchase your copy!

Q & A with Tiffany Carmouche


My Latest Victim is the lovely Tiffany Carmouche!

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Tiffany author picture B&WWhat would your bio say?

When Tiffany Carmouché is not writing romance novels, you can find her sculpting, traveling, teaching, singing, dancing, escaping in music or enjoying her family.

From skydiving in Alaska to scuba diving in Hawaii, Carmouché has traveled the world seeking adventure. These include riding camels in Africa, swimming under the stars in Puerto Rico, dancing salsa in Ecuador, and walking the cobblestone roads of Assisi, Italy. She has also found fulfillment working with the disabled and orphans in Argentina and Mexico. Her most cherished moments, however, have been watching her two beautiful daughters grow and strive to accomplish their own dreams.

Despite all of these amazing experiences, she has survived many struggles. There was a time she felt defeated, but now she is recommitted to savoring experiences both in the novels she writes and in the life she lives each day. Her secret hope is that anyone who is struggling will realize there is a light at the end of the tunnel and no matter how hard the fight, no matter how many times they have been knocked down, it is always worth staggering up to their feet and learning to breathe again

When did you start writing and why?

I remember as a toddler, I would make up and sing these ridiculous songs about the stars and the moon and the rainbows. My mom made me feel like I was writing a platinum record. She would tape me, or write down every word as if it was golden. And playgrounds, playgrounds became story books. I remember the ground become lava and we had to rescue the fair maiden. My mom always had us use our imagination. And my dad, my dad was an author and would tour the country asking the simple question, “What if?” just two words but oh so powerful. I guess, you can say I started writing because my parents let me know a blank page and a pen could change the world.

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

I have some material. Lol J I think the hardest thing is balancing the two. As an author, you get sucked into the book when you are creating it. But as a parent, you can’t spend too much time with your charters, no matter how much you love them, because your children need you to live adventures with them, not just write about them. I try to write at night or when my daughter is doing something else but sometimes it is hard balancing the two.

Who is your favorite author and why?

I really can’t answer that because there are so many amazing authors out there.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

I want to change the world 🙂 No, but on a serious note, I do want to women to realize there is life after abuse, after heartache and after failure. We are stronger than we realize and we should never allow anyone to trap us, or extinguish our light.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

That is easy. Self Publishing. Control. I spent the time writing the novel so I wanted to have control over it. I was told by someone it wasn’t a romance because I didn’t follow a formula. I didn’t want to follow a formula. I wanted to tell the story. I wanted to choose the cover. I wanted to decide when it was going to be released. I wanted to be ‘me’, not a puppet for PR. A publisher once said authors should limit their contact with fans. My fans are why I am here. It makes no sense. Control. I chose self publishing, definitely, because I have a lot more control.

 Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing.

My niece talked me into taking the Nano Challenge. After not writing for years, I wrote a book in a month. I loved it! I had so much fun watching the characters come to life! I decided I wanted to publish it and put on a bunch of hats: editor, researcher, marketer, …secretary. There are so many hats we have to wear. I can’t even begin to name them all. I contacted a professional editor and she told me about beta readers. I had a bunch of readers read the book to test it out. The Beta Readers were wonderful. I hired an amazing book cover artist, Su, at Earthly Charms and hired Sandra Urdall for line editing. And because I realized I didn’t have an idea how to do the formatting, I hired an amazing formatter, Benjamin Carrancho, at Damonza’s Awesome Book Layout. Somehow I did it! Less then a year later, my first book is being read around the world. And I have written the second book of the trilogy. Obsession and Sacrifice comes out in February 2013.

 Tell us about your book (s)ECoverFinalRoseLG-TheImposter

The Impostor, A Love Story is the first novel in a suspenseful romantic trilogy about unexpected love and a woman’s fight for survival. It is a captivating story of growth, acceptance, and the perseverance to begin again.

“Alaska? Who goes to Alaska?” Nicole, a young single mother, escapes an abusive ex-boyfriend and leaves behind the broken dreams of becoming an artist. She travels to Alaska, a place she knows little about, on a journey of self-discovery.

Nicole is scared of getting hurt again, but Dylan’s chiseled body, chocolate-brown eyes and charm captivate her. She begins to fall in love. In Alaska, she discovers the power of friendship and true love and starts to let down her guard. But is her security a facade?

Soon Nicole’s innocent beauty taunts a sinister man, and she is caught in a web of deception and danger. Someone evil is stalking her. Someone she had trusted. Will she be saved? Or will she be hunted?

 “The Impostor is not just a romance, not just a mystery but an insight into the ideals and dreams of women, as well as their struggles and fears.”Aleta O’brien, Fluer De Aleta

Obsession and Sacrifice-If you haven’t read the first book this has a few spoilers…

When Nicole wakes up in the hospital, she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. Only the scars on her body reveal some horrific event took place and she is lucky to be alive…alive…but could she still be in danger?

Her only hope to rediscover her past and avoid a killer’s obsession lies in the hands of two men: sexy Dylan, her boyfriend, who used to captivate her, and Bradley, her charming best friend, who has secretly loved her all along. She feels safe around both men but to her, they are strangers. Nicole must decide who to trust, not only with her heart, but with her life.

The two men vow to give her a second chance at life and both will sacrifice everything to make sure she survives.

 newECoverFinalLG-ObsessionAndSacrifice (2)That inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

The Impostor began as a true story. For Nano I decided to write about an experience I had while I was in Alaska. I had been stalked by someone who was wanted for murder in Florida and I decided I would write about that experience. I was a young single mom who did escape to Alaska with my best friend. (It was freaky to leave everything we knew and travel practically half way across the world.) We thought we were going to see polar bears and live in igloos… but I needed to go, I had to get away from an abusive relationship.

Alaska was absolutely wonderful and I stayed there for years but my ex finally convinced me he had changed and I left paradise to go back home to marry him. He didn’t change but that is a different story. Instead of leaving, Nicole falls in love. Dylan was in one scene and somehow something started developing and I couldn’t stop it! And my suspense became a love story– damn muse!

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

Nicole is a young single mom who is trying to provide a better life for her daughter. She is naive and sometimes makes some stupid mistakes. But she is trying to be strong and I think you will grow to love her.

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

Yes! She does have a complete play list for The Imposter and you can check it out here!

The only one that hasnt made it up onto the page at the time of posting this post can be found here!

 

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Thank you so much Tiffany for talkig with us today! You can follow Tiffany on her website &  Facebook. Pick up her ebooks on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and in paperback! The book trailer is here, Imposters Facebook Fan Page and Obsessions Facebook Fan Page. Also last but not least Goodreads for The Imposter and Obsessions and Sacrifice!

 

 

OFFICIAL RELEASE DAY GIVEAWAY!!

Hey everyone! Im giving away three ebook copies of the second edition of Sacrifice of Innocence! Follow the >>> link <<< to enter!

 

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Sacrifice of Innocence

A cult has been killing children for its rituals and only one cop knows who they are. Detective Stan Brookshire knows but his past keeps people from believing in him. Can he rise above the stigma that shrouds his past and stop a cult from taking yet another innocent child from her mother’s arms before its too late?