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New Release: Christmas Lites VI

Christmas Lites

For the sixth year, I’ve participated in a great anthology, with a greater cause. Christmas Lites donates all proceeds to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Inside this year’s book, you’ll find not only a story by me, but also my daughter. The story themes vary, so there’s most likely something for everyone inside.

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Cthulhu wants to wish you a Merry Christmas. The Fae sprinkle their fairy dust to ensure your light never fades. Assassins and adventures alike keep the spirit of life alive. Even the mob brings their family to the dinner table for glorious feasts.

Feel  the magic of the season, the spirit of giving, the love of friends and family.

Discover bright new worlds, blood-pumping adventures,  true love and heartbreak as you explore the stories inside these covers.

For the sixth year in a row, authors from all over the world combined their efforts and talents to create the anthology in your hands. Not for fame or fortune, but to help those in need. Every dime raised from this anthology goes straight to those who provide the assistance to these people. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has been helping in ways we can never imagine for years, and we are happy to help support their efforts.

Please visit their website at www.ncadv.org  for more information.

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Guest Post: Tim Mettey

Today’s #FeatureFriday author is Tim Mettey! I was lucky enough to read and review his first book, Secrets, shortly before it came out. The main character, Nicolas, showed great courage and acceptance of what path life had in store for him, which made him very interesting to read about.

As the series progresses, Nicolas and Elle face incredible situations and learn a lot about not only their history, but themselves. They grow as the face challenges no “normal” teenager would have to face, and I can’t wait to see how the series ends.

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The first book in The Hero Chronicles series, Secrets, was published in 2014. I learned a lot while writing the book, but the most important thing I learned was patience. I worked on the story for years. At first I wanted to rush to get it into some format that I could share with others, but thanks to the encouragement I received from my friends, I took the necessary time to edit and get it ready for publishing.  And I am so glad I did.  I’ve continued refining my writing process through the other books in the series.  I have a great team of editors, graphic designer, and publicists who help me with the process as well.

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Guest Post: Mona Hanna

Welcome to #FeatureFriday! Today I have my friend Mona with me. I’ve been working with Mona for a few years now, and have really gotten to see her grow as a writer. I’m currently doing a reedit for the book she features below and have another of her WIPs to look at after. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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Guest Post: Marcus Damanda

For today’s #FeatureFriday, I have with me Marcus Damanda, author of The Salvation State. He’s bringing us a treat: a sneak peak at book two in the Salvation State series! Be warned, it’s unedited and subject to change, but here it is!

(You can find The Salvation State, as well as Marcus’s other books, here.)

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Guest Post: C.S. Poe

Hello friends! My name is C.S. Poe, and I will be your train conductor today.

That’s not true.

I’ve never been a train conductor. Although I have ridden many trains.

I was happy to write a guest post for Trish’s blog, then realized afterward I had no idea what to talk about. So let’s look at topic options.

SimmerI have a new short story being released February 24th with Dreamspinner Press, as part of their anthology, Simmer. Its theme is men and food and happily ever afters. My piece is “Kneading You,” and features a super cute librarian, an equally sexy, tattooed repairman, and lots of bread baking. (Not a euphemism.) So I could talk about cooking, but really, I don’t like cooking. I do it only under duress. For someone who talks about food so much in her writing, you’d think it was my favorite hobby. I love eating. The work prior to— not so much.

So instead I’m going to talk about music and movies in books.

Didn’t expect that, did you?

I really enjoy adding these little tidbits to my writing. The mention of a television show or a particular song can, when used correctly, set a tone to the story without the author detailing it through additional or unnecessary words. There are pieces of art that are widely known, that move us as an audience, where just the mention of it subconsciously changes the reader’s mood.

An example of this is from one of my all-time favorite series, The Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon. Now and then there are mentions of songs by Rufus Wainwright, (particularly in one of the codas), which for those familiar with his music, you know what I mean. How his voice and melodies set the somber tone that matches Adrien’s mindset. I get shivers thinking about it! Heidi Cullinan is another excellent example of an author who knows how to use media in writing. Carry The Ocean focuses heavily on the film, The Blues Brothers, and that sense of hope and humor from the movie is deeply engrained in the novel.

In “Kneading You,” I mention a film and make reference to a particular scene, but it’s such a widely known moment in cinema that many readers will undoubtedly understand both the sexy suggestion, as well as how it can be found funny. Ghost, I admit, is one of my favorite movies. The love story is very powerful and beautiful, but it isn’t without its moments of hilarity. It was the perfect film to reference in “Kneading You,” because like I said, while there isn’t any pottery being done, there is quite a bit of dough kneading. If you can’t wait until release on the 24th, I will be sharing an exclusive excerpt to my newsletter followers! You can sign up for that here: https://tinyletter.com/cspoe

So what about you? Are there any books that mention songs or movies that changed the mood for you? Please share them with me!

Thank you for stopping by! Please feel free to friend me on social media. I love talking about cats, coffee, books, and meeting new people. I hope you’ll stick around as my releases roll out this year. May you always find love in the end!

C.S. Poe

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C.S. Poe is an author of gay mystery and romance. She lives in New York City, but has called a host of different locations home in the past, most recently being Ibaraki, Japan. She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats, in no particular order. C.S. Poe can be followed on her website, www.cspoe.com, for more information.

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