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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: 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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New Release: The Geek and His Artist

Today I’d like to welcome Hope Ryan, author of The Geek and His Artist! I have a great interview with Hope below, plus a giveaway. I hope you enjoy Hope! 🙂

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GeekandHisArtist[The]FSSimon Williams spends his lunch periods drawing his geek and trying not to think about the terrors waiting for him at home. He needs to get away from his abusive father before he suffers the same grisly fate as his mother. Because he’s learned the hard way running away doesn’t work, he’s counting the days until his eighteenth birthday.

Jimmy Bennet should be spending his lunch studying so his senior GPA is good enough to get him into college, but he can’t seem to focus thanks to his distracting artist. When he’s given the opportunity to tutor Simon in Trig and discovers Simon’s home-life nightmare, he wants nothing more than to get Simon out of danger. This need becomes more urgent when Simon comes to school the Monday after their first date with bruises, but it takes a broken leg before Jimmy can convince his boyfriend the Bennets really want him.

But the danger Simon thought was past shows up at the most unexpected time, and he must stand up to the fears he’s held so long to protect not only himself, but the man he wants to spend his life with. Continue reading New Release: The Geek and His Artist

New Release: Devils in the Dark

Today I have the pleasure of announcing the release of Book 1 of The Devil in Miss Drake’s Class Trilogy, Devils in the Dark by Marcus Damanda! I am happy I got to work on this book and can’t wait to see how the trilogy comes together!

In the first installment, high school freshman Audrey Bales attracts the attention of Alastair Hutchinson, master of 1000 ghosts—1000 childhood suicides—who live only to wreak vengeance against those who would prey upon the weak …

This is a YA Horror novel, and trust me, it gets creepy. 🙂

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To most of the Facebook Fifteen, bullying Audrey Bales was just a game—until two deep cuts with a Swiss Army knife changed everything forever. Audrey didn’t want attention anymore. After five weeks at Fairview High School, Audrey wanted to die.

The doctors did the only thing they could with her: they put her away.

But in Fairview, Virginia, the nightmare is only beginning. The chat session had not gone unobserved. The Facebook Fifteen have drawn the attention of an ancient evil that lives only to punish those who would prey upon the weak.

They are the ghosts of 1,000 dead children—1,000 suicides—and their master…

Their master likes Audrey Bales.

And as Audrey attempts to heal her mind and body, far from home, their master prepares for the revenge he will unleash upon her return.

16+ due to violence and adult situations

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Blog Tour: Flux

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The last thing sixteen-year-old Alaina Oftedahl-Miller expected was to watch her mom brutally destroy their life.

But, in the wake of tra  gedy, strength forms. Shipped off to live with her birth father, Alaina finds herself dealing with more than just being the new Canadian girl in a Norwegian school. Juggling the formation of a relationship with the man who abandoned her as a child, and a budding attraction to Kaius Vargøy–the mysterious, beautiful classmate who’s been assigned as her personal translator–Alaina can’t shake the feeling that every move she makes is being watched. Judged.

She soon learns there’s far more to this sleepy Norwegian town than she ever imagined. Kaius and his friends aren’t exactly what they seem, and the repercussions of that could send her traveling through the most unexpected experience of her life. Murder and relocation is one thing, but add in supernatural occurrences and Vikings, and even she may not have the strength to survive.

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(Featuring a first look at the mysterious male lead: Kaius)

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Kaius

Usually, when the town drifted under the heavy spell of sleep, I used the time for quiet reflection, or spent it with the others.

Tonight felt different, poignant—if I had to choose a precise word to describe the tightness in my stomach and the way my skin tingled.

With my eyes shut, I willed my mind to show me something, anything that might be the reason. It happened rarely, but I was sometimes able to pick things up.

This was one of those occasions.

Each of my visions occurred in the same manner—the room or location I inhabited dissolved away piece by piece, much like the pixels on a computer screen. Then, the same process repeated, bringing the new setting into focus. Only when the very last piece was in place would the vision reveal itself to me:

A flash of metal . . .

A pair of feminine hands swinging a blade—small, though still every bit as deadly—with some difficulty . . .

Hands I’d seen in my visions many, many times before.

But, rather than focusing on the girl, I gave the entire scene my attention. A severe lack of structures, combined with the girl’s attire, gave me cause to assume this vision didn’t take place anywhere near the present time.

I guided my mind’s eye across the wide expanse of field packed with warriors and knights who didn’t belong in the same timeline, let alone the same region. I didn’t understand.

Ancient Scottish Picts, smeared with the ashes of their dead and the enemy’s blood, sparred with true Viking warriors, men of impressive stature and terrifying expressions.

Then, as suddenly as the images had arrived, they vanished, leaving me shrouded in a severe case of heartache. My ribs tightened, snakelike, as a strange sensation burned through me and my breath came in short gasps.

Unable to keep my current form, I allowed the release of energy, shedding my body and drifting out into Earth’s atmosphere. Only then did I truly understand what the strange new feeling was, and more importantly, what it meant.

She’s finally here.

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Ellie Carstens

For as long as she can recall, Ellie Carstens has been a huge fan of reading. The genre and content are not important as long as the story holds her captive. She believes that life is too short to be taken seriously all the time and to lose one’s self in a good book is an escape worth taking. Now, she writes science fiction, fantasy, romance, and beyond, creating stories that will hopefully bring that same passion for reading to others.

Flux is her debut title and the first in a Young Adult sci-fi/romance trilogy.

 

Blog Tour: Michael

     Michael (Sons of Old Trilogy, #2)

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Genre: YA/NA Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Paranormal

Publication: May 28, 2014

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AnnabellCadiz_Michael_800Synopsis: Zahara Faraday looks like a normal eighteen-year-old and lives in a quiet neighborhood with her overprotective parents. She works at a bookstore and hangs out with her best friend Becca King on a daily basis. But underneath the normal lies a secret life filled with dangerous supernaturals. Zahara belongs to a world made of Light Witches, rogue Imagoes (supernatural creatures with super strength, speed, and silver skin when the moon is out), fallen angels, and Nephilim (hybrid children born half-human, half-angel). Where her father Solomon Faraday is human, her mother Mia and her Aunt Catalina are Light Witches. They help protect the human world by hunting down rogue supernaturals who commit heinous acts against humans. What they never expected was the possibility of having to hunt down the one rogue coven they had befriended and come to trust in their battle against Lucifer. Rekesh Saint-Louis is the leader of the most powerful Imago coven in Florida and now he’s the most suspected. Supernatural bodies are starting to pile up with an ancient ritual long forbade being used to murder them and the symbol, one large cross with four smaller crosses around it—which represents Rekesh’s coven— being left behind. Rekesh and the Elders of his coven set out to find who is behind the murders and clearing his name before a war between the covens begins. To make matters more difficult, Rekesh also has to deal with the return of someone he has been keeping a secret.

Meanwhile, Zahara and Becca are spending more time brushing up on their training, knowing an attack from Lucifer can come at any moment. Between patrolling neighborhoods and hanging at the boarding school created by Charles Stephens—a fallen angel who created the school to protect the children of rogue supernaturals—they are thrown into one battle after another. Zahara begins to develop a closer bond with Jason as they train and chase down clues to clear Rekesh’s name. What she doesn’t know is the very powerful secret Jason is keeping; a secret that will change the course of the fight with Lucifer.

But Rekesh’s coven being set up isn’t the only danger. A new powerful and lethal drug has emerged from the shadows of the supernatural world called Inferi. The drug has two deadly side effects: it leaves the supernatural hungering for blood—both human and supernatural—and grants them the elemental power they had once possessed.

Lucifer is on the move and he will stop at nothing to get his hands on Zahara and complete the first act of his plan.

A battle is about to begin.

One that may cost the Faraday family everything they hold dear.

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