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#Booklaunch WINGS OF THE WICKED Boxset Guest post by Dariel Raye (@Pendarielraye) and Muffy Wilson (@SexyMuffyWilson)

Hi all:
I have a guest today, author Dariel Raye, who has visited us before, with a fantastic boxset being released tomorrow and an interview I know you’ll all enjoy. And she’s brought another great author with her, Muffy Wilson. The boxset is on offer at only $ 0.99, so don’t delay!
Author Spotlight
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Devil’s Claim

by
Dariel Raye and Muffy Wilson
USA Today Bestselling Authors
@pendarielraye and @SexyMuffyWilson
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Rebecca Hamilton
Charlene A. Wilson
Dariel Raye
Muffy Wilson
Carolyn Reilly
Kim Carmichael
J.R. Thorn
Lynda Kaye Frazier
Lexi C. Foss
Ravenna Tate
Maddie Wade
LaVerne Thompson
Shereen Vedam
Colleen S. Myers
Ditter Kellen
RS McCoy
K.B. Everyly
Amara Kent
Erin Lee
Erica Gerald Mason
Zachary Paul Chopchinski
Drea Shane
Nichole Riley
N.K. Stackhouse
Amy Cissell
Leona Bushman
Betty Shreffler
Khardine Gray
Anita Hunter
Boxed Set Blurb:

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Indulge in 25 breathtaking adventures of dangerous worlds
where the lines blur between saints and sinners.

Come meet the creatures that fuel your every lust filled
nightmare, where angels are not always encased in a light of righteousness and
demons are not always dealing in all manner of debauchery. Where you might just
end up rooting for the bad guy…

 

Warning: If you like demonic games, angelic interventions, and
thrilling temptations, you’ll love this urban fantasy and paranormal romance
collection of twisted proportions in Wings of the Wicked.
Author Spotlight
is on
Devil’s Claim

by

Dariel Raye and Muffy Wilson
USA Today Bestselling Authors
@pendarielraye and @SexyMuffyWilson

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Generations ago, he
died for her. Now, it’s her turn.

Pride kept them from looking at one another, but their
bodies could not lie. Recognition lived in their souls, rekindling memories of
passion, love, betrayal….and death.

Apache Elder Aidan Stringfellow, V, is a very wealthy man
with one wish – to free his only son, the brilliant, yet abrasive David, from
the curse that has plagued his family for generations. When his controversial plan for a cure is
revealed, shock and disbelief are only the beginning, for David has deadly, yet
beguiling secrets of his own.

Choosing to honor Aidan’s wishes, David and Katala
unwittingly awaken an ancient evil desperate to lay claim to the last-born
Stringfellow – David. The tumultuous consequences of a vengeful pact spanning
generations, defies time, tradition, and death itself.

Katala finds herself falling in love with a man whose gaze
and touch ignite long-forgotten passion, propelling her to fight for his life.
She unearths one devastating clue after another on her winding journey toward
the truth, but unseen forces escalate their attack as truth collides with myth.
Clinging desperately to her own sanity, she must find a way to reconcile the
two, for even her own identity comes into question. Trust no one. Not even
David.

Time is running out. Promises will be kept, and if the devil
has his way, souls will be claimed.



David hit the button to start his playlist, then
turned to face Katala. His speech was halting, but deliberate. “What do you
need me to do before we move forward with this agreement?”

“Where did that come from all of a sudden? A moment
ago, we were talking about work.”
Following the wedding, they used most of their extra time
moving into a new free-standing flat. Katala had actually taken a six-week
leave from work, but cried the night before she had to return. Now, she sat
barefoot on the sofa in a long pink cotton gown.
“David, I don’t want to talk about that right now. I
hate the way you change the subject in midstream like that. I – I’d just like
to know you better. You know, feel more comfortable with you. I don’t want to
just have sex because we’re supposed to.”
David’s gaze followed her as she moved closer to him.
“What do you need to know?” he asked.
She gave a short laugh. She had to admit, she liked
his straightforward manner. Despite her initial distrust, she was beginning to
change her mind. One thing she realized she did not have to worry about with
him was lies. He was so used to getting his way there was absolutely no guile
in him. He simply said ‘I want this or that’, and people did whatever he
wanted. She never doubted she would be any different. Honestly, he lit a fire
inside her she’d never felt before, but she refused to give in just yet.
“David, I want to know how you feel, what you think,
what’s important to you. You know – things that I’m sure most married couples
know about each other. Nothing out of the ordinary.”
He smiled. “How about I don’t like waiting. Is that
enough about how I feel and what I think?”



Author Interview:

~ Dariel Raye ~
Why do you write?
I write for two main reasons:
1. Reading has always been
one of my favorite things, and I feel gratitude towards authors who offer an
escape from the difficulties of real life. I strive to do the same, and in
writing, I manage to escape as well.
2. Human and animal rights. Animals and their welfare
play a prominent role in my stories, and I am driven to subtly shed light on
the dearth of Black and interracial female heroines as standards of beauty and
desirability. Too often, people from other cultures don’t realize the lack and
the resulting negative impact erasure and subsequent neglect have on us as
women.
What genre does most of your work fall under?
Urban fantasy/ paranormal romance. I’m also collaborating
on a mystery with my friend, Muffy Wilson, and after its release I’m working on a
psy-thriller/suspense with romantic elements to be released next year.
Why did you choose that genre?
Feels like home to me. These sub-genres allow my
imagination complete freedom, and I can better offer the sense of escape that
I’m seeking.
What are some of the drawbacks of this genre?
There are so many creative authors, thinking of something
that hasn’t been done to death can be challenging.
What are some of the benefits?
In some ways, the drawbacks are the benefits as well;
i.e., accepting the challenge to think outside the box and create yet another
world for readers to escape to is exhilarating. I enjoy taking real people who
have always considered themselves to be ordinary, and placing them in extraordinary,
supernatural situations and environments. It adds even more fire when the
“ordinary” person develops strong feelings for a paranormal being, or in some
instances finds that they, themselves possess exceptional abilities.
How does your work contribute to the genre?
I write interracial/multicultural characters who are not
only dealing with the main plots, romance, and conflict, but there’s always a
subplot dealing with a real-life issue such as animal cruelty, human rights
issues, and racism. The subplots don’t slap readers in the face and snap them
away from their escape, but I like to think they shed light on issues that
might not have been considered in the same way before.
What would the title of your life story be? And why?
Driven. I’ve always felt driven to do something with the
gifts God has given me. Now, managing chronic illness along with daily pain and
numerous surgical procedures, has added a level of urgency because I’m
constantly faced with my own mortality.
Besides writing, what other creative passions do you
have?
Music and art. I also love dance, but with my tomboy
roots, I’m about as graceful as a donkey.
Which quote best sums up your writing style?
“Strong heroines, badass heroes, fast-paced, action
packed…lots of twists and turns…filled with romance, suspense, and drama…”
Totally Addicted 2 Reading
Tell us about your background and education?
My degrees are in music (piano and vocal performance), counseling
psychology (mental health, substance abuse, and career decisions), and I have
all but dissertation (ABD due to illness) towards my Ph.D. Along the way, I’ve
taught every academic subject, private piano and voice lessons, and worked from
child support investigations to mental health and substance abuse therapy to
band director and college career counselor. It’s been an interesting journey so
far.
Which are your three favorites?
Whichever story I’m writing at the moment. Right now, it
would have to be “Devil’s Claim,” from the “Wings of the Wicked” boxed set,
“Dangerous Beauty, Sexy Beast,” and “Dark Opius,” a Cursed Angel story from the
Charmed Legacy.
What writing advice would you give to yourself prior to
completing your first novel?
Write at least 2 books of an entire series before
releasing the first one, then release them 2-months apart. That way, by the
time people start to forget, there’s another one in the wind. Wish I’d taken
that advice.

About the Author

Dariel Raye, an author, musician, counseling psychologist,

and animal rights activist, writes interracial/multicultural paranormal
romance and dark urban fantasy featuring shifters, Nephilim, angels,and
reluctant demons, all filled with action, alpha heroes, and strong heroines. As
a child, she could always be found curled up with her dogs, cats, and a good
book, even if the book was a dictionary or encyclopedia. Things have not changed much.

Dariel is a classically trained soprano and
plays more than 11 musical instruments. She also completed coursework and
passed comprehensives for a Ph.D. in Instructional Design (ABD), teaches piano
and voice, tutors writing, algebra, and statistics, and readily admits to being
a Netflix paranormal and action series binge-watcher.
For more about
Dariel, join her
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her on
BookBub, or visit
her website.

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Author Interview:
~ Muffy Wilson ~
Who is Muffy Wilson in her own words?

I am a wife, mother, daughter and sister first and an author of provocative romance about love, sex, hope and passion second. I was born in Texas to traditional parents. With two older brothers. I was the youngest, the family “princess,” indulged and pampered. My father was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required our family to travel extensively. I spent my formative years in Europe and ‘came of age’ in France (a state of affairs that gave my father much cause for concern one loooong summer on the Italian Riviera!) which forged my joie de vivre and love for books, writing and education. I liked Aldo a lot then too.
What is one thing you would like the world to remember you for?

I am a simple person. I would like to be remembered as a good person, loving wife and nurturing mother. I never met a stranger nor turned anyone away that needed help. And I have tried hard to learn from my mistakes but I am not always successful in that endeavor!
What got you into writing?

An old boyfriend from high school. We reconnected after all these years and he writes self-help real estate books. And I was selling real estate on the side, so we still had a lot in common. That said, I took a significant departure from self-help to provocative and paranormal romance.
Are you a full-time author or do you have a day job as well, and if so, what do you do?
When I first started writing fiction in 2010, I was still working (I was a Regional Director for IBM, owned a resort on Washington Island, Wisconsin, and have been a General Manager for high end retail furniture) but I have since retired and devote most of my free time to writing, my family, my pups and anything that will keep me from doing any housework!!
Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

My story lines come my life and from ordinary people: watching them, listening to them, talking to them about dreams, romance, passions ~ about their regrets and when they lost their heart, their virginity…a loved one. And then, somehow magically, I’ll have a dream on one of those many nights I cannot sleep and a story title will come to me. It always starts with the title for me. Always. That’s the piece that takes root, grabs me and blossoms.
What is your ‘Writing Routine’, if any?

I sit in the living room with my husband, when he does his crossword puzzles, and I write. And write. And write. His questions about clues and comments about the news or a movie often go unanswered when I am in the “zone”.
Tell us a saucy/intimate/personal story about yourself.

Well, I was almost 36 when I got married. A child of the 60’s anf 70’s, I had a very free way of thinking about men. I thought men were healthy–at least for me. Since I worked in a man’s business world, I lived my life much as men do when it comes to romance. And when I met the man that would steal my heart, I never looked back.
What are your Top (10?) Writing Tips? Writing Advice?

  1. Never start with a prologue or the weather, but start.
  2. Don’t worry if your first draft is any good; it won’t be. just start.
  3. Write every day, at the same time for the same length of time. Self-disciple is only a routine. But you gotta start…So start.
  4. Write what you would like to read, from your heart. And start.
  5. Allow yourself to change your mind. Change is a reflection of inspiration. A new perspective. But start.
  6. Name your work immediately and give it life, honor, position, credibility, purpose. You’ve started!
  7. Keep notes of anything favorite, interesting, or inspiring: names, titles, phrases, descriptions, music.
  8. Each new voice requires a new paragraph. If you must, only use “said”. Anything else is “fluff” wastes ink pretentiously. I’m still learning that one! Get started!
  9. Be kind to yourself. Your work may not be great or Nobel material, but it is yours. Accept that your voice will change and evolve, but it is still yours. Start!
  10. There is no secret to writing. But there is an enemy — procrastination. Just start… Always start.
About the Author:
Muffy Wilson
is a USA Today Bestselling and 2017 SWFRW Joyce Henderson First Place
Paranormal Award-Winning author of provocative, paranormal, and fantasy romance.
An American author of the popular Shadow Seduction Series, The Heart Series,
and Ribbons of Moonlight Series, she has penned dozens of other books and anthology
collections.
Muffy’s father
was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required the family
to travel extensively. Muffy spent her formative years in Europe and ‘came of
age’ in France forging her joie de vivre and love for books and writing.
Married and living in the tropical paradise of SW Florida along the Gulf Coast,
Muffy writes and enjoys life in the sun with her husband and wee Havanese pups,
Buddy and CoCo Chanel while volunteering as a foster mom to rescued Havanese
dogs and puppies through HALO and HRI, both 501c nonprofit charitable
organizations.
Join Muffy’s mailing list to get the scoop on her new releases and special promotions at www.MuffyWilson.com. Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/wilsonmuffy or /MuffyWilson.com and on Twitter at @SexyMuffyWilson. Muffy also blogs daily here: http://muffywilson.blogspot.com ~ Contact Muffy at Muffy@MuffyWilson.com. ~ Live, Laugh, Love with Passion

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#Bookreview and #mini-interview ‘what if I got down on my knees’ by Tony Rauch. For readers who enjoy short-stories, love language and the unusual.

Hi all:

As I promised, I’m coming to the end of the reviews I had accumulated, but I had a couple I had only shared on Lit World Interviews that I wanted to share here. Today’s, not only because of the book but also because the author kindly offered me a mini-interview.

what if I got down on my knees by Tony Rauch
what if I got down on my knees by Tony Rauch

Title:   what if I got down on my knees
Author:   Tony Rauch
ISBN:  098293355X

ISBN13:  978-0982933558
ASIN:  B00YNR6HBM
Published:  Whistling Shade Press; 1 edition (May 31, 2015)
Pages:  189
Genre:  Literary Fiction/Short stories

Description:

what if i got down on my knees? presents romantic misadventures and entanglements of absurd, whimsical, existential longing, featuring discovery, secrets, identity, escape, strange happenings, endurance, regret, and hope. The stories are little postcards from the lonely regions of the human heart.

These tales of wonder are about people trying to find meaning and a place in an indifferent world, and their discoveries, revelations, secrets, failures, struggles, connections, and odd encounters along the way—

—two unemployed men steal dogs and run them through buildings around town.
—a man goes on what turns into the worst date in recorded history.
—you are asked to baby-sit for a neighbor, only to find a giant baby waiting for you.
—a man comes home to find his entire yard and home paved over by a long lost rival.
—a clerk at a used record store finds a man has passed away on one of the couches.
—some young adults go into the basement to get sad, in order to impress girls.
—a stranger extracts a baby from a man waiting for the bus.

With themes of longing, fragility, uncertainty, impermanence, regret, the mysteries hidden in everyday life, discovery, ennui, loneliness, irresponsible behavior, confusion, change, identity, and absurd situations, Tony Rauch is a worthy successor to the artistry and absurdism of Donald Barthelme and Steve Martin.

 Body of review:

I received a copy of this novel from the author and I voluntarily review it for Lit World Interviews.

Short stories are an acquired taste. We might think a short read is perfect because we are always rushing and don’t have a lot of time, but sometimes we might feel disappointed when the story ends and we’ve invested time and, in the best of cases, emotions only to have to get to know some new characters after a few pages. Of course, not all short stories are born equal. And this collection of short stories by Tony Rauch proves the point.

Some of the short stories in this collection are whimsical (surreal) and might leave you scratching your head (or looking up to the sky searching for… No spoilers) , some are vignettes illustrating the lives of people who might appear content with their lives at a superficial level, but whose thoughts and worries run deeper than it seems, many are about lonely people wondering about others and trying to connect (in some occasions with hilarious consequences), some are about pretending to be something or somebody else, about growing up, about growing old, about moving on or remembering the past…

The quality of the writing is superb, and the first person narratives cleverly capture the speech and rhythms of the characters, who sometimes are talking to others, sometimes conducting an internal monologue with themselves, or even writing a story. From young kids trying to impress their friends to old men dying, from people contemplating a new relationship to others letting go, these few pages run the whole gamut of experiences and emotions.

To give you some examples:

His skin appeared two sizes too tight for his body, stiff and washed out, like he’d gotten it secondhand, or found it in an alley late at night.

His suit is mythical—straight, lean, long, pure, giving, musical, thoughtful, caring, dynamic, cosmopolitan, unselfish, strong, industrious, and nostalgic for his mother, her peanut butter cookies, and snowy Christmas mornings.

“And what would someone do with a dream of mine? Where would you keep it?”

“I’d stretch it out to create a sail, and then use it to float off to who knows where,” I advise.

 Some of the stories are nostalgic and melancholy, but there are great comedic moments, ranging from slapstick to joyful turns of phrase (and oh, a so very satisfying revenge story).  Another example I highlighted:

Eventually, he turned up in over 3000 cans of a popular brand of tuna. A horrible fate to be sure, and amplified by the fact that the guy was notoriously reputed to detest tuna.

I won’t tell you which stories I liked the most as I’d find it difficult. I checked the reviews, and on reading the comments when the reviewers mentioned a story or another I’d agree with them. So… Just go and read them and enjoy their variety.

 What the book is about: Many things: growing up, life, dreams, realities, loneliness, relationships, friendship, revenge, writing…

 Book Highlights: The quality of the writing and the very distinct characters and voices. The whimsical sense of humour.

 Challenges of the book: Sometimes with the electronic version I wasn’t clear when I had moved from one story to another. The titles of the individual stories and the different parts weren’t always easy to tell apart.

Although the book is not long, I think it is best taken slowly and savouring the quality of the writing, rather than rushing to get to the end of the story. It is not a book to be read in a hurry.

 What do you get from it: Beautiful writing, stories that make you think and a few laughs.

 What I would have changed if anything: As I mentioned perhaps change the size of the titles or the formatting (in the digital version) to make the divisions clearer.

 Who Would I recommend this book to?: To readers who enjoy language and a mood more than heavily plotted stories (although there are some great ones too). And to writers who are considering writing short stories, or just keen on exploring the many ways characterization works.

Ratings:
Realistic Characterization: 4.5/5
Made Me Think: 4/5
Overall enjoyment: 4.5/5
Readability: 4/5
Recommended: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
 

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Author Tony Rauch
Author Tony Rauch

And now, I asked a few questions to the author:

People have less and less time these days and short forms of writing are becoming more and more popular. From flash-fiction to microfiction and even stories told in Tweets, it’s all about brevity. Of course, the short story has a long tradition, but what is for you a short story? And what makes it (so far) your preferred choice when writing? –

For me a short story is anything that conveys a feeling, or an event, or that sets up an event that may then spring forward. It does not have to have a beginning or an ending. I like story starters, that is a written piece that poses a situation or premise, and then you have to imagine various outcomes. But the premise is so interesting it creates that zing in your brain and gets you thinking. That to me is a good story: anything that kick-starts that zing in your imagination and gets you thinking on a different track or about various possibilities.

I prefer the short form because I don’t need a lot of useless background info that longer work sometimes gets bogged down in. I don’t have a lot of free time, so the short form is good for getting ideas down. I have a lot of different ideas, so the short form works well in sorting them into more organized paradigms.

Tony Rauch in action
Tony Rauch in action

Who are your favourite writers, in general, and writers of short stories (if they aren’t the same ones)? Why? What have you learned from them? –

Favorite authors, influences: Anyone interesting, imaginative, and concise. Anyone who makes you think.

Mostly I like short stories as they get to the point quickly. The books that really inspired me are mostly imaginative story collections because they were exciting and new and you never knew what was going to happen next in them. Also, they were brief, which made them memorable and easily digestible.

I like strange or absurd adventures that are well crafted and have a meaning to them, and sci fi as it offers ideas. Reading these types of writers is like taking mini adventures that I could not experience otherwise in the limitations of my actual life –

Older writers:

Donald Barthelme, J.D. Salinger, Richard Brautigan, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Charles Bukowski, Leonard Michaels (murderers), Mark Twain, James Thurber, Antoine de Saint Exupery (the little prince), Dr. Seuss (cool illustrations), Roald Dahl, Steve Martin (cruel shoes), W.P. Kinsella (the alligator report), Jim Heynen (the man who kept cigars in his cap), Don Delillo.

Contemporary writers:

Barry Yourgrau, Mark Leyner, Adrienne Clasky (from the floodlands), Lydia Davis (Samuel Johnson is indignant), Etgar Keret, Stacey Richter, George Singleton, James Tate (Return to the city of white donkeys), Thom Jones, Italo Calvino, Stephen-Paul Martin, Will Self, Denis Johnson (Jesus’ son), David Gilbert (I shot the hairdresser), David Sedaris, Paul Di Filippo, D. Harlan Wilson, Andersen Prunty.

Science fiction from the 40s, 50s, and 60s:

Rod Serling, L. Sprague De Camp, Ray Bradbury, Phillip K. Dick, Aurthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Charles Beaumont, Ursula K. Le Guin, Douglas Adams (an 80’s writer), etc.

Author Tony Rauch trying to grab the intangible
Author Tony Rauch trying to grab the intangible

Many writers read this blog. I subscribe to the advice that one should read in order to improve one’s writing. I know it will be a difficult choice, but any stories in particular that have had an impact on you or have increased your understanding of the form? 

Yes, many – see the list of authors above. One thing I look for is that buzz or zing when they convey a feeling or present something I hadn’t ever seen before. For example, I like that F. Scott Fitzgerald story “Winter dreams” because in it the character changes, or his feelings for someone changes. I like that arc, that sense of change the character goes through in a story. That story presents a loss, and the character’s feelings about that change and loss.

Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Yes, it is:  https://trauch.wordpress.com/

You can find book information and story samples on that bad boy of rock and roll.

If you know of any good publishers looking for arty story collections, please let them know about me. I’m always looking for good publishers. A lot of places don’t publish single author story collections.

Thank you for your time.

Thanks very much to Tony Rauch for his book and for answering my questions, thanks to you  for reading, and don’t forget to like, share, comment, and CLICK!

Olga Núñez Miret

@OlgaNM7

http://www.authortranslatorolga.com

 

 

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#TuesdayBookBlog THE THREE THINGS SERIAL STORY by Teagan Geneviene (@teagangeneviene) and GLIMPSES by Hugh Roberts (@HughRoberts05) Two irresistible new books by fabulous fellow bloggers.

Hi all.

I usually share new books on Fridays, but I’ve decided to take advantage of the #TuesdayBookBlog tag and try and bring a bit more attention to two books that fellow bloggers I admire have published very recently. Although I haven’t read the books in their book form yet, both of them have also shared their stories, either in their totality or some of their content, on their blogs, so I can recommend them both hand in heart.

Here they come…

 

 

 

The Three Things Serial Story by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

The Three Things Serial Story: A Little 1920s Story by Teagan Geneviene

The Three Things Serial was a spontaneously written (“pantser”) story. Everything in it — characters, setting, plot, was driven by “things” left by readers of the blog Teagan’s Books, episode by episode.

It quickly became a 1920s Mystery with armature sleuth, Pip, telling the story. Pip is determined to be a modern woman, a flapper.

Everything about this story was determined by the random “things” readers sent. Absolutely nothing was pre-planned. First came the narrator, Pip, aka Paisley Idelle Peabody. I imagined the voice of Lucille Ball as Pip, telling a story of her youth. Then came the 1920s setting, inspired by oscillating fan. Next the “things” brought characters, particularly Andy who came back for another serial. Eventually a thing gave me the Florida setting. I think you get the idea of how this worked.
Pip, a modern woman — a flapper, begins the first of several adventures. In this story a mysterious white-haired woman is kidnapped. Pip finds a bent key, a scrap from a special quilt, strange tattoos and other “things.” Later, Pip and her friends find themselves on a luxurious yacht where they encounter figures from history and celebrities of the era. The mystery comes to the forefront when they reach the destination, the gilded mansion, Ca d’Zan.

While it was not great literature, it sure was a fun ride! Many readers asked me to provide the serial as a book, and that’s what I’ve done with this novella. So sit back and enjoy the Three Things Serial.
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Teagan Geneviene author

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, a southerner by birth, was “enchanted” by the desert southwest of the USA when she moved there. She had always devoured fantasy novels of every type. Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one. And she hasn’t stopped writing since.

Her work is colored by her experiences in both the southern states and the southwest. Teagan writes many types of fantasy, from what she likes to call “quest type” fantasy, to urban fantasy, to fantasies with a dash of mystery. Her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to “things” from viewers.

Major influences include Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, and Charlaine Harris.

See book trailer videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-z7_iH5t2_7aNpy3vG-Q?disable_polymer=true

Amazon page:

https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM/

Here I share the post she’s written about the novella in her own blog, so you can get it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak:

https://teagansbooks.com/2016/12/02/book-launch-the-three-things-serial-story/

And you must check her video:

And second…

Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts

Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts

See all 2 formats and editions

After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book.

Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh.

Dare you take a glimpse into the lives of these unsuspecting characters?

“If you’re looking for a thoroughly entertaining read, Glimpses is the book for you. Each story has been cleverly crafted; through Hugh’s wonderful imagination, he has the ability to whisk you away to many different worlds, past, present and future. Every story makes a compelling read and just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, Hugh masterfully reveals a brilliant twist. With bite-size and longer stories, Glimpses is a must-read. I loved it.” – Esther Newton, Writer, and Author.

Hugh W. Roberts, author

Biography:

Hugh W. Roberts was born in Wales and returned to his homeland in 2016. Having lived in various parts of the UK, he spent twenty-seven years living and working in London, a city he loves very much. He’s also lived in Chepstow, in south east Wales, Hartlepool, in the north east of England, and Brighton and Hove, on the south coast of the UK. Despite the fact that he has dyslexia, Hugh was thrilled when he passed both his English Language and English Literature exams at school. He has always enjoyed writing, especially short stories, and was only persuaded to start publishing his work when he was introduced to blogging in February 2014. This was the catalyst that propelled him to fulfil one of his lifetime ambitions of writing and publishing a book. Still a very keen blogger, Hugh has built up a large following on his blog made up of family, friends, authors, and people from all over the world. He writes about everyday life, publishes some of his photography, and has even dabbled in writing poetry (one of the writing elements he finds difficult to do). His blog can be found at www.hughsviewsandnews.com Now living between the town of Abergavenny and the city of Swansea, Hugh shares his life with his civil-partner, John, and their Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Toby. He spends his days writing, reading, walking, cycling and likes to relax in front of the television with a glass of red wine. He’s always been a morning person and does most of his writing during the day. Hugh has already begun writing short stories for his next book, which he hopes to publish towards the end of 2017. In the meantime, he would really appreciate it if you would consider leaving a review on Amazon for this, his first short story collection.

Amazon page:

https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP/

Here is the author’s own blog post:

https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2016/12/01/glimpses-launch-day-newbook-booklaunch/

I have had the pleasure of meeting Hugh Roberts in person (he’s a lovely man and an amazing writer), and although I haven’t met Teagan Geneviene in person, after following her blog and her serials, and having contributed to them on several occasions, I feel as if I knew her too. I’m very happy to see they’ve published their books, so the world at large can check their fabulous writing, and I hope you will.

Thanks so much to Teagan and Hugh for their books, thanks to all of you for writing and please, like, share, comment and CLICK!

 

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#Mother’sDayMagic And incredible collection of books for a very good cause. Today Tamara Ferguson (@Tammysdragonfly)

Hi all:

As you know on Fridays I bring you new books and projects. I love to feature joint collections where several authors combine their books to offer variety and incredible value-for-money. It’s also a great chance to meet new writers that you’ll likely want to follow from then on, all under one roof.

Although I’ve featured some collections in the past, thanks to Tamara Ferguson who is a fellow author in one of the groups I frequent, I have the opportunity to bring you a great collection Mother’s Day Magic and not only that, but also to introduce you a few of the writers participating on the project. I’ll be sharing some insight information, interviews, etc, in the weeks to come, but I thought Tamara would be the best person to introduce us to this collection.

The floor is yours.

Mother’s day Magic…

with love

Mother's Day Magic

Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in a dozen brand new, previously unpublished-stories, written by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Whether it’s a captivating tale of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.

10% of proceeds from this anthology will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society toward research.

Links: 

The Facebook event:

http://www.mybook.to/MothersDayMagic

Amazon: 

USA http://amzn.to/1QBkiXk

UK   http://amzn.to/1QBkiXn

CAN http://amzn.to/1QBkhTw

AUS http://bit.ly/1QBkiXs

nook

Kobo

Itunes:

USA: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1077026791

UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/id1077026791

CAN: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/id1077026791

AUs: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/id1077026791

NZL: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/book/id1077026791

 

Author Tamara Ferguson
Author Tamara Ferguson

AN INTERVIEW WITH Tamara Ferguson One of the Authors FROM MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC

#1 Bestselling & Multi-award winning author of the Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award in new adult romance

The Story I’ve Contributed Is

Two Hearts Unspoken (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance II) by Tamara Ferguson
Two Hearts Unspoken (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance II) by Tamara Ferguson

TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN

(Two hearts wounded warrior romance ii)

Retired air force captain and wounded warrior, Zach Logan, discovers that his scars are more than skin deep, when he falls in love with Beth Bowen; the lovely single mother of an autistic son. Could these two lonely people discover that love is that something unspoken that’s been missing from their lives?

 

What Was The Inspiration For Your Mother’s Day Magic Story?

I’m the single mom of a severely Autistic son. The story allows me to give some insight—not only about autism, but about the problems associated with his funding.

 

How much research was involved in writing your story? How did you go about it?

Not too much research—I decided to write about what I know—since I’m currently involved in a bunch of other writing projects. As far at the wounded warrior aspect—I also watch a lot of CNN—so the world’s problems always seem to be on my mind. My oldest son is a licensed athletic trainer and therapist, so the medical issues are much easier to research when you have your own personal consultant!

 

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

All the time—my story is completely different from the story I intended to write! Sometimes the story just takes off in its own direction, and you have to go with the flow.

Do you miss spending time with your characters when you finish writing this story?

Definitely! That’s why I love writing series romance—many of my previous characters are popping up in each new story I write. 

What writer has been your biggest inspiration?

Nora Roberts, Linda Howard & Mary Balogh are the 3 writers I’m the most inspired by—each in a different way—because their stories strike me the most emotionally. 

What non-writer had the most influence on your life And why?

Probably my grandmother—I was the only daughter in two generations—so she pretty much spoiled me rotten—but she was also someone who inspired me to think that anything was possible.

How important is the choosing of character names to you? Have you ever decided on a name and then changed it because it wasn’t right for the character?

Names are very important to me—yes I change them if they don’t feel right! I also relate my cover pictures to my characters as closely as possible. This is the salesperson in me! First impressions are very important to the reader (speaking as someone who used to read 7-10 novels per week before I began writing!!) 

Do you allow others to read your work in progress, or do you keep it a secret until you’ve finished your first draft?

No one usually asks to read my stories while they’re still in progress! 

What inspired you to write your first book?

My son was supposed to enter a vocational program after he graduated from his specialized education, but this fell through because of Illinois’ budget cuts. My plans for expanding my own business were put on hold—since I had to take care of my son full-time. Writing is like therapy for me—and keeps me from thinking about the what-ifs in my life that I can’t do anything about. So the unexpected success I’ve been having has come as a complete surprise for me.

What might we be surprised to know about you?

Besides the fact that I’m a full-time caregiver of my youngest son—who’s severely autistic and an insulin dependent diabetic? There’s not a whole lot of choice in the matter because of the funding in the state of Illinois. That’s why I used this novella to bring up a few of the worries parents like myself are facing with the budget cuts being proposed by the new governor.

But there are also hidden joys in to found in the raising of a special kid—which I also touch base about in my story!

Otherwise, I have a ton of hobbies—including home improvement (I built an addition and put a new roof on the house—so big time home improvement, here)—gardening, cooking, floral arranging—all which I never seem to have time for anymore!

 

The fabulous line up of Mother's Day Magic
The fabulous line up of Mother’s Day Magic

About the Author

A member of the Romance Writers of America, Tamara Ferguson is the top-ten best-selling, multi-award winning author of the Kissed By Fate Romance Series and the Tales of The Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series.

Her latest release is Two Hearts Surrendered. This military romance was her contribution to the bestselling Magical Weddings anthology, which included stories by fifteen USA Today, best-selling, and award-winning authors. Two Hearts Surrendered recently earned 3-5★reviews from Readers’ Favorite, and has just become a #1 Wounded Warrior Romance Bestseller, Kindle Book and Series.

Tales of the Dragonfly Book I: In Tandem was a romance finalist at the 2013 Indie Excellence Awards, while Tales of the Dragonfly Book II: In Flight was a 2014 WINNER at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. Her latest release, That Unforgettable Kiss was recently a top ten Amazon bestseller in Kindle Saga Fiction, earned 3-5★editorial reviews from Readers’ Favorite, and has just become the 2015 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards in New Adult Romance.

That Unforgettable Kiss is currently featured in the #5 bestselling A Touch Of Passion, 12 full-length novels by USA Today, New York Times bestselling and multi-award winning authors. This anthology is also a #1 New Adult Romance Bestseller, as well as a New Adult Bestseller.

A graduate of Illinois State University, Tamara Ferguson was a Vice-President of her graduating class and a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She was awarded the Illinois State University College of Applied Science and Technology Collegiate Achievement Award upon her graduation.

Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son, you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she’s writing or helping indie authors promote their books on twitter. A former horticulturist, she currently resides in central Illinois.

Tamara Ferguson

Never Underestimate the Power of a Kiss 💋

Tamara Ferguson

Multi-Award Winning, #1 Bestselling Author of

Contemporary Romance Suspense, New Adult Romance, & Military Romance-

Two Hearts Surrendered.

#1 Wounded Warrior Romance Bestseller, Kindle Book & Series

2015 Romance Reviews Readers' Choice Award Winner

That Unforgettable Kiss-New Adult Romance

 2015 Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award WINNER

 

 

Tamara’s Blog “Tammys Dragonfly”
Tamara on Amazon
Tamara on Twitter: @Tammysdragonfly
Tamara on Facebook
Tamara on G+
Tamara on LinkedIn
Tamara on Goodreads
Tamara E-mail
Kissed by Fate on Facebook
Kissed by Fate homepage
Tales of the Dragonfly homepage

Other Books:

Tales of the Dragonfly In Tandem (Book I)

http://bookShow.me/B00BAWL28Q

Tales of the Dragonfly In Flight (Book II) Rerelease-revised & new cover in April 2016(Blue Harvest Creative)

http://bookShow.me/B00IADV5M6

That Unforgettable Kiss (Kissed By Fate Books 1)

http://bookShow.me/B00OMGW8V2

A Touch of Passion (With That Unforgettable Kiss)

✿ Amazon: http://BookShow.me/B017DVII20 
✿ Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/a-touch-of-passion-1
✿ Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/589307

✿ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27397672-a-touch-of-passion?ac=1

✿ Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-touch-of-passion-boxed-set/id1054833135?mt=11

✿ Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-touch-of-passion-uvi-poznansky/1122885381?ean=2940152687675

Two Heart Surrendered (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance I)

http://bookShow.me/B016VYD1AE  

Magical Weddings (With Two Hearts Surrendered)

http://bookShow.me/B00Y1PUA3W

Coming Soon: Two Hearts Undone (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance III)

(Annie Acorn Publishing)

 

Social media long links/web page address etc.

Tamara’s Blog         https://Tammysdragonfly.wordpress.com/
Tamara on Amazon       http://www.TamaraFerguson.com
Tamara on Twitter: @Tammysdragonfly     https://twitter.com/Tammysdragonfly
Tamara on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tamara-Ferguson/579374595502809

Tamara G+                      https://plus.google.com/108952992124602192038/posts?hl=en                                            Tamara on LinkedIn        https://www.linkedin.com/pub/tamara-ferguson/94/a05/946
Tamara on Goodreads    https://www.goodreads.com/httpgoodreadscomtamara_ferguson
Tamara E-mail                                Tammysdragonfly@gmail.com
Kissed by Fate on Facebook          https://www.facebook.com/KissedByFate?ref=hl

Tumblr  https://www.tumblr.com/blog/tammysdragonfly

I’ve featured the Magical Weddings Anthology before (see here) and personally I can say I’m impressed by all of Tamara’s achievements and for pushing through with her writing no matter what.

Thanks so much to Tamara for this introduction to the collection and for such an open-hearted and honest interview and thanks to your for reading. As I mentioned before I’ll be sharing some more features about some of the other authors in coming weeks. In the meantime, don’t forget to like, share, comment and CLICK!

 

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