Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays

Hope you all finish off 2015 with a bang and that 2016 brings you happiness!


Monday, December 7, 2015

Today's Tidbit

So, I have been spending way to much time doing research on what is essentially a fantasy series.  But, hey, for steampunk to feel real to me, there has to be a bit of Victorian accuracy!  I've scoured websites, read books like How to be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman, and visited dusty museums. Plus, researching Victorian swear words or hairstyles or gentleman's clubs is a great procrastination tool.  Knowing things can never hurt.

And so I bring you a bit of fun: some popular terms from the 19th century that I think should be re-instated.  Most of these tidbits today come from Marc McCutcheon's Everyday Life in the 1800s, but a couple were things picked up on the web.


Boodle, meaning a crowd.  How fun is that to say?  Try it five times fast.

Blazes, taking the place of "hell" or "the devil".  I am the youngest of six kids, and was unplanned. My parents are up there in age.  My father, at 93 now, has been heard to say, What in the blazes is wrong with you?  He also uses other terms for the devil that ticked on over from Victorian times, like Sam Hill, dickens, thunder and the expression Dad blame it!.

Crinkum-Crankum, female genitals. I think I'm going to start using this with my kids (instead of the French slang, zizi).  I hate bicycle seats. My crinkum-crankum is killing me.

Fix one's flint, to settle something.  I'll fix his flint, and good.

Pucker, to be annoyed or upset.  I love this one because you can see it.  Old Mrs. Meanie was in a right pucker that we'd trampled her grass.

Sauce Box, meaning your mouth. Shut your sauce box, would you?

Skeery, to be afraid or apprehensive.  Another one that's just fun to say, probably a mutation of scary.   It's getting dark outside and I'm feeling kind of skeery.

 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ain't That the Truth?



Photo: Elaine Vigneault





“People say that life is the thing,
but I prefer reading.”  
― Logan Pearsall Smith

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Because it's Beautiful






Fall is my favorite season, mainly because I adore wearing fashion boots and have a fall coat fetish. There are other reasons, of course (razor hiatus anyone?), but after the love of boots comes basking in the flat-out beauty of the season.  I hope you all are having as gorgeous an autumn as I am. 


Monday, November 2, 2015

Enter to Win a Kindle Fire and Other Prizes! Daughters of Men Blog Tour by A.R. Draeger

DaughtersofMen Daughters of Men by A.R. Draeger published April 5, 2015
Devastated by the loss of her son, Rebecca is struggling to salvage her marriage to Jacob, a cold and detached pastor. When he goes on a men's hunting retreat and does not return on time, Rebecca fears the worst. Jacob arrives three days late, citing bad weather and poor cell service as the reasons none of the men called home. Jacob appears healthy, but Rebecca is concerned with the deep gashes on his arms and is even more alarmed when he tells her that he stitched them himself. As the weeks pass, Rebecca begins to wonder what happened in the mountains. Jacob is not the same man he was before. While she is relieved he is no longer detached, she cannot comprehend why he’s become so flirtatious, so sexually aggressive. So obsessive. Jacob's odd behavior mounts, and the actions of the men who joined Jacob on the retreat grow more and more strange, convincing Rebecca that the men who came home are not the men who left. Who are these pretenders… and what have they done with her husband?

Amber DraegerABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Welcome back Melusine: Submerged is released!

Melusine is just too awesome a character to confine to the pages of only one book.  This kickass killer in a corset is off on another adventure--this time to her hometown of Malheur, LA.



Lure it out. Catch it. Kill it. 

Melusine knows how to handle monsters.  Love, however, is another matter entirely.

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Though she is doing her best to live her happily ever after, Melusine has good reason to doubt Levi’s devotion and worries the curse that once made her a siren will return.
When Melusine and Levi go hunt a beast down South, Melusine’s deepest fear becomes a reality as she finds herself in exactly the place where all her troubles began: home. There, Melusine must face the dark secrets and lies of her family’s past—and the very real possibility that she is more monster than maiden.


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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Coming Soon! Oct. 13 Submerged is released!


What do you think of this teaser?  I don't see Melusine with red lips, but the expression is all hers! Kickass.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Release Day: Witch Wood by Melanie Karsak

Happy release day to Melanie Karsak!  Melanie launches off the Blazing Indie Collective's Witching Hour Collection with her novella, Witch Wood.


 

Witch Wood is a tie-in novella that compliments The Harvesting Series, an award-winning dark fantasy/zombie mashup, by Melanie Karsak. Witch Wood can be read as a stand-alone or as part of The Harvesting Series.

Harm none, and be ready for zombies.

In the little town of Brighton, Amelia’s practice of Wicca marks her as a curiosity both at home and at school. But Amelia can’t change what she is. Knowing how to see auras, heal, and cast spells comes naturally to her. Only Madame Knightly, the ancient matriarch and owner of Witch Wood Estate, to whom Amelia plays caretaker, doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, the crumbling old mansion is full of oddities.

 However, when modern treatments fail to make a dent in the flu outbreak sweeping the globe, those who once ridiculed her white witchcraft turn to Amelia for help. While her eucalyptus tinctures prove no more effective than western medicine, her spell-casting is another matter. The residents of Brighton soon depend on the very magic they once ridiculed to save their lives.



 



The aura around Mrs. Delaney had faded from vibrant green to dull, sludge-colored green-brown as the last class of the day wore down to its end. Despite the fact she was still standing at the blackboard lecturing, a patient smile on her face, her energy told another tale: she was about to drop. She turned and jotted some notes on the board. I noticed that the chalk tray had left a white line of chalk across the back of her black skirt in a none-too-flattering spot. I hoped the boys wouldn’t notice.

“Witch,” a whisper came from behind me. “Amelia…hey, witchy woman.”

Nate must have gotten bored. Instead of just texting like everyone else, he was about to launch into his tired barrage. I ignored him, hoping it would dissuade him, but pretending he didn’t exist rarely phased him. He was the glowing center of his own universe. Other people’s perceptions didn’t matter to him.

“Ah-meel-ya,” he chanted. “Witch, why don’t you let me put some sex in your hex.”

I looked at Zoey who was sitting beside me in the next row and rolled my eyes.

I was so over with this day. With half the class out sick, Nate—hipster extraordinaire and total douche—was running low on girls to hit on. Jenna and Sam, who sat behind Zoey and me, usually acted as a buffer. For some reason I never understood, they both liked Nate’s attention. But they were both absent. If I didn’t know it would come back on me tenfold, I’d cast a spell to silence his disgusting mouth. But I was a good witch, Glinda without the bubble, and I had no business casting hexes.

“Rhyming? I didn’t know you were that smart, Nate,” Zoey, who was less patient than me, shot back.

“Logan, you smell fish?” Nate whispered to Logan who sat beside him. “Zoey, close your legs.”

Out of the corner of my eye, I glanced at Logan. A newcomer, Logan had moved to Brighton at the beginning of the year. I could see him and the soft purple and indigo glow that always surrounded him.

Logan shifted uncomfortably then frowned at Nate. “Don’t be a dick. Sorry, Zoey. Nate doesn’t have any manners.”

Nate laughed. “Whatever. Oh, Edward Cullen, you’re such a gentleman,” Nate teased him. “Like Zoey and Amelia even matter.”

Since he first started school, Logan had always lingered on the outskirts of Nate’s tribe. It seemed that he wasn’t actually a jerk like Nate and his friends. And then there was the other thing about him that set him apart. He was an A student, too busy actually paying attention to what Mrs. Delaney had to say in class to be a jerk. And today, Mrs. Delaney’s lecture focused on Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

I scanned around the classroom. Of the less than a dozen students in class, half of them were on their phones. Mrs. Delaney was explaining—mainly to the board at this point—the meaning of the witches’ chant in the play.

“Hey, Amelia, can you brew me a love potion to get Jenna to suck me off?” Nate whispered.

“Could you be any more disrespectful?” Logan chided just as Mrs. Delaney, who’d finally had enough, turned and faced the class.

“In the back…shush. Now, someone tell me, which goddess is said to have been insulted by this play? Anyone actually paying attention? Which goddess cursed Shakespeare’s work?”

I glanced back at Logan through my long, wheat-colored hair. Most days we would race to be the first to answer but not today. The last thing I wanted to do was draw more attention to the fact that I knew about witchcraft. While I’d been practicing Wicca since I was thirteen, the year I stumbled across a used copy of Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham in a used bookstore, I’d always been different. Being Wiccan meant promoting peace, protecting my environment, and feeling at one with the Great Mother. The idiot behind me, however, didn’t know the difference between a devil worshipper—which I was not—and Samantha from Bewitched. And I wasn’t in the mood to explain to him that I only performed good magic, earth and healing magic.

 
 
About the author:

Melanie Karsak is the author of the bestselling series The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, and numerous other works. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master's degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, Shakespeare nerd, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

 

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Author Interview:
 It's almost Halloween! What's your favorite witch movie or novel?

I like my witches a little old fashioned. I would start with The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley to see the roots of the modern pagan movement. In terms of movies, I would definitely avoid seeing “The Blair Witch Project” again because I totally puked my guts out midway through that cult classic, but I like something light like “Practical Magic” as well.

 
What was the inspiration for your witch novella?

The Harvesting Series is a genre mashup. It begins like a classic zombie horror story then the series begins to slowly reveal that there are other supernatural forces in our world…vampires, fey shifters, and so on. These dark forces have been trying to exterminate us for eons, and they finally discovered a way by causing a virus that turned mankind into zombies. Along the way, some people with special powers emerge…a medium, a tarot reader, and in this novella, a white witch named Amelia. Mankind is about to make their last stand, and they are going to need Amelia’s help.

 
Tell us about your main character: white witch, dark witch, or something in-between?

Amelia is a Wiccan, a white witch. She’s someone who has a special gift. She can see, and heal, people’s energy, their auras. She’s also not bad at casting spells and doing herb work. Her special talents have always set her on the outskirts in the past, but that’s about to change.

 
Do you believe in magic? 

Yes, I do. I do believe people have the ability to use energy to influence their environments in positive or negative ways. 

 
What else should we know about your novella?

 This novella is a tie-in for my larger series, but it hold its own as a stand-alone. We will see Amelia face the early days of the outbreak and how she and her friends handle that situation. There is an epilogue at the end of the novella that features characters from the main series, so if that strikes your fancy, check out The Harvesting after you read Witch Wood to get started!

 

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Limited Time Offer: Get the WHOLE Falling in Deep Collection for only 99 cents!


All summer long the authors of the falling in deep collection have been launching unique mermaid tales for you to enjoy. Maybe you grabbed one by your favorite author, or tried a couple, or maybe you were hoping we'd do something like this...for a LIMITED time, ALL the Falling in Deep novellas will be available in one massive, 900 page, anthology! That's a lot of seashells! And to thank you for loving our mermaids so much, we've set our Pre-Order and Release Week Price at 99 cents!

We aren't going to off this collection for long, it's a LIMITED release, so do grab it before Ink, Kate, Skyla, Tara, Gaire, Anya, and all the other mermaids swim away!

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From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam to folktales, the fourteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the FALLING IN DEEP COLLECTION are bringing you mermaid tales like you've never seen before.

Scales by Pauline Creeden
Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak
Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger
Deep Breath by J. M. Miller
At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells
The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone
The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant
The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless
An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens
How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes
Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley
Immersed by Katie Hayoz
Siren's Kiss by Margo Bond Collins
To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci



The Falling in Deep Collection

SCALES BY PAULINE CREEDEN
Verona is a bottom feeder. She is the one mer in her clan who is considered the ugliest and least intelligent. Growing up with the constant bullying and abuse wasn’t the worst of what her kind had in store for her. At seventeen years old, she must now endure “The Reckoning.”

The scales will measure her worth to her clan. Will she endure thirty days as a land-walker to gather information and knowledge to appease her clan and return a valued member? Will she wait three years, until she is twenty, and find a mer of her kind to accept her and marry her? Or will she suffer exile for the rest of her life?

INK: A MERMAID ROMANCE BY MELANIE KARSAK
A mermaid princess destined to wed a handsome king…
It sounds like a fairy tale, but the reality is far murkier.
Ink, Princess of the Florida Atlantic mers, is slated to wed the ancient enemy of her tribe, the King of the Gulfs. After years of war that led to countless mer deaths, as well as the genocide of aquatic shapeshifters and the freshwater mers of Florida, Ink’s marriage will bring lasting peace.
Or so it seems.
Mere hours before she’s supposed to leave the ocean for her customary year as a drywalker, Ink meets Hal, an alligator shifter who warns her that a storm is brewing. There is malicious intent behind Ink’s marriage—and worse, meeting Hal has also caused a storm to rage in Ink’s heart. Nevertheless, loyal to her tribe, Ink will put aside her feelings and journey to Miami to marry the decadent King Manx.
Ink soon learns that her only hope of surviving the crashing force swelling around her is to tap into a power deep inside—a forbidden power that might destroy them all.

OF OCEAN AND ASH BY A. R. DRAEGER
Of Ocean…
Cast into the sea at birth, human-born Ia found her adoptive family among the merfolk. While her underwater upbringing was peaceful, Ia’s blood-heritage and the strict societal rules of the merpeople lead her to wonder of the world above the waves. 
And Ash…
When a storm lands Ia ashore, she discovers her body has transformed into the human she would have been. Taken in as property by a callous plantation owner, Ia works alongside the slaves until she can make her way back to the water. There is nothing Ia wants more than to go home, that is, until she meets a handsome, troubled man named Matthias, who has a touch that can be as kind as his tongue is harsh.
Torn between two very different lives, Ia must choose – stay in his world and risk her life for a love untested, or return to the familiar arms of the underwater world that raised her and risk losing what may be the greatest love she will ever know.
Will Ia’s choice lead to her happiness or her destruction?

DEEP BREATH BY J. M. MILLER
Before disappearing at sea, Marissa Pruitt’s father—a once revered marine archaeologist—walked the line of insanity, claiming to have seen a mermaid during an ordinary dive in the Gulf of Mexico. He abandoned his life and career, completely obsessed with chasing the truth.

It’s been years since his death, and Marissa is still tormented by countless unanswered questions. When she finds dive coordinates and a stone pendant hidden in her father’s things, she asks for help from his old protégé and sets out to give her father one last goodbye and maybe find closure for her troubled heart. Instead, she finds the truth he’d been searching for all along, with a life and love she never could have imagined. But there’s a price to see it all, one set by betrayal and paid with an anchor at her feet and salt water in her lungs.



AT THE HEART OF THE DEEP BY CARRIE L. WELLS
Oceanographer Luke McAllister races to figure out why the ocean depth is changing off Florida's Treasure Coast. But before he and his crew discover what’s transforming the deep, he stumbles upon an even greater mystery. Leagues below the waves, he swear he sees…a mermaid?

Anya isn’t allowed to get close to humans. But when a golden-haired researcher gets too close to her island, she can’t afford to stay away.

Together, this unlikely pair will seek to discover what’s causing shifts in ocean floor. While their new alliance is forbidden, Anya will risk everything to save her beloved ocean. The only problem is, she’s not sure what’s really luring her in, her love of the sea or the tempest Luke has stirred in her heart. Either way, Anya knows that the dangers facing the sea are nothing compared to what will happen to her when her father learns she’s broken the merfolks’ most sacred law.

Can Anya and Luke discover what lurks at the heart of the deep before it's too late? 

THE MERMAID’S DEN BY ELLA MALONE
Laura and Tom Flynn married after she fell for him hook, line, and sinker — literally. Finding Laura in his fishing net had been a shock for Tom, but one he came to embrace as they quickly fell in love. For fifteen years, they have lived and worked by the sea, and Laura hasn’t thought once of what she left behind when she chose to marry Tom. She doesn’t regret giving up her mermaid form. It wasn’t a sacrifice. It was a good decision, and one she made to survive.

Now, with Tom missing at sea, Laura faces a decision she swore she’d never consider. In order to search for Tom and his crew, she must become a mermaid again and face the demons of the deep that she eagerly dodged when trading in her tail. Or she can stay on land and continue her life, but without Tom.

Does she enjoy her future alone, without the man she loves, or face her fears and her past in the ocean? Either way, nothing will be the same for her again. 

HOW TO BE A MERMAID BY ERIN HAYES
All Tara ever wanted was to be a mermaid.

So she takes a year off between high school and college to don a fake tail and tour aquariums across the country in a professional mermaid troupe.

Everything's great until she meets a gorgeous real-life merman named Finn. Suddenly, what she thought was a dream turns out to be a nightmare -- she's turning into a mermaid herself. For real.

Yet when she returns to the sea to seek out Finn and reverse her transformation, she finds herself in the middle of an impending war between the land and sea. Tara may have always wanted to be a mermaid, but now it's sink or swim. In order to survive, she has to learn how to be one, too.

THE GLASS MERMAID BY POPPY LAWLESS
Kate
I'm the last mermaid.
I’m back on shores of Lake Erie, but the cold waters are silent. There is nothing here for me but ghosts and the beach glass that litters the rocky shore. Long ago, I lived below the waves. Now, I am the sole survivor, and at long last, my mermaid glamour is leaving me.
Every day, I walk the beach. Every day, I wonder what happened to my people. The little pieces of colored glass that wash ashore give me simple pleasure. They are gifts from the lake, reminders of home. I fashion them into trinkets: necklaces, earrings, bracelets. They are beautiful things. The humans seem love them.
Every day, I walk the beach. Nothing ever changes, until the day he says hello.
Cooper
I’m dying.
It’s not a question, it’s a fact. The cancer is eating me alive. They told me I have six months to live, maybe less. I came home, back to Chancellor on Lake Erie, to die. The sunsets are vivid there, and I will relish every one.
I've never seen anything more beautiful than a Lake Erie sunset until I see her.
All life is as fragile as glass.
What would you sacrifice to save the one you love?



AN OFFICE AND A MERMAID BY BLAIRE EDENS
When a slave uprising threatens the life of Syreena, the daughter of an eighteenth century plantation owner, a servant uses voodoo to transform her into a mermaid. The spell will be only broken when she returns to the beach where it was cast. After three hundred years of swimming, she’s ready to trade fins for legs. The only problem is she can’t find her way home.

Dylan, a twenty-first century Coast Guard Officer, has sworn off love for the sea. When a wave throws him overboard, Syreena uses her amulet to ward off the sharks and save his life.

With Syreena and Dylan stranded on a remote cay in the Caribbean, Dylan has the know-how to build a raft and navigate but his near-drowning has made him terrified of the water. Syrenna will use every charm she has to convince Dylan to take her home. 
Even if it means falling in love. . .

THE WATER IS SWEETER BY ELI CONSTANT

When the land becomes a desert, the water will quench your soul

Orphan Lena McMillan used to think that what she shared with Truman Kent was real. Now she sees their relationship for what it really is- controlling and abusive.

She has to choose to die slowly from ‘love’ or say goodbye to the family she’s always desired. Leaving scares her though, so much so that dying seems like her only option.

But fate won’t let her quit life and Truman won’t let her quit his love. Not without a fight.

Under the layers of a lonely childhood and an adulthood romance gone wrong, a starfish holds the key to Lena’s parentage and the answer to the mesmeric ocean dreams that haunt her.

If she can find the strength to leave the only life she knows, Lena will discover the truth. And she will find a new world, one that will cleanse her of the memories of false love and abuse.

One that will finally lead her home.



COLD WATER BRIDEGROOM BY B. BRUMLEY
Having grown up in San Francisco, Calder Brumen is drawn to the ocean, and he's spent his life trying to capture the beauty of the Pacific on canvas. Over time, he has become obsessed with painting the image of a dark haired mermaid named Gaire, and Calder struggles to explain his devotion to these portraits to his best friend. When Calder finds sandy footprints leading to the edge of his bed, he suspects that the haunting siren is real.

Pursuing the truth, Calder is dragged into a murderous, underwater plot that could destroy them all. And he must choose – is the possibility of a lifetime with Gaire worth risking death for himself and everyone he loves?

IMMERSED BY KATIE HAYOZ
Forget petticoats and demure female behavior. Melusine Doré prefers armored corsets and knives and slays evil creatures for a living. The grim and gruesome don’t frighten her; she’ll take on a cyclops or a dragon and not even break a sweat. But when her rival, the charismatic Levi Cannon, comes to town, all her buried fears begin to surface. Melusine realizes she is in danger of something much more horrifying than facing blood-thirsty beasts – she’s in danger of falling in love. Because love alone has the power to reveal a secret terrible enough to completely shatter her world.

Set in the muddy streets of 1850s steampunk Chicago, Immersed by Katie Hayoz is a dark yet romantic fantastical romp. It is a stand-alone novella, the first in a series of adventures that follow Melusine on her quest to rid the world of monsters…and her struggle to come to terms with every monstrous facet of herself.

SIREN’S KISS BY MARGO BOND COLLINS
Her kiss might save the world . . .

Unless his kiss kills her first.

It's been almost two thousand years since the mer-shifter Skyla walked the streets of Athens—not since her heart was broken by a human man and she exchanged the land and sky for the ocean depths. Ever since, she has lived in the underwater ruins of Atlantis, studying with the priestesses of the goddess Amphitrite, refining her mermaid powers and ignoring her human half.

But her studies are interrupted when she is called upon by the god Poseidon himself to investigate rumors that the world above is being polluted by the magic of creatures from another realm—and worse, that the ocean kingdom of the mer-people might be next.

When her inquiries in modern-day Greece lead her to an American detective asking similar questions, Skyla realizes that the magical problem she's been sent to research is bigger than she anticipated—and that one human's kisses might be more dangerous to her, and her world, than she ever could have imagined.

TO EACH HIS OWN BY ANNA ALBERGUCCI
Douglass McGrail is a Scottish water horse—his clan the deadliest in the British Isle. When the shifter chooses to save—rather than eat—a young lassie, he never expects her innocent face to mark his memory so strongly.

Months later, he stumbles onto a perceived attack in progress and plays the hero once more. He’s shocked to find the victim is the same lass who haunts his dreams.

Jinny Fairchild is an English miss who’s come to the Highlands to live with her last remaining family. She is pursued by her handsome older cousin, Lachlan Brockhouse, but he has a dark side that lands her in the path of the mighty Douglass McGrail.

Douglass wants Jinny for himself, yet discovers she is connected to the attacker she denies knowing. He’s determined to find the truth.

Jinny loves Lachlan, even with his dark side. And she loves Douglass, even with his dark secret. Her heart is torn, but one thing is certain—no matter which of these men she chooses, she will be choosing a monster.

About our Authors

Pauline Creeden, author of SCALES, is an award-winning author, horse trainer, & overall book ninja.

Melanie Karsak, author of INK, is a steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, & zombie whisperer.

A. R. Draeger, author of OF OCEAN AND ASH, resides in rural Texas with her husband, Josh, & son, Logan.

J. M. Miller, author DEEP BREATH, writes Young Adult & New Adult romance novels.

Carrie Wells, author of AT THE HEART OF THE DEEP, crosses genres, writing everything from newspaper editorials & textbooks to paranormal romance novellas.

Ella Malone, author of THE MERMAID’S DEN, is a lover of all wonderful things: cherry blossoms, red lipstick, city skylines, the finest chocolate, a man's hands, a woman's back, vodka, & high heels.

Eli Constant, author of THE WATER IS SWEETER, writes characters that are real--light and dark and everything in between, and makes her readers truly think.

Poppy Lawless, author of THE GLASS MERMAID, is a counselor in the field of mental health & is a trained herbalist. This is her debut work.

Blaire Edens, author of AN OFFICE & A MERMAID, loves iced tea with mint, hand-stitched quilts, & yarn stores

Erin Hayes, author of HOW TO BE A MERMAID, is a sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, & wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes who writes a lot of things.

B. Brumley, author of COLD WATER BRIDEGROOM, is an award-winning freelance writer. She lives with her husband, five kids, & three dogs in West Texas.

Katie Hayoz, author of Immersed, lives in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband, two daughters, & two fuzzy cats.

Margo Bond Collins, author of SIREN'S KISS’spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, vampires, ghosts, werewolves, & the women who love (and sometimes fight) them.

Anna Albergucci, author of TO EACH HIS OWN, puts inspiration to paper, weaving her stories into deeply passionate characters that live lives the rest of us only dream about.




 Stay in touch with us! This October, we have a new collection for you...can you say witches??


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Monday, September 14, 2015

Release Day: Damned if I Do by Erin Hayes

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They killed my sister and infected me.
Now I have to pick up the pieces before I die.

I’ve spent the last five months trying to find the bastard who did this. Yet, even with the help of a hot amnesiac vampire named Jude, I’ve had zero luck.

Until now. And it could change everything. Even though I grew up in a family that hunted the supernatural, there were still things I didn’t believe in.

Now I have to hurry for the slim chance that I could save us all. Because when you fight against immortal vampires, you’re the one who’s running out of time.






REVIEW:

They say that the new trend is realistic fiction, that vampires are dead.  Um, actually, they're undead. *cue cymbal crash*  No, in all seriousness, vampires come around for some bloody fun in Damned if I Do by Erin Hayes.

Edie Harker is a vampire slayer with a huge chip on her shoulder and a massive supernatural infection running through her veins.  She never asked to be The Harker, but the day her sister was murdered, the job came to her.  Edie wears a tough attitude and a sarcastic sense of humor as a suit of armor.  Underneath it, though, is a girl who loves her family and is ready to die or kill for them.

Enter Jude, the hot amnesiac vampire.  His past may be dark and uncertain, but he is unwavering in his loyalty--maybe even love--for the girl who tends to kill his kind.

This was a lively novel with zingy dialogue and appealing characters.  It's the first book in the Harker trilogy and, let me tell you when you get to the last page of this one, you'll be ready to hop right into the second.  Strap on your seatbelt; the ride is just getting started! 



Excerpt
My vampy sense tingles again, alerting me to the presence of a familiar vampire behind me. I groan on the inside and flick my cigarette into the fire.
“Really?” I ask, half playfully, half in a bad mood.
I’m still wired from my fight with the other vampires and seeing Meghan, so I can use the excuse to pummel him a few times.
I spin on him, throwing punches in a halfhearted warning. My right shoulder aches with the movement.
As usual, whenever I do this, he matches each of my movements with the same intensity.
We spar for a bit, Harker against vampire, before he pins me against the wall, pressing his strong body against mine.
"You're chipper tonight, Harker," he tells me, a cheeky grin pulling at his lips. He raises an amused, pierced eyebrow.
I roll my eyes at him and push him off me, trying to hide the blush from my cheeks. He was so close to me, I feel a bit too intimate with him at the moment. I turn my attention back to the mini-bonfire. Yes, he's a vampire, but I've known him for five months now and I know he won't hurt me.
"Pissed off doesn't look good on you," he tells me.
"I'm always kind of pissed off these days, Jude."
"What, my lead wasn't good?" he asks.
"That's what remains of them. In there." I nod to the dumpster, then I gesture to the college student still passed out against the wall. "They were having hemoglobin a la carte. And, no, I didn't get any information from either of them. They would rather die or do something stupid before they would ever want to help me."
Jude curses under his breath. "Next time, Harker. You'll get something next time."
I let out a shuddering breath. "You've been saying that for the past five months, Jude. It's not going to fucking happen. Anthony is like Bigfoot, except he hides better. I won't ever get to him in time."
Because I'm dying and my expiration date is coming up.
"You'll figure something out, Harker."
"Not soon enough."
Jude grabs my shoulder and I look back at him in surprise. "Yes. You. Will," he says, punctuating each word. His blue-eyed gaze keeps me rooted to my spot, even though I try to shrug off his empty promises.
It's hard though. Jude isn’t someone you can "shrug off," no matter how hard you try. I'm not one to go for bloodsuckers, but Jude is possibly the best specimen of vampire or human to ever walk the Earth. When they warn girls about bad boys, they have someone like Jude in mind.
 
About the Author
Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series.

She works as an advertising copywriter during the day, and she moonlights as an author. She has lived in New Zealand, Texas, and now in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she'll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.