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ADELA ARTHUR and the CREATOR’s CLOCK

by Judyann McCole
About The Author:   Judyann McCole Is…Roman Catholic   A lover of Books, Florence + Machine, The color Teal, Asian Food, Chocolate, Pandas, and The Rain.   Also A fan of writing in odd places like in bathtubs, under staircases, in a tree, or maybe zoo.   I was born in Montreal, Canada and a few years later my parents moved home to the States where I’m currently attending College.   I don’t know why I never thought about writing. As I was searching for a niche in everything else I was also writing stories about a girl searching for where she belongs and people my age going on wild adventures. One day a teacher of mine, Ms. E. McAllen, asked me what I loved to do and it finally hit me. I love being a storyteller. But I was afraid no one would want, or care to read what I had to say. Until another teacher, Ms. K. Cole gave me the pep talk that changed my life.  

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aaandcc.v1-FinalBook Genre: Young adult fantasy
AGE: 13 up
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: July 26th, 2013  
Book Synopsis:   To Who Ever This May Concern;   I wish I could tell you the contents of this book were purely fictional. That I, Adela Arthur, was just a normal sixteen year old from Portland and that dragons, giants, elves and mermaids were just myths. I wish these were legends shared from crazy old grandparents to crazy old grandparents around campfires. After all, that is what I used to believe.   I never would have thought they lived on the other side of our mirrors in a world called Cielieu. But they do…   I never would have thought there were humans, better known as Volsin that lived among them with the ability to create light from a single thought. But there are…   I never would have thought I was one of them… But I am…   I am the last Arthur and I was brought to the human world after a Volsin, filled with greed, began to strip the light from our kind.   The human world was supposed to be a safe haven… but he’s found us and the only way to stop him is to go back to Cielieu and begin training as a student in the Elpida Castle of Light.   Like I said I wish the contents of this book were purely fictional and not my life…   ADELA ARTHUR  

Preface

S he ran because she had no other choice. She feared what would happen if she dared to stop. There was no time to think. There was barely any time for her to breathe. On her broken ankle, she ran. With her bruised arms, she ran. With her bleeding sides, she ran because she knew today was the day she was meant to die. Her bare feet, covered with everything from wet dirt to dried, dead leaves to cold ice, took her farther into the forest. She jumped over the dark fallen log, not caring that the bottom of her pants snagged on the tip of it. She went on, running deeper, running faster, trying not to think. Thinking would stop her. Thinking would make her want to survive. Thinking would cause her to fight, and today she could not fight. She heard the screeches; she had seen their dark eyes. They were confirming what she already knew in her heart to be true. Today was the day she was meant to die. Snow fell gently on her like small glimpses of hope. She loved the snow. But even today it, too, was against her. It knew. It blanketed the ground and froze her to her core. She slowed, but she didn’t stop running. Slowing was a mistake, though. Now she could feel the fatigue as it crept up inside her. She could feel the pain as it came into her ankle like burning knives slicing away at her. As the screeches rang through the forest, they too chilled her. Whether she slowed or not, she was meant to die today. However, she had one choice, one option. What was to be her final ground? She had the choice of where she could die and it wasn’t going to be here. It wasn’t going to be in the depths of the dark forest. It would not be fatigue, or hunger, or even the evil creatures that dwelled inside that forest. She couldn’t die here. It wasn’t good enough. She ran, but again her pace slowed. What a fatal flaw that was, for now she tripped over the root of a skillful hidden tree. Her body hit the iced-over, snow-covered ground, adding even more injuries to her collection. She touched her lip; seeing her blood on her hands shocked her, stilling her. She was bleeding everywhere, but for some reason that blood was what stilled her. That was her final fatal flaw because now she stopped running. Running had calmed her and now that was gone. A dry sob broke through her lips before the tears came. They broke so quickly they burned, blinding her. She could think now. She knew to what her actions would lead. She knew she could hurt them all. But it had to be done; it was the only thing left to do. They would hate her. They wouldn’t understand. They would have told her there was another way, but there wasn’t. There just wasn’t. They wished for it to be innocent, clean, easy—but it couldn’t be. She knew there wasn’t another way. They knew there wasn’t another way. But they hoped, they prayed, but most of all, they feared. That they too were like her, that they too were only prolonging their agony. It wasn’t always like this. I promise you it wasn’t always like this. There use to be laughter and harmony, absolute and unfathomable harmony. They wanted that back. They needed that back. So she had to die today. She heard it. She heard his foot upon the snow. Lifting herself from the ground with great ease, for she no longer hurt, she turned to him, all the anger in the world directed at him. He—with handsome red eyes and blond hair—he was the reason she would die today. I am not sure if you are the most reckless girl I have ever met or the wisest.” His soft, gentle voice rang out—his voice never much higher than a whisper. It was a deceiving voice. It was the voice of a friend, a brother, a father; it was a voice of someone who cared. This you won’t win. Haven’t you heard? Light always wins. You scare and you terrify, but in the end light always wins. So you are the most reckless man I have ever met, for trying to do the same thing so many others have tried and failed to do,” she told him through her own tears. He simply circled her before speaking again. “Now who lied to you, my dear? There is no such thing as failure. I have simply discovered ways that did not work.” She looked forward, not speaking to the man behind her. There was no point wasting the few precious breaths she had left. Her tears flowed from her eyes, rolling down her cheeks like miniature waterfalls. He was the reason she would die today. How tragic it is that you will not be alive for me to impart such a lesson upon you.” That was the last thing she heard before the darkness came. She hoped; she truly hoped she did not die today for nothing.  

 

Today I am hosting Dawn Jayne author of a new adult paranormal novel Uprising.

Guest Hosting Dawn Jayne author of Uprising

Title: Uprising
Author: Dawn Jayne
Series: Fires of Providence
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Time and Tide Publishing
Release Date: Nov 27 2012
Editions Available In: Ebook & Print

 

Synopsis:

   Heralds are the most powerful of all angels, secretive and feared, created for a single purpose. Only those most courageous and worthy earn a place within the elite choir, and only by breaking ancient oaths held sacred can the honor be stripped. It’s a punishment that hasn’t been imposed in over two-thousand years, until a single reckless act sets off a firestorm, threatening to consume all creation.
   Rise Hawke never suspected she’d been marked to play a role in the deadly events unfolding in the spiritual realm. Independent and resistant to authority, she isn’t thrilled when she meets Dominik, an angel with new wings, an old grudge, and a mysterious agenda he’s determined to impose.
   Vowing to uncover the secrets kept from her, Rise soon learns that knowing what you are isn’t nearly as dangerous as discovering why. Hunted by those who want to destroy her, and controlled by those who would see her fulfill her purpose, she is forced into a brutal battle set in motion long before she was ever born. It soon becomes clear that what one angel will risk to earn the title of Herald, is matched only by what another will do to keep it.

Excerpt

What are you?” she demanded. “What do you want?”
   Tyre considered the questions. There was no reason he had to lie to her at this point, and he’d grown tired of the charade anyway. He cocked an eyebrow. “I’m the angel who’s going to save your soul. Again.”
   “You’re insane,” Katie whispered and started rummaging through the glove box, her hands shaking as she dumped paperwork and other items all over. Tyre guessed she was looking for something to use as a weapon, so he allowed her to continue; it would earn him a few moments of quiet and nothing in the car could harm him.
   He hit the accelerator and tested the steering capabilities. It was almost time for the big finish, and he wanted no mistakes. Tyre started weaving from one lane to another, relishing the adrenaline rush. He laughed until a pair of taillights came up fast on the right. “There might be witnesses.” He turned to Katie. “This could be a problem. Try to act natural, will you?”
   “Witnesses?” Katie repeated, looking back and forth between Tyre and the road. The broken yellow lines whipped by so fast they appeared almost solid. She started to cry, but then she, too, spotted the other vehicle. She seized the manual handle controlling the windows and cranked as fast as she could, calling out for assistance.
   “Brilliant.” He cast a sideways look to the girl. “Well, there’s no way to avoid them now, is there?” He reached over and grabbed her hand. “Wave. Be polite.” He waggled her wrist, making her hand dance. “Say farewell.”

About Dawn Jayne

   Dawn Jayne is an Urban and Paranormal Fantasy author from Indianapolis, Indiana USA.
   Dawn was an avid reader from a young age, and her desire to write took hold soon thereafter. She loaded up on creative writing classes in school, and posted short stories online to hone her skills – and to make certain she had the thick skin necessary to survive the world of publication!
   Uprising is Dawn’s first novel, but one that has been in her head for most of her life in one form or another. No matter what job she held – from being a Marine to a mother to a veterinary receptionist – she was always hearing voices and spinning tales in her head. Uprising is a blend of fantasy, spirituality, ancient arts and astrology, all woven together while keeping a foundation in the real world.
   Her manuscript was accepted by Time and Tide Publishing in 2012, the first in what will be a three book series. She hopes her story will be a positive contribution to the wonderful Urban Fantasy genre, and wants nothing more than her words to bring enjoyment to readers.
   Dawn lives with her family on the Southside of Indianapolis.

Where you can find Dawn:

Blog
Facebook Author Page
Goodreads
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Website

How author Jeanie Grey gets inspired to write.

I’ve been asked to write about what inspires me to be a writer. This is a great, complex question, and the answer has several layers. Hopefully I’ll be able to touch on some of those layers with something approaching coherence.
Layer 1: I like stories. I’ve liked to read ever since…well, ever since I learned to read! Stories are freaking magical. On the one hand they provide a means of escape. Escape from the mundane, from our problems, from our own busy-dizzy minds. On the other hand they provide the opportunity for us to connect. Connect with each other (readers with authors, readers with other readers); connect with characters who introduce us to new ways of thinking and being; connect us with real issues that we face, but in such a way as to allow us to look at them a bit differently, to get a different perspective; connect us with our own emotions and values. Escape and connect at the same time. Like I said: freaking magical.
Layer 2: Using my imagination feels good and reveals more of myself to me. I love some of the wacky stuff that comes out of my fingers when I’ve been able to let go and let my imagination take over. Hah! It’s such a wonderful discovery! And afterwards, when I go back to read it again, I learn new things about myself. For example, after I wrote the first draft of “Crouch” (published on thedarkerhalf.com in April) I realized that it’s a story that tells my emotional truth about being in an emotionally abusive relationship in a way that’s compassionate to both people – the abuser and the abused. I’m still unraveling what the Lilly Frank trilogy is teaching me, but my kundalini energy starts flowing when I’m working on it or even just thinking about it, so I know something important is happening for me there.
Layer 3: Meaningful contribution. I remember a conversation I had with a classmate in college. We were talking about what we planned to do after college. She said she wanted to be a lawyer. I replied that I wanted to be a writer because I wanted to effect real change in the world. Yes, it was a bit rude. What I meant is that laws change only after people’s thinking has changed, and people’s thinking can change as a result of what they read. Therefore I write because I want to have a hand in creating the vision for our future, and I want to help explore ways of making that vision reality.
So…yeah. There you have it. My top three reasons for wanting to be a writer. 🙂 I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on this. Why do you read? Why do you write?
Thanks again, and I hope you enjoy Awakening 2!



Title: Awakening 2
Author: Jeanie Grey
Series: Lilly Frank (Novella)
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 1 2013



Awakening (Book 2 in the Lily Frank Series)
Synopsis

 The second book in The Lilly Frank series joins Torren and Lilly in northern Italy, where Torren tries to help Lilly adjust to her sensitive new vampire body and win her love before she discovers the real reason behind his interest in her. A newly made vampire requires a certain amount of time to get used to her new body and heightened senses. But Torren’s worried that if Lilly doesn’t hurry up, she’ll be dead before she ever gets the chance to adjust to life as a vampire. Word among vampires is that someone’s hunting their kind, and it’s not a quick death if you’re caught. This killer likes to torture the victims first, and all signs indicate that he or she is circling ever-closer to Torren and Lilly. Torren needs Lilly to stop fighting him and start trusting him. Maybe he shouldn’t have deceived her…

Awakening Book Links
About the author: Jeanie Grey  

   Jeanie Grey is a feminist reader and writer of romance and erotica who lives in Portland, Oregon. Her short stories have been published on deadlyeverafter.com and thedarkerhalf.com. To date, over 1200 copies of her first novella, Awakening (2012), have been downloaded. Awakening 2, the second book in the Lilly Frank series, joins Lilly and Torren in northern Italy, where Torren attempts to win Lilly’s love before she finds out the truth about his interest in her. The final installment in the Lilly Frank series, Awakening 3, is slated to be released in 2014.

You can find her at:Blog
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Author Christine Amsden author of Cassie Scot is visting my blog today.

Cassie Scot:
ParaNormal Detective (Book 1)


About The Author:
Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children, Drake and Celeste.
Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Book Description:
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.
Praise for the Cassie Scot Series:

From Publisher’s Weekly:

In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. …Readers will enjoy Cassie’s fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado.”

Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series, had this to say:

When sorcerers call the shots, what’s a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won’t let go until the very last page. Well written, immersive and unputdownable. This is urban fantasy at its best. More please!”

End of the Week… What happend

Wow what a week….

  Holy cow is anyone else excited its finally Friday??? I don’t know about you all but I have had a long and exausting week. But it is finally over.
 Here is my week wrap up, I will also be doing a Youtube video that will be on my video link above.

Wow what an amazing week (June 17-21 work week)

 I posted a couple guest posts:

– Author Ellen Harger let us know how she gets inspired.
– Alison Neuman Guest blogged for me.

 And of course my book reviews….

Strong Enough by: Ellen Harger
Ice Rose by: Alison Neuman
Duff: Designated Ugle Fat Friend by: Kody Kiplinger

** I tried to do a live interview with author Rebecca Graf…. but it didn’t quite work out…But luckly we were still able to meet on Facebook and I gave away some SWAG. And who doesn’t love SWAG!!!
Hopefully Google+Hangouts will get their issues resolved for future interviews.

What to expect next week…..

Next week I plan on reading and writing. Book 3 Embers Embrace needs to be finished.
So watch out for more reviews next week both here and on my Youtube channel. So stay tuned.

Have a great weekend everyone, hope you find something wonderful to read. Or the writing muse is with you.

–Christie

Guest post with Alison Neuman author of Ice Rose a YA spy novel

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Genre: Young Adult/Mystery/Romance
Publisher: Fireside Publications
Release Date: September 15, 2010
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About The Book:

Ice Rose
 — A teenager’s world is turned upside down when an explosion steals her dad and her identity. Entering an exclusive academy that immerses her in the world of secret agents, she must overcome her fears and disabilities to discover the truth about her dad’s mission, his software, and the mystery man stalking her before she ends up like her father — lost.


Alison Neuman lives in Alberta, Canada, where she is a freelance writer and lyricist. Nearing the end of her studies for the Bachelor of Applied Communications Degree program at Grant MacEwan College, she was inspired to complete the first draft of  Ice Rose. The pace of secret agent books and movies gave her an unlimited playground for  imagination. Music and performing are passions she was able to bring into her writing and build into her characters.

Alison’s writing has appeared in “MacEwan Today”, “Westword”, and the “Edmonton Journal” along with three tracks on the CD release Outside The Window. Co-writing the screenplay adaptation of the book Whale Songwith author Cheryl Kaye Tardif exposed her to the world of screenwriting, which she hopes to continue to examine further in the future. Alison also has been writing shorter pieces of non-fiction, one entitled Establishing Roots, that earned a top ten ranking in the Edmonton Stories contest. This past spring she was a winner in The Expressions of Hunger Contest in the Emotional Poetry category. Her piece Undeniable Craving was on display in June and July in various artistic locations across the city of Edmonton.  She has completed a final edit of her memoir “Searching For Normal” and is currently writing her next young adult manuscript.

When not writing creatively, Alison  is editing or writing for her business, Sandy Tree Communications.