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A Haunted Freebie

The Eclective: The Haunted Collection
The Eclective: The Haunted Collection

Just in case you missed it last time, The Haunted Collection is free today and tomorrow on Amazon!

“Empty Vessel” by M. Edward McNally: Captain Wil has command of his own ship, the respect of his crew, and his wife is expecting their first child. But at sea, the winds always become calm just before the storm breaks.

“The Smell of Death” by Tara West: Maggie’s unusual powers bring new threats to her already troubled childhood.

“Safe” by Emma Jameson: In Victorian London, a grave robber makes a nice living off the dead, until he opens the wrong crypt.

“Soulfully Sweet” by Shéa MacLeod: As if helping the living isn’t enough of a pain in her divine hindquarters, Branwen (former goddess of love and beauty) is stuck helping the dead on All Hallow’s Eve.

“May I Go Play?” by Heather Marie Adkins: Micah inherits a southern mansion where ancestors long dead relive their violent deaths. And now, they want company…

“Blehdward, the Vampire who Couldn’t Sparkle” by Pj Jones: Blehdward desperately wants to fit in with the cool vamps. If only he could learn how to sparkle.

“Franscesca” by Alan Nayes: Break a promise to a feiticeira and you will live to regret it.

“Soul Eaters” by R.G. Porter: Kaitlyn never believed in the existence of other worlds. Now she’s in the middle of one where humans aren’t the hunters but the hunted.

Download yours today!

We Will, We Will Haunt You

The Haunted Collection – Free 5 & 6 October

It’s that time of year again. The time when ghosties and ghoulies come out to play the The Eclective unleashes a little Halloween chaos on the world.

This year we’ve come up with eight spooky(ish) stories filled with tales of beings from the Other Side. A haunted house, a discontented ghost, and supernatural powers…who could ask for more?

Even better? The Haunted Collection is FREE today and tomorrow on Amazon, so pop on over and pick up your copy. It includes my Cupcake Goddess short story “Soulfully Sweet.”

 
 
 
Soulfully Sweet by Shéa MacLeod
As if helping the living isn’t enough of a pain in her divine hindquarters, Branwen (former goddess of love and beauty) is stuck helping the dead on All Hallow’s Eve.
 

Morgan Visits Paris

Earlier this month I hopped on the Eurostar and spent a few days roaming the streets of Paris. All in the name of “research” naturally. The things I do for you …

The truth is that in the fourth book of the Sunwalker Saga (Yet to be written, so don’t get too excited.) Morgan will be heading to Paris (among other places). There will be more mystery, mayhem, and madness. There will be sidhe and Templars and goodness knows what else.

In fact I only know two things at this point. The title will be Kissed by Moonlight and the cover looks a little something like this:

But of course first I must finish the edits for Montlake on Kissed by Fire. But while I do that, why don’t you sit down with a croissant and an espresso and enjoy Morgan’s Paris.

Continue reading Morgan Visits Paris

Fantastical Friday: Things That Make You Go … Sparkle?

I can’t believe it’s Friday already.  Time flies when you’re editing and rewriting like a crazy person, I guess.

Video Goodness:

Today’s video seriously made me laugh.  Out loud.  Which was mildly embarrassing since I was alone at the time.  Then again, it could have been worse.  I could have snorted coffee up my nose or something.

Oh, that amuses me no end.  Probably Twilight fans will have kittens over that one, but I think it’s damn funny.

Linky Love:

As usual, there are all kinds of fun and exciting things happening around the interwebs.

First off, Jack Wallen is talking about the 10 Things I Learned From B-Horror.  Not only is it funny, but it might just save your life.  Okay, it probably won’t save your life, but it’s still really funny and there are some excellent tips for world domination.

And speaking of world domination, author Tara West is determined to take over the world one paranormal YA book at a time.  The first book of her Whispers series, Sophie’s Secret, is FREE on Smashwords.  So, go pick yourself up a copy!

Imagine the horrors of high school compounded by the ability to read people’s minds.  EGAD!  As if the teenage years weren’t bad enough.  Trust me, I had perpetual bad hair days and off-brand jeans.  It was not pretty.  I can’t imagine topping that off with paranormal powers.

Love steampunk?  You gotta check out this site, Xerposa.com.  Everything from funky body art to steampunk cyborgs.  Awesome.  There’s even a fun webseries for your reading pleasure.

Spot of Smexy:

This week the King of Blood and Glitter is talking corsets over on his blog.  Nothing smexier than a corset (When worn properly, that is.  Not when squeezing people into unnatural shapes).  Nom.

Corsets can do the figure a world of good: Flatten the tummy, boost the boobs, straighten the posture.  And they’re not an exclusively female garment.  Like the skirt, corsets for men are making a comeback.  Not just at steampunk conventions or on B & D sites, either, but on the high fashion runway.

I say BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday Book Club:

Although I’m still super busy with rewrites and whatnot, I’ve had a little more time to read this week.  Which means I’ve really gotten stuck in to Gothica will finally get a chance to finish it.  Man I am loving this book. Murder, mayhem, and a touch of the paranormal.  It’s the perfect psychological thriller.

Killers die … but sometimes their souls refuse to disappear.

Can we say creepy?

I’ve also stuck my toes in the water of Ghost Writers In The Sky.  I bought it awhile back, but this is the first chance I’ve had to read it.  It’s incredibly well written, funny, and entertaining.  Love a cozy mystery?  This one’s for you.

And that’s all for now.  What are you reading and loving this week?

Have a fabulous Friday and I’ll catch you on the flip side!

Writer Wednesday: Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Hugh Jackman

Today I’d like to welcome a special guest to my blog, author Robyn Porter (Who writes as RG Porter).  Welcome Robyn!

You’ve just released a new novella, Destiny’s Light.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Sure! This book follows the muse Entrupe (muse of music) as she is finally given a task by her father Zeus that will allow her to walk among mankind.  Once there, she is tricked by Hades and loses her memory. The story follows her journey to find out who she is while trying to complete the quest she was sent on. They journey even takes our hero and heroine into the depths of the underworld.

Vampires, werewolves, Greek muses … obviously you are as in love with the paranormal as I am!  A woman after my own heart.  Tell me, what draws you to the weird and wonderful world of the supernatural?

What doesn’t draw me? The paranormal is fascinating to me because there are no boundaries that cannot be crossed. So much out there is unknown that the sky (and beyond) is limitless. I love delving into the dark and mysterious, to see what can be peeled back from the layers of reality. It is quite invigorating to do. :-)

The dark and mysterious … yes, please!  Have you ever had an “other worldly” experience?

I have. Once, long ago, when I was a child I was at a friend’s house. I felt like something was close and told her that the area felt off. Next thing I knew every window in the house began to bang and knock even though we were all alone. Glancing at the windows the same face was sitting there staring in at us. You could tell it wasn’t a mask, but a real figure, yet the eyes seemed devoid of life. It was quite bizarre at the time and my friend was freaked out the rest of the day. Me, I was fascinated.

Wow!  That is super creepy and really cool at the same time.  Obviously you were born to write about the paranormal. ;-)


I’m not a fan of the conventional superhero. I adore Saleene from Underworld as well as Hugh Jackman’s version of Van Helsing. Yes, I still go towards the strange and paranormal  in those as well. :-)
Who’s your favorite superhero?

Mmmmm …. Oh, I’m sorry.  I was stuck on Hugh Jackman. ;-)

What’s your favorite dessert?

I’m not a huge fan of dessert, but I do like plain chocolate ice cream. Although, I have this fantastic recipe for a peanut butter treat that is to die for.

And now I’m stuck on chocolate and peanutbutter …

What are your feelings on dragons?

Love them. I have a book I’ll be re-releasing that is a dragon shifter come next year. I think dragons are mystical and sacred. I am hoping to write more about them down the line. Besides, they are majestic, fearsome and magical, what’s not to love?

SQUEE!  That sounds like my kind of book!

And how do you feel about men in skirts (I mean kilts. Heh)?

Well hubby is a brit so I can’t help but like the Scots in kilts. I think the fact they wear them and have no qualms about it shows just how strong they are. Besides, most can look quite nice in them. :-)

Oh, true that!

What’s next on the menu for R.G. Porter?  (Either for dinner, or writing, either way. Lol)

Dinner can be all over the place, and I don’t always know what I’m doing until the last minute. Writing wise, I have a new horror novel coming out Dec 15th titled When Darkness Falls. It also has supernatural/paranormal elements, but it is quite different than most of what I’ve written. Think of it as a merger between Soul Survivors and Ghost Voyage (If you’ve seen/heard of those movies). After that I have another fantasy novel coming out end of December. It is the first in my Guardian’s of Nature series and is titled Keepers of Water. There are going to be 4 novels in that series and I absolutely adore the storyline. I also have more horrors  on the horizon. Some with zombies some with more darker paranormal happenings. On top of that there are the last 2 books in my Darkness Unleashed series releasing first part of next year.

Believe it or not, I’ve not only heard of Ghost Voyage, I’ve seen it and loved it.  I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for your When Darkness Falls!

Thanks, Robyn for stopping by and chatting with me.

Ladies and Gents, be sure to check out Robyn’s books (below) and visit her blog.

Shades of Night:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005R1PD9K
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005R1PD9K
B&N:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shades-of-night-r-g-porter/1101129503?ean=2940013338067&itm=1&usri=shades%2bof%2bnight
AllRomance Ebooks:
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-shadesofnight-625961-139.html
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/92765

Shadow of the Wolf:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0060E3ZXO
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0060E3ZXO
B&N:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadow-of-the-wolf-rg-porter/1029826784?ean=2940013225244&itm=3&usri=rg+porter
AllRomance Ebooks:
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-shadowofthewolf-629819-142.html
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/99878

Kiss of the Wolf:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0067PIX42
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0067PIX42
B&N:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kiss-of-the-wolf-rg-porter/1107412613?ean=2940013458567&itm=2&usri=rg+porter
AllRomance Ebooks:
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-kissofthewolf-641858-142.html
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/105240

Destiny’s Light:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006E9BU8M
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006E9BU8M
B&N:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1107747242?ean=2940013515178&itm=4&usri=r+g+porter
AllRomance Ebooks:
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-destiny039slight-646460-152.html
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/108390

 

 

Fantastical Friday: Vampires, Smurfs, and Really Old Cats

Halloween is just around the corner, so I think this is the perfect time for a little Beat Freakz:

Amusing?  Yes.  Disturbing?  Oh, yeah.  Do we love it?  Yes, yes we do.

Righty then, on to what’s fantastical around the interwebs.

Linky Goodness:

I’ve put in a few appearances this week.  First is the cheeky How’s That Working Out For You? over on M. Edward McNally’s blog in which I get grilled about important, writerly things.  Like Gloria Gaynor.  And milking goats.  Next I’m over at Steven Montano’s Blood Skies talking Gerard Butler and the Sunwalker Saga.  

Needs some funny?  I gots some funny! Heather Marie Adkins shares her funniest Halloween memory over at Anna’s Book Blog.  Click over and share your funniest story by 31st October 2011 and you can win one of Heather’s books.  SQUEE!

As if that weren’t enough the Zombie King himself, Jack Wallen, is talking Goths over on his new Misfit Monday blog installment.  I’m afraid to wear khakis now.

And, in one of the funniest faceoffs in history, we’ve got Vampires vs. Smurfs thanks to the Queen of Parody – PJ Jones.  (Hmmm… wonder who’s gonna win that one?)

Friday Book Club:

I just finished up My Zombie My by the aforementioned Jack Wallen.  It’s the second book in his I Zombie series, and let me tell you, people, it’s freaking fantastic.  And because I love you, let me tell you the first in the series (I Zombie I) is totally FREE on Amazon and Smashwords until the end of the month.  So, do NOT pass go, do NOT collect two hundred bucks, just go get the darn thing.  Mmmmkay?  Perfect Halloween reading, if you ask me.

Also, Heather Marie Adkin’s deliciously dark paranormal Underneath is finally FREE on Amazon!  (Also available on Smashwords.)  It’s even got a smexy new cover.  Ancient cities, psychic powers, alien races.  What’s not to love?

Just in time to spook you silly: He’s angry, he’s frightened, he’s hungry, and he’s 12,000 years from home.  Here, kitty, kitty!  Alan Nayes’s much awaited Smilodon is available on Amazon for just $2.99. 

And don’t forget, the Indie Eclective’s Halloween Collection is still absolutely FREE!

Fantastical Dance Number:

Because it’s nearly Halloween and because it’s Friday, here’s one last treat to send you on your way.  Until Monday!

Writer Wednesday: Dancing Naked In The Moonlight

I’m all kinds of excited today!

As you know, Halloween is just around the corner.  And we all know what Halloween’s about, right?  That’s right: CANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Uh, sorry, is my inner child showing?

This is not why I’m excited.  I’m excited because today I have one super special guest.  My friend and fellow Indie Eclective member, Heather Marie Adkins, is not only a brilliantly talented writer, she also happens to be a practicing Witch.  So rather than the usual Halloween hocus pocus (heh), I thought I’d get the low-down on one of my favorite holidays from the sexiest Witch around.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you HEATHER!

A Witch’s Sabbat

Or, Dancing Naked in the Moonlight

We’re mere days from Halloween.  Are you excited?  I certainly am.  But it’s probably for different reasons.  You may not know anything about my reasons.  You got a moment?  ‘Cuz I’d love to tell you.

I’m a Witch.  The dancing-naked-in-the-moonlight kind of witch.  My skin isn’t green and the only wart I ever had was on my big toe.  I only cackle if you make me laugh and I can’t hex you because it’s against my religion.  Literally.

Do you know anything about real witchcraft?  It’s okay—most people don’t.  I suppose that’s why the goddess saw fit to put outspoken Witchy ladies such as myself on her fertile earth.

Allow me to enlighten you.

  Today’s modern witchcraft is based on the folkloric earth practices of ancient times.  Thousands of years ago, tribal nomadic communities began practicing what archaeologists today believe to be sympathetic magic.  These communities left cave art everywhere depicting (among other things) successful hunts.  It’s believed these people thought by drawing the pictures on the cave walls, they were making the images a reality.  At its basest form, thus began witchcraft.

It melted in later years to fertility rituals.  Folk peasants would send young virgins flitting through the veggie patches astride brooms to ensure a healthy crop.  Did you know the idea of a husband carrying his new bride over the threshold is a pagan ritual?  Yep.  It’s supposed to ensure a happy marriage.  Women hundreds of years ago would put a mandrake doll beneath their birthing pallet to help with pain.  In some cultures today, people still perform certain gestures to protect themselves from the evil eye—an “X” on their forehead or even… wait for it… the sign of the cross.  Yep, that’s magic too.

All of the above instances mark the roots of modern witchcraft.  It’s more showy now—incense, candles, cauldrons, activated charcoal.  Times change and therefore so do the practices.  What I do in ritual today may seem archaic a hundred years from now.

I can hear you thinking, “When is this witch going to get to the point about Halloween?”

Te he.

Modern witches celebrate what we call “Sabbats”: holidays in which there are themes of celebration.  We do ritual, throw parties, and dance nekked (some of us more than others and certainly depending on the amount of ritual wine involved).  There are eight Sabbats during a calendar year.

Feb 2 – Imbolc

Spring Equinox

May 1 – Beltane

Summer Solstice

Aug 1 – Lughnassadh

Autumnal Equinox

Oct 31 – Samhain

Winter Solstice

Oh, you saw Halloween on the list?  But it’s got some weird name?

That’s right.  Halloween has not always been “Halloween”.

Samhain marks the New Year on the ancient Celtic calendar (you know, the one with the trees).  In Celtic tradition, the year was split into only two seasons, instead of four: Summer and Winter. Samhain celebrates the end of summer and beginning of winter.  We may venerate the modern New Year with balls dropping and champagne popping, but for witches at Samhain, it is a time for reflection and remembrance.

In ancient times, the end of October marked the harvest of meat.  Days were growing shorter, colder.  There was no such thing as a furnace back then and winters were brutal.  Farmers without the money to build a shelter for their livestock were forced to butcher what they could eat or put down what they couldn’t—the sick and weakly wouldn’t make it through the winter anyway.  They would often save one or two healthy specimens who would live inside with them for the winter months.

Because of this, the October full moon is called the Blood Moon.  At Samhain, we celebrate our ancestors, who braved the weather and the odds to survive and bequeath us our legacy.  We remember them.  We revere them.  And we are thankful for the gifts and blessings with which we are bestowed.

Not only reflection and ancestor remembrance, but witches also celebrate the dead at Samhain.  The veil between this world and the next is thinnest on this evening—the Tarot is spread and the Runes are cast as people try to divine what is in store for the coming year.  Letters to those we have lost are read out loud in the hopes they may hear; stories about our dearly departed are shared.  The bravest of witches may even try to contact their deceased relatives one last time.

In it’s incarnation as the Celtic New Year, Samhain is a time to shed the inhibitions and negativity of the past year and purify oneself for the next.  It is a time of Pagan New Years resolutions; of setting goals and putting the power of one’s own magick behind keeping those goals.  A witch may empower a black candle with all the things she wants to release—a job lay-off, the death of a loved one, losing a house, gaining an excess of debt.  Push it all into the candle, light it, and let it burn down, seeing those things disappear into the universe and out of one’s life.

There are several ways in which Samhain may be celebrated each year.

  • A lighted black candle (called a Spirit Candle) in the living room window—to guide the dead to the Otherworld
  • A Dumb Supper—“Dumb” refers to the fact the supper is held entirely in silence, in the hopes that the loved one(s) in which you are attempting to contact will come sit with you. It is most often performed as close tomidnight as possible on Samhain night.
  • Carve pumpkins in a variety of Pagan-y symbols (instead of the typical Pumpkin face), then charm them to frighten away evil, negativity, or bad luck and spirits.
  • “Sacrifice” a loaf of bread in honor of the ancestors
  • Visit and tend to loved ones’ graves.  Erect an altar in their honor at home, to hold pictures and candles; maybe even an item that once belonged to them.

Samhain is a holiday of many names: Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Hallow E’en, Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos), All Saints Day, Hallowmas…while the festivals themselves vary, the main point is clear. At this time of year, we all honor (remember, dress-up as, etc.) the dead and the Divine.

So the next time you think of Halloween and all it stands for: ghosts, ghoulies, witches, and the dead… now you know why :)

I wrote this newsletter on Samhain last October if you want to check it out for more information!

Heather Marie Adkins is an independent fiction novelist and avid bibliophile with the library to prove it.  She writes across genres and began self-publishing her work in June of 2011—much to the chagrin of her mother.  Heather has five published books and two more coming out this year.  She loves to garden, cook, and travel, and would give anything to live in a cottage inIreland.  She currently resides inKentuckywith the love of her life and 15 pets.

Find me online!

http://heather.bishoffs.com

http://www.facebook.com/heathermarieadkinsauthor

http://www.twitter.com/hmarieadkins

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2564411-heather

Check out my paranormal romance novels:

The Temple (ebook)


A girl with supernatural powers against a supernatural foe she doesn’t believe exists.

Abigail (ebook)

A half-fairy, half-human girl who must unite with the fairies she has long denied to save the humans she loves.

Thanks so much, Heather, for that truly fantastic post!

Mythos Monday: Déjà Vu All Over Again

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of reincarnation.  The idea of one soul being born into many bodies over the centuries.  Passing from one life to another.  All those experiences.

Granted, this is not a new concept.  In fact, it dates back to at least the Iron Age when it was first recorded in both Greek and Hindu texts.  For thousands of years it has been an accepted part of many societies and religions.

Julius Caesar wrote of the Druids of ancient Britain:


“The principal point of their doctrine is that the soul does not die
 and that after death it passes from one body into another….. the main object of all education is, in their opinion, to imbue their scholars with a firm belief in the indestructibility of the human soul, which, according to their belief, merely passes at death from one tenement to another; for by such doctrine alone, they say, which robs death of all its terrors, can the highest form of human courage be developed.”

Like I said, fascinating stuff.

Most religions believe the soul is indestructible.  Indeed, if you believe in the soul, it makes sense.   For what is the soul but pure energy which can neither be created nor destroyed.

But why, if reincarnation is real, can’t we remember our past lives?

Some say it’s because we would be too busy trying to recapture the past.  Find our lost loves.  We would waste new opportunities, obsessed with the old.  We would be paralysed by old fears, blinded by old hates, battered by old failures, forever trying to regain that which we lost.  Forgetting allows us to live each life to the fullest and we only remember when we return to the All.  Each life is a chance to start fresh and experience a new and different way of life.

And that leaves for a lot of interesting possibilities.

Put aside for a moment your own personal belief system and imagine with me that reincarnation is a fact.  It is real.  When a person dies, he or she will be born into a new body, a new life.

Now imagine something goes wrong.  Something leaks through and that person retains some of their past lives.  Not as a true memory, but on a visceral level.

A young woman has an irriational and paralyzing fear of choking to death.  So much so that even eating can at times be difficult.  She has no idea why and the doctors tell her it’s in her mind and she should seek the help of a psychologist.  Nothing helps until the day a psychic tells her that in another life she was hanged as a witch.

A man prefers to dress as a woman.  He doesn’t dare let anyone know as they would mock him.  Or worse.  What he doesn’t realize is there’s nothing wrong with him, with what he’s feeling.  He doesn’t know that in his last life he was a woman and he still remembers and longs for who he was.  She is still a part of him.

Eyes meet across a crowded room.  They both laugh at how cheesy it is.  Love at first sight?  Such a ridiculous and impossible concept.  Funny thing is, this isn’t the first time. Life after life, no matter the skin they wear or the battles they must fight or the sacrifices they have to make, the two seek each other out, never finding happiness save with each other.  Gives a whole new meaning to the term “soul mates”.

Now let’s take a darker path …
Imagine, if you will, a serial killer as dark and as twisted as they come.  The state puts him to death and at last his victims’ families feel safe.

What they don’t know is that he’s about to be reborn into a new body.  With all his memories intact …

So, tell, me.  What are your thoughts on reincarnation?  What interesting stories have you read about it?  And what kind of tales could you imagine telling?

Fantastical Friday: Ghosts, Zombies and Sunwalkers Gone Wild!

I’ve got some truly FANTASTIC news this Friday.  You may or may not have heard, but fabulous Indie Eclective (of which I am part, and no it isn’t spelled wrong) has just released it’s first ever short story anthology.  And let me tell you, it rocks the casbah!

There are nine fantastical stories in this eBook – The Halloween Collection.  We’ve got everything from ghosts and haunted houses to accident prone witches.  Best of all, it’s FREE!

Of course, my story just had to be about our favorite resident Sunwalker, Jack Keel!  This one’s a pre-Sunwalker Saga short which tells the story of how Jack met … well, I don’t want to spoil the surprise! ;-)

Sunwalker’s Kiss by Shéa MacLeod: While searching for a magical bloodline, Sunwalker Jackson Keel discovers magic of a different kind.

Other stories:

Rhyn Trilogy: Origins, by Lizzy Ford: Gabriel’s fate as an assassin seems set until he meets a courageous half-demon child named Rhyn, whose plight rekindles the humanity he thought h

 

e’d lost.

Ralphie the Special Werewolf by P.J. Jones: Ralphie doesn’t want to get snipped, but his pack is tired of watching him defile the sofa cushions. Now, he’s got to find a mate by Halloween night—or else.

The Village of Those Who Touch The Dead by M. Edward McNally: “All obligations will be paid. There are no exceptions.”’

Haunting in OR 13, by Alan Nayes: Halloween never frightened Sara McCaffe, until she stepped into Operating Room 13!

To Taste of Shimmering Revenge by Jack Wallen: A vampire is awakened after four hundred years only to find his kind embarrassed and shamed by the rash of shimmery, hunky vampires on the big screen. His revenge will be sweet and tasty.

Magickal Vendetta by Heather Adkins – Revenge is a dish best served up in a pink saucepan for accident-prone blood witch, Gretchen. By harnessing the power of Halloween, she hopes to break the bond with the soulmate who did her wrong.

From the Keegan’s Chronicles series: Haunted House by Julia Crane – Keegan, Lauren, and Anna find much more than they bargained for during an innocent trip to a commercial haunted house. Someone long dead awaits them on the second floor…

From the Gifted Teens series: Mind-Blower by Talia Jager – Kassia and Daxton’s romantic picnic is interrupted by the arrival of creatures bent on her destruction. Will her powers fail her when she needs them most?

Pick it up absolutely FREE on Smashwords !!!

Also available on:

Amazon US = 99 cents

Amazon UK = 86 pence

Writer Wednesday: Uhura, Friendly Ghosts, and Chosen

Once more into the breach!

The IWU Never Ending Blog Tour continues with yet another remarkable indie author and manager of chaos, Jolea M. Harrison.

SM:  I want to start with a REALLY important question, one which I ask all my guests: if you were a Star Trek® [or Star Wars® ] character, which one would it be?

JH:  From Star Trek, which I’ve watched since I was a kid – I’d be Uhura. She broke a lot of barrier and kicked butt. Does it have to be OR? I’d be a Wookie on Star Wars, the trusted sidekick!

SM:  I don’t blame you.  Uhura is full of awesome!  You’ve got a book out right nowcalled Chosen.  Can you tell us more about your book and the inspiration behind it?

JH:  The series is called The Guardians of the Word. The First Chronicle, Chosen is about a young man trying to figure out who he is, thrown into a situation he isn’t at all prepared to deal with, and finding a way to manage it with the stakes as high as they can get. On a larger scale it’s about good and evil and what throws the universe out of whack when one gains more power than the other. Was it the forces of good that caused the imbalance that allowed the forces of evil to escape? Or was it the other way around? By the end of the series that question might be answered.

SM:  I notice that your book has elements of the supernatural (which I love!).  Have you always been interested in writing about the paranormal?

JH:  It didn’t occur to me until recently how much growing up in a house with a ghost has influenced my writing, but once I started thinking about it with that reference, I thought, well, of course. And the ghost in my house is the real deal. Other people have written about their experiences with her. She is my house protector. Way better than a fire detector!

SM:  I can imagine growing up with a ghost would have a HUGE impact on your writing.  That’s really cool!  Are you working on anything new?

JH:  Not at the moment. I’m editing and dealing with some continuity issues in the next book in the series, Myth, but for the first time in a long while, I started thinking about some ideas for a new story, so that’s exciting. After I get through the edit on these next two in the series I may take a break and pick up the pen.

SM:  Thanks for stopping by my blog!

JH:  Thanks for having me for a visit!

You can find my book, Chosen, here –  Chosen on Amazon

And on Smashwords here – Chosen on Smashwords

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My blog is here – http://jm-harrison.com/

And on twitter here – http://twitter.com/joleab

Here’s the blurb for Chosen:

For everyone else in the world, getting stabbed in the heart means instant death. All it does for Dynan Telaerin is send him to hell.

In Chosen, Jolea M. Harrison transports us to a world on the cusp of destruction, caught in a thousand year cycle of ever-repeating time, trapped between the warring Gods and the demon, Belial, with one young hero chosen to save not just the world, but the Gods themselves.

Dynan finds himself on a corpse-strewn hillside, uncertain if he’s dead or alive, charged with saving the soul of his ancestor, the most powerful telepath to ever exist. Dynan has telepathic powers of his own, only he doesn’t know how to use them. With monsters and minions trying to eat his soul, the demon’s lair isn’t a place conducive to learning anything, except how to run and how to hide.

Can Dynan find his ancestor before the fabric of time is torn beyond repair? Will courage alone be enough to face the greatest evil to exist? Will he lose his soul to save everyone else?

The running starts, and doesn’t stop to the end of this action packed adventure of a young man coming to terms with his life while he’s barely a spirit, through horrors he thought existed only in dreams.

Chosen is the first book of a 7 book series, entitled The Guardians of the Word.