Lightfall on Swoon Reads

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Stuck inside because of COVID-19? Need a distraction? Check out this brand new book by M.A. Phipps and Rebecca Jaycox. So what’s it about? Let’s take a read:

Luna has always been told she’s crazy. That’s why she’s spent the last year in a psychiatric ward for teens—until a mysterious doctor takes her away to a school in Egypt for children with special abilities. There, she’s forced to question if she’s actually insane or if there’s more to her troubled past than she thought.

Caleb is a Dark Nephilim who’s been chosen to go undercover as an exchange student at the Light Nephilim school in Alexandria. Once there, his mission is simple: find a way to free his grandfather, Alexander the Great, who was entombed after trying to take over the world.

When Luna and Caleb cross paths, they’re drawn to each other, but with eons of prejudice standing between them, can they overcome the divide between the Lights and the Darks? Or will the trail of secrets and lies they discover tear them apart?

Sounds intriguing AND for a limited time you can pick up a free copy on Swoon Reads. 

Enjoy the book and be sure to rate, review, and comment on the site.
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Meet Peter Freeman from “No Rest for the Wicked” by Phoebe Darqueling

Today on Paws 4 Thought we are hosting the No Rest For the Wicked blog tour:

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Peter was lucky enough to be born above what would later be called the Mason-Dixon line. Unlike most people of African descent in the US in 19th century, he was taught to read and write. He was involved in the Underground Railroad from a young age, and later recruited by the nascent Pinkerton Agency to act as a spy during the Civil War. His partner and best friend, Patrick Jones, died in the line of duty, and Peter had the undesirable task of bringing the news to his widow, Viola “Vi” Thorne. Though he made Jones a promise to look after Vi, he soon discovered she was quite capable of taking care of herself.

Vi’s first impulse was to “shoot the messenger”, and it took awhile for the two to become friends. The corruption and chaos of the war left both of them embittered. Rather than attempting to settle into a quiet life again after the fighting ceased, the pair set off down the Mississippi and ran a series of successful confidence games under various pseudonyms. Eventually, they even developed their own coded language, which came in handy when Vi posed as a medium. That was a particularly lucrative grift, until the day a real ghost answered their ad and Vi’s repressed psychic abilities manifested.

As the law began to get close to catching up with Peter and Vi, they decided to pull one final job after receiving a hot tip from a ghost about a Confederate general who had embezzled funds. Peter dared to hope that Vi returned his growing affection, but when it was time to make their escape, she never arrived.

She thought that was the end of their friendship. But four years later and deep in hiding, Vi received a message using their code: “The child is called Ignorance.”

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From No Rest for the Wicked by Phoebe Darqueling

The pages were now worn and dog-eared, and Peter’s crimped scribbles jumped out at her from the margins as she thumbed through the pages. The line about a child called Ignorance came from somewhere in the second half of the story, but that was the extent of her recollection. Her eyes flitted across the page while her lips took the shape of half-formed words as she read about the two children hidden in the robes of the ghost of Christmas present;

This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their

degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is

Doom, unless the writing be erased.

“I see that written which is Doom.” Vi’s mouth went dry as she whispered the words, her heart doing acrobatics in her chest. The words “beware,” “Doom,” and “erased” leaped off the page and threatened to choke her. No doubt about it, Peter was sending her some type of warning, but a warning of what? He shouldn’t even know where she was, let alone what might be

threatening her. The churning bile in her gut tried to creep up her esophagus as a thought blossomed—maybe Peter was the threat.

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Find out more about Peter and Vi in No Rest for the Wicked, available now from Black Rose Writing on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can read more character spotlights, excerpts, reviews, and interviews on the No Rest for the Wicked tour page.

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Other people just think they’re “haunted by the past.” In Vi’s case, it’s true.

Clairvoyant Viola Thorne wants to forget about her days of grifting and running errands for ghosts. The problem? Playing it safe is dull. So when a dead stranger begs for her help, Vi jumps at the chance to dust off her hustling skills. The unlikely companions are soon tangling with bandits, cheating at cards, and loving every minute.

Then she finds out who referred him, and Vi has to face both a past and ex-partner that refuse to stay buried. Though she betrayed Peter, his spirit warns her of the plot that cost him his life. Vi’s guilty conscience won’t let her rest until she solves his murder. Though she’s spent her whole life fighting the pull of the paranormal, it holds the key to atoning for the only deception she’s ever regretted—breaking Peter’s heart.

Plus, do you like free books? You can get a free copy of The Steampunk Handbook by signing up for Phoebe Darqueling’s email list. Find out more 

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Phoebe Darqueling is the pen name of a globe trotting vagabond who currently hangs her hat in Freiburg, Germany. She’s an equal opportunity Star Trek, Star Wars, and Firefly fan, but her favorite pastime is riffing on terrible old movies a la Mystery Science Theater 3000. In her “real life,” she writes curriculum for a creativity competition for kids in MN and edits academic texts for non-native English speakers. She loves all things Steampunk and writes about her obsession on SteampunkJournal.org. During 2017, she coordinated a Steampunk novel through the Collaborative Writing Challenge called Army of Brass, and also loves working with authors as an editor. Her solo novels Riftmaker and No Rest for the Wicked debuted in 2019. You can find her short stories in the Chasing Magic and The Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales anthologies so far, and she’ll be featured in an upcoming collection called Cogs, Crowns, and Carriages in November 2019.

You can also connect with Phoebe on Twitter and Facebook, and see a list of all of her books on her Amazon page.  

 

Meet S.T. Sanchez

Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome Fantasy author, S.T. Sanchez. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

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Thanks so much for having me!

I was born in Dallas, TX. I love Texas. The weather is crazy, but the people are friendly.  I graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Spanish. Mexico is my second home.  My husband is from there, and I have family down there. I love the culture, the people and of course the food.  I have three wonderful children and I love hiking and spending time outdoors when I am not writing.
Fantasy is my preferred genre to write in. There are no limits in fantasy beyond my own imagination.  Anything can happen. Sunwalker is my debut novel. It is a YA vampire novel. The first in a trilogy. Nightwalker, book 2, is set to be released in Spring 2018.  I also just released a MG fantasy novel entitled The Portal Keeper, in December 2017.

I love fantasy too. So tell me when did you first start writing?

 I really didn’t start writing until college.  I am terrible at grammar and never really thought about becoming a writer.  But I decided to try my hand at it.  It was horrible and childish, but I wrote something longer than I ever had.  It gave me some confidence and I decided that I could always find a good editor to polish up my grammar.  That first novel is hidden in a dark abyss and well never see the light of day.  But I kept at it and got better.

 Who are your favorite authors?

 I love Brandon Mull.  He is a fantasy author. I love reading his stories out loud to my children.  They are just so much fun and very imaginative.

 So awesome to read aloud to your kids. I have very fond memories of my father reading to me when I was a child and have done the same with my own children. So on to writing now. What inspires you to write?

Everything.  Sometimes questions that I don’t see answers too will spark an idea.

 Tell us a little bit about your YA fantasy Sunwalker.

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 Sunwalker is the first in a trilogy.  It has action, romance, and you won’t know what’s coming.  I try not to be predictable.  I hate books that I can predict the entire storyline after only reading the first couple of chapters.

It is a story about a vampire named Lilly.  She is an unusual kind of vampire, one born from human parents due to a rare genetic disorder.  The world she lives in is aware of her kind, and hunts them down.  She lives her life pretending to be a human, wishing to one day meet another one of her species.  When Tread, another vampire, shows up, it turns her world upside down.  Lilly has to decide which world she belongs in, the human or the vampire, or risk tearing them both apart.

It was fun to write because Tread and Lilly are complete opposites.  Lilly knows and loves the human world, and knows practically nothing about her own species.  Tread was raised loathing humans, and thinking of them as nothing more than food.  He is fascinated that someone would choose to live as one and subject themselves to their rules.

You can read the first chapter for free on Amazon, or the entire book for free on Kindle Unlimited.

Nightwalker is the second book in the trilogy and should be coming out Spring 2018.

 What attracts to writing YA?

 In YA novels the characters are just starting to figure out who they are or who they want to be.  I like being able to watch them and discover that as the stories unfold.

 What are you currently working on?

 I have a few different projects at the moment.  I tend to get bored and I like to jump around a bit.  I have a new children’s series I am working on, it is currently in the hands of four 7 year old beta readers.  Nightwalker is with the editor. I have just started Darkwalker the third and final installment of the Sunwalker trilogy.  I have a short non-fiction book with beta readers about getting out of debt and finally the last item on my list is to start the outline for book two in my MG series entitled the Keeper Chronicles.

 What do you like to do to relax?

I play games with my kids, read and watch movies.  The Greatest Showman was a great film if you haven’t seen it.

Definitely going to have to check that one out. So how about a fun question now? If you could have any superpower what would choose?

This one is easy. I would love to speak every language.  I speak English and can get by with my broken Spanish.  Knowing two languages even to the poor extent of my Spanish speaking skills has taught me one thing.  Some things can’t be translated.  They just lose their beauty.

Thank you so much for taking your time to answer my questions. So how can readers connect with you?

Goodreads

Facebook

My blog

 

Email  authorstsanchez@hotmail.com

Pick up Sunwalker from Amazon or Barnes & Noble

and The Portal Keeper on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

 

 

 

Cover Reveal – Postcards from Moscow by Rebekah Dodson

Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m happy help Rebekah Dodson reveal the cover of her upcoming contemporary romance, POSTCARDS FROM MOSCOW.

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So what’s about?

 

Jaquellyn Arnolt has wanted to be a ballerina forever; until the night she suffers a tragic fall. When the unsigned postcards arrive from Moscow, she begins to heal with the passionate words of a fellow artist. Jaquellyn jumps at the chance of a lifetime to travel to Moscow to join the prestigious Bolshoi Academy, where she meets Vasily Petrov, a shy and timid star of the Nutcracker. Could Vasily be the one behind the postcards? And what will it take to bring him out of his shell? Blackmail and betrayal abound as beauty hides under the bright lights of the ballet, amidst the lure of Russia’s most beautiful city.

*This book is a stand alone part of the Postcards from Paris series*

PRE-ORDER before Feb 18th for 99c!

Rebekah Dodson is also the author of the awesome historical fantasy romance series, Curse of Lanval – start with book 1, Mirrors.

Cover Reveal – A Bond of Venom and Magic

Hi everyone – taking a break from A to Z to help fellow indie author Karen Tomlinson reveal her awesome new cover for the first of her fantasy series, The Goddess and the Guardians, A Bond of Venom and Magic.

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Isn’t that awesome? So what’s it about, you ask?

Well let’s see …Magic awakens. Darkness stirs. The Wraith Lord is hunting.

The war raging in the South seems a remote danger for seventeen-year-old Diamond Gillon until her home is brutally attacked by the Wraith Lord’s monstrous hunters. Catapulted into a terrifying new world where legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned, and half-blood fae like her have no rights, Diamond is inexplicably drawn to her saviour. But Commander Hugo Casimir is a ruthless elite guard owned by a cruel, immortal fae queen who will murder her own people for magic.

As she sinks deeper into Hugo’s world, Diamond’s circumstances become ever more perilous, for the Queen desires her magic and covets the very same prize as the Wraith Lord. To discover who she truly is, Diamond must escape the Queen’s clutches—before her fate, and that of The Eight Kingdoms, is sealed in shadow and chaos.

Will Hugo prove to be her friend, her protector, or an enemy not worthy of her trust?

A Bond of Venom and Magic is an epic fantasy tale, ideal for mature Young Adult readers. Fans of Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo will love to discover this spectacular new world steeped in dragons, monsters, and armoured winged warriors.

Sounds cool and what’s even better you can pick it up for just 99 cents on Amazon

So what are you waiting for?

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Say Hello to Wendy Van Camp

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome writer, blogger, jeweler and poet Wendy Van Camp.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself Wendy.

Hello, I am Wendy Van Camp. I write science fiction, fantasy, scifaiku poetry, and dabble in regency romance. My work has appeared in literary and science fiction magazines such as “Shadows Express”, “Quantum Visions”, “Altered Reality Magazine”, “Luna Station Quarterly”, and “Far Horizons”. I have published one novelette and it is available via most online retail outlets such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.

I’ve been married to the same guy for over 20 years and have a furbaby that I spoil. I collect fountain pens, inks and notebooks like other women collect shoes. I’ve been an artisan jeweler for the past 20 years and a certified gemologist since 2011. However, I consider myself to be more a writer than a jeweler these days.

  1. When did you first start writing?

Some of my earliest memories are of being a writer.  I wrote my first novelette when I was 4 or 5 years old, all in child’s handwritten scrawl, and a second one when I was in high school on a broken Selectric typewriter.  I remember having to move the carriage return with my right hand and typing only with my left.  My parents never offered to fix the machine!  To them, writing was not something to be encouraged.  I was the only creative one in the family and they did not quite understand my need to make music, draw, or tell stories.

I always intended to become an author when I “grew up”, but then a little thing called “Star Wars: A New Hope” happened.  I was enamored by the film and its slick new editing style.  I changed from wanting to write, to telling my stories via movies. I wanted to be a film director like George Lucas and ended up going to film school here in California. I spent a good fifteen years afterward producing and directing television projects as a career.  Writing took a backseat.

It was not until I was in my early 40s that I returned to writing novels.  I credit Nanowrimo with inspiring me to become a novelist. While I had been a participant of Nanowrimo for several years, I was suffering from writer’s block and could never put together a fictional story.  Then one day in 2010, a character woke up in me and demanded that I start writing about him.  That year was the first time that I won the 50K word goal at Nanowrimo. I viewed my writing as a hobby at that point, but have come full circle and have returned to the idea of being a professional writer.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

My favorites include: Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, Elizabeth Moon, and Robert A. Heinlein.

  1. Tell us a little about The Curate’s Brother.

The Curate’s Brother” is a novelette that could be seen as a prequel to Jane Austen’s famous novel “Persuasion”. It is also the first of a series of four stories that uses Austen’s characters, but departs from her storyline into a new “what if” of my own invention.  The first story revolves around the relationship between the two Wentworth brothers as seen through the eyes of Edward Wentworth and showcases many historical elements of the regency time period.

Edward Wentworth, a young Anglican curate, is surprised by the arrival of his brother. Commander Fredrick Wentworth, the “hero of San Domingo”, is on shore leave from his battles in the Napoleonic war and has come to spend time with the only family he has in England.

All the good Commander wants to do is flirt and dance with the ladies until he is called back to sea, but when his flirting extends to a young outgoing beauty that Edward always disdained as “a child”, the curate becomes aware that his opinion of the girl is sorely outdated.  Meanwhile, Frederick becomes drawn to a shy wallflower, Anne Elliot.  She is the daughter of a baronet and above his station, but Frederick pays no heed to his brother’s warnings that class may prevent their union.

At the end of summer, a letter and package arrive that will change everything for the two brothers. Which way will prevail? The bold actions of the commander or the quiet manners of the curate?

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  1. What is your favorite genre to read/write? What attracts you to it?

I consider myself to be mainly a science fiction author.  Most of my short stories are either science fiction or fantasy, although many of them have not been published as yet.  I have been reading science fiction since my early years and continue to love the genre.  When I think of science fiction, I think of the “golden age” of sci-fi.  These stories looked to the future and showed how humanity might better itself instead of being dystopic in nature.  That is what attracts me, messages of hope for the future.

  1. If you could have dinner with anyone real or fictional who would you choose?

That would be Jane Austen.  I love her writing and her wit.  I fear that I would be the butt of her jokes since I’m a bit square and would not be able to keep up with her verbally!  She is the inventor of the romance genre, but her writing draws deep upon character.  This is what I admire and I’d love a chance to be able to chat with her about writing.  It is too bad that time travel is not possible.

  1. Tell us a little bit about your blog. What would we find there if we visited?

No Wasted Ink features science fiction and fantasy author interviews, book reviews of classic sci-fi and fantasy novels, writer’s links, my articles, and my own illustrated scifaiku poetry.  There are links to my book and short stories.  Many of the short stories and poetry I’ve published in magazines are free to read, just follow the handy links.  The blog is entering its fifth year and still going strong. If you love to read science fiction or fantasy, you will find plenty on No Wasted Ink to interest you.

  1. Here on Paws 4 Thought we love to meet author’s furry companions. Do you have a pet you’d like to share with us?

This touches close to my heart.  My Aussie shepherd is my constant companion.  She has a special cushion in front of my office where she can rest her arthritic bones as she “guards” my door.  My baby girl is turning into an old lady, but I love her all the same.  We still enjoy walks and I give her treats every day.

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  1. So what’s next? What are you currently working on?

The sequel to “The Curate’s Brother” is “Christmas in Kellynch”. It is in final editing and will be released sometime in 2017. I am also in the revision stage of a science fiction/steampunk novel trilogy and a poetry chapbook of science fiction haiku on the theme of Mars.  There are many science fiction and fantasy short stories in the pipeline.  One by one, they will find homes in magazines.  I will announce on the blog when they publish.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

Blog

Twitter

Goodreads

Facebook

Pinterest

Amazon Author Page

 

Cover Reveal: All The While by Gina Azzi

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Consumed with grief for her twin brother Adrian’s death, Maura Rodriguez is spinning out of control. To cope with Adrian’s loss, she numbs her pain with bottles of vodka and sex with random men.

Harboring guilt over his best friend Adrian’s death, Zack Huntington is yearning for a past that no longer exists. Reaching out to the familiarity and comfort an ex-girlfriend offers, Zack aims to recreate what once was but can never be again.

When their worlds collide while running on the trails along Boathouse Row, Maura and Zack find comfort in each other and in the memory of their shared connection—Adrian.

An unlikely friendship brimming with undeniable attraction blossoms into an unexpected romance. While Maura and Zack struggle to heal, to forgive, to accept, they also learn how to let go and allow themselves to fall in love, a truth they’ve both known but resisted all the while.

Preorder your copy today!