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My First Short Story!

Posted: January 20, 2016 in #IAmWritingNow, Writing
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My first zombie short story made it to the finals of Eve Arroyo’s Dystopian contest. Please go to her site, read it, and vote!

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Book Trailer Friday!

Posted: January 1, 2016 in Book Trailer
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Happy New Year!

It’s the first book trailer of the new year. Let’s see what’s on the shelf…

22396591Goodreads.com Description: “Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.”

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26844893Goodreads.com Description: “Hailey Devareaux, inexperienced yet “all-knowing” 19 year old Necromancer, couldn’t care less what the world had to offer her. Five years after her mother encountered a powerful seer—albeit a dead one—they uprooted their entire clan and moved to New Orleans for a rare supernatural conjunction. Dangerous didn’t begin to describe the reality of Necromancers living in a city so rich with history involving the celebration of the dead, but Hailey didn’t have to worry. Her abilities hadn’t matured.

What good was Necromancy when she couldn’t save her mother? Hailey hadn’t been strong enough to bring her back—not even to say goodbye.

While Hailey moped around during her family’s celebration of the Day of the Dead, she met Bobby; if only she had realized he was dead before she started talking to him. Robert “Bobby” Duval died one year ago. When he died, the veil between this world and the next was at it’s thinnest. It should’ve been easy for him to cross over, but something kept him from doing so. On the day he met Hailey, he prepared to finally move on, but a moratorium was placed on departing souls—the veil, too volatile to pass into the great beyond. His chance at his afterlife once more denied.

Based on a cryptic letter her clan received, Hailey is elected by the Necromancers to embark on the dangerous quest to restore the veil. Bobby joins Hailey and helps her understand her powers.

Will Hailey give up her bitterness against the craft and her own fear of death, and forgive herself in order to embrace her purpose—to be the next leader of their clan? Will she embrace her power as well as help save the supernatural community by sealing the veil once more and will she help Bobby cross over to finally be at peace?”

About the Author

61d9b25243b8a78f-morgan600x450Morgan Wylie published her first novel, Silent Orchids, one year after moving across the country with her family on a journey of new discovery. After an amazing three years in Nashville, TN and the release of two more books, Morgan and her family found their way back to the Northwest where they now reside. Still working everyday with great optimism, Morgan continues to embrace all things: “Mama”, wife, teacher, and mediator to the many voices and muses constantly chattering in her head… where it gets pretty loud!

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My Review

The Supernatural Chronicles: The Necromancers by Morgan Wylie was very interesting.

This installment did not have a typical love relationship. Instead Wylie gave readers a strong, heartfelt relationship between a ghost and a necromancer. The ghost named Bobby was my favorite character. He had accepted his death and was ready to move on but didn’t know how. His selfless nature was endearing.

It took me a minute to warm up to the main character, Hailey. She was the second supernatural in this series who didn’t want her powers. And, much like the succubus, Hailey had no idea of just how powerful she could be. Once she started embracing her strengths, Hailey became more likable. Instead of wallowing in her own issues, she realized she could help others.

The mysterious dark stranger, Rafe, was intriguing. I’ve read other books with characters named Rafe and they have all been angels. I’m interested in reading more about this particular character. Will he be an angel or just a dark spirit?

The Necromancers is the first book I’ve ever read by Wylie, and it won’t be my last. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more about these characters.

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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26791918Goodreads.com Description: “Ash Sabien, a born mortal witch, was meant to be an immortal guardian, as was Soren Wade. But they were never meant to be lovers, which is why Ash fought the pull to him, sometimes venomously.
Days before the sacred holiday of the Day of the Dead a message was sent to their coven: diairoúmeno aíma enós epistrofí̱ sou.
It was a call to rise, a call to hunt what was revered by their coven and use it to stop evil. The honor of the hunt was given to Ash and Soren. When Ash rushed to tell Soren of the mystery before them the last thing she expected was to walk in on Soren with another girl. She bolted. He chased her.
Neither one of them saw the truck.
Neither one of them felt the pain.
Death came like a thief in the night.
Ash knew as she stared at the tragic scene that she’d failed her fate, they both had. She let herself feel, care—and now there was no telling what could happen because she had.

In death could they rise? In death could they finish the hunt and save more than them, more than their coven…?”

About the Author

4200019 I’m an obsessive daydreamer. Lover of loud alternative music. Addicted to Red Bull. I love to laugh until it hurts. Fall is my favorite season. Black is my favorite ‘shade.’ Strong believer in the saying: there is a reason for everything, therefore I search for ‘marked moments’ every moment of everyday…and I find them. Life is beautiful!

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The Supernatural Chronicles: The Witches by Jamie Magee was the oddest (in a nice way) installment in the series. I was totally surprised by how this story played out.

Magee was ingenious, creating the characters. Imagine developing a character and giving her your name (Reveca Beauregard is another alter ego for Magee).

My favorite character, however, was Soren. Yes, he was distant and rather cold towards Ash. Although it wasn’t divulged, I suspect his attitude was an attempt to give Ash time to come to grips with their reality.

Ash’s character was admirable. She wanted to do the right thing by her sister, but in doing so, she was putting her own life on a backburner. It took a tragedy (and having to keep reliving it) until she realized how desperate her situation had gotten.

Most of Magee’s installation was about Ash and Soren instead of fixing The Veil. The story was intriguing and left me wanting to know more about this coven of witches.

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(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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26844892Goodreads.com Description: “When a cryptic letter is left at the doorway of her dormitory, nineteen-year-old succubus Skylark Quinn is sent in place of her nemesis, Alexis, on a top secret mission. Why she has to go with Kragan Kane—the biggest jerk, and hottest incubus on campus—is beyond her, but the decision’s well above her pay grade.

All Skylark knows for sure is the ancients are keeping secrets and the supernatural community is on edge. Rumors claim immortals’ powers are at risk, but burdened by a supernatural power she despises, why should Skylark even care?”

About the Author

c3b652_f70fe6107d984ece8119840e3ce7b12aJulia Crane dreamt of elves and teen androids long before she captured them and put them on paper. She’s written and released over fifteen young adult and new adult titles over the past two and a half years. From science fiction adventures to succubus, Julia’s fresh voice is easy to read and imaginative. Widely known for her Keegan’s Chronicles and IFICS series, she’s hit numerous best selling list on Amazon.

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I loved the Supernatural Chronicles: The Succubi by Julia Crane!

The characters were phenomenal. I just loved the interaction between Kragan and Skylar. It was the hottest read, so far, in the series. Both of them were strong-willed characters. The interesting twist was that Skylar did not want to be a succubus. She knew what it meant to be her kind and she didn’t embrace the powers or what she needed to do to sustain them. Kragan, on the other hand, relished his powers. He wasn’t crazy about their situation, but refused to ignore what being an incubus was about.

Crane’s installment in the series was the second book that wasn’t totally focused on saving The Veil. It was just as important for these two supernaturals find a way to enjoy their own future apart from saving all supernatural beings. Just proof that even ‘Otherworld’ types can be a little selfish.

The end of The Succubi was heartbreaking. Skylar was remarkable in her strength and selflessness. I don’t know if I could have thrown away the future, I desperately wanted for the good of others.

I want to read more about Skylar and Kragan. There are plenty of loosends to tie up–Skylar’s confrontation with Raquel, Kragan’s search for a ‘way’, and the ultimate question, is there a future for Skylar and Kragan.

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I highly recommend this installment of The Supernatural Chronicles.

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

 

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When Ruby discovers what really happened the night of Alan Beauchamp’s murder, one thing becomes very clear: time is running out for the people she loves. As she unravels the web of lies and deceit around her, Ruby reveals an unthinkable truth. One with dire repercussions for all.
Can Ruby pull together all the supernatural aspects of her life to foil a diabolical plot, or will she fall victim to an evil unlike any other she has faced?
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“I stood in the middle of the room, unmoving – I barely breathed. My life had just become surreal, impossible, and one enormous lie. I needed to go, to run somewhere, anywhere to beat back the reality that was rapidly closing in around me. The image of him was burned into my retina, flashing over and over again like a warning. He was trapped somewhere between human and decidedly not, and I realized that was my new reality.
I was too.”
After the death of her parents, Ruby awakens from a lifetime of shadows and finds herself alone, thrust into a world of lies, deceit, betrayal and the supernatural.
As her quest for truth continues to come up short, she realizes that maybe some questions really are best left unanswered.
When her true identity is finally unveiled, she is forced to choose between two of the mysterious men who continually seem to crop up in her life.
She chooses poorly.
Now abandoned, Ruby must learn to call on the darkness within to survive, or spend a hellish eternity imprisoned because of it.
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If you’re dying to know more about me, allow me to put you at ease. I’m a sharp-tongued, sarcastic cancer, who loves vegetable smoothies, winter storms, and the word “portfolio”. I should NEVER be caffeinated, and require at least eight hours of sleep to even resemble a human being. At thirty-four, I just now feel like I can keep a straight face while saying the word “rectum” (which is actually a huge lie because I just laughed out loud while reading this to my husband). I live with my iPod firmly affixed to my body, drive too fast, and laugh/cry at inappropriate times.

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The hunter is now the hunted.

Zoey Daniels is becoming the very thing she once despised. Fae.

After Zoey and Ryker finally found their way to each other they are torn apart by an ex-girlfriend, a stone, and mortality. Ryker’s powers have fully adapted to Zoey, slowly killing him.

Now the mysterious feared demon, Vadik, has discovered their location in Peru and has taken Ryker and sold Zoey back to DMG. The very place which gave her life now might take it away. Or someone she loves… Dr. Rapava is so obsessed with building an army against the fae he will do anything to control Zoey and her new found powers.

Zoey’s has to become an unfeeling brainwashed soldier to survive. But when her survival depends on torturing one to keep another alive, she is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice.

 

 

 

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Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep her safe.

After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker. The man she loves.

But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them.

When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey’s whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae, a Wanderer named Ryker, whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.

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Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional bad boys and sarcastic heroines who kick butt. She also enjoys books, travel, TV shows, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Stacey swears she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world.

She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. She volunteers helping animals and is eco-friendly. She feels all animals, people, and environment should be treated kindly.

27838623Goodreads.com Description: “After weeks spent on the road tracking down Immortals still in hiding, Amelia and Aidan are finally ready for some down time. Holed up in a cabin at the base of Mt. Shasta, they prepare to celebrate their first Christmas together.

While Aidan makes secret plans for the celebration, he and Amelia create their own holiday traditions, finding surprises around every corner as they embrace each other and their future together.” 

This is book 3.5 in the Bound series!

 

About the Author

Profile Pic Low ResStormy Smith calls Iowa’s capital home now, but was raised in a tiny town in the Southeast corner of the state. She grew to love books honestly, having a mom that read voraciously and instilled that same love in her. She knew quickly stories of fantasy were her favorite, and even as an adult gravitates toward paranormal stories in any form.

Writing a book had never been an aspiration, but suddenly the story was there and couldn’t be stopped. When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband or girlfriends.

My Review

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was the perfect holiday story!

If you’ve read any of the “Bound” series (if the answer is no, put this book down until you’ve read the rest of the series), you are aware of all the turmoil the main characters have experienced. This book was like a vacation in their lives. It was the normalcy that they needed. But, it was also the chance for readers to see the characters in a different, much appreciated, light.

This novella was a quick read. It didn’t offer any new characters (it wasn’t supposed to). This little “side piece” to Aidan and Amelia’s story was welcome. We have enough drama in our day to day lives and so did they. It was nice to have a non-traumatic read.

I totally enjoyed every heart warming moment. Of course, I’m looking forward to reading more about Smith’s great characters. This story will tide me over a little longer.

Thanks for an early Christmas present!

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(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

 

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