Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Release: After: Whiteout (AFTER post-apocalyptic series, Book 4) by Scott Nicholson

Congratulation to Scott Nicholson on the release of After: Whiteout (AFTER post-apocalyptic series, Book 4)

After: Whiteout (AFTER post-apocalyptic series, Book 4) by Scott Nicholson
227 pages
The fourth book in the bestselling post-apocalyptic thriller series.

In the harsh winter of a post-apocalyptic landscape, Rachel Wheeler and her companions hole up in an Appalachian compound established by her notorious grandfather.

A rogue military platoon plans to seize the compound and control the small band of survivors. At the same time, violent mutants organize into a tribe that threatens to wipe out the human race. Rachel is caught in the middle as she undergoes mutations herself, driven by an urge to kill those around her while drawn to the mysterious Zapheads.

Rachel soon discovers the mutants are more than they appear to be. But will she remain human long enough to use their secrets against them?

Look for the other After books, First Light (After #0), The Shock (After #1), The Echo (After #2), and Milepost 291 (After #3).Red Scare (After #5) is available for preorder, releasing Jan. 30, 2015. Also look for the spinoff series, ZAPHEADS, written with Joshua Simcox.

About the author:

Author Scott Nicholson has written 15 thrillers, 60 short stories, four comics series, and six screenplays. He lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, where he tends an organic garden, successfully eludes stalkers, and generally lives the dream.

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Release: Jinxed (Karma #2) by Donna Augustine

Congratulations to Donna Augustine on the release of Jinxed book two in her urban fantasy series Karma
Jinxed, urban fantasy, Donna Augustine, editor, cover
JINXED (Karma, #2)
by Donna Augustine
ebook, 322 pages

Karma, it’s what they call me and the very essence of who I am. When I died young, I was recruited by the agency that keeps the Universe running smoothly. As someone with a human past, most of my coworkers consider me inferior.

But not everyone. Something evil has been stalking me for centuries. It’s been biding its time, waiting for the moment when it will strike and it needs me to to do it.

Its methods of recruitment are tearing apart every aspect of my life. I’m slowly losing myself, both mentally and physically. I don’t know who I can count on but I'm finding out how much I'm willing to sacrifice to save the ones I care about. 

About the Author:
Donna Augustine’s lifelong ambition was to become the crazy cat lady. Unfortunately, when family allergies cut short her dream of living in a house full of furries, she turned her ambitions toward writing. Combining her love of fantasy, scifi, horror and romance, she tries to string together interesting twists on urban fantasy.

A native of New Jersey, when she isn’t writing, or overdosing on caffeine, she can occasionally be spotted in disguise at the local dog park.

Also try The Alchemy Series urban fantasy from Donna Augustine. All four books for $6.99

How to write a successful guest post

The dreaded guest post. If you've ever done a blog tour for a book you are shaking your head right now. If you just released a book and have never written a guest post you should be figuring out how.

Why should I listen to what you have to say?
Because I am F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! And I am co-owner, along with Hot Diggity Katie Dalton, of the relatively successful review site  I Smell Sheep

Why should I do guest posts?
Guest posting on a blog is free promotion. Once it is up you can put a link to it on your author's site (because after reading this post you have one by now) and any future fans will be able to enjoy your witty self.

It is hard to get reviews if you are a new author, but many blogs will offer you a guest post. This is gold. Your name, cover, book gets in front of readers. Maybe only a handful will go check it out or buy it, but if they do and mention it on their social media or leave a review

How do I get a guest post on a blog?
Ask. Find blogs that feature your genre. Email them and include your blurb, cover and bio, links. In your intro let them know you will be happy to take any date they might have and you will provide them with exclusive content (this is important, will discuss later). Why? Because most blogs schedule posts at least a month in advance. The more flexible you are the more likely they will respond. Keep your email short and to the point! Seriously. Bloggers are doing this for free and on their own time so don't waste it. Seriously. Don't.

*Check to see if the blog has rules about author's contacting them. Look for their policies. Follow their rules. Seriously.

*Check the blog traffic. How many followers do they have? How many people enter the contests on the blog. Don't discount small blogs especially if they get lots comments. Comments mean the readers care, read posts, and will probably share. Also small or new blogs are more likely to give you a chance. Maybe even review it.

*Somewhere near the bottom put: Free review copies available on request. Keep this subtle. Bloggers get hit up with review requests daily and get irritable at some of the heavy handed ways it is done. By having a quick mention at the bottom, they only see it if they are interested in giving you a guest post. This means they are are already in a positive frame of mind and could increase your chances of snagging a review too! 
This is important people. Sending out mass spam email requests to inappropriate blogs will make you look unprofessional. 
Bloggers hate that shit. Don't do it.

I sent out requests and someone said yes! What do I do now?
Time to put that creative mind of yours to work. Bloggers want exclusive content (this is later folks). This means it can't be found anywhere else online. Don't write one guest post and send it to all the blogs. Bloggers hate that shit. Seriously. Don't do it. And yes, they will find out.

When you send out requests you can ask if they have any special features or topics, but if not, you are more than willing to come up with your own. If they have a guest post idea document (like the fabulous blog I Smell Sheep does) then you can choose from some topics and special features they have. If not, you have to come up with something. And here is where the experienced authors start shaking their heads. Guest post are hard to come up with after the 10th or 11th one you've done.

How do I pick a topic?
Check out the blog you will be visiting. Are there any themes to it. Do they post lots of naughty man candy pictures? Do they like vampires, shifters, monsters? Do they post lots of inspirational things? Check out the bloggers interests. Do they like shoes or first kiss scenes? Write a post about any of the topics you find. Because if the blogger likes these things then the readers do too. That is why they follow the blog. You want to connect to the readers. Take the time to research. Bloggers love that shit. Seriously.

I wrote my guest post! It is a thing of beauty. All 2000 words of it!
You just ruined a great opportunity. Readers have precious free time to check out blogs. If they see a long all text post they are clicking right out of there. This is bad for you and the blogger. And you guessed it...bloggers hate that shit.

And yes, I realize I am writing a whopper of a post, but it is informational and targeted at authors, not the masses.

*Keep your bio short and sweet for same reason.

*Keep posts efficient and tight. Use pictures when you can. Pictures of your cover, dogs, favorite pair of shoes, graphics you make. Break up the text somehow. That is why top 10 posts are popular. Easy to skim while the reader decides if they want to invest the time to read everything. So make it pop. 

*Do have a decent cover. If it is a photoshop hot mess the blogger will delete your request. (Shameless plug: check out Candid Covers over in my left sidebar. Get private, free cover feedback from bloggers)

 *Do be creative. People like to laugh and learn interesting or helpful information. That is why memes and info-graphs do so well.

How do I increase how many readers will see my guest post made of awesome?
Attach a giveaway to it. This can be anything. Your book is ideal or some swag. People like to win tangible things. Just an ebook won't get you as many entries. Make sure you tie entries to sharing your post. That way word gets out. The more spectacular/cool the giveaway the more clicks the post will get. Bloggers love that shit. Seriously.

*Do give the blogger a rafflecopter or other equivalent for the giveaway (unless the blogger tells you they will run it). You will be responsible for contacting the winner and sending out the prize. Giveaway widgets are easy to use. You'll figure it out, but I will be doing a post on how to use rafflecopter. This makes it easier on the blogger. Bloggers love that shit.

What should I send the blog?
You are sending what bloggers call the tour/post package. You send an email with the following things attached.The first four should be a document you already have saved to make your life easier (Just be sure to keep it updated):
*Guest post
*your social media links, buy links and any others you want included
* giveaway details and giveaway widget code/link
(all four of these can be in the same document)
*All images you want included like author pic, cover, graphics that go with your post.
*A big old THANK YOU to the blogger and telling them to contact you if they need anything else.

What now?
When the post goes live share that puppy! Make sure to respond to any comments left by readers. I shouldn't have to tell you why you need to do this. This helps you and the blogger. Bloggers and readers love that shit. Seriously.

*At some point leave a thank you email or comment for the blogger.

*Don't spam every social media you are part of multiple times every day. Readers don't like that shit. Seriously. Don't do it.

*Remember, developing a fan base and a trustworthy internet presence is a slow process. Keep building it quality post by post.

**And never use another blogger's exclusive guest post ideas or features on another blog. This is how bloggers set their site apart from other blogs. Seriously. Don't do it.

Okay, now you are ready to go out and guest post the hell out of the internet! If you have any questions or need a little help comment below.
And if you share my post I would love that shit. Seriously.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Do I need an author website yet?

Let me put this as simple as possible...
"But I haven't published my first book yet! Do I still..."
If you plan on publishing a book via traditional, indie or self publishing you should have a working website up and running before that book hits the readers and reviewers. It doesn't have to be fancy, it just has to have some basic, but oh so important information.

"Whyyyyyy? I am a writer not a webmistress."

Best case scenario, readers and bloggers read your book and like it! As a book blogger, myself, when I post a review I want to give my readers as much information about the book and author as I can. Like the author's bio and pic, links to the author's social media, and links to other possible books by the author. And where am I going to find this information to share with all my readers? That's right! Your author website. Imagine my surprise and disappointment when I google your name to find your site and there isn't one. I loved your book so much I wanted to ask you to do a guest post or interview for my blog, but I have no quick way to get in touch with you. I am, after all, very busy and don't want to hunt you down. Oh well, I guess I'll move on to the next book on my review list.

"But what do I put on my website?"

A basic author website should have the following:
1.  A banner at the top with your name letting me know I have arrived at the right place. If you have your tag line, even better.

2. A pic and bio blurb. It doesn't have to be a long one, but readers will relate to you better if you tell a bit about yourself. Like what part of the US (or CAN) you live in, your pet's names, how many kids you have or what you do when you aren't writing. The pic is important for the same reason...and for goodness sake, smile!

3. Links to all your social media. If your book(s) is good you are going to have fans! I know, right? And they will want to tell you how wonderful you are. Give them a way to do that. Also have an email bloggers and readers can use to contact you.

4. Covers, blurbs and buy links for all your books. In. Reading. Order. One of the main reasons people will visit your website is for book information and the order to read them.

Your home page should have: name, social media links, and contact email all in plain sight. The side bar ideally so no matter what page of your website someone is on they can click on those links without searching for them. A link to the pages with your covers, blurbs and buy links and your bio info.

"But I don't know how to make multiple pages for my website?"

Then put it all on your homepage.

Don't junk up your home page with lots of images or a crazy background. Your author pic and covers should be the only images there. You can go crazy with your banner at the top though as long as your name is clear. Be careful not to make a photoshop hot mess up there. Seriously. Don't.

Do make the website neat and organized.

Don't use a dark background (like black or red) and a light font (like white or yellow). Ask your self why books, magazines and newspapers are black print on a white background. That's right. People prefer it. If you have a black background and white print my eyes will hate you for it. Seriously, don't do it.

Don't use that cute font with the swirly hearts or the one that is gothically dramatic just like your book. Again, ask yourself why books, magazine and newspapers use a basic font. Because it is easy to read and looks professional. If you use crazy font my eyes will hate you for it. Seriously, don't do it.

Do keep it up to date. If you don't have a lot of time or website skill, keep the site a basic one page deal. When you have a new book or new link just pop it into the site and you are done.

"But I want to show my creativity and express myself with all the pretty colors and fonts. And show my support for my favorite causes and bloggers and book boyfriends!"

That is what a blog is for. Different beast. Here is a link to a post with tips about blogs. 

Your website represents you as an author. Keeping it neat and current signifies professionalism.

Now go write something awesome!

If you need a professional editor check out my website. Links to my prices, services and other info can be found in the side bar.

If you need cover advice then check out Candid Covers (link in side bar). Free, private, cover feedback.

Booklaunch is a free platform for setting up an author website.

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Release: The North by Sean Cummings

Congratulations to Sean Cummings on the release of his post-apocalyptic zombie thriller for teens The North.
The North
by Sean Cummings 
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
September 29, 2014
 by Bloor Street Books
Breakout from the armoury. Escape the city. Live. 
Sixteen-year-old David Simmons is on a mission to save his eight-year-old sister. In a smoldering world infested with walking cadavers, the survivors of Simmons infantry reserve unit are going hatches down in a pair of armoured personnel carriers and everyone knows that it’s only a matter of time until their fuel runs dry.

There’s a weak short wave radio signal from a place called Sanctuary Base and it’s supposed to be zombie-free. But there’s more than a thousand miles to cover, a biting, unforgiving cold, armed survivalists, legions of the living dead and someone called SUNRAY.

They’re outgunned, outnumbered and out of time.

This tense thriller for teens offers a terrifying and brutal vision of survival in a post-apocalyptic world where the bonds of friendship and family are the only things left that are worth fighting for.

About the Author:
Sean Cummings is a fantasy author with a penchant for writing quirky, humorous and dark novels featuring characters that are larger than life. His debut was the gritty urban fantasy SHADE FRIGHT published in 2010. He followed up later in the year with the sequel FUNERAL PALLOR. His urban fantasy/superhero thriller UNSEEN WORLD was published in 2011.

2012 saw the publication of Sean’s first urban fantasy for young adults. POLTERGEEKS is a rollicking story about teen witch Julie Richards, her dorky boyfriend and race against time to save her mother’s life. The first sequel, STUDENT BODIES hit bookstores in September 2013.

Sean's newest book is THE NORTH. A post-apocalyptic zombie thriller for teens. It will be released in October 2014.

Friday, September 26, 2014

For authors: Candid Covers- a free, private cover feedback service

Authors know the importance of a great book cover. The cover is the first impression your book makes. But even though an author knows this, some still try to squeak by with a sub par cover, and others have no idea their Photoshop skills are a hot mess. Some self-pub authors can do this successfully! Some. Can. Not.

How do you know if your cover will be successful or end up featured on a cover shaming blog? You need a trusted and objective view point. Not your friends, fans or family.

Wouldn't it be great if you could show your cover privately to a large panel of experienced bloggers, avid readers and graphic artists for an objective and honest opinion.

Candid Covers is a private Facebook group made up of bloggers, readers and graphic artists who are willing to give you some feedback for free. 

Authors can submit a cover which will be posted in our private group for two days, and the author will be invited into the group for the discussion. Only you and the group will see what goes on. The one rule is: What ever happens in Candid Covers, stays in Candid Covers. No one on our feedback panel will talk about or mention you or your covers outside of the group. Once you have gotten your cover feedback you will be removed from the group and your cover thread will be deleted. There will be no evidence of our discussion. Then the next cover/author will be invited in.

Now you need to be prepared for the good, the bad and the ugly. The group's opinions are not a personal attack on you or your book, but we will not sugar coat things. On the plus side, you just might get some great advice on how to improve your cover. Look at us as cover editors.

To submit a cover send an email with "Candid Covers" in the subject line, along with your cover attached, the genre of your book and the blurb to

Once your cover is posted to the group, you can request to join here:

or I can send you an invite via email. If you would rather us discuss your book without you there, I can send you an email with all our comments when we are done.

Candid Covers is an experiment to see if authors want, cause let's face it...lots need it, this type of help. We will be making tweaks to the process once we find out what works and doesn't. The key is for everyone to behave professionally. If you don't like what is said about your cover that is fine. No one outside the group will ever know what was said so there is no reason to take your anger out on any of our panelists. They are doing this for free as a service to help self-pub authors.

Steps for submitting to Candid Covers
1. Send email with "Candid Covers" in the subject line with cover, blurb, genre (
2. Once given the go ahead join the group.
3. Put on your big girl/boy panties and bring a sense of humor (borrow one if you have too)
4. Have an open mind to feedback without getting defensive (hence the big girl/boy panties).
5. Ask questions, get advice.
6. Go forth and be awesome!

Remember the one rule:
What ever happens in Candid Covers, stays in Candid Covers.

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Release: Bad Things by Varian Krylov

Congratulations to Varian Krylov on her erotic gay romance release: Bad Things!

by Varian Krylov
Xavier makes a lot of people nervous. The rest, he flat-out scares. More than his hulking, tattooed body, it's his predator's gaze that makes people feel vulnerable, as if he had the power to read their thoughts and see their soul. For his lovers, it's Xavier's ravenous appetite for all things carnal—for the taste of flesh under his tongue and the feel of a trembling body under his control, for whispered pleas and muffled cries—that makes him dangerous. 

But recently, driven by a festering rage against the men who attacked his sister a decade ago, Xavier has developed a taste for a different kind of hunt and conquest: stalking men who do truly bad things and punishing the predators he sniffs out. The problem with vigilante justice, though, is sometimes the man in your trap is innocent.

Carson suspects he's playing a risky game with dangerous men. But the lies are convincing, especially when they're slipped to him among hundred dollar bills. He never guessed how big and dark the secret hidden under all the lies and money could be. And he has no idea he's not the predator, but the prey, until it's too late.

And you can't beg for mercy when there's a gag in your mouth.

But when Carson escapes from Xavier's trap, he's forced to accept that Xavier is far from his most dangerous enemy. Xavier may even hold the key to overcoming the painful past that has kept Carson prisoner for almost two decades.

About the Author:
Since her girlhood in a sunny coastal town in California, Varian Krylov has nurtured a love of words and a curiosity about the deep, dark forces at work in human nature, especially sexuality, and how they often paradoxically twine with our tenderest impulses. Her stories tend to explore the sometimes fine line between what arouses, and what frightens, what we’re driven to, and what we’re ashamed of.

As witty and seductive as I am sarcastic and self-deprecating, I spend as much time as possible thinking and writing about sex. No, not dense, inscrutable post-feminist texts on media representations of gender and the body--that was grad school. I write stories--short stories, novels, and starting a few weeks ago, screenplays--most of which poke and prod and the dark little corners of human sexuality. In a sense, nothing's taboo, anymore. There's no act, no fetish that hasn't been made utterly banal in the proliferation of porn. What intrigues and excites me is the exploration of the conflicting impulses, the twisted psychology and turbulent emotions of people who find themselves unable to resist desires that lie beyond their own moral boundaries.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Self Editing Tip: Catching Dialogue Punctuation Errors

Dialogue! Yikes, there is an awful lot of punctuation going on there. One of the first things I do if I have to proof read a manuscript is use the find feature in Track Changes and search for " (quotation mark)

The wonderful thing is, it highlights every quote mark and you can now page down checking each piece of dialogue one at a time. Tedious, yes. But so important.

First thing you will be able to check is pairing of the quote marks. All dialogue has an opening and closing mark (except when the same person is speaking and you start a new paragraph, yadda, yadda, you know what I mean.)

Second, look at the dialogue tag. Did you use the comma correctly, the ? or !, did you only capitalize when you should?

It is that easy, but it can be slow going. If you are paying an editor by the hour then this will cut their editing time down. You will be surprised at how many quote marks you use...I had one with over 7000!

Here is an example of what you will see:

While you are at it use that find feature to look up these words and get rid of them where you can: just, that, had, here, there.

Look for "to be" verbs and replace them with stronger verbs. "To be" verbs:  is, am, are, was, were, has, have, had, do, does, did, been, being.

Look, need, want are all weak and usually happen when you are telling not showing. ex. "He looked scared." Could be "His eyes darted from door to to door while his hands shook." (I'm obviously not a writer, but you get the idea)

Happy editing! Sharon

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New Release: Dying by the Hour (Jesse Sullivan #2) by Kory M. Shrum

Congratulations to urban fantasy author Kory M. Shrum on the release of Dying by the Hour (Jesse Sullivan #2)
Dying by the Hour (Jesse Sullivan #2)
by Kory M. Shrum

Paperback, 443 pages
September 2nd 2014
by Timberlane Press
After 83 deaths, Jesse Sullivan knows how to die. As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. But using her NRD to save lives is why she’s being hunted.

For Ally Gallagher, death is permanent. If she fails to protect Jesse again, there will be no third attempt. After a quiet year the signs of serious danger have returned. People connected to Jesse are disappearing. Her home is vandalized and threatening messages are turning up in the safest of places.

Then Jesse is taken and Ally has only hours to get her back. But no salvation comes without its price.

About the Author:
Kory M. Shrum lives in Michigan with her partner and a ferocious guard pug. When not writing, she can be found teaching, traveling, and wearing a gi. Her poetry has appeared in North American Review, Bateau and elsewhere. Her first urban fantasy novel Dying for a Living will be available March 4, 2014.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Release: A Scarlet Fury (World in Shadows #2) by Bridget Blackwood

Congratulations to Bridget Blackwood on the release of A Scarlet Fury (World in Shadows #2)
A Scarlet Fury (World in Shadows #2)
by Bridget Blackwood

It has been almost a year since mankind became aware of the world in shadows. It's been an adjustment, but life goes on and most have learned to adapt. There are some on both side that are not ready to let go of their plans. Madalaina Bonvillian believed nothing could harm her; she's the daughter of the former alpha and the sister of the current alpha, who would dare? After surviving a brutal attack, Madalaina must try to move forward, but where do you go when you feel like you've lost yourself?

Cleary Neil has kept his feeling for Madalaina to himself. He's been her friend, and now that's what she needs more than anything. The only problem is he can't shut off the part of himself that wants to protect his mate from the pain and confusion he sees in her.

Together they will go on an emotional journey to find out if love can heal all wounds. Time is of the essence, because enemies are gathering.

About the Author:
I'm a hopeless romantic and a sucker for love stories with a happy ending. I grew up in East Texas, where I met and married my high school sweetheart. Together we moved to Southern Illinois and have called it home for over a decade now.

The characters in my head are loud and bossy. I began writing down their stories in self defense. My first book, Rising Shadows, comes out on February 14, 2014, the first in a paranormal romance series called World in Shadows.

A social butterfly by nature, I love to talk. When I am not writing, I enjoys video games, going out for dinner so I don't have to cook, and laughing as much as possible. I am a big horror movie junkie, I watch gobs of them. I have an addiction to eye shadow, crazy hair colors, tattoos, and glitter.

At home, I'm a wife and mother of three children, Blackwood Boy, Ballerina Blackwood, and Baby Blackwood. I also claim my fur babies; a pug, a boxer, and four cats bent on world domination.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Release: Bring Me A Dream: Reveler Series #5 by Erin Kellison

Congratulations to Erin Kellison on the release of her urban fantasy/PNR Bring Me A Dream (Reveler #5 series)!
Bring Me a Dream (Reveler #5)
by Erin Kellison
The madman and the nightmare…

Vincent Blackman is a little…unhinged. He recently fought a nightmare from the world Darkside and won. Now he fears nothing and wants revenge on the man who had his father brutally murdered. And how convenient to find an ally in Mirren Lambert, his enemy’s gorgeous and sexy daughter. Unfortunately, she’s made a few enemies of her own.

She might be a nightmare, but she’s also his ultimate fantasy.

Mirren was born half human, half nightmare. She was on the run from her ruthless father, but when he abducted her young son, she knew he had to be stopped once and for all. Dangerous Vincent is just who she needs to help her, though she has a perilous part to play as well, infiltrating her father’s circles to discover his secrets. They learn something dark is stirring in the dreamwaters, and it’s reaching toward the waking world. Vincent might be holding on to the last of his sanity, but that’s okay, as long as he holds on even tighter to her.

Bring Me A Dream is the fifth installment in the Reveler serial, a hot paranormal romance set in a world where shared dreaming is a new pop culture phenomenon that allows people to indulge their wildest fantasies. But there are also unknown dangers Darkside; nightmares are slowly infiltrating not only dreams, but the waking world as well. And behind them all is a shadowy entity called the Sandman.

Revel with me.

(Kobo and iBooks links to come)

About the author:
Erin Kellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of the Shadow series and Shadow Kissed series, which share the same world, where dark fantasy meets modern fairy tale. Delve into dreamscapes in her new Reveler series, releasing Summer 2014.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

At Death's Door (Freefall #1) by Astrid V. Tallaksen

Congratulations to Astrid V. Tallaksen on the release of her first urban fantasy At Death's Door (Freefall #1)
At Death's Door (Freefall #1)
by Astrid V. Tallaksen

The world is a pretty straightforward place. Even for medium Sara Stone things seem pretty simple, aside from the whole talking to spirits bit. But when the spirits get too hard to handle and Sara ends up admitted to a mental hospital, the world starts to seem a lot less straightforward. First her family disappears, including her four year old son. Then she gets the sneaking suspicion that not only are the staff at the mental hospital somehow connected, but they also have no intention of ever letting her leave the hospital.
Everything changes when Sara has her first visitor in three months. Daniel is handsome, friendly, and a complete stranger. When he promises to spring her from the hospital and swears that everything she's experienced is completely real, Sara has no choice but to believe him. But once she reaches a run-down Victorian house in the tiny Alabama town her rescuer calls home, the last thing she expects to discover is that every memory she has is a lie.
Daniel reveals a world filled with angels, demons, and an impending war humans know nothing about. Sara wants to ignore her role in the whole mess – all that matters is solving the mystery of where her son has gone. But the forces of Heaven, Hell, and the Heart have other plans for her. Can she find her child before the world comes crashing down?

About the Author:
Debut author Astrid V. Tallaksen grew up with a heart for stories of creatures and places outside of this world. Her love of reading quickly became a love of writing. She spent several years creating content and helping writers to improve their craft on the online world of Althanas, a creative writing workshop in the guise of a roleplaying forum. A self-avowed nerd, Astrid loves science fiction, comic books, and eighties fantasy movies in the vein of The Princess Bride and Labyrinth. Her geekiness extends to annual volunteer work at the massive sci-fi convention known as Dragon*con every year in Atlanta, Georgia. In the odd times that she’s not immersed in geekdom or writing, Astrid loves to sing karaoke, crochet, and spend time with her family and pets.

Monday, August 4, 2014

New Release: Stripped Away Stripped Away (The Escapade Book 2) by Ellis Carrington

Congratulations to Ellis Carrington on the release of her contemporary gay romance Stripped Clean (the Escapade Book #2)
Stripped Away (Stripped Clean #2)
by Ellis Carrington 
ebook, 250 pages
Published August 4th 2014 by Ellis Carrington


David Moorehouse has spent his life hiding behind masks. Nice guy. Best friend. Reverend's kid. After finding his father dead on the floor, he’s been stripped of his job at the family church and his identity as the quiet, nice guy. The life he knew is over, and he doesn’t know what to do next.


Ricky Slade is itching for a fight. By the time he meets David, he’s struggling to save his business, his best friend, his drug-addict brother, and his own sanity. He’s got no patience for his business partner’s judgmental sibling showing up and getting in his face.

Their furious heat turns into a fiery inferno, but Ricky's fresh off a bad breakup, and David is getting guilt-tripped by his family and his ex. Every time they fight, they fall into bed, but will that be enough when things around them come apart?

Be advised, this book contains: two men with big egos and bigger trucks, more emotional baggage than they can carry, and a whole lot of sizzling man on man action.

About the Author:
Ellis Carrington was born after the Christmas of 2010 when she was gifted a Kindle and discovered the gay romance category on Amazon that same day. Sometimes her heroes are human and sometimes they aren’t, because angels and vampires deserve love too. Her favorite things are great friends, great music, and books that make her forget the outside world.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Release: Feel the Heat Charity Anthology from IRC

Congratulations to the IRC on the release of their charity anthology Feel the Heat!
editor, Sharon Stogner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
A collection of hot romance stories from the indie community presented by IRC. Everything from sweet to kinky is presented with a 3+ heat rating.

All proceeds will be donated to Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue. 

All books below are pre-published with the exception of A Touch of Frost -S.E. Smith. 

Saving Chloe (The Beaumont Trilogy, #1) -Regina Frame 
Caressed by Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness, #1)
* -Amanda J. Greene 
In the Light of the Moon (Dark War Chronicles #1) -A.L. Kessler 
Beauty and the Highlander (Moriag Series #1)- Hildie McQueen 
What the Body Needs -Laura Oliva 
Tequila Sunrise (Cocktail Cruise Novella #1) - Allie Boniface*  
Play with Me at Noon- Red Phoenix 
Invitation to a Vampire - Beverly Rae* 
A Touch of Frost (Magic, New Mexico #1) -S.E. Smith 
Savior (Impossible #2) -Julia Sykes 
Close Liaisons (The Krinar Chronicles #1) - Anna Zaries 
* Devil in the Details Editing Services

What is IRC? The indie romance convention is a celebration of the culture and fantastic talent that has emerged as a result of the independent writer’s revolution. We hope to highlight, educate, introduce, inspire and entertain people interested in the entrepreneurs that have made indie publishing such a success. It is not just writers we hope to spotlight, but also those who help them to achieve their goals such as bloggers, reviewers, cover artists, editors and of course, the most important of all, readers. Come celebrate IRC 2014 with us.

Monday, July 14, 2014

New Release: Night's Deep Hush (Reveler #4) by Erin Kellison

Congratulations to Erin Kellison on the release of her PNR Night's Deep Hush (Reveler #4)!

Dreaming turns dangerous... 

Malcolm Rook and Jordan Lane are on the run from powerful forces that seek their deaths. But they are discovered by someone from Rook's dark past. Under no circumstances will Rook allow this criminal to learn how talented Jordan is in the world Darkside. Instead, Rook succumbs so that she has a chance to survive.

Rook has been abducted and Jordan assumes the worst. She's fallen for him and will do anything to get him back. Alone on the streets, she concocts a plan that will take her into the black market of dreams to find help. An unlikely ally comes to her aid, and together they search and for love, the other for vengeance.

Night's Deep Hush is the fourth installment in the Reveler serial, a hot paranormal romance set in a world where shared dreaming is a new pop culture phenomenon that allows people to indulge their wildest fantasies. But there are also unknown dangers Darkside; nightmares are slowly infiltrating not only dreams, but the waking world as well.

Revel with me.

(BN, iBooks, and Kobo to come soon)

Excerpt from NIGHT'S DEEP HUSH (Reveler 4)

Malcolm Rook was just putting on his boots when a pop in his awareness blackened his vision for a second. He double—no, triple—blinked and shook his head to clear the residual fuzz that followed it. Then a cold sweat broke his skin. The pop was familiar, though it had been years. It was a signal—not quite a mental push but more like a flick to the skull.

Chuck had found him. Of all people, it would be Chuck.

“You okay?” Jordan adjusted the knit beanie on her head. She’d already put on her jacket to go out in the cold. Her brown hair was back in a ponytail. Face clear. Eyes narrow, reading him.

Rook had known that someone would find him eventually, tapping as he was into the old network. Staying under the radar—no credit, moving invisibly, leaving no trail—cost something, but it wasn’t a currency recognized by any bank.

“I’m good.” But his mind raced. He preferred if Jordan wasn’t present for the first meeting with Chuck, not until he’d had a chance to gauge the tone, the welcome. See what Chuck would demand for the protection of his silence. “But, um…” How to get her to go without her being suspicious? Never mind. She was too damn smart. She’d be suspicious regardless. “Do you mind going to pick up the food on your own?”

He’d kept her close since they’d fled Las Vegas and what they’d discovered there, always looking over their shoulders for the long reach of Chimera and the corruption associated within it.

Jordan lifted a brow. “You feeling all right?”

“Dizzy.” He was fine now, but that had been the truth thirty seconds ago.

She smiled sly and sexy. “Tired you out, did I?”

Screw Chuck and the food. “Come here and we’ll see.”

“Nope.” She laughed. “I just got dressed, and I want lo mein.” She peeled a twenty from their dwindling wad of cash. “You rest up. I’ll get the grub, and then maybe”—her voice went mock husky—“after I’ve taken your temperature…” She waggled her eyebrows.

About the author:
Erin Kellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of the Shadow series and Shadow Kissed series, which share the same world, where dark fantasy meets modern fairy tale. Delve into dreamscapes in her new Reveler series, releasing Summer 2014.