How to Read a Book Like a Boss

And by boss, I mean mom….

How to Read a Book Like a Mom

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I’m a writer, so I read a lot of books. I also have five children. People often ask how I have time to do anything. I have compiled a list of five tips for Boss Mom Book Reading.

  1. Find a book you want to read.

    This may seem overly simplified, but sometimes, as a boss mom, you know you just had that book you wanted to read. It was a good book. You may not be able to recall what it was about, but you definitely remember that it was a good book. There were people. Words. A plot that lasted longer than the time it takes to lose kitten mittens. Real, grown up words. People did things. No tantrums. Or, at least, tantrums about things like missile crises, and there was no mention of potty training anywhere. Yesterday, I was forced to sit down for a caffeine respite with Little Bunny Foo Foo. It was all I could find. You have to survive.

  2. Sit down.

    When you find that novel – or your Kindle – in the freezer, have a seat. Alright. Standing up may also be an option. And, let’s face it, last time you sat down, you woke up thirty minutes later with your toenails painted in Sharpie and wrapped in wet toilet paper. There was half a banana… but we won’t discuss that. You think you’ve only had three cups of coffee since the kids came to the edge of the bed at 4 AM to breathe in your face, and it takes at least six cups to manage a sit down. You’re right. Standing up to read is probably best.

  3. Find the bookmark.

    This is a game you all love to play with your paperbacks. Your daughter runs away with your bookmark or un-dog-ears your marker page. Better yet, when she’s feeling uber playful and creative, she dog-ears all of them and leaves you Picasso-esque drawings that completely obscure the words on the page that you’re pretty sure you’ve read already, but you need to read again (just in case). And for the Kindle days, you’re pretty sure your entire library was eaten by Angry Birds Star Wars. She downloaded it six times – how does this even happen? – and your email just thought you should know she bought $6,543 worth of extras.

  4. Refreshments.

    Mommy, I’m hungry. Mommy, I’m thirsty. Mommy, I need you to wipe… Look! The cat wanted to sleep in a pillowcase. (Even though you conducted a parent-pet meeting with that cat yesterday, and you clearly discussed what it takes to survive in this household.) There’s nothing better than a hot cup of java in a real mug with real creamer. Though, your memory may be faulty. You haven’t had a hot cup of coffee since 2001, and you’re pretty sure the kids are drinking your coffee when you aren’t looking. You’ve filled that cup at least five times, and you still want to pass out. The kids on the other hand…

  5. Music.

    Mozart. Beethoven. Classical Rock. Old jams from high school. This is going to be an awesome reading session. Until the squealing and screeching reminds you, one of them wants to be a plumber and managed to dig up the recorder you successfully flushed down the toilet. And that sparkly pink microphone? The one with Let It Go echoing in all its tin-y glory? It has been found. By your head. And it’s concert time. Grandma would be proud.

And when you get high five-d in the face with last week’s half-eaten apple or you wake up to the re-enactment of that one scene from Avengers, you’ll know. Congratulations. You made it. Welcome to reading a book like a boss, mom.

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And because I’m an extra dose of crazy and super excited about it 😀

(Find me on NaNoWriMo as I write this clean read this November):

Coming Spring 2016

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Cover by Lori P. at Contagious Covers. Thanks, Lori!


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The Irks of Being a Writer

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I’ve been editing a SciFi novel and plotting in an urban fantasy world all day. I’ll be sending the SciFi off to my editor on Monday. I’ll start writing the urban fantasy on Nov 1, 2015, as a part of this year’s NaNoWriMo. (If you’re participating, I’m “bokerah.” I need some buddies.) And then, there’s a SciFi short that’s due to betas by the end of October. And first round of #PitchSlam in a few days.

I am stuck in the middle of the very real world of being a writer. I’m pedaling like mad, writing as much as I can so I can work my way out of the “sucky zone.”

I’m pretty sure my SciFi is stuck in crap-mode, and I just can’t tell. It’s pretty much like being nose-deep in the tree trunk of a tree that must be pruned in some places and grafted in others. And you’re starving. And there’s a fire coming. Zombies also.

It looks like this…

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I may have dissolved in the insane quicksand of second guessing myself into the oblivion of inaction. I am now certain that everyone is just not telling me how bad I stink at storytelling.

Someone, anyone! Tell me what I’m doing wrong!  *Whimpers* Why won’t anyone tell me?

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Today, I don’t know anything.

But I read this. I cried. It might be hormones, but I think it was Janet.

(I love you, Janet Reid! Just think of me as the weird fan in the balcony seat that takes everything two steps too awkward.)

So… maybe…

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And…

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So because I’m crazy like this…

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Here’s a sneak peek of my NaMoWriMo Cover (for release in Spring of 2016):

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Thanks to Lori at Contagious Covers. I think I also love you. Don’t tell Janet.


I might be a little…

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Happy Wednesday from the deep dark cave of perpetual optimism wrapped in a self-doubt straight jacket. Maybe the next one will make me feel like a real author. ❤

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P.S. Keep Writing. It’s the only thing that keeps us writers marginally sane.


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Submerged by {Katie Hayoz}

Happy Release Day, Katie!

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WHAT IF EVERYTHING YOU KNEW ABOUT YOURSELF WAS A LIE?
Melusine Doré is as practiced at guarding a secret as she is at wielding a weapon. Yet her past refuses to stay buried. Her worst fears are realized when Melusine and her companion, Levi, get called to hunt a beast in her birthplace of Malheur. The second she sets foot on her native soil, nothing proceeds as she planned: a beautiful tinker sets her sights on Levi, a gentle monster kills for sport, and an admission of love becomes a betrayal. Melusine comes face to face with the lies of her family’s past—and a truth that could destroy her.
Adventure number two in the Clockwork Siren series, Submerged takes us from the muddy trenches of steampunk Chicago to the sticky swamps of Louisiana to the slippery side of love.
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Katie grew up in Racine, Wisconsin where she acquired an irreversible nasal twang and an addiction for books with a slightly dark edge. She now lives in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband, two daughters, and two fuzzy cats. She has been an avid reader of YA fiction for years. While she has a penchant for the paranormal, she devours a range of books — along with popcorn and black licorice. She consumes all three in large quantities. Luckily, the books don’t stay on her hips.
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Interview with {Geralyn Wichers}

unnamed (3)I met Garalyn Wichers after reading her fantastic book, Sons of Earth. She graciously agreed to do an interview. My review will be posted later this week.

Tell us about you. What do you write?

I write speculative fiction, lately tending toward Dystopian. While I don’t stray far from “real life,” my stories always have a twist. I like to ask the question, “What if this happened?” In the case of Sons of Earth, the question was, “What if humans could be mass manufactured?” (B: I love this premise!)

I also blog about my love of running and healthy eating at runningbumblebee.wordpress.com. It’s kind of an outlet for the obsession, since my friends and family are a little sick of hearing about it! (B: Be sure to check it out!)

Has there been a progression through genres for you?

I wrote three unpublished fantasy novels before I wrote and published my first novel, We are the Living, a love story set in a zombie apocalypse. I’ve loved the Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings since I was a young teen, and I’ve enjoyed making up my own worlds since I was a child. Lately I’ve been mentally building a fantasy world just for fun. Maybe I’ll return to fantasy soon. (B: Let me know when you do. As much as I love LotR and the Chronicles, AND your writing in Sons of Earth, I’d love to read it!)

How did you come up with “Sons of Earth”? Do you recall where or how the idea first struck  you? What do you wish to accomplish with “Sons of Earth”? Do you often grapple with these weighty subjects within your works?

I remember the moment quite well, actually. I’d just begun working at the pharmaceutical factory where I work now. After almost two weeks of training in vast procedures, I was working in process cleaning (basically, dishwashing on an industrial scale). I mused about the practice of ‘rejecting’ any product that didn’t meet specification. For some reason, my mind jumped to cloning. What if we were mass-producing clones instead of medications? What if they were out of specification? Well, then they would be ‘rejected.’ I played with this idea for a while, but it wasn’t until late October, when I began preparing for my first National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that I fleshed out the idea into a plot.

In regards to the ideas within the book, and what I set out to accomplish: I never set out to be didactic. I don’t write a story to teach a lesson. I write a story to tell a story, and hope that people learn from them. Let me make that very clear. I don’t like heavy handed moralizing. I don’t write allegories. That being said, in the latter stages of writing Sons of Earth, I was involved in conversations with a friend, in which the value of human life played a factor. We fell on opposite sides of the debate about abortion and human rights. I thought a lot about how my Christian faith affects my view of humanity–that each human being is inherently valuable. They aren’t valuable based on their use to me. They are valuable just because they are human, an image-bearer of God.  As a result, I saw even more clearly the themes of human value that I could tease out of the story.

Bokerah, you asked me if this is a pro-life story. Yes, I suppose it is–but not specific to the abortion debate. It’s also about racism, classism, other sexual orientations, or anyone we might discriminate against. Dominic and Sebastian are clones. Justine and Casey are poor, blue-collar workers. Khalia is an educated career woman who hides a drug problem and the scars of an abusive relationship. They all long to be treated like the valuable human beings they are. They all demonstrate that, despite what their society says about them, they have a contribution to make and a mark to leave.

The clones are seen as non-humans. I had some people challenge me, saying that would never happen. But I say that we dehumanize each other in small ways every day. We see ourselves as deep characters with good motives, intentions, and dreams but we see our dragon-lady supervisor as a one-dimensional, evil witch. She’s not a person like us, she’s just bad. At the McDonalds drive-through we ignore the cheerful greeting over the speaker, and spout out our order like we’re speaking into a dictaphone. Don’t even get me started on YouTube comment debates. So if we’re so willing to overlook the humanity of others in these small ways, who’s to say that we couldn’t convince ourselves that a certain group of people weren’t people? I’m pretty sure that’s already happened.

Is that too long of an answer, Bokerah? 🙂     (B: It’s perfect! I think I fan-girled at least three times during this answer. 😀 )

Where do you find inspiration? What do you do for writer’s block?

I consider reading novels and watching movies an integral part of my job as a writer. I find inspiration, often, in the smallest detail or secondary character. Someone will twig my interest, and I’ll be off, building a character around that idea. The character almost always comes first. The world and the plot come second and third.

For writer’s block, the best solution seems to be to plow through and write crap until the good stuff comes again. But prevention is the best cure. Running keeps my mind alert, and reading keeps it full of ideas.

As a writer, what’s next for you?

I am currently writing the second book in a trilogy (the first book is unpublished) that I hope to publish spring of 2016. The story is, once again, in the real world with a twist. The twist is that there is a secret society of Immortals among us. The story follows an Immortal as he is initiated into the society. He soon becomes a pawn in a century-old feud between powerful Immortals. He himself has never come to grips with his immortality, and over the trilogy fights to find the courage to make something of his long, long life instead of trying to find a way to die. There are some fantastic characters in play in this story. It spans two continents. I’ve got a blue collar worker, a history professor, a knight, a mixed martial arts fighter, a couple who fell in love after she shot him by accident. It has a lot of potential. I hope I can sort out the whole story.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

I am a new writer. Ha ha ha. (B: You’ve written / published one! You’re not so new as you might think.)

Work hard and be humble. Be willing to take advice and criticism. Likely, you’re not a good writer. That’s okay, you’re new. If you were good right off the bat, all the veterans would hate you because they had to get good the old-fashioned way: hours and hours of writing and studying their craft. Join a writers group. Get a critique partner who actually knows what they are talking about and will tell you the truth. Hire an editor. Be willing to trash your first novel instead of publishing garbage. Then, maybe you’ll get to be pleasantly surprised when people actually like your stuff!

B: Thank you for rocking this interview, Geralyn. I can’t wait to read your next bunch of awesome!


unnamedGeralyn Wichers is a writer and blogger, who also moonlights as a manufacturing operator at a large factory. When she’s not wearing a respirator and handling hazardous chemicals, Geralyn is either writing about the impending zombie apocalypse or training to survive it by running long distances.

Geralyn is the author of We are the Living, an apocalyptic story of love and hope in the midst of destruction, and Sons of Earth, the story of a clone finding his humanity in a dystopian near-future. She writes the blog Running Bumblebee, where she encourages others toward an active lifestyle through stories, self-deprecating humour, and practical recipes. She writes from small-town Manitoba, Canada.
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Siren’s Kiss by {Margo Bond Collins}

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Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins begins in an ancient playground. On a soul searching trip, Clay visits Athens, and he finds himself drawn to the ocean’s edge. Driven by an outside force, he discovers Skyla, illuminated by moonlight, shifting from mer to human. When she disappears beneath the surface, Clay wearies and returns to his hotel. The following day, again guided by an unexplained pull, Clay finds Skyla in the midst of Athens.

Margo Bond Collins writes in alternating first person, weaving a lovely romance throughout. Skyla speaks with an ancient wisdom interwoven with old tales of Titans and gods, beautiful words ordered in a melodic telling. Clay is a modern-day police officer struggling to reconcile the magic between them with realism and what he knows to be true. Some adult situations and language. An enjoyable afternoon read.

I received a copy of Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins in exchange for an honest review.


Siren's KissHer kiss might save the world . . .

Unless his kiss kills her first.

It’s been almost two thousand years since the mer-shifter Skyla walked the streets of Athens—not since her heart was broken by a human man and she exchanged the land and sky for the ocean depths. Ever since, she has lived in the underwater ruins of Atlantis, studying with the priestesses of the goddess Amphitrite, refining her mermaid powers and ignoring her human half.

But her studies are interrupted when she is called upon by the god Poseidon himself to investigate rumors that the world above is being polluted by the magic of creatures from another realm—and worse, that the ocean kingdom of the mer-people might be next.

When her inquiries in modern-day Greece lead her to an American detective asking similar questions, Skyla realizes that the magical problem she’s been sent to research is bigger than she anticipated—and that one human’s kisses might be more dangerous to her, and her world, than she ever could have imagined.

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This is not a love story.

It’s been over two thousand years since I walked these shores, and even then, the man who broke my heart was centuries gone, sailed away into death—the last journey into yet another land where I will not follow.

Truth be told, though, he left me long before he died, gone away to rejoin a wife he hadn’t seen in twenty years, to reclaim a rocky, wind-swept island for a son he barely knew.

Gone home, to spin stories about his absence like his wife spun his death-shroud—picking out the stitches at night and reweaving them anew to postpone the inevitable moment when the stories wear thin and you find the monsters have been in your home all along, posing as suitors who would win your heart.

The poets lie, you know. They say our songs seduce the sailors, draw them into the ocean to drown.

But if the ocean sings to them, it is not our doing—no more than the earth’s call to us is theirs.

And Odysseus never tried to resist.

On the cliff above the Theatre of Dionysus, the Parthenon loomed, its marble columns partially obscured in scaffolding. The last time Skyla had been here, when the marble seats of the open-air amphitheater were new, she watched the Oresteia trilogy—tragedies to the Athenians surrounding her, but too far from reality to be anything but comic to Skyla. Agamemnon had been a monster, a tyrant of a man who murdered his daughter for the joy of killing, a sacrifice to the gods of power and control. When his wife Clytemnestra killed him in return, other women did not blame her. Their house fell, but it was not of her doing.

But the memories of men are short, and the stories they share shift and change, like the ocean’s surface.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

margoMargo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She lives in Texas with her daughter and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.

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Faeries, Shifters, Angels, Oh My!

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An  excerpt from my current work in progress: Woe for a Faerie – Coming Spring 2016

(With a follow-up novella scheduled for Summer of 2016)

New York at Night - Romance-XL“I found her on the pavement.” Jason’s hands were clasped on the table in front of him. One light illuminated the metal surface. Uncomfortable, he glanced at the darkened corners of the room.

“Just lying on the pavement?”

“Yeah.”

“Hard to believe.” The officer scrubbed a hand across his stubble.

“I don’t make this stuff up.”

“Where’d she go?”

“I told you I don’t know. Did you find the last one?” Silence met his question. Jason bowed his head, expressing a sigh before murmuring quietly to himself.

When Jason looked up, the officer had raised eyebrows. “Finished?” The word held no irritation.

Jason nodded. “Yes, I need to get back.” The chair scraped loudly across the floor.

“You sure you have nothing to add?”

Jason’s hand was already on the door knob, his black cassock belted in the middle, his clerical collar digging into the neck thickening with middle age. He looked over his shoulder. “I have a long history of cooperation. I want to find her as much as you do.” He pulled the door open, his robes swirling about his booted feet.

The officer nodded. “Alright. Well, let us know if you find another one.”

Jason did not answer, already striding down the corridor, his right boot squeaked with each stride.

Must’ve stepped in something.

rsz_cars_under_streetlights_in_nyc_1958His pace did not slow, and he burst into the night, nearly knocking into a rough-looking man.

“Hey, watch it!”

Jason tilted his head to the side, knowing the street lamp would catch the thin line of white circling his neck.

“Oh, sorry, padre, have a nice night.”

Still means something… sometimes. He turned toward the parish, the gothic cross just visible over the roof lines. A train whistle sounded from far away.

His heart tripped in his chest when he heard an unexpected voice close behind, low, almost purring. “Hello, Father, I have sinned.”

He whirled, an image of a spinning dervish flashed in his mind. “I’ve been looking for you.”

Woe leaned against the building, a cigarette hanging from her mouth, the cherry glowing as she inhaled. When she stepped forward, Jason’s eyes tripped down her body. A leather jacket over a mini dress, black leather boots laced up to her thighs. Bare legs, no makeup. Something stirred in him. “You look like a teenager.”

“I’m twice as old as Westminster.” She coughed.

Woe“Angels shouldn’t smoke.”

Fallen angel, Father.” She took another drag. “I’ll leave this life behind. At least, I can die now.”

“After our talk, I had hoped you wanted to be the last one standing. We need you.”

She flicked the cigarette across the sidewalk. “Maybe. Maybe not. I hear the last one didn’t fare so well, isn’t he locked up somewhere?”

Jason sighed, and his shoulders drooped. She waited as he let the silence stretch. Finally, he nodded. “The last time I saw him, he was screaming, ‘These iron bars can’t hold my soul.’”

“I’m not sure I even have a soul, Jason.”

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Mercy’s Gift by {Katy Huth Jones}

Cover reveal for MERCY’S GIFT, Book Two in the fantasy series He Who Finds Mercy by Katy Huth Jones:

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Peace is fragile. Gifts have limits.

While Prince Valerian adjusts to marriage as well as his new title, conspiracy brews in the south among disgruntled lords who wish to separate from the north. The situation is made even more volatile by a charismatic rebel leader whose guerilla tactics are swift and brutal.

The clandestine efforts of a witch hired by one of the lords render Valerian’s gift of Sight ineffective, and Merry’s Healing gift is sorely tested.

It has become dangerous for a northerner living in the south, and if the gifted young royals fail to stop the growing rebellion, evil will reign in Levathia.

The story begins in Book One, MERCY’S PRINCE:

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A heart of peace in a time of war

 

As second son of the King of Levathia, seventeen-year-old Valerian desires the quiet life of a scholarly monk. But when he fails to save his older brother in battle, Valerian must instead become crown prince.

While a traitorous knight schemes against him, Valerian meets Mercy, a pacifist Healer with whom he can speak mind-to-mind like the great dragons. Their bond emboldens Valerian to seek out the legendary dragons and ask for their help against the monsters who killed his brother.

Can Valerian survive the traitor’s assassins long enough to find the dragons? And if he does, can he convince them to lay aside their hatred of humans and help him save the land from destruction?

 

Praise for MERCY’S PRINCE:

“Easily one of the best indie books I’ve ever read.” Story Sanctuary

“A truly believable fantasy world saturated with suspense.” Marcha’s Two-Cents Worth

“The action is heart-stopping, the love is pure, and the emotions are real.” Amazon reader

“A lovely, spiritual tale with all the adventure, mystery and romance a reader could want. Oh. And dragons!” Amazon reader

 

MERCY’S PRINCE will be FREE on Amazon September 17-19, and MERCY’S GIFT will be released September 25.


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Katy Huth Jones grew up in a family where creative juices overflowed and made puddles to splash in. When not writing or sewing or drawing or taking photos, Katy plays piccolo and flute in The Symphony of the Hills. She lives with her husband Keith in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Their two sons, whom she homeschooled, have flown the nest and live creative lives of their own. Best of all, she is a cancer survivor.

Damned if I Do by {Erin Hayes}

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They killed my sister and infected me.
Now I have to pick up the pieces before I die.

I’ve spent the last five months trying to find the bastard who did this. Yet, even with the help of a hot amnesiac vampire named Jude, I’ve had zero luck.

Until now. And it could change everything. Even though I grew up in a family that hunted the supernatural, there were still things I didn’t believe in.

Now I have to hurry for the slim chance that I could save us all. Because when you fight against immortal vampires, you’re the one who’s running out of time.

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My vampy sense tingles again, alerting me to the presence of a familiar vampire behind me. I groan on the inside and flick my cigarette into the fire.

“Really?” I ask, half playfully, half in a bad mood.

I’m still wired from my fight with the other vampires and seeing Meghan, so I can use the excuse to pummel him a few times.

I spin on him, throwing punches in a halfhearted warning. My right shoulder aches with the movement.

As usual, whenever I do this, he matches each of my movements with the same intensity.

We spar for a bit, Harker against vampire, before he pins me against the wall, pressing his strong body against mine.

“You’re chipper tonight, Harker,” he tells me, a cheeky grin pulling at his lips. He raises an amused, pierced eyebrow.

I roll my eyes at him and push him off me, trying to hide the blush from my cheeks. He was so close to me, I feel a bit too intimate with him at the moment. I turn my attention back to the mini-bonfire. Yes, he’s a vampire, but I’ve known him for five months now and I know he won’t hurt me.

“Pissed off doesn’t look good on you,” he tells me.

“I’m always kind of pissed off these days, Jude.”

“What, my lead wasn’t good?” he asks.

“That’s what remains of them. In there.” I nod to the dumpster, then I gesture to the college student still passed out against the wall. “They were having hemoglobin a la carte. And, no, I didn’t get any information from either of them. They would rather die or do something stupid before they would ever want to help me.”

Jude curses under his breath. “Next time, Harker. You’ll get something next time.”

I let out a shuddering breath. “You’ve been saying that for the past five months, Jude. It’s not going to fucking happen. Anthony is like Bigfoot, except he hides better. I won’t ever get to him in time.”

Because I’m dying and my expiration date is coming up.

“You’ll figure something out, Harker.”

“Not soon enough.”

Jude grabs my shoulder and I look back at him in surprise. “Yes. You. Will,” he says, punctuating each word. His blue-eyed gaze keeps me rooted to my spot, even though I try to shrug off his empty promises.

It’s hard though. Jude isn’t someone you can “shrug off,” no matter how hard you try. I’m not one to go for bloodsuckers, but Jude is possibly the best specimen of vampire or human to ever walk the Earth. When they warn girls about bad boys, they have someone like Jude in mind.

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Erin

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series.

She works as an advertising copywriter during the day, and she moonlights as an author. She has lived in New Zealand, Texas, and now in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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Dream Wedding by {J.J. DiBenedetto}

After ten books and nearly a million words, the Dream Series will be complete on October 20th. Book number ten, DREAM WEDDING, will be released, along with DREAM FRAGMENTS, a collection of short stories that fill in some of the gaps between the novels of the series.

And here is the brand new cover for DREAM WEDDING, designed by Emma Michaels (www.emmamichaels.com)

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What’s it about?

It ought to be a joyful time for Dr. Sara Alderson. Her daughter, Lizzie, is about to graduate college, and marry her longtime boyfriend. But the family’s happiness is shattered when a drunk driver seriously injures her teenage son in a hit-and-run accident.

Now, instead of planning her daughter’s wedding, Sara must fight to save her son’s life. And when she discovers who the drunk driver was – someone she thought was a colleague and a friend – she has to fight her desire for revenge. Because Sara knows she has the power to visit the driver’s dreams, and in those dreams, she holds the power of life and death.

Dream Wedding is the tenth and final book of the Dream Series

And you can pre-order it on Amazon right now!

The DREAM FRAGMENTS collection also has a brand-new cover, also designed by the wonderful Emma Michaels:

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You can also pre-order it on Amazon!

If you can’t wait for October 20th (and I don’t blame you if you can’t!), all nine of the previous Dream Series books are available on Amazon, as well as many other eBook retailers (visit my website to see the full list of where to buy them!). You can also check out my website (listed above), as well as Facebook and Twitter for the latest Dream Series news. Or you can click here to download a quick guide to the Dream Series and me!

You can also check out the Dream Series on Audiobook. The first seven books are currently available on Audible, and book number eight, DREAM VACATION, will be available within the next two weeks. You can hear samples from all the audiobooks at my website, too!

Interview with {Anna Albergucci}: Part Two

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 9.30.54 AMAnna Albergucci brings the final installment of the Falling in Deep Summer Collection from the Blazing Indie Collective. I caught up with Anna at the Albergucci estate somewhere in West Texas.

Happy release day, Anna!

To Each His Own releases TODAY. (: Anna is running a special giveaway in honor of To Each His Own.

What is your favorite writing music?

Since I write a lot of dark elements, Breaking Benjamin is my go to band, and I like to listen to Evanescence. For my upcoming release I did add Celtic music to the mix. Last of the Mohicans was inspiring. When I write I chose a song that fits the mood of the scene and play it on repeat. This keeps me from wanting to sing along. It becomes a mood setter and allows my writing to flow.

Where is your favorite place to find inspiration?

I find it in nearly everything, but the best place for me is listening to music and reading other books. It gives my brain time to reboot, rest, and absorb.

What was your inspiration for To Each His Own? Tell me about your characters.

Well, as I said earlier, it is part of the Falling in Deep Collection. The rule for this collection of books written by a collection of authors was that it had to be a romance and it had to spotlight a creature of the deep. Most of the books feature mermaids, but I had a Scottish water horse named Douglass McGrail in my Phoenix Decree Series and decided to tell his story in this collection. I’m so glad I did, and in fact will be telling his twin brother, Muireach McGrail’s story in the Beasts of Summer Collection coming out during the summer of 2016.

My characters:

Douglass McGrail is a deadly each-uisge—pronounced ech-ooshkya—a Scottish water horse/man shifter. He’s tall, dark, and a wild dream in a kilt! His father is Laird of Cainneach-Balfour. He and his family don’t mingle with humans, but an encounter with Jinny will change that for Douglass.

Jinny Fairchild is a young English lady who’s recently lost her father and has moved to the Highlands to live with her Scottish family. Too compassionate for her own good, she finds herself in a difficult situation with her cousin, Lachlan, and because of it, crosses paths with Douglass.

Lachlan Brockhouse is… well, I’ll let you be the judge of that 😉

Any advice for new writers (like me)?

Never underestimate yourself, but in the same right, never think you’re better than you are. Grow a tough skin and always be willing to listen to advice and learn from others. Finish what you start, and don’t burn yourself out by putting too many irons in the fire at once. Quality vs. quantity. But mainly, enjoy it—don’t become jaded because of pressure and deadlines. Always write with the love and zeal you have now, as a new writer.


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About To Each His Own

Douglass McGrail is a Scottish water horse—his clan the deadliest in the British Isle. When the shifter chooses to save—rather than eat—a young lassie, he never expects her innocent face to mark his memory so strongly.

Months later, he stumbles onto a perceived attack in progress and plays the hero once more. He’s shocked to find the victim is the same lass who haunts his dreams.

Jinny Fairchild is an English miss who’s come to the Highlands to live with her last remaining family. She is pursued by her handsome older cousin, Lachlan Brockhouse, but he has a dark side that lands her in the path of the mighty Douglass McGrail.

Douglass wants Jinny for himself, yet discovers she is connected to the attacker she denies knowing. He’s determined to find the truth.

Jinny loves Lachlan, even with his dark side. And she loves Douglass, even with his dark secret. Her heart is torn, but one thing is certain—no matter which of these men she chooses, she will be choosing a monster.

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About Anna

Annaauthorpic 008_2Anna Albergucci has always had a vivid imagination. When she was a child, she entertained her mother and anyone who would listen with the telling of her intricate dreams. Now she puts that inspiration to paper, weaving her stories into deeply passionate characters that live lives the rest of us only dream about.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Anna lives in Texas surrounded by her ever-growing family and her fur babies. She serves as president of Cisco Writers Club, and is the founder of a yearly writers’ retreat she hosts at her estate each fall.

She loves mornings, coffee, and sitting on the porch appreciating her life. She’s a sucker for hosting parties, especially historical costume parties. And in her spare time you can find her touring old mansions, shopping for antiques, or curled up reading a romance, paranormal, or thriller, whether historical or contemporary.

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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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