Tuesday, December 2, 2014

HAPPY RELEASE DAY to one of my favorite humans EVER!!! Check out TAKEN BY STORM by Tamara Mataya!

Tamara Mataya

Leilani’s plan was simple: Return for her father’s wedding, housesit for the happy couple while they went on their honeymoon, then get the hell outta dodge. She’d thought the worst thing would be returning to the town she grew up in (and despised). She was wrong.

A flashflood hits the small town, stranding Firefighter, Ryan, and a few strangers at the local bar. Worst of all, Leilani, his old high school rival – and last night’s scorching one-night-stand – is one of the people stuck in the bar. With waters rising, they need to stick together and wait for rescue.

The power grid’s knocked out, and cell phones aren’t working. When the others panic and leave, Leilani and Ryan are left alone in the dark. Fortunately, words aren’t necessary to keep the former rivals warm. But when they’re forced to leave their refuge, they must cooperate to navigate the flood ravaged town and reach safety.

Rising waters bring them closer together. Rising tempers might tear them apart.



Tamara Mataya is currently a librarian; she lurked there for so long recommending books to patrons and shushing people, that she suspects they only hired her so it would be less creepy. Now she’s armed with a name tag, and a thin veneer of credibility. She’s also a musician with synaesthesia – which isn't an issue until someone plays a wrong note, which makes her want to squirm inside out. It makes for a good live show.



Firemen. CHECK.
Sexytimes. CHECK.
Stubborn MCs. CHECK.
Old feelings, refusing to remain hidden. CHECK! 
Smoldering hero. CHECK!
Firemen. CHECK.


I think we can all agree that Tamara Mataya knows how to write a damn good sex scene, but, more than that, she knows how to weave emotions and flaws into the sexual encounters between her characters, bringing so much more to the erotic romance she writes. 

This book won't disappoint. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

WATCH ME BURN, Book Two of The December People Series by Sharon Bayliss; Cover and Trailer REVEAL!

I am thrilled to take part in the cover and trailer reveal for Book 2 in The December People Series, Watch Me Burn!

So without further ado...

David Vandergraff lost his home, his job, and contact with his oldest son, but remains determined to be a good husband and father despite being a dark winter wizard.

His resolve is tested when a flyer for a missing girl--who happens to be a summer witch--begins to haunt him. David believes a spell needs to use him to save her, so he follows the magic's command and looks into her disappearance. His teenage daughter Emmy resents him for caring so much about a random stranger. But when she uncovers some disturbing evidence close to home, she begins an investigation of her own.

David and Emmy quickly learn that the mystery is not only about a missing girl they barely know, but a deeply personal story that impacts everyone they care about. As their world crumbles, they fear the warning may be true—never mess with summer wizards, because the good guys always win.

A note from the author:

Thank you to artist Michelle Johnson and the whole team at Curiosity Quills Press for creating a cover I love! 

If you haven't guessed it by now, you'll see a butterfly on the cover of every book in The December People Series. The butterfly is a symbol of transformation, hope, freedom, and generally creepy crawlies turning into beautiful things. And also...look how pretty! ;)

Instead of the broken glass from Destruction, this butterfly is surrounded by fire, and it's probably obvious why from the title. Watch Me Burn is the summer book in the series. All the books center around my winter wizard family, but each book takes us deeper into a different season. Summer wizards are the "light" wizards, but light also means HEAT and FIRE.

If you're new to The December People Series, start with Destruction--99 cents for a limited time!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

The GEARS OF BRASS #Steampunk Anthology is here!!!

A Steampunk Anthology

A world like ours, but filled with gears of brass, where the beating heart is fueled by steam and the simplest creation is a complex clockwork device.  

Within this tome, you’ll find steampunk fairy tale re-tellings, as well as original stories that will send your gears turning.  

Welcome to the steampunk realm, with eleven authors guiding your path. 

Gears of Brass is a steampunk anthology published through Curiosity Quills. Within the pages, you’ll come across clockwork inventions and steampunk-ified fairy tale retellings.  Eleven authors will guide you through worlds filled with airships, top hats, and corsets.

(Each teaser is from a different tale in the anthology!)

“Stealing a few steps backward, I reached for him and brushed my fingertips along his cheek. Static energy crept across my palm. It glowed blue and pulled like taffy, sticking to my fingertips, then snapping back to his skin. My hand jerked back so hard I hit myself in the chest. My eyes traipsed down his neck, his shoulders, finally stopping at his midsection. It was almost as though I could see inside him. “

“The guards struggled forward, but failed to move even an inch. Everyone was frozen in place, except the uninvited guest. The man floated toward Lord and Lady Miller. “You see, my lord, your wife made a deal with me that cannot be broken. Your daughter is mine.”

“I swiped my hand across my nose, wishing I could smell the green of the trees. Eyes burning, I swallowed hard, feeling the incision in my throat where they’d cut out my sinus enhancer. I would never be able to smell my exotic perfumes again.”

Anthie watched the lissom liquid slip inside the carrying tube. I could see her inhaling the smell of the lubricating oil. So could Dr. Holmgren. From time to time he looked across at us through his reinforced goggles. They gave him the appearance of a baby owl, which was at odds with his general nastiness. I knew he was taking everything in. And I knew he had a special eye on Anthie.”

“In a hidden room deep inside the base of the great clock there was a click, a whir of gears, a valve opened, and the key chamber was flooded with air. Several minutes later, Bella awoke. The girl coughed, choked then screamed as blood began to once again flow through her veins: the first time in a millennium.”

“Something growled near to her right. The hairs along Redyn’s arms stood up and she held her breath. The sound came again, deep, guttural. Redyn turned her head, her lips parted, her gaze scanning the forest. They’d told her not to wander far from the cottage, but they couldn’t have expected her to play with that hideous excuse for a doll near everyone else. A wolf crept out of the shadows, his gray fur standing on end like hers.”

“Three years ago, your father ruined my life. He terminated my family’s reputation.”
“Um…” Amethyst wished she could back up further. Wind pushed at her top hat, so she shoved it up higher to straighten it. “I don’t understand.”
“Now, I’ll ruin his life.”

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CATCH ME WHEN I FALL by @vleighwrites Blog Tour Stop and Guest Post!

by Vicki Leigh

Genre: young-adult, urban-fantasy, paranormal-romance

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release­­: October 23, 2014

Cover Artist: Conzpiracy Digital Arts

Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.

A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality.

Find Catch Me When I Fall Online:
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About The Author:

Adopted at three-days-old by a construction worker and a stay-at-home mom, Vicki Leigh grew up in a small suburb of Akron, Ohio where she learned to read by the age of four and considered being sent to her room for punishment as an opportunity to dive into another book. By the sixth grade, Vicki penned her first, full-length screenplay. If she couldn’t be a writer, Vicki would be a Hunter (think Dean and Sam Winchester) or a Jedi. Her favorite place on earth is Hogwarts (she refuses to believe it doesn’t exist), and her favorite dreams include solving cases alongside Sherlock Holmes.

Vicki is an editor for Month9Books and Curiosity Quills Press, an intern at TriadaUS Literary agency, and is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Find Vicki Leigh Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

All about Daniel Graham
Creating your main character is never an easy job. They’re the voice through whom your readers discover your world and go on an adventure. So, it’s essential that your main character be real, relatable, and someone to root for.

When I started writing Catch Me When I Fall, I knew two things: my main character was going to be a guy, and he was going to be a Dreamcatcher. From there, I created someone who I would know so well by the book’s end that he would feel like a best friend. And it all started with three things—a casting sheet, a brief biography, and a character survey. I thought it would be fun to share them with you today and give you a more in-depth view into who Daniel Graham truly is.

The Casting Sheet

Like a casting director for a movie, when I cast my main character, I write down the essentials: what he looks like, how old he is, his traits, and his flaws. Then because I also have a weird writing quirk of asking my character’s pictures what he/she would do or say when I hit a writing block, I always find a celebrity or model who most resembles the character in my head.

Here’s Daniel’s casting sheet:

Age: 17
Hair: Blond
Eyes: Blue
Height: 6’0”
Build: Athletic
Ethnicity: British
Traits: Alert, Ambitious, Analytical, Courageous, Decisive, Focused, Honorable, Intelligent, Mature, Proper, Protective
Flaws: Cynical, Controlling, Grumpy, Impatient, Withdrawn
Played by: Luke Mitchell

Right there, I have a character “quick sheet” in case I ever get stuck or forget a piece of his personality or physical appearance. (In fact, I attach the pictures to notecards and write these essentials on the back, so they’re always within a quick reach.) Then, after I have my quick sheet created, I move on to my character’s bio.

Daniel’s brief biography:

When I write my character’s biographies, they really are brief—just enough so that I know the character’s backstory. And I do this for all of my major characters, not just my main one. It helps me learn where they came from and what their motivations will be to create a character arc.

Here’s what I wrote about Daniel:

Born: July 16, 1794
Died: Aug 24, 1814, during the War of 1812

Daniel was raised in England, the son of an Earl, but anxious to postpone an arranged marriage and fill his life with a little excitement, he enlisted in the military at the age of sixteen, feigning a birth certificate to show him of eighteen years of age. Shortly after his seventeenth birthday, Daniel and his company briefly rested during their march toward Washington, and as he relaxed, puffing on a cigarette, Daniel heard women screaming from inside a nearby home. Hurrying to save them, Daniel burst through the front door of the house, only to discover three of his comrades molesting girls as young as twelve, his sister’s age. Furious, Daniel attacked the English soldiers in an attempt to save whatever dignity the girls had left. He killed two of them before he was dragged outside by the third and shot in the woods behind the girl’s house.

*Daniel awakened on a cold stone table in a cold room. Lit candles were the only other objects. He checked his body for wounds—there were none. As he began to worry, [an angel]** entered. She had seen his valiant act of courage and offered him a chance to continue to fight for those in need as a Dreamcatcher.

Faced with the chance of spending eternity on Earth rather than in the Heavens, Daniel agrees. He’s taken to Rome, to the hidden home of the Protectors of the Night, where he trains for 100 years as an understudy, learning how to protect the living from paranormal creatures—especially Nightmares.

Then came his trials, and he passed with flying colors, breaking several records. For the next 100 years, he serves as a lead, protecting people on his own and mentoring a newly-recruited Dreamcatcher, Samantha. He progressively takes on harder cases, including kidnapped children, soldiers, and cancer patients, excelling at every turn. But then the last of his kin dies, and with them goes his thirst for life.

Shutting Samantha out, he continues to protect his most recent charge on his own—paired only with his Dreamweaver—and when she passes of old age, he’s anxious for a break. Then he’s given an assignment to protect a sixteen-year-old girl in a psychiatric ward, and everything changes.

* -- This paragraph of backstory is not revealed in Book One.
** -- Spoilers omitted.

After the brief biography, I then fill out surveys for my main character and the love interest. Because they’re the two most important characters in a book (in my opinion), they need to be fleshed out to the minute details. For the sake of length, I can’t share the survey I completed on Daniel, but this is where you can find the version I use.

Obviously, I take a lot of time in the planning process to really get to know my characters, but it’s because I’m a plot-driven writer. I always know the story before I begin, but I never know my characters. If you’re like me, my suggestion would be to do something similar, because readers won’t care about your awesome plot if they can’t connect with your character.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Release Day, ALL FALLS DOWN and Ayden K. Morgen!

By: Ayden K. Morgen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 329        

50% of release day proceeds from All Falls Down will go to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), a 24/7 toll-free hotline connecting domestic abuse victims with services and support all across the United States, in honor of Cassie M. Combs.

When Savannah Martin walks in on her abusive boyfriend and her best friend in bed together, she thinks life can't possibly get any worse. And then she wakes up in a hospital in Italy, scared and alone. With nowhere left to go, Savannah runs to the family who took her in when her mother abandoned her as a teenager.

But things aren't as simple as they were then.

For starters, two years of constant emotional and verbal abuse has broken Savannah in ways she's not sure can be repaired. And patriarch Matthew Talbot has been murdered, leaving his eldest daughter, Lexi, in charge of a global non-profit and her younger sisters.

Jared Corbit, Lexi's gorgeous boyfriend, is the only thing standing between her and whoever murdered her father. That doesn't stop Savannah from falling in love with him. She knows it's wrong, but she just can't stay away from him when he makes he feel like no one else ever has before.

Finding out his relationship with Lexi is a ruse should make things easier, but when the truth is finally revealed, Savannah's fragile world threatens to fall apart. There's a murderer on the loose, and he's gunning for the only family she has. To save their lives, she and Jared will be forced to make a decision that just might destroy her completely.

How is she supposed to let the man she loves be with another woman? 

All Falls Down is available at Amazon
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"Savannah, wait," Jared calls, grabbing my arm when I fling the front door open and step out. He pulls the door closed behind us before releasing me.
I immediately start walking again. My heart races and my left eye does that twitching thing it does when I'm about to cry. I just want to be away from him, away from me, away from wanting things I have no right to want from him.
He doesn't take the hint though and jogs down the steps after me.
"Jared, please," I whisper when he catches up to me. The wind is blowing hard, another storm moving in. I wish it would just blow me away. I could live in Oz with Dorothy and Toto. Adventures. Munchkins. Yeah, I could do that. "Let me go. Please, just let me go."
I'm not sure if I'm pleading with Jared or if I'm begging God to sweep me away with the wind, but neither listens to me.
"Savannah, stop," Jared says, grabbing my arm again.
I jerk to a stop, flinching away from him and the shock of his skin on mine. He takes my reaction for fear and immediately lets me go. Regret and guilt dance through his expression, wrecking me.
Tears start trickling down my cheeks.
I'm so tired.
I'm tired of barely sleeping.
I'm tired of avoiding him.
I'm tired of feeling guilty.
I'm just tired.
"Savannah," he breathes, his eyes widening when he notices my tears. He lifts his hand and it hovers in the air between us as if he can't decide if he should touch me again or not.
I sniffle.
He reaches out and grabs me instantly, pulling me in to him. And I go. Willingly.
My head nestles into the hard warmth of his chest. He wraps his arms around me, his head settling atop mine. For a minute, everything is perfect. All the guilt and doubts and self-loathing vanish, and it's just me and him. We both sigh in relief, in regret… and then I start crying in earnest.
"Shh, beautiful girl," he croons, running his hands up and down my back.
His touch is gentle, soothing, complete perfection. And so wrong.
Everything is just so wrong with this.
"Let me go," I cry and try to push away from him.
He shushes me again, refusing to let me pull away.
It doesn't scare me, but I fight harder.
I can't do this with him. I can't.
"You're okay," he soothes and I realize that I'm saying it out loud. Crying over and over again that I can't do this.
A sob catches in my throat and I slump against him, defeated.
"You're okay," he says again, rocking us back and forth.
For just a minute, I let myself believe him. I sink into his embrace. His warmth surrounds me. His heart hammers against mine. He smells so good, and I feel so safe, so secure.
"Why does this feel so right?"
I'm not sure if I'm even meant to hear his question, but I do. And I have no answer.
For just a minute, I don't want one. I just want… him.
Oh God, what am I doing?

About the Author:
Ayden lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart and husband of ten years, and their five furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army. Ayden graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law. She currently puts her education to use in the social services field. 

Ayden also writes Young and New Adult fiction under the penname A.K. Morgen.

You can find Ayden on 
Twitter, Facebook, or via her website at http://aydenmorgen.com.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


How far into the hollow would you go?

After losing her parents in a terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria escapes New York City to Arnn—a farming town with more legends than residents, and a history of witchcraft and secrets best left buried.

Everyone in Arnn knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope when she should be afraid, and a past of missing children and broken promises.  To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness. How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?”

ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW is Jordan Elizabeth’s first novel.  This young adult fantasy, published through Curiosity Quills Press, is now available for purchase. 

Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, can’t get enough of the woods, be it splashing through a stream, sitting beneath an ancient oak, or following a path up a hill.  Some of those adventures have led to abandoned foundations.  Exploring the rocks and crumbling bricks sparked Jordan to imagine who might have lived there before, and that train of thought carried her to a wicked legend and an enchanted hollow.  You can contact Jordan via her website, JordanElizabethMierek.com.

How my Hometown is like Arnn
As told by Jordan Elizabeth

I was born in a hospital in a city, but after that I grew up in a town similar to Arnn.  Okay, my town is Arnn, granted is goes by a different name and there is no haunted wood.

If you walk down Main Street, you see old houses – think General William Floyd from the Revolutionary War.  He built one of them.  You also see a small library, gas station, post office… It feels the best when strolling along in the autumn, surrounded by colored leaves and that crisp cold.

Driving past Main Street brings you to country roads, farms, and forest.  Some of the farms date back to the 1800s.  I lived for many years in a small house on my grandmother’s farm.  Exploring some of the more run-down buildings inspired ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW.

The woods offer even more marvels: deer paths, streams, hills, twisted trees, and best of all old foundations.  Countless hours spent wandering the woods provided more fodder for the novel.  With the magic and mystery, a walk through a forest is like a journey into the past.

Arnn enjoys public functions to rally the townsfolk and my home does the same.  Town wide garage sales come to mind first.  My mother and I always rent a spot on the library’s lawn.  It’s a great opportunity to meet neighbors and swap “treasures.” 

Heritage Days are another big event for my home.  Vendors set up stands along Main Street, people dress in costumes, and events, such as battle reenactments, take place over the course of the weekend.

The Black River Canal once gurgled through my town.  Now most of it has been filled in, but you can walk along the trails and explore the ruins.  People who have the filled-in canal in their backyard often discover artifacts while they do their yard work.

While my town is infamous for its ski resort, it is also well known for Lake Delta.  Year-round you can find people fishing, hiking, swimming, camping, hanging out on the beach… Okay, so they aren’t swimming in the winter, but they are ice-fishing.  Lake Delta was once the Village of Delta.  Buildings were relocated, others razed, and the village was flooded.  Our town hall and my grandmother’s house were both relocated from the old village.  I’ve written short stories about the flooded village, but I plan to compile a ghost novel about it sometime in the future.

A trip through my town wouldn’t be complete without passing by the graveyard.  Its two houses up the street from mine and dates back to the late 1700s.  Without exploring the graves, I wouldn’t have imagined Lady Clifford, the witch.

Experienced writers always say to write what you know.  I did that…sort of…I just added a whole bunch of imagination to real life.

Jordan Elizabeth is offering up a free eArc of ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW.  To enter for your chance to win a copy of ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, you will need to share the cover.  This can be on your blog, Facebook, Twitter… Each time you share the cover image, log it into Rafflecoper to record it.  It will give you more chances to win.  There are other ways to enter.  You’ll have to take a look to see what those are!  The drawing for the winner will be held on November 16.

Friday, October 24, 2014

DEAD NEW WORLD Tour Stop (And the Top Ten Awesome Things About Zombies by Ryan Hill)

by Ryan Hill
When the the leader of a powerful cult kidnaps the woman Holt loves, he teams up with his best friend to save her from a fate worse than death in DEAD NEW WORLD. Fans of Jonathan Maberry's ROT & RUIN and AMC's hit series, The Walking Dead will devour Hill's action­-packed take on the Zombie genre.

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive.

All that, while the leader of a powerful cult - known only as Reverend - becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well 
get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.

Ryan Hill's Top Ten Awesome Things About Zombies

1. They take a licking and keep on ticking... but is ticking really the right word, since they're dead? I'm not sure.

2. People can take out their frustrations on them. Nobody cares if you lop off a zombie's head with an ax. It's actually considered a good thing.

3. Zombies only eat meat - no messing around with veggies. Granted, zombies love their meat/brains sickeningly raw, but they also don't have to worry about their mother telling them to eat their veggies, so that's a decent trade-off.

4. So what if they have blank stares, rotting flesh, and terrible breath? Zombies always have some kind of higher metaphorical meaning to them. Which is cool.

5. When writing about them, it's socially acceptable to try and think of the most disgusting way to kill a zombie. Not only is it acceptable, it's downright expected. 

6. They really come in handy if you need to clear a mine field. Just don't let any exploding zombie bits get in your mouth.

7. Nobody does Michael Jackson's Thriller dance better. Nobody.

8. In a strange, backward kind of way, zombies are proof there's life after death... get it? #ZING

9. Blind people can fight them off. Seriously. Read World War Z if you don't believe me.

10. Being a zombie probably isn't all that bad. Apart from the decaying flesh, horrific body odor, craving for human brains, walking around in the same set of clothes until someone puts you down for good... okay. Nevermind. It would be that bad.

Growing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing 
homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross 
incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina 
State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, 
with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the 
third person.

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