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FRACTURED SOUL BLOG TOUR-AUTHOR INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Rachel McClellan

Llona will do whatever it takes to protect her new found friends and home, but the dark plot threatening Lucent Academy, a school that’s supposed to be a safe place for Auras, may be too powerful for even Llona to defeat. This fast-paced tale of love, loyalty, and overcoming the darkness will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!


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What/who inspired you to become a writer??
I’ve always enjoyed writing and wrote all the time, but I never believed I could become an author. Honestly, I didn’t think I was good enough, but then a trip to Ireland changed everything. Something there helped me grow a pair of ovaries to just go for it. So I guess you could say Ireland inspired me.

Do you have a favorite genre of book that you like to read/write? If so, why??
I love anything related to the supernatural: urban fantasy, paranormal, horror, etc. Life can be incredibly hard so I like “escaping” to worlds were good triumphs over evil, where a normal person can suddenly be the most important person in the world, where our imagination is pushed to the limits and on and on.

What helping aids do you use to focus when you write? Music?? Nature???
Two things are a must have: Music (dark, moody stuff) and my Alphasmart which is keyboard with four lines of visible text at the top. These two items go everywhere with me.

What character(s) of your book, Fractured Soul do you relate to the most??
Llona and Liam. I want to be the best possible person I can be, but there are times when it’s hard to keep fighting, keep putting on a brave face when you’re struggling inside. I was recently diagnosed with MS so this has come to mean a lot more to me.

What words of wisdom would you like to share with aspiring writers like myself?
If writing really is a passion, you must research everything about it. Stalk agents blogs, study other author’s novels, read books on writing, and encourage, even seek out, criticism of your work. It’s the only way you’ll get better.

How do you visualize your stories?? In pictures?? Conversations? Dreams?
They come to me in pictures, the exact way I’d see them as if on a movie screen. That’s why I like using the Alphasmart. With so few lines of visible text, it prevents me from being tempted to edit as I go. I can write as fast as my fingers can type.

What are your writing goals for the next 5 years??
I want at least one book a year published, which means I need to write a lot. I’d even like to get into screenwriting.

How long did it take you to write Fractured Soul? What/who inspired these books??
It took about six months and then another three to edit it. What inspired me to write this series? I wanted to write something different. I thought of all the supernatural beasties that “exist” in our world. As the little wheels in my brain turned, I thought it would be cool to have a girl who could use light as a power. Then when I overheard someone talking about the aura’s surrounding a person, I sort of put the two together. Just like peanut butter and chocolate, it turned pretty good.

If you could have dinner with someone dead or alive, famous or not famous, who would it be and why??
My great, great and so on, great aunt was Mary Surratt, the first woman legally hung in the USA for her role as a conspirator in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. She always claimed she was innocent as did a few others. I’d like to know the truth.

Let’s do something fun…write something about each of the next 10 words in 10 words or less.

Movement
What’s involved with my CrossFit workouts.

Fantasy
Hugh Jackman.

Chaos
When all my kids get home from school.

Energy

Bleh.

Balance
Something I’m always striving for.

Synchronicity
A very beautiful word.

Imagination
The most important thing that helps me write.

Invention
Tampons rock.

Freedom
Date night. Or using the bathroom.

Intelligence
Something I used to have before four kids.

If you found yourself on a deserted island, what 10 things would you take and why?
A yacht so I can get off when I feel like my kids might need me.
A TV so I don’t miss any of my favorite shows.
My mattress because I want to be comfortable.
A dirtbike because, um, yeah, so fun.
An Olive Garden so I will always have good food.
My husband so I don’t get “frustrated”.
An Alphasmart so I can still write.
A metal detector so I can find the buried treasure.
Prozac in case I start going all “Lord of the Flies”
A full tool chest so my husband won’t be bored, or more like so he can build me a sweet home.

How do you write your books?? Are you by the seat of your pants writer or do you plot out your books in advance??
A combination of both. I always know the ending before I start any novel. Then from there I’ll plan out the next few scenes ahead of time, but that’s as far as I go when it comes to organization.

And last by not least, if you could time travel what period of the history of future would you go to??
I love the beauty of the Downtown Abbey times, but I’d get bored and would be pissed that I couldn’t do dude stuff and have wild adventures. That’s why I like right now. As a woman, I’m not limited to what I can do and experience. I hope it’s still that way in the future, but since I have no way of knowing, I wouldn’t want to go there.

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Author Bio
Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she’s not in her writing lair, she’s partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel’s love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was…

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GILDED WINGS-THE ANGEL CHRONICLES BOOK 2 BLOG TOUR

GILDED WINGS-THE ANGEL CHRONICLES BOOK 2 BLOG TOUR

 

 

Greetings fellow bookworms!!

Today I’m turning my blog over to Amy Lignor for a Guest Post.

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The Summer ‘Cottages’ of the ‘Four Hundred Club’

Miss June ignored his remarks and continued her ‘who’s who’ tour of American society. “Now, Mrs. Astor never liked the Vanderbilt family. She thinks they’re basically businessmen – a very common lot. But Alva Vanderbilt built a stunning cottage in Newport, Rhode Island that rivals Beechwood. It’s absolutely huge. I’ve never been inside, but from what little I could gather from Mitchell, the thing is massive. Supposedly every room is filled with crystal, bronze statues, and expensive works of art…”

In Gilded Wings, as the angel/warrior team find themselves taking a journey through one of the most famous times in American History. this is the first we hear of the stunning summer ‘cottages’ that the elite of the Gilded Age owned. Back then, the women focused on throwing parties that made them the most famous and beloved; whereas the men became captains of industry – sometimes by very underhanded means.

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Newport, Rhode Island was the ‘summer’ scene for the elite and pompous. Here, they would build houses to rival one another, with each female of the family wanting to make sure theirs was the grandest, most opulent of them all. In fact, the two most famous heads of household at the time – Mrs. Astor and Mrs. Vanderbilt – kept their competition going for quite some time. Vanderbilt’s mansion – The Breakers – was built with only the best; marble imported from Italy and Africa, plus rare woods and mosaics from countries around the world filled the place. And what upset Mrs. Astor the most was that, “if the Gilded Age were to be summed up by a single house, that house would have to be The Breakers,” seeing as that it was the largest, most ‘gilded’ house at the time.

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Beechwood was Astor’s mansion; the home that Emily and Matthew find themselves entering in order to mingle in the famous Beechwood ballroom. Not only does Emily have to deal with the fact that she’s walked into a world she doesn’t understand, but here she must also face the fact that two very important men – her warrior/partner and her first love – are standing beside her glittering far more brightly than the excessive gold that seems to line every wall and rest on every table.

Built in 1851, Beechwood was the ‘show place’ for many of Mrs. Astor’s dinner parties. From a library to a dining room to a music room with wallpaper that was imported from Paris – the house had it all. After her son, John’s, death on the Titanic, the house was passed on to his widow who turned the entire third floor into her walk-in closet. (Yup, that’s the rich!)

The house – like everything in the Gilded Age, boasted two sides – one where the rich family lived and then the servant’s side, which included kitchens and quarters, as well as an area for the children to live.

Trust me, it’s a whole lot of fun to see the angel/warrior team surrounded by this ‘tacky’ opulence that still has never gone out of style.

Don’t believe me? My Dad was a caretaker on a very wealthy property in CT. The wallpaper in the dining room was hand-painted and imported – scenes of a fox hunt with bloody fox carcasses hanging off their horses. Can you imagine eating dinner in that room?

Until Next Time, Everybody,

Amy


EXCERPT FOR THE READ ALONG

She hid behind Drew when the door opened revealing a white-haired man on the top step. His face was pinched and his nose was wrinkled, as if he was having a hard time breathing in the night air. “Parrish.” His voice was as cold as the wind.
“Ah, another warm welcome. You never disappoint. Good evening, Brighton.”
“You are late. The household has retired.”
“As I hope you will one day very soon, old man.” Drew pushed his way over the threshold. Keeping a strong hold on Anya’s wrist, he dragged her in behind him, as she pulled Gregori in last, making him stumble with her sudden forceful movement.
Drew’s voice sounded angry in Anya’s ears, “Mr. Carrow knows we’re coming. He sent back word to me on the Island this afternoon.”
“He thought you’d be arriving quicker.”
Anya’s stomach churned at the man’s blatantly disgusted tone.
“I doubt that,” Drew’s usual soothing voice rose an octave. “He knows I stay there until the very last American is processed through.”
“Record numbers again, I suppose?”
Anya could make out the sarcasm embedded in his well-educated accent. It was as if she could feel her soul cringe, feeling as if she’d gone up against a bristling, snooty servant once before.


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Gilded Wings Summary

The Beloved Angel-Warrior Team from Until Next Time Returns!
When Matt and Emily are sent on their second mission they have no idea how truly dark human nature can become…
Emily never wanted to face humans again. With the heartache that went on down below, she’s still trying to figure out how to save souls that don’t deserve saving. The only one she wants to see again is Jason – the young man she fell in love with who became the soulmate she simply can’t forget…
Matt was trained to protect and defend the souls down below. Longing to feel the heartfelt emotions that come from being human, Matt wants nothing more than to have just one life – one chance – to live and love the girl of his dreams…
The powerful team find themselves in a brand new century, living in the Gilded Age of New York City. Emily takes over the body of Anya, a young Russian girl who arrives on Ellis Island after a hideous tragedy. There she meets up with a strangely familiar young man by the name of Drew Parrish, who helps Anya survive in an unknown world of luxury, snobbery and…obsession.
What Anya’s inner angel doesn’t know is that the soul she loves is also back. This time around Jason goes by the name of Max Carrow. Once a quiet and kind boy, he’s now part of the ‘Four Hundred Club,’ and wants nothing more than to be among the most admired as he climbs the shaky ladder of society’s elite.
As two worlds merge, Emily and Matt struggle under the weight of their “Gilded Wings.” Not only will they have to figure out who they should fight to save, but they must also face a romantic choice that could destroy them both.


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Amy Lignor’s Bio:

Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.
Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.
She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.
Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.


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Pages: 275
Release: November 1, 2012
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Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 Summary

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?
Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the ‘life’ they’ve been assigned. What they don’t realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.
When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz’s establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel’s path and a warrior’s plans.
From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that’s ripping them apart.

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Flight of the Griffin Book Review by Daniel Baldwin

I’m turning over the blog to my cousin Daniel Baldwin today with his 5 Fairy Review of Flight of the Griffin C.M. Gray. Please grab a drink from the bar and a bean bag chair whilst reading Daniel’s latest review


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The Flight of the Griffin

Book Review

By Daniel Baldwin


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Release Date: June 25, 2012

The Flight of the Griffin – A YA Fantasy Adventure Living in their old boat ‘The Griffin’ five young characters become the unlikely heroes at the end of time when a burglary sets them on the path to finish the ‘Last great Spell’ – a spell to stop the balance of the World tipping into Chaos. . . They become the Magician, Thief, Priest and Fighter when a magical book guides them upon a quest that pits them against magic, demons and ‘The Hawk,’ an evil hunter of men. Join a race against time to find three crystal skulls that must be brought together, while all the forces of Chaos try everything to stop them!


When I first started this book, I did not know what to expect, but I am so glad I read the story—it begins with a burglary and a magical book and pen being stolen, which leads these five friends on a great adventure to stop chaos from taking over the world and destroying everything good. The boys are granted special powers to aid them in their task of saving the world from chaos when they first open the magic book and learn about their quest to save the world—boys would like this great adventure story.

This is a wonderful YA Fantasy story for all ages—I would highly recommend it to anyone who want an action-packed adventure to read about. I give this story five (5) fairies and I hope this author writes more like this. I really enjoyed the story. This is one story (book) that has been added to my list of books to put in my own personal collection. I am looking forward to more from this author.

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EVE HALLOWS BOOK BLAST

 

EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHRIEKS (BOOK 1)

For fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows, life can be summed up in one word—horrible.  She has the most horrible friends.  She lives in a horrible old castle.  Even her family is a bunch of horrible monsters.

However, in the monster-inhabited world of Gravesville—a world where messages are sent through Ouija boards, jack-o’-lanterns get facials to suit their moods, and the worst thing Eve has to deal with are those annoying zombie tourists who overrun her favorite graveyard during the Halloween season—horrible means wonderful.  And everything for Eve is perfectly horrible.

But her life is about to go head over heels when a mysterious group known as The Source starts terrorizing Gravesville.  Now she must move to the human world—where everything is opposite … and for Eve, that’s absolutely adorable!

Praise for Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks:

“Move over, Neil Gaiman’s CORALINE and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK … make room, Lemony Snicket’s A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS … you’ve got company and competition for shelf space!” — THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW

“WOW! What an absolutely horrible book (horrible meaning fantastic!) … This book was laugh out loud funny.  I loved when Mom accidentally turned people to stone.  Dad’s crazy attempts at running a pizza store were just hysterical.” — KIDS ‘N’ BOOKS

“This is the perfect book to be read aloud, read at night under the covers or simply devoured in one sitting. Robert Gray’s Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks simply shines with all of its fun creepiness, compelling characters and stellar writing. A MUST read for any MG fan!” — WORD SPELUNKING

“Eve Hallows is highly imaginative without being too complex for its target audience. Fall in love with Eve, her friends and her family of adorable monsters. Lose yourself in a light read that will remind you of those days when your English teacher just want you to read something, anything. This book is it. The one that you wish you read when you were in grade school.” — JOYOUS READS

“Overall, this book was fantastic. It presents an admirable role model as well as a strong family unit which will benefit young readers. When so many books right now have presented teens in a not-so-flattering light, it is so wonderful to find a book like this one.” — BOOK COVER JUSTICE

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EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHADOWS (BOOK 2)

Ever since encountering The Source and its minions on Halloween, Eve Hallows has found life surprisingly quiet … not to mention adorably boring!  So when Dad receives a Ouija message that she must return to Gravesville, Eve couldn’t be happier—at least until she discovers the Director of URNS, also known as the Grim Reaper, has a special job for Eve … one that will lead her to New York City and to the true identity of The Source.

With The Book of Shrieks offering zero help and a new URNS agent driving the school boys—and Eve!—crazy, Eve’s beginning to realize this whole saving-the-world nonsense isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.

All this and she still has to find The Book of Shadows….

Praise for Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows:

“This book was perfectly horrible! Horrible meaning amazingly awesome, of course. Eve’s world once again sucked me in and would not let go until this part of Eve’s story was finished” — LILI LOST IN A BOOK

“This is a perfect combination of YA, Horror, Paranormal and Fun!” — BOOK LOVERS PARADISE

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Author Robert Gray

Robert Gray is a writer.  If that job description doesn’t impress you, how about fantasy writer? Too general? Well, he doesn’t get insulted if you call him a horror writer. If horror’s not your thing, then scratch out horror and replace it with suspense. And for the kiddies, you can slap on a YA or MG in front of that title.

Gray lives in Bushkill, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.


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The Grimm Chronicles Giveaway

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The Grimm Chronicles


200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world. Literally. Now the characters of the Grimms’ stories walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.
For 18-year-old Alice Goodenough, that means taking precious time off from her summer vacation. In addition to volunteering at the local library, Alice must stop the Corrupted who are now actively hunting her down. With the help of her magic pen and her trusty rabbit friend, the world has suddenly gotten a lot more complex. The Corrupted are everywhere, and only Alice can see them for what they truly are.
This book contains the first 3 episodes of the critically acclaimed series: Episode 1: Prince Charming Must Die!
Episode 2: Happily Never After
Episode 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats

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MAELSTROM BLOG TOUR-DEC 8-15TH

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Today, I’m welcoming J.D. Watts with a guest post on Crazy Writers. Please grab a beanbag chair and something from the bar and enjoy this great post by J.D. Watts.

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    I am so grateful to live in a world where there is such a profession as creative writing. If not for this socially acceptable creative outlet, many of my author friends and I would probably already be admitted to the nearest asylum. Eccentricities such as talking to yourself out loud and acting out certain scenes of your story, either alone or with a partner, is par for the course. I mean, what other job in the world do you know that lets you play pretend all day as a part of research?

      I love being an author! I really and truly do. I don’t think I ever truly fit into the world until I found my niche in writing and it has been such a blessing. I was always super creative, but I didn’t have much of an outlet for my energy. My art skills are atrocious. I’m serious! I’m lucky if I can pull off stick figures and as I now also work as a preschool teacher, I’m constantly running across the hall to ask my artist friend to help me fix whatever given art project I’m trying to do with my class that day. It’d be pathetic if it weren’t so funny. I’m an average singer and did a little acting in school, but I was never a great star. My dancing is about as ridiculously horrible as my handmade art skills. For most of my life, I had the amazing ideas and images in my head, and no way to express them.

    Always a bit of a chatterbox, I’ve also always had a very active imagination and extremely vivid dreams. I don’t know why I never really put the two together until I was thirty, but it just never seemed to work out. When I first started out, it was rough. Even though my grammar was sketchy and my sentences were essentially a series of run-ons, I loved every minute of it. I loved the daydreaming and the crafting, and the finding new and creative ways to explain something. What started out as fun soon became a passion and that became a dream that I still find it hard to believe eventually became a reality. Every day I find myself so grateful for the joy I get from being able to express my creativity and share it with the world.  Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me and possibly check out my labors of love and creative energy.

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BIO:

The 2010 TWCS Original Fiction Contest winner for best young adult story, JD Watts, began tiptoeing into the world of creative writing by building on books, movies, and television shows, thinking of alternative endings for the beloved characters.
As an adult, she indulged her creative whims, eventually getting involved in an online community of amateur writers who supported her stories. It is through both the encouragement of her friends and family, as well as her friends through the online community, that she journeyed into her own imagination and penned her first novel in her new series: Children of Creation: Convergence. The Children of Creation Series will have three novels. The second book, Induction, is scheduled to release September 2011.
JD holds a degree in Christian Education through Lincoln Christian College, as well as a degree in Psychology through the University of Illinois at Springfield.
In addition to her love of writing, JD loves movies, music, reading, and spending time with her loved ones. She lives in Central Illinois where she is a wife and stay at home mother of a young son and daughter.

 

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SHADOW MAN BLOG TOUR 11/20/12 to 12/20/12

Today I’m one of the hosts of Shadow Man Blog  Tour. I’m giving over my blog to Tara Fox Hall with a guest post about the spirit of animal rescue. This blog tour is presented by page turners book tours button

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In the spirit of this blogsite, I would like to share a true story from my past of animal rescue. I often find that animals that need my help cross my path. Not all of them are furred and cuddly. —Tara Fox Hall J

BREATH

One morning in late fall, I was hurrying out the door, swearing to myself because I was going to be late. As I was walking quickly to my garage, I happened to look down and see a snake. It was a small female red racer, about 7 inches long. The first hard frost had occurred overnight, and it looked like the weather had caught her unawares. She seemed to be frozen solid with her mouth hanging open. I assumed because she was laying right across the path that one of the cats—most likely Kesteral or Cavity—had left her there for me to find, in a misguided yet tender effort to teach me to hunt.

It may be surprising to hear—or not so surprising if you’re a fan of my Lash series—that I have a soft spot for snakes. I don’t mean rattlesnakes, or 10 ft. boa constrictors, of course; I mean snakes of the smaller, non-threatening persuasion. Garden snakes, corn snakes, ring-necked snakes, and red racers never want to bother anyone, and try to get out of your way as soon as they know you’re coming. Even when I’ve held some that were agitated, I’ve never had one strike at me. So I make an effort to keep all my small local snakes as safe as can be, including rescuing them from my cats.

Sadly, this one was past my help. I carried my work stuff to my car. Leaving it there, I went back and picked up the snake, prepared to take her out to leave in the field for scavengers. But when I picked her up, I discovered she wasn’t frozen solid. More amazing, after holding her for 30 seconds in my gloved hands, I thought I saw her move. Anxious for a miracle, I took off my gloves and held her, willing my heat to bring her back to life. But she didn’t stir. Worried my hands weren’t warm enough, I breathed on her. After a minute of being enveloped in my warm breath, the “dead” snake started to revive. First her mouth closed, then her tongue slowly flicked out and in. Finally, she begun to feebly move. I held her another minute, sharing my warmth. By that minute’s end, you wouldn’t have known that she’d almost died.

I took her to the side of the garage, and let her slip underneath through a hole in the gravel, hoping she would find a ball of snakes to twine up with to keep warm. Being almost winter, there wasn’t much more I could do.

I never saw her again, but I like remembering the experience, the startling feeling of her coming back to life in my hands. It felt a little like magic. And in a way it was, that a human shared her breath and warmth with a snake to save its life . . . and counted herself the more fortunate party.


Shadow Man New

Blurb:

A renegade vampire begins amassing a flock of true believers, threatening America’s vampire hierarchy. Weresnake Lash partners with old enemy Danial and new allies Burl and Spiderboy to track down and annihilate them. Betrayed and left for dead, Lash reemerges the victor, edging ever upward in the Assassin’s Ranking, and catching the eye of the sultry nightclub singer Cassandra Nile. Drawn into drugs by Cassie, Lash begins to doubt himself, yearning to leave his life of violence, even as enemies close in from every side.

Excerpt:

History speaks of the months after the Crash of 1929 as desolate, and hopeless. I’m sure that was true for many. But I wasn’t unhappy, even though my days seemed to have lost their color, and my nights blurred one into another until I sometimes lost track of the date. My problem was that now that things had calmed down, some of the horror of my life had caught up to me, hurting me in the one place I wasn’t defensible: my dreams.

I had often dreamed of Giselle after her death, and of my other slain sisters. Those dreams had lessened in the years that had passed. Now they seemed to come back with a vengeance, and they brought friends.

I awoke screaming most nights, with one of Abraham’s guards pounding on my door, asking if I was okay. I was reluctant to go to an alchemist to ask for any help sleeping. I had to be ready in case of attack, either on my vampire boss, Abraham or on my sister Sam and her children, not to mention myself. I couldn’t be off in dreamland with big-bosomed women and still be of any use.

Fortunately, I was able to function fine with only about four hours sleep, which was what I usually got when the nightmares were said and done. I learned to control my cries with help of a book Abraham got me, so I didn’t have someone pounding on my door most nights. But I could do nothing about the dreams. It got so fucking bad that I would dread going to sleep and would find any excuse to put it off, until I was so tired my tail would have been dragging if I were in snake form.

There was something good about being awake in the early morning hours: Abraham and I were becoming friends. We had been together for almost ten years now. I was his first weresnake friend; he told me himself. I was probably the first weresnake he’d given the time of day to, though he never was rude enough to say something like that to me. It wasn’t out of fear, but rather because he didn’t want to hurt my feelings. He alone seemed to get how I felt, being snake in a world that hated snakes. It was hard not to like him just for that. Not to say he wasn’t hard with me, or even terrible, when he felt he had to be. But he was almost a gentler version of my father, and I admired him greatly.


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Bio:

Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chain sawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

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