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Friday, June 30, 2017

Author Spotlight: Kingdom of Darkness (Kingdom Journals Book 2 - Camille's Story) by Tricia Copeland | Renee Scattergood

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Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! Today Tricia Copeland is returning to tell us about her book, Kingdom of Darkness, Book 2 in her Kingdom Journals series. She’s shared an excerpt, which we’ll get to soon. First, let’s get reacquainted with Tricia.
Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives in Colorado with her family and multiple four-legged friends. Her books include the clean new adult Being Me series, Is This Me?If I Could FlyThink You Know Me, and the final installment, Being Me. Her young adult reads include Drops of Sunshine, a paranormal novella, and the Lovelock ChroniclesLovelock Ones: Native One, a dystopian novella published in The Butterfly Box, and the Kingdom Journal series.

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Kingdom of Darkness
Kingdom Journals 2 – Camille’s Story
… the previous night’s vision, or whatever it was, ended with a name I heard clear as day, as if the people were in my room. Ivy, the girl and boy recited together. –Camille
Could her dreams be real? Is she the key to freeing witches from their curse? Of course not, right? Thinking that her only chance at a normal life lay in a new treatment, Camille joins Dr. Antos and a group of teens for a month long camping trip in Iceland. There she meets Jude, a fellow schizophrenic. Dr. Antos invites Camille and Jude to extend their work with him on the island of Sardinia. Camille is suspicious of Dr. Antos’s intentions but and her dad goes missing, leaving her no choice but to travel to Italy. Is she walking into a lion’s den or has her illness invaded her reality?

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Keep reading for an excerpt:
“That must have been some dream last night. Was the guy hot?” Tyler taunted me as he sat down at the breakfast table.
“It’s not like that.” I slapped him on the shoulder.
“Camille, Tyler, seriously,” Mom scolded. “Don’t start the weekend fighting?” She squatted down so we were eye to eye. “You had a dream? Why didn’t you say something?”
“It wasn’t a big deal.”
“Well, what was it about? Who was in it?”
The dreams had started four weeks before, but I hadn’t told Mom because I knew she would freak out and double my counseling sessions. The first was a scene with a girl and her mother at a library. They studied a boy who sat at a table reading. The next day the girl and boy met at the library again. I never heard words, only saw pictures. It wasn’t like I thought the dreams were real, but it fascinated me the way the storyline continued.
I’d had imaginary friends when I was younger. My pretend scenarios got so out of control, Mother put me on medication. She moved us from Los Angeles to the Arizona desert, seeking a healthier environment. Then she relocated us to Cheyenne, Santa Fe, and Bismarck, trying to find a solution to my health problems. Bismarck had been better but still not perfect, and we packed up and relocated to Iceland, the healthiest country on the planet. Tyler had pushed for Honolulu, but in the end, cost of living won out.
Reykjavik seemed to have solved all my problems. We’d been there over a year, and I hadn’t had any episodes. Then the dreams started. Granted they were just that, fictitious stories created by the overactive limbic part of my brain. My research indicated this to be the emotional part that gets highly active during REM sleep, when our prefrontal cortex, the mastermind of the brain, rests. The limbic portion of the human brain causes emotional, vivid, irrational scenarios to play out in our sleep.
My dreams were more like a silent movie, continuing where they’d left off the previous night. The plot included a girl who didn’t eat normal food save sushi, avoided human contact, and had witch-like powers. The boy developed these powers, and he and the girl assembled an army of vampires and witches to fight another group of witches. So, of course, the scenarios playing through my head each night couldn’t be real.
The whole issue was that, even with medication, I’d had visions of my imaginary friends after we’d left Los Angeles. The girl and boy, Violet and Chase, searched for me and sat outside my door waiting for me to come play. The doctor switched my medication, and the hallucinations stopped just before my fourth birthday. I hadn’t seen Violet or Chase since, but the characters in my dreams had similarities to my imaginary friends. Maybe their features wouldn’t have stuck with me so vividly, except each time we moved I saw a new psychiatrist. He or she always reviewed my history, so I had to relive being three every other year or so. Violet’s reddish-brown hair, her milky white skin, and Chase’s dark hair and eyes, became etched into my brain.
For the past month, I’d watched the characters on mute. But the previous night’s dream, or whatever it was, ended with a name I heard clear as day, as if the people were in my room. “Ivy,” the girl and boy had recited together. It was the pretend name my Violet and Chase used for me. As soon as the sound of the name vibrated through my head, I’d woken with chill bumps covering my body.
Sitting up, I wrapped the blankets around my shoulders, wondering how the girl and boy in the dream knew my nickname. A buzzing sound, like the type you hear just before you pass out, grew in intensity until I thought my eardrums might explode, and then it stopped suddenly and images filled my head.

Emergence by Dayne Edmondson

Aliens invade our galaxy and only a single human fleet stands between the alien fleet and humanity's destruction. They must use every trick in their arsenal to attempt to survive.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Golden by Stephanie Nicole Norris

…once upon a time…


Queen Isabella appreciated her swollen belly. In just a few days she would be gifting King Eldridge something they both had been waiting for, a child. But the queen was not the only one anticipating the child’s arrival. Sorceress Aurelia, Queen Isabella’s blood sister, waited with baited breath as well, to give the child the best gift of all… a curse. With hair as bright as the noon day sun, and as long as a flowing river, Golden was born. She was the apple of her parent’s eyes and the bane of Aurelia’s existence. Living in a beautiful castle, married to the man of her dreams, and now a mother, Queen Isabella is eternally grateful to the Rapunzel and her magical great mothers for the enchanted life she leads.

After conjuring a powerful curse, the sorceress set out to destroy the king and queen’s happiness. Besides, if Eldridge couldn’t be happy with Aurelia, he didn’t deserve to be happy with anyone, and Golden would pay the ultimate price.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Special Feature: Relentless (Book One) by Karen Lynch | Renee Scattergood

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Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day, and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets, and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s very powerful gift.

In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger, and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down, and who is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants.

Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own, and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent, but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.

** This book has language that may be offensive to some readers.

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Born of Water by A.L. Knorr

Everything you thought you knew about mermaids is wrong.

Life for a small-town high school kid in Saltford should be simple and straightforward – for 17-year-old Targa MacAuley, it’s anything but. Navigating life with a supernatural mother is tricky enough, but dealing with the feelings of guilt that she’s never been able to ‘change’, and confusion that she doesn’t seem to be attracted to boys (or girls for that matter), Targa feels like she’s got more demons than the average kid.

When the opportunity to salvage a mysterious wreck in the Baltic arises for her mom, a professional salvage diver by day, Targa jumps at the chance to go abroad for the summer. But it’s when she meets Antoni Baranek, and a boating accident puts them both in danger, that Targa’s world turns completely inside out in more ways than one.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Between Luck and Magic by TJ Muir

Having betrayed his patron, a disgraced spy flees Tatak Rhe with assassins on his heels. Can he find a safe place and master his newly awakened magic before he hurts someone?

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Never Again by Jamie Lynn Boothe | Joshua Robertson

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Her faith is tested as she tries to survive the Hell her life has become.
#Inspirational #Romance #Newrelease #Contemporary #Fiction #Kindleunlimited

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Blessed with a good life and the perfect love, Sam couldn’t be happier. On vacation with her adoring husband, she is convinced that everything is exactly as it should be…until it’s not. One accident sets off a string of events that forces Sam to watch her life fall apart piece by piece. Loss, grief, betrayal—and the revelation of a long-kept secret have Sam questioning whether she will ever be able to find the happiness she once had. She’s broken, her heart shattered, her trust ruined, and her faith is tested as she tries to survive the hell her life has become. Now Sam needs to decide if she’s brave enough to move on, or if she’ll never again find a love worth living for.

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81d2ntqmxl-_ux250_Jamie Lynn Boothe is from the south and will always be a southerner at heart. He currently lives in Connecticut. Jamie loves to write stories that will touch someones heart and soul to the depths and at the same time have them sitting on the edge of their seat. He is currently with Limitless Publishing and is excited about what the future holds. Along with writing he also enjoys reading, art, music, movies, cats, naps on occasion, coffee and time with friends and watching sports. His favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Father of Flesh by Nicholas Paschall | Joshua Robertson

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51uwjeup7fl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Terror befalls a rural Chinese village when an ancient evil awakens from its slumber. Within days, the villagers start transforming into horribly deformed blobs of skin with an unslakable hunger for human flesh. The town is soon overrun by an ever-growing mass of skin that devours livestock, houses, and people.
The Chinese government calls in Professor Davis Nickels to investigate the otherworldly horror. A centenarian, occultist, and professor of archaeology, Davis is no stranger to the paranormal, having spent a lifetime battling monsters from beyond human understanding. But age is catching up to the old professor, and this new threat is bigger than anything he’s ever faced. With the help of two graduate students and the Chinese military, he sets off to thwart the ancient menace before it can engulf the world.



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Once a nine to five worker at a large insurance company, I now spend my days writing away the hours on horror tales ready to make your spine tingle. Some will disturb, others will make you laugh, but all of them are horror through-and-through. For the occasional non-horror fiction, I stick with fantasy or non-specific stories meant to move people in a way that’ll make people believe in something fanciful for a brief time.
 Unlike some authors, I try and write stories I know I’ll enjoy. That way I’m happy with each novel once they’re finished. Does that mean they’re for everyone? No. But like some of the best stories ever told, mine will be meant for any and all to try and see if they enjoy. I write short chapters with long novels to allow people the chance to preview the first few on Amazon, to see if they like what they read. That way they can be sure they will be happy with their purchase.
 I grew up in San Antonio, which is where I still reside. A graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, I have a degree in History. With this degree, I’ve learned the many different ways to effectively research a subject. I’ve created my own alternate universe where my stories are set, with the supernatural being a very real and available thing to many people. Vampires are citizens, outbreaks of the plague lead to zombie hordes, and carnivals of sin are populated by ghouls and ghosts. All are dedicated to old gods so ancient, their real names cannot be pronounced by us anymore, though most are unaware of their allegiences. Such is life in my dark world. Come join me!

Saturday Sneak Peeks: Shadow Stalker Episode 20 Coming Soon! | Renee Scattergood

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Shadow Stalker Episode 20 is finally edited and is being released this coming Wednesday. As a special thanks to my readers for sticking by me, I’m going to be giving it away free for the first 24 hours after it’s released. But if you want it free you have to be a subscriber!
Read a little sneak peek from Episode 20 below!

Makari stirred the contents of the pot that held our evening meal. “Now is probably not the best time for exploring.”
“No. I know. I was just thinking that maybe one of these tunnels might lead to the camp.”
“They might, but we have no idea which ones, and we’re more likely to get lost.”
I was only partially listening to them. One of the tunnels seemed to stand out more than the others. It seemed brighter even though I knew it couldn’t have been. And voices whispered in my mind as if encouraging me to go there. “I can find the way, but it will take several hours of hiking.”
“You’ve been in these mountains?” Makari asked.
“Well, Kado and I did come up here a few times, but not this mountain specifically. We went further north.” I sighed. Now was just as good a time as any to tell him. “My powers have returned. I drank the water from the Black Lake and after that something happened. I can access the shadow world again, but it’s different now. Everything feels different.”
“Different how?”
I shook my head. “I can’t explain it.”

Thanks for reading this sneak peek! If you enjoyed it and want to read more, you can download Shadow Stalker Part 1 free. You can also get Part 2 free, and for the first 24 hours after its release, Episode 20 will be free if you subscribe here today!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fantasy Art Friday | Allison D. Reid

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Get inspired with this week’s Fantasy Art Friday, where fun fantasy artwork is combined with a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing.

“Tranquility” is the title, and at first glance this place does look tranquil. The lush green of the landscape, the slowly flowing stream. Could be a nice place to idle on a warm afternoon.  Perhaps wade through the cool water…find a few colorful rocks, or watch small fish swimming in the still waters close to the bank.
Yet as I look closer, into undergrowth surrounding the stream, I realize just how thick it is. Is the whole forest so dense, or has it only grown up that way along the water’s edge? What if you had to travel through an entire forest like that, wading through foliage, and stumbling over roots and rocks, never quite knowing what might be watching you through that tangle of green? What if your journey was urgent, requiring haste to reach your ultimate destination? Suddenly this scene seems oppressive, the stream tranquil because it offers the only break in an endless, smothering blanket of green. Perhaps it is not the ideal location for an idyllic afternoon stroll, but is more like the dark place in my book series called the Shadow Wood, full of terrors that torment the body as well as the mind. There…did you hear it? That whisper in your ear. What was it saying? Or was it just the wind after all?
“Tranquility” by Wouter Florusse

Author Spotlight: The Rite of Wands by Mackenzie Flohr | Renee Scattergood

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Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! Today I have Mackenzie Flohr with her book The Rite of Wands, the first book in her series of the same title. Later I will share an interview I did with Mackenzie, so keep reading.
Mackenzie Flohr grew up in the heartland of America, chasing leprechauns and rainbows and dreaming of angels. Her parents nurtured a love of fantasy and make-believe by introducing her at a very young age to the artistic and cultural opportunities that the city of Cleveland had to offer.
From the time she could hold a pencil, Mackenzie was already creating pictorial interpretations of classic stories, and by the age of nine, she and a childhood friend were authors and reviewers of their own picture books.
While following her love of adventure, Mackenzie found a second home, the Beck Center for the Arts Children’s and Teen Theater School. It was there that a world of wonder was only a script and a performance away.
Yet it wasn’t until she was on a trip to Indiana, viewing a Lord of the Rings exhibit, that the innermost desire of her heart became clear to her. She wanted to write a fantasy of her own, one that could inspire imagination in others and lead them into a magical world of their own making. She hopes The Rite of Wands will do just that.
Wherever we live and wherever we come from is our individual heartland. Anything is possible and everything can happen. Pure imagination is in all of us—we only need to discover it, and sometimes story telling helps.

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One boy…one Rite… And a world of deadly secrets that could change the course of history—forever.
And so begins the tale of Mierta McKinnon. When a horrible fate reveals itself during his Rite of Wands ceremony, he must find a way to change not only his destiny but also the land of Iverna’s.
Forbidden from revealing the future he foresees to anyone, he is granted a wand and his magical powers, but still must master the realm of magic in order to save himself and those he loves.
But Mierta is not the only one with secrets…especially when it’s impossible to know who to trust.

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Keep reading for an interview with the author:

Where are you from?
I’m originally from the Cleveland, OH area, but now reside in Hartland, Michigan.
Does your area have a good writing community?
I am part of a fantastic writing community called the After Hours Group. They meet once a month to share writing and critique each other’s work. They have been extremely helpful to me.
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Scifi and Horror
What is the oddest thing you’ve ever researched for one of your books?
Slugs. Slugs that go to your brain!
If you could choose an author to be your mentor, who would it be?
If he was still alive, definitely it would be J.R.R. Tolkien. I’d want to know more about how he creates his languages.
Do you feel the support of family and friends is helpful to you as an author?
Absolutely! Being an indie author, I depend on the word of mouth from my friends and family to tell others about my book, help me gain sales, and to read and review my book. Without them, I would be destined to remain an unknown in the writing world.
What book or series do you enjoy reading over and over again?
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Do you prefer ebooks, print or both?
I like both, but there’s something special about being able to hold a book physically in your hands.
What made you decide to self-publish?
I wanted more control over my series rights.
Are you a pantser or outliner?
I’m honestly a bit of both. I did work from an outline, but I found the character Mierta had to be written on the spur of the moment. That actually made writing the book challenging and fun because I never knew where he was going to take the story!
What was the hardest part about writing your latest book?
Honestly, it was figuring out how and when to specifically start the story. I’ve lost count how many re-writes I’ve done!

Hell Holes: What Lurks Below by Donald Firesmith

It’s August in Alaska, and geology professor Jack Oswald prepares for the new school year. But when hundreds of huge holes mysteriously appear overnight in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle, Jack receives an unexpected phone call. An oil company exec hires Jack to investigate, and he picks his climatologist wife and two of their graduate students as his team. Uncharacteristically, Jack also lets Aileen O’Shannon, a bewitchingly beautiful young photojournalist, talk him into coming along as their photographer. When they arrive in the remote oil town of Deadhorse, the exec and a biologist to protect them from wild animals join the team. Their task: to assess the risk of more holes opening under the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the wells and pipelines that feed it. But they discover a far worse danger lurks below. When it emerges, it threatens to shatter Jack’s unshakable faith in science. And destroy us all…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#WIP Wednesday - It's Great to be Back to Work! | Renee Scattergood

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I’ve had a really great week so far. It feels great to be working again, and it’s not taking as long to catch up as I thought it would.
So far this week, I finished writing and editing Episode 20 of my Shadow Stalker serial. I just have to do a few things and it will be reading for release next Wednesday. I’ve also started working on Episode 21 and it should be written and edited by the end of next week.
Episode 22 is due for release in 3 weeks from now, so I’m planning to release them one a week. Then I’ll be all caught up with those.
As a special treat for my readers’ patience and understanding while I was sick, I’m offering Episode 20 free for the first 24 hours to my newsletter subscribers. So if you’d like to get that one free (along with Part 2 (Episodes 7 – 12)), sign up here.
That’s it for now.  Happy reading!

Now Available: Shadow Stalker: Awakened (Episode 20)

Appolia is once again under siege...


Auren returns to find the Galvadi are using extremely inhumane tactics to demoralize the Coalition. She needs to help the Coalition before everything is lost. If Auren can use her newfound abilities to find the Galvadi’s greatest weakness, they might stand a chance in bringing the Galvadi down once and for all.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dominion Rising: 23 Brand New Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Medieval Monday: The Labors of June | Allison D. Reid

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In the Middle Ages, the arrival of June meant not only a change in the weather, but a shift in daily labors, and in what was on the menu to eat.
Labors of the month JuneWhile most crops were harvested much later in the summer, hay was the first to be cut in June, though it was typically poor quality. In a society so dependent on animals for survival, haying was a vital community activity, with the lord’s fields taking priority over all the others. This was a labor carried out by men, women, and children. They worked in groups under the supervision of a reeve that had been elected by the peasants themselves. The men cut the hay with long scythes, each going through about one acre per day. Women and girls were responsible for raking and turning it. If the hay was not able to dry out, it would rot and be of no use.
On the edge of the field, there would be a man with a whetstone who could make quick repairs to dull and broken scythes as needed throughout the day. A horn would be blown at dusk to signal the end of the work day.  Sometimes a lord would provide the laborers with a meal and ale, or allow villagers to take home as much hay as they could carry home on their scythe. Anyone who tried to pile on too much was likely to lose their load on the way and go home with nothing.
At the end of June, it was time to pull weeds from the wheat fields, plow fallow fields, and uproot thistles. However, it was considered unlucky in England to pull thistles before June 24th (St. John’s day).  Anyone who did would find they would only multiply three times over.
Bee keeping was another important activity of June, which was when they were expected to begin swarming. Watching a hive was typically children’s work, as they could do so while spinning or doing some other household task. When a swarm formed, it would be followed by villagers banging pots and making other loud noises to “help the bees settle” and also stake their claim on the swarm.
During the month of June, sheep would be taken to a pond or a stream to be washed before shearing. Running water was preferred because their wool tended to be so filthy. Other tasks for June included repairing barns and outbuildings, clearing away brush, digging hop plots, fixing broken carts, gathering hemp and flax, and making salt.

Enjoy another episode of Tales from the Green Valley, where some of the above labors and others are shown. The video demonstrates the washing and shearing of sheep, dairy production (making cheese), field labors, special foods, and June festivities. For more information about wool production, you can revisit another of my posts on the subject. Check out my Medieval Index for a variety of other topics related to the Middle Ages.