Katherina Gerlach–A Few Words About Stepmothers

I am pleased to have award-winning fantasy author Katherina Gerlach here. She has written about a subject also dear to my own heart–faery tales–in her latest release The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister. So I asked her to come tell us a little about the inspiration behind the novel. (And just as an editor’s note, I can say from personal experience that stepmothers can be awesome. ;)) Take it away, Kat!

A Few Words About Stepmothers

by Katherina Gerlach.
I deliberately chose the stepmother as the main character of this ale. Even as a child I was annoyed the stepmothers were always the bay guys girls in fairy tales. Now, that I’m a stepmother myself (I’ve been fostering two girls for nearly ten years now), it angered me. I wanted to show that stepmothers can be just as good as, and in many cases much better than, biological mothers.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the biological parents of my girls even though they’ve got severe problems, but they’re not very good parents. So why should the stepmother always get the blame? I thought it was high time to fight this cliché and show a different truth. What better place to do that then inside a story? But rest assured, I did it without a wagging finger and a moral sermon.

About “The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister

An imaginative retelling of “Little Brother, Little Sister” by the Brothers Grimm. What if they painted a wrong portrait of the stepmother?

Even with her powers as a witch, Isabel cannot find a trace of her stepchildren. Desperate, she crosses the Old Forest, filled with as much malignant as benevolent magic, to reach the distant mountain kingdom she left as a young girl when her magical powers manifested. She soon realizes that a sinister creature holds the unsuspecting kingdom in thrall. It will take all she’s able to give to save her children and the kingdom she once loved.

pre-order here: The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister (Treasures Retold Book 2)

About the Author
Author Katherina GerlachBorn and raised German with a generous helping of an adopted Scottish heritage, Katharina started writing at age seven (although she didn’t get serious until much later) when the tomboy adventures she lived in her father’s forest weren’t enough for her imagination any more.

Writing about balloon people, flying hearts, giant spiders, and more was her lifeline to sanity and Real Life™ all through her education. After finishing with a PhD in science, marriage and the start of a beloved but distracting family, she returned to her life-long vocation.

These days, Katharina lives for stolen moments of writing happiness in two languages while juggling her husband, two girls in puberty, a fledgling daughter that just left the house, a dog, and … laundry.

The easiest way to keep up with her publishing schedule is by leaving your eMail address with her (you’ll get a free eBook as a thank you). Or you can have a look at her amazon page or her homepage. She’s also on Facebook, Pinterest, and (occasionally) on Twitter.

Thank you for being with us today,Kat and good luck with The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister. It looks like a fun read. Folks, if you’d like to check the book out, you can pre-order it here.

Happy Winter Solstice and New #shortstory release

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Announcing, my new fantasy-esque short story, “The Gift of the Stag Maiden,”  has been released in the latest edition of Eternal Haunted Summer. “The Gift of the Stag Maiden” is the story of ancient tribal warrior chosen for a great honor…Will the goddess honor him? You’ll have to read to find out! If you’d like to take a peek at this free read you can see it here.

Also, my dear friend Jolene Dawe has a new story in this issue as well. Be on the look out for “A Song for A Goose”. I, myself, can’t wait to read this one! :)

And the full edition of this month’s zine contains many other fine tales and poems. The full issue is here. Enjoy and to all who celebrate…I wish you a merry Solstice!

 

Cait Jarrod–Inspiration for the Band of Friends series

Our guest today is award-winning romantic suspense author Cait Jarrod. She’s popped by to tell us a little about her series, Band of Friends and her new release, Mystic Hearts (Band of Friends Book 2):

Inspiration for the Band of Friends…

 

A note from Cait:

I’ve often been asked why I chose a circle of friends to write about for my first series.

Bringing a new story about the tight knit group of friends from Fredericksburg, Virginia, was like coming home, especially since I’ve lived in the area all my life. The friends I’ve made over the years, and have continued to keep in touch with, are much like the people in this book—minus the bombs and gunfights. Instead of a weekly cocktail hour, we get together at least once month at a winery, brewery or the lake.

, The Band of Friends series, Book 2

Evernight Publishing Editor’s Pick!

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Coming soon to print.

Mystic Hearts by Cait JarrodSynopsis:

Nothing is as it seems….

Temptation landed at Special Agent Larry Newman’s feet—literally. Charlene Smith captured his heart after he rescued her from terrorists two months ago. A failed relationship and being an abused child have turned him into a loner and workaholic. The scars weigh heavy on him and keep him from pursuing her. So what’s a guy to do when the woman he pines for passes out in front of him while working a case?

Battling psychological wounds from abduction is easier than coming face to face with the sexy FBI agent she’s fantasized about for months. A single mother, avoiding the drama that dating would bring to her son’s life, she allows Larry close only in her dreams. Now, she’s second-guessing her decision. Should she have a relationship with this man who makes her feel alive just by being close?

As the couple forges into an abyss of emotions, they plow through secrets and criminals, and fight for the one thing that’s worth fighting for—each other.

Here’s an excerpt from a Cocktail hour, just before the guys arrive. The things good friends say to one another….

“I figured you’d be uptight and would need to blow off steam,” Celine said around a mouthful of margarita.

“Nope. I’m declaring Cocktail Hour an Andrew-free zone,” Charlene said.

Celine choked. “You had sex!”

“Shush!” Pamela’s eyebrows slashed over her blue fierce eyes. “This is a PG establishment.”

“Sorry,” Celine said with a small, mortified smile.

Pamela gazed over her shoulder into the café.

No one watched them except for the bartender. He eyed Celine.

“No foul,” Pamela said then faced Charlene. “Fess up, you have.”

“How’d you two get the idea I had sex from me not wanting to talk about Andrew?”

Celine and Pamela exchanged a silent conspirator glance.

Oh, boy. So, much for wondering if she should talk about Larry, they’d do it for her.

“Larry?” Pamela’s normally welcoming smile transformed into calm tone and she arched an eyebrow at Charlene.

If she hadn’t known Pamela, she’d actually have been nervous and answered immediately. As it was, Charlene would use this time to collect her thoughts and work out what to say. Hanging out on the pier, her and Larry chatting with one another in a way that was so comfortable she felt like she’d done it forever. Well, until her mouth ran away from her and confided her feelings. After that, things between them had become awkward.

Her mind jumped to the kiss next to her mom’s car…phew…she fanned herself and sipped more of her drink to camouflage the heat rising from her body to her face.

“That does it.” Celine gulped her drink. “I want some of what Charlene’s having.”

“Oh, no. You can’t. We’re exclusive.” Charlene looked at her half-empty drink. “This stuff is like truth serum.”

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Cait’s bio:

Author Cait JarrodFrom writing ‘every girl’s dream heroes’ to ‘strong, down-to-earth heroines,’ Cait Jarrod twists ‘cliff hanging plots’ and ‘clever, unpredictable sub-plots’. She loves diving into a good book as much as she loves writing one.

Mother of three gorgeous daughters, she’s married to her best friend, hangs out with the WWC, a great group of women, and loves a good glass of wine.

 

Release day–SEDITIOUS The Fourth Novel in @Emily__Guido ‘s The Light-Bearer Series

Today, I have my sweet friend, and a fine writer of paranormal romance, Emily Guido. She’s about to release the fourth novel in her Light-bearer series and I invited her to tell ya’ll a little about it.

Emily Guido's Light-Bearer series

 

SEDITIOUS

The Fourth Novel in The Light-Bearer Series

Seditious by Emily Guido

Synopsis

Seditious is the perfect title for the 4th book in The Light-Bearer Series. This book captures jealously, deceit, and restoration of love flawlessly.

Life at the Castle Charmeine is blissful until reality of the ruling the Elder Council of the Blood-Hunters causes decent. An unexpected depth to both Tabbruis and Dmitri’s personalities humanizes both men.

This novel shows a side to Tabbruis and Charmeine’s relationship which will throw any reader of The Light-Bearer Series off kilter. Seditious is the continuation of their romantic and turbulent love story and mission on Earth to battle Lucifer’s minions!

Lord Cromwell is a lethal Blood-Hunter who has escaped the Elder Council Prison. He sends his beautiful agent to cause destruction to those who live at the Castle Charmeine.

Bathsheba is a deadly, sexy, and vicious siren who threatens Charmeine and Baby Hunter. Not just with her present actions, but, with the past she shares with Tabbruis and Dmitri. However, the family works together to unravel Bathsheba’s deadly secrets.

Just when you think they are in the clear, a more heinous and ominous villain waits in the wings to tear apart our ill-fated lovers, Charmeine and Tabbruis.

Seditious is a heart wrenching and exciting story of passion, betrayal, and redemption you will not want to miss!

Pull-out quote and/or longer excerpt from one of your books

 

Excerpt from SEDITIOUS the Fourth Novel in The Light-Bearer Series

Charmeine knew this beautiful woman was a very powerful Blood-Hunter. She felt Baby Hunter kicking and fought to control her anxiety.

“Ah, yes, very good gentlemen. We have her now.” The mysterious woman told the men in a thick, French accent. She gazed with wide spellbinding eyes at Charmeine. She looked like a cat ready to pounce on her prey.

The man who held Charmeine pushed her to go out the terrace doors.

She knew this was a kidnapping and worried for Baby Hunter. Charmeine struggled to gain some kind of fighting advantage.

The Light-Bearers practiced their self-defense skills with her daughter, Sandra, and worked on how to get out these hand-binding holds. After Charmeine’s encounters with Pascal, she never wanted to feel helpless again.

With speed and accuracy, Charmeine used her power to fly up backwards over the head of the Blood-Hunter. She broke out of his grip. Immediately, she leveled him with a powerful and fierce bolt of white electricity which stunned him into a stupor.

Percival took this opportunity to sweep the legs of the man who held him. He stunned his assailant, and made him fall down in pain with a green charge which ran through his body.

“Use your light for Athena!” Charmeine yelled to Percival.

Percival threw a green lightning bolt at the man who held Athena.

Within a second, the Blood-Hunter was on the ground. A green current cursed through him.

“Halt!” the Blood-Hunter woman demanded.

Charmeine looked up and a hand gun was aimed at her belly.

The woman widened her indigo eyes with her fangs exposed. She threatened, “You really never know where a bullet will go? Do you?” she laughed.

Her maniacal giggles curdled Charmeine’s blood. She could tell the Blood-Hunter woman was telling the truth.

“Yes, the bullet could just land somewhere very unhealthy for your unborn spawn.” She circled Charmeine like a shark swimming around its prey. “Not that hurting spawn of this Light-Bearer scum would matter,” she quipped in a matter-of-fact way.

Charmeine began to feel waves of nausea and fought the urge to be sick.

“The offspring is just a by-product.” With a sinister laugh the woman scoffed, “Yes, a by-product which should be tossed aside and thrown away like the trash it is . . . as soon as we cut it out of you!”

She began to laugh with a vicious tone and stuck the gun in Charmeine’s belly ready to pull the trigger.

Available at Amazon.

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Please answer at least 5 of the following questions:

On a similar note (pun intended), what music (genre, artist, etc.) most inspires your writing?

I like to listen to classical or easy listening music with headphones on. I hate being interrupted while I write, so sometimes, I stay up all night and write.

Which of your own stories is your favorite?

I don’t know if I have a favorite story since it’s a series. However, I would love to have dinner with Dmitri. He is the oldest and wisest of all the Blood-Hunters. But he still is totally gorgeous with long black hair and deep blue hypnotic eyes. He has a sense of humor like you wouldn’t believe. I don’t think Dmitri would like anything else but blood for dinner, but I would chomp on my steak while listening to his interesting stories about his past on Earth and look into his dreamy blue eyes. Totally got a thing for Dmitri, sorry, he is my fav!

 

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Keep writing and know social media to promote your book but also just say to yourself each day this mantra…

It only takes one…

One person to read your book

One person to tell another person about your book

One person to buy your book

And so on…

Tell me about your current work-in-progress and what your plans are for it.

SEDITIOUS is my fourth novel in The Light-Bearer Series and is coming out shortly, published by PDMI Publishing. YEAH! In a month it will be out on pre-sell on Amazon. SEDITIOUS is the perpetuation of Tabbruis and Charmeine’s love affair. They are enjoying life until the reality of ruling the Elder Council and Temple Guards come crashing down on them. Then a sexy, mysterious and gorgeous woman appears at the Castle Charmeine ready to take what she wants by orders of her Master, Lord Cromwell. Twists and turns, ups and downs are in in this novel of passion and redemption.

What is your ultimate goal as a writer? (To write for pleasure? To be a best-selling author? Something else?)

I write strictly for pleasure. Oh yes, I dream of having my books read around the world. However, if I did this for money or to be famous, I would have never gotten this far. My goal is to enjoy and pass on this wonderful story of The Light-Bearer Series! I have spent a lot of money making these books come to life and promoting them. I also network. I have spent hours promoting these books. It is a labor of love, and if I make anything, I just put it back into the books and promotion.

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Author Emily Guido Bio

Emily Guido is Paranormal Romance Author. She was inspired to start writing The Light-Bearer Series because one day she got an idea of two star-crossed lovers which needed to have their story told.

The Light-Bearer Series is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, with Vampires, Angels, Action and Adventure.

The novels Charmeine, Mactus, Accendo, Seditious, Ransom and Conundrum are the continuation of the wonderful adventures of the inhabitants of The Castle Charmeine!

Emily is currently works for a Fortune 500 Company and has a Master of Business Administration.

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Links to any social media that apply to you (your blog, Twitter, Facebook page, Tumblr, etc.) and buy links.

Emily’s Stalker Links

Emily Guido – Email guido.emily@gmail.com

Emily Guido – Author WEBSITE

Emily Guido – Author FACEBOOK Page

Emily Guido – Author TWITTER

 

Buy links – Amazon

 Seditious is available at Amazon.

CHARMEINE the First Novel in The Light-Bearer Series on Amazon

MACTUS the Second Novel in The Light-Bearer Series on Amazon

ACCENDO the Third Novel in The Light-Bearer Series on Amazon

Coming Soon

 

SEDITIOUS the Fourth Novel in The Light-Bearer Series

RANSOM the Fifth Novel in The Light-Bearer Series

Thanks for being with us today, Emily. And best of luck with SEDITIOUS!

Spring Knight Release Day Blitz

 

Spring Knight

by Mia Hoddell

Genre: YA Romance

Release date: November 14th 2014

Length: Novella

Blurb:

She wants the leading role in everything but her own life.

Kayleigh Barrow always gets the leading role. Top of her class, well liked, and a good actress, she’s most comfortable on stage where she can pretend to be someone else and forget the real Kayleigh exists. However, when auditions for the latest production are opened up to the entire university, the lines between fantasy and reality start to blur.The last person Kayleigh expected to audition was Aiden Hanson. Renowned player and popular on campus, Kayleigh has tried to conceal her feeling from him for years. She knows it would be stupid to think he’d want her or an actual relationship, but when they’re thrown together in the production, Kayleigh can no longer hide from him.No matter how much she tries to distances herself, he’s always there. Neither of them can deny their attraction, but Kayleigh has to question Aiden’s motives. He’s never had a serious relationship and she refuses to be another conquest. Yet, when her acting starts to become real and she can no longer hide behind her character, Kayleigh must decide whether Aiden’s worth the risk, or if he’s only after a challenge and will end up breaking her heart.

 
Spring Knight is the 4th book in the Seasons of Change series. However, all books are standalone reads so can be enjoyed separately, but can also be enjoyed as part of a series because characters overlap.


Out Now!



 

 

You can also download the first three Amazon best-selling novellas:
Summer Demons
Winter Angel
Autumn Ghosts
for only 99c/77p here.

 

Excerpt

Black. It was the only colour she could see as she stood on top of the platform. Her
vision had tunnelled with the waves of vertigo that hit her body, allowing only the dark colour into her eye line. With the strength of a gale force wind, it pounded on her chest, causing her to stumble back as its icy hold sent a shiver along her spine. The break from seeing the ground wasn’t enough, though. She
couldn’t go far enough to feel safe. If she moved more than one step in any direction she would fall.
She felt dizzy … lightheaded.
It was the worst possible time to find out she was scared of heights, but maybe it was
the thought of jumping rather than the actual distance. Not only did she feel faint, but also sick. Kayleigh didn’t even know how those two actions could combine, but she let out a nervous giggle and hoped another type of blackness would capture her mind before she made a complete fool of herself. It probably made her sound insane, but she couldn’t stop the sound.
No longer could she find the answer to why she was on a platform, willing herself to
fall. It had seemed logical and easy on the climb up, but now she suddenly felt as if she was standing on top of a building, rather than a few metres in the air. Her heart was pounding in her chest; the rhythm frantic as she urged herself to peer over the edge once more. Palms slick with sweat, her fingers
slipping over each other, she twitched nervously as she strained her neck to catch a glimpse of the floor.
“I can do this. Just lean back and it will all be over,” she muttered to herself, only adding
to the crazy image she had going on.

 

People were shuffling anxiously on the ground, unsettled by her actions. “Block them
out, Kayleigh. You can do this,” she chanted ritually under her breath before she inhaled sharply. Slowly counting, she exhaled with a deep sigh when she reached twenty. Her whole body relaxed with the action and Kayleigh closed her eyes, trying to find a sense of peace and stillness. Unfortunately, all it did was make her knees weaker. Reopening her eyes, Kayleigh kept her head up and her chin parallel with the floor. If she didn’t look down, what she was about to do couldn’t scare her … at least that’s what she told herself.
 
About the Author
 
Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything paranormal and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.
 
With three poems published before the age of sixteen, Mia moved on to short stories but finding she had too much to tell with too little space, Mia progressed to novels. She started her first series (The Wanderer Trilogy) at the age of fourteen and since then hasn’t stopped writing. Elemental Killers is her second series and with an ever growing list of ideas, Mia is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them.
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Dancing with Raven–What happens with Demons by S.G. Rogers

I love the Halloween season, don’t you? It’s the one time of the year when we can get a bang out of scaring ourselves silly. ;) Okay, paranormal fans get that giddy feeling every day of the year when they go ghost hunting or pick up a favorite book on the subject, but still, to the rest of the world, it’s the one time of the year. So, once again, I’ve gathered up some pals to celebrate this fun time of the year. Today, we start off with author S. G. Rogers whose baddies in her new book Dancing With Raven, fit very well into this spooky time of year. So let’s offer up the candy and welcome, S.G. Rogers! (although, maybe not because now, I have an earworm stuck in my head. Let me see if where that dungeon key is…. ;) No? Oh very well. My assistants are telling me I shouldn’t open the dungeon. Who knows, they say, what might crawl out. *shudder* So we’ll just go put on some Metallica and let that be the theme for dear S.G. Rogers’ little talk about…

 

What Happens With Demons

 

Halloween! It’s the most wonderful time of the year…  Okay, perhaps that’s a Christmas tune, but the point still stands. Continue reading